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

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Moskovskaya Pravda

Krasnaya Zvezda

Komomolskaya Pravda

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

The Federal Law concerning the 2002 Federal Budget, signed by President Vladimir Putin on Dec. 30. Full text.

The Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Legal Violations. Full text.

The Federal Law on Putting into Effect the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Legal Violations. Full text.

The Federal Law on introducing amendments to the Tax Code as well as several legislative tax laws. Full text.

The Labor Code of the Russian Federation, signed by the president Dec. 30. Full text.

In an interview Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov talks about his agency's achievements in 2001 and its plans for 2002.

The first Russian Orthodox church will be built in Antarctica next year. The story examines the project.

The story describes one of the most popular equestrian facilities in Russia, located outside Krasnogorsk in the Moscow region, and its famous horse Torgim.

The story is devoted to the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery in Murom, where the monks have launched their own business, providing 300 new jobs for city residents.

The story describes the Jewish Autonomous Region that was created in 1934. What is the condition of its 210,000 residents?

In an interview writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya, who won the 2001 Smirnoff Booker Prize, talks about her creative work and plans.

Moskovskaya Pravda

On New Year's eve 56 Muscovites were injured after detonating their own fireworks. The story gives details. Also covered in Komsomolskaya Pravda, Moskovsky Komsomolets

Two people committed suicide Dec. 31, 10 on Jan. 1 and another four on Jan 2. The story gives details.

Moscow police arrested Gennady Vostretsov, who in the early 1990s was convicted three times on charges of embezzling about $50 million. The story describes his crimes.

The All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion, or VTSIOM, not long before the end of 2001 conducted a poll of 1,600 respondents to see what they think of the outgoing year, and what they plan for 2002. The respondents also named the Man and the Woman of the Year for 2001. The VTSIOM Press Service offers results.

President Vladimir Putin on Jan. 3 dismissed Railways Minister Nikolai Aksyonenko from his high post. The story describes the latest developments around the minister. Also covered in Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Vechernyaya Moskva, Moskovsky Komsomolets

According to reports from the State Sanitary and Epidemiological Inspectorate, most of the natural springs in Moscow are potentially harmful as they contain intestinal bacilli and other dangerous bacteria. The story gives concrete facts to illustrate the point.

About 15,000 New Year fir trees in Moscow have been left unsold and have been turned into dumps. The story examines losses for organizers of recent fir tree bazaars.

The story examines Energy Minister Igor Yusufov's policy that goes against the presidential line. The story focuses on several reports of behind-the scenes forces that are supporting Yusufov.

The story describes favorable results of the Moscow government's snow removal operations in the city, focusing on effective new chemical agents that are being used this winter to combat icy roads. Also covered in Moskovsky Komsomolets

Krasnaya Zvezda

In an interview Deputy Defense Minister Lyubov Kudelina, chief of the ministry's Main Financial and Economic Board, talks about state measures to improve the material standard of the servicemen in 2002. She also examines results of the 2001 fiscal year.

The presidential decree signed Dec. 29 concerning additional measures aimed at material improvements for several categories of servicemen. Full text.

The presidential decree signed Dec. 29 concerning measures to provide additional social benefits to the servicemen. Full text.

Komomolskaya Pravda

The story focuses on five main achievements of President Vladimir Putin in 2001.

The story reports on how Orthodox Christians traditionally mark Christmas Eve and Christmas.

The story describes the Museum of Russian Vodka that recently opened in St. Petersburg.

Well-known North Ossetian journalist Sergei Burnatsev, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Zhizn Kavkaza, or Life of the Caucasus, and the weekly Ekran Vladivostoka, or Screen of Vladivostok, was seriously beaten last week and was hospitalized. The beating of the journalist has become another dramatic development in a series of scandals connected with the current presidential election campaign in North Ossetia. The elections are scheduled for the end of this month. The story gives details.

Famed figure-skater Yevgeny Plyushchenko talks about his Olympic plans, hobbies and female admirers.

Moskovsky Komsomolets

World-renowned ballet master Yury Grigorovich turned 70 on Jan. 2. In an interview he speaks about his great achievements over the 55 years of his creative work and about his future plans.

In an interview biologist Alexander Dubrov, correspondece member of several world academies of sciences, assures that gifted animals can speak in human languages. He gives several facts to illustrate his point.

The story describes how Ulitsa Novy Arbat will look like after a major renovation that will be completed by September.

The Moscow government has decided to launch a network of family sports centers that will be opened in all city districts. The story describes the project.

Promstroibank external manager Vladimir Bovkun disappeared Dec. 29, and in his place, several unidentified people unexpectedly arrived at the bank, saying that Bovkun had given them all powers to control the bank.

In an interview pastor Ivan Okhlobystin, or Father Ioann , who combines his religious service with filmmaking, says how he manages to do this, focusing on his long-standing dream — to make a 365-part film of Prelate Dimitry Rostovsky's "Lives of the Saints."

Former North Fleet Chief Commander Vyacheslav Popov has been elected by the Murmansk Regional Duma to represent the region in the Federation Council.

The story describes how life in the new year has changed in favor of the TV-6 television company. Also covered in Rossiiskaya Gazeta

The story describes the a crime that was committed Jan. 4 when Father Frost and the Snow Maiden brought a bomb to the office of a private firm in Vladivostok.

A group of investigators from the Prosecutor General 's Office on Jan. 4 resumed work in the third compartment of the Kursk submarine. The story describes what it has managed to do and what is left to be done.

Thirty-one Russian specialists are working in Afghanistan to restore Salang, a mountain pass that the Afghans call the "road of life" and that was blown up with the aim of preventing the Taliban moving to the north. The story describes the project.

The story describes how Moscow will look like in the year 2020, focusing on radical changes in the city metro.

The Tretyakov Gallery will soon open its own cultural and exhibition center in Maly Tolmachevsky Pereulok. The story describes the place.

In his spring Internet interview, Boris Berezovsky, speaking about his commercial interests in Russia, mentioned the Railways Ministry, saying that what interested him in it was two structures — Transtelecom and Transmedia. The latter was created 18 months ago. The story explains why these two structures attracted Berezovsky's attention.

The feature story describes how the Communist Party and the Komsomol in the 1920s did everything in their power to eradicate the Christmas traditions.

Professor Vladimir Serov, Deputy Director of the Research Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Perinatology Center, says that Russian women, unlike women in the West and America, prefer abortions to contraception. About 2 million abortions are annually performed in Russia — about 70 operations per thousand women. In Germany the figure is 10 abortions per thousand.