July 20, 1995 |
Since President Boris N. Yeltsin was hospitalized last week with a heart condition, many have been wondering just how sick the Russian leader is. The answer depends as much on the translation as on the diagnosis. In a brief interview Tuesday on Russian television, Yeltsin revealed for the first time that he had suffered a serdetchnii pristup - literally an "assault of the heart" - resulting from ischemia, insufficient oxygen supply to the heart muscle. Many news organizations, including The Inquirer, Reuters and the BBC, rendered the phrase as heart attack.
January 25, 1992 |
Does Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin drink? Da. Has his imbibing gotten out of control? Absolutely nyet, one of his closest aides said yesterday. "I can confidently reject any accusations of excessive drinking," Sergei B. Stankevich, Yeltsin's senior public policy adviser, said yesterday. "I see him in many very different situations. He's actually been quite moderate. " Other sources in the Western diplomatic community in the Russian capital supported this view, although, they said, Yeltsin has looked tired and unwell at times.
January 31, 1992 |
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin yesterday warned Western nations of dire consequences should they allow his economic reforms to fail. After a meeting with British Prime Minister John Major in London yesterday, Yeltsin told reporters that it was still possible that domestic unrest in Russia could reverse the progress that has been made. Should that happen, "Russia will fall into the abyss which has been dug for 74 years," Yeltsin said as he stood outside No. 10 Downing Street.
December 8, 1991 |
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin yesterday rejected Mikhail S. Gorbachev's plan to create a confederation of former Soviet republics, effectively killing any hopes of replacing the old Soviet Union with some kind of centralized state. Until yesterday, Yeltsin had supported efforts to preserve some type of union. But while meeting with the heads of Ukraine and Belarus in a so-called Slavic Summit, Yeltsin said that the overwhelming vote in favor of independence in Ukraine had killed chances of a confederation.
January 30, 1992 |
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin yesterday announced broad reductions in his country's nuclear forces and challenged the United States to even more dramatic cuts than those proposed by President Bush on Tuesday night. Yeltsin suggested that the two nuclear superpowers maintain only 2,000 to 2,500 warheads each. That is far below the cuts called for in a strategic arms treaty President Bush and former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed last year and almost 50 percent greater than the reductions Bush proposed in his State of the Union address.
December 20, 1991 |
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin yesterday took control of the Soviet Foreign Ministry, the Kremlin and most of the KGB, while Mikhail S. Gorbachev said he doubted that the new commonwealth would last. "No, I do not believe in it," the Soviet president told the German newspaper, Bild. "It is not fit for survival. " Gorbachev, nevertheless, launched an intensive lobbying campaign yesterday to lend more structure to the commonwealth of former Soviet republics, whose members meet tomorrow in Alma-Ata, the capital of Kazakhstan.
March 25, 1993 |
In London's Putney Vale Cemetery, eight miles south of Marx's grave in Highgate Cemetery, rest the remains of Alexander Kerensky, who might have spared Russia a 70-year secession from civilization. Boris Yelstin seems to understand the moral of Kerensky's failure. In July 1917, at a moment of extreme fluidity in the dissolution of the old regime, Kerensky became Russia's premier. Perhaps he would have been brushed aside anyway, but his cautious centrism, his insufficient radicalism, doomed him. He would not remove Russia from the war or boldly multiply property owners by redistributing land.
October 2, 1991 |
During the 72 hours of the failed August putsch, Sergei B. Stankevich, a senior adviser to Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin, helped plot the resistance, manning phone and fax lines at Moscow city hall and in the Russian parliament and setting up an apartment "bunker" stocked with provisions. "We moved like in a movie," recalled Stankevich, 37, who wore a bulletproof vest throughout the drama. "We had no experience with such a situation, so we acted according to images from a film.
August 21, 1991 |
President Bush promised Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin yesterday that the United States would continue to oppose this week's coup by Soviet hard- liners, but administration officials admitted that there was little Bush could do beyond protesting to help Mikhail S. Gorbachev regain power. Bush said he telephoned Yeltsin and assured him "of continued U.S. support for his goal of the restoration of Mr. Gorbachev as the constitutionally chosen leader. " Bush ordered that all U.S. economic assistance programs for the Soviet Union be put on hold, and he said he was withholding diplomatic recognition of the new regime, citing its "unconstitutional seizure of power.
October 11, 1993 |
Sen. Arlen Specter (R., Pa.), in Moscow on a fact-finding trip following the tumultuous events of the last week, said yesterday that he is increasingly concerned about the authoritarian methods Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin is using to subdue his hard-line opponents. Specter, joined by Sen. Robert F. Bennett (R., Utah), described himself as a "tentative" Yeltsin supporter who wanted to get a firsthand look at the situation here after the reactionary uprising against Yeltsin and the storming of the Russian parliament that left 142 people dead.