July 12, 2009 |
For the last 12 years, Mikhail and Irina Lennikov have lived unremarkable lives, not unlike countless other immigrants who came to Canada from Eastern Europe looking for a fresh start in a prosperous and quiet land. He found a job as a software developer. She got hired in an insurance office. Their son, Dmitri, who barely remembers Russia, graduated last month from Byrne Creek Secondary School in the comfortable suburb of Burnaby.
July 24, 1994 |
Fifteen people have been killed by diphtheria in the Far Eastern port of Vladivostok, the latest Russian city hit by the epidemic. Physicians in Vladivostok blamed the outbreak on unsanitary conditions and the migration of people to and from the region, the ITAR-Tass news agency said Friday. So far, 700 cases have been reported.
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May 30, 1988 |
As Mikhail S. Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan struggle to cut the so-far elusive strategic-arms-reduction deal (START), the experts continue to bet against them. For my part, I'm not so sure. I'm down on my knees thinking of an earlier summit and begging whatever gods may be, "Please, no Vladivostok aide memoire. " Ah, Vladivostok. Late November, 1974. The train, the snow, the conviviality, the half-dozen remaining SALT I issues. And finally the nuclear deal.
March 14, 1987 |
For almost 35 years, the Far East Soviet port of Vladivostok has been closed to nearly all foreigners to protect the military secrets of its Pacific fleet and air force. Now, however, in the spirit of Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev's glasnost policy, Vladivostok is about to open its doors. A recent visit by a Los Angeles Times reporter, the first visit by any American journalist since 1975, was one signal of the imminent change of policy.
January 4, 1988 |
A sampling of opinion taken on a Moscow-Vladivostok train indicated strong skepticism about Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev's programs to revitalize the economy. The results of the poll, published this weekend in the weekly Moscow News, showed 71% of the travelers saying that they have a "watchful" attitude toward perestroika, or restructuring. Only 16% described themselves as "enthusiastic," while almost as many, 13%, acknowledged a "negative" attitude, the newspaper said.
April 12, 1987 |
ACROSS THE PACIFIC OCEAN, a never-ending war of maneuver is under way. It is a three-dimensional struggle--under sea, on the water and in the air--that pits the U.S. Navy against a Soviet fleet three times its size. The prize is control over half the world's surface. The weapons are multimillion-dollar ships and planes, as well as a vast array of sophisticated electronics that could provide the winning advantage if a conflict between the superpowers ever erupts.