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$150M Polish Contract MOSCOW (MT) -- A Polish construction company has been awarded a $150 million contract to build a housing complex in downtown Moscow. Polish Mostostal-Export president Michal Skipietrow confirmed the signing of the contract, but would not reveal the name of the project's Russian investors or confirm the investment sum. ""We're a listed company and we have to give out information, but I don't want to make our Russian partners angry,"" he said. Afghan Gas Project MOSCOW (MT) -- Rosneft and Itera will begin work on the reconstruction of Afghanistan's shattered gas industry next month, Interfax reported Thursday. A team of Russian specialists is due to arrive in Mazar-i-Sharif in mid-October to assess what is left of the war-torn nation's Soviet-built gas infrastructure. The two companies are expected to sink an initial $30 million to $50 million into the project, the news agency reported.

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Duma to Ratify Treaty MOSCOW (AP) -- The State Duma is likely to ratify a new U.S.-Russian arms control treaty this fall, lawmakers said Thursday. ""I think that the Duma will ratify the treaty by the end of the year,"" said Konstantin Kosachev, deputy chairman of the Duma's international affairs committee. The treaty calls for the United States and Russia to cut their deployed strategic nuclear arsenals over the next decade to between 1,700 and 2,200 warheads each. U.S. President George W. Bush and President Vladimir Putin signed the treaty in May. Deputy Foreign Minister Georgy Mamedov told lawmakers Thursday that the government would submit the treaty to the Duma by the end of the month. ""Russia shouldn't artificially rush the ratification process,"" Mamedov said, Itar-Tass reported.

Rest of the World Upsets Russia

The international chess team pulled off a major upset Wednesday by defeating the Russian team in a Kremlin tournament called the Match of the Century.

From Kyoto to Drugs, Tennis to Draft Dodging

The Moscow Times readers share their thoughts on topics from the Kyoto Protocol to draft dodging.

Georgia, Iraq Two Sides of Same Coin

President Putin's keen eye for analogies in international power politics has paid off once again.

Words With Which to Wet One's Whistle

It's no wonder that Russians have lots of words and expressions for drinking.

Worst-Case Scenario

Like most Americans, I've reflected this week on the personal impact of the tragedy of Sept. 11, recalling most vividly the trauma of emptiness I felt in the pit of my stomach as I watched the towers of the World Trade Center vanish from my television screen.

Afghan Farmers Stick With Cannabis

Obeying a Taliban edict, many cannabis cultivators stopped growing the plant used to make hashish when the hard-line Islamic militia was in power.

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