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01/30/2004

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Envisaging a Joined-Up Europe

A lot of professional diplomats and foreign policy experts fear 2004 may be a difficult year for European Union-Russia relations. As the EU celebrates its landmark enlargement to a union of 25 members on May 1, Russia is worried that the new political and economic configuration of Europe places it at a disadvantage.

Linguistic Contributions Mostly Welcome

If you were just judging by the language, the predominance of borrowed words in the world of Russian philanthropy might lead you to think it arrived from the West along with chewing gum, music videos and popcorn in movie theaters. Alas, this is another case of reinventing the linguistic wheel.

Rejuvenated Safin Ousts Agassi to Reach Final

Marat Safin's excellent Australian Open adventure continues.

Soccer Chief Calls for New Doping Controls

Vyacheslav Koloskov, the president of the Russian Soccer Union, has called for tougher doping controls in Russia in the wake of Yegor Titov's positive drugs test.

Press Review

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

News in Brief

Gypsy Cab Attack MOSCOW (MT) -- A killer apparently hitched a ride in a gypsy taxi cab to the scene of the crime and then rode away with the unperturbed driver. The unidentified suspect climbed out of a VAZ-2104 sedan on Ulitsa Yeletskoi in southern Moscow on Wednesday night and began beating three women with a club, Interfax reported, citing eyewitnesses. One woman died, and the other two were hospitalized with serious injuries. The attacker then got back in the car and rode off. Later Wednesday night, police located the car and questioned its driver. The driver said the suspect asked him to drive to Ulitsa Yeletskoi and then take him to a neighboring street, where he got out. It was unclear whether the driver had witnessed the attack. Police were looking for the suspect Thursday. Bomb Found MOSCOW (AP) -- Residents of an apartment building in central Moscow discovered a bomb in a corridor early Thursday, police said.

Powell Delivered a First Warning

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell faced a barrage of questions during his visit to Russia this week, but few were more pointed than the one from a woman named Kristina who submitted an e-mail query during Powell's interview with Ekho Moskvy radio.

Business in Brief

$82.7Bln in Reserves MOSCOW (Bloomberg) -- Foreign currency and gold reserves rose $3.6 billion to a record, the biggest weekly increase since July 1998, as the Central Bank bought dollars to slow the appreciation of the ruble, traders and economists said. Reserves climbed to a record $82.7 billion in the week to Jan. 23, the Central Bank said, the biggest weekly gain since July 1998. ""With oil high and the ruble expected to appreciate further against the dollar, banks and exporters are increasing sales of dollars and the Central Bank remains the only main buyer,"" said Vladimir Tikhomirov, an economist at NIKoil Bank. ""In political contacts it has been noted that one could see it as a political package and I'm quite confident that on both issues we will see movement"" in the first half of 2004, he said. Kudrin: FDI Up 62% MOSCOW (Reuters) -- The country received $6.

Yukos Says Sibneft Split Not Final

Embattled oil firm Yukos said on Thursday its estranged merger partner Sibneft had not provided an acceptable divorce proposal and that the merger was still ""fully in place"".

RSPP Floats Merger With 2 Associations

The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, or RSPP, commonly known as ""the oligarchs' union,"" has announced that it wants to merge with two associations devoted to small and medium-sized businesses.

Aeroflot Threatens to Move Out

Aeroflot could move out of Sheremetyevo Airport following the company's loss in a government tender to run the airport, the airline's CEO said Thursday.

40 Russian Firms Accused of Hussein Ties

More than 40 Russian companies, including entities linked to the Russian Orthodox Church, the Communist Party and the Liberal Democratic Party, allegedly took part in an illegal kickback scheme for trading Iraqi oil under Saddam Hussein's regime, according to documents obtained by Baghdad-based newspaper al-Mada.

'93 Tender Won by Exxon Annulled

Raising new fears about foreign investor rights, the government on Thursday canceled the results of a 1993 tender for the Sakhalin-3 gas and oil project that was won by a consortium led by the world's largest oil company, ExxonMobil.

Rampant E-Mail Virus Traced to Russia

MyDoom, the fastest-proliferating computer virus ever, has been traced to Russia.

Putin? Zhirinovsky? No, It's Galkin

Close your eyes and you hear Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zhirinovsky bantering back and forth.

FSB in a Huff About 4,400 Books

The Federal Security Service late last month seized a shipment of the book ""The FSB Blows Up Moscow"" in what it called an effort to protect state secrets, but an ensuing scandal has done more to tarnish than burnish its credibility, the book's Moscow retailer and human rights activists said Thursday.

Anti-Graft Journalist Is Arrested

The editor of a controversial web site that claims to battle corruption has been arrested and charged with extortion.

Koptev: Satellite Deal Will Be Signed Soon With India

Moscow and New Delhi will sign an agreement this year for India to help Russia develop its Glonass satellite navigation system, which needs more satellites to have a global reach, Russian Aviation and Space Agency chief Yury Koptev said Thursday.

UN: Grozny Too Unsafe for Mission

A senior UN official said Thursday that he had received assurances from the government that refugees from Chechnya would not be forced to return to a republic that remains too unsafe for a permanent UN mission.

Bolton Talks Nonproliferation

U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton opened talks Thursday with high-ranking officials on promoting nonproliferation, including a Washington initiative on intercepting vessels and aircraft suspected of carrying components of weapons of mass destruction.
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