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

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
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Historic documents, photos, even fragments of the wallpaper that allegedly poisoned Napoleon. Just about anything can be had at auctions these days, and the artifacts on the block are reviving interest in the distant past. The story examines this phenomenon and casts a critical eye on the moral side of the practice.

In an interview, TV producer Anatoly Maksimov, head of ORT Television's film production and demonstration directorate, talks about his job and his efforts to push the channel to the top of the TV ratings chart.

Law enforcement officers across Russia celebrated the Day of the Militia Nov. 10, and two entrepreneurs from Kazan, Tatyana and Anatoly Gerasimov, bequeathed a two-story office building to local police to show their appreciation.

Unified Energy Systems' board of directors announced the creation of a federal coordinated company designed to help reform the country's energy sector. The story examines the move.

The largest radioactive waste dump in the North Caucasus at Tolstoi-Yurt, Chechnya, is guarded by two elderly, unarmed Chechens. Is this extremely dangerous place, with reportedly high radiation levels, secure? The story looks into what is being done to keep it safe.

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has promised that domestic oil companies will trim their exports, leading to an almost immediate price increase of the companies' shares and products. The story offers the hard figures.

Saratov Governor Dmitry Ayatskov celebrated his birthday Nov. 9 by receiving a new anthem for the Saratov region, written by local businessman Oleg Gazmanov.

The Moscow Kuntsevsky Court Friday convicted TV journalist Sergei Dorenko of aggravated hooliganism and handed down a four-year suspended jail term for running over a pedestrian on his motorcycle. The story looks into the highly controversial case.

Hollywood stars John Malkovich and Dolf Lundgren presented their new Russian film project Friday. The story gives the details.

Members of Russia's political elite were joined by foreign guests at a gathering Friday to announce the foundation of the public committee, "Russia in a United Europe." The story looks into the new organization.

Commanders from Russia's armed forces got together Friday to kick off a five-day conference at the Defense Ministry on army and navy reform and development plans for 2002.

A government commission headed by Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov held a meeting Saturday to discuss draft amendments to legislation regulating the Railways Ministry and the ministry's 2002 investment program. The story examines the issues for discussion in detail.

The first grain trading within the framework of new state support of the agricultural producers is scheduled to start Nov. 12. The trading will last until Nov. 23. The state, as buyer, has already allocated means for wheat purchases, and all those who want to sell their grain are invited to participate.

The government will raise import duties on vegetable oil on Jan. 1, according to Arkady Zlochensky, head of the Food Markets and Products Quality Regulation Department. The story comments on the decision.

In an interview, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev shares his view on several issues of Russia's past and present. He also talks about his hopes for the future.

Why is NTV Television's news anchorwoman, Tatyana Mitokova, so popular? The story searches for the answer.

The Kultura Channel marked its fourth anniversary this month, and the story describes significant changes in the channel's programming.

Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze proposed that Turkey join the peacekeeping operation in Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region during Turkish Presidnet Ahmet Necdet Sezer's visit to Tblisi. The story comments on the plan.


Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov refused to prolong deadlines for companies to submit restructuring applications to settle tax debts and said debtor enterprises will have to appear in court. The story comments on the issue.

A five-day conference of WTO ministers opened Saturday in Qatar, with participants expected to adopt a declaration on new trade negotiations aimed at improving international trade. A draft document has been submitted, but wealthy and poor countries still have not agreed on its contents. The Russian delegation is also troubled by the draft.

President Vladimir Putin will arrive in the United States on Nov. 12 for his first official visit with U.S. President George W. Bush. The two leaders intend to meet at Bush's ranch in Texas. The preview examines the items on the agenda.

Switzerland on Friday officially proposed to convene an international conference in December aimed at discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The focus will be Israel's observance of the Fourth Geneva Convention obliging countries to ensure the safety of the peaceful population in occupied territories. The story examines the proposal.

The newspaper Stringer, published by State Duma deputy Alexander Korzhakov, former chief of Boris Yeltsin's security service, has changed its editorial board and staff writers. The story examines the changes and reasons behind them.

Azeri Defense Minister Safar Abiyev took observers by surprise Friday when he said his country intends to suspend participation in the CIS Collective Security Treaty over the unsolved problem of Nagorny Karabakh. Both Azerbaijan and Armenia claim rights to the disputed region. The story examines Abiyev's surprise statement.

Gazprom-Media has registered the property rights for another three companies that were once part of Media-Most. The brief gives their names and the number of shares they have received.

The Justice Ministry on Friday registered the People's Party of the Russian Federation. The leader of the new party, which claims 24,000 members, is Gennady Raikov.

Well-known entrepreneur and Russian Jewish Congress activist Mikhail Mirilashvili went on hunger strike Friday. Held in the St. Petersburg pre-trial detention center, Mirilashvili demanded officials at St. Petersburg's prosecutor's office be removed from the group investigating him.

Ruslan Zakiyev, leader of a Chechen local gang wanted by federal authorities for more than a year, was killed Friday during a special operation in Urus Martan.

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said on Friday that Russia must alight on a new economic course if it wants to join the WTO. The story focuses on the prime minister's three main suggestions.

The Moscow City Duma said Friday it would pass in three readings a draft bill on a city sales tax. The story examines the Duma's plans.

Belarussian lawmakers on Friday appealed to the Russian State Duma to postpone the partial sale of Slavneft shares planned by the new Russian budget. The State Duma is expected to submit a proposal for the sale on Nov. 12.

Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin met with deputies from four State Duma factions Friday to discuss possible amendments to this year's budget. The story examines them in detail.

