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


The Russian health care service is like an invalid, suffering from many ailments. A number of city hospitals are unable to give proper treatment because they lack many supplies, which patients often end up buying themselves.

The Constitutional Court today intends to drop the issue of a possible third term for President Boris Yeltsin rather than make a ruling in the case, despite the wishes of the State Duma's left-of center majority to see the president barred from running again. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

A Russian Proton-K rocket carrying the U.S. satellite Panamsat-8 was launched into space yesterday from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. This is the fourth commercial venture involving the Proton-K this year.

In addition to their demands for Yeltsin's resignation, leaders of the leftist opposition issued an ultimatum to TV journalists and deputies yesterday.

The London negotiations between a Russian government delegation and foreign holders of frozen Russian treasury bills have dragged on for six weeks without any positive results. Analysts say many Western banks are deliberately taking their time in order to begin confiscating the accounts and property of Russian banks abroad after Nov. 17, when a government-declared debt moratorium expires.

First Deputy Prime Minister Yury Maslyukov presented Communist Gennady Khodyrev, newly appointed Ministry of Anti-Monopoly Policy and Support of Entrepreneurship to his staff. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

The Russian Green Cross yesterday held a forum on the first anniversary of Russia's ratification of the chemical weapons convention. Green Cross specialists inspected several sites in the Penza region where chemical weapons storage facilities were reportedly eliminated.

Krasnoyarsk regional Governor Alexander Lebed proposed that the Defense Ministry send army draftees from his region to serve in the army units stationed there.

The Moscow Club of Creditors, under discussion for the last 2 1/2 months, has been set up at last, with six public organizations as its founders.

The military intelligence secret service of the General Staff is marking its 80th anniversary today.

The Swedish S-C-A Hygiene Products company Nov. 3 announced a purchase of a little-known toilet paper factory in Svetogorsk.


Igor Malashenko, First Deputy Head of the Media-MOST holding Board of Directors, left for Washington yesterday with an alleged aim of persuading the political elite there to back Yabloko leader Yavlinsky's candidacy at the next presidential elections. And what is the real purpose of his visit ? (1)

The Public Freedom of Conscience Committee yesterday promoted Patriarch Alexy II to the rank of oligarch. The committee sent a letter to Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov with a request to take away all tax benefits from the Moscow Patriarchate. The story details the step. (2)

The criminal case of Daut Korigov, former head of Ingushetia's Interior Ministry will be considered by the Russian Supreme Court, an official from the Prosecutor General's Office said yesterday. The prosecutor's office disagreed with the verdict handed down by the republic's court.

Kazakhstan's Central Election Commission yesterday refused to register potential candidate Akezhan Kazhegeldin, a main rival of President Nursultan Nazarbayev in the coming presidential elections.

The Moscow City Court has begun to consider the criminal case of eleven suspects in the robberies of 30 Moscow shops.

Sidanko's refusal to administer the Angarsk petrochemical company took effect yesterday. Now the Irkutsk regional administration will oversee its development, but Sidanko may not have ceded control of the company forever.

Starting Nov. 2, AvtoVAZ decreased the size of discounts on wholesale purchases of its cars from 15 percent down to 10 percent. In addition, it increased the selling price of Zhigulis and Nivas by 5 percent.

BMW recently announced its intention to begin producing its cars in Russia. Early this week, Kia-Baltika head Vladimir Shcherbakov said his enterprise had begun refitting its production lines to assemble German cars.

The Central Bank this week has revoked the licence from the Kazan Ak-Bars Bank, a professional player on the securities market.

The Lyons National Opera Theater yesterday presented its version of "Cinderella" at the Bolshoi Theater to the delight of the Moscow theater-going public.


In an interview, a beloved Russian film actor, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, 70, who starred as Shtirlits in "Seventeen Moments of Spring", says he does not want to act in films any more.

NTV will show a documentary film today titled "The Heart of the President." One of its authors, Svetlana Sorokina comments on the event.

Tatyana Podmarkova, 45, a mother of of eight daughters, is on trial in the Khabarovsk region. Selling heroin, her daughters became drug addicts themselves.

Yabloko Party leader Grigory Yavlinsky's 16-question corruption inquiry to Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov contains a question concerning Vice-Premier Vadim Gustov, former governor of the Leningrad region: What part did Gustov play in the construction of the port in Ust-Lug?

In an interview, Kemerovo governor Aman Tuleyev tells how he defends the interests of Russia and its people "always and everywhere."

Excerpts from an interview given by former Deputy Prime Minister Alfred Kokh gave to U.S. radio station not long ago, which was also published in Novaya Gazeta.

A commentator says it would be expedient to allow alcohol and tobacco advertising on television, contravening an edict forbidding its broadcast several years ago.


NTV television host Svetlana Sorokina has refused to join Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov's team as his press secretary .

The squabbling that has become epidemic in the State Duma suits many politicians but not the country and its impoverished people.

