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




SEGODNYA


Not long before New Year's Eve, Ukraine's parliament formed an official commission to investigate a "nuclear scandal" - a mysterious disappearance of huge sums of money allocated for clearing off debts to the Krasnoyarsk region for keeping nuclear waste from five Ukrainian atomic power stations. The commission will have to find out where the money - millions of dollars which Russia has failed to receive - has gone. The story focuses on the Russian authorities' reaction to the scandal in the Ukrainian parliament.


The Moscow government decided to give a New Year's surprise to Moscow drivers. Drivers will now have to pay considerably more for technical checks of their cars than last year. The story details why the government made this decision.


According to the latest presidential decree concerning the duration of the military service, servicemen at the posts of defense minister and heads of federal power bodies may keep their jobs until they turn 65. The story focuses on several other provisions of the decree.


Three Chechen reputed generals, First Deputy Prime Minister Turpal-ali Atgeriyev, head of the presidential administration Apti Batalov and former commander of the Shariah Guard Magomed Khambiyev, have instituted criminal proceedings in the Shariah Court against Shamil Basayev for "numerous public insults towards President Maskhadov." The story examines Basayev's bad behavior.


According to the presidential decree, FSB official Oleg Chernov has been appointed Deputy Secretary of the Security Council of Russia.


According to the results of the 1998 fiscal year, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development gave Russia $1.6 billion (1.4 billion ECU). Before the end of December, it planned to give Russia another $150 million (130 million ECU) within the framework of projects approved after the Aug. 17 crisis making Russia the largest recipient of the bank's funds. The story gives other facts and figures on the EBRD's financial aid to Russia.


The IMF believes that the fall of gross domestic product in Russia will amountto 5.7 percent in 1998 and to 8.3 percent in 1999. This conclusion is stated in the IMF's "Prognosis for Peaceful Economic Development." The story offers several other forecasts.


The law on bankruptcy, which took effect on March 1, 1998 helped to invigorate the activities of arbitration courts considering insolvency cases. According to information from the Federal Insolvency Service, the arbitration courts between March 1 and Dec. 25 received 5,300 applications on declaring organizations bankrupt. Other facts and figures illustrating the favorable effect of the law are given.


The Russian banking system has entered the new year with its old problems. Banks have to reform their activities and learn to work under new conditions. How bankers envision prospects for their work in the changed market conditions are detailed. Several bankers speak out.


The federal budget revenues from the sale of state property in 1998 amounted to 14 billion rubles, far greater than the expected 8.1 billion. According to reports from the State Property Ministry, 12.5 billion of this sum was received from the auction selling 2.5 percent of Gazprom's stock. Other facts and figures on the revenues.


This story forecasts an increase in the dollar rate this month. After Jan. 10 it is expected to reach 22.5-23 rubles with a subsequent stabilization within the range of 23.3-23.7 rubles to the dollar.


The 3rd International Christmas Film Festival began in St. Petersburg. Its program includes films featuring Christmas traditions from different countries.


A unified territory for the Amur tiger's habitat is being created in the Far East, where the total area of preserves in Primorye and Priamurye, where Amur tigers live, exceeds one million hectares. The story says what international organizations help fund the "tiger project."


Obligatory finger-print registration of Russian citizens began on the first working day of the new year. The story discusses the campaign.


On Dec. 30, unidentified gangsters mounted an electromagnetic valve in a car that belonged to Sheremetyevo's customs inspector Salomykov hoping to murder him. The story details an abortive attempt upon his life.


MOSKOVSKY KOMSOMOLETS


The story describes New Year's "guests," who found themselves in Moscow's only detoxication center for women.


Ex-First Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov gives a pessimistic prognosis of economic developments for 1999, the year of parliamentary elections.


The question of where candidates running in the parliamentary elections will find money for their election campaigns is discussed. The story points out several possible sources.


