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12/07/2000

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Pope Sentenced to 20 Years for Spying

U.S. businessman Edmond Pope on Wednesday was found guilty of espionage by a Moscow court and sentenced to 20 years in a maximum-security prison.

Much Kursk Ado About Nothing

A Norwegian admiral rejected Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev's claims that his statements prove that the Kursk was sunk by a foreign sub.

Russia’s Population Decreases by 2.8M

The State Statistics Committee has issued its demographic forecast for the coming 15 years, predicting a continued population drop.

Pope Verdict Caps Shabby, Unfair Trial

We do not know whether Edmond Pope is guilty or not of violating any laws, but we are certain that his guilt was not established during his trial.

Boom Times?

As we finish 2000, the fundamental trends of economic development seem to be stable, yet we still have not observed qualitative economic improvement.

Putin Marches to the Beat of Soviet Anthem

President Putin gave his approval to the adoption of the former Soviet Union's national anthem the eve of the anniversary of the 1936 Stalinist Constitution.

Chechnya: No End in Sight

The ultimate goal of the invasion of Chechnya — to persuade the population to accept Russian sovereignty — seems today still less attainable than it did a year ago.

Emigre’s Enigma Wins Booker Prize

A Russian emigre Tuesday picked up one of his country's most coveted literary prizes at a ceremony for a novel so complex it makes Dostoyevsky look light.

Shoigu Sent to Far East to Tackle Heating Woes

Sergei Shoigu went to the Far East to find out why 90,000 people have been without heat for weeks.

Publisher Attacked by 2 Gunmen In Far East

The head of a major state-run publishing firm was in critical condition Wednesday after unidentified gunmen shot her at point-blank range.

Investigator Resigns After ORT Raid

An investigator who led a tax raid on ORT television offices this week was forced to resign Wednesday for using force during the search, Interfax reported.

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