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08/14/1992

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Riot account 'distorted', Zimbabwe says

A Zimbabwean diplomat on Thursday accused Russian authorities of ""total distortion"" in the events surrounding riots by students at Patrice Lumumba Friendship University following the fatal shooting by police of a Zimbabwean student. Martin Chiketa, press counselor at the Zimbabwean Embassy, called ""incorrect"" an Itar-Tass report Wednesday that quoted Interior Ministry officials as saying ""police shot and killed one man in Moscow on Tuesday as more than 350 African students went on a rampage"". ""There was no protest before the killing"", said Chiketa. The disagreement surrounds the shooting Tuesday night of Gideon Chimusoro, 25, following an argument with police. As news of the shooting spread, hundreds of outraged students -- many who feel they've been victims of racism -- rioted until almost 3 A. M. One day later, students marched on campus grounds to protest the killing and were assaulted by riot troops. Russian officials said the killing was provoked.

What's in a Unified name?

The Olympic torch has been extinguished, but not before the Games rekindled the controversy over what to call the people of the former Soviet Union when they do something together. The names of the 12 non-Baltic republics were there for everyone to use, which was fine when Russians, Ukrainians and Kazakhs competed in individual events. But when it came to referring to competitors as members of a team, ""Unified Team"", the unwieldy appellation bestowed upon these athletes by the Olympic authorities, proved woefully inadequate. In the heat of competition (and in print), phrases like ""the player from the Unified Team"" were long and awkward. Likewise ""former Soviet"", which was popular at Albertville, is starting to wear out, in part because it is hard to continue referring to something or someone as ""former"". But the biggest problem with ""former Soviet"" is that, in many contexts, it is just as awkward as ""Unified Team"".
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