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01/20/2005

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Press Review

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

The Next Colored Revolution?

Central Asia is confronting the first succession crisis of the post-communist era.

Nothing Changes in Horrible Hospitals

This week, I read in the local media about disturbing events at a maternity hospital.

Method to Putin's Madness

The current regime's economic policy appears rather strange at first glance.

Pensions Shrink While Officials Stall Reform

The pensions of 250,000 Russians are trapped in limbo in the State Pension Fund and are slowly but surely losing value to inflation, only because the government has proven completely incapable of confirming the standard form for contracts between state pension organizations and private pension funds.

In-Form Safin Gives Sister Some Advice

Marat Safin moved into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday before offering younger sister Dinara some brotherly advice -- grow up.

Draft Dodging, Khodorkovsky and Pensioners

You reported that Russia, flush with oil revenue windfalls and massive hard currency reserves, has decided to raise the minimum wage starting in the new year to a whopping 5 rubles or 15 cents per hour.

Kuznetsova in Scorching Form

Svetlana Kuznetsova shrugged off the doping row clouding her Australian Open campaign to reach the third round Wednesday and was swiftly joined by men's champion Roger Federer and Serena Williams.

No Chess Unification as Kasparov Pulls Out

Garry Kasparov says he is withdrawing from a FIDE world championship match that had been scheduled this spring because he has suffered financial and psychological damage from the match's repeated postponement, his office said Wednesday.

British Abuse Photos Surface

Iraq returned to haunt Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday as pictures of British soldiers apparently abusing Iraqis were splashed over newspapers in an echo of last year's Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

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