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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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


Masked commandos raided the offices of the Media-Most holding, whose head Vladimir Gusinsky and his team view this shameful act as the Kremlin's attack on independent mass media.

The Finance Ministry has an ambitious plan to work out the deficit-free budget for 2001 . This was stated by First Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin.

The story reports on how world computer giants by their bad news help the American stock market collapse.

Political analyst Olga Romanova features events that preceded masked commandos raid of the Media-Most offices. The author offers several interesting conclusions.

What taxes may be decreased by 2001? Tax expert Antonina Kovalevskaya and Alexander Zhukov, head of the State Duma Budget Committee, share their viewpoints on the issue.

Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov explains why West European countries are too critical of Russian authorities' actions in Chechnya.

Many laws in the provinces differ significantly from the Constitution and federal legislation. President Vladimir Putin decided to put things in order in this sphere. The story comments on his latest decrees.

The story features concluding election campaigning in St. Petersburg before the upcoming gubernatorial elections May 14, focusing on candidates' huge spending on advertising.

Former theatrical artist Boris Valuyev works as an architect in the ART Trading Kontrakt company. In an interview he speaks about modern trends in decorating offices today and about his latest successful works.


The Central Bank has found a way to overcome all obstacles to releasing its bonds - it has registered its project of printing 1 billion rubles worth of Vneshtorgbank bonds. The story reveals the essence of the project.

The Central Bank's gold currency reserves are continuing to grow at a rapid pace. Their volume during the May holiday week increased by $500 million. The story looks at several factors that favored this striking growth.

The state-run ONAKO oil company is expecting a new president. Among those who are claiming the post is YUKOS head Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who stated that he is willing (under certain conditions) to pay $200 million-$400 million for 85 percent of ONAKO's shares.

The Airbus consortium will become a single commercial structure. Its four companies are conducting negotiations on its transformation into an integrated company, which will unite all sections of the production-technological process.

The conflict between the Nizhny Novgorod Alfa Bank branch and the "Pavlovsky Avtobus" company, a leading busmaker in Russia, is over. The bank has agreed to restructure the company's debt.

The Baltiisky Zavod shipyard in St. Petersburg has completed the construction of the first of three planned frigates for the Indian navy. The story features the project.

Surgutneftegaz will be viewed as a company that has managed practically in one day to complete a transition to the single share. The story describes how it did it.

The Federal Securities Commission has registered a project for printing additional Alfa Sputnik 2 bonds worth 46 million rubles.

The story is devoted to the Exhibition "Svyaz-Expokomm-2000" and its exhibit of the company "Mobile TeleSystems."

The Moscow City Telephone Network hopes that this year it will make a profit through selling services for high-speed access to the Internet. The story features the project.

A mere 20 percent of American companies of electronic commerce ensure a reliable safety of their clients' information. (N6)

The upheavals in the market of shares of technology companies have caused the RealNames company to reject its plans of releasing shares in the market.

The story describes the plan of Moscow's Prodmarket trade and industrial company to build a cultural, business and trading complex "Slavyanskaya Sloboda" (with a preliminary cost of $30 million).


All central newspapers describe the masked commandos' raid of the Media-Most offices with hushed commentaries saying how loyal they are to the newly-appointed president. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Izvestia, Noviye Izvestia, Vremya Moskovskie Novosti, Vremya Novostei and Moskovskii Komsomolets.

Political analyst Leonid Radzikhovsky comments on yesterday's incident in the Most-Media offices, viewing it as another stupid action by some chiefs from the FSB, the prosecutor's office or other power departments, which the "guarantor of the Constitution" will have to be responsible for rather than those who committed the action.

Eighteen politicians, public figures, writers, composers and lawyers share their views on yesterday's raid by masked commandos of the Media-MOST offices.

May 14 will mark a year since the Finance Ministry officially refused to pay on its internal debts, stating that the bonds of the state internal currency loan of the 3rd issue (OGVVZ-3) will not be cleared off due to the lack of funds for the purpose in the federal budget. The story features negative consequences of this case.

The Moscow Arbitration Court on Thursday declared illegal the Press Ministry's second warning (Jan. 17, 2000) to TV Tsentr Channel, which, despite its victory, will have to take part in the tender on the right to receive a license scheduled for May 24. The story reveals the essence of the warni ngs and the upcoming tender sponsored by the Press Ministry. Also covered in Kommersant Daily and Vremya Novostei.

