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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


St. Petersburg governor Vladimir Yakovlev has stated that former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov has promised him that he will head the election list of the Fatherland-All Russia election bloc. Yakovlev also said that Primakov asked him to send an official proposal from the bloc's leadership. Also covered by Kommersant Daily.

Julia Kantor, Izvestia's special correspondent in St. Petersburg, has received an unusual present for her birthday - anti-Semitic hate mail. The story, written by journalist Gayaz Alimov, a Tatar who has himself been the victim of racism, comments on the case.

August 13 marks the centenary of legendary British filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. The story highlights his film career. Also covered by Kommersant Daily and Vremya MN.

Acting Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov has made new personnel changes among his deputies. The story describes these new appointments.

The Pension Fund has earned 1.072 billion rubles ($43 million) on the sale of humanitarian aid. This was announced Thursday by the fund's head, Mikhail Zurabov.

According to an agreement signed with the Gorky auto factory (GAZ), Sberbank of Russia will loan it 1 billion rubles ($40 million) for three years, with an annual interest rate of 38 percent to 45 percent. GAZ will spend this money on its new project - the GAZ-3111 car. The story comments on the deal.

Moscow police and OMON troops Thursday launched a widescale operation to inspect the majority of the 230 city market places with the aim of checking the documents of private traders, most of whom are Caucasians. The story describes a police raid on the Rizhsky market.

The Iridium LLC company, owner and operator of a global system of mobile satellite communications, has defaulted on credits worth $1.5 billion. The story comments on its financial position. Also covered by Kommersant Daily and Vremya MN.

In an interview Acting Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov speaks about his beloved profession, his rich professional experience, his family and likes and dislikes.


According to KD information, former Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin has givenhis preliminary consent to head the election list of the Right Cause movement. The story says why Stepashin has chosen this movement.

In an interview General Igor Zubov, deputy interior minister, talks about the military situation in Dagestan, saying that the anti-terrorist operation by federal forces will be completed in two weeks.

Officials from the once top secret Interior Ministry department for cracking down on high-tech crime met with journalists Thursday to tell them about the job. As it turned out, the investigators have managed to do a great deal to find criminals. The story describes several cases.

Belarussian authorities have completed a campaign to re-register political parties and public organizations. The main aim of this move was to weaken the opposition. The story comments on the measure.

According to Serbian sources, the Yugoslav army took delivery of separate parts of Russian S-300PM missiles several weeks before the start of the NATO airstrikes. This has been reported by the authoritative British military journal Jane's Defence Weekly.

On orders from Saratov Governor Dmitry Ayatskov, local bakeries have begun to make special bread called "narodny," which costs 1 ruble 50 kopeks. The story explains why the city bakeries are displeased with this novelty.

An unprecedented event has occurred in the Russian Internet market: 20 percent of the stock of the LLC company, which has a free e-mail service,, has been sold for $940,000. This deal shows that the "" is attracting investors. The story describes the deal.

Federal authorities have found a new way of replenishing the budget - Russian offshore territorial formations. The Finance Ministry has proposed that they be eliminated, while the Tax Ministry has suggested imposing state control over them .


One story gives figures to show the Russian military commitment, including the number of troops and armored equipment, in Dagestan.

In an interview, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, whose wife Raisa is undergoing treatment for acute leukemia at the University Hospital in M?nster, talks about the results of the first stage of the treatment. Also covered by Kommersant Daily.

Political observer Yevgeny Anisimov reflects on possible factors to explain why President Boris Yeltsin has selected Vladimir Putin as his successor.

In the first interview since his sacking, former Prime Minister Sergei Stepashinexplains why the president sacked him, saying that he "opposed servicing the interests of a certain group of people and therefore they viewed him as unreliable in this situation."

One story paints a political portrait of acting Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who always places the interests of the state above himself.

One story features Alexander Tikhonov, four-time Olympic champion, who has won the title of the best biathlete of the 20th century." Together with a group of former athletes in Novosibirsk, Tikhonov has launched a Russian-Austrian joint venture that specializes in adventure tourism.


The Moscow government has approved new rules for maintaining order and sanitation in all city courtyards and entryways, which, as the rules say, should all have special locks. Tenants will have to pay a tax for them.

Gangsters killed Valery Kravchenko, a manager of Sheremetyevo Airport on Wednesday. The story describes how it happened.

Moscow police have discovered an underground factory, which was forging some 20,000 documents, including some with the president's signature. The factory was located on the premises of a commercial bank.

The Auditing Chamber, which examined the financial performance of the Committee for Youth Matters, Physical Culture and Tourism from 1996 to 1998, has found many gross violations, stating that bureaucrats have used the budget money for personal gain.

The investigation committee of the Interior Ministry has submitted to court criminal proceedings against leaders of the scandalous "Khoper-Invest" pyramid, which in 1994-1995 deceived thousands of private depositors. The story details the case.

A lame gangster Wednesday evening tried to kill entrepreneur Abdulla Suleimanov, who is also an assistant to State Duma Deputy Mikhail Musatov of the LDPR faction. The crime happened not far from the president's apartment block on Osennyaya Ulitsa in Krylatskoye. The story details the case. Also covered by Kommersant Daily.

