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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Izvestia
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Komsomolskaya Pravda
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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday in Evian, France, that Russia would continue building a nuclear power station for Iran, but insisted that Tehran's nuclear program come under stricter international supervision. (1, 2, Kommersant 1, 10, Gazeta 1, 2, MK 1)

The Tax Police are now investigating not only soccer club Spartak, but also several other sports clubs for tax evasion. (1)

Moscow authorities reported Tuesday that renowned scientist Alexander Krasovsky was found dead in his apartment. The famous rocket technology scientist died of a heart attack when robbers forced him into the bathroom. (1, 2, Kommersant 5)

The famous "Worker and Collective Farmer" monument is to be reconstructed and placed on a 34 meter-high pedestal. The project has been headed by sculptor Vadim Tserkovnikov. (2)

The legislative assemblies of Perm and Komi-Perm are set to approve a referendum on unification of the two regions. Many regional leaders believe the Kremlin is trying to reduce the number of federal regions. (3)

The Ukrainian parliament Thursday will consider sending 1600 Ukrainian troops to Iraq. In return Ukraine expects to be allowed to participate in the reconstruction of Iraq and make large profits. (3)

The State Duma will consider on Wednesday the second reading of an amnesty for Chechen rebels. The third reading is set for June 6. A story comments on details. (3)

In an interview, German ambassador to Russia Hans Friedrich von Pletz comments on the results of the G-8 summit in Evian. He focuses on the possibility of lifting visa requirements for Russians traveling in Europe. (4)

Press Minister Mikhail Lesin said Tuesday that Russia has the political will to fight copyright piracy. A story comments on piracy and discusses the Gorbushka market. (5)

The State Duma decided on Tuesday to postpone consideration of a decree on private savings insurance in Russian banks until spring. A story comments on the tense situation among deputies. (6)

Avtosehozmash on Tuesday released the results of January automobile sales in Russia. Bus manufacturers hit record highs, seeing sales grow by 6.6 percent. A story comments on the industry. (7)

At the annual AvtoVAZ shareholders meeting last week, shareholders decided to pay out dividends in accordance with the 2002 performance. The company is planning a trial run of the 2170 model next year. A story comments on recent developments within the company. (7)

Moscow city's registration chief Viktor Ursov announced improvements in his agency's work Tuesday. A story comments on new registration regulations as well as housing and property rights. (9)

The director of the Meierhold Oleg Lerner theater was shot Tuesday evening in central Moscow. It's suspected the crime was connected to his business dealings. (10, Kommersant 5, Gazeta 1, 6)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The Naberezhnye Chelny Prosecuter General on Tuesday announced the opening of a criminal case over the abduction of KamAZ assistant general director Victor Faber. On Tuesday, Faber left Naberezhnye Chelny for Kazan on a business trip. He has since disappeared.

President Vladimir Putin returned from France on Tuesday for a meeting with government members. Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin outlined the 2004 draft budget. (2)

Ahmat Kadyrov has decided to legitimize the government. The leader of the Chechen Republic, Kadyrov has removed all regional administration staff. The new cabinet will be appointed and approved by the state council in mid-June. (3, Gazeta 1, 8)

Mostelekom is continuing to switch off the TVS channel. Mostelekom general director Alexander Mahonov says the cease in broadcasting will be completed by Friday. The Press Ministry is looking into the scandal. (3, Gazeta 2)

Russia's Regions faction co-chairman Sergey Glaziev has declared the beginning of the process of bringing together nationalistic and patriotic forces. Glaziev's and his comrades expect to create a pre-election coalition. Communists have declared support for initiative, but haven't joined in. (4)

SARS has cut Russia off from China and Mongolia. The Russian government has decided to cease work at checkpoints on the Chinese and Mongolian borders for an unspecified period of time. (7)

The Moscow city government has not contributed money to spend towards the fight against AIDS. Public health official Andrei Seltsovsky has appealed to the government to give 1.8 billion rubles through to 2006. (8)

Chief military prosecutor Alexander Savenkov has announced the start of 65 criminal cases against employees at military registration and enlistment offices. He also discussed corruption in the armed forces. (8)

The United States is moving its military bases closer to Russia, with the U.S. military planning to carry out the largest military relocation since World War II. The main concentration of U.S. military forces will be close to Russian borders. (11, Nezavisimaya Gazeta 1, 2)

