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


Surgeons at the Research Cardiology Center in Moscow have successfully used a new method to perform an operation on an infant's heart. The story describes the method and the equipment that made the unique operation possible.

Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov signed a decree on the funding of Chechnya. The article points to several serious inaccuracies in the document.

Krasnoyarsk Governor Alexander Lebed, a potential candidate for the presidential elections in 2000, may lose a considerable number of votes soon. Anatoly Bykov, chairman of the board of the Krasnoyarsk Aluminum Factory, has declared war, leveling a number of accusations against him.

Ingushetia President Ruslan Aushev said he will hold a national referendum on the division of power among federal authorities in the judiciary and legal branches of government.

The documents that President Boris Yeltsin signed during his latest visit to the Kremlin may dramatically change the alignment of forces in Russia's arms export system. The list of domestic participants with licenses to export in the foreign arms trade may change soon.

The newspaper reports that local government bodies in the Moscow region have been struggling for their existence for five years.

The government has submitted a draft of the new distribution of budget revenues to the Federation Council, the upper house of parliament. Analysts say the new system will help resolve the problem of non-payments.

The State Duma today is expected at last to decide the fate of the law on production-sharing. The article describes why this law is so expedient today.

At the regular session of the Executive Committee of the Russia-Belarus Union today, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Vadim Gustov and Belarussian Premier Sergei Ling will discuss a draft of the Union budget for 1999. This budget, unlike the state budgets of both Slavic states, will be deficit-free.


Large Russian banks over the past several months of the crisis have lost authority, money, and their clients' confidence. A new list of 200 leading banks, issued by the journal Dengi, has excluded many formerly reputable banks.

The article covers several testimonies of witnesses at the current Geneva Court trial of Russian businessman Sergei Mikhailov, who is accused of organizing the Solntsevo criminal group.

Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov at his meeting with State Duma deputies yesterday confirmed the fact of existing corruption in the government. Skuratov, however, cautiously replaced the word "government" with the words "upper echelons of power."

Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov and his aide Valentina Matviyenko yesterday met with the staff of the All-Russian State TV and Radio Company. The article offers several statements made by the prime minister.

Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov has agreed with a governors' proposal to fix the VAT at 15 percent rather than 14 percent. In this way, the government has taken the first step of providing money to enterprises.

Dmitry Chernik, head of the Moscow Tax Inspectorate, admitted yesterday that, in 1998, Moscow has failed to meet its budget assignment. The article gives figures to prove his statement.

Ever new regional branches are joining the Yury Luzhkov movement, Fatherland. A recent one has emerged in Nizhny Novgorod, the cradle of young reformists. Governor Ivan Sklyarov has taken all responsibility to popularize the local branch.

Big auto firms in the Samara region, controlling the sales of a large portion of VAZ autos may leave the for neighboring regions. because of taxes imposed by Samara law-makers.

The Finnish Nokia company intends to present its cellular telephone with a built-in FM radio in Russia soon. The article describes the "toy".


Saratov police Dec. 5 detained a mentally ill 29-year-old resident who allegedly planned the political assassination of President Boris Yeltsin and Saratov governor Dmitry Ayatskov. Details are promised in the next issues, and in Kommersant Daily as well.

The article describes the death of a small girl in the Uglovoi miners' town of the Far East. She was strangled by her grandmother who did not want to see her granddaughter die of hunger.

A severe winter in the tundra has made the life of reindeer unbearable. According to information from the Emergency Situations Ministry, reindeer breeders had to kill about 5,000 animals because of a lack of feed.

Participants in the Congress of Kazakhstan's Democratic Forces held in Moscow late last week stated that the early presidential elections in the republic scheduled for January 10 must not be considered free and fair. The article explains.

In an interview , controversial artistic director Roman Viktyuk speaks about his complicated relations with then-Soviet authorities, who banned many plays from production.


The article gives a version explaining why President Yeltsin has fired Valentin Yumashev, the head of his administration.

Nobel Prize writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn will turn 80 on December 11. He has devoted his life and talent to the epic work "The Gulag Archipelago" about the great tragedy of Russia. All of his royalties for this novel went to run the Solzhenitsyn Fund, which helps people who have survived the horrors of Stalin's gulags.

Criminal investigators have obtained new information that sheds light on the murder of Dmitry Filippov, the head of the Public Council of Bankers and Entrepreneurs under the St. Petersburg governor, and head of the Menatep Bank St. Petersburg Board of Directors, who was killed on October 10. Another related story in Kommersant Daily.

Moscow police have arrested a radio pirate who for a long time, created emergency situations on air routes near Sheremetyevo. The article reports on how he did it.

With the aim of improving the ecological situation of the city, specialists from the All-Russian Institute of Medicinal Plants submitted to the city government their program of planting tropical trees and bushes on roofs of high-rise buildings. The article details the project.

