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Loko Squeezed Out on Away-Goals Rule

A 10-man Lokomotiv Moscow gave up a hard-fought one-goal advantage against French league leader Monaco on Wednesday to exit the Champions League on the away-goals rule with a second-leg 1-0 defeat in Monte Carlo.

Press Review

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

$5Bln Frozen in Yukos Probe

Swiss prosecutors have frozen $4.9 billion in cash held in bank accounts belonging to major Yukos shareholders, including company founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky, in an ongoing Russian investigation into the oil giant, the Prosecutor General's Office said Thursday.

Madrid Train Bombings Kill Nearly 200

Ten terrorist bombs tore through trains and stations along a commuter line in Madrid during the height of morning rush hour Thursday, killing at least 190 people and wounding more than 1,240 in Spain's worst terrorist attack ever.

Perm Has Soft Spot for Khakamada

In a morning television appearance during a campaign visit to this town at the gateway to the Urals last Friday, liberal presidential candidate Irina Khakamada addressed residents as ""Dear Permichi"" and said she was counting on their support.

Paper: Tallies Get Changed

The Central Elections Commission has acknowledged that changes get made to vote tallies after observers leave polling stations, Novaya Gazeta reported Thursday.

Putin Calls on Voters to Show Up

President Vladimir Putin went on national television Thursday to urge Russians to use their votes Sunday -- in a clear attempt to increase the turnout of an election he is expected to win easily. The Kremlin has been reportedly concerned about a low turnout, which could embarrass Putin and weaken his mandate.

Virtually No Virtual Campaign

President Vladimir Putin snubbed televised debates with his challengers ahead of next Sunday's presidential election, but liberal presidential candidate Irina Khakamada forced him into a face-off anyway -- on the Internet.

Chechen Suicide Bomb Chief Killed

Law enforcement agents in Chechnya have killed a top commander of the Riyadus-Salikhin martyrs' brigade, which has been blamed for a series of deadly suicide attacks across Russia.

News in Brief

Qatar Detainees MOSCOW (MT) -- Qatar has extended by a month the detention of two Russian security agents accused of killing Chechnya's former President Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, Gazeta reported. Lawyers from Moscow-based Yegorov, Puginsky, Afanasyev and Partners said that they were asked by the government to defend the suspects, who were arrested Feb. 19. The detainees have met with a Russian consular official only twice since then, and a third meeting on Saturday was canceled due to ""technical reasons,"" the report said. Lawyer Dmitry Afanasyev and his assistants have not been able to receive a Qatari visa, it said. Lawyers from Britain and the United States, including former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh and a former U.S. ambassador to the UN Human Rights Commission, Jerome Shestack, are also working on the Russians' defense, Radio Russia reported Thursday.

Prime Minister Urges New Cabinet to Get to Work

Steps to reorganize government departments should be finalized over the next few weeks, Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov said Thursday at the first meeting of the new Cabinet, as he urged his ministers to get straight to work.

MSF: Russia Has Role in Kidnapping

The international humanitarian organization Medecins Sans Frontieres has accused Russian authorities of complicity in the unsolved kidnapping of a Dutch aid worker more 1 1/2 years ago.

Business in Brief

$950M Pulp Plant MOSCOW (Bloomberg) -- The Tyumen region in western Siberia plans to build a $950 million pulp and paper mill, the regional Governor Pavel Mitrofanov said Thursday, Interfax reported. The regional government is talking to Austrian, Italian and German companies on their participation in the project, Mitrofanov said, according to Interfax. The mill would have the capacity to make 400,000 tons of wood pulp a year, Interfax reported, citing Mitrofanov. Russia has more than one-fifth of the world's forests. Interfax last year reported that International Paper Co. may invest more than $200 million to expand production at the Svetogorsk Pulp and Paper Mill in Russia's north. Svetogorsk, in which International Paper owns a 90 percent stake, produced 350,600 tons of pulp and 255,000 tons of paper in 2002, the news service said.

Endorsing a Candidate Not so Easy

Traditionally, one job of a newspaper before an election is to endorse a candidate, to tell its readers whom they should vote for and why. In this election, however, the biggest decision that voters face is not whom to vote for, but whether to vote at all. Even people who line up clearly on the side of democracy cannot agree.

Cementing Status Quo

It is quite a challenge to observe the Russian presidential election campaign that culminates in Sunday's vote. Compared to the presidential campaign under way in the United States, there is hardly any campaigning taking place in the public arena.

Working on a Wince From John Kerry

A few years back, some Hollywood television producers I know were thinking about making a sitcom with Cher.

Reiman's Return Sours Markets

The market reacted negatively to the reappointment of Leonid Reiman to the new government, as investors digested the possibility that reform of the bureaucracy might not come as fast as expected.

LUKoil to Train Iraqi Oilmen While it Awaits Fate of Qurna

LUKoil, Russia's biggest oil producer, will set up a working group on oil and gas with Iraq's government and train the country's oilmen as it seeks to regain rights to a $3.5 billion oil field in the Middle Eastern state.

Rosneft Plans $1.2Bln Vankor Investment

Rosneft, Russia's largest state-owned oil company, said Thursday it would invest $1.2 billion in the giant east Siberian Vankor oil field over the next four years, but it was unclear if French major Total would join the project.
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