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

May 7, 1998.


Will former Deputy Prime Minister Ivan Rybkin, former head of the Security Council, stay in the government? Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko has three options in determining his fate.

The State Duma intends to argue the legality of Chubais's recent appointment to head of the UES board of directors. This was officially stated Wednesday by speaker Gennady Seleznyov.

The Prosecutor General's Office has begun an investigation into the adoption of four children from Cherepovets, given to American families by the city court. The children have frequently changed addresses during the course of several months.

On the eve of the gubernatorial elections, Krasnoyarsk governor, Valery Zubov, stated that he is ready to share power with his former opponents. He announced his intention to create a coalition government, offering local communists several posts in it.

St. Petersburg authorities decided to open a unique consultation center, at which officials specializing in tax collection will answer questions from city residents free of charge.

After meeting with Princess Leonida Georgiyevna, Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov proposed revising the government commission's decision to bury the remains of Tsar Nicholas II and his family in St. Petersburg.

State Duma deputies from the Our Home Is Russia faction are displeased with the new government's formation. A look at faction head Alexander Shokhin's concerns.

President Boris Yeltsin is expected to pay an important visit to the Foreign Ministry, located on Smolenskaya Ploshchad. The May 12 visit will be his second, the first one taking place in 1992.

Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko yesterday introduced the Justice Ministry staff to their new leader, Pavel Krasheninnikov. Several facts from his political career are included.

Five-time chess champion Maya Chiburdanidze on Tuesday was seriously injured in a road accident outside the town of Elista.

Thursday marks Radio Day. In an interview, Vladimir Bezyaev, a leading Mayak radio commentator, talks about how the station has changed during the past several years.

Designers of the ballistic missile RSM -52 in Zlatoust, a town in the Chelyabinsk region, have found a nonmilitary use for the rocket -- to treat patients suffering from asthma.

A group of Moscow metro ticket regulators are accused of earning 1.5 million rubles through underhanded dealings involving metro tokens.

Moscow police have arrested Humanities University law student Anton Sadkov, 20, who is accused of counterfeiting 50-ruble banknotes.

Moscow police have caught Lett Sergei Onokhov, convicted four times, who escaped April 20 from the Riga central prison. He is the first to manage an escape there in 25 years.

TVEL, a leading structure in the Atomic Ministry in uniting fuel enterprises in the nuclear complex, has offered Gazprom financial and political support.

Nearly all potential Rosneft claimants may refuse to participate in the competition for the right to buy its shares. British Petroleum head John Brown has already stated his company's invention not to take part.

AvtoZAZ managers have asked the Ukrainian State Property Fund to suspend its privatization until the end of this year.

The Leningrad regional administration has signed an agreement with the German MAN machine-building concern on launching a Nevabus joint venture.

Voronezh authorities are butting heads with Dutch company Philips Display Components.

Belgian bank Societe Generale de Belgique intends to sell a package of stock of its Generale Bank to the German-Belgian financial group Fortis.


On the eve of the second round of gubernatorial elections, the Krasnoyarsk region has received 50 million new rubles from the state budget to address several urgent social problems. Will this financial support help governor Valery Zubov win more votes?

The law protects eight ancient trees in Moscow, estimated to be around 200 years old.

Citing figures, an article examines the growing number of illegal migrations through Russia's borders and focuses on those caught by Sheremetyevo customs officials.

Medical observer Marina Latysheva examines the spread of AIDS in Moscow, Saratov and Tver and focuses on preventative measures.

A look at those thought to be grandsons of Tsar Nicholas II.

President Boris Yeltsin is expected to meet with Patriarch Alexy II tomorrow to discuss Orthodox leader's role in a ceremony bidding farewell to the remains of the imperial family.

What does the word "fascist" mean in Russia today and what did Soviet propaganda say about fascism? A political observer tries to look at the true meaning of the Soviet Army's victory in World War II.

At its second session Thursday, the government will discuss the pressing budget question: where are more funds going to come from?


President Boris Yeltsin and Uzbekistan's head of state Islam Karimov on Wednesday decided to sign a treaty on launching a "troika," a new association within the limits of the Commonwealth of Independent States, which, unlike the unions of the two and of the four, will focus on ideological and political issues.

The religious conflict in Buryatia caused by the situation around a textbook on Tibetan medicine may lead to serious negative consequences.

Despite the current economic crisis, Russia is building new nuclear-powered supermodern submarines for its Northern Fleet.

The Central Hippodrome (on Begovaya Ulitsa) has opened its summer season.

What are the consequences of the government and State Duma crisis, which ended last week? Alexander Mekhanik, Director of the Institute of Modern Politics, analyses four major points.

Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov and State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov stated that former General Alexander Lebed's victory in the second round of the gubernatorial elections is dangerous for Krasnoyarsk region.

The Finance Ministry has worked out a document that will determine the guidelines in forming the federal budget for the next three years. This was stated by First Deputy Minister Vladimir Petrov late last week. The document was approved at the ministry's collegium Thursday.

