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07/09/2001

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Moscow Arrests Tajikistan Publisher

At Tajikistan's request, Russian authorities arrested a journalist on charges of insulting the president.

Duma Vote Bars Foreigners From TV

The State Duma has passed a bill restricting foreign ownership in the country's most influential media.

Thousands Flee Chechen 'Cleansing'

Large-scale ""cleansing"" operations by federal troops in Chechnya last week sent thousands of civilians fleeing to Ingushetia, according to officials and human rights workers.

Friendly Aroma of Shashlyk

Shashlyk season has come to Vladivostok, and with it, the sense that maybe life isn’t so bad after all.

Prosecutors Snap Up Gusinsky Office, Car

Prosecutors have frozen the ownership of Media-MOST's headquarters as part of a continuing drive by Gazprom to completely take over Gusinsky's media empire.

Bush Talks to Putin on Iraq and Defense

U.S. President George W. Bush and President Vladimir Putin discussed Friday their differences over Iraq but the dialogue stayed friendly just as it was last month in Slovenia.

Klebanov Prepares to Release Results of Tu-154 Crash Probe

Investigators of last weeks airliner crash in Siberia have enough material to begin a final analysis of why the Tu-154 jet went down, Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov said.

Russia Suggests ABM Meetings

Russia invited the other nuclear powers to start a process that would encourage deeper nuclear arms cuts.

Hanssen Pleads Guilty to Spying

Former FBI agent Robert Hanssen pleaded guilty to spying in one of America's gravest espionage cases.

Plane Crashes Into Sea Near Sakhalin

A plane with four people aboard crashed into the sea Sunday in the Far East, emergency officials said.

News in Brief

2 Soldiers Kill Guards ROSTOV-ON-DON, Southern Russia (AP) — Two soldiers attacked a guard unit in southern Russia early Sunday, killing six guards before being captured in a traffic jam staged by police. The two soldiers in an engineering unit in the town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, 200 kilometers north of Rostov-on-Don, attacked the guards early Sunday, then fled after seizing two automatic rifles and 1,000 rounds of ammunition, according to Interior Ministry spokesman Alexei Polyakov. Police in the region were put on alert and at one roadblock spotted a car with a driver and passenger and two soldiers acting suspiciously in the back seat, Polyakov said. They allowed the car to pass, but staged a fake road accident further down the road, which caused traffic to back up. The two soldiers were arrested without incident in the traffic jam. They were identified as Private Yevgeny Samoilov and Private Denis Smirnov, said Gennady Alyokhin, a spokesman for the headquarters of the Northern Caucasus military district.

WTO Entry Priority No. 1, Kudrin Tells G-7

Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin wasted no effort at the G-7 meeting of finance ministers in Rome to convince foreign officials the country should become a full trading partner.

EBRD Says Russia Needs a Lot of Money

The EBRD head Jean Lemierre said that Russia is on the right track to entice foreign investors

New Forex Rules to Be Ready Shortly

A member of the Russia G-7 delegation in Rome said new foreign currency rules will be ready by Summer.

RusAl Exec Named Irkutskenergo Head

Former Russian Aluminum executive Vladimir Kolmogorov has been elected to run Irktuskenergo.

5 Banks Make List of Top 1,000

Five Russian banks are among the world's top 1,000 by core capital, according to magazine The Banker.

Russia Puts $1.8Bln Into Yugoslav Offshores

Yugoslavia was a popular offshore banking state for Russians according to data from Interfax EAC.

Duma OKs Export Tax On Oil, Gas

The lower house of parliament passed new laws on changes in export tariffs on crude oil and natural gas.

Business in Brief

Blue Stream Started ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Italy’s Saipem engineering company broke ground Thursday to build a twin natural gas pipeline under the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey, the Anatolia News Agency said. The company is planning to begin laying the 376-kilometer undersea pipeline in late August at a record depth of 2,100 meters by using the world’s largest offshore platform. On Thursday, the first two pipes were welded together in a ceremony attended by Turkish and Russian energy officials at a port near the Black Sea city of Samsun. The pipeline will stretch from the Russian port of Dzhubga to Samsun. ""The welding of today is the first of some 60,000 more [pipes],"" the news agency quoted Hugh O’Donnell of Saipem as saying. ""The first pipeline is planned to be finished by the end of this year. The second will be completed in 2002."" The $3.4-billion pipeline project, known as Blue Stream, is scheduled to begin pumping gas in the first quarter of 2002.

IOC's Moscow Return Brings Hopes for 2012

Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov said Friday he hoped next week's International Olympic Committee session in Moscow will boost the city's hopes of hosting an Olympic Games.
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