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

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Novaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Komomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


This week the cold weather in Moscow kills 15-20 people a day. Igor Panov, chief of the Moscow Forensic Medical Expertise Bureau, stated that death due to cold weather does not depend on the state political system, though the frost victims have their social, geographical and demographical specific features. The story examines them in detail.

At his meeting with Finnish entrepreneurs on Wednesday Mayor Yury Luzhkov , who has 15 bee-hives , told them proudly about his invention — the unique frost-resistant house with special drinking facilities for the bees. The businessmen showed great interest in the invention and inquired about buying some.

The Ladies' Guardians Association "Anastasia" that was created in Perm in spring and that comprised the whole local women's political elite has organized the first big undertaking — a charity dancing ball, the means thus earned from which went to fund the building of a social-rehabilitation center for the under-aged children. The story describes the event, its sponsors and participants.

The State Council's session Wednesday was devoted to the small-size business. The story examines several acute issues that governors discussed with the president. The scheme of a very complicated procedure of state registration of small-size businesses in Russia.

The State Duma Wednesday passed (in the second reading) the draft Labour Code that determines new relationships between the employee, the employer and the Labour Union. The story examines the document, focusing on its novelties.

The United States has launched an education reform, the draft of which has been approved by Congress and in a couple of days will be signed by U.S. President George W. Bush. The story examines the $26.5 billion reform, focusing on its expediency.

The Print Mass Media Council under the Press Ministry Wednesday discussed the concept of a new wording of the Law on Mass Media and issues pertaining to mass media taxation, starting Jan. 1, 2002.

The FSB Board in the Novosibirsk Region has applied to Interpol with a request to establish the whereabouts of Olympic champion Alexander Tikhonov, one of the persons accused of organizing an attempt upon the life of Kemerovo region Aman Tuleyev. )

The Sverdlovsk regional administration Wednesday made the decision to build a production complex for processing radioactive (monatsitovy) concentrate , the arsenals of which over 60 years have been threatening the residents' health.

A presentation ceremony of the first domestic electronic systematized catalogue took place Wednesday at the State Library ( former Leninka). The story describes the event.

The Sberbank affiliates, starting Dec. 20 (up to Jan. 8, 2002) will make payments of another tranche of material aid that Germany has allocated for the Russians , who suffered from nazism during World War II.

After working 4 years in Minsk , head of the OSCE mission in Belarus Hans-Georg ViK, will leave the republic for home at the end of this month. In an interview, he assesses the existing regime in Belarus as the authoritarian one.

Moscow State University 's Economics Department tomorrow will celebrate its 60th birthday. In an interview, its Dean, Prof. Vasily Sokolov, examines his faculty's achievements over this period of time.

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov Wednesday signed a decree on the creation of a government commission on reforming the Unified Energy Systems company. A major task of the commission headed by Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko is to intensify state control over the fulfilment of the government program of reforming the electrical energy sector.

The Internet paid musical portal Pressplay began its work on Wednesday — it will provide listeners with recordings in the MP3 format.

According to the State Customs Committee, Russia in the 10 months of this year considerably expanded its meat, poultry and fish imports. The brief gives figures to illustrate the point.

At its session Wednesday the Board of Directors of the Transnefteprodukt company summed up results of its performance this year. In an interview its head Sergei Maslov cites figures to show his company's achievements.

The Novorossiisk Marine Commercial Port (NMCP) has won the competition of domestic companies that was held within the framework of the All-Russian Investment Forum "Gold Reserve of the Fatherland -2001." The port has received Grand-Prix "Zolotoye Runo" for high financial efficacy and its contribution to boosting Russia's economic potential. In an interview NMCP Director-General Vladimir Kovbasyuk talks about his company and its business activities.

The Finance Ministry Wednesday signed the final agreement on releasing a $250 million credit to the Vietnamese "Petrovyetnam" company.

A further story examines the domestic office furniture market with 4 competing companies on it.

Russian scientists have developed a new medication —proproten-100 — that possesses fantastic properties: It can remove the effects of hangover. In an interview, one of the creators of this wonder-medication Mark Shtark talks about it in detail.

