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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


The newspaper prints an indignant public letter (allegedly signed by Muscovite V. Chernov) with four questions to city authorities, who as the letter notes, have practically done nothing to effectively protect the citizens from further possible terrorist acts.

The CIS Defense Ministers yesterday got together in Moscow for an extraordinary session at the request of Kirghizia's President Askar Akayev, but the focus was the discussion of joint measures to combat real aggression by international terrorism. Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who attended the session, noted in part that this real aggression by international terrorism is aimed at destroying the CIS and establishing military- dictatorial regimes on its territory. The story comments on the session's decisions.

In his speech at the latest State Duma session, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called upon the deputies to revise and impartially analyze the Khasavyurt peace agreements with Chechnya. The story comments on his statement.

Political analyst Maxim Sokolov strongly criticizes former CIA Director James Woolsey's recent interview to the Swiss newspaper "Corriere della Sera," which noted that the West up to the present day has shown excessive tolerance towards the " empire of evil (Russia)." The former CIA chief agent is strongly critical of Russia because of its policy in relation to Chechnya.

At the latest congress of the Fatherland-All Russia (FAR) bloc, its leader, Yevgeny Primakov, stated that after the December parliamentary elections the FAR intends to become the "party of power." The story notes in part that the FAR is likely to have launched efforts aimed at creating the image of the "shadow president." The story comments on Primakov's statement.

A fierce struggle is going on in Siberia for control over the Krasnoyarsk Coal Company. The story features clashes of several interested sides. Also covered in Vremya MN.

British Prince Michael of Kent has proposed aid to Sverdlovsk Governor Eduard Rossel in building a church at the site of the shooting of the last Russian emperor and his family. The story details his proposal.

Nizhny Novgorod on Sept.16-17 is the venue for a technical conference of the International Association of Producers and Consumers of Mineral Fertilizers. Specialists from 20 countries are taking part. The story highlights the forum, its agenda and participants.

The story reveals the essence of the government resolution No.1034, issued on Sept. 9. The document envisages funds for metro construction projects in Russian cities with the help of fines exacted by tax agencies for evading taxes. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

According to agreement with the Russian government, the World Bank has annulled $230 million out of the four previously approved loans. This was stated by the bank's Moscow mission.

The story features a new branch association - the Union of Beer and Non-Alcoholic DrinkProducers Union - which was created on Sept.15. Also covered in Vremya MN.

In an interview Alexei Karmanov, MENATEP temporary arbitration manager, describes the current situation in his bank, sharing his viewpoint on the restructuring of the banking system in Russia.

The Board of Directors of the Agency for Restructuring Credit Organizations on Sept. 15 held a special session to discuss the fate of the SBS-AGRO Bank. The story examines its resolutions. (Also covered in Kommersant Daily and Vremya MN.

The story reports on how Muscovites are going to defend themselves from further possible terrorist acts. Several Muscovites speak out.

Where can mercury be stolen in Moscow and what for? The story cites several cases providing the answers.

In an interview writer Georgy Vladimov says how the Stalin regime persecuted him for his anti-Soviet novels.


Law-enforcement bodies have established that the hexagon that was used in the explosions of the apartment blocs in Moscow had been smuggled to the city from the North Caucasus disguised as ordinary sugar. Moscow police have already found several storage places , but there is no guarantee that no other explosives have been brought into the city. No terrorists have been detained yet. The story describes the situation of terror in Moscow.

Alfa-Bank yesterday applied to all entrepreneurs of Russia with a proposal to give aid to all people who have suffered from the explosions in Moscow and from the war in Dagestan.

In an interview (published in full in the magazine Kommersant- Vlast) Chechnya's President Aslan Maskhadov answers in part the following question - Will terrorist acts stop if the republic gains its sovereignty?

The story gives the State Duma's proposals of what the president, the Cabinet of Ministers and the lower house of parliament should do to crack down on terrorism.

OMON fighters yesterday encircled the office building of Transneft with the probable aim, as the story goes, to oust the company's head Dmitry Savelyev out of his office. The story describes the case. (Also covered in Vremya MN and Komsomolskaya Pravda.)

The rumors that Rosvooruzheniye head Alexei Ogaryov intends to resign have not been justified. In an interview he speaks about this absurd information. and about his future plans as company head.

Prosecutor General's Office investigators yesterday searched the offices of suspended Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov, who said that they were looking for documents pertaining to the Mabetex firm. And again they found nothing incriminating. The story details the case. Also covered in Komsomolskaya Pravda.

The Aid Center for victims of the recent explosions on Ulitsa Guryanova and Kashirskoye Shosse is functioning in the building of the TULA movie theater. The story describes the place.

The Russian poultry factory "Elinar" in Naro-Fominsk ( Moscow region) yesterday signed an agreement with representatives from the US Council for Poultry Export (USAPEEC) on launching a joint venture. The story describes the deal.

The story comments on the rating of Russian banks according to their results in the first six months of this year. The rating is published in the magazine Kommersant- Dengi.


The story reports on how Moscow police interrogated Chechen Said during the whole night in connection with the recent explosions, but Said happened to be an assistant of State Duma speaker Gennady Seleznyov.

The state of health of Raisa Gorbachev, who is undergoing treatment in the University Hospital in Muenster ( Germany) has gravely deteriorated. The story notes that the planed operation has been postponed so far.

Press review II


On Sept. 8, Candlemas Day, the Vladimir icon of the Mother of God, which adorned the Saint Nicholas Church in Tolmachi, was moved to the Tretyakov Gallery. The story highlights several legends about the icon's origin and history.

