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ORT Review
Compiled by Luba Schwartzman (luba7@bu.edu)
Research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology and Policy
at Boston University

Friday, October 19, 2001

- Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke at the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Shanghai. He confirmed Russia's intention to participate in the anti-terrorist campaign. He also called attention to the economic growth Russia has been experiencing. Tomorrow President Putin will meet with General Secretary of the People's Republic of China Jiang Zemin, and on Sunday he will meet with American President George Bush.

- The military command in Chechnya is refuting earlier reports of fighting in the Zandak settlement in the Nozhai-Yurt region. They assert that the figure of 200-250 fighters cited by information agencies is "fantastic."

- Emergency ministers of CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) nations met in Dushanbe to discuss humanitarian assistance to Northern Afghanistan. Over 170 tons of food, clothing, and medicine have already been shipped. All future supplies will go by railroad via Tajikistan.

- The Russian State Duma accepted the 2002 budget draft in the second reading. About six hundred corrections were made to the original.

- The first and only "matryoshka" museum has been opened in Moscow. This Russian symbol is only about 100 years old: It gained world-recognition in 1900, when Anatoly Mamontov presented the matryoshka at the Paris World Fair.

- Special postal security divisions have been created in Russia to prevent bio-terrorism.

- The Russian Health Ministry suggested applying procedures used by hospitals to sterilize surgery instruments to mail in order to prevent the spread of envelopes containing anthrax.

- Archaeologists in the Crimea have discovered gold and silver artifacts from the Ancient Roman age.

- The operation to transfer the Kursk nuclear submarine into the dock is almost complete: At midnight, the tide will be at the right height to begin the 133-hour moving procedure.

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