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City Gets Some Love On 854th Birthday

Moscow is sprucing up for its 854th birthday party, which kicks off on Saturday - a two-day-long celebration with fireworks, theatrical shows, outdoor concerts and more.

School Reform A State Priority

The president and State Council tentatively approved a long-term plan to reform the education system.

U.S. Visa Winners Not So Lucky

""Green-card lottery"" winners battle the U.S. Embassy after being rejected for ""suspicious"" signatures.

Lukashenko Makes Farce Of Elections

As Belarus' political situation worsens, the blame, as usual, rests squarely on the current government.

Shashlyk Politics of the Transcaucasus

The delicious shish kebabs you'll find on Shashlyk Street transcend war and national conflict.

Military Cuts Illusory

Despite plans to decrease Russia's armed forces, even a modest cut in numbers is unlikely to materialize.

Rebel Car Bomb Hits Military Convoy

Rebels blew up a car as a military convoy was passing a market in a southeastern Chechen village, killing several troops and leading to gunfire that left several people dead.

Borodin Colleague Given Union Post

Pavel Borodin has appointed a former Mabetex vice president to a senior post in the Russia-Belarus Union.

Debut of 3-Day Tourist Visa Put on Hold for Time Being

The introduction of three-day visas for visitors to Moscow and St. Petersburg has been put on hold.

News in Brief

Radiation Check MOSCOW (AP) — The navy has agreed to allow Norwegian government experts to monitor radiation levels around the Kursk submarine when the vessel is lifted next month, the Norwegian Embassy in Moscow said Wednesday. Ole Horpestad, the embassy’s charge d’affaires, said he and Russian navy commander Admiral Vladimir Kuroyedov signed an agreement Tuesday that will allow two experts from the Norwegian Radiation Protection Board to monitor radiation levels around the Kursk site from a Russian vessel for a few days before and a few days after the lifting, scheduled for Sept. 15. Belarus Riled MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus’ Foreign Minister Mikhail Khvostov denounced a statement by the U.S. State Department accusing Minsk of obstructing the electoral process and questioning the fairness of an upcoming presidential election. ""It’s a crude and direct interference in the affairs of Belarus,"" Khvostov said on state television Wednesday.

Analysts Shower Plaudits On '02 Budget Blueprint

Russia's 2002 budget draft won high praise from analysts who described it as ambitious yet realistic.

'Ring Fence' Proposals Published

A Kremlin-sponsored commission is expected to present recommendations to ease share trade in Gazprom.

Gazprom Unit Extends Reach Into East Europe

Gazprom's presence in Eastern Europe grew as it increased its control over a Hungarian chemical firm and revealed its plan to bid for part of a Croatian petrochemical complex.

Remezov: UES to Oust Me By Force

Alexander Remezov says UES is planning to forcefully remove him from company headquarters so he cannot physically block Friday's controversial shareholders meeting.

Banks Say Plan Will Create Monopoly

A storm of protest has erupted over a new banking reform proposed Russia's most powerful industrialists.

FSC Says Gazprom Deal 'Legal'

The FSC has said that Gazprom managers did nothing illegal in selling Gazprom shares on the cheap.

Business in Brief

Used Car Duties MOSCOW (Vedomosti) — The government is considering doubling the customs duties on older imported cars in hopes of protecting the domestic auto industry and keeping out cars that fail to meet Europe’s new environmental standards. A trade protection working group has proposed hiking the duties on three- to seven-year-old cars to 80 percent of the customs value and on older cars to160 percent. The trade protection commission, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin, will discuss the increase when it meets in September. The working group has rejected pleas from Avtoframos, a joint venture between the Moscow city government and French carmaker Renault, to lower import tariffs on car bodies from 15 percent to 10 percent. The joint venture does not plan to expand assembly operations unless the tariff is lowered.

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

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