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

June 5, 1998.


A mighty flood that hit Yakutia has brought tremendous destruction, leaving local residents without housing, clothes or food. On its own, the republic will hardly manage to overcome the grave consequences of the flood.

Caravans of humanitarian aid from many Russian provinces are going to the republic of Sakha-Yakutia, where 27,000 residents have suffered from flooding. The procrastination of state bureaucrats has only aggravated the situation.

The article claims that, by providing Moscow with money to overcome each crisis, Washington only encourages its investors to continue a risky game, completely ignoring the problems that give rise to such crises -- corruption and poor management on the part of the government

Miners in the Orenburg region continue to block a local railway and a motor road. They are demanding delayed wages and the resignation of President Boris Yeltsin.

A two-day international conference, "Islamic Civilization in Russia Today," which opened in Moscow on Thursday, is discussing the place and role of Islam in the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The State Tax Service chief, Boris Fyodorov, has created a special department in the Personal Income Tax Board with the aim of cracking down tax evaders with especially high incomes.

The United Nations General Assembly has decided to mark June 5 as World Environmental Protection Day, with Moscow hosting the major ecological forum. The most prestigious ecological prize, the "Global 500," will go to traveler Fyodor Konyukhov and Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov.

The government is attempting to boost housing maintenance and the reform of the utilities industry. Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko has signed a decree on the federal standards of switching over to a new system of payments for housing and utilities.

The article discusses the possible consequences of a withdrawal of Russian peacekeeping forces from Abkhazia.

A 1 1/2 meter sinkhole occurred not far from the White House. No casualties were reported.

Engineers at a defense enterprise in Severodvinsk have designed a special device to make clean drinking water.

Moscow confiscated more than 1.5 million bottles of illegal vodka this week. The vodka arrived from North Ossetia, and several were found to contain cigarette butts and cockroaches.

Four prosecutors were detained in Novosibirsk on charges of taking bribes. Y


The article reports the issues that were discussed at the June 2 meeting between President Boris Yeltsin and the Russian oligarchs and gives information about the document signed at the conclusion of the meeting.

President Boris Yeltsin is expected to meet with Patriarch Alexy II at noon on Friday to discuss their participation in the ceremonial burial of the remains of Tsar Nicholas II and his family.

In an interview, the new chief of the State Tax Service, Boris Fyodorov, talks about his plans for collecting taxes, including compiling a list of 1,000 wealthy Russians.

The article looks at the positive results of Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko's visit to France, which plans to back measures by international financial organizations to help Russia.

The Kommersant Daily offers its own list of 238 famous and wealthy people that should be included in Boris Fyodorov's database of 1,000 rich Russians.

The article discusses the possibility that Boris Nemtsov and Valentin Yumashev helped former Deputy Prime Minister Alfred Kokh leave for the United States.

The article is the 1997 annual report of SBS-AGRO Banking Group.

The first steps have been taken in Russia to put an end to the activities of the Unification Church (also known as the Moonies). In an interview, Konstantin Krylov, the head of the Unification Church in Moscow, talks about his religion.

Police in Moscow's Western Administrative District have detained Alexei Tolstykh (also known as Taison), a heroin trader from the Kuntsevo criminal group.

Economic crime police have arrested Nadezhda Pozhariiskaya, 49, on charges of making 120 illegal housing deals.

IndustryWeek magazine has published its third annual list of the world's top 1,000 industrial companies, with American corporations taking the leading position.

Rosneft chief Ilya Leshchinet on Thursday cancelled his directive to appoint Alexander Putilov as the first deputy chief of the company. Putilov has been fired for the third time.

The Finance Ministry on Thursday unexpectedly announced a placement of another tranche of Russian eurobonds for $1.25 billion. A mere three weeks ago, Finance Minister Mikhail Zadornov stated that Russia would not borrow on the international financial market.

Volkswagen AG and Porsche AG have agreed on the joint designing and making of off-road vehicles, which are scheduled to appear in 2002.

The Associated Press announced the purchase of Worldwide Television News, 80 percent of which belongs to the ABC News company.

