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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


Krasnoyarsk Governor Alexander Lebed and ex-Speaker of the Federation Council Vladimir Shumeiko are, with the Kremlin's consent, using the energy crisis in Evenkia, a part of Krasnoyarsk region, to subjugate it politically with the aim of winning control of its votes before the upcoming parliamentary elections. According to the Constitution, Evenkia enjoys independence and has its own deputies in Parliament. The story reveals both the politicians' ambitious plans and what they would gain from succeeding.

The Defense Ministry late last week received an official invitation to visit NATO headquarters. This was announced by General Yury Baluyevsky, chief of the Operation Board of the General Staff, who further said that a group of generals would leave for Brussels this week. The story points to issues both sides will discuss there.

The closed part of the Federation Council's session last Friday discussed the issue of sending Russian troops to Kosovo. The whole peacekeeping project will cost Russia $69 million. Also covered in Kommersant Daily and Komsomolskaya Pravda.

The First World Anti-Drug Congress, attended by representatives from 40 countries, opened in Moscow last Friday. The story notes that drug addiction has reached dramatic proportions in Russia and, though many government agencies are concerned about the problem, none of them are actually responsible for the situation. The story says why the problem needs to be addressed urgently.

Russia may, for some time, be left without important judges f Supreme Court head Vyacheslav Lebedev and first deputy Vladimir Radchenko f whose terms of office expire in late June. The story reports on how they have found themselves at the center of political intrigue.

The sixth State Duma in the history of Russia has completed its seventh session. This story examines its major achievements. Also covered by Kommersant Daily and Vremya MN.

The Volgograd Regional Arbitration Court has upheld a suit lodged by the Akhtuba factory managers, who were backed by the factory workers. The court ruled that the 1994 privatization of this factory was illegal and the state-owned enterprise should be returned to Akhtuba. The story reveals the essence of this unprecedented decision.

One story highlights a split in the left-wing movement, focusing on its specific features. The split also involves communist leaders.

ORT children's program "Good Night, Kids" will be suspended between July 5 and August 9 due to changes in the schedules. The story explains the measure.

The TV Center broadcasting company has undergone serious changes: now it has a new leadership and board of directors. Also covered in Kommersant Daily and Noviye Izvestia.

An epidemic of German measles has hit the Ulyanovsk region, where the number of cases has exceeded 2,000. The story gives other figures on the disease.

One story describes Friday's UES annual shareholders' meeting and the major decisions taken there. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

In an interview on the eve of his visit to Russia, Lithuania's Prime Minister Rolandas Paksas speaks about the present state of Lithuanian-Russian relations, about the problems he intends to discuss during his visit and about the documents he plans to sign in Moscow.

One story reports on how the brilliant inventions of three friends f skillful engineers from the Krasnoznamenets factory in St. Petersburg f are helping to maintain Russia's high prestige. The story highlights their wonderful inventions in defense, space rocket and mining technologies.

The Moscow Art Center on Ulitsa Neglinka has opened a unique exhibition of paintings entitled "Flowers and Leaves," featuring works from the 1930s.


The Federation Council on Friday approved a law to combat money laundering. The crux lies in the introduction of police control over all monetary operations performed by individuals and firms. The story, commenting on the law, concludes that it will help criminals do their dirty business rather than crack down on them.

In an interview Tax Ministry boss Alexander Pochinok speaks about his agency's new policy toward so-called problem banks that aims to make them pay their taxes in full.

After KD last week revealed all the contradictions between the draft law on the taxation of the means of transportation and the existing law, President Boris Yeltsin sent a letter containing negative remarks to the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, that suggests he will not sign the document, even though the Duma passed it Friday.

Moscow's Presnensky Court began to consider the case of Dmitry Bakhur and Yegor Gorshkov, who in March threw eggs at filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov.

Five high-level politicians speak out on the subject of sending a Russian peacekeeping force to Kosovo.

