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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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

Izvestia
Kommersant
Vedomosti
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Argumenty i Fakty
Noviye Izvestia
Komomolskaya Pravda


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

U.S. jets on Tuesday for the first time since the beginning of the anti-terrorist operation in Afghanistan bombed by mistake the positions of the Northern Alliance. No casualties were reported. The story gives details. Also covered in Noviye Izvestia

Portuguese President Georgy Sampayu is expected to arrive in Russia tomorrow on an official visit. In an interview on the eve of his trip he mentions several significant issues he intends to discuss in Moscow, including Portugal's possible assistance in searches of Russian and Ukrainian civilian pilots, who lately have disappeared in South Africa.

LUKoil president Vagit Alekperov on Tuesday stated that he was willing to buy additional shares of the TV-6 from self-exiled tycoon Boris Berezovsky. The story looks at the latter's response. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Vremya Novostei, Vremya MN

After his meeting with President Vladimir Putin last week Chechen administration head Akhmad Kadyrov has made harsh statements on a new system of managing the republic. He has created an agency in his administration that intends to control all finances coming from Moscow and also income from the local oil industry. The story examines Kadyrov's latest moves and Moscow's plan to shape a new power system in Chechnya.

Chukotka's Agricultural Department chief Viktor Podgainy on Tuesday talked about concrete positive results of the governor's program to increase the reindeer population in the region. Over the past three months, their number has increased by 9,000. The story reports on how governor Roman Abramovich is helping improve the fortunes of the local reindeer-breeders.

Greenpeace activists from cities located along the Trans-Siberian Railway today are expected to stage a protest against the used nuclear fuel to be brought to Russia from China, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan. The story describes the protest act. Also covered in Vremya MN

A two-day seminar devoted to pension reform opened in Moscow on Tuesday. Pension Fund Chairman Mikhail Zurabov assured the public that the reform is expedient and would be successful only if the federal budget, starting in 2004, can annually donate 50 billion rubles to the fund. The story comments on Zurabov's report. Also covered in Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Railways Minister Nikolai Aksyonenko on Tuesday visited the Prosecutor General's Office, which has filed new charges against him. The ministry's press service has made public the minister's statement . The story reveals its content. Also covered in Rossiiskaya Gazeta

The story examines decisions on a further action program on the raised Kursk submarine made Tuesday by the prosecutors' session, presided by Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov, on the territory of the Roslyakovo ship repair plant. These prosecutors and navy officials will investigate into reasons behind the Kursk disaster. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Noviye Izvestia, Vremya Novostei, Vremya MN, Komsomolskaya Pravda

The two-day World Anti-Criminal and Anti-Terrorist Forum that started its work in Moscow on Tuesday decided to hold an international conference with a participation of security experts and special service and police agencies representatives. The story describes the forum, its participants, their statements and initiative. Also covered in Vremya MN

The Security Council at a session today is expected to discuss the problems of migration in the context of the presidential recent decree that has abolished the Ministry on Federation Affairs and National and Migration Policy. The story examines several acute problems to be discussed today.

The Moscow Inter-Bank Currency Exchange late last week held a two-day international conference devoted to the investment climate in Russia in the light of the banking reform. Sergei Golubev, director of the judiciary department of the Central Bank, delivered a report on the CB status. Izvestia offers its text.

Russia has failed to gain effective concessions from the U.S. for its support of the American political line in the fight against terrorism. The story reports on what concessions Russia may hope to get.

The Science and Industry Policy Department of the Moscow city government today is expected to hold a session to discuss an issue of a joint assembly by ZIL and Moskvich auto plants of an vehicle with an 0.8 to 1 ton payload capacity. The story examines the project.

Economic Development Minister Gherman Gref on Tuesday held a session in Khabarovsk to discuss the program "The Social and Economic Development of the Far East and Trans-Baikalia up to the Year 2010." In mid-November this program will be discussed by the cabinet. The story examines the document's major provisions.

The Davos Economic Forum from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30 is reported to hold a special visiting session in Moscow. Its authorities intend to toughen up measures against possible actions by anti-globalists, who can appear in the city.

The Internet portal "Toys" has resumed its work and will be able to fully meet the requirements of its users before the Christmas holidays. The story examines what it offers.

Passions are continuing to rage in the Novosibirsk region around the local Electrode Plant. Siberian-Urals Aluminum Company (SUAL) representatives with their efforts to establish control over this state-owned enterprise have made the plant impose external management. The story describes the current situation there.

The Congress of Theatrical Workers on Tuesday completed its work. Alexander Kalyagin was re-elected its Chairman. The story examines the congress decisions.

The story examines three main reasons explaining why Muslims prefer bacteriological and chemical weapons.

