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A Good Step For the Balts and Russians

In an important step for the peaceful resolution of conflicts in the post-Soviet era, the United Nations General Assembly has agreed to consider the problem of human rights in the Baltic states. The request for discussion was put forward by Russia, which is concerned over discrimination faced by ethnic Russians living in Latvia and Estonia. But consideration of the problem by the U. N. could also benefit the Baits, who are distressed over President Boris Yeltsin's recent decision to suspend troop withdrawals. Both sides are to be congratulated for choosing an international forum, and not armed conflict, for settling their differences. and although the initiative came from Russia, the Balts are particularly worthy of praise given the depth of resentment in the three small countries at having been occupied by the Soviet Union for 45 years. This cool-headed approach to an emotion-laden problem is already paying off.

Peace Corps in Russia: New Era, New Style

One hundred Peace Corps volunteers arrived in Russia this weekend, leaving their successful professional careers in the United States to spend two years living in Russia's hinterlands. This new breed of volunteers will work on a one-to-one level to speed the pace of Russia's economic reforms. They are people like Larry Haw, 35, who said he had closed down his accounting firm in Virginia to serve in the Peace Corps because it was ""an opportunity to give back what I'd learned working with a small business"". Haw said he had never thought about joining the corps until he heard that the program was coming to Russia. The recent changes here and stories he had heard from his aunt, whose mother had emigrated from Russia to the United States just before the 1917 Revolution, prompted him to volunteer, he said. Haw and the rest of the volunteers were welcomed by Russian officials Saturday.
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