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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

A brief look at the stories making headlines in the Russian-language press


A special government working group headed by Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu has returned from the Kamchatka Peninsula where it had been urgently sent by Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov to see the situation there, assessing it as critical. The group has presented its conclusions and recommendations.

The so-called closed administrative-territorial areas (special facilities of the Defense and Nuclear Ministries), which have a special "closed" official status, fail to collect 1.7 billion rubles ($111.5 million) in taxes from their taxpayers. Thus huge sums of money fail to replenish the state budget. The story says how the government plans to resolve the problem.

The government on Thursday submitted to the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, the draft bill concerning urgent measures in the sphere of budget and tax policy. The story reveals its essence.

The Cabinet of former acting Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar was formed seven years ago (on Nov. 6, 1991). The story analyses its errors, which have led to several negative consequences in the national economy.

At its regular session Thursday the government discussed measures aimed at boosting tax collection. The story looks at several effective proposals made by First Deputy Prime Minister Yury Maslyukov. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

Russia has been living without any real leadership for over two months already, and what is surprising is not the lack of power itself but the fact that there is no need for it. Imaginary leadership and the country exist separately and independently of each other, notes political observer Maxim Sokolov in his commentary on Russia's complicated political situation.

The permanent commission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe voted for an appeal to the Russian government demanding that it urgently consider the issue of giving back to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania their four embassy buildings in Paris and Rome. The story comments onthe issue.

How do provinces resolve the acute food problem today? The story describes the situation in Voronezh, where nearly all residents have private plots of land to grow grain, potatoes and other vegetables. In this way they hope to feed themselves without any help from federal food supplies.

The Television News Service is marking its first birthday today. In an interview, TNS Director General Alexander Gurnov talks about the company's financial difficulties.

The story highlights a special program featuring the history of the Moscow Art Theater, which the Kultura television channel intends to offer to its viewers over the weekend.


As it turned out, mentally sick terrorist Dmitry Orlov, 65, who on Wednesday was involved in a car explosion on Red Square, bought a plot in a cemetery not long before this act, where he placed his own grave stone. The story looks at new information about his character. Also covered in Komsomolskaya Pravda and Moskovsky Komsomolets.

Moscow police have arrested two highly placed officials from the State Property Ministry - Lenar Zinatulin and Ismail Ibragimov - on charges of looting 556 million rubles with the help of fake documents. The story describes how they did it.

The three television channels' heads - Yevgeny Kiselyov, Nikolai Svanidze and Sergei Dorenko - on Thursday made their statements in reply to the statement by Communist leader Alexander Kuvayev on the creation of a public committee to crack down on unscrupulous journalists. They called the day when this statement was made the"black day for the KPRF." The story gives the journalists' statements.

Alexander Nikishchenkov, commercial director of the Country Gaz Group, was involved in a road accident early this week when his car ran into vehicles which accompanied Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko. The story details the accident.

The State Duma early next week plans to consider a draft bill concerning levying taxes on show business. Thus if the document is approved pop singer Alla Pugachyova will have to pay a tax of more than 80 percent of all earnings from each concert. The story looks at the draft bill.

Primorye Governor Yevgeny Nazdratenko stated a need to merge large local banks into one - under the aegis of local authorities. Vladivostok Mayor Viktor Cherepkov, too, has come out in favor of instituting a municipal bank. Thus, the Primorye political leaders have launched a campaign to create the financial basis for their participation in the gubernatorial elections scheduled for December 1999.

What is awaiting the domestic advertising market in the near future? In an interview, Igor Pisarsky, vice president of the Russian Association of Advertising Agencies, shares his viewpoint.

Sanitary specialists have found a powerful radioactive source in the Moscow apartment of Svetlana Smykova, granddaughter of Lieutenant-General Konstantin Telegin, former NKVD, former KGB, chief, member of the Military Council of the Red Army and Marshal Georgy Zhukov's close friend. Svetlana is sure that radiation-contaminated magnifying glass, which was given to her grandfather as a gift, caused several deaths and grave ailments in her family. The story highlights the tragedy of her family.

The story describes the first International Theater Festival of the New European Theater that has opened in Moscow.

Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov on Thursday signed a decree appointing Chuner Taksami to the post of director of the Anthropology and Ethnography Museum. In an interview, Taksami speaks about the museum's tasks and problems.


The story highlights several Russian wealthy chess players, doctors, musicians and show business stars, who have bought villas in Miami Beach, Florida.

The story talks about a typical Russian ***banya*** bath and sauna houses, in which a female journalist worked for one day in the men's section, helping them bathe. The story gives several interesting facts and statistical data about the history of Russian bath houses.

Nikolai Bogdanov, senior research associate from the Neuro-Physiology Institute, can predict a person's future fate by reading the creases of his/her fingers. He describes his unique skill.


According to information from the Moscow Prosecutor's Office, the crime rate this year has decreased as compared with last year. The story gives figures to illustrate the point.

Kursk Governor Alexander Rutskoi's son Alexander, 24, may be sentenced to five years in jail soon. The story describes his crime.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

A statement by the working group on political stability of the Foreign and Defense Policy Council is published in full.

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has protested Russia's territorial claims. after recent claims by some Russian State Duma deputies that Sevastopol has the status of a Russian city.

The Communists called the October Revolution "great." Commentator Eduard Rozental considers whether it was it really great and what role it played in the life of Russia and its people.

The Central Bank issued stabilization loans to 15 credit organizations, raising the possibility that they can pay back their depositors.

Part of the tsar's gold reserves were sent to Japan during the revolution and has been kept there since.

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev gives his views on the October Revolution: What does the October Revolution mean in Russia's history? Was it a tragedy or a triumph? In what way does the Communist Party of Russia differ from the Communist Party of the Soviet Union? Do Yeltsin's reforms continue the principles of the October Revolution?


Brezhnev's son-in-law Yury Churbanov, now head of the RosShtern firm, spent seven years in a Soviet Siberian labor camp. He recalls in an interview the 6,000 letters of support he received but could not answer back then.


The German Adam Opel auto firm has chosen the AvtoVAZ plant in Togliatti as the site of its new assembly plant, expected to produce 200,000 Opel-Astras a year.

The Supreme Council of the Belarus-Russia Union in January made the decision to set up an interstate teleradio organization In October the council endorsed its charter and appointed Valentin Lazutkin as its head. In an interview he speaks about his agency, its functions, tasks and aims.

An instructor from the Moscow Conservatory considers whether anyone in today's impoverished Russia really needs classical music.


In an interview, pop prima donna Alla Pugachyova , who plans to give four concerts next week at the Rossia Concert Hall, speaks about her recent performances in the United States.

In an interview, Culture Minister Vladimir Yegorov tells about the policy decisions he has made in his first month in office and talks about his attitude toward the Communist Party.


Several stories commemorate the October Revolution and discuss the current Communist Party.


Seven cultural figures tell how they celebrate the anniversary of the October Revolution.

In an interview, the historian Anton Antonov-Ovseyenko talks about his attitude to the October Revolution, Lenin and Stalin . (2)