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



Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Noviye Izvestia

Komomolskaya Pravda

Moskovsky Komsomolets



There is no doubt today that terrorist No. 1 Osama bin Laden was behind the killing of Northern Alliance Chief Commander Ahmad Shah Massood. The story examines two reasons behind his efforts, naming the two executioners of this terrible crime.

In an interview, Finland's Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen, who in 1997 initiated the forum "Northern Measurements," talks about its essence and its recent session. He focuses on a report by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko, who criticized the performance of the European Union.

Turkey is marking its national holiday ? the 78th anniversary of its formation. The newspaper devotes a special supplement to this event, opening with greetings from President Akhmet Nedjet Ceser.

The State Duma Wednesday passed (in the first reading) a draft decree concerning an amnesty for underage and female convicts. According to the Justice Ministry, the number of prisoners in Russia today is 738,500, including 50,000 women and 19,000 teenagers. The story comments on the document, describing the situation in Women's Prison No. 2 in Mordovia, which recently won the grant of the "International Prison Reform" organization. (Vremya Novostei, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4 MK, 1,2)

The Economic Development Ministry has submitted to the government a draft decree on handing over the duties to register the legal entities to the tax agencies. Now the document is being discussed by the commission on eliminating administrative barriers headed by Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin. The draft is likely to be adopted and, starting July 1, 2002, the Tax Ministry will be responsible for the registration.

The government at a session today is expected to divide Vneshekonombank, or VEB. The story examines the division plan, saying that VEB has a specific position in the domestic banking system ? it combines the functions of commercial bank and of state institution. (Kommersant Daily, 1,7)

NTV chief producer Alexander Oleinikov on Wednesday explained the current situation in the channel, saying that, despite rumors, he has no intention to resign.

A story reveals the essence of charges of Railways Minister Nikolai Aksyonenko by the Prosecutor General's Office, noting that their character evidences the struggle that has begun in the government for the right to reform the natural monopolies. (Vremya Novostei, 1)

The Prosecutor General's Office on Oct. 23 brought a new accusation against Railways Minister Nikolai Aksyonenko, this time in the presence of his lawyer Galina Krylova. In an interview, she describes how it happened. (Kommersant Daily, 3)

Popular TV host Leonid Yakubovich's criminal case connected with a road accident was dropped Wednesday due to the lack of a crime. He assessed highly the professional work of criminal investigators. (Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 5, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

The Election Commission of Yakutia on Wednesday, in defiance of the Supreme Court's decision and the Central Election Commission's stance, registered the present president, Mikhail Nikolayev, as a candidate for the December local presidential elections. (Kommersant Daily, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Vremya Novostei, 2, Vremya MN, 1)

The SPS federal Political Council Wednesday decided to suspend the activities of the party's branch in St. Petersburg because of a split in it after the election of Eduard Sergeyev to the post of chairman of the local party political council. (Kommersant Daily, 2)

The "Novosti" information, or RIA, a year ago announced a free access to its Internet site, thus giving up its main income from subscription. In an interview, RIA management head Alexei Zhidakov examines the negative and positive aspects of this decision.

Presidential representative in the Southern Federal District Viktor Kazantsev in a couple of days is expected to meet in Moscow with Chechen presidential envoy Akhmed Zakayev. The story comments on the decision, focusing on controversial responses by several policy-makers and the military. (Kommersant Daily, 3, Vremya MN, 1, Vremya Novostei, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

According to information from several Internet sites on Wednesday, the Kusinsky Casting ? Machine-Building Plant in the Chelyabinsk region has suspended the production of bronze busts of President Vladimir Putin due to the lack of demand.

