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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


Moscow and Washington this week resumed their negotiations on creating a joint center for warning each other in case of nuclear attacks. A U.S. source stated the sides are close to signing an agreement on launching such a center outside Moscow.

The story reports on how highly placed state officials (Finance Minister Mikhail Zadornov, for example) visit imprisoned experts to seek their advice on important issues due to lack of other highly-qualified personnel.

The Constitutional Court has banned Russian banks from unilaterally lowering the interest rates on individuals' timed deposits. Also in Kommersant.

President Yeltsin yesterday signed a decree releasing General Viktor Kondratov from the post of presidential envoy to Primorye. This means that governor Nazdratenko has consolidated his control over the Primorye region. Also in Kommersant, Vremya and MN.

Armenia's Interior Minister Serj Sarkisyan stated yesterday that Armenian specialists have developed a medicine to combat AIDS. Medical observer Tatyana Bateneva comments on his statement.

The British Sunday Times has reported that Russian spies have appeared in the London City, where they have launched a spying network, to conduct an economic spying war on Britain.

The German Siemens company has conducted negotiations with Lipetsk authorities on building a big factory in this city for processing hard household waste.

The Elektrotekhnika shop in Volgograd sells inaccurate geographical globes made in Taiwan with several Russian territories parts of other states.

The World Bank board of directors in late March is expected to considerresuming the second coal loan to Russia. The story looks at its revised terms.

The government is continuing to take steps to pressure domestic oil men with the aim of finding new reserves for replenishing the treasury. The government intends to intensify its control over export oil flows. This decision was taken at the recent session of the Inter-Department Commission on Using the System of Export Pipelines.

According to information from the MTV musical channel, a group of highly regarded rock musicians has come up with the initiative to write off the debts of Third World countries. The story looks names several initiators.

The story features possible structural changes in Gazprom, which may launch a gas transportation company in its system. The story discusses the aim of the planned changes.

The story highlights several serious consequences that the computer Year 2000 bug may lead to.

Two national Italian companies Olivetti and Telecom Italia Mobile are claiming the former state-owned telephone monopoly Telecom Italia. The story looks at raging passions on the Italian telecommunications market.


National Russian Unity members held a march without official permission in Yekaterinburg yesterday during which General Albert Makashov again shouted calls against Jews. Will they lead to pogroms? The story describes the action and their meaning.

The recent terrible tragedy in Samara has left many children without parents and many old parents of the victims who badly need financial aid. The story gives a long list of families that have lost their loved ones and includes an appeal to all Russians who can help.

The Prosecutor General's Office has ruled the big sugar deals made by the State Sports Committee two years ago at the initiative of former First Deputy Finance Minister Andrei Vavilov were legal. Due to the machinations, the state lost 105 billion old rubles.

The director general of the World Organization of Intellectual Property, Kamil Idris, today will meet with Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov to discuss Russia joining the World Trade Organization. The story says what Russia will gain from membership.

In an interview Vladimir Petrovsky, a spokesman for the Institute of the Far East, speaks about the present state of Russia's economic and trade relations with China.

The first mortgage housing credits were issued in Moscow yesterday. The story has details.

LUKoil head Vagit Alekperov and Hellenic Petroleum head S.A. Elefterios Tjellas yesterday signed a cooperation declaration in Moscow. The story comments on the deal.

Kazakhstan's Supreme Court has made practically impossible for Trans World Group to return to the republic's metallurgical works. The story says why.


According to criminal investigators, State Duma deputy Yury Polyakov was killed in December 1996 but duma official documents say that Polyakov continues his job in parliament. The story details this incredible incident.

Krasnoyarsk governor Alexander Lebed has accused United Energy Systems head Anatoly Chubais of betraying state interests: Instead of backing the general in his fair struggle against local aluminum magnate Bykov with ambitions to control the whole region, Chubais established good contacts with the notorious businessman. The story describes how it happened.

The story reports on three crimes which the St. Petersburg Prosecutor's Office has accused St. Pete Legislative Assembly deputy Yury Shutov of. Also in Izvestia, Kommersant, Vremya, MN.

Ex-Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev will earn $56,000 at the San Remo Song Festival, which has opened this week. His fund's financial difficulties have forced him to take up the job there.

