Russian press review, 13.12.06
In another article, “Nezavisimaya Gazeta” says that after days of negotiation, the US has agreed to help solve Georgia's gas problem. The threat of supply cuts arose in Georgia after the country refused to pay more money for Russian gas. The country then promised its citizens regular supplies from Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran. The paper says Georgia's main sponsor – the United States – is uncomfortable at the prospect of Georgia co-operating with Iran. However, during a ten-day visit to the States, the prime minister managed to secure the US's consent.With New Year celebrations just around the corner, “Novye Izvestia” looks at the holidays that Russian officials have authorized. Like last year, all state employees will have ten days off, but the paper notes, fewer people are happy about it. Psychologists share their concerns, saying that after ten days off, people are slow to return to normal. Also, State Duma deputies say that during this long holiday, the crime rate jumps and excessive drinking increases. But the paper argues that for thousands, it's still one of the few chances to spend time with their families.