The State Customs Committee, or SCC, today is marking two dates ? the Day of the Customs Officer and the 10th anniversary of the Committee. SCC head Mikhail Vanin talks about his agency's achievements this year and problems. (Kommersant Daily, 4, Vremya MN, 1, MK, 1,2)

The "Sibneft" oil company on Wednesday officially announced a transfer by its leading shareholders of their shares in trust of the London "Millhouse Capital" firm that was registered two months ago. (Kommersant Daily, 1,4)

The Pentagon Wednesday made a sensational statement: two American helicopters came under intensive fire above the territory of Pakistan. This is the first such case in the course of the present anti-terrorist operation. The story comments on the statement, concluding that the Pakistani president is unable to control extremist groups inside his country.

Former Bolshoi Theater opera prima donna Galina Vishnevskaya has turned 75 today. The brief mentions her famous operas in the Bolshoi and her present activities. (Noviye Izvestia, 6, Kultura, 10, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 19)


Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin met with President Vladimir Putin to tell him how the government intends to fulfill the budget-2002 and at the same time pay out foreign debts under conditions when world oil prices are decreasing. The minister focused on his special scenario for this event. (Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4)

Ukraine's President Leonid Kuchma for the first time admitted Wednesday that the Russian Tu-154 jet- liner had been downed by a Ukrainian missile. In his televised appeal to the nation, he said that he had accepted the resignation of the foreign minister and apologized for the accidentally downed air-liner.

Karelia's Legislative Assembly on Wednesday deprived Petrozavodsk Mayor Andrei Dyomin of his immunity.

The Moscow City State Duma Wednesday passed (in the third reading) a draft bill imposing new higher rates of the tax on private houses, privatized apartments, aircraft, helicopters and yachts.

The Belarussian Supreme Court on Wednesday began to consider the criminal case on the disappearance of ORT operator Dmitry Zavadsky.

The U.S. automatic interplanetary station Mars Odissey-2001 ? after a 6-month flight ? reached the Mars orbit on Wednesday. NASA with its help plans to continue this plant exploration that was suspended in 1999.

Chechen administration head Akhmad Kadyrov with the aim of consolidating his power created a consultative council under his administration 's control.

"Tushino-Avto" with a participation of the Bank of Moscow has signed a $32 million credit agreement with a syndicate of Hungarian banks. This was stated by the Bank of Moscow's public relations center.

The "NOSTA "creditors have made the decision to impose external administration in the combine for a period of 12 months.

The "Permskiye Motory" Board of Directors on Wednesday released the company's Director-General Viktor Kobelev from his post.

The Moscow Arbitration Court on Wednesday declared Most-Bank bankrupt and installed an external manager. The story describes the situation in the bank.

Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin on Wednesday officially confirmed the intention of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to buy stock of Vneshtorgbank . The story comments on Kudrin's statement.

The International Financial Corporation, or IFC, for the first time after the 1998 crisis Wednesday issued a $5 million credit to a Russian bank ? Probiznesbank.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a proposal on releasing "military" bonds. A month ago, the US Senate already approved the similar additions to the budget.

The government in a week is expected to discuss a draft bill on professional pension systems that is part of the package of pension reform. The story reveals the essence of the draft.

The All-Russian Association of Invalids on Wednesday opened the 3rd Congress in Moscow in the building of the Academy of State Service on Prospekt Vernadskogo. The story describes this organization and the aims of its forum.

The Moscow City State Duma on Wednesday, in defiance of Mayor Yury Luzhkov's will, refused to bestow on Artist Alexander Shilov the title of Honorary Citizen of Moscow. The story says why. (Komsomolskaya Pravda. Moskva Supplement, 1)

The 9th exhibition "Pressa-2002" opened Wednesday at the All-Russian Exhibition Center (formerly VDNKH). The story describes the event, its sponsors and participants.

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

The State Duma in November plans to pass (in the second reading) a new, improved draft of the Labor Code, while the Federation of Independent Labor Unions (FILU) in Russia has planned to stage a protest on this score. In an interview the FILU leader, Mikhail Shpakov, examines controversial provisions in the draft that the Federation disagrees with.

