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MOSCOW, Apr 25, 2000 (Rtr)


- The International Monetary Fund recommended that the Paris Club not write off Soviet-era debts.

- Tax Minister Alexander Pochinok said in an interview for the paper that the ministry is to propose the introduction of an hourly minimum wage which would guarantee the minimum deduction to the budget.


- The liberal Yabloko bloc and the Right Cause movement have decided to hold joint meetings every three months to discuss policy and cooperation.

- Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev received an invitation to the president's inauguration on May 7.

- Experts from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank arrived in Moscow on Monday to discuss Russia's new economic program.


- First Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said after meeting President-elect Vladimir Putin that there would be changes in the government.

- Putin is to visit the Oryol region on Tuesday and meet Yegor Stroyev, the local governor. Stroyev is also chairman of Russia's upper chamber of parliament, the Federation Council.


- Putin is ready to name a new prime minister straight after the inauguration.

- The Kommersant newspaper is suing the Media Ministry for issuing a warning to the paper over an interview it published with Chechen separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov.


- Russia has decided to resume its presence in the Gulf and is planning to send warships to the region, the paper quotes a military source as saying.

- "We are not going to be under the thumb of international experts on Chechnya and will stick to the Russian president's line," says Vladimir Kalamanov, Russia's representative for human rights in Chechnya.


- The paper publishes the text of Russia's military doctrine under the headline: "We are not threatening anybody, but we are able to protect ourselves".

- Russia may face higher prices for coffee beans if a body representing coffee producers decides to introduce restrictions on exports.


- A group of Russian troops was trapped in an ambush in Chechnya on Sunday. All necessary security measures were taken but at least 13 soldiers were killed, says the paper.

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