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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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




SEGODNYA


Acting President Vladimir Putin did not expect such developments over the speakership in the State Duma on Tuesday and has instructed Kremlin chief of staff Alexander Voloshin to settle the conflict. Kremlin analysts admitted that in the choice for speaker and Duma committee posts, the Kremlin has sus tained considerable losses. Also covered by Kommersant Daily, Vremya MN and Noviye Izvestia.


State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov and Federation Council Vice-Speaker Vladimir Platonov share their views on the situation in the new State Duma.


An initiative group in Voronezh on Wednesday nominated former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov for the post of president, and the Moscow Journalists' Club supported the candidacy of Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky. Also covered by Kommersant Daily and Vremya MN.


Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov became the first victim in the anti-privilege struggle Tuesday when GAI officers came to the garage of Moscow City Hall to remove the alarms from all office cars allegedly on orders from the federal authorities. Also covered by Noviye Izvestia.


U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in a speech at the School of Advanced International Studies in Washington said that acting President Vladimir Putin was a leading reformer first in St. Petersburg and then inside the Yeltsin administration and from all indications he is willing to forward reform. Albright stressed that improving relations with Russia is a priority for her this year.


According to sensational rumours that appeared Wednesday, Chechen rebel Shamil Basayev was wounded during a dispute with Chechen Defense Minister Mohamed Yambiyev. Also covered by Noviye Izvestia.


Vladimir Gordiyenko, head of the Russian Interpol bureau, stated Wednesday that 80 Chechen terrorists are wanted by Interpol. The story comments on his statement, focusing on the Internet's treatment to Chechen rebels.


An unidentified hacker is demanding $10 million from the VISA credit card company. The story started last August when the company received anonymous information that hackers had managed to open several closed files on its electronic database.


The government has created a special council in the White House with the aim of improving the usage of the Russian language.


The first international exhibition of the football industry "Football Market 2000" opened Wednesday in the State Kremlin Palace. It is sponsored by UEFA and the Russian Football Union. The exhibition's director, Yury Belousov, said that about 40 Russian and foreign companies working in the football industry are taking part.


Moscow police officers Wednesday arrested a Belgian couple at Sheremetyevo-2. They were trying to smuggle out precious stones.


Western analysts have offered many solutions to the Russian-Chechen military conflict. They are all not bad in general, notes the story, but there is one controversial point: the need to find negotiators from the Chechen side. The story also points to the three main drawbacks in the proposed recommendations.


Lans Nobel, director of the 30th World Economic Forum scheduled for Jan. 27-Feb.1, speaks about Russia's place at the jubilee forum.


Political analyst Leonid Radzikhovsky comments on the latest developments in the new State Duma, focusing on the Kremlin-Communist Party collaboration and pointing to Putin's error in the administration.


Western analysts say the United States will lobby for a stage-by-stage lifting of oil sanctions against Iraq. How real is this early lifting? Four oil market experts share their views on the issue.


The trade and transport ministries intend by joint effort to create a system of protectionism for domestic cargo-carriers. The story examines a complex of measures that were proposed Wednesday at a joint session of the two ministries.


Ukrainian oligarchs have launched an information war against the new government, at the initiative of which on Tuesday President Leonid Kuchma imposed a state of emergency in the energy sector.


KOMMERSANT DAILY


NTV Director-General Oleg Dobrodeyev has resigned. Yevgeny Kiselyov has been appointed to the post. The story examines the reasons behind the resignation.


Before the Commonwealth of Independent States summit scheduled for Jan. 25, acting President Vladimir Putin is trying to win support from all CIS leaders. Thus, Wednesday he met with Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Kasymzhomart Tokayev. The story notes in part that Nursultan Nazarbayev's support of Putin cost Russia $240 million. The story comments on the results of Wednesday's meeting.


Samara Governor Konstantin Titov, co-leader of the Union of Right Forces, was officially nominated Wednesday to run for the presidency in the election scheduled for March 26.


The Moscow City Duma on Wednesday passed at the first reading a Law on the State Debt of Moscow. The size of the debt is viewed as a state secret.


Two new employees appeared Wednesday in the presidential press service.


Igor Lebedev, Vladimir Zhirinovsky's son, was appointed the new leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia faction in the State Duma. Vladimir Zhirinovsky took the post of Vice-Speaker of the State Duma.


Ukraine stated that it is willing to pay its gas debts to Russia. However, Gazprom head Rem Vyakhirev, who arrived in Kiev on Wednesday to receive payments on $1 billion of debt, failed to get it. The story says why.


Vladimir Putin has decided to check how budget funds allocated for rehabilitating Dagestan'sthree districts are spent. With this aim in view he has sent his deputy, Viktor Khristenko, at the head of a Finance Ministry delegation. Putin's officials will actually check the work of the Emergency Situations Ministry, which was earlier instructed to revive Dagestan


The Moscow Prosecutor's Office has instituted criminal proceedings against the leadership of the joint venture "Rybkomflot." They are accused of embezzling $865 million, which was allocated for building 62 fishing and transport vessels abroad.


At a session to be presided on by acting President Vladimir Putin Thursday the government is expected to resolve the fate of the Mir station, the problems of which were discussed a year ago. An investor who wants to prolong its life has been found only recently.


As a result of the turmoil in the State Duma, the leading budget committee has been left without a leader since its previous head, Alexander Zhukov, a member of Russia's Regions, has refused to take the post. And another financial committee - the banking one - has a new leader - Alexander Shokhin.


The Moscow government planned to receive over $4 million this year from land sales in Zelenograd. The Moscow City Duma passed a law on the experiment to sell land plots there way back on Sept. 29, 1999 but until now no one has dared to fix the day of sales.


The Moscow City Duma on Wednesday passed at the first reading a concept on governing the city's property.


ARKO on Wednesday transferred the first 20 million ruble tranche to SBS-AGRO's accounts for paying its debts to private depositors. Payments will begin in the near future.


Europay International head Andrei Korolyov stated Wednesday that the payment system temporarily allows banks to carry out the issue of the Union credit card. The story examines the circumstances that have forced him to make this statement.


A fuel crisis has hit the Krasnodarsky region.


One story offers a prognosis for world oil prices, saying how Russian oil companies may gain this year.


One story offers an in-depth analysis of the current negative situation in the domestic sugar market. Yury Mikhailov, head of the Sugar Producers' Union, says what should be done to make the domestic sugar industry profitable.