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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


The "Flying Hospital" international humanitarian mission with 20 foreign doctors has completed its work in Krasnoyarsk. The story comments on their charity mission, saying that more than half of all the 200 operations they have performed in local hospitals and on board a specially equipped plane have led to serious complications. Several cited facts illustrate the point.

The Fatherland-All Russia bloc was not registered yesterday because of allegedly distorted information given in candidates' declarations. Along with this, notes the story, the bloc is awaiting more serious problems in the near future , among them lack of coordinated action by Luzhkov's and Primakov's sociologists and image-makers and lack of support for Primakov among his recent comrades-in arms. The story also offers intriguing information from the so- called Stability Center that was created on Aug. 4 with the aim of supporting Yevgeny Primakov. Also covered in Kommersant Daily and Vremya MN.

The story reports on how Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov's wife Kusami yesterday received temporary shelter in a residence of Georgia's head of state Edward Shevardnadze. The story also explains why Chechnya's mission in Moscow has not accepted this information.

In an interview, Amin Osmayev, chairman of the Chamber of Representatives of Chechnya's parliament, talks about the prospects of creating pro-Russian power bodies in the republic. Osmayev also describes the Chechen authorities' response to his parliament's resumed activities.

The Unity inter-regional bloc yesterday held a closed session in the Trade Unions' Hall of Columns in Moscow with the aim of approving the election lists of candidates from one-mandate constituencies.

The security committee of the Russian Football Union together with Moscow security officials yesterday held a session to discuss tough security measures for the forthcoming Russia-Ukraine football match scheduled for Saturday.

The story describes a fight yesterday among deputies in the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly, who were discussing the issue of postponing the gubernatorial elections from the summer of 2000 to Dec. 19 , 1999.

Mayor Yury Luzhkov and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexei II yesterday visited the Church of Christ the Savior to see the decoration work that is nearing completion. The State Commission will begin Nov. 1 to give final approval to the project. The Divine Service to mark Christmas 2000 is expected to take place in the new church.

Human Rights Ombudsman Oleg Mironov yesterday announced that Yury Luzhkov's re-registration campaign after the terrorist explosions in Moscow has been illegal. Mironov accused the mayor of violating nine articles of the Constitution and many other administrative norms. The story points to several of them.

The story explains why Finance Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has made his own decision not to go to London to attend the negotiations with the London Club of Creditors. Instead,Vneshekonombank bank head Andrei Kostin went there alone.

The story points to Russian organizations that are lining up to receive funds from the world community to tackle with the computer problem 2000. The State Customs Committee is among them.

The story names the first three victims who have emerged in the continuing scandal around money laundering through the Bank of New York. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

In an interview, Andrei Fyodorov, Director of Political Programs of the Foreign and Defense Policies Council , shares his views on possible consequences of the Chechen situation, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's prospect of becoming president of Russia, the Unity bloc, Primakov's possible fate and on the West's influence on the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky and his assistant ex-Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin have come out in favor of negotiation with Chechnya's President Aslan Maskhadov. The story reveals their stand on the issue and their news conference yesterday. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

The story features results of the first Russian-Chinese marine exercises that took place in the East Chinese Sea.

The CIS summit is expected to take place tomorrow to discuss a whole package of economic documents, including the one deciding the fate of the CIS free economic zone. Economic analyst Maria Bogatykh examines several documents.

Eight leading stock exchanges in Europe have officially announced their merger. The result will be the single electronic stock market, with 300-600 significant shares to be quoting every day. The story examines the project.

Sberbank head Andrei Kazmin has invited ex-Finance Minister Mikhail Zadornov to be his adviser. The story explains the essence of Kazmin's decision.


Chechnya has officially entered a new war with Russia. President Aslan Maskhadov commands the republic's armed forces. The story describes the martial law that was imposed there yesterday. Also covered in Vremya MN and Moskovsky Komsomolets.

Soon after the end of the first Chechen war, former commander of the federal troops General Leonty Shevtsov admitted that it was impossible to win the war without information support. The story notes that today ,too, Moscow is continuing an information blockade, thus, repeating the old mistake.

The story reports on how authorities in the South-Eastern and Southern Administrative districts of Moscow have organized free meals for children who suffered during the recent terrorist explosions in the city.

Mayor Yury Luzhkov and representatives from the North Caucasus' communities in Moscow yesterday agreed to open a hot line for those who have suffered from arbitrary rule of Moscow police during the re-registration campaign.

The military campaign in Chechnya demands additional budget spending. The story examines how the government is going to cope with this serious problem.

In an interview, First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko comments on the situation that emerged in Russia after the G-7 set forth new demands aimed at controlling the Central Bank's activities.

The ARKO Board of Directors has approved a provision on guaranteeing deposits in the banks that have been passed under the governance of the agency.

Lithuania's parliament Tuesday decided to sell to the U.S. Williams International company 51 percent of the stock of Mazeikiunafta. The story explains why LUKoil has painfully accepted this step.


Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev and Chief of Staff General Anatoly Kvashnin on Wednesday discussed the plan for the first stage of operations in Chechnya.This plan will be considered complete only when a security zone has been established and all state bodies are fully functioning in the territory.

Thursday's government session is expected to consider Russian electric power stations' preparations for winter. Anatoly Chubais, head of national power grid Unified Energy Systems, may be seriously reprimanded for stations that have not taken adequate measures to deal with the upcoming season. The story looks at several electric power stations with poor results.

