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

April 17, 1998:


The presidential and government teams this week have managed to substantially change the attitudes of State Duma deputies toward acting Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko. The story looks at Kiriyenko's chances of winning the second round of Duma voting Friday to become prime minister, and a most likely third round of voting. Also covered in the Izvestia Friday color issue and Kommersant Daily.

What has the government managed to achieve in the economic sphere during the past week and a half?

In an interview (on the eve of the second informal meeting with President Boris Yeltsin scheduled for April 18-19 in Kawana, Japan) Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto talks about significant positive changes in Japanese-Russian relations over the past several years.

Acting Deputy Prime Minister Ivan Rybkin has visited several CIS countries on the eve of the CIS summit in Moscow. What is the essence of his "extraordinary and plenipotentiary" visits?

The State Duma is expected to consider (in the first reading) a draft law on advertising medical services and medicines.

The Federal Securities Commission has proposed creating a Federal Mail Bank to manage the post office's accounts as well as accept cash deposits and the payments of various bills/fees by citizens.

The Defense Ministry has launched a press club of military observers from Russian central mass media.

A special section (its full name is given) in the State Taxation Service will control tax levies on alcohol and tobacco.

The treaty concerning the transfer of the controlling stake of the Moskvich joint-stock company (former AZLK) to the Moscow City government shows "civilized relations between industry and authorities," according to acting Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko.

The story (accompanied by a map) looks at several Russian regions that suffered from spring floods in April during the past decade.

A children's jazz festival, which has become a tradition over the past several years, is being staged for April 18 in Krasnoyarsk.

According to a recent ROMIR public opinion poll, 91 percent of Russians believe that the police are unable to protect them. The story discusses the poor performance of Russian police forces. Also covered in the Izvestia Friday color issue.

New army divisions have emerged as a result of army reform. Also covered in the Izvestia Friday color issue.

Where will President Boris Yeltsin and his wife, Naina, stay during the unofficial visit to Japan to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto? Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

In an interview, the former head of the State Property Committee, Alfred Kokh -- who is now head of the Montes-Auri investment company -- speaks negatively about his former state service. Also covered in the Izvestia Friday color issue.


The State Taxation Service and the Kommersant Publishing House (KPH) on May 26-27 will sponsor a special conference during which taxpayers are expected to meet with tax inspectors to tell them what they think about taxes and their work.

In an interview (on the eve of the second round of voting in the State Duma on the nomination of Sergei Kiriyenko as prime minister), ex-Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin speaks his mind.

If formally passed a draft law on citizenship, which Tatarstan's State Assembly has approved on first reading, may strike a serious blow to the fundamentals of federalism in Russia.

A candidate in the race for governor of Krasnoyarsk, Norilsk Mayor Vasily Tkachov, has been detained at the Krasnoyarsk Airport on charges of receiving bribes.

President Boris Yeltsin on Thursday denied rumors about his healthproblems.

Moscow city authorities intend to launch a network of special technical outposts that will collect used car oil for recycling in a bid to improve the ecologically deteriorating conditions stemming from an increasing in the number of cars.

An analysis of Japan's economic expansion into the regions of former Soviet Central Asia and Azerbaijan.

The Moscow City Court has sentenced Andrei Volkhov to death following his conviction for several murders and a host of robberies while head of a renowned gang from 1994 to 1995.

Russia's prosecutors have completed an investigation of former Grozny Mayor Beslan Gantamirov, who is accused of embezzling 57 billion old rubles. Gantamirov's relatives and lawyers are trying to win his release in exchange for several Russian POWs.

Ukraine's state-owned Chernomorneftegaz is conducting secret talks with Russia's Gazprom on the possibility of developing joint hydrocarbon deposits in the Crimea.

ONEXIMbank and Mostbank reached agreement Thursday on the division of two processing companies, UCS and Multikarty.

The National Bank of Ukraine intends to increase from 15 to 25 percent the level of foreign capital permitted in the combined charter fund of Ukrainian banks. Russian bankers view the move as political.

In an interview architect Valery Gusakov talks about his 16-story cultural and business center near Moscow City Hall. It has been hailed as the most successful city government construction undertaking, and highly praised at the recent World Construction Exhibition in Cannes.

All the resorts in Yurmala, made famous in Soviet times, are suffering from a lack of customers and sustaining huge losses.

In an interview Robert Sturua, chief artistic director of the world-renowned Tbilisi Drama Theater, talks about past performances in Moscow. The theater, named after Shota Rustaveli, arrived Friday in the city as part of the 3rd International Chekhov Theater Festival.

British rock musician Peter Hammill on Friday was scheduled to give his only concert in the Gorbunov House of Culture in Moscow.