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

Wednesday, September 6



Executives from all departments responsible for renovating the Ostankino television tower gathered together Tuesday for a session, presided over by Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov, to discuss renovations. Also covered in Kommersant and Vremya Novostei.

Vladimir Markov, former senior investigator in the Corruption and Economic Crime department of the St. Petersburg Prosecutor's Office, is wanted by the federal police. He is suspected of looting money from victims of the city metro tragedy last year. The article gives details.

The article reports on measures that Western oil companies intend to take in response to high world oil prices. Also covered in Vremya MN.

In an interview Vitaly Smirnov, head of the Russian Olympic Committee, says what he expects from Russian athletes. Also covered in Vremya Novostei.

Rumor has it that Chechen field commander Khattab has left Chechnya for Tajikistan. A source in the Tajik power structure has said Dushanbe is willing to detain and extradite Khattab to Russia as soon as he arrives in the republic. The story comments on this information. Also covered in Vremya Novostei.

The 12th Moscow International Book Fair was to open Wednesday in the National Exhibition Center. The story describes the event and its participants.

A scandal is unfolding around a top-secret budget-2001 article on state support of mass media outlets. The leadership of the Journalists' Union has released a statement titled "Russia's Information Safety Under Threat." The article comments on the secret article.

The Krasnoyarsk regional court on Tuesday rejected the local prosecutor's office appeal contesting an earlier decision to release businessman Anatoly Bykov from custody. The article comments on the court decision. Also covered in Kommersant, Noviye Izvestia and Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Ukraine's National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting announced Tuesday its decision to withdraw licenses from Ukrainian television and radio companies and conduct checks on the legality of their activities. The number of Ukrainian language programming is supposed to considerably exceed the number of Russian language ones. The article comments on the decision.

The story describes the first day, Tuesday, of resumed hearings by the Moscow City Court on the criminal case of Valentin Moiseyev, former Foreign Ministry official, who is accused of spying for South Korea. The article details the case. Also covered in Kommersant and Vremya Novostei.

In an interview Boris Nadezhdin, member of the State Duma Committee on State Building and one of the authors of the draft bill on the Constitutional Assembly, focuses on the expected role of the State Council in the federal power system.

Political analyst Alexei Makarkin looks at Russia's anti-Western and pro-Western cycles, saying that the country has now entered an anti-Western cycle.

The Federal Securities Commission in the near future intends to conduct an independent survey of Internet-trading systems. The article looks at the aim of the planned measure. Also covered in Vremya Novostei.

The Moscow city government has announced its intention to create three new commercial rings. The project has been submitted by Alexander Kuzmin, head of the Moscow Architecture Committee. To considerably expand trading grounds, Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov proposes to move the city's main railway terminals to outside the Garden Ring. The story features the project. Also covered in Noviye Izvestia and Vremya MN.

Oil major Sidanko head Robert Sheppard has sent a letter to President Vladimir Putin saying the Alyans Group is doing everything in its power to make Varyeganneftegaz bankrupt and to take it over. All this, the letter notes, violates the law and the Sidanko shareholders' legal rights guaranteed by the state. The article details the contents of the letter.

The Russian National Orchestra, founded by pianist Mikhail Pletnyov, is to launch its 10th season in the Grand Conservatory Hall. The story features the orchestra's history.

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In an interview Mikhail Beskhmelnitsyn of the Audit Chamber explains why his agency has selected oil companies, above all, for inspection.

The story discusses a top-secret article in the budget for 2001 that is designed for funding several mass media outlets.

A hurricane in Balashikha on Tuesday left no human casualties, though it did inflict considerable material damage. The article gives details.

The government at a session Tuesday decided to check daily until the end of the year that ministries and departments are fully prepared to impose the second part of the Tax Code by Jan. 1, 2001. The article comments on the decision.

Olga Klimova, principal of Grozny School No. 10 and a chair at the Grozny Oil Institute, was killed in the Staropromyslovsky district of the Chechen capital in the early hours of Monday. The article provides details. Also covered in Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Abushaikh Ireziyev, 29, accused of kidnapping Russian servicemen in Dagestan, was arrested in Gudermes. The article gives details.

