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


The story reports on who will be vying for the presidential post together with acting President Vladimir Putin in the upcoming elections scheduled for March 26.

The story focuses on negative consequences of the measure proposed last week by Central Bank head Viktor Gerashchenko in his letter to acting President Vladimir Putin. Gerashchenko said Russian exporters should convert 100 percent of their hard currency revenues into rubles. Also covered in Izvestia and Komsomolskaya Pravda.

The story features several infants and their happy parents in Russia and several other countries who were lucky to be born at midnight on Jan. 1, 2000. Also covered in Trud.

In an interview, Vladimir Ryzhkov, former leader of the Our Home is Russia State Duma faction, speaks about acting President Vladimir Putin's Jan. 5 meeting with leaders of blocs and factions in the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, who shared their views on the upcoming presidential elections March 26. Also covered in Izvestia, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Komsomolskaya Pravda.

The Moscow Interior Department is losing its experienced staff. The story comments on several resignations initiated by the federal Interior Ministry. Also covered in Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

The story gives figures to show how the stock market has responded to the resignation of President Boris Yeltsin.

Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov on Jan. 5 through Ichkeria's mission in Tbilisi called on the Russian side to declare peace for at least three days from Jan. 8 to 11. The story says what factors urged his demand and how federal authorities responded to it.

The Moscow city government plans to place a memorial statue of poet Bulat Okudzhava on the crossing of the Arbat and Plotnikov pereulok. A cultural center to be called the Bulat Okudzhava House is also a part of the project. The story describes the memorial complex.

In an interview, Orthodox theologian Father Superior Innokenty Pavlov talks about various categories of Believers and pastors in the Russian Orthodox Church.

The story reports on how the Trans World Group oil company's interests are linked to the gubernatorial elections in Novosibirsk that took place Jan. 9 .

Gazprom has to cut its gas supplies to Moldova because the latter's debt to the Russian gas concern amounts to $520 million.

The story examines new programs of leading television channels starting Jan. 16.

In an interview, TNT Director General Pavel Korchagin talks about his television network and its plans for this year.

Severe frosts of minus 35 degrees have hit Krasnoyarsk, where 1,500 residents have suffered from city authorities' inaction to supply heat to their homes.


The story examines the first steps taken by acting President Vladimir Putin in his personnel policy, focusing on possible changes in the Cabinet.

Former President Boris Yeltsin intends to launch his fund - the Yeltsin Fund. His daughter and image-maker, Tatyana Dyachenko, will continue to workwith her father. The story looks at the future plans of Yeltsin's family. .TX. - Acting President Vladimir Putin intends to take urgent measures to raise revenue for the federal budget. The story reveals the essence of the measures, saying why Putin needs funds today before the presidential elections.

The National Bolshevik Party in Volgograd, southern Russia, has created a children's organization named Young Beria Followers. How could it happen that several dozens of teenagers have volunteered to be 'successors' of the Soviet bloody butcher Lavrenty Beria?

Political analyst Maxim Sokolov describes a weak point of principle of former President Boris Yeltsin's opponents, who could hardly believe that Yeltsin would resign voluntarily. How will Yeltsin's unexpected move change their behavior? Also covered in Trud.

The transfer of the presidential elections from June to March has created a new situation in the financial sphere. The story comments on recent statements by Finance Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and by Central Bank head Viktor Gerashchenko on Russia's possible new relations with Western creditors.

The story examines two segments of the so-called shadow economy, the volume of which, according to the State Statistics Agency, today amounts to 25 percent of the gross national product.

The Commonwealth of Independent States countries, since gaining political independence, have chosen their own paths of economic development. The story elaborates on three such ways, saying this year the former Soviet republics will be less economically dependent on Russia.

The story gives facts and figures to show how the skyrocketing dollar after Aug. 17, 1998 has radically changed the situation in the domestic consumer market, reviving domestic production of consumer goods.

In an interview, Lithuanian basketball player Sharunas Marciolionis, who was player No. 1 on the former Soviet national basketball team and is now president of the North European Basketball League, speaks about reasons behind its creation, saying that there is not a single profit-making basketball club in Europe today.