The story features the fate of the Alexander Kutateladze, also known as Alexander Potyomkin, chief of the board of the State Tax Service.


In an interview, Sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, Director of the Russian Academy of Art, speaks about his accomplishments last year and plans for 1999.


ROSSISKAYA GAZETA


In an interview Federation Council speaker Yegor Stroyev sums up major political and economic results of the past year. He answers the question of what 1998 will mean for the history of the upper house of Parliament and of the whole of Russia.


"I suppose the 1999 budget will be passed since the appropriate political decision has already been approved, which is the most important thing," Alexander Zhukov, head of the State Duma Budget, Taxes, Banks and Finance Committee, stated yesterday. A short commentary is given.


The AZLK car factory (also known as Moskvich) is marking the second anniversary of its revival. The former team of reformers headed by Anatoly Chubais planned to file bankruptcy but Mayor Yuri Luzhkov lent a helping hand, having bought its controlling package of stock. In an interview AZLK General Director Ruben Asatryan speaks about the factory's progress and about its current problems.


There is every reason to suppose that oligarchic clans this year will make frenzied attempts to get back what they lost after the Aug. 17 financial crisis and will try to seize guiding posts in several government departments, placing leading state-owned enterprises under their control. The story looks at this process which has already begun.


Georgia's President Eduard Shevardnadze made public his family property and financial position. The story comments on his income declaration.


The government decree endorsing the plan of action aimed at implementing the law concerning the measures of the Cabinet and the Central Bank to stabilize the social and economic situation in Russia, is given in full text.


How Russia should deal with the introduction of the euro is featured and gives several recommendations.


The story reveals the essence of CIS Executive Secretary Boris Berezovsky's ambitious plan to reform the Commonwealth of Independent States, which so far has failed to materialize.


The National Bank of Belarus has allowed authorized banks and individuals, having licenses for currency-exchange operations, to buy from thepopulation and sell foreign currency according at the market rate. The story comments on the bank's decision.


The story comments on the results of the "working group's" session, which discussed a new status of the Caspian Sea late in December 1998.


The draft of the agreement concerning CIS countries' cooperation in resolving HIV problems. Full text given.


In an interview well-known Almaty psychologist Svetlana Belova says how badly politics and television political news affect Russians' behavior. Belova recommends not watching political programs every day.


Georgian filmmakers have completed shooting the first Georgian television erotic film named "Love in the Vine Alley" which will be shown on national television after its premiere in Germany. The story features its creators.


MOSKOVSKAYA PRAVDA


An All-Russian Winter Ecology School has opened in Vidnoye (Moscow region), sponsored by the Central Station of Young Nature Lovers. About 70 Russian teenagers (11 to 16 years old) are attending its classes in biology, physics, math and chemistry.


Vnukovo Airport and its adjacent localities have been declared a pickpocket free zone. The story reports on how itall started.


The 4th International Film Festival, "Faces of Love," will take place between Jan. 14 and 20 in Kinocenter on Krasnaya Presnya Ulitsa, with the highlight of the program being the comedy "Life Is Delightful" by Italian filmmaker Roberto Benija.


Vice-Mayor Valery Shantsev stated at a news conference that the number of jobless Muscovites officially registered in the city was 49,500 people as of January. The story comments on the problems of employment, production, wages and protest acts in the city.


This story highlights a spectacular sight in southwestern Moscow: a magnificent architectural ensemble of the old country estate "Cheryomushki." How its name originated is discussed.


Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, at a meeting with ambassadors from nine states in southeastern Asia, discussed possible food shortages in Russia in March. In view of this, Luzhkov stated that the Moscow government has managed to stabilize the situation with the city food market. The story looks at its efficient measures aimed to boost food supplies.


The story highlights the Moscow Krugozor Toy Factory which made its first dolls in 1974. How they looked when the factory opened and what kinds of toys and dolls are produced currently are discussed.


