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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


The campaign, launched last week by the British and U.S. press with the aim of discrediting the French peacekeepers in Kosovo, has reached its peak f The Times of London has openly accused French peacekeepers of complicity to Serbs and of encouraging the province's division. The story discusses the major reasons behind the accusations and the French peacekeepers' approach to the situation.

According to weather center Rosgidromet's information, the heat with daytime temperatures between 25 and 32 degrees Celsius will remain in Russia this and next week. Also covered in Kommersant.

During the summer recess for State Duma deputies, members of the Communist faction will be on duty every day to observe political events in the country. If need be they will be able to convene a Duma session within 48 hours. Political analyst Andrei Kolesnikov tries to explain this "hypertrophied" vigilance.

On June 25 the Federation Council approved an amendment to Article 12 of the Federal Law on the Prosecutor's Office. The amendment concerns the text of the oath, which the prosecutor general shall take when taking up the post. The story reveals the essence of the amendment.

Russian and Belgian veterinary specialists conducted talks the whole day Monday to decide the fate of many tons of dioxin-contaminated Belgian chickens and meat being kept in refrigerators of Moscow meat-processing factories after the ban on their realization, which was imposed June 16. The story describes the results of the talks.

Krasnoyarsk Governor Alexander Lebed decided to intensify the fight against metal scrap collectors, among whom many vandals are willing to destroy all metal monuments in the region. The story gives facts and figures proving the expediency of Lebed's fierce measures.

The RTR television leadership will make its final decision about the fate of the Sovershenno Sekretno," or Top Secret, program on Aug. 15. The story reveals major reasons behind the conflict. Also covered in Kommersant.

At a special session of the government presidium Monday Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin ordered the program of funding the coal sector in the second half-year to be completed Saturday so that the government could discuss it next Monday. The story explains why it isso urgent.

Gazprom has made public a list of candidatures to its board of directors on the eve of the annual shareholders' meeting scheduled for this Wednesday. The story examines the list.

The Central Bank's board of directors on Tuesday is expected to consider the issue of revoking licenses from six Russian banks. This is a strict demand of the International Monetary Fund.

Instead of the American Pratt & Whitney company, Ukraine's Motor-Sich will supply engines for the An-140 airplane, which will be made by the Aviakor firm. This was stated by Aviakor Director General Andrei Karklin. The story comments on the project.

In an interview, Slavneft head Vasily Duma speaks about the situation in the oil sector and about his view on creating the state oil holding.


Itar-Tass corespondent Said Isayev spent 82 days in Chechen captivity. In an interview, he reminisces about those terrible days.

The sending of Russian paratroopers to Kosovo has been suspended until July. The story offers official and unofficial reasons.

The operation to deploy a Russian peacekeeping contingent in Kosovo is designed to take place for 40-45 days. In an interview General Leonid Ivashov, chief of the Main International Military Cooperation Board of the Defense Ministry, assesses the results of the recent voting in the Federation Council on sending Russian peacekeepers to Kosovo.

Samara police have cut short an attempt by activists from the Russian National Unity movement, led by Alexander Barkashov, to hold a rally on Ploshchad Slavy Square in the center of the city. The participants were forced into a police bus and taken to a police station. The story describes what happened to them afterward.

A scandal has erupted in Minsk, with Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko's entourage being involved in it. The story reveals the case.

Police Colonel Vyacheslav Razinkin in the reserve has applied to the Prosecutor General's Office, saying that purposeful terror, sanctioned by his former leadership, is being committed against him. The story details the case.

An unidentified killer on Monday made an attempt upon the life of Dmitry Krylov, director general of the Dimson firm, a leading paint trader on the Moscow market. The story details the case.

The Transneft shareholders' annual meeting on Friday might not have taken place because of efforts on the eve of the meeting by Fuel and Energy Minister Viktor Kalyuzhny to cancel the meeting and later make its head Dmitry Savelyev resign. The story looks at major decisions at the meeting.

The Federal Securities Commission decided to punish 290 companies f securities issuers, who have failed to submit their quarterly reports on performance. The story reveals the essence of the measure. A list of companies, which have made it on the "black" list.


Yelena Rogozhina, 18, who represented Russia at the International "Miss Europe" competition, has become its winner. This is the first time over the past 50 years that a Russian has won this prestigious contest. Also covered in Izvestia.

