Articles by Yury Granovsky



1,100 Cell Clients Gripe to Luzhkov

City Hall is set to unveil a 190-page book of 1,100 complaints from Muscovites unhappy with the quality of their mobile phone service.

Vimpelcom 'Freezing' Money

Cryptic billboards reading ""Money Can Be Frozen"" are lining the capital's streets as part of cellular major Vimpelcom's fresh advertising campaign.

Fraudsters Selling Access to NTV Plus

Every sixth subscriber to NTV Plus uses a fake card to get access to the satellite television service, the station says.

Energia: Mars Mission by 2014

The Energia space corporation says it can put a man on Mars by 2014 -- the only problem is finding the $10 billion to $12 billion needed to finance the trip.

Mobile Upgrade Trend Boosting Handset Sales

Fashion-conscious Muscovites have overtaken other European cellphone owners in upgrading their handsets.

Vershbow: Defense Firms Pirating

U.S. Ambassador Alexander Vershbow has called on Press Minister Mikhail Lesin to crack down on compact disk piracy.

Yevroset Tainted by Gray Imports

Police officers seized an undisclosed number of illegally imported Motorola cellphones at the local branch of Yevroset, one of the biggest dealers in the country.

Beeline Hit by $4M Card Scam

An official wholesaler of prepaid mobile phone cards has closed up shop and disappeared after bilking retailers out of millions of dollars in the largest forgery operation in Russian telecoms history.

Russia Gets Satellite Service for Just $2M

Kosmicheskaya Svyaz and a Belgian-Canadian company are developing a satellite system to deliver data to all of Russia's regions at the bargain price of $2 million.

Monitors Outselling Computers

A record number of computer monitors were sold in Russia last year -- even more than computers themselves, the ITResearch company said in a report.

Workers Are No. 1 Threat to Russia's IT

Hackers may the greatest danger to computer systems in the West, but in Russia the biggest problems are employees, legislative failings and vandalism.

Lukashenko Halts MTS Venture

Mobile TeleSystems' plans to begin operating in Belarus have run aground, and the cellular giant is now awaiting a decision from Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko on the fate of its $10 million investment.

IT Firms Cash In on New Laws

New legislation to combat money laundering may prove a windfall for computer programmers.

Computer Makers Turn 'Chinese'

Russian computer makers, following in the footsteps of their couterparts in China and Taiwan, are soon to start producing equipment under someone else's brand.

Would-Be IT Giant Left High and Dry

After $22 million in investment and high expectations, SibIT had little to show for all the hype.

U.S. Blocks Launch at Baikonur

The U.S. State Department stopped a DirecTV 5 satellite from being delivered to Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome last week because of the country's proximity to Afghanistan.

40% of RuNet Surfers Don't Pay

Forty percent of Russia's Internet users do not pay for access according to a survey by a Moscow ISP.

Russians Vie for Cyber Olympic Spots

Computer buffs worldwide are flexing their fingers for the World Cyber Games, and Russia's contenders will battle this summer for the chance to bring home the gold.

E-Book Duplicators Hit Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble.com stopped selling e-books for two days due to software being produced by a Russian firm.

Lebedev Studio Brings Home Cannes Cyber Lion

Moscow's Artyom Lebedev Studio has become the first Russian company in three years to win an award at the prestigious International Advertising Festival in Cannes, France.

Web Grocery XXL Goes Under

Instead of a virtual store window, starting last Thursday, visitors to the popular Russian XXL site ran up against the announcement, ""Sorry! Site under construction.""

FMCG Buys 42% of Rambler

After long negotiations between shareholders it was decided that prominent Internet businessman Anton Nosik would be appointed as Rambler's acting president.

Russia Races to Register Cyrillic Domain Names

Since Monday evening, it has been possible to register domain names in the zones .com, .net and .org in Cyrillic script.

Local Software Powers C-Pen

Swedish company C Technologies has announced that its C-Pen electronic scanner is to be fitted with Russian software designed by the ABBYY Software House.

RuNet Registration Gets Cheaper

The cost of registering .ru domain names will fall by a third to $24, the deputy general director of the Russian Institute for Public Networks has announced.

eHouse Reports $16.3M Turnover

Reporting a profit for 2000 of $250,000, the nationТs No.1 web retailer eHouse has shown that the RuNet can make money, although the return is low when compared to turnover.

Merger Could Be in Cards for Port.ru, netBridge

Now the RuNet investment fever is over, major portals netBridge and Port.ru are looking to form an alliance with the other market leaders, company managers have said.

Drivers Face Mobile Phone Ban

The nation's traffic police may get a new reason to extract fines from drivers if the Transportation Ministry gets its way and mobile telephone use behind the wheel is banned.

Internet Portals Shun Rivals' Resources

Like most of the major Russian Internet companies, Port.ru announced last week it would be withdrawing all its projects from a rival's site rating system Ч RamblerТs Top 100.

Legal Data Bases Sell Surprisingly Briskly

Computerized legal databases appeared in Russia only seven years ago, but the local market for legal information has already overtaken most western countries.