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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


At its first session Thursday, the new government approved the draft decree concerning its assistance in organizing and holding the parliamentary elections. According to the document, over two dozen federal departments and their regional units will control the election campaign. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

Ilya Klebanov, deputy prime minister for the military-industrial complex and the new MIC Commission, led by the Cabinet head have launched structural and legal reform of the military-industrial complex. In an interview, Klebanov reveals the essence of the project, focusing on a government draft decree on military and technological cooperation with foreign countries.

Russia on Thursday launched a military Kosmos satellite from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk region. The satellite will be used in the interests of the Defense Ministry.

Russia has officially admitted, though 10 days later, that indeed Russian planes had bombed Georgian territory. The story comments on this "unprecedented act."

Krasnoyarsk Governor Alexander Lebed views the plan to sell a federal package of stock in the Krasnoyarsk Coal Company as an attempt by certain forces in Moscow to destabilize the situation in the region.

Controversial oligarch Boris Berezovsky is visiting several Siberian and Ural cities. Thus, he has already visited Yekaterinburg with "political aims," where he met with Sverdlovsk Governor Eduard Rossel. According to reports from the Agency for Political News, Berezovsky is creating a new election bloc of regional governors, which may be headed by Alexander Lebed. Also covered in Vremya MN.

Rumor has it that former Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin is active in the attempt to create election blocs that would be favorable to the Kremlin. Though he has little time for it, Stepashin, as the story notes, "in a rather careless manner" is testing all possible variants. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

Political analyst Alexander Privalov reflects on the fate of different political trends in Russia, focusing on the significance of each of them for the destiny of the country in its present, complicated period.

The story reveals the aim of the current European tour of Alexander Livshits, special presidential representative to the Group of Seven leading industrial nations.

Volgograd authorities are doing everything in their power to prevent the cholera epidemic from hitting the region. The story describes several urgent measures.

There are 1,310 private and state-owned pharmacies in St. Petersburg, which is more than anywhere else in Russia. Each of them services about 3,600 residents on average. But there are problems in this industry, according to coverage of the St. Petersburg pharmaceutical conference.

An interview with arbitration manager Anatoly Smolyaninov and Director- General Rafik Aizatulov of the West-Siberian Metal Combine (Zapsib) explores the state of manufacturing in the Novokuznetsk (Kremerovo region) and Zapsib's financial position from 1997 to the present.

The story highlights LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky starring in NTV's entertainment program "Home Theater".


Recent changes in the leadership of Russia's and Switzerland's prosecutor general's offices will not affect their collaboration. They are willing to complete their joint investigation and bring the cases of the "Mabetex" and "Andava" firms to court, according to an interview with a top official of the Swiss Prosecutor General's Office.

The story describes the main intrigue that unfolded in the government and the Kremlin surrounding the candidacies of First Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Aksyonenko and acting Fuel and Energy Minister Viktor Kalyuzhny that were approved Thursday. Also covered in Vremya MN.

The story reports on how the Planet Hollywood network of restaurants ( 80 restaurants in more than 20 countries) has found itself on the brink of bankruptcy, though these troubles have not affected the Moscow Planet Hollywood restaurant.

The budget-2000 is the focus of the International Monetary Fund mission that arrived in Moscow Thursday. The story reveals its plans.

The Coordinating Council of the left-of center socialist forces of Russia Thursday made the decision to create an election public-political bloc to be named, "The Bloc of General Nikolayev". The story describes its potential participants.

A governor's fund is being created in the Saratov region with the aim of financing social programs, including those combating AIDS and drug addiction.

An outburst of malignant anthrax has occurred in the Krasnoozersky district in the Novosibirsk region, where four cases have been registered and another 200 locals may become carriers of this fatal infection. The story describes the situation.

Moscow criminal investigators have confiscated documents from Mosbiznesbank and its insurance company, "Akviko". Former leaders of these structures are suspected of embezzling $210 million. Akviko former director- general Alexei Dobrynin, who is wanted by authorities, is hiding in Canada. The story details the case.

The Tax Ministry intends to step up its control over domestic tobacco producers. With this aim in view, each packet of cigarettes made in Russia will carry a special stamp with an individual number .

Moscow Vice-Mayor Valery Shantsev Thursday received an international delegation of theatrical workers to discuss preparations for the 3rd International Theatrical Olympiad , scheduled for the spring of 2001 in Moscow.

The founder and chairman of the International Committee of Theatrical Olympiads, Teodoros Terzopulos, discusses the initiative in an interview. Terzopulos is artistic director and head of the Attis Theater in Athens.

The outstanding Finnish writer of the post-war generation, Paavo Rintala, has died in Helsinki. His death has passed almost unnoticed in Russia, though he had done a great deal more for Russia than his European colleagues.


The story reports on how former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov agreed to head the coordinating council of the Fatherland- All Russia bloc and to top its election list.


The story expains the Railway Ministry's new regulations that eliminate the two-tiered pricing system for ticket sales and now treat Russians and foreigners alike.

The Moscow City Blood Transfusion Station is experiencing blood shortages , because the number of voluntary blood donors has drastically decreased. The story says what measures the station is taking to improve the situation.

The story gives several facts showing how the Orthodox church often violates its charter.