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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


Grigory Nosov, first deputy chief military prosecutor, provides an exclusive report regarding crime in the army. Facts and figures accompany the article.

A group of liberal Russian economists left for Washington on Sunday to meet with International Monetary Fund leaders and discuss the state of the national economy. Also covered in Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov wrote a letter to Federal Council speaker Yegor Stroyev concerning the tuberculosis epidemic in Russian prisons. The number of TB infections has reached 70,000, or one in every 10 prisoners. Since 1997, the TB rate has increased 19.5 percent.

Residents in Alapayevsk in the Sverdlovsk region have been without gas and heat for a week. Daytime temperatures have been as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius. Most schools and daycare centers are closed.

Igor Nikolayev, head of the board of directors of St. Petersburg's futures stock exchange, was arrested by the local economic crime department on charges of corruption.

Last week the State Duma passed a draft bill regarding the special economic zone in the Magadan region. The story looks at the reasons lawmakers passed the bill in its second reading.

The State Duma is expected to consider a draft bill on the notary business, which if passed, will reverse judiciary reform in Russia.

The Latvian parliament approved its new prime minister, Vilis Krishtopans, and his new Cabinet late last week.

Italian Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini began his two-day working visit to Moscow on Sunday. The article mentions several issues he will discuss with his Russian counterpart, Yevgeny Primakov.

Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov is well aware of what he can accomplish and what he is unable to do in the government. He knows that his anti-crisis program is unrealistic, but he will still do his best to put everything he can into effect.


Sberbank was to begin payment to private depositors from several commercial banks today, but it has postponed them. Each bank will be assigned a new date on which payment will begin.

Former Federal Security Service director Nikolai Kovalyov has accused Boris Berezovsky of slandering him, the latest development in the scandal between FSB leadership and Commonwealth of Independent States Executive Secretary. Berezovsky has claimed the FSB plotted his assassination.

First Deputy Prime Minister Yury Maslyukov submitted his income declaration for 1997 on Friday. The practice of top officials declaring their incomes has resumed.

Ismail Dadalayev, deputy head of Chechnya's National Security Service, made a sensational statement Friday when he said his service prevented an assassination attempt on Anatoly Chubais when he was a first deputy prime minister in the Russian government. Former Federal Security Service director Nikolai Kovalyov confirmed the statement at a news conference.

The presidential administration Friday admitted for the first time that during his election campaign in 1996, Boris Yeltsin survived several heart attacks without being hospitalized.

The Central Bank will exercise control over the Agency for Restructuring Crediting Organization. First Deputy Prime Minister Gennady Kulik said that Viktor Gerashchenko will head the ARCO council. The Central Bank will retain control over the Russian banking system.

The first deal to sell state-owned property since the start of the economic crisis was made Friday when 15 percent of Mechel, the Chelyabinsky Metal Combine, was sold for $16 million.

After a major renovation project to be completed next fall, Domodedovo Airport will claim the highest rating among domestic airports.

The Central Bank announced the terms of buying currency for foreign GKO- and OFZ-holders, saying they should give up their demands for forward contracts so that large Russian banks will not go bankrupt. The Central Bank will convert some of their rubles into dollars.

The newspaper published a statement by the Central Bank regarding the possibility of repatriating funds invested by foreigners on the GKO and OFZ market.


Kiril Naumov, owner of the St. Petersburg Press-Courier, saw Galina Starovoiteva's assistant, Ruslan Linkov, six hours before he was shot. Naumov has agreed to tell authorities information that may help establish a motive in Starovoiteva's murder.

The presidential administration conceals information about Boris Yeltsin's health problems. The article discusses what it might hide. Also covered in Moskovsky Komsomolets.

An Uralvneshtorgbank woman who kept $6,000 in a glass jar with a plastic lid was horrified to discover that mice in her cellar had consumed the bills. The story discusses whether or not the Central Bank will compensate her for the loss.

The story looks at the near-future's rise in housing, transport and utility prices in Moscow. The minimum subsistence wage in Moscow is 1,457 rubles a month ($81.50), three times greater than the figure for greater Russia.

A feature article about Yury Chuprakov, an assistant professor from the Moscow Institute of Road Building Engineers, reveals why he quit his prestigious job and went to a local housing economic department to work as an ordinary locksmith.

Cabinet members and State Duma deputies can have their clothes cleaned and repaired at ***President-Servis***, which offers special services to top government officials and their families.

