1. Reuters: Russian politicians defend embattled TV
2. Luba Schwartzman: ORT Review.
3. Reuters: A hospital? An embassy? Russian camp mystifies Kabul.
4. Reuters: U.S. used Russian advice in Afghanistan-Powell.
5. The Guardian (UK): John Gittings, The day Khrushchev and Chairman Mao saw red. Spitting images mark the end of the Sino-Soviet alliance.
6. Moskovsky Komsomolets: Mikhail Rostovsky and Mikhail Delyagin, THE KREMLIN CRACKS. Seismic danger in Russia. Low oil prices in may plunge Russia into another economy-prompted political crisis, which will be to Putin's disadvantage.
7. Wall Street Journal: Jeanne Whalen, ChevronTexaco's Chairman Urges Caution On Seeing Russia as Answer to Oil Concerns.
8. St. Petersburg Times: Vladimir Kovalyev, Starovoitova Still Shrouded in Mystery.
9. Trud: TERRORIST FINANCIAL CHANNELS CLOSED.
10. Moscow Times: U.S.-Russia Rapport Put to Test in Caspian.
11. Peter Lavelle: Untimely Thoughts: On mirrors, cameras, and strategic transparency (re Transparency Russian style).
12. Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Aleksei Pushkov, WHY RUSSIA SHOULD NOT JOIN NATO. Applying for membership would only be an illusion of a foreign policy strategy.
13. Versty: RUSSIA IN THE CHANGED WORLD. (Panel discussion on "Will Putin walk in Gorbachev's footsteps? And what will be long-term consequences of the Putin-Bush summit?")