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


Several high state decorations of the former Soviet Union are still being awarded today despite the end of the U.S.S.R., and new orders and medals (the Order of Stalin and the Marshal Zhukov Medal) have been instituted. The person responsible for this activity is Sazhi Umalatova, head of the permanent presidium of the Congress of People's Deputies of the U.S.S.R.

Many countries, including Turkey and Britain, are collecting financial aid for Chechnya so that it may buy weapons and pay mercenaries fighting against Russian troops in the republic.

According to Rosbizneskonsulting information, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is expected to visit Karachayevo-Cherkessia this week to bring a package of economic documents aimed at drastically changing the economic situation there within a few months. The story explains how Putin's visit will actually help oligarch Boris Berezovsky be elected to the State Duma from this republic.

The first session of a government commission on rehabilitating the economy of Yugoslavia took place in Moscow on Friday, presided over by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, in which a draft agreement on free trade between Russia and Yugoslavia was discussed. Also covered by Kommersant Daily.

Central Election Commission head Alexander Veshnyakov comments on the Kremlin's intention to neutralize the activities of his agency.

An auction to sell Chernogorneft was conducted in Nizhnevartovsk on Friday. The story describes the event and its participants. Also covered by Kommersant Daily and Vremya MN.

LUKoil, which in June bought a controlling interest in Channel 31, has decided to change the television station's leadership and name. The story explains why.

Sergei Kuznetsov, former outside manager and director-general of the Kuznetsk Metal Combine in Novokuznetsk in the Kemerovo region, was arrested late last week. Workers are demanding that he be released. Also covered by Kommersant Daily.

The State Duma is expected to pass Monday the draft budget for 2000 at the third reading. Economist Mikhail Delyagin, Director of the Institute for Globalization, examines a new system of inter-budgetary relations.

Pension Fund head Mikhail Zurabov on Saturday reported to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin how his agency spends funds and where. The story gives facts and figures from his report. Also covered by Kommersant Daily.

Former TV host Mikhail Kozhukhov, who was recently appointed press secretary for prime Minister Vladimir Putin, speaks about his first impressions of his new job.

Huge sums of money have been illegally delivered to Chechen rebel fighters from the federal budget over the past few years.

The Communist Party election HQ intends to apply to the Central Election Commission to see whether Unity bloc leader Sergei Shoigu has the legal right to use his official post in parliamentary campaigning. The story gives facts showing how he does it.

Two members of the Russian Boxing Federation were killed Saturday evening on Mantulinskaya Ulitsa in Moscow.

The story describes the activities of extra-sensory healers, who often do their business without any official permit.

The story examines the Central Bank's efforts to help commercial banks tackle the year-2000 computer problem.


Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov on Friday confirmed that he had no intention to claim the post of president in 2000. The story explains why this news should upset above all former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov.

Businessman Boris Berezovsky speaks about his impressions of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his policies and about his plans for the parliamentary elections.

The Moscow Regional Court on Friday defended Moscow region governorAnatoly Tyazhlov from ordinary elector Andrei Shtenberg, who considered that Tyazhlov has no legal right to be re-elected for a third term.

The story examines income declarations of several candidates from the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia's election list, which includes 82 people.

The third stage of the anti-terrorist operation in Chechnya began Friday. The story examines its major features.

Unified Energy Systems' preparedness for the year 2000 has been assessed by a U.S. company. The story comments on the positive conclusions.

The story describes a scandal that has erupted in Moldova over Russian "Vimpelkom's participation in building a GSM network in the republic.

The Euroclear center has announced the creation of an alliance between the French Clearnet and Sicovan clearing centers. This is Euroclear's reply to its rival Cedel's agreement signed with Deutsche B?rse Clearing in early November.



The paper cites documents (letters) showing that high officials from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and Ingushetia's and Chechnya's presidents are corresponding behind Moscow's back. The story comments on the letters' content.

Editor in chief Vitaly Tretyakov shares his views on three possible reasons behind the postponement of signing the Russia-Belarus Union Treaty: on Emergency Situation Minister Sergei Shoigu's "keen interest" in politics, on Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's statement on his support of the Unity bloc, and on a NTV recent program "Glas Naroda," featuring the Yavlinsky-Chubais election debate.

The news from Moscow that it has canceled the ceremony of the signing of the Russia-Belarus Union Treaty, which was scheduled for Nov. 25,has shocked both supporters and opponents of this "close integration" in Belarus. The story comments on the latter's official and unofficial response to Moscow's behavior.

The story reports on how several Russian politicians, including right-wing opposition leader Grigory Yavlinsky and Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, look at the Chechen problem and its final settlement and how their views differ from those shared by Western analysts.

