News Boris Berezovsky was found dead at home last year

Moscow is trying to seize assets in Serbia allegedly belonging to the late Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky, in an apparent attempt to claim some of what may be left of the fortune of Vladimir Putin’s once bitter foe.

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`Of course the big boys have nothing to worry about. They have the pernicious power of veto'

Ukraine's Communist revival is tested in presidential election

"I SHALL emigrate to America if the Reds come back," said Viktor, a small businessman anxious about the outcome of the presidential elections in Ukraine, where the incumbent, Leonid Kuchma, yesterday faced a challenge from Petro Symonenko, the leader of the Communist Party.

`We Chechens have always had to fight - first Genghis Khan, now Boris Yeltsin'

"MY BROTHER kept a pet sheep called Boris Nikolaevich Yeltsin, but she was killed by shrapnel," said Ruslan Kurumov, a paramedic who had just escaped from Grozny, the Chechen capital. "Now he has given the same name to a pet turkey."

Obituary: Raisa Gorbachev

FOR A few years in the middle and late 1980s, Raisa Gorbachev was a global celebrity, her country's attempted transformation made flesh. From the moment she first appeared on the international stage during her husband's 1984 visit to Britain and was hailed as a Soviet version of the Princess of Wales, she was a figure of fascination.

Can Mr Yeltsin stop Russia tearing itself apart?

FOR MUCH of his life - if his autobiographies are to believed - Boris Yeltsin has been an insomniac who spends the small hours of the night fretting about the fate of his huge and increasingly anarchic nation. But never before has he had better cause to lose sleep.

Kidnappers killed in gun battle

AT LEAST 10 gunmen died in a battle to free seven hostages, including four Japanese geologists, in the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan yesterday. The fate of the hostages is unclear. The gunmen are suspected to be Islamic militants from neighbouring Tajikistan.

'Primakov phenomenon' spells trouble for Yeltsin

VADIM LEVIN, the American-educated head of Uniex Direct, which uses junk mail to sell health products in Moscow, plans shortly to suspend all his commercial operations. Instead he will work full-time and without pay for Fatherland-All Russia, the new force on the Russian political scene.

Russia's finance chief resigns

IN THE biggest blow yet to Russia's new prime minister, Sergei Stepashin, one of his top two deputies resigned yesterday, less than a week after being appointed.

Focus: No way to run a country

Boris Yeltsin has avoided impeachment but he is a spent force who has sacrificed his people's well-being to his own career

Anti-Yeltsin mood brews in Moscow

THE FEW dozen pro-Yeltsin demonstrators who early yesterday faced a larger Communist crowd, as if presaging the civil war that would be Russia's worst scenario, were gone by mid-morning and the sea of red flags outside the State Duma swelled. Inside, the push to impeach the President moved on relentlessly.

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Yeltsin speech lands a punch

BORIS YELTSIN defied the odds yesterday by delivering his state- of-the-nation speech without disasters, and even landing a punch on the chin of his prime minister by warning him against a "revanche".

Yeltsin's eye is off the ball - despite the specs

BORIS YELTSIN, veteran Houdini of politics and incorrigible showman, has a new disguise. He unveiled it last week, to surprise and scattered titters from Kremlin watchers. It is a large pair of glasses.

Remainders of the day

Betjeman family scorn spying claim read the headlines this week, in response to the recent startling news that Sir John Betjeman, the former Poet Laureate, was once a spy for the British Colonial Office while working in Dublin during the Second World War, according to his biographer, Bevis Hillier. Could such things be? Could the national teddy bear really have been mixed up in espionage? More to the point, can biographers rely on the reading public's apparently limitless capacity to believe 20 unimaginable things before lunch? One thing is clear: there's more of it to come. The Independent has gained privileged access to a number of new revisionist works en route to the remaindered bookshops, and offers a sneak preview of the newspaper articles that will greet them
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