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RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 2, No. 113 Part II, 15 June 1998
___________________________________________________________ RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 2, No. 113 Part II, 15 June 1998 A daily report of developments in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia prepared by the staff of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. This is Part II, a compilation of news concerning Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. Part I covers Russia, Transcaucasia and Central Asia and is distributed simultaneously as a second document. Back issues of RFE/RL Newsline and the OMRI Daily Digest are online at RFE/RL's Web site: http://www.rferl.org/newsline xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Headlines, Part II * HUNGARY'S SMALLHOLDERS TO HAVE FOUR MINISTRIES * NATO JETS CARRY 'LAST WARNING' TO MILOSEVIC * COHEN SAYS NATO CAN ACT IN KOSOVA WITHOUT UN MANDATE End Note: LINKING FREUD, TSAR NICHOLAS, NIETZSCHE, AND TROTSKY xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx EAST-CENTRAL EUROPE BELARUSIAN RADIO BEGINS BROADCASTING TO EUROPEAN RUSSIA. Belarusian Radio on 15 June began regular broadcasts to a "large part" of Russia's European territory, ITAR-TASS reported. The radio station will broadcast to the area for a total of six hours a day initially and plans transmissions of up to 16 hours a day in the future. The programs will focus on "disseminating information about life in the Republic [of Belarus] and...safeguarding integration processes between the two fraternal countries," ITAR-TASS reported. JM GERMANY AGAIN PROTESTS AMBASSADORS' EVICTION IN MINSK. The German Foreign Ministry on 12 June summoned the Belarusian ambassador to Germany to repeat Germany's protest against the Belarusian authorities' order to evict Western ambassadors from their residencies at Drazdy, dpa reported. A German Foreign Ministry spokesman in Bonn said that if Belarus carries out its eviction order, this step will have "grave consequences" for diplomatic relations. The ministry confirmed that the EU member states are discussing joint action, including the possibility of recalling their ambassadors from Minsk. JM MOROZ CALLS FOR LEFTIST TAKEOVER IN UKRAINE. Addressing a congress of the Socialist Party in Kyiv on 13 June, party head and former parliamentary speaker Oleksandr Moroz called on left-wing forces to shoulder responsibility for the situation in the country, Ukrainian Television reported. "The left-wing forces should take power irrespective of whether their representative will be elected head of the Supreme Council," he said. "We should not be afraid of the Bulgarian scenario, with which we are being threatened," Moroz added. Official media have warned that a socialist/communist comeback may lead to economic collapse, as was the case in Bulgaria. JM UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT APPEALS FOR END TO MINERS STRIKE. Speaking on national television on 12 June, Deputy Prime Minister Anatoliy Holubchenko appealed to miners at some 30 mines to end their strike over unpaid wages, Ukrainian Television reported. He pledged that the government will pay wages to all miners beginning this month. He added that the government will not pay the wages of those miners who remain on strike. The next day, Holubchenko said the government will not make any more financial concessions to the miners until the parliament passes necessary amendments to the budget. JM PROBE ORDERED INTO PRINTING OF NEO-NAZI PAPERS IN ESTONIA. President Lennart Meri has ordered Interior Minister Olari Taalan to launch an investigation into the printing in Estonia of neo-Nazi newspapers, ETA reported on 14 June. According to a Swedish television report the previous day, Printall has repeatedly printed various neo-Nazi publications ordered from Sweden. The printing house, which is 100 percent privatized, has acknowledged that some issues of two extremist newspapers were published in early 1997, but it pointed out that since none of its staff speaks Swedish, the company was unaware of the newspapers' contents. Meri has requested that the investigators identify who in Sweden financed the printing of the newspapers. JC PRIMAKOV IN VILNIUS. Russian Foreign Minister Yevgenii Primakov was in the Lithuanian capital on 13 June for talks with President Valdas Adamkus, Prime Minister Gediminas Vagnorius, and Foreign Minister Algirdas Saudargas, BNS and ITAR-TASS reported. At a press conference with Saudargas after their meeting, Primakov said that there are no problems in Russian-Lithuanian relations that could "complicate