March 30, 1989 |
In his first public assessment of Sunday's historic legislative elections, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev said Wednesday that the defeat of scores of top Communist Party candidates was a natural part of the democratic process and should not be cause for alarm.
February 1, 1989 |
Mikhail S. Gorbachev is no millionaire, according to a leading Soviet magazine editor, but no one should be shocked that his wife, Raisa, can afford expensive, fashionable clothes now and then. As head of state and general secretary of the Communist Party, Gorbachev brings home an annual salary of "something around 18,000 rubles"--or $28,000 at the inflated official exchange rate--Vitaly A. Korotich, editor of Ogonyok, said in an interview Tuesday.
February 11, 1989 |
Challenged to prove its commitment to glasnost by disclosing its finances, the Soviet Communist Party reported Friday that its current annual budget is nearly $2.7 billion, most of which is financed by members' dues. The party newspaper Pravda said it had received many letters asking about the organization's finances, which had not been disclosed even to most party members for decades.
October 27, 1988 |
The former Communist Party leader in the Soviet Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan was reported Wednesday to have been arrested on charges of corruption, along with the republic's former president and two other top party officials, in a continuing campaign against widespread corruption there.
May 26, 1989 |
It was clear in the first 10 minutes that this was going to be a meeting unlike any ever held behind the Kremlin's walls. As the first speaker read a traditional statement of congratulations Thursday to the newly elected members of the Congress of People's Deputies, an unidentified deputy strode to the front of the hall and seized the microphone. Standing beneath a 20-foot-tall statue of the founder of the Soviet state, V. I. Lenin, he demanded a minute of silence in memory of 21 people killed by Red Army troops in a protest demonstration last month in the republic of Georgia.
August 14, 1990 |
Vitaly A. Korotich, editor-in-chief of Ogonyok, couldn't hide his delight. Flanked by two subordinates, he scanned freshly prepared proofs of the muckraking weekly's next expose, certain to raise that thunderclap of controversy the Russians call skandal. "Look at this!" he exclaimed to a visitor.