MORE FALLOUT FROM SCANDAL. Before leaving for Kyiv on 14 November (see Part II), Chubais told journalists that he believes criticism of the high fees received for the forthcoming book on privatization is justified, ITAR-TASS reported. Chubais said Yeltsin will judge the matter, adding that he will accept any decision by the president. Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, who is on a one-day visit to Novgorod Oblast, declined to comment on Kazakov's dismissal but told ITAR-TASS that the government will look into the book scandal. An unnamed source close to the prime minister said he does not expect Kazakov's dismissal to be the last in connection with the scandal. LB

KYIV UNENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT CHUBAIS VISIT. Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Anatolii Chubais left Moscow on 14 November for talks in Kyiv on settling outstanding bilateral debts. Observers say, however, that the Ukrainian authorities would prefer dealing with former Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary Boris Berezovskii, an RFE/RL correspondent in Kyiv reported on 13 November. Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma was reportedly disappointed by Berezovskii's recent dismissal. Ukrainian observers also expect that during the presidential campaign scheduled for 1999, Chubais will back former Prime Minister Yevgenii Marchuk rather than Kuchma, whom Berezovskii was expected to support. LB

RUSSIAN PRIVATE TV TO SOON BEGIN BROADCASTING IN UKRAINE. "Nezavisimaya gazeta" reported on 10 November that after months of negotiations, Russia's private network NTV is close to an agreement with the Ukrainian authorities to allow the network to begin broadcasting in Ukraine. If the plans go ahead, the newspaper said, NTV president Igor Malashenko may become Kuchma's "main imagemaker" during the upcoming presidential campaign. LB

MOLDOVA, UKRAINE, ROMANIA TO JOINTLY COMBAT ORGANIZED CRIME. The interior ministers of Moldova, Ukraine, and Romania are to sign in Chisinau on 14 November a declaration on collaboration in the fight against organized crime, RFE/RL's Chisinau bureau reported. The declaration follows an accord on jointly combating organized crime that the three countries' presidents signed at the first meeting of the Moldova-Ukraine-Romania "trilateral" in Izmail, Ukraine, in early July. MS