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06/14/2005

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Press Review

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

Kyrgyz Hand Over 4 Refugees

Kyrgyzstan's security services have sent home four Uzbeks who fled a government crackdown in the eastern town of Andijan last month, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday.

Lawmaker Gunned Down in Bishkek

A leading Kyrgyz lawmaker and businessman was shot dead close to the main government building in the capital, Bishkek, police said, highlighting the instability in the country.

Uzbek's Return From the Grave

Qasimjan Ermatov had not been back to Uzbekistan since he was drafted into the Soviet Army in 1985 and sent to fight the U.S.-backed mujahedin in Afghanistan.

Going Home Via Terrorist Trails

They pay off Iranian mobsters and Tajik border guards, buy forged passports and visas for $300 a pop and rely on the whispered advice of an international network of Muslims who help militants slip undetected across borders from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan.

Exterminating Corruption

Under communist rule, the term ""gulag"" always seemed to come to mind first when describing the Soviet political regime.

The Devil Is in the Debt Relief Details

The campaign for debt relief has achieved a great victory. British Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown went on television last Thursday to promise a landmark deal to forgive $55 billion owed to multilateral institutions by some of the poorest countries in the world.

The Bright Side of Brain Drain

The Defense Ministry announced last Thursday that the number of universities and institutes certified to provide military training would be slashed from 229 to 30 by 2010.

From Graduates to Grunts

Last week the Defense Ministry announced the end of an era: The ministry will all but do away with training civilian university students to become reserve officers, a practice that has existed for more than 50 years.

Life Lessons for Putin From Sultan of Brunei

One day, Vladimir Vladimirovich™ Putin was watching a debate show featuring television personality Ksenia Anatolyevna Sobchak and State Duma Deputy Yevgeny Borisovich Balashov.

U.S. Congressional Panel Urges UN Reforms

A report to be released this week by a panel convened by Congress will recommend number of changes to the organization.

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