Articles by Andrew Kramer

Khristenko Defends Oil Policy

  • 24 October 05
Industry and Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko denied Friday that the Kremlin had embarked on a plan to nationalize oil, saying the country was only responding to a global trend toward consolidation in the industry.

4 Terror Suspects Arrested in Oregon

  • 07 October 02
  • The Associated Press
Hailing a ""defining day"" in the fight against terrorism, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft has announced the arrests of four people in Oregon and Michigan on charges of conspiring to wage war on the United States and support al-Qaida. Two other suspects were being sought.

102-Year-Old Recalls Russia War

  • 14 August 01
  • The Associated Press
Harold Gunnes is believed to be the last American alive who fought Communists in Russia's civil war.

4 Convicted in $180M Diamond Fraud

  • 18 May 01
  • The Associated Press
A Moscow court on Thursday convicted four Russians of using a U.S.-based company to steal about $180 million worth of diamonds and gold from the Russian government.

Putin Gives Chavez Warm Welcome

  • 15 May 01
  • The Associated Press
President Vladimir Putin and visiting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez declared their joint commitment to building a ""multipolar"" world to counter alleged U.S. dominance.

Gazprom Demands Turnover of NTV Affairs to New Management

  • 06 April 01
  • The Associated Press
The two companies dueling over control of Russia's only nationwide independent television network held their first public talks Thursday and grudgingly agreed to create a commission to try to settle their differences. The heated discussion at NTV's frenetic studios largely eclipsed the journalists' excitement over U.S. media mogul Ted Turner's announcement that he would step into the struggle between NTV's journalists and state-connected gas giant Gazprom by buying into the station. Thursday's talks, at times shown on closed-circuit television in the studios, were often little more than a shouting match between disputed new chairman Alfred Kokh and ousted director Yevgeny Kiselyov. Looking weary, the two emerged separately and said they had agreed to create a commission of up to 10 people from both sides to decide the fate of the station's leadership. It was the first sign of progress in the three-day standoff over control of NTV, though neither side seemed pleased with the decision.

Kudrin Tells IMF To Keep Its Money

  • 29 March 01
  • The Associated Press
Russia has rejected a loan agreement with the IMF because the country doesn't need the money or the Fund's binding policy advice, the finance minister said Wednesday.

Planeload of Tourists Heads for Mir Re-entry Zone

  • 15 March 01
  • The Associated Press
After reluctantly deciding to dump the aging Mir space station, Russian controllers quickly chose a spot for re-entry: a swath of the South Pacific Ocean far, far from the nearest inhabited land.

No Spy Charges Against American

  • 01 March 01
  • The Associated Press
A day after publicizing the drug arrest of an alleged trainee spy, the Federal Security Service said no espionage charges would be filed.

Debt Plan Clears Parliament Committee

  • 16 February 01
  • The Associated Press
The Russian parliament's budget committee Friday approved a key plan to raise extra revenue this year to pay down Russia's massive foreign debt.

Life of U.S. Hostage 'Hung By a Hair'

  • 09 February 01
  • The Associated Press
An American citizen held hostage for nearly a month in Chechnya was in imminent danger of being killed even though, according to his account, his captors treated him decently, a top Russian official said Friday.

Resignations Result From Heating Fiasco

  • 05 February 01
  • The Associated Press
After his government's failure to solve a monthslong electricity and heating crisis in Russia's Far East, President Vladimir Putin Monday accepted the resignation of his energy minister and said a local governor was resigning.

Russia Opens Polar Region to International Air Traffic

  • 01 February 01
  • The Associated Press
After years of negotiations, Russia on Thursday opened four new polar air routes for commercial airlines, a move that could trim two hours off some flights from North America to Asia and save airlines millions of dollars.

Pressure Mounts on Gusinsky's Media Company

  • 17 January 01
  • The Associated Press
Pressure mounted on Russia's largest independent media holding company Wednesday, with several legal actions and company officials saying the Kremlin had interfered with efforts to attract a foreign investor.

Russia Denies Report of Nuclear Weapons Deployment

  • 05 January 01
  • The Associated Press
The Russian military on Thursday insisted that U.S. media reports of nuclear weapons being transferred to a Russian enclave on the Baltic Sea were wrong, and Russian analysts said such a deployment would be senseless.

Parliament Delays Debate on Lenin's Body

  • 15 December 00
  • The Associated Press
Russia's lower house of parliament Friday decided to put off a bitter discussion about removing Lenin's body from its mausoleum on Red Square.

Vnukovo Jetliner Hijacked to Israel

  • 14 November 00
  • The Associated Press
FSB officials on Monday questioned a man accused of hijacking a Russian jetliner and forcing it to fly to Israel to deliver a claim about Asian world domination.

Moscow Court Rejects Alleged U.S. Spy's Appeal for Freedom

  • 25 August 00
  • The Associated Press
A U.S. businessman accused of spying and held in a top security Moscow jail was refused bail Thursday, despite arguments that he may have cancer and needs medical help.

U.S. Navy Bomber Discovered In Far East

  • 15 August 00
  • The Associated Press
The U.S. Navy bomber Ventura lifted off into a snowstorm on March 25, 1944, and disappeared for 56 years.

New Jewish Group Gets Status Boost

Kuchma Visits Recovering Yeltsin

Hospitalized Yeltsin Plans Christmas in Palestine

Aviator Survives 7 Weeks Behind Enemy Lines

Cleanup of Nuclear Subs to Accelerate

Double Trouble for Mir: Losing Air and Altitude

More Troops Headed To Caucasus Frontier

Rosvooruzheniye Denies Supplying Arms to Serbia

Mayor Building Dam to Save Kazakh Side of the Sea

First U.S. Food Aid Arrives in St. Pete

In This Space Race, Russia Is Up Against Itself