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12/05/2000

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Germany May Be Repaid In Shares

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has announced that Berlin may be willing to trade some of Russia's debts in return for shares in ""the most worthy"" Russian corporations.

President Makes His Case for Song, Flag

President Vladimir Putin wants Russia to go back to the past symbolically, proposing on Monday that the country adopt the Soviet-era anthem and tsarist-era coat of arms.

Top Traffic Cop Rides Perm's Airwaves

Little separates the activities of Avtoradio, one of Perm's leading media holdings, from the traffic police, which is popularly referred to by its former acronym GAI.

Instead of Debt Poker, Sue Berlin

Russia's economy qualifies for a 50 percent write-off of debts to the German nation and to German financial institutions.

$100 Million Therapy

Over the last eight years, not one of the Russia-Belarus common-currency proposals put forward has ever come to anything.

Forget Order: We'd Rather Be Suffering

""Russians love Putin because they crave order."" Whoa, hold it right there. Look out the window. Do you think Russians really crave order?

Eternal Youth, Beauty Are Yours for the Asking

Not long ago I was showing some holiday photographs to a friend of mine. She pointed out a mutual friend and said, ""Nado, zhe. Ona zdes' takaya bespechnaya.""

Time for Slip Sliding Away

Last Wednesday, a middle-aged woman dashed for a bus on Ulitsa Svetlanskaya and ended up paying dearly for her haste to get home.

Thanks for Keeping Me Off Your Front Page

I would like to thank a real-life angel and her husband at this time of celebration and good will.

Gref Draws Up Bills to Lower Business Barriers

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry is making good on Kremlin promises by preparing a draft of bills to slash the red tape that has hampered businesses.

Kudrin Firm on Hiking Oil Tariffs

Representatives of five leading oil companies met with First Deputy Prime Minster Alexei Kudrin in a final protest of impending export tariff hikes, and left unsatisfied.

Funds for Growing Disabled Population

The number of people with disabilities in Russia more than doubled in the past six years, reaching 10 million, First Deputy Prime Minister Valentina Matviyenko said Monday.

Mironov Under Attack in Own Ranks

Human rights ombudsman Oleg Mironov, often accused by rights activists of being soft on the government, has come under attack from some of his own staff for just the opposite.

Gusinsky Hunt Goes To Interpol

Prosecutors have asked Interpol to put Vladimir Gusinsky on an international wanted list on fraud charges, increasing the pressure on the media magnate, officials said Monday.

Kadyrov to Seek Aid for Chechnya in Libya, Iraq

Akhmad Kadyrov, the head of the Moscow-backed Chechen administration, will visit Iraq and Libya in his first official trip abroad, Itar-Tass said Monday.

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