08/03/1998 08:29:52 PRESS DIGEST - Russia - Aug 3
MOSCOW, Aug 3 (Reuters) - The following are some of the
leading stories in Russian newspapers this morning. Reuters has
not verified these stories and does not vouch for their
- Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko vowed last week that the
national railways would remain under state control.
- Lack of results from Kiriyenko's weekend meeting with
Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov may undermine the latter's
position vis-a-vis the local opposition.
- Moscovites have been paying more for energy and heat since
August 1, boosting their monthly spending on communal services
to 21 percent from 17 percent.
- The head of Russia's association of diamond producers was
shot dead on Saturday. This section of the economy, mainly still
in state hands, has not been affected so far by criminal claims,
says the paper.
- Implementation of the government's anti-crisis measures
will lead to a considerable rise in prices of consumer goods.
- International creditors seem to be underestimating the
seriousness of the problems Russia inherited from its past.
- Russia will try to convert breakaway Chechnya into a free
--Tatyana Ustinova, Moscow Newsroom, +7095 941 8520.