Special presidential envoy to Kosovo Viktor Chernomyrdin has been awarded the Prize of the Kran-Montana Fund at the recent International Forum in Switzerland. Chernomyrdin stated that "we [Russia] have saved the face of the [United Nations] and its secretary general."

Three financial experts share their optimistic view on the fate of the dollar this summer.

The story talks about Viktor Chanpalov, 35, from Rostov-on-Don, who fell from a 28-meter church tower in the region and remained alive. Archbishop of Rostov and Novocherkassk Panteleimon is sure that God had savedChanpalov.

Alfa, the top secret department of the Soviet KGB , is celebrating its 25th birthday Tuesday. Its former head Vladimir Zaitsev speaks about the agency and its heroes.

The story reports on how controversial tycoon Boris Berezovsky has lost three significant battles over the past several weeks.

The story describes a terrible flying creature (a so-called flying man) in the Far East, who has been seen by taiga hunters. Anatoly Darensky, director of the Research Forestry Institute in Khabarovsk, shares his view on this mysterious case.


More than 470 fires covering an area of 86 hectares have been registered in the Moscow region. The story features the natural disaster.

The Russian and U.S. governments have signed an agreement on preserving the Chukchi and Alaskan population of the Polar bear. The document states that the Chukchi may now hunt the Polar bear after a long break. The story comments on the agreement.

The Main Military Prosecutor's Office has conducted checks of the elite interior troops unit Rus, in which officers committed regular beatings of their subordinates. The story examines the results of the checks.

Interpol boss Raimond Kendal has arrived in Moscow to attend the First Anti-Drug Congress and to see how the drug business has changed in Russia. In an exclusive interview, Kendal answers the following questions: What place does Russia occupy in drug transportation? What do you think about the legalization of "light" drugs? How do you assess Russia as a drug producer? Also covered in Izvestia.


In an interview Lithuania's Prime Minister Rolandas Paksas, who began an official visit to Moscow on Tuesday, speaks optimistically about the results he expects from it. He also says that he hopes Lithuania in 2002 will begin the process of joining NATO.

In an interview Dmitry Piorunsky, First Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Union of Public Alliances, speaks about the aims and tasks of the new movement and about its two programs.

The Gazprom shareholders' meeting scheduled for Wednesday will decide the fate of its head Rem Vyakhirev, for whom the alignment of forces in the company is favorable at the moment. The story examines his major rivals for the post.

One story features the Moscow street advertising market and the tough competition among its participants.

Ukrintertsukor head Yevgeny Imas has stated that due to the poor sugar harvest of 1.2 million tons in Ukraine this year, his company will not be able to supply Russia with the planned amount of sugar. The story comments on his statement.

In an interview Leonid Trushkin, founder and chief artistic director of the privately owned Chekhov Theater, talks about his artistic principles and ambitious plans.

Law expert Alexei Surkov examines five lessons of the Kosovo conflict, concluding that ethnic conflicts today are caused by communist rulers struggling to preserve power.

The autonomous Khanty-Mansiisk and Yamal-Nenets areas, which traditionally are part of the Tyumen region, are at the same time independent provinces of the Russian Federation. This complicated situation is fraught with contradictions, which cause numerous disputes among the three governors, bureaucrats in the three administrations, mass media and the whole population. In an interview Tyumen Governor Leonid Roketsky comments on this acute problem.

A treaty on dividing power between Tatarstan and Russia, which was and is being widely criticized by its opponents for providing too much sovereignty to Tatarstan, marked its fifth anniversary late last week. In an interview Tatarstan President Mintimer Shaimiyev talks about his republic's most significant gains over this period.

Yaroslavl city authorities and big businessmen would like to fire the editor of a leading city daily newspaper. The story says why.


After major renovation that lasted for many years, the 12th-century Nikolo-Dvorishchensky Cathedral in Veliky Novgorod has been opened to the public. It has been included in the list of UNESCO sites of world cultural heritage.

More than 160 private dentists rent offices at the Moscow Semashko Medical Stomatological Institute in the center of the city. The story offers facts, show ing how patients are deceived.

Nuclear Power Minister Yevgeny Adamov on Monday hinted at his agency's special role in crediting Russia if its legislation on nuclear material imports is revised. The story describes how the idea entered his mind.

In an interview, Yury Afanasyev, a former prominent politician and former People's Deputy, says that the existing Constitution, which promises extensive rights to Russian citizens without any guarantees of defending them, should be amended.


Recent pronouncements by President Boris Yeltsin and Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin suggest that another political upheaval may happen immediately after the president's vacation, not for the sake of expanding and improving reform but simply because the president needs to make an effective move. The story comments on what might be expected in early August.

