Articles by Jim Heintz



How Democracy Stacks Up on Former Soviet Soil

  • 16 August 11
  • The Associated Press
First came Mikhail Gorbachev, who moved a monolithic Soviet Union toward reform. Then in August 1991, an ill-conceived coup attempt by clumsy and occasionally drunken men opened a crack that could not be closed. A few pieces of the empire fell off and floated away. Soon the rest of the mass collapsed.

Russia Still Blue Over Race to the Moon

  • 21 July 09
  • The Associated Press
When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon, it was a first for the Soviet Union — the first time the United States had beaten the U.S.S.R in the space race.

U.S. to Deliver Aid to Poti Despite Checkpoints

  • 27 August 08
  • The Associated Press
In a direct challenge to Russia, the United States announced Tuesday that it intends to deliver humanitarian aid to the beleaguered Georgian port city of Poti, which Russian troops still control through checkpoints on the city's outskirts.

UN Says Russia Shot Georgian Spy Plane

  • 27 May 08
  • The Associated Press
The United Nations observer mission in Georgia on Monday concluded that the plane that shot down an unmanned Georgian reconnaissance aircraft last month belonged to the Russian military.

Lawmaker Disputes Need for Fair Vote

  • 24 December 07
  • The Associated Press
The philosophical gap between Russia and the West over what democracy really means widened Friday when a senior State Duma deputy challenged the Council of Europe for even suggesting that the Duma elections should have been fair.

Lawmaker Disputes Need for Fair Vote

  • 24 December 07
  • The Associated Press
The philosophical gap between Russia and the West over what democracy really means widened Friday when a senior State Duma deputy challenged the Council of Europe for even suggesting that the Duma elections should have been fair.

U.S. Hands Over Stolen Documents

  • 06 July 07
  • The Associated Press
The United States on Thursday formally turned over 80 tsarist- and Soviet-era documents that had been stolen from Russian archives and found at U.S. antiquities dealers.

Fear Drives a Reporter Out of Nalchik

  • 29 June 07
  • The Associated Press
Fatima Tlisova had been beaten, harassed and, she suspects, poisoned while working as a journalist in Nalchik. But she finally decided to flee the country the day she sent her 16-year-old son on an errand last year and he did not come back.

Lavrov Says Arms Treaty Will Stay

  • 07 June 07
  • The Associated Press
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that Russia would not seek to abandon a key arms control treaty when a conference of signatories is held next week in Vienna.

Britain Rejects Chaika's Lugovoi Offer

  • 28 May 07
  • The Associated Press
Prosecutor General Yury Chaika said he could prosecute the chief suspect in the Alexander Litvinenko killing if Britain presented sufficient evidence, but his counterpart in London demanded that the suspect face trial in a British court.

Videotape Shows Litvinenko Feared Retribution

  • 24 May 07
  • The Associated Press
Late one night in April 1998, three Federal Security Service agents met at a guest house outside Moscow to make an extraordinary video in which they claimed their bosses had ordered them to kill, kidnap and frame prominent Russians.

The Deeply Contradictory Legacy of Boris Yeltsin

  • 24 April 07
  • The Associated Press
Boris Yeltsin was a deeply contradictory figure, rocketing to popularity in the Communist era on pledges to fight corruption -- but proving unable, or unwilling, to prevent the looting of state industry as it moved into private hands after the Soviet collapse.

Former President Boris Yeltsin Dead

  • 23 April 07
  • The Associated Press
Former President Boris Yeltsin has died, a Kremlin official said Monday. He was 76.

Rostropovich Turns 80 With a Kremlin Party

  • 28 March 07
  • The Associated Press
President Vladimir Putin threw a star-studded Kremlin reception on Tuesday evening to celebrate cellist Mstislav Rostropovich's 80th birthday.

Litvinenko Target Reports Confirmed

  • 31 January 07
  • The Associated Press
The head of a private center that trains security personnel and held a competition for special forces confirmed Tuesday that the center has used shooting targets bearing photographs of Alexander Litvinenko, the former agent who was fatally poisoned in London last year.

Campaign Kicks Off for Sochi's 2014 Olympic Bid

  • 03 October 06
  • The Associated Press
Russia kicked off an international campaign Monday to push its bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics, saying hosting the games in Sochi would serve as a catalyst for the country's continued economic development.

Ivanov Says Politics Are Hurting WMD Fight

  • 03 July 06
  • The Associated Press
Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, in an apparent swipe at the United States, said Friday that international efforts to rein in the spread of weapons of mass destruction are being impeded by politics.

Opposition Leader Gets 15 Days

  • 28 April 06
  • The Associated Press
A Minsk court on Thursday sentenced opposition leader Alexander Milinkevich to 15 days in jail for taking part in an unsanctioned protest rally.

Cold and Afraid, Protesters Stay On

  • 22 March 06
  • The Associated Press
Belarussian opposition candidate Alexander Milinkevich urged protesters on Tuesday night to keep up their daily demonstrations and called for a large show of strength Saturday against the extension of President Alexander Lukashenko's rule in an internationally condemned poll.

Nazarbayev Elected With 91%

  • 06 December 05
  • The Associated Press
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev was re-elected by a 91 percent majority, according to election results released Monday that the opposition said should be declared invalid.

Spats and Boasts: The Response to Calamity

  • 17 October 05
  • The Associated Press
Nalchik is the latest example of how officials respond to calamity with slippery rhetoric and unsupported statements.

Bird Flu Strain Can Infect Humans

  • 01 August 05
  • The Associated Press
Investigators have determined that a strain of bird flu virus infecting fowl in Siberia is the type that can infect humans, the Agriculture Ministry said Friday.

Golden Slutskaya Skates Away the Pain

  • 21 March 05
  • The Associated Press
Irina Slutskaya stood on the podium, giving her gold medal a playful bite and kiss.

Moscow Worlds to Test Star Skaters

  • 14 March 05
  • The Associated Press
Michelle Kwan and Yevgeny Plushenko, with eight world titles between them, have kept their competition appearances to a minimum this season.

Kyrgyz Elections Go Into Runoffs

  • 01 March 05
  • The Associated Press
Early results Monday from Kyrgyzstan's parliamentary elections showed more than half the races heading for runoffs, leaving the political future unsettled for the country.

Zurabishvili Aims to 'Civilize' Russia

  • 21 February 05
  • The Associated Press
For most of her life, Georgia's foreign minister was able to see the country only in her mind, through the stories her emigre parents told her as she was growing up in France.

FBI Team Called In to Investigate Zhvania's Death

  • 08 February 05
  • The Associated Press
The FBI is sending a team of experts to look into the death last week of Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania and a car bombing that killed three policemen days earlier, U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Richard Miles said Monday.

Georgians Bid Zhvania Farewell

  • 07 February 05
  • The Associated Press
Georgians bid farewell Sunday to the late Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania amid worries about the future of their struggling country and doubts over the official explanation of his death.

Choice for Premier Likely to Vex Many

  • 25 January 05
  • The Associated Press
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko on Monday tapped top ally Yulia Tymoshenko to be prime minister in an appointment that pays tribute to her key role in his torturous election victory but also will likely vex his opponents at home and in Russia.

Yushchenko to Be Sworn Into Office on Sunday

  • 21 January 05
  • The Associated Press
Parliament voted Thursday to hold President-elect Viktor Yushchenko's inauguration this coming Sunday, setting the stage for the transition to a new government for Ukraine following months of divisive political crisis.