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

The Kremlin's New Confidence

It is a pity that deputy chief of staff Vladislav Surkov rarely gives interviews to the Russian and foreign media.

Now That Gazprom Is Ours

Last Friday, the government announced that it had acquired a controlling stake in Russia's largest company, the natural gas monopoly Gazprom.

Growing Nuclear Blindness

Last week, the launch of a military communications satellite from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the Archangelsk region ended in a crash six minutes into the flight.

Freedom's Grim Wings Flap Past the President

One day, Vladimir Vladimirovich™ Putin was walking down a long Kremlin corridor thinking about how to avoid getting elected for a third term.

Rumsfeld Sees a Long Battle for Iraq

The defense secretary also confirms reports that U.S. military representatives have been in secret talks with insurgency leaders.

Jordan Bans Novel by Hussein

Jordan has banned Saddam Hussein's new novel on the grounds that the tale of an Arab tribesman who defeats a foreign intruder could hurt relations between the two countries, censors and the publisher said on Sunday.

Freedom or Hate? France Decides

According to William Goldnadel, the 4 euros he won in a recent court case here is a windfall for Jews in France. Others only see it adding to a deficit of free speech in Europe.

Bulgarians Wanted Change, Not a Car or Mobile Phone

A Bulgarian government lottery aimed at increasing voter turnout by offering the chance to win a car, a mobile phone and other prizes failed to draw people to the polls as turnout fell to a record low, government data released Monday showed.

Iran's New President Rocketed to the Top

In choosing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian voters elevated a blacksmith's son who has made more of his modest background and frugal ways than his revolutionary credentials or political experience.

Kabul Fights to Save Heritage

Kabul was once a fabled city of gardens and fruit orchards beloved by the Mogul emperor Babur and serenaded by Persian poets, but little of its glorious past is evident today.

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