The story gives possible reasons behind the release of generals Vladimir Shamanov and Gennady Troshev from their commanding posts in Chechnya, noting that federal authorities may change their strategy in Chechnya.

Belgium decided to revive along its borders and in its airports a system of passport control,which was cancelled in 1997 as a mark of solidarity with the policy of open doors declared by the European Union that year. The story says what factors have urged Belgium's decision.

World renown Chechen dancer Makhmud Esambayev died Jan. 8. His friends Soviet film star Vladimir Zeldin and Soviet dance ensemble leader Igor Moiseyev thank the great dancer for what he has left in art and human relations.

Acting President Vladimir Putin has appointed Alexander Blokhin as Nationalities Minister. Blokhin was Director of the Foreign Ministry Department responsible for relations between members of the Russian Federation, and his recent post as Russia's ambassador to Azerbaijan. The story comments on the appointment.

The story reports on how French political analysts and German media assess acting President Vladidmir Putin.

The leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Gennady Zyuganov, has been nominated for the presidency of Russia. From all indications, he will become the main rival of acting President Vladimir Putin in the struggle for the presidential seat. This has been approved both by KPRF functionaries and Kremlin analysts. The story reports on who has nominated Zyuganov, focusing on two reasons behind his hasty nomination.

The opposition has unconditionally agreed that earlier presidential elections are inevitable and has entered the election campaign. It is well aware that it has little chances of winning. The story looks at the plans of several opposition parties for the upcoming presidential elections.

The story gives results of VTsIOM and ARPI service opinion polls conducted after President Boris Yeltsin's resignation that show how the latter has made Vladimir Putin's political rating rise drastically.

Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Julia Timoshenko, who is responsible for the fuel and energy complex, is to arrive in Moscow today to negotiate with her Russian counterparts on Russian fuel and energy deliveries to Ukraine.

The story examines the situation in the commercial realty market, giving figures to illustrate the growing demand late in December for offices and storage premises.

Yevgeny Kosachev, press secretary of the Ukrainian-South Korean Avto-ZAZ-Daewoo joint venture, stated that his enterprise does not exclude the possibility of assembling VAZ cars at the joint venture's factories. The story comments on his statement.

The Severnaya Verf ship-building factory in St. Petersburg has completed the construction of a destroyer for the Chinese navy. It was built within the framework of a Russian-Chinese intergovernmental agreement. The story reveals the military contract.

The United States is expected to provide Russia with a new package of humanitarian aid consisting of 5.5 million tons of food. The story comments on the issue.



Editor in chief Vitaly Tretyakov comments on President Boris Yeltsin's voluntary resignation on Dec. 31, stressing that this event will positively influence the assessments of his activities as head of state, radically changing all previous evaluations.

Political scientist Andranik Migranyan tries to answer the following questions: What state was Russia in when Boris Yeltsin received it in 1991? In what state did he leave it to his successor Vladimir Putin, the most probable future president of Russia?

Poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko gives his assessment of former President Boris Yeltsin's positive and negative role in the history of Russia.

The story comments on major provisions of the law concerning the elections of the head of state that went into force Jan. 5.

Economic analyst Vladislav Kuzmichev offers his in-depth analysis of economic measures launched by Boris Yeltsin, who, despite serious errors in economic reform, tried to do his best to put emergent market relations in Russia on a civilized path of development.

In an interview, Mikhail Delyagin, director of the Institute of Globalization Problems, said he believes Russia will be able to receive financial aid from international organizations only after the presidential elections in spring.

In an interview, Rair Simonyan, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter head of Russian operations, answers the following questions: What positive or negative points could you state in the activities of Vladimir Putin as Prime Minister? What do you think of Boris Yeltsin's actions in the economic sphere?

Political scientist Vasily Golubev examines two main versions of reasons behind President Boris Yeltsin's resignation - was it a voluntary step or was it a "family coup?" The author presents four arguments to prove the second version.

