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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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




SEGODNYA


Speaking about a growing threat to Russia's security from terrorists trained in military camps in Afghanistan, presidential adviser Sergei Yastrzhembsky yesterday did not exclude the possibility of pre-emptive strikes on those camps.


Leading filmmakers and actors yesterday staged a protest in front of the Goskino office building against the announced merger with the Culture Ministry.


In Germany museums in began to register artifacts stolen or confiscated during World War II.


Central Bank head Viktor Gerashchenko on Monday stated that the CB Board of Directors plans to consider the issue on decreasing the banking rate.


Chechen field commander Shamil Basayev has allegedly died because of gangrene in Chechnya.


According to Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev, the ministry's press service and all its sections is to be placed under the control of the Main Board on Educational Work.


Yelena Bonner, widow of the late human rights activist, Andrei Sakharov, on Sunday made a speech marking the anniversary of his birth, in which she said that President Vladimir Putin has become a hostage of generals, the Kremlin "Family" and the FSB.


Decrees on new appointments in the Kremlin administration will emerge before the end of this week.


Chief human rights advocate Oleg Mironov speaks pessimistically about the human rights situation in Russia today.


Nizhny Novgorod refinery "Norsi" has been declared bankrupt. Two giants in the domestic fuel market -- LUKoil and Gazprom -- have announced their willingnes to fight over it.


The Association of Russian Banks will discuss the ARB concept of boosting the banking system. ARB president Sergei Yegorov shares his views on the Gref team's proposals on reforming the banking system.


KOMMERSANT DAILY


At the plenary session of the KPRF Central Committee on Saturday May 20, Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov presented a revolutionary program of renewing the party's policy.


Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov yesterday signed a decree on launching a federal state-owned unitarian enterprise --"Rosspirtprom".


"This is more than the ministry,this is almost "Gazprom" only in the alcoholic sector, the story notes, commenting on the emergence of the new monopoly in Russia.


Media-MOST holding head Igor Malashenko today is expected to report to the US Congress Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe on freedom of speech in Russia. On the eve of his departure, ORT Vremya news program devoted much of its air time to Malashenko-controlled NTV's systematic violations of the freedom of speech. Tatyana Koshkaryova, director of the ORT information programs, comments on the fact.


A contract murder ( the third in the past 10 days) was committed in Tolyatti when Dmitry Ogorodnikov, 36, chief of the organized crime board of the Interior Department was killed near his office building


Central Bank head Viktor Gerashchenko yesterday confirmed that the Most-Bank temporary administration is discussing the possibility of merging the bank with Vneshtorgbank controlled by the CB. The story notes that this is the first case when the Central Bank is restoring the bank's liquidity through its re-sale.


The Moscow government is expected to sum up results of a 2-year program of boosting the system of state registration of rights on realty and deals with it.


The Gruzrosenergo shareholders' meeting yesterday in Tbilisi discussed the possibility of leasing the 3rd and 4th energy units of the Tbilisi Hydropower station to the Russian national power grid "Unified Energy Systems."


The Turkish "Ramenk" company on Saturday announced plans to expand its presence in the Russian retail market. The story details the plans.


General Motors and Nissan stated that in the next three years they will drastically decrease the use of palladium in auto catalysts. Norilsk Nickel, which delivers this metal to the world market, is expected to sustain huge losses.


The Association of Coffee -Producers late last week signed an agreement on decreasing coffee exports by 20 percent.


PRESS REVIEW II


NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA


Reform of the government's makeup is linked with huge federal budget spending at a time when funds should be collected for paying out debts to creditors in case of the unsuccessful completion of negotiations with the Paris Club and the International Monetary Fund. The story comments on the issue.


Military analyst Andrei Mikhailov analyzes the recent statement by presidential adviser Sergei Yastrzhembsky on the possibility of a pre-emptive strike on military training bases for terrorists in Afghanistan. The author reflects on how this task is possible today and how it may be realized. Also covered in Izvestia and Komsomolskaya Pravda.


President Vladimir Putin has submitted to the State Duma his draft laws aimed at changing relationships between central authorities and regional governors, which deputies will consider May 31. The story comments on the documents, saying what may prevent the legislators from approving these drafts. Also covered in Izvestia.


