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12/14/2004

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Press Review

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

Stalin-Era Ukraina to Get a 4-Star Makeover

City Hall has announced it will hold a tender early next year to renovate the 200-meter-high Ukraina, Moscow's tallest hotel, in order to turn it into an international-standard four-star property by 2007.

Fantasy Island Offers Luxury at Fantastic Prices

Eyeing the success of gated communities that target wealthy foreigners who are ready to pay more than $10,000 per month for a safe and comfortable place to live, a new development catering to the small but prosperous sector has appeared on the market.

Housing Market About to Revive, Experts Say

With unfulfilled demand, high oil prices and the depreciating dollar, Moscow real estate prices have no way to go but up.

Today's Real Motive: Government Greed

Many experts have speculated about why President Vladimir Putin and his narrow circle seem so determined to lead Russia in a self-defeating direction.

New PR for an Old Missile

President Vladimir Putin declared last month that the military is preparing to deploy new weapons ""that no other state will have anytime soon.""

Ideological Sabotage on the Kurils

One day Vladimir Vladimirovich™ Putin was sitting in his Kremlin office watching Mikhail Vladimirovich Leontyev and Boris Yefimovich Nemtsov squaring off on the current affairs program ""K Baryeru!""

Bomb Strikes Central Baghdad

A suicide car bomber killed at least seven Iraqis at an entrance to Baghdad's Green Zone government and U.S. diplomatic compound on Monday, a year to the day since U.S. forces captured Saddam Hussein.

Attack in Gaza Strains Pre-Election Relations

The new Palestinian leadership is not doing enough to restrain militants, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday, after attackers blew up an Israeli army outpost in Gaza and killed five soldiers.

Berlusconi Acquitted, Ally Linked to Mafia

A close political ally of Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi was convicted of ties with the Sicilian Mafia this weekend and sentenced to nine years in prison.

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