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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


According to an Interior Ministry order, police will within days conduct an anti-terror operation in the city, in which they will visit all apartments with the aim of registering all residents. The story details the operation, doubting its legality. Three public and political figures share their views on the measure.

State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov stated Thursday that, according to new rules to be completed soon, deputies missing sessions will be punished with fines.

FSB officers have intensified measures to prevent the delivery of armaments to Chechnya. According to Izvestia's sources, Chechen leaders could have officially received a great number of weapons in 1997 when Ivan Rybkin was Security Council secretary. The story comments on the issue.

The idea of recognizing Chechnya's independence is being broadly discussed today not only by Chechen separatist ideologue Movladi Udugov and his supporters in Grozny but also by Russian governors, Russian deputies and Russian TV commentators. Political analyst Maxim Yusin examines four arguments showing why this idea is absurd from the point of view Russia's national interests.

The Kemerovo regional administration has developed an investment project with the aim of boosting local budget revenues with the aim of generating $1 billion. The local Council of People's Deputies has passed a law on releasing coupon bonds guaranteed by the administration. The story details the venture, saying that the government is in no way responsible for such credits.

The Russian League of Defense Enterprises has rejected the government's assurances that the Russian army has everything necessary to combat gunmen. Its head, Anatoly Dolgolaptev, on Thursday made public a list of weapons and technologies possessed by the defense sector rather than the federal troops in the North Caucasus. The story comments on Dolgolaptev's statement.

The State Duma, parliament's lower house, is Friday expected to consider the first reading of a bill on protecting the environment. What has long been causing fierce debate is an article that prohibits the import and storage of radioactive waste to Russia. Nuclear Power Ministry specialists have proposed that amendments be introduced to the existing law. The story looks at the major ones.

In an interview, Economics Minister Andrei Shapovalyants answers the following questions: What positive and negative changes have occurred in the economy since the Aug. 17, 1998 financial crisis? Will the economic situation change next year with the new budget? What measures does the government plan to preserve the growth in industrial production?

One story examines major factors that may be holding back the release of the next $640 million tranche to Russia from the International Monetary Fund.

The Chelyabinsk Regional Court on Tuesday closed the bankruptcy case of the AchinskAlumina Combine, declaring a victory for its shareholders. The story comments on the outcome of the prolonged conflict between the Krasnoyarsk administration headed by governor Alexander Lebed and the Krasnoyarsk Aluminum Factory. Also covered by Vremya MN.

The story highlights the TV image of Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky, which has undergone a change lately.


According to unofficial information, Kremlin chief of staff Alexander Voloshin, his deputy Igor Shabdurasulov, Our Home leader Viktor Chernomyrdin, his deputy Vladimir Ryzhkov and also Sergei Shoigu on Thursday met to discuss the possibility of cooperation between the Our Home Is Russia movement and the new gubernatorial bloc in the parliamentary elections. The story describes the meeting.

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov has decided to take the German newspaper Bild to court for slandering him. The story details the conflict.

A landslide in Buinaksk, Dagestan, caused by showers Thursday completely destroyed 50 apartment blocks, leaving more than 800 people homeless. The story details the disaster.

Kommersant's own investigation has shown that the prevention of other terrorist acts in Moscow has become possible thanks to the vigilance of Muscovites rather than to action by the FSB and the Interior Ministry, as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin reported to the president. The story describes results of the investigation.

The State Duma, parliament's lower house, has decided to allocate 5 billion rubles ($198 million) to help the victims of the recent bombings buy new apartments. Simple calculations, however, show that this money is designed for quite different purposes, the story notes, revealing these purposes in detail.

Novosibirsk physicists have made their own contribution to cracking down on terrorism: They have developed a special container for the transportation of explosives. The story describes the invention.

A national referendum is scheduled in Tajikistan for Sept. 26. Its residents will have to answer the question: Do you accept the amendments to the constitution of the republic? The story examines the amendments and the referendum's possible outcome.

Yekaterinburg bandits Wednesday attacked TV reporter Kirill Derbenyov, 33, who was hospitalized with several knife wounds. The story describes how it happened.

The Doninvest financial-industrial group, which assembles Daewoo autos in the Rostov region, has decided to make Citroen Berlingo cars, too. The story explains what Doninvest has done to obtain customs privileges for the project.

French holders of tsarist bonds have lodged a lawsuit on the debt against Russia, demanding a part of Russia's assets at Eurobank in Paris, which is a subsidiary of the Central Bank.

The Mexican Grupo Modelo company, which makes Corona beer, has failed to obtain a ban on the production of beer in Omsk named Sibirskaya Corona. The story explains why.

A scandal is brewing up around the Moscow Stock Exchange, or MSE: Competitors have spread the results of a recent audit of the MSE, which shows that the exchange has long been working with "negative capital." Thus the only exchange with the right to trade Gazprom shares in Moscow is under threat of losing its license. The story details the scandal.

In an interview, Kirill Lavrov, chief artistic director of the Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theater, talks about his new projects in the new season, saying that he may be replaced soon by a new director.


In an interview given to the newspaper Interfax-Vremya, suspended Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov says that there is no ground to accuse President Boris Yeltsin of involvement in the Mabetex scandal and of the scandal with credit cards. The story comments on his statement.

