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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


Whatever President Boris Yeltsin thinks of suspended Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov, even as head of state, he cannot surpass the strength of law. Skuratov has received all necessary judiciary approval to resume guidance of the Prosecutor General's Office. In an interview, Skuratov reveals his plans for further action. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Izvestia, Noviye Izvestia, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Vremya MN and Moskovsky Komsomolets.

The commander of the federal troops in the North Caucasus, Viktor Kazantsev, on Friday actually announced the beginning of a large-scale war against Chechnya - the second stage of the anti-terrorist operation aimed at destroying extremist militants on the whole territory of the breakaway republic. The story notes that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's plan differs from the one announced by General Kazantsev. The story examines the war scenario prepared by the Kremlin. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Vremya MN.

The London Royal Aeronautics Society on Friday awarded an international prize to a group of Russian scientists for a "great contribution to the design and development of the Mir orbital station." The story presents the five Russian prize winners .

Belarus has paid $120,000 in compensation for moral and material damage - Washington demanded this sum for discomforts suffered by the U.S. ambassador in Minsk in June 1998, when he and several other Western diplomats were ousted from their residences in Drozdy. The story details that incident.

The Yabloko party regional branch in St. Petersburg intends to lodge a suit in the city court to dispute the legality of the City Legislative Assembly's decision to conduct earlier gubernatorial elections. The story features the controversial behavior of the pro-gubernatorial lobby in the Legislative Assembly on Oct. 6, 7 and 8.

Federal Securities Commission head Dmitry Vasilyev on Friday confirmed he is quitting his post. The story comments on his decision. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Izvestia and Vremya MN.

The Rostelecom company has raised tariffs on interurban telephone calls for Muscovites and self-financing city enterprises. The story reveals the essence of the measure and states the new prices.

Starting Nov. 1, the size of minimal pensions in Moscow will be raised from 500 rubles ($19.40) to 675 rubles. Mikhail Vyshegorodtsev, head of the Moscow City Duma Financial Commission, explains the essence of the measure. Also covered in Moskovsky Komsomolets.

In an interview, Alexei Ulyukayev, deputy director of the Institute of Economic Problems in the Transition Period, examines several key problems with today's economic policy.

The Moscow government has cleared off another tranche of bonds from a 1 billion ruble ($38.8 million) internal city loan. City authorities have begun placing a new securities issue, the ninth one so far, for 1 billion rubles. The story reports on how financiers view the prospects of the new securities. Also covered in Vremya MN.

Moskovsky Komsomolets political observer Alexander Khinshtein on Sunday presented his weekly TV program, "Secret Materials," on the TV Center channel. In an interview, he talks about his program.

The story describes a fierce guerrilla war unleashed by Chechen terrorist groups in villages controlled by federal troops, which are unable so far to stop the terrorist acts. More than 120 civilians have been killed in the past several days.

The story examines the results of a short visit by the Russian presidential administration head, Alexander Voloshin, to Minsk on Friday, when he and Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko discussed the mechanism of putting into effect the integration treaty, after it has been discussed nationwide.

The story gives new facts reported by Swiss investigators stating that about $600 million belonging to Aeroflot has been laundered through the Andava and Forus Service financial companies. It has also been reported that accounts of Boris Berezovsky's companies have been frozen not only in Swiss banks, but also in several Geneva branches of French banks.

The story tries to answer the question: Does the so-called Russia question exist in the former Soviet republics? Several facts show how Russian minorities are being discriminated in other republics and how Russian authorities view this serious issue.

In an interview, Konstantin Zatulin, Director of the Moscow Institute of Diaspora and Integration Problems, focuses on problems connected with the discrimination of Russian minorities in former Soviet republics.

In an interview, the Russian ambassador to Moldova, Alexander Papkin, speaks about the position of Russian-speaking people inthe republic.

How and where can Muscovites earn extra cash? The story reports on how a newspaper stand peddlar and a lab chemist assistant do it in their work places.

The first investment shareholder fund, or PIF, will celebrate its third birthday in November. The Justice Ministry last week registered the provision enlarging the size of assets of PIFs, which are allowed to invest into securities.

The story features the Tretyakov Gallery cultural program conducted this year and its ambitious plans for 2000.


The story points to two main factors that may cause Kremlin chief of staff Alexander Voloshin to resign. Who would replace him? Eight politicians and public figures share their views.

The confrontation between workers at the Vyborg Pulp and Paper Mill and the Leningrad region adminstration continued this weekend is rapidly acquiring all the signs of a class war, the story says. Also covered in Noviye Izvestia.

Federal Security Service and Interior Ministry officers could have prevented a terrorist act in an apartment block on Kashirskoye Shosse that left 130 residents dead.

ORT television station Friday announced to Vladimir Voroshilov, host of the "What, Where, When" program, that his program has been taken off the air.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a decree saying thatemployers who have no debts to the Pension Fund will enjoy a new benefit.

A memorandum on launching a direct closed communications line between the Russian prime minister and the U.S. vice president was signed at the Russian Foreign Ministry on Oct. 15. The story comments on the main provisions of the document.

The government of the Czech Republic decided to introduce visa policies for the holders of Cuban, Cambodian and North Korean passports. The same measure for citizens of Russia, Belarus and China will be imposed later.

The Russian Information Center has sent out press releases to military press centers, saying what terms and phrases they should omit when describing military operations in Chechnya.

Industrialists do not need the Economics Ministry - they need the Federal Securities Commission. This, the story notes, became clear at the session of the Enterprises Reform Public Council attached to the ministry when doubts were raised concerning the existing mechanism of state support for enterprises through the development budget. The story examines the experts' views on the issue.

The Sverdlovsk regional arbitration court ruled out that Sverdlovenergo company payed $60 million to the Ural customs board as a duty for coal imported from Kazakhstan used for heating power stations.

Vladimir Andreyev, Director of the Federal Air Transport Service, stated that air companies with only one plane will be banned from carrying passengers. This move threatens to leave many Russian airlines without jobs and to increase ticket prices for charteredflights.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Oct. 15 signed a decree imposing new rules for selling vodka.

The Scandinavian Baltic Beverage Holding concern has bought a 50.1 percent share in the Krasnoyarsk brewery Pikra, and is willing to launch a major renovation project of the enterprise in the near future.

The property of the Dukat GOK company, located in the Magadan region, will be sold for $12.3 million at an open auction scheduled for Nov. 30. The story details its terms.