When American astronauts arrive at theRussian space station, they are likely to confront apolitical problem analogous to that faced by PresidentClinton during the V-E Day commemorations in Moscow. Whilethe president had to watch as veterans of the Chechencampaign marched in front of him–despite Moscow’s promisesthat such soldiers would not be present–American spacemenwill see two unusual icons, Segodnya reported May 31. Thetwo icons, blessed by the Russian patriarch, show Serbia’spatron saint and will be sent to Belgrade very soon after the flight.
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