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MATHEMATICIANS OFFER HELP

Izvestia, August 24, 2000, p. 2

An international mathematical conference on dynamic systems is taking place in the city of Suzdal. Mathematicians from Russia, Germany, Italy, France, and the United States are present. Yevgeny Mischenko, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences and chairman of the seminar, says that from the purely mathematical point of view, making a model of the Kursk accident would pose no problem.

BRITISH SAILORS IN VLADIVOSTOK

Izvestia, August 24, 2000, p. 2

A ship of the Royal Navy is expected in Vladivostok today. Such visits are a tradition already, though recent events in the Barents Sea have had their impact. Attitudes toward the British are ambivalent. On the one hand, the Royal Navy participated in the rescue operation. On the other, there is a theory which ascribes the Kursk’s disaster to collision with a British sub.

CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY DELEGATION VISITS MOSCOW

Izvestia, August 24, 2000, p. 3

A delegation of the Chinese Communist Party is visiting Moscow, at the invitation of the Unity party.

Unity officials and the guests agree that ideological differences should not impede cooperation between the two parties. Talks on Russian-Chinese issues were held. However, the level of the talks does not hold promise of any serious moves in relations between our countries. An invitation for Unity leader Sergei Shoigu to visit China was confirmed.

Judging by the official press release, the hosts and the visitors “advocate a multi-polar world, without hegemony by any single country.” Russia and China do not regard one another as hegemonic, so the implication is quite transparent.

In the meantime, Unity leaders aspire to membership in organizations like the International Democratic Union, which organizes informal talks between major right-wing parties. U.S. Republicans play the first fiddle in this organization. Moreover, George W. Bush, the Republican candidate, stands a fair chance of becoming the next president of the major hegemonic state.

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