The newspaper lists the seventeen most popular rumors in Moscow in the 20th century.

The number of suicides among Moscow children in the past five years has doubled. The article discusses reasons for the rise.


Two thieves robbed an apartment on Dolgorukovskaya Ulitsa belonging to State Duma deputy Ilya Zaslavsky on Wednesday afternoon. The thieves stole some gold and silver items, $300 and 1,000 rubles in cash.

Moscow city authorities intend to take extra security measures during the International Hockey Tournament scheduled for Dec.15 to Dec. 20.

Specialists at the Moscow Research Surgery Center have performed an operation on a Tajik boy, who from the day of his birth was believed a girl.

In an interview, the owner of a five-star hotel for dogs talks about his wonderful visitors and the services they receive.

In an interview, Nikolai Poloskov, talks about being the only maker of harpsichords in Moscow.

The artistic production association of the Russian Orthodox Church in Sofrino outside Moscow celebrates its 20th anniversary in operation.

Vladimir Zelentsov, former deputy economic director at the State Circus on Tsvetnoi Bulvar, was killed Friday evening.

Vyacheslav Koloskov, head of the Russian Soccer Federation, has been accused of all "soccer woes." Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

Specialists from the Moscow Research Surgery Center have performed a rare operation removing a piece of radioactive metal from the leg of a factory wo rker.

Managers from the Maisky Chai company will open eight cafeterias in the Yugo-Vostochny administrative district of Moscow to provide the poor with free lunch.


The story highlights the major results of the fifth meeting of the Indian-Russian commission on trade and economic, scientific-technological and cultural cooperation, which ended Saturday with the signing of a joint protocol and several agreements.

The Central Research Aviation Center named after Nikolai Zhukovsky is marking its 80th anniversary. The story features several hallmarks from its brilliant history and discusses its impoverished and miserable present state.

The Butyrka Prison hospital has failed to receive charity medicines and equipment it badly needs for treating convicts, because bureaucrats demand too many different documents. The story discusses how many prison patients are suffering from a lack of basic medical care.

Alexei Arbatov, deputy head of the State Duma Defense Committee, looks at several serious obstacles on the road to resolving the Russian-Japanese dispute over the Kuril Islands.

A new public-political movement called Yabloko-Sankt Peterburg emerged in St.Petersburg early this month. Over Yabloko's official protests, Justice Minister Pavel Krasheninnikov said that there is no ban on creating entities with similar names, and in case of Yabloko, their number may be unlimited. In an interview, Yabloko-Sankt Peterburg leader Vladimir Khramov speaks about his organization, saying that he highly respects the all-Russian Yabloko movement, sharing its principles.

The KTK consortium was formed in 1992 for building a 1,580 km-long oil pipeline, which is to connect the Tengiz oil deposit in Kazakhstan with a Russian Black Sea port. The story features the project and several private oil companies participating in it.

In an interview, Anatoly Kinakh, head of the Ukrainian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, discusses key aspects of Ukrainian-Russian economic integration, as well as how he envisions Ukraine in Europe's future.

In an interview, Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov describes what factors have made him Russia's primary politician. He speaks about his loyalty to party principles, as distinct from several top politicians who "betrayed" their party so easily and quickly - meaning Boris Yeltsin.

In an interview, Yuly Gusman, a host of the ORT Tema program, describes how he chooses guests to participate in his program.

The story sums up the results of Pope Paul II's 20-year-long pontificate . How does he see the Slavic peoples' role in the history of Christianity, which he has always viewed as the single whole?


An international group of journalists who went to the Wrangle Island last month to collect data about Polar bears. But bad weather has left them stranded. Who will help them in their distress?

What decision will the Russian government make to resolve the fate of 1,260 closed military townships, with the value of their property evaluated at approximately 1.5 trillion rubles? The story looks at several possible solutions.

State Duma deputy Yelena Panina has submitted to the lower house of parliament a draft bill aimed at preserving the existing customs benefits for Russian publishing houses. The story comments on the draft document.

The story describes a trip made to the Himalaya Mountains by journalist Yelena Masyuk and her devoted cameraman Vyacheslav Titov to collect material about mysterious tribes.

AZLK workers are completing a jubilee project to assemble their five-millionth car. Workers are also going to stage a protest act against mass lay -offs.