The story offers new details about how a Dutch citizen was detained by Kaliningrad customs officers early this week when in his baggage they found many classified documents about the Magnitogorsk Metal Combine.

The Justice Ministry and 19 states of the United States have proposed to the court to break up Microsoft Corp. into two independent companies due to its violation of the anti-trust legislation. The story describes the reaction of Microsoft leadership and lawyers to this proposal. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

The story reports on how foreign mass media have responded to the shameful developments in the Most-MEDIA offices yesterday.

The Gref Center for Strategic Planning has sent out to ministries and departments its concept underlying the Program of Economic Development of Russia in the next 10 years. The model uses inflation rates as a basic parameter of all predicted calculations. The story offers several major figures, including the ruble/dollar rate. Also covered in Vremya Moskovskie Novosti.

In an interview Slavneft head Mikhail Gutseriyev describes the current situation in the oil sector, focusing on his negative response to the idea of creating "Gosneft" on the basis of the state-run companies "Rosneft," "Slavneft" and "ONAKO."

The Leningrad regional authorities plan to open a large military memorial cemetery in the Sologubovka village, where 60,000-80,000 German soldiers fell during World War II will be buried. The story features the project.


In an interview Gherman Gref, head of the Center for Strategic Planning, talks about four variants of the Program of Russia's Economic Development and his reaction to media wide criticism of its existing and "non-existing" points.

In an interview Bislan Gantamirov, former commander of the Chechen militia units, explains why he disagrees with the policy pursued by the Interior Ministry leadership and by the presidential representative in Chechnya.

The "Our Home is Russia" movement today is celebrating its 5th anniversary, most probably the last one in its history. In an interview Yevgeny Trofimov, leader of its executive committee, talks about the fate of the once powerful movement.

President Vladimir Putin has no intention of making any serious personnel changes in the presidential administration over the next several months. Nevertheless, the story notes, its existence in its present configuration will not last long.

Today is the last day of campaigning in St. Petersburg before the gubernatorial elections scheduled for May 14, when its residents will elect a new city head out of 8 candidates. The story describes the race focusing on two major rivals - governor Vladimir Yakovlev and Igor Artemyev, the single candidate from the Union of Right Forces and "Yabloko."

The Tax Ministry intends to limit exports for several oil exporters for their debts to the budget. The story comments on the measure, giving a list of such companies.

The international "Standard and Poor's" rating agency yesterday announced that it may raise the rating of the Russian eurobonds up to the pre-crisis level B but not today. The story explains why it cannot happen now.

The London Economist Intelligence Unit has printed a regular traditional report examining conditions for doing busisness in different countries. According to the document, the most favourable country for it is the Netherlands.

Rumor has it that a new terrible virus SouthPark is threatening to disrupt computers. The story describes the danger.

The Arbitration Court of the Khanty-Mansiisk Autonomous Area on Thursday fixed a time limit of three months for Chernogorneft to pay all debts to its creditors. The story looks at the company's fate.

The story comments on two 10-year economic development programs (their texts are given) for Russia - the first one developed by the Gref Center for Strategic Planning and the other one prepared by a group of foreign experts.

Five leading economists share their viewpoints on problems of further economic development.

The international charity organization Save the Children has printed a report devoted to the problems of health care for mothers and children in 106 countries. The story comments on the document, saying that Russia occupies 27th place.

The Czech authorities have announced at last the conditions of issuing visas to Russian travelers. The visa regime is to begin May 29 and the visa will cost $20. The story reveals the essence of the new rules.

The most famous Lett in the former Soviet Union Raimond Pauls, leader of the New Party, decided to quit his political career, saying that he is physically and morally sick and tired of it. The story features his major political acts.

Deputy of the City Duma in Nizhny Novgorod Olga Chechulina, 37, head of the GAZ-Navigator firm, has been arrested on charges of abuse of power. The story details her criminal case.


The Audit Chamber plans to create a special structure to be responsible for conducting concrete checks jointly with law-enforcement agencies. This was stated yesterday by Audit Chamber head Sergei Stepashin. The story describes the duties of the new structure.

Valery Dzgoyev, adviser to the president of North Ossetia-Alania, analyses the tax system, the federal budget system and the system of inter-budget relations, which suit neither federal authorities nor regional governors. The author shares his views on how they should be reformed.

The central apparat of the national power grid "Unified Energy Systems" is preparing for the annual shareholders' meeting scheduled for late June. The rumor has it that the powers of its head Anatoly Chubais in the company will be considerably expanded. The story comments on the issue.

