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Caught in an Undercover Drug Sweep

George Blemu, a Guinean-born Russian citizen and father of three, was attacked and shot in the chest June 8 by the Moscow anti-drug squad in a case of mistaken identity.

Russia Adds Fuel To Fire in Ukraine

Former Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Julia Tymoshenko is implicated in a half a billion dollar scam.

Azeris Try to Follow Letter of the Law

Azerbaijan struggles with new letters after last week's switch from the Cyrillic to the Latin alphabet.

It's Time for The State to Police Itself

Putin's anti-money-laundering initiatives present a brilliant opportunity to reduce state corruption.

Don't Accept Peaches From The FSB

Having apple brandy and peaches with one's own FSB escort is a story of mysterious transformations.

Playing With the Tigers

The Kremlin envisages Russia at the center of world politics, friendly, but not too close to anyone.

7 Super Cops Named to the 7 Super Regions

The Interior Ministry has named the last of the police chiefs to patrol Russia's seven super districts.

Kim Heads Back Home After a Hotel Steam Bath

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il left Moscow on Wednesday, heading home on a secrecy-shrouded train journey after abruptly canceling sightseeing plans in Moscow.

Tobin Flies Out With a Smile

Freed American student John Tobin left Russia smiling after serving half of a one-year drug sentence.

News in Brief

Flood Deaths Hit 9 VLADIVOSTOK, Far East (AP) — Nine people drowned in floods in and around Vladivostok, officials said Wednesday. Torrential rains Tuesday swept away houses and cut power and water supplies to the city. Rail and auto traffic was disrupted, and emergency workers said Wednesday they would need three days to fix a damaged segment of the Trans-Siberian railroad. The regional government declared a state of emergency, saying 25,000 people were affected by the disaster. Fifty people in Vladivostok spent Tuesday night on their rooftops, refusing to evacuate, apparently for fear of marauders. Armored personnel carriers sent to clear roads and rescue stranded residents were inundated. The rains largely ceased Wednesday. Authorities said the deluge destroyed 14 auto bridges and flooded more than 1,500 homes. Repair efforts are expected to continue till the end of the month.

Budget on Pace to Beat Forecasts

Russia's budget is better than expected this year, and analysts see a small surplus by the year's end.

FSB Man Tapped for Aeroflot Board

Aeroflot includes the FSB's economic crime chief among the list of candidates for its board of directors.

Baltika Leaps and Bounds Eastward

Baltika is preparing to invade the Russia's Far East beer markets and has no intention of stopping there.

Vimpelcom Eyes $530M Regional Investment

Vimpelcom-R, the regional arm of the Viplecom mobile operator will expand its regional network.

Slavneft, Vneshtorg Feud in Germany

Slavneft contends it doesn’t have to pay $2.6 million in loans that it guaranteed to a German bank.

Business in Brief

Golden Loses $3.5M MOSCOW (Reuters) — Top Internet provider Golden Telecom, quoted on Nasdaq, said Wednesday its second-quarter and first-half losses had widened, but was confident of equaling or beating year targets. The company reported a second-quarter net loss of $3.5 million, up from $1.9 million in the same period last year. The first-half loss came in at $7.4 million versus $5.2 million. Revenues rose to $33.9 million from $26.9 million. The company said the widening second-quarter deficit was due to an increase in amortization of intangible assets and goodwill as a result of its Internet-related acquisitions during 2000. The second-quarter loss narrowed from the first quarter, when Golden reported a $3.9 million loss. Golden, although small in international terms, is watched by emerging-markets investors as an indicator of the potential of Russia’s telecoms market and Internet, a field which it leads. N.

Izmailov Leads Loko to 3-1 Win

Lokomotiv Moscow beat Tirol Innsbruck 3-1 in a 3rd round Champions League qualifying match.

The Man Who 'Built' the Wall

BERLIN — Hagen Koch remembers vividly his bitter hatred of Americans and fear that they would re-ignite war in Germany. That passion made him an enthusiastic participant in building the Berlin Wall 40 years ago on Aug. 13, 1961. ""I drew the dividing line at the Checkpoint Charlie border,"" said 61-year-old Koch, who worked for 30 years for the Stasi secret police and had experience in map-making. Koch's story of boyhood World War II trauma, his adult embrace of Communism and eventual disillusion serves as a parable of East German history, a society that embraced the Berlin Wall but eventually crumbled as the hard-line vanguard of the Soviet bloc. East German leader Walter Ulbricht proposed closing the border in the spring of 1961. In early August, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev gave his vital approval, by which time 2.5 million East Germans had fled since 1949. Koch had joined the Stasi in 1960, seeing the brutal secret police organization as the embodiment of socialist virtue.

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