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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


In response to American sanctions against three Russian institutes, several domestic enterprises have come up with an initiative to provide material and other aid to their students. The story details the initiative.

The Moskovskaya Pravda Publishing and Printing Complex has officially become property of the Moscow government.

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, leader of the Fatherland movement, who is staying in Stockholm, suggested that President Boris Yeltsin alone should make a final decision about his health and explain to the public how he intends to resolve his health problems. The story reveals the essence of the "treatment method," which Luzhkov recommended to the ailing Yeltsin.

The Military Prosecutor's Office of the Far-Eastern Military District comments on Vladivostok ex-Mayor Viktor Cherepkov's son Vladimir, who was accused of robbery and sentenced to seven years in prison. The story details the case.

Krasnoyarsk governor Alexander Lebed has appointed Oleg Nelsin, Legislative Assembly deputy, to the post of head of the local branch of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Company. Soon after, Lebed received a telegram saying that his actions were illegal.

St. Petersburg police are picketing several city industrial enterprises, including Elektrosila, where the management has been split into two sides, which are unable to control expensive factory property. The story features the police operation.

The story describes a tragic incident that happened in Inzhenerny (Nizhny Novgorod region) where a bull terrier bit a seven-year-old girl, leaving her without both hands.

Yury Kobaladze, chief of the Foreign Intelligence Press Service, has been practically appointed deputy head of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Company. In a short interview he talks about his new job saying that most probably he will deal with the company's foreign contacts.

It's too early for Vladivostok's new Duma deputies to celebrate their victory: it became known that the prosecutor's office in Vladivostok's Pervomaisky District withdrew documents from two regional election commissions after many voters had complained about numerous violations of the election rules. The story looks at the major ones.

LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, in an exclusive interview with the Yekaterinburg ATN Television Company, stated that in the summer, he will take part in the gubernatorial elections in the Sverdlovsk region. He intends to win, of course, and in the 2000 he will run for the presidency - already as the best governor of Russia. The story highlights his promises to the voters.

Svyazinvest telecommunications holding director general Nail Ismailov may leave his post after March 4 when he turns 60. Alexander Krupnov, head of the State Communications Committee, said that an agreement has been reached with Ismailov and that several candidates for the post have been suggested to the government.


In an interview, First Deputy Prime Minister Yury Maslyukov talks about prospects of reaching a compromise with an IMF mission on issuing Russia new credits and restructuring its debts.

In an interview, Anatoly Akentev, head of the Russian Skiing Federation, speaks about Russian athletes and medal winners of the Nagano Winter Olympic Games, who up to now have failed to receive their promised cash rewards for their medals.

Land sale may yield the government billions of dollars in a short time, which would help move Russia out of its current economic and financial turmoil. But the federal authorities are in no hurry to resolve the problem. The story offers land privatization as a way out to overcome the crisis.

CIS Executive Secretary Boris Berezovsky would like to use the informal meeting of CIS leaders at President Nursultan Nazarbayev's inauguration ceremony in Astana for pushing ahead its scheme of reforming the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The Coordinating Council of the center-right coalition's organizingcommittee held a session in Moscow with two key issues on the agenda. The story looks at their decisions.

Ailing President Boris Yeltsin will undergo another medical examination to finally decide where or not to perform surgery to treat the ulcer. The story describes his stay in the hospital. There is a similar article in MK.

The sales tax in January has already been imposed in 20 Russian regions, which made consumer prices skyrocket. The new tax will be imposed in Moscow in February.

Rossiisky Kredit Bank has refused to make payments to individuals who bought GKOs in it, saying that it has suspended payments because deposits were transferred to Sberbank. This is the first such case. Whether or not other banks will follow suit is discussed. There is a similar article in Komsomolskaya Pravda.

In an interview, Vitaly Smirnov, head of the Russian National Olympic Committee, who is suspected of corruption, talks about the corruption problem in the international Olympic movement.

The SBS-Agro Bank press service yesterday made an official statement in reply to ex-Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko's interview on Jan.19, in which he said that Boris Berezovsky who "controls about 30 percent of SBS-Agro's capital, allegedly pushed the Central Bank to issue credit to the SBS-Agro Bank to restore its liquidity without changing the structure of owners."