A Public Council to be controlled by State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov is being created with the aim of normalizing the situation in Chechnya. The story looks at its tasks.

Mobile TeleSystems, a Moscow cellular communications operator, has announced the beginning of an experimental exploitation of the GPRS network to ensure rapid transmission of data from the Internet to cellular telephones. The story describes the project.

Russian Alumina has proposed to participate in the construction of the Boguchanskaya hydroelectric power plant in Irkutsk region.

The Europay international payment system Tuesday began the creation of a company to service trading grounds on the basis of UCS. Rosbank is to sign a corresponding protocol on its intention in a couple of days. The article looks at the project and its origin.

Transneft on Monday began to liquidate BTS, which was created to carry out the construction of the Baltiiskaya Pipeline System. The story features the liquidation project.

The Law on the Special Economic Zone in the Magadan region was to may be take effect Wednesday. The government on Tuesday issued a decree establishing the rules of its activities. The article comments on the document.

Anatoly Chubais, head of national power grid Unified Energy Systems, signed the first protocol Tuesday on the construction of a Russia-Japan energy link. The article comments on the document.

Financial news service Rosbusinessconsulting plans to launch a large-scale restructuring project. In order to become a full-fledged Internet-holding, new director Yury Rovensky has been hired. With time, the company intends to launch its own Internet trading ground. The article details the company's plans.

Two armed bandits Tuesday morning tried to steal telephone cables from the dacha of Vladimir Zhirinovsky's son Igor Lebedev. The article gives details.

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After investigating national power grid Unified Energy Systems, the Audit Chamber questioned the legality of operations performed by company head Anatoly Chubais.

It is quite possible, the article notes, that with Western investment funds coming back to Russia, many profiteers will sell their assets at home and seek risky but profit-making markets.

At Tuesday's emergency government session, Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov demanded that a draft decree with detailed description of the mechanism for imposing the flat social tax be submitted to him within a month. Kasyanov also said he would require daily updates on the preparation of other provisions from the second part of the Tax Code.

Political analyst Vitaly Portnikov comments on the presidential decree on creating the State Council.

What are the prospects of economic cooperation between Russia and Japan? Four experts share their views on the issue.

Mikhail Delyagin, director of the Institute of Globalization Problems, reflects on the need for a legal system that could effectively defend private property.

The Moscow city government has not received any substantial documents or claims from the Prosecutor General's Office on using federal property, though such crimes are known to be taking place.

National power grid Unified Energy Systems and the Japanese corporation Marubeni have signed a protocol on the construction of a Russia-Japan energy link. The story comments on the document.

The State Duma Union of Right Forces faction has developed a draft bill on pension reform that radically differs from the one proposed by the government. The bill allows non-state pension funds to freely funnel hard currency abroad and deposit it in foreign securities and shares. The article details the bill.

Slovenia, Hungary and Estonia have announced that they would like to join the European Union without waiting for Poland to do so first. The article comments.

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko, who arrived in Havana on Sunday, has signed a 10-year agreement with Cuba on political and economic cooperation. The story comments on the document.

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On Tuesday, the IMHO company and the Manifest advertising agency announced the creation of an alliance that will control about 50 percent of the Russian Internet advertising market.

The board of directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has postponed until Sept. 19 the consideration of extending a credit to Gazprom. The story explains the bank's move.

The Agency for Restructuring Credit Organizations, or ARKO, is sending all SBS-Agro creditors the rules of amicable agreement. When reading them, the article notes, the creditors will find the agreement suits the government alone.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development may become a shareholder of the AvtoVAZ-General Motors Co. joint venture, and extend to this new enterprise $170 million worth of credits.

Gazprom intends to establish itself in Mongolia's fuel market. With this aim in view, the company's officials will conduct negotiation this week with the Mongolian government on oil product and liquefied gas deliveries.

Royal Dutch/Shell and Exxon Mobil are considerably increasing the volume of investment in the British sector of oil deposits in the North Sea.

The conditions of the tender on a transfer in Azerbaijan Alumina's long-term trust were announced Tuesday.

After rehabilitating the benefit on income tax for securities operations, Moscow authorities have extended it to the federal part to the tune of 16 percent.