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



Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Noviye Izvestia

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Komomolskaya Pravda



The American company Advanced Cell Technology on Sunday announced a scientific breakthrough ? the cloning of a human embryo, thus theoretically opening a new window in dealing with human nature. The story looks at this issue, which has caused worldwide protests, asking the question: Why have the "advanced" researchers made human cloning public? Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Noviye Izvestia, Vremya MN, Vremya Novostei, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Gazeta, Trud

Dagestani deputy prosecutor Ali Temirbekov stated Monday that the court trial of Chechen warlord Salman Raduyev may last until spring, as the number of hostages to be questioned is about one thousand. As of now only 20 of them have already given testimony. The story gives details of the latest developments at the Raduyev trial. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Noviyue Izvestia, Vremya Novostei, Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Trud, Krasnaya Zvezda

U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham on Monday arrived in Moscow on a four day visit with the aim of helping Russia to define its place between OPEC and America with regard to falling oil prices. The story examines analysts' views on the visit. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Nezavisimaya Gazeta

The international conference today will begin its work in Bonn to form an Executive Committee that will act as a provisional government in Afghanistan. The story examines the forum's agenda and participants. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Noviye Izvestia, Vremya Novostei, Vremya MN, Gazeta, Nezavisimaya Gazeta

The Moscow Arbitration Court on Monday declined TV-6's appeal, maintaining its previous decision on the channel's liquidation. Head of the TV-6 press service Tatyana Blinova stated that the channel will undoubtedly appeal to the Federal Arbitration Court of the Moscow District. The story describes behind the scenes intrigues concerning the channel. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Gazeta, Vremya Novostei

The Gazprom board of directors is expected to hold a session today to finally decide the issue of returning to Gazprom a package of stock of the Purgaz company that belongs to the Itera companies group. The story examines other issues to be discussed at the session.

Nov. 26 was the first day when Norilsk lived in its new status of a closed city. The story reports on how its authorities and public figures have responded to this.

The television channel Moskovia on Monday stated that Kremlin administration head Alexander Voloshin had tendered his resignation. No one has confirmed this information . Brief.

First Deputy Mayor Vladimir Resin on Monday signed a directive on building the third hospice in the city. According to a city program, there will be nine hospices in Moscow by 2005. Each of them costs about 138 million rubles.

The Military Collegium of the Supreme Court has again refused to rehabilitate Admiral Alexander Kolchak. The story says why.

Elections to the local legislative assemblies will take place in December in 18 regions. The story focuses on the role played by the Kremlin and political parties in election campaigns there.

The fourth Congress of the Federation of Independent Labor Unions will open in Gostiny Dvor tomorrow. The story examines two major issues on its agenda.

Dec. 31 is the deadline for submitting documents to the Russian fund "Mutual Understanding and Reconciliation" by people who as victims of the Nazis can claim compensations. The Russian Fund is a partner of the German Federal Fund "Memory, Responsibility and Future" that will make payments. In an interview its top official Guenter Saatthoff describes the current situation.

The State Duma on Nov. 30 is expected to consider the draft budget for 2002 in the third reading. The four factions in the Duma assured Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin that they would vote for the draft. The story notes that the Finance Ministry by the third reading maintained key budget parameters. Also covered in Kommersant Daily

The Constitutional Court today is expected to make public its final verdict on the constitutionality of several articles of the Customs Code. The story examines the origin of the issue.

Aeroflot has made public results of an opinion poll on its clients' views on the ban of smoking in its planes. As it has turned out, 66 percent of passengers support the ban. The story comments on results.

The U.S. Court of Appeal has allowed the National Reserve Bank to lodge an appeal against the decision of the New York Supreme Court, according to which the NRB's $500 million assets were frozen in Belgium on the basis of a suit filed by Credi Agrocole Indosuez Bank. The story details the case. In an interview former banker Boris Fyodorov, Gazprom and Sberbank board of directors member, comments on the NRB-CAI conflict.

Elite apartments in Moscow's prestigious districts today cost between $2,500 and $5,000 per square meter. The story examines whether their quality corresponds to such a huge cost.


Railways Minister Nikolai Aksyonenko, who interrupted his vacation, held a session on Monday to discuss his agency's investment program in 2002. Tomorrow he will present its major provisions at a government session.

An unidentified gang member on Monday killed Vostochny Port general director Leonid Bochkov, 52, in the Vrangel settlement near Nakhodka. The story describes how it happened.

At a news conference on Monday, State Duma Legislation Committee head Pavel Krasheninnikov supported the liberalization of the Criminal Code and revealed several advantages of its new wording. The story focuses on some of them.

