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


Federal authorities are facing an acute problem now - to control budget allocations (1 billion rubles [$35,714,286]) designed for rehabilitating several regions in Dagestan that sustained huge losses after the recent military actions in the republic. A special government delegation was sent there to resolve the problem but it's doubtful that it will succeed.

The story says what can await Major-General Mikhail Malofeyev, head of a combat training unit, who, as Chechen rebel troops commander Shamil Basayev assures, has been taken prisoner.

State Duma speaker Gennady Seleznyov, who met with the leaders of the so-called "parliament in exile," failed to resolve the Duma conflict that erupted on Tuesday. The story comments on results of his "negotiations" with them.

The story examines what stands behind Poland's decision to expel nine Russian diplomats, who were allegedly spying for Russia.

What measures will acting President Vladimir Putin take in the economic sphere if he becomes president? The story comments on the government session , which he held Thursday for the first time as acting president and which provided no answer to the question.

The government Thursday approved a new composition of its presidium (all its members are listed here). Nikolai Aksyonenko, who lost the post of First Deputy Prime Minister, has remained as a member of the presidium.

Legendary Soviet variety show star Izabella Yuryeva, called the "queen of romance" died at night Jan. 20 at the age of 100 years old. The story features her happy life.

In an interview Sergei Ivanchenko, Yabloko faction coordinator in the State Duma, reveals the tactics of the Duma minority that emerged after the scandal Tuesday.

The story comments on the decision in relation to the Mir orbital station that was made Thursday by the government session ( to be more exact, by Vladimir Putin). The focus is Russia's relations with its partners in creating the International Space Station.

Moscow police officer Alexander Vasilyev was a culprit of a road accident that happened on Shcholkovskoye Shosse on Wednesday when his car rammed a motorcade of Chuvashia's President Nikolai Fyodorov. The story gives details, noting that it's the third case already in the past five days when drunk police officers cause such accidents.

The story reports on how the views of PACE Chairman Lord Russel Johnston on the situation in Chechnya has changed as a result of his trip to the North Caucasus and on how his new stand may influence his organization's decision (on Jan. 27) on Russia's membership.

The History Museum has opened an exhibition of posters - this time in its basement. The story features how such exhibitions started in Soviet times and what meaning they had then.

The story comments on the final distribution of committee commanding posts in the State Duma, saying that the Kremlin in reality has given the most prestigious committees to Unity rather than to the KPRF.

Political analyst Leonid Radzikhovsky reveals the meaning of principle of the Kremlin's overt linking with the KPRF.

Russian-American relations will continue to worsen in the next three- four months - this is a conclusion that was announced Thursday at the presentation ceremony of two special reports on American-Russian relationships at the National Institute of the Press. The story examines their major points.

In an interview, speaker of the Moscow City Duma Vladimir Platonov, vice-speaker of the Federation Council, answers the following questions - How did Moscow authorities' relationships with the Kremlin change after Boris Yeltsin's resignation? Do all Federation Council members support Vladimir Putin?

The intention of the European Union to impose economic sanctions against Russia because of its (anti-human rights) anti-terrorist actions in Chechnya will obviously not be realized. Instead the EU most probably will send permanent international observers to the republic. The story comments on the situation.

The Moscow government is expected to make public a new make up of the city government and several personnel reshuffles in it. The story looks at possible personnel changes.


The budget is in a critical state, because there is nothing to compensate the failed Western credits. Nevertheless, no one admits it officially in order not to complicate Vladimir Putin's struggle for the presidential post. Putin himself, however, at the government session Thursday, pronounced the te rrible word "sequester." The story comments on the situation.

Konstantin Totsky, director of the Federal Border Service (FBS), Thursday summed up results of his agency's performance in 1999. Rumor has it that FBS may cease to exist soon.

The unexpected alliance (also known as the "new opposition") of Fatherland-All Russia, the Union of Right Forces and Yabloko may nominate a single candidate to run for the presidency in the elections on March 26. The story offers several views on the point.

The Moscow City Inter-Department Commission on Thursday summed up results of the tender that was held among authorized realtors on the right to receive the authorized status in commissioning and selling new construction projects on behalf of the Moscow government. The story examines the results.

The Tax Ministry has worked out a draft of so-called "tax passport of the region" in order to see how many taxes may be collected from the regions. The story looks at several provisions of the draft.

The story features Vladimir Putin's meeting Thursday with Italy's Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini, which actually was the first international ***smotriny*** (inspection) of the acting president of Russia. From all indications, the story notes, the impression was positive.

The story highlights Washington's official reaction (calm and reserved) to the Concept of Russia's National Security, which was signed by Vladimir Putin on Jan. 6.

A new inter-department commission emerged in Russia on Thursday. It unites representatives from power, financial and sector ministries and departments and also heads from Gazprom, UES, Transneft and Rosneft. The commission is to discuss a program of rehabilitating the fuel and energy complex of Chechnya, which the story concludes, actually means placing control over the Chechen oil deposits and over its oil pipeline infrastructure.

According to reports from the Russian Statistics Agency, the growth of industrial production in Russia in 1999 amounted to 11 percent. But the story goes, this growth can disappear as unexpectedly as it started.

