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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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



Noviye Izvestia

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Obshchaya Gazeta

Novaya Gazeta

Komomolskaya Pravda



In an interview St. Petersburg policymaker Sergei Mironov, who on Wednesday was appointed Federation Council Speaker, talks about the previous positions he has held and about his political movement "The Will of St. Petersburg." Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Gazeta, Vremya MN, Vremya Novostei, Noviye Izvestia, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Moskovsky Komsomolets

Specialists at the International Institute of Applied Systematic Analysis in Laksemburg, Austria in their report on problems of world demography predict that the population of the planet will increase from 6.1 billion today up to 9.3 billion by 2051 when water will be in short supply. The story offers other figures from the report.

A new most complicated stage of the anti-terrorist operation began in Afghanistan on Wednesday when American paratroopers advanced closer to the Tora-Bora underground fortress where, from all indications, terrorist number one Osama bin Laden and his supporters from the Al-Quida group are hiding themselves. The story describes the new operation. Also covered in Komsomolskaya Pravda

President Vladimir Putin today is to fly to Greece where he will conduct negotiations with the Greek government. The story examines the extensive program of the visit, giving the names of several experts who are accompanying the president. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Gazeta (excerpts from Putin's interview with Greek mass media), Vremya MN, Komsomolskaya Pravda

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov at his meeting with top oil managers Wednesday made the decision to cut oil export by 150,000 barrels a day, starting in 2002. The story comments on the decision. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Noviye Izvestia, Vremya MN, Vremya Novostei, Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Nezavisimaya Gazeta

The Primorye regional court on Wednesday began to consider the criminal case of five Russians, all followers of the Aum Shinri Kuo sect, who are accused of preparing terrorist acts on the territory of Japan with the aim of liberating their spiritual leader Seka Asahara. The story details the case. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Noviye Izvestia, Gazeta, Vremya MN, Komsomolskaya Pravda

Yevgeny Murov, director of the federal guard service on Wednesday adopted new rules of visiting the Moscow Kremlin. Brief. Also covered in Moskovsky Komsomolets

At his meeting with members from the Association of Entrepreneur Organizations (OPOR) President Vladimir Putin appointed his economic aide Andrei Illarionov to be responsible for problems of small businesses and to deal with all OPOR's new proposals. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Komsomolskaya Pravda

Konstantin Shtoiko, chief of the grain section of the "Tradigrain S.A." Moscow representation, described the situation with Russian grain exports this year.

The Moskovsky Narodny Bank in London, the Central Bank's daughter structure, has made public its latest data on the state of production activity in Russia in November. The story examines production growth rates.

Japan's Finance Ministry on Wednesday made public results of an opinion poll on the state of the country's leading companies, and, as a consequence, the trends of Japan's economic development. The story examines several results, concluding that the poll gives little hope for an early recovery of the Japanese economy.

The State Service of Civil Aviation has intensified demands for those air companies that plan to make international charter flights this winter. This was stated Wednesday by Stanislav Ovcharenko, chief of the SSCA licensing board, who explained the reason behind the measure.

The Ulyanovskneft employees have sent a letter to presidential representative in the Privolzhsky federal district Sergei Kiriyenko with a request to take under his control the disquieting situation around the enterprise when the conflict between local administration officials and the owners of the company threatens to its future fate. The text of the letter is included.

The story sums up results of Moscow insurance companies' work in regions this year. The focus is changes on the insurance market in 2002.

The winner of Booker-Smirnoff Prize, worth $12,500, will be named today. The story features the prize and several nominees.


Deputy Economic Development Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, when speaking at the conference "The Gold Reserve of the Fatherland" on Wednesday painted an optimistic picture of Russia's economic development in 2002. He used figures that differ from those contained the new budget. The story offers some of them. Also covered in Izvestia

Culture Minister Milkhail Shvydkoi on Wednesday said that his agency had bought two 18th and 19th century paintings for the Russian Museum Fund. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov allocated $260,000 for the purchase. The story describes the masterpieces.

Baltonexim Finance Corp. today has submitted its statement to the Yakutian prosecutor's office with a demand to open a criminal case against the republic's President Mikhail Nikolayev and Finance Minister Alexander Kugaevsky. The company intends to recover from Yakutia the debt on the bonds that have remained unpaid since 1998. The Yakutian leaders see the political background in this case. The story gives details.

Yakutia's Prosecutor's Office has arrested Alexander Glotov, owner of two local radio stations and a newspaper, who is accused of fanning up national strife. The story details the case.

