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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


Supreme Patriarch-Catholikos of all Armenians Garegin I, head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, died yesterday after a long illness. (also covered in Kommersant)

Several popular ORT programs have been taken off air. The story comments on the event, focusing on other recent changes at Channel One.

The Russian government has not given up the idea of building three new units of the nuclear power station in Iran's Bushehr and intends to launch official negotiations on the project. Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin has signed the corresponding instruction. If the talks are successful, Russia, according to preliminary calculations, may gain a $2 billion contract. The story comments on the issue.

The story gives several recommendations on how people should behave in this unbearable heat, which, according to weather forecasts, will continue through July.

The North Caucasus Main Board of the Prosecutor General's Office has sent a criminal case to the Karachayevo-Cherkessia Republican Court against Alexei Gavrilenko, head of the Election Commission of Cherkessk. The story describes his gross violations of the election rules.

Media tycoon Boris Berezovsky intends to run in the December parliamentary elections. A group of voters from Tula Election Constituency No. 176 has nominated him. The story examines Berezovsky's chances.

Moscow-Tbilisi relations have become very tense by Monday f Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze has accused Russia in public of "piracy in Georgia's air space". The story details the scandal.

Mikhail Yermolayev, vice president of the Inter-Regional Public Organization of UN Peacekeeping Mission Veterans, says how much the peacekeeping contingent in Kosovo will cost the Russian state budget.

US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has sent a letter to Armenia's President Robert Kocharyan and to Azeri President Heidar Aliyev, expressing concern over the tense situation around Nagorny Karabakh.


Gazprom shareholders are expected to meet Wednesday to decide the fate of the company's leadership. Its head Rem Vyakhirev will retain supreme power in the company, but, as a result of a fierce struggle for financial control in the monopoly not long before the meeting, Vyakhirev had to share his powers with the government and the presidential administration. The story features the struggle and its outcome.

The Coalition of Left-of-Center Socialist Forces of Russia on Tuesday conducted an organizing conference . Coalition leader State Duma deputy Andrei Nikolayev assured that the new blocwould gain millions of votes and would take a worthy place between the Communists and Luzhkov's Otechestvo in the next State Duma. The story features major principles of the new bloc.

In an interview Sergei Yastrzhembsky, who was elected head of the TV Center board of directors Friday, comments on the situation in the TV company's leadership and in the Moscow mayor's entourage.

KD offers excerpts from Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin's recent speech before FSB officers, warning of serious danger of the threat to the constitutional security of the country on the threshold of the parliamentary elections.

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov on Monday met with Central Bank boss Viktor Gerashchenko to ask him to back several financial initiatives of the city. Luzhkov discussed with Gerashchenko a possibility for the Moscow government of receiving a large credit in Sberbank and of supporting city banks.

Roman Goryunov, 23, son of the president of the Rotor Football Club and State Duma deputy Vladimir Goryunov, and his friend have been seriously beaten in Volgograd. The story offers several versions of possible reasons.

The Agency for Restructuring Crediting Organizations on Tuesday met with foreign bankers in its office. ARKO believes that they will issue credits to revive the banking system and also will write off part of debts for Russian banks. The story describes the meeting, focusing on results of the negotiations.

The Sberbank shareholders' meeting Wednesday will discuss the nominated members for its Overseeing Council. The presidential administration would like its protege Alexander Livshits to be among its members. Besides, former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Fyodorov is claiming two votes.

Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has signed a decree creating the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. In an interview its founder Zurab Tsereteli, the head of the Art Academy, talks about the project.


The main threat for Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin as a major contender for the presidential post in the upcoming presidential elections-2000 comes from former Cabinet head Yevgeny Primakov, who enjoys a high political rating. The story examines several possible variants of Primakov's allies in the election campaign.

The story offers several interesting details about President Boris Yeltsin's recent meeting with graduates from military higher schools.

Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin has saved Aeroflot from controversial oligarch Ruslan Abramovich's efforts to place his protege Alexander Bondarev, deputy director of the Federal Air Transport Service, in Aeroflot's board of directors. The story gives details of the case. (also covered in Izvestia)

The voucher privatization campaign was completed in Russia five years ago. In an interview its "architect" Anatoly Chubais talks about his brainchild, focusing on its major drawbacks, saying that he has lost his voucher in the 1st voucher fund.

The story reports on where and how State Duma deputies are going to spend their summer vacations, which will cost the state budget $1 million.(also covered in MK)

Sergei Bogdanchikov became head of the state-owned Rosneft company eight months ago. In an interview he says what he has managed to achieve over this period.

One in every 10 army draftees risks being killed during his service in the army, in which hazing is flourishing. The story offers several letters from parents, whose sons have never returned home.

In an interview Renald Knysh, coach of the legendary Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut, rejects her accusations that he used his pupils for his sex adventures.


Among those who are suffering most from the scorching heat today are servicemen from the Kremlin regiment, who in full army attire are guarding different army monuments in Moscow such as the Eternal Flame in the center of the city. According to information from the Traumatology Department of the Sklifosovsky Medical Institute, about 10,000 heat victims have been hospitalized in June alone.

The problem of nominating a candidate from the party of power for the upcoming presidential elections is the main headache of the Kremlin "family" today. The story examines several contenders.

The story offers new details of the sale of the newspaper Kommersant's controlling stake. The story concludes that, as a result of the behind-the-scenes deal, Kommersant has lost its political independence and has to be in line now with the general policy of media tycoon Boris Berezovsky's editions and TV channels.

