THE GORNY FACILITY IS TO BE TURNED ON SOON

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THE GORNY FACILITY IS TO BE TURNED ON SOON

Izvestia (Moscow issue), August 5, 2003, p. 3

The line for handling chemical warfare means (lewisite) in the settlement of Gorny near Saratov will probably turned on this October. “When the lewisite facility is ready and found operational in August, we will turn on the yperite facility again,” said Alexander Kharichev, Secretary of the Chemical Disarmament Commission. According to the plans, 1,142 tons of lewisite, yperite, and their mixtures are to be destroyed by 2005. The arsenal in Gorny contains 2.9% of the chemical warfare means Russia possesses (40,000 tons).

COLLECTION OF SIGNATURES FOR CANDIDATES FOR ST. PETERSBURG GOVERNOR IS OVER

Kommersant-VLAST, No 30, August 4-10, 2003, p. 20

The period when potential candidates for St. Petersburg governor could provide 37,000 signatures or 7.5 million for their registration ended on July 31. Thirty-three people informed the municipal election commission that they had begun collecting signatures, but only fourteen made it. Their list includes Presidential Plenipotentiary Representative Valentina Matvienko, Deputy Governor Anna Markova, Duma Deputy Pyotr Shelits, ex-general director of Sheremetievo Sergei Belyaev, and Konstantin Sukhenko, coordinator of the United Russia faction in the St. Petersburg legislature. (Sukhenko nominated himself without bothering to inform the party and as expelled from the United Russia.) the final list of registered candidates is expected this week, when specialists of the election commission and the police have checked authenticity of signatures on bulletins.

Matvienko provided signatures and the required sum. It mean that she will run for governor in any case.

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