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Compiled by Luba Schwartzman (luba_sch@hotmail.com)
Research Analyst, Center for Defense Information, Moscow office

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

::   Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the organization of alternative civil service. According to public opinion polls, only 3,000 young men would agree to substitute regular military service with alternative civil service -- a commitment of 3.5 years (as opposed to 2 years), most likely at an undistinguished job, far away from home.

::   President Putin met with military commanders to discuss the state of affairs in the Russian Armed Forces.

::   President Putin met with Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi to discuss the results of the ministers trip to Chechnya.

::   Russian Cabinet Ministers discussed Russias negotiations with the World Trade Organization and measures to support domestic production.

::   United Russia Party activists met with businessmen in Kemerovo to discuss ways to protect small business from arbitrary rule by officials.

::   Accounting Chamber representatives discussed the results of the privatization of oil-producing enterprises in the Republic of Bashkiria. Over the past 7 years, Russia has received only 56 million rubles (less that $2 million) in dividends and lost $113 million.

::   In Ingushetia, a suicide bomber blew himself up when police officers tried to search his car. A criminal case has been initiated.

::   The Moscow District Military Court has resumed hearings on the case of four former paratroopers and two businessmen accused of organizing the murder of journalist Dmitry Kholodov.

::   Chechen refugees are returning to Grozny from Ingushetia. About 10,000 people are expected to return before the winter season.

::   The first private housing and utilities companies are beginning operations in Krasnoyarsk.

::   Soviet intelligence officer Vladimir Barkovsky, the man who first informed the Soviet leaders about nuclear research in the West, passed away.

::   An exhibit of items from the archives of the Federal Security Service opened in Moscow.

::   The Besstrashnyi Destroyer is leaving the Severodvinsky Port. Repairs have been completed with the financial support of the United Russia Party.

::   A Russian-Belgian expedition of paleontologists discovered the remains of a previously unidentified dinosaur in the Amur Oblast.

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