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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


Evidence shows that Russia lacks experience in combating terrorism, the story notes. Russian authorities have managed to take the upper hand over the terrorism of power and the terrorism of ideology, but they have been ultimately defenseless before the terrorism of groups of fanatics and bandits. Unlike Russia, Japan has sentenced to death the terrorists from the Aum Shinri Kyo religious sect.

In an interview, Marat Baglai, chairman of the Constitutional Court, says that the use of ground forces in Chechnya is legally justified.

The 1999 Nobel Prize in literature has been awarded to German prose writer G--nter Grass. The story presents his prize winning works. Also covered in Kommersant Daily and Vremya MN.

A special anti-terrorism board will be created in the near future within the framework of the Interior Ministry. This was stated Thursday by First Deputy Interior Minister General Valery Fyodorov.

The story examines contradictory information about the positions of federal troops in Chechnya and discusses contradictory pronouncements by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin about the possibility of negotiations with Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov. Also covered in Kommersant Daily and Segodnya.

Chemical weapons arsenals in the Kirovsk region and Udmurtia, which are inadequately guarded, have caused alarm over the pastweeks - security officers fear that saboteurs may attack them. The story describes the disturbing situation.

President Boris Yeltsin has signed a decree on the army conscription campaign between October and December 1999. This was stated Thursday by the presidential press service. Also covered in Vremya MN.

Moscow city official Sergei Yastrzhembsky has applied to Press Minister Mikhail Lesin with a request to make a warning to ORT television, which Yastrzhembsky claims has slandered Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov. Also covered in Vremya MN.

State Duma deputies from Vladimir Zhirinovsky's Liberal Democratic Party of Russia may fail to get their pay for September because they missed nearly all Duma sessions this month. The story gives details.

The story features the difficult fate of Chechen refugees in Ingushetia, which is the only republic so far that has agreed to admit them onto its territory. Dagestan has flatly refused admission. Dry law was introduced in Ingushetia on Sept. 29.

Moscow authorities on Oct. 1 introduced new rules for registering foreign citizens who arrive in the city to work. The story explains the essence of the measure.

The story describes unprecedented measures with the help of which the Ukrainian Cabinet decided to increase budget revenues before the presidential elections, scheduled for Oct. 31.

The Moscow Arbitration Court Thursday declared illegal the Central Bank's order to revoke Mosbiznesbank's license. The bank's temporary manager stated that the bank has enough means toclear off its debts with individual depositors.

Oryol Governor Yegor Stroyev, speaker of the Federation Council, the upper house of parliament, on Thursday sent a letter to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin with a request to provide annual export quotas to the Oryol-Oil company.

The story offers a television image of Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov. Whom does he look like, the story asks.

St. Petersburg TV journalist Alexander Nevzorov, who patronizes the notorious program "Peterburg Style," may appear soon on a new ORT television program. The story describes Nevzorov's plans.


President Bill Clinton stated that the United States has written off the debts of 36 poor nations, with no mention of Russia on the list.The story concludes that it's not so bad since if the country's debts are not pardoned, then there is hope that it will pay them.

The three-side budget commission Thursday held its first session to discuss possible amendments to the draft budget for 2000, which the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, rejected on Tuesday. The government decided to seek a compromise with deputies and regional leaders. The story describes the session's decisions.

At a news conference Thursday, Education Minister Vladimir Filippov spoke about upcoming changes in the education system. Several unpleasant surprises are in store for both teachers and pupils.

The alliance between the governors' bloc Unity and the Our Home Is Russia movement has broken up before it started. The story says why.

Two mobsters - the twin Shakirov brothers, also known as the Mankis, from Orekhovo-Zuyevo, Moscow region - Sept. 28 celebrated their 45th birthday at Skazka restaurant in Moscow, where police arrested three guests.

The banking tender on the right to service the accounts of the State Customs Committee was canceled Thursday - MOST-Bank accused the committee's head of lying and the Finance Ministry of swindling.

The Central Bank, starting Friday, has decreased the official price of banking gold, simultaneously changing the conditions of making transactions.

The government has instructed Transneft to move the Chechen section of the Baku-Novorossiisk oil pipeline to Dagestan.