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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Moskovsky Komsomolets


The United States is again in shock and mourning ? a passenger jet A-300 with 255 people on board crashed in New York on Monday. This probably is an ordinary aviation accident, but it looks like a challenge on the eve of the summit between the U.S. and Russian presidents who are uniting their efforts against terrorism. An article gives details, reflecting on possible reasons for the crash. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Noviye Izvestia and Vremya Novostei.

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Monday called together heads of domestic oil majors to persuade them to cut oil exports, pay taxes and morally prepare themselves for the worst. Economic Development Minister German Gref frankly warned those present that if the economies of Europe and the United States do not improve in the near future, then the crisis sooner or later will hit Russia. An article comments on the session's decisions. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Noviye Izvestia, Vremya Novostei, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Biznes Gazeta and Gazeta.

The Kaluga Regional Court on Monday continued to consider the case of Igor Sutyagin, department head at the Institute of the USA and Canada, who is accused of espionage. The case took a new twist after the latest decision of the Supreme Court took effect recently. An article examines new features in Sutyagin's case.

In an interview, Lieutenant-General Alexander Markin, commander of the Russian border guards in Tajikistan, describes the tense situation on the Tajik-Afghan border, focusing on several serious problems.

The annual meeting of armed forces commanders held Monday in the Defense Ministry summed up results of this outgoing year and set tasks for 2002. An article comments on the report made by General Chief of Staff Anatoly Kvashnin. Also covered in Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Vremya Novostei and Gazeta.

The Academy of Sciences on Monday launched a general meeting to elect a new head. Yury Osipov, its present leader, has held the seat for 10 years and is likely to be re-elected.

Government officials and State Duma deputies in the Center for Strategic Studies on Monday discussed problems connected with a new draft of the Labor Code. They all agreed that the document should be adopted as soon as possible. An article examines several controversial points in it.

Violation of shareholders' rights has become common in Russia. The latest example of how the local authorities ignore federal legislation and establish their own rules at enterprises is a power changeover at the Shchyokinopazot plant in the Tula region. In an interview, the plant's general director, Anatoly Ivanov, explains what is happening at his enterprise.

Former Central Bank head Sergei Dubinin, deputy chairman of the Gazprom management, will become deputy head of the Unified Energy Systems company. An article looks at several personnel changes planned in the energy holding.

The Mezhdunarodnaya Finansovaya Kompaniya Bank on Monday announced the signing of a treaty with the Mortgage Housing Crediting Agency, according to which the bank has received the status of organizer of the agency's first bond loan. The system of state mortgage credit has taken effect. An article comments on the document.

The State Duma on Monday held parliamentary hearings devoted to problems connected with Russia's potential entry to the World Trade Organization. An article looks at factors that influenced the discussion. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

Ukraine's Agricultural Policy Ministry has temporarily closed the Ukrainian border for import of American chicken quarters, because the national veterinary service questions their quality. An article examines the measure, saying that Russia will not allow Ukrainians go hungry and will export this product to its neighbor.

An article comments on the draft Code of Corporate Behavior that was recently presented at State Duma hearings by Igor Kostikov, head of the Federal Securities Commission.

In an interview, general director of the Bolshoi Theater, Anatoly Iksanov, who attended a trade union meeting late last week, talks about brewing conflicts among theater staff.

Izvestia has resumed the publication of its supplement Finansoviye Izvestia on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


The leading domestic container terminal ? Seaport of St. Petersburg ? can stop functioning any day, because, as locals explain, the city customs officers have begun to strictly follow all office instructions. An article examines the local customs service's performance.

President Vladimir Putin was scheduled to arrive in Washington on Tuesday for talks with U.S. President George W. Bush. An article focuses on major issues to be discussed at the summit. Also covered in Vremya Novostei, Gazeta, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, and Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Vasilyev on Monday announced a changeover in the leadership of the Chechen militia. An article comments on the measure.

