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

Press review


The State Duma has applied to the Constitutional Court, asking it to interpret the concepts of immunity of the president and of the procedure for what should happen should the president become incapacitated. Also covered in Kommersant.

Blood will be collected from donors in Russia in the next several days for war victims in the Balkans. This was stated by State Duma Vice-Speaker Sergei Baburin, who hopes that deputies will volunteer in this action.

Several newspapers have reported that controversial TV journalist Sergei Dorenko will soon appear on ORT again. The channel's press service has confirmed the news. The story comments.

CIS Defense Ministers today are expected to get together in Yerevan, Armenia for a planned session of the CIS Defense Council. The defense ministers of Uzbekistan, Georgia and Azerbaijan will fail to attend the session, because their countries have left the Collective Security Treaty, which was signed in 1992. The story comments on the complicated situation.

The story reports on how Omsk, with a population of one million, has found itself on the brink of ecological catastrophe because of a conflict between two local chemical enterprises.

120 journalists in Primorye have signed a petition asking authorities to release reporter Grigory Pasko from the Boyevaya Vakhta prison. He has been kept in prison for a year and a half. Also covered in Moskovsky Komsomolets.

A cooperation agreement has been signed in Kazan between the Interior Ministry and the local Union of Journalists. The story features major aims of the action.

The Federation Council on May 18 overcame the president's veto on the federal law concerning state policy toward Russians living abroad. The storyexamines its major provisions, focusing on the president's remarks.

Anatoly Shevtsov, head of the metallurgical complex department of the Economics Ministry, stated yesterday that the export duties on ferrous scrap metal (15 percent) and on aluminum and copper products (five percent) may be revised in the near future. The story reveals the meaning of his statement.


After his 'triumph' in the State Duma Wednesday, Sergei Stepashin met with President Boris Yeltsin, who gave the prime minister a two-hour lesson to show who has the upper hand in personnel policy. The story comments on the meeting.

The ideologue of Russian Wahabbites, Chechen Magomet Tagayev, author of a book about the war, threatens with an armed anti-Russian mutiny and has already begun to form his army on the territory of Chechnya. The story highlights his ambitious plans.

TV-6 Channel head Eduard Sagalayev, VGTRK chairman, stated yesterday that he is leaving his company. In an interview he says why.

The Moscow City Duma intends to consider a draft law on postponing the mayoral elections by six months and scheduling them for December 1999. The story reveals the essence of the measure.

The text of Sergei Stepashin's speech in the State Duma on May 19.

Texts of the speeches of seven faction leaders in the State Duma on May 19.

The American Metromedia International Group company yesterday announced a purchase of the Petersburg Long Distance (PLD) telecommunications company (operating in Russia) for $132 million. The story features the purchase.

In an interview Central Bank legal department director Alexei Simanovsky talks about the fate of several bankrupt banks.

The government commission on financial and monetary-crediting policy Wednesday decided to conduct a new tender among banks on the right to service the accounts of the State Customs Committee. The story comments on the decision.


Alexander Zhukov, head of the State Duma Budget Committee, is most likely to become first fiddle in the economic bloc of the new Cabinet. The story says why he suits the prime minister. The government is reported to be formed with the active participation of the presidential administration.

A special FSB commission that has inspected the financial activities of the Ulyanovsk administration has disclosed many cases of corruption. The story gives concrete facts, saying that guilty officials will hardly be punished.

Writer Boris Vasilyev will turn 75 tomorrow. In an interview he speaks about his new novels and about his lifestyle and principles.

Briton Peter Llewellin, who on May 14 arrived in Russia, has begun his training sessions for his space venture in the Mir station scheduled for August. In an interview he speaks about his ambitious space project and plans to buy Mir as scrap metal.

The story reports on how war veteran Nikolai Simonenko living in Krasnodar wounded four children by firing his hunting rifle at them. The kids got into his orchardto treat themselves to sweet cherries.


In his letter to Prime and Interior Minister Sergei Stepashin, MK political observer Alexander Khinshtein describes the incident that happened with him last week when police officers detained and kept him in a detention center. The reporter hopes that Stepashin has nothing to do with this provocation and asks him to answer 19 questions.

According to reports from Sberbank in Moscow, Muscovites, starting today, will be able to open accounts in the new European currency euro.

The State Sanitary Administration reported before leaving for their countrycottages Muscovites may be inoculated against tick encephalitis in more than 30 medical centers, which have been specially opened for the purpose.

Moscow government minister Leonid Bochin, ex-head of the State Anti-Monopoly Policy Committee, has been appointed chairman of the Moscow Nature Committee. The story comments on the appointment.

About 170,000 Russian and 60 Yugoslav kids this summer will be able to spend their summer vacations in almost 1,500 recreation centers in the Moscow region. The Moscow Regional Social Insurance Fund has promised to help many parents with money.

The story says that it would be only good if the new Cabinet restrains from talking with the International Monetary Fund about any credit, since the conditions set forth by the Fund may lead Russia to the brink of economic catastrophe. In this context, it's not accidental that all previous negotiations with the IMF were veiled in secrecy. The story offers a document containing the IMF's demands.

