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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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




IZVESTIA


The Russian troops guarding the Turkish-Georgian border from Dzhavakhetia are to leave today, making way for the republic's own troops. Georgia's policy has long been aimed at removing Russia from its territory. What other former Soviet republics use Russian border troops?


The Federal Security Service, or FSB, issued an official statement on the case of Grigory Pasko for the first time since the investigation began one and a half years ago. Pasko is accused of high treason.


The United Nations human rights commissioner is conducting an investigation into anti-Semitic statements made by members of the Russian Communist Party. The decision to investigate was made in response to an appeal by the World Jewish Congress. Russian authorities will issue an assessment of the remarks by Communists, who accused Jews of the genocide of the Russian people.


The State Duma on Thursday passed and the Federation Council approved the draft law on introducing amendments to Article 26 of the Criminal Code, which would toughen the punishment for kidnapping.


Samara Governor Konstantin Titov announced the creation of a new election bloc made up of regional leaders. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.


The head of the presidential administration, Nikolai Bordyuzha, on Thursday held a working session with regional governors to discuss preparations for the upcoming parliamentary elections.


Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov committed an act of political suicide by speaking against the ratification of the Russia-Ukraine treaty, said State Duma speaker Gennady Seleznyov, adding: "You can imagine what will happen if such a man becomes president of Russia."


The main board of the GAI traffic police has received a great number of complaints from drivers complaining of corruption. The story provides facts and figures illustrating the point.


The Russian government Thursday endorsed a resolution on measures aimed at financially backing the Rostselmash joint-stock company. The story comments on the document.


Several police officers in Stavropolye's Interior Ministry branch are accused of having contacts with the drug mafia.


Krasnoyarsk Governor Alexander Lebed and VGTRK head Mikhail Shvydkoi signed a protocol on procedures for building the state media holding. The story reports on the details of the document.


KOMMERSANT DAILY


On the first day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the British newspaper the Financial Times published a list of the world's top 500 companies. Not one Russian company made the list.


The Moscow Arbitration Court on Friday is to consider the issue of naming, by competitive basis, a new manager for state-run ORT television. The story details the case of ORT's bankruptcy, which was initiated by its creditor.


Sberbank is the first Russian bank to begin buying gold bullion from the public. This step, which may be called revolutionary on the Russian gold market, turns the gold bullion into an attractive investment instrument, giving them the chance to become worthy alternatives to American dollars.


An ultra-modern ship, the Admiral Chabanenko, called a wonder of technology, was added yesterday to Russia's fleet. The story describes this 21st-century ship.


Krasnoyarsk Governor Alexander Lebed, who arrived in Moscow yesterday to seek help in his struggle against local oligarchs, received support from Nikolai Bordyuzha, head of the presidential administration.


Gennady Borisov, chairman of the ground service workers' labor union committee for Vnukovo Airlines, was killed in the entryway to his house on Ulitsa Garibaldi.


In an interview, Poland's Foreign Minister Bronislaw Geremek speaks about Russia's relationships with Eastern European countries after they join NATO.


The prices of Moscow apartments have decreased considerably as a result of the financial crisis. A three-room apartment in Mitino, for example, now costs about $39,000. The story provides other figures to prove the point.


Volvo AB decided to sell its passenger car division to the Ford Motor Co., the world's second-largest auto producer, for $6.5 billion.


The Russian Bank of Development will be formed out of the failed Promstroibank. The story describes the details of the project.


In an interview, Alexei Golovkov, Rosgosstrakh's new director general, speaks about the first steps in his post.


KamAZ auto will merge with the Neftekamsky auto factory, it was announced earlier this week. The story details the merger.


The American Ectaco company has issued the world's first electronic pocket dictionary. Russian specialists helped develop its programs.


The Maya Ballet Competition, which opened in Moscow seven years ago, does not exist any longer. The story explains why.


KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA


The story describes a mysterious American billionaire, Kenneth Dart, who is known worldwide as a "vulture investor." During the privatization period in Russia, Dart - who is worth $4.4 billion - bought stockin several Russian oil companies. The State Antitrust Committee has launched an investigation into the activities of his firms.


The story highlights the happy life of Dimitrovgrad resident Konstantin Morozov, called "gnome" because of his 52-centimeter height and 24-kilogram weight. He was educated as a teacher and is married.


The major renovation project of the Grand Kremlin Palace is in full swing. Builders want a meeting with their "colleague," as they call President Boris Yeltsin, who promised to meet them on his birthday, Feb. 1. The story features a huge army of restorers and builders reviving the Tower-Chamber Palace.


Commonwealth of Independent States Executive Secretary Boris Berezovsky is said to have proposed a grandiose idea of building a study and recreation center in Pitsunda, Abkhasia. It would be a kind of "Russian Harvard," for the children of the CIS elite.


Norilsk, the northernmost city in Russia, is not suitable for permanent living because of its severe climate. But thousands of people from the former Soviet republics dream of going there to work at its Norilsky Nickel complex. Its director, Johnson Khagazheyev, hopes that in the next several years, workers there will earn $2,000 to $3,000 a month. The story describes how the city was built under Stalin.


Alexandra Marinina (also known as Marina Alekseyeva), the highly regarded writer of detective novels, answers questions from her readers about her life, work and pastimes.


MOSKOVSKY KOMSOMOLETS


The newspaper published several excerpts from Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov's speech at the Federation Council session Wednesday when he said that ratification of the Friendship Treaty with Ukraine should be postponed.


The State Duma on Friday is expected to consider the draft budget for 1999 in the third reading. The story details the major conclusions made by the Auditing Chamber after it examined the document. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.


The cost of sending mail inside Russia will rise 11 percent on the average beginning Feb. 1., the State Communications Committee said.


The military collegium of the Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced army deserter Vadim Yershov, 25, to death for killing 19 people. For three years he terrorized residents of Krasnoyarsk.


Moscow police Wednesday arrested two young Muscovites who are believed to have beaten an Ethiopian man in the metro because of the color of his skin.