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    DON'T MEDDLE IN RUSSIA'S HOME REFORM, SNAPS KIRIENKO

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    NIZHNI NOVGOROD, September 16 (RIA Novosti/Privolzhye's Jeanne Voronova) - What President Vladimir Putin has proposed for administrative and legal reforms entirely concerns Russian domestic affairs, which are none of anyone other's business, Sergei Kirienko, presidential envoy plenipotentiary to Volga federal district, said to newsmen.

    "It is surely interesting what our neighbours think about what we are doing-but then, we are not necessarily to know their opinions. Not all is to my liking in, let say, President George Bush's administrative reform-but I never speak in public about it," he remarked.

    As he sees it, when it comes to domestic reforms, the world is not to speak up on anything outside compliance with human rights, international legal norms, and national constitutions.

    Russia's budding reform certainly complies with all that. "Whatever the President has offered does not clash with any legal norms, and the President firmly sticks to that. He says this country's security is vital to us, and that implies strong statehood, above all," stressed Mr. Kirienko, once federal Premier.

    US President George W. Bush said he was alarmed by Russia's current decisions, which may undermine democracy. He made the statement yesterday in the White House, while addressing a conference on the heritage of immigrants from Latin America.

    As the President emphatically added, the USA and Russia stand shoulder to shoulder on the anti-terror cause, and both hate people who kill innocent children for the sake of their dark idea.

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