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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


The Postal Security Service is cracking down on terrorism with combat operations.

NATO's peacekeeping action in Kosovo has its drawbacks. The UN Security Council's resolution and other international documents envisaging the disarmament of Albanian gunmen have failed to go into force, resulting in numerous KLA acts of vengeance.

Justice Minister Pavel Krasheninnikov stated that only 35 percent of all religious organizations working in Russia have been reregistered, as obligated by existing legislation.

The Board of Directors of the Dynamo Football Club yesterday fired Georgy Yartsev, coach of the Moscow Dynamo team.

The Constitutional Court has refused to consider the issue concerning the constitutionality of massive privatization.

Specialists from computer anti-virus firms have found two new computer viruses, which can do irreparable damage to millions of computers.

In an interview in St. Petersburg, UES head Anatoly Chubais criticizes St. Petersburg Mayor Vladimir Yakovlev, focusing on the Right Cause movement's resolve to be active in upcoming gubernatorial elections.

The local government system may be buried soon in the Stavropolye region.

A strategic military exercise "Zapad-99" will be conducted on the territory of the Leningrad and Moscow military districts and also of the Northern and Baltic fleets between June 21 and 26.

The Presidential Administration has prepared a special provision on the Political Planning Board, which will soon emerge as its part. Andrei Yanik will probably be appointed its head.

Rivals claim the Latvian presidential seat in the elections scheduled for June 17.

The State Tretyakov Gallery has presented a grand project, which is devotedto the celebrations of the Tretyakov Year.


First Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Aksyonenko today is expected to meet with leaders of Russian business, who will sign an unprecedented agreement on price control. Neither former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, nor his first deputy Yury Maslyukov dared to put this anti-market agreement into effect.

In an interview, First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko speaks among other things about taxes and tax benefits in the year 2000. He also talks about his family.

In an interview Ruslan Linkov, former adviser to the late State Duma deputy Galina Starovoiteva, says that the murders of Starovoiteva and St. Petersburg Vice Governor Mikhail Manevich may be connected.

In an interview, First Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Aksyonenko focuses on economic principles he intends to use in his efforts to reform the economy.

In an interview, General Vladimir Semyonov, newly-elected head of Karachayevo-Cherkessia, speaks about his latest meeting with Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin, who announced his decision to send a commission of law-enforcers to the republic.

After Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania rejected Russia's request to allow it to use their air space to fly over its peacekeeping force to Kosovo, the General Staff is seeking other ways of doing it.

The Cooperation Agreement aimed at stabilizing the economic situation in Russia.

Federal Security Bureau and Moscow police officers have arrested gangster from one of Moscow's most influential Chechen criminal groups, which was headed by former militia officer Timur Idalov. The gangsters committed armed attacks of businessmen, traded in drugs and took people hostage.

UES head Anatoly Chubais has undertaken reform of the domestic energy complex. He plans to launch a new company.


Georgy Taratorkin, head of the Golden Mask Association, which previously instituted Golden Mask theatrical Prize, speaks about new rules of awarding it.

The State Duma tomorrow will have to decide whether or not to vote for a tax on gas. The draft law most probably will be passed in the first reading.

The story highlights the origin of the famous Russian vodka "Stolichnaya," which marks its 55th birthday.

The appeal by State Duma deputy Andrei Nikolayev calls on all Russian citizens to take an active part in creating the first Code of Civil Demands to the federal authorities.

The Sverdlovsk branch of the National Unity Party of neo-fascists led by Alexander Barkashov will support Governor Eduard Rossel in the upcoming gubernatorial elections, viewing his main rival Yekaterinburg Mayor Arkady Chernetsky as the agent of Israel.

The recent arrest of a high-level official in the St. Petersburg city administration is expected to lead to serious consequences and other arrests. In an interview, Arkady Kramarev, spokesman for the city Legislative Assembly, speaks about the political and criminal situation in the city.

In an interview, Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the St. Petersburg State Hermitage Museum, talks about his ambitious major renovation project called "The Big Hermitage." costing $150 million.

Three Hermitage keepers in the Petrovskaya Gallery, in which the Icon of the Savior Nerukotvorny was on display, died one by one 13 years ago. Several other people were hospitalized with serious injuries. As it turned out, the icon possesses a terrible destructive force, and as a result, it was moved to the reserve depository.

Krasnoyarsk police have arrested a group of Chinese dealers, which smuggled out pure-breed dogs to China.

In an interview, newly-appointed Fuel and Energy Minister Viktor Kalyuzhnyspeaks about a worse situation in the fuel and energy complex and about measures aimed at boosting this sector.

The story explains why highly regarded filmmaker Alexander Sokurov, who presented his controversial film "Molokh" at the film festival in Sochi, has refused to publicly receive the highest award.


Political observer Alexander Budberg offers several arguments explaining why Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin is unable to determine a style of behavior.

Legendary Igor Moiseyev, artistic director of his world-famous Ensemble of National Dance, is celebrating a 75 years of creative work. In an interview, Moiseyev speaks about his brilliant creative career.

Moscow police over the weekend arrested bandits, who on June 3 kidnapped Serzh Dzhilovyan, head of the International Armenian Assembly, and demanded a $700,000 ransom for his release.

The scorching heat has led to terrible consequences in Moscow where, between June 7 and 13, 38 people drowned in ponds and lakes.

Political observer Alexander Khinshtein tells of a repressive "cleansing" campaign, which is in full swing today in the Federal Tax Police Service.

In an interview, Yury Rybakov, State Duma independent deputy from St. Petersburg and member of the State Duma Legislation Committee, talks about the State Duma's legislative activities, explaining why he opposed the Law on the Military Prosecutor's Office.

