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March 12, 1994 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a victory for free speech in Russia, charges against a scientist who blew the whistle on a top-secret chemical weapons program have been dropped, the prosecutor general's office announced Friday. By closing the case against Vil S. Mirzayanov, charged with disclosing state secrets after writing a 1992 newspaper article about a highly potent new nerve toxin, President Boris N.
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March 12, 1994 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a victory for free speech in Russia, charges against a scientist who blew the whistle on a top-secret chemical weapons program have been dropped, the prosecutor general's office announced Friday. By closing the case against Vil S. Mirzayanov, charged with disclosing state secrets after writing a 1992 newspaper article about a highly potent new nerve toxin, President Boris N.
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January 26, 1994 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Russian scientist who publicized a covert chemical weapons program and is now being prosecuted for revealing state secrets said he expects to be arrested today after refusing to appear at a closed-door trial that he calls a Stalinist farce. Vil S. Mirzayanov, the first dissident under the government of President Boris N.
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January 26, 1994 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Russian scientist who publicized a covert chemical weapons program and is now being prosecuted for revealing state secrets said he expects to be arrested today after refusing to appear at a closed-door trial that he calls a Stalinist farce. Vil S. Mirzayanov, the first dissident under the government of President Boris N.
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January 5, 1994 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite protests from U.S. officials and international human rights groups, a Russian scientist who publicized an alleged covert chemical-weapons program faces trial Thursday on charges of divulging state secrets. The closed-door trial of Vil S. Mirzayanov, the first dissident of Boris N. Yeltsin's presidency, comes just days before President Clinton is scheduled to arrive in Moscow for summit talks. The U.S.
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November 2, 1992 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
How free are Russians today? Ask Vil S. Mirzayanov, if you can. For the past 10 days, that's been impossible. The chemist and father of two young children has been in Lefortovo, the dun-colored, dilapidated KGB holding pen in east Moscow where U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was once locked up.
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November 3, 1992 | Reuters
A chemist who accused Russia's military leaders of developing their own chemical weapons program has been released from prison pending trial on charges of betraying state secrets. Vil S. Mirzayanov was in jail because he was the acknowledged source for sensational printed revelations that as recently as this spring the Russians were hard at work developing a new type of binary chemical weapon.
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February 24, 1994 | From a Times Staff Writer
A scientist being prosecuted for publishing an article about a top-secret Russian chemical-weapons program has been released from jail, raising hopes that the charges against the whistle-blower may be dropped. "The general prosecutor's decision to free me was based on the fact that the accusation against me was completely falsified," chemist Vil S. Mirzayanov told reporters Wednesday, after his release from Matrosskaya prison late Tuesday night.
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February 4, 1994 | From a Times Staff Writer
The trial of chemist Vil S. Mirzayanov for revealing secrets about Russia's chemical weapons program took a turn for the absurd Thursday when the prosecutor blamed a group of human rights activists and journalists for allegedly obstructing the proceedings. The trial was postponed until today, when it will presumably resume under even heavier security to prevent the whistle-blower from speaking to the media. Prosecutor Leonid S.
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October 25, 1995 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former head of Russia's chemical weapons disarmament program is under investigation for allegedly smuggling nearly a ton of chemical weapons into the Middle East in 1993, Russian authorities have confirmed. A leading chemical weapons activist said Tuesday that federal authorities suspect Anatoly D. Kuntsevich of delivering to Syria laboratory equipment and a shipment of an acid that can be used to make chemical weapons.
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January 5, 1994 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite protests from U.S. officials and international human rights groups, a Russian scientist who publicized an alleged covert chemical-weapons program faces trial Thursday on charges of divulging state secrets. The closed-door trial of Vil S. Mirzayanov, the first dissident of Boris N. Yeltsin's presidency, comes just days before President Clinton is scheduled to arrive in Moscow for summit talks. The U.S.
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November 2, 1992 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
How free are Russians today? Ask Vil S. Mirzayanov, if you can. For the past 10 days, that's been impossible. The chemist and father of two young children has been in Lefortovo, the dun-colored, dilapidated KGB holding pen in east Moscow where U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was once locked up.
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April 8, 1994 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anatoly Kuntsevich, the retired army general assigned to abolish Russia's chemical and biological warfare programs but lately accused of working to prolong them, was dismissed from his post Thursday. A one-sentence Kremlin announcement said only that Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin fired Kuntsevich for "numerous and gross violations" of his duties as chairman of Yeltsin's Committee on Problems of Chemical and Biological Disarmament.
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May 11, 1994 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the jail known as Sailor's Rest, every detainee looks exhausted. Every dim cell is a dormitory crammed with bunk beds, each bed shared by up to four men. They sleep fitfully, in shifts, while others must stand. Cigarette smoke and clotheslines full of graying underwear add to the dank, unbearable closeness. The toilet, behind the curtain in the corner and nothing but a hole in the floor, fuels the stench. Only the cockroaches thrive. "I see everything as through a fog.
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