The International Wine festival will for the first time take place in Moscow during the City Day festivities taking place between Sept .2 and 5. The story describes the program.



The government Thursday sent four million rubles ($160,000) to Tula, 150 kilometers south of Moscow, to pay for completing the construction of the Belkovskaya mine, and another six million rubles to pay miners' wages. The payments resulted from negotiations Thursday between Governor Vasily Starodubtsev and Acting Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his First Deputy Nikolai Aksyonenko.

In an interview, Chief Military Prosecutor Yury Dyomin talked about the decreased crime rate in the army, about corruption among senior military officials and about the current state of the Skuratov case.

Against the background of political reshuffling, the gasoline crisis has ceased to be "problem number one." The real situation on the fuel market, however, continues to worsen, with gasoline prices in Moscow going up by approximately 50 kopeks (2 cents) Thursday. The cost of gasoline in Moscow will increase by another 5 percent next week, said Sergei Borisov, head of the Russian Fuel Union. The Cabinet may need to take urgent measures to improve the disturbing situation on the fuel market.

New results were reported from an investigation of the Shroud of Turin, Christianity's most mysterious relic. Debates about the shroud, which devout Christians believe was placed over Christ during his burial and which today bears His imprint, have been continuing for centuries.

Consultations on launching a powerful new election association have been going on for several days. The association will bring several well-known politicians - Yury Boldyrev, Viktor Ilyukhin and Dmitry Rogozin - into one party. If the politicians were to run alone they would not be able to overcome the 5 percent election barrier.

In an interview, State Duma deputy Nikolai Gonchar discussed holding a referendum on merging Russia and Belarus.


Popular former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov officially agreed Thursday to become secretary-general of the "party of new power" - the Fatherland-All Russia election bloc - and on its behalf to join the parliamentary race. The bloc's Coordinating Council sent Primakov an official invitation. How will Primakov feel among governors? Also covered in Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

Sergei Shakhrai, one of the authors of the Constitution, said it is possible to change the existing Constitution before the presidential elections. He also said he envisions a possible alignment of political forces during the parliamentary elections. Also covered in Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

Information for Democracy, an organization headed by former presidential advisers Georgy Satarov and Mikhail Krasnov, has offered a proposal to amend the Constitution. On their own initiative they have prepared a new wording of chapters three through nine.

Karachayevo-Cherkessia's Supreme Court is continuing deliberations on the results of the republic's recent presidential elections. Whatever ruling the court makes, Stanislav Derev, one of the candidates for president, has resolved to work for the holding of new elections. In an interview Derev talked about his ambitious plans.

ALROSA, a state owned company in the eastern Siberian republic of Yakutia, is expected to put into commission Friday a new enriching factory, ALROSA-Nyurba. The factory, which was built in the republic's taiga in four months, cost $5.5 million.

Computer crimes in Russia are on the rise, Vladislav Selivanov, chief of the high technologies crimes department of the Interior Ministry, said Thursday. Selivanov cited several figures to illustrate the point.


The Fuel and Energy Ministry has come out against allowing the state-owned Rosvooruzheniye company to export oil, Minister Viktor Kalyuzhny said. Also covered in Vremya MN.

Unlike in Russia, only one Cabinet of Ministers was sacked in Belarus during the past five years. On personal order from President Lukashenko, Prime Minister Mikhail Chigir was put in prison four months ago. The story examines Chigir's illegal acts and the relationship between the two men.

The Agrarian Party, with its leader Mikhail Lapshin, has accused the KPRF of political impotence and joined the Fatherland-All-Russia election bloc. The story looks at Lapshin's motives.

A regional public patriotic movement, "Pribaikalye," has emerged in the Irkutsk region. The movement may seriously effect the plans of many participants in the current State Duma election campaign.


In an interview, Vladimir Zorin, head of the State Duma Nationalities Affairs Committee, assessed the current situation in Dagestan, saying that it is beginning to look a lot like August 6, 1996. Zorin discussed the idea of imposing a state ofemergency in the districts adjacent to Dagestan.

The full text of a government decree was published concerning measures to improve the system of housing and utilities payments and to boost social welfare programs. The story comments on the document, focusing on its major provisions.

A story reported on how harvest holidays, which for many years were considered religious holidays, were festively celebrated in old Russia.

Foreigners should not call Russians slow-witted people. To prove this point the story offers funny examples showing how inventive Russians are.

A story described three simple technical devices that have been designed by specialists in the military-industrial complex that may contribute to Russia's economy and ecological health.


The Moscow State Statistics Committee has made public a report on the social and economic situation in Moscow in the first half of 1999. With pessimistic information about how expensive life in the city is, specialists note its high living standard.


What consequences will rapid changes in governmental appointments lead to? Policymakers, financiers and economists share their viewpoints.

In an interview Alexander Nekipelov, Director of the Institute of International Economic and Political Studies, explained the major reason behind the financial crisis of Aug. 17, 1998. Nekipelov focused on the lessons learned from the crisis and on how they are taken into consideration today.