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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


In the context of the recent presidential revolutionary reform of the Federation Council, its deputies - the regional governors - are trying to defend themselves. Thus, FC speaker Yegor Stroyev asked all Senate lawyers to make their proposals. In addition, a special commission has been created to find a compromise, which the story mentions here.

Press Minister Mikhail Lesin has turned out to be one of the most active participants in the power structures' measures against Media-MOST. Thus he was among those who directly worked out a plan to attack the undesirable media holding. The story notes that with a lack of any ideology, Lesin's behavior may be explained by his interest in the fate of the Video International advertising company, which he founded and is its co-owner. The story reveals his role in the company.

President Vladimir Putin's visit to Tashkent has been prompted by the recent disquieting developments in Afghanistan, which demand more vigorous cooperation with Tashkent in the military and military-technical spheres. The story comments on the issue.

Legendary actress Angelina Stepanova of the Moscow Art Theater (MKhAT) died in her sleep at night May 18 in her Moscow apartment. All newspapers devoted stories to her brilliant stage career. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Izvestia, Vremya Novostei, Vremya Moskovskye Novosti and Komsomolskaya Pravda.

SPS deputies (their names are given) have submitted a draft federal constitutional Law on the State of Emergency. The story examines its major provisions, focusing on its expediency.

The Charter and the license on carrying arms were confiscated from the Media-MOST security service on order from Vasily Kolmogorov, Deputy Prosecutor General, who will be taken to court to explain his actions. Dmitry Ostalsky, head of the holding's press service, comments on the Prosecutor General's disgraceful behavior.

The story reports on how St. Petersburg newly elected governor Vladimir Yakovlev will be stripped of real power soon, as a result of Vladimir Putin's reform.

First Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Shatalov, author of a new variant of the Tax Code, comments on his new tax system.

Ten thousand Crimean Tatars staged a rally in Simferopol to mark another anniversary of their deportation during the Stalin reign. Their national movement is a real headache for Kiev.

Moscow FSB officers conducted a search in the office of the Russian Internet provider Zenon N.S.P. The story details the operation.

Atamans from the leading Cossack movements in different regions have applied to Vladimir Putin with a letter inviting him to attend a Cossack meeting in Moscow scheduled for June 26. The letter expresses hope that Putin will agree to become a commander of the Cossack army. Also covered in Vremya Moskovskye Novosti.

What is the real aim of Vladimir Putin's reform - to build a democratic Federation ruled by law or to restore the unitarian state in the administrative, political and ideological meaning? Political analyst Leonid Radzikhovsky elaborates on the issue.

Two Parliament speakers and two regional governors share their viewpoints on the president's initiative to reform the fundamentals of federalism.

Are the St. Petersburg Fatherland andUnity organizations going to merge? In an interview Alexander Vladislavlev, Secretary of the Fatherland Political Council, answers this and other questions.

A scandal has erupted around the Mining Chemical Combine in Zheleznogorsk near Krasnoyarsk, which is polluting the Yenisei River with radioactive substances. The story comments on the report (a source of this information) issued by the combine's leadership.

The shareholders' meeting of the Krasnoyarsk Coal Company approved a project of its privatization. The story describes the company's new board of directors and its decision.

President Vladimir Putin today is expected to meet with Turkmenia's President Saparmurat Niyazov.

The story features several dangerous criminal communities created in Moscow (and Russia) by illegal immigrants from South East Asia, who commit murders and robberies. Several criminal cases are describes here.


Vladimir Putin's fellow countryman Yevgeny Murov has been appointed director of the Federal Guard Service, which will guard the Kremlin, the government, the president and his family. The story comments on the appointment.

A superbank will emerge in Russia soon as a result of a merger of Roseximbank and VEB. This has become possible due to the government policy in relation to the state property. The story examines the project.

How has the world press responded to the appointment of Mikhail Kasyanov to the post of Prime Minister? The story presents remarks by seven leading newspapers.

Our Home Is Russia leader Viktor Chernomyrdin stated yesterday that his movement together with Unity will create a powerful right-of-center party, which may be headed by the president. The party will be founded at the Unity Congress scheduled for May 27. The story comments on the plan.

