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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


On Tuesday, Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov said that in the near future he will meet with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for negotiations concerning the implementation of previously reached economic agreements and the restoration of facilities destroyed during the Chechen war.

The flight of the international Russian-French crew on board the Mir space station is nearing completion. The landing of the descending capsule of the Soyuz TM-29 spaceship is scheduled for Aug. 28.

Yevgeny Vedernikov, director of Murmansk's Rossiya-Nostalgie radio station, and Sergei Shcherbovich, operator of the Murmansk Vesti program, died in an apparent auto accident. The car (which belonged to the Murmansk Exponeft company), along with the bodies of the two men, was found in the Pechrechka River. Also covered in Kommersant, Segodnya and Vremya MN.

The French Communist Party is losing its authority in the political scene of the country. Its leader said the party urgently needs reform, otherwise it may cease to exist.

Yevgeny Dermenyov, Nazarovsky inter-regional acting prosecutor in Krasnoyarsk has signed a warrant for the arrest of Krasnoyarsky Krai legislative assembly deputy Anatoly Bykov, head of the board of directors of the Krasnoyarsk Aluminum Factory, who is suspected of involvement in the murder of two businessmen. Also covered in Kommersant.

Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko said the government has allocated from the budget 300 million rubles as a loan to Dagestan to meet its urgent needs.

At Tuesday's session, presided by First Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Aksyonenko, the government commission on urgent issues decided to support the small business production.

The justice board in Stavropol, southern Russia, has registered a new public organization f the Communist Party of Soviet Stavropol.

The Mashinostroyeniye Research Production Association has completed the design of the 4th generation of the Yakhont shipborne cruise missile, which is planned for export, said Viktor Tsaryov, the association's deputy director general.

Deputies to the Kemerovo Regional Legislative Assembly have received new spacious apartments after the ousting of about 100 tuberculosis-infected children, who were receiving treatment in the Yolochka TB sanatorium.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has taken effective measures to overcome the fuel crisis. He has signed a directive aimed at preventing the critical situation with oil, oil products and fuel supplies to several regions of the Polar North.

Commenting on the recent actions by fire authorities against Kommersant, political analyst Nikita Kirichenko concludes that this is the fault of the authorities, which have found themselves helpless to honor the desire of the minority of Russians to live their lives free ofarbitrary, or unwritten rules and laws. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

The right-wing bloc yesterday announced the first three candidates on its federal election list, which is headed by Novaya Sila leader and former Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko. The new coalition is officially called The Union of Right-Wing Forces. Also covered in Kommersant Daily and Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Six bankers reflect on urgent problems and tasks facing the Russian banks today a year after the banking crisis.

At the current summit of the Shanghai Five Regional Alliance in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Moscow intends to come up with an initiative of regular exchanges of viewpoints on the international situation and particularly on the issue of strategic security in Asia. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Komsomolskaya Pravda and Vremya MN.

In an interview, Omsk governor Leonid Polezhayev shared his views on the political situation in the country and his region, saying that the unity of the regions would continue to strengthen Russia.

Anatoly Pristavkin, head of the Pardoning Commission under the president, spoke about teenage thieves who are sent to jail, which, in his opinion, is too severe a punishment for them. Pristavkin asked if prison should be the only possible punishment for young criminals.


With 59 servicemen killed and more than 200 wounded, the federal troops have released all villages captured by Shamil Basayev's and Khattab's gunmen in Daghestan's Botlikh district. Basayev stated that he has managed to keep alive the majority of his soldiers and now he is preparing for a new attack on Daghestan. The story describes the latest fighting in the republic.

Despite the fact that the International Monetary Fund is willing to view the Central Bank as a semi-criminal structure involved in money-laundering, CB head Viktor Gerashchenko will most probably receive a portion of the $4.5 billion loan released by the fund to Russia. The story comments on the issue, focusing on the IMF mission head's arrival in Moscow yesterday.

The Monday Cabinet session presided by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin decided that St. Petersburg alone ( and not Yaroslavl ) will host the world hockey championship in 2000. The the story comments on the decision. Also covered in Vremya MN.

Moscow police, during its recent anti-terrorist operation "Terek," have detained several dozen Chechen bandits, who planned to commit terrorist acts in Moscow. The story describes their plans.