Another story elaborates on a complicated issue — the fate of artifacts that were seized as trophies by Russia and Germany during World War II and that over 10 years already have remained a point of contention between the two countries.


The State Statistics Committee Wednesday made public a report on the state of the domestic economy over the 11 months of this year. The story examines different economic sectors , comparing them with those in Western countries.

The government after a long interval decided to resume the practice of borrowing money from the World Bank. The story comments on the government decision, focusing on several factors making it urgent.

Audit Chamber head Sergei Stepashin , who is staying in the USA on an official visit, met with US Vice-President Dick Cheney to discuss the possibility of restructuring a Soviet-era debt to the USA through taking into account Russia's spendings on the utilization of chemical weapons.

Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Kolotukhin Wednesday stated that Russia and the Czech Republic had completed a deal on settling the Soviet-era debt.

FSB Director Nikolai Patrushev Wednesday visited Grozny to attend a session of the FSB Board in Chechnya that summed up results of its work this year. The story examines some of them.

The Property and Transportation ministries have nominated their single candidate — Sergei Belyaev, former policy-maker and state bureaucrat — to the post of head of Sheremetyevo Airport . Both ministries control 100 percent of stock of the airport , and tomorrow, its shareholders' meeting is expected to approve his candidacy.

Eight European countries in Brussels on Tuesday signed an agreement on the purchase of 196 military -transport aircraft Airbus A440M . This deal, notes the story , actually means that the plans of Ukraine and Russia to sell their An-70 to the European military have been foiled.

A draft bill concerning investing funds for financing the accumulative part of labour pension was presented to financial market participants on Wednesday. The story focuses on two significant points in it.

The Standard & Poor's Agency Wednesday for the second time this year has raised Russia's rating.

The LUKoil-Western Siberia company has bought from Cyprian Neft Chemicals Limited the controlling stake of Kogalymsky Zavod of Chemical Reagents (Tyumen region).


The Moscow Arbitration Court today will consider a suit on the bankruptcy of the Moskvich auto plant lodged by ordinary car owner Vladimir Belousov. It's the first time when the buyer of a low quality commodity has decided to bankrupt the enterprise that has made it.

The story describes how the Tax Ministry without any effort (due to computer error) can collect billion of rubles to the budget.

The Prague Falkon firm Wednesday paid off Russia's $2.5 billion debt to the Czech budget. The story describes the deal with Falkon acting as a mediator.

The State Duma Wednesday during the second reading of the draft Labour Code approved an amendment that extends a list of the existing holidays.

The Customs Service of the Eurasian Economic Community (EEC) has approved a draft of the single commodity rule of its foreign economic activities. The project will be submitted to the EEC Integration Committee.

Director-General of the Moscow City Telephone Network Vladimir Lagutin stated that the system of per-minute telephone payments will be imposed in the middle of 2002. Will it really happen? Seven experts share their views on the issue.

A story reveals a new 5-year Agreement with De Beers, with which the ALROSA diamond-extracting company in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) will enter the year 2002.

The State Statistics Committee's report shows that this year's results will not be so positive as economic authorities expected. Economic slowed-down progress in the 4th quarter makes independent analysts downgrade their previous optimistic forecasts of gross domestic product growth in this and next years.

In a dispute between the oligarchs' labor union and ordinary trade unions, the oligarchs have taken the upper hand — the Labor Code passed in the second reading on Wednesday does not allow the labor unions to interfere in the affairs of the business. The story comments on several provisions of the new Labor Code.

In a far-ranging interview, Railways Minister Nikolai Aksyonenko talks about his company, about many contradictory aspects of its activities, about its tariff policy that is disapproved by many government officials, about its investment program and about the company's reform and its possible consequences.

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The Soyuzplodimport company Wednesday for the first time in many years lost a court dispute on licence payments for Soviet vodka trade marks. The Ossetian distillery making vodka "Russkaya" has managed to prove in the Moscow Arbitration Court that it is not obliged to pay royalties to Soyuzplodimport.

The KamAz Board of Directors Wednesday approved a business plan of a group of enterprises for 2002. The plant's Director-General, Ivan Kostin, said that KamAZ next year intends to increase its presence on the domestic market from 46 percent up to 47 percent.