Norwegian national telephone operator Telenor plans to sell its stake in Combellga to Golden Telekom, Moscow's largest alternative operator. (13)

Troika Dialog has begun buying shares in Mosstoimekhanizatsia, one of Moscow's largest real estate companies. The real estate company's officials feel Troika is trying to destabilize the company's operations. (13)

General Motors-AutoVAZ will begin producing a new model based on the ?-3000 instead of the Opel Astra. The model has been specially developed for the Russian market and will carry the Chevrolet trademark. (13)

Kommersant statistics indicate that external demand has played the primary role in the country's economic development during Putin's presidency. A story comments on analysts' opinions. (15)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

The United States is moving its military bases closer to Russia, with the U.S. military planning to carry out the largest military relocation since World War II. The main concentration of U.S. military forces will be close to Russian borders. (11, Nezavisimaya Gazeta 1, 2)

The Unified Russia party is going to celebrate the Russia' independence for an entire month. The party's coordination council has started celebrations which will involve the whole country. Famed producer Mark Zakharov and his colleagues have produced a grandiose television program under the working name "To Love a United Russia." The time for open agitation has not yet come. However, those who don't belong to the party may demonstrate their support in June. Actions will begin in Siberia, in Tuva and Khabarovsk, then cover the central areas of Russia and will finish June 28 with a forum in Luzhniki stadium in Moscow. (1,2)

The magical aura of the St. Petersburg festival has led to some historical political rivalries disappearing. U.S. President George Bush is friends with Russia's President Vladimir Putin. Emomali Rakhmonov had his picture taken with Tony Blair, and Bashkirian President Murtaza Rahimov met his fellow countryman and senator Ralifom Safin. Bashkiria now hopes to become close friends with the Kremlin. (1,2)

The All-Russia Center for Public Opinion has completed a survey of 300 military men on military reforms. The main sympathies of military are distributed between United Russia (24 percent) and the Union of Right forces (12 percent). The policies of the Communist party are warmly received by only 5 percent. (2)

A group including brewer "Tri Medvedya" has filed a suit against Tax Ministry employee Valeriy Gribanov, who said that brewers should have to pay more taxes. Legislative initiatives on toughening the control over carbonated drinks have already been publicly criticized. (3)

The Georgian opposition protested Tuesday for changes to the electoral code. As many as 5,000 people protested in front of the parliament building in Tbilisi. (5)

President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday in Evian, France, that Russia would continue building a nuclear power station for Iran, but insisted that Tehran's nuclear program come under stricter international supervision. (5)

The Moscow regional court is completing the processing of Sergeant Vladimir Shumenko's criminal case. The prosecution contends that his humiliation of soldier Alexander Fokin led to his suicide on Jan. 7, 2003. A story looks into the investigation. (6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta 1, 2)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Ahmat Kadyrov has decided to legitimize the government. The leader of the Chechen Republic, Kadyrov has removed all regional administration staff. The new cabinet will be appointed and approved by the state council in mid-June. (1, 2)

The State Duma decided on Tuesday to postpone consideration of a decree on private savings insurance in Russian banks until spring. A story comments on the tense situation among deputies. (1, 3)

Chechnya's Vedeno district regional operating headquarters representative Ilia Shabalkin said Aslan Maskhadov's archive has been found in a house belonging to Chechen citizen Shaid Abukhanov. It seems that Maskhadov handed over the archive to Abukhanov's son. The fact that Maskhadov stole federal budget allocated for health, pensions and other social programs in Chechnya has now been documented. (2)

Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin participated in a session of the State Duma fraction Fatherland-All Russia, or OVR. Tax reforms initiated by the White House were under discussion. Kudrin failed to convince deputies to support the governmental package of tax bills. (2)

Mostelekom is continuing to switch off the TVS channel. Mostelekom general director Alexander Mahonov says the cease in broadcasting will be completed by Friday. The Press Ministry is looking into the scandal. The Information Ministry is planning to interfere in the scandal. (3)

Checkpoints on the Russian border with China and Mongolia will close by government decree starting from midnight and continuing indefinitely. A story comments on relations with China. (4)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

St. Petersburg vice-governor Anna Markova made a sensational announcement on Monday. She said unknown planes made attempts to break into St. Petersburg airspace during the summit. As many as nine attempts were made. In an interview Anna Markova comments on the issue. (1, 2)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

Fishing season is starting in the Moscow area on June 12. Shatura district rivers will be opened on June 5. A story comments on details. (1)