The Russian leadership decided to restore the diplomatic mission in Kabul and to create a humanitarian center in that city. Brief.

An official opening ceremony of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium is expected to take place in Novorossiisk today. In an interview David J. O'Reilly, head of its management and chief executive director of Chevron, a leading CPC shareholder, says what this event means for the oil market.

Russia and Croatia in Moscow on Monday signed a protocol on implementing the oil pipeline project Druzhba-Adria that ensures Russian oil access to Adriatic. The story examines the document.

Today the government commission on access to the main pipelines headed by Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko is to adopt a list of candidates who will lose access to the export pipeline in December 2001. The Tax Ministry will recommend 25 such companies that are budget debtors.

Slavneft on Monday announced the signing a treaty with Faeton, a leading St. Petersburg oil trader. The story comments on the deal.

The Karabashsky Copper-Smelting Combine (KCC ) shareholders' meeting on Saturday elected a new leadership. Mentagir Sabirov, an owner of 37 percent of KCC shares, was elected general director of the enterprise.

AvtoVAZ general director Vladimir Kadannikov has difficulty in selling 20,000 Zhiguli cars that are standing idle in the plant's warehouses. The story describes the problem.

The leadership of the Lithuanian Mazeikiu Nafta oil concern that is controlled by the American Williams International company, late last week made the decision not to pay out to the Finance Ministry interest for the $254 million loan that the Lithuanian government provided to Williams International. The reason is MN's losses. The story comments on the decision.

The American National Bureau of Economic Research stated Monday that the exact time of the beginning of economic recession in the U.S. was March 2001. The story describes how this agency has settled on this month.

The Finance Ministry's audit section on Monday became an independent department. This is connected with a transfer to the ministry of all duties on regulating the audit market.

The State Duma this week is expected to consider draft bills in the second reading on pension reform. The story examines their major provisions, focusing on how they will change the pensioners' lives.

President Vladimir Putin on Monday declared 2002 the Year of Ukraine. On the same day a Russian medical center was opened in Kiev. The story features the event.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Political analyst Alexei Pushkov examines several factors proving that Russia should not join NATO.

A new procedure of forming the Federation Council will be completely renewed on Jan. 2: its present deputies ? governors and heads of regional legislative assemblies ? will be replaced by their representatives. The story looks at the new procedure of forming the Senate.

At the founding Congress of the Social-Democratic Party of Russia on Saturday, its leader former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev revealed the party's major ideological principles, aims and tasks.

Marek Sivets, Secretary of the Polish National Security Bureau, on Monday arrived in Moscow, talks about the aim of his visit, about the current state of Polish-Russian relations and about how Warsaw sees the future of the Kaliningrad region.

Security Council Secretary Vladimir Rushailo talks about his recent visit to France where he discussed several concrete measures aimed at fighting terrorism.

Some analysts say that the present situation in Chechnya is stabilizing, while others say that it is becoming worse. Chechen administration top official Sherip Alikhadzhiyev answers this question, saying that he has agreed to represent Aslan Maskhadov at the negotiations with Russia.

According to reliable sources, Belarus-Russia Union State Secretary Pavel Borodin, former head of the Kremlin Economic Affairs Directorate, is preparing to go back to his native land ? Yakutia ? to head the diamond-extracting 'ALROSA' company. His new appointment will only be possible if former Deputy Prosecutor General Vasily Kolmogorov wins the presidential elections in the republic of Sakha.

Twenty-five regions in Russia today may be announced as zones of unfavorable natural environments which are dangerous for people's health.

Noviye Izvestia

The State Duma Legislation Committee has prepared for the first reading a draft bill proposing to revise and expand Article 329 of the Criminal Code which will make it a crime to commit an outrage on the state flag, the coat of arms and the anthem. Also covered in Komsomolskaya Pravda.

A split in the political leadership of the Union of Right Forces (SPS) Party, which happened at its founding congress in May.

The number of unemployed in Belarus (currently 100,000) is expected to increase soon when several enterprises plan to lay off hundreds of their employees.

Alexander Tkachenko, Director General of the Russian PEN-Center and public defender of Grigory Pasko, examines what 'non-classical spy' can mean, and why the Military Prosecutor Office views journalist Grigory Pasko as such.

Last April, the president declared the adoption of a law regarding the All-Russian Unified School Schedule to be the task of the year in education. Today its draft has been submitted to the State Duma. Several public figures share their views on the document.

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Transportation Minister Sergei Frank comments on the Federal Program 'Renovating the Transportation System of Russia', which he views as a priority task.

