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12/15/2000

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Pope Gets Pardon, Flies to Germany

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday pardoned American businessman Edmond Pope who had been sentenced to 20 years in prison on espionage charges.

One Button Ends a Nightmare

At midday Friday, a duty engineer in will press the button that begins the shutdown of the plant that caused the world's worst civil nuclear disaster.

This Beast Took Too Long to Kill

With a ceremonial flick of a switch on Friday, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant will shut down. Forever. Good riddance.

End of the Era of Great Expectations

U.S.-Russian relations are set to begin a new phase with new faces on both sides. Whether this phase lasts four years or 10 years, January 2001 will have been a turning point.

A Single Candle Burns In Memory of 20,000

I have noticed that each December a candle of mourning stands silently burning in a neighbor's apartment. Only this year did I manage to find an opportunity to ask.

Yugoslav Media Fights On

Even as Yugoslavia becomes a more democratic nation after the overthrow of former President Slobodan Milosevic, at least one media watchdog sees continuing signs of repression.

Politicians Welcome Bush Win

Politicians said Thursday the election of George W. Bush could promote better ties, and political experts suggested a Republican administration would be to Russia's advantage.

Putin Arrives in Cuba for 3-Day Visit

Cuban President Fidel Castro met President Vladimir Putin in Havana on Wednesday at the start of his highly symbolic visit to Moscow’s ex-Cold War ally.

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