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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


The creation of the State Council will demand amendments in the Yeltsin Constitution that give constitutional status to the new power vertical. The new power vertical will become fully presidential, the story notes, focusing on its several features and functions. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Izvestia, Noviye Izvestia, Vremya Novostei, Vremya MN and Nezavisimaya Gazeta

As many as 2,585 federal servicemen were killed and another 7,505 were wounded during the anti-terrorist operation in the North Caucasus between Aug. 2, 1999 and Aug. 3, 2000. This was stated yesterday by Valery Manilov, first deputy chief of the general staff. Also covered in Kommersant Daily and Vremya MN.

The law concerning the general principles of the organization of state power agencies in the regions has taken effect. From now on, the president will have full control over state power agencies, which as the story notes, will be difficult for him to do in six of the republics. The story explains why.

Ukraine may impose a visa regime for Russian travelers starting 2001. This was stated by Igor Kharkovchuk, deputy chief of the Federal Border Service's regional board. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

The bailiff service of Moscow's central administrative district decided Wednesday to file an executive case against the Sidanko oil company. Thus, the story notes, the struggle between the Alyans Group, a creditor of Sidanko's daughter enterprise Varyeganneftegaz and Sidanko has entered a new legal stage.

The director-general of the World Health Organization, Gru Harlem Brundtland, on Thursday made public the results of the commission's investigation into the tobacco companies' plots to sabotage the WHO. The story examines the major conclusions of the commission.

The US Federal Aviation Administration intends to impose a $1.24 billion fine on the Boeing corporation for frequently concealing information on its planes' defects.

A week-long mobilization of new rebel fighters (starting from the age of 13) has been ordered in Chechnya by the rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov.

Unidentified bandits in the evening on Wednesday tried to kill Karachayevo-Cherkessia's Interior Minister Alexander Papura.

The Russian ship Kruzenshtern was participating in the Trans-Atlantic sailing race, but had to quit the competition on Thursday to save Polish athlete Joanne Serlinska, whose boat was hit by a strong gale. Also covered in Kommersant Daily and Noviye Izvestia.

In a recent interview, Patriarch Alexy II told the Milan newspaper Corriere Della Sera that head of the Roman Catholic Church Pope John Paul II must repent his transgressions before the Russian Orthodox Church. The Patriarch stated that the Pope will be able to visit Russia when "all obstacles in relations between both Churches have been removed."

Political analyst Leonid Radzikhovsky reflects on the lack of political opposition to President Vladimir Putin.

Who will form an opposition to Vladimir Putin? In an interview, Sergei Markov, an institute director, answers this and other questions about the opposition.

In an interview Gleb Pavlovsky, head of the Effective Policy Fund, examines two possible models of political opposition to Vladimir Putin.

The story examines the optimistic situation in the domestic stock market, focusing on several reasons behind its growth.

The ARKO Public Relations Department has submitted a draft of a federal law that envisages lowering several parameters for banks in their restructuring.

Four stories are devoted to Queen Elizabeth, who is celebrating her centennial jubilee. The accomplishments of her life are featured. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Vremya Novostei, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and MK.

The story describes a radical new approach by the Vladivostok authorities to combating prostitution in the region. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

Moscow gangsters yesterday made an attempt upon the life of Vyacheslav Danilin, a manager of the publishing house Kron-Press.


Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, who is now on vacation, has signed a directive on the Cabinet members' personal responsibility for putting the Gref Economic Program into effect. The story comments on the expediency of the document.

Mayor Yury Luzhkov is expected to arrive in the Kemerovo region to visit the Fyodorovskoye gold-mining deposit, which is being developed jointly by Kuzbass and Moscow. The story also features the political aim of Luzhkov's visit.

The restoration of paintings by great artists Repin, Shishkin, Ivanov and others that were stolen from the Ilya Repun Museum in St. Petersburg in December 1999 will cost $509,000.

Vyacheslav Soltaganov, head of the Federal Tax Police, on Thursday created seven main boards in his agency in the recently formed federal districts. Though Vladimir Putin has stated more than once that the federal districts should not be turned into independent formations, the independent power centers have already been created there, the story concludes.

The leadership of the Emergency Situations Ministry stated Thursday that the delivery of goods to the Northern areas of Maritime Krai and the Sakhalin has been severed. The story explains major reasons.

Vladimir Gruzdev, head of the Sedmoi Kontinent company, announced his plan to sell a big package of the company's stock. Alfa-Bank discussed the possibility of buying it.

By June 2001, all Chinese aviation companies must stop using Soviet and Russian made planes -f such is the order of the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration. As a result, the Russian aircraft sector's direct losses will amount to $8 million a year.

The British Cable and Wireless telecommunications company opened its first hosting center in Moscow. The company has also announced its intention to build its own telecommunications infrastructure in Russia. The story features its ambitious plans.

Russia, starting Aug. 15, is expected to impose new duties on imported poultry, which will allow domestic companies to resume the importation of American chicken quarters, which disappeared after the 1998 crisis. The story looks at the situation on the domestic poultry market. Two experts say what will happen if the government imposes restrictions on chicken imports.