multifaceted ties in the economic, political, and other spheres." He commented that Russia supports Vilnius's aspirations to join the EU, adding that as a result of its "civilized, good, and balanced measures...with regard to ethnic minorities and the Russian community, Lithuania meets all EU accession requirements." He struck a different note, however, with regard to Lithuania's goal of joining NATO. "The Baltic countries' accession to NATO is unacceptable to us because it creates certain threats and inconveniences for Russia," Primakov commented. JC POLISH PRESIDENT TOURS PROVINCES SLATED FOR ABOLITION. Aleksander Kwasniewski on 14 June began a tour of those provinces slated to be abolished in Poland's administrative reform, "Gazeta Wyborcza" reported. The parliament recently passed a bill providing for 12 provinces but now wants the upper house to increase the number of provinces to 15. It is believed that Kwasniewski will veto the bill if it provides for fewer than 17 provinces. "The option with 17 provinces is most dear to me because it has the greatest social support," he told a 10,000-strong crowd in Kielce. Observers see the continuing row over administrative reform as offering the leftist Kwasniewski an opportunity to consolidate his position in the face of the Solidarity-led coalition's attempts to curb his powers. JM POLLS SHOW NEW CZECH PARLIAMENT LIKELY TO BE HUNG. The opposition Czech Social Democrats' (CSSD) lead over former Premier Vaclav Klaus's Civic Democratic Party (ODS) has narrowed, just one week before the elections, Reuters reported on 12 June, citing the last opinion polls allowed to be made public before the 19-20 June elections. That vote seems likely to produce a hung parliament. According to a STEM institute poll, support for the CSSD is now at 23.2 percent, just 2.5 points ahead of the ODS. A survey conducted by Sofres-Factum shows the CSSD with 26.7 percent backing and the ODS with 19.5 percent support. In other news, the CSSD has presented a "blue book" harshly criticizing the Klaus and Josef Tosovsky government, which, the party says, pursued a policy of "incoherent economic and social policy" that led to "the slowest economic growth in Central Europe," CTK reported. MS HAVEL SAYS HE WILL RESIGN IF SERIOUSLY ILL. In an interview with BBC television on 12 June, President Vaclav Havel said he will resign if doctors conclude that he suffers from a "serious illness" preventing him from fulfilling his presidential duties. But he added that he has been assured that this is not the case at present. The next day, in an interview with Czech state television, Havel repeated his intention to leave the presidency "if my struggle against death continues." He also said the Czech Republic is "at a crossroads" and that the elections will decide whether the country will be "a civilized European democracy...or turn into a banana republic." The latter may happen if "the Czech tradition of mutual accusations and intrigues" prevails over "constructive politics," he said. MS ETHNIC HUNGARIANS BOYCOTT SCHOOL IN SLOVAKIA. Thousands of ethnic Hungarian school children boycotted classes in southern Slovakia on 12 June to protest a proposed amendment to the education law that would restrict the use of their mother tongue in the classroom, Reuters reported. The amendment would reduce the number of subjects that can be taught in the Hungarian language and increase the prerogatives of the state over schools catering for ethnic minorities. MS HUNGARY'S SMALLHOLDERS TO HAVE FOUR MINISTRIES. The Independent Smallholders' Party (FKGP) has accepted the Federation of Young Democrats-Hungarian Civic Party's (FIDESZ-MPP) offer of four ministries in the new coalition government, Hungarian media reported on 12 June . FIDESZ-MPP deputy chairman Janos Ader said the FKGP will receive the agriculture portfolio, which will also deal with development in the provinces and accordingly will be renamed the Ministry of Agriculture and Provincial Development. It will also have the Defense Ministry and the Ministry Environmental Protection. Further talks are needed to decide on the fourth portfolio, Ader said. In other news, a bomb exploded during the early hours of 15 June on the balcony of FIDESZ-MPP's downtown Budapest headquarters. There was some damage to the building but no injuries. MSZ SMALLHOLDERS PROMISE STRONGER SUPPORT FOR HUNGARIANS IN ROMANIA. Jozsef Torgyan, chairman of the FKGP, told visiting Reformed Bishop Laszlo Tokes, honorary chairman of the Hungarian Democratic Federation of Romania, that the FKGP will set up a special committee to identify areas where relations with Hungarians living in Transylvania need to be improved, Hungarian