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04/11/2006

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Ahead of Chernobyl's 20th Anniversary

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov has pledged 20 million hryvna ($4 million) to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the deadly explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the world's worst-ever nuclear accident.

Press Review

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

The Charges Hussein Must Not Dodge

The crimes committed against the Iraqi people by Saddam Hussein's dictatorship are so numerous that there is no realistic possibility of trying Hussein for all of them.

Defense Minister's Call

On the day U.S. forces began the final assault on Baghdad, I received an early morning call on my cell phone. As U.S. defense attache in Moscow, I recognized the caller as Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov.

A Question of Expectations

According to a poll conducted in March by the independent Levada Center, 43 percent of Russians believe that enormous sums that have been allocated to fund the government's national projects program will be wasted, while 31 percent believe the money will ""simply be embezzled.""

The Diplomatic Road Leads From Iran to Iraq

At some point in the near future, Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. ambassador in Baghdad, will meet Iranian diplomats to discuss stability in Iraq.

An Exercise in Hypocrisy

A fresh-faced university graduate reporting for military service decides to stump his hard-bitten sergeant by asking him how time and space are related.

EU Freezes Payments to Palestinians

European Union foreign ministers on Monday endorsed a freeze of EU aid to the Hamas-led Palestinian government, but said they would seek alternative ways of providing money for humanitarian projects, Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Bot said.

Sunnis Shun Iraqi Prime Minister

Sunni Arab politicians reaffirmed their opposition to Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari on Monday, calling on Shiite politicians to come up with new names for the top Iraqi post to end the deadlock over formation of a new government.

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