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


The government went to Kemerovo, Siberia to hold a session. The story looks at major issues they will discuss, particularly the fate of the coal-mining sector.

The document titled "The Memorandum on Mutual Understanding" issued on behalf of the Swiss NOK company and several other nuclear energy enterprises sums up main results of the recent Zurich negotiations with Russia's Nuclear Energy Ministry, which agreed to accept highly radioactive waste from Switzerland for processing. According to the document, Russia between 2000 and 2030 will accept several thousand tons of waste for storage, which is categorically forbidden by Article 50 of the 1991 Law on Environmental Protection. The story says who gains from such deals.

The Moskva nuclear cruiser, the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, has become one of the numerous victims of the Aug. 17 financial collapse. Its fate threatens to seriously aggravate Moscow's relationships with Kiev. The story details the conflict.

A working group from the Prosecutor General's Office completed a review of the work of Kalmykia's Prosecutor Yury Dzhapov finding him inadequate to hold his high post. His fate will be decided soon by the Prosecutor General's Office Higher Qualification Commission.

Yekaterinburg businessman Stanislav Lebedev on Wednesday was shot down near his house. Last year the Sverdlovsk region took the lead in the list of Russia's criminal regions. Facts and figures illustrate the point.

President Boris Yeltsin instructed his administration chief Nikolai Bordyuzha along with chief Kremlin ideologists to develop before the end of this month a preliminary strategy of holding State Duma and presidential election campaigns. Bordyuzha and his aides intend to launch several meetings with leaders of the most influential political parties.

The State Duma has endorsed a program of its legislative activity during this new session of 1999. The story details the program.

The crisis in the Our Home Is Russia political movement is continuing: severalmore members have quit it recently, including State Duma deputy Valery Grebennikov, who was one of the most authoritative politicians in the party. The story focuses on major reasons behind the split.

What two competing television companies, ORT and NTV, expect from 1999 are discussed. Whose interests will they defend in the coming elections campaigns and what is expected of the TV-Center Channel this year are also part of the article. From all indications, 1999 may radically change the fate of several television companies.

What should be changed in the mechanism of selecting nominees for the annual TEFI Prize awarded by the Russian Television Academy? The story focuses on several major points.

Outstanding Russian traveler Fyodor Konyukhov participating in his yacht in the international "Around Alone" yacht race, has been silent since Jan. 8. The story discusses what may have happened to him.


According to the Moody's world rating agency, Moscow is the most reliable financial partner among all other Russian cities. Facts and figures from Moody's are given.

Why everything in KPRF leader Gennady Zyuganov's speeches are so confusing and unclear are discussed. Political observer Otto Latsis answers this question, commenting on Zyuganov's two recent political statements.

Before the Aug. 17 financial crisis, many Russians went to America to be educated. This trend of with Russians studying in American universities is changing. Who is going to America now and who pays for students' tuition is discussed.


The Krasnooktyabrsky Court in Volgograd began considering the criminal case of two founders of the Russky Dom of Selenga financial pyramid ran by Alexander Salomadin and Sergei Gruzin who two years ago deceived 2 million depositors.

It was officially announced that Gazprom head Rem Vyakhirev's son Yury hasbeen appointed new general director of Gasexport.

In an interview on the eve of the second reading of the draft budget in the State Duma, Finance Minister Mikhail Zadornov speaks about the dollar rate as a psychological thing, expected inflation this year, the Aug. 17 collapse and about the fate of the new draft budget.

The story features 30-year-old literature teacher Irina Lagranya who won the Good Housekeeping competition called "The Heroines of Our Time." She married her 16-year-old pupil and presented him with a daughter.


The story is designed to turn Interior Minister Sergei Stepashin's attention to a disastrous state of his government plane; each of flight risks his life because the plane is too old and in badly need of major renovations. Air Force commanders are responsible for the government flight services, but according to the article, they pursue their own corrupted purposes.

According to reports from the Moscow Interior Department, 21,353 beggars were detained in the city metro last year, with 1,655 of them being children. The story features their miserable and desperate lives and troublesome occupation.

Specialists from the Institute of Medical and Biological problems intend to conduct a unique international experiment to see how female cosmonauts psychologically and sexually influence the male part of the crew. The story details the planned experiment.

City police Wednesday arrested a 42-year-old sex maniac, who for several months sexually abused small children.

Moscow authorities made the decision to suspend an unsanctioned emergence of memorial plaques in the city, which according to the new rules, will be mounted only five years after the death of outstanding people.

Radon specialists in 1998 checked 42 city markets, banning 5,000 kilograms of radioactive mushrooms and berries that were for sale. Other facts and figures are given.

Many Muscovites will remember 1998 as the year of hurricanes, gas blastsand financial collapses in the city. The story describes the most terrible city disasters last year.