In a recent decree, the Moscow city government has approved new regulations for the sale of animals and plants.

In order to escape a court trial and its fatal verdict, an inmate in a Moscow jail accused of five murders swallowed several pages of court documents.


The story shows how much the economy loses when it is administered by state bureaucrats. Several concrete examples show how Anatoly Chubais and his team pushed back the country's economic development.

In an interview, ex-Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko gives his assessment of the current political and economic situation in the country . He explains in part why the Primakov Cabinet restrains from taking resolute steps in the economy. Kiriyenko also speaks about his relationship with journalists.

The story features the work of the new information "Service 310," which helps all those who need information and advice at a tragic moment in their lives.

Penza Governor Vasily Bochkaryov, member of the Federation Council Committee on Science, Culture, Education, Health Care and Ecology, looks at specific features of provincial capitalism that we have in Russia now. The author notes that what is being accumulated in Russia today are treasures instead of the badly needed capital.

In reply to Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky's accusations of corruption, Deputy Prime Minister Valentina Matviyenko is willing to submit to the Yabloko faction all instructions to executive bodies of power she has signed lately.

Krasnoyarsk Governor Alexander Lebed has initiated a new youth organization - the all-Russian youth public and political movement"Lebed." Its recent founding congress was attended by delegates from the majority of Russian provinces.

In an interview, Sakhalin Governor Igor Farkhutdinov says in part that the Sakhalin administration is against handing over the Kuril Island to Japan. He accuses the federal authorities of inadequate attention to the problems of his region.

The editorial staff of Daghestan's republican newspapers and magazines are waging a political struggle against their founders.

West Germany's Foreign Ministry consulate section has three offices in Russia - Moscow, Saratov and Novosibirsk, Samara most probably will be replaced with Saratov.

The Moscow Nikulin Circus on Tsvetnoi Bulvar has presented its new program in this season. The story says that tamed animals in it are magnificent.


Seven hundred sixty million Europeans living in 40 counties - members of the Council of Europe, including 150 million Russians, may now enjoy the services of the European Human Rights Court. Its chief Swiss Lyutsius Wildhaber stated that the consideration of cases will be quick, open and convenient for plaintiffs.

Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov yesterday signed a decree on awarding former member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Central Committee Mikhail Solomentsev, former chairman of the Council of Ministers of Russia, with an official honorary document of the government.

The newspaper Pravda, starting Nov. 6, will be published under a new name - Slovo. The newspaper's editor Viktor Linik expressed hope that this forceful measure will not last long.

Due to the financial crisis many restoration projects have been suspended for an indefinite time, among them the Pashkov House in Moscow.


Television commentators of general political news programs may find their jobs more complicated after Communist leaders Gennady Zyuganov and Alexander Kuvayev announced a creation of a public committee to crack down on television journalists - "accomplices of the ruling regime."

The Moscow government in the near future will enjoy extraordinary powers to redrawing the city budget. The Moscow City Duma yesterday passed an appropriate draft bill, submitted by Mayor Luzhkov as its basis.

Most Bank's subsidiary in St. Petersburg will begin to return money from private depositors' currency accounts starting Nov. 6. This was stated by the subsidiary's deputy director Zhanna Kanayeva, who stated that it is done according to the bank's stabilization program.

The new rules of buying currency from private individuals have been in effect in Russia for several days already. Developed by the Central Bank, they are designed to step up control over the banks' operations on buying and selling currency.

How does the Moscow government intend to clear the city roads of snow this winter? As it turns out, nothing new will emerge since the financial crisis has prevented city engineers from completing their new project.

Moscow city authorities have made a new attempt to pull the ZIL auto giant out of the crisis: The Swedish Volvo concern has agreed to launch a joint venture in its plant in Chertanovo to build trucks. Moscow government officials believe his may happen as soon as next year.

The story highlights the holiday plan for the Communists' demonstrations and marches on September 7 marking the 81st anniversary of the October Revolution.


Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky on Monday submitted to Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov an inquiry from State Duma Yabloko faction deputies, who asked the head of the Cabinet to answer 16 questions, concerning the moral reputation of government members.

Feature journalist Yuri Solomonov offers his humorous calls for October Revolution Day (Nov.70) like those traditional ones issued in Soviet times on the eve of the "great" October holiday.

The left-of center sentiments are dominant today in the Russian political elite. A serious struggle for the right to be called "levotsentsist" is underway among political parties and movements.

Vladimir Burachek, former civil pilot, has become a jeweller heading his own jewelry workshop in Moscow.


In an interview First Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Maslyukov says how he responds to mass media's criticism of the government. He also speaks about the social and economic situation in the country, which from the force of inertia will worsen for some time.


The story gives several cases of Russian marines who are often beaten in Sevastopol, the base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.


In an interview, economist Leonid Abalkin, director of the Economics Institute, who has authorized many economic programs, speaks about specific features of Russian reform and the Russian market.