In an interview First Deputy Labor and Social Welfare Minister Vladimir Varov, speaks about the government's new stricter measures againstmanagers who fail to pay wages on time.

State Duma deputy Valery Yazev, head of the State Duma fuel resources sub-committee, shares his viewpoint on the idea of creating the Russian State Oil Company.


Since September 1998 several State Duma deputies have been asking the government head, the Interior Ministry, the FSB and the Prosecutor General's Office to find out who Agriculture Minister Viktor Semyonov really is - a Russian Minister or a Canadian citizen?

About 40 FSB generals with commanding posts will quit their jobs in March because their contracts expire next month and new ones have not been signed. The story looks at FSB measures to renew its staff.

Specialists at the Research Surgery Center of the Russian Academy of Medical Science had to patch a 5 centimeter hole in the hand of a 27-year-old Muscovite who was injured during a recent hare hunting outing in the Moscow region.

The Moscow government has handed over to the Moscow Patriarchate a town house in Peredelkino on the occasion of Patriarch Alexy's 70th birthday and to honor the Russian Orthodox Church's great contribution to reviving traditional spirituality and culture.



Through its decree, the government yesterday expanded the controlling duties of the Justice Ministry. The story focuses on several the ministry's new duties.

Historian Anatoly Uktin, director of the Center for International Studies attached to the Institute of the United States and Canada, discusses the essence of the NATO military operation in Kosovo, saying that with its help, the alliance is trying to justify its existence.

Despite the Primakov government's achievements to ensure political stability in society, the Cabinet has failed to prevent privatization scandals. An example of this is the case involving a highly-placed Russian bureaucrat and oil companies: Deputy Fuel and Energy Minister Sergei Chizhov has found himself to be the focus of Bulgarian mass media in connection with the upcoming privatization of the Bulgarian Petrol AD oil company. The story reveals the details the scandal.

Pages of history: The story reports on how the deportation of the Ingush and Chechen peoples to Kazakhstan began on February 23, 1944.

The American PSG corporation late last week was officially announced as the leader of the 2,000-kilometer long Trans-Caspian gas pipeline construction project - one of the greatest projects of the century - to transport Turkmen natural gas along the Caspian bed and then via the Azerbaijan and Georgia to the Turkish city of Erzrum. The story looks at the project.

In an interview Yuri Solomonov, chief designer at the Moscow Institute of Heating Technology, a defense enterprise, and one of the authors of the Topol-M nuclear missile device, talks about its amazing capabilities of being able to divide into separate components.


The story highlights serious personnel changes in the Rossiya state-owned transport aviation company; High-level state government officials and the president himself use its services. Recent checks by the State AuditingChamber have uncovered these changes.

Georgian state officials gave the impression that the republic intends to cease its participation in the CIS Collective Security Treaty. Georgia's official stand will be made public at the upcoming CIS summit. The story comments on the issue.

Strategic partners Moscow and Beijing tomorrow will sign an impressive package of agreements on joint development of the Kovyktinsky gas condensate deposit in Siberia and on the construction of a gas pipeline to China. The story examines the Russian-Chinese deals

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

The Stockholm Arbitration Court will consider a suit filed by American entrepreneur Alexander Shustorovich, head of the GNSS company (registered in the state of Delaware), who demands that the losses he incurred due to Russian Techsnabexport be paid off to him. The suit actually concerns the Atomic Ministry, because Techsnabexport is the foreign economic agency for the ministry. The story details the case.

The domestic stock market is to undergo serious changes, with the Moscow Inter-Bank Currency Exchange becoming the market's 'heart' and the Central Bank its regulating agency. The story reveals the essence of the planned changes.

Personnel changes in the Ingosstrakh insurance company were to be announced today. Former Foreign Economic Relations Minister Mikhail Fradkov has been appointed its new Director General. The story details the changes.

An Indian delegation will be arriving in Moscow on April 10 for negotiations with the Russian side on deliveries to India of ten An-30-100 planes, assembled by the Chkalov research-production association in Novosibirsk.

Two Moscow cellular communications companies - Mobile TeleSystems (MTC) and Vympelcom have agreed to accept new rules concerning their struggle for new clients. There is hope that they may decrease tariffs and offer new benefits to those New Russians preferring to have 'mobiles' intheir pockets.

