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

May 15, 1998:


In his special story, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said what economic priority issues they will discuss at the summit that opens in Birmingham on Friday.

A source close to President Boris Yeltsin's administration reported that CIS Executive Secretary Boris Berezovsky intends to make Igor Shabdurasulov, former press secretary of former Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, his press secretary.

The State Duma set up a special 12-member commission headed by Communist party member Tatyana Astrakhankina with the aim of analyzing the events that happened in Moscow from Sept. 21 to Oct. 5, 1993. Also covered in Moskovsky Komsomolets.

A unique (in medical practice) operation was performed in a military hospital of the Black Sea Fleet, where surgeons put stitches on the head of officer Igor Kuprin, 36, who was seriously injured in a road accident.

The State Tax Service has summed up preliminary results of declaring people's incomes in 1997. As reported by Max Sokol, STS department chief, the service received about 5 million income declarations, which is 1 million more than in 1996. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov stated that deputies are likely to topple the government program of privatization in 1998. He explained major reasons to economic analyst Anatoly Stepovoi.

May 15 marks International Family Day. And how is it marked in Russia? What are the government social family and children's programs?

A new television channel the All-Russian Information Technical Channel -- developed on order from President Boris Yeltsin -- will be launched June 1.

Are there any thick literary journals intended for regions? The most popular one is the journal Russkaya Provintsiya. In an interview, itschief editor Mikhail Pterov talks about the publication.


In an interview (in New York), former head of the State Property Committee Alfred Kokh, who is accused of looting government property, stated that he plans to arrive in Moscow on May 20 for an interrogation in the Prosecutor General's Office. He also speaks about his book titled "The Selling of the Soviet Empire" to be published in New York.

On the first day of the Cannes Film Festival, the only Russian film "Khrustalyov, Give Me a Car," came under a threat of being excluded from its competition program.

The federal authorities had to interfere in the election campaign in Karelia to put an end to a war of compromising materials before the second round of the gubernatorial elections scheduled for May 17.

Will former Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin agree to fight for a vacant seat in the State Duma from the Yamal-Nenets one-mandate constituency? Also covered in Noviye Izvestia.

More behind-the-scenes intrigue has started in the Kremlin, which directly concerns the formation of the Cabinet and the alignment of political forces before the future elections -- a struggle for control over arms trade. In an interview, Rosvooruzheniye head Yevgeny Ananyev sheds light on several of its "hidden" aspects, accusing the agency's former leaders of dishonest acts.

In an interview, Gennady Sidorenko replies to Ananyev's accusations.

The Moscow Regional Court is considering a criminal case of a group of swindlers, who in 1991-1994 got possession of 50 apartments through different machinations.

The Yerevan brandy factory in Armenia will soon be sold to the French Pernod Ricard Group.

The story talks about Thursday's shareholders meeting of Svyaz-Bank and its decisions.

Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko on Thursday signed a decree that has liberalized the gold market in Russia. Russian banks were waiting for this document for several years.

The bank Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette has opened its branch in Moscow.

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, or BMW, has announced its intention to build a factory in the United States to assemble all-road vehicles.


The story talks about the birth of the Soviet atomic bomb.

The story talks about an Irkutsk thief, Anatoly Khokhlachov, who has been breaking into five to seven safes every day for more than 20 years. He has become a sort of virtuoso in his "dirty" business.

Popular film actor Mikhail Pugovkin, 68, got married and left Moscow for Yalta. He talks about his new film roles.

Scientists specializing in psycho-linguistics at the Linguistics Research Institute have made a wonderful discovery: Verbal curses have a real force, bringing misfortune to whom they are addressed.


The government commission on restructuring budget obligations has made the decision to cut students' stipend funds by 30 percent.

What should be done to receive an apartment in Moscow? What is really surprising is that last year alone more than 3 million square meters of housing were built in the city but the number of families on a waiting list is not decreasing. The story described a mortgage system that could offer a way out.

This story offers a political portrait of State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov.


According to President Boris Yeltsin's directive, the government endorsed two documents Thursday intended to intensify control over technologies exports. Special export control sections will be created at all enterprises dealing with the deliveries of rocket and nuclear technologies. Also covered in Segodnya.

Russian military units will take part in the Cooperative Jaguar-98NATO exercises scheduled for May 18-29 in Denmark.

What is Moscow's reaction to economic sanctions being imposed by Washington and Tokyo against India with the aim of punishing it for its nuclear tests?

The current situation around Unified Energy Systems is of great political significance: After May 7 when President Boris Yeltsin signed the federal law on the specific features of managing this company's shares and also those of other joint-stock companies of federal ownership, a precedent has been created to revise the results of national privatization.

The federal Home for Your Family program approved by the State Duma and now being considered by the Federation Council, together with U.S. Congress, before it is put into effect.

Was Russia's withdrawal from Afghanistan a decade ago a defeat? To some extent, it was, of course, but at any rate it was not the defeat of the Army, Colonel General Boris Gromov notes in his story looking at the lessons of that terrible war.

In an interview, Ivan Mashkovtsev, head of the Zheleznogorsk (Krasnoyarsk-26) city election commission explains what the federal authorities are afraid of if retired General Alexander Lebed wins the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in the Krasnoyarsk region.

Kiev is awaiting an investment boom. The second session of the Consultative Council presided by Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma was held in Kiev to discuss foreign investment. The session was also attended by representatives from 23 world leading banks and companies.

In an interview, State Duma Deputy Speaker Sergei Baburin believes that NATO expansion is unacceptable, saying that other ways should be sought for ensuring stability and cooperation in Europe.

Italian leading manager Kikko Testa is writing a novel about Russia titled "The Man Who Has Liberated Berlin Twice." In an interview, he talks about his choice.

In an interview, poet Andrei Bitov explains how he envisions Pushkin's anniversary celebrations in 1999, which he would like to see as theyear of Russian literature.


Former St. Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak (who is in Paris now) will not return to Russia "unless the Prosecutor General's Office admits that the act of his arrest Oct. 3, 1997 was illegal." This was stated by his wife Lyudmila Narusova.

After Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko admitted that three deputy prime ministers cannot properly manage a huge amount of work and head many inter-governmental commissions on trade, research and technical cooperation with other states, he found a good way out to make eight government presidium members serve in the rank of deputy prime ministers.

Ukraine is claiming the role of a transit juncture in the transportation of Caspian Sea oil.

Russia's partners in the International Space Station project are not sure that Russia will remain in the project.

According to President Boris Yeltsin's recent decree on the military duties and military services, military classes will be introduced in secondary and technical schools.


According to a decree that Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko submitted to the president Thursday, many social, tax and customs benefits and privileges may be canceled.

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov signed a decree concerning measures intended to boost the process of building associations of housing owners, or zhiltovarishchestva. Why are the city authorities interested in these associations?

The main aim of Russian diplomacy at the G-8 summit in Birmingham is to try to persuade the partners to change the venue for the next G-8 summit in 2000 from Japan to Russia.

The State Duma on Thursday considered a draft law on using credit cards, the number of which has reached 4 million in Russia.

Ford Motor Co. managers hope that Russian women will like their new Ford K compact cars, which have appeared on the Russian auto market.


Political observer Vitaly Golovachov looks at the composition of the new government. The story provides a list of new ministries and their heads.

This story features a inter-department social program Podrostok, which several ministries, listen in the story, have launched this month to save homeless children.


The story talks about the man appointed as Health Minister of Russia.

The full text of the Instructions for Creating a System of Export Control at Enterprises (Organizations) document is presented.