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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


The Kremlin views Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, rather than the Communist Party, as the major threat endangering its rule today. The story reports on how the presidential administration is strengthening structures under its control, with the aim of preventing a radical change of political regimes in the upcoming elections. Also covered in Segodnya.

The disturbing events in Dagestan in the past two days show that Russia may lose this integrated republic of 2 million, which is facing the threat of a statehood breakup. Also covered in Noviye Izvestia.

The story reports on how the victory of Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov's Fatherland movement could break up the Kremlin's plans to keep power, causing the disintegration of the country. The story notes that through undermining the Luzhkov group's financial and information foundation, Kremlin chief of staff Alexander Voloshin and his supporters are probably seriously preparing to prevent Luzhkov's success in the elections.

In an interview, former Rosvooruzheniye director-general Grigory Rapota speaks about possible reasons behind his resignation and the recent presidential decree appointing Alexei Ogaryov to replace him. Also covered in Segodnya.

In an interview, State Duma vice speaker Sergei Baburin tells how the idea of the Russia-Belarus union originated and how it may be put into effect.


In an interview, State Duma Deputy Valery Yazev, a member of the Our Home Is Russia political movement and head of the coordinating council of the new election bloc Rossiya, talks about its members and possible allies of the election bloc. Also covered in Noviye Izvestia.

Canada is the first country in the Group of Seven leading industrial nations to accept the market character of the Russian metal sector. Officials in Ottawa have made this decision on the basis of the conclusions of a special commission.

Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin Tuesday signed a decree concerning the supply of oil products to consumers.

The Television Workers' Labor Union Tuesday organized picketing at the VGTRK television channel's administrative building on Leningradsky Prospekt to protest the company's planned structural reorganization, which will result in massive dismissals. Labor union leader Kiril Nesterov said that company head Mikhail Shvydkoi's order will abolish several units starting Aug. 16.


A full solar eclipse, expected on Aug. 11, will be, according to various predictions, theharbinger of Doomsday. The story offers scientists' viewpoints.

The government has accepted a decree endorsing the procedure of providing a year-long vacation to those people who have adopted children.

Swiss Attorney General Karla del Ponte will probably change her job soon - perhaps she became tired of combatting Russian corruption without any positive results. Anyway, del Ponte, known as an intransigent fighter against crime, has a good chance of getting the job of prosecutor at the United Nations International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

The story reports on how Krasnoyarsk Governor Alexander Lebed is trying to overcome the gasoline crisis in the region.

The price of buckwheat has skyrocketed up to 36 rubles ($1.49) per kilo. Yelena Tyurina, acting director of the State of the Agrarian Market Institute, explained it as the result of the poor buckwheat harvest this year.

In an interview, Health Minister Yury Shevchenko reports on how civilian and military medical sectors may help each other.


Rumor has it there is a Kremlin mutiny against Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin, with Kremlin chief of staff Alexander Voloshin being its initiator. Stepashin has allegedly failed to honor the hopes of the Kremlin "family." What does it want from him?

In an interview, Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma speaks about his achievements during his five-year presidency and about his hopes of winning the next presidential election.

Alexander Zarayev, professor of the Russian Astrological School, reveals his own astrological system, according to which cataclysms both in politics and business may happen between Aug. 5 and 9, rather than Aug. 11, as Nostradamus predicted.

The story features the big stakes in the oil barons' game, which involve the whole country. The story gives the names of state-owned and private oil companies involved.

In an interview, Kaliningrad Region Governor Leonid Gorbenko talks about the many positive economic achievements of the region during his rule. He also tells why fish is more expensive than meat, and why such wealth as amber does not yield profits to the regional economy.

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov has announced that soon the city government will economize in all possible spheres. The story, however, notes that the mayor has four public relations services. Isn't that too much for servicing one city functionary?


In an interview, General Vyacheslav Soltaganov, head of the Tax Police Service, talks about the major functions of his agency, which, as he says, plans to examine 800 wealthy Russians to see how they pay taxes.


In his appeal to Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin, human rights plenipotentiary Oleg Mironov, who calls the problem of homeless children "a humanitarian catastrophe," offers a number of effective measures for the government to combat this problem. Lawyer Felix Rudinsky comments on the appeal.

In an interview, former Interior Minister Anatoly Kulikov talks about developments in Chechnya before the war, saying that President Dzhokar Dudayev was killed by his own men.

In an interview, Igor Makarov, president of the ITERA gas company, talks about the firm's origin, difficult years of maturing and its flourishing business today, with reliable partners in the Commonwealth of Independent States and in Europe.