According to Interfax, Mosbiznesbank and the Bank of Moscow may merge in the near future. This powerful association would be controlled by the Moscow Mayor's Office. The initiative came from Mayor Yury Luzhkov.

The Museum of Private Collections opened the exhibition "The World of Arts. 100 years. 1898-1998." A critique is given.

In an interview, British composer Michael Nyman, who gave two concerts in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory this week, talks about his music.


The number of mentally-ill army draftees is expected to decrease soon, thanks to a new diagnosis center, which has became operational this month at the city army conscription station.

The article features man-wolf Dzhuma Dzhumayev, a 45-year-old mentally-ill Turkmen who spent many years in a wolf pack. Today he is receiving treatment at a Turkmen mental hospital.

The article reports on several cases of the arbitrary rule of the Moscow militia, which enjoys unlimited powers.

When making products for Russia, Western companies often use technologies that are banned in their own countries. The article cites Tide as an example.


The article discuss how Russia's membership in a renewed Organization of Black Sea Economic Cooperation might help it boost its economic development and ponders whether Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko, who arrived in Yalta on Thursday, will make any initiatives to increase Russia's role in the organization.

Igor Malashenko, the chief of NTV-Holding, comments on the latest government decree on introducing a new payment system for using the radio-frequency spectrum.

Tatarstan's government has concluded a cooperation agreement with Industrial Machines, a Russian concern. The document envisages joint programs for boosting the production efficiency of defense enterprises and machine-building factories.

The article looks at a changing nuclear nonproliferation system after recent nuclear tests by India and Pakistan and notes that the nuclear states should do everything in their power to avert the further spread of nuclear weapons.

A new tourist industry, radically differing from the Soviet model, is shaping in Russia today.

The article discusses the role of the Russian Children' Fund as a public agency and describes its funding and main social programs.

Psychotherapist Viktoria Bartsalkina of "12 Steps," a radio program for alcoholics, talks about the Russian Alcoholics Anonymous movement.

The article is an interview with an woman who is a trained engineer but who works as a dishwasher in a restaurant.

The article investigates the amount of money earned by musicians who play in restaurants. A pop star who refused to be identified describes his work in restaurants and cafes, in which he has been playing for more than 10 years.


As of this September, the price of using the radio-frequency spectrum will go up. With the money thus earned, the government plans to fund the construction of the Russian part of the International Space Station.

The Kozelsk division, stationed in the south of Kaluga region and one of the best strategic rocket divisions in Russia, is guarding the lives of the Russian people with the help of 60 nuclear missiles.

The Kinotavr film festival opened Thursday. The participants of the festival, as well as the competition program, are discussed.


Irina, the new (and fifth) wife of General Dmitry Yakubovsky (they were married 10 days ago), who is serving his four-year sentence in a Nizhny Tagil prison, says that her husband gave her a dress made of python skin as a wedding present.

Three secondary school teachers have been arrested in Cherkassy for seducing pupils in their school.

Galina Koryagina, the niece of the outstanding Soviet filmmaker Grigory Alexandrov, talks about Lyubov Orlova -- his wife and a legendary Soviet film star.

Russian specialists embalm dead bodies as skillfully as the ancient Egyptians did. New Russians may become mummies after they die.


The newly elected Krasnoyarsk Governor Alexander Lebed has banned the music festival of Asian and Pacific countries, which was previously held regularly in the city by former governor Valery Zubov.

The new Cabinet and its tax agencies are doing everything in their power to find sources intended to boost the budget revenues. Several implemented programs have already brought in good results.

Imported meat, which is currently being sold in many Russian shops for 20 rubles per kilogram, may have passed its expiration date.

The Moscow Center of Hydrometeorology and Natural Environment Monitoring has registered a slight improvement in Moscow's air quality.

When planting trees this spring, city authorities gave preference to rowan trees, maples and lime trees, rather than to poplars.


One of the main sources of potential ecological threat in Russia is the armed forces. Their special ecological service's task is to minimize the consequences of military activities.


The newly elected Krasnoyarsk Governor Alexander Lebed speaks about factors that ensured his victory in the elections. He also talks about his first steps as governor and about his priority tasks in the Federation Council.