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02/25/2003

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Putin Plans 4-Nation Free Trade Zone

Vladimir Putin and the leaders Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan signed a joint declaration Sunday to increase economic cooperation by creating a free trade zone.

LUKoil Buys Stake in Affiliate for $400M

Top oil firm LUKoil said Friday that it had bought a small stake in an affiliate for a generous $398 million to further consolidate assets, but analysts questioned the deal's transparency.

Expat.ru Changes Ownership

The new owners of Expat.ru say they will introduce some long-awaited improvemets to the popular site.

Kudrin Says OECD Ready for Russia

Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said Friday that Russia was ready to take the first steps toward joining the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Abortions Lead to Widespread Infertility

Health specialists call women like Katya Yesipova one of the more lasting legacies of a Soviet health system that for decades viewed abortion as the main form of birth control.

A Constitutional Cakewalk

Unfortunately, Valery Zorkin's return as chairman of the Constitutional Court is no more than symbolic.

Earthquake of 1988 Still Leaves a Bad Scar

50,000 were killed and several cities and villages were destroyed by the earthquake that rocked Armenia.

Mirnyi Wants Minsk's Attention

Max Mirnyi stormed to his first career title with a 7-6, 6-4 victory over local favorite Raemon Sluiter at the World Indoor Tournament final Sunday.

Hunt for Toys Leads to Retail Chain

Malenky Geny, a three-outlet chain of educational toy stores, has been far more successful than its owner, Albina Yermakova, could have ever expected.

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