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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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




IZVESTIA


The story comments on President Yeltsin's plan to reshuffle the government and on the latest appointments and resignations. Also covered in Kommersant.


In an interview controversial tycoon Boris Berezovsky talks about his "criminal case " and about his recent meeting with Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov. Also covered in Komsomolskaya Pravda and Moskovsky Komsomolets.


The Legislative Assembly of the Vologda Region has submitted its draft of amendments to the federal law concerning insolvency to the State Duma.


The story says why developments at the current spring session of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are proceeding unfavorably. What does the IMF demand from Russia? Also covered in Kommersant.


Though Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov has stated more than once that he has no intention to fight for power or head any political bloc or take an active part in the political struggle, he is doing it against his wishes. The story outlines his political image against the background of today's political developments in Russia.


The story reports on how a computer virus on April 26 attacked 100,000 computers in Russia. Also covered in Kommersant.


The Arbitration Court on Tuesday began to consider AvtoVAZ's lawsuit against the Toghliatti tax inspectorate, which demanded 5.2 billion rubles in fines from the auto giant. The story details the scandalous case.


It took the Central Bank nearly nine months to select a group of Russian commercial banks that survived the crisis. C.B. official Alexei Simanovsky on Tuesday stated that his agency has selected 85 basic banks, which will constitute the core of the new banking system. The story comments on his statement.


KOMMERSANT DAILY


In an interview former St. Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak says he plans to return to Russia as soon as he registers as a candidate for the elections to the State Duma, which will provide him with immunity. The General Prosecutor's Office on Monday announced that it intended to charge him with abusing power and graft.


In an interview immediately after his meeting with President Boris Yeltsin, Samara governor Konstantin Titov talked about issues he discussed with the head of state, explaining how he views the vertical of executive power.


The Skuratov criminal case has caused a split in the Main Military Prosecutor's Office with serious consequences. The story details the case.


The draft of the Belarus-Russia Union Treaty, which Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko brought to Moscow Tuesday.


Kazan police have arrested Deputy Economics and Industry Minister of Tatarstan Viktor Filipchenkov on charges of corruption. The story details his crimes.


LUKoil official Vladimir Chaun, deputy to the Khanty-Mansi Regional Duma, was kidnapped in Tyumen.


Iosif Ordzhonikidze, head of the Public Relations Department of the Moscow government, stated yesterday thatthe city intends to start negotiations on restructuring its foreign debts. Thus Moscow has become the first Russian city to decide to hold negotiations with creditors long beforehand. The story comments on the decision.


New members of the ALROSA Overseeing Council will be approved early in May. Pavel Borodin, head of the presidential economic affairs department, is not among them. In an interview ALROSA president Vyacheslav Shtyrov explains the reason.


The Iridium LLC company, operator of the only functioning global system of mobile satellite communications, with several Russian structures as its shareholders, has submitted a report on the first stage of its work. The story focuses on its major provisions.


In an interview highly-regarded filmmaker Karen Shakhnazarov, Director of Mosfilm Studios, talks about his company's financial problems and creative plans.


KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA


South Africa's President Nelson Mandela is arriving in Moscow today to pick up his Lenin Prize, which he failed to receive in the '80s. President Boris Yeltsin is facing a difficult dilemma: when awarding the Prize to Mandela, in what currency should it be given - in rubles or in dollars? The story makes different guesses.


Controversial tycoon Boris Berezovsky on Monday secretly met with his No. 1 enemy, Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, at the latter's request. Neither of them commented on the event. The story offers several guesses as to what issues they might have discussed. Also covered in Kommersant Daily and Moskovsky Komsomolets.


A special group of investigators from the Prosecutor General's Office, which for 1.5 years has been investigating the case of former St. Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak, has at last officially charged ex-head of the local administration, Sergei Tarasevich, now head of the St. Pete Migration Service, who was involved in Sobchak's case, of abusing power and graft. The story details the case.


Ethiopian citizen Avraam Hannibal, who is certain that he is Pushkin's descendant, arrived in Moscow to lodge a lawsuit against the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, which, as he says illegally uses the name of his great ancestor. The story features his stay in Moscow, which he liked very much.


Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Baikal-Amur Railway project, (also known as BAM) which in Soviet times was called the Soviet Komsomol's great construction project. The story features its history and several ambitious plans for the future.


