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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


Special security services are conducting operations to eliminate terrorists' bases on the territory of Russia (according to available information, there are special centers training gunmen in two North Caucasian republics). The special services have also made official protests to several countries (Georgia and Azerbaijan among them) that are sheltering gunmen wanted by authorities. The story details several security measures and also examines several measures taken by authorities in St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Vologda, Rostov-on-Don and several other cities and regions with the aim of preventing terrorist acts.

The story looks at Mayor Yury Luzhkov's order that extra security measures be taken in the city, focusing on several negative consequences.

Chechnya's law-enforcement bodies yesterday announced the creation of a special investigation group to help their Russian colleagues investigate the terrorist acts in Moscow. Chechen Deputy Interior Minister Khizir Mezhidov said the group had been authorized to solve problems connected with the Chechen diaspora in Moscow. The story describes the alarming situation in the republic saying that official Grozny is willing to give any aid to federal authorities.

The story reports on how the U.S., France, Britain, Germany and Spain have responded to the recent terrorist acts in Moscow.

Economic analyst Nikita Kirichenko comments on the continuing financial scandal, "Russia Against Everybody," which was revealed by Western creditors, and involves questionable transactions at the Bank of New York.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaking at the State Duma session yesterday announced a manifesto of the Kremlin's new policy in its relationships with official Grozny. The story examines its major approaches. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

In 2000, the army will receive everything necessary to effectively eliminate gangster formations in the North Caucasus. Rearmament expenses have already been included in the state defense plan. This was announced yesterday by Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov, who is responsible for the defense sector.

In reply to corruption accusations, the Kremlin administration head, Alexander Voloshin, sent a letter first to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera and later to the U.S. newspapers The New York Times and USA Today and the magazine Newsweek. The story comments on the content of Voloshin's message. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

According to information from Vsevolod Sevastyanov, head of the Krasnoyarsk Legislative Assembly Commission, as per certain scenarios of the president's earlier resignation, Krasnoyarsk governor Alexander Lebed might be appointed acting prime minister. The appropriate decree will be signed on Sept.15.

According to Latvian and Lithuanian newspapers, the Vilnius Skalmantas sewing company is supplying military uniforms to Chechen gunmen and Islamist fundamentalists fighting in Dagestan. The story notes that the firm has signed a $10 million contract with Chechens.

The State Customs Committee has introduced new rules for individuals who bring to Russia autos from abroad. The story examines their major provisions.

The story looks at the scandal surrounding the resignation of Transneft chief Dmitry Savelyev. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

The Sberbank Credit Committee has confirmed its previous decision to issue a 1 billion ruble investment credit to the Gorky Auto Factory (GAZ). The story says where the money will go.

The Volzhsky Auto Plant has decided to clear a major part of the budget debts of its subsidiary AvtoVAZagregat. The story explains VAZ's active participation in the fate of its supplier.

The Russian telecommunication holding Svyazinvest has summed up its financial results in the first half year of 1999. The story examines the major ones.

Twenty Russian tobacco factories, members of the Tabakprom association, will have the right to use the trade mark "Prima." The story comments on the decision taken by the Tabakprom Council.

The story looks at the new version of the package of office programs MS Office 2000, put out by the Russian branch of Microsoft Tuesday.


The Federation Council Budget Committee on Tuesday at its first session after the summer recess rejected the draft budget for 2000.

The Federation Council will hold an extraordinary session Friday to express its support of the government's extra security measures. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has been invited to attend.

First Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Aksyonenko yesterday warned St. Petersburg governor Vladimir Yakovlev that his administration is helpless to move the city out of its industrial slump. As well, the UES national power grid has threatened to switch Kazan off the single energy system of Russia unless Tatenergo halts an unsanctioned consumption of energy from the UES networks. Thus, two of the leaders of the Fatherland-All Russia bloc have recently been warned of their poor workmanship.

The paper publishes a full text of the speech by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at the State Duma session Tuesday.

