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 vows to pay overdue wages

Addressing the nation for the first time since returning to the Kremlin on Monday after his recovery from heart surgery, President Boris Yeltsin yesterday pledged to pay back-wages and to "awaken" sluggish bureaucrats who have failed to collect the necessary tax revenues.

Rebuff mars Yeltsin's return as fighting man

Boris Yeltsin yesterday took a crucial step in his long-awaited comeback by appearing on Russian television, but his cautious return to the political fray was marred by a rebuff from his troublesome neighbour - the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko.

Russia's leader shows world a healthy face

Yeltsin takes country air as prelude to discharge

Boris Yeltsin, who ran Russia on half a heart, at last puts his fate in the hands of surgeons

Crucial decision in next few days as team gambles on whether to take president off respirator

Chubais tries to stem crisis in Russia

Top members of the Yeltsin administration are moving totoughen up their powers to counter a multiple crisis which is threatening Russia's fragile stability - the ill-health of the President, millions of unpaid workers, and the non-payment of billions of pounds in taxes.

Yeltsin stops work for health tests

Boris Yeltsin, who for months has been ruling Russia remotely and erratically from behind the walls of a sanatorium, has cancelled all meetings for a week because of what the Kremlin said were medical tests in readiness for heart surgery.

Yeltsin `looks strong' in navy deal

The Kremlin yesterday announced a breakthrough in a row with Ukraine over dividing the Black Sea fleet after talks involving President Boris Yeltsin. His heart operation will go ahead as planned, officials said.

The President has lost it, claims Yeltsin's former chief-of-staff

Boris Yeltsin is "remote from reality" and the country is being run by his chief-of-staff and his daughter, according to a former top official from the Kremlin. Nikolai Yegorov has warned that the country faces a worse crisis than in the run-up to the 1917 Bolshevik revolution.

Lebed backs Yeltsin guard

Alexander Lebed, Russia's national security adviser, declared his support for Boris Yeltsin's former chief bodyguard, Alexander Korzhakov, who is running for his old seat in parliament.

Yeltsin sacks generals in reshuffle

The Russian President, Boris Yeltsin, has sacked several generals, including commanders of the paratroop and space forces, the Defence Ministry said yesterday.

Doctors warn Yeltsin his condition is serious

Doctors preparing Boris Yeltsin for a heart bypass operation ordered him to stay in Moscow's Central Clinical Hospital over the weekend instead of allowing him out as the Russian leader had hoped. In the frankest statement yet about the health of the 65-year-old president, one doctor admitted he had other problems apart from heart trouble.

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Yeltsin to hand reins of power to PM

While the president receives heart surgery, Russian ministers will report to Chernomyrdin.

In the bleak ruins of Grozny a woman walks in search of peace

A refugee who fled recent fighting in the Chechen capital returns to see if her home was still standing. Hopes of a settlement seemed as elusive as ever yesterday when Alexander Lebed, Russia's peace- maker, was left in the lurch again by Boris Yeltsin. The President went on holiday rather than discuss rebel proposals for a lasting deal. Mr Yeltsin left Moscow for his country residence even though Mr Lebed, his envoy, hoped to discuss Chechen terms over the key issue of the republic's status. Mr Yeltsin is keeping Mr Lebed at arm's length, possibly to pressure the Chechens but also because their relationship has cooled.

Banker joins Yeltsin's team

Boris Yeltsin reshuffled his government yesterday with a clutch of senior appointments, which included placing a 35-year-old banker, who has never been in government, in charge of Russia's economic team.
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