January 15, 1985 |
A Warsaw Pact summit meeting was postponed at the 11th hour Monday, raising new questions about the fragile health of Soviet President Konstantin U. Chernenko. Although no announcement had been made on his role, the 73-year-old Chernenko had been expected to attend the meeting, scheduled for this week in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. The Soviet leader, who reportedly suffers from the lung disease emphysema, has not been seen in public since a Dec. 27 ceremony at the Kremlin.
September 21, 1985 |
"Lime Street," the new ABC series starring Robert Wagner, premieres tonight on a note of sadness--the loss of one of its young co-stars, Samantha Smith. She died in an Aug. 25 plane crash in Maine that also claimed the lives of her father and six others. The 13-year-old schoolgirl, who played one of Wagner's two daughters (Maia Brewton, 7, plays the other), is featured in tonight's 90-minute premiere. She had filmed four other episodes before her death.
September 6, 1988 |
The government charged today that cash, jewelry, fine wines and fruits were given to the nation's former chief law enforcement officer by defendants in the influence-peddling trial of Leonid I. Brezhnev's son-in-law.
March 23, 1986 |
The Kremlin is making changes in key diplomatic posts around the world. New ambassadors will be sent to Washington, London, Peking, Bonn and possibly Paris in the next few months. Anatoly F. Dobrynin, who has been the Soviet ambassador to Washington for a quarter of a century, already has been named a secretary of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee and will return as a high-level Kremlin adviser on American affairs.
September 3, 1989 |
--It's no secret that 120 former spy catchers are meeting this weekend in Boston. They arrived for a convention as the nation observes the 50th anniversary of the start of World War II. In swapping stories about their super-secret missions for the Army's Counterintelligence Corps, known as the CIC, the low-profile operatives told of their hunt for Japan's Gen. Hideki Tojo and the security arrangements surrounding D-Day and the Manhattan Project.
August 28, 1985 |
A Soviet diplomat and actor Robert Wagner joined hundreds of mourners today at a memorial service for 13-year-old peace advocate Samantha Smith and her father, Arthur. "We saw this small girl as the great ambassador," Vladimir Kulagin, the first secretary to the Soviet ambassador to the United States, told reporters before the service. "She was like a ray of sunshine, her smile, her frank openness."
July 2, 1998
Galina Brezhnev, 69, the flamboyant daughter of former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. In an era when families of Kremlin leaders were hidden from the limelight, Galina Brezhnev was frequently in the news, associated with circus friends accused of unsavory acts such as bribery and theft. Her husband, Yuri Churbanov, was convicted in 1988 of taking bribes after a trial that exposed corruption at the highest levels of the Kremlin.
August 29, 1985 |
A Soviet diplomat and actor Robert Wagner were among about 1,000 persons paying final respects Wednesday to Samantha Smith, the schoolgirl who traveled to the Soviet Union for peace. Reading a statement from Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Vladimir Kulagin, first secretary for cultural affairs at the Soviet Embassy in Washington, recalled Samantha's two-week tour of the Soviet Union in July, 1983, describing her as a "brilliant beam of sunshine."
February 14, 1985 |
The son-in-law of the late Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev has been removed from his job as first deputy interior minister, the ministry said today. Diplomats who monitor internal politics said the dismissal was further evidence the Kremlin is maintaining a campaign against graft begun under late Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov. A spokesman at the ministry said Yuri Churbanov, 48, had been removed in December and replaced by senior Communist Party official Vasily Trushin.
March 17, 2004
In politics as in wealth, it often seems there's no such thing as enough. Russian President Vladimir V. Putin registers a favorable rating of 70% or above in opinion polls, yet he's gone out of his way to cripple any political opposition. That paid off in Sunday's election, when Putin received 71% of the vote, giving him a landslide win and a second four-year term. His closest rival received 14%.