The State Duma current autumnal session is coming to an end: one month is left, during which deputies will have to pass (in the third and fourth readings) the draft budget -2002. Fatherland-All Russia faction leader Vyacheslav Volodin tries to paint a picture of the battlefield for the budget.

In the opinion of Anti-Monopoly Minister Ilya Yuzhanov, the creation of the St. Petersburg Electric Networks was accompanied with numerous violations. The minister examines them in detail.

'Inkar', a profit-making industrial association is producing automatic fuel-regulating systems for turbo jet engines. Its Director-General Yury Antonov talks about the enterprise and about its problems.

Komomolskaya Pravda

Central Election Commission head Alexander Veshnyakov talks about his family, his Moscow apartment, his work, hobbies, likes and dislikes and his leisure time.

What immigrants coming to Russia from former Soviet republics should know about their rights and obligations.

The Presnensky District administration in Moscow has declared paid parking lots illegal. Local head Alexander Krasnov talks about strict measures his team has taken against their owners. Also covered in Moskva Supplement.

LUKoil head Vagit Alekperov answers questions from readers as

What will happen with oil prices in Russia and how will they affect the population's well-being? Why does LUKoil invest money in businesses abroad? To what extent do the company's interests coincide with those of ordinary Russians?


The Property Ministry has drafted and submitted to the government a decree allowing state authorities to take away from enterprises their intellectual property ? above all, patents and technical documents ? created during Soviet times. The story comments on the document.

More than 150 higher and secondary technical school graduates who took jobs in the Tyumen Oil Company swore late last week to be loyal to the company. The story describes the new personnel.

Interbrand Group, a world leading company specializing in developing and assessing brands , assures that Russia is using its own brand illegally.

According to reports from the Economic Development Ministry, exports over the first 10 months of this year upgraded 2 percent and amounted to $86.7 billion, and the figure for the whole year may amount to $106 billion. The brief also offers figures on imports.

LUKoil has gotten rid of its small non-related business, TV-6. The story comments on the issue, focusing on the channel's further fate.

The Economic Development Ministry's reports made public on Monday show that industrial production in September to October fell by 3.3 percent, which is the first such drop in the past two years. This, however, does not at all mean the beginning of an economic recession in Russia.

What fate is awaiting the state-controlled shares in banks? Three experts share their viewpoints on the issue.

In an interview Mezhregiongaz head Valentin Nikishin, Gazprom manager who exerts strategic influence on the domestic economy, talks about his company, its partners and projects in 2002.

The decrease in wholesale and consumer prices in the U.S. in October that accompanying the economic slump have made economists talk about the possibility of deflation. The story describes what will happen if this process becomes uncontrolled.

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The government on Tuesday is expected to discuss a project of renovating an all-year round slope-track skiing resort called Krasnaya Polyana, that was drafted by Economic Development Minister Gherman Gref. The story examines the project and its cost.

Gazprom, one of the main domestic borrowers, has at last received a credit rating. The Standard & Poor's agency on Monday granted Gazprom a rating at the level of sovereign. Now if the company's board of directors allows it, Gazprom will be able to release eurobonds.

The Gazprom board of directors today is expected to at last adopt a personnel changes scheme and the company's obligations on Yamburg agreements.

On Nov. 28 the Moscow Loan Committee, Moskomzaim, will pay out to Credit Suisse First Boston Bank $20 million as a sum designed to clear off the $295 million debt. This was stated by Moscow Financial Agency general director Mikhail Kalinushkin. Brief.

Energy Minister Igor Yusufov and Croatian deputy government head Slavko Linich have signed a protocol on the beginning of the project to transport Russian oil abroad along the Druzhba and Adria oil pipelines. Brief.

Vostochny port general director Leonid Bochkov on Monday was killed in the Vrangel settlement in Primorsky Krai. The Severstaltrans company that a month ago became an owner of 60 percent of stock of the port, views this killing as a declaration of war on the part of local criminal groups. The story gives details.

After the Finance Ministry's payment operator, Vneshekonombank, transfers a reserved $1,046 billion to clear off eurobonds and pay out the last coupon on them, many experts expect Russia's credit rating on them to increase.

Western investors' interest in stock of Russian companies is not decreasing, despite falling oil prices. Last week the capitalization of Vimpelcom and Mobile Telesystems (MTS) increased almost by one-third.

It's still prestigious for big industrial enterprises to create their own insurance companies. Thus, the domestic ALROSA diamond monopoly has created a captive company under the same name.

State Duma deputies have proposed to all stock exchanges in the next three years to re-register into open joint-stock societies, which, in the legislators' opinion, will become more transparent and will be able to draw more investments. The story comments on the proposal.