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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


At the negotiations between the Yugoslav and NATO military, in Kumanovo on Sunday night, the Serbs rejected the alliance's conditions on withdrawing troops from Kosovo. What circumstances have urged them to take this step? The story examines the Kremlin's unexpectedly toughened stance, which as the story notes, played a significant role in the Serbs' decision. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin is expected to meet with Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov. The story comments on problems the two leaders will discuss, trying to guess when and where their meeting will take place.

In an interview, head of the presidential administration Alexander Voloshin speaks about his cooperation with Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin saying that they are one team. Voloshin also talks about the Kremlin's attitude to Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, about businessman Roman Abramovich and several priority issues of the administration. Voloshin says Stepashin is President Boris Yeltsin's successor to the presidential post. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

The Russian and U.S. border guards have launched a joint project of cracking down on poachers in the Bering Sea. The story highlights their joint patrolling and other measures.

It's obvious that the Kremlin "family" is cleansing the political field for upcoming election battles, notes political analyst Vyacheslav Nikonov. Along with this, it's unclear for whom the family is doing all this. The impression is that the family has failed to select President Boris Yeltsin's successor, since not a single current presidential hopeful - neither former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, nor Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, nor Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, nor Yabloko head Grigory Yavlinsky - suits its interests. The story examines five potential candidates, including Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin.

Kemerovo region Governor Aman Tuleyev has revived his movement Revival and Unity. The story highlights its rebirth and possible allies. Also covered in Kommersant.

The story examines several serious reasons behind the current complicated situation in the Nizhne-Tagil Metal Combine, which is almost idle today.

An unprecedented case happened in the Bagdarin village in Buryatia last Saturday when five convicts escaped from prison in the southern Siberian region. The story details the incident. Also covered in Kommersant.

American philanthropist George Soros officially announced Monday that his charity fund intends to considerably decrease its financial backing of Russian science. The story comments on his decision and on the fund's charity acts. Also covered in Vremya Moskovskiye Novosti.

In an interview, Sergei Veremeyenko, head of the International Industrial Bank and member of the board of directors of the Association of Banks in Asia, speaks about Russia's cooperation with several Asian banks.

In an interview, Vneshekonombank head Andrei Kostin talks about results of the latest negotiations with the London Club of creditors, which discussed problems pertaining to restructuring the GKOs.

In an interview, Transneft head Dmitry Savelyev speaks about his company's effective performance over the past year with a new team of managers.


In an interview, UES head Anatoly Chubais reveals several details about the formation of the Cabinet of Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin.

The Academy of the Free Press and the Soros Institute Open Society have announced winners of their 1998-1999 journalists' contest. In an interview, one of the winners, Kommersant journalist Igor Svinarenko, said that he will spend his prize on publishing his collected works.

Gennady Nedvigin, deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Rostov region, was killed in Novocherkassk on Sunday. The story describes how it happened.

The State Duma has issued a report about the profit-losing performance of the Central Bank in 1998. The deputies would like the Central Bank to pay taxes to the budget on previous years' profits.

Rossiisky Kredit bank on Monday made a sensational statement: Starting June 15 it will begin to pay out savings to its depositors.


The story reports on how controversial oligarch Boris Berezovsky is creating his own media holding combining ORT and TV 6 television stations and Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Noviye Izvestia newspapers, placing Sergei Dorenko as the new head of its information-political bloc. On Monday, Tatyana Koshkaryova from Nezavisimaya Gazeta was appointed head of the ORT directorate of information programs. Berezovsky, however, has serious problems with buying Kommersant. The story examines three main reasons. Also covered in Izvestia and Vremya Moskovskiye Novosti.

Krasnodar region Legislative Assembly late last week made an unprecedented decision at its extraordinary session - to allocate $1 billion from the local budgetto redeem businessman Alexander Bezbogin's son, who was kidnapped by Chechen bandits last week. The story describes the case. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

It took the Kalmykia prosecutor's office one year to investigate the murder of Kalmyk journalist Larisa Yudina, editor of the newspaper Sovietskaya Kalmykia Segodnya. She was brutally killed June 8, 1998. Three murderers (their names are given) will face a court trial soon. Also covered in Kommersant and Vremya Moskovskiye Novosti.

