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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
Argumenty i Fakty
Komomolskaya Pravda


The State Council's working group Tuesday held a session to discuss the final variant of the Guidelines of Education Policy, which has caused heated debate concerning its chapter about the fate of secondary school. The story examines several controversial points of the document. Three educational experts share their views on the issue.

In his reply to Bolshoi artistic director Gennady Rozhdestvensky, who has tendered his resignation, Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi criticizes maestro for quitting a job healing a seriously sick organization — the Bolshoi Theater.

In an interview (in Paris) media-tycoon Boris Berezovsky, who ,from all indications , gives special preference to politics today, speaks about his former business in Russia, about his plans to create a political party in opposition to the president, about his attitude toward the fate of the NTV team , the TV-6 Channel, and "Nezavisimaya Gazeta" and its editor. Several public figures and journalists comment on his pronouncements.

In an interview "Fatherland-All Russia" faction leader Yevgeny Primakov speaks about results of his trip to the Middle East, focusing on his vision of settling down the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Primakov also comments on the results of the Russia-USA summit.

Has the US Department of State really abolished transit visas for Russians? In an interview Sergei Ovsyannikov, head of the consular department of Russia's Embassy in Washington, explains the situation.

Krasnoyarsk governor Alexander Lebed Tuesday presented his report on his region's economic achievements over the past 3 years. The story examines its major points and the governor's mood.

Major-General Viktor Gosudarev, deputy chief of the Interior Ministry's Criminal Investigation Department, stated Tuesday that 230 crimes with explosives have been committed in Chechnya since the beginning of this year, of which 136 are terrorist acts. The story comments on his statement, describing three new blasts in Gudermes yesterday.

The number of armed forces since the beginning of this year has been cut by 20,000 and will be cut by another 70,000 before the end of 2001. This was stated Tuesday by Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov in Sevastopol, where for 2 days he has been in negotiations with Ukrainian generals on Russia's military relations with Ukraine. The story examines the minister's visit.

IMF First Deputy Managing Director Stanley Fischer in Moscow today will hold a news conference , with the announced topic being "Russia and the IMF: Past and Future". The story notes that what Fischer will say today is that Russia at last has a chance to reform the economy.

The Gazprom Board of Directors Tuesday held a session presided by the newly-appointed head, Alexei Miller. The story examines its decisions.

Economic Development Minister Gherman Gref on June 19 set a date — March 31, 2004 — when the national power grid "Unified Energy Systems" ceases to exist. The story comments on his statement.

The world "De Beers" diamond corporation Tuesday announced results of its performance during 6 months. As it has turned out, its sales in this period decreased by 25.5 percent. The story examines the major results.

Three-year-long slumps in coffee prices have urged Latin-American coffee producers to take unprecedented measures in their coffee policy. The story examines them in detail.

Electronic devices (including computers) are being mounted in domestic railway stations, four of which are already functioning. Three of them have used projects worked out by the Russian-Swedish joint venture — DaimlerCraisler Rail Systems (Signal) — that was created in 1996 with the Railways Ministry's approval. The story describes the project.

The "SIDANKO" shareholders today will get together for an annual meeting. Though the Tyumen Oil Company (TNK) recently announced its purchase of 40 percent of stock of "SIDANKO" from "Kantupan Holdings", TNK's representatives will not be elected to the SIDANKO Board of Directors.


Krasnoyarsk entrepreneur Anatoly Bykov, who is accused of preparations of a murder and who is staying now in a Moscow prison, has paid out debts of the Krasnoyarsk Radio and Television Broadcasting Center to the energy companies and thus, has returned to the locals the possibility to observe ORT and RTR programs and listen to "Mayak" "Russkoye Radio" and "Radio Rossii". The story examines this unprecedented act of the former KrAZ Director.

Presidential representative in the State Duma Alexander Kotenkov Tuesday stated the need to revise the S.D. package agreement on distributing high posts. Thus Communist Speaker Gennady Seleznoyv may lose his post and his party colleagues will lose their cozy offices and office cars.

Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin Tuesday stated that the economic growth this year will amount to 4 percent and inflation — to 14-16 percent. Clearly, the government decided to implement all its plans for this year. But prices should be decreased in summer and fall in order not to let real inflation exceed the planned figure. The story examines Kudrin's statement.

The Prosecutor General's Office in a couple of days intends to bring in an indictment of carelessness against head of the Moscow fire-brigades Korotchik. In an interview head of the criminal investigation group Yury Martyshin comments on the case.

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko today is arriving in Moscow for a 2-day visit to restore confidence between Belarus and Russia, above all, in the economic sphere. The story reveals the aim of his visit.

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov Tuesday signed a decree concerning placing temporarily free funds of the Pension Fund in 2001. According to the document, this money will be invested in securities. The story comments on the government decree.

The fierce struggle for control over "Almazyuvelirexport" is continuing. Its monitor — the Finance Ministry — today is to discuss candidates for the vacancy — its director-general. The story looks at several candidacies.

