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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


In an interview, politician Yury Boldyrev, claiming a seat in the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly, gives his assessment of the election campaign and the results of the elections.

Lawyer Olga Kozmenko's 72-year-old husband has been kept in Chechen captivity for more than a year. Not long ago a telephone call from Grozny by State Duma Deputy Nadirshakh Khachilayev suggested that Olga become a lawyer for his brother, Magomed, who was detained May 20-21 in Makhachkala. The story cites the telephone conversation shedding light on several recent killings and abductions.

Two deputies from the Yabloko faction in the State Duma have developed a draft law on public control over prisons. According to the established procedure, the draft was sent to Duma committees and submitted to the government. A document signed by First Deputy Prime Minister Yury Maslyukov asked to withdraw the draft, rejecting the very idea of public control. Duma Deputy Valery Borshchov, a co-author of the draft, comments on the issue.

In an interview, Yevgeny Mayevsky, deputy director of the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Biophysics, speaks about the magnificent qualities of amber, which may be used in medicine to treat people. He talks about successful results of his experiments with this unique resin.

In an interview, Valentin Lazutkin, who resigned as head of the State Television and Radio Broadcasting Service in May and who now heads a new interstate Russian-Belarussian television organization Soyuz, talks about its project.


Moscow police last week arrested three teenage brothers (ages 10 to 12) on charges of several savage killings and robberies. The story details their crimes.

Four-year doberman Lary on Thursday was lucky to escape a tongue amputation at a central veterinarian hospital. The dog became a victim of an unidentified maniac knacker.

Moscow police have managed to render harmless a group of hackers, who stole consumer goods through the Internet with the help of other people's credit cards. Mostly foreigners, including a French member of parliament, were among its victims.

Harvard University Economics Professor Geoffrey Saks, former economic adviser to President Boris Yeltsin during the government of Acting Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar, stated that over all the years of reform up to $100 billion was taken away from Russia to the West. The money Russia had received as credits and material aid from the U.S. government, the IMF, the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development went to Western banks and was invested into real estate abroad. That was done by top government officials and their friends. The story gives concrete facts and figures to prove the point.

In view of the latest remarks by state tax inspectors and ordinary citizens and also changes in the income tax legislation, the State Tax Service has altered the procedure of filling out income declarations. The story presents two forms of income declarations, which should be submitted before April 1, 1999.

The jury was restored in Russia's nine regions five years ago as an experiment. Has it proved effective? Should it be introduced throughout Russia? Two top legal officials share their viewpoint.

Poet Andrei Dementyev will mark 50 years in poetry Dec. 17 in the Rossiya Concert Hall. The evening party will be hosted by illustrious singer Iosif Kobzon. Many celebrities have been invited to be the poet's guests. In an interview, Dementyev speaks about his happy life.

The story is devoted to the illustrious Soviet sculptor, Vera Mukhina, who in the years of Stalin's rule, managed to make her famous statue "The Worker and the Female Farmer," the symbol of the Soviet state. What is its fate today?

Monday marks the ninth anniversary of the death of Andrei Sakharov, human rights advocate and great Sovietphysicist. Sculptor Mitlyansky nine years ago made a death mask of him at the request of Galina Starovoitova.

The jury's verdict in Geneva, Switzerland, for alleged Russian mafiaboss Sergei Mikhailov, also known as Mikhas, was announced "not guilty." The story says how this favorable outcome has become possible for him.

The first magnetic (one-time) cards as fare tickets will appear on sale in the Moscow metro Tuesday. It will be done first as an experiment at 10 metro stations.

A New Russian last week took his dog to a veterinary hospital on Tsvetnoi Bulvar for a cosmetic operation. The veterinary surgeons pierced the dog's ear for a heavy gold earring.

Thieves have stolen a mammoth's tusk from the museum of the St. Petersburg Zoological Institute. The story describes how it happened.

A kind of alcohol museum will soon appear in the office of the Economic Crime Board of the Moscow Interior Department. The city police administration decided that it will be a collection of various types of alcoholic drinks.

The Moscow city government made the decision to launch its own hydro-meteorological bureau. Mayor Yury Luzhkov promised it long ago but he decided to realize his idea only after the April snowfall and, of course, after the June hurricane.

Thieves on Thursday stole a huge batch of Swiss watches worth $300,000 from a warehouse located on the territory of an army unit in Mytishchi in the Moscow region.

Scientist Alexander Golod, a successful entrepreneur,has developed his concept of "harmonizing space" around the Earth with the help of pyramids, in which he has invested more than a million dollars. He believes that with each new round of the Mir space station, this " harmonizing space" becomes ever thicker and useful for Earth dwellers. The story reveals the essence of his concept.

The story claims that a cannibal, who ate 18 women, was detained in St. Petersburg last week. His second passion was playing computer games on the Internet.