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Kasyanov Signs Off On UES Revamp

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov signed a plan on Wednesday for an overhaul of electricity giant UES.

Swissair, Sabena Switch to Domodedovo

Swissair and Sabena announced Wednesday that they are leaving Sheremetyevo Airport for Domodedovo.

Tibetan Protesters Carried Off by Police

Russian riot police swiftly broke up a protest Wednesday by a small group of Tibetan demonstrators.

Conference Shows Press Fault Lines

The collapse of a press freedom conference highlights some of the problems afflicting Russian media.

A Monument To Public Enemy No. 2

Of the 2.2 million Russians who died last year, 34,000 died of alcohol poisoning.

Endorsing War Crimes

French President Chirac said that Yeltsin paved the way to democracy, and Putin to economic reforms.

Russia Won't Extradite Tajik Publisher

Russia decided not to extradite the publisher of an opposition Tajik newspaper to Tajikistan.

Builders of Kursk Rally To Raise the Sunken Sub

David Pashayev, general director of Sevmash, said his men had a special attachment to the Kursk contract.

Putin Gives Green Light To Nuclear Fuel Imports

President Putin on Wednesday signed a hotly debated law on imports of spent nuclear fuel to Russia.

News in Brief

Commander Repents MOSCOW (AP) — The top military commander in Chechnya said Wednesday he regretted his troops’ crimes against civilians during recent searches for rebels and promised to seek the population’s forgiveness. General Vladimir Moltenskoi said federal troops that raided several Chechen villages last week committed ""large-scale crimes"" and ""lawless acts,"" Itar-Tass reported. He said the troops must now rebuild ravaged houses and feed the population as compensation. Prosecutors have started an investigation into allegations that soldiers beat and robbed Chechen civilians during recent searches for rebels. Chechen Deputy Prosecutor Alexander Nikitin said Wednesday that the probe was still under way and it was too early to say whether any troops would be punished, Interfax reported. Last week’s security sweeps in the villages of Assinovskaya, Sernovodsk and Kurchaloi came after five Russian police officers were killed by a land mine planted by rebels.

Draft Law to Let Foreigners Own Land

The State Duma decided to push through the controversial new Land Code before ending the summer session.

Slavneft Gushes Over Huge Find in East

On July 3 Oleg Puzanov received a phone call from the Kuyumbinskoye oil field. On the other end was news of a ""fountain,"" a rapid flow of oil of which legends are made.

Kasyanov: Gazprom Units to Be Separated

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said Gazprom's production units would be split from transportation.

Reports: China Near Deal for 10 Commercial Jets

China is close to buying Russian commercial jets for the first time in almost a decade, having previously preferred Western models, newspapers reported on Wednesday.

Business in Brief

$537M WB Loan MOSCOW (AP) — Visiting World Bank President James Wolfensohn will sign a series of agreements this week on granting Russia loans totaling $537 million, Interfax said Wednesday. Under the first agreement, which Wolfensohn and Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko signed Wednesday in the Arctic city of Norilsk, the World Bank will lend Russia $80 million to help build housing to relocate pensioners and disabled people living in the Far North. Another agreement, which is to be signed in Krasnoyarsk, central Siberia, on Thursday, will provide a $200 million loan to help restructure and modernize Russia’s ailing coal industry. Later this week, Wolfensohn and Khristenko will also sign agreements on a $50 million loan for education reform, a $85 million loan for repairing city heating systems and a $122 million loan to upgrade municipal water-supply and sewage systems, Interfax said. Russia has received $12.5 billion in World Bank credits since 1992.

Underdog Cities Cling to 2008 Hope

Istanbul and Osaka were given less than glowing reports by an IOC evaluation commission in May.
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