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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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



Novaya Gazeta

Komomolskaya Pravda

Moskovsky Komsomolets



Rabbani, president of opposition-controlled Afghanistan, officially announced that Northern Alliance troops had captured Mazar-i-Shariff and four northern provinces. Two military experts share their views on the Northern Alliance's advances.

In an interview, Slovakian President Rudolf Schuster, who arrived in Moscow Sunday, talks about possibilities for greater economic cooperation with Russia, Russia's debt to Slovakia and the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline project.

The government will hold an extraordinary session Tuesday to discuss a new wording of the Law on Bankruptcy. In an interview, Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister Alexander Maslov examines the draft changes and drawbacks in the existing procedure.

The story examines President Vladimir Putin's first official visit to the United States, which begins Monday evening, and experts offer their views on the possible results of his meeting with his U.S. counterpart.

Meanwhile, U.S. President George W. Bush was expected to receive Russian journalists in the White House Monday ahead of Vladimir Putin's visit.

China joined the WTO over the weekend, and the terms on which it was admitted can be characterized as "not tough," according to this analysis. The article argues that this could be a significant precedent for Russia, which it says also hopes for a smooth accession process in the future.

Ken Kesey, the American author of "One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest," died Sunday in an Oregon hospital due to complications from treatment for liver cancer. The story looks back at Kesey's colorful career and 1960s icon.

The Prosecutor General's Office on Sunday requested that the Prosecutor General in the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia extradite suspected Chechen terrorist Ruslan Gelayev and former ORT Television financial director Badri Patarkatsishvili, suspected of having organized an attempt to spring ex-Aeroflot vice president Nikolai Glushkov from jail.

Talgat Tadjuddin, the supreme mufti of Russia and the CIS, called for channel TV-6 to cancel the popular but controversial reality show, "Behind the Glass." The show has been criticized as borderline pornography.

Protesters at a massive rally in the Chechen city of Argun on Sunday demanded that Russian military forces stop conducting mopping-up operations, which they say have lead to the murder of civilians.

The story looks at the latest results from the Obschchestvennoye Mneniye public opinion polls, which ask Russians which countries they see as allies and which as enemies.

Moscow regional authorities have imposed new rules on land trade that they say will bring more money into the city coffers. The story looks at some of the new rules.

Iceland's minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Halldor Asgrimsson, talks in an interview about the roles of Russia and NATO in the anti-terrorist coalition and the possibility of Russia one day joining NATO. Iceland is one of NATO's 19 member countries.


Russia's stock market saw unprecedented growth in domestic blue chips on the eve of President Vladimir Putin's official visit to the United States. American investors launched a massive buying of Russian shares, and the story examines their logic.

British Home Secretary David Blunkett on Sunday submitted a draft law to the House of Commons that would declare Great Britain to be in a state of emergency. Such measures would allow the government to arrest any terrorism suspects without court decisions and deport all foreigners suspected of terrorist activity. The story looks at draft.

The first domestic anti-globalist movement, called Peace -– Not a Commodity, held its founding conference over the weekend. The story describes the event, its participants and their Western colleagues' response.

The World Congress of Azerbaijanis, the first in the former Soviet republic's 10 years of independence, concluded in Baku Sunday. At the closing ceremony, participants announced the creation of a special council to coordinate the activities of the Azeri Diaspora throughout the world.

The board of directors of the Scandinavian airline company SAS ordered urgent check-ups of all 43 of the company's MD-8 jets after a broken chassis was found in one of the planes.

The Supreme Court late last week ruled in favor of the UDV company that owns the right to use the Smirnoff vodka trade mark. The court has actually lifted the ban on the production and sale of Smirnoff vodka that was imposed by different courts in Krasnodarsky Krai. The story examines the decision.

President Vladimir Putin on Saturday met with Communications and Nuclear Energy ministers Leonid Reiman and Alexander Rumyantsev to see how their agencies and facilities are being defended from terrorists. The story examines the ministers' report.

The Belgian Delta Air Transport aviation company has replaced the bankrupt Sabena and launched its regular flights on 35 European routes.

In an interview to mark Sberbank's 160th anniversary, president Andrei Kazmin discusses the bank's achievements and its prospects for future development.

Novaya Gazeta

Bulgaria last week shipped more than 41 tons of spent nuclear fuel to Russia, including certain radioactive material that even new relaxed legislation regarding nuclear fuel storage does not permit to be imported.

The article looks into the background of this shipment.

The Russian military plans to cut personnel by 600,000 between 2001 and 2005, 360,000 of which will be from the army. Many slated to lose their jobs are far from retirement age, and the story describes what can be done to help them.

Arkady Yevstafyev has been appointed director general of Mosenergo, and the newspaper offers excerpts from recent telephone conversations between Yevstafyev and Kremlin officials and comments on them.

