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Press Review

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

Nobel Prizes, Gay Marriage and U.S. as Policeman

To give the Nobel Peace Prize to Mikheil Saakashvili or Viktor Yushchenko before they have delivered on their campaign promises would be insulting those who actually earned the prize before them.

Listening to the True Voice of the Iraqis

The voter turnout for the Iraqi National Assembly elections last Sunday exceeded all expectations -- including the publicly stated expectations of the George W. Bush administration.

The Kremlin's Double Standards

I don't want to insult the people in charge of Russia's foreign policy, but the recent behavior of officials toward the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe resembles a bull in a china shop.

Odd Mix of Left and Right

Nineteen State Duma deputies petitioned the Prosecutor General to ban Jews.

Cabinet's Tax Changes Highly Contradictory

On one hand, President Vladimir Putin recently approved liberal proposals from Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin that would limit the arbitrary rule of the tax authorities.

Police: No Skinheads in Moscow

Moscow police chief Vladimir Pronin put in his two cents about reports of organized skinhead activity in the capital, saying there couldn't be a problem because there are no skinheads.

Ukrainian Lawmaker Calls for Missile Probe

A senior lawmaker on Wednesday called for Ukraine's prosecutor general to investigate possible sales of nuclear-capable cruise missiles to Iran and China in violation of international nonproliferation treaties.

News in Brief

Yushchenko and NATO BRUSSELS (Reuters) -- New Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko will come to NATO headquarters for a summit with U.S. President George W. Bush and alliance leaders on Feb. 22, a NATO source said Wednesday. The source said Ukraine had requested a summit-level meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission during Bush's first visit to Europe after his inauguration for a second term last month. NATO canceled a ministerial meeting with Ukraine in December over the rigging of the presidential election, in which then-Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych initially claimed victory. China Security Talks MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia and China will hold regular security consultations, President Vladimir Putin and visiting Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan announced Wednesday. Tang said Beijing does not have such consultations with any other country.

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