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


Will millions of residents in communal apartments have ever normal living accommodations? The Constitutional Court today is expected to decide their fate: it will consider an appeal from a deputy of the Volgograd Regional Duma on the possibility of privatizing separate rooms in them. If the Court's ruling is negative, millions of tenants will stay in communal apartments forever.

In an Oct. 30 interview on the eve of the government endorsement of the anti-crisis program, Finance Minister Mikhail Zadornov speaks about the program's guidelines, about the 1999 draft budget and the monetary program, about tax collection in October, about the idea of raising export tariffs and about several other financial issues.

Foreign creditors have made a tough proposal to the Russian government: to divide the deposits of the Russian enterprises, which owe money to their foreign partners and which have bank accounts abroad, into three parts. The story reveals the essence of the proposal.

The International Monetary Fund mission before leaving Moscow late last week handed a memorandum to the Russian government with its comments on the anti-crisis measures package. The mission stated in part that the IMF credits cannot be released to Russia if its government does not change its plans for most provisions. The memorandum in an abridged form is published in the newspaper.

The State Duma impeachment commission has begun to consider the fourth accusatory point of its document: destroying the Armed Forces and undermining the country's defensive efficiency.

The government which has endorsed the package of anti-crisis measures aimed at stabilizing the economic situation, should consider concrete mechanisms for their realization Thursday and, in seven months, their results. The story comments on the complex of anti-crisis measures.

Dagestani police on Nov. 1 detained the republic's justice minister, Tazhudin Bizhamov, suspecting him of embezzling 60 million rubles ($3.8 million). Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

Ukraine's left-wing deputies in the Supreme Council have come out with the initiative to impeach President Leonid Kuchma, whom they consider to be guilty of many hardships.

Political analyst Vyacheslav Nikonov, commenting on many calls for President Boris Yeltsin's resignation, notes that the fading Russian leader may act as the factor of stability since the implementation of the government package of anti-crisis measures demand political stability.

ALROSA head Vyacheslav Shtyrov and De Beers head Nicholas Oppenheimer on Tuesday are expected to sign a new three-year trade agreement. The story comments on the deal.

The Irkutsk Regional Arbitration Court Nov. 5 will consider the bankruptcy case of the Angarskaya Petro-Chemical company, a leading enterprise in Eastern Siberia and the Far East, which is part of SIDANKO. The Irkutsk authorities hope that they will be able to impose temporary administration in it and with time to resume control over the company. Will they be able to do it?

Are there any grounds for numerous rumors in the Russian telecommunication sphere that Nail Ismailov, director general of the Svyazinvest holding, may resign soon? The government session held last week gave birth to many questions.


In an interview, former Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Shokhin shares his opinion about the government anti-crisis program, viewing it as an insignificant political document, without any concrete assignments. He also speaks about the problem of ruble printing and hyperinflation.

In an interview, economist Sergei Glazyev, head of the Information and Analytical Board of the Federation Council administration, who took part in the elaboration of the government package of anti-crisis measures, focuses on the program's major provisions.

The Central Bank starting late last week has launched a massive campaign aimed at backing the Russian banks. With this aim in view, the Central Bank has released big stabilization credits to all banks.

The government has already approved almost all 50 legislative drafts, submitted by the State Tax Service head, Georgy Boos, which liberalize the tax system. In an interview, Georgy Boos comments on his documents.

What fate is awaiting Inkombank and its numerous clients? In an interview, ARQ Managing Director Ralf-Diter Montag-Girmes, an author of the plan to save the bank, states the major reason behind its collapse.

The story highlights a long meeting Monday of Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov with Yabloko faction leader Grigory Yavlinsky, who discussed the problem of government corruption.

Zepter International is doing a profitable business on the Russian market, despite the financial and economic crisis in Russia. In an interview, Zepter Vice President Goran Yakshich reveals several "secrets" of its success.

A powerful hurricane hit Tatarstan over the weekend, causing extensive damage estimated at 26 million rubles ($1.6 million). The story gives figures to illustrate the point.

Bank SBS-Agro's northwestern regional subsidiary announced that it's holding negotiations with a Inkombank on buying a network of banks. SBS-Agro hopes to receive the money for the deal from the Central Bank.


In an exclusive interview, Ingushetia's President Ruslan Aushev and Chechnya's head of state Aslan Maskhadov speak about the fate of hostages, including Russian presidential envoy to Chechnya Valentin Vlasov, for whom kidnappers already demand $7 million in ransom. Sharing his view on the negotiations on Vlasov's release, Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov says in part that the government made a mistake when it agreed on the redemption of Russian POWs for money.

The story talks about how mass media propaganda campaigns may be ordered for a fee. Several facts illustrate how it's done in practice.


On the eve of the heating season, all municipal administrators assured the Moscow government that their districts are ready for winter, but what is the situation in reality? The story gives several concrete facts showing that not everything is so good.

The story describes a tragedy that happened Monday in the apartment building on Ryazansky Prospekt. A young mother of a 6-month-old boy bit a dog in order to release her child from the jaws of the ferocious canine.

Igor Malyshkov, 32, son of a Moscow city government minister, Vladimir Malyshkov, heading the Consumer Market Department, was hospitalized Monday when he was injured in a clash with a policeman near the U.S. Embassy. The story details the incident.

Moscow sanitary inspectors after their checks of pasta made by the Manna Food Italia firm stated that its product sold in city shops today is dangerous for health.

In an interview, poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko's mother Zinaida talks about her son's difficult lot in life.