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

July 9, 1998:


At his meeting with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko raised the issue of the ethnic Russians in Kazakhstan who have been ousted from state management agencies and forced to leave the country.

The board of directors of Unified Energy Systems made a decision regarding the procedure of paying dividends on shares according to the results of the company's performance in 1997. It was decided that the individuals (over 375,000 shareholders) will be the first to receive them.

Workers of the military-industrial complex who started a protest march in Nizhny Novgorod late last week will conclude it Wednesday in front of the White House, where they plan to join the miners. The marchers demand that they be paid back wages and that President Boris Yeltsin resign immediately.

The revenues of the federal budget have exceeded spending by 0.7 percent. An economic observer comments on the government's serious problem concerning a huge state.

The Prosecutor General's Office in Kemerovo region intends to begin criminal proceedings against the initiators of the miner protests, which have blocked railways in Kuzbas. But determining which protestors were the initiators will be troublesome.

Uneximbank, following the lead of British-Dutch Shell, has decided not to participate in the upcoming Rosneft auction. The reasons for this are explained. (Also in Kommersant Daily)

A political observer comments on Russia's lack of practical steps to improve its relations with Kazakhstan, despite the leaders' verbiage on "eternal friendship" and the former prime minister's six visits to Almaty.

Despite numerous vociferous pronouncements of friendship and integration, the three Baltic republics have become distant over the last eight years of their independence. What is left of their dreams of a common "Baltic Home" or the "Baltic Way" is only ruins. The article features the territorial contradictions that separate these countries.

According the president's decree, Vneshekonombank is a specialized state bank servicing Russia's foreign debt and centralized foreign economic operations. In an interview, its head, Andrei Kostin, talks about the bank's special status and its place on the market. Kostin also speaks about the bank's debtors and the problem of restructuring debts.

The official history of July 1918 was deliberately distorted. The fact is that a two-party Soviet system was established in October 1917, and only on July 6-7 in 1918 did the Bolsheviks establish a one-party system -- the dictatorship of the Lenin Party. This fact was concealed from the Soviet public.

The court hearings on the terrorist act committed in Pyatigorsk by two Chechen women, Fatima Taimaskhanova and Aset Dadasheva, have been postponed.

Surgeons at the Bakulev State Research Center of Cardiovascular Surgery have performed a unique artificial heart transplant on Vladimir Tsaryov, 48.


In response to the government's threats to "settle accounts with the leadership of Gazprom," the company's press secretary stated Tuesday that the head of Gazprom can voluntarily refuse to administer the 35 percent state-owned package of stock.

Circassia's head of state, Alexei Lebed, and Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov signed an agreement to improve the republic's finances. No such agreement has been made with Krasnoyarsk Governor Alexander Lebed. In an interview, Lebed talks about his view on relations between regions and central authorities.

A launch of the German Tubsat-N microsatellite from a Russian nuclear submarine -- the first of its kind in the world -- took place Tuesday.

Monday's Russian-Kazakhstan agreement on dividing the bed of the northern part of the Caspian Sea has radically changed the dynamics of the forces of the five Caspian states. On Tuesday, Iran and Turkmenistan unexpectedly changed their stands on Caspian division.

Ethiopian Foreign Minister Mesfim Seyoum arrives in Moscow on Wednesday to ask Russia for military help in its conflict with Eritria.The visit is an opportunity for Russia to consolidate its positions in Africa.

Prosecutors investigating the murder case of Larisa Yudina, the editor of the newspaper Sovietskaya Kalmykia, have no doubt that the culprits are Sergei Vaskin, a former adviser to the Kalmyk president, and Tyurbya Boskhomdzhiyev, a representative of the republic's president in the Volgograd region.

The British Bass company, a leading beer producer, has recalled 17 million beer cans and bottles from around the world due to the contamination with a toxic chemical substance. The company imports beer to Russia, and it is very probable that the tainted beer has already appeared on the Russian market.

Tataria's State Property Committee on Tuesday endorsed a plan for the privatization of Tatenergo.

The Bank of Development of Korea, the main creditor of South Korean Kia Motors Corp., has announced its intention to sell Kia Motors and the latter's sister enterprise, Asia Motors Corps., on July 15. This may cause the Avtotor company, which currently assembles Kia cars near Kaliningrad, to begin making Fords.

The new demands of the Central Bank concerning the reporting of the transaction information of crediting organizations goes into force Wednesday. The measure will bring only discomfort to commercial banks.

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov intends to turn his capital into a busy tourist center. The article highlights his extensive plan for launching new itineraries.

In an interview, American businessman Richard Helbig, who specializes in tourism, talks about methods of raising the efficiency of the tourism market in Russia.


In an interview, businessman Yury Nemtsov, a brother of Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, talks about their family, his business and his advice to his brother.

The Tula regional court is considering the criminal case of a local group of Satanists accused of many grave crimes.

The political situation in Russia is continuing to worsen. A political observer gives facts to illustrate this point in an attempt to answer his own question: Is the Gorbachev Foros tragedy awaiting President Boris Yeltsin?

The fatal events of 1993 may repeat themselves -- this is the opinion shared in an interview with Frants Sheregi, the director of the independent Center of Social Forecast and Marketing, who cites facts to prove his view.

Yelena Ovcharenko, the editor of Komsomolskaya Pravda's international section, describes her recent meeting with Valentin Moiseyev, the deputy chief of the First Asian Department of the Foreign Ministry, who was arrested recently on charges of spying for South Korea.