The ambitious Russian-Belarussian program "Union TV-Set," which is aimed at reviving the production of former Soviet TV sets, may not materialize. The Moscow TV factory

Rubin one of the initiators of the program, threatened to quit it yesterday. The story says why.

The story examines ALROSA's negotiations, as a result of which the Yakutian company hopesto get control over the Arkhangelsk diamonds. It will be announced soon that ALROSA intends to buy a large package of stock of the Terra company, which owns licenses to develop two diamond-carrying deposits in the Arkhangelsk region.


The State Customs Committee has allowed Russian travelers to take abroad $1,500 without declaration but with many long explanations.

The story reports on how the gasoline crisis has affected the harvesting season in many Russian regions.

In an interview former Agriculture Minister Viktor Semyonov, now deputy leader of the Agrarian Party, talks about a possible split in the party and several reasons behind it.

In an interview Adam Deniyev, head of the shadow Chechen government, says why he hates the existing political regime, focusing on its anti-popular policy.

In an interview renowned psychoanalyst and sex therapist Lev Shcheglov says which out of the nine candidates have real chances to win the presidential elections (8,9)

In his first ever interview the most popular contemporary Russian writer Viktor Pelevin talks about his controversial outlooks and books.



In an interview Alexander Livshits, special presidential representative responsible for negotiations with industrially advanced countries, who after his visits to London and Paris arrived in Brussels yesterday, speaks about aims of his visits and results of his meetings with highly-placed state officials and bankers. Also covered in Noviye Izvestia.

The story examines what could be expected from tomorrow's Gazprom shareholders' extraordinary meeting, which will decide the fate of its head Rem Vyakhirev. A positive outcome is not excluded. Also covered in Noviye Izvestia and Vremya MN.

The story comments on issues being discussed by five presidents at the current Bishkek summit, focusing on the problem of coordinating their efforts in consolidating security in Asia. Also covered in Segodnya.

An unidentified virus has hit nearly 200 residents in Nizhnekamsk ( Tatarstan). This was stated by Tamara Frulochkina, a chief specialist in the State Sanitary and Epidemiological Department. The story describes the situation.

Historian Alexei Malashenko, head of the research programs at the Moscow Carnegie Center, examines two most significant factors that largely determine the pre-election game in Russia f the treaty between Luzhkov's Fatherland and Shaimiyev's All Russia and the aggravated situation in the North Caucasus. The author shows how these factors ( each in its own way) testify to the Moslems' increased role in political life today.

In an interview Minister of Science and technology Mikhail Kirpichnikov talks about government programs and funds aimed at boosting basic scientific research projects needed by the national economy.


Controversial oligarch Boris Berezovsky during his Siberian blitz-visit late last week discussed with governors a project of creating a new election bloc "Muzhiki." The story reveals his failed plan.

The Foreign Ministry yesterday rejected the frequented pronouncements saying that Russia has changed its position on NATO's expansion through admitting new members, making it more tolerant. The story comments on the issue.

Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky yesterday met with ex-Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin and presented to him an offer to sign an official agreement on election collaboration. Stepashin accepted the offer. The story reports on how both sides may gain from their cooperation.

The largest computer company will appear in Europe soon as a result of the merger of the Japanese Fujitsu company and the German Siemens firm.

At its session in St. Petersburg yesterday within the framework of the world fair "Russian Farmer," the Council of the Inter-State Association of CIS Agro-Industrial Banks decided to create a leasing company with the aim of bo osting integration of the CIS countries' agrarian sectors. The story comments on the event.

The MinFin is expected to sign a long-awaited governmentt decree on a special-purpose funding of those defense enterprises, to which the state owes money. The story reveals the true essence of the document.

Residents in Kasli (Chelyabinsk region) have no idea that over a year already they have been eating strontium and cesium-contaminated fish from a local lake. The story describes the case.


The computer Microsoft giant is working on a secret project to create a new computer program that is actually an artificial intellect. The story details the project.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin yesterday signed a decree on using servicemen on the farm fields to help farmers harvest potatoes, carrots and beet-roots. The story comments on the document .

An extraordinary congress of the Agrarian Party will take place in Moscow on Friday. Its leader Mikhail Lapshin is doing everything in his power to find worthy allies to his party. The story looks at his successful efforts in this direction.

