Articles by Anatoly Verbin



Bulgaria Hopes Image Isn't Everything

  • 18 January 02
  • Reuters
A plot to assassinate the pope; an ""emperor"" toeing the Kremlin line for 35 years; a dissident murdered in a foreign capital with a poisoned umbrella -- such impressions were the world's image of Bulgaria.

Bulgaria Votes In Ex-Communist

  • 20 November 01
  • Reuters
Bulgarians vented their frustrations over poverty and accusations of corruption by ousting President Petar Stoyanov on Sunday and electing a former Communist in his place.

Fighting Flares in Macedonia

  • 16 March 01
  • Reuters
New skirmishes flared between Macedonian forces and ethnic Albanian rebels Friday with detonations ringing out across the northwest Tetovo region.

LUKoil to Move Into Balkans, East Europe

  • 02 February 01
  • Reuters
Top oil producer LUKoil said Thursday it is moving into the Balkans and Eastern Europe, partially because it needed more markets for its Bulgarian arm, LUKoil Neftochim.

Race for Presidency Begins in Armenia

Tough Call for Yeltsin On Strict Religion Bill

Media Mogul Says Money's the MOST

Vladimir Gusinsky, whose Media-MOST group is Russia's first media empire, welcomes comparisons with Australian-born magnate Rupert Murdoch but denies he sees his growing business as a political power base. ""Murdoch and Time-Warner are great examples,"" said the 44-year-old Gusinsky in an interview. ""I would like to match them in size -- this is my yardstick."" Gusinsky, whose recent move to concentrate on his media investments fuelled speculation that his goal is political power, says there is a limit to the lessons to be learned from Murdoch's News Corp. and Time-Warner of the United States. ""We are following foreign structures. But Russia is a different country ... with a different market, a different way of thinking."" Gusinsky is one of the most controversial -- and reportedly richest -- men in Russia. Everything he has touched has turned to gold. In Soviet times, he studied the oil industry, was a theater director and drove a private taxi.

Yeltsin First Refused Any Surgery, Report Says

Chechen Leaders In Waiting

North Korea To Insist on Direct Talks With U.S.

Korean DefectorIs Dead After Raid

Yeltsin Slams Envoys, Prepares Dismissals

State TV Takes Blunt News Show Off the Air

Troops Raid Bus, Arrest 2 Hijackers

Moscow Shifts Policy On Military Accord

Duma Eyes Crimea, Passes Foreign-Policy Resolutions

Outbreak of Plague Looms in Chechnya

Russia Sends New Troops to Chechnya

Media Express Fears Of New Police State

Upper House Rejects 4 Of Yeltsin's Court Picks

Kuchma Appoints Liberals to Key Posts

Kostikov Sees Kremlin Struggle

Anastasia: Mystery Solved, 76 Years Later

Belarus Bows to Russia Over Union

Russian Officials Say NATO Ultimatum Illegal

Media Tycoon Warns of Red-Brown Revival

Vladimir Gusinsky, head of a group of banking and commercial firms, is poised to become Russia's first media tycoon, building up stakes in press, radio and television in a venture planned for long-term profit. But the director of Most Group, already the biggest shareholder in the liberal newspaper Segodnya and the new independent NTV television station, fears his work may come to nothing if communists and extreme nationalists come to power. ""Now there is a very big danger of big enterprises closing and millions of dissatisfied people taking to the streets,"" he said in his luxurious office in a modern building which Most Group shares with the new Russian parliament. ""This creates a huge social base for the Reds and national patriots and this is dangerous for everyone inside, and outside, the country."" Gusinsky, whose Most Bank is one of Russia's biggest new commercial banks, blames the government and the West for Russia's current plight.

Poles in U.S. Air Deal

Polish Airline PLL LOT expects to close a deal with one of two U.S. carriers by the end of next month, said Zbigniew Kiszczak, the airline's deputy president. ""We have just sent our final proposals to Delta Airlines and American Airlines and we expect to make a decision by the end of February,"" Kiszczak told reporters. In an earlier interview Kiszczak said LOT needed the so-called strategic alliance to assist in fending off attempts by big European carriers to dominate the Polish market.

Russia Tells U. S. It Will Send Men To Bosnia

  • 06 May 93
  • Reuters

Siberians Prepare For Autonomy Struggle

  • 18 February 93
  • Reuters