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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


In its "attack" on the governors' corps, the Kremlin has "retreated" for the first time. On Thursday evening, all pro-Putin State Duma factions received the Kremlin's recommendations not to override the Federation Council's veto immediately and to seek a compromise with the upper house of parliament. The story suggests several possible reasons for the Kremlin's behavior. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Noviye Izvestia, and Vremya MN.

On Friday, the World Bank completed an official investigation into the case linked to the bank's former deputy executive director Leonid Grigoryev, of Russia. The story details his case, concluding that the World Bank has failed to confirm the charges set out against its Russian employee. Also covered in Vremya Novostei.

Besides the Atomic Ministry, which has supported a draft bill on bringing foreign nuclear waste to Russia, there are several other agencies that would like to "earn" money by polluting the country. Among them is the research center Kurchatov Institute, headed by academician Yevgeny Velikhov. The story reveals the Institute's ambitious plans.

What are the three State Duma deputies who took part in the PACE session despite a boycott - traitors or patriots? The story gives results of an opinion poll.

Legendary St. Petersburg rock musician Andrei Romanov (of Akvarium and Trilistnik rock groups) died in the early hours Friday from a heart attack during a concert in the St. Petersburg Spartalk Club. Also covered in Kommerant Daily.

In July, the government intends to sell a 19.68 percent package of stock of the state-owned Slavneft company at an open-air auction. The Tyumen Oil Company (TNK) was one of the first to have announced its participation, which has caused real war between Slavneft and TNK - they have begun to buy up shares of each other's daughter enterprises. In an interview, Felix Lyubashevsky, TNK vice president, shares his views on the current situation and his company's plans. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

NTV-Plus has announced the beginning of Bloomberg's telecasting in Russia. In an interview, NTV-Plus general director Yevgeny Yakovich looks at reasons behind the emergence of this financial information channel in Russia.

The story describes how prostitutes, many of whom have arrived from Ukraine, Belarus and other countries, work on Leningradskoye Shosse, where souteneurs, drivers and guards ensure non-stop service.

Federal authorities have come up with the idea of reviving the anthem of the former USSR, and President Vladimir Putin, in the company of his friends, spoke of its advantages over the new national anthem approved by Boris Yeltsin's decree. The story comments on this controversial issue.

Head of the Chechen administration Akhmad Kadyrov has announced his desire to meet with President Vladimir Putin to "discuss a very interesting issue" - he did not disclose its content. The story says that it will probably be another plan for a peaceful settlement of the Chechen conflict. The story features efforts by local parliament members to revive the work of their legislative body. Also covered in Vremya Novostei.

Krasnoyarskenergo, a daughter structure of the national power grid Unified Energy Systems, intends today to cut off the electricity supply to the local Radio and TV Center due to its debts. The story explains the situation.

An unprecedented event for the whole Orthodox world will happen in the Swiss town of Shambezi in mid-July when Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Varfolomei I and Metropolitan Kirill, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Foreign Relations Department, will decide what to do with Orthodoxy in Ukraine. The story explains a serious religious conflict in Ukraine.

The Moscow city government has announced a rehabilitation of the Moscow city bond housing loan, which was suspended immediately after the August 1998 crisis. The story features the resumed project.

The Tretyakov Gallery, located on Ulitsa Krymsky Val, has put up an art show devoted to the 200th anniversary of the great Russian artist Karl Bryullov. The story highlights the event, focusing on some of his marvelous paintings.


RTS stock exchange members Thursday elected Konstantin Korishchenko, head of the Central Bank open-market operations department, to the post of president of the exchange. In an interview, Korishchenko explains why he decided to quit his former job and what he plans to do in his new position.

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Friday visited Rostov-on-Don where he met with governors and executives to discuss a new governmental agricultural program. The story looks at its major provisions. Also covered in Vremya Novostei

Kremlin chief of staff Alexander Voloshin has signed a decree appointing another two deputies to the presidential representative in the Volga federal district. The story introduces these officials, focusing on their functions.

President Vladimir Putin has endorsed a new concept of Russia's foreign policy, which was submitted by the Foreign Ministry and the Security Council. The story comments on the document.

Beginning Saturday, Romania has imposed a visa regime for CIS countries. The story reveals the goals of the measure.

The leadership of the Central Almaz Design Bureau, which developed the famous S-300P missile complexes, sustained a crushing blow from the state. At the shareholders' meeting Friday, the government managed to push its representatives onto the Almaz Board of Directors and its chairman. The story examines other results of the meeting.

The RESO-Garantia shareholders' meeting decided Friday to push MDM Bank managers Alexander Mamut and Andrei Melnichenko to its Board of Directors. It became evident that MDM Bank has effectively bought the company.

The Bank of Moscow shareholders held their meeting Friday, and foreign shareholders did not dare protest a decrease in their share of the bank's capital. Its board of directors proposed changes to the charter, and now nothing will prevent the Bank from increasing its charter capital up to 10 billion rubles ($357,142,857).

The Mobile Telesystems company successfully placed more than 15 percent of its shares on the New York stock exchange Friday. The story features the shares' developments.

The U.S. Regent Pacific Fund Management company sold its daughter structure, Regent European Securities, a big player on the Russian share market. Three Russian brokers bought it. The story describes the deal.

The Russian branch of Greenpeace on Friday made public a report "Illegal Felling of Forests in Russia." The story comments on the report.

The AIDS epidemic has hit Chelyabinsk, where the number of HIV patients has reached 1,500 people, and 20 new patients on the average are registered every day.


In an interview Akhmad Kadyrov, head of the Chechen administration, speaks about his first steps in the new post to rehabilitate the war-ravaged economy of the republic.

