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

Wednesday, October 4



Tatar President Mintimer Shaimiyev on Tuesday said he rejects the idea of changing the republic's election date of March 2001 to December of this year, stressing that everything will be done according to the Constitution. Also covered in Izvestia, Noviye Izvestia, Vremya Novostei, Vremya MN and Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

The International Football Federation, or FIFA, on Tuesday decided to postpone to April a Russia-Yugoslavia World Cup qualifier match scheduled for Oct. 7 because of the current political upset in Yugoslavia. The article looks at Russia coach Oleg Romantsev's reaction to the FIFA decision. Also covered in Izvestia, Noviye Izvestia, Vremya Novostei, Vremya MN, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Komsomolskaya Pravda.

The Council of Chief Rocket Space Technology Designers on Tuesday recommended to the government that the Mir space station be sunk in the ocean. The article comments on the council's recommendations. Also covered in Kommersant, Izvestia, Vremya Novostei, Vremya MN, Nesavisimaya Gazeta and Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Gazprom has applied to the Federal Energy Commission with a request to raise natural gas selling prices by 30 percent. Mezhregiongaz Deputy Director-General Anatoly Khripunov comments on the request. Also covered in Izvestia.

The Chinese government on Tuesday imposed a code of behavior for Internet providers. The article comments on the measure.

One hundred and twenty Moscow auditors, who have been looking into the financial performance of the North-Caucasian Military District for the past two months, allege gross violations. The article features their findings.

The article features a scandal in the Moldovan parliament over the fate of Russian-language radio stations in the republic.

Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref has proposed to create a register of people who have brought enterprises to bankruptcy. The article outlines his proposal. Also covered in Kommersant, Izvestia, Noviye Izvestia, Vremya MN and Vremya Novostei.

The Moscow city government has ordered the State Historical Museum's administration to urgently move to another building. The article describes the situation, saying that the government 's demand has placed the museum into a complicated situation.

The article details an attempt Tuesday on the life of Yury Maznev, director-general of the Interkosmetika firm, in St. Petersburg.

The Belarussian government intends in the near future to deport several thousand illegal migrants to Russian regions neighboring the republic. The article comments on the decision.

The European Commission was expected Wednesday to discuss the possibility of a considerable increase in imports of Russian hydrocarbon raw materials, mostly gas, to Europe. The article comments on the issue.

The Moscow City Supervision Audit Chamber intends to launch large-scale checks of different city agencies. In an interview its head, Viktor Dvurechenskikh talks about the planned project.

Nobel Prize writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn has written a new book of short stories titled "Na Krayakh" (At the Edges). The article reviews his new work.

The article features the origin of the American Dance Festival, which is currently touring Moscow.

Wednesday marks World Animal Day. On this occasion the article is devoted to Moscow's Bird Market.

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Gazprom head Rem Vyakhirev, who is in New Delhi with President Vladimir Putin, on Tuesday said a European media holding is interested in buying shares of Media-MOST. He meant News Corporation. The article comments on Vyakhirev's statement.

In an exclusive interview Yugoslav opposition leader Vojislav Kostunica describes the situation in Belgrade, focusing on President Slobodan Milosevic's stand on the developments.

The Federal Securities Commission late Tuesday announced the beginning of its investigation in Norilsk Nickel's restructuring. The article highlights the measure and its possible consequences.

The Constitutional Court on Tuesday held its first session after the summer recess to discuss presidential amendments to the Law on the Constitutional Court. The article reports on the judges' reactions.

Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev said Tuesday that this year's record-high grain harvest will turn out to be a complicated problem. According to prognoses by the Agriculture Ministry, serious problems with vegetable and meat are also expected. The article gives figures and a commentary.

Working Russia party leader Viktor Anpilov celebrated the 10th anniversary of his association Tuesday. In a speech on this occasion he criticized Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov.

Omon officers, who were interrogated on the second day of Radio Liberty correspondent Andrei Babitsky's trial, said they got gratitude and bonuses from commanders for saving the journalist rather than for his arrest. The article comments on their statement.