According to information from military headquarters, federal troops on Oct.15 will launch a powerful operation aimed at destroying insurgent formations in Chechnya. The story highlights the plan of the operation.

Former First Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov has written a new book entitled "The Provincial in Moscow," about his stay in the corridors of power. The story offers several chapters from the book.

In an interview, respected TV journalist Vladimir Pozner, the creator of several state television ORT programs, talks about his new project "We and Time" that will be shown Monday.


Moscow specialists have developed special children's clothes that glow in the dark. The aim of this invention is to decrease the number of child victims in road accidents. The story describes the invention.

One story gives figures to show a considerable increase in the populations of commonly-hunted animals in Russia in 1998-99.

The military registration and enlistment office has launched a draft operation " Osen-99," or Autumn-99. The story examines its features.


Russia is likely to plan major military action in Chechnya for the spring of 2000, when the presidential election campaign starts. The story explains why spring is the most suitable season for the operation.

It's the parliamentary elections rather than the presidential ones, as many erroneously believe, that will determine the fate of Russia for the next four years, notes State Duma Deputy Alexander Shokhin, who analyzes several constitutional provisions in order to prove the point.

The prosecutor of the Vladimir region will most probably have to explain soon in court why documents belonging to the Inteko company, headed by Luzhkov's wife Yelena Baturina, havebeen confiscated. Lawyer Dmitry Shteinberg stated Thursday that he had lodged a complaint in court about this illegal action by Vladimir region law enforcers.

Political scientist Alexander Fomenko tries to answer the question: Who is gaining what from the money-laundering scandal?

There has been much talk lately about the developments in Chechnya and Dagestan, which have triggered a wave of terror in Russian cities. These developments are viewed as a result of the ineffective policy of Russia's leaders in the North Caucasus. Several ministries, including the Nationalities Ministry, are responsible.

One story reports on how different political parties and movements are using the Internet to their advantage.

What should be done to halt the escape of Russian capital abroad? In an interview, economist Sergei Glazyev answers this and other questions.

The impression is that the developments in the North Caucasus have positively affected Russia-Azerbaijan relationships. This became evident after Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov's recent visit to Baku, where he spoke in favor of broader contacts with the Azeris. The story comments on the results of Ivanov's visit to Baku.

The story describes the festival "Japanese Fall-99," which is taking place in several cities and includes several guest performances.

Will Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu be able to save the "party of power" at the upcoming parliamentary elections? The story notes that the Kremlin would like to use him as its last chance to save itself from catastrophe. Also covered by Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

One story notes that former state television ORT director-general Igor Shabdurasulov has returned to the presidential administration to become the principal head of the 2000 presidential election campaign. The story reveals his new mission.


After the recent terrorist blasts in Moscow, drivers are refusing to transport sugar sacks in their trucks. The story explains why.

Yury Antipov, deputy prosecutor of the Krasnoyarsk region, does not exclude the possibility that former governor Valery Zubov may be accused of squandering the budget for his personal gain.

One story offers a new reason behind the disappearance of Viktor Gonchar, acting chairman of the Supreme Council of Belarus.


One story gives interesting details about the formation of the pro-Kremlin, anti-Luzhkov gubernatorial bloc "Inter-Regional Movement 'Unity," or Medved for short.

Should federal authorities fail to take urgent measures shortly in Karachayevo Cherkessia, where the Cherkess-Karachaev ethnic confrontation has sharply worsened lately, an armed conflict may erupt there. The story describes the disturbing situation in the republic.

During the 10 years of his rule, President Boris Yeltsin has always known whom he needed at this or another moment, firing his most devoted subordinates. The main feature of Yeltsin as a politician is that he was the first among the communist elite to understand that democracy would be the most powerful means to obtain personal power. The story offers the history of the "Kremlin Cup," sarcastically called so due to the numerous shuffles and reshuffles in the presidential administration.

In an interview Alexander Ryabov, head of the Federation Council Security and Defense Committee, gives his assessment of the current situation in Dagestan and Chechnya. Ryabov explains why Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev left the Federation Council latest session.

The situation surrounding the illegal removal of Transneft's boss has currently reached a stalemate. The story reports on how the different bodies of power view it.

The winners of the annual World Press Photo contest are on display at the Dom Club. The story presents several snaps.


Historian Vladimir Kuznechevsky highlights the powerful forces in the Islamic world that are secretly guiding the separatist's actions in attaining their goal - a re-drawing of the map.

One story features the sad fate of Krasnaya Roza, or Red Rose, a Moscow textile combine that celebrated its 125th anniversary last month but is under threat of bankruptcy.


On the last Sunday of October, the clocks will be turned back to make way for daylight-saving time. According to results of a recent public opinion poll, 56 percent of Russians oppose this time change.

Due to business cooperation with Gazprom, Tyumenskiye Motorostroiteli, or Tyumen Motor-Builders - a former defense enterprise in Western Siberia - will increase five-fold in size. The story highlights the factory's history.

Mikhail Krasnov, vice-president of the INDEM Fund, reflects on what lies behind the recent predictions that President Boris Yeltsin's will resign early.

The Terra Publishing House in its series " People's Library" is putting out a nine-volume collection of works by Nobel Prize writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn. The story examines the content of the first volume.