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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Izvestia
Kommersant
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Komsomolskaya Pravda


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

The Prosecutor General's Office has accused Yukos-Moskva president Vasily Shakhnovsky of tax evasion. Shakhnovsky owns 7 percent of the shares of Menatep, which controls 61 percent of Yukos. A story comments on Shakhnovsky's recent activities and on lawyers' opinions on the case. (1, 2, Kommersant 1, 3)

President Vladimir Putin gave an interview Friday to the Arabic-language television network Al-Jazeera. The interview was to be broadcast on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. In an interview, the head of Al-Jazeera's Moscow office, Akram Huzam, who has interviewed Putin, comments on issues Putin addressed. An excerpt of Putin's interview is given. (1, 2)

The Novaya Zarya perfume factory has created a new scent, A Bouquet of Russia, with Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov's support. It smells like a combination of an expensive leather and wood and was created especially for top Russian officials. In an interview, Novaya Zarya marketing director Alexei Samoilov tells how the scent is going to contribute to Russia's image. (1, 2)

As much as 13 American servicemen in Iraq have committed suicide. The Pentagon is confronting a lack of servicemen willing to serve. A story comments on the possibility of a U.S. Army collapse after its victory in Iraq. (2)

The Foreign Affairs Ministry is doing its best to allow Russians living abroad to vote in the elections on Dec. 7. A story comments on the interest in the elections among Russians living overseas. (3)

The State Duma approved Friday a law on Russian citizenship for citizens of CIS countries. President Vladimir Putin's proposed amendments to the law were approved in three readings by 417 votes. (3, Kommersant 2)

The government's naval board discussed Friday the results of a 10-day training exercise for detachments of the Pacific Fleet. As many as 70,000 sailors participated in the exercise, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said. (3)

The world grain market is forcing Russia to reduce its grain export. Export statistics show that Russia is far behind the results of 2002. A story comments on analysts and officials' reasons for the reduction. (4)

Mobile telecommunications are making significant progress in Russia, helping swindlers gain high profits from illegal operation. (4)

Funding for scientific research has been included in the budget for the first time. In an interview, Andrei Fursenko, the First Deputy Industry, Science and Technology Minister, speaks on scientific research and future development. (5)

A Soyuz-FG rocket and the Soyuz-TMA-3 will be launched Oct. 18 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The crew for the eighth expedition to the International Space Station, including Alexander Kaleri and American Michael Foel, will replace Yury Malenchenko and Edward Lu. A story comments on problems Russian cosmonauts are facing. (5)

A story is devoted to Konstantin Tsiolkovsky's research in the 1880s, his project on aerostat transformation during flight and his influence on Ferdinand von Zeppelin. (6)

Famed scientist Igor Pishchik believes that modern methods of restoration can destroy monuments of wooden architecture. A story explains his reasons. (6)

First Deputy Education Minister Viktor Bolotov, Novosibirsk State Technical University rector Anatoly Vostrikov, North Urals State University rector German Vyatkin, Moscow School No. 1567 director Tatiana Romashina and Obninsk School No. 5 director Lena Tereshatova Friday discussed an experiment with the state comprehensive examination. A story comments on the discussion. (7)

A story talks about education reforms and gives the opinions of historians, biologists, literary scholars and geographers on the issue. (7)

According to a survey conducted by WirthlinWorldwide, 75 percent of Russian men are not satisfied by their sexual capacity. A story comments on the results of the research worldwide. (8)

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov has signed a law softening regulations on employment of non-Muscovites. A story comments on problems CIS citizens face when seeking employment in the capital. (9)

Chechen authorities have started wide-scale disarmament of the local militia. Kadyrov's security will be disarmed within the framework of the operation. A story comments on the situation in Chechnya after the presidential elections. (10)

More than 90 percent of Russians are relying on the state in all areas, including payment for education, according to surveys conducted by the Moscow State University sociology research center. (11)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

President Vladimir Putin attended the 10th summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the invitation of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed. Putin left Wednesday evening on a 10-day trip to Malaysia, Thailand and Kyrgystan. A story comments on the OIC summit. (1, 4)

The State Duma Friday approved in the first reading a law on documents legal to certify the identity of Russian citizens. Military documents have been excluded from the list. A story comments on details of the decree. (1, 2)

The State Duma Friday approved amendments to the budget in three readings. The amendments provide for a distribution of an additional 96.2 billion rubles. On Wednesday, lawmakers passed the government's proposed 2004 budget in the second reading without changing a word. A story comments on budget distribution. (2)

St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko made her first appointment Friday. She has appointed Alla Manilova, the chief editor of Nevskoye Vremya, mass media committee chairwoman. The mass media committee has played a key role in St. Petersburg administrations. A story gives Manilova's biography. (3)

