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05/27/2005

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Press Review

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

Russians Ease Into 3rd Round

Ice-cool under a blistering sun, Maria Sharapova repelled the free hitting of French wildcard Aravane Rezai and the hopes of a Roland Garros crowd to reach the third round of the claycourt grand slam on Thursday, and compatriot Marat Safin overcame early resistance to beat Czech Lukas Dlouhy.

Iran Agrees to Freeze Nuclear Activity

The foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany persuaded Iran on Wednesday to continue its freeze on nuclear activities, averting a diplomatic crisis that could have led to punitive international measures against Iran.

The Mysterious Mr. Isakov

Recently, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on investigations of the U.S. Senate essentially accused Russia of receiving bribes from Saddam Hussein in exchange for lobbying for the Iraqi dictator's interests in the UN Security Council.

Blithely Blabbing Away

Russians are great talkers. One of my friends, who can easily spend 12 hours straight sitting at the kitchen table chatting, calls herself an artist of the conversational genre.

Business in Brief

TNK-BP 'Optimistic' TNK-BP is optimistic about the outcome of government talks over a back tax claim of nearly $1 billion for 2001, TNK-BP president Robert Dudley said Thursday, Interfax reported. ""We are continuing to study the documents. Negotiations are going well,"" Dudley told reporters at a news conference. ""We remain in an optimistic mood."" News that the company had received a claim of 22 billion rubles to boost its total outstanding claims to 26 billion rubles ($928 million) severely rattled investors last month. Since then, however, President Vladimir Putin offered a show of support for the company during a Kremlin meeting. (MT) Sibneft: No '04 Dividend Sibneft said Thursday that it would not pay a dividend for 2004 after massive payments in 2003, as its owners are still trying to recover a stake that was involved in a failed merger with Yukos. The country's No. 5 oil firm said in a statement that it would channel its net profit for 2004, which was earlier reported at 45.58 billion rubles ($1.

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