Literary laborers produce two detective novels every month, filling the book market with these low-quality works. In order to find out how they manage to do it, journalist Sergei Blagodarov took a job as a detective-novel author at the Moscow Olymp publishing house. His story features his experience there.


In an interview Kalmykia's President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov says he has nothing to do with the murder of Sovetskaya Kalmykia editor Larisa Yudina. He also speaks about his decision to run for the presidency in 2000.

Economic and political observers Tatyana Koshkar and Rustam Narzikulov speake about five myths of the ruble devaluation.

Ecological experts say that the general ecological situation in Russia has slightly improved.

Why do American investors trust totalitarian China more than democratic Russia? There are conclusions that the bourgeois spirit is stronger in communist China than in democratic Russia.

How is the present state of the Russian foreign economic sector assessed? Will Russia pursue its own geopolitical and strategic interests or take into account Washington's recommendation in this sphere? Oleg Davydo, former head of the Ministry for Foreign Economic Relations, speaks about these topics.

The Lithuanian parliament has passed a draft bill assessing the activity of the Soviet KGB

(NKVD, NKGB and MGB). Ignoring the president's opinion, it proclaimed it a criminal organization.

An analysis of what dilemmas former Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin will have to resolve in order to retain his role in the future politics (the presidential election campaign).

An analysis prepared by the Center of Evaluations of Political Risks regarding the political situation in Russia in June.

A list of the 100 leading Russian politicians in June, with Anatoly Chubais taking third place, with a commentary by "Vox Populi" research center expert Alexander Kinsbursky.


The contract killing of General Lev Rokhlin in the early hours of July 3 has unexpectedly been confirmed, including possible development of that night's events.

Economic observer Otto Latsis describes the securities market on July 6 and 7, which resembled an ill person. The author shows how the fate of the ruble may be decided today.

Has Kalmykia's President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov imposed censorship in Elista? Newspaper kiosks have failed to receive periodicals carrying information about the murder of editor Larisa Yudina.

The first American bison, which was given the name of the peninsula, was born on Yamal. Specialists looking after a small herd of seven exotic animals there say they are doing everything they can to make the calf strong.

France and Britain are expected next month to announce their plans for participation in the elimination of Russian chemical weapons. They gave their preliminary consent in May.

How does Russia observe the convention on refugees, which it ratified in 1992? Who can receive refugee status in Russia? How has the contingent of applicants changed since opened its mission? Cristopher Carpenter, head of the Moscow office of the UN Supreme Commissar for Refugee Affairs, looks at these and other issues.

In an interview Irina Antonova, Director of the Pushkin Museum of the Fine Arts, speaks about a difficult period in the Museum's history in 1948, when the government directive forbade the pronunciation of names of French and Western impressionists.


A founding conference of a new public association -- the Assembly of the Peoples of Russia -- will takes place in Moscow today. The Assembly will be headed by former Vice-Premier Ramazan Abdulatipov.

The president's press service yesterday made an interesting refutation : It denied that power structures have plans for a state coup. The press service noted in part that not a single forecast about a "new Foros" has come true so far.

Millions of television viewers all over Ukraine watch ORT's analytical news program "Vremya" televised by the inter channel. It has been a month since several items of the program concerning Ukraine have been deliberately omitted. Has Kiev imposed censorship?

The Moscow Stock Exchange and the Exchange Chamber, an accounting and clearing organization attached to the Moscow Central Stock Exchange, on Tuesday referred to launching joint trading

Economics Minister Yakov Urinson stated at a joint session with the Commission on Military Building that the government presidium endorsed the state defense assignment (order) for 1998.


In an interview Sergei Shakhrai, former presidential envoy in the Constitutional Court, explains why he was forced to resign.

In an interview Mick Jagger, lead singer of the legendary Rolling Stones group, talks

about his musicians and their albums. He also says that he will be delighted to meet with Russian audiences during the group's guest performances scheduled for August.

Russian politicians are selecting their partners with whom to form alliances before the next Duma and presidential elections. Eight such alliances are presented and commented on by seven State Duma deputies and party leaders.

What taxes and how much will the taxpayers pay according to the government anti-crisis program?

General Rokhlin's murder has brought up numerous questions, which have been left unanswered. Not long before his death, the general promised to give new documents on corruption in the army to Argumenty i Fakty but he didn't have time before his death.


It is said that authorities are going to disperse the miners picket on Gorbaty Bridge near the White House.

Specialists from the Moscow City Sanitary Inspectorate warn that food (instant soup) made by the Polish "Vinyary" and "Amino" companies is a health hazard.

According to information from the Mayor's Office, in the near future an additional 1,000 public toilets will be added to the 360 toilets functioning in Moscow now.


Over the past several months, Chechen special secret services have been spreading a document, allegedly prepared in Moscow, which contains a plan of measures intended to crack down on separatism in the North Caucasus. Since the document failed to bring in a desired effect at home, the Chechen leadership decided to release it in Europe -- in Germany where German analysts view it as a fabrication.

In an interview popular Soviet popular Chinghiz Aitmatov (Kirghiz), presently a diplomat, talks about the losses in literature today.

A unique book titled "Secrets of Room 206", which has come into print recently, includes opinions of 50 Literaturnaya Gazeta guests in its Club 206 between December 1991 and1997.

In an interview Prosecutor General Yuri Skuratov talks about several recent criminal cases -- the Kursk vice-governors, Rutskoi's brother, Captain Nikitin and others.