The Moscow government decided to halve the size of the sales tax for the period of the first three months of the law's effect. The story says why Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov made this decision. Also covered in Kommersant.


The story describes the cavalry battalion of the 4th Moscow police regiment - 400 officers and 200 horses - which patrols city streets.

Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin focuses on eight major strategic aims in his Cabinet's future work.

The story describes a new all-Russian public organization - the Party of Smirnovs - uniting Moscow and regional entrepreneurs. The party is preparing for its founding congress scheduled for early June.

In an interview Nikolai Gerasimenko, head of the State Duma Health Committee, says that the State Duma is in a hurry to pass a special health bill, which will generate funds in a new way.


The assembly of the second transmitting satellite of the NTV Plus TV company, part of the Media Most holding, is being held in Russia. This was stated by NTV Plus Executive Director Vladimir Lensky. The story details the project.

The great writer Leo Tolstoy's descendant, Count Vladimir Tolstoy, five years ago became Director of the Tolstoy Museum-Estate "Yasnaya Polyana" (Tula Region) In an interview he speaks about the museum's financial position and about Tolstoy's numerous descendants living abroad.

The most acute problem in industry today is shortages of material and financial resources, but very soon another serious problem - inadequate human resources - will make itself felt since over the past ten years personnel has not been renewed. The story reveals several factors, which make the problem complicated.


When approving the candidacy of Sergei Stepashin to the post of prime minister, the State Duma failed to take responsibility for his Cabinet, viewing it as temporary. The story comments.

With the appointment of the new Cabinet, serious personnel changes are awaiting the Foreign Ministry, which has shown complete helplessness in tackling the Balkan conflict. The story makes several guesses about its future fate.

Nickel prices are continuing to skyrocket: On May 18, a ton of this metal cost $5,484.5, which is 45 percent more than last December. Specialists say that by the end of June the price may reach $6,000.

In his 20-minute speech in the State Duma yesterday Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin mentioned the need to create a State Committee to deal with problems of the military-industrial complex. The story focuses on circumstances that are pushing these issues into the spotlight.

In an interview Ekho Moskvy Radio Station Editor-in-Chief Alexei Venediktov speaks about its shortened political programs and about its four entertainment programs.


Before Mayor Yury Luzhkov created his own political movement Otechestvo, Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky was his friend. Will their relations change now that Yabloko will have to vie with Luzhkov's Otechestvo for the electorate's votes? Grigory Yavlinsky and Yury Luzhkov answer the question.

How will the change of the Russian Cabinet affect the Balkan war? Two experts in foreign policy issues share their views.

When asked what force today could push Russia out of crisis, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev names the Primakov-Luzhkov tandem, which Grigory Yavlinsky might join. In an interview Gorbachev reminisces about the first years of his perestroika.

The story offers results of several recent opinion polls conducted by the VTSIOM Sociological Research Center, which show how Russian people have changed over the past ten years and whether they have been able to overcome their Soviet mentality. Facts, figures, diagrams and pie charts. Philosopher Yury Levada, VTSIOM Director, comments on the results.

The Moscow government has issued authorized banks the first billion dollars to launch the mortgage program in the city. The story highlights its good start.

Lipetsk governor Oleg Korolyov, who heads the special anti-corruption government commission, says what fate awaits Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov.

The story offers a political portrait of the first post-Stalin Railway Minister Nikolai Aksyonenko, who has been appointed First Deputy Prime Minister in the Sergei Stepashin Cabinet.

Former St. Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak intends to return home in the near future to launch his election campaign. In an interview he talks about his plans.

Journalist Oleg Ovchinnikov shares his impressions about the American newspaper Exile and its editors Mark Ames and Matt Taibbi.


In an interview South Korea's President Kir De Chjun (on the eve of his visit to Russia ) talks about the prospects fo his country's economic cooperation with Russia and about his attitude towards North Korea's new weapons projects.


With reference to Sergei Stepashin's speech in the State Duma Wednesday, the story gives answers to six vital questions about the future fate of domestic producers, about wages, prices, a crack down on crime, the future IMF credit, and about the population's bank savings.


In an interview General Valery Yevnevich, commander of th Operational Group of Russian Troops stationed in the Transdniestrian region of Moldova,talks about its peace-keeping mission in the region and several problems.


Moscow region governor Anatoly Tyazhlov on May 18 signed an agreement with American Bid Holding LTD on building the first toll road (318 km) in the Moscow region. The story highlights the project.

In an short interview Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev said that the ministry is sure that despite all current negotiations, NATO, according to its plan, is persistently preparing a ground military operation against Yugoslavia. Also covered in Krasnaya Zveszda and Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

In an interview Vologda governor Vyacheslav Pozgalev talks about the vigorous cooperation of his region with Moscow mentioning several problems.

The City Ice-Cream Association will sponsor a city ice-cream holiday that is scheduled on May 30 in Luzhniki. The story looks at its extensive cultural program. Also covered in Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Literary critic and scholar Nikolai Kastrikin, who has devoted many years to the study of Pushkin's life and writing, offers his version of the poet's duel.