The spring army conscription campaign is in full swing. Many young people, however, are unaware of the new army draft rules that explain who can be released from the army service. The story examines several rules.

Russian biologist Sergei Speransky has proved that telepathy does exist and that the number of people with extrasensory abilities is increasing with each passing year. In an interview, Speransky talks about his successful experiments.


The Kremlin has launched a real war against Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, using former Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko in a bid to run for city mayor. Judging by Luzhkov's latest pronouncements, he is willing to fight to the endbeing confident of his victory. The story notes in part that through his fierce criticism of Luzhkov and his government, Novaya Sila leader Sergei Kiriyenko will only boost the popularity of the Moscow Mayor. Also covered in Izvestia and Kommersant.

At his meeting with State Duma legislators Monday, Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin used all his skills to convince them to pass the package of 30 draft laws, which were the only and indispensable condition for receiving the $4.5 billion credit from the IMF. The story highlights the meeting. Also covered in Izvestia.

A powerful fire that broke out Sunday night was the fault of drunken instructors in the children's Zarya resort center in the Moscow region . The fire left two adults dead and 80 kids without shelter. The story describers how it happened.

Sergei Soldatov, chief of the Moscow Customs Board, was released from his post Saturday on orders from the new head of the State Customs Committee, Mikhail Vanin. Also covered in Vremya Moskovskiye Novosti.

The Moscow Forestry Board has registered 12 forest fires in the Moscow region, the first powerful wave of fires this year. The story names several districts, which have suffered serious damage from the fires.

Sheremetyevo-2 Airport customs officers on Saturday detained a Norwegian citizen who tried to smuggle via Moscow nearly 2 kilograms of hashish from India to Stockholm, Sweden.

Moscow fishery authorities decided to declare the fishing season open in the Moscow region three days earlier - on June 12 - because of hot weather. The story describes fishing places and the cost of fishing licenses.

In an interview, Black Sea Fleet Commander Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov answers the following questions: What results has reconnaissance ship Liman brought back from its Adriatic sea voyage? What is the fate of the much-suffering cruiser "Moskva?" What is the outcome of the fleet's division? How do you assess the current state of the fleet ?

In an interview, highly regarded singer Lyudmila Zykina, who will celebrate her 70th birthday Thursday, talks about her brilliant artistic career. Also covered in Izvestia.


Novaya Sila (New Force) leader Sergei Kiriyenko is willing to meet with Mayor Yury Luzhkov in court to settle their dispute. The fact is that Luzhkov has accused the former prime minister of insulting journalists and the Moscow government. The story comments on Luzhkov's decision to take Kiriyenko to court.

In an interview LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky answers the following questions - How can you explain your recent defeat in the gubernatorial elections in the Belgorod region? How do you react to mass media calling you the "barometer of the Kremlin"? What has made you send a letter to President Boris Yeltsin with a proposal to abolish the post of Moscow mayor? What is the fate of two LDPR deputies who voted for impeachment recently?

In an interview governor of the Magadan region Valentin Tsvetkov talks about priorities in his economic program and about his region's relationships with federal authorities.


The European "meat" scandal is acquiring new dimensions. It has become known the Belgian additives to cattle feed were supplied not only to several European countries but to Russia as well. Special substances from Belgium, which markedly accelerate the growth of poultry, were used in many Russian regions. The story examines such poultry farms.

The story reports on how Sverdlovsk governor Eduard Rossel has become a victim of the kompromat war not long before the gubernatorial elections in the region.

Kemerovo governor Aman Tuleyev over the weekend was elected leader of the new movement "Revival and Unity", which he himself has created. The story features the movement's founding congress in the Moscow region and its leader's ambitions. (also covered in Segodnya, Nezavisimaya Gazeta)

In an interview Chechnya's former President Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev answers the following questions - What issues does the Chechen side intend to discuss during President Aslan Maskhadov's meeting with Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin in Nazran on June 11? What do you expect from this meeting? (also covered in Segodnya)


The Federal Television and Radio-Broadcasting Service (FTRBS ) has announced a cancellation through court of the television license of "Russian Channel-World Russian Television" company and the Children's Project. Their licenses have been suspended until the court issues its decision . The story explains reasons behind the FTRBS's measure.