The U.S. Administration yesterday announced that Ambassador Daniel Speckhard had returned to Belarus.

The Chicago Court has accused Belarussian emigre Edvard Batko and his Russian accomplice Mikhail Press of attempting to buy and smuggle from the U.S. secret electrical aviation devices.

Contract murderers in Vladivostok have killed Taisiya Ponomaryova, a legal adviser to Anatoly Milashevich, head of the Vostoktransflot Board of Directors. The story examines themotives of the crime.

Saratov's highly regarded entrepreneur Viktor Antonov, 61, who planned to put into effect a large agro-industrial project, has been killed together with his daughter.

Moscow police in the Southwestern District have arrested three Chechens in the Komplex Marketing firm, which rents an office in the building of the Lumumba Friendship University. The Chechens had drugs and explosives.

The Tax Ministry is trying to place ARCO under its control. The paper has a copy of a draft law envisaging the creation of a new body to control ARCO. According to the document, the ministry will control all ARCO's operations with banks.

The American Singer company, a leading manufacturer of sewing machines, has admitted its insolvency. It is possible that Singer's plan announced earlier to buy the Podolsk sewing machine factory in Russia may not take place.

Large U.S. investment banks believe that they alone are able to create an all-Europe Exchange. They are willing to launch their project soon.


In an interview, former highly-regarded CIA official Fritz Ermart speaks about the current financial scandal surrounding the Bank of New York, the "party gold" issue and the fate of other Russian capital.

The newspaper USA Today has published another story about laundering money from Russia in U.S. banks, which the paper excerpts.

According to latest information about Raisa Gorbachev's state of health, on Sept.12 she was in a state of shock, which has delayed her planned operation.


President Boris Yeltsin's daughter Tatyana Dyachenko, who is also his image-maker and adviser, is taking several practical steps to find out what fate awaits her father when he steps down. Political analyst Alexander Khinshtein offers facts to illustrate the point.

The State Ecology Committee has approved new rules of people's behavior with animals and keeping pets in tigers' habitat. The story examines their major provisions.

The number of Muscovites who would like to donate their blood free of charge to the victims of the recent tragic events in the city has grown considerably. The story gives figures to illustrate the point.

Press review II


At a State Duma session Tuesday, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced a new government plan aimed at a settlement with Chechnya. The story examines the plan's basic provisions. Also covered in Segodnya and Noviye Izvestia.

The Pacific Fleet on Sep. 16 intends to launch a joint military exercise involving marine rocket-carrier planes and long-distance military aircraft. The story describes the main aims of the exercise.

There is evidence that terrorist attacks in the North Caucasus and Central Asia have been organized and conducted according to a single plan. It's quite probable that they are funded by one and the same sources. The story focuses on Russia's role in resolving armed conflicts in the former Soviet republics.

The war in Dagestan has continued for over a month. The story attempts to examine the forces confronting the Kremlin and how realistic it is to neutralize them in the near future.

The story describes what former Kazakh Prime Minister Akezhan Kazhegeldin, who was arrested in Moscow last week, has been accused of.


Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Tuesday presided over an enlarged session of the heads of all power and law-enforcement bodies to discuss recent terrorist acts in Moscow and the developments in Chechnya.

Political analyst Leonid Radzikhovsky describes different types of terror, including Chechen terror and its distinguishing features from the Bolshevik-Communist terror of earlier this century.

The story reports to what extent Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov's measure to re-register city nonresidents may be justified and effective in cracking down on well organized terrorists, who can easily evade this bureaucratic measure.

Despite recent terrorist acts in Moscow, political parties and movements are continuing their election campaigns. The story describes how their leaders are trying to use the developments to their own advantage.

The U.S. administration in the next six years will allocate $2.7 billion to put into effect the Nann-Lugar program, according to which Washington will help Russia make arms cuts. This was stated Tuesday by U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen, who visited Severodvinsk.

At a session Tuesday, the Moscow government proposed a new program for recycling used cars.

Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk has applied to the Health and the Antitrust ministries with a request to defend its intellectual property from encroachments by State Duma Deputy Vladimir Bryntsalov, whose company, Ferein, with which NN broke off contacts a year ago, has been continuing to make insulin with the NN trademark.

Recent terrorist acts in Moscow have left city prostitutes without work and night clubs without visitors.


Reports from the Russian Statistics Agency say gasoline prices, since the start of September, have increased 3.6 percent. The story offers more figures on skyrocketing fuel prices.

The leadership of the Russian Security Agencies Union Tuesday applied to law-enforcement bodies with a proposal to give them aid in cracking down on terrorists. Veteran members of the Alfa, Vympel and Vityaz units stated they cannot sit idle in the disturbing situation.

State Duma deputies have viewed the presidential decree on increasing their wages by 1.5 times, starting Sept.1, as immoral and irresponsible.

Josef Stalin's great grandson, Yakov Dzhugashvili, son of Yevgeny Dzhugashvili, a leader of the Stalinist bloc For the U.S.S.R., stated that he loved Scotland and that he supported the Scottish National Party, which has brought up the issue of the separation of Scotland from Great Britain.


The story explains what tenants in city apartment buildings should do to defend themselves and their families from new terrorist acts.

Military experts have not ruled out a nuclear strike on international terrorists' bases in Chechnya if they continue their terrorist acts. The story notes that, of course, no nuclear bombs like those the United States used to strike Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be used - the Russian arsenal contains 40,000 mini-nuclear charges.

What should Russia do with Chechnya? Nobel Prize winning writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, former head of the Supreme Soviet of the U.S.S.R. Ruslan Khasbulatov and Yabloko political party leader Grigory Yavlinsky share their viewpoints on the issue.

The story reports on how Federal Security Service officers view terrorists. They place terrorists into three categories.

Western newspapers reported that a book describing scandalous facts from the private life of President Boris Yeltsin's inner circle has been released in London. In an interview, former security officer Anton Surikov, who is allegedly its author, talks about the book.

The scandal surrounding the Russian mafia's money laundering through the Bank of New York has made the International Monetary Fund delay issuing its next tr anche to Russia. The story gives an analysis of September's financial situation, saying what may happen with inflation and the dollar rate in October.

In October 1991, the Prosecutor General's Office instituted criminal proceedings into the financial and economic activities of the former Soviet Central Committee. The case, dubbed as the "search for the party's gold," has often been talked and written about. In an interview, its chief investigator, Sergei Aristov, speaks about the progress of the case.

The story describes the quality of drinking water in Moscow, listing the harmful substances it contains.

What should authorities do with Lenin's embalmed body? The story offers several suggestions.


In an interview, Alexander Nikulin, Mayor of Podolsk, a town outside of Moscow, tells how he, despite the financial and economic crises, has managed to make his city prosper industrially.

The Provision concerning the Press Ministry and a list of organizations that have been placed under the jurisdiction of the Press Ministry.


In an interview, Yevgeny Primakov, leader of the Fatherland-All Russia bloc, answers the following questions: What should be done to stop crime? What is the cause of the unprecedented outburst of Islamic extremism? Will your bloc be able to unite people with often differing political views? How have you managed to maintain friendly relations with so many people?


In an interview, Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov speaks about the possible fate of his beloved city, Moscow, the "ruling regime," his election bloc and plans for the upcoming parliamentary elections, the recent terrible explosions in Moscow and his attitude to the problem of removing Lenin from the mausoleum.


The story offers facts and figures to explain why this month will remain in people's memories as "Black September."


In an interview, Nikolai Kovalyov, Director of the Federal Security Service, shares his views on the developments in the North Caucasus, the recent explosions in Moscow and the financial scandal surrounding the Bank of New York.

A Russian-Italian joint venture, IVECO-UralAZ, in Miass, Ural Mountains has produced its first experimental-industrial trucks, called Ural-6362. The story describes their specific technical advantages.