FATE OF THE MIR SPACE STATION REMAINS UNDECIDED

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FATE OF THE MIR SPACE STATION REMAINS UNDECIDED

Rossyskaya Gazeta, October 20, 2000, p. 3

On October 19 specialists of the Russian Aerospace Agency discussed the fate of the Mir space station. There are two options: either the station will remain in orbit (if so, the Energia corporation and MirCorp will be responsible for any possible accidents on the station), or Mir will plunge into the sea in the near future.

KADYROV AND GANTAMIROV RECONCILED

Rossyskaya Gazeta, October 20, 2000, p. 3

Victor Kazantsev, presidential envoy for the Southern federal district, has met in Rostov-on-Don with Akhmed Kadyrov, head of the provisional government of Chechnya, and his first deputy Bislan Gantamirov. Kadyrov and Gantamirov promised to forget their differences. Now they have to solve a lot of problems: to return refugees home and give them security guarantees.

GOVERNMENT LETS CHUBAIS SWITCH OFF THE LIGHTS

Izvestia, October 20, 2000, p. 1

The Cabinet decided to intervene in the dispute between Russian Joint Energy Systems and those who owe the monopoly for electricity. Actually the Russian White House supports Anatoly Chubais. According to our sources, the Cabinet has ordered all ministries to prepare proposals to curtail the list of essential organizations which are funded by the federal budget and cannot have their power supplies disconnected for non-payment.

PUTIN AND LUKASHENKO TO MEET THIS WEEKEND

Izvestia, October 20, 2000, p. 1

Vladimir Putin has invited Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko to Bocharov Ruchei this weekend. Lukashenko has said he is ready to discuss all aspects of Russian-Belorussian relations, because “people are awaiting concrete decisions”. The presidents have agreed to hold a meeting of the Russian and Belorussian prime ministers in the near future. All these contacts will be aimed at speeding up the integration processes.

ZHIRINOVSKY’S SUPER-PARTY

Moskovsky Komsomolets, October 20, 2000, p. 3

On October 19 Vladimir Zhirinovsky proposed a new idea: he wants to create a super-party which will consists of LDPR, Unity, the Communists, the Fatherland-All Russia bloc, People’s Deputy and the Agrarians. He has sent this proposal to his colleagues in the Duma. It is clear that no one will take this idea seriously. But on the other hand, considering the changes to the party system which have been prepared by the Kremlin, it is possible that Zhirinovsky’s idea is something more than a fantasy.

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