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


April 22 was a fatal date for the Chechen presidents Dzhokhar Dudayev and Aslan Maskhadov. On this day, the former was killed in 1996 and Maskahdov was declared politically dead this year. The story comments on President-elect Vladimir Putin's lethal diagnosis of Aslan Maskhadov and on the latter's proposals to the Kremlin, which is likely to be greatly annoyed by Chechen peacemaking.

In an interview, Arkady Volsky, head of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, who in 1995 was a coleader of the Russian delegation for the peace negotiations in Chechnya, speaks about what happened near the Gekhi-Chu village on April 22, 1996 when Dudayev was allegedly killed and what events preceded Dudayev's reported death.

In an interview, Konstantin Borovoi, leader of the Party of Economic Freedom, talks about his last telephone conversation with the late Chechen President Dzhokhar Dudayev.

In an interview, Vakhid Abubakerov, deputy transport prosecutor of Moscow and Chechen prosecutor in 1995-96, reveals several little-known facts about the late Chechen President Dzhokhar Dudayev.

The Security Council on Friday endorsed the Military Doctrine of Russia (its full text is printed in Nezavisimaya Gazeta, April 22). The story examines its major provisions.

In an interview, Alexander Yakushev, chief coach of the national hockey team, says how his hockey players are preparing for the world hockey championship in St. Petersburg, hoping that legendary player Pavel Bure will play for the national team.

The story highlights a scandal around ORT television's experiment to modernize popular films about Sherlock Holmes by highly regarded LenFilm Studio filmmaker Igor Maslennikov.

A group of Western economists, who arrived in Moscow last week to discuss the economic program left for home Saturday. In an exclusive interview, Florida State University Professor James Gwartney, chief economist in the United Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, explains why they were invited to Moscow. He also shares his views on President-elect Vladimir Putin's adviser Andrei Illarionov, on the Center for Strategic Planning headed by German Gref and its economic program, which is being worked out now.

President-elect Vladimir Putin over the weekend declared the political death of the second Chechen president, Aslan Maskhadov, and selected Chechnya's third president, Beslan Gantamirov, commander of the Chechen militia, who was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel Saturday. The story comments on the event, saying the demonstrative backing of Gantamirov was the Kremlin's response to Aslan Maskhadov's calls to launch peace negotiations.

Federal Security Service officers in St. Petersburg on Saturday managed to defuse a bomb in a car of Sergei Ivanov, chief of the Law Department of the Baltic Financial-Industrial Group, who is claiming the gubernatorial seat. The story describes how it happened.

Highly regarded filmmaker Alexei Gherman has won a Nika award for his film "Khrustalyov, A Car for Me!" The story features the awards ceremony Saturday and Nika winners. A list of Nika laureates is given.

The Political Council of the Unity movement held a session Saturday to confirm its leaders' intention to transform the movement into a full-fledged ruling party at the upcoming congress scheduled for May 27. The story comments on Unity leader Sergei Shoigu's speech.

The story features a project to move the Krasnoluzhsky Bridge to the district of Kievsky Station, which has been approved by the Moscow government and Mayor Yury Luzhkov.

In an interview, Central Election Commission head Alexander Veshnyakov talks about results of work and plans of his agency, focusing on the State Duma elections scheduled for August. Veshnyakov also speaks about the future elections to the House of Representatives of the Union Belarus-Russia Parliament.

The story describes a concert given Saturday by the British group The Animals in the State Concert Hall "Rossiya."

A disco in a Moscow Medical University hostel on Ulitsa Volgina on Saturday ended in fighting, in which Arab students also took part. The story gives details.

The story highlights Orthodox Easter traditional greetings and holiday foods.

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According to President-elect Vladimir Putin's draft decree, October 1 will be marked as the Day of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (it will be the 3rd military holiday). The story describes its origin.

The newspaper in its letter to Press Minister Mikhail Lesin "thanks" him for advertising Kommersant, which last week printed an interview with Aslan Maskhadov, and which made Lesin indignant. The story gives details, offering several views shared by politicians and public figures on Kommersant's publication.

The State Duma on Friday ratified the Global Nuclear Tests Ban Treaty. The story comments on the event, reporting on how Russia will gain from it and how it may influence its relations with the United States.

In their telephone conversation Friday, U.S. President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair discussed how they can help boost the Russian economy. The story reveals the essence of their discussion.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto on Saturday visited Boris Yeltsin at his residence in Zavidovo in the Moscow region. The two politicians discussed prospects of Japanese-Russian relations and the Kuril Islands problem. The story highlights their friendly meeting.

First Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov stated that the antiterrorist operation in Chechnya costs Russia 2.5 billion rubles a month, which is nearly 4 percent of the monthly expenditure of the federal budget. The story focuses on additional spendings on the Chechen war.

REN television plans to sign a large-scale investment treaty with LUKoil, which lacks only a television channel to create its own full-fledged media holding. The story reveals the plan.

