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Kursk Secrets Still Buried One Year On

There is still no official explanation for the Kursk submarine crashing to the floor of the Barents Sea.

Serfdom Alive and Well in Russia

Some 10,000 North Koreans are working in Russia under the supervision of their country's security forces.

Putin Decides to Form Unified Tariff Agency

President Putin decided to create a sole tariff regulator to control the prices of natural monopolies.

The Russian Melting Pot

Patriotic public opinion is obsessed with one question: Will Russians remain the majority ethnic group?

Readers Say KGB Will Never Be Good Guys

Maybe producer Bob Van Ronkel should talk to some of the victims of the KGB before he goes ahead with his insane project instead of listening to KGB spinmeisters.

Reports: Pristavkin Will Be Dismissed

Anatoly Pristavkin could well be removed from his post as head of the presidential pardons commission.

Cabinet Scrambles to Dress Russia For Winter

The state agreed to disburse funds for winter preparation to keep residents warm during the cold months.

Interior Minister Disbands Elite Police Directorates

Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov has disbanded the ministry's regional organized crime directorates.

News in Brief

Weapons List Signed MOSCOW (Reuters) — President Vladimir Putin gave his approval Wednesday to lists of goods and technology related to missiles and biological weapons over which the state will exercise tough export controls. A Kremlin statement gave few details but said one presidential decree set down the list of controlled germs, toxins and genetically modified microorganisms, related equipment and technology. A separate decree dealt with equipment, materials and technology that could be used to produce missiles. The Kremlin statement gave no further details about the decrees. Chechen Oil Spill VLADIKAVKAZ, Southern Russia (AP) — Intruders at an oil refinery in Chechnya caused 3,000 tons of oil to seep out of the tanks, while seven servicemen were killed by rebel attacks and land mines, officials said Thursday. A spokesman for Chechnya’s military commandant said rebels broke into a refinery in Grozny and caused the leak, Itar-Tass reported.

Harbor Pilots' Strike Halts St. Pete Port Traffic

Harbor pilots have brought sea traffic into St. Petersburg's port to a standstill in protest of a decision to ban private pilot services in three major northern seaports.

Russia Looks to Asia to Finance Fighter

Russia may pool resources with China or India to build a new fighter intended to re-equip its air force

St. Pete Starts Cheese Revolution

Bozhya Korovka has just received certification from the Russian Health Certification Board and produced the first wheel of Swiss-quality cheese in Russia since 1939.

Ruble Stabilizes as Memory of '98 Ebbs

The ruble is much less vulnerable than it was in the months leading up to the 1998 economic crisis.

Law Change To Protect Shareholders

The government published changes to its company which analysts said would defend minority investors.

Business in Brief

CPI 'Under Control' MOSCOW (MT) — Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said he was worried about inflation but thought it was being brought under control, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported Thursday. But another hint of possible price rises ahead came as the Central Bank announced another increase in its gold and forex reserves to a new post-Soviet high. The money being printed to soak up the hard currency has been blamed for fueling prices. The Central Bank said Thursday that its gold and foreign currency reserves rose to a new high of $36.6 billion on Aug. 3 from $36.2 billion a week earlier. ""I am still worried about inflation. We have reigned it in, although with difficulty,"" Kasyanov told Komsomolskaya Pravda. ""Inflation was a half percent in July, it will be no higher in August."" Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref has forecast inflation below zero in August and September. However, the State Statistics Committee said daily CPI quickened to 0.02 percent in the first six days of August from 0.

Lusty Memories Sustain Island Women

MALOKURILSKOYE, Far East — As far away from Moscow as a single girl could travel in the days of the Soviet Union, there was an outpost known as the island of love: the mystical, beautiful Shikotan. From the 1960s to the mid-1980s, hopes of romance and high salaries drew thousands of adventurous young women to this island in the Kuril Islands chain. Soviet authorities shipped the women like bulk goods as seasonal workers for the island's gigantic fish-processing plants, in the belief that they were stable and docile, well-suited to monotonous factory work. As one might expect, Love Island Soviet-style was no holiday camp. It meant 12-to-16-hour shifts cutting up dead fish, cramped dormitories at night and a ban on alcohol for much of the year — plus the threat of deportation to the mainland for misbehavior. The women met their first disappointment when they sailed into port: a critical man shortage on Shikotan. Of the 3,000 locals, 80 percent were women, many of whom had stayed on after previous seasons.

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