In an interview, Abkhazi President Vladislav Ardzinba, who has been re-elected to his post but is not recognized by the world community as legitimate, talks about the principles underlying his policy, about the state of the Sukhumi-Tbilisi negotiations and about Sukhumi-Moscow relations.

Political scientist Andranik Migranyan offers several convincing arguments to illustrate how the current information struggle between Sergei Dorenko, Alexander Nevzorov and Mikhail Leontyev reflects the fierce struggle going on between different political elites.

In an interview, Georgy Satarov, head of the Center for Applied Political Studies, highlights the situation in the market for professional political consultants, who are in high demand today due to the election campaign.

The story examines the circumstances that have triggered a big scandal at the Kama Paper and Pulp Combine in Krasnokamsk, Ural Mountains.

New York School, an exhibit of 50 drawings by American artists, is on display at the Museum of Private Collections on Ulitsa Volkhonka. The story features its most interesting works.


Russia intends to considerably increase military spending, which with its very small budget, means nothing else but a transition to a mobilized economy. The story reveals the essence of this new course.

Weather specialists have been awaiting such a warm Indian summer for ten years.They say that the present autumnal anomaly will in no way reflect the upcoming winter. Also covered in Noviye Izvestia.

Information about recent incidents, listed here, at nuclear plants in different countries makes people think that nuclear power is becoming ever more dangerous for people at the end of the millennium. The story looks at the situation.

Specialists from the Institute of Social Studies have conducted a poll among 2,200 families in 14 Russian provinces to see how much money they spend on health services. The cited figures show that they spent double the amount the state spends.

The story reports on how the current marketing crisis at the AvtoVAZ factory has made its managers decrease the selling prices of Zhiguli cars. Facts and figures.

The "USA-Russia" Investment Fund last week announced the creation of a managing company, "Delta Capital Management," which will govern the assets of the "USA-Russia" fund and also the assets of other funds, which are planned to be created soon. The story highlights the project.

Finance Ministry state debt department head Bella Zlatkis stated Wednesday that the department has prepared its proposals on exchanging GKOs, which investors failed to change during the official exchange procedure. The story reveals the essence of the proposals.


On Sept. 22, all department store directors on the Arbat received strange messages signed by deputy district administrator Cherkasova. The messages asked all directors to help put into practice the discount system called "The Card of the Fatherland in Your Enterprise." The story reveals the essence of the project.

The story offers the results of several opinion polls conducted by the Agency of Regional Political Studies on Oct. 1-3 in more than 200 cities and villages in 52 provinces, which show how quickly (probably too quickly, the story notes) Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's political rating is growing.

The story criticizes generals for mentioning too often that the Russian military did not fully utilize its satellite technology during the airstrikes in Chechnya. This was stated in part to criticize the Russian military machinery as not being adequately effective. The story concludes that all this talk about weapons of the21st century sounds contradictory in light of the federal troops' ineffective operations in Chechnya, which we see on TV every day.


In an interview, industrialist Anatoly Bykov, head of the board of directors of the Krasnoyarsk Aluminum Factory, explains why he is claiming a seat in the State Duma, parliament's lower house.

In an interview, four-time Olympic biathlon champion Alexander Tikhonov,, who has founded an agro-industrial complex in the Moscow region, talks about the beginnings of his successful business.


In an interview, former West German President Richard von Weitzecker shares his views on current German-Russian relations.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's close associates note that several grounds have appeared recently for concern over his future fate. The point is that the president in August promised that he would gradually hand over to the prime minister some of his powers but, as reality shows, all of Putin's decisions and action have so far been controlled by the Kremlin. The story comments on the issue.

Political analyst Dmitry Furman reflects on Russia-Chechnya relations, noting that in the present situation Russia's position looks like that of Israel and the Chechens' position that of the Palestinians. The author offers convincing arguments.

Though it was officially reported that the outbreak of a virus in the village of Oblivskaya has been overcome, many people there have still been ailing: Their immune systems have been weakened and their blood content has changed. The story describes this as yet unidentified disease.

The 7-year Russia-Ukraine conflict seems to have ended at last: eight heavy Tu-160 supersonic strategic bombers (known in the West as "Black Jacks") have left the Priluki airfield in Ukraine for Engels (Saratov region). Additionally, another three strategic bombers Tu-95Ms (Bears) have also left for Engels. The story details the conflict's happy end.

The scandal surrounding Transneft has been going on for a month. In an interview, the present head of the company, Semyon Vainshtok, describes the current situation.

In an interview, Novgorod region Governor Mikhail Prusak explains why he is displeased with the existing structure of both houses of parliament and with the current election system.

The story reports on how the current banking scandal over the Bank of NewYork and others may seriously affect food aid to Russia.


The Kremlin is doing everything in its power to make Fatherland-All Russia leaders Yury Luzhkov and Yevgeny Primakov quarrel with each other. Its five-point plan is offered here.

Moscow environmentalists have conducted checks on the city's air to see what districts are ecologically most unfavorable. They have named the northern district.

Specialists forecast that the number of Russian tourists visiting foreign countries this year will decrease by nearly 2 million people.


In an interview former, Interior Minister General Anatoly Kulikov, who in 1994-96 commanded the federal troops in the Chechen war, answers the following questions: Why is Chechnya ablaze again today? What can be done to normalize the situation there? Is Boris Berezovsky behind the military conflict in Chechnya? What do you think of the Khasavyurt peace agreements?