The Gulf: America Abroad: Welcome to Yeltsin Country

Welcome to Yeltsin Country

VLADIVOSTOK

Barring a typhoon in the Sea of Japan or a full-scale war in the Persian Gulf, a squadron of American warships will steam into Vladivostok's Golden Horn harbor this week for the first visit by the U.S. Navy in more than 50 years. Last week, while a pinafored band practiced The Stars and Stripes Forever in Revolution Square, Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze was a few blocks away, addressing a conference of about 100 experts on Asia from 19 countries. "Not bad for what is still officially classified as a closed city," remarked Vladimir Kuznetsov, the provincial governor.

Vladivostok (pop. 660,000)...

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