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05/24/2005

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Press Review

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

Saudi Support Betrays Democratic Dissidents

U.S. President George W. Bush has publicly cited Saudi Arabia's local and limited council elections as evidence that the kingdom is joining a regional shift toward greater political freedom. Better that he talk about Ali Dumaini, Matrouk Faleh and Abdullah Hamed, three intellectuals who were sentenced to lengthy prison terms for advocating liberal democracy.

The Military's New Clothes

As the duke in the famous film about Baron von Munchhausen put it, you cannot go to war if your soldiers are dressed in last season's jackets.

Court Issues Free Pass to Kill Civilians

A 12-member jury of the North Caucasus Military District Court in Rostov-on-Don decided last week that Captain Eduard Ulman and three subordinates were simply obeying orders when they killed six Chechen civilians in January 2002 and should not be held responsible.

Diplomatic Joy Ride

International diplomacy takes place on many levels. It is not just secret negotiations, but carefully planned photo ops as well.

A Bad Break for Russians, Rich and Poor

How have analysts reacted over the last five years to President Vladimir Putin's economic initiatives?

Finnish Fund Eyes Russian Real Estate

A consortium of Finnish companies has unveiled a joint plan to expand investment into the Russian and Baltic real estate markets

Central Europe Housing Booms

Mike Judge has sold so many Warsaw flats to rich fellow Irishmen in the last six months that now he's selling them whole buildings instead.

British Land to Buy Retail Parks

British Land, Britain's second-biggest property developer, agreed to buy Pillar Property in an offer valuing the smaller competitor at 811 million pounds ($1.5 billion) to add retail parks such as Glasgow Fort in Scotland.

Russian Debt Collectors Put On a New Face

More and more Russians are borrowing -- which means an increasing number of people are not paying back their loans.

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