The new criminal proceedings have been instigated against the former leadership of the SBS-AGRO bank on two articles of the code. The story gives details. Also covered in Segodnya.

The Russian-U.S. Mir Corp company and Italia-Mir on Thursday signed a treaty on the first tourist flight in the Mir orbital complex. The story comments on the deal.

Heads from the State Duma Finance committees received the Central Bank's report on its performance in 1999. Its discussion in parliament will begin next week. The story examines major points in the document.

Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Ignatyev in his letter to the State Duma asked the deputies to postpone the consideration of the government package of amendments to the draft banking laws, which means that Russia will not receive IMF credits before the fall. The story comments on the issue.

Armenia's government and the Siberian Aluminum Group on Thursday signed an agreement on launching a joint venture, Armenal, on the basis of the Kanakersky Aluminum Plant. The story explains why it has become the most problem deal for the Russian company.

Sibneft on Thursday issued a press release on the project of creating the Energy Trading System, a trading ground in the Internet for participants in the oil market. The story reveals the essence of the project.

The international ICO Communications consortium, creating a global system of satellite communications, has been saved from bankruptcy. The company announced the completion of its restructuring. The story looks at its final results.

Rosbank announced Thursday that it plans to merge with Uneximbank. The issue will be discussed June 20 at the Rosbank shareholders' meeting.


The story comments on President Vladimir Putin's revolutionary reform of federal relations, focusing on a major obstacle - the Constitution, which, as Putin announcedThursday, will not be changed. Possible negative consequences of the federal reform are also cited.

Political scientist Vladimir Lysenko, deputy head of the State Duma committee on federal affairs and regional policy, reveals the essence of four draft bills on reforming the executive and legislative power bodies, which President Vladimir Putin promised to submit to the Duma in a recent television address.

In an interview, Andrei Isayev, secretary of the Federation of Independent Labor Unions, comments on a new variant of the Labor Code that was submitted recently to the State Duma.

Vladimir Bondarenko, director general of Krasnoyarsk Coal Co., speaks about the fuel and energy complex, which is in deep crisis, focusing on major reasons and offering several ways out.

The story highlights the Orenburg ONAKO oil company, which funds numerous social programs.

Historian Viktor Kremenyuk reflects on how Russia's image abroad deteriorated during President Boris Yeltsin's reign and on what President Vladimir Putin should do to change it for the better.

In an interview, TV Center president Oleg Poptsov speaks about several problems facing his channel, hoping that it won't be taken away from the Moscow government. Poptsov also says how he intends to reform its news programs.


Russian-German University, the first national German school of higher education in Russia, has opened in Novosibirsk, Western Siberia. It has received a license on the right to teach. The story describes several subjects with teaching to be done by native speakers.

A representative from a foreign partner - Burkhard Bergman, deputy head of Germany's Ruhrgaz concern - will for the first time join the Gazprom board of directors. Last year, Ruhrgaz increased its share in Gazprom's capital to 4 percent.

In an interview, Dmitry Chernik, deputy tax minister, speaks about several aspects of the existing tax system, focusing on how it will change according to the new Tax Code.

An unidentified bandit Wednesday attacked Boris Polonsky, 75, head of the secretariat of the supreme arbitration court, near his house on Ulitsa Namyotkina. He was hospitalized with several serious injuries. The story gives details.


The story reports on how the army conscription campaign is proceeding in Moscow, where 6,000 young people will be drafted this spring, of whom 70 percent will serve in the Moscow military district.


President Vladimir Putin's decree concerning presidential representatives in the seven "mega-gubernias" is the first step in a large-scale reform of the executive power bodies in the regions and the legislative power agencies - the Federation Council. The story examines two significant features in Putin's projects.

Three regional governors comment on the draft bills submitted to the State Duma by President Vladimir Putin.

The story highlights Interior Minister Vladimir Rushailo, who as no other minister needs to retain his post in the new Cabinet. If he loses it, he may become a target of oligarch Boris Berezovsky and the secret services for reasons known only to Rushailo.


Voyenny Bank was opened six months ago. Was there really a need for its creation? What has been done over this period? What services does the bank offer? Its head, Vladimir Yurkov, answers all these questions, noting in part that this bank is a project to reshape the military financial- industrial system rather than an ordinary credit.