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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


The executive power has begun to lose those advantages it gained after the failure of the impeachment vote in the State Duma. According to the story, this has been caused by several of the latest unpopular economic measures.

In an interview, Alexander Livshits, the president's special envoy responsible for contacts with the G-8 states, talks about the possibility of restructuring Russia's debt on eurobonds.

The 34th International Film Festival will open Friday in Karlovy Vary. The story highlights its competition program and participants.

The story examines appalling conditions in Butyrka Prison, where each prisoner is allotted about of 48 square centimeters of floor space and receives a 7 ruble ($0.29) food ratio per day. Many convicts are infected with Tuberculosis or HIV.

Yury Luzhkov's Otechestvo (Fatherland) political party recently took part in the session of Sotsintern, an authoritative international organization that unites many important social democratic, labor and democratic parties in Europe. The Otechestvo delegation was the only one to represent Russia. The story says what the movement may gain from its cooperation with Sotsintern.

The Russian banking system in the provinces will rely on local banks for reconstruction and development, with their activities being aimed at crediting and backing the real sector of the economy, a long-standing idea of the Central Bank. The story discusses the idea of creating semi-state banks servicing requirements from individual regions.

The All-Russian State Television and Radio Company (VGTRK) leadership decided to pull the program "Sovershenno Sekretno" ("Top Secret") from the air because it had always irritated the Kremlin. The story says how the VGTRK leadership explained the broken contract.

The TV Center Channel has obtained a new leadership: Will it be able to acquire a new face and be effective in upholding the interests of Luzhkov's Otechestvo (Fatherland) political party during the election campaign?


Specialists who service the Russian commander in chief with the nuclear button have refused to carry out its planned renovation until all of their wage arrears are paid off. The story examines the history of the case.


Russia would initiate a preventive nuclear strike without any delay. This is the answer to the question: What will Russia do in case of "limited aggression from the West?" This conclusion may be made on the basis of results of the recent strategic military exercises. The story comments on the secret military exercise, West '99, which two Russian strategic bombers took part in near Iceland June 26.

Leaders of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation understand that the party's decision to take part in the upcoming parliamentary elections independently, without allies from the People's Patriotic Union, was a big strategic error, which they are now trying to correct.

The Georgian political elite hopes that NATO, using the "Kosovo method," will help it resolve the Abkhazian problem. But NATO, which is in no hurry to go to Georgia, has called on Tbilisi not to quarrel with Russia.

The Moscow food market is awaiting new price lists from food suppliers after the Moscow government imposed a 2 percent sales tax, which will be valid in the city until January 2000. The story describes how prices will skyrocket and which city districts will be affected first.

Four banks, the licenses of which were recently revoked by the Central Bank, disagree with the latter's action and even intend to take it to court. The story examines their response and plans.

In an interview, poet Andrei Voznesensky, whose new book "Terrible Crisis Superstar" was recently published, asks the following questions: Does poetry today strongly influence the country's life as it did in Soviet times? How do you envision Russia's future?


In an interview, General Vladimir Fyodorov, chief of the Main Board of Main Auto Inspection (GAI), talks about the main functions, tasks and problems of his agency.


The story highlights the Yury Boldyrev Movement, the founding congress of which took place in early June in Perm. The story highlights the movement's attitude to President Boris Yeltsin, to the Kremlin "family" and to the government, focusing on its approach to economic problems.

The Bank of Moscow's press service has released a statement on its response to the Central Bank's decision to revoke the license of Mosbiznesbank under pressure from the International Monetary Fund.


Fires have hit about 100 hectares of land in the Leningrad region, where special police cordons are barring all roads to the forests. The story describes the disturbing situation.

Kirovsky Zavod, a leading producer of wheeled tractors in Russia, has to assemble 100 such tractors for the Oryol region, the biggest order since the beginning of this year. The story comments on the KZ's deal with its Oryol partners.

A delegation of Belgian specialists arrived in Russia early this week to decide the fate of tons of Belgian "dioxin-contaminated" meat. Vyacheslav Avilov, chief state veterinary inspectorof Russia and head of the Russian delegation, gives an interview about the results of the negotiations.

The story examines the origin of the so-called ozone hole in the atmosphere and the how it affects human health .

The federal law concerning the fulfillment of the budget of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation in 1997, passed by the State Duma on May 19, 1999 and approved by the Federation Council on June 9, 1999, is discussed.


The story reports how St. Petersburg tenants from 9 Pulkovskaya Ulitsa have created a vegetable garden on the roof of their nine-story apartment building, where in special boxes they grow berries, onions, radishes, cucumbers and carrots.

A group of specialists at the Immunology Clinical Institute in Novosibirsk has developed a unique method of diagnosing all ailments in a human body all at once. The story describes the method.