|There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in. - Graham Greene|
No. 146, 03 August 1992
POLTORANIN OUTLINES YELTSIN'S STAND ON KURILES DISPUTE. Russian TV quoted Press and Information Minister Mikhail Poltoranin, currently in Japan, as saying that Yeltsin will honor a 1956 Soviet-Japanese agreement that called for the return of two disputed Kurile Islands in exchange for a peace treaty. Poltoranin's five day trip is in preparation for a visit to Japan by President Boris Yeltsin in September. Meanwhile, Valentin Fyodorov, governor of the disputed Kurile Island territory, said on 2 August that Yeltsin should postpone his negotiations with Japan, maintaining that the government should wait until Russia's economy improves so as to allow Yeltsin more leverage in his talks with Japan. LIBERALS ASK FOR POSITIONS IN KEY RUSSIAN MINISTRIES. Boris Yeltsin told members of the liberal Russian parliamentary group "Reform" on 1 August that he would consider placing liberals in key posts in the Russian Defense, Security, and Interior Ministries, Reuters and AFP reported. Viktor Sheinis, one of the eight deputies who met with Yeltsin, said that the group was upset at the lack of influence liberals had in these ministries and that he and the others were "quite satisfied" with the president's response. SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN TO RECALL YELTSIN COMPLETED. The "Working Russia" movement, which is headed by Viktor Anpilov, says it has completed its campaign to gather enough signatures to demand a referendum on recalling Yeltsin from the presidency before his term officially expires in 1996, ITAR-TASS reported on 31 July. For a referendum to be held by popular demand, the law requires the collection of one million signatures. TWO COMMUNIST LEADERS TO BE PROSECUTED. Criminal proceedings are to be undertaken against two of the leaders of the communist opposition to the Russian government, who are alleged to have called for the forcible overthrow of the legally-appointed Russian authorities. The two are Viktor Anpilov, leader of the "Working Russia" movement that conducted the recent siege of Moscow's "Ostankino" television center, and Aleksandr Sterligov, a former KGB general who once worked for Russian Vice-president Aleksandr Rutskoi and who now heads the Russian nationalist and pro-communist Russian National Assembly. The announcement, made by President Boris Yeltsin on 24 July, was reported by ITAR-TASS.
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