Soviet Army Colonel Kenandzhan Alibekov 10 years ago was one of main designers of bacteriological weapons in Russia. Today he heads Advanced Biosystems Corp., and together with U.S. authorities is working out an antidote against such deathly weapons. In an interview he talks about his efforts to combat anthrax and smallpox.

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin on Tuesday presided over a session of the Commission on Protective Measures in Foreign Trade, which decided not to raise or lower the oil export duties. The story comments on the decision.

The Natural Resources Ministry on Tuesday signed a decree canceling the decision on the results of the March tender for the Val Gamburtseva oil deposit. The story examines the document. Also covered in Vremya Novostei

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday met with Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov and his financial assistant Lyubov Kudelina. The president approved their proposal to considerably increase additional payments to the servicemen's monthly salaries, starting Jan. 1, 2002. The story comments on the decision. Also covered in Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Krasnaya Zvezda, Vremya Novostei

The project of the president's future Internet site was presented in the Kremlin on Tuesday. The story examines the project and its aim.

The former head Krasnoyarsk Aluminum Plant, Anatoly Bykov, who has been accused of conspiring to kill one of his partners, appealed on Tuesday to President Vladimir Putin stating that his criminal case has been a contract one. The story gives details.

The Novosibirsk Regional Court on Tuesday decided to cancel the registration of the election "Stalin Bloc-Communists" with "Working Russia" movement leader Viktor Anpilov being in the bloc. The story explains why.

Deputy Economic Development Minister Arkady Dvorkovich on Tuesday revealed the essence of state plans for banking reform. The prime minister and the Central Bank head late this week will get a document on the joint strategy of boosting the banking sector that was improved after the Sept. 27 government session. The story examined the renewed document.

The U.S. International Trade Commission late at night on Monday admitted that steel export from Russia does direct damage to the American metals sector. In this context, new restrictions may be imposed against the Russian steel suppliers. Besides, the U.S. has proposed to the Russian metals companies to consider making mutual cuts in steel production, which may raise the world prices of ferrous metals. Also covered in Vremya Novostei

The Finance Ministry two weeks ago announced the exchange of the OFZs of the 30th series for new state securities. The story gives details of this unique operation.

Financial-Industrial Federation holding head Alexander Smolensky in St. Petersburg on Tuesday announced the creation in Moscow of Stolichny Bank. The story describes its origin.

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

Ex-oligarch Alexander Smolensky has taken up real business. Financial-Industrial Federation Co., which he created after his SBS-Agro banking group had collapsed, has bought from Obyedinyonniye Mashinostroitelniye Zavody Group a controlling interest of the IMZ-Ural plant, the only domestic maker of heavy motorcycles.

Russky Standart Bank, a leader on the domestic market of consumer credits, will for the third time change the head of its management over the recent three years. This time it will be Dmitry Levin. The story features the origin and performance of this bank.

The Cabinet on Tuesday took another step with the aim of lowering the import duties. The Commission on Protective Measures in Foreign Trade recommended that Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov sign a decree on downgrading the tariffs on audio and video appliances and television sets from 20 percent down to 15 percent.

Aviation company Sibir, whose jet crashed on Oct. 4 in the Black Sea, intends to file lawsuits against Ukraine. Sibir has asked the British law firm Tyssen to prepare the suits. Brief.

Public hearings on the possibility of granting Russia the status of a country with a market economy were launched in the U.S. on Monday. All interested people may take part in them. This was stated Tuesday by Deputy Economic Development Minister Maxim Medbedkov.

Political analyst Vitaly Portnikov features Russia's greater prestige and role in European affairs after the Shanghai recent summit that could observe a "honeymoon" in Moscow-Washington relations.

What assets do oil companies prefer to obtain today? Five experts share their views on the issue.

UES head Anatoly Chubais' friends help him decide complicated problems facing the energy company. Thus, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin has offered an effective scheme which will help the company put an end to its 40 billion ruble debt before the budget and suppliers.

Future Volkswagen management head Bernd Pishezrider has a specific attitude to cars ? he thinks that they should be assembled only with the use of high technology. The story highlights Bernd Pishezrider, who believes that only big investment in designing new auto models can make his company flourish.

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The first purchase of the agro-industrial Interros company is a pig farm in the Nizhny Novgorod region. The shareholders of the new Interros company, APK Agros, on Tuesday approved the conditions of a purchase of Kontrakt Holding group, whose most significant property is the Ilyinogorskoye pig farm.

Ex-oligarch Alexander Smolensky intends to name his St. Petersburg bank Severo- Zapadnoye O.V.K. Bank Stolichny, the business of which is to be transferred to Moscow. The story looks at Smolensky's future plans.

French company Auchan has officially announced that in the next three years it intends to build 10 hypermarkets around the Moscow Ring Road and invest $300 million into the project. The story examines the company's ambitious plans.

