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12/20/2000

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Luzhkov Deputy Wounded in Attack

One of the city's top officials was seriously wounded on his way to the Mayor's Office on Tuesday when at least one masked gunman pelted his car with armor-piercing bullets.

Top CD Market May Be Closed

The Gorbushka market, a Mecca for buyers of cheap and often counterfeit CDs, tapes and videos, may only be open for three more days as City Hall moves to shut it down forever.

Spies Give Themselves the Gift of Music

A compilation of songs near and dear to the hearts of Russia's spies will be distributed to intelligence veterans to honor the 80th anniversary of Russia's secret police.

The Problem With Parties Is Quality

Last week the Central Elections Commission came out with a controversial draft law that would impose strict requirements on parties before letting them take part in elections.

I Am Afraid

Wednesday is Den chekista, a Stalin-era holiday to celebrate the secret police. The heirs of the KGB will celebrate. The rest of us, though, have little reason to celebrate.

Nothing Will Be Left After The Battle

There are an estimated 80,000 collective farms in Russia that have no money to pay wages. However, according to the tax authorities, the only bankrupt company in Russia is NTV.

Where Are the People We Really Need Now?

I recently noticed a social phenomenon. It started when I was informed that a police investigator named Alexei Astafyev had been ""encouraged"" to apply for early retirement.

Putin Leaves Canada Unsatisfied

President Vladimir Putin got most of what he wanted in Canada but was unable to persuade Prime Minister Jean Chretien to reject a proposed U.S. missile defense plan.

Spanish Judge Mulls Giving Gusinsky Bail

A Spanish judge is considering bail for Vladimir Gusinsky, who is being held in Spain while Russia seeks his extradition on fraud charges, court sources said.

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