The Yabloko party has submitted to the State Duma its school education program, which is a result of many years of work. The story examines its major provisions.

In an interview Nizhny Novgorod archaeologist Valentin Yanin talks about interesting finds he made in his region.


Western investigators have stepped up their activities to continue their investigation in the Russian mafia's money- laundering. The story offers new facts about this unprecedented fraud, noting that between September 1998 and March of this year, about 10,000 transactions with about $10 billion in laundered money passed through the Bank of New York. Also covered in Segodnya and Noviye Izvestia.

Moscow city police authorities would like all city policemen to look smart. With this aim in mind they have issued a special directive. The stsory comments on the document.

According to a city government instruction, the Alexander Shilov Picture Gallery has received a new 2-story building (nearly 800 sq.m.) on Ulitsa Znamenka. The city government has allocated $93,000 for moving to the new place.

Extrasensory healer Julia Gusarova, 62, author of the book entitled "Treatment Without Medications," was found dead in the morning yesterday in her apartment on Ulitsa Begovaya. The story details the case.

The story says who controls leading mass media outlets and which out of six major presidential hopefuls they support.


In an interview filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky, Nikita Mikhalkov's brother, who spends much time abroad, talks about his two controversial books and about his specific style of writing.

The story lists all positive accomplishments and negative acts of the five former prime ministers, beginning with Yegor Gaidar ( June-December 1992 ). (

In an interview Mayor Yury Luzhkov, who is running for re-election , talks about his allies and opponents. Luzhkov says in part that his wife's business ( plastics production) is exactly the kind of enterprise that will help save Russia's economy.

There are three special colonies in Russia for life-imprisoned convicts f in Mordovia, outside Vologda and in the Sverdlovsk region. The story features one such place in Mordovia where 100 prisoners, with the average age of 32 years, will spend the rest of their lives. They have killed 188 people f70 women, 20 girls and 8 boys. (7)

The story reports on how hundreds of workers from Russian provinces and abroad find jobs in Moscow, whereas hundreds of Muscovites are jobless. (

In an interview AlexAnder Roshal, Editor in chief of the chess magazine "64," talks about the present situation in the world of chess, explaining why the leading Russian chess players have refused to play in the world chess championship in Las Vegas.


The story h ighlights specific features of the current election-bloc building process, which was impossible in Soviet times when only one "indestructible bloc of the Communists and non-party members" had existed throughout all those years.


How will Moscow be provided with heat and electricity next year? How will the new housing construction projects affect the city energy systems in the 21st century? In an interview MOSENERGO Director General Alexander Mityayev answers these and other questions.

Reporter Alexander Zhilin has managed to find out (from sources close to Yeltsin's daughter Tatyana Dyachenko) reasons behind the recent resignation of Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin and behind-the-scenes Kremlin political intrigues.


In an interview ( abridged) to the Kirghiz newspaper "Slovo Kyrgyzstana," President Boris Yeltsin talks in part about the significance of the Treaty on Strengthening the Measures of Confidence in the Frontier Zone and about the present state of Russian-Kirghiz cooperation.

In an interview Prime Minister Vladimir Putin comments on the results of his recent meeting in Moscow with his Belarussian counterpart Sergei Ling, focusing on a very difficult and contradictory process of Russia-Belarus economic integration.

The law concerning the status of judges took effect in July 1992, as a result of which the judges have become "super-independent" of everybody and everything, enjoying the broadest of powers, as nowhere else in the world. Thus, for seven years Russia has been living in the "law-governed" state with the "super-legal" corps of judges. What has changed over this period? Lawyer Vladimir Filippov answers this and other questions. Also covered in Segodnya.

A year ago the goverment decided to devaluate the ruble, which has had some positive effect on industrial production. But as experts note, the effect of the ruble devaluation cannot last long. What does the government do in order to maintain the positive tendencies that have emerged in the economy lately? In an interview Economics Minister Andrei Shapovalyants answers this and other questions.

Every year Russia pays to the Baltic states up to $1.5 billion for only oil transit to its ports. If the Baltic Oil Pipeline System is built, Russia will not waste its money. The story examines the situation around the project.