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

Thursday, September 24, 1998.


The Primakov Cabinet (already the fifth in sovereign Russia) is expected to hold its fist session Thursday to consider the acute issues of paying wages and pensions. A commentary on the end of the political crisis and the new government. (see also Kommersant Daily)

Three former prime ministers f Yegor Gaidar (1991), Viktor Chernomyrdin (1992) and Sergei Kiriyenko (1998) f planned to "do their best" in carrying out economic policies, but they all failed. A story reveals their "good intentions."

Sverdlovsk Governor Eduard Rossel, head of the inter-regional association of economic cooperation in the Urals region, has agreed to join the Cabinet after a 40-minute talk with Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov.

Acting Atomic Energy Minister Yevgeny Adamov and Bill Richardson, head of the U.S. Department of Energy, signed a five-year agreement in Vienna Wednesday on releasing to Russia $30 million in annual aid for the conversion of its closed "atomic cities."

The Council on Awarding Government Prizes (the former State Prize of the U.S.S.R.) held its first session to discuss prizes in defense science and technology.

A feature on Anatoly Romanov, the former commander of the joint force in Chechnya who was seriously wounded in a terrorist act on Oct. 6,1995, who will turn 50 on Sept. 27. He has been undergoing treatment ever since in the Burdenko Hospital in Moscow.

How are the Communists preparing for the national strike slated for Oct. 7? How are they going to put into effect the decisions of the KPRF Central Committee plenary session held on Sept. 19?

LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky is vying for the post of head of the Leningrad region. Does he have a chance? (see also Kommersant Daily)

The political temperature in Nizhny Novgorod is rising on the eve of the mayoral elections scheduled for Sunday. The tense election campaign features 10 rivals for the post.

The military court of the Kemerovo Garrison has sentenced Capt. Vladimir Vedeshin to three years in jail after he pleaded guilty to incessantly mocking a soldier, Denis Izovsky.

Illustrious scientist and rocket designer Anatoly Basistov, 80, who has created the "rocket umbrella" for Moscow, has died of a heart attack. A look at his accomplishments.

The number of emigres to Israel from Russia and the CIS has drastically increased. The Israeli government, which has expressed concern about the influx, is trying to cope.

Leonid Kulikov, a spokesman for Moscow State University's Philosophic and Economic Learned Assembly, presents his in-depth analysis of the banking system and its current state as a result of the financial crisis. Is it possible to halt the collapse?


Investigators from the Prosecutor General's Office questioned Thursday former Central Bank deputies concerning their involvement in allegedly gross violations of financial discipline by the former bank leadership.

Ex-prime minister of Chechnya, Shamil Basayev, has joined the radical opposition and, with notorious terrorist Salman Raduyev, has accused President Aslan Maskhadov of usurping power and violating the Constitution. They are demanding his resignation.

The European Union is preparing to deliver humanitarian food aid free of charge to Russia because of the critical situation incited by the crisis.

The Soldiers' Mothers Committee has sent a letter to President Boris Yeltsin in which they demand that he cancel the fall army conscription campaign.

The volume of Russian arms exports is continuing to rapidly decrease, according to the Main Control Board, which examined records of the Rosvooruzheniye state company.

Governors from the St. Petersburg, Samara and Nizhny Novgorod regions met Wednesday in Samara to consolidate economic efforts; some of their statements sounded like ultimatums to federal authorities.

A manhunt is underway by Moscow city police for alleged contract killer, Dmitry Rozhkov, who managed to flee from custody during a recent operation near Belyayevo metro station.

British Airways, American Airlines, Canadian Airlines, Hong Kong Cathay Pacific and Australian Qantas have announced a strategic alliance, One World.

The government held a session Wednesday to cancel the competition on selling 75 percent of Rosneft's stock.

The State Duma Budget Committee Wednesday began considering nine draft laws on amending the Law on the Central Bank f which could soon lose its independence from the executive branch of government and reserve only the right to print money to cover budget deficits, or to give credits to enterprises.

Mark Moody Stewart, head of the Royal Dutch/Shell company, gave the group leadership his prognosis about the development of the Russian oil industry in the next two to three years.

ONEXIMbank and MENATEP have begun preparing their regional branches for a merger, and the banks are in a hurry to ensure that their most successful branches become independent structural units, which are not to be divided within the single holding framework.

The brokerage and investment banking business, which rapidly progressed over the past several years, has now ceased to exist. Managers of leading investment companies are in search of new jobs. Five such managers speak out about their plans.


"Our president has turned from the guarantor of the Constitution into the guarantor of corruption," State Duma Deputy Alexander Korzhakov says in an interview.

The Khabarovsk region has suspended the transfer of money to the federal coffers, accordingto Governor Viktor Ishayev, because the federal budget's debt to this region now exceeds 3.5 billion rubles. (see also Izvestia)

Yaroslavl police have arrested local maniac Alexander Polushkin, 21, who in 1998 alone has burned 12 cottages in the Urochye village. "I did it to take vengeance on the rich," he said.

Talgat Musabayev, flight commander of the 25th space venture f who has just returned home f said that the Mir space orbiter is in even better shape now than it was five years ago. Neither he nor former Kremlin official Yuri Baturin, who also spent time on Mir, can understand why it must be downed in the Pacific Ocean next June.

Famed film actress Lidiya Fedoseyeva Shukshina will celebrate her 60th birthday. In an interview, she talks about her debut at the Theater of Nations.


The Moscow Veterinary Guild decided to increase prices of veterinary services. Also, the nearly 3 million Muscovites who have pets will face problems buying, and finding animal food since the fall in imported products.

A new two-seated helicopter designed by Tver engineers, who are on hand for the festival Days of the Tver Region in Moscow,weighs only 680 kilograms and looks like a toy.

