SPECIALISTS ARE TRYING TO MAKE NUCLEAR FACILITIES LESS VULNERABLE

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SPECIALISTS ARE TRYING TO MAKE NUCLEAR FACILITIES LESS VULNERABLE

Izvestia, September 27, 2001, p. 2

STAVROPOL TERRITORY SUPPORTS PUTIN ON COUNTER-TERRORISM

Izvestia, September 27, 2001, p. 2

Governor Alexander Chernogorov of the Stavropol territory addressed the territory’s Security Council yesterday, proposing to send a message to President Vladimir Putin in support of his latest counter-terrorism statements. The motion was approved.

GIANT-4 IS READY TO RAISE THE KURSK

Izvestia, September 27, 2001, p. 3

Russian Navy Deputy Commander Mikhail Barskov said yesterday that the lifting phase of the operation in the Barents Sea will take place between September 30 and October 1, weather permitting. Lars Walder of the Smith Tak company says that the Giant-4 is prepared to withstand foul weather.

ANOTHER EXPLOSION IN DAGESTAN

Izvestia, September 27, 2001, p. 3

A Lada car exploded on the Makhachkala-Buinaksk road in Dagestan on Wednesday morning. Preliminary investigations show that the blast was equivalent to 3 kilograms of explosives. Two people were killed in the explosion. Both were identified, but their identities are not yet being revealed. Law enforcement agencies believe that the criminals might have been transporting the device to Makhachkala when it went off.

DRAFT BUDGET AMENDED

Trud-7, September 27, 2001, p. 2

The Cabinet amended the 2002 draft budget yesterday, increasing revenue forecasts by 127 billion rubles. It seems this is all the Duma should expect from the Cabinet in terms of concessions.

SHALL WE TALK TO MASKHADOV?

Rossiiskaya Gazeta, September 27, 2001, p. 1

Some reports say Maskhadov does not plan any negotiations, and is actually urging his supporters to take the war to Russia. According to other reports, Maskhadov is ready for negotiations, and has supposedly even appointed an envoy.

Sources in the staff of Viktor Kazantsev, presidential envoy for the Southern federal district, neither confirm nor deny these reports. As for negotiations with Maskhadov, the sources say that any talks with him cab only focus on his unconditional surrender.

Pavel Krasheninnikov, Duma deputy and chairman of the independent public commission on Chechnya, believes that some Chechen field commanders will negotiate with the federal authorities: “My contacts with Maskhadov’s emissaries have persuaded me that reasonable field commanders and guerrillas are prepared to discuss terms of surrender…”

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