Oliver Dupulis, secretary of the Transnational Radical Party, on Tuesday condemned imposing sanctions against his party. Last week the UN held a hearing on canceling the party's consultative status for its contacts with Chechen rebels. The article comments on the UN decision.

Chechen administration head Akhmad Kadyrov on Tuesday spoke on the need to hand over to the republic a controlling interest in its Grozneft oil company. The article comments on his statement.

From scarce information about a closed meeting at the Samara Aviakor plant, which belongs to Siberian Aluminum, it has been deducted that Siberian Aluminum has no intention of investing anything in it, though it plans to remain at this enterprise.

Several companies that specialize in postal trade Tuesday announced the creation of a Postal Trade Enterprises Guild. The article features the new association.

The article highlights the results of closed negotiations, which ended Saturday, between Aeroflot Director Valery Okulov and Iraqi Airways head Maamoon Muheddin Abed Al-Nasr.

Alfa-Bank announced Tuesday that the Alfa-Garantii insurance company had received a license from the insurance surveillance department.

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Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref has proposed to create a register of people who have brought enterprises to bankruptcy. The article outlines his proposal.

President Vladimir Putin has signed several cooperation agreements in New Delhi, India. The article names and comments on a few of them.

The sale of Baltika No. 3 and Baltika No. 9 cigarettes begun in St. Petersburg this week. The Baltika brewery, which does not make the cigarettes, intends to punish the producers.

The number of Internet-users in Russia this year has increased by 250 percent to reach 3 million. This was announced as part of Deputy Communications Minister Alexander Volokitin remarks at the opening ceremony of the "Internetcom 2000" exhibition.

Sberbank is considering an earlier abrogation of the credit agreement with Media-MOST. Sberbank's press service said that the demands Gazprom has set to Media-MOST lead to serious changes of the credit agreement.

Political analyst Vitaly Portnikov criticizes top authorities, who he says have allowed the trial of Radio Liberty correspondent Andrei Babitsky to go on in Makhachkala.

What are the prospects of selling Moscow city's land to make it private property? Three economists share their views on the issue.

The article comments on capitalism slow development in former Soviet republics and other developing states.

The article looks at sectors represented by 24 members of the newly established Council of Enterprises.

Through approving the plan for the Vostok-Zapad (East-West) energy corridor, European Commission head Romano Prodi has given the creation of the Gazprom-Ruhrgas-Gaz de France-ENI consortium his de facto blessing. The consortium will have to build a pipeline through Poland and Slovakia bypassing Ukraine.

The Council of Chief Rocket-Space Technology Designers on Tuesday asked the government to allocate money either to keep Mir in orbit or to dump it in its designated place.

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Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev announced that this year's grain harvest will exceed the figure for 1999 by 10 million tons.

Leaders of four leading metal combines have sent a letter to Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov protesting a scheduled 22 percent hike in export cargo railway tariffs.

The Kontinent-Police insurance firm in late September made all its employees non-staff workers. The company's clients say this was done because of Kontinent's serious financial problems.

Golden Telecom has handed over all its assets in Russian cellular companies to U.S.-based MST Corp. In return it will receive MST shares and be able to expand its influence on the cellular communications market.

Eximbank's U.S. board of directors last week endorsed a decision to release $130 million credit guarantees to the Ilyushin Aviation Complex. This was announced by Alexander Rubtsov, director-general of the Ilyuishin-Finance company.

Gazprom has fully resumed gas deliveries to the federal electric power stations controlled by national power grid UES. Today the daily gas deliveries amount to 48.9 million cubic meters.

National power grid Unified Energy Systems has asked the Federal Energy Commission to raise an exploitation component of clients' payments. The article comments on the demand.

The world's ten leading private oil extracting companies are expected to make over $110 billion in profits this year due to high oil prices. According to the article, various companies intend to launch a mass buying up of their shares on the stock markets.

Siberian Aluminum, which owns the Aviakor plant, says it is not in a position to develop the plant independently and has applied to the government for help.

The St. Petersburg Fuel Company plans to buy up part of its shares to hand over to the city administration.