The Rostselmash Board of Directors on Wednesday at its extraordinary meeting elected a new leader - Muscovite Grigory Popandopulo, 28, who represents the interests of the holding "Sodruzhestvo," a leading shareholder of "Rostselmash." The story examines what stands behind the change of the company's leadership.

Mayor Yury Luzhkov stated that Moscow has made an official application in UEFA for the right to host the football European championship in 2008. The story reports on how this idea originated.


The story gives facts and figures showing the contradictory nature of information about fighting in Chechnya that comes from three sources: the Defense Ministry, the Interior Ministry and the Chechen side.

The Central Bank last week managed to buy $300 million, the major part of which was bought at the internal hard currency market. Brief.

Abdulkhaluk Chei, Turkey's Minister for Relations with Turkic- speaking republics of the former U.S.S.R., proposed on Jan. 19 to create a commonwealth of Turkic states, saying that Turkey may and must create a union association with Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kirghizia and Turkmenistan, even at the cost of aggravated Turkish-Russian relations. The story reveals the essence of the proposal.

The Anti-Booker Prize-1999 presentation ceremony will take place today at the Restaurant "Serebryany Vek" (Silver Age). The story looks at its program.

Vladimir Shevchenko, former chief of the presidential Protocol Service, has edited a book titled " Protocol of the Russian Federation, which has been put out recently and which contains all information that was collected by the protocol service during Boris Yeltsin's rule. The story reviews the book.

In an interview Deputy Economics Minister Sergei Mitin states several reasons behind the growth of industrial production in Russia last year.

Economic analyst Yelena Lashkina cites figures to show how the number of live-stock decreased in Russia last year due to authorities' agreement on Western humanitarian aid and the lowering of the population's purchasing power.

Over its 100 days in office, the new Cabinet in Kazakhstan has managed to stabilize the economic situation in the republic. The story gives figures to illustrate the point.

In an interview Italy's Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini , who will attend an EU session on Jan. 24 that will discuss the situation in Chechnya and Russia's military action there, shares his viewpoint on the issue.

Historian Vladimir Kozin, senior adviser in the Foreign Ministry, features the so-called information war against Russia unleashed by foreign journalists together with Chechen terrorists.

Literary critic Maria Remizova reviews six thick literary journals, including Novy Mir and Inostrannaya Literatura, and their best works.

State Duma deputy Sergei Glazyev offers an in-depth analysis of several trends in Russia's economic and political development, focusing on major economic tasks of the future president.

IZVESTIA (21/1/2000)

The story explains why the Russian army will never be victorious in Chechnya, even if, at the cost of immense human casualties, it seizes all planned villages and cities.

Breakthrough in science. The Institute of Nuclear Physics, in Novosibirsk, of the Siberian branch of the Academy of Sciences has designed a new injection complex of electron amplifier. The story describes this novelty.

More than 70,000 Tula city and region residents today are not able to enjoy most part of their constitutional rights (stated here), because local administration lacks forms for issuing new passports.

In an interview First Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin says where his agency will get money to pay out the promised increased wages and debts.

A memorandum on cooperation in the sphere of oil products transportation was signed yesterday between the oil company Yukos and Mongolia's Infrastructure Ministry. The document states the possibilities of building oil pipeline along the territory of Mongolia to China. The story comments on major provisions of the document.

The story offers interesting episodes from the life and business career of Vladimir Yakovlev, founder of the newspaper and publishing house "Kommersant". The focus is his heart-to-heart conversations with his father Yegor Yakovlev, former editor of "Moskovskiye Novosti" and now editor of "Obshchaya Gazeta".


The story discusses two acute issues on the threshold of the Olympic Games in Sydney: the leadership of Russian sports in general and the relationship between the Olympic Committee of Russia and the Sports Ministry in particular.

The story offers details of a new scandal that has erupted around the Russian church property in Palestine.

Samara governor Dmitry Ayatskov has done a great deal to improve the life of his people. The story features him as a real people's hero and a source of inspiration for many creative radio and TV reporters.


Today marks the 76th anniversary of the death of Lenin. The story describes numerous statues devoted to this 1917 proletarian revolution leader that were unveiled in Soviet times and even several new ones such as a monument being built in Helsinki on the occasion of the 130th anniversary of the birth of Lenin to be marked in April.

Political analyst Sergei Chugayev answers six questions about the current political situation in Russia after the parliamentary elections on Dec. 19.

The story offers 19 little-known facts from the private life and political career of Vladimir Putin and his family.

The birth of quadruplets in Blagoveshchensk on the threshold of a new millennium seemed a good sign to all city residents , but alas! local doctors and authorities appeared to be powerless to save them. The story highlights the tragedy.

Edvard Radzinsky, writer, playwright and winner of two TEFI prizes, talks about his dream to open his own club in Moscow, about his plans to return to the theater and about his new TV programs featuring the French Revolution and its heroes.


The Institute of the Human Brain has developed several methods to treat so-called "problem children", who, as they have determined, are mentally sick. The story examines several methods in detail.

Railway authorities last year detained 3,282,000 local train passengers in the Moscow region, who had to pay 28 million rubles in fines for riding without tickets.

NOVAYA GAZETA ( Additional issue on Thursday ) (20/1-23/1/20000)

In an interview political scientist Viktor Minin examines several factors that will help Vladimir Putin win the presidential elections.