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08/14/2002

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Press Review

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

Kaliningrad Digs Up Its German Past

Avenir Ovsyanov was only 20 but can still recount in exacting detail how in 1957 he helped destroy this city's German soul.

Russian Radio Hits Miami

Something unusual has been happening recently at one of Miami's most popular Cuban radio stations: Every evening the disc jockeys start broadcasting in Russian.

News in Brief

U.S. Criticizes Minsk MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Steven Pifer criticized Belarus on Monday for isolating itself and said Minsk must choose which side it is on in the war against terror. In a video linkup from Washington, Pifer -- who in February expressed concern about reports that Belarus has sold weapons to terrorist states or groups and provided them military training -- said the country had done nothing to make its arms sales more transparent. ""In the past we have seen specific contacts by the Belarussian government with Iraq,"" Pifer said. ""After Sept. 11 of last year … all countries have to choose what side they take in the war on terrorism."" Belarus Press Freedom MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- The Belarussian government systematically violates press freedom and forces journalists to work in an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, said a New York-based media rights group.

Oil Thieves Make Off With 10M Tons a Year

Using blowtorches, rubber tubing and cisterns, Russia's oil thieves cost the industry millions of dollars as they feed off the arteries of the national pipeline system.

Sibir Joins Aeroflot on Top 50 List

Russia's No. 2 airline, Sibir, has joined flagship carrier Aeroflot on the list of the world's top 50 airlines -- but just barely.

Mosenergo Loses $25M, Eyes $70M EBRD Loan

Local power monopoly Mosenergo on Tuesday reported losses of 780 million rubles ($24.7 million) for the first half of 2002, citing unseasonably warm weather early in the year.

29 Firms in World's Top 100 Economies

Twenty-nine of the world's 100 leading economic entities are companies, with the largest -- ExxonMobil -- bigger than the economy of Pakistan, a United Nations survey showed Monday.

TV, Radio Chief Seeks $3Bln to Go Digital

The head of the state-owned television and radio transmission conglomerate on Tuesday called for the government to take a $3 billion loan to switch from analog to digital broadcasting over five years.

Business in Brief

Metatabak Withdrawal SOFIA, Bulgaria (Reuters) -- Metatabak Consortium said Tuesday it would withdraw its offer to buy 80 percent of Bulgarian tobacco monopoly Bulgartabak because it was unhappy with the tender procedure. Metatabak representative Georgi Tasev told reporters the consortium may challenge the privatization in court. The consortium's announcement follows the Bulgarian Privatization Agency's decision not to allow bidders to improve their final offers, which were submitted last month. ""We refuse to take part in a farce,"" said Metatabak's Tasev, adding that the agency was biased and had broken the rules of equality and transparency. Agency officials denied Metatabak's accusations. In July, Bulgaria received four final bids for Bulgartabak ranging from 64 million euros ($62.7 million) to 110 million euros. The agency plans to name the winner by Aug. 25. Bond Ceiling Lifted MOSCOW (Reuters) -- The Finance Ministry has increased the maximum volume of a possible 2003 Eurobond issue to $1.

Turkmenistan and Turkmenbashism

At first I could not understand the love for Turkmenistan's president Saparmurat Niyazov.

In Defense of Fatherland or Own Pocket?

Should a production plant hand over money for the development of a fifth-generation fighter?

Air Show Starts Without Stunts

The inaugural Civil Aviation air show opened Wednesday at Domodedovo Airport minus some of its major attractions: the Russian Air Force's top aerobatics teams and Italy's Frecee Tricolori stunt team, famous for its three-color smoke displays.

Explosions Kill 5 People in Chechnya

Explosions rocked a crowded Chechen city street and a bus in Grozny on Tuesday, killing at least five people and wounding several others, officials said.

Kremlin Tests Out Stain Cleaners' Skills

They came from all over the city -- nine women who deal with the mess that everyone, even presidents, leave behind.

Gunmen Snatch Dutch Worker

Three armed, masked men abducted a Dutch employee of Medecins Sans Frontieres as he drove on the outskirts of Dagestan's capital, police said Tuesday. It was the second kidnapping of an aid worker in the North Caucasus in recent weeks.

Floods Threaten Prague's Old Town

Tens of thousands of Czechs fled their historic capital for higher ground Tuesday as torrential rains turned the Vltava River into a menacing cascade and unleashed flooding elsewhere in Europe that killed at least 88 people.

Putin Pens Code for Ethical Conduct

In an attempt to boost public trust in government and maintain control over the course of administrative reform, President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree outlining the general principles of ethical conduct for public officials, calling on them to be professional, efficient and conscientious.
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