MOSKOVSKY KOMSOMOLETS


Moscow authorities have decided to revive the horse-drawn tram service, which was once popular in the city. The story highlights the project.


Moscow city doctors have initiated Telemedicine, a special program, which, with the help of videotelephones mounted in different Russian cities, will allow patients to receive effective consultations and treatment from city medical specialists. The story features the first such telelink, an experiment, which was conducted in the Vishnevsky Surgery Center.


The Moscow Simonovsky Court late last week sentenced a pedophile with the rare family name of Lenin to ten years in prison for numerous rapes of school girls.


The Ministry of General and Professional Education decided to inspect the quality of education provided by all private higher schools, the official number of which has exceeded 300 in Russia. Many of them are expected to lose licenses due to inadequate training.


Moscow customs officers for six days held up the delivery of German humanitarian aid (25 tons of food products, clothes and many other things), because its weight was 35 kg more than was stated in the documents. The aid was designed for city hospitals, homeless children, invalids and pensioners.


According to reports from the World Bank, about 147 million Russians (one in every three citizens) found themselves below the poverty line in the mid-90s. Other facts and figures.


Five leading politicians and economists answer the following questions - What fate is awaiting Boris Yeltsin and the government? What do you think about the upcoming impeachment procedure? What do you think about the Yugoslav conflict? How do you assess the present state of the Russian economy?


NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA


Political analyst Andranik Migranyan cites several concrete trends to prove the Russian leadership's helplessness in the sphere of foreign policy. He focuses on Russia's futile efforts to score positive results in its Balkans policy. Also covered in Moskovsky Komsomolets.


The story reports on whether or not First Deputy Prime Minister Yury Maslyukov will justify the hopes of the government in his current negotiations with the IMF in Washington to receive a long-awaited credit. Also covered in Noviye Izvestia and Segodnya.


The story reveals the essence of the European Union's program "Severnoye Izmereniye" (initiated by Finland) which seeks cooperation with Russia's north-western regions.


In an interview Belarus Ambassador to Russia Vladimir Grigoryev talks about serious positive changes in Belarussian-Russian relations and about the draft of the Union Treaty, which President Alexander Lukashenko brought to Moscow Tuesday.


The Balkan military conflict has made the CIS countries consolidate their defense potential. The story focuses on their urgent steps in this direction.


NOVIYE IZVESTIA


A source in the National Bank reported that Belarus this week plans to put a new 1,000,000 Belarussian ruble banknote into circulation.


In an interview head of the State Duma Defense Committee Alexei Arbatov (Yabloko faction) comments on the latest statement by the Yugoslav Prime Minister saying that the Yugoslav leadership supports the stationing of a UN peace-keeping force in Kosovo.


The story tries to answer the question: Why does Russia, which borders a number of seas, have so few fish? The story gives official figures to show Russia's huge annual financial losses (up to $2.5 billion go abroad to foreign banks) on its fish market, comparing these with positive results in Japan.


Neither tax authorities nor the local housing administration is aware of what is happening in a building in the Central Bank's complex on Zhitnaya Ulitsa. The point is that the 15-story house belongs to the C.B., but no one pays any taxes.


The story reports on how foreign families adopt Russian children, providing them with good homes and healthy childhoods.


SEGODNYA


The recent Security Council session endorsed a special secret document on Chechnya submitted by the Interior Minister Sergei Stepashin, who stated Monday that the border with Chechnya would be closed.


In response to NATO's changed military doctrine, Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev yesterdaystated that the Russian military doctrine should be urgently revised. The story looks at the financial side of the problem, which should be also changed.


The Kremlin's special envoy to Yugoslavia Viktor Chernomyrdin has cancelled his visit to Strasbourg to attend the Council of Europe session devoted to the Balkans conflict. His actions are probably due to the government personnel reshuffle yesterday. In an interview Hungary's Foreign Minister Janos Martoni comments on the stand on the Balkans conflict shared by the Council of Europe.


The international VISA system of payment, concerned about its future business in Russia, has proposed that Russian banks issuing plastic cards with the Visa logo create a company that could serve as an "insurance fund." The story details the proposal.


ARGUMENTY I FAKTY #17


The story reports on what factors force President Yeltsin to take drastic measures (in personnel reshuffling) and who stands behind the political intrigue being woven in his administration.


