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08/11/2004

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Press Review

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

Retrial of Convicted 9/11 Suspect Begins

The retrial of the only Sept. 11 terror suspect ever convicted opened Tuesday with the United States under pressure to allow testimony by alleged key al-Qaida operatives in its custody.

Chance Meeting Led to 9/11

Two years before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, the ringleaders of the plot had a different destination in mind: Chechnya.

Istanbul Hotel Blasts Kill 2, Injure 9

Bomb explosions rocked two small Istanbul hotels and a gas plant in apparent terrorist strikes Tuesday that killed two people and injured nine others, police said.

Police Are at War With the Russian People

In the Moscow metro, a policeman walked up to a Tajik man who had no ticket and asked if he was looking to get himself shot. Before the man could answer, the policeman shot him in the mouth. The bullet passed through the man's throat and lodged in his back. Miraculously, Ruslan Baibekov survived.

A Chance to Renew Our Morality

The Olympic Games will begin, ironically enough, on Friday, Aug. 13.

Banning the Bad News in Baghdad

As interim prime minister, Iyad Allawi is supposed to be guiding Iraq toward democratic elections.

News in Brief

Bomber Identified MOSCOW (MT) -- Investigators have identified the female suicide bomber who blew herself up near the National Hotel in central Moscow last year, killing six, Kommersant reported Tuesday. The woman was Khadishat Mangeriyeva, the widow of Chechen warlord Ruslan Mangeriyev, who was killed in a military operation in July last year, the newspaper said. Mangeriyev's younger sister and another of his three wives blew themselves up last year near a security compound used by the pro-Moscow Chechen presidential administration. Khadishat Mangeriyeva disappeared a month before the blast, but a detained rebel suspect, Shamil Gelikhanov, who knew the warlord's family, confirmed that Mangeriyeva had been sent to Moscow, the report said. Gelikhanov died in a landmine blast as he tried to escape custody. Rebels Stepping Up MOSCOW (AP) -- The Federal Security Service warned Tuesday that rebels were increasing efforts aimed at disrupting Chechnya's presidential election on Aug. 29.

Defense Chiefs Talk Down Ossetia Crisis

Georgian forces and South Ossetian separatists exchanged gun and mortar fire for several hours Tuesday.

Restorers Can't Enter Church

Locked in a bitter property dispute with the Orthodox community and barred from entering their church-based offices for a week, the country's leading state-owned restoration works is appealing to Patriarch Alexy II to resolve a conflict that has dragged on for more than a decade.

Court Awards $17,000 in Transvaal Disaster

A Moscow court on Tuesday awarded 500,000 rubles ($17,000) to an 8-year-old girl whose parents died in the Transvaal water park disaster in February.

President Praises Senators

President Vladimir Putin praised senators Tuesday for approving a controversial social reform bill.

Business in Brief

Heineken No. 3 AMSTERDAM (Reuters) -- Dutch brewer Heineken boosted its position in the fast-growing domestic beer market to No. 3 Tuesday by buying two small breweries. Heineken has agreed to buy the Central European Brewing Co., which owns a majority stake in Shikhan Brewery in Sterlitamak and all of Volga Brewery in Nizhny Novgorod. It will fund the cash acquisition from available resources and its market share in Russia will rise to above 7 percent. The market share was 4.5 percent. A company spokeswoman declined to give details on the price but said Shikhan had 2003 net profits of 3.6 million euros ($4.42 million) and Volga made a profit of 1.1 million euros. With a multiple of 15, the takeover price could be some 70 million euros, analysts said. The market leader is Baltic Beverages Holding; No. 2 is Sun Interbrew. Run on Dollars MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Russians worried by recent banking turmoil rushed to their favorite safe haven, the cash dollar, in June and bought a five-year record amount of the U.S.

Brewers Hoping for Watered-Down Ban

Brewers are reacting angrily to a proposed ban on beer advertising, which only needs President Vladimir Putin's signature to become the law of the land.

The Hunt for Inner-City Nuclear Waste

The radiation experts arrived at Viktor Avram's auto repair shop last month, appearing beside the wall separating the shop from an enormous factory next door. The men warned Avram to take care where he strolled.

Final Death Knell Sounds for Rossiya

The Soviet-era Rossiya, Europe's largest hotel, will soon be demolished and replaced with a new ""multifunctional complex,"" according to an order signed by Mayor Yury Luzhkov.

Crude Oil Hits $45, Falls Back

Crude oil futures fell sharply from a new record high set earlier Tuesday on news that Iraq has resumed full exports a day after violence in the south of the country threatened the country's oil sales.

Yukos Tumbles on Share Arrest

Yukos' shares tumbled on Tuesday after court marshals rearrested the oil giant's main production unit, renewing fears that Russia's biggest oil producer will be broken up and sold off.

Central Bank Withdraws Dialog-Optim's License

The Central Bank said Tuesday it had withdrawn the license of mid-sized bank Dialog-Optim after its attempts to save the likely victim of a recent banking crisis had failed.

Taxi Feud Turns Ugly at Kursky Station

Gypsy cabbies and licensed taxi drivers are slugging it out in a turf war at Kursky Station, highlighting long-simmering rivalries in Moscow's notoriously unregulated taxi services industry.
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