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07/16/2004

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Press Review

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

News in Brief

Qatar Appeal DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Two Russian intelligence agents sentenced to 25 years in jail after being convicted of assassinating a Chechen rebel leader lodged appeals Wednesday against their verdicts, their lawyer, Mohsen al-Suweidy, said. On June 30, a Qatari court found the Russian agents guilty of assassinating Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, a rebel leader and former Chechen president, and said the killing was carried out with the backing of ""Russian leadership."" Vladivostok Election MOSCOW (MT) -- Central Elections Commission chief Alexander Veshnyakov accused Vladivostok authorities Thursday of not being able to find a ""democratic"" solution to the crisis around the mayoral runoff. Veshnyakov said the decision of a Vladivostok court Monday to bar State Duma Deputy Viktor Cherepkov from taking part in the runoff this Sunday is a ""misuse of power."" The court ruled that Cherepkov abused his powers as a deputy while campaigning in the first round of the election, which was held July 4.

Business in Brief

VimpelCom Numbers MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov has agreed to allocate new numbering capacity for No. 2 mobile phone operator VimpelCom, Vedomosti reported Thursday, quoting unnamed sources. Fradkov has signed a ruling allowing the new capacity, which would allow VimpelCom to avoid a slowdown in subscriber growth, the sources said. ""This is very positive news for the company, which is in the worst position of the big three mobile operators,"" Aton brokerage said in a research note. German Debt Talks MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Russia hopes the unilateral securitization of part of its debt by Germany will lead to a reduction in the cost of servicing its Paris Club borrowings, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said Thursday. Germany sold 5 billion euros ($6.2 billion) of Russian credit-linked notes at the beginning of July without any agreement with Russia as to the terms of the sale.

A Lot of Sand in Whitehall Machine

After the sound and fury of the U.S. Senate's report on intelligence about Iraq comes the robust but ultimately unthreatening emollience of the Whitehall mandarin.

Ford Fuels New Kind of Industrial Revolution

For Gennady Vovoyev, the best thing about working in Russia's first auto factory built, owned and operated by a foreign company is not the salary and benefits.

A Kinder, Subtler Mafia Takes Over

Here in the harsh, tawny hills of central Sicily, proud residents of Corleone are trying to take back the name immortalized by Marlon Brando and made synonymous with the Cosa Nostra

Bush's Gay Marriage Ban Defeated

U.S. President George W. Bush on Wednesday failed in his attempt to amend the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage when a divided Senate blocked the measure, virtually killing it for at least this election year.

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