Vladimir Dubina, whom the Petrozavodsk Prosecutor's Office previously accused of murdering oil businessman Mikhail Orlov, was deported Friday to Russia from the U.S. The story details his case.

Filmmaker Yury Kara's controversial film "Master and Margarita," with numerous scandals around it since 1995, will most probably never gain public release. The Zamoskvoretsky and Moskovsky city courts have ruled that the TAMP firm is the sole owner and possessor of all copyrights. The firm dislikes the film and does not intend to release it. The story details the case.

The situation around Inkombank has remained tense: it has lodged a suit in court demanding that the court declare illegal the Central Bank's order revoking Inkombank's license. In an interview, Central Bank official Andrei Vinogradov comments on the Central Bank's stand on the issue.

The Babushkinsky Inter-District Prosecutor's Office last week accused former boxer SergeiBorovlev, former European Boxing Champion, and his friend Denis Lebedev of kidnapping a businessman. The story describes their crime.

Highly respected filmmaker Yury Kara has announced an exotic project f he plans to shoot part of his new film on the Mir orbital station. The story explains how he intends to realize this. Also covered by Noviye Izvestia.


The criminal charges against banker Alexander Smolensky, who has been accused of embezzling almost $32 million from state coffers, were dropped last week. In an interview his lawyer Nikolai Gagarin comments on the case.

In an interview General Leonid Ivashov, author of the plan for the deployment of a Russian contingent in Kosovo, reveals the essence of the Russian peacekeeping mission there.

The Kremlin has launched preparations for the parliamentary elections. Thus, deputy Kremlin chief of staff Dzhakhan Pollyeva is to head an election HQ and another deputy, Sergei Zverev, together with Pollyeva has proposed creating an election bloc of centrist movements, to be called "Rossiya." The story highlights the plan and its participants. Also covered in MK.

The VTSIOM Sociological Research Center last week conducted an opinion poll among 1,108 Muscovites to see what they like and what they dislike about Yury Luzhkov's activities as mayor. The story gives the major results.

Moscow's 65th cemetery, designed for approximately 150,000 burials, has been opened not far from Sheremetyevo-1 airport. The story describes the place.

In an interview General Alexander Bychkov, newly-appointed chief of the Moscow Customs Board of the State Customs Committee, talks about the fierce struggle that was fought for his post and about his first steps in his new position.

St.Basil's Cathedral on Red Square needs major renovation, but, as it's federal property, Mayor Yury Luzhkov would like the federal authorities to deal with the problem. The story highlights the cathedral's historical defects and its present serious defects.

One story describes Moscow's natural springs, with a map showing where water is clean and may be used for drinking and where water is dangerous for health.

Twenty-five years ago, highly regarded writer, poet, composer, actor and bard Alexander Galich was forced to leave the U.S.S.R. for ever. In an interview, his daughter Alyona reminisces about her father's tragic fate.


Moscow authorities have endorsed new rules concerning leisure centers, casinos and clubs in the city. The story examines the major ones.

According to reports from the city's Sanitary Department, 13 out of the 17 city recreation zones with ponds and rivers are officially clean and suitable for swimming. The story lists these zones.

The Moscow government has taken stricter measures aimed at removing offensive street advertising boards. As an example the story cites the advertising for the Rasputin club.

The Ekipazh research group last week located a Horh (sp.?) limousine in the Moscow region, which was used by the government of the Third Reich during World War II. How did it get to the Moscow region? The story describes the rare find.

A gas blast may happen any day at 51 Volzhsky Bulvar, where three very old gas pipelines pass under private garages that belong to the Klyon firm. The story describes the place as the most dangerous one in the city.

According to the Justice Ministry, there are 12,000 foreigners in Russian prisons today. The story details what countries they are from.

The Moscow government has decided to make the lives of small business entrepreneurs easier f starting August 1, both individuals and firms that have decided to start up small businesses may use the addresses of authorized representatives of the city's Department of Support and Development of Small Entrepreneurship as their legal addresses.