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Sky's the Limit for TV Transmission Market

Talk about an untapped market: Of the approximately 140 million people living in Russia today, nearly 1.75 million do not receive broadcast signals for a single television channel in their homes. Only 60 percent to 65 percent of the population gets more than two channels, and only a quarter of Russians receive more than four. Click here to enlarge photo. These figures, published in a Press Ministry report, are fuel for Russian broadcasters' long-standing lament: The country's signal-distribution system, built during the 1960s-'80s, is old, expensive and sometimes literally falling apart. Two weeks ago, the ministry announced a potential solution, saying that President Vladimir Putin had given the green light to a major restructuring of the country's broadcasting and radio networks — a restructuring that may eventually include the industries' partial privatization. Among the fixer-uppers is RTR-Signal, a daughter company of the state-owned All-Russian State Television and Radio Co., or VGTRK.

Warm Welcome For Pope

Edmond Pope, returning to the United States after eight months' imprisonment in Russia on an espionage charge, enjoyed a surprise reunion with his elderly mother at Portland International Airport.

Chechens Defy Russian Security

Chechen rebels defied stepped-up Russian security in the breakaway republic, killing 19 soldiers in hit-and-run attacks over the past 24 hours, a Chechen government official said Monday.

Putin and Chretien Begin Formal Talks

OTTAWA, Canada - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien get down to formal business Monday with talks focusing on disarmament, development of Arctic expanses and improving paltry trade levels.

2 Dead in Bus Crash

Russian divers pulled two bodies from an ice-covered Ural Mountains lake Sunday and were searching for more after a bus plunged into the water, emergency officials said

60 Dead From Exposure in Moscow This Winter

Sixty people have died of hypothermia this winter in Moscow, including nine who froze to death over the past week, medical officials said Monday.

Russia and Germany Open Debt Talks in Moscow

Russian and German negotiators were to meet in Moscow on Monday to discuss the terms for Russia's repayment of its Soviet-era debt to Germany, including a controversial plan to trade debt for equity in Russian businesses.

12 Fishermen Drown in Bus Crash

Twelve Russian fishermen were killed over the weekend when the minibus in which they were riding plunged through the ice on a reservoir, the Emergency Situations Ministry said Monday

France and Russia Sign Aerospace Deal

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and French counterpart Lionel Jospin on Monday signed a deal to boost their nations' aviation and aerospace cooperation, which include plans for Russia's Aeroflot to buy about 30 Airbus aircraft, Jospin's office said.

$50m Loan to Cuba Hinges On Old Debt

Russia would give Cuba $50 million in credit in 2001 if Havana serviced its Soviet-era debt, the Russian government said Monday.

Rebel Commander Shirvani Basayev Killed

Russia said Monday its troops had killed Chechen rebel field commander Shirvani Basayev, the brother of one of the main guerrilla leaders in the breakaway province.

Pentathalete Says Sydney Was Bliss

Olympic modern pentathlon champion Dmitry Svatkovsky says he paid for his gold medal with his health.
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