The London Economist Intelligence Unit Research Center has made public a traditional rating of the most expensive cities in the world. Moscow ranks 88th, while St. Petersburg has received the right to be viewed as the cheapest city in Europe. The story gives other results from the rating.

Japanese diplomats, who have arrived in Moscow, will consider several issues pertaining to the fate of the Kuril Islands, particularly joint economic activities. The islanders, due to inadequate heating, are freezing and President Boris Yeltsin instructed Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov to transform this "zone of disaster into a special economic zone."

The Moscow City Court will consider a criminal case of former Moscow deputy prosecutors Vyacheslav Filatov and Alexander Potapov, who are both accused of bribery. Both of them tried to bribe prosecutor ValeryTsybulenko into defending Solntsevo gangster Denis Rakitin. The story details the case.

The election campaign to the State Duma has already started in Russia. The story answers the question of how literate candidates need to be in order to speak to their voters. The story also offers several funny excerpts from politicians' speeches.

The struggle for control over the Central Bank has reached its peak. Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov has sent a letter to President Boris Yeltsin requesting him to put an end to the bank's illegal activities on the security market. After several audits in the Central Bank, three criminal proceedings have already been instituted. Due to the actions by the Prosecutor General's Office, the Central Bank's powers may be considerably limited.

The story reveals several provisions of the recently signed government decree determining the volume of sales of Russian diamonds, the trade of which has turned into a major revenue for the budget.

The Acirota LTD, a Tomskneft shareholder, last Friday made an attempt to seize power in the oil company. The story reports on what has come out of it.

The Volzhsky Auto Factory, responding to a sharply growing demand, will increase prices of its cars by 10 percent. The story comments on the measure.

The government of Tatarstan has issued a special decree placing seven large defense enterprises on its territory under its jurisdiction. Their shares will now belong to the republic. The story comments on the document.

Russia's RadioPage has divided into two operating firms - RadioPage and VS Telekom. Whether or not their divorce inevitable is part of the story.


Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko is happy to become a grandfather. His daughter-in-law Liliya Somova will give birth soon in the most unprestigious maternity home in Minsk. The story says why.

The story highlights an orphanage, which was opened by Valentina Borodina,wife of Pavel Borodin, head of the presidential administration of economic affairs department. It is the first orphanage in Moscow fully funded by wealthy people.

Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov has to decide the fate of the last three oil companies, Rosneft, ONAKO and Slavneft, that are still controlled by the state. Whether or not the prime minister will be able to survive the oligarchies' attack is part of the story.


The newspaper describes the government's efforts to reform the Cabinet's structure in the past several days. The article says that no one in Russia knows who has imposed a secret and indefinite moratorium on information for mass media and consequently for all Russian people about government and presidential administration activities and their decisions.

A well-informed source says the government plans to merge two large producers of combat aircraft - Su and MiG. An appropriate decree has been approved by different high officials and was submitted to the Primakov Secretariat.

An article reports that in an interview to the Baku TV-RAN on Jan. 18 the Azeri State Counsellor on Foreign Policy Affairs stated that a NATO military base should be stationed in Azerbaijan in order to counter the Russian-Armenian alliance.

The newspaper reports that the latest army conscription campaign ended Jan. 15. The General Staff has summed up the results of this significant undertaking.

Mikhail Lapshin, leader of the Agrarian party of Russia, optimistically speaks about his party's chances of winning the parliamentary elections and the factors leading him to believe that.

The Russian ALROSA diamond monopoly has received a quota on diamond exports. The company's press release says that "for the first time in several years ALROSA has received it without a long delay, which will allow the company not to increase a short-term debt to its creditors usually caused by delayed export deliveries of diamond batches.

An article reports that the Russian-Ukrainian Treaty should not be ratifiedwithout resolving the Crimea's problems and looks at the major ones.

Kurdistan's Workers' Party leader Abdullah Odzhalan hopes to receive political asylum in Russia. He talks about his decision in an interview.

