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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

A brief look at the stories making headlines in the Russian-language press


Bailiffs brought to the Transneft office Wednesday the Vyborg Court's ruling declaring illegal the release of the company's former head, Dmitry Savelyev, from his post. This event, however, does not mean at all that he will be restored to his post. Yesterday Savelyev was not allowed to enter his office. The story comments on the case, reporting on how First Deputy Prime Minister Nikolai Aksyonenko responded to the court's ruling. The story is also covered in Izvestia.

Moscow police have confiscated gold jewelry (evaluated at about $2 million) from the Alfa-Bank's depository ( on Ulitsa Pokrovka) , which Caucasus-born bandits planned to sell through Moscow shops and the money thus earned to fund terrorist groups in Chechnya and Dagestan. And on Oct. 19 Moscow police arrested Dagestani ringleader Grisha Gimbatov, 34 ( also known as Grisha Rezany). The story gives details of the police operation.

The International Herald Tribune has published UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's tough anti-Russian pronouncements on the situation in Chechnya. Russian Foreign Ministry diplomats stated yesterday that they cannot comment on them until they receive official information from the UN Secretariat. The story examines the case noting that , as it has turned out, Kofi Annan did not make any statement to the newspaper.

Fatherland-All Russia comrades-in-arms - Mayor Yury Luzhkov, ex-Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov and St. Petersburg Governor Vladimir Yakovlev - yesterday appealed to the head of state, Boris Yeltsin, with an open letter ( published here) saying that his "presidential inner circle" has tightly isolated him from the country, having replaced public opinion, the voice of political parties and the freedom of speech. The story comments on the act. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

Georgian terrorist Nugzar Chukhua, who is accused of making an attempt upon the life of President Eduard Shevardnadze on Feb. 9, 1998, will be extradited to the Georgia next week. This decision has been made by the Prosecutor General's Office. The story details the case.

Alexander Polyakov, deputy head of the Mosnarbank Ltd, which is a member of the Moscow Narodny Bank (London) group of Russian foreign banks, made an unexpected statement yesterday, saying that London Moscow Narodny Bank has been crediting Aeroflot since this airline company in February began to transfer to Moscow Narodny Bank its foreign accounts, which previously were amassed in the Swiss Andava company. The story comments on Polyakov's statement, saying how it can help decide the fate of the IMF's credit.

The Defense Ministry's press service yesterday stated that Chechen emissaries are recruiting mercenaries from among Moslems in Kosovo and Crimea. The story examines some of Chechen field commanders' plans for winter.

Political analyst Leonid Radzikhovsky devotes his story to ex-Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, who is celebrating his 70th birthday today and , as the author notes, is doing it in a dissident way. The story explains why Primakov's political rating is decreasing today.

General Wesley Clark, Commander of the NATO Armed Forces in Europe, has given his assessment to Russia's strategy in the Caucasus and in Kosovo. The story comments on his viewpoint.

The Moscow Telephone Network intends to raise the monthly telephone bill for the city population from 30 to 50 rubles. The story examines circumstances that have caused this decision. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

The government yesterday approved at last the concept of boosting the diamond sector up to the year 2005. The story examines its major provision. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

In an interview Soviet film star Alexei Batalov, who also teaches at the VGIK (cinema) Institute, speaks about his own theater and its talented actors.


The story reports on how bandits used 65,000 Europay plastic cards to steal money from Russian electronic teller machines.

The story comments on results of Interior Minister Vladimir Rushailo's first visit to America, where the minister had to fulfill two complicated tasks.

Fatherland-All Russia campaign manager Georgy Boos yesterday announced the movement's plan to institute a literary prize ($3,000), which will be awarded for the best literary work about Russia.

The Agency of Appeal of the Moscow Arbitration Court ruled that Media-Most pay to Vneshekonombank $42.2 million in debt, which is a huge sum for the holding. Vneshekonombank already today may launch the procedure of freezing the company's accounts and even confiscating its property. In an interview Dmitry Ostalsky, adviser to the Media-Most Board, speaks about the conflict, which, as he says, has been caused by bad relations between presidential chief of staff Alexander Voloshin and Media-Most.

The Sun Brewing company has merged with Belgian Interbrew. The new structure, called Sun Interbrew, will become a leading brewery in Russia. The story features its plans.

The Committee of Foreign Creditors of UNEXIMbank will hold a session on Nov. 2 in London to discuss a plan for the bank's restructuring. This measure, the story notes, will hardly be able to save the bank from bankruptcy.

The government has released Sovkomflot director Vadim Kornilov from his post because he has failed to offer Transneft favorable conditions for transporting oil delivered by the Baltic pipeline system to Europe. The story comments on the government's decision.

A business terminal for wealthy clients is expected to open today in Sheremetyevo Airport. The AVKOM-Kommercheskaya Aviatsia company, which has built it, assures that the need in its construction was dictated by a steady growth of business jet transportations. The story describes the terminal.

The Constitutional Court has allowed banks not to pay taxes on profits from unreceived debts. Thus, the court has honored the complaint from Energomash Bank. The story details the case.