The Media Mirror - 27.06.07

As NATO’s Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer made an official visit to Moscow on Tuesday, the majority of Russian papers report on NATO-Russia relations.

VREMYA NOVOSTEI headlined its report “Peaceful talks”, saying both sides probably agreed beforehand not to press controversial issues just days before the Bush–Putin meeting in the U.S.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

KOMMERSANT’s Kremlin correspondent Andrey Kolesnikov published one more of his witty and deeply ironic reports comparing the NATO Secretary General’s appearance to that of a hawk who kept flying over the head of the Russian President all the time.

Commenting on Jaap de Hoop Scheffer’s phrase, that there is no alternative to good and healthy relations between the two sides, Kolesnikov writes:

“Of course any military-political organization will collapse in the absence of the image of an enemy. When the Warsaw Treaty collapsed there were hopes for some, fears for others, that NATO would follow.”

“It never happened because, as it appears, the place of the Warsaw Pact in the eyes of NATO was taken not by an organisation but by this country,” Kolesnikov concludes.

The judicial reform in underway, writes ROSSIYSKAYA GAZETA, and a code of conduct for judges has just been issued by the Supreme Court. It came after a major shake-up which left 373 judges with administrative punishment, while a further 89 were suspended from duty.  The main reason: corruption. The new code forbids judges from receiving gifts in the course of their work.  It also controls other facets of their behaviour, including a ban on the use of bad language. 

Democracy is for the middle class indeed, concludes the Election Commission Chairman Vladimir Churov.  He came to his conclusion, reports ROSSIYSKAYA GAZETA, after receiving the results of another mass survey by the Center for Public Opinion Research. The poll shows that the richest and the poorest sections of the population tend to distrust the electoral system.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Exhibition of scientific and technical achievements of high-school students used to be a popular subject in Soviet times. This is one thing from the past definitely worth keeping, writes MOSKOVSKI KOMSOMOLETS in its report on a Moscow exhibition showcasing the scientific talents of teenagers. 

ROSSIYSKAYA GAZETA again, showing a picture of the first Russian Robocop built in the student design bureau at the Baumann Technical University in Moscow. It is proving effective on its first beat in the Siberian city of Perm. If the robot finds people breaking the law it warns offenders of their responsibility in a monotonous voice several times. If that has no effect, it calls the nearest patrol car by radio. It’s already happened, when drunks tried to out-shout the robot.