The Khakassian government announced yesterday that it had sold the Tuimsky non-ferrous plant to "Norilsk Nickel." The story examines the deal.

"GlaxoSmithKline" (GSK) Tuesday opened the second conveyor - line to make a vaccine for preventing hepatitis B. The new line will make it possible to increase the output from 6 million up to 10 million vaccine dozes a year. The story describes the new production.

The Hungarian pharmaceutical "Egis" company intends to launch production of its medications in Russia, but has no plans to build a special factory. Instead, it plans to provide a license to a local producer. Brief.

The New York Times Co. Corporation intends to cut its personnel by 9 percent (more than 14,000 people) before the end of this year to compensate the decreased proceeds from advertising.

A new franchising network of tour agencies "" has been created recently. Project managers say that $2 million will be invested into the project. The story describes its founders.

The third GSM operator — the Sonic Duo company — had to appear in Moscow in June, but the deal has been postponed till September. The story says why.

New formerly secret archive materials about World War II were presented at a news conference on Tuesday, which was devoted to the historic-documentary exhibition that will open tomorrow at the Exhibition Hall of the Federal State Archives. The story describes its exhibits.


"AvtoVAZ" may initiate an extraordinary meeting of its shareholders with the aim of placing an additional issuance of shares on closed subscription . The aim is to draw investments on a serial launching of the new family of "VAZ-1118" "Kalina." The story examines the company's plans.

According to the State Statistics Committee , industrial production between January-May this year increased by 7.8 percent rather than by 5.3 percent, as was the previous figure. Thus, in the first half of the year the industrial production growth may amount to 10 percent, as it was last year.

A Russian participant for the first time over the past 3 years received a prize at the prestigious International Advertising Festival in Cannes. The lucky man was Artemy Lebedev. In an interview he describes his winning work and feelings.

The growth of tariffs in the energy sector should markedly outstrip the growth of prices of industrial enterprises. This was stated Tuesday by national power grid "UES" head Anatoly Chubais.

Political analyst Vitaly Portnikov examines image-makers' clumsy acts to make the impression that the president has been permanently under threat of being killed. All this , the author notes, does only harm to Vladimir Putin.

What will happen to the air transportation market in the near future? Six experts share their viewpoints on the issue.

The government last week came up with an unexpected proposal to lower the profit tax rate down to 25 percent and to abolish all benefits in this sphere. The story in order to perceive its revolutionary character, compares it with effective profit tax rates in developed countries.

The State Duma will pass (in the first reading) a draft of the Labor Code in an easier way than the Land Code. The Conciliatory Commission's variant will be considered by the State Duma on July 5, and the government is willing to withdraw its draft.

The Federal Tax Police Service (FTPS) is reporting about its new achievements : over the first five months of this year, FTPS transferred to the budget 44 billion rubles, which is six times more than the figure for the same period last year.

Monetary factors in May and June have begun to play a considerable role in inflation processes. The story examines several facts and figures to illustrate the point.

In a far-ranging interview Vladislav Filev, Director-General of the "Sibir" airline, speaks about his company's merger with "Vnukovo airlines" and about the joint project with Aeroflot.

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

"LUKoil" still hopes to win control over "Mazeikiu Nafta", because it may offer it much better terms than "YUKOS" . This was stated Tuesday by "LUKoil-Baltia" head Ivan Paleichik. Brief.

"Severstal" possessing about 26 percent of stock of the Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant (UAZ) intends to increase its share in the charter capital of the enterprise up to 60 percent. "Severstal" has applied with his request to the Anti-Monopoly Ministry. Brief.

"Sibneft" has nominated 5 candidates to the Board of Directors of "Orenburgneft", a daughter enterprise of "ONAKO". The 9-member Council will be elected at the "Orenburgneft" shareholders annual meeting scheduled for June 21. Brief.

"LUKoil" has bought from the National Reserve Bank ( NRB) a package of stock of Swiss " Eurasco Bank." Analysts link up this step of the oil company with expansion of its business in Europe. The story comments on the deal.

The developments at the "Flour Combine in Sokolniki ," a leading supplier of flour to Moscow bakeries, illustrate the structure of business close to Moscow authorities. The combine has debts before the firm controlled by Mayor Yury Luzhkov's wife Yelena Baturina, and could not pay them , because the government suspended to credit the enterprise. As a result, it's under bankruptcy procedure now.

The import of French wines which last year expanded by more than 40 percent The story describes the situation (facts and figures) with French wines on the Russian market.

The Gazprom Board of Directors Tuesday approved a construction project of a plant to make large-diameter pipes at the Nizhny Tagil Metal Combine. The story describes the project.

The Moscow government's long-standing dream is to transfer part of the city auto transport to gas fuel and now it may become a reality: a competition for private investors on the construction of propane-butane filling stations completed in May. The story examines the results of the competition.

Russian oil companies are obsessed by the idea of selling their stock to Western investors, including Western oil corporations. With this aim in view, they are willing to honestly show their profits and pay high dividends.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

The conflict between Economic Development Minister Gherman Gref and presidential adviser Andrei Illarionov over a draft reform program of the energy sector is holding back its implementation. The story examines stands taken by the sides on the issue and the president's behaviour.

