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08/20/2004

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Press Review

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

News in Brief

Weightlifter Assaulted MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian-born Ecuadorean weightlifter who was assaulted last week in Podolsk outside Moscow has been transferred to a hospital in the capital, Interfax reported. A friend said last week that Boris Burov, a nationalized Ecuadorean from Russia who won gold in the 105-kilogram division at last summer's Pan American Games, was brutally beaten on Aug. 11 in Podolsk, where he was training for the Athens Olympic Games. Interfax reported Wednesday that Burov had been beaten by five unknown assailants but his life was not in danger. Bear Trainer Kills Self MOSCOW (MT) -- One of the country's best-known animal trainers has killed himself, Interfax reported Thursday. The body of bear trainer Valery Zapashny, 53, was found in a hotel room near a local circus in the city of Kursk after he had hung himself, a police spokesman told Interfax. Komsomolskaya Pravda said the death may have been related to a disagreement with his uncle Mstislav Zapashny, director of the Russian City Circus.

Astrakhan Leader Invited to Kremlin

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday met with the acting governor of Astrakhan, one of 20 regions that will elect top leaders by the end of this year, and signaled his support for the official's candidacy.

Heavy Fighting Rages Near South Ossetian Capital

Georgian government forces engaged separatists in battles for strategic areas near South Ossetia's capital on Thursday in some of the worst fighting in the breakaway region since a war more than a decade ago.

Meskhetian Turks Find New Refuge

They started their new life with what would fit in their suitcases -- clothes for their daughters and wedding gifts: an ornate rug, a blue-and-white tea set and porcelain fish standing on their tails.

Subs 'Invade' Stockholm for a Naval Anniversary

Five foreign submarines glided slowly into Stockholm's downtown harbor in full view of four Swedish counterparts docked near the royal castle. It was not the prelude to a battle, however, but a peaceful display of unity.

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