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




July 6, 1998.


IZVESTIA


The State Prize Committee announced July 4 the names of State Prize winners in science and technology. Among them are physicists from the Baksanskaya neutrino observatory of the Institute of Nuclear Studies and three mathematicians who have created a new science -- integral geometry.


Several newspaper articles give different versions of the murder of General Lev Rokhlin early Friday morning. Also covered in Komsomolskaya Pravda, Kommersant Daily, Segodnya, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and MK.


Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev plans to spend his birthday, July 6, in Moscow, where he hopes to sign a document with President Yeltsin declaring "eternal friendship" between the two states and their obligation to lay the foundation for a strategic partnership "oriented to the 21st century."


Archaeologists from a local museum in Murom,Vladimir region, have found a millennium-old wooden plank during excavation work for the monument to Russian fairy-tale warrior Ilya Muromets.


Newspaper and magazine subscription prices for the first half of 1999 will be finally set July 5. According to preliminary estimates, they will rise by 23 percent on average, and for periodicals published abroad, by 40 percent.


In its letter to Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko, the Russian Association of Tobacco Producers "Tabakprom," comprising 17 of the 27 domestic tobacco factories, complained that, because of irregular excise label supply, the factories have been standing idle for quite a long time.


The Chinese business center "Kotun," located in Moscow's Sokol district, is featured. It is headed by Soviet Chinese businessman Nikolai Lee, who launched his business ten years ago .


According to a public opinion poll conducted by the Obshchestvennoye Mneniye Fund, nearly half of the Russian population believes there is real danger today of Russia's breaking up.


The political aspects of the current confrontation between Gazprom and the government are discussed. An analysis is made of the relationship between the government and the gas monopoly over the past six weeks. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Segodnya and Novaya Gazeta.


South Korea announced late last week that it intends to auction eleven industrial firms, the core of the state-owned property.


Japan has endorsed a plan to nationalize part of the banking system as a short-term emergency measure aimed at pushing the country out of the most seriousfinancial crisis since the end of World War II.


Comments are made regarding Moscow's stand on the Kosovo conflict. Moscow believes that any use of force in Kosovo should be sanctioned by the UN Security Council, in which Russia has the right to veto. The author concludes that, despite tactical losses, it would be strategically wise if Russia used this right.


The story features numerous religious sects flourishing in Russia. According to reports by State Duma analysts, between 3 and 5 million people are involved in various sects.


The government has endorsed, after two years of struggle, a program of state guaranteed free medical care, which is a real breakthrough in the domestic medical health service.


Yuri Gnedovsky, head of the Russian Architects' Union, answers questions regarding how businesses can influence the architectural tastes of city mayors and investors.


KOMMERSANT DAILY


Draftee Pavel Rassokhin has been in the army for already five weeks, but he still refuses to take the oath or to put on a military uniform. And not a single prosecutor can do anything to change his decision.


St. Petersburg Zoo managers have announced that anyone may "adopt" their favorite animal. Prices range between $1,000 and $100,000 a year. Those who pay for "adoption" may put a board on the animal's cage with information about its new owners. Many people have already shown interest in taking part in this program.


Poland's Defense Minister Janush Onyshkewich stated that his country most probably will join NATO four months earlier than planned. This became possible after Polish President Alexander Kwasniewski's successful visit to Moscow.


Poland's President Alexander Kwasniewski talks about the prospects of Polish-Russian military and technical cooperation.


In the package of anti-crisis proposals AvtoVAZ managers submitted to the government late last week, they proposed to break the factory up into several entities and to create a holding. They also asked the government for another postponement of debt payment.


The first domestic car "Doninvest-Kondor," made by the Rostov "Aksai" joint-stock company, was sold in Moscow. A similar event has occurred only once in Russia when the first Zhiguli car was made in Tolyatti.


The British Flemings Group stated it intends to launch a pension fund forworkers in the Moscow City Telephone Networks. Americans, however, are the first to appear on this market: the State Street company has already developed pension schemes for "Irkutskenergo" and "Lenmetrostroi." Their pensioners will be the first to get money from foreign funds.


Philip Hetch, adviser to the American military attache in Moscow, tried to smuggle 44 old Russian artifacts out from Russia.


The Russian-Ukrainian humanities consultations held in Moscow late last week dealt with returning to Ukraine the unique 17th-century mosaic and frescoes from the Kiev Mikhailovsky Zlatoverkhy Cathedral, which today are kept in Russian museums. The demand from the Ukrainians shows that the restitution problem may become vital not only in Russia's relations with Germany, but also with former Soviet republics.


Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has issued a directive closing down "Gorbushka" for the time being, the outdoor music market selling pirated audio and video recordings.


KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA


The prestigious Military University of the Defense Ministry, has recently expelled forty students for drug use.


Are there any secret lines in the Moscow metro? What about those lines used by Stalin? Numerous city diggers say that they have seen them. Why not tell the public about their existence and use them instead of building the new ones?


SEGODNYA


Officers from the FSB and the Security Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry on Saturday night detained South Korean Embassy adviser Cho Son U, an official representative of the South Korean special secret service in Russia, and a Russian diplomat who handed over secret documents to the South Korean spy.


NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA


At its session Friday the Security Council discussed Russia's problems in the nuclear sphere, including nuclear weapons. Alexander Konovalov, head of the Institute of Strategic Evaluations, points out how Russia's nuclear policy has changed in the radically altered international and domestic situation. Also covered in Segodnya.


The Rossiisky Kredit bank intends to launch an open sale of diamonds starting on July 9. It's the first bank among the domestic financialstructures to conduct such an sale.


The IMF's current financial difficulties are discussed. It is submitted that the financial crisis of the International Monetary Fund is one reason behind its delay of the $15 billion credit to Russia.


LUKoil's press service stated that the company has selected Imperial Bank as a major financial agency for its transactions.


The Economic News Agency has conducted an investigation into the efficiency of commercial and governmental lobbyists with a mind to develop so-called "civilized lobbying".


Sergei Shakhrai, leader of the Party of Russian Unity and Accord, made a report last Monday on the political situation and the party's tasks at the 5th party congress . Many political observers and analysts believe that this report caused the president release Shakhrai from the post of presidential envoy in the Constitutional Court.


Figury i Litsa: Saturday Supplement


A political portrait is made of Foreign Minister Yevgeny Ponomaryov.


Sculptor Vyacheslav Klykov talks about his negative attitude to the coming burial of tsar Nicholas II and his family.


Yelena Khanga, the host of the NTV night program "About This," talks about the aim of her program and its great popularity.


Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk talks about the main feature of his character and about his likes and dislikes.


NOVIYE IZVESTIA


Justice Minister Pavel Krasheninnikov said the government approved at its Thursday session amendments to a law submitted by his ministry. According to the law, adults may register any ethnicity they wish in their passports.


Russia has introduced a unique self-propelled automated gun called "Vena" on the world arms market, said Yuri Bulayev, General Director of the Motovilikhinskiye Zavody joint stock company.


According to government information, Rosvooruzheniye had a contract to sell the Arab Emirates anti-aircraft weapons worth $2 billion.


Commentary on the negative result of the government attack of Gazprom on July 2, compares it to an own-goal. Also covered in Segodnya.


Housing certificates issued to homeless servicemen, but they are not worth enough to buy apartments.


Speculations are being made regarding which Russian authors are claiming the Booker Prize-98.


SEGODNYA


Customs officials detained Philip Hetch, adviser to the American military attache in Moscow, at the Butovo customs outpost. Hetch was trying to smuggle 44 antique artifacts in his luggage. Also covered in Moskovsky Komsomolets.


The State Communications Committee has outlawed using the AMPS/D-AMPS standard servicing for over 250,000 Russian cellular telephones.


The 3rd Moscow International Forum of Artistic Initiatives conducted by the Culture Committee of Moscow and of the Soros Center of the Modern Art opened Friday in the Maly Nanezh Exhibition Hall.


The Main Botanical Gardens, which cannot find financial support in the present market conditions, are dying . This misfortune has been aggravated by the recent thunderstorm, which caused numerous losses.


The UN Environment Program, or UNEP, has agreed to release $50,000 to Moscow for restoring its wonderful green parks and boulevards, which suffered immensely during the recent thunderstorm.


An analysis is made of a five-year draft action program worked out by UES head Anatoly Chubais aimed at launching a strong competitive electricity market in Russia.


Commentary is made on the possible hardships that the Russian taxpayer will experience if several taxes envisaged by the anti-crisis, orstabilization, program go into effect.


Not long before the start of the World Youth Games in Moscow, several city banks have offered favorable terms for buying international cash cards. Between June 20 and September 1 the Bank of Moscow is offering VISA Classic for a mere $120, of which $100 is the primary fee, which may be spent immediately, while $20 is taken for closing and servicing the card.


MOSKOVSKY KOMSOMOLETS


State Duma deputies have created a commission to see what expenses should be cut. With this aim in view, the commission decided to use several sealed wooden boxes for deputies' proposals. The funny thing is that those making suggestions usually had more to say about their colleagues' misdoings than about the economy.


Russian economist Nikolai Shmelyov talks about his attitude to the government anti-crisis program, which he approves in general, though its two provisions make him doubt.


The old Russian Order of Saint Apostle Andrei Pervozvanny will, according to President Yeltsin's recent decree, be again awarded to Russians. In the time of Peter the Great this decoration was practically unattainable.


Vandals stole the bronze bust of the Hero of the Soviet Union Vasily Grechishkin from the military memorial complex in a city cemetery in Gatchina, Leningrad Region.


Mayor Yuri Luzhkov late last week opened a special gun shop, "Tsarskaya Okhota," in the underground trading complex in Manezh Square.


The Russian government has endorsed new rules regarding foreigners carrying drugs needed for treatment into Russia.


Filmmaker and State Duma deputy Stanislav Govorukhin on June 25 began shooting his new film titled "Sicilian Defense," with Soviet film star Mikhail Ulyanov playing the leading role.


NOVAYA GAZETA


Four representatives from the Moscow branch of the international skinheads group "Blood and Honour" met with Novaya Gazeta reporter Arsen Rstaki.