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05/20/2004

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Press Review

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

Moscow Outsider for 2012 Olympics

Moscow has found itself as an outsider in the most heavyweight battle in bid history for the right to host the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The System Is the Message

Once upon a time there was a land called the Soviet Union, and in that land advertising was almost non-existent.

Talking Turkey: Time to Start Accession Talks

Only weeks after starting to digest its biggest enlargement, European Union leaders must soon decide whether to give Turkey -- which could become the EU's most populous member state -- the go-ahead to start accession negotiations.

The Wastrel Son

He was a stock character in 19th-century fiction: The wastrel son who runs up gambling debts in the belief that his wealthy family, concerned for its prestige, will have no choice but to pay off his creditors.

Ukraine Is Not Russia

Russia now has its ""managed democracy"" -- what it does with it is a different matter.

Abu Ghraib Soldier Gets One Year

Specialist Jeremy Sivits received the maximum penalty Wednesday -- one year in prison, reduction in rank and a bad conduct discharge -- in the first court-martial stemming from mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.

Ukraine's Iraq Force Will Stay

Opponents of Ukraine's military participation in the U.S.-led coalition force in Iraq failed to win enough votes in parliament on Wednesday to force a pullout of its 1,600 soldiers.

Israelis Fire on Gaza Protesters

Israeli forces opened fire on a protest march in a besieged Gaza refugee camp Wednesday, killing eight Palestinians and raising the death toll in Israel's heaviest raid in the Gaza Strip in years to 31.

Spaso Rent Dispute, Nuclear Reactor and GUM

I read with disappointment and disgust Matt Bivens' column regarding the United States' refusal to renegotiate with Russia the Spaso House rent contract under which the United States currently pays the ruble equivalent of $3 a year.

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