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

Nov. 8 and 9, 1998.


The story highlights the state of the domestic auto market, comparing it with Soviet automobile production.

The legendary Soviet figure-skating coach Stanislav Zhuk, who died a week ago, did a great deal to make his figure-skating pairs gold-winners at numerous world tournaments.

While Russians contemplate how to use their disabled president, the West earns money on Yeltsin. Western producers and entrepreneurs are using his name to do business.

Today marks the 66th anniversary of the death of Stalin's wife Nadezhda Alliluyeva. Her death has continued to contain many mysteries up to now. The authentic hand-written resolution on her death has been found in the archives of the Central Executive Committee of the USSR, the predecessor of the USSR Supreme Soviet.

Alexander Yakubov,45, chief of the Kazansky railway terminal, was injured in a bandit's attack in his car Friday evening when he was returning home after visiting the American Embassy.

Svetlana Perova, deputy chief of the Moscow Interior Department, was awarded the title of Major-General on the eve of the November holidays. It 's the first time in the history of the Moscow police department that a woman was made a general.

A rare natural phenomenon known as the "starry rain," or a meteor shower, may be observed in the sky in the early hours of November 18. Astronomers say that this rare occurrence happens once every 33 years as a result of the cycle of the Temple- Tootle comet's rotation around the Sun.

The story reports on how a lie detector was useless in helping Moscow criminal investigators to prove that Muscovite Anna Sotnikova was guilty. She was accused of killing her husband and their family friend in February 1996.

What has made CIS Executive Secretary Boris Berezovsky demand a ban of the Communist Party?

The story features the Kuntsevo technical auto center in Moscow , which offers its clients European -standard services. Its manager, Yelena Ivanova, says that her firm intends to create a "small auto Europe" in the center.

Moscow city police will celebrate its professional holiday Nov. 10.


Western experts say that Russia (during the same period) imports $400 million worth of goods, whereas Russian customs officers' figure is a mere $100 million.

Yevgeny Fedoryakin, chief of the transportation police of Novorossiisk, was brutally killed on November 5.

Political observer Alexander Minkin shows how illegal methods of using doubles to deceive electors are utilized in the current election campaign for the City Legislative Assembly in St. Petersburg .

The time limit of settling forward contracts and the 90-day moratorium imposed by the previous government, which has not been canceled by this Cabinet expires on Nov. 15. The latter seems not to know what to do then.

The Kremlin Medical center (with its 35,000 medical staff) attached to the Administrative Economic Department of the President's Administration gives, in addiition to the president and his family, treatment to 15,000 MP, ministers and presidential administration staff.

Poet Andrei Voznesensky on Nov. 11 will give a charity poetry reading in support of unemployed journalists.