SOVETSKAYA ROSSIYA


Writer Valentin Rasputin talks with bitterness about increasing anti-Semitism and fascism in Russia.


ROSSISKAYA GAZETA


In an interview Federation Council speaker Yegor Stroyev sums up major political and economic results of the past year. He answers the question of what 1998 will mean for the history of the upper house of Parliament and of the whole of Russia.


"I suppose the 1999 budget will be passed since the appropriate political decision has already been approved, which is the most important thing," Alexander Zhukov, head of the State Duma Budget, Taxes, Banks and Finance Committee, stated yesterday. A short commentary is given.


The AZLK car factory (also known as Moskvich) is marking the second anniversary of its revival. The former team of reformers headed by Anatoly Chubais planned to file bankruptcy but Mayor Yuri Luzhkov lent a helping hand, having bought its controlling package of stock. In an interview AZLK General Director Ruben Asatryan speaks about the factory's progress and about its current problems.


There is every reason to suppose that oligarchic clans this year will make frenzied attempts to get back what they lost after the Aug. 17 financial crisis and will try to seize guiding posts in several government departments, placing leading state-owned enterprises under their control. The story looks at this process which has already begun.


Georgia's President Eduard Shevardnadze made public his family property and financial position. The story comments on his income declaration.


The government decree endorsing the plan of action aimed at implementing the law concerning the measures of the Cabinet and the Central Bank to stabilize the social and economic situation in Russia, is given in full text.


How Russia should deal with the introduction of the euro is featured and gives several recommendations.


The story reveals the essence of CIS Executive Secretary Boris Berezovsky's ambitious plan to reform the Commonwealth of Independent States, which so far has failed to materialize.


The National Bank of Belarus has allowed authorized banks and individuals, having licenses for currency-exchange operations, to buy from thepopulation and sell foreign currency according at the market rate. The story comments on the bank's decision.


The story comments on the results of the "working group's" session, which discussed a new status of the Caspian Sea late in December 1998.


The draft of the agreement concerning CIS countries' cooperation in resolving HIV problems. Full text given.


In an interview well-known Almaty psychologist Svetlana Belova says how badly politics and television political news affect Russians' behavior. Belova recommends not watching political programs every day.


Georgian filmmakers have completed shooting the first Georgian television erotic film named "Love in the Vine Alley" which will be shown on national television after its premiere in Germany. The story features its creators.


MOSKOVSKAYA PRAVDA


An All-Russian Winter Ecology School has opened in Vidnoye (Moscow region), sponsored by the Central Station of Young Nature Lovers. About 70 Russian teenagers (11 to 16 years old) are attending its classes in biology, physics, math and chemistry.


Vnukovo Airport and its adjacent localities have been declared a pickpocket free zone. The story reports on how it all started.


The 4th International Film Festival, "Faces of Love," will take place between Jan. 14 and 20 in Kinocenter on Krasnaya Presnya Ulitsa, with the highlight of the program being the comedy "Life Is Delightful" by Italian filmmaker Roberto Benija.


Vice-Mayor Valery Shantsev stated at a news conference that the number of jobless Muscovites officially registered in the city was 49,500 people as of January. The story comments on the problems of employment, production, wages and protest acts in the city.


This story highlights a spectacular sight in southwestern Moscow: a magnificent architectural ensemble of the old country estate "Cheryomushki." How its name originated is discussed.


Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, at a meeting with ambassadors from nine states in southeastern Asia, discussed possible food shortages in Russia in March. In view of this, Luzhkov stated that the Moscow government has managed to stabilize the situation with the city food market. The story looks at its efficient measures aimed to boost food supplies.


The story highlights the Moscow Krugozor Toy Factory which made its first dolls in 1974. How they looked when the factory opened and what kinds of toys and dolls are produced currently are discussed.


SOVETSKAYA ROSSIYA


Writer Valentin Rasputin talks with bitterness about increasing anti-Semitism and fascism in Russia.