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.

Yeltsin revives Lenin's guard

President Boris Yeltsin decreed the reinstatement yesterday of Russia's Honour Guard No 1, which used to keep watch over Lenin's tomb on Red Square.

Yeltsin pledges military cuts

The US agreed to boost support for Moscow's push to slash and reform its armed forces, hours after President Boris Yeltsin promised big military cuts. His announcement during a visit to Sweden overshadowed the event at Nato headquarters, where the US Defense Secretary, William Cohen, and Marshal Igor Sergeyev signed an agreement to increase exchanges of military officers.

Chechens rebuff Yeltsin

The Russian President, Boris Yeltsin, said he planned a goodwill visit to Chechnya in January. But a Chechen official said an empty-handed trip could prompt the break-up of the entire Caucasus. Mr Yeltsin said his aim was to size up the economy, shattered during Russia's 21-month war against Chechnya, and erode separatist tendencies. "I will name only the month - January, though I know the exact day already." Mr Yeltsin said. "This will ... work against our separation." But the Chechen First Deputy Prime Minister, Movladi Udugov, said Chechnya wanted to see concrete results.

Yeltsin hangs on to embattled deputy

The reform programme in Russia may have been threatened by a corruption scandal,

Master tactician's blunder thwarts Russian progress

The champion of Russia's reforms, Anatoly Chubais, is caught in a corruption scandal. Unlike most Kremlin intrigues, this one threatens to derail the country from its path to change. Phil Reeves reports from Moscow.

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Yeltsin calls for national reconciliation

President Boris Yeltsin, in a speech marking the 80th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution, called yesterday for reconciliation and forgiveness among Russians.

Kremlin palace guards at war after Yeltsin ditches his election financier

Boris Yeltsin has fired a leading member of the small clan of immensely wealthy businessmen close to the Kremlin. As Phil Reeves reports, there is now a split among his most powerful supporters. So far, it only involves words - but sticks and stones could follow.

Japan, Russia talk peace

President Boris Yeltsin of Russia and the Japanese Prime Minister, Ryutaro Hashimoto, winding up informal talks, pledged yesterday to seal a peace treaty by 2000.

Yeltsin may aim for third term as President

Will Boris Yeltsin stand again for election as Russia's President? He hinted yesterday that his mind is not quite made up. Phil Reeves sifts through the evidence.

Yeltsin plans to curb the free market

Pronouncing Communism dead, Boris Yeltsin has vowed to introduce a "new economic order" into Russia in which the state plays a far larger role in curbing the excesses of the free market. Speaking to the upper house of parliament, a robust-looking Mr Yeltsin signalled that he intends to crack down on one of the struts of his political support - Russia's tiny but vastly rich class of new capitalists who cashed in during the first, lawless post-Soviet years.

Yeltsin sees wider role for the state

President Boris Yeltsin is likely to announce an increased role for the state in Russia's economy when he addresses the upper chamber of parliament today.

Yeltsin ready to negotiate Chechen autonomy

Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov said yesterday that he was pleased with talks with Russian President Boris Yeltsin and said he had high hopes of negotiating formal independence for his breakaway republic.

But voters take little pleasure in a dome

In one crucial respect, the new Tory leader is a match for Winston Churchill. But in the TV age, a bald pate has little chance against a head of hair ...

After 73 years, Russians may grant this man his dying wish

Boris Yeltsin wants Russia to hold a public referendum to decide whether the embalmed body of Lenin should continue to lie in a mausoleum in Red Square, or whether the founder of the atheist Soviet state should have a Christian burial.
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