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08/15/2001

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National Mobile Operator Formed

The biggest Finnish and Swedish telecoms companies will join forces with Telecominvest and LV Finance.

Unusual End to 780 Days in Captivity

Svetlana Kuzmina's 780 days of captivity ended as she landed in Moscow— freed on a promise to commit perjury in order to win the acquittal of a Chechen jailed rebel commander.

Gorbachev Cannot Forget the Betrayal

Although a decade has passed since the August 1991 coup, Mikhail Gorbachev’s dark brown eyes still flash with contempt when he remebers how his fellow Communists betrayed him.

An Outsider Looking In on a Coup

Reporters do not usually get up early, but I felt strangely wakeful on the morning of Aug 19, 1991.

The 3rd Aluminum War

Russia is undoubtedly becoming more civilized. All you need to do is take a look at aluminum companies.

Moiseyev Declared Guilty in Spy Retrial

The Moscow City Court on Tuesday convicted Valentin Moiseyev, a former high-level diplomat, of spying for South Korea and sentenced him to 4 1/2 years in prison.

Moscow to Build 13 Ski Slopes

It may be mid-August but the city government is looking forward to colder months with a plan to build 13 new ski slopes, five of which will be running by the end of this year.

Space Station's New Crew Moves In for 4-Month Stay

Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut have moved into the international space station.

Arsenals Key to Missile Dispute

Nuclear arms cuts are key to a Russian-U.S. dispute over missile defense, but a dragging U.S. nuclear review is holding up a deal that could push ties beyond the Cold War era.

News in Brief

Emergency Landing VLADIVOSTOK (AP) — A Vladivostokavia Tu-154 jet was forced to land with only two of its three engines running, officials said Tuesday. The Tu-154 making a regular flight between Pusan, South Korea, and Vladivostok had to land in Vladivostok on Monday with only two engines because the third one was faulty, said a duty officer at the emergency department in the Pacific port city. Nobody was hurt, he said. The incident was the second rough landing at a Russian airport on Monday. In the eastern Siberian city of Irkutsk, a Tu-154 jet belonging to the Dalavia airline scraped roughly along the runway before coming to a stop, NTV television reported. A passenger said the plane shook violently for about 90 minutes before landing. The flight had a scheduled layover in Irkutsk, and a new plane was brought in for the next leg of the trip to Khabarovsk in the Far East, Itar-Tass said. On July 3, a Vladivostokavia Tu-154 crashed while trying to land in Irkutsk, killing all 145 people aboard.

Putin Gets Air Show Off the Ground

President Vladimir Putin swooped down on Zhukovsky in a helicopter Tuesday to open the Moscow Air Show with a speech filled with praise for the Russian aviation industry.

Kudrin Budgets In '02 Debt Payments

Finance Minister Alexey Kudrin pledges to meet debt payments in 2002, even if oil prices fall.

St. Pete's Port Back to Work

A six day strike involving private harbor pilots in St. Petersburg's port has officially come to an end.

LUKoil Sets Record for Oil Profits

LUKoil just beat out Yukos in announcing the largest annual profit ever posted by a Russian oil company.

Business in Brief

WTO Compliance Plan MOSCOW (Reuters) — Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has approved a plan to bring the country’s laws into line with the rules of the World Trade Organization, the government said Monday. Russia hopes to enter the WTO either next year or in 2003 but faces a long haul in talks. The government information office said in a statement that Kasyanov had signed a document ordering various ministries to draw up the necessary changes in legislation and present them to the Cabinet for approval by the third quarter of 2001. The document sets a target to have most of the amendments handed to parliament for approval in the fourth quarter, although one is scheduled for the first quarter of next year. Kasyanov’s order says the laws concerned are in the fields of customs, protective measures, licensing of exports and imports, technical barriers to trade such as standards requirements, as well as currency liberalization.

Russian Media Praises Yegorova

Russian media hailed Olga Yegorova after her victory in the 5,000m at the World Athletics Championships.

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