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07/20/2005

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Press Review

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

Was Bosnia Worth It?

If you wonder whether the 1995 American intervention in Bosnia was the right decision, go to a really horrible place, one whose name has become synonymous with genocide and Western failure. Go to Srebrenica.

No Place for a Picnic

It all started with a picnic in the countryside held in honor of the visiting Geidar Dzhemal, head of the Islamic Committee of Russia and author of the controversial book Osvobozhdeniye Islama, or the Liberation of Islam. Dzhemal had traveled to Dagestan to talk about his book and to meet with regional Muslim leaders.

News in Brief

Cameras for All Metro Cars The Moscow metro will have surveillance cameras installed in every train car by the end of next year, as part of stepped-up security measures following the London underground and bus bombings, its director said. Dmitry Gayev said the cameras would be introduced on the circle line by the end of 2005 and that one year later the surveillance system would be operational on the remainder of the metro network, Gazeta.ru reported. This would not guarantee ""that nothing will ever happen but it will make things more difficult"" for terrorists, he said Monday. In February 2004, 41 people were killed in a morning rush-hour explosion in a metro car. (AP) Doubts Over Yaponchik Acting Moscow Prosecutor Vladimir Bakun said Tuesday that he doubted the legality of a jury's decision the previous day to acquit reputed crime boss Vyacheslav Ivankov.

Nationalists Turn to City Court

A group of nationalists has asked a Moscow court to order an investigation of Jewish leaders over an ancient text that the nationalists say incites hatred, Interfax reported Tuesday.

U.S. University Professor Is Expelled From Belarus

Belarussian authorities have expelled a U.S. university professor who had been living in the country for two years.

Deputy Defense Minister in Crash

Military prosecutors are investigating a car accident involving Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Moskovsky on Sunday that resulted in the hospitalization of Moskovsky and his wife as well as of a family in another car.

Call for a Freeze on U.S. Adoptions

A senior State Duma deputy urged authorities Tuesday to impose a moratorium on U.S. citizens adopting children from Russia, following a series of deaths of Russian children in the United States.

Ex-Election Chief Slams Putin's Vote Reforms

The next national elections could be more like a Soviet-style pantomime than a democratic vote after President Vladimir Putin shook up voting rules, a respected former election chief said.

Ukrainian Traffic Police Officers Confused

Ukraine's traffic police were confused about their fate Tuesday, a day after President Viktor Yushchenko said he wanted to disband the 23,000-member traffic police department because of widespread corruption.

Media Rules Struck From Terrorism Bill

An anti-terrorism bill has been stripped of regulations that would apply to media organizations during terrorist attacks, the head of the State Duma Security Committee said Tuesday.

Business in Brief

GDP Growth Slows in H1 Gross domestic product probably expanded 5.6 percent in the first half of the year, slower than 7.9 percent in the same period a year ago, Interfax reported, citing Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref. The government expects the country's economy will probably expand about 5.8 percent this year, slower than the 7.1 percent growth of 2004. Russian industrial output rose in June, following a decline in May, and a pickup in demand for consumer goods and food suggests economic growth may meet the government's target of at least 5.8 percent this year. (Bloomberg) S&P Affirms Russia Rating LONDON -- Standard & Poor's affirmed its investment-grade rating for Russia at BBB- with a stable outlook on Tuesday, saying that the credit rating, while underpinned by a strong fiscal position, was constrained by political risks.

U.S. Offers India Nuclear Technology

U.S. President George W. Bush agreed to share civilian nuclear technology with India, reversing decades of U.S. policies designed to discourage countries from developing nuclear weapons.

Key Nuclear Dispute Is Resolved

Washington and Moscow have resolved a liability dispute that had blocked the implementation of a key U.S.-funded nuclear threat reduction program in Russia for more than two years, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.

Swiss Court Keeps Adamov in Prison

Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court has ruled that former Nuclear Power Minister Yevgeny Adamov must remain in jail pending extradition requests from the United States and Russia, the Swiss justice ministry said Tuesday.

Report: Auchan to Open New Chain

Special to the Moscow Times French retailer Auchan will open its first Atac supermarket in Russia in September as part of the group's ongoing expansion into the region, Vedomosti reported Tuesday, citing an internal company document.

Spain's SEAT Backs Out of Russian Auto Market

Spanish automaker SEAT has decided to stay out of Russia's booming car market and will not open a chain of dealerships here, parent company Volkswagen Group Rus said Tuesday.

Banks Rush to Lend to Rosneft

State-owned oil producer Rosneft is negotiating a $7.3 billion loan, the biggest ever in the country, with Morgan Stanley and five other banks, lenders involved in the talks said.

Road Attack in Chechnya Kills 14

Attackers opened fire Tuesday on a minibus carrying security forces in Chechnya, and then set off a bomb when a second vehicle came to help.

IT Industry Alarmed Over Future Work Force

The IT industry is sending an urgent warning that plans to turn Russia into a high-tech powerhouse will fail unless government and business pay more attention to educating a new generation of specialists.
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