The AvtoVAZ-General Motors contract is in jeopardy because Tax Minister Alexander Pochinok on Friday stated serious tax violations by AvtoVAZ. The story details the case, saying now AvtoVAZ director Vladimir Kadannikov will have to pay out debts instead of signing an ambitious contract with General Motors.

Former Moscow broker Anatoly Rabinovich, who constantly criticized the policy of the National Association of Stock Market Participants, or NAUFOR, has been appointed head of its Board of Directors. Rabinovich plans to considerably decrease the number of NAUFOR participants.

The State Duma on Friday approved the production-sharing agreements draft on the Shtokmanovsky gas-condensate deposit on the Barents Sea shelf, which will help Gazprom resolve many of its serious problems. The story reveals the significance of the draft.

Yukos oil company head Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who has created the Sibirsky Internet Company, or SibInteK, has quit the project in order to launch new ones. The story looks at his ambitious plans.

German Messe D?sseldorf GmbH and Russian ExpoCenter on Friday signed an agreement on building a new exhibition pavilion on Ulitsa Krasnaya Presnya in Moscow. The story comments on the deal.

The U.S. administration has decided to use auctions for buying out debts with the aim of resisting the worsening of state economic indexes. Thus, bonds to the tune of $4 billion were bought out Friday.

A conflict between the Dukat silver mining venture and the Kachkanar Vanadium Mining Complex, or GOK, on its territory re-erupted late last week when the Magadan Arbitration Court confirmed the right of GOK's daughter company Kaskol to own its property. The story details the conflict.

The Moscow government decided to redivide the city insurance market of nonresidence premises. It has excluded without any explanation four leading insurers from the list of authorized companies. The story comments on the case.

St. Petersburg law-enforcement officers late last week released 17-year-old Grigory Sorokin, who was kidnapped ten months ago. Bandits demanded $300,000 in ransom from his father, a local artist. The story gives details.




The Unity political council held a session Saturday to discuss the transformation of the Unity movement into a ruling political party. The latter's youth policy will include interesting financial and crediting reforms, created under the guidance of Pavel Zabelin, leader of the Moscow branch of youth Unity. The story examines major provisions of the reforms.

Moscow city government Minister Alexander Muzykantsky comments on the sensational decision of the Supreme Court to declare Boris Yeltsin's decree on releasing Nikolai Kulikov from the post of chief of Moscow police illegal .

A million Russian gypsies have at last gained their federal national "cultural autonomy." The story reveals the essence of cultural autonomy.

President-elect Vladimir Putin on April 29 will open the World Hockey Championship in the new Ice Palace in St. Petersburg. The story highlights this long-awaited sport event.

The Military Doctrine of the Russian Federation, endorsed by presidential decree April 21. Full text.

The story is devoted to Vladimir Lenin on the occasion of the 130th anniversary of the birth of the leader of the 1917 October Revolution.


Wall Street Journal correspondent Andrew Hittins last week visited Pavlov on the Oka River to look into the unprecedented case of arbitrary rule of local authorities, who have easily expropriated a private bathhouse. The story explains why the American correspondent failed to get the information he needed for his story.

Mass beatings have become an ordinary feature of everyday life in Volgograd, Southern Russia. The story reports on how local skinheads attacked Indian students who were peacefully playing their national game at a local stadium. As a result, one student was hospitalized with several serious wounds.

In an interview, Khabarovsk Governor Viktor Ishayev, president of the Russian National Committee on Pacific Economic Cooperation, talks about the need to expand cooperation with Asian countries.

Sixty-one percent of Russians are in favor of introducing amendments to the existing Constitution, and only 11 percent are against them. The story offers results of an opinion poll conducted by the Public Opinion Fund on April 8 among 1,500 respondents.

According to data from the Russian Statistics Agency, the size of the Russian population in the first two months of this year decreased by 157,8000 people. The story cites other figures on the worsened demographic situation in the country.

An epidemic of hemorrhagic fever with a nephritic syndrome may be declared in several regions, where the number of patients has drastically increased lately. The story describes the disease, offering several doctors' recommendations.

The story highlights St. Petersburg's highly acclaimed jeweller Andrei Ananov, who has already managed to show his magnificent jewelry in many countries and now hopes to win the hearts of Muscovites.

The State Duma is expected to consider soon a draft bill on screening newly born children to see if they have congenital metabolism problems. In an interview, highly regarded genetics professor Nikolai Kuleshov, author of the draft, talks about these problems and the expediency of the legislation.


The story expresses bewilderment, asking why Interior Minister Vladimir Rushailo is unwilling to give information about the death of General Gennady Shpigun, who was first taken hostage in Chechnya then killed there. His body was reported to be identified long ago. Where is it now? Why is Rushailo afraid of the late general?

State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov answers Novaya Gazeta questions about reform and its social results, private land ownership, wages and pensions, and the illegal redivision of property in Russia.

The story highlights a new oligarch - Mikhail Babich - in the Moscow region, in which since Boris Gromov's election to the post of governor, Babich was appointed deputy regional government head in charge of finances. Not a single issue linked to money is now resolved without this bureaucrat.