In an interview the first and the last Soviet President, Mikhail Gorbachev, who has won the project "The Personality of the Century", sponsored by Ekho Moskvy, says he does not regret that he launched perestroika in Russia but he regrets what has happened at its end.

The Federation Council is likely to have found a way out of the deadlock situation that has emerged around the resignation of Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov's - to revise the whole Russian legislation on public prosecution. The story examines several possible"unexpected" results of such a revision.

Pessimistic astronomers make alarming predictions that the January-April period in the year 2000 will see the peak of the solar "aggressiveness" - powerful solar flashes, new spots on the Sun and the enormous discards of starry substance. All this will have negative effects on human health. The story examines several conclusions made by American scientists at the recent annual conference of the American Astronomic Society in Chicago.

In the situation of bankruptcy all banks behave differently: thus several big Menatep shareholders decided at their own expense to pay out savings to private depositors and to buy out the bank's shares from ordinary shareholders. The question is why have the shareholders decided to spend their own money to pay out to depositors and to buy the shares of the bank with the revoked license? The story offers several explanations.

American philanthropist George Soros has arrived in Moscow on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the International Program of Education in the sphere of exact sciences (ISSEP). Within its framework Soros has spent about $76 million and now he plans to cut the spendings. The story reveals his plans.

The State Commission (under President Boris Yeltsin) on Monday announced 10 State Prize winners in the sphere of literature and art. The story offers their names. (also covered in Nezavisimaya Gazeta)


In an interview criminal investigator Nikolai Volkov, dealing with the criminal case of Aeroflot in the Prosecutor General's Office, speaks about collaboration with their Swiss

colleagues and about controversial businessman Roman Abramovich's possible involvement in the Aeroflot case.

In an interview former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov answers the following questions - What is your social status today? Does your movement Right Cause have any chances of winning? What is your movement's social basis? Why are Right Cause's relations with Yabloko bad? How do you treat the government of Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin - Is your collaboration with his Cabinet possible?

What is your attitude to President Boris Yeltsin?

In an interview former Fuel and Energy Minister Sergei Generalov speaks about the major aim of his resignation, about his former contacts with controversial businessman Roman Abramovich and about a possible redivision of the oil sector in the Abramovich clan's interests.

The story reports on how Communists in the Volgograd city and region administrations are trying to regain the property of the former Communist Party.

Is censorship possible in the Internet? Mass media specialist Iosif Dzyaloshinsky answers this question.

In an interview Health Minister Vladimir Starodubov speaks about the acutest problem of producing insulin at home and making it available to thousands of diabetes patients.

Controversial tycoon Boris Berezovsky's participation in the presidential race in Ukraineis becoming ever more obvious. Previously he stated more than once that he would back President Leonid Kuchma whatever it cost him. It's not clear, however, how President Kuchma will pay off if he wins the elections.

According to information from the Political News Agency, the apparat staff of the Otechestvo movement headed by Mayor Yury Luzhkov may go on strike any day, because they have not been paid since January.

Former priest of the Russian Orthodox Church and head of the Supreme Council Liberty of Conscience Committee Vyacheslav Polosin has announced his conversion from Orthodox to Islam, which is an unprecedented case in the life of the Russian Orthodox Church. In an interview Polosin explains his behavior. In another interview Archbishop Kliment (Kapalin) of Kaluga and Borovsk comments on the position of the Moscow Patriarchate on the issue.

The story describes the Troyekurovskoye Cemetery in Moscow as a reserve pantheon for citizens who have great merits before the Soviet state - CPSU functionaries, the high-level military and order and medal bearers.


What has happened to Russia during the years of President Boris Yeltsin's rule and what are the major reasons behind the negative events? Political observer Pavel Voshchanov offers his preliminary analysis of major political reforms in Russia during Yeltsin's rule.

In his article titled "Abramoviches Are Attacking " political analyst Konstantin Sorokin examines four new features of the Russian internal political establishment, which many observers view as pernicious and unconstitutional.


At a meeting with managers from leading defense enterprises on Saturday, Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin told the participants about the government plans to change the system of governance of the defense-industrial complex. The story comments on Stepashin's report.


In an interview Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov gives his assessment of the newly-appointed Cabinet and the political situation around its formation with the help of the Kremlin "family".