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08/01/2003

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Church Meets State in a Closed City

President Putin came to the closed city of Sarov on Thursday -- home of one of the Orthodox Church's most revered saints and heart of the Soviet nuclear weapons program.

Spiritual Uplift Just a Cellphone Call Away

Until this summer, cellphone users could only download erotic pictures, catch up on the latest stock prices and see tomorrow's weather forecast. But as of July, they can deal with matters more spiritual by listening to religious services pitched at the Orthodox believer.

Putin Puts Conditions on Nuclear Tests

President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia would continue refraining from nuclear tests only on the condition that other nuclear powers do not conduct them either.

News in Brief

Army's Tushino Flap MOSCOW (AP) -- The chief of the Airborne Troops angrily lashed out at the military's General Staff for canceling a weekend event honoring his forces that was to have been held at Tushino. The Defense Ministry said it would be inappropriate to hold Paratroopers Day festivities at the Tushino airfield, where explosives set off by two suicide bombers during a July 5 rock concert killed 15 bystanders and injured scores of others. A ministry spokesman said Thursday that the celebrations planned for Saturday would not be held at Tushino for ethical reasons. But the Airborne Troops chief, Colonel General Georgy Shpak, blamed the decision on ""intrigues"" within the Defense Ministry. In an interview published Thursday, Shpak told the daily Komsomolskaya Pravda that that his ""men feel indignation, but they are laughing at the same time"" at the ""petty gibes"" from the top military brass.

St. Pete Culture Works On the Art of Business

Not so long ago, the suggestion that Russian museums should sell coffee mugs bearing paintings from their collections was regarded as something just short of blasphemy.

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