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12/23/2004

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Press Review

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

Tszyu Offered $20 Million Deal

Russian-born Australian boxer Kostya Tszyu is set to sign a multimillion-dollar four-fight deal that will include encounters with Briton Ricky Hatton and American Oscar De La Hoya, according to statements made by U.S. boxing promoter Murad Muhammad on Tuesday.

Western Russia-Baiting and MegaFon Stake Feud

Despite the need to adjust his otherwise commendable knowledge of Russian history -- there never was a 13th-century Ukraine, and Russians trace their origins to ninth-century Kievan Rus -- Eric Kraus is not only eloquent, but appears to be largely right.

Nurse Eases Childbirth for Expat Moms-to-Be

Moscow has shaped the fortunes of many foreigners in unexpected ways, but few can claim it's launched their career as a montrice, or childbirth assistant.

Don't Abandon Ukraine

Viktor Yushchenko's likely victory in next Sunday's rerun of the Ukrainian presidential election raises hopes for a stable democracy in one of the biggest countries in the post-communist world.

Repression Despite the Rose Revolution

Of all the former Soviet republics, only one has signed a formal concordat with its historically dominant church but with no other religion.

Sympathy for the National Bolsheviks

It's nothing new to say that the court system acts in favor of the authorities, whether it is dealing with so-called tax violations allegedly committed by Yukos management or the latest openly unconstitutional presidential initiative to take away the right of the population to elect the heads of regions.

Blair Steps Up Mideast Effort

British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday proposed holding an international conference in London next year to focus on Palestinian government and security reforms.

French Journalists Free After 4-Month Ordeal

Two French journalists freed from four months of captivity in Iraq were heading home on Wednesday, ending a drama that generated solidarity in France and produced a rare happy ending for hostages held by Iraqi militants.

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