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A brief look at stories making headlines in the Russian press

June 18, 1998.


Russia's hot spell draws to a close -- the hottest since 1901, scientists say. While rivers and lakes were an attractive way to cool off, 75 unfortunate swimmers and paddlers won't get the chance to enjoy the cooler weather.

Twenty-seven years of mercury leaking into the waters of the Irkutsk region have created an ecological disaster.


Chubais, Part Three: Former Prime Minister Anatoly Chubais joins the government for the third time, leaving UES.

New tax boss Boris Fedorov discusses measures to collect taxes. He said no one would be left out, even the president's daughter, Tanya, and her dacha.

Diamonds are not forever. Diamond trader and head of the Golden Ada company, Andrei Kozlenok, returns home from Greece under arrest. He is accused of stealing $ 180 million from his diamond deals.

Tax police seize some of Gazprom's property and the Duma gas lobby fights back.

The Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, discusses legalizing and taxing the prostitution industry.

In Ekaterinburg, police arrested several doctors for taking bribes from patients and trading in narcotics. Police checked 392 hospitals during the investigation.

Galina Dgigun, city administration head of Tuapse, near Sochi, survived a bazooka attack, but her car is history.

VGTRK deputy chairman, Michael Lesin discusses reforms in the state-run TV company, saying he will fight for tariffs, and that costs for companies to lease channels will not be increased.

Mozbiznesbank chairman Viktor Bukato speaks about the upcoming merger with the Bank of Moscow.


Visitors to the Russian exhibition center VDNKh are cruising the grounds in the area's first rickshaw.

City authorities plan to develop VDNKh exhibition center with new shops and saunas.

In a routine check by the State Trade Inspection, the Renaissance hotel, reputed to be one of Moscow's most luxurious, received anything but a good write-up. The hotel was accused of poor sanitation, bad management and low-quality merchandise in many of its shops.

Russian authorities now prohibit drug addicts to work in companies, hospitals and other places where drugs are manufactured or stored.

Leonid Shebarshin, former head of the Soviet foreign intelligence, speaks on the current state of affairs in the security service. He now runs a private investigation bureau.

Cadets arrested June 5 for trying to steal ammunition from Vidnoe, near Moscow city's base, were found to be students at Russia's prestigious military academy, similar to West Point in the United States. That they claimed to need the money from the ammunition to pay for drugs did nothing to cast a positive light on their high-ranking military official parents.

Two teen-age prisoners made history by being the first to escape from jail in the Mozhaisky district, but have been apprehended.


The Duma plans to make Feb. 23, Army Day, as a government holiday.


Chubais has been appointed to run Russia's economy.

Central Bank claims that inflation will not exceed 5 percent to 6 percentthis year.

Russia's government considers lowering oil export as crisis strikes oil producers around the world.

Uneximbank offers help to revive Unikombank.


Government officials want to reclaim a state-owned Volga car from the army hero, Alexei Mereseev, 82, who serves as head of the Veteran's Union. Mereseev was a celebrity in the former Soviet Union for appearing as a character in Boris Polevoy's boo "The Novel About the Real Man." The book features the true story of a pilot who fights, despite having had his legs amputated.

Former Interior Minister Alexander Kulikov was kicked off because of his interests in AvtoVaz giant controlled by Boris Berezovsky.

"Who's Who in Russia," put into print by Sutter publishers, contains 2000 personalities.

A reporter mockingly humors the governor of Krasnodar, Nikolai Kondratenko, a die-hard antisemite, provoking the response: "Zionists are everywhere. Be alert, comrade!"


Former Soviet General-turned Ingushetia Republic President Ruslan Aushev wants to reestablish the old army force, the wild division. During the civil war the so-called wild division was a well-organized Cossack chevalier squad which fought the Bolsheviks.

The Russian Black Sea Navy forces in the Crimea are giving their barracks to those Russian youngsters who want to enter Moscow State University, as a place to pass exams. Last year only six students from the island were able to come to their prestigious alma mater.

General Nikolai Demiduk, an official from the Rossvoorugnenie arm trade says the recent arms fair in Paris was very successful for Russian producers.

Prominent detective writer and editor of the U.S. leading Russian newspaper, Novoye Russkoe Slovo, Georgi Vainer, views projects on Russian television and plans to write new pulp fiction books.

A book by Nikolai Sokolov, a police officer who investigated tsar Nikolas' murder while in the White Army, has been published. It contains all the materials from the tragic event.


US and Canada Institute director Sergei Rogov says America is not going to save Russia from economic crisis. He was interviewed by former colleague-turned-Pravda editor Viktor Linnik.

Viktor Rozov, prominent playwright and author of several books which became screenplays and movies such as the Cannes' Festival winner "Cranes Flying." He speaks on his dislike of the pro-Yeltsin intelligentsia, saying only a new economic policy will save Russia.


Poverty targets most Russians , the VTSIOM polling agency polls say: 21 % of Russians live below the poverty line.

Newly-appointed Justice Minister Sergei Krashennikov says the ministry will fight black real-estate and those "who sell one flat several times."

Heavy industry tycoon and head of the Russian producers union, Arkady Volski, speaks on the "new economic course" America used to overcome the depression, as a cure for Russia.

Norilsk nickel giant is on the production decline due to fall in world nickel. 300,000 people might loose their jobs next year.


Infantry commander, General Yuri Bukreev speaks on the reorganization of his forces. The new infantry will include the air force, navy and strategic missiles unit.


A little girl from the city of Miass in the Chelyabisk region writes a heart-touching letter to the Communist leader Gennady Zuganov, asking him to get 20,000 old rubles from the President and to send it to her grandmother. She says they are starving and eating ravens.

Communist lawmaker Viktor Ilukhin writes his argument for the defense of the Yeltsin's possible impeachment.

Zuganov speaks with Soviet Rossiya's editor, Viktor Chikin, about his meeting with Castro in Cuba. Zuganov says he liked being on the Castro's territory.


The number of Moskovites has decreased: In 1994, 146,000 died and only 70,000 were born to replace them . A demographic specialist says this is normal for big cities.


Moscow chocolate producers start a production dedicated to the birthday of Alexander Pushkin


Railway ticket offices and airports are equipped with computers which help search for criminals.

A Moscow underground club named after the U.S. pacifist Jerry Rubin is a place for talented artists and musicians to escape their daily reality. They are not yuppies, and they don't use drugs or drink vodka. They are creating the new bohemian lifestyle.

Moscow is planning to install new Spravka computer machines in which tourist and Muscovites can find all the necessary adresses.

Former Russian ambassador to London, writer Boris Pankin writes a book on prominent Soviet journalist, poet Konstantin Simonov. A transcript from the book has been published.