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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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

Papers for Saturday, October 14
and Monday, October 16




Segodnya
Kommersant
Vedomosti
Noviye Izvestia
Izvestia
Moskovsky Komsomolets
Komomolskaya Pravda


Segodnya
www.segodnya.ru

Krasnoyarsk's local power grid switches off electricity at the Yenisey chemical manufactory for debts. The article says that the company could pose a serious threat to ecology.

LUKoil and BP Amoco are expected to take most of Moscow city's gas stations under their control.

Soldiers might once again guard Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin's tomb, as President Vladimir Putin favors the return of old glory symbols.

Sergei Generalov, deputy chairman of the State Duma Commission on Investors' Rights, discusses amendments to the law on liquidity papers. The parliamentary hearings on the issue were expected to open Monday in Moscow.



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Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The Cuban government might be behind the purchase of Azerbaijan Aluminum: the Dutch Fondel Metal group — the company that purchased Azerbaijan Aluminum — is a subsidiary of the Cuban governmental metal producer and is based in Havana.

Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov arrives in Kursk region to meet with local supporters. He said the Communists will not back Kursk Governor Alexander Rutskoi in the next elections.



Ukraine is against Russian media presence, saying papers like Kommersant and Komsomolskaya Pravda should only be published in Ukranian language.

Russia might face sugar shortages, as auctions on sugar are in jeopardy.

An identified security guard, speaking broken Russian, attacked a Kommersant photographer who was trying to photograph lawmakers' new living compound on Ulof Palme street.

Police have arrested several people in Novosibirsk, Western Siberia, for allegedly planning to attack a local defense factory with grenade launchers.



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Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

Local authorities are facing difficulties with the booming economy, according to FAPSI, the powerful security department responsible for monitoring communications.

MDM bank head Alexander Mamut, once called Yeltsin's family banker, fears the influence of state banks because he says they have certain advantages over private ones.

The Mil Moscow helicopter plant faces an inside battle, as its acting chairman Leonid Zapolsky has been replaced.

Sberbank has bought the controlling stake in Nizhny region acid maker Akrilat and is looking to credit the company with $40 million.



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Noviye Izvestia

President Vladimir Putin is planning to write a book on Judo.

Vladimir Sherbakov, head of a laboratory assigned to work on identifying the bodies of the Kursk crewmen if any are found, says there is hope to get at least half of the bodies out of the submarine.

A German sociologist, who studied the fears of Russian students in Volgograd, says they are afraid of family fights more than they are of street crime.



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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

The article says writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn want to play a part in politics. He is quoted as saying that Tyumen region Governor Leonid Roketsky is his main follower in self-government ideas.

Chechen commander Shamil Basayev says he can send 150 of his rebels to support Palestine in the Middle East crisis.

Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin's birthplace Ulyanovsk has instituted a competition for the best trashcan: the designer of the best trashcan will be awarded 1000 rubles ($35.84).

The Mil Moscow helicopter plant is facing a financial scandal: Nadezhda Mil, a daughter of the legendary designer who is also the company's main shareholder, blames the company's fired acting director for bankrupting the factory.

The State Duma has decided not to vote on the law on trade union organizations within the army.

Moscow State University assistant Professor Alexander Kobrinsky has done a study of the speeches of Russian politicians. He has concluded that Ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky has 15,604 words in his vocabulary, almost five times that of intellectual idols such as Yegor Gaidar and Grigory Yavlinsky.

The article details the possibility of using the Polar route for passenger flights. The route, used by Soviet pilot Valery Chkalov during Stalinist times, could bring Russia $200 million in revenues from airlines.

The son of Lavrenty Beria, chief of the Stalin-era secret police, dies at the age of 75 in his Kiev apartment. A talented defense engineer, Sergo Beria always defended his father but kept a low profile.

The back page covers Soviet traditions and offers pictures of Soviet deputies and city chiefs on the eve of elections.



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Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

The article says the Kursk tragedy has led to memorabilia. One such item is an exact replica of the submarine at the Okhotny Ryad shopping center.

Criminals have killed a police officer and his girlfriend, also a police officer, apparently just to get a hold of their used car.

Moscow city is expected to open an unidentified flying object, or UFO, museum.

The article features Moscow's only church with services for the deaf.

The city of Voskresenk is to have its own mini version of Port Authority, a bus terminal for 100 passengers.



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Komomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

The article features workers from various CIS countries and even China and Vietnam, who are often seen standing on the highways trying to sell their labor.

St. Petersburg Governor Vladimir Yakovlev talks about a potential national anthem. Russia is to choose between the Soviet anthem and the Tsarist-era one.

Survivors of a plane hijacking — 30 years ago when a Soviet plane was hijacked by terrorists — recall the ordeal.