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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


It won't be easy to try Chechen field-commander Salman Raduyev as an international terrorist since Russia has never before conducted such a trial. It is the Federal Security Service, rather than the Prosecutor General's Office, that will investigate the Raduyev case. This was stated Tuesday by Deputy Prosecutor General Vasily Kolmogorov.

The Moscow arbitration court, which considered a suit lodged by the Rusatommet juridical company, representing in court the interests of the BP Disstrest Assets Fund Ltd., decided to recover a $2 million debt on the bonds of the internal currency loan of the third tranche from the Russian Federation, rather than from the Finance Ministry and the government. The story details the court's decision.

The Press Ministry has warned Russian mass media that devoting airtime or stories to Chechen terrorist leaders will be viewed as a violation of the law on combating terrorism. First Deputy Press Minister Mikhail Seslavinsky has named among persona non-grata Aslan Maskhadov, Shamil Basayev and Movladi Udugov. The story comments on the warning. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

The Prosecutor General's Office main board in the North Caucasus on Monday instituted criminal proceedings against Chechen chief ideologue Movladi Udugov, who is accused of organizing an armed revolt.

World-renowned filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov on Tuesday presented his film "The Barber of Siberia" on licensed video cassettes.

The coal-mining sector of the Krasnoyarsk region is not controlled by Governor Alexander Lebed any longer - it's new owners are Konstantin Khamlai and Filaret Galchev, heads of the Agency of Investment and Development of the Fuel and Energy Complex, or TEK, and of the Rosuglesbyt company.

The Kemerovo regional administration has launched a full-scale sale of stock in the region's coal companies. Deputy governor for TEK Valentin Mazikin said that the sale will take place within the regional privatization program and the money earned will go to pay out on debts to budget workers.

The Belarussian Charter-97 and Spring-96 public organizations are expected to organize a march and a meeting in defense of the country's independence. The story describes the most influential political parties that will take part.

Electrohippy, an official group of hackers, has published a statement on its web site saying that it has developed a program to launch attacks similar to those that in February swamped the leading commercial sites in the United States - Yahoo!, CNN, Amazon, eBay and ZDNet.

Sergei Ivanov, head of the Security Council, on Tuesday presented a new concept of Russia's national security at the MGIMO Institute. Work on the document started at a time when acting President Vladimir Putin headed the Security Council and continued under Ivanov's guidance.

State Duma deputies on Tuesday met with representatives from more than a hundred foreign companies doing business in Russia, who wanted to know what reforms the legislators plan to pass to attract foreign investment to Russia. The story says what State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov promised them.

The latest issue of The Sunday Times printed shocking details from a biography of Lenin by British historian Robert Service.


"Russia will honor contracts on arms deliveries to Iran signed before 1995." This was stated by Security Council head Sergei Ivanov on Tuesday when he spoke before MGIMO students.

The Dagestani Prosecutor's Office has instituted criminal proceedings against local high-level state officials who stand accused of embezzling budget funds designed for the rehabilitation of war-ravaged regions in the republic.

The aluminum market was shaken Tuesday by a rumor saying that Yury Shlyaifshtein, head of the board of directors at the Bratsk Aluminum Factory, or BrAZ, and Boris Gromov, BrAZ's director-general, have allegedly agreed to sell 30 percent of BrAZ shares to an Alfa Group structure. If such a deal takes place, notes the story, then Sibneft shareholders' actions to buy up BrAZ stock will be meaningless.

First Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov at an enlarged session of the Finance Ministry collegium on Tuesday stated that last year's budget has been overfulfilled in all aspects. The story gives figures to illustrate his statement.

The Economics Ministry has submitted a draft of amendments to a law regulating the production and trade in medications containing drugs. Thus, concludes the story, the Economics Ministry hopes to decrease the Health Ministry's control over this sphere of business.

The Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2 oil-gas projects may cease to exist in the near future. Sakhalin Governor Igor Farkhutdinov has sent a letter to acting President Vladimir Putin in which he warned about the danger of suspending all Sakhalin projects.

Kalmykia's government, together with Moscow's Marina Line company has developed a transport corridor project to connect Europe with countries in the Middle East and Asia. The project is to be launched next year.

The day after a session of the government's Consultative Council on Foreign Investment, the State Duma created an organization, the Annual Forum, which held its first session Tuesday.

The MDM- bank is expected to complete a deal to buy from Rosprom a controlling stake in the Volzhsky Pipe-Making Plant, a leading one in Russia.

The Sistema-Informbiznes company, a new subunit of the Moscow AFK Sistema corporation, which is close to city authorities, has been set up. The subunit has been created from a Moscow company, Ankei, that was bought by AFK.

After a six-year break, a Latvian cosmetic company, Dzintars has announced its comeback to the Russian market with a new strategy.

The government late last week signed a decree allowing the Central Bank to issue its own bonds. The new securities, however, may not appear at all, since the bank is considering the possibility of limiting its operations in the hard currency market.

The first step was made Tuesday to unite the stock markets of Russia and Belarus. The Belarussian Republican CentralDepositary and PARTAD signed a cooperation agreement, according to which a new instrument - depositary receipts on shares of Belarussian enterprises - may appear soon in the Russian market.