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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


At their meeting in Bonn yesterday, G-8 foreign ministers agreed on seven principles to help resolve the Kosovo conflict.

The first session of the Federation Council provisional anti-corruption commission decided to establish strict control over all serious criminal cases. Acting Prosecutor General Yury Chaika stated there is legal ground to institute criminal proceedings against Yury Skuratov.

Interior Minister and First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin met with presidential candidates in Karachayevo-Cherkessia and stated that further negative developments in the republic may result in federal rule there.

A political observer discusses possible government personnel changes that may follow the recent resignation of First Deputy Prime Minister Vadim Gustov.

Inkombank's leadership has applied to the Moscow government with a request to help it pay debts and stabilize the bank's performance. The city government has approved the bank's intentions.

Gazprom has submitted to the Federal Securities Commission a draft project to print additional bonds, which will be offered to non-residents to buy with earnings from GKO-OFZ restructuring.

The Chechen state commission, lead by President Aslan Maskhadov, has completed its work on a draft of Chechnya's new constitution, which has been written and published only in the Chechen language.

Part of an old bridge of the Trans-Siberian Railway were sold yesterday at the auction in Khabarovsk.

The Vologda regional administration has failed to pay out children's allowances since 1997, debts to children exceeding 300 million rubles.

President Boris Yeltsin has submitted to the State Duma for ratification the Russian-Belarussian treaty on joint tele-radio broadcasting of the Belarus-Russia union.


Current history textbooks focus on a bitter truth about the war the former communist regime waged against its own people and on the enormous cost the people paid for victory rather than on the patriotism of Soviet soldiers.

The story offers a detailed weather forecast for the forthcoming holidays, predicting a continuing cold spell.

A program of Victory Day celebrations in Moscow and other Russian cities.

In an interview, tax lawyer Sergei Pepelyaev talks about income tax rates established by the law and about how they are calculated. He tells how authorities often violate the legislation.

Presidential elections organized by the Belarussian opposition began yesterday in the republic. Official Minsk, however, believes that Alexander Lukashenko must remain president up to the year 2001.

The story examines those who stand to gain from the current gasoline crisis that has hit St. Petersburg.

Over the past six months the price of Russian exported oil has increased considerably. The story gives figures to illustrate, saying that oilmen are becoming richer with each passing day.

The Russian VAZ-11113 "OKA" will be assembled in Pakistan, the result of the agreement signed Wednesday in Islamabad between Pakistani and Tatar government officials.

Leaders from eight European trading stock exchanges Tuesday signed a memorandum to create a European Exchange Union.

The Yaroslavl tax inspectorate has initiated the consideration in the regional arbitration court of a case on the bankruptcy of the Yaroslavl tire factory, a leading tire producer in Russia.


The story examines several circumstances which have lately aggravated relations between the president and the prime minister. If Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov resigns who will replace him? The story examines twocandidates.

Biologist and geologist Alexander Mironov, 49 of the Far-Eastern branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, was hospitalized Wednesday in the Kamchatka Central Hospital and diagnosed with dystrophia and frost-bite in both feet after he went for 50 days without food during his venture to seek rare minerals in the Kamchatka hills.

The story describes ruling archbishop Nikon of Yekaterinburg and Verkhotursk, also known as Oleg Mironov and Miron, whose numerous homosexual ventures with young monks have stirred a big scandal. Local church officials intend to apply to the patriarch with a complaint and a request to remove Nikon from the post.

In an exclusive interview, Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov pleads his innocence, talking about those forces who want his immediate resignation.

The story features elite dachas and their owners in the Moscow region. A map shows picturesque places, where ideologically irreconcilable opponents and political antagonists representing all strata of society live peacefully side by side in their splendid countryside cottages.


The city metro on May 12, the day of the UEFA final football match in Luzhniki, will be open as long as the last football fan uses it to get home.

According to an official order signed by chief city sanitary physician Nikolai Filatov, the famous city Badayevsky brewery, formerly Tryokhgorny will be closed down on May 15 due to its dilapidated building and poor sanitary conditions.

Specialists at Moscow defense factories have developed a new system, using electric current to combat mice and rats in the city, the population of which has drastically increased lately.

The story reports on how the West views President Yeltsin's foreign policy, such as Chernomyrdin's mission, and his behind-the-scenes games in the Kremlin.

Three politicians and State Duma deputies share their views on PrimeMinister Yevgeny Primakov's possible resignation.

The story describes effective medical treatment with the help of leeches. In an interview, doctor Gennady Nikonov, Director General of the International Medical Leech Center, talks about several methods .


