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Railroad's Subsidies Defended

Russia's railways will continue to be heavily subsidized because the public would refuse to pay higher ticket prices, according to the minister of rail transport. ""If we cut out government spending for the rails we need to increase tariffs by six times"", said Gennady Fadeyev. ""It's impossible to do this; public opinion will not tolerate it"". Commuters make up the bulk of rail travelers, and depend on low prices, Fadeyev said this week. He also said Russia should free itself of dependence on foreign suppliers. One example of successful Russian engine work, Fadeyev said, is a new high-speed engine that reached 190 kilometers per hour in a test this week. The Russian rail system is the most extensive in the world, transporting 35 percent of the world's rail cargo and 15 percent of its passenger train traffic, according to ministry statistics. It carried 2. 6 billion passengers last year.

The Intelligentsia Gathers

About 800 writers, doctors, lawyers and others members of the ""intelligentsia"" will gather Friday for a two-day conference aimed at overcoming difficulties brought by current societal changes, including protecing intellectual property by tightening copyright laws. ""When we are talking about the intelligentsia, we are talking about the Russian soul"", said Tankred Golenpolsky, a conference organizer and editor of the Jewish Gazette. ""The Russian soul was not prepared to deal with the introduction of the market economy"". The meeting will bring together people from 45 cities throughout the former Soviet Union. Acting Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar is expected to address the group on Saturday, and President Boris Yeltsin may also make an appearance, officials said.

It's Not All Gloom and Doom Here

The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds and the pessimist fears this is true"". These words, written by James Branch Cabell, an American author popular in the 1920s, make sense in any locale, but perhaps no place better than in Moscow in late 1992. It is true that with the pervasive angst and fretful speculation here comes a sense of doom, almost one long wait for the other shoe to drop. This is especially so for some members of the foreign community, who have either found a land not to their liking or simply cannot cope with a crisis a day in the government or their workplace. But there are positive, often overlooked developments around Moscow that warrant mention. They may not be events of monumental proportion, but they col- lectively put a positive spin on our picture. As The Moscow Times publishes its 100th issue, here are some developments that may be used to make the case that there is a bright future in this country, even if it is somewhere down a distant road.

New Dental Techniques Introduced at Institute

A German surgeon inserted Swiss dental implants in the mouths of two Russian patients at a Moscow institute this week. The surgery, which was conducted Tuesday at the Central Research Institute of Dentistry in Moscow, involved three implants for one woman and six for another. The implants are part of a teaching program and commercial deal between the institute and Straumann, which makes medical and dental equipment, said Georg Kuhn, a Straumann sales manager. Titanium cylinders are inserted through the gum and into the jawbone. The gum is then given around two months to heal before a false tooth is attached to the top of the plug. The implants last for an average of 7-10 years and have a 97-percent success rate, Kuhn said. Vladimir Bezrukov, director of the institute, said he was pleased that the first surgery of this type occurred in his institute. Like other institutes and hospitals in the state-run system, the center faces myriad problems.

Arrest in Murder

Police detained five youths Thursday who confessed to killing a Defense Ministry general staff colonel, Itar-Tass reported. The officer, V. Zenin, who held a ""key post"", in a division overseeing secrecy regulations, left in his Zhiguli car Sunday and has not been seen since. The youths - three men and two women, killed Zenin for his car and then buried him in a forest near Kaliningrad outside Moscow, according to their confession to police.
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