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

March 19, 1998.


IZVESTIA


Russia doesn't have officially established state frontiers with all its


neighbors, which makes the existing borders a permanent source of


conflicts. Among all states bordering Russia only four - Norway, Belarus,


Mongolia and Lithuania - have no border claims. A look at the process of


creating the state border, which consists of three stages.


The Vologda Regional Court has resumed hearings in the criminal case


against Vologda regional Governor Nikolai Podgornov, 48, who is accused of


corruption.


Who needs the Russian-Norwegian spying scandal? Facts show that the


Norwegian's recent actions has U.S. roots, as has already happened in 1984,


noted a high-ranking FSB official. Since 1991 the Central Intelligence


Agency has been implementing a long-term program to discredit and weaken


Russia's intelligence service.


According to the Central Bank's Public Relations Department, as of March 16


the bank has put 77.2 billion old rubles into circulation, which comprise


58.9 percent of all the cash in circulation.


The government has relieved Alexander Kotelkin, former director general of


state-owned company Rosvooruzheniye, of the post of first deputy foreign


economic minister.


Starting March 29, Aeroflot will introduce special fares for passengers


flying the Moscow-New York and Moscow-Frankfurt am Main routes, both


one-way and round-trip. Tickets will cost a mere $260 instead of $1,000.


The Moscow City Duma has passed a law on the guidelines of housing policy


in Moscow.


At a round-table discussion Wednesday First Deputy Prime Minister Boris


Nemtsov stated that he opposes financial oligarchy, favoring people's


capitalism.


Will a gas attack happen in the Moscow metro on Friday, as was promised


recently by an anonymous telephone call? In view of this,Moscow police have


been put on alert.


In the first reading the State Duma on Wednesday passed a draft bill on


amendments to the election law, which restrict participation by political


parties and movements in the next parliamentary elections.


The government is expected later this month to approve a package of


documents intended to soften for Russia the consequences from the fall of


world oil prices. This was stated Wednesday by Fuel and Energy Minister


Sergei Kiriyenko.


An acute crisis has hit the realty market in St. Petersburg. What realty


firms have lost the game?


Three veterans' organizations in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine have signed a


treaty in Sevastopol on creating the International Union of Veterans'


Organizations "Militant Brotherhood Without Frontiers."


The 345th airborne regiment stationed in Gudauta, the core of the Russian


peace-keeping force in Abkhazia, will have to leave the Bambora military


base before May 1.


Former St. Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak tells about his life in Paris.


He plans to return home and politics in a month.


The British Broadcasting Corporation has worked out a project with the aim


to explain to Russia the essence of democracy.


Cinematography Minister Armen Medvedev said at a news conference in Goskino


on Wednesday that the 21st Moscow International Film Festival scheduled for


July 1998 will not take place.


The television company VideoArt, with participation from the Federal Tax


Service Police, has started shooting a new television film with a tax


police officer as its main hero.


Nemtsov has opened his official as well as his personal website on the Internet.


KOMMERSANT DAILY


Though President Boris Yeltsin is slightly better, his health is cause for


concern among his doctors.


Nobody will check the authenticity of state bureaucrats' income


declarations, unlike those submitted by ordinary citizens, who will have to


do it by April 1.


The National Sports Fund will not pay the Moscow Customs Board a fine of


29.3 million rubles (approximately $3.8 million) for distorted information


when declaring vodka.


Chechnya's Foreign Ministry stated Wednesday that Ivan Rybkin's recent


statement on the republic's status "grossly violates the Grozny-Moscow


agreements reached earlier."


The Bolshoi and Mariinsky theaters will exchange guest opera performances


scheduled to take place from April 3 to 12.


The State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, passed a resolution


Wednesday on the activities of several Russian television companies,


according to which deputies will have to prepare draft laws on stricter


state control over television.


Science Minister Vladimir Fortov spoke Wednesday about joint participation


by Russian and U.S. research centers in scientific programs valued at


hundreds of millions of dollars.


Gorno-Altai election constituency No. 2 is preparing to elect a deputy to


the Duma. In their interviews two candidates speak about their chances of


winning the seat.


The military court of the Tambov military district has sentenced Viktor


Gostev, chief of the Financial and Social Welfare Department of the Lipetsk


regional military office, to three years in prison. He is guilty of


corruption.


Alexander Selivanov, 32, an executive from Moscow's Yuzhnoye Chertanovo


district, was killed March 17 in his apartment on Dorozhnaya Ulitsa.


Journalist Valery Drannikov, who in 1958 interviewed American pianist Van


Clibern for the first time, has again met with the world-renowned musician.


Another version of the reason behind the resignation of SIDANKO headZiya


Bazhayev.


Yeltsin has submitted to the Duma a draft law according to which the


Central Bank by 2006 should leave the board of shareholders of Donaubank AG


and East-West United Bank. If this document is passed, the Central Bank


will get the right to sell property owned abroad by Russian state banks.


The Ulyanovsk auto factory has suspended the production of its most popular


minibuses and cars.


The Russian company Pallada Asset Management, up to the end of this week,


will be sold to U.S. company State Street Global Advisors. This is the


first case in Russia of a managing PIF company being sold.


The Moscow city government is expected to issue a provision later this


month on holding an open competition for the right to conclude contracts on


leasing outdoor advertising space in Moscow.


The Dow Jones corporation announced Wednesday a sale of its branch


specializing in financial information. The buyer, Bridge Information


Systems Inc, plans to create on the basis of the former Dow Jones Markets a


powerful new information agency of business news.


A photo display by Baron Adolf de Meyer, a photographer from the '20s and


'30s for the magazine Vogue, has opened in the Teatro Restaurant of the


Hotel Metropol.


Film critic Lidya Maslova previews an American film "I Know What You Did


Last Summer," which was shown in Kodak Cinema World early this week.


KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA


Yekaterinburg authorities have spent huge amounts of money to prepare for


the coming summit between Yeltsin, French President Jacques Chirac and


German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Meanwhile, thousands of local teachers,


doctors and construction workers have not received their salary for many


months. Facts and figures illustrating the point.


LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who is indignant about his coming


meetings in court, stated Wednesday that no medicine will help Yeltsin to


recover and that the president resembles the Lenin of late 1923.


Who will replace Alexander Lyubimov, former director of the ORT Russian


Public Television news programs, who resigned this week? Why has his high


boss Boris Berezovsky failed to defend him?


"The Russians are wild and ignorant people" this is what a newspaper of the


leading political party in Latvia says about its neighbor. Therefore, about


600,000 Russian-speaking people are viewed as "second-rate citizens."