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05/13/2005

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Press Review

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

Bureaucrats Take It on the Chin

I wish I'd been a Kremlin-watcher, one of those embassy folks who spent Soviet holidays peering through binoculars to make charts of where Soviet officials stood on Lenin's Mausoleum and then wrote policy papers on what this boded for the future of the Soviet Union and the fate of the world.

Freeing the Books From Bureaucrats

Most people associate accounting reform with moving to international accounting standards. However, the problem is really far broader than this. The accounting and financial reporting system in Russia absolutely has to change. And the question of whether this system will take its cues from international standards is naturally very important but is in fact redundant. The current system is less than satisfactory because it is shaped by the state and designed exclusively to protect the interests of the bureaucracy.

News in Brief

Russia Backs OSCE Budget VIENNA -- Moscow backed a budget for the OSCE rights and security watchdog on Thursday after months of wrangling over the future of the body, which has criticized elections in Russia and other former Soviet republics, diplomats said. Russia's refusal to approve the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's 2005 budget had restricted the Vienna-based institution's operations and, according to the OSCE's chief, threatened to paralyze it. ""An OSCE budget is agreed,"" a European diplomat said on condition of anonymity, adding later that the budget had been passed at the Permanent Council, the decision-making body of the 55-nation organization. (Reuters) Tbilisi Steps Up Pressure TBILISI, Georgia -- If Russian and Georgian negotiators fail to make progress in talks, Georgia's parliament will order the government to take tough steps to ensure Russian bases are closed by Jan. 1, parliamentary speaker Nino Burdzhanadze said Thursday.

News in Brief

Russia Backs OSCE Budget VIENNA -- Moscow backed a budget for the OSCE rights and security watchdog on Thursday after months of wrangling over the future of the body, which has criticized elections in Russia and other former Soviet republics, diplomats said. Russia's refusal to approve the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's 2005 budget had restricted the Vienna-based institution's operations and, according to the OSCE's chief, threatened to paralyze it. ""An OSCE budget is agreed,"" a European diplomat said on condition of anonymity, adding later that the budget had been passed at the Permanent Council, the decision-making body of the 55-nation organization. (Reuters) Tbilisi Steps Up Pressure TBILISI, Georgia -- If Russian and Georgian negotiators fail to make progress in talks, Georgia's parliament will order the government to take tough steps to ensure Russian bases are closed by Jan. 1, parliamentary speaker Nino Burdzhanadze said Thursday.

Putin Will Skip Warsaw Summit

President Vladimir Putin will not attend a summit of the Council of Europe in Warsaw on Monday and Tuesday, sending instead a delegation led by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

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