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08/16/2002

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Real Economic Numbers and Rocket Myths

Moscow Times readers share their comments on the Russian economy, German scientists and Vladimir Putin.

Press Review

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

News in Brief

Putin Sports Chair MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to create a consultative council on sports that will be headed by two of the country's most prominent advertisements for physical fitness: former ice hockey star Vyacheslav Fetisov and the president himself. In signing the decree, Putin, an avid skier and martial arts enthusiast, appointed himself the council's chairman and Fetisov his deputy, the Kremlin press service announced Thursday. It said the council would help formulate state policy on sports and physical fitness. Fetisov returned to Russia in April after Putin named him head of the State Sports Committee. As a hockey player he helped the Soviet Union win two Olympic hockey titles and six world championships. He was considered by many to be the best defenseman in the world in the 1980s.

'Unsung Hero' of Cold War Dies

Meredith Knox Gardner, a U.S. Army Signal Intelligence Service code breaker whose work on encrypted KGB messages to and from Moscow during and after World War II led to the exposure of Soviet agents who spied on the U.S. atomic bomb project, died Aug. 9 at the ManorCare facility in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Earth Summit to Spur Ukraine to Action

Ukraine's environment minister has expressed his hope that this month's Johannesburg Earth Summit would help fight widespread public indifference toward environmental issues.

The Soothsayer

Football is Back! This weekend sees the start of a new Premiership season, judging by the pre-season performances I'm not looking any further than Manchester United or Arsenal for the championship.

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