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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


This story comments on results of the visit by Syria's Foreign Minister Faruk Sharaa to Moscow and his special negotiations with Russian Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev on several significant issues of bilateral military cooperation.

AvtoVAZ Deputy Commercial Director Alexander Vasilchuk has announced a sensational decision - beginning in March the factory intends to give up its barter car sales to pay for materials and spare parts. The story focuses on circumstances that have caused this decision.

The Health Ministry has summed up the results of the past year, with a conclusion that the population's health and demographic characteristics have improved. The story gives facts and figures to illustrate the point.

This story reports on how Krasnoyarsk governor Alexander Lebed's ally UES head Anatoly Chubais has turned into his adversary. Lebed's plan to overcome local coal magnate Anatoly Bykov with the help of UES's money has been foiled.

The government session Thursday discussed reforming the coal sector. Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov announced a significant government decision to hand over the package of stock from coal companies, which are state-owned property, to the recently created Committee on the Coal Industry. The story reveals the essence of the decision. Similar articles appear in Kommersant Daily and Vremya MN.

The first resignation took place in the government Thursday when Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov released Sergei Almazov, head of the Federal Tax Police Service, from his duties. The story focuses on major reasons. Similar articles appear in Kommersant Daily, Komsomolskaya Pravda and Vremya MN.

A working session to discuss support for the real economic sector of Russian cities will be held today within the framework of the Union of Russian Cities with the participation of Moscow's City Hall. In an interview, URC head and OMSK Mayor Valery Roshchupkin speaks about the session's major tasks.

Two 18-year-old men on camels managed to reach the Ashulik military testing-ground in the Astrakhan region where they removed aluminum partsfrom several rocket-boosters and then escaped before being caught. The story gives details of the crime.

According to The London Times, Moscow has canceled a joint Navy exercise with Britain. The agreement to conduct the exercise was signed a year ago by Russian and British defense ministers Igor Sergeyev and George Robertson. The Russian Defence Ministry did not give a comment to the reason why it was canceled.

This story highlights Thursday's St. Petersburg government session in the Oktyabrsky Grand Concert Hall, at which governor Vladimir Yakovlev gave his report on the city administration's performance last year.

This story reports on how the week-long Shrove-tide (Maslennitsa) was celebrated in tsarist and Soviet times.

In an interview, Mikhail Leontyev, a former host of the TV Center program "Na Samom Dele," explains why he left the channel for ORT.

In an interview, St. Petersbsurg show business star Edita Pyekha talks about her brilliant singing career.


Russian and American oil tycoons have developed a plan for dividing Caspian oil with Kazakhstan's oil and be given to Russia, Azerbajian and Turkey. In Davos, Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov approved the plan at a meeting with Chevron head Richard Matske. The story says that Russia has already made the first step to its implementation when it denied the political asylum to Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan. The story comments on the plan and on Russia's first step to realize it.

The State Duma Friday is expected to consider an amendment to the Law concerning the single tax to be levied on the fixed income for several types of activities done by small businesses. The law in its current form is extremely destructive for more than 10 million people earning their living through small business. The story reveals the essence of the amendment.

Stavropolye governor Alexander Chernogorov has deported Chechen female terrorists Aiset Dadasheva and Fatima Taimaskhanova, who were sentenced to many years in prison for setting off a bomb in the railway terminal inPyatigorsk. The governor did this because of fear of a Chechen revenge. A similar article appears in Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Thirty Federation Council deputies Wednesday signed an Appeal to the Russian Public, which announced their efforts to create a regional election bloc with a working name "The Voice of Russia." One of its coordinators, Samara governor Konstantin Titov, stated Thursday that the bloc will work for electing people to the State Duma who favor boosting real federalism. The story reveals the principles of the new bloc.

In an interview, ex-leader of the Our Home State Duma faction Alexander Shokhin, the main ideologue of the new regional bloc, says what ideology he has in mind.

Interior Minister Sergei Stepashin Thursday fired Valery Krayev, chief of the Sverdlovsk Regional Interior Department, who was accused of having contacts with the Uralmash criminal group. Meanwhile, governor Eduard Rossel admitted that he uses the group's money to help finance major city construction projects. The story looks at Rossel's sensational statement.

Ingushetia's President Ruslan Aushev, presidential administration head Nikolai Bordyuzha and officials from the Prosecutor General's Office and the Justice Ministry are to sign an agreement Friday on dividing law-enforcing powers between Moscow and Nazran.

A meeting of G-8 labor ministers, with Sergei Kalashnikov representing Russia, will take place in Washington on Feb. 23. In an interview, the minister speaks about the meeting's agenda and about possible changes on the Russian labor market this year.

The Ukrainian government is selling a controlling package of stock of AvtoKrAZ (Kremenchug), a leading truck producer in the republic. The story looks at potential buyers.

The Samara Regional Arbitration Court on Tuesday declared that the Samara Metallurgical Company is bankrupt. The story explains what will happen to it.

The Russian State Library, which has won the tendor for 1 million euros, will spend the money on computers for its catalogue department.


Pushkin's apartment (now a museum) located at 53 Ulitsa Arbat was opened to the public after a long renovation. The story describes the museum.

This story reports on how street cleaner Nikolai Lunkov, living in Kaluga, who has no hands, has learned to do many things such as street cleaning and making furniture.

This story describes a secret plan worked out by Uneximbank head Vladimir Potanin to sell Siberia to American and change its name to "The Siberian Union of Free States."

This story describes an act of hooliganism committed by show business star Filipp Kirkorov.