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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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




NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA


Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberg expressed her displeasure at the behavior of former President Boris Yeltsin, who refused to accept Latvia's highest state award last week. Vike Freiberg also commented on a letter she received from acting President Vladimir Putin requesting to the release of Russian partisan Vasily Kononov from a Riga prison.


One story highlights a critical situation in the aircraft-building sector, saying that if the government in the near future fails to take Aviakor and other large aviation plants under its control, it will lose the aviation sector. This warning was made by Valery Karpov, acting head of the Solidarity Labor Committee at the Aviakor factory.


State Duma First Vice-Speaker Lyubov Sliska speaks about her duties in the Duma. She also explains why she has allied with the Unity movement.


In view of frequent talk that the presidential election may not take place due to a possible low turnout of electors, NG applied to five politicians asking them to answer the following question - Who is behind this talk?


Vladimir Avdiisky, first deputy director of the federal tax police, says that Russian law enforcers should seek forms of cooperation with foreign counterparts. The author looks at several spheres of possible collaboration.


Judging from recent statements made in Baku, Azerbaijan is gradually becoming NATO's outpost in the Caspian basin. The story reports on how this NATO-Baku rapprochement started.


IZVESTIA


According to reports from the State Statistics Agency, Russia's population last year shrank by almost 800,000, which is the most considerable demographical decrease since 19923. The story comments on the this and other figures, focusing on several negative consequences. Also covered by Noviye Izvestia.


One story describes a fierce information war going on between federal authorities and Chechen rebels, to be more exact, Movladi Udugov, the separatists' main ideology and propaganda specialist.


Boris Gryzlov, head of the lower house State Duma Unity faction, speaks about the upcoming Unity congress scheduled for Feb. 26 to 27.


One story reveals the current conflict between the St. Petersburg city property committee and the Gostiny Dvor department store, which may be leaving its present premises.


Businessman Ashot Yegiazaryan, deputy head of the State Duma Budget Committee, talks about his legislative plans and about his past as a banker.


The Omsk regional administration intends to consider the issue of boosting the petro-chemical industry in the region, with Siberian Oil Company playing a key role.


The Agency for Restructuring Credit Organizations, or ARKO, has put into effect the Russia's first system of guaranteeing deposits in banks under its management. Last week, this system was imposed on Vyatka-Bank in Kirov.


NOVIYE IZVESTIA


One story describes the American "Eagle Eye" radar, located in the city of Varde in northern Norway. In August last year, the radar was taken there from a U.S. air base in California to bring it closer to the Russian border. The story notes that the radar has been a significant element of the American missile defense system.


One story features Grozny refugee Alexander Krivenko, 80, a war veteran, who was brought to Moscow in an Emergency Situations Ministry plane and was accorded a cordial welcome in the Cheshire House in Moscow's outskirts.


NOVAYA GAZETA


One story reports on how federal troops bombarded the village of Katyr-Yurt after Chechen rebels had left it on Feb. 6 and 7. The number of villagers killed was 167.


Sofie Shihab, author of an article in La Monde highlighting the plight of Chechens in filtration camps, and Jenny Hamiol, editor of the foreign section in The Washington Post, comment on the terrible atmosphere in those camps. Also covered by Moskovskiye Novosti.


Liberal Democratic Party of Russia leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky has failed to take the Central Election Commission to court having threatened to do so after it refused to register him as a presidential candidate. The story explains why.


One story features legendary banker and talented intriguer Ashot Yegiazaryan, who in December 1999 became a State Duma deputy for the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia and on Feb. 9 was elected deputy head of the Duma's Budget Committee.


Alexander Bulygin, director general of Sibirsky Alyuminy, talks about how he intends to challenge his main competitors in the aluminum market.


MOSKOVSKIYE NOVOSTI #7


Lawyer Vladimir Ovchinnikov explains how stolen and laundered capital could be returned to Russia.


One story details a sensational criminal case involving the laundering of millions ofdollars' of sums by the executive managers of Moscow City Telephone Networks.


Semyon Mogilevich, the main subject of many newspaper stories about money laundering through the Bank of New York, and head of the YBM Magnex International Company, sheds some light on the scandalous case and his involvement in it.


Deputy Economics Minister Vladimir Kossov reviews a book titled "Russia-2015, Optimistic Scenario" that was presented to the public over the weekend by a group of economists headed by Academician Leonid Abalkin.


Financier and philosopher George Soros presents his bitter thoughts about Russia, with hopes for its future. Soros reminisces about his financial 'clashes' with Boris Berezovsky, saying that it was Berezovsky who advised Boris Yeltsin's family that it should look for a successor to defend Yeltsin from prosecution after the elections.


The land issue has been turned into a political battle.


Economist Yaroslav Kuzminov reflects on an economic policy that future President Vladimir Putin may present.


Highly-regarded choreographer Boris Eifman is staging a ballet called "Russian Hamlet" at the Bolshoi Theater. In an interview, Eifman talks about his grandiose production.


KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA


Alexander Kormushkin, head of the applied character studies section under the St. Petersburg branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, speaks about acting President Vladimir Putin's character traits.


Communists have begun their election campaign with attacks on acting President Vladimir Putin's allies. Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, himself a presidential candidate, has sent a letter to Putin asking him to sack Unified Energy Systems head Anatoly Chubais.


How much will the reconstruction of Chechnya cost? The 2000 budget does not envisage funds for this purpose. Will the government have to print money?


One story features war veteran Boris Shuvalov, who lost his leg in 1943 but has invented a wonder prosthetic limb. Today he is offering to help invalids of the Chechen war.


MOSKOVSKY KOMSOMOLETS


Moscow's chief physician on Monday announced the end to the flu epidemic in the city and signed a directive canceling all disease-prevention measures. The story gives figures on the number of flu victims.


War has been declared, in several districts of the Moscow region, on foxes, which have attacked and bitten people.


Former State Duma Deputy Vladimir Semago talks about corruption in the lower house of parliament.