Specialists from the Institute of Medical and Biological Problems discovered that bacteria obtained from cosmonauts ' saliva may be used for making different medicines and dairy products.

The Main Military Prosecutor's Office yesterday instituted criminal proceedings against several top military officials from the Defense Ministry, who are accused of corruption.

FSB Lieutenant Colonel Vyacheslav Rybakov,43, teacher at the FSB Academy, was killed Monday on Sirenevy Bulvar. The article offers details of the tragedy.

Stalin liked to take walks in the Moscow metro at night . The article describes one of his last such walks.


In an interview Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov discusses the ways he will overcome the confidence crisis, who the owners of the majority of mines are in which the workers are protesting wage arrears, the major principles of his Cabinet's economic policy, the short-term economic aims that he believes will be successful, and his relations with governors and the press. The prime minister also speaks about the dollar, the budget, his attitude to the Communist-dominated Duma and about President Yeltsin's health.

Editor-in-Chief Vitaly Tretyakov analyzes Monday events in the Kremlin when Yeltsin sacked his aides, and discusses who, besides Boris Yeltsin, will objectively gain from them.

The newspaper features an article about a disturbing situation in snow-covered Vladivostok in which residents are freezing in their unheated apartments. They say that it's Dalenergo 's fault that the city and region have been left without fuel and electricity.

The newspaper states that Unified Energy Systems head Anatoly Chubais and Fuel and Energy Minister Sergei Generalov, who are expected to report before State Duma deputies today on the performance of their agencies, will be offered resignations.

In an interview Acting Mayor of Nizhnevartovsk Vladimir Grobovsky speaks about problem Number One - paying out wage debts to state budget workers. He also talks about his region's relations with federal authorities.

An article highlights the underground Museum of Moscow Archaeology, with 143,800 items on display on Manezhnaya Ploshchad.

The great Russian ballerina Anna Shelest died in St. Petersburg on Dec. 7 at the age of 79. The story features her brilliant artistic career.

Editor-in-Chief Vitaly Tretyakov provides both an optimistic and a pessimistic answer to the question of whether Russia will disintegrate.

The newspaper prints a list of 100 leading politicians in Russia in November, with Yevgeny Primakov, occupying the top line. Alexander Kinsbursky, a spokesman for the Vox Populi Sociological Research Service, comments on the rating.

Nikolai Zhuravlyov, head of the FORINAR Fund, looks at three sources and three components of the new Russian oligarchy.


The banking system is to undergo radical changes as a result of which the Central Bank will lose one of its main functions - control over the crediting organizations.

Hygienic certificates for all newspapers and magazines will be introduced on March 1, 1999. The article reveals the essence of this novelty.

President Yeltsin's actions on Monday were only the beginning. The following day the president ordered the Prosecutor General's Office to find out who is responsible for the default on foreign debt.

MOST-Bank Thursday will launch the second stage of restructuring its obligations on individuals' deposits - funding the clients on the security of the bank's veksels issued within the framework of the first round of restructuring.

Irina Rukina, head of the Moscow City Duma Economic Policy Committee, suggested a project of turning several hostels into municipal guests' houses, which will be cheaper than city hotels. The project will soon be realized .

Law-enforcers in Novorossiisk conducted checks of the sea port, the results of which have shown that two thirds of all money earned by the port authorities went to criminal groups.


NATO officials state that Russia has agreed to cooperate with NATO to prevent the millennium bug.

Chairman of the Lithuanian Parliament Vitautas Landsbergis suggested imposing restrictions on jobs taken by former top Communist officials. According to the document, former members of the Communist Party Central Committee shall not take elected posts and work in a number of government organizations.

In an interview Tatarstan's President Mintimer Shaimiyev speaks about the treaty with the Russian Federation on dividing powers and about the way it is being effectively implemented in his Republic.

Russia lacks gold, whereas in Voronezh construction workers use gold-bearing sand straight from sand-pits to make building materials, such as cement.

In an interview, Yevgeny Sverdlov, Director of The Institute of Molecular Genetics, discusses the role that genes play in the human organism, how they can determine the style and manner of human behavior, and whether scientists can create a special system to control them and hence obtain human beings with the desired genes.


The newspaper states that so far this year AIF received 359,000 letters from all over Russia and describes readers opinions.

The newspaper features a political portrait of President Boris Yeltsin.

Five top politicians - Alexander Shokhin, Yevgeny Primakov, Pavel Bunich, Yuri Maslyukov and Yegor Gaidar - say how they envision Russia in 1999.

Yelena Chukovskaya, granddaughter of illustrious writer Kornei Chukovsky, in whose dacha Nobel Prize writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn lived throughout his prosecution by Communists, reminisces about that unforgettable time .


In an interview presidential aide Emil Pain speaks about what Americans think about Russia and its people.

In an interview Dmitry Gayev, chief of the Moscow metro, talks about upcoming changes in the city's underground transportation system.