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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


For the first time territorial differences with neighbors may cause Russia to make direct claims to them, above all with the United States. The 49 kilometer-long Russia-U.S. border gives rise to serious problems in their relationship, which could lead years of diplomatic battles. The article focuses on major aspects of the border issue, which are creating anxiety in both countries.

What aims does Krasnoyarsk Governor Alexander Lebed pursue in his continuing battle against local aluminum magnate Anatoly Bykov? An article looks at their claims against each other.

In an interview Vladimir Ryzhkov, State Duma Vice Speaker, explains why he is not happy with his new appointment as head of the Our Home faction.

President Boris Yeltsin's administration chief Nikolai Bordyuzha and Justice Minister Pavel Krasheninnikov met Wednesday with mass media editors to discuss problems in fighting political extremism.

The newspaper reports that due to aviation-fuel shortages, Norilsk Mayor Vasily Tkachov has declared a state of emergency at Airport Alykel.

Representatives from Communist parties and supporting organizations on Wednesday picketed Smolny, the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly and offices of executive and legislative power. They are demanding the repeal of a 5 percent sales tax and a freeze on housing rents and utilities bills to Dec. 1, 1998 levels.

Among those who easily adapted themselves to interethnic conflicts in the Caucasus are drug mafias who use so-called hot seats as staging posts for further drug transits to Russia. The article offers episodes illustrating the drug mafia's dirty business.

Admiral Innokenty Nalyotov, chief of the Sea Guard Department of the Federal Border Service, stated that Russia's losses from fish poaching in 1998 amounted to $2.5 billion. The article describes what measures law enforcement must take to combat this illegal business.

The newspaper reports that the Coordinating Council of the Right Cause coalition of democratic forces has decided to create regional branches withthe aim of launching an election campaign for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

The newspaper reports that Thursday marks the 75th anniversary of the death of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union.

An article comments on the major aims of the visit to Moscow by Israeli Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon, who arrived at the invitation of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

An article examines what outcomes the Russian government might expect from the International Monetary Fund's current visit to Moscow. The article looks at the IMF's demands and the government's position.

AvtoVAZ Wednesday raised the wholesale prices of its cars by 10 percent. Deputy Director Konstantin Sakharov stated that the Aug. 17 crisis had both positive and negative consequences for his enterprise.


There is hope that Russian athletes, winners of the Nagano Olympic Games, will receive their cash awards after all. It depends on when the Russian Bank for Reconstruction and Development, in which the Russian Olympic Committee keeps its accounts, gets money from Vneshtorgbank. Three Olympic champions give their opinions on the problem.

Press Secretary Dmitry Yakushkin yesterday sent the ailing President Boris Yeltsin the first chapter of the state of the nation address that Yeltsin is to read in the Federation Council, the upper house of parliament, next month. The article discusses the content of the address and says how such documents are prepared in the Kremlin.

In an interview General Yury Kobaladze, the head of Russia's spy agency, who is reported to have been appointed deputy head of VGTRK, and who turns 50 tomorrow, discusses his career.

In an interview, VGTRK First Vice-Chairman Mikhail Lesin says that he knows nothing about the appointment of Yury Kobaladze to the post of VGTRK deputy head.

The International Olympic Committee over the years has been working hardfor fairness in sports. However, it was revealed Wednesday that its members had received valuable presents from representatives of cities hoping to host future Olympic games.

The Lenin Mausoleum will be closed for renovation on Feb. 2, which has been announced right on the eve of the 75th anniversary of his death. The article says what reactions this announcement may spark.

The newspaper features an interesting experiment with land-tenure in the Tula region, with Governor Vasily Starodubtsev being as its initiator.

The Volgograd city court is considering the criminal case of Alexander Salomadin and Sergei Gruzin, founders and managers of the Russky Dom of Selenga financial pyramid, who collected more than 2.8 trillion old rubles ($559 million) from their clients, most of which they expropriated and squandered.

The newspaper reports that two telephone cellular companies - British Vodaphone and American AirTouch - this week have announced their merger which will service 23 million clients.

The State Duma Wednesday passed on its second reading a draft law concerning the gas supply in Russia. Deputies will legalize the possibility of privatizing Gazprom. In their opinion, this does not contradict another draft law that forbids the division of the gas monopoly, one of the largest in the world.

An article reports on a group of governors, State Duma deputies, businessmen and financiers that are speaking out about the European single currency.

Russian tourists visiting countries in the euro zone may have difficulties with this new European currency. Russian banks are preparing to allow their clients to open euro accounts.

An article discusses a new large-scale construction project in Moscow - the restoration of the walls of Kitai-Gorod - which will allow the city to acquire an ancient look, but that will considerably complicate traffic movement in downtown Moscow.


