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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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




IZVESTIA


Bakkhodyr Umarov, Press Secretary of Uzbekistan's Foreign Ministry, stated officially that Uzbekistan intends to leave the Treaty on CIS Collective Security. He said that this decision made by the Uzbek government was caused by its disagreement with Russia's policy in the CIS and Moscow's military activities in several regions of the Commonwealth. Umarov's statement means none other than a direct challenge to the Kremlin on the part of President Islam Karimov.


The newspaper looks at several state officials who are claiming the post of prosecutor general after Yury Skuratov resigned yesterday.


The meeting of Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov with State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov yesterday failed to bring Russia's power structures to accord. The article reports on what Seleznyov proposed to Primakov in response to the latter's calls for political stability.


The American administration warned the Primakov Cabinet that it will cut its $50 million annual aid to Russia if the latter dares to sell anti-tank armaments to Syria, who Washington views as a sponsor of international terrorism.


The Defense Ministry decided to test the loyalty of all its highly-placed officials from the nuclear department with the help of a lie detector provided by the Americans. The article details the undertaking.


Our Home leader Viktor Chernomyrdin's plan to strengthen its duma faction by pushing ahead Vladimir Ryzhkov to head it may be frustrated, because its violates the principle of all deputies - the observance of the package agreement. The article looks at other candidates for the post of faction leader.


The Yekaterinburg administration has created the Uralsevergaz Trading House, which will help supply gas to the Middle Ural region without delay.


Belarus and Kazakhstan Wednesday signed an inter-governmental agreement on the principles of levying indirect taxes in their mutual trade.The article comments what the two sides will gain from the deal.


KOMMERSANT DAILY


Former Vice Premier Boris Fyodorov, trying to answer the question of whether there were liberal reforms in Russia, concludes that the "time for such reforms in Russia has not come yet." The author cites facts and figures to prove his point.


The newspaper reports that Moscow City Duma deputies have prepared an amendment to the Law on Sales Tax, in which periodicals and books will be exempt from paying taxes.


The first day of work in the Prosecutor General's Office showed that not one among Yury Skuratov's assistants is able to replace him. Thus Deputy Prosecutor General Mikhail Katyshev, who is viewed by the State Duma as one of the most suitable candidates, stated Wednesday that he will never take up the job because he does not want to take up politics. The article describes the current situation in the 'decapitated' Prosecutor General's Office.


The fate of state-owned oil companies will be decided in the near future in a classified enterprise of the military industrial complex - the Semenikhin Research Institute of Automatic Instruments. The idea of drawing secret scientists to the process of redividing the oil market belongs to First Deputy Prime Minister Yury Maslyukov. The article reports on the origin of this idea.


A Syrian military delegation arrived in Moscow Wednesday for a ten-day negotiation on purchasing Russian armaments worth $2 billion in the next 5 years. The article comments on a possible deal and on Russian-Syrian military cooperation.


The newspaper reports that Moscow police Wednesday night arrested Pavel Drozdov, who last May set fire to a synagogue in Otradnoye.


Rossiisky Kredit on Wednesday began negotiations with Western creditors in London to discuss a scheme for paying back its foreign debts, which are between $350 million and $400 million, and a plan to reorganize the bank.


The Moscow city government decided to introduce starting in March a bar code system for bottled mineral and drinking water. The aim is to push fakeand low quality water from the Moscow market.


The British auditing firm Cooper and Lybrand that Central Bank boss Viktor Gerashchenko selected for auditing his bank, will have to pay $5.4 million in fines. The article reports on the conflict.


KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA


The newspaper reports that a typhoid epidemic hit Krasnodar late last month killing four people.


Russian National Unity leader Alexander Barkashov stated Wednesday that he is willing to give a job to Colonel Anatoly Lakhmotikov, who was fired after he apologized to neo-Nazi troops staging a march in Moscow on Saturday.


An article reports that St. Petersburg police killed a lynx that for two weeks had been roaming the city streets in search of food. The hungry animal did not show any signs of aggression.


In an interview Anatoly Kucherena, the lawyer of former Justice Minister Valentin Kovalyov, who was arrested Wednesday, says that Kovalyov's arrest was illegal.


An article offers six explanations for the reasons behind the resignation of Prosecutor General Sergei Skuratov.


Alexander Krasnenker, Aeroflot senior vice-president and its commercial director, who is also known as "the eyes, ears and purse" in Aeroflot of Boris Berezovsky, may be removed from the company's board of directors at its planned session Thursday. The article describes the scandal in the company.


An article states that President Boris Yeltsin is likely to take seriously the problem of reforming his power bloc, with the resignation of Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov being the first sign and asks who will be the next victim.


MOSKOVSKY KOMSOMOLETS


The newspaper reports that the Moscow city government has decided tolaunch a network of super modern automobile service stations and explains the plan.


