RUSSIAN RABBIS PRAYING FOR GUSINSKY
Izvestia, December 21, 2000, p. 3
The first conference of Russian rabbis ended in Saratov yesterday. Issues of trust between different faiths were discussed. Pinkhas Goldschmit, Moscow Senior Rabbi and Deputy Senior Rabbi of Russia, says the Saratov authorities prevent anti-Semitism, and the local synagogue is adequate; that is why everyone chose to meet there. The rabbis told journalists that they are above politics, though they are praying for their brother, Vladimir Gusinsky.
FEDOROV REFUSED TO STAND UP FOR NATIONAL ANTHEM
Trud-7, December 21, 2000, p. 4
The Federation Council has endorsed the bills on state symbols and the standard for the Russian Armed Forces, almost unanimously and without debate. Only one Federation Council member voted against the anthem proposal: President Nikolai Fedorov of Chuvashia. Fedorov even remained seated when the anthem with Aleksandrov’s music was played, and all other senators rose to their feet.
BORDER GUARDS IN CHECHNYA: RESULTS FOR THE YEAR
Moskovsky Komsomolets, December 21, 2000, p. 2
In 2000, Russian border guards in the Argun canyon of Chechnya have repelled over 80 attacks, discovered and destroyed four camps, over 60 hideouts and hiding places, confiscated several portable launchers, thirteen radios, and 97 kilograms of explosives.
15 MILLION RUBLES FOR JUVENILE DELINQUENTS
Parlamentskaya Gazeta, December 21, 2000, p. 1
President Vladimir Putin has allocated 15 million rubles to the Justice Ministry from the presidential fund. The money will be distributed to 30 detention centers for juvenile delinquents. There are 64 such centers in Russia.