Murmansk police officers have arrested editors-in-chief Vladimir Shkoda and Shafik Amrakhov of the newspapers Komsomolskaya Pravda Arktiki and Severo-Zapad, Itogi Nedeli. They are accused of extorting a large sum of money from a candidate of the local Duma. The story gives details.

Railways Minister Nikolia Aksyonenko's vacation has been prolonged until Dec. 17 due to a medical operation he underwent recently. The story describes his health problems.

The story features new witnesses that were questioned Wednesday at the Makhachkala court trial of the Salman Raduyev case. Also covered in Nezavisimaya Gazeta

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that leading Americal steel producers USX-U.S. Steel and Bethlehem Steel Corp. are conducting negotiations on a merger. The story describes these companies and their plans to unite.

BMW management head Ioachim Milberg on Tuesday notified the company's board of directors about his intention to resign, which he will do in May 2002 . The story examines his further plans.

The Itera Holding B.V. company has announced the creation of a holding of industrial-production companies. Omrania Management has become its managing structure. Brief.

Aeroflot passengers' luggage will not be thoroughly checked upon the arrival at U.S. airports. The company's delegation on Wednesday reached an appropriate agreement with American aviation authorities. The story comments on the new rules.

The Happyland company stated Wednesday that its share on the Russian soft alcohol market had reached 23 percent. The company plans to expand this share next year up to 30 percent. Brief.

The Inter-Departmental Commission headed by Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin on Wednesday adopted a new wording of the presidential decree that seriously changes the alignment of forces on the diamond market. According to the document, ALROSA will conduct an additional round of negotiations with De Beers on lowering guaranteed sales of diamonds over a period up to 2006. The story examines the document.

Gazprombank on Wednesday announced the beginning of placing eurobonds to the tune of 200 million euros. This is the first appearance of the Russian bank on this market after the 1998 crisis.

The fact itself that the government will discuss the tariffs of natural monopolies can mean that the government, whatever it is said to reporters in the White House, is revising the budget for 2002. In an interview the deputy general director of Russian Aluminum Alexander Livshits, former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, examines the government's policy toward the natural monopolies.

Noviye Izvestia

Russia will be home to some 24 million cars by 2005 and 33 million by 2010, according to forecasts made at the 10th international automobile conference in Moscow.

The All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion last week asked 1,600 Russians what their biggest worries are. Top of the list was the government's inability to cope with soaring prices and falling incomes. The story looks at all the poll results.

Moscow's Polytechnical Museum has put up an interesting display called Man and Prison. The story examines the exhibition, saying that one-eighth of all convicts in the world are in Russian prisons and labor camps.

The story examines the election campaign in Yakuitia, focusing on the strong and weak points of all candidates and predicting an acute political and economic crisis early next year in the republic, regardless of who wins the election.

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

The government today will discuss the 2002 tariffs for gas, electricity and railway transportation. According to the Economic Development and Trade Ministry, these price will rise considerably. The story examines what the increases will buy for the natural monopolies.

Press Ministry Mikhail Lesin on Wednesday awarded state decorations to TV employees. The brief mentions several winners and their decorations.

A special supplement on the Russia-Belarus union includes several stories. One looks at the Belarussian Embassy's decision to open a branch in the Russian Far East .In an interview, consular officer Vikenty Zavadsky talks about Russian-Belarussian relations and the situation in the Khabarovsk region.

According to the State Statistics Committee, consumer prices in November went up by 2.7 percent, twice the figure in October. The story examines several new food prices to illustrate the point.

President Vladimir Putin has put former Northern Fleet Commander Vyacheslav Popov, who he fired earlier this week, in charge of nuclear facilities and ecology in the Energy Ministry. In an interview, Popov talks about his new job.

Obshchaya Gazeta

In an interview, highly regarded economist Yevgeny Yasin, a research leader at the Moscow Higher School of Economics, shares his view on falling world oil prices, saying they may affect the 2002 budget.

The story examines how the Economic Development and Trade Ministry over its three-year existence has tuned into something of a central trading directorate rather than a department responsible for drafting economic legislation.

The Povolzhye area late last month marked the 1100th anniversary of Islam in the region. Many foreign guests attended the festivities, which resulted in quarrels and a split among Russian Muslims. The story examines the event.

The story looks at several factors threatening the political career of St. Petersburg governor Vladimir Yakovlev.

Moscow City Duma Deputy Yevgeny Bunimovich, one of the authors of the Moscow education law, examines its strong and weak points.

