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

May 6, 1998:


Personnel negotiations between President Boris Yeltsin and Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko move forward. Will the number of deputy prime ministers increase? Will Ivan Rybkin be offered the post of deputy prime minister? Also covered in Segodnya and Noviye Izvestia.

During the May Day holidays TV Center television conducted a charity program to raise financial support for the Russian State Library (Leninka).

The International Arbitration Court of the International Chamber of Commerce has completed the investigation of an unprecedented conflict between state arms exporter Rosvooruzheniye and the Canadian firm Century International Arms Ltd., which bought Russian arms. The firm accused Rosvooruzheniye of delivering low quality carbines, lodging a lawsuit for $5.2 million. The Russian company has won the case.

Do the recent failures (which are mentioned) of Sverdlovsk Governor Eduard Rossel mean the end of his political career? In an interview, he answers this and many other questions.

Kabardino-Balkaria's President Valery Kokov stated his intention to give up his duties as deputy chairman of the Our Home Is Russia party. He is the second regional administrator to distance himself from former Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin after the latter's resignation. Also covered in Segodnya.

President Boris Yeltsin on Tuesday signed a decree on paying wages to state budget workers. The story describes the document.

Despite numerous protests from local Buddhist priests in the central Siberian town of Ulan-Ude, the Atlas of Tibetan Medicine on Tuesday left the local Museum of History for the United States to be displayed at an exhibition. Also covered in Noviye Izvestia. The story in Komsomolskaya Pravda describes how OMON riot police beat protesting lamas in the center of Ulan-Ude.

Saratov regional Governor Dmitry Ayatskov intends to sign anagreement with Zurab Tsereteli, head of the Art Academy, on a major renovation of Saratov's center.

Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov on Tuesday arrived in Moscow for an official visit. Today he is to meet with President Boris Yeltsin and Sergei Kiriyenko to sign bilateral agreements.

Prosecutors from the town of Balashikha (Moscow region) have completed an investigation of an unprecedented contract killing of Saltykovka regional administration head Vladimir Moskalts, which was committed in the summer of 1996.

Bandits seriously injured Alexander Appolonov, director of the Wood-Groze trading house, on Profsoyuznaya Ulitsa on Tuesday morning.

A new type of securities -- documentary bonds -- will appear on the securities market in early July. The government is considering the project. The story gives details about the project. In an interview, Bella Zlatkis, head of the Securities Department in the Finance Ministry, reveals the essence of the project.

Ukraine will be able to export its sugar to Russia only in September, which may cause a crisis in the domestic sugar-processing industry, economic analyst Dmitry Dobrov notes in his story about possible negative consequences of the Russian-Ukrainian deal (signed in November 1997).

AvtoVAZ is trying to resolve serious problems with selling its products. The story looks at several urgent measures taken by its managers.

Aeroflot previously ordered 10 Boeing-737-400 planes from the U.S. company. Will they be safe for passengers? The first jet was delivered late in April.

Commercial banks are expanding their activities on the credit market for individuals. They offer new, affordable types of credits. What are they?

St. Petersburg Maly Drama Theater is finishing its guest performances in Moscow, which have become a great success. In an interview, its artistic director Lev Dodin talks about its most interesting productions. Also covered in Noviye Izvestia.


How did President Boris Yeltsin react to Krasnoyarsk Governor Valery Zubov's recent categorical statement about a possible negative (for the Kremlin) outcome of the second round of gubernatorial elections?

President Boris Yeltsin on Tuesday signed a decree establishing a new mechanism for relationships between the president's administration and the government.

Great changes are awaiting the All-Russian Exhibition Center (former VDNKha). The Moscow city government has made a decision to turn it into a new administrative district with a special status and name it, Sheremetyevsky.

A list gives the names and ages of the members of the new Cabinet of Ministers. Also covered in Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Economic observer Nikolai Ivanov comments on the results of the Russian-Chechen negotiations on the transportation of Azerbaijan's oil through Chechnya's territory in 1998.

Estonian authorities have accused Russian sailors of an incident with an oil leak into the Baltic Sea, which happened last week.


The story gives the final version of the death of one of Nazi criminal leaders, Martin Borman, refuting previous myths about it.

Interior Minister Sergei Stepashin answers readers' questions about the criminal situation in the country, corruption in the upper echelons of power and so forth.

President Boris Yeltsin on the eve of May Day holidays signed a decree abolishing the federal meteorological service -- Rosgidromet. Who will forecast the weather now? Also covered in Noviye Izvestia.

Day-care groups for the elderly have appeared in Saransk.

In an interview, Ksenia Davydova, a distant relative of great composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, gives several details about his private life.


In an interview, newly appointed Labor Minister Oksana Dmitriyeva (a former Yabloko faction deputy) talks about her new duties.