The government on Tuesday made the decision to allocate next year to the Arkhangelsk region 130 million rubles on designing floating nuclear power plants.

The Dizelprom Board of Directors decided to conduct an additional issuance of 700,000 20-ruble shares that will be available for an open subscription.

Airport Sheremetyevo will have a new head — today's extraordinary shareholders meeting will elect Sergei Belyaev, former head of the State Property Committee, to this post.

Ukrainian cement producers has initiated special investigation in Russian cement import , asserting that Russian cement supplies over the past 3 years increased by The 650 percent , which made local enterprises suffer losses. The Russian side rejects all accusations.

The coal terminal in Ust-Luga (Leningrad region), the first real project within the framework of this big port complex, has at last been built. On Dec. 26 the first vessel with Russian coal will go from Ust-Luga to Finland.

DaimlerChrysler next year may sack 5,000-6,000 workers at its plants in Germany. The story examines the company's personnel policy, focusing on reasons behind such massive lays-off.

Moskomzaim has reserved $25 million for the last payment on the credit of the Credit Suisse First Boston Bank.

Five banks from Switzerland, Austria and Luxemburg will release to Bashkreditbank a $20 million syndicated credit for a period of one year.

The Federal Securities Commission has adopted a list of market professional participants that struck over the first 3 quarters the greatest number of deals with emission securities on the organized market.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

The story examines the state of freedom of speech in Russia today.

The newspaper's military observer, Mikhail Khodaryonok, examines Russia's stance on the creation of a new system of strategic stability in the world.

The story examines the Union of Right Forces' new foreign policy declaration, noting that though foreign policy is a presidential affair, the party's ideas may be well-received by the Kremlin.

Unidentified gangsters on the Leningrad Highway on Tuesday attacked a heavy vehicle that was carrying eight tons of Nescafe coffee, all of which disappeared. A story gives details.

The Moscow City Duma on Wednesday considered a draft bill concerning animal protection. The story examines some of its controversial provisions.

The story describes a unique method of treating sick children with the help of dolphin therapy that has been developed by St. Petersburg medical specialists.

Noviye Izvestia

The story describes how the phenomenon of dead souls was used on the Dec. 16 Sunday elections to the Moscow City Duma.

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov is expected to visit the St. Petersburg Severnaya Verf plant on Friday to launch the construction of a corvette to be named Steregushchy. The story describes the project.

According to the State Statistics Committee, real incomes of the population in November increased by 1 percent as compared with the figure for the same period last year. The brief gives several other figures on the Russian's incomes last month.

A story looks at the likelihood of a decrease in petrol prices, taking into account Russia's decision to accede to OPEC pressure and cut oil output by some 150,000 barrels per day starting Jan. 1.

The story features a little-known informal youth movement that is rather peaceful, the members of which call themselves Psikhi, or madmen.

Novaya Gazeta

Three days are left before a court declares its final verdict in the so-called Pasko case in which military journalist Grigory Pasko is accused of divulging state secrets to Japan. The story reflects on a possible nine-year prison sentence.

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Presidential aide Sergei Yastrzhembsky answers readers' question about authorities' indifference to servicemen fighting Chechen rebels, the federal command's inability to end the war in Chechnya, about the anti-terrorist coalition in Afghanistan.

A French newspaper this week printed a map with a caption, "The Next Potential Targets of the United States of America." The map showed nine states, two of which shelter terrorist organizations. The story examines the potential targets selected by the Pentagon.

Komomolskaya Pravda

The story answers the following question in three ways: What has the Federal Security Service done this year?

Russian-Ukrainian relations have acquired a new impulse and pattern . The story gives facts to illustrate the point.

The story examines judicial reform and what the public has to gain from it.

President Vladimir Putin in July this year signed the Law banning to sell cigarettes and tobacco to persons younger than 18 years. The law will enter into force in February 2002. The story comments on the document.

A story describes how the new euro currency will affect world finance, and two Russian financiers share their views on the currency, which will be introduced in bank notes on Jan. 1.

Moskovsky Komsomolets

In an interview, Mikhail Fradkov, director of the federal tax police service, talks about his agency's achievements, failures, plans and problems.