media reported on 15 June. Torgyan said his party and FIDESZ have identical views on ethnic Hungarians abroad. The new government will step up "support for Hungarians in Transylvania and for their rightful struggle to reopen the Hungarian university in Cluj," Torgyan added. MSZ SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE NATO JETS CARRY 'LAST WARNING' TO MILOSEVIC... Some 84 aircraft from 13 NATO member states conducted an exercise called "Determined Falcon" over Albania and Macedonia on 15 June. NATO defense ministers agreed in Brussels on 12 June to stage the maneuvers as a "final warning" to Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to stop the violence in Kosova and negotiate a settlement with Kosovar leaders. On 14 June, the Yugoslav Air Force put on an extensive display of skills in front of a crowd of more than 100,000 people at the annual Belgrade Air Show. PM ...AS DOES COOK. British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said in Cardiff on 15 June that the exercise is a message to Milosevic that NATO is keeping "all options open," including air strikes against Serbia and the deployment of ground troops to Kosova, Reuters reported. Cook added that he hopes Milosevic "will use his meeting [in Moscow later the same day] with [Russian] President [Boris] Yeltsin to confirm that he has accepted the demands of the international community, including Russia, that he stop the violence, that he let the refugees go, that he let international monitors in so that [the refugees] can go home without fear." PM ALBANIA, MACEDONIA PLEDGE SUPPORT TO NATO. Albanian Prime Minister Fatos Nano said in a statement on 13 June that Tirana's international airport and all military airports are at NATO's disposal. He added that Albania will provide additional, unspecified logistical support for the Atlantic alliance. Nano stressed that he hopes a combination of diplomatic and military actions on the part of the international community will lead to "a final solution of the conflict" and "halt the murdering hand of the Stalinist and militarist regime of Milosevic." Macedonian Prime Minister Branko Crvenkovski, who was in Tirana for a two-day visit, also pledged support for the NATO exercises. The two leaders signed an accord on economic, transport, and trade cooperation and agreed to expand cooperation in the sphere of security and border protection, with the aim of stop arms trafficking. FS WESTERN LEADERS SLAM SERBIAN POLICIES. Foreign Secretary Cook said in London on 14 June that Serbia is "carrying out ethnic cleansing" in Kosova and that Milosevic's policies in the province have strengthened the position of the Kosova Liberation Army (UCK). In Paris, President Jacques Chirac said the previous day that Serbia's behavior in Kosova is "unacceptable" and warned that the West may use force there. Chirac added that Serbia's policies are responsible for a new wave of refugees in the Balkans. On 12 June in London, foreign ministers of the international Contact Group countries agreed to reimpose an earlier ban on new foreign investments in Serbia and to ban flights of Serbia's JAT airlines to and from Western countries. Russia did not agree to these measures. PM COHEN SAYS NATO CAN ACT IN KOSOVA WITHOUT UN MANDATE. In Warsaw, NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana said on 14 June that the alliance will seek a mandate from the UN before it launches any intervention in Kosova, but he did not rule out that NATO would act without such a mandate, the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" reported. In Copenhagen on 13 June, U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen stressed that NATO would not need a UN mandate to act in Kosova. The previous day, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright expressed similar views at the Contact Group meeting in London. The U.S. standpoint is based on the view that the former Yugoslavia falls within NATO's traditional area of activity and that the alliance does not require UN approval to carry out its policies there. PM UCK CLAIMS CONTROL OVER ONE THIRD OF KOSOVA. The Kosova Liberation Army issued a declaration on 13 June saying it has control over 30 percent of Kosova's territory. It said it now controls the main road from Prishtina to Peja, whereas in previous weeks it held only smaller roads in the countryside. The same day, the Prishtina daily "Bujku" estimated that the UCK holds more than 40 percent of the province's territory and has currently 30,000 armed troops, RFE/RL's South Slavic Service reported. The daily added that the UCK could increase that number to some 300,000 if it wanted to do so. FS RAPE AS POLICY