Political analyst Alexander Golovkov offers a political portrait of acting President Vladimir Putin focusing on major landmarks of his political career.

Editor in chief Vitaly Tretyakov offers a chapter from his new book devoted to Boris Yeltsin. The book highlights the history of Yeltsin's relationship with Russia, the country he was destined to govern for eight years.

The story presents an analysis of Boris Yeltsin's major successes and failures on the international arena during his eight-year rule.

As former supreme commander of the Russian Armed Forces, Boris Yeltsin's relationship with the army is the focus of this article.


Independent political analyst Yevgenia Albats tries to answer the following questions: Why has Boris Yeltsin resigned six months earlier than the official date of the presidential elections - June 4, 2000? Why did he do it exactly Dec. 31? What follows from all this?

In an interview, the representative of the financial and industrial elite, Moscow's chief oligarch, Vladimir Yevtushenkov, head of the AFK Sistema board of directors, shares hisviews on the ideology of Russian business.

In an interview, Fuel and Energy Minister Viktor Kalyuzhny reports on what his ministry has done to consolidate the state position of the fuel and energy complex, despite criticism from several influential politicians. Novaya Gazeta economic observer Vladimir Ryabinin comments on Kalyuzhny's interview.

In an interview, political scientist Liliya Shevtsova, a leading research associate at the Carnegie Foundation research center, offers her analysis of the political situation that emerged in Russia after the parliamentary elections, focusing on major problems facing acting President Vladimir Putin. Shevtsova concludes that political power in Russia will remain in the hands of the Kremlin "family," and we all will have to live for another several years in the epoch of Yeltsinism without Boris Yeltsin.

The story reveals four main lies about Chechnya and about the war there, saying that Russian public opinion supports the Chechen war, thinking that federal authorities on the eve of the elections recollected at last about their obligations and began to fulfill them. In reality, everything that is happening in Chechnya is the authorities' usual underhanded "business."

Political scientist Boris Kagarlitsky describes what in reality is happening in Chechnya today, reporting on how the Russian army, despite politicians' and generals' propaganda, is rapidly degrading there rather than "reviving before our eyes." The author quotes independent journalist Andrei Babitsky as saying that "servicemen fighting in Chechnya are not aware of what they are doing there, being in a nightmare state. "

The story describes how pernicious city government resolutions No. 866 and 867, which went into force during the fall, on additional payments for the right to lease advertising street billboards were for the Moscow advertising business.

According to the computer problem-2000 Central headquarters and its spokesman Adrian Makeshin, there was not a single failure in the work of Russian computers on New Year's Eve, which Western experts feared so much. The story views the problem of the Y2K computer bug is a great swindle.

The story features talented Russian animated cartoon filmmakers who are living and working in Hungary and Canada and asks: Who remains here?


The story reports on how Anna Shatravka, a teacher at Amur State University, living in Blagoveshchensk, gave birth to four girls Jan. 2.

In an interview, political scientist Liliya Shevtsova reveals how the resignation of the First Russian President, Boris Yeltsin, was a tragedy, saying that in her opinion, the presidential elections next spring cannot be truly democratic, since their point of departure was the appointment of a successor by giving him a great head start. Shevtsova notes that Acting President Vladimir Putin has only one chance to win the upcoming presidential elections. Political analyst Vladimir Konstantinov comments on her viewpoint.

The Yabloko central council Jan. 13 will decide whether or not party boss Grigory Yavlinsky will take part in the presidential elections scheduled for March 26.

The story reports on how a sensory healer in April 1990 predicted to Boris Yeltsin, then head of the State Architecture and Construction Committee, that in the future he would go to the native land of Christ to repent his sins.

The bulk of Moscow's territory is ecologically dangerous to live in. In an interview, professor Viktor Osipov, Director of the Geoecology Institute, gives facts and figures to illustrate the point.

The story discusses the acute problem of garbage in Moscow, noting that three factories located within the city bounds will soon begin to burn it. The question is - will they save Moscow or will they aggravate the city's ecological situation?