The sketch, "The Cossack's Head," painted by the great Russian artist Vasily Surikov, will soon join the Tretyakov Gallery's collection of paintings. The story looks at a difficult fate of this masterpiece, which could have been sold at a private auction.

The story reports on how pornographic contraband is being retransmitted from the Moscow region of Dubna to Moscow and throughout the world. Segodnya editors received an indignant letter from the International Human Rights Association.

During his visit to the Belgorod region on Saturday , Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov stated that he does not exclude the possibility of Russian citizens being officially allowed to open accounts in foreign banks. The story comments on Primakov's statement.

Rock-n-roll star Boris Grebenshchikov turned 45 on Nov. 27. Before this day, he announced his new project: four rock groups - Akvarium, Tequila-jazz, DeadUshki, and Va-Bank - will create the Liberation Front. In an interview Grebenshchikov speaks about his project.


Kaliningrad Regional Duma deputies on Thursday passed a draft law which envisages land sales and their purchase as private property. Foreigners are excluded from land trading operations.

Many Russians have proposed naming the International Space Station "Galina," in memory of the assassinated Galina Starovoiteva.

Air controllers in Russia sometimes do not see passenger planes on their monitors. Though this is difficult to believe, it has become a reality that uncontrolled flights are now taking place. The story sees what has happened to dozens of air controllers' points all over Russia.

The Moscow Writers' Organization, not to be confused with the Moscow Writers' Union, has officially registered State Duma deputy Alexander Korzhakov as a new member. What has he written to deserve this high honor?

The story features Muscovite Vyacheslav Zakharov, who went to Belgium early this month to attend a festive ceremony at which he was awarded a prize for his invention, an anti-smoking cigarette, an item of great interest at an international exhibition of inventions.

In an interview, star Philip Kirkorov, who completed his month-long guest performances in St. Petersburg Sunday, talks about his great success. He discusses his response to the killing of law-maker Galina Starovoiteva.

The story highlights a happy mother living in the Ust-Muravyanka village of the Voronezh region, who has eleven children and who will soon give birth to a twelfth. In Soviet times she would have been a Mother-Heroine with lots of privileges, but today she is a burden to society.

A tragedy that happened in a Rostov-on-Don zoo Friday shocked its staff, who on coming to work early in the morning, saw eight kangaroos killed in their cage. The story details the tragedy. (2)


NG and Delovoi Vtornik analyst Pavel Voshchanov is claiming a seat in the State Duma in the elections of the Lyublinsky constituency in Moscow. Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky says that, though Voshchanov is not a member of his party, it is a great honor to back such people.

The story features the shaky illegal deals of Nazir Khapsirokov, the chief of the economic administrative department of the Prosecutor General's Office, who is unofficially called its "Grey Cardinal." When law-enforcement officials launched inquiries after receiving signals about his numerous activities, they failed to find any ground for instituting criminal proceedings against this official, who in reply "suited" them all.

A long list of all contract killings which happened in Russia between 1992 and and 19981998 has been compiled on the basis of reports by U.S. special services and NG's own investigation.

Stepan Sulakshin, a nuclear expert from the Tomsk Institute of Nuclear Physics, 45, joined the Russian political elite ten years ago when he was elected People's Deputy of the USSR. At first he was delighted with his job and the people who surrounded him. But later, after seeing many of them corrupted, he lost interest in his job and quit. Today he is reported to be an ideologue of Luzhkov's political movement, Fatherland. Sulakshin views Gaidar, Chernomyrdin and Kiriyenko as his foes. The story shows why.

The story highlights the numerous scandals and crimes that are accompanying the current campaigns in the elections for the Legislative Assembly in St. Petersburg, scheduled for December 6. Right-wing parties and movements, after the assassination of Galina Starovoiteva, announced the creation of the Anti-Criminal Front, which is preparing "clean lists" of candidates whose honesty and decency they guarantee.

The Swiss Court today is expected to begin considering the criminal case of Sergei Mikhailov, known as Mikhas, who is accused being a member of the Russian mafia. His lawyer Sergei Pogramkov, however, says that the case against Mikhas was fabricated. Political analyst Alexander Minkin details the case.

The Federal Television and Radio Broadcasting Service is completing a draft of the Charter of TV and Radio Broadcasters, a document which is called upon to determine and finalize the basic principles of work and the norms of broadcasters' professional ethics. The story looks at some of its points.