Sergei Mndoyants, deputy head of the Fatherland-All Russia headquarters, gives his assessment of Analytical Note No. 14, which the newspaper offered its readers Friday.

In an interview, Unity bloc spokesman Alexander Gurov offers a new scheme of administration in the city of Moscow as seen and proposed by the Unity bloc.

After a year's break, the collegium on criminal cases in St. Petersburg has for the eighth time begun to consider the case of former marine officer Alexander Nikitin, an associate of the Norwegian ecological organization "Belluna." The story reveals the essence of the case.

In an interview, Pyotr Deinekin, chief of the Cossack Board, explains why it is expedient today to arm the Cossacks.

In an interview, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, whose visit to Moscow is scheduled for mid-December, views bilateral relations today as positive. The president offers several facts to illustrate the point.

The story describes a new building of the Gorbachev Fund at 39 Leningradsky Prospekt, focusing on several specific features of its architectural design.


If President Boris Yeltsin fails to sign the amendments to the Law on Income Tax this month, then the 45 percent rate, as against the 30 percent rate, one will take effect in 2000. The story explores several major amendments.

The story offers official figures to show that the number of HIV-infected patients in Russia (particularly in Moscow) has considerably increased over the past two years.

Politician Anatoly Chubais, head of the national power grid "Unified Energy Systems," may play a significant part in Russia's political life. The story comments on his recent visit to Chechnya and his willingness to head the future presidential election headquarters of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (if the latter invites him).


British Queen-Mother Maria did a great deal to help Stalingrad survive during WWII, but her efforts have not been noted up to now. Russia's Ambassador to Britain, Yury Fokin, has proposed to the Volgograd (former Stalingrad) City Council changing the situation. The story highlights his interesting proposal.

Andrei Rublyov's unique 600-year-old frescoes on the interior walls of Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir are in an alarming condition. The story describes local restorers' efforts to save the masterpieces, but their funds are not enough for the project.

The story highlights intensified security measures that were taken in practically all Moscow secondary schools and kindergartens after the fall tragic events (explosions) in the capital city. The Education Ministry has issued a special directive ordering that all school administrators do everything in their power to make the pupils feel secure. Today the city schools and daytime care centers look like small fortresses.

In an interview, State Duma Deputy Vladimir Volkov, Secretary of the Orenburg KPRF Regional Committee and member of the Duma Defense Committee, speaks about a package of draft laws concerning the fate of servicemen that his committee has submitted to the State Duma for consideration.

Free (but ineffective) medical service in Soviet times shaped an erroneous mentality about the price of good health. In view of this, the story notes, the lifespan of Russian people is much shorter than that of Americans. The cited facts, figures and comparisons help illustrate the point.

The story highlights the flourishing (illegal) dog business inKrasnoyarsk conducted by Chinese dealers, who are taking away the best (and rarest) breeds of dogs.


NTV on Nov. 26 showed Itogi host Yevgeny Kiselyov's program "Glas Naroda," featuring the Grigory Yavlinsky (Yabloko) and Anatoly Chubais (Union of Right Forces) election debate. The full text is included in the article.

The story reports on how an "ordinary" American millionaire has invested funds in an ordinary Russian factory and what has come out of it.

In an interview, LUKoil head Vagit Alekperov talks about his relations with state authorities and with other oil companies.

The Bashkir parliament last week canceled television programs "Zerkalo" (Channel 2) and Sergei Dorenko's Sunday Vremya analytical program on ORT, which caused a wave of indignation in Russia. Though the programs have been resumed, it's not clear yet what has made the Kremlin so indignant since human rights and the Constitution of the Russian Federation have been violated in Bashkiria for many years.

In an interview, Vsevolod Vilchek, head of the NTV sociological analysis group, examines the current election situation on television channels, focusing on oligarch Boris Berezovsky's control over ORT Channel.


A 42-year-old Lipetsk entrepreneur has been arrested in Moscow for evading payment of $4 million in taxes. The story describes how he was detained.

The Labor Ministry has toughened measures against jobless Russians who use vodka and drugs. The story reveals the essence of several measures.

City authorities have decided to raise by 1.5 times tariffs on heating and hot water, starting on Jan. 1. The story gives several figures illustrating new tariffs.

The Interior Ministry today intends to hold a collegium to discuss results of the recent inspection of the performance of the Moscow city police. As a result, the story notes, city chief policeman Nikolai Kulikov may lose his post.

The State Duma has passed (on the second reading) the draft law defending animals from human cruelties. The story comments on the document.


An article features a map of skating rinks and skiing stations in Moscow (telephones and addresses are included) where visitors may rent skates and skiis.