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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


Citing the example of the Vyborg Pulp and Paper Mill, the story reports on how top Kremlin officials are openly violating the law, stating in public they are not going to honor the court rulings and legislation they dislike.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday named two Commonwealth of Independent States countries - Georgia and Azerbaijan - terrorists' accomplices, and ordered that a visa system be imposed in relation to them. Putin noted that Chechen extremists are using these countries for their travels to the West to conduct anti-Russian propaganda. The story comments on the measure, focusing on these countries' reaction. Also covered in Kommersant Daily and Vremya MN.

The story gives facts showing how Islamic extremists are using the Crimea as a center for recruiting mercenaries to fight in Chechnya. According to Crimean media, a meeting of Crimean extremist Moslems with Chechen field commanders is expected to take place soon in a Crimean resort to discuss plans of action against federal troops in Chechnya.

The Interior Ministry together with the Justice Ministry are willing to work for the removal of the Spas election bloc, headed by the leader of the Russian National Unity party, Alexander Barkashov, from the race for the State Duma, or lower house of parliament. The story comments on the issue. Also covered in Vremya MN.

Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu, who is expected to return to Moscow Friday from his two-day stay on the Ingush-Chechen border, is displeased at the government measures aimed at creating decent living conditions for Chechen refugees on the territory of Ingushetia. He stated federal authorities intend to build and equip another two centers for 10,000 people each.

The story reports on how federal authorities are trying to restore the system of state power bodies in the liberated Chechen regions with a minimal participation of Chechens. Instead, Cossacks and Russians are being appointed as district and village administrators. All these measures, the story concludes, are a reminder of the occupationist regime.

The Finance Ministry intends to work for imposing a moratorium on paying debts. It plans to do it when the State Duma, parliament's lower house, considers the draft budget for 2000 in the third reading to discuss expenditure articles, a Finance Ministry spokesman said Thursday.

When will the war in Chechnya end? Four highly-regarded Russian generals share their viewpoints .

The Hamburg Institute of Social Studies in Berlin has suspended for three months a photo display devoted to the Wehrmacht's military crimes. The Institute director stated that the photos on display will be thoroughly investigated since there is suspicion that not all atrocities shown in the photos were committed by German fascists - it's possible that some of them were done by the Soviet NKVD.

Two leading journalists from the German daily newspaper Bild have tendered theirresignations because of their involvement in the former East Germany's KGB. The story details the scandal.

The story focuses on issues that the Turkish prime minister, Bulent Ecevit, who arrived in Moscow on Thursday, intends to discuss with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Friday.

In an interview, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. State Department State Strobe Talbott talks about U.S.-Russian relations against the background of Russia's military operations in Chechnya.

An interesting publication - an excerpt from a book entitled "Russian Revelation" - has appeared recently in the online Russian Internet information service, offering a political prognosis of Russia's break-up. In an interview, the author of the book, Leonid Ionin, Dean of the political science faculty of the Higher School of Economics, talks about his prognosis.

Commonwealth of Independent States Executive Director Yury Yarov said Thursday so-called zones of free trade will not begin functioning Jan. 1, 2000, as it was envisaged in an agreement. He admitted that no mechanism has been worked out for it. In an interview, he comments on the issue.

Police and Federal Security Service officers found the floor and basement plan of an apartment block on Ulitsa Pokrovka in Moscow in the car of a Syrian tourist, Makhmud Barakat, who was staying in a motel on the outskirts of Kursk.


The State Duma, or lower house of parliament, on Friday is expected to discuss the draft budget for 2000 in the second reading. Earlier it demanded the government report about the fulfillment of the budget for 1999 for nine months, which may cause several problems. The government discussed its report Thursday. The story looks at its major points.

Informants, like in Soviet times, may resume their dirty work Jan. 1, when the Tax Ministry exercises its strict control over all big spendings by private individuals.

Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov on Thursday began his official visit to India to discuss prospects for bilateral military and technical cooperation and, to be more precise, India's new purchase of Russian armaments.

Acting Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov has appointed the chief of his secretariat, 38-year-old Igor Kiselyov, to the post of Chechnya's temporary prosecutor. The story comments on the appointment.

On Nov. 3, Russian pilots in Engels, Saratov region, expected 11 strategic bombers to arrive from Kiev, as was agreed upon earlier. But the procedure failed to take place. The story explains why.

The story offers figures from financial documents of candidates from the election bloc Union of Right Forces, which the Central Election Commission has recently registered, to show that they are the poorest people among all registered candidates.

In an interview, Tibor Urban, deputy director of the Interpol Hungarian Bureau, speaks about the further fate of businessman Anatoly Bykov, who was recently arrested in Hungary.

The Defense Ministry has created its own military bank. The story reveals the aim of the project.

The London Times on Thursday published new facts about the Bank of New York's financial ventures: Former head of its Eastern European department, Natasha Gurfinkel-Kagalovskaya, allegedly helped Inkombank launder money.

The Tax Ministry's struggle against the Central Bank for the redivision of spheres of influence has entered a new stage - taxmen now have launched their attacks on the bank's duties in the regions.

The Modul research center has sold the license for its microprocessor to the European branch of the Fujitsu company. The story comments on the deal.

U.S. pharmaceutical companies American Home Products Corp. and Warner-Lambert Co. announced their merger Thursday. The deal costs $72 billion.

The Magnitogorsk Metals Combine, or MMK, and Uralmash have signed a contract on the delivery to MMK of new equipment to the tune of $48 million.

The Labor and Social Security Ministry over a year has been preserving a moratorium on issuing new licenses to non-state pension funds. In an interview, Minister Sergei Kalashnikov speaks about the situation on the market of the non-state pension funds.