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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


The story describes Milosevic's plan - to divide Kosovo into two provinces, the northern part to be given to the Serbs and the southern part - to the Kosovar Albanians.

The State Duma is expected to hold a closed session on March 31 to consider the state of the Armed Forces. The decision was made yesterday by the Duma Council, which also decided to send an official Duma delegation to Yugoslavia with Vice-Speaker Sergei Baburin as its head.

The project to develop the Pulkovo business zone in St. Petersburg will be funded using the city budget and a loan from the Finnish Skanska OU company to the bank credit center, which ordered the project.

Fatherland leader, Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov plans to meet again soon with President Boris Yeltsin. Luzhkov stated his plan Monday during his meeting with Azeri President Geidar Aliyev, who voiced his concern over Russia's increasing military presence in Armenia.

The main presidential control board Monday reported on the results of its investigations to find out how and to what extent Boris Yeltsin's decrees are being carried out. The investigations mainly concerned the provision of housing to servicemen and the fate of the Japanese credit, which was issued for funding the housing project. As it turned out, the Finance Ministry has been spending the credit to help clear internal and foreign debts.

NATO is losing its war in Yugoslavia, which can only be won be won if Milosovic himself capitulates, notes political scientist Vyacheslav Nikonov, saying that very soon NATO will begin to seek ways to a peaceful settlement to save face. The author focuses on two possible conclusions as far as Russia is concerned.

The story describes how students from several leading higher educational establishments in Moscow were invited to protest near the American Embassy against NATO airstrikes.

The leaders of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia officially reported that they supported the NATO bombings in Yugoslavia. This fact may seriously aggravate their relations with Russia.

A large poultry factory will soon be set up in Naro-Fominsk (Moscow region). It will become the first joint venture between Russian and American poultry producers. The story describes the project.


Four groups of Chechen terrorists trained in a sabotage center run by field commander Khattab have received an assignment to commit terrorist acts in large Russian cities. The Interior Ministry has sent out a special message to all police stations to step up security to prevent those acts. The story looks at the document.

In a session Monday, the government decided to submit a draft bill to the State Duma banning individuals from taking more than $5,000 out of the country. The story reveals the aim of the government proposal.

The story highlights the peace-keeping mission of the Just Cause (Pravoye Delo) coalition, which went to the Balkans to help resolve the conflict. Coalition members Yegor Gaidar, Boris Nemtsov and Boris Fyodorov plan to visit several countries.

Yekaterinburg bandits on Friday tried to kill Interfax correspondent Eduard Khudyakov who was hospitalized with injuries. The story details the crime.

Police officers over the weekend arrested Kirill Borisov, former OMON soldier, who is suspected of committing several murders on orders from Chechen gangsters.

During his recent stay in Cuba, State Duma speaker Gennady Seleznyov and Cuban leader Fidel Castro discussed their stands on NATO's aggression against Yugoslavia. The story looks at points of their bilateral cooperation.

At its Friday session the government commission responsible for the computer 2000 problem prepared two documents, which will be submitted to the president and the government for consideration. The story looks at their major provisions.

State Property Minister Farit Gazizulin yesterday announced his second attempt to give a new lease on life to his agency. If it fails the minister will have to resign. The story looks at his plan.

The Russian Imageland Agency has announced that, starting April, it will represent the Edelman agency in Russia, which is among the world's five leading public relations agencies. In four years Edelman will become a full-fledged owner of Imageland.


Today President Boris Yeltsin is expected to deliver his annual state of the nation address in the Federation Council. Kremlin chief of staff Alexander Voloshin, one of the main authors of the message, said that the latter's central part focuses on the analysis of the major reasons behind the crisis. There are several versions of the text, one of which will be selected depending on Yeltsin's state of health today. Also covered in Moskovsky Komsomolets.

The story reports on who will gain and on who stands to lose from the current conflict in Kosovo. A similar article appeared in Izvestia.

In an interview Alexander Kotenkov, the presidential representative in the State Duma, partially explains why he often does not like the behavior of ministers in the lower house of parliament.

The story features an Alsatian dog in Toghliatti (Moscow region), which has spent three years hanging around its former home on Yuzhnoye Shosse, waiting for its master, who died in a road accident there.

NTV chief producer Leonid Parfyonov resigned, and his job was taken by DIXI film company head, Alexander Levin. The story points to possible reasons behind Parfyonov's resignation.


The story gives several new facts about the Sunday terrorist act near the American Embassy. As it has turned out, it was a police officer, the owner of the white Opel, who brought the terrorists to the embassy. Also covered in Izvestia and Kommersant Daily.

Moscow police officers on Friday arrested a 23-year-old murderer in a rented apartment in Sokolniki. He is suspected of committing several contract killings. The story details his crimes.

During its recent investigations the Auditing Chamber found serious financial violations in the activities of Russia's leading information agency - RIA Vesti (also known as RIA Novosti), which used budget money for its own purposes.