CIS Executive Secretary Boris Berezovsky intends to create his own intelligence service in the Commonwealth of Independent States. He explained his project to presidential administration head Nikolai Bordyuzha: "I want to create an anti-terrorist sub-unit to be attached to the CIS Secretariat, which would pull and coordinate the efforts of all counterintelligence services of the Commonwealth in the struggle against terrorism."

An article reports on how Lenin went hunting in Gorky Leninskiye on January 18, 1924 - three days before his death.


The newspaper describes how Kursk governor Alexander Rutskoi has gone to court to divide his dacha, which is in the Moscow region and is valued at $1,800, with his ex-wife Lyudmila.

An article gives new facts from the criminal case of the murder of State Duma deputy Galina Starovoitova.

The newspaper reports that Moscow police launched special raids Tuesday to catch army deserters. The project was initiated by the City Military Prosecutor's Office.

Twenty-two pupils, all about 12 years old, from city school No. 136 in Moscow were hospitalized Wednesday due to poisoning.


Martin Gilman, head of the IMF Moscow mission, stated that a new form of financial aid to Russia is being discussed now, adding that the old program of expanded crediting to Russia is already a thing of the past. The article focuses on the IMF mission's changed attitude toward the Russian Communists.

In an interview Alexander Razumkov, Deputy Secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense, speaks about several events that have complicated Ukrainian-Russian relationships. Razumkov, however, hopes that the ratification of the "Big Treaty" will usher in a new era.

The State Darwin Museum Wednesday opened an unusual exhibit called "Wonder from Feathers". On display are 20 pictures composed of birds' down and feathers by artist Tatyana Popova from the village of Izhma.

Krasnoyarsk Governor Alexander Lebed, Federation Council deputy, talks about the present and future fate of the START II treaty, which was signed by the Russian and American presidents on January 3, 1993. Lebed tries to answer whether there a need to ratify it.

The macaroni factory built in Ulan-Ude, Buryatia, in 1992 considerably boosted its production after it signed a contract with the Swiss Buhler firm on delivering a modern technological line to make short macaroni. Today the factory plans to make macaroni for export.

In an interview Vladimir Grigoryev, director-general of the Vagrius Publishing House, talks about specific features of his work, about the new books they are publishing and about profits earned in book publishing.


The newspaper reports that Chris Donnelly, adviser to the NATO secretary general who arrived in Moscow several days ago with a secret mission, held several confidential negotiations on an "authoritative level", including the Security Council, to see Moscow's reaction to NATO's possible bombing of Serbs.

An article reports that the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, Wednesday passed in the first reading several supplements to Article 35 of the Civil Code, which makes the Central Bank responsible for commercialbanks' obligations. The article explains what they mean.

On Wednesday, the Sistema Telekom holding, a subsidiary of the Moscow Sistema AFK, announced that it intends to develop a system of digital telecasting on Russian territory. Alen Gosper, VISA Executive Director in Russia stated Wednesday that VISA International plans to open its mission in Russia, which as he said, was approved by the Board of Directors of the VISA-Russia Association.


In an interview ex-Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, leader of the Our Home Is Russia movement, talks about its tasks today during the parliamentary election campaign. Chernomyrdin also explains why he parted with Alexander Shokhin, former head of the State Duma Our Home faction.

Despite French and German differences on the issue of the use of nuclear energy, both countries are continuing to work with Russia on the creation of a new type of nuclear reactor with a capacity of 1,750 megawatts. The European Pressurized Reactor, or EPR, will be commissioned in 2010. The participants in the project are Nuclear Power International (France), Siemens (Germany) and the Russian Nuclear Ministry.

In an article, political and economic observer Otto Latsis cites facts and figures from the latest reports of the State Statistics Committee on the present-day life of teenagers.


The Moscow International Business Association, or MIBA, which was created in the fall of 1997, comprises many Russian and foreign firms and banks. In an interview Director General Alexander Borisov talks about his agency, its members, and MIBA's aims, tasks and contacts.

In an interview reputed choreographer Igor Moiseyev, who turned 93 today and was for 61 years the director of the State National Dance Ensemble, talks about his brainchild - the ensemble - to which he has given all his heart and soul.


In an interview Deputy Prime Minister Gennady Kulik, who is responsible for food supplies, discusses what the Cabinet has accomplished since it came to power.

The newspaper prints the full text of the Charter of the State Registration Chamber attached to the Justice Ministry.

The newspaper prints a list of state organizations that provide university and institute graduates with deferment of the required army service when they are employed full-time with the companies.