On Jan. 13 Russia will mark the Day of the Russian Press, a holiday instituted by the Presidium of the Russian Supreme Soviet in December 1991. On that day in 1703 the first Russian newspaper was printed.

In an interview, Lena Maiorova, daughter of Soviet cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova and Andriyan Nikolayev, talks about her unique "space" family, about her famous parents, who are now divorced, and about a funny incident that happened in her childhood.

The acting members of the Moscow city government - their photos and office telephone numbers are given here - are waiting for Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov to return from his vacation.

The International Festival "Culinary Stars for the Third Millennium," sponsored by the Moscow city government and the World Association of Culinary Unions, opened in Moscow on Jan. 9. The story describes the event and offers several interesting recipes of meat and fish dishes.


In an interview, Yury Levada, director of the All-Russian Center for Studying Public Opinion, or VTsIOM, gives his assessment of President Boris Yeltsin's resignation and acting President Vladimir Putin's chances of winning the presidential elections scheduled for March 26.

Political analyst Vitaly Golovachev offers impressive figures of federal authorities' spendings on national defense and on the Chechen war. Along with this, the author harshly criticizes authorities for economizing on effective protection anti-shock suits, which cost 10,000 rubles ($364).

In an interview, Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the St. Petersburg Hermitage Museum, speaks about its serious financial problems.


The Moscow city government decided to raise street cleaners' wages starting this month. The last time their wages were raised was Dec. 1, 1999. The story gives several concrete figures for their wage rates.

In an interview, General Boris Gromov, who heads the Militant Fraternity movement, talks about his public organization, focusing on its charity activities.

The Health Ministry has created a special 21-member commission to consider complaints from mentally ill people. The story describes the commission's duties.

On Jan. 8, highly regarded artist Ilya Glazunov, whose exhibition is currently on in the Manezh Exhibition Hall, met with his fans. In an interview Gennady Strelnikov, Prorector of the Russian Academy of Painting, shares his impressions about the meeting and about the exhibition.

The story explains why the position of Communist No 1. Gennady Zyuganov became worse after the resignation of President Boris Yeltsin.

The Moscow Humanities Institute, named after Yekaterina Dashkova, starting this year, will provide free training to educational grant holders who win an open competition of university entrants' research works. The story examines several major rules of the competition.


Historian Roy Medvedev examines former President Boris Yeltsin's positive and negative role in Russian history.

The Defense Ministry intends to create a single center for testing new weapons in Kapustin Yar, which will receive a new lease on life. The story details the project.

The Federal Law on the Budget of the Federal Obligatory Medical Insurance Fund for the year 2000.

The Federal Law Concerning the Budget of the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation in 2000 - passed by the State Duma on Dec. 1, 1999 and signed by acting President Vladimir Putin on Jan. 2, 2000.


The story says how The Washington Post on Jan. 4 commented on the resignation of Boris Yeltsin's daughter and image-maker, Tatyana Dyachenko.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, former presidential adviser of national security affairs, in his article published in the newspaper The Wall Street Journalon Jan. 4 views Yeltsin's resignation as a political coup d'?tat, reflecting int erests of a small clique of oligarchs and army and Federal Security Service leaders.

In an interview with the newspaper USA Today, U.S. Vice President Albert Gore links Boris Yeltsin's resignation to the situation in Chechnya, giving his positive impressions about acting President Vladimir Putin.

Federation Council Deputy Speaker Vladimir Platonov, member of the Constitutional Legislation Committee, and Voronezh region Governor Ivan Shabanov share their views on the Federation Council's decision to transfer the presidential elections from June to March.


In her commentary on President Boris Yeltsin's early resignation, political analyst Valentina Nikoforova notes that only mortal danger could make the power-loving Yeltsin cut the term of his presidency, focusing on poor results of his rule and on the public's silentreaction to his failures.

In his article published in the recent issue of the magazine Time, U.S. President Bill Clinton warns that "if Russia fails to win the battle with crime and corruption, its people will turn to other leaders and probably to other forms of state power." The story comments on Clinton's statement.