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03/22/2002

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Russia Is World's No. 1 Oil Producer

According to estimates compiled by the Paris-based International Energy Agency, Russia pumped 7 million barrels per day last month compared to Saudi Arabia's 6.9 million barrels per day.

Bell Tolls for Tram No. 23, Students Fear

The city's plan to tear up a line of tram tracks and clear the way for the Third Ring Road has stirred up a grassroots protest among Moscow's tram-loving public.

City Gives Pensioners a Little Credit

Officials say that a new social security card, which combines a photo I.D., travel pass, proof of medical insurance and ATM/Visa card, will save the city millions.

Tymoshenko Appeals to the West

Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko appealed to the West on Thursday to help ensure a fair parliamentary poll later this month, saying authorities were pursuing a ""brutal"" campaign against her and other parties.

Anthrax Laboratory Fighting for Power

Located in Obolensk some 90 kilometers to the south of Moscow, the State Center for Applied Microbiology has not paid its utility bill since October 1998 and now owes 43.5 million rubles ($1.4 million) to Mosenergo.

Duma Urges Ustinov to Spur Probe Into Furniture Dispute

A months-long spat between the State Customs Committee and the Prosecutor General's Office heated up with the State Duma stepping into the fray.

Stepashin Follows Chechnya Cash Trail

Audit Chamber head Sergei Stepashin met with Chechen officials to discuss alleged mismanagement of federal funds Thursday while federal troops launched their largest military sweep of Grozny in six months.

Nuclear Weapons Pact Nears Approval

Top Russian and U.S. arms negotiators began a two-day round of talks Thursday aimed at agreeing on a new reduction in the two countries' nuclear arsenals.

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