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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY:




Fighter for Truth


The "personal business" of the prosecutor general of the Russian Federation has definitively put the country on the edge of a political crisis. And one can assume that the "services" of the president's Kremlin comrades and advisers played no small role in this. Because [President] Boris Yeltsin must now make a hard and humiliating choice: either to wrest from the senators, using threats and favors, a verdict removing Skuratov, or to start giving up "his own." Either route is disastrous. Yury Skuratov's hands, meanwhile, have now been freed - the worst is behind him. He has already secured for himself the image of a fighter for the truth (we will note that state farm director Alexander Lukashenko started his journey to the presidency by exposing corruption).


Segodnya, March 19


Scheme Backfires


They gathered kompromat on Skuratov, but the blow landed on Yeltsin. This is exactly how one can characterize the finale of the Kremlin's attempts to get rid of the prosecutor general. [On Thursday] there were practically no key figures left in the Kremlin whose careers were not threatened with total ruin. And the already-tarnished reputation of [Kremlin chief of staff] Nikolai Bordyuzha could be smashed to pieces. Official accusations that he engaged in blackmail obviously do not embellish [his career]. But Bordyuzha is nothing less than lucky compared with other Yeltsin gatekeepers. The miraculously saved prosecutor general already let it be known that his office plans to seriously take up, for instance, the adventures of the Swiss firm Mabetex. And that, if one is to believe the Swiss press, may lead to the exposure of financial shenanigans by Kremlin "housekeeper" Pavel Borodin and even [Yeltsin's daughter and adviser] Tatyana Dyachenko.


Moskovsky Komsomolets, March 19