Moscow regional police on Tuesday arrested two Moldovan brothers who launched an unusual business in Moscow - they smuggled CIS invalids into the city and made them beg in the streets. The article describes their criminal business.


The newspaper reports that tuberculosis is the most dangerous disease in Moscow where last year alone it killed more than 1,000 people. On Feb. 10 the Moscow City Duma is expected to consider at last a draft law on protecting Muscovites from TB. The article describes the disturbing TB situation in the city with facts and figures.


Moscow engineers have developed new catafalques that will be assembled by the city ZIL auto factory. In an interview designer Enriko Damyano talks about the project and about the first orders.


NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA


On New Year's Eve it was reported that the number of army and navy personnel will be decreased to 1.2 million servicemen (less than 1 percent of the Russian population), and due to these cuts, the servicemen's pay will be stabilized and increased. But experience has shown that a 1.2 million man army would not be effective and is too expensive for Russia to maintain. This is evidenced in the report "Prognosis of the Financial and Economic Provision of the Building of the Armed Forces of Russia."


CIA Director George Tenet, in a speech Tuesday at Senate Military Affairs Committee hearings, said that what worries him most about Russia is its growing unpredictability.


Alexander Bazhenov, head of the Coordinating Council of the Russian National Movement, reflects on the complicated question of whether or not Russia needs the Big Treaty with Ukraine, and what it gains from it.


This article features the financial and economic situation at the Balakovskaya Atomic Power Station in the Saratov Region, which reflects the state of the entire nuclear power industry.


The Group of Russian troops stationed in the Caucasian republics has no legal right to be there, and in view of this their presence causes many serious problems.


SEGODNYA


Discussions on the city budget for the first time have caused serious differences between the Moscow Mayor's Office and the Moscow City Duma. The budget articles on spending for the State Duma's upkeep have led to the discord.


This article reports on how the resignation of Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov has already triggered a political struggle among high-ranking officials for his post.


This article looks at very serious consequences the Y2K computer problem may have. According to optimistic forecasts, the computer bug will drop the world stock market by 10 percent to 15 percent, causing other human and material losses.


The newspaper reports that an unusual museum called the Library of Russian Vodka has opened in the old Russian city of Uglich.


Several winter sports championships will be held in Krylatskoye this weekend and several others up through mid-March, with crowds of spectators coming to watch the events. The problem, however, is that all these competitions will take place on the territory of natural preserves guarded by federal and city laws.


NOVIYE IZVESTIA


A flu epidemic is raging in Russia. According to the latest reports from the State Sanitary Service, nine people, including four children, have already died since it began in Khabarovsk, Tambov, Cheboksary, Kaliningrad, Circassia and Yaroslavl.


In an interview, George Paklizanu, head of the delegation of the International Red Cross Committee in Russia, talks about humanitarian aid his organization provides to Chechnya and to the whole of the Northern Caucasus.


Tatyana Aristarkhova, press secretary to Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov told journalists on Primakov's instruction about his numerous virtues. She also, quite unexpectedly, touched on the question of Primakov's relationship with the public, focusing on his ability to use common language that people understand well.


ROSSIISKAYA GAZETA


The newspaper reports that Pskov customs officers have detained a Russian citizen who tried to smuggle out 794 icons without any documents.


The newspaper prints the presidential decree concerning additional measures aimed at improving the structure of the presidential administration.


What social programs does the government plan for this year to raise the people's living and material standards? In an interview Labour and Social Welfare Minister Sergei Kalashnikov answers this and other questions about government-planned social measures.


The Omsk region occupies second place, after Moscow, in terms of volume of investment. A specific feature of the region's economy is that 80 percent of its gross domestic product falls on the military industrial complex. In an interview, Governor Leonid Polezhayev says what his region gains from it.


The Russian penitentiary system will mark its 120th anniversary in March. Over this period it has undergone considerable change, with its latest stage completed in July 1998 when the system was transferred from the Interior Ministry's control and placed under the jurisdiction of the Justice Ministry. Has the measure helped improve the system?


MOSKOVSKAYA PRAVDA


The Moscow city government on Feb. 9 is expected to consider the Employment Program for 1999-2000. The city Labor and Employment Committee is doing a great deal not to allow the unemployment rate to grow. In an interview its head Alexander Zhdanov talks about the problem of joblessness at city large enterprises giving facts and figures to support.


VECHERNYAYA MOSKVA


In an interview Vyacheslav Igrunov, State Duma Yabloko faction member, comments on several provisions from the economic program that Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky made public at his party's recent plenary session.


The Moscow government has approved a project for planting 48 new lime-trees, three willows and one maple on Kremlin naberezhnaya facing the Moskva River. The trees will be brought here next month from Losiny Ostrov Park.