In an interview ballet star Andris Liepa, son of the Bolshoi legendary Ballet dancer Maris Liepa, says how he managed to become a ballet star during Soviet times, and was invited to several leading world ballet troupes.


Moscow hopes that it will be able to help resume peaceful dialogue between the West and Belgrade. With this aim in mind, Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov on Tuesday began his official visit to the Yugoslav capital.

In an interview Sergei Lavrov, Russia's permanent representative to the UN, says that the common stand shared by Moscow, Delhi and Beijing on the NATO airstrikes against Yugoslavia has helped them pool their efforts in the struggle against NATO aggression.

The Burdenko Military Clinical Hospital in Moscow has opened a new center, specializing in membrane plasma treatment. The story describes its unique equipment and its first patients.

A congress of Fatherland, the social and political movement, will take place in Yaroslavl on April 24. This was announced by its leader, Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, who in the meantime must enlist support from the regions. The story looks at the agenda of the congress.


Said Isayev, an Itar-Tass correspondent in Chechnya, disappeared without a trace Tuesday in Grozny. Despite a seemingly peaceful life, journalists in this republic live as if on the front of a war.

In an interview FSB Deputy Director General Patrushev answers the following questions - How is the new Internal Economic Security Department, created within the FSB structure several months ago, functioning? Do you cooperate with foreign special services in cracking down on economic crime? What role did FSB officers play in the operation conducted by law-enforcers to check Atoll's performance?

Peace in the Balkans and the fate of Russia's relationship with the West depend on Yugoslavia's President Slobodan Milosevic who a powerful factor in Russia's political life since the Russian establishment is exploiting the theme of the Balkan bloodshed in its internal intrigues. The story illustrates this point.

In an interview State Duma deputy Yelena Mizulina (Yabloko faction), deputy head of theDuma Impeachment Commission, speaks about the Commission's as well as her own conclusions on Boris Yeltsin's case.

According to forecasts by the Emergency Situations Ministry, 516 cities and villages in Russia may suffer from floods this spring. First Deputy Minister Yury Vorobyov comments on this troublesome prognosis.

The SBS-Agro Bank on Friday began to pay out delayed and long-awaited money to its clients. The story explains who can withdraw deposits and how.


Ex-Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko visited Georgia at the personal invitation of Minister Vazha Lordkipanidze. Kiriyenko tried to take part in the Georgian-Abkhazian reconciliation talks, saying that Abkhazia could participate in the project of Caspian oil transit.

Three liberal reformers - Boris Nemtsov, Yegor Gaidar and Boris Fyodorov - on Sunday went to Belgrade with a private peace-keeping mission. In an interview Boris Fyodorov speaks about the aim of their visit.

The story reports on how Russian hackers are fighting a war on the Internet against NATO and the USA.

West-European politicians are afraid that the Balkan war may drag out for a long time. Military observer Pavel Felgengauer looks at frustrated hopes and further plans by NATO and the USA.

The story offers an economic analysis of a new concept of governing state property, which the State Property Ministry submitted to the government for consideration. This revolutionary document offers the Cabinet to endorse a principally new system of relationships between directors of state unitarian enterprises and the government.

The Moscow government has approved an ecologically damaging project of taking soil removed from the construction site of the business center Moskva-City to the Krylatskoye hills to make them higher for skiing. The story is a warning against the project.

There is hope that the Moscow Planetarium will open its doors to all those who would like to uncover the mysteries of the Universe. The story details a project for major renovation.

The Moscow Moskvich auto factory is expected to sign contracts before the end of this week with two Yugoslav firms for the purchase of 400 Moskvich sedans. The story looks at the agreement which was reached before the start of NATO airstrikes against Yugoslavia.


Ten stories feature NATO aggression against Yugoslavia and the varied reactions to it in Russia and all over the world. One story describes two mobilization centers - one belonging to the LDPR in Moscow and the other in Omsk.

How is the investigation of the killing of St. Petersburg Deputy Governor Mikhail Manevich and State Duma deputy Galina Starovoiteva proceeding? In an interview Alexei Vostretsov,head of the press service of the FSB Board for St. Petersburg, answers this and other questions about the crime situation in the city.

Economist Alexander Livshits continues to forecast Russia's economic and financial developments for the next six months. This time he focuses on taxes, the inflation and ruble rates, banks and on the fate of reform.


In an interview Chief Architect of Moscow, Alexander Kuzmin, talks about the new Master Plan of Moscow's development, describing how the city will change in the next several decades (with new hotels, garages, shops, restaurants and roads.)

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In an interview Viktor Kalashnikov, son of the legendary designer of the sub-machine-gun, who together with his father works in the Izhmash factory's design bureau, talks about the latest inventions.


The Moscow government decided to open twenty shops, (two in each administrative district) which will sell only domestic food products. The first two such shops will appear in the Central District.