Food suppliers and producers working on the Moscow city market are to be officially registered. This was decided by the city government yesterday when it discussed the draft law concerning the quality and safety of food products. The story details the government decision and the document.

A city anti-flood commission headed by First Deputy-Minister of the Moscow government Boris Nikolsky was created and began work in Moscow. The story looks at the commission's duties.

The Moscow Labor and Employment Department has submitted to the City Duma a new draft law on employment. The law changes the procedure for calculating disability allowances. The story reports on how it will change the life of jobless Muscovites.

The Moscow city government intends to institute a new procedure for housing insurance payments. This was stated yesterday by the City Housing Insurance Center. The story looks at the new procedure.


A story reports on how the court trial over the Jehovah's Witnesses has been proceeding in Moscow. The trail is already in its third week.


In an interview film star and stage actor Sergei Yursky shares his views on the role the theater can play in reviving Russia's national drama art.

The story offers two opposing views on civil marriage, which are very popular today - one by Professor Alexander Egides of the Moscow State Teachers' Training Institute, and the other by Eduard Padr, head of the psychotherapy department of the Psychotherapy Institute.

What does the president's Kremlin office building in the Senate Palace look like and how has it changed since Nikita Khrushchev? The story says that its maintenance alone costs the federal budget 3.8 million rubles (about $167,000 at today's exchange rate).

Economic and political analysts Lyudmila Pikhoya, Alexander Ilyin andKonstantin Nikiforov have been writing texts for Boris Yeltsin's public speeches for more than eight years. They agreed to an exclusive interview only after their resignations. They speak about how Yeltsin responded to their work.

The story reports on how the Lebed-Bykov conflict started in Krasnoyarsk, featuring major reasons behind it and both sides' opponents and supporters.


The Egyptian Cairo Air company plans to buy 30 Russian Tu-204-120 aircraft, which, according to Western experts, are as good as Boeing 757s but much cheaper. The purchase will be made through the leasing Sirokko Aerospace International company . The story describes the new aircraft's excellent characteristics.

Gazprom this week is expected to submit to the Iranian government its project for developing two new oil and gas deposits called "Southern Pars." This was stated yesterday by Valery Remizov, deputy head of the company's Board of Directors.

Sociologists from the Russian Independent Institute of Social and National Problems late last year conducted opinion polls among more than 100 Russians to see whether they understand political ideas like liberalism, social democracy, centrism and left wing and right wing. The story looks at results, which show that 80 respondents did not have any idea what centrism meant. The story defines the concepts.


What will the army gain from the new military budget? What do you think of the problem of ratifying the START-II Treaty? Why did your faction vote for the ratification of the Russian-Ukrainian Treaty? What is your attitude to the so-called political peace treaty (non-aggression pact)? In an interview State Duma Deputy Speaker Vladimir Ryzhkov, head of the Our Home is Russia faction, answers these and other questions.


The text of the Employment Program Document for 1999-2000 as a Guide for Action is published in full. The Moscow city government endorsed it at itsFeb 9 session.

Hardly a week passes today without an article discrediting Moscow and its mayor Yury Luzhkov. Political observer Lev Kolodny offers an analysis of several recent such stories with his own conclusions.


Does the Commonwealth of Independent States have a future? How do you envision it? How do you assess the activities of the CIS Executive Secretary, Boris Berezovsky? Four authoritative state officials answer these questions.

In an interview former Soviet dissident Roy Medvedev says how his socialist ideological views have changed lately and what he thinks about the present political and economic situation in Russia.

The story offers an in-depth-analysis of the present alarming state of Russian ports, which, after the privatization campaign ,were ignored by the Russian government and, as a result, were seized by criminal elements.

In an interview Anatoly Klimin - also known as Tom Klaim and owner of a flourishing company producing stylish ladies' clothing - talks about his fashion designers and the company's plans for the Russian market.


The drafts of the presidential decree and law on amendments to the pension law have been the focus of public attention for several months now. In an interview Vladimir Lisichkin, head of the State Duma Labor and Social Policy Committee, reveals the laws' details.

SLOVO (formerly PRAVDA)

In an interview Viktor Mishin, member of the Fatherland Political Council, talks about this movement's regional branches and about the problem of its own newspaper and ideology.