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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


The election of Gennady Seleznyov to the post of speaker of the State Duma on Tuesday caused a big scandal, with four factions leaving the hall. They refused to take part in the speaker voting procedure and the distribution of Duma committee posts. The story details the scandal. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Izvestia, Noviye Izvestia, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Vremya MN.

The story explains why Yevgeny Primakov removed his candidacy for the post of speaker, focusing on the Kremlin administration's view on it.

Deputy Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Prikhodko reported Tuesday that Vladimir Putin, combining two high posts, violates the rules of guarding high-level state officials when he makes trips inside and outside Russia. Also covered in Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

Kremlin museum director Irina Rodimtseva will be released from her post due to alleged financial violations discovered recently by the Auditing Chamber. The story details the case.

The Auditing Chamber on Tuesday made public a list of gross violations during the delivery of humanitarian aid, saying that it will send its conclusions to Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Shcherbak, Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev and State CustomsCommittee head Mikhail Vanin. The story points to possible negative response in the West.

A scandal erupted around Moscow journalist Alexander Khinshtein on Tuesday when officials from the Interior Ministry Investigation Committee tried by force to take him to Vladimir for a forensic psychiatric examination. The story describes in detail what happened with the journalist. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

The Central Election Commission on Tuesday discussed nine out of 14 potential candidates to posts in the Central Election Commission of Chechnya. CEC deputy head Valentin Vlasov described its composition and duties.

The fate of State Duma Agrarians was decided Tuesday - Nikolai Kharitonov became head of the Agrarian-Industrial Deputy Group, having ousted from it his rivals - Mikhail Lapshin and Gennady Kulik. The story commented on the issue.

Several sensational stories in American newspapers about laundering Russian money through the Bank of New York were based on information from a shady source. This was stated by The New York Times, which has named itself among those periodicals that used such information. The newspaper has also named the source - little-known lawyer-immigrant Emmanuil Zeltser, who was personally interested in exerting pressure on the bank. The story details the case. Also covered in Izvestia and Noviye Izvestia.

The Moscow arbitration court has declared Mosbiznesbank bankrupt. Few people doubted that the court will not prolong the procedure of temporary administration. On Jan. 10 an extraordinary shareholders meeting decided that the bank's further functioning was inexpedient. The story comments on the court's ruling. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

Moscow is vying for the right to host the World Student Games in 2003. The final decision of the International Federation of Student University Sports will be made Feb. 26.

The story features St. Petersburg high state officials' massive arrival in Moscow to take up high government posts, which began in the early '90s.

Leaders in several oil-extracting companies predict a conflict between the government and oilmen in March-April, when oil prices are expected to skyrocket inside the country, which will provoke high inflation rates. This in turn will make the population's standard of living go down.

The story describes night raids by Moscow tax police units, who work round the clock hunting vodka kiosk traders.

The Russian Orthodox Church on Wednesday marks a great religious holiday - Epiphany. In an interview, Tatyana Agapkina, research associate from the Institute of Slavic Studies, speaks about this traditional Russian winter holiday.


Rumor has it that NTV television director general Oleg Dobrodeyev intends to resign. The story says what has caused the rumor and what has happened to him.

The military prosecutor's office of the Vladikavkaz garrison has instituted criminal proceedings on pillaging in Chechnya. Soldiers and officers of the 22nd elite special-purpose brigade of the interior troops stationed in Kalach-on-the-Don are suspected of robbing the peaceful population. The story details the case.

Speech by acting President Vladimir Putin at the first session of the State Duma of the third convocation on Jan. 18.

Yakut President Mikhail Nikolayev on Jan. 20 will officially present in St. Petersburg a new map of Russia's Arctic shelf. The presentation ceremony will be sponsored by the main board of oceanography and navigation of the Defense Ministry. The story highlights the event and its program.

Former Kremlin property manager Pavel Borodin stated Tuesday that Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko agreed on his appointment to the post of head of the permanent committee of the Belarussian-Russian Union. The story comments on Borodin's statement.

The story features a trip of the ParliamentaryAssembly of the Council of Europe delegation, headed by Lord David Russel-Johnston, to the North Caucasus. On Tuesday it arrived in Dagestan.

There is no doubt today that the project of launching a state-owned Gosneft company will be put into effect. The story examines several favorable circumstances for this project.

The State Property Ministry on Wednesday is expected to announce the results of a competition on selecting authorized companies for the registration of stock packages from privatized enterprises. The ministry has selected 14 companies. The story introduces the winners.

In an interview, Rosneft head Sergei Bogdanchikov speaks about the project of launching the Gosneft company and his plans for it.

The Trade Ministry on Tuesday announced a sum of losses incurred by domestic ferrous-metal enterprises as a result of an anti-dumping investigation that was initiated by U.S. authorities in relation to deliveries to the United States of Russian rolled iron.

Gennady Apanovich, former adviser to the prime minister, was appointed director general of the Krasnoyarsky Non-Ferrous Factory. The story comments on the appointment.

Russia's State SOBOS mediating firm announced Tuesday that it intends to take the Coca-Cola in Russia company to court. The story reveals the essence of theconflict.

The association of participants in the veksel market and the Moscow Inter-Bank Currency Exchange on Tuesday announced the launching of the veksel issuing project under standard conditions for the exchange of commercial securities. The story examines the project.

Russia's SIA International pharmaceutical company Tuesday announced the creation of the Association of Pharmaceutical Enterprises, which should lower the number of mediators between distributors and pharmacies.

Former Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev Tuesday became vice president of the international ICN pharmaceutical company. The story looks at his future plans.