Articles by Yevgenia Borisova



Activists See Fraud at Chechen Poll

Human rights groups on Tuesday reported instances of ballot-stuffing, voting by unregistered voters and pressure from local officials during the Chechen presidential election.

Kadyrov Now Set To Make His Mark

Akhmad Kadyrov's election as president of Chechnya was declared official Monday, leaving only the question of what this means for the future of the republic that he has administered for the Kremlin for the past three years.

Is Matviyenko a Russian 'Iron Lady'?

President Putin's choice for St. Petersburg governor is not necessarily a shoo-in for the job.

Theater Cancels Chechnya Festival

The Kinocenter movie theater on Wednesday refused to screen hard-hitting documentaries about Chechnya for a film festival, saying the 18 films from six countries were ""unacceptable"" and ""too much politically charged.""

Last Kadyrov Rival Removed From Race

The last potential serious rival to Akhmad Kadyrov, the Kremlin-appointed head of the Chechen administration, was removed from the Chechen presidential race Thursday.

Grozny Television Station Shuts Down

The day after the Chechen press minister was fired, the Grozny television and radio station he created was surrounded Thursday by armed security forces.

Kadyrov Expects an Easy Win, Denies Rigging Vote

Akhmad Kadyrov, head of the pro-Kremlin Chechen administration, said Thursday he is confident he will win the Chechen presidential election in the first round on Oct. 5, and denied his rivals' allegations that he is putting a system in place to rig the vote.

Chechen Election Is Kadyrov's Show

The way is being cleared to make it easier for Akhmat Kadyrov to win the Chechen presidency on Oct. 5.

Fish Quota Plan Riles Regional Governors

Having scrapped fish quota auctions last month, the State Fisheries Committee said Tuesday that it plans to distribute fishing rights to companies proportionally based on their average catch over the last five years -- a move that has only fueled the long-simmering turf battle between regional governors and the federal agency.

Moscow Set to Intervene in Debt-Saddled Regions

In 2007 federal arbitration courts will be able to appoint special financial administrations to intervene in heavily indebted regions, according to amendments to the Tax and Budget codes approved at last week's Cabinet meeting.

Nuclear Site Called a Terror Risk

The U.S.-backed Mayak storage facility for plutonium and weapons-grade uranium, whose construction is to be finished this year, is vulnerable to terrorists and a successful attack could cause ""a historically unprecedented catastrophe,"" according to a complaint filed with the Prosecutor General's Office.

Nuclear Ministry to Shed 15 of Its Stakes

Stakes in 15 enterprises belonging to the Nuclear Power Ministry will be sold off next year and three concerns will be made joint-stock societies as a first step toward possible privatization, the Property Ministry said Thursday.

300 Observers at Chechen Vote

The respected Moscow Helsinki human rights group said Tuesday that it will send more than 300 observers to Chechnya to prevent fraud at the Oct. 5 presidential election.

Investigators Wrap Up Inquiry Into Meat Plant

Investigators have finished looking into the battle for control of the Tagansky meat-processing plant, but the question of ownership will remain unanswered for several more days.

Kadyrov Rival Alleges Foul Play

The Chechen presidential election is still two months away and the filing deadline is not yet past, but accusations of fraud are beginning to fly.

City: 100 Corporate Raiders on the Prowl

There are about 100 companies in the city ""specializing in the unfriendly consumption of businesses"" and they must learn to work in the interests of the city, the head of City Hall's economic security department, Alexander Korsak, said Thursday.

Size Matters in Bitter Breadbasket Battle

Deep in breadbasket territory, a debate is raging over how big farms should be, illustrating just how deeply the agriculture sector is rooted to its Soviet past -- and just how conflicted those ties are.

Controversial Fishing Quotas Canceled

The Cabinet on Thursday decided to ditch from January its controversial auctions for fishing quotas, which fishermen say have driven the industry toward bankruptcy.

Auctions Provide Incentive to Poach

Poorly run and nontransparent, the government's auctions for fishing quotas are pushing the fishing industry into debt and making poaching almost a necessity for survival.

Albatross of Quotas Strangle Fishermen

Ten years ago, the proud fishermen of the Novy Mir fishing company would have laughed at predictions that government policy would nearly bankrupt them.

Dandy Chewing Gum Plant Avoids Shutdown

The nation's largest chewing gum manufacturer narrowly avoided being shut down by the federal government Monday for ""the unauthorized release of harmful agents into the atmosphere.""

A Master-Tinker's Nuclear Dreams

Inventors are a notoriously independent and single-minded bunch, and Lev Maximov is no exception.

Chechnya Cries Foul Over 1992 Vouchers

The pro-Moscow Chechen administration is pressing Moscow to pay about $33 million for losses incurred to residents who did not get privatization vouchers in the early 1990s.

Yabloko Deputy Shchekochikhin Dead at 53

Leading anti-corruption journalist and Yabloko Deputy Yury Shchekochikhin died Wednesday night in a hospital after apparently suffering a severe allergic reaction. He was 53

Chechens Picking Up Pens Instead of Rifles

The Grozny branch of the Moscow-based Modern University stands as a reminder of the good that can be accomplished in even the bleakest times.

An Inventor Tries to Save the World

Lev Maximov has engines in his head. Metals levitate in his mind. His dreams are nuclear.

Primorye Investors Singing the Blues

On hills overlooking the bay, the main streets of this Pacific city grant visitors outstanding views of freshly painted baroque buildings reminiscent of Paris, Amsterdam or St. Petersburg. Behind the facade, however, it's a different story altogether.

Millions Promised for Scrapping Subs

Britain pledged $48 million last week and Japan signed off on $150 million on Saturday to help Russia scrap the nuclear-powered submarines that sit rusting in their docks. And on Monday, if not delayed by another glitch, Russia is to sign an agreement with Norway that will bring in more than $10 million more.

Global Trucking Union: Customs Fraud Still Rife

Half a year after a crisis that could have blocked much of the country's foreign trade, the leading international trucking union is still seeking consensus with the Russian government.

Town Cries Foul Over Nazi Ore Factory

Activists say a plan to neutralize a massive stockpile of WWII-era radioactive ore will cause more problems than it solves.