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Russian military leaders have expressed concern about US plans
for a national missile defense system. Will defense technology be
limited by possibilities for a strategic imbalance? Is this just SDI
all over again?
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- 10:01am Jul 24, 2001 EST (#7371
Wonderful work in the Economist:
a superb SURVEY: RUSSIA Putin's choice Jul
19th 2001 http://www.economist.com/surveys/displaystory.cfm?story_id=698684
... Is Russia under President Putin heading for regeneration,
stagnation or decay? Probably all three at once, says Edward
from The Economist Global Agenda . Arms
and the man Jul 23rd 2001 http://www.economist.com/agenda/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=708453
... America and Russia have agreed to hold talks on missile
defence and nuclear-arms cuts. This is a step forward. But a
workable anti-missile shield—and diplomatic consensus that one is
desirable—remain distant goals
Editorial, the Economist Missile
defences: What are they really for? Jul 19th 2001 http://www.economist.com/printedition/displaystory.cfm?Story_ID=702374
. . . George Bush needs to come clean about his missile-defence
- 10:20am Jul 24, 2001 EST (#7372
From Putin's choice by Edward Lucas http://www.economist.com/surveys/displaystory.cfm?story_id=698684
..... with some modifications for the purpose of analogy.
( Another) "trend, though, is
stagnation. The collapse of the Cold War,) it turns
out, was superficial and partial. Well-connected people and
organisations—especially the (military and) security
services—started clawing back power straight away. . . . Changes
for the better are often stopped in their tracks by greedy
bureaucrats, and by the peculiar difficulties and perversities of
life in (the United States) . The state, at all
levels, dislikes criticism and opposition. Many
(Americans) , for their part, still hanker for the
certainties, real or imagined, of the past: tradition, authority
and unity, rather than experiment, competition and pluralism.
Lucas speaks of a pattern that applies to Russia, but not Russia
alone. At some important levels, Russia and the United States face
similar challenges and compromising circumstances.
- 10:21am Jul 24, 2001 EST (#7373
Dr Korneyev says a week after he had produced his plan to
introduce elephants to St Petersburg the city's cultural committee
told him he should stand down or be fired. He refused to do so. An
committee then met to draw up grounds for his dismissal, which
included such failings as lack of regulations in the zoo library
and misbehaviour by zoo otters.
- 10:30am Jul 24, 2001 EST (#7374
Chernobyl exposé scientist is jailed /The
A LEADING Belarussian
scientist who tried to highlight the disastrous effects of the 1986
Chernobyl nuclear disaster on the health of the country's children
has been sentenced to eight years in a labour camp.
The jailing of Yuri Bandazhevsky, the former dean of the medical
institute in the southern city of Gomel, appears to be part of a
long-running campaign by President Alexander
Lukashenko to play down the consequences of the world's worst
Lukashenko presides over arguably Europe's most repressive
regime. Reviled in the West, he was accused by two top former
officials last week of helping to set up a death squad blamed for
the disappearance of four opposition politicians in the past two
Bandazhevsky was convicted by a military court, ostensibly of
taking bribes in exchange for college admission. He denied the
corruption charge but, under Belarussian law, has no right of
appeal. His family fears for his health as jail food is virtually
inedible and he is receiving no medical attention for a stomach
Amnesty International and other human rights groups monitoring
the case said his conviction was linked to work aimed at
establishing the full extent of damage caused by Chernobyl.
Human rights campaigners say the catalyst for Bandazhevsky's
arrest was a study of children close to Gomel, 80 miles northeast of
the Chernobyl plant. It found that 80% of children who had been
exposed to the highest levels of radiation had irregular heart
rhythms and other cardiac disorders which, in many cases, proved
"He has been breaking new ground," said Solange Fernex, a former
French MEP and head of a group campaigning against the conviction.
"Nobody has been able to carry out the number of autopsies he has
done to show the effect of radiation on people's organs."
Belarus was especially badly hit by the Chernobyl accident. As
much as 23% of the land was contaminated by the radioactive cloud,
and some 500,000 children and nearly 2m adults are believed to live
in the worst affected areas.
Lukashenko, who took to the streets of Minsk earlier this month
on inline skates for Belarus's independence day, ahead of a
re-election battle in September, has urged the international
community to help with the clean-up. At home, however, he has
refused to acknowledge the extent of the damage caused.
Vasily Nesterenko, the director of the Belarussian institute for
radiation security, said Bandazhevsky had been arrested soon after
sending Lukashenko a letter complaining about the handling of the
clean-up. "He was jailed because the health ministry does not like
his findings," Nesterenko said.
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