In an interview with the Italian newspaper Repubblica, suspended Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov said in part that when Yevgeny Primakov was Prime Minister, Skuratov informed him about important materials related to the investigation of the Mabetex case. At that time, Central Bank head Sergei Dubinin and UES boss Anatoly Chubais wanted Skuratov to keep quiet. The story offers Skuratov's revelations. Also covered in Obshchaya Gazeta.

The story reports on how Mayor Yury Luzhkov has won many (but not all) lawsuits against newspapers.

The story cites facts to show how all Russian provinces have responded to the recent terrorist acts in Moscow.

Philosopher Sergei Markov, director of the Institute of Political Studies, examines several possible versions explaining the nature of the current large-scale corruption scandal in the upper echelons of Russian power.

The story examines major issues that the State Duma plans to consider at its nine upcoming plenary sessions this month. It plans to consider 155 draft laws.

In an interview with Georgy Boos, head of the Fatherland-All-Russia unified headquarters, says how bloc leaders' personal ambitions often clash with one another.

Geoffrey Sachs, Director of the Harvard Institute of International Development, offers an in-depth analysis of the failures of Russian reform. He says, in part, that it seems to him a mistake to explain Russia's serious problem as being caused by the " too speedy method" of reform, since the latter as such was non-existent.

The story examines the history of Russia's relationships with OPEC countries starting in the early 1990s, focusing on several domestic problems holding back their progress.

The story highlights the Belarussian negotiations on the merger with Russia as a game, saying that one who is the first to bang the door shut will lose it.


Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Wednesday made several statements to back the anti-terrorist program he announced in the State Duma the day before.

The story reports that Friday Cherkessk may be declared part of Stavropolye, which is one of the possible ways of resolving the ethnic conflict in Karachayevo-Cherkessia.

In an interview, Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Doctor Abdullo looks at the question ofwhether there are training centers for terrorists in Afghanistan, who is funding their instructors and students, the allegedly "religious" content of terrorism and whether he has any information about gunmen fighting in Dagestan today.

The political struggle around and inside the Kremlin has given rise to three contradicting scenarios: The president will resign in the near future because of his poor health; the president will sack Mayor Yury Luzhkov; and the president will work until the term of his office expires. The story details several arguments in favor and against these scenarios.

The Russian Foreign Ministry (MID) is close to panic because the recent developments in Dagestan and the unprecedented terrorist acts in Moscow have put the diplomats responsible for Russia's Near East policy into a dubious position. The ministry Wednesday held a meeting of MID experts and media editors. The story highlights this 'friendly discussion of Russia's relationships with the Moslem world.'

The story looks at what is awaiting First Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Aksyonenko - a resignation or a triumph - against the background of the current political intrigue around Slavneft. Also covered in Obshchaya Gazeta.

U.S. and British authorities have simultaneously warned their citizens against possible grave disappointments in case they decide to spend the New Year's Eve in Russia. They say that this country will most probably have serious problems with its computer systems because of the so-called Y2K problem. The story also examines other serious problems (mentioned by the U.S. Department of State) Russia may have at the end of the year. Also covered in Noviye Izvestia.

The influential London Times stated that Barclays Bank, the second large bank in Britain, is winding up its work in Russia.

At the recent New York news conference given by the World Monuments Fund, the Russian 18th-century country estate "Arkhangelskoye" was announced among the first world architectural and cultural gems that urgently need major renovation.


The British Financial Times on Tuesday published an indignant letter addressed to its editor by Kremlin Administration chief Alexander Voloshin, who has accused the paper of its "false and dirty fabrications" against his boss President Boris Yeltsin, who together with his daughter and inner circle, have been accused of corruption.

Yury Koptev, Director General of the Russian Space Agency, stated yesterday that its transformation into the Russian aviation- space enterprise, which started six months ago, has been practically completed. The story comments on its functions and tasks. (4)

Krasnoyarsk Governor Alexander Lebed has no intention in attending Friday's extraordinary session of the Federation Council, which most probably will consider the issue of denouncing the Khasavyurt peace agreements and declaring a state of emergency on the territory of Russia. The story examines his views on the issue.

The Socialist People's Party with Martin Shakkum as its leader has allied with the Fatherland- All Russia election bloc.

The government resolution concerning a new rate of oil export duties will take effect nextweek. The document was signed on Monday by First Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Aksyonenko.


The story accuses the Kremlin of bringing terror to Moscow, saying that the ruling regime's policy towards Chechnya and the whole of the North Caucasus has caused numerous sufferings to the Russian people.

State Duma deputy Konstantin Borovoi ha stated that many secret reports on possible terrorist acts against Russia were sent through different channels to the Federal Security Service, which ignored them completely.

In an interview, former Soviet KGB official Sergei Goncharov explains what measures authorities and people should take today to defend themselves from further terrorist acts.

The international scandal around the Bank of New York is the visible part of the iceberg - the system of Russian capital flight abroad, which had shaped in Russia for many long years. This conclusion was made as a result of the investigation, carried out by a special commission of the Our Home Is Russia movement. Its report will be released soon.

The story asks whether Krasnoyarsk governor Alexander Lebed could be the politician to use his dictatorial iron fist in restoring law and order in Russia today and highlights his accomplishments in ruling his region.


In an interview, the founder of the House of Fairy Tales in Moscow, Nikolai Mashovets, president of the Russian Family Charity Fund, speaks about his great initiative to hold a Festival of Fairy Tales in Moscow.


State Duma deputy Yury Nikiforenko comments on a critical political and economic situation in Russia, saying that he sees no difference between the Kremlin regime and bandits who are terrorizing Muscovites and the peaceful populations of all nationalities in the Caucasus. The author concludes that wherever Yeltsin is, there is disruption, poverty, crime and lies. There have never been such politicians as Yeltsin in the whole of Russia's history.


LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky is proud that he is the only politician among his numerous colleagues who has never been a communist. The story paints a political portrait of this controversial political figure.