The Media Mirror - 26.07.07. What's in today's Russian newspapers?

The Thursday papers report on the results of the Russia’s Security Council meeting, give more expert opinions on Russia-UK relations, and celebrate the CIA’s sixtieth anniversary.

Here are two reports from Wednesday’s meeting of the Security Council, the first one after the retirement of its secretary, Igor Ivanov.

KOMMERSANT writes, surprisingly there were no new appointments discussed,

nothing was said about the work of the Council in the past.

The topic was brand-new: the strategic program of development of information technology in Russia with the aim at making Russia one of the world leaders in the IT sphere.

The paper quotes Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov, who said after the meeting there are still niches in the IT market that Russia could occupy:

“We are strong in software, we have to find something in hardware that we can develop better than others.”

VREMYA NOVOSTEI also reports on the meeting.

The paper explains, using the words of a high official of the Security Council, that the programme aims at providing state guarantees of an optimal access to all means of communication to a citizen, as well as a fast access to any information he would require.

Both newspapers report that the program is supposed to be fully implemented before 2015.

IZVESTIA has an interview with Sir Roderick Braithewaite, one of the well-known experts on Russia in the UK and former Ambassador to Moscow.

Sir Roderick is quite clear on the matter of amending the Russian constitution in order to accommodate the extradition of Lugovoy: he says it is stupid. He suggests that an agreement might be reached on a trial of the Litvinenko murder case in a third country.

The ex-envoy says, he is sure that the murderers in the Litvinenko case were not professionals and no government was behind them.

Now back to VREMYA NOVOSTEI and a Security Council – this time not Russian but American. This is the sixtieth anniversary of the National Security Act of July 26, 1947 by which the CIA was established.

The newspaper celebrates the date with a whole page article on the Central Intelligence Agency’s history and the current state of affairs, with all the changes that happened due to September 11, 2001.

And the only arguable statement in the article is that is that in the 1950s the CIA was manned by the veterans of the Organisation of Strategic Services which had been the first national-level foreign intelligence service in the United States. Only a few people like Allen Dulles, William Colby and others, strictly anti-Communist, were accepted. The CIA was anti-Communist first of all while the OSS had been basically anti-Nazi.