The story reports on how Vladimir Putin's structural reform of the organization of state power f aimed at weakening governors' political authority f is entering a new phase today. The seven recently created federal districts are gradually turning into full-fledged territorial structures with powerful administrative resources and their own obedient mass media.

The government has endorsed a resolution on the structure of the Transport Ministry. The story focuses on its additional functions in comparison with its predecessor.

American specialists have deciphered the genetic map of cholera vibrio, the results of which have been printed in the science journal Nature. This has a great practical significance: It will allow American researchers to develop a vaccine and medications to combat this disease. Brief.

Internal conflicts within the Agrarian Party of Russia have led to the creation of the all-Russian movement For Support of Villages in Russia, with State Duma deputy Nikolai Kharitonov as its leader. The story reports on how it originated.

One of the aims of Vladimir Putin's state power reform is to lessen the expense of governing the country at the cost of decreasing funds in regional policy. Political analyst Ivan Rodin, commenting on Putin's recent visit to the Kaliningrad region, says how this aim can be achieved.

The story reveals the essence of lobbyism, protectionism and liberalism as components of the new economic policy, focusing on several major defects of hasty liberalization and privatization in the early 1990s.

The International Telekinoforum in Yalta scheduled for Sep. 2 and Sep. 7 will be sponsored by Slavneft. In an interview, its deputy head, Nikolai Lyakh, explains why his company is willing to financially support this cultural event.

In an interview, Lithuania's defense minister, Audrius Butkevicius f former leader of Sajudis rebels and former prison convict f reminisces about the bloody events in Vilnius of January 1991.


Rosneft head Sergei Bogdanchikov stated in Krasnodar Thursday that his company is willing to launch the development of oil deposits on the shelf of the Black Sea and in the flood plain of the Sea of Azov. If the local administration shows interest, oil extraction in the region may go up from 1.5 million tons to 6 million tons.

The Russia - India negotiators are close to agreement on a delivery to India of 310 Russian tanks. Ilya Klebanov f Deputy Prime Minister and responsible for the military-industrial sector f is expected to go to India in a couple of days for the signing of this contract.

In an interview, Andrei Zadernyuk, head of the Federal Energy Commission, answers the following questions: What will happen to electricity and gas prices and how will they change? When will market-economy relations arrive in the fuel and energy sector?

Latest developments around the Kuznetskiye Ferrosplavy enterprise, Novokuznetsk, have turned into a confrontation between its legal leadership and a group of offshore companies that own part of the shares and have united around MDM-Bank. They are trying to seize this profit-making enterprise at any cost, ignoring all legal regulations. The story features the situation at this enterprise.


A huge emerald weighing 334.39 carat (approximately 70 grams and evaluated at $2 million) that was cut in the 17th century by court jewelers of the Indian dynasty of Great Moguls has been brought to Russia. After passing through customs it will adorn a private collection. Vladimir Pavlenko, a representative from the United International Diamond Corporation who is accompanying this precious stone on its tour of Russia, spoke about its future. (Also covered in the Rossiiskaya Gazeta).

The story highlights former businessman Valery Kalashnikov, who in the early 1990s launched a commercial bank, which later went out of business as Kalashnikov found himself in jail. A legal precedent was created last week when Kalashnikov, who was viewed as a victim of the Prosecutor General's Office, will receive $50,000 in compensation according to the Strasbourg Court's ruling.

The Church of Christ the Savior has opened its Website ( not long before that of the Sobor of the Russian Orthodox Church. The story highlights this event and its sponsors.


In an interview, Vladimir Fyodorov, head of the GAI Main Board, explains why the number of road accidents has increased considerably lately. He also says what GAI officers expect from the new Code on Administrative Legal Violations.


The story highlights Professor Alla Shandurina, Director of the St. Petersburg Medical Center, who performs uncommon surgeries to help blind, deaf and immobile people overcome their ailments.


After the federal command recently reported that it was seeking Aslan Maskhadov to take him to court, now the Chechen leader is wanted for negotiations. It's officially stated in the story.

The newspaper has announced a competition on the best anecdote about oligarch Boris Berezovsky. The first Prize is 3,000 rubles.

The domestic higher education system is to undergo serious changes in the near future. The story examines some of them.

Moscow city authorities have endorsed a program that will help architects and builders preserve the architectural appearance of old Moscow. The story describes the program, focusing on its first stage.

In an interview, human rights activist Yelena Bonner, widow of the late political figure Andrei Sakharov, shares her negative views on President Vladimir Putin's state power reforms.

According to Alexander Prokhanov and Valentin Chikin f editors-in-chief of the Zavtra and Sovetskaya Rossiya f President Vladimir Putin is "waging" five or six wars today. The story names Putin's opponents.

The story is about the U.S. Caviar and Caviar company, a world leading caviar importer that will have to pay out $10.4 million due to the contraband trade in Russian caviar.

Few people know that in Soviet times the upper floors of the GUM Department Store were occupied by the CPSU Central Committee Economic Affairs Directorate and contained several communal apartments. The story describes how people lived and worked there.


In an interview, Yevgeny Murov, head of the Federal Guard Service, speaks about how his agency is protecting President Vladimir Putin in today's environment where the risk of assassination is high.