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05/17/2006

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Serving as a Role Model Against Corruption

Anyone who has lived and worked in Russia will recognize the lack of trust referred to by President Vladimir Putin in his state-of-the-nation address last week.

Raising Birthrates or Ratings?

In his annual address, President Vladimir Putin proposed a way to resolve the country's demographic crisis: give mothers 1,500 rubles ($56) per month for the first child and 3,000 rubles a month plus 250,000 rubles in ""maternal capital"" for the second. That adds up to more than $1 billion per year.

The Cold Wars Are Coming

Ever since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, pessimists have been asking themselves when the next Cold War will begin -- and who the new enemy will be.

Cheney, Putin Can't Get Beyond Cold War Talk

It is good to hear -- although not surprising -- that President Vladimir Putin does not believe we are returning to the Cold War.

Check Your Change: Fake Rubles On the Rise

As the ruble continues to gain status, more and more counterfeits are popping up.

Russians Eke Tie to Finish Unbeaten

Alexei Mikhnov scored twice, his second coming with just over four minutes remaining, to give Russia a 3-3 draw against Olympic champion Sweden as it finished the group play undefeated.

Abandoned at Birth, Kids Find a Friend

A charity is helping disabled children at a Moscow orphanage who once died of neglect.

Donate Old Clothes, Windsurfing Boards

A total of 576 large bags filled with clothes, toys and other donations left the International Women's Club Donations Office last year on their way to charities around the city.

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