IN KOSOVA? Several Kosovar women refugees told Western journalists in northeastern Albania that armed Serbs raped them before they could escape across the border. The BBC said on 13 June that, if true, those stories suggest that Serbian forces may again be using rape as a deliberate instrument of policy, as they did in Bosnia. The Serbian paramilitary police include many veterans of the Croatian and Bosnian wars. Western news agencies reported in recent days that Serbian forces have mined areas along the border between Kosova and Albania to discourage refugees from trying to return to their homes. PM MORE REFUGEES ARRIVE IN ALBANIA. Latest estimates put the total number of Kosovar refugees in Albania at almost 14,000 and in Montenegro at 8,000, Reuters reported from Molle e Kuce on the Yugoslav-Albanian border on 14 June. About one- third of the refugees in Montenegro are ethnic Serbs. Refugees from Popoc and Ponoshec told foreign journalists in Tropoja on 14 June that Serbian forces have completely destroyed both villages with air missiles and heavy artillery. They added that thousands of other refugees are hiding in the mountains in Kosova and that others died on their way to Albania. On 13 June, the Albanian government began to convert former military barracks in the Tropoja area into refugee accommodations and set up a tent camp nearby for 1,200 people. Most refugees are currently living in overcrowded family homes. FS FOOD AID DELIVERY DELAYED AFTER ROBBERY. A Norwegian Hercules C-130 military aircraft made four flights on 13-14 June to transport aid from Sarajevo to Tirana. Officials of the UN High Commission for Refugees, however, postponed delivering the aid to northern Albania after two masked gunmen hijacked the vehicle of a French aid organization in Bajram Curri on 13 June. A UNHCR spokeswoman said that the delivery is "a bit of logistical nightmare" owing to security problems and the lack of infrastructure. After the robbery, special police forces from Tirana set up checkpoints along the roads in the north. Meanwhile, a ship arrived at Durres from the Croatian port of Ploce on 14 June carrying enough wheat flour, vegetable oil, and beans to support 10,000 refugees for three month. FS ANTI-WAR PROTESTS IN SERBIA. More than 100 parents of Yugoslav army conscripts from Kragujevac who have been sent to Kosova have issued a statement pledging to go to that province "to save our children," "Nasa Borba" reported on 15 June. Some 400 Serbian policemen have refused duty in Kosova this year. In recent days, Serbian police in several cities arrested an unspecified number of people who had distributed leaflets in support of the organization Anti-War Campaign, RFE/RL's South Slavic Service reported on 12 June. PM SFOR ARRESTS WAR CRIMES SUSPECT. A spokesman for NATO peacekeepers said on 15 June in Sarajevo that French and German SFOR troops arrested Milorad Krnojelac in Foca, which is in the French command area in the southeast. SFOR sent him immediately to The Hague. He was the commander of the Foca prison between April 1992 and August 1993 and has been indicted by the Hague-based war crimes tribunal for "permitting prolonged torture and beatings, countless killings, and forced labor practices," the spokesman added. Krnojelac is among an unknown number of people whom the court has indicted but whose indictments it has kept secret. PM ROMANIAN MINERS' LEADER RECEIVES LIGHT SENTENCE. Miron Cozma, the leader of miners whose rampage in Bucharest in September 1991 caused the downfall of Petre Roman's government, has been sentenced by a Bucharest court to 18 months in prison. The judges changed the charge from undermining state authority, which carries a sentence of between 5 and 15 years, to the less serious offense of illegal possession of arms. Cozma has been in custody since January 1997, which means he will be released in 25 days, RFE/RL's Bucharest bureau reported on 12 June. Both Cozma's lawyers and the Prosecutor-General's Office said they are appealing the sentence. MS ROMANIAN DEPUTY ADMITS TO HAVING BEEN SECURITATE INFORMER. Adrian Vilau, chairman of the Chamber of Deputies commission on supervising the activity of the Foreign Information Service, has admitted to having been an informer of the communist secret police. The admission was made on 14 June, after a journalist submitted evidence to Vilau's Democratic Party, which subsequently decided to withdraw its backing of Vilau as commission chairman. In other news, the Democrats on 14 June said the main purpose of their recent meeting with the opposition Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR) was to coordinate policies in the parliament on