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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


In an interview with The New York Times, the head of the National Aeronautics and Space Agency expresses his strong doubts about Russia's obligations to the International Space Station. The story comments on his harsh response to the revival of the Mir orbital station.

Acting President Vladimir Putin and Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov have agreed over the phone to meet soon and discuss several urgent economic issues.

In an interview, General Vladislav Putilin, chief of the organizational and mobilization board of the General Staff, comments on acting President Vladimir Putin's recent decree on calling up Russian reserve servicemen for two-month military training.

Where will former KGB official Vladimir Putin lead Russia? What can Russia expect from Putin when he becomes president? The director general of the Center for Applied Technologies notes that what the first plenary session of the State Duma has shown is that it is not in favor of Putin. So what has the session shown?

Mikhail Sharov, deputy leader of the Agrarian Party, discusses what is worrying Russia today - and it's not acting President Vladimir Putin's economic program, it's what they will have to eat for dinner. The story features the poor state of several agricultural enterprises that have considerably decreased production this year.

Sergei Rogov, director of the Institute of the United States and Canada, analyzes the present stage of Russian-U.S. relations, focusing on several features that distinguish them from the previous period.


In an interview, Federation Council Speaker Yegor Stroyev speaks about priority codes and constitutional laws that the State Duma, parliaments lower house, and the Federation Council intend to consider soon.

The Russian budget in the near future may lose the most stable portion of its revenues, money from oil export. According to World Bank prognoses, oil prices may decrease in April. The story gives figures to illustrate the point.

Dmitry Vasilyev, head of the Coordinating Center for Investors' Rights Protection, stated Monday he disagrees with a planned transition of Surgutneftegaz to a single share, which, as the story notes, means a declaration of war. The story comments on his statement.

The Lithuanian government and the U.S. Williams International Company admitted they are unable to survive without Russian oil, and Lithuania is willing to make serious concessions to the Russian side. The story examines results of recent negotiations between the LUKoil head and his Williams counterpart.

Oversaturation is an impending danger for the domestic sugar market, and the only thing that could prevent this event is the banning of duties on sugar exports. The story comments on the alarming situation on the domestic sugar market.

Americans have begun to discuss plans for nuclear cooperation with Russia in 2001. In the next fiscal year, which starts July 1, the U.S. administration plans to allocate $100 million for conducting joint research and ensuring safety in Russian nuclear facilities.

St. Petersburg intends to begin an early buying out of its Eurobonds. The similar operation has saved the Moscow government from default. The story looks at the St. Petersburg finance committee's plan.


The Chechen war demands new military personnel. In view of this, thousands of officers have been sent to fight in Chechnya, creating many vacancies in military agencies far from the North Caucasus. In order to fill these vacancies, higher military schools have put out graduates earlier than the usual time. The story features the problem.

Primadonna Alla Pugacheva on Thursday will begin her guest performances in the United States. On Saturday, she presented part of her program to her friends and journalists in the Studio club. The story describes the event.


The story gives figures provided by the Russian Statistics Agency illustrating the low living standards of the Russian people.

The story features the most popular surname - Ivanov - among high-level state officials in the upper echelons of power.

The story describes the Starovelichkovskaya village, in which 17 people committed suicide last year.


At a government session Friday, acting President Vladimir Putin accepted a resignation document from Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev. Putin immediately named the candidacy of Andrei Nikolayev to the post. The story examines several reasons behind Sergeyev's resignation.


Several stories give facts and conclusions about the Andrei Babitsky case, which makes the public doubt the Kremlin's reformist pronouncements.

Filmmaker Igor Shadkhan has made a documentary about acting President Vladimir Putin. In an interview, Shadkhan relates his meetings with Putin.

According to information from the Central Election Commission, many people, and not just politicians, are willing to take the responsibility for the fate of their country. The story features several such people.

The story reports on how almost 10 billion rubles ($350 million) from the revenue of the Russian budget for 2000, including 1.5 billion on the rescue of the Mir orbital station, has proved to be fictitious. The story concludes

that the firing of Lieutenant-Colonel Yury Gaidukov on Friday from the post of head of the Federal Intellectual Ownership Protection Agency means the government has admitted this fact.

The European Union more often than not speaks about the possibility of imposing sanctions against Russia. Should Russia fear this possibility? Economist Andrei Kuznetsov answers these questions.

In an interview, Anton Parkansky, newly appointed director at Moskhimfarm-preparaty, speaks about his plans to make this profit-losing enterprise a flourishing firm.

The story examines several circumstances that forced Gazprom boss Rem Vyakhirev to announce his intention to break up his monopoly before his meeting with acting President Vladimir Putin and First Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, who put Vyakhirev in the post.

The story describes a rare Moscow psychological clinic - officially called Specilized Clinical Hospital No. 8, but named unofficialy after doctor Solovyov. The clinic also provides an effective treatment for unrequited love.


Among the enterprises that will receive budget priority funds to be spent on the military is the Sapfir defense factory. The absurdity of the situation around it is that controlling interest in this clandestine factory has been taken abroad, and, according to rumours, is now in the hands of NATO. The story describes the situation at Sapfir, focusing on the Defense Ministry's response to foreign control of the factory.

Russian scientists Tuesday were to mark their official holiday - Russian Science Day. In an interview, academician Vladimir Tartakovsky, director of the Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry, talks about the latest achievements of his research center. Also covered in Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

The Tax Ministry's directive on how to apply the law on property taxes for Individuals.