Articles by Elizabeth Wolfe



U.S. Begins to Clear Up Visa Backlog

  • 25 December 02
  • The Associated Press
Shelly Seaver had sent wedding invitations, reserved the church, bought her dress and found a photographer. But there was no groom.

U.S. News Agency Eyes CIS Niche

The dozens of e-mails received weekly from readers across the former Soviet Union serve as proof that Washington Profile, a Russian-language information agency, has found a niche.

Tariff Hike Aims to Crown Russian Cars King

Over the protests of consumers who love second-hand foreign cars, the government is pushing ahead with a hike in import duties set for early next year.

MTS Eyes Caucasus Operator

MTS, hoping to enter the lucrative North Caucuses market, looks ready to buy a big stake in Kuban-GSM.

Sliding MTS Set to Hit St. Pete

While MTS launches in Russia's No. 2 market, St. Petersburg, its fortunes in Moscow are on the skids.

RBC Plans Russia's 1st Internet IPO

RosBusinessConsulting is taking steps to become the country's first Internet company to go public.

Swedish Protest Holds Up St. Pete Ship

A Swedish trade union has barred a Russian-owned ship from leaving port until its crew is better paid.

Moscow Gets Third Cellphone Operator

Sonic Duo ended Moscow's cellphone-service duopoly when its sales began under the Megafon brand name.

MTS Profits Up as Megafon Arrives

  • 21 November 01
  • Staff Writers
MTS earned kudos from analysts for strong third-quarter financial results and saw its share price soar 12.5 percent on the New York Stock Exchange soon after opening.

What Better Way to Celebrate Zoo's Kangaroos

With a party thrown in their honor and toasts made to their health on a Saturday evening at the Australian Embassy, the Moscow Zoo's kangaroos are becoming a popular bunch.

Reiman Signs Off On Postal Revamp

Communications Minister Leonid Reiman said he had signed a plan to overhaul Russia's postal sector.

Telecoms Wary of Fine Print in WTO Bid

As Russia continues its quest for WTO membership some telecoms companies are scrutinizing the fine print.

Golden Telecom to Purchase Sovintel

In a deal valued at $105 million, Golden Telecom will obtain full ownership in leading operator Sovintel.

Taking Scientists Out of Nuclear Equation

The U.S. government is teaching former Soviet scientists and engineers how to produce software.

This Chechen's Success Lies in Burgers and Fries

As president of McDonald's Russia, Khamzat Khasbulatov has had a big hand in serving the 300 million customers since the first restaurant opened just over a decade ago.

Sweden's Tele2 Dials Into Russia

Sweden's Tele2 AB is in negotiations to purchase the Russian assets of Millicom International Cellular.

New Fund to Invest $100M in High-Tech

U.S. and Russian investors are put $100 million into Russia's hi-tech sector over the next three years.

U.S. Execs: Sept. 11 a Catalyst for Investment

The September 11 attacks may provide opportunities for more foreign investment from the United States.

the trough -- PirOGI

Your experience at PirOGI on Bolshaya Dmitrovka partly depends on your prior experience.

HP to Roll Out Moscow-Made PCs

Hewlett Packard said its first Russian-made computer would roll off a Moscow assembly line in November.

the trough -- PirOGI

Your experience at PirOGI on Bolshaya Dmitrovka partly depends on your prior experience.

Decree Gives Boost to State Telephone Firms

Mikhail Kasyanov has signed off on a decree that may have a wide-ranging effect on the telecoms industry.

Media Squabble Takes Its Toll on NTV Plus

Swept up in the squabbling between Gazprom-Media and Media-MOST, NTV Plus, already struggling financially, is in danger of losing contracts with programmers.

Cellphone Use Surges as Operators Tap Regions

Driven by lower prices and expanded coverage, mobile phone usage remains on the upswing in Russia.

Yuzhanov: Telecoms Reform Too Secretive

The Anti-Monopoly Ministry has voiced a complaint about the telecommunications industry consolidation.

Muz-TV Would Sell Out to MTV

Will MTV buy out chief rival Muz-TV? Alfa Group has been pondering that question for months.

Volunteers Hand Prostitutes Condoms, Advice

A man and a teenage girl approach Moscow prostitues with a useful proposition: Free condoms, pamphlets about safe sex and advice on where to get a free doctor's consultation.

Mobile Phone Giants Grab Regional Ears

Russia's leading GSM operators are setting out for the less predictable and less lucrative regions.

Belarus to Get $21M From MTS Venture

As winner of an open tender for Belarus' second GSM license, MTS is expected to make a big splash.

Reiman Takes Back Anti-WTO Statements

Communications Minister Leonid Reiman has changed his tune regarding Russia's entry to the WTO.