SOLUTION TO THE KALININGRAD PROBLEM FOUND?

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SOLUTION TO THE KALININGRAD PROBLEM FOUND?

Izvestia, July 30, 2002, p. 2

Defense Minister of Russia Sergei Ivanov spent Sunday and Monday in Kaliningrad. According to Ivanov, the third terminal of the naval base of the Baltic Fleet has been handed over to the Ministry of Transport. The terminal will become the southern destination of the ferry from Baltiisk to Ust-Luga. The Ministry of Transport claims that ferry trips between the enclave and the rest of Russia will become regular by 2003.

VALENTINA MATVIENKO AND ALEKSEI KUDRIN CASTIGATED FOR UNPAID TEACHERS’ WAGES

Tribuna, July 30, 2002, p. 1

Chairing a meeting with the Cabinet yesterday, President Vladimir Putin demanded that all debts owed to teachers in wages be paid. Deputy premiers Valentina Matvienko and Aleksei Kudrin were berated.

Putin: The whole Cabinet assured me that salary debts would go down by summer. Debts grew instead.

According to the president, Russian teachers are owed 2.9 billion rubles.

Matvienko and Kudrin replied that money intended for payment of debts had been used in 17 Federation subjects to deal with the consequences of the flood and promised to do everything they could to rectify the situation.

BLACK BOXES FOUND IN PROPER CONDITION

Rossiiskaya Gazeta, July 30, 2002, pp. 1-2

All black boxes of the IL-86 airplane that crashed near Sheremetievo-1 have been recovered in proper condition. The first information is expected in a few days.

According to the Emergency Ministry, fourteen bodies were discovered at the site of the crash. “The fragments are badly burnt, and identification is impossible,” an official said.

This is the first IL-86 crash in over twenty years.

Specialists doubt that the crash might have been caused by problems with engines. The IL-86 is one of the most reliable planes. Meanwhile, insiders say that members of the crew were not inspected before the flight as the rules require.

The commission is working on several hypotheses including technical problems and human error.

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