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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


The Charter of Professional Ethics of Political Advisers, which was developed by the Russian Public Relations Association, is designed to help make the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections "clean and honest."

The Belgian side will compensate all losses incurred by the Russian commercial structures due to delayed sales of Belgian meat that underwent special sanitary dioxin contamination examination.

Two Chechen terrorists, Rustam Merzhiyev and Ramazan Kozroyev, for the first time in Russia's history have been sentenced in North Ossetia to 15 years in jail. The question is: What should be done with those Chechens who do not commit terrorist acts but openly call for such acts against Russia?

At the first session of the local election commission in Tula, Central Russia, Governor Vasily Starodubtsev's representative, Nadezhda Skachkova, has nominated Vyacheslav Nazarenko, former head of the regional election commission, who has a criminal past, for a second term.

In an exclusive interview, Anatoly Kiselyov, Chief Designer at the Khrunichev Aviation Design Center, states the official reason behind the recent crash of the Proton rocket-booster at Baikonur Cosmodrome.

According to an unofficial source, the press service of the Otechestvo (Fatherland) movement may be closed in the near future, and its head, Vladimir Martynov, may resign.

Chelyabenergo, a subsidiary of Unified Energy Systems, this week may switch off electricity from the Yuzhno-Uralskaya Railway as a punishment for debts.

The confrontation between Krasnoyarsky Krai and Evenkia, two parts of the Russian Federation, has all the features of the Cold War. Krasnoyarsk Governor Alexander Lebed would like to "subjugate Evenkia," and the latter fiercely opposes Lebed's desires.

The recent opinion poll of 500 Muscovites conducted by the VTSIOM Sociological Research Center shows that 46 percent of respondents support the idea of holding the presidential and parliamentary elections simultaneously, and only 20 percent oppose the idea.

Father Zakhary, senior priest in the Mikhailo-Arkhangelskaya Church in Grozny, was kidnapped July 25. Also commented on in Kommersant Daily.

According to the Monitoring Service of the Emergency Situations Ministry, the doomsday predicted by numerous astrologers and clairvoyants is not expected this summer.

Sochi journalist Sergei Zolovkin, who in a local newspaper told readers about a whole town of dachas in Maly Akhun belonging to local high-level bureaucrats, has been threatened with murder. Corrupt state officials also warned him that his daughter may suffer.

It became known Monday that the two-week voting on the issue of declaring default on Russian debts, which the Bank of New York conducted among members of the London Club, ended in favor of Russia July 21.

The International Federation of the Recording Industry has sent a letter to the European Commission asking it to take strict measures against Ukraine, which illegally produces and exports compact disks. The story notes that such behavior from this republic may complicate its relationships with the European Union.

The Russian government intends to deal with the issue of holding bankruptcy procedures. The letter concerning the policy of development with the aim of receiving the third loan from the World Bank for economic restructuring, signed by Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin, features the Cabinet's plans in this sphere.

In an interview, Dmitry Ignatyev, head of the bank taxation section in the Tax Ministry, talks about the acute problem of tax collection in the offshore zones.

In an interview, Stanislav Mironenko, deputy head of the board of directors of the Moscow Delovoi Mir Bank, speaks about his bank's tariff policy and about its services to corporate clients.

The story offers an in-depth analysis of the domestic aviation industry and the possibility of competition on the market with American companies.


Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov's supporters and opponents are unanimous in the opinion that the AFK "Sistema" company may become a vulnerable spot on the threshold of the elections. In his first interview, Sistema head Vladimir Yevtushenkov assures that his business does not depend on the Moscow government.

The Sverdlovsk Election Commission late last week refused to register Liberal Democratic Party of Russia leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky as a candidate to run in the gubernatorial elections scheduled for August 29.

The Lefortovsky Court Tuesday is to consider a civil case concerning children's rights. Lyudmila Stepanenkova has accused her former husband Mstislav Listov, aide to the State Duma deputy of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, saying that he is hiding their eight-year-old daughter, Lada.

The Russian-American Commission on Economic and Technological Cooperation will hold a session Tuesday, and Wednesday and Thursday the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank will decide the fate of credits to Russia. Special presidential representatives, Mikhail Zadornov and Alexander Livshits, Monday urgently flew to Washington to help Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin with difficult negotiations.

Media-Most and the NTV-Plus company Monday revoked the suits lodged previously against Vneshekonombank on the obligatory prolongation of credits in the amount of $60 million. Vneshekonombank, however, did not agree with their actions and has filed its own suit against Media-Most and NTV-Plus, demanding its credits back with interest.

Decision Number 285-01/06-99 of the Chief Designers Council on Russia's Piloted Programs on transferring the Mir orbital station into non-piloted flight.

The merger of Sibir and Vnukovo Airlines, as a result of which a new company may surpass Aeroflot by several specifications, has been postponed for an indefinite time; Sibir Director-General Vladislav Filev Monday tendered his resignation.

The Unified Energy systems electric energy company has found funds for major renovation projects of several old electric power stations. The funds will be taken from power consumers, who in return will get part of UES's assets. The Sayano-Shushenskaya Electric Power Station will be the first to receive money according to this scheme.

Several leading creditors of the notorious Golden ADA firm late last week managed to agree on how they will divide the company's property. Andrei Kozlyonok's former wife, however, declared her claim of 10 percent of the company's stock, which may delay a return to the Russian budget of $180 million stolen during the "fraud of the century."


Former Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko has sent a letter to President Boris Yeltsin with his proposals on how Yeltsin should retire on pension without any headache.

Rosneft's vertical integration has allowed the company to drastically increase its balance profit. This was stated by the company's president, Sergei Bogdanchikov.

The story describes the new lease on life of the Zapadno-Sibirsky Metal Combine in Kuzbas.