The double headed eagle has come back to adorn the facade of the Grand Kremlin Palace after a 65-year absence.

All Russian athletes will have to pay income taxes on all their prizes and earnings, said the Federal Tax Police Service.

Moscow prosecutors say that Moscow State University has turned into a center of narcotics dealing, with its students trading in a variety of different drugs.

Russian scientists have shown a pattern in the frequency of airplane crashes.


The political crisis over an absence of power has seriously affected the Russian regions: Their governors began to take away powers from the hopeless center, which is showing evidence of being at the beginning of a federal collapse of the Russian Federation. The story pessimistically looks at the process.

First Deputy Prime Minister Yury Maslyukov formally remains a State Duma deputy (Communist Party faction) and head of the Duma's Economic Policy Committee. Faction sources say that Maslyukov is not happy with his new post because the prime minister has failed to keep promises that he gave before his approval in the lower house of parliament. The story looks at several of these unkept promises.

The story reports on how the print media have suffered from the crisis, particularly in the area of coming subscriptions for next year.

Vladimir Shcherbakov, head of the Board of Directors of the Interprivatizatsia Fund,discusses how to provide the Russian economy with investments, saying that what can help resolve this problem is to shape a system of insuring investors.

Two new modern workshops have been put into operation this month at the Sayany Aluminum Plant, which will allow the complex to considerably increase the number of jobs and its output. The story features the new equipment, workers and production plan.

The story is about the Booker McConnell firm, which, according to unofficial sources, intends to close its business in Russia and its monetary participation in the Booker Prize.


The story reports on how the behavior of depositors (and employees, too) in six specific commercial banks have changed just two days before they have to decide whether or not to transfer their money to Sberbank.

The government soon intends to submit to the State Duma a package of proposals intended to reform the present tax system. This was stated yesterday by Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Shokhin. The story comments on the project. (Also reported in Segodnya.)

Political observer Otto Latsis gives several concrete facts to show that the political crisis is more dangerous than the financial bankruptcy.

The story highlights the Moscow emergency psychological service, a hot line near the Belorussky Station. The service has been in existence for 15 years, and has saved many people from taking the fatal step of suicide.

Eleven happy families live in the SOS children's village in Tomilino, a town outside Moscow. The story describes its origin, funds and utilities.

In an interview, young Russian artist Tatyana Nazarenko, whose works are on display at the Paris Cite des Arts exhibition f together with works by 15 other Russian artists f talks about specific features of her art.


The State Customs Committee intends to toughen control over the passage of alcohol across the Russian border, according to SCC deputy head Oleg Sviridov.

President Boris Yeltsin has appointed ex-First Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov as his deputy, thus keeping his earlier promise not to let him go until 2000. The story looks at his new duties.

The story reports on how the crisis has hit aviation enterprises, including the Permsky Motorny Zavod, of which most shares have been divided by the world corporation United Technologies and the Interros group.

The VISA international paying system is keeping a close eye on the creation of RosBank (to be comprised of Bank Menatep, Uneximbank and MOST-Bank). The story highlights the paying system's plans in relation to the new bank.

The Golovinsky Inter-Municipal Court in Moscow will soon be considering a lawsuit over the banning of the Jehovah's Witness religious organization. The story looks at its case.


Forty-nine percent of 1,862 respondents of a September opinion poll conducted by VTSIOM to find out what people are doing to ease the consequences of the financial crisis answered that they are doing nothing because they have no money. The story presents several other results.

The story features serious difficulties experienced by Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov in forming his cabinet, noting that ex-Cabinet head Sergei Kiriyenko did not have such problems. The story also looks at what the elite is expecting from Primakov.

The story highlights a poor group of old pensioners who sell different things in the street. This occupation has become the only worthy way for them to survive. The story examines what their relations are with local police.

Human rights plenipotentiary Oleg Mironov, who was appointed to this post by the State Duma four months ago, and his 40-person team have moved to a new office on 47 Myasnitskaya Ulitsa. The story looks at what he has managed to accomplish already in this short period and what regions he has visited and why.

Ten years have passed since the millennium of the Baptism of Rus was celebrated by the Russian Orthodox Church. The story examines what has changed in this period and what new problems the Church is facing today.

A group of Russian and Canadian scientists from the Economics Institute in Russia and University of Western Ontario in Canada has prepared a report titled "The Problem of the Capital Flight from Russia." The Russian team was headed by academician Leonid Abalkin and the Canadian by Professor John Wolly. The story looks at the major provisions, facts and figures of the report.

The story analyzes what Russia would gain from printing rubles and whether this measure will be able to help lead Russia out of the crisis. The story looks at several aspects of this inevitable measure.

The story follows the recent events concerning Izvestia and Russky Telegraf newspapers, which merged recently. Nezavisimaya Gazeta staff say that their newspaper may merge soon with Noviye Izvestia.

In an interview, Savik Shuster, director of the Moscow bureau of Radio Liberty f financed by the U.S. Congress f talks about how his work in Russia has changed in the past month. He also says that Western economists view Russia as a "casino" without any economic and industrial foundation.


The story reports on Vladimir Zavodnov's, head of the Moscow License Chamber, statement that Moscow city authorities this year have revoked licenses from 1,300 firms for various types of activities.


In an interview, State Duma deputy Pavel Bunich, head of its Property, Privatization andEconomic Activity Committee, discusses how much money a Russian should earn to be considered part of the middle class and whether this category even exists in Russia. If so, he talks about the crisis's affects on it.

The story outlines the new Cabinet of ministers and lists its ministries and committees. It also includes a list of the ministries that have been abolished through a presidential decree.


Economist Nikolai Shmelyov gives his assessment of the current critical situation in Russia saying, "we are experiencing one crisis [economic] inside the other [systemic] that will last several decades."