The story looks at the final make-up of the new Cabinet, focusing on major economic tasks facing it.

Whose interests stand behind Boris Berezovsky's appointment to the post of CIS executive secretary? Why did Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma suggest Berezovsky's candidacy for the post?

The Kremlin has been alarmed with Alexander Lebed's victory in the first round of the elections in Krasnoyarsk. To find the reasons behind Governor Valery Zubov's defeat, it has sent deputy presidential administration head Yevgeny Savostyanov to Krasnoyarsk. His conclusions will decide whether or not Moscow will dare to cancel the results of the recent voting.

In an interview, Alexander Yakimenkov, a leading Russian test pilot, who has tested the Ukrainian AN-70 plane, reveals the essence of the Russian-Ukrainian aviation dispute over the AN-70 plane.

In an interview, Lyudmila Maikova, head of the Federal Arbitration Court of the Moscow District, talks about the need to expand contacts between journalist and arbitration courts.

The Art theatrical publishing house has put out a book of memoirs by Vladimir Telyakovsky, director of the Russian imperial theaters, which is likely to become a bestseller.


Who arranges President Boris Yeltsin's international telephone calls and how is it done?

The Moscow city government has set new strict demands for gambling houses.

In an interview, popular lawyer Henry Reznik, who will turn 60 this week, talks about his interesting criminal cases.


President Boris Yeltsin hopes that his envoy to Chechnya Valentin Vlasov will be found. The story comments on the president's statement about the recent kidnapping.

The World Council of Churches, or WCC, which held its session in Greece from April 30 to May 2, discussed problems concerning Orthodox Church members' participation in the ecumenical movement and directly in the WCC. The Council adopted an important document.

The U.S. company Hughes Global Services plans to use the Earth's natural satellite, the Moon's gravitation, in launching communications probes to orbit.

In an interview, Moscow Deputy Mayor Valery Shantsev shares his view about the idea of creating the information holding Metropolis.

The State Duma has at last approved (in the first reading) the government's version of the Tax Code. What is the key problem of adopting this document? Alexei Golovkov, deputy head of the State Duma Budget Committee, explains.

In an interview, Communist Deputy Speaker of the State Duma Svetlana Goryacheva explains why she voted for Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko.

What is the present state of Ukrainian-Russian relations? What should be done to improve them ? How does one assess the current situation in the CIS? In an interview, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Boris Tarasyuk answers these and other questions.

The story analyses several concrete points in NATO's sphere, which, if put into effect, will only confirm the anti-Russian character of the alliances's expansion.

There are no conditions in Russia at the present time to abolish the death penalty. The story gives several facts to prove the point.


Several aviation bombs left after World War II have been found in the Moscow region. The story provides facts to illustrate the point.

Alfred Kokh, the former deputy prime minister and head of the State Property Committee, has been accused of embezzling state funds.

The State Duma is expected to consider a draft law on the procedure of restoring depositors' pre-reform savings.


Writer Viktor Astafyev reminisces about his war years, saying that all our troubles today are the consequences of the war.

In an interview, first deputy head of the State Duma Vladimir Ryzhkov explains why he had declined a suggestion to work in the government.

The number of the elderly in the world is growing with each passing year. But do we need to live long? The prolongation of life means a prolongation of the old age rather than youth. Poet Larisa Rubalskaya and actor Mikhail Gluzsky share their opposing views on the problem. Vladimir Shabalin, director of the Gerontology Research Institute explains.

In an interview, Kursk governor Alexander Rutskoi says he ignores all terrible rumors spread about him by his adversaries.

Why does Russia need the CIS? Seven points in favor and seven points against the reviving of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The story talks about the people (the president's security service), who ensure the safety of the president, his wife, his daughters and his three adult grandchildren.

In an interview, former Moscow artist Sergei Simakov (his works can be seen in many prestigious museums in the world) explains how he has become a priest in a village church in Zagainovo (Yaroslavl region).

In Soviet times, people were standing in long lines to buy bread, sugar, butter and imported consumer goods. But why are they standing in lines today?


The Coordinating Council under the president has endorsed the concept of military-patriotic education for young people. What is this conceptabout? In an interview, one of its authors, Vladimir Lytovinov, reveals its essence.

In an interview, Viktor Kazantsev, commander of the North Caucasus Military District, talks about major tasks set forth before his troops today.


In an interview, Yevgeny Pasternak, son of poet Boris Pasternak, talks about political repressions against his father committed by Josef Stalin and the NKVD, the KGB's predecessor.


The government intends to use its right to legislative initiative. The full text of the government decree endorsing the plan for drafting laws in 1998 is provided.

The government has made the decision to create a new executive body, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The story looks at its functions.