The foreign policy priorities of newly elected President Vladimir Putin show that Russia has no intention to be a sponsor and a "locomotive" of its close CIS neighbors. The story reveals the essence of the Kremlin foreign policy priorities today.

Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov, Commander of the Black Sea Fleet, reveals the essence of its present status, focusing on the fleet's basic tasks today.

The story offers a political portrait of Mikhail Kasyanov claiming the post of prime minister in the post-crisis Cabinet.


The story answers five simple questions about possible personnel changes in the future Cabinet.

Mikhail Kasyanov, who was educated as a construction engineer, will most probably become prime minister. The story covers his career from 1976 up to the present day.

The story highlights Tatyana Okunevskaya, a film star of the 1940s, who at 86 years today is starring in Eldar Ryazanov's new film "Stariye Klyachi."


According to Rostelekom, the tariffs on international telegraph services will be considerably increased starting May 15. The story gives new figures to illustrate the point.

Norwegian tourist Max Georg Yohansen, 39, has been sentenced to 8 years in Russian prison. Sheremetyrvo 2 customs officers detained him last summer when he tried to carry home a large batch of hashish via Moscow. The story details his case.

Moscow doctors have begun to use a unique system of psychophysiological development of the fetus with the help of music. The story describes the system.

According to reports from the Moscow City Prosecutor's Office, 660 Muscovites died as victims of crimes that were committed in the city in the first four months of this year. The story also shows how many foreigners took part in crimes during the mentioned period.

Political observer Alexander Khinshtein describes how Interior Minister Vladimir Rushailo and his assistants are holding back a crack down on lawlessness and corruption.

The story gives several episodes highlighting a difficult life of Chechen refugees in Central Russia.

In an interview Igor Artemyev, the single candidate nominated by the Union of Right Forces and Yabloko for the St. Petersburg gubernatorial elections scheduled for May 14, talks about results of the recent primaries in the city, saying that he hopes to win. Also covered in Komsomolskaya Pravda.


According to Interior Ministry reports, more than a million people today are carrying out their sentences in prisons. Russia by the number of convicts - 750 per 100,000 of the population - is leading the world. Specialists say that only 12-16 percent of them are really violent offenders, the rest have committed minor crimes. The question is why keep such a huge army of convicts, which costs the budget so dearly? The story tries to answer this question.

Document. The Program (Guidelines) of Development of Obninsk as a Research City of the Russian Federation in 2000-2004. Full text.


In an interview Grozny Mayor Supyan Mokhchayev speaks about how his city is restoring its normal life.

In an interview war veteran poet Eduard Asadov, who in 1944 lost his eyesight, says what poetry means for him.

The story describes several interesting episodes showing what stands behind those numerous ads in the magazine "Job Opportunities" and the newspaper "Jobs for You."

In an interview economist Yelena Breyeva, a leading research associate at the Institute of Social and Economic Problems of the Population, explains why so many new borns are sick already in the first days of their birth.

In an interview Yury Goryainov, member of the Gazprom Board of Directors, heading the department of investment and construction, talks about the company's most effective projects and plans.


Document. The Military Doctrine of the Russian Federation (endorsed through the presidential decree of April 21, 2000). Full text.


The story reports on how the construction of new metro lines and metro stations is proceeding in the city, focusing on impending projects.

Sberbank has considerably expanded its crediting services in different spheres and diversified the structure of deposits. The story examines its services.


Nobel Prize writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn shares his sad views on a tragic fate of his native Russia, which is being plundered by corrupt federal and local authorities and whose people are living a miserable life without any real, though much advertised, democratic power to defend their rights.

The new economic program worked out by the Gref Center for Strategic Planning contains a provision saying that the state expenditures in the near future will be cut by 30-40 percent. The story examines several ways the federal authorities plan to do it.

The story examines several provisions of a new draft of the Labor Code, which ensures a large-scale dominance of employers and therefore has many opponents. A new role of labor unions is prominently featured in the document.

In an interview Tikhon Yevdokimov, commercial director of the DHL courier company, speaks about its special service of express delivery.

In an interview Sergei Khetagurov, head of the Federal Migration Service, answers the following questions: How should people who have been left without shelter in the Chechen war plan their lives? Where should Grozny locals seek permanent residence? For how long will they be refugees without any compensations for their destroyed apartments and houses?


Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov answers numerous questions from Pravda readers about his party's activities in different provinces, including Chechnya.