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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


Tula Governor Vasily Starodubtsev hopes that the winter harvest of corn, which is being gathered now from under the snow, will make his region flourish.

President Boris Yeltsin, through signed instructions, has approved the creation of the single association, Russian Rocket Engines, or Rossiiskiye Raketniye Dvigateli. The president asked Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov to consider proposals on launching a new joint-stock company.

This story highlights Russian-NATO military cooperation. In an attempt to raise these relations to a new practical level, Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev intends to propose to the alliance the launch of a unified European system of anti-missile air defense.

Washington and its close ally London are the only states today which are willing and able to punish Saddam Hussein. At the present moment, this is in line with Russia's interests as Baghdad, with its weapons of mass destruction, poses a serious threat to its neighbors.

The State Duma Mass Media Committee on Thursday must prepare for a second reading the final variant of the draft law on introducing amendments to the Law on Mass Media. Analysts say that, if approved, the law will change the basic legal norms regulating mass media work. The story looks at the worsening relationship between the Communist- dominated Duma and the mass media.

Oleg Sysuyev, deputy chief of the presidential staff, has appealed to regions to submit proposals to improve the power vertical. This issue has long been worried governmental bodies of all levels.

A patient with leprosy, now a rare illness, has been registered in Nizhny Novgorod. The sick woman has been moved to a special center outside Moscow for treatment.

Tatarstan's Cabinet of Ministers has announced the republic's transfer to the treasury system of its budget fulfillment. Until now, Tatarstan was the only region in Russian in which the federal treasury did not have its territorial board.

The State Duma Budget Committee has considered nearly all tax proposals from the government, and already on Saturday the inter-faction commission will begin discussing the draft budget. The committee has recommended that deputies approve in the first reading 12 of 19 tax draft laws submitted by the Cabinet. And what about the rest?

In the next several months Svyazinvest plans to revise its relationship with its investors, especially with the Mustcom Ltd. consortium of Cyprus, which possessed 25 percent plus one share of its stock.


The State Duma on Wednesday found who they say are the real culprits stirring ethnic strife, accusing journalists from television stations NTV and ORT and VGTRK of that evil. Deputies informed the Duma press service and the appropriate committee that they are considering the issue of removing the journalists' accreditation. The story comments on the Communists' desire to get rid of mass media in the duma.

The state commission responsible for the celebration festivities for Pushkin's 200th jubilee held its first session yesterday. As it has turned out, both the federal authorities and regional authorities badly need Pushkin as a symbol of the country's integration.

A wave of nationalism has swept over Tatarstan. The leaders of the authoritative organization called the Tatar Public Center have launched a campaign against Islamic oppressors such as Orthodox priests, teachers and school textbook authors.

The delivery of the Russian aircraft amphibious Be-200 to South Korea may be frustrated. As a result, Russia may lose two chances to improve its financial position. What are they?

A decree on the function of the Agency for Restructuring Crediting Organizations will be signed in the near future. The government Wednesday reached an agreement with the Central Bank on its creation. The story looks at its composition, proposed managers and functions.

Starting Thursday, holders of GKOs and OFZs have the right to submit applications for restructuring their bonds. Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov has signed the appropriate decree.

A list of nominees for the Anti-Booker-98 Prize, instituted by Nezavisimaya Gazeta, was released Wednesday.


Lipetsk police officer Vladimir Molokov has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the savage murders of four people. In an interview, he explains why he committed these crimes.

The Moscow government has banned a congress of the Russian National Unity party scheduled for Saturday. Its leader Alexander Barkashov has sent protest notes to the Prosecutor General's Office and to the Moscow prosecutor. The Moscow Justice Board stated yesterday that the RNU's intention to hold the congress in Moscow's Izmailovo sports complex was quite legal. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

Film star and Lenkom Theater actor Leonid Bronevoi has turns 70 Thursday. In an interview, he tells the story of his brilliant artistic career. Also covered in Moskovsky Komsomolets.

In an interview, Poland's former President Lech Walesa shares his views on the Kiriyenko Cabinet's errors, and on the anti-crisis program set forth by the Primakov Government.

1999 will likely see the completion of the Boris Berezovsky era in Russian politics.

Saratov Governor Dmitry Ayatskov says that he does not see any need for federal power bodies, which are unable to help him in any way. The governor hints that the disintegration of Russia is inevitable.

What are the real reasons behind Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Moscow? The story looks at Lukashenko's policy aiming at preserving socialism in his republic. Also covered in Izvestia and Kommersant Daily.

Journalist Yury Shakutin, with 40 years of journalistic experience, has sent a letter, presented here, to Nobel Prize writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who has refused to accept a government Order on the occasion of his 80th birthday.


This story describes Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov's abortive attempt to fly to Tambov on Wednesday. It was a planned visit which had already been postponed once. Tambov Governor Alexander Ryabov became furious, threatening to sack his subordinates. All local mass media were ordered to keep silent.

After all the recent anti-Semitic pronouncements made by Communists, the mood of President Boris Yeltsin's team in the Kremlin is changing: If previously they used those calls as suitable grounds to attack the Communist Party and its leaders, now they are sadly joking about their own "national origins," obviously preparing for the worst.