Moscow city authorities decided to create a non-commercial organization, which will supply Moscow schools with "electronic textbooks."


What could Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin expect from his meeting during the white nights Wednesday with IMF Executive Director Michel Camdessus in St. Petersburg? The story offers several possible outcomes.

First Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Aksyonenko Tuesday introduced to the Gosstroi (the State Construction Committee ) staff new head Anvar Shamuzafarov, but unfortunately Aksyonenko did it too early since , as it turned out, no official documents on the new appointment and on the release of the former head, were issued. The story looks at the awkward situation.

The return to Russia from France of former St. Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak scheduled for July 1 may be postponed after prosecutor Valentina Filippova stated that her colleagues are completing their investigation of a criminal case against Sobchak's and corruption in the upper echelons of power. The story describes the case.

Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky has failed to receive a reply from Otechestvo leader and Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov as to whether his movement may be Yabloko's ally.

Russia's peacekeeping mission in Kosovo has made Georgia's President Eduard Shevardnadze indignant. This urges Georgia to be more persistent in its demands for a withdrawal of Russian troops from Abkhazia. On July 31 the UN Security Council will resume discussions on the Abkhazian conflict.

Not only Belgian poisonous chickens and pork but beer as well may appear on the Russian market. Such a conclusion may be made from the information that was spread in Belgium Tuesday that many residents there had been poisoned with contaminated beer. The story gives facts to illustrate the point.


U.S. President Bill Clinton not long before the G-8 summit in Cologne is trying to workout principles of his further relations with Russia and diplomatic methods to find out who in reality is governing Russia and who is responsible there for realistic policy conducted toward the United States. A unique situation has shaped in Russian-American relations after the latest Kosovo incident f never before have Russian and American leaders maintained such close contacts and never before have they trusted each other so little. The story comments on the situation.

An official government delegation is to arrive in Krasnoyarsk on June 17 to meet the leadership of the Krasnoyarsk coal company and to decide its fate. Economic analyst Yevgeny Latyshev examines the situation around the enterprise, focusing on governor Alexander Lebed's stance on the issue.

At a recent special session where a list of specialties and professions that the economy needs today was discussed, Education Minister Vladimir Filippov focused on the most important ones. The story reports on how higher schools change their faculties and study programs.


Despite doctors' recommendations that President Boris Yeltsin refrain from making the trip to Cologne to attend the G-8 summit, he intends to go there with his wife Naina to stay for only one day. Western leaders are not against Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin, who will replace Yeltsin at the beginning of the summit.

From all indications, the Kremlin-Moscow City Hall undeclared war is entering a new phase. The story says how the Kremlin already this week is going to "attack" Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov on the financial-economic front.

In an interview British Ambassador Andrew Wood answers the following questions f Why is your country reluctant to invest in the Russian market? How does the West envision Russia and is it really interested in a wealthy and healthy Russia? Isn't it absurd to call Britain's mission in Yugoslavia humanitarian when people there died every day? Why does the whole world fear British football fans?

The political mine of slow action may explode in a couple of days on Red Square where the Lenin Mausoleum stands and the graves of several outstanding Soviet leaders rest in silence. Rumor has it that President Boris Yeltsin is expected to sign a decree on burying Lenin, the leader of the October Revolution. The story offers an approximate text of this decree and a commentary.

In an interview Tax Minister Alexander Pochinok speaks about taxes, about his tax policy and about tax collection today.

The story explains why people of pension age are unwilling to go on pension. Figures show how many Russian pensioners continue to work.

In an interview TV critic Irina Petrovskaya shares her viewpoint on changes on several TV channels, saying what irritates her most of all.

The story reveals several secrets of the natural monopoly Transneft oil company with the controlling stock belonging to the state.

Hordes of rats (about 10 million) and mice (50 million) have found shelter in Moscow, which has markedly changed their lifestyle. The story notes that these creatures are dangerous because they spread different diseases. Thus, rats in the 18th century brought plague to Moscow.

An instruction has arrived in the Moscow regional military registration office ordering that a working group be created there to select citizens, who would like volunteer to Kosovo. The story describes the conditions of the contract.


When discussing government draft tax laws, the State Duma introduces many amendments . A logical question is will the International Monetary Fund approve them? In an interview former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Alexander Livshits, now head of the Economic Policy Fund, answers this and other questions about laws demanded by the IMF.

The European Union is composed of 15 member-states and another six countries have applied for its membership. Russia is not among them. Why? In an interview Dr. Ottokar Khan, Ambassador of the European Commission to Russia, answers this question.


The main political intrigue in the near future is likely to boil up around confrontation between the presidential "family" and Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov. Vyacheslav Nikonov, head of the Politika Fund, examines the roots of the confrontation between once friendly teams.

The number of drug addicts in the Kaliningrad region has considerably increased lately, as have the number of drugs per capita, including infants and the elderly , is more than 10 times the average for Russia proper . Moreover, children, who from the first days of their life demand drugs are often born in the region.


The sale of domestic and imported alcohol, audio and video equipment and computers without special licenses will be banned on the territory of Russia starting July 1. The story comments on the government measures.


Youth housing cooperatives were very popular in Soviet times, unlike today. Many young families were able to buy apartments without any fear of losing them. The story features several such cooperatives and happy families living in them. Do these housing cooperatives have a future?


Political analyst Vasily Safronchuk offers a Communist point of view on the march of Russian paratroopers in Kosovo, approving the measure.


The story highlights pensioner Adelaida Soroko living in Moscow though she was born in Bryansk, who has made a good present to her native city f her private home library of 1,620 books. President Boris Yeltsin has highly appreciated her deed.