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

HEADLINES,
Wednesday, July 23, 2003

- Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the state of scientific work in Russia with President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Yuri Osipov.

- The guards of the Embassy of Singapore in Moscow reported a suspicious car parked on Kamennaya Sloboda Street. Trained sniffing dogs from the nearby security company and later police dogs reacted to the presence of explosives. Residents of nearby houses were evacuated and the car was towed. However, no explosives or components were found in the car.

- Minister of Internal Affairs Boris Gryzlov refuted rumors that the recent deaths of 10 women are the work of a serial killer. Gryzlov also reported on the work of Interior Ministry troops in Chechnya: Over the past month they killed 32 rebels, neutralized 92 landmines and confiscated $8 million unfinished and $1 million completed forged dollars.

- Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov met with Siberian scientists, discussed the economic regime for science-cities and visited a science expo. Tomorrow he will chair a meeting on the Sibirian agricultural-industrial complex.

- Minister of Defense Sergei Ivanov is beginning a tour of the Leningrad Military District and the Northern Fleet

- President Putin met with Yaroslavl Oblast Governor Anatoly Lisitsyn. Lisitsyn reported that his region has been experiencing good industrial and economic growth.

- Russian drivers will now face the same limits on alcohol allowed be consumed before driving as European drivers.

- The Moscow City Court ruled that Yukos co-owner Platon Lebedev will not be released on his own reconnaissance.

- The Central Electoral Commission has approved a new version of voting slips. They will be protected against forgery.

- The last echelon with Russian peacekeepers -- 78 troops and 30 units of military equipment -- is leaving Kosovo.

- Housing and utilities employees in Sverdlovsk are on strike for the third day.

- Russian border troops and Daghestani police officers held a joint operation to detain poachers on the Caspian Sea.

- Russia and Georgia will work together to restore the Sochi-Tbilisi railroad.

- Heavy rains are destroying the harvest in the Novgorod Oblast.

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