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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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




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A new super-service may soon emerge in Russia. The service is supposed to comprise all Interior Ministry security boards and several Federal Security Service units and will be directly controlled by acting President Vladimir Putin. The story details the project and behind-the-scenes intrigues behind it.


The exciting process of dividing portfolios began Tuesday in the State Duma, the lower house of parliament. The story describes preliminary consultations held by Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, who discussed the distribution of new posts in Duma committees with all party leaders. Also covered in Izvestia and Nezavisimaya Gazeta.


The story highlights the current situation in the domestic hard currency market, focusing on urgent measures taken by the Central Bank with the aim of saving the ruble. Also covered in Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Noviye Izvestia.


The vice prime minister of the Moscow city government, Sergei Yastrzhembsky, Tuesday tendered his resignation. No reasons behind his move are mentioned. Yastrzhembsky heads the board of directors at the TV Center channel.


Acting President Vladimir Putin's telephone conversation with Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday may lead to unexpected complications in Russian-Belarussian relations. The point is that Putin proposed the candidacy of Pavel Borodin, former head of the Kremlin economic affairs department, to the post of state secretary of the union state, which so far doesn't exist - but Lukashenko has his own candidate for the post. The story comments on the issue. Also covered in Izvestia.


Acting President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday stated pensions will be increased by 20 percent starting Feb. 1. It had been planned to raise them by 12 percent. The story explains where the Pension Fund will get the money for the project. Also covered in Izvestia and Noviye Izvestia.


The Moscow Regional Election Commission on Tuesday stated that General Boris Gromov has won the gubernatorial elections in the Moscow region. The commission has ignored Gennady Seleznyov's complaint of numerous alleged violations on election day. Seleznyov now hopes that the Central Election Commission will consider his complaint and decide the conflict in his favor. Also covered in Nezavisimaya Gazeta.


The Moscow government, Gazprom and Mosenergo on Tuesday signed an agreement on supplying Moscow with gas this year. Boris Nikolsky, vice prime minister of the Moscow city government, called the agreement "enslaving." The story says why.


An unprecedented flu epidemic has hit Europe in the north and east. The first victims have already appeared in Russia in North Ossetia. The story describes the disease, saying that the flu virus will be most active for about four weeks and the expected epidemic will last about two months. Also covered in Komsomolskaya Pravda.


The Moscow Arbitration Court on Tuesday prohibited the Ostankino brewery in Moscow frommaking beer with the name Zhigulyovskoye. This verdict was made in response to a suit lodged by the Zhigulyovsky brewery, located in Samara. The story details the conflict and its happy end. Also covered in Izvestia and Nezavisimaya Gazeta.


Alan Bekkhor, representing the British Trans World Group in Russia, stated Tuesday that his firm decided to break off relations with Lev Chernoi, who, starting in 1992, has been general coordinator of economic and production programs in the Commonwealth of Independent States and Eastern European countries. The story reveals the essence of the conflict.


The agrarian lobby in the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, should be represented by one single deputy group. This decision was made Tuesday by the plenary session of the Agrarian Party, which called upon all party members to unite. The story comments on the session's decisions.


The BBC on Tuesday stated that the Russian space corporation Energia received a firm promise from a private U.S. company that the latter will give money to support the Mir space station. The story describes the situation with the station, focusing on plans behind its further functioning. Also covered in Noviye Izvestia and Komsomolskaya Pravda.


The Central Election Commission on Tuesday began considering documents on registering support groups for nominating candidates running for the presidency. The story features the first candidates.


In an interview, Vladimir Mau, head of the Working Center for Economic Reform, talks about one of the acutest problems facing the government - what should be done to fulfill the budget with huge spending on the war in Chechnya and with a lack of progress on negotiations on foreign debts?


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The story gives two scenarios - optimistic and pessimistic - of the further situation on the domestic financial market.


Alexei Yagudin, a Russian figure-skating star, has officially refused to take part in the finals of the champions' series ISU Grand-Prix, which begin Jan. 14 in Lyons, France. The story gives two reasons.


The Emergency Situations Ministry has prepared an annual prognosis of natural calamities for 2000. The story describes the major ones.


Political analyst Semyon Novoprudsky comments on personnel changes in the Cabinet, explaining why, in his opinion, they cannot be called successful.


Fatherland leader Yevgeny Primakov has found himself in an unpleasant situation - he has to make an urgent decision - to be or not to be a State Duma deputy, and it's not in his habit to make hasty decisions. The story looks at his problem.


Unity leader Sergei Shoigu will soon receive a parcel with 80 pieces of Aist soap as a prize For the Dirtiest Election Campaign in the competition For Honest Elections, which was sponsored by the INDEM fund and the Journalists' Union. The story describes several other winners.


The longest meeting in the history of all shareholders meetings, which was devoted to SBS-Agro bank's transition under the control of the Agency for Restructuring Credit Organizations, or ARKO, ended Monday. ARKO Deputy Director General Valery Miroshnikov became head of the SBS-Agro board of directors. The story describes what ARKO will do with the bank.


The Finance Ministry stated the government has managed to fully realize the 1999 monetary-crediting program approved by the International Monetary Fund. The story examines Russia's further relations with the IMF.


Federal departments and officials from the Irkutsk administration Wednesday will get together in Moscow to discuss the fate of a disputable package of shares of Irkutskenergo. The latter stated that the local administration allegedly illegally owns 40 percent of Irkutsenergo shares. The story details the conflict.


Experts from the Center of Foreign Economic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences concluded that Russia's annual losses from the Commonwealth of Independent States' free trade zone may reach $7 billion. Vladimir Savin, a leading research associate of the center, comments its conclusion.