SITUATION IN ABKHAZIA DETERIORATES
Moskovsky Komsomolets, October 9, 2001, p. 3
Abkhazia republic expects another escalation of hostilities in the Kodor gorge. Its national Defense Ministry is ready to call a nationwide mobilization.
UPDATE ON THE CRASHED TU-154
Vremya Novostei, October 8, 2001, p. 1
So far, investigations into the crash have revealed that the TU-154 was blown off the sky by a Ukrainian missile fired during military exercises.
The “main suspect” is also known. It is an S-200 complex. On Saturday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov approached his Ukrainian counterpart and requested for the exact technical parameter of the missile launched from the Cape Opuk at 13:41 Moscow time on October 4.
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT IS 49
Rossiya, October 8, 2001, p. 3
Vladimir Putin is 49. Unlike his counterparts anywhere, the president of Russia did not call for a pompous celebration. He celebrated the birthday with his wife Lyudmila and daughters Mariya and Yekaterina.