Afghan leader Abdullah Raba and several of his aides, who have been accused of illegal financial dealings in an underground bank, face a court trial soon. The story details their machinations.

Moscow city authorities intend to raise considerably the tax rates for car owners. The city government has already approved the appropriate city draft law.

Colonel Nodar Gelashvili, former deputy chief of the Moscow City Economic Crime Board, was killed Tuesday near his home on Maly Levshinsky pereulok. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

This story highlights Interior Minister Sergei Stepashin's recent unexpected visit to the Dzerzhinskaya elite interior troops unit, which shocked him with its lack of combat efficiency. The minister went there after receiving numerous complaints.

In an interview, Moscow chief epidemiologist Yevgenia Selkova says it is most probable that a flu epidemic will not reach Moscow in 1998.


The General Staff has completed work on a draft of the federal law on the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, with the main objective of subjugating all troops of federal bodies of executive power to the General Staff. The latter also proposes to displace the functions of several other special departments of the armed forces with the aim of cutting budget spending on defense.

In an interview, Alexander Shokhin, head of the Our Home Is Russia faction in the Duma, talks about his party, its main principles, tactics specific features.

State Duma Deputy Alexei Mikhailov of the Yabloko faction analyzes

Central Bank errors during and after the Aug. 17 events. Will the Central Bank be able to overcome the errors now?

The State Duma's left-wing majority has declared war on leading television channels.

In an interview, Dzhokhar Dudayev's former comrade in arms, two-time Grozny mayor and vice premier of the Zavgayev government, Bislan Gantamirov, who is now a convict in Matrosskaya Tishina Prison after embezzling 57 million budget rubles, talks about his arrest, Chechen-Russian relations, President Aslan Maskhadov's position - which, without Russia's support is very weak - and about the fate of his republic.


Many research, medical and cultural institutions may suspend their work in Moscow on Dec. 22 when Mosenergo promise to cut off their electricity if they fail to pay their huge debts. Also covered in Noviye Izvestia.

The Main Military Prosecutor's Office of Russia has rehabilitated 160 Austrians, victims of Stalin's repressions. The story highlights the festive ceremony at the Austrian Embassy in Moscow, where rehabilitation documents were handed over.

This story describes the first experiment in cloning human beings, which was conducted in South Korea and which has caused a storm of indignant protest from the public.

In an interview, Mikhail Shvydkoi, head of the All-Russian State TV and Radio Company, talks about upcoming changes on his channel, and his relations with the State Property Ministry.

Western creditors are working to withdraw their shares from Tokobank.

Moscow authorities would like to turn the city into a leading center of international tourism, but with the present crime rate in Moscow hotels, it's hardly possible.


In an interview, Sakhalin Governor Igor Farkhutdinov talks about his region's energy problem, hoping that the commissioning of the first unit of the Noglikskaya gas-turbine station Dec. 24 will help resolve the problem.

This story reports on how much low-quality - and contaminated - milk, butter and cheese have been forbidden for sale by city sanitary inspectors in 1998.


The U.S. Department of Energy has announced its intention to launch a new aid program for Russian scientists in former Soviet super-secret nuclear cities. According to the program, coordinated with Russia's Atomic Ministry, the United States plan to spend $15 million to create new jobs in these cities.

The Russian Santa Claus may have his own residence in Veliky Ustyug if the idea's authors and the Vologda and Veliky Ustyug administrations manage to raise funds for the project.

In an interview, Dmitry Vasilyev, head of the Federal Securities Commission and author of his own anti-crisis program submitted to the government, focuses on its basic provisions.

This story presents a political profile of Colonel-General Nikolai Bordyuzha, a newly-elected head of the presidential staff.

A forum entitled "Theater: the Time of Change," scheduled for the end of February and the beginning of March, will reportedly be attended byapproximately 700 people discussing many urgent problems connected with the survival of theater today.

In an interview on TV Vesti, news program commentator Mikhail Ponomaryov answers these and other questions: How do you and your colleagues assess the recent visit by Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov to your company? What did the premier want to hear from you? What did he accuse the mass media of?

Lyudmila Shvetsova, head of the Committee on Public and Inter-Regional Relations of the Moscow government, speaks about a preliminary program of children's New Year's celebration parties.


In an interview, Yury Korostelyov, head of the Moscow's City Finance Department, speaks about the deficit-free city budget and its different spending allocations.

The story looks at effective measures taken by the Moscow government since 1991 in reforming the city budget. What are the results?


In an interview Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko focuses on five basic principles underlying the Belarussian economic program, designed for the period up through 2015. The president also speaks about Belarus-Russian integration .

The Judiciary Chamber has discussed stories printed in the youth magazine Cool columns "The School of Love" and "Intimate Talk" and approved them in general. Chamber experts make several remarks.


The new metro train Yauza , carrying passengers on the Lyublinsksaya line, already has a good reputation. Its electrical engines were designed and made by the Moscow Dynamo joint-stock electro-technical company, which includes the All-Russian Research Design and Technological Institute. In an interview, its director, Anatoly Mashikhin, speaks about several items that they developed especially for the new metro train.


Russia today commemorates Strategic Rocket Troops Day. In an interview, SRT Commander-in-Chief General Vladimir Yakovlev speaks about army reform and upcoming changes in the SRT.