The story explains why President-elect Vladimir Putin refused to meet Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja late last week.

The Dalmoreprodukt holding company, which employs 16,000 fishermen and other workers at its coastal enterprises, has been constantly attacked lately by the State Fishing Committee and its deputy head, Alexander Chistyakov. In an interview, Dalmoreprodukt president Yury Didenko explains major reasons behind authorities' unjustified criticism.

In an interview, Dmitry Rogozin, head of the State Duma committee on international affairs, talks about his agency and its deputies, focusing on the priorities of Russia's foreign policy in the near future.

In an interview, General Alexander Gurov, head of the State Duma security committee, examines reasons behind the rapid changes in appointments in Interior Ministry agencies. He also speaks about the high crime rate and corruption in the upper echelons of power. Gurov also explains why law-enforcement authorities have been telling lies since 1922.

Government decree No. 275 legalized rules of adopting children and exercising control over their living conditions in new families. The story offers answers to five questions about the new adoption rules. Also covered in Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

In an interview, Igor Chubais, head of the Center for Russian Studies and editor in chief of the journal Noviye Vekhi, speaks about a new coalition-in-making of the democratic forces in Russia.

Rail Minister Nikolai Aksyonenko examines existing problems and development prospects of the railway sector.

Holy Week, the last week preceding Orthodox Easter, has begun today. The story examines the meaning of all its days, saying what this week should be devoted to.

The story highlights the Staro-Golutvinsky Convent in the south of Kolomna, in the estuary of the Moskva River, and the life of its nuns. There is a canine nursery with 10 grown-up dogs and 15 puppies on the territory of the convent.

The story is devoted to Muscovite Mukhtar Gusengadzhiyev, 36, who is the most flexible person in the world. This unique man, who is well-known in Hollywood, lives in an ordinary Moscow communal apartment.

The Moscow government, the Moscow International Business Association and the Your Financial Guardian company have presented to the public their project of a family sports and entertaining complex called Emerald City. The story highlights this unique project.


In an interview, Saratov regional Governor Dmitry Ayatskov says how he has managed to boost the economy of his region and win the hearts of 75 percent of the local electors who March 26 voted him into his second term in office.

Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena examines three sins of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, concluding that it needs reform.

During her recent visit to Kazakhstan, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright found President Nursultan Nazarbayev "too short-tempered." The story notes that it was probably because Nazarbayev did not allow his high guest to carry him away with anti-Russian rhetoric. The story comments on results of the visit.

The government decree The Provision on the Federal Service on Financial Recovery and Bankruptcy, signed by President-elect Vladimir Putin on April 4.


If First Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov takes up the post of Cabinet head, he will need Communist Yury Maslyukov as his deputy in charge of industry, notes the story, describing their former business contacts.

State sanitary inspectors in early April checked the quality of honey sold in Moscow, and rejected 2,500 out of the 3,000 tons of honey, or 80 percent of the product sold in the city. The results of the inspection shocked Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, who immediately decreed a ban on the honey trade in unsanctioned places. The story highlights the honey dream of the mayor.

In an interview, Alexander Zhukov, head of the State Duma budget committee, who would like President-elect Vladimir Putin to invite him to the government, discusses taxes.

The story highlights the origin of the Lenin Museum in Gorki Leninskiye in 1938, focusing on the history of the place and its former owners.

In an interview, the first Russian cupbearer, Alexei Sidorov, reveals 'secrets' of his rare occupation, which has arrived in Russia from France.

Who could imagine that the red paint for the Kremlin Wall and the grass for the lawn around it will be imported?! The story describes the cosmetic touch-up on Red Square.

Ecology police officers, who last week inspected the ecological and sanitary state of Sokolniki Park in Moscow, found it in awful condition, saying the park has been turned into a garbage dump.

According to reports from the Tax Ministry, the Moscow Serp i Molot Machine-Building Plant is evading taxes. The story gives figures to prove the point.

Moskovsky Komsomolets correspondent Alexander Khinshtein, in his story titled "What Color is Fear,"

describes his "disgusting" contacts with Interior Ministry officers that began May 14, 1999, and lasted for nine months.

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov through a directive has approved special emblems bearing the coats of arms for the first three Moscow administrative districts. The story describes their origins.

Specialists at the Institute of Molecular Genetics have developed a unique method to determine which people are AIDS-resistant. The story highlights the method.

After the recent inspection of the work of the Moscow Interior Department, the Federal Security Service branches in the city and region will undergo similar checks. The story examines the aim of this "campaign."

Moscow statisticians will try to count all homeless people in the city's Preobrazhensky district in October. This act will become a dress rehearsal for the upcoming all-Russia census. The story details the experiment.

The story features the disquieting situation in domestic figure skating, in which unhealthy ambitions among dancing pairs and their coaches are reigning supreme.

According to reports from the Regional Public Rescuing Organization, the number of people who drowned in their own bathrooms in January-March this year hit a record high of 13 people. The story gives details.