The Verkhnesaddinskoye Metal Production Association in the Sverdlovsk region, a world leader in titanium production, plans next year to cut the production of this metal by 20 percent. This was stated by general director Valentin Yachmenev. Brief.

Tatneft on Tuesday signed an agreement with the German bank Commerzbank on borrowing a $125 million syndicated credit. This is the first credit received by Tatneft from the Western banks after the 1998 crisis. Brief.

KomiTEK Co. and its daughter company Komi-Neft shareholders' extraordinary meetings will take place on Dec. 7 and 6 respectively to discuss an issue of handing over the duties of executive bodies to the LUKoil-Komi managing company. Brief.

The U.S. is preparing new measures to protect its market from cheap steel imports. The American International Trade Commission has arrived at the conclusion that the domestic steel-smelting sector sustains considerable losses from the activities of foreign companies, including the Russian companies.

Bureaucrats from the Federal Financial Recovery Service have begun to bankrupt the Bryansk Machine-Building Plant, which makes wagons and diesel locomotives. The plant shareholders are sure that they act in the interests of the Ural mining and metallurgical company that plans to absorb the plant.

The Finance Ministry in late November is expected to conduct two auctions at which the owners of OFZ (due in December) will be offered to exchange them for new state securities. The deal is designed, above all, for Sberbank.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

Central Election Commission head, Alexander Veshnyakov, may resign to take up an ambassadorial post in other countries than former Soviet republics. Also concerning several possible victims of Veshnyakov's spite.

Description of American special forces that have been stationed in Uzbekistan that could be used at any time in US ground operations in Afghanistan.

Sovietology guru, Zbigniew Brzezinski, a leading American expert on American-Russian relations, doubts that Russia will get a free hand in Chechnya and that it will be able to hold back NATO's expansion. He shares his view on Osama bin Laden's involvement in the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington on Sept. 11 and on Russia's new status in its relations with the USA today.

UN Deputy Secretary General, Vladimir Petrovsky, Director-General of the UN Department in Geneva, reflects on what the UN can do to curb international terrorism.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, will preside over a government session that is expected to decide the fate of education reform. Too much time has passed since the Kremlin conference, presided over by President Vladimir Putin, which discussed the draft concept of education reform. Several controversial issues will be discussed tomorrow.

The Tax Ministry's analysts are bewildered by the fact that, according to the State Statistics Committee, for the first time since 1992, the number of registered vacancies in Russia has exceeded the number of the jobless registered by the domestic employment agencies. Comment on the employment situation in Russia today.

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

The Constitutional Court, headed by Marat Baglai, on Tuesday held an open house, at which visitors could put different questions to the courts judges.

On Thursday, Pavel Borodin, State Secretary of the Russia-Belarus union state, was hospitalized due to a worsening state of his health caused by diabetes and high blood pressure.

Newspaper prices will increase due to payment. of VAT. This is not the best news before the opening of the exhibition, "Pressa-2002". Viktor Shkulyov, head of the Periodical Publishers Guild, shares his view on the state of the mass media market today and in the future.

Argumenty i Fakty
www.aif.ru

In Murmansk, Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov talked about the fate and further operation of the raised "Kursk" submarine, about the court trial of Chechen convict Salman Raduyev, and about the criminal case of Railways Minister, Nikolai Aksyonenko.

American authorities this summer arrested Russian computer programmer, Dmitry Sklyarov. He speaks about what happened to him.

Noviye Izvestia

A temporary monument to the Russian letter 'f' will be unveiled in Ulyanovsk within the framework of the program " Ulyanovsk ? the Cultural Main City of the Privolzhsky Federal District-2001". This letter was introduced by writer Nikolai Karamzin and was first printed in the magazine "Aonidy" in 1797.

The Moscow City Court on Wednesday will consider a suit filed by State Duma deputy Alexander Zaitsev (Communist faction) against the Moscow City Election Commission, which rejected his candidacy to the District Election Commission.



Gru Brundtland, chief of the World Health Organization, after her consultations with world leading experts in biological weapons, stated that other weapons to be used by terrorists could be smallpox, worse disease than anthrax. Details of the disease and possible vaccines against it.

Bacteria hysteria in the USA has reached its peak: several American bacteriological weapon experts state their viewpoint on the Russian traces of anthrax found in the USA. Report on how the Russian official press has responded to this information.

Many Russians in the near future, may lose their dachas and land plots, because authorities believe that a growing number of them have obtained their country cottages illegally. Examination government measures to crack down on such cases.

Stojan Andov, Chairman of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, talks about Russia's political support which his country badly needs today.

Komomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Examination of the situation in Moscow market-places, where trade is controlled by dealers of Caucasian origin.

Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov intends to bring the criminal case of self-exiled oligarch, Boris Berezovsky, to a victorious end. Focus on the evidence collected the prosecutors. Also covered in the Moskva Supplement.