In an interview, State Duma Deputy Alexei Mitrofanov talks about the inner power struggles in the Kremlin, focusing on the jockeying for positions that would influence mass media.

Novaya Gazeta

The TV6 Channel on Dec. 29 is expected to launch Za Steklom-2, a new version of the popular but controversial reality show. The story describes the project.

Komomolskaya Pravda

A story looks at State Duma deputies' criticism of Vladimir Zhironovsky, whose antics many believe should disqualify him from his post of deputy speaker.

The Inter-State Aviation Committee on Friday will mark its 10th anniversary. In an interview, director Tatyana Anodina speaks about the planned ceremony.

A story looks at a directive from Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov that promised bonuses to street cleaners for preserving chemicals normally used to melt ice. The story says the result was scores of dangerous ice-covered roads throughout the capital.

In an interview, Sergei Kruglik, first deputy chairman of the State Construction Committee, discusses a plan to reform the housing -utility sector.


Starting in 2002, Russia will cut its oil exports by 150,000 barrels a day. Top oil managers agreed to take this step after their meeting Wednesday with Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov — they will not lose anything because oil prices are rising, and the government in exchange for their loyalty is preparing a decree on lowering export duties on oil products.

Obyedinyonniye Mashinostroitenniye Zavody Group, headed by oligarch Kakha Bendukidze, is likely to have a serious intention to seek investment possibilities in the high technology sector. It has bought over 30 percent of the American Biolink Technologies company, that has Russian roots.

The associations of the Chambers of Commerce and Trade of the Central, Privolzhsky and Severo-Zapadny federal districts have backed the candidacy of State Duma deputy Yevgeny Primakov to the post of head of the Chamber of Commerce and Trade.

Political analyst Olga Romanova examines several specific features of the presidential elections in Yakutia that are scheduled for Dec. 23.

Deputy Finance Minister Bella Zlatkis stated that her agency proposes to impose financial management on the part of federal authorities in seven Russian regions that are unable to independently fulfill their budgets. Will this measure become a reality? Seven experts share their viewpoints on the issue.

Russian and European Union officials on Wednesday discussed ways how to make the all-European economic space more efficient. They decided to test new trade rules in two sectors — in the metals sector and in the sphere of technology and telecommunications.

The draft of the new five-year agreement with the De Beers Corp. that ALROSA's overseeing council adopted a few days ago was disapproved of by the Inter-Departmental Diamond Complex Commission. The latter stated that ALROSA should strictly determine its annual volume of diamond sales to De Beers, which would show a gradual lowering of guaranteed deliveries to the South African monopoly.

In a far-ranging interview YUKOS head Mikhail Khodorkovsky shares his viewpoint on several significant political and economic issues, including Russia's stand on OPEC's behavior and on interaction between business and law enforcement structures.

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The AvtoVAZ leadership on Wednesday stated that its company for the first time this year will make a net profit, and part of it, for the first time since 1993, will be used for paying out dividends.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has bought a blocking package of stock of seven "Pyatyorochka" shops. This is the first example of foreign investment in the network of Russian shops.

Gazprom next year intends to begin to release ruble bonds and gradually curtail the veksel program that causes anxiety for financial analysts. Market participants liked the plan to replace veksels with bonds, though much time will pass until its complete realization.

A conflict is brewing between the Energy Ministry and the Nature Ministry. The latter would like to have the functions of the Central Commission on Developing Oil Deposits, which is under the jurisdiction of the Energy Ministry.

The British-Norwegian Kvaerner conglomerate has formed a syndicate of investors who are willing to buy shares of an additional issuance to the tune of about $167 million. And the Russian YUKOS company, owning 22 percent of Kvaerner stakes, may leave the project after selling its stock. But YUKOS has only two weeks to strike a profitable deal.

The Khanty-Mansiisk Administration after receiving control over Tyumenaviatrans (TAT) decided to increase its share in the capital of Surgut Airport where TAT is based. The regional authorities have already managed to make their efforts successful to exclude the airport from the list of international status losers.

The government will prolong state guarantees on insuring the military risks of Russian air carriers. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin. Brief.

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., a world leading investment bank, has changed the countries' weights in the Emerging Markets Bond Index System, that are used by investors all over the world.

The Central Bank after a long hesitation decided at last to officially back Imperial. The CB board of directors has approved the plan to restore Imperial's financial position. The Bank can lower its debt before CB and conduct a restructuring of its debts before creditors.

The Agency for Restructuring Credit Organizations (ARKO) on Dec. 29 will hold a trading session to sell 99 percent of its stock in Voronezh Bank. Brief.