The story proffers the income declarations (1998) submitted by the chief of the presidential staff Alexander Voloshin, presidential press secretary Dmitry Yakushkin, first deputy head of thepresidential administration Oleg Sysuyev and presidential adviser Tatyana Dyachenko.


In an interview Bolshoi chief artistic director Vladimir Vasilyev speaks about his ballet troupe with adoration. He also talks about his likes and dislikes and about his periods of inspiration and idleness.


The story examines two scenarios of the Kremlin's political steps between May 10 and 13 - the tough and the mild - and several possible negative consequences which they may lead to.


According to the results of the latest opinion poll conducted by the Obshchestvennoye Mneniye Fund, 47 percent of Russians have spoken in favor of impeaching President Boris Yeltsin and 40 percent have opposed the measure. Along with this, 38 percent believe that deputies will vote for impeachment and 33 percent say that they will not.


The story offers six points proving that America is repeating Russia's mistakes in Chechnya in its military campaign in Yugoslavia.


Economist Yevgeny Yasin, ex-Economics Minister, answers questions about the dollar's fate in Russia in the near future.


April 30 will be a holiday for all 300 city fountains, which will be turned on simultaneously at 4 p.m. The story describes several new fountains and the great efforts of city authorities to clean the old ones.


The story illustrates the swindling deals of Indian entrepreneurs in Moscow, warning Muscovites to be careful when meeting them at markets or renting apartments to them.


The story offers the interesting results of opinion polls conducted recently by the Research Social Analysis and Statistics Center among young people to determine their interests, health problems, troubles and future plans.


ROSSIISKAYA GAZETA


The Labor Code of the Russian Federation. Full text. In an interview Labor and Social Welfare Minister Sergei Kalashnikov comments on its major provisions.


TRUD


The Voskreseniye state-owned newspaper-journal association, which a year ago put out the Complete Academic 19-volume collection (23 books, 25,000 copies) of Pushkin's works, has begun to publish additional copies of this unique edition. The director-general, writer Georgy Pryakhin, speaks about the project.


In an interview Auditing Chamber expert Alexander Andreyev talks about the Federal Financial Support Fund for the Regions, which receive their own shares from it.


LITERATURNAYA GAZETA #17-18


The Sistema financial corporation is comprised of such leading firms as Moscow City Telephone Networks, Rosinform, "Nauchny Tsentr" (Research Center) in Zelenograd, the ROSNO insurance company, Intourist, Detsky Mir (Children's World) and others. A media subholding has been created within Sistema's framework, which includes several electronic and print media including Literaturnaya Gazeta. In an interview corporation boss Yevgeny Novitsky talks about the main novelties in his agency.


In an interview Konstantin Kalachev, founder and leader of the Beer Lover's Party, talks about his fate and about the fate of his party after it lost the parliamentary elections in 1995.


What is the present state of the Russian middle class? Does it have a future? What groups of people does it comprise? In an interview Deputy Economics Minister Andrei Sharonov answers these and other questions about the Russian middle class.


IZVESTIA


The story comments on President Yeltsin's plan to reshuffle the government and on the latest appointments and resignations. Also covered in Kommersant.


In an interview controversial tycoon Boris Berezovsky talks about his "criminal case " and about his recent meeting with Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov. Also covered in Komsomolskaya Pravda and Moskovsky Komsomolets.


The Legislative Assembly of the Vologda Region has submitted its draft of amendments to the federal law concerning insolvency to the State Duma.


The story says why developments at the current spring session of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are proceeding unfavorably. What does the IMF demand from Russia? Also covered in Kommersant.


Though Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov has stated more than once that he has no intention to fight for power or head any political bloc or take an active part in the political struggle, he is doing it against his wishes. The story outlines his political image against the background of today's political developments in Russia.


The story reports on how a computer virus on April 26 attacked 100,000 computers in Russia. Also covered in Kommersant.


The Arbitration Court on Tuesday began to consider AvtoVAZ's lawsuit against the Toghliatti tax inspectorate, which demanded 5.2 billion rubles in fines from the auto giant. The story details the scandalous case.


It took the Central Bank nearly nine months to select a group of Russian commercial banks that survived the crisis. C.B. official Alexei Simanovsky on Tuesday stated that his agency has selected 85 basic banks, which will constitute the core of the new banking system. The story comments on his statement.