Federation Council Chairman Sergei Mironov Friday visited the Moscow Regional Scientific Research Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Mironov concluded that the institute is facing a lot of problems, including a lack of finances, and initiated a state alcohol monopoly program to gain money to support health-related enterprises. A story comments on details of the issue. (4)

Tolyatti authorities Friday rejected reports that journalist Alexei Sidorov was killed in a contract hit last Thursday. In accordance with the prosecutors' version, they said Sidorov was killed in a drunken brawl. Investigators believe Sidorov was drinking alcohol not far from his home and was stabbed in the back after two men asked him for alcohol. A story comments on the investigation. (4)

Rioters wielding sticks and rocks clashed with police Thursday in Baku, Azerbaijan. Opposition anger flared up after Ilham Aliyev, the son of ailing President Heidar Aliyev, won an election to keep power in the family. One person was killed and 64 people were injured. Azeri Interior Minister Ramil Usubov announced Friday that all the riot's organizers, including opposition candidate Isa Gambar, will be arrested. (4)

Analysis of Russian and European energy strategies was the key issue for discussion at a conference of state officials, including Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko attended. The conference concluded that Russia could improve its position if it controls its spending on resources. (5)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

The presidential elections took place in Azerbaijan last week. Ilham Aliyev, son of Azerbaijan's ailing leader Heidar Aliyev, won on Wednesday with a heavy majority due to his father's strategy of passing the reins of power to his son. Police scuffled with hundreds of opposition supporters who massed in front of the headquarters of opposition standard-bearer Isa Gambar. (1, 5)

President Vladimir Putin has attended the 10th summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in Kuala Lumpur as a guest, on the invitation of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed. Delegates at the Muslim leaders' summit have struggled to agree on the future of postwar Iraq. Leaders remained determined to make a clear and unequivocal stand on their hopes for Iraq. A story details the conference's proceedings. (1, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta 6)

Echo of Moscow radio station has celebrated its 13th anniversary. In an interview, editor Alexei Venediktov speaks on some of the problems that mass media is currently facing. (1, 11)

A newly established state structure will take under control the country's strategic economic development. A story comments on projects in the field of economic development in Russia. (2)

Union of Right Forces leader Boris Nemtsov held a meeting Wednesday with Vitaly Ginzburg, the Lebedev Physics Institute scientist who recently won a Nobel Prize for work on superconductivity and superfluidity. Nemtsov congratulated Ginzburg on his remarkable achievement. (2)

At a conference Thursday, the European Union and Russia discussed the full integration of their respective electricity grids. The conference was attended by EU commission member Paskal Lami, economic development minister German Gref and premier Mikhail Kasianov. A story comments on details of the negotiations. (3)

A 2-day fair took place Thursday and Friday in Perm. The event was aimed at attracting commercial investment in the region. Sergei Kiriyenko, the presidential envoy in the Privolzhsk region, delivered a speech at the event. A story provides details. (3)

On Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin officially appointed Alexander Beglov to the post of deputy presidential envoy in the northwest federal region. Beglov has been working as an executive governor for four months. A story comments on Beglov's activities and biography. (4)

President Vladimir Putin will arrive in Kirgizia in October to participate in the opening ceremony of a Russian airbase in Kant. In an interview, Kirgizia vice-premier Joomart Otorbayev speaks on the republic's current economic situation. (5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Tsentrobank and the Finance Ministry are running a program to strengthen the ruble. A story comments on ways of saving money for individuals of various socioeconomic groups. (3)

President Vladimir Putin gave an interview on Friday to al-Jazeera. The interview was to be aired Saturday, Sunday and Monday in countries that the television channel covers. In an interview, Putin shared his opinion on the current situations in Chechnya and Iran. The president also explained Russia's new military doctrine. (4)

A page is devoted to preparations for the upcoming winter season. Karelia, Tyva, Hakassiya, Vladimir, Kirov, Kostroma, Ulianovsk, Murmansk and Sakhalin regions are facing the prospect of heating shortages. After his assessment of the situation in various Russian regions, Vladimir Yakovlev announced that in the case that regional authorities do not provide proper heating resources, citizens may announce a vote of no confidence in their governors. (5)

An international forum devoted to children's health problems took place last week in Moscow. More than 1,500 doctors, teachers and activists took part in the forum. A story comments on the problem of child alcoholism. (8-9)

The State Duma considered alternative proposals to compulsory cars insurance at a hearing Tuesday. Deputies have approved in the first reading a decree that postpones compulsory insurance terms for one year. A story comments on reactions by local insurance companies. (10-11)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

A story is devoted to public relations specialists assigned the task of promoting politicians' images. In an interview, a director of a Moscow public relations agency speaks on her agency's work on Chernomyrdin's image. (4)

According to the results of a recent poll, 43 percent of Russians consider the police a threat to citizens. A table of cases of power abuse by authorities is given. (12)