Starting 2002, the number of Moscow families receiving children's allowances will drastically decrease, since they will be provided to the families, whose income is less than the minimum subsistence level ? today it is 2,251 in Moscow. The story explains the situation.

Many policymakers have obtained effective means to defend themselves from bandits. The story quotes several state officials saying what arms they prefer to have for home defense.

Noviye Izvestia

After Prosecutor Alexander Murzin wrote honestly about numerous cases of corruption in the customs service, the leadership of the State Customs Committee did everything to remove him from his investigative work. The story features his sad story.

Thirteen bank accounts containing 2.7 million DM of Osama bin Laden's potential supporters have been frozen in Germany today. The story gives details.

The Economic Development Ministry is drafting a new bill on the professional corporate press. Tax Minister Alexander Pochinok commented on the need for such a document.

A new public movement, the association Parents of Children Killed by the Lawlessness of the Militia, has emerged in Russia. The story features its origin.

Komomolskaya Pravda

Alleged mobster Yevgeny Vasin, also known as Jam, died Oct. 23 in the Khabarovsk pre-trial detention center from a heart attack. The story reports on the role he played in the city's economic and business life.

The story describes how several people tried to open businesses in France, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia, where the procedure has turned out to be the most time-consuming and troublesome. According to the State Statistics Committee, there are six small enterprises for every 1,000 citizens in Russia, while in the European Union countries the figure is 30 small businesses.

In an interview a former legendary opera singer of the Bolshoi Theater, who has turned 75 today, talks about her brilliant opera career, about her children and grandchildren and about her feelings at her age and about her difficult character.

Tatar public figures have applied to President Vladimir Putin with a request to cancel the festive celebration of the anniversary of the Kulikovo Battle in order not to flare up the flames of Tatar-Russian ethnic strife . The story reports on how the history of the Tatar yoke of nearly 300 years is interpreted today.

Passenger tickets for the Moscow-St. Petersburg express train which begins running Thursday, cost considerably less. The story gives new prices. Moskva Supplement

The story gives effective recommendations on how to survive Moscow's cold weather, and where people who have health problems from the cold should apply for medical treatment. Moskva Supplement

Moskovsky Komsomolets

U.S. Presidential Press Secretary Ari Fleisher on Wednesday said that anthrax spores had been found in a military base several miles from Washington, where mail designated for the White House is sorted. The story gives details.

The FBI has made public the texts of the anthrax-infected letters that have been investigated by experts. The story offers the texts and the FBI's conclusions.

The All-Russian Festival of Special Theaters, or Proteatr, a unique event in its kind, opened in Moscow on Monday. Its actors are invalids with different health problems, including mental and psychiatric disorders. The story describes the aim of this festival.

State Secretary of the Belarus-Russia union state Pavel Borodin has turned 55 today. Due to health problems, he has postponed his trip to Switzerland for another questioning and instead was hospitalized on Tuesday. Also covered in Komsomolskaya Pravda interview.

A Kuntsevsky court on Wednesday began to consider the case of television journalist Sergei Dorenko, who is accused of killing Captain Valery Nikitin in a motorcycle accident. The story describes Dorenko's reckless behavior in the courtroom. In a short interview Nikitin talks about the incident. Also covered in Noviye Izvestia, Komsomolskaya Pravda

The State Duma's SPS and Yabloko factions have submitted their army reform drafts. The SPS faction has proposed to cut the duration of the army service from two years to six months. In an interview Alexei Arbatov, State Duma Defense Committee deputy head of Yabloko, examines several controversial points in these drafts. He also shares his own viewpoint on the army service.

The State Duma, despite everything, has passed in the second reading the draft budget for 2002. The story focuses on still inadequate funds for the army , despite encouraging promises by government officials.

Political observer Yury Ryazhsky tries to uncover how $35 million disappeared from the Fund of Chukotka's Economy. The fund was created by former governor Alexander Nazarov for his election campaign in December 2000.