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov shed light on the government's plans to privatize Vneshtorgbank . The story looks into his proposal.

Sibneft has signed a contract with the Schlumberger company on selling it part of its auxiliary business.

The RTS stock exchange, beginning Nov. 12, will temporarily suspend the trading of ordinary and privileged shares of Tatneft due to placing new securities.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Slovakian President Rudolf Shuster was scheduled to arrive in Moscow on Sunday for an official visit. In an interview, President Shuster talked about the good state of Slovak-Russian relations, the prospects for and goals of his country's admission to NATO, his vision of the future structure of European security and the state of the Slovak army. Also covered in Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

The State Duma a couple of days ago passed in the first reading a draft bill introducing amendments to the federal law concerning the major guarantees of citizens' election rights and the right to take part in referendums. An article examines the new wording of the legislation.

In an article, three experts on extremism offered answers to the following questions ? Who is standing behind the nationalists in Russia on Sunday? Who gains from fanning up national discord? Why are local and federal authorities indecisive in their actions against nationalists and extremists?

Major Japanese companies participating in joint international projects aimed at developing oil and gas deposits on the Sakhalin shelf intend to officially announce their plans concerning commercial oil extraction and the prospects of receiving a 20-year concession for it from Russia. An article examines the Japanese plan.

An article describes conflicts of interest around the draft Arbitration Legal Code that the State Duma will soon consider in the second reading. The so-called big working group that was created with the aim of preparing the draft for the second reading has completed its job. An article examines the document.

The critical situation on the world energy market may force the government to introduce corrections to the 2002 budget. With this in mind, the Cabinet decided to work out three variations of the development of the country's economy in 2002 in order to be ready for any situation. This was done by the president's directive. An article examines these variations.

In the context of the aggravated military and political situation in the south of Russia, federal and regional authorities have to take measures to ensure state security. Among regions that, due to their geopolitical position, will have to resolve these tasks is the Volgograd region, which has long acted as a staging post from the North Caucasus to Central Russia. An article describes the region's special tasks in this respect, focusing on problems that most disturb the federal authorities.

Fifty-two of the 56 bodies of Kursk sailors had been identified by Nov. 8 Coffins with the bodies of 11 sailors have been brought to St. Petersburg to be buried on the same day. In an interview, Captain First Rank Igor Kurdin, chairman of the St. Petersburg club of Navy divers, talks about the forthcoming burial procedure.

In an interview, Kyrgyzstan President Askar Akayev shares his positive view on increasing U.S. presence in Central Asia, saying that it poses no threat to Russia.

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Justice Minister Yury Chaika stated Friday that his agency has prepared and will soon submit a new draft bill on battling extremism.

Former Polish General Wojciech Jaruzelski, together with six other defendants, is accused of the death of 44 people in 1970, when protests by residents in Polish cities bordering the Baltic states were put down. Jaruzelski comments on the court trial.

Many bankruptcy cases today show that the Law on Bankruptcy that was passed in 1998 is now used for property redivision rather than for enterprises' financial and economic revival. An article gives several facts to illustrate the point and comments on them. The government will discuss a draft of amendments to the Law on Bankruptcy on Tuesday.

Berl Lazar, Russia's chief rabbi, has sent a letter to U.S. President George W. Bush asking him to cancel the notorious Jackson-Vanik amendment in relation to the Russian economy. An article reveals the essence of the amendment and the content of the letter.

In an interview, Vyacheslav Kanygin, Police Chief of the Nizhny Novgorod Region, talks about the fate of 160 militia volunteers who went to fight in Chechnya last month and about the criminal situation in the region.

Nov. 11 marks the 180th anniversary of the birth of writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky. In an interview, Pyotr Nikolayev, spokesman for the Dostoyevsky Fund Council, talks about this date and about his love for this great writer. Also covered in Noviye Izvestia.

Noviye Izvestia

The Minolta company, a leading Japanese producer of optic technologies, has developed a mobile telephone that is able to make three-times magnified electronic photos.

Russia on Friday joined the Convention on Defending the Personality in connection with automatic handling of private information. The document defends people's inalienable right to defend their private lives from any outside interference. An article comments on the document.

St. Petersburg City Hall decided to deal with an issue of merging St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region into one St. Petersburg gubernia. An article comments on the decision, focusing on city governor Vladimir Yakovlev's efforts to make the merger as well as on the head of the regional administration's negative response to the proposed merger.

In an interview, Anton Kovler, a Russian judge on the European Human Rights Court in Strasbourg, answers the following questions ? When will the European Court's verdict on the first Russian case appear? What weak points are seen in Russian suits arriving at the European Court? What are some issues surrounding current judicial reform in Russia?


The administration of Women's Prison No.2 in the republic of Mordovia has launched an experiment allowing convicted women to live together with their children until the children reach the age of 3. An article examines the experiment in detail, explaining why this prison has been selected for the experiment.

Komomolskaya Pravda

Starting in January 2002, pensions will be calculated according to a new scheme that has been developed by Pension Fund head Mikhail Zurabov's team. An article examines the new scheme.

Former Deputy Finance Minister Oleg Vyugin, Vice-President of the Troika Dialog investment company, gives recommendations on what to do with ruble and dollar savings.

Nov. 10 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Dal, author of the Dictionary of the Russian Language. An article examines the origin and meaning of several words, according to this famous dictionary.

Andrei Istokov plays the guitar and sings songs by telephone at no cost if one dials his number, 236-0871. In an interview, the singer talks about how he began his telephone singing eight years ago.