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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


The important thing for Moscow now is not to go too far or become dizzy with its success in Kosovo, notes political analyst Maxim Yusin in his commentary on the occupation of Pristina airport by Russian paratroopers. Moscow should not demand too much - it should realistically assess its possibilities, above all its finances. Also covered in Vremya MN.

Article 102 of the Constitution, which covers the use of armed forces outside Russia, states that the Federation Council is responsible for deciding this issue. The story highlights ways in which the current situation could develop.

A look at the comments of Vladimir Lukin, the head of the State Duma's international affairs committee, who said that he had no doubt that the decision to send Russian paratroopers to Kosovo was made with the president's consent.

According to The Sunday Times, British Foreign Intelligence MI6 officer Richard Tomlinson has arrived in Russia as a guest and is believed to be seeking political asylum.

The left-wing opposition is continuing to accuse presidential special envoy Viktor Chernomyrdin of betraying the national interests of Russia. Political observer Alexander Bovin comments on the stand of those left-wing national-patriotic State Duma deputies who are unhappy with the end of the Balkan conflict.

After a working meeting with President Boris Yeltsin today, Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin will leave for Cologne to attend a session of the G-8, the Group of Seven leading industrial nations and Russia. On Sunday, the prime minister is expected to report to the president on results of the summit before Yeltsin leaves for Cologne.

The Customs Committee of the Belarus-Russia Union will hold a session in Minsk today to discuss a program of joint action aimed at increasing the union's customs activities.

Despite the latest ruling of the Supreme Court of Karachyevo-Cherkessia, which ruled that Vladimir Semyonov was elected president of the republic in a vote last month, the disturbing street actions of his opponent StanislavDerev's supporters were continuing. Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin again had to call both leaders to Moscow to try to solve the conflict.

A powerful blast in the Baku-Novorossiisk oil pipeline early Monday morning may be viewed as a planned terrorist act, although that is not the only cause being investigated.

The Moscow city court yesterday began closed hearings on the criminal case of six shady dealers from the Kaskad firm, which, with the help of faked documents, bought apartments from Muscovites. The story details their case.

In a first for Russia, Moscow tax police have instituted criminal proceedings against Valentin Sidorov, head of the Artists' Union of Russia, for allegedly squandering budget funds on his personal interests.

The story examines several significant changes in the Central Bank's macroeconomic policy, principally its decision to cancel special trading sessions starting June 29, allowing all participants in currency trading to freely buy and sell currency . Also covered in Vremya MN.

Rosvooruzheniye director Grigory Rapota says the state arms trader intends to earn at least $2.5 billion this year on exports of weapons and military technology.

Additional credit allocated to Ukraine by the International Monetary Fund may negatively affect the interests of Gazprom.

The Russian-Ukrainian consortium Sredny Transportny Samolyot and the AeroTrak consortium of German aviation firms are expected to sign an agreement at the Paris Air Show on jointly building the all-European plane AN-7X. The story details the possible deal.

An in-depth analysis of the situation on the domestic stock market in the first half of June, when it has posted sizable gains.

The story highlights several recent achievements of Russian scientists and geologists aimed at boosting gold extraction.


The blitzkrieg of Russian paratroopers in Kosovo, which was a result of a secret plan by Russia's top brass, may be frustrated - the troops have found themselves in a trap with no reinforcement in sight they have food to last only for two days. Russia's Security Council met Monday tried to find a way out.

Igor Malashenko, deputy head of the board of directors of the Media-MOST holding, speaks in an interview about the behind-the-scenes political games inside the Kremlin. He says that controversial tycoon Boris Berezovsky and UES head Anatoly Chubais exaggerate their role in the latest political events in the country.

The Right Cause bloc will take an active part in the gubernatorial elections in St. Petersburg. This was stated by UES head Anatoly Chubais, who arrived in the city to attend the All-Russia Energy Conference. Does Chubais himself intends to run for the post?

Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin has signed a decree appointing highly regarded television news commentator Mikhail Ponomaryov as his press secretary. However, the government information board has dismissed the appointment, saying that the prime minister does not need the press secretary at all. Also covered in Vremya MN.

Former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov has given a report "The World on the Threshold of the 21st Century" at the current international economic forum in Interlaken, Switzerland. The article looks at several significant theses from his report.

Former Aeroflot deputy director Nikolai Glushkov, who is accused of illegal entrepreneurship and money laundering, spent five hours at the interrogation in the Prosecutor General's Office last Friday.

Tula's central regional court has completed the trial of a criminal group that tried to sell four children to families without kids. Also covered in Izvestia.

The Taganrog auto factory, or TagAZ, manufacturing Daewoo cars intends to master the production of European autos. This year the factory plans to assemble its first 100 French Citroen Berlingos.

Rossiisky Kredit began Tuesday to pay out money to private depositors, making it the first big commercial bank since the August 17 crisis to start toreturn all ruble and some hard-currency deposits. An interview with bank chairman Vitaly Malkin describes how the bank has found the money and other questions as well.

YUKOS has set up a new firm, which in no way is connected with oil extraction. Details on the project to create the Siberian Internet Co., an Internet service provider.

The major renovation project of the Grand Kremlin Palace was completed before last Saturday's Independence Day holiday. The story discusses several controversial points surrounding the project.


A diplomatic conflict has arisen between Russia and two former Soviet-bloc states that are now NATO "satellites." Bulgaria nor Hungary are refusing to allow Russian troops to pass through their airspace to get to Kosovo.

The story reports on how the Kremlin "family" is doing everything in its power to remove suspended Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov from the political scene, and says why President Boris Yeltsin's inner circle of advisers fear him so much.

With the aim of decreasing the number of road accidents, the Federal Road Service decided to paint red all structures fencing off road bridges.