Slovakia's President Rudolf Schuster on Monday met with President Vladimir Putin. An article examines major issues they discussed, focusing on those pertaining to bilateral military technical cooperation.

The Constitutional Court on Monday launched checkups of several provisions of Tatarstan's Constitution and the law concerning the election of people's deputies of the republic. Experts say that local legal provisions do not correspond to federal legislation.

The Russia-Belarus union budget will allocate 12 million rubles ($400,000) for drafting a technical and economic justification of the program Union Transport Corridor. An article examines the project in detail.

The government on Monday approved a procedure for paying pensions to Russian citizens living abroad. An article comments on the document.

The State Duma press service on Monday reported about drafting a bill that envisages a gradual replacement of the dollars in Russians' savings with coins made of precious metals. An article explains why such a bill is expedient.

The Communications Ministry Collegium was expected to discuss Tuesday a plan for restructuring the postal sector. An article looks at a new legal entity that next year will be created in the sector, according to the plan.

The German chemical concern Henkel on Monday officially confirmed the sale of its subsidiary Cognis"for $2.2 billion and announced the layoff of 3,000 employees. An article describes Henkel's plans.

Sibneft on Monday announced regular payment of intermediate dividends of $370.8 million. An article focuses on analysts' assessments of the company's behavior.

The Cosmic Communications national operation and the Khrunichev Space Center on Monday signed an agreement on cooperation in renewing satellite communications facilities. An article examines the document.

First deputy head of the Moscow city government Oleg Tolkachev on Monday harshly criticized the Anti-Monopoly Ministry, which declared illegal the results of the main Moscow insurance competition. An article describes the conflict.

An article describes reasons behind a split in the Russian Orthodox Church abroad.

The St. Petersburg City Court on Monday considered the criminal case of Yury Shutov, a deputy of the City Legislative Assembly, who is accused of organizing a gang and committing eight contract killings An article examines his case.


American Airlines passenger jet A-300 crashed Monday. An article describes how U.S. financial markets and investors have responded.

Russians have begun at last to take their accumulated dollars from under the mattresses and take them to banks, according to experts at the Center of Macroeconomic Studies of the Yunikom/MS company. An article comments on the issue.

Russia, for the first time in the history of its relationships with OPEC, has announced its intention to voluntarily decrease its oil extraction in order to maintain oil prices on the world market. An article comments on the decision.

The State Duma Budget and Budget Legislation Subcommittee on Monday backed a government proposal to increase federal ministers' salaries by 50 percent next year.

The Economic Development Ministry late this week is expected to submit to the government a draft bill on a new system of standardization and certification of products. The document is necessary for Russia's entry to the World Trade Organization. An article examines different views on the draft law.

The World Trade Organization conference in Doha, Qatar, was expected Tuesday to make a decision on the beginning of a new global round of trade talks. The Russian delegation reminded all the participants that after China, it will be Russia's turn to join the WTO.

The Cabinet was expected Tuesday to consider a major amendment to the law on insolvency. An article examines the amendment in detail.

Participants in production-sharing agreements will have to pay more taxes next year if the State Duma passes the Finance Ministry's proposal for the Tax Code chapter. The government will submit the proposal to the State Duma this week. An article focuses on opponents to the amendment.

The volume of domestic exports in January-September this year amounted to $78.247 billion, according to the Central Bank.

Four political and economic experts share their views on what can be expected from President Vladimir Putin's visit to the United States.

This year has been much more successful than 2000 for the U.S.-based ICN Pharmaceuticals Company, which controls five Russian pharmaceutical plants. In an interview, ICN head Milan Panich gives several figures to illustrate the point, focusing on his company's projects, partners and plans.

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

After an unsuccessful attempt to buy an airline in Ireland, Aeroflot decided to create one from scratch. American and Irish businessmen will be the formal founders of the new airline SkyNet, and Aeroflot will manage it. An article examines Aeroflot's project and plans.

Leading U.S. companies in the second and third quarters of this year suffered from one of the most considerable profit slumps since World War II. An article gives figures to illustrate the point.

