The main theme of the issue: the forthcoming election of the governor of the Leningrad region.
Gustov and Zubkov are candidates for the post of governor.
They share pre-election programs, discuss differences and coincidences of positions, talk about the course of the election campaign.
Particular emphasis is placed on the regional economic development program.
V.Zubkov and V.Gustov talk about a large number of candidates for the post of governor (there are 19 people running for election) and assume that they will be the "dirty elections" in the history of the Leningrad region.
The problematic issue of the self-determination of the Caucasian republics (Chechnya, Dagestan, etc.) is rising.
The candidates state their position.
Gustov Vadim - candidate for the post of governor of the Leningrad region, ex-vice-premier of the Russian government (1996-98). Zubkov Viktor - a candidate for the post of governor of the Leningrad region; Deputy Minister of Russia for Taxes and Levies.