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8 Aug, 2007 01:23

The Media Mirror - What's in today's Russian press?

Today’s Russian newspaper spotlight Russian image in the U.S. media, commemorate great Russian eye surgeon Sviatoslav Fedorov and the ongoing dialogue of the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches.

The website of TRUD daily copies a report by the Seliger-Info agency of the pro-government youth political movement “Nashi” or “Ours”.

Gregory Minjack, a well-known U.S. campaign consultant lectured at the movement’s summer camp on the image of President Putin in the U.S. media.

Minjack takes the Washington Post and looks through negative epithets and adjectives attached in most cases to the name of the Russian President: gloomy-looking, aggressive, steely-eyed, icy, dictator, dictatorial are just a few used on regular basis. The consultant says:

“This is where the editors should have said: stop, this is not journalism any more.”

“Russia needs to lobby for its interests in the States. Such articles cannot go unanswered. You will have to find your own voice in America.”

ROSSIYSKAYA GAZETA remembers Sviatoslav Fedorov, the great eye surgeon who would have turned 80 now if not for a fatal helicopter crash 7 years ago.

The talented surgeon and unorthodox administrator not only developed several kinds of sight-correction operations and invented a score of devices used in them but also created a nation-wide system of clinics, eye-sight factories of sorts. He even had a flying and a floating clinic.

Fedorov’s network of clinics became one of the first true capitalist enterprises in Russia, writes the paper. However, with Fedorov there was always enough space and time for the needy – the system still performs over 400 free operations a year.

VREMYA NOVOSTEI on the ongoing dialogue of the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches: the letter and gift delivered to Patriarch Alexy II by Cardinal Eczegerai from the Pope is seen as another step towards a possible personal meeting of the two church leaders.

ROSSIYSKAYA GAZETA however quotes the Cardinal as saying, the meeting must not occur in an atmosphere of populism but it has to be

“A meeting in truth, in sincerity, and it must happen when everything is ready for it.”

VREMYA NOVOSTEI again. Two Russian historians take a satiric look over Russia’s last 20 years concluding that not one but four revolutions happened in 1991. They say that every class of Soviet society had its own revolution delivering something it desired most, and nothing beyond that:

For the People: the right to drink without limit, any time of day.

For the Intelligentsia: the freedom to write or say anything they please without taking responsibility.

For the Nomenclatura: the right to unite power and property.

For the Leadership: the right not to share oil income with other Soviet republics, saving it all for Russia alone.