A unique document which was once classified is published in full. It describes the protocol of medical examinations on Lenin's body after his death in January 1934.

City authorities decided to create special groups in Moscow kindergartens, where children may be looked after for only a few hours.

The number of foreign workers in Moscow construction sites will considerably decrease soon because the city government has taken special measures for this purpose. The story describers them in detail.


The newspaper reports that the Russia-Ukraine gas scandal Thursday has led to unexpected consequences. Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma's decree released First Deputy Prime Minister Anatoly Golubchenko from his post.

Analysts say that the relationship between Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev and General Staff chief Anatoly Kvashnin has remained tense. The article focuses on the major issues straining their relationship

Moscow Vice-Mayor Valery Shantsev Thursday visited City Children's Hospital No. 9, which urgently needs major renovation. Shantsev promised to raise the necessary funds for the renovation project. The article describes the hospital and its young patients.

Alexander Oskin, head of the Periodical Press Publishers' Guild, shares his views on reforming the press industry, including the system of press distribution and price-forming, which in his view is erroneous.

The creation of Luzhkov's Fatherland movement has dealt a heavy blow to Chernomyrdin's Our Home Is Russia movement.

According to reports from the Federal Migration Service, more than 580,000 new citizens came to Russia as refugees in 1997. The figure for 1998 is not available but their number has probably not declined. This was stated at the Congress of Refugees that was held in late December in Moscow. The article focuses on the acute problems raised at that forum.

The newspaper highlights the Moscow Variety Show Theater with famous comedic actor Gennady Khazanov as its chief artistic director, who after a year of his work decided to sack his orchestra.


No one has agreed to head the State Duma Our Home is Russia faction. The movement's leader Viktor Chernomyrdin yesterday tried to persuade S.D. First Deputy Speaker Vladimir Ryzhkov to quit his high post in the duma and take over the faction, but Ryzhkov did not agree.

The Filmmakers' Union of Russia, headed by Nikita Mikhalkov, the Russian Culture Fund and RV Editor-in-Chief Valery Kucher, in December 1998 became founders of the newspaper Rossiiskiye Vesti, which, starting in 1990 had been published by the presidential administration.

The draft law aimed at combatting political extremism in Russia that was initiated by the Justice Ministry and approved by the government Thursday, radically differs from all previous drafts. Its political neutrality gives hope that the law has every chance to be approved by the State Duma.

According to Western press reports, Ukrainian mercenaries are taking part in armed conflicts abroad. Western analysts reported that three Ukrainian mercenaries in late December were killed in a battle in an African country. Ukraine's Foreign Ministry officially stated that it lacks such information.

The newspaper analyses the fate of the Roslesprom company, in downtown Moscow, which is slowly dying, and Lesprom, a large holding company with a 100 percent state-owned property that will replace it.

What makes passing the draft budget particularly complicated is the burden of huge debts amassed over the past years. There is every reason to believe that the government has decided to pardon some of its own debts, such as the debt to TEK worth several billion rubles.

The newspaper reports that Vnukovo Airlines employees have for four days picketed the office of their administration to demand payment of their delayed wages.

There are more than 150,000 radioactive sources in Moscow that maynegatively affect a resident's health. This was reported by Sergei Dmitriyev, First Deputy Director General of the Radon research and production association. Other facts and figures illustrate an unfavorable ecological situation in the city.

The newspaper highlights new metro cars that will replace the current old-fashioned Yauzas cars this year.


Kasatka is a new helicopter designed by the Kamov design bureau. In an interview its chief designer Sergei Mikheyev, head of the Kamov firm, speaks about several advantages of the new helicopter.

In an interview Smolensk governor Alexander Prokhorov says what social measures he and his team have taken to make the life of local teachers easier. He also speaks optimistically about some successful efforts to help his residents.

The newspaper prints the full text of the Federal Law concerning boosting people's handicrafts. The law was passed by the State Duma Dec. 9, 1998 and approved by the Federation Council on Dec. 24,1998.


According to reports from the State Statistics Committee, the consumer prices in Russia between Jan. 1 and 11 increased by 3.2 percent. Inflation for 1998 as a whole amounted to 84.4 percent as against 11 percent for 1997.

Reputed writer Andrei Bitov, president of the Russian PEN Club, is a winner of the Pushkin Prize in Germany and two State Prizes in Russia. Friday he is reciting rough copies of Pushkin's poetry with the accompaniment of a jazz band, calling the event Pushkin Jazz. In an interview he talks about his project.

In an interview writer Sergei Alexeyev discusses how Russian writers live under the conditions of the market economy.

In an interview ex-Interior Minister Anatoly Kulikov answers questions as to whether the government will be able to make the present stage of its crack down on corruption effective and whether he will be a candidate in the nextparliamentary elections.