In an interview highly-regarded figure-skating coach Yelena Chaikovskaya talks about the aim of her great efforts today ? to see the Academy of Figure-Skating built and functioning in Moscow, with extensive training programs for children.


Sibneft shareholders on Oct. 24, the birthday of Chukotka governor Roman Abramovich, decided to part with their anonymous past: They decided to change their former brand ? "unnamed structures close to Abramovich" into an official name ? Millhouse Capital. The company registered in London will receive in trust all the assets belonging to the Sibneft owners. Includes chart.

Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin on Wednesday for the first time said that oil prices may fall below the critical level for the budget ? $18.5 per Urals barrel. In the event of this the government has a plan that would allow it to save the budget. The story reveals it in detail.

The Baltika brewery in St. Petersburg has begun to buy assets in Moscow, which will demand considerable investments. They are located on the Ostankino brewery that has not been overhauled since 1949.

In the opinion of Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, the gross national product by the end of the year will amount to 5.5 to 6 percent. The prime minister said this at a meeting Wednesday with heads of the ministries of the financial-economic bloc and with the Central Bank leadership. Brief.

President Vladimir Putin stated Wednesday that in the context of the anti-terrorist operation Russia's military and technological cooperation with foreign states after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. has acquired a special significance. Brief.

In response to self-exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky's proposal to sell him 15 percent of the television channel TV-6, LUKoil head Vagit Alekperov said that for this money he himself was willing to buy Berezovsky's 75 percent package. All this verbal exchange is happening against the background of threats to abolish TV-6. Will LUKoil buy it? Six experts share their views on the point.

Russia for the first time in its history will deliver military supplies to UN peacekeepers. Rosoboronexport has signed a contract on the delivery of 78 armored BTR-80 vehicles for Bangladesh army units, which are participating in UN peacekeeping missions.

The Moscow City Duma has agreed with Mayor Yury Luzhkov's proposals and markedly eased the law envisaging tougher control over foreigners arriving to work in Moscow.

In a far-ranging interview Transneft monopoly head Semyon Vainshtok talks about his company's relations with other oil companies that are willing to maintain business contacts with it.

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The Ust-Ilimsk LPK, a leading domestic producer of marketable pulp, will not enter a holding with a working name Russkaya Tzelyuloza, which is in the plans of Ilim Pulp and ESN Group headed by Grigory Beryozkin. The story features the Ust-Ilimsk LPK, its major products, markets and plans.

The story examines a continuing privatization of Rosgosstrakh that has for long been intriguing many overseers. The focus is the sale of two packages of its stock.

The national power grid Unified Energy Systems, starting Nov. 16, will begin to accept applications from the regional energy companies for reforming. This was stated Wednesday by Vyacheslav Sinyugin, deputy head of its management. Brief.

The Komi Republic has annulled all licenses for gold deposits and suspended gold mining operations. This was stated by a source at the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Leonid Loza, general director of the Novorossiisk Sea Steamship-Line (Novoship) has decided to quit his post voluntarily. The story looks at several possible reasons why.

The MAIR metal group is continuing to expand its assets in the chemical business. Thus, the group recently gained control over the Kalinin plant of rubber items, making over 40 percent of Russain latex gloves. The story looks at other destinations of the group's expanding.

The U.S. Defense Department has supported a proposal from the Northrop Grumman corporation on a purchase of a shipbuilding company, Newport News Shipbuilding. Thus, General Dynamics Corp., that for a long time had been a main potential buyer of Newport and offered $2.1 billion for the deal, has sustained a crushing loss in the tender.

British Transport Minister Steven Bayers promised to put an end to problems that have badly affected the state of the country's railways sector. The minister presented details of the structure and of the new company , which will replace Railtrack Corp.

The Communications Ministry and the Academy of Sciences are drafting a program connected with electronic information that is designed to back domestic producers of programmed software.