"Yabloko" leader Grigory Yavlinsky's initiative was to unite all democratic forces on the basis of defending the human rights and freedoms and to create a permanent Democratic Conference. The latter held its first session in Moscow City Hall in Novy Arbat. The story describes its aim, sponsors, participants and decisions.

A warning about a 1,000-strong strike planned by Aeroflot's Technical Specialists Labour Union on June 30-July 30 reached Aeroflot Director-General Valery Okulov on Tuesday. The brief mentions the strikers' demands.

On summer hot days Muscovites like to drink kvass, which its yellow big containers (bochkas) are not so easy to find today, instead people are offered to buy one-liter glass or plastic bottles. The story describes the problem.

Two draft bills concerning privatization of the federal property have been submitted to the State Duma — one by S.D. deputies and the other by the government. S.D. deputy Yevgeny Ishchenko , a co- author of the first draft, examines major differences between the two documents.

In an interview, Academician Eduard Kruglyakov, Deputy Director of the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Siberian Branch of the Academy of Sciences, speaks about the case of his colleague physicist Valentin Danilov, who has been accused of spying for China. Kruglyakov says in part that research did by Danilov was declassified in 1992 and is no longer a state secret.

According to the UN decision, June 20 marks the International Day of the Refugees. The story describes this acute problem in Russia, criticizing authorities for inability to resolve it.

The Council of Foreign Investors under Kazakhstan's President late last week held a session, which signified the beginning of a new stage in relationships between the republic's authorities and big world companies. The story examines its VIP participants and decisions.

Noviye Izvestia

The Supreme Court early in July is to consider a suit filed by the "For Human Rights" movement against the FSB and the Justice Ministry. The movement demands that Point 3 of the Instruction on the procedure of considering citizens' complaints in the FSB, which actually legalized informants' letters, be declared illegal. The story details the movement's suit and the court's possible ruling.

Sverdlovsk governor Eduard Rossel has demanded that death penalty be imposed for drug barons and traders. He spoke yesterday at an enlarged session of the Security Collegium under the presidential representative in the Ural Federal District, Pyotr Latyshev. The story comments on Rossel's speech.

A fierce struggle has begun in the Altai among construction organizations for the right to take part in the project to build a road Barnaul-Urumchi (China). The story describes the aim of the project, its origin and its approximate cost.

The "Eurasian Party of Russia" held its founding congress in Golitsyno (Moscow region), which was declared closed (without the press). The story describes the event.

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Sixty years ago Hitlerite Germany attacked the USSR., which signified the beginning of the Soviet Union's fighting against fascism. The story reminisces about those developments , asking the following question — Has Russia managed to completely defeat the "brown plague" today? Marshal of the Soviet Union Dmitry Yazov and Academician Alexander Yakovlev, both WWII veterans, comment on facts presented in the story.

Domestic gas and chemical products in the near future may considerably rise in price. Such fate was provided to them by the Economic Development Ministry through its Order No. 143. The story examines the document's major provisions.

In an interview, Alexander Borisov, Director of the Moscow office of the Yekaterinburg Turbine-Motor Plant (TMP), which makes turbines supplying city homes with heat and light, speaks about TMP powerful units that work at Moscow heating stations.

The forthcoming visit to Kiev by Pope John Paul II has caused much gossip and false interpretation in the West. What really stands behind this visit and what consequences may it lead to?

In an interview, Israel's Ambassador to Russia Natan Meron examines the present situation in the Middle East, focusing on Russia's role in settling down the conflict there.

Argumenty i Fakty

President Vladimir Putin has taken under his own special control the investigation of the murder of State Duma deputy Lev Rokhlin. Three years have passed since that tragic event, but investigators up to now have had only versions. The story examines some of them.

The government has drafted the budget-2002 and also the fiscal documents for 2002 and 2004. The story compares the new draft with the budget-2001, with the main difference being that the draft includes the pensioners' money — 252.5 billion rubles. Yevgeny Gavrilenkov, Director-General of the Economic Analysis Bureau, comments on the draft.

In an interview, Director-General of the 23rd Moscow International Film Festival speaks about several pleasant surprises awaiting the public at the festival.

The story explains why it's practically impossible today to get to the Armoury , the tickets to which are usually sold out long in advance.

There are 9 state-owned shelters (so-called hotels) for pets in Moscow, in which they may be left in safety while their masters are holidaymaking outside the city. The story describes several such places, their prices and comforts.

Moscow State University Rector Viktor Sadovnichy answers questions from young people about the system of training in his educational establishment.

Another story is devoted to beer, the specific features of its production in Russia, where the number of its brands exceeds 1,000.

Komomolskaya Pravda

The oldest man in the world — Gairkhan Iroiskhanov, who has turned 135, lives in Dagestan. The story highlights this remarkable man, who loves his great, great, great grandchildren and ice-cream.

The story reports on how exotic animals, food products and drugs are illegally brought to Russia through the Russia-Kazakhstan state border.