Ukraine's State Security Service last Thursday issued a statement saying that Ukrainian businessman and politician Vadim Rabinovich will be persona non grata in Kiev for the next five years (Rabinovich is currently in Israel). The official reason is that his activities may harm the Ukrainian economy. The story comments on the case. Also covered by MN.

The story reports on how Unified Energy Systems' boss Anatoly Chubais has obtained the status of oligarch, thanks to the company's new charter.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Bulgak will most probably continue to head the Svyazinvest telecommunications holding as the shareholders' annual meeting scheduled for next Monday is likely to elect him chairman of the board of directors. The story reveals Svyazinvest's strategic significance.

Former Orthodox priest Vyacheslav Polosin has begun practicing Islam, an unprecedented incident. In an interview he says what has encouraged him to do such a deed.


One story describes the latest major personnel changes in the TV Center company. In an interview Sergei Yastrzhembsky, newly elected chairman of the TV Center Board of Directors, says how he envisions the channel in the near future.

MN journalist Nikita Khrushchev, grandson of the former Soviet leader, whose son Sergei has now left for ever to live in the U.S., says how several Russian bureaucrats have changed their attitude toward him after his father's departure.

Finance Minister Mikhail Kasyanov last week went to New York to meet with irate owners of Soviet debts in the London Club. Kasyanov has managed to persuade American investors not to declare Russia bankrupt and not to launch any court procedures against it. As a result, Kasyanov has gained time to try to collect money. The story describes his efforts.

In an interview Mikhail Seslavinsky, head of the Federal TV and Radio Broadcasting Service, comments on the letter, which is cited here, from President Boris Yeltsin to Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin, with a request to consider State Duma speaker Gennady Seleznyov's proposal on possible help to Yugoslavia to restore its television broadcasting system .

In an interview in London last week Uneximbank head Vladimir Potanin focuses on measures, that, in his opinion, will help revive the banking system in Russia.

In an interview in London last week Unified Energy Systems' head Anatoly Chubais speaks about the main tasks facing Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin today.

One story examines the major aspects of the current struggle between Fuel and Energy Minister Viktor Kalyuzhny and Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin. Since Kalyuzhny's unsuccessful attempt to replace the Transneft head, the conflict between them has become public.

Bashkreditbank's Moscow branch last Wednesday opened a new office on the Arbat, creating 100 jobs in the process.

The present developments around Yugoslavia have helped reveal the long-brewing moral, ethical and probably even civilized conflict between Europe and the U.S., notes Vyacheslav Kostikov, Russia's ambassador to the Vatican, saying the longer the Yugoslav crisis continues, the more complicated the questions Europeans ask themselves.

Russian medical experts from Thursday will begin to register genetically modified (GM) food products, although they are already being illegally spread in Russia. The story describes the products and their future fate in Russia. In an interview Viktor Tutelyan, deputy director at the Research Institute of Nutrition, speaks about GM products, saying that he has already tasted GM potatoes.

In an interview Education Minister Vladimir Filippov says that this year the competition for places in Moscow's theatrical schools will be 100 to 1.

In an interview psychologist Marina Smolenskaya examines the reasons behind acts of vandalism committed by sports fanatics in stadiums.


In an interview LUKoil head Vagit Alekperov speaks optimistically about his company's performance on the eve of its annual shareholders' meeting, about politics and business and about his ambitions.


The full text of the presidential decree concerning the use of Russian troops in the international peacekeeping mission in Kosovo is given.

The Federal Constitutional Law on Military Courts in Russia, passed by the State Duma, parliament's lower house, on May 20,1999 and approved by the Federation Council, parliament's upper house, on June 9, 1999, is given in full.

The Federal Law on Defending the Constitution on the Market of Financial Services, passed by the State Duma, parliament's lower house, on June 4, 1999 and approved by the Federation Council, parliament's upper house, on June 9, 1999, is given in full.


One story offers an in-depth analysis of major results of a wide-scale strategic military exercise entitled "Zapad-99," which was carried out by the Russian armed forces between June 21 and 26. Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev gives a short commentary.


First Deputy Railway Minister Vladimir Ilyin in a telegram dated March 5, 1999 banned the sale of all types of products and newspapers, magazines and books in elektrichkas, or local trains. Journalist Tatyana Garmize, criticizing the document and its authors for not allowing people to earn additional money, wonders who these people were bothering.