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

Myskina to Quit Fed Cup Team

Anastasia Myskina announced on Tuesday that she would be stepping down from Russian Fed Cup duty.

Inviting Transformation

Traveling through Turkey last year with an international group of journalists, I heard a consistent message from government officials and human rights groups: keep the European Union talks going.

Miers Has Yet To Show Her Credentials

U.S. President George W. Bush's choice of Harriet Miers, White House legal counsel, for the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the recently retired Sandra Day O'Connor is perplexing -- not least for his conservative supporters.

Right Idea on the Wrong Track

It's like hearing an inferior cover of a favorite song: the words and notes are there, but somehow, it still doesn't sound like the real thing. So it was when Nashi, the pro-Kremlin youth movement, issued a demand for a renewed investigation of the events of October 1993.

Did Russia's Liberals Really Fight for This?

Back in October 1993, the reformers vanquished the anti-reformers. The Soviet system, which existed like a parasite on a senseless paternalistic system of oil in return for imports, was liquidated, and a liberal economy was started up.

The Man Who Fits the Bill

Russian politics have not become any more predictable since President Boris Yeltsin appointed Vladimir Putin prime minister in August 1999 and proceeded to name him as his successor.

Mushy Fruit Has Meaning for Azeri Democracy

The road to Gunahir village, an isolated enclave of 2,500 in the Talysh Mountains, is little more than a muddy, rutted tributary of the river it follows.

An Independent Courts Anger in Campaign

For Dadas Alisov, a candidate in Azerbaijan's upcoming parliamentary elections, most voter meetings begin with several tense minutes of pure rage. He listens as old men hammer him with questions about their future and whether they will ever see their homes again.

For $110, One Chilling Day in a Hot Zone

Passing through the first checkpoint, marked by a couple of low-slung buildings and a red-and-white pole across an otherwise desolate road, is an anticlimactic affair: A police officer sidles up, scans an official letter of invitation and glances into the back of the van before waving it on into the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

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