President Boris Yeltsin yesterday offered Supreme Court chairman Vyacheslav Lebedev another term. Lebedev agreed to serve. The president continues to consolidate support for his upcoming impeachment procedure scheduled for May 13.

The Information-Sociological Center of the Russian State Service Academy, under President Yeltsin is examining results of "The State and Society" test, conducted in late April to see how people feel about power structures and the president. It turns out, only 2.2 percent of respondents completely trust Boris Yeltsin, while 71 percent do not trust him at all.

In his commentary on President Yeltsin's recent behavior and policy toward Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, editor-in-chief Vitaly Tretyakov talks about two possible aims the president is pursuing in his relations with Primakov. One of them is to force the ambitious prime minister to write his resignation application, thereby stifle the Primakov Cabinet with the hands of Primakov himself.

The first launch of the proton heavy rocket booster with a new running unit "Breeze-M" as its upper stage will take place in the Baikonur cosmodrome this evening. The rocket will put Russian military communications satellite Raduga in geostationary orbit to will work for the Defense Ministry.

The Russian Federation army is marking its seventh anniversary today. The story looks at the stabilizing role that the creation of the army played both in the CIS and Russia itself.

Eight Saratov banks at the initiative of the Central Bank Main Board for the region have signed a general agreement on cooperation on the inter-bank crediting market.

In an interview, Rosshelf head Yevgeny Velikhov speaks about his company,its foreign partners and about negative consequences the August 17 financial crash had for Rosshelf.

The Transneft company began levying a special investment tariff on its export services beginning May 1. Expenses for pumping oil will go up by 15 percent. Oil companies will pay an additional $1.37 per ton of oil flowing abroad.

The current economic and financial crisis in Kazakhstan has made its government take several tough customs measures in relation to its neighbors. It announced this week that it has prolonged the term of limited Russian imports to the republic.

Political analyst Alexei Arbatov comments on presidential envoy Viktor Chernomyrdin's efforts to resolve the Balkans conflict. He notes that Moscow will soon present its own plan for a peaceful settlement since it cannot agree to a role as a go-between Belgrade and Brussels. Russia should set conditions for mediation.

The tragedy of Soviet POWs is a black period in the history of World War II. The Stalin leadership's official viewpoint was that "the Soviet soldier never surrenders," "The Soviet Union has no POWs - it has only traitors and betrayers." By actually giving up his soldiers, Stalin, even less than Hitler, considerably contributed to the massive casualties.

In an interview, Anatoly Torkunov, Rector of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, talks about how his institute has managed to maintain its prestige both home and abroad.


The Primakov Cabinet has little chance to honor all IMF demands in order to receive a long-awaited credit.

LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky's wide interests continue to surprise his colleagues. Seemingly, it was just yesterday when he, together with his financial and political adviser Vladimir Yurovitsky, presented their book "The ABCs of Sex." This creative union has developed and submitted to the State Duma a draft federal law on information supply of the banking system with the use of the World Wide Web. The law is meant to boost the Internetsystem in Russia.

Four thousand Belarussian businessmen have voiced their protest against the government's measures to stifle the private sector of the economy with heavy taxes.

Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov this week has signed a decree endorsing the creation of a new coal association, Kuzbassugol, with a controlling share belonging to the state, which in the year 2000 will be sold at a commercial tender.

In an interview, General Mikhail Kislitsyn, Military Prosecutor of the Moscow Military District, explains why he opposes abolishing the death penalty for the Russian army, in which the number of crimes has drastically increased over the past several years.


The Health Ministry has at last endorsed a list of vital medications to be provided to the population free of charge or at a discount.

The Federal Prosecutor's Office of Switzerland this week has sent three special notifications to Moscow stating that Bern intends to hand over information concerning the Mabetex case to the Russian Prosecutor General's Office.

Moscow ecologists intend to launch their own research satellites for environmental protection purposes.


The full text of the Federal Law concerning the budget of the State Employment Fund of the Russian Federation, passed by the State Duma on April 9, 1999 and approved by the Federation Council on April 22, 1999.

The Moscow patriarchate has instituted a Faculty of Orthodox Culture attached to the Academy of Rocket Troops, which is the first non- state establishment of optional education provided by the Defense Ministry and the Russian Orthodox Church.


In an interview, Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov answers the following questions: Why does the West talk about Russia's significant role in resolving the Balkans conflict today if NATO started airstrikes without even consulting Moscow? What are the realistic prospects of ending NATO's bombing against Yugoslavia?

The CIS states' recent participation in the NATO jubilee celebrations in Washington has provoked much talk about the CIS becoming dependent on the United States and NATO.

To have children in Russia today is becoming a privilege limited to the rich. Official figures show that the number of babies in Russia over the years of reform has decreased almost by 4 million.