In March 2002, a new private television operator will appear in Moscow: the U.S. TPG Aurora investment Fund and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development have announced their investment of $20 million in the Versatel company that is now completing its cable digital telenetwork for more than 2 million Moscow apartments.

The Siberian-Urals Aluminum company shareholders at a meeting on Nov. 11 approved the signing of a deal to buy more than 30 percent of stock of SUAL by Cyprus offshore company Giraffe Investment Limited.

The oil terminal Varandei in the Pechora Sea will become operational on Nov. 16, when the tanker Kaliningrad will be loaded.

The national power grid Unified Energy Systems will have no debts to federal or local budgets by Dec. 1, according to UES first deputy head Leonid Melamed.

Russian Aluminum shareholders announced that they have gained control of a leading domestic producer of aluminum structures ? Mosmetallokonstruktsia, or Mosmek, in Reutovo. Russian Aluminum's share in Mosmek is not clear.

There is good news for the domestic copper market. On Thursday, British- Australian BHP Billiton company announced its intention to cut its production by 170,000 tons, and on Friday, Chilean Codelco hinted at the possibility to cut its production next year.

A sharp crisis being experienced today by national airlines in many European countries may result in a transition to the pan-European model of organizing the transportation business.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Before leaving for Washington, President Vladimir Putin said he wanted to hold a closed meeting between Kremlin officials and Armed Forces commanders to discuss policy differences. The Armed Forces have been wary of Putin's increased willingness to cooperate with the United States after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. The story analyzes the military's dispute with Kremlin policy.

An article speculates about the Prosecutor General's Office's so-called blacklist of corrupt state officials in the wake of increased anti-corruption cases and suggests the Kremlin has had a hand in drafting it.

In an interview, economist Yevgeniya Serova examines several positive changes in the agro-industrial sector.

A South Korean businessman told a Kazakh court that he was involved several years ago in offering a $10 million bribe to Kazakhstan's president, Nursultan Nazarbayev. The story gives details.

Economic cooperation between the Kemerovo region and Mongolia is expanding, and the story analyzes the facts and figure of these closer ties.

In an interview, Sergei Sobyanin, governor of the Tyumen region, talks about budget priorities and planned investments for 2002.

A story looks at St. Petersburg's recently opened Museum of Russian Vodka.

Noviye Izvestia

In the first nine months of 2001, Moscow officials have registered roughly 5,000 emergencies and accidents that left 720 people dead. Of those, 419 drowned. Moscow's Civil Defense and Emergency Situations Department said the emergencies have cost the city 25.3 million rubles ($872,000).

An anonymous ringleader in the recent racist attacks near Tsaritsyno metro station reveals that the attacks had been planned in advance and says he and other skinheads may repeat their actions in the future.

Saratov Press and Information Minister Yury Sanberg talks about recent reports of Saratov journalists being banned from attending government meetings.

A planned session for trading state grain purchases was postponed Monday. The story looks at the scandal this has caused.

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Nazi concentration camp survivors who have been promised compensation payments from Germany may not receive them. The story looks into the situation.

Former Defense Minister and current presidential adviser Igor Sergeyev offers an analysis of Russian stability and what can be done to make the country more secure.

A story looks at the groups who oppose Russian accession to the WTO.

The State Customs Committee and the Kaliningrad Regional Administration Monday adopted a six-month action plan aimed at removing all customs problems for this Russian region. The story examines the plan.

Anatoly Maryshev, executive secretary of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Eurasian Economic Community, talks about the group's forthcoming first plenary meeting in St. Petersburg. The group comprises parliamentary leaders from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Moskovsky Komsomolets

The story recounts and experiment conducted by the newspaper to gauge the quality of bread sold in the city. The results are appalling: Only one in every eight loaves of bread was fresh, according to the journalists.

Vice Mayor Valery Shantsev talks about the growing problem of racism and far right activity in the wake of last week's racist attacks near the Tsaritsyno metro station.