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08/12/1998 18:09:59 PRESS DIGEST - Russia - Aug 12

MOSCOW, Aug 12 (Reuters) - The following are some of the

leading stories in the August 13 edition of Russian newspapers.

Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for

their accuracy.


- Decisive actions are needed to combat financial problems

on Russia's markets.

- The government has worked out a programme of structural

reconstruction of the energy sector.

- Russia's commercial banks seem to be finding it difficult

to support the government's anti-crisis measures.

- Russia's government vowed on Wednesday to pay off all its

debts though the amount has exceeded all reasonable limits.

- The government will subsidize Russia's farmers who have

suffered from summer severe drought with 141 million roubles.

About 39 regions have suffered from the disaster, according to

official data.

- A new grave of mass burials of Polish prisoners of war has

been discovered in the Urals region.


- The new head of the Federal Security Service seems to be

reviving methods of the Soviet-era KGB, says the paper in

connection with an instruction to carry out political searches

into activities of certain individuals.

- The population of Moscow has fallen by 30,000 during the

last six months. Officials explain the fall by the reluctance of

young people to get married and produce children.

--Tatyana Ustinova, Moscow newsroom, +7095 941 8520.

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