Reputed actress Marina Neyolova acted as the prima donna in Galina Volchek's new stage production, "The Cherry Orchard," at the Sovremennik Theater. The article highlights her great success.

Booker Prize-97 winner writer Anton Utkin published his new novel titled "Self-Taught Persons" in the thick literary journal Novy Mir (No 12, 1998). Literary critic Maria Remizova reviews the novel.

The Polytechnical Museum on Lubyanka Square, the only one in Russia featuring many technological economic sectors, is on the brink of physical destruction. Director-General Gurgen Grigoryan talks about the museum's serious problems.

The newspaper lists the achievements of Russian and Soviet science and technology in chronological order, starting from January 1884 up to 1983.


An article discusses the declassified documents of the Stasi Secret Intelligence Department of the former DDR, which experts from the West German special services tried to decipher for nine years.

The Moscow city government made the decision to monopolize tobacco trade in the city. Vladimir Malyshkov, head of the city consumer market department, announced the launching of a new structure, Mostabak, which is to become a city government authorized agency on the tobacco market.

A new mission from the International Monetary Fund, which has started work in Moscow today, will stay here until Feb. 3-5. The article looks at the mission's tasks.

The government made the decision to raise wholesale gas prices for the population by 12 percent starting March 1. The article discusses what factors have made the government take this measure.

Heaps of Moscow garbage have overtaken the Moscow region, seriouslypolluting its natural environment. The newspaper reports on the measures the local administration is taking to stop the process.


The Moscow Regional Court Wednesday began to consider a criminal case of six people, who are accused of killing Valentin Sych, head of the Russian Hockey Federation, on July 11, 1998. The article details the case.


The newspaper offers another version of the reasons behind President Boris Yeltsin's new ailment. The article suggests that the President's administration is thinking of ways to organize a session hall for the president in the hospital. Though it's not a new idea, it has not been discussed in the press.

Political analysts last week tried to uncover the meaning of the Communist Party's intention to field three blocs in the upcoming parliamentary elections. The article comments on KPRF leader Gennady Zyuganov's statement on those blocs and the parties they will represent.

In an interview Foreign Minister Igor Sergeyev says in part why Russia's opinions on serious international political issues are often ignored, as was the case with U.S. airstrikes on Iraq.

In an interview economist Alexander Livshits explains how the government can return Russia to its previous (pre-crisis) economic position in three years when the dollar exchange rate is 6 rubles and inflation stands at 0.5 percent.

In an article political analyst Vadim Mikheyev shares his ideas on why the victory of Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev in the Sunday presidential elections suited the West and Moscow.

State Duma deputy Vladimir Lisichkin, head of the S.D. Labor and Social Policy Committee, believes that the existing approach to pension, medical and other types of social security is erroneous and causes social turmoil and confusion in state finances. In his opinion, a draft presidential decree on transferring several functions of social insurance funds to the Tax Ministry may become another serious political error with negative consequences.

In telephone calls AIF readers say how they have been deceived in shops, exchange offices, tourist agencies and elsewhere.

The Prosecutor General's Office is promising to make public the sensational gold and diamond fraud of the century: criminal investigators have completed an investigation of a scandalous criminal case of the Golden Ada company headed by Andrei Kozlyonok and the brothers Ashot and David Shegiryan. With the help of Russian highly-placed state bureaucrats, they managed to take jewelry worth $183 million to San Francisco. The article discusses the possible involvement of Russian state officials in the company's dealings.

Three articles explain that people should choose their words cautiously because the same words in thieves' language have quite different, and often crude, meanings.

In an interview film star and great theater actress Lyudmila Gurchenko talks about her happy life on the stage and her boring life at home. Lyudmila says in part that she should not have children because she must devote herself wholeheartedly to her profession.

The newspaper reports that experts are saying that approximately 50 percent of all boutiques in Moscow will close soon due to very high prices. The article gives their names and prices.

The newspaper highlights a great construction project in Moscow - the 3rd Ring Road. The road was launched in the city recently and will cost $643 million. The project will reportedly be completed in 2005.