WILL ZHIRINOVSKY BE TRIED?
Trud, July 22, 1999, p. 1
The Prosecutor’s Office of the Voronezh region has pressed charges against Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the LDPR, for his claims to the effect that Yevgeny Savchenko, his rival in the recent gubernatorial elections, committed crimes.
KALYUZHNY: BETWEEN OCTOBER AND DECEMBER 1999, EXPORT OF RUSSIAN OIL WILL DROP BY TWO MILLION TONS
Parlamentskaya Gazeta, July 22, 1999, p. 1
According to Fuel and Energy Minister Viktor Kalyuzhny, the reduction can be attributed to the reorientation of deliveries to Russian oil refineries to benefit the domestic market.
SATELLITE SUNK AS PLANNED, ARMY INTELLIGENCE CLAIMS
Izvestia, July 22, 1999, p. 1
Colonel Ilshat Baichurin, Director of the PR department of the Strategic Missile Forces, denies reports in the media to the effect that “the Kosmos-2359 visual surveillance satellite” fell uncontrolled. Baichurin said that the satellite was never uncontrolled and was sunk into the Pacific as planned.
It should be noted that this satellite, a prized asset of Army Intelligence, “viewed” Chechnya. Another one may be launched soon to replace it.
RUSHAILO WANTS MORE
Izvestia, July 22, 1999, p. 2
According to our sources in the St. Petersburg Internal Affairs Directorate, federal Minister Rushailo is dissatisfied with the work of St. Petersburg law enforcement agencies.
THE PREMIER MEETS WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL
ORT (Russian Public Television), News program, July 21, 1999, 15:00
Today, Premier Stepashin met with Yegor Stroyev, Chairman of the Federation Council. The latter is said to have been mostly interested in how the government intends to carry out the harvest and assist farmers through the current draught, which is the most severe one on record this century.
Stroyev: Central Russia is in the grips of a draught, the likes of which have not been registered in 120 years. Despite everything, however, we can harvest a lot. Enough for the country and something to sell, in fact.
According to Stroyev, rural areas will get enough fuel and spare parts to harvest everything. He said that Stepashin is going to endorse the proposed timetable of fuel deliveries to all regions.
Stroyev: We agreed that the prices of bread should not skyrocket for consumers. About two and a half to three rubles, not more. That’s the price at which it should be sold in stores.
The upcoming elections were discussed as well. Unexpectedly, Stroyev castigated governors who have formed their own political movements and said that they are violating the Constitution.
Stroyev: He who wants to play politician can create his own pocket party or movement, but on the whole, the heads of the executive branches of the government in the regions should not be involved in party-creation and election technologies.
This autumn, Stroyev intends to bring up the issue of governors having their own parties at a sitting of the Federation Council.
MAYOR OF KYZYL ASSASSINATED
Russian Television (RTR), “Vesti” program, July 21, 1999, 11:00
Two hours ago we received reports from the city of Kyzyl that Genrikh Ebb, acting mayor and head of the regional organization of Right Cause, has been assassinated.
According to RIA-Novosti news agency, something blew up several meters from the car in which Ebb was riding. When the car pulled over, some unidentified persons opened fire. Four bullets hit Ebb, who died instantly.
THE "MOSKVA" IS BACK IN BUSINESS
ORT (Russian Public Television), News program, July 21, 1999, 09:00
The “Moskva” missile cruiser, the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, has returned to Sevastopol after undergoing repairs in the city of Nikolayev.
The ship was returned to Russia after Premier Sergei Stepashin’s visit to Kiev, where he reached a compromise with the Ukrainian authorities on paying the ship repairers from Nikolayev.
The “Moskva” carries the latest artillery complexes and missiles capable of taking out ships and naval groups.