Specialists from the Institute of Organic Chemistry have developed a special chemical substance killing all fungi and lichen on the burial-vaults of Pushkin's relatives and friends in the cemetery of Donskoi Monastery.

Four small Polar bears (aged up to 3.5 years ) will arrive soon at a nursery of Moscow Zoo outside Volokolamsk(Moscow region) immediately from the Polar region. After a quarantine period, the bears will be sent to Russian zoos.

The Central Bank has returned a license to Imperial Bank. The story tries to guess whose interests stand behind this strange step.

The story offers controlling figures from the Economics Ministry's prognosis (document) for the next state budget, which at first glance are rather optimistic.



The story notes that by dressing down Justice Minister Pavel Krasheninnikov yesterday for failing to find legal violations during a Kremlin-ordered investigation of the Communist Party's activities, President Boris Yeltsin gave the impression that the Kremlin is hatching secret plans. What may they be? Also covered in Noviye Izvestia and Segodnya.

The Klin administration, Moscow region, Saturday opened a military, patriotic center where 150 children (between ages 7 and 14), most of whom are orphans, were invited to spend this summer. The story describes the center and its inhabitants.

Vladimir Shumeiko, former speaker of the Federation Council and leader of the movement Reforms f New Course, has defended his dissertation for a doctorate degree recently and now reads lectures at the Academy of Border Service. In an interview, he speaks about his ambitious plans for the upcoming elections.

In an interview, Kamil Nasibullayev, Director-General of SIDANKO's daughter company Varyeganneftegaz, talks about complicated relations between the mother company, SIDANKO, and its daughters.

The Moscow branch of Sberbank decided to release a new $60 million credit to the Tyumen Oil Company for boosting production and putting into effect its investment projects. The story reveals the terms of the deal.

Taking into account the deteriorating situation in the North Caucasus and on the Russian border with Chechnya, it's high time Russia broke off its close relations with this republic, viewing it as a part of the Russian Federation. The story highlights some arguments in favor of a break up.

Many valuable musical instruments are being smuggled out of Russia, with numerous illegal dealers doing their dirty business on the black market. The story gives facts and figures to illustrate the situation.


According to the decree signed by Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin recently, uncut diamonds for jewelry work will be imported to Russia duty free.

Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin July 1 and 2 will meet with his French counterpart in Moscow to discuss several significant issues of Russian-French political and economic cooperation and trade. The story says what both sides will gain from the summit. Also covered in Segodnya.

The AIDS epidemic has hit Irkutsk, the capital city of Eastern Siberia, which early this spring joined the list of ten Russian cities where ten or more new HIV-infected patients are registered every day. The story gives facts to illustrate the point.


The Belarussian-Russian integration process is likely to have reached the finish line. July 1 and 2 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Russia-Belarus Union will hold a regular session, and July 7 the executive councils of both states will meet in session to discuss the drafts of the Union Treaty. The story comments on the issue. Also covered in Literaturnaya Gazeta.

The Treaty on Creating the Union State f the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation.

According to a story printed in the American newspaper The Defense News, China plans to buy from Russia at least 50 Cu-30 fighter planes. The corresponding agreement was reached during the recent official visit to Moscow by Chzhan Vannyan, deputy head of the Chinese Central Military Council. (2)

The State Duma has passed a draft law concerning the computer problem Y2K.

At a session yesterday, the Moscow city government discussed the city budget draft for the year 2000 and losses sustained by the city economy as a result of the August financial crisis. The story examines three key parts making up the basis of Mayor Yury Luzhkov's budget policy.

The IT InfoArt Stars company and the Russian branches of Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard announced yesterday the creation of a business alliance with the aim of promoting Internet television and other technologies aimed at broad public telecasting in Russia. The story reveals the essence of the project.

The world-renown sculptor Mikhail Shemyakin will immortalize the names of those heroes who tried to save Jews from Nazi terror during World War II. The story highlights his project.


In an interview, Gleb Pavlovsky, head of the Effective Politics Fund and a non-staff adviser to the presidential administration (also known as the "grey cardinal of the Kremlin"), says how he envisions the next president of Russia and the next State Duma.

Though the new Cabinet lacks a clear-cut action program, economic pronouncements by government members testify the governments good intentions in the spheres of taxes, wages and pensions, currency, foreign investment and the real economic sector.

The story reports on several banks that plan to return savings to their clients before August 1, when they are due their new initiatives. What are they?

In an interview, State Duma Deputy Stepan Sulakshin, leader of the Russian movement of political centrism, says why he hates International Monetary Fund credits. He also reveals the essence of the program of the Russian movement of political centrism.

Public opinion associates the name of the controversial entrepreneur Sergei Lisovsky with many big scandals. In an interview, Lisovsky speaks about his response to numerous mass media stories about his involvement in some of them.

ORT General Producer Konstantin Ernst explains why several popular programs have been pulled from the air.

This story offers a list and a map of non-official sightseeing attractions for foreign tourists.


The federal law on the fundamentals of the system of preventing neglect and legal violations among the underage (passed by the State Duma May 21, 1999 and approved by the Federation Council June 9, 1999).


LUKoil was among the companies that recently signed an agreement on cooperation in stabilizing the economic situation. What were the factors that prompted LUKoil to sign it? What do you think about LUKoil's joint oil projects in Azerbaijan? In an interview, LUKoil Vice President Ravil Maganov answers these and other questions.

The story reports on how journalist Alexander Nadzharov, in the Kremlin Medical Center, attached to the Kremlin Household Affairs Directorate, tried to find out how President Yeltsin feels in this scorching heat.