May 29, 1994
In his 18 years as a reclusive writer in Cavendish, Vt., Alexander Solzhenitsyn created an ideal Russia. It existed in his mind, within the walls of his household and in the forests of birch trees, which had the same sun and blue sky that on good days can be seen in Russia.He saw few visitors besides his family, had virtually no contact with the outside world. Instead, he applied the grueling self-discipline he adopted during his years in Stalin's gulags.He got up at 6 every morning and spent the rest of the day writing, completing "The Red Wheel," his four-volume history of events leading to the 1917 Russian Revolution.
September 11, 1995
Washington -- REMEMBER Russia? Recall when dealings between Washington and Moscow regularly took center stage? Recollect the days when we worried about the Cold War?At times it seems as if the Bosnian crisis and other foreign problems have eclipsed those bad old days. Many days go by now without Russia making it onto the main news agenda.While from a news standpoint, Russia remains on the back burner, it seemed to make sense to listen to Grigory Yavlinsky, a Russian politician who, insiders say, stands a good chance of succeeding President Boris Yeltsin in the Kremlin next year.
January 25, 1996
PARIS -- Russia has a colonial problem. It continues to deal with that problem in ignorance or indifference to the modern history of colonial problems -- including its own, in Afghanistan.Afghanistan was indirectly a colony after the Communist coup in that country in 1978, and the Soviet military intervention which followed a year later. The Soviet army's subsequent unsuccessful war with nationalist and religious Afghan insurgents contributed -- perhaps decisively -- to the collapse of the Soviet system.
August 25, 1999
Here is an excerpt of an editorial from the Los Angeles Times, which was published Sunday.THE DATE to watch in Russia is Dec. 18. That's when voters will choose the 450 members of the Duma, the lower house of parliament, a choice that could do much to shape their country's future, including its relations with the West.With Boris N. Yeltsin's presidency a shambles and the Duma dominated by the naysaying Communist Party and its allies, Russians growing ever more desperate for better lives appear ready for change.
November 2, 1995
"Layers," opening tomorrow at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, is an exhibit of contemporary collage by six artists from St. Petersburg, Russia. Alla Efimova, who curated the show, explains that in post-communist Russia, history is constantly being revised and discredited, and mental disturbance is widespread. Collage, in which images are formed from bits and pieces gathered from many places, is an appropriate art form for artists living in a society currently so fragmented. On Saturday beginning at 10 a.m., there will be a free public symposium in conjunction with the exhibit called "Collage and Post-Communist Madness."
July 15, 1994
Though Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin made a big publicity splash a few days ago with his first visit to the Group of Seven meeting, it lacked the substantive importance of a meeting that took place last month between Vice President Al Gore and Russian Prime Minister Viktor S. Chernomyrdin. The two men announced that a consortium of American investors led by Marathon Oil Company had signed a $10 billion deal to develop petroleum reserves in the Sakhalin Islands off the Pacific coast. It was, said Mr. Gore, "the biggest single U.S. investment in Russia."