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08/28/2000

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A brief look at the stories making headlines in the Russian-language press

Papers for Saturday, August 26 and Monday, August 28 Segodnya Kommersant Segodnya www.segodnya.ru The Federal Security Service, or FSB, has decided to restore the commercial aspect of its relationship with its foreign counterparts ? as of now, exposed spies on Russian territory will have a set price and the home country can buy them or make a trade. The article details the decision, and the way the system worked in the past. President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a decree restoring the Order of Saint Georgy and the Georgy Cross, which were the two most prestigious awards of imperial Russia. Thus, the story notes, Putin has followed up on then-President Boris Yeltsin's 1998 restoration of the Order of the Apostle Andrei Pervozvanny. The article offers a commentary on the decree. The Kremlin has found itself faced with an unpleasant dilemma: whose interests it should defend ? those of the military-industrial complex or those of the relatives of sailors aboard the sunken submarine Kursk.
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