The story reports on how federal authorities are doing everything in their power to put diamond sales and the finance flows of the Alrosa diamond company in the Sakha republic under their control. The story examines several decisions in this.


The meeting of the board of directors of the Novokuznetsk Aluminum Plant, or NkAZ, which is to takeplace in a couple of days, will endorse the annual plan for outside management and establish a procedure for paying out debts. NkAZ's main creditor is Kuzbassenergo, which has instigated the bankruptcy proceedings against the plant.


An entire Nezavisimaya Gazeta supplement is devoted to scientific research and its role in boosting the economy.


IZVESTIA


Economists gathered for a conference in Golitsyno, Moscow region, over the weekend, when presidential economic adviser Andrei Illarionov presented the thesis of his economic development program, which seriously differ from the 400-page document submitted to the government by Economics Minister German Gref. The story examines Illarionov's program.


The great poet Iosif Brodsky, a Nobel Prize winner, would have turned 60 today. The story highlights his complicated life in Soviet times, when he was viewed as a dissident.


Moscow railway authorities announced Tuesday that 30 railway bridges that are very old and unable to withstand big loads will undergo major renovation this year. The story examines the project.


In an interview, Kursk Governor Alexander Rutskoi shares his views on the reforms initiated by President Vladimir Putin. Rutskoi notes that a project he recommended to President Boris Yeltsin has much in common with Putin's plans.


ARGUMENTY I FAKTY


Human rights advocate and State Duma Deputy Sergei Kovalyov, who recently marked his 70th birthday, has been all his life struggling for human rights, for which he has been punished more than once. In an interview, Kovalyov discusses terrible developments in Chechnya, urging both sides to stop the war and launch negotiations on terms for a truce and the status of the republic.


Highly regarded politician Sergei Shakhrai comments on the recent presidential decree on creating seven federal districts and on three presidential draft bills for consolidating the Russian Federation. The author offers his interesting conclusions and gives several recommendations to President Vladimir Putin.


Commenting on the recent scandalous events around the Media-MOST holding, the story focuses on the role of opposition journalism and the opposition in general in the life of the state, being its insurance and a guarantee of its survival.


The story offers facts and figures illustrating how food and non-food prices have skyrocketed this year and predicting their further hikes this fall.


LITERATURNAYA GAZETA


In an interview, politician and historian Vladimir Lysenko, deputy head of the State Duma federal affairs and regional policy committee, shares his views on the recent presidential reformation initiatives, focusing on several points he disagrees with. The author also looks at their possible outcome.


In an interview, highly regarded political scientist Liliya Shevtsova answers the following questions: Has a virus of allegiance hit all the state power bodies (meaning their quiet "loyalty" to the president )? Why all this unanimity in all power bodies? Is there any fear of pressure by force? Do you see any positive features in the whole of our unquiet reality?


Political analyst Anatoly Druzenko, commenting on President Vladimir Putin's first revolutionary steps as president, notes that he has justified people's hopes by 60 percent, but the other 40 percent is left up in the air. The author looks at these questions.


The story paints a political portrait of Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, focusing on his sponsors, supporters and adversaries and on various responses from the Western press on his appointment.


In an interview, Valery Fyodorov, deputy director of the Center for Political Studies, shares his viewpoint on Economics Minister German Gref's economic program, focusing on its week points.


ROSSIISKAYA GAZETA


The story presents an analysis of the present unfavorable position of the state-owned ONAKO oil company, explaining why authorities decided to sell it.


KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA


The newspaper today is celebrating its 75th birthday, and many of its pages are filled with greetings and congratulatory messages from many prominent political and public figures.


MOSKOVSKY KOMSOMOLETS


Yury Dyomin, head of the military prosecutor's office, has lodged a suit in the Moscow Khamovniki court against his former chief, former Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov, who allegedly slandered him in his book titled "The Variant of the Dragon." The story gives details of the conflict.


The Moscow city government plans, starting next academic year, to increase the number of weekly classes devoted to physical education in secondary public schools. The story reveals the essence of the program.


The government intends to restore the right of pensioners who before July 1, 1993, went abroad for permanent residence to receive pensions that were issued to them in Russia. The story comments on the project.


The story features the profit-making garbage business, which is just starting to develop.