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By John Helmer, Moscow Vladimir Ashurkov was advertising his principles last week in the Moscow Times. He is currently executive director of the Foundation for Fighting Corruption, one of the organs of the political opposition led by Alexei Navalny. Ashurkov is described by the newspaper as the principal fund-raiser for Navalny, and himself a candidate [...]

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By John Helmer, Moscow Journalists arranging tuxedo events to give themselves prizes are even sillier than Hollywood actors at the Oscar ceremony. There are also no comedians to tell jokes to neutralize the gastroenteric reflex that is always brought on in audiences by a surfeit of brown-nosing. For the British children in the audience who [...]

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In its May 23 edition, the Moscow Times has published the following item, apparently a notice from the press office of United Company Rusal, directed by Vera Kurochkina. The new statement refers to Russian media reports of six months ago, including a Moscow Times publication which appeared on November 29, entitled “Foreign Journalist Sees RusAl [...]

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The Congress of People’s Deputies, Russia’s super-parliament, will not be called into session in October, according to officials in the office of the Speaker, Ruslan Khasbulatov. The decision by Khasbulatov will allow President Yeltsin several weeks’ additional time before the expected confrontation with parliament over the president’s powers to implement his highly unpopular economic policy. [...]

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Senior members of the Russian parliament and their staff advisors have not seen the text of the Russian agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), although the government has made commitments which require parliamentary approval. Interviews with deputies and officials of the Supreme Soviet this week also indicate that some of the provisions of IMF [...]

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By John Helmer in Moscow Today marks the anniversary of Boris Yeltsin’s election as President of Russia. It is no moment for celebration. The government which he led successfully over the attempted putsch of last August and through the disintegration of the Soviet Union now lacks credible authority in the Russian federation and among its [...]

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News Analysis By John Helmer in Moscow In lengthy voting and debate on Saturday and this week, the Russian Congress of Peoples’ Deputies showed that a majority wants to develop in the direction of the American Congressional pattern, sharing power with President Yeltsin in a system of checks and balances. The Congress votes also showed [...]

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By John Helmer in Moscow The soft-spoken general is wearing civilian clothes — a trim double-breasted suit, with a paisley tie discreetly knotted at a pressed white collar. It is not the uniform of the old nomenklatura, nor of the new entrepreneur. The silver flecks in his thick hair convey photogenic authority. The high cheek-bones, [...]

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By John Helmer in Moscow The Russian Foreign Minister, Mr Andrei Kozyrev, will visit six Arab states of the Persian Gulf next month, in a move to obtain economic support in return for Russia’s political re-alignment in the Middle East. Mr Kozyrev will substitute for Mr Pyotr Aven, the Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, whose [...]

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Analysis By John Helmer in Moscow In the final hours of the Congress of Peoples Deputies last week, President Yeltsin signed a letter urging Congress to grant him unusual new powers to override parliamentary votes. Attached to the letter was the President’s legislative proposal, a draft law entitled “On the Government of the Russian Federation”. [...]