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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko May 28 will meet the authors of the concept of reforming the national power grid "Unified Energy Systems" on May 28.

The Cabinet session will also discuss amendments to the UES restructuring program that the company's head Anatoly Chubais submitted a month ago.

Boris Gryzlov, leader of the State Duma "Unity" faction, offers reasons why Unity should become the ruling party.

Rosneft head Sergei Bogdanchikov stated that in the near future the company intends to buy shares from the shareholders of the "RUSIA Petroleum" company, which possesses the license to develop the Kovykta gas-condensate deposit. The story examines the plans of this state-run company.

The story comments on results of the Russian-Georgian negotiations (held last week ) on the fate of the Russian military bases on the territory of Georgia. (5)


The State Duma in the near future is expected to consider amendments to the first part of the Tax Code. In an interview YUKOS head Mikhail Khodorkovsky shares his views on the consequences of these amendments if they are passed. He also comments on his statement at the recent London forum on a possible industrial crisis in Russia.

Ecology. A gamma-radiation source has been found in the Noginsky District in the Moscow region. The story describes the place

May will mark one year since Fuel and Energy Minister Viktor Kalyuzhny took up the post. In an interview he speaks about his achievements and failures.

The story features the CyberPlat Internet payment system that was created over two years ago.

IZVESTIA REGIONS Supplement is devoted to Krasnoyrasky Krai and its governor Alexander Lebed.


The State Duma at the plenary session Wednesday adopted a decree on an earlier suspension of duties by deputy Sergei Stepashin, who has taken up the post of head of the Audit Chamber.

The number of crimes committed in Moscow against foreigners in the 1st quarter of this year was 167, with 90 of them being solved. This was stated by General Valery Ganshin, deputy chief of the Moscow Criminal Search Department. The story offers other figures on such crimes.


State Duma deputy Irina Khakamada, who last week attended in London the International Investment Forum "Russia 2000: New Reality, New Possibilities", shares her positive impressions about it.

Vladimir Putin on May 10 is expected to announce the make up of the new Cabinet. The story also examines its structural changes.

OG offers four stories about adopting orphans, focusing on several serious problems in this matter.

The story reflects on several candidates for the post of Prosecutor General, noting that the final choice depends on what justice the Kremlin will need.

The epoch of financial pyramids is over. But one pyramid-- the Union of Public Canine Organizations "The Russian Canine Federation"-- has successfully survived. The story highlights this wonderful organization.

UES Deputy Head Yakov Urinson explains his company's decision to raise electricity tariffs starting May 1

Newly-appointed head of the Audit Chamber Sergei Stepashin speaks about the specific features of his job and his approaches to them.

What issues might and should be agreed upon with Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov? Five politicians and political scientists share their viewpoints


Economist Grigory Khanin, who teaches at the Siberian State Railway University, explains why statistical data by the State Statistics Committee (including its latest figures on industrial production growth) should never be trusted . Goskomstat deputy head Alexander Surinov offers his reply to Grigory Khanin.

The story offers a detail description of all stages of the upcoming presidential inauguration ceremony scheduled for May 7.

Japanese authorities in the near future intend to limit the export of Sony Playstation 2, because, according to experts, it may be used for military goals.

The story highlights Olga Lebed, a post-graduate student from the Sociology Department of Moscow State University, who, having analyzed 8,500 family anecdotes, made some interesting conclusions.

Sports and Tourism Minister Boris Ivanyuzhenkov speaks about his recent trip to the USA and about the organization and preparations for the forthcoming Hockey Championship in St. Petersburg.


Former First Deputy Finance Minister Andrei Vavilov, head of the Institute of Financial Studies, who intends to join the Board of Directors of the "Severnaya Neft" company, speaks about his decision and about the company.

Valery Nikitin, Director of the Avtobank Department of Plastic Card examines the advantages of receiving wages through plastic cards in teller machines. Nikitin also talks about several cooperation projects in this sphere.

Fuel and Energy Minister Viktor Kalyuzhny believes that in order to draw $1billion in investment, the government should have a clear-cut stand on the production-sharing agreements in the oil and gas sector. In his story the minister tries to answer the question -- how to draw investors to the extraction of "currency" raw materials?

The decree concerning licensing individual types of activities. A list of federal executive power agencies which may issue licenses. Full text.

Document. The Instruction of the Tax Minister saying how to use the Law on Payment for Land. Full text.


Construction workers in Yuzhnoye Butovo in Moscow have gone on strike protesting wage arrears. The story describes the workers' action and demands.


In an interview State Duma deputy Andrei Kokoshin, Director of the Institute of International Security Problems, answers the following questions -- Why do the parliament and the Cabinet today pay so much attention to the START 2 , ABM and Global Nuclear Test Ban treaties? What is the meaning of the ratification of the START 2 Treaty? How do you envisage the content of the follow-up START 3 Treaty and how will Russia gain from it?

Ecology. The story reports on how nine districts in the Moscow region ( their names are mentioned ) are turning into a huge nuclear waste dump. Facts and figures.

The story offers several recommendations saying how to make an Easter cake and paskha ( a sweet cream-cheese dish to eat at Easter ).


Former commander of the Border Troops Andrei Nikolayev, now head of the State Duma Defense Committee, answers the question-- where do Chechen rebels receive arms from?

Will Vladimir Putin want to receive a new folio of the Constitution for his inauguration ceremony rather than to use the one used by his predecessor Boris Yeltsin? The story describes this and several state problems linked to the upcoming presidential inauguration.

The Senators most probably today when they are discussing the candidacy for the post of Prosecutor General should think over the question -- Why has the seat of the chief legislator for already four persons been turned into a sort of electric chair?

The story reports on how a band of thieves was doing its dirty business in Perm State Technical University (14,500 students and 3,500 teachers). The band consisted of reputed professors and administrators

RV Special Supplement is devoted to the 55th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War ( 1941-1945 )