A story looks at the plight of the once-profitable Rosskat company, which produces copper wire. Today, it is embroiled in conflict with a bank in the Samara region.

Orthodox, Catholic, Muslim and other Russian religious leaders comment on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks In America and their consequences for future global security.

A story look at a troubling trend that seems to be turning St. Petersburg into a dump site for radioactive materials.

Komomolskaya Pravda

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov will host an opening ceremony for the renovated Borodinsky Bridge on Saturday. The story looks at the new bridge.

A museum dedicated to wax statues of Russian city governors will open on Lubyansky Proezd in Moscow next year. Dmitry Mikhailovsky, director general of the Russian Technical Center, talks about his project.

A story looks at the day-to-day operations of the Mozhaiskaya Women's Prison and the inmates who say they don't want to leave.

Alexander Gusey, director general of the Supreme Court's judicial department, answers readers' questions about his department, about the working conditions of Moscow courts, and his view on the death penalty.

New Moscow region police chief Nikolai Golovkin talks about fighting and reducing crime in an interview. Golovkin, formerly the chief of the Vologda region police department, was appointed to the Moscow job last month.

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Mayor Yury Luzhkov said he intends to move the Moscow City Hall from Tverskaya Ulitsa to the Moskva-City business center. Luzhkov has already approved a $350 million construction project on the bank of the Moskva River for the City Hall's new home. The story examines the project.

An artificial ski slope for use all year will be opened soon in Moscow's Southern Administrative District. The slope will become part of a sports center being built there. The story describes the project.

In an interview, soccer trainer Valery Gazzayev talks about his decision to coach the CSKA team.

In Moscow there are 22,000 cancer patients in the final stage of the disease, and authorities have opened a second hospice in the city for them.

Sberbank today is marking its 160th anniversary. The story describes its origin and how its role has changed from Soviet times to today.

Konstantin Remchukov, deputy head of the State Duma's Natural Resources Committee, was elected chairman of the new Public Council on Russia's Accession to the World Trade Organization. The story looks into the pros and cons of Russian WTO membership.

Two chapters of Mikhail Shcherbachenko's new book, "The Laws of Yury Luzhkov," are printed in the paper.


Oil Ministers from Saudi Arabia, Iran and Algeria are expected to urge Russia to cut oil exports during their visit to Moscow Monday in an attempt to raise prices. The Petroleum Argus Agency, however, reports that oil exports for the fourth quarter are already expected to be down by 1.67 million tons.

Five experts share their views on the attempts by OPEC ministers to pressure other oil-producing nations to cut exports and suggest how Russia should respond.

Andrei Rappaport has been tapped as the first director of Unified Energy System's federal grid company, RAO. Rappaport was previously responsible for RAO's investment program.

Russia's budget is not in danger, even if world oil prices drop to $15 per barrel, according to a story that examines special government plans should such a scenario occur.

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov said Saturday that all city departments will soon be able to move into the Moscow International Business Center known as Moskva-City.

Outgoing New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani likely made the difference in the election of fellow Republican Michael Bloomberg in last week's mayoral election. Giuliani gained a new popularity with voters for his heroic handling of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the city, and it was his endorsement of Bloomberg that made the difference, this article argues.

President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart, George W. Bush, are expected to address five to seven topics, including Afghanistan, global political stability, violence in the Middle East, and American-Russian relations, during their summit in Washington and Texas this week.

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov late last week warned companies that are behind on their taxes that the state will take them to court if they fail to agree to debt restructuring.

In an interview, Transstroi director Vladimir Brezhnev talks about his profit-making company, its shareholders, and future plans.

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The Inkombank Creditors' Committee is expected on Tuesday to name a sale date for the controlling stake in the Babayevsky confectionery concern. The Yunora consulting group estimates the concern's 51.06 percent stake to be worth $24 million. The shares will be sold by year-end.

Americans are increasingly buying expensive luxury cars as a means of coping with the recent terrorist attacks and slowed economic growth. The story looks at the reasons behind their impulse buys.

The Federal Property Fund and the Property Ministry announced plans to unload stock packages in three Russian ports, a move that should net the state some $40 million. The story describes several players on the transport market who are likely to scurry to obtain the shares.

Sibneft has signed a contract with the Schlumberger company on the transfer of part of its secondary business.

The Geological Control Commission of the Natural Resources Ministry conducted has called for invalidating four licenses issued to Sibneft-Noyabrskneftegaz and three to Nadymgazprom, both of whom are involved in mineral extraction in the Yamal-Nenets autonomous district.

State officials in Ukraine have for the first time officially proposed to create a consortium with foreign oil and gas companies that would govern the country's gas transport system. British-Dutch concern Shell has been rumored to be a possible leader.

The Dynergy company announced intentions to buy a $7 million stake in competitor, Enron.