According to figures from the Moscow city prosecutor's office, city criminal investigators over the past five months have solved more criminal cases than in the same period last year.

Soviet KGB boss Yury Andropov would have turned 85 today. The article recounts several stories about his life.


When discussing several variants as to whether or not President Boris Yeltsin will go to Cologne on June 20 after Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin's visit scheduled for June 18 and 19, the story notes that Yeltsin will prefer to stay at home if he feels that awaiting him in Cologne is the IMF's rejection of credits to Russia or a rejection to restructure Russia's debts.

A big scandal may erupt in the city architectural circles over distorted looks of old city houses in downtown Moscow as a result of unsanctioned major renovation projects undertaken by New Russians. The story gives facts to illustrate the point.

The new customs control rules for people crossing the state border will go into force on Friday. The story examines their major provisions, saying who in Russia may cross the border without any problems.

Political analyst Leonid Radzikhovsky sarcastically looks at Russian paratroopers' march to Kosovo, exclaiming - isn't it a splendid plan to conduct cold war against the West on the West's money?

The story reports on who initiated the bankruptcy procedure of Sidanko, on how outside management was introduced in it and on how expedient it was .

Ford this month may sign an investment agreement on launching a joint venture on the premises of the Russky Dizel state-owned enterprise in Vsevolozhsk (Leningrad region). This was stated by Deputy Economics Minister Sergei Mitin. More information about the deal.

The London Club of creditors has decided to postpone several of Russia's payments of its Soviet-era debts ($578 million in 1999) for the next millennium. The club will officially announce this news to the Finance Ministry this week.

The Finance Ministry has made a present to the Russian financial community - it has paid out part of the debt to OFZ-holders worth 600 million rubles. The story describes the action.

Former government member Boris Fyodorov who last week visited Thailand where he attended an economic conference asks an interesting question - Why are South-East Asian countries overcoming the crisis and Russia is not? Fyodorov tries to answer his own question.

The British Barren Energy company over the next 10 years intends to invest $16 million in surveying and developing the Leonovsky oil deposit in the Rostov region. The corresponding treaty has been signed by Tarasovskneft; the Fuel, Energy and Natural Resources Ministry of the Rostov Region and the British company. The story details the deal.

Scorching heat in Moscow has brought hordes of malarial mosquitoes to the city, which may cause a maleria epidemic. The story describes this disaster and measures to combat it.


The Central Bank has made an unprecedented decision - to return a banking license to Imperial Bank at the request of newly-appointed Fuel and Energy Minister Viktor Kalyuzhny and several creditors of the bank.

The story reports on how the West has responded to the march of Russian paratroopers from Bosnia to Kosovo.

Three Western state leaders share their viewpoints on the future settlement of the Kosovo conflict.

The German government is willing to fund the post-war revival of Yugoslavia if President Slobodan Milosevic quits his post. The story comments on the statement by German Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

State Duma deputy Vladimir Ryzhkov, leader of the Our Home is Russia faction, explains why the new Cabinet will fail to resolve any serious economic task.

In an interview former Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko, who has announced he will run for Moscow Mayor, says why he has chosen the incumbent, Yury Luzhkov, as a target of his criticism. Kiriyenko reveals the essence of his Moscow Alternativa program.

In an interview Moscow Deputy Mayor Valery Shantsev says that he had never expected Sergei Kiriyenko to be so incompetent in Moscow city affairs. Shantsev also speaks about Kiriyenko's supporters.

Lyudmila Lapitskaya, head of the Nord Group construction-investment association, which was created in 1997, speaks about its successful business at home and abroad.

The Golovinsky Inter-Municipal Court in Moscow late last week completed hearings of the case on banning the religious organization Jehovah's Witnesses. The story highlights an unprecedented court trial in Russia.

The story says why controversial tycoon Boris Berezovsky has so much power to influence the ORT personnel policy.

The World Congress of the Russian Press will take place in Moscow and Sochi between June 21 and 24. Vitaly Ignatenko, head of its Organizing Committee, speaks about the event.


Saratov governor Dmitry Ayatskov speaks about complicated relations between the federal authorities and regions, about his attitude to President Boris Yeltsin and his successor, about the upcoming parliamentary elections and about the future of Russia .


Political observer Vitaly Golovachev describes very expensive changes of furniture and signboards every time new ministers or department chiefs are named, which translates into a waste of budget funds.

The campaign in Ukraine for the presidential election scheduled for November is in full swing. The story features the main contenders.

An unusual labor union of veterans from Alfa, Vympel and Vityaz special service subunits and also from large security structures held its founding congress in Moscow over the weekend. In an interview General Ksenofont Ippolitov, one of the congress organizers, says whose interests this labor union is going to defend.

Meeting persistent requests from the Kremlin "family", controversial tycoon Boris Berezovsky personally took up the problem of Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov. Berezovsky begged him to step down and voluntarily quit the post, promising the suspended prosecutor general life in paradise but Skuratov refused.

The story examines grave consequences for domestic producers the so-called gasoline tax may lead to.

The Kremlin "family" cannot allow anyone who is not connected with it to come to power in 2000. Political analyst Pavel Voshchanov examines what measures the family resorts to in its actions to achieve the goal.

There is much talk about Russian-Belarussian cooperation but in reality such cases are rare. The story offers an example of the Belarussian auto factory, which has failed to meet its five-month cooperation plan. Acting director General Alexander Samolazov says why.


The Agency of Economic News offers the rating list of the most successful and stable companies and banks in Russia.


Political scientist Alexei Kiva notes that the Kremlin is likely to have selected Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin to be President Boris Yeltsin's successor. The author examines five arguments in support of his point.

In an interview Yegor Gaidar, leader of the Democratic Choice of Russia party, speaks about response.