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

Thursday, August 10



Sociologists carried out a telephone opinion poll Wednesday and registered the public's growing distrust of authorities and their "strong hand." According to the poll, 56 percent of Russians believe the special security services are unable to protect them from terrorist acts. Also, specialists from the Serbsky Medical Institute predict a new more powerful wave of fear throughout Russia. The explosion on Pushkin Square on Tuesday, the article notes, has shown that Moscow is a frontline city in which the Defense Ministry and the General Staff have opened the "second front" in fighting for high commanding seats. The article criticizes top Kremlin officials who it says are involved in resolving their own problems. Also covered in Vremya MN and Vremya Novostei.

In a letter printed in this issue, Vyacheslav Lebedev, chairman of the Supreme Court, replies to a letter signed by a group of lawyers, who questioned the legality of the searches conducted in Media-MOST offices. Also covered in Vremya Novostei.

The article gives the official version of what happened Tuesday in the underground passageway on Pushkin Square. Also covered in Kommersant, Izvestia, Noviye Izvestia, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Vremya MN and Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Following presidential instruction, senators met Wednesday and discussed the problem of creating a State Council. The article regards the event with a critical eye and concludes that nothing will come of this discussion, as the president will act according to his own will anyway. Also covered in Kommersant and Vremya Novostei.

Russia has joined the European Convention on Combating Terrorism. President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a federal law to ratify this convention. There is also a report on this in Vremya MN's commentary.

The Moscow prosecutor's office has initiated criminal proceedings against Vyacheslav Medvedev, former competition manager for Imperial Bank, for alleged embezzlement. The bank's officials have confirmed the information. The article details the case.

City and federal authorities may ban trade in underground passageways after Tuesday's explosion on Pushkin Square. The article provides comments.

Shamil Beno, the plenipotentiary representative of Chechen administration head Akhmad Kadyrov in Moscow, says he intends to take Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov to court for his premature conclusions about a Chechen connection in Tuesday's blast on Pushkin Square.

The article offers the latest information from the Moscow Health Committee on the health of 61 victims of the Pushkin Square explosion, who are receiving treatment at city hospitals.

Amendments to the Constitution can only be introduced through the Constitutional Assembly. The State Duma is expected to consider a corresponding draft law on this agency at its first sessions after the holidays. In an interview, Duma Deputy Gennady Raikov of the People's Deputy Group speaks about the prospects of passing this legislation.

Russia on Aug. 22 will mark the seventh State Flag Day, according to a 1994 decree by then-President Boris Yeltsin's. The article looks at the Kremlin's opinion of this holiday.

First Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin on Wednesday made public the major parameters of the draft federal budget for 2001. The article also looks at senators' views on government. Also covered in Kommersant.

Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin, presenting the draft budget for 2001 on Wednesday, failed to mention the issue of restructuring the banking system. The article looks at ARKO's anticipated financial problems for next year. ARKO is the Agency for Restructuring Credit Organizations.

In an interview deputy head of the State Duma Property Committee, Grigory Tomchin, who is also president of the All-Russian Association of Privatized and Private Enterprises, speaks about furthering the state-business relationship.

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Federal authorities Wednesday unleashed an offensive on Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov. Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin has practically accused Luzhkov of telling lies. Kudrin says that contrary to Luzhkov's statement, there are no agreements between them on settling Moscow's debts. The article gives details.

A Paris appeals court, currently considering the case of the frozen bank accounts of the Russian diplomatic mission in France, was expected to make its final judgement Thursday. The article considers the possible outcomes.

The Federal Property Fund on Wednesday announced the final terms of the sale of 85 percent of the state-owned shares of Onako. The starting price of the package is $425.25 million. The tender is scheduled for Sept. 19. The article looks at its participants and their claims.

The Gus Khrustalny Factory, a leading domestic maker of cut glass, has announced the presentation of a new trademark of its products in the market. The article explains why the factory made such a decision.

Power structures have unleashed a struggle for the already divided insurance and pension markets. The Finance Ministry wanted to transfer pension funds from the Labor Ministry's subjugation to the Insurance Surveillance Department. This, however, has turned out to be a difficult matter. The article provides details.

In an interview, Deputy Finance Minister Valery Rudakov discusses Russia's plans for its relations with De Beers.

In an interview Reimond Clarke, director-general of De Beers Centenary Russia, says how his company envisions the situation and the company's strategy in the world diamond market.

In an interview, ALROSA President Vyacheslav Shtyrov assesses the situation of the diamond market, focusing on his company's future plans.

The article reports on the struggle of those accused of killing journalist Dmitry Kholodov for amnesty.