KOMMERSANT DAILY


In an interview former St. Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak says he plans to return to Russia as soon as he registers as a candidate for the elections to the State Duma, which will provide him with immunity. The General Prosecutor's Office on Monday announced that it intended to charge him with abusing power and graft.


In an interview immediately after his meeting with President Boris Yeltsin, Samara governor Konstantin Titov talked about issues he discussed with the head of state, explaining how he views the vertical of executive power.


The Skuratov criminal case has caused a split in the Main Military Prosecutor's Office with serious consequences. The story details the case.


The draft of the Belarus-Russia Union Treaty, which Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko brought to Moscow Tuesday.


Kazan police have arrested Deputy Economics and Industry Minister of Tatarstan Viktor Filipchenkov on charges of corruption. The story details his crimes.


LUKoil official Vladimir Chaun, deputy to the Khanty-Mansi Regional Duma, was kidnapped in Tyumen.


Iosif Ordzhonikidze, head of the Public Relations Department of the Moscow government, stated yesterday that the city intends to start negotiations on restructuring its foreign debts. Thus Moscow has become the first Russian city to decide to hold negotiations with creditors long beforehand. The story comments on the decision.


New members of the ALROSA Overseeing Council will be approved early in May. Pavel Borodin, head of the presidential economic affairs department, is not among them. In an interview ALROSA president Vyacheslav Shtyrov explains the reason.


The Iridium LLC company, operator of the only functioning global system of mobile satellite communications, with several Russian structures as its shareholders, has submitted a report on the first stage of its work. The story focuses on its major provisions.


In an interview highly-regarded filmmaker Karen Shakhnazarov, Director of Mosfilm Studios, talks about his company's financial problems and creative plans.


KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA


South Africa's President Nelson Mandela is arriving in Moscow today to pick up his Lenin Prize, which he failed to receive in the '80s. President Boris Yeltsin is facing a difficult dilemma: when awarding the Prize to Mandela, in what currency should it be given - in rubles or in dollars? The story makes different guesses.


Controversial tycoon Boris Berezovsky on Monday secretly met with his No. 1 enemy, Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, at the latter's request. Neither of them commented on the event. The story offers several guesses as to what issues they might have discussed. Also covered in Kommersant Daily and Moskovsky Komsomolets.


A special group of investigators from the Prosecutor General's Office, which for 1.5 years has been investigating the case of formerSt. Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak, has at last officially charged ex-head of the local administration, Sergei Tarasevich, now head of the St. Pete Migration Service, who was involved in Sobchak's case, of abusing power and graft. The story details the case.


Ethiopian citizen Avraam Hannibal, who is certain that he is Pushkin's descendant, arrived in Moscow to lodge a lawsuit against the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, which, as he says illegally uses the name of his great ancestor. The story features his stay in Moscow, which he liked very much.


Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Baikal-Amur Railway project, (also known as BAM) which in Soviet times was called the Soviet Komsomol's great construction project. The story features its history and several ambitious plans for the future.


MOSKOVSKY KOMSOMOLETS


Moscow authorities have decided to revive the horse-drawn tram service, which was once popular in the city. The story highlights the project.


Moscow city doctors have initiated Telemedicine, a special program, which, with the help of videotelephones mounted in different Russian cities, will allow patients to receive effective consultations and treatment from city medical specialists. The story features the first such telelink, an experiment, which was conducted in the Vishnevsky Surgery Center.


The Moscow Simonovsky Court late last week sentenced a pedophile with the rare family name of Lenin to ten years in prison for numerous rapes of school girls.


The Ministry of General and Professional Education decided to inspect the quality of education provided by all private higher schools, the official number of which has exceeded 300 in Russia. Many of them are expected to lose licenses due to inadequate training.


Moscow customs officers for six days held up the delivery of German humanitarian aid (25 tons of food products, clothes and many other things), because its weight was 35 kg more than was stated in the documents. The aid was designed for city hospitals, homeless children, invalids and pensioners.


According to reports from the World Bank, about 147 million Russians (one in every three citizens) found themselves below the poverty line in the mid-90s. Other facts and figures.


Five leading politicians and economists answer the following questions - What fate is awaiting Boris Yeltsin and the government? What do you think about the upcomingimpeachment procedure? What do you think about the Yugoslav conflict? How do you assess the present state of the Russian economy?