In an interview, Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov talks about a new strategy of the Communist Party of Russia. Zyuganov also speaks about President Boris Yeltsin as a state leader and about the new government and its head, Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko.


What do Muscovites feel when they see the homeless begging in the Metro and on city streets? The VTSIOM public opinion service offers results of its recent opinion poll on this question.

The domestic oil companies will begin a new life July 1, probably with more hardships for many of them due to a government decree of May 4 concerning additional measures to ensure full tax payments by oil-producing enterprises.

The story looks at the results of Uzbekistani President Islam Karimov's current visit to Moscow, which was to end Thursday. The author mentions several contradictions in bilateral relations that presidential press secretary Sergei Yastrzhembsky preferred to omit when he assessed the visit.

Many Russians, who do major renovations (European style) in their apartments, using modern foreign-made paints and wallpaper, arerisking getting poisoned by dioxins. The story gives facts, figures and the brand names of poisonous building materials to illustrate the point.

The Rekord in Voronezh and Moscow's Rubin television factories are trying to win on the domestic television market, offering several sets of a new generation.

Veliky Ustyug in the Vologda region has been hit by spring floods.


What is in common between the newly appointed Cabinet and Yegor Gaidar's government?

The recent kidnapping of presidential representative in Chechnya Valentin Vlasov shows deep contradictions in the leadership of this republic.

Why has the federal weather service been abolished? Rosgidromet press secretary Anatoly Yakovlev answers the question. Also covered in Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

In an interview, newly elected Agriculture Minister Viktor Semyonov talks about serious financial problems facing his agency today.

Why has President Boris Yeltsin sent Boris Berezovsky to live and work in Minsk? What will the oil tycoon gain from his new post? Also covered in Noviye Izvestia.

The AvtoVAZ General Development Department has launched tests of the first 10 cars of a new model -- VAZ-2119, which has been named Kalina.

The Defense Ministry has opened the hot line (296-8652) for army draftees and their parents. What were the first calls about?

Moscow law enforcers have presented a "black list of Russian labor corrective colonies and prisons" that continue to use torture.

In an interview, Lithuania's President Valdas Adamkus speaks about his recent telephone talk with President Boris Yeltsin, about the prospect of his country's joining NATO and about Russia as a trading partner. Adamkus stresses that any conflict with Russia, like its current conflictwith Latvia, is impossible.

In an interview, Chuvashia's President Nikolai Fyodorov says that despite the lack of natural resources his republic has managed to resolve many acute economic problems. He also speaks about problems that remain unsolved.

The story paints a political portrait of Sverdlovsk governor Eduard Rossel, his successes and failures.

Who has brought former First Deputy Prime Minister Anatoly Chubais to the company Unified Energy Systems of Russia? The story offers several little-known facts.

The story features the first children's festival of art and handicrafts, which the Moscow Museum of Decorative and Applied Art launched May 5.

In an interview, Soviet film star Vyacheslav Tikhonov (the famous movie spy Stirlits) talks about his brilliant film career.

The story looks at 19 main nominations, according to which the TEFFI Award will be presented this year.

The story talks about the origin and present-day activities of neo-nazis in Russia and talks about the way the law enforcers are cracking down on them.

In an interview, outstanding Russian baritone Dmitry Khvorostovsky, who lives in London today and became known in 1989, talks about his love for Russia and his forthcoming concerts there.


A large group of guards will accompany Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov during the Victory Day festive march. Why does he need so many bodyguards?

Pop star Oleg Gazmanov had to cancel his concerts on May 8, 9 and 10 at the Rossiya Concert Hall after he was seriously injured April 22 during a program broadcast live on TV 6 television.

Russia has decided to fight for human rights in Latvia, the "small butproud republic." But before doing that, Russian authorities should find out what rights and whose rights they are going to defend, since society there has undergone serious changes over the past years. The story talks about the Russians' life in this Baltic state.

Where at present can one buy outstanding relics of Soviet socialism, communist leaders' portraits, velvet red banners, propaganda books, billboards with communist calls and various statues and busts -- and how much do they cost? In order to answer these questions, the story takes the reader to many different marketplaces.

In an interview, German General Markus Wolf, 75, former agent from the former East German state Security Ministry, talks about his job there.

Two of Deep Purple's musicians, Young Gillan and Yab Pace, will visit Moscow on Victory Day Holiday to attend a presentation ceremony for their new album "Abandon."


How is the Russian army preparing for Victory Day festive march scheduled for May 9 on Red Square?

The story talks about a congress of Russian skinheads (fascists), which took place April 24 in Kostroma, where the local administration provided them with its office building.

Why does the domestic tobacco sector, unlike other economic branches, attract foreign investors, who have already invested more than $600 million in this industry?

In an interview, Yelena Vlasova, wife of the presidential representative in Chechnya, who was kidnapped there a week ago, hopes that her husband will return home.


Yevgeny Timofeyev, deputy director general of the scientific research and production unit Radon, heads its Zagorsk branch where radioactive waste is brought from Moscow city and region and nine neighboring districts.