restructuring, saying that the meeting was "overly publicized" by the PDSR. The Democrats said collaboration with the PDSR in local or general elections is not "on the agenda". Two days earlier, PDSR chairman Ion Iliescu had said that the two parties have a common past and a common Social Democratic orientation. MS MOLDOVAN COALITION CRISIS RESOLVED. Premier Ion Ciubuc and the leaders of the Democratic Convention of Moldova (CDM) and the Party of Democratic Forces (PFD) have reached an agreement over the distribution of the posts of deputy minister and director-general of ministries. Both sides said the agreement was a "compromise." CDM co-chairman Mircea Snegur told journalists that the CDM and the PFD agreed to renounce the "exact implementation" of the coalition agreement. Ciubuc, for his part, pointed out that in the current cabinet, 57 percent of the ministers, deputy ministers, and directors-general are new, RFE/RL's Chisinau bureau reported on 12 June. MS END NOTE LINKING FREUD, TSAR NICHOLAS, NIETZSCHE, AND TROTSKY by Charles Fenyvesi The turn of the century was the last era in which Europe was one--though not free. That period was followed by a dark age in which it was neither one nor free. As Europe is now becoming one as well as free, writers are rediscovering long-lost ties linking European centers of thought. One such writer is Aleksandr Etkind, a 42-year-old professor of humanities at the European University of St. Petersburg, founded two years ago. Etkind has been writing what the Russians call "cultural bestsellers" on intellectual connections between the Russian empire, on the one hand, and the Austrian and German empires, on the other. His focus is the period from the late19th century to the 1930s. Etkind argues that Sigmund Freud's invention of psychoanalysis created a busy trade of ideas between Vienna and St. Petersburg. And he suggests that the second most influential thinker was Friedrich Nietzsche, whose prophecy of the "superman" spurred a generation of Russian revolutionaries. Etkind spoke recently in Washington, a city fascinated with empires new and old, as well as with Freud, whose influence remains strong among psychiatrists on the East Coast of the U.S. The Austrian embassy provided Etkind with the forum. His audience was dominated by scholars of Russian culture and practitioners of psychoanalysis--two sizable communities that seldom get together otherwise. In his lecture, Etkind described what he called the morbid affinities between the Romanov and Habsburg empires. Both imperial families were troubled, neurotic, and dysfunctional. Both Nicholas and Franz Josef suffered from psychological problems and lived unhappy personal lives. In both empires, psychoanalysis brought to the surface archaic and demonic elements from the unconscious. Nevertheless, the governing elite in both repressed all thoughts of an imminent decline, ruling out the fall of the monarchy. In a letter to a friend, Freud mused about what he would do if asked to treat Nicholas, but Etkind has found no evidence that Nicholas ever considered making himself comfortable on Freud's couch. As far as is known, Freud did not muse about treating his own emperor, Franz Josef. Freud's inventions of the id and the unconscious fascinated Russian intellectuals and revolutionaries, including the early Bolsheviks, Etkind argued. Similarly, Nietzsche's call for the superman beyond good and evil prompted powerful echoes among the same people yearning for freedom from tsarist oppression. Etkind said that at one point, Commissar Leon Trotsky even supported the psychoanalytical movement with government funds. Combining the ideas of Freud and Nietzsche, Trotsky argued that the Soviet regime should apply psychoanalysis in "cleaning up the mess" in the unconscious of the emerging new Soviet superman. Thus purged, the Soviet superman would be better able to rebuild society. According to Etkind's analysis, Trotsky "shed rivers of blood in order to get rid of the power of human instincts." But, Etkind notes, Russia rejected Trotsky's proposed treatment, choosing Stalin, who encouraged "faith and the cult of his personality" and brought death to millions. The author is a member of RFE/RL's Communications Division. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Copyright (c) 1998 RFE/RL, Inc. All rights reserved. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx HOW TO SUBSCRIBE Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word "subscribe" as the subject or body of the message. HOW TO UNSUBSCRIBE Send an email to email@example.com with the word "unsubscribe" as the subject or body of the message. 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