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09/30/2005

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Press Review

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

Charm and Consumerism Work Wonders

Anybody watching President Vladimir Putin sipping from a teacup during three hours of questions on Tuesday could not have failed to be struck by his composure and confidence. Here was a president in full control of his brief, whether it was a softball question on living standards or a more delicate inquiry over military conscription. Putin, the man in control, was defending Russia's territorial integrity in the Kuril Islands one moment and fixing the plumbing for pensioners in Stavropol the next.

Scratch a Russian Word, Find a Tatar One

In 1224, a Russian chronicler wrote: ""For our sins, unknown tribes came. No one knows who they are, nor whence they came, nor what their faith is, but they call them Tatars."" These horsemen from the East appeared like a bolt from the blue, pillaged and plundered, and then reigned over Russia for nearly 250 years.

Wave of Violence Kills Scores in Iraq

At least 60 people die in a series of car bombings north of Baghdad.

3 Gunmen Shot in West Bank

Israeli soldiers killed three Palestinian gunmen in arrest raids in the West Bank early Thursday, pressing on with an offensive against militants even as Palestinian officials said they had begun enforcing a ban on public weapons displays.

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