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01/18/2001

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Vnukovo Merges With Sibir Airline

No. 3 air carrier Sibir is merging with troubled Vnukovo Airlines in a groundbreaking deal that could make the new airline the second largest air carrier in Russia.

Deputies Kick Off Year With A Protest

The State Duma's spring session got a rocky start Wednesday when most of the liberal lawmakers boycotted the first few minutes of the opening meeting.

Far East Residents Fight for Warmth

An energy crisis many are calling the worst since before World War II has crippled the Primorye region, emptying schools and leaving residents without electricity.

Mission Control Postpones Mir Cargo Ship

KOROLYOV, Russia — Russian Mission Control on Thursday called off the launching of a cargo ship to the Mir space station, saying a power failure had shut down the orientation system of the orbiting station. Such power failures have long plagued the Mir, but there were crews aboard to fix the problem. The Mir has been flying unmanned since last summer, and it is scheduled to be destroyed in March. Hours before the Progress cargo ship was to have blasted off Thursday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakstan, Mission Control chief Vladimir Solovyov announced that due to problems that developed overnight on the Mir, the launch was being postponed for at least four to five days. ""The voltage on board some modules dropped below the norm, that is, below 27 volts. This has led to the emergency braking of gyroscopes, the steering bodies that control the station's orientation,"" Solovyov told reporters. The gyroscopes keep the station stable, which is necessary for a cargo ship to dock.

New Realism Better Than Old Illusions

While it is not clear whether George W. Bush understood what he was saying this week about international lending to Russia during the ’90s, we suspect that he may be right.

Get Real, Russia!

Well before George Bush finally won the U.S. presidency, Vladimir Putin and his surrogates made it clear that they hoped for a Republican victory.

An Ode to the Snake With a Red Beehive

Remember a commercial for an anti-balding treatment that makes your hair grow back?

Some Jokes Are Funny And Some Just Aren't

Before returning from Kazakhstan, a friend of mine captured two small turtles that he wanted to bring home as gifts for his sons.

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