The newspaper offers a list of 20 leading Russian politicians in June. Alexander Komozin, a spokesman for the VP-T research center, comments on the rating.

President Vladimir Putin has approved the new foreign policy concept. The short article reveals its essence.

The investigation into the criminal case of Igor Sutyagin, department chief at the Institute for USA and Canada Studies, who has been accused of high treason, has already lasted for almost nine months. In an interview institute director, Sergei Rogov, details the case.

State Duma Deputy Vladimir Semyonov, head of the Council of the "Generation of Freedom" movement, reflects on new methods of cracking down on drug addicts, stressing that the existing methods are such that the situation will worsen unless federal authorities change their approach to the problem.

State Duma Deputy Boris Berezovsky in an interview with Radio Liberty made a sensational and extremely emotional statement cited here saying that he intends to return to the state the ORT shares possessed by the companies he controls.

The State Duma on Thursday is expected to pass a draft bill concerning the state regulation of activities in the sphere of non-ferrous metal scrap exports. According to the document, Russia will ban such exports until Jan. 5, 2005. The article comments on its major provisions.

In an interview, the Agency for Restructuring Credit Organizations, or ARKO, Director-General Alexander Turbanov speaks about the fate of several commercial banks, saying that he does not expect any new wave of bankruptcies of commercial banks. He also talks about his agency's budget and its effective aid to several banks.

In an interview Vladimir Matviyenko, head of Ukraine's Prominvestbank, explains why treaties on Ukraine-Belarus-Russia economic cooperation do not work today and what should be done to make them effective.

In an interview Canada's Foreign Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew, co-head of the Canada-Russia Inter-Government Economic Commission, who on June 28-30 met with Russian leaders in Moscow, speaks about priority spheres in bilateral cooperation.


In reply to the Moscow government's talk about the need to divide city land and buildings into municipal and federal ones, the Kremlin has made an unexpected proposal - to introduce federal zones first in Moscow and later in other cities. The story reveals the essence of the Kremlin's proposal. City Duma Deputy Vladimir Plotnikov comments on the initiative, regarding it as illegal.

Paratrooper Commander Georgy Shpak answers questions by telephone from Izvestia readers about different problems facing these troops today.

Tuva's parliament, also known as Great Khural, on June 30 agreed to conduct a national referendum on Oct. 8 on changing Article 1 of the regional constitution allowing the republic to secede from Russia. The article comments on the issue.

The article offers new facts on the scandal surrounding the Federal Security Service's unveiling of an attempt to penetrate its computer web sites by Lithuanian citizen Pavel Ilyin on behalf of two foreign secret intelligence services.

Turkey's Security Service has not allowed an Armenian delegation to take part in a business forum devoted to a peaceful settlement in the Caucasus. The article says why.

Igor Kostikov, head of the Federal Securities Commission, stated Friday that the Bank of New York will inevitably lose its monopoly in issuing American Depositary Receipts for shares in Russian companies. The article comments on his statement.

The Russian film star Klara Luchko on Saturday turned 75. In an interview conducted by Komsomolskaya Pravda, she talks about her brilliant film career.

Ingush authorities on Sunday canceled elections to the Russian parliament. The article examines developments that preceded the event, focusing on President Ruslan Aushev's response to them.

The article reports on the opening and sponsorship of a new children's village, SOS in Pushkino (outside St. Petersburg) on Sunday.

In a letter addressed to President Vladimir Putin, Kemerovo Governor Aman Tuleyev expresses his concern over the acute problem of homeless children. Tuleyev proposes several practical steps to help resolve the problem.

The popular film and theatrical actor Nikolai Yeryomenko unexpectedly died on Saturday at the age of 77. The article highlights his artistic career.


A unique around-the-world sailing expedition "Sibir-2000" set off on Saturday from the place where the Irtysh and Om rivers meet.

The UN has released a rating of 174 states, concentrating on the notion of "human development," which includes data on average wages, education levels, health care systems and life spans. Russia occupies 62nd place, being viewed as a medium-developed country.

According to the results of an opinion poll conducted by the Agency for Regional Political Studies, only 37 percent of Russian families have cars. The article gives more statistics on car owners.

The Justice Ministry on Friday registered the all-Russian public movement - the All-Civic Christian Union, with Igor Podzigun as its leader. The story presents the members of its organizing committee, their tasks and duties.


To whom will the controlling stake in ORT belong? The story reveals the plans of oligarch Boris Berezovsky to solve the fate of Channel One.

The story features a behind-the-scenes struggle between various federal and local political and administrative groups for control over the resort city of Sochi on the Black Sea coast.

The story highlights oligarch Vladimir Potanin, his wildly successful career, and its financial twilight today.

In an interview State Duma Deputy Ivan Grachov, head of the SD Mortgage Crediting Commission, examines serious problems linked to the development of the mortgage crediting system in Russia.

Economist Yegor Gaidar, director of the Institute of Economic Problems of the Transition Period, and economist Alexander Panikin reflect on both the positive and negative results of the economic reform started by former President Boris Yeltsin.


Monday marks 100 days of Vladimir Putin's presidency. The article examines his achievements and failures. A chronicle of Putin's moves and decisions from March 26 to the present day.

The article describes a church, which for the first time in modern Russian history has been opened on the territory of a hospital - the Central Clinical Hospital of the Railways Ministry. It was consecrated by Patriarch Alexy II last week.

Businessman Alexander Tarantsev, head of the Russkoye Zoloto group, shares his positive views on Vladimir Putin's state power reforms.

The article describes a Club of Furious Amazons that has opened in Moscow recently.