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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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

VedomostiNezavisimaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Moskovskiye Novosti
Obshchaya Gazeta
Komomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi has applied to Anatoly Grigoryev, Director of the Institute of Medical and Biological Problems, with a request to discuss a candidate from his agency for a space flight. The story views this fact as a step signifying the beginning of domestic space tourism, which could financially back the domestic poor space exploration sector that was discussed in the State Duma on Wednesday.

The Moscow City Court Wednesday refused to free from jail "Media-Most" Financial Director Anton Titov, who has been staying in prison since Jan. 16 ,2001. In an interview Titov speaks about his case.

Bolshoi Artistic Director and world-renown conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky has announced his resignation. In an interview Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi comments on the great master's decision.

The Shanghai Forum comprising of five countries will hold a jubilee session in Shanghai today. The story examines its agenda. President Vladimir Putin on the eve of the summit gave an interview to the central Chinese mass media. Political analyst Andrei Kolesnikov examines major issues touched upon by the president.

The story reveals the essence of the amendments to the Election Law that the State Duma passed Wednesday in the second reading.

The Media-Forum opened Wednesday in St. Petersburg. The story describes its agenda, participants, sponsors and official guests.

Russian Princess Zinaida Shakhovskaya died in Paris at the age of 94 in the early hours of Monday. The story describes her life and her literary career.

Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin yesterday in his telephone call to ex-US President George Bush congratulated him on his 77th birthday. Bush invited Yeltsin to be his guest.

An army conscription commission in Beryozovka (a suburb in Krasnoyarsk) has to deal with an unprecedented problem — so-called big-foot young people. The story examines this phenomenon.

A spy scandal? World economics Professor Elizabeth Sweet, a U.S. lecturer at the Omsk State University, Wednesday was summoned by the local FSB for discussion in connection with an unsanctioned collection of information by her students about local enterprises. The story details the incident.

A million signatures collected in the Nizhny Novgorod region in favor of imposing the death penalty for selling drugs was delivered to the State Duma on June 13. The State Duma Commission on Drug Addiction Preventive Measures for Under-Aged Children has initiated the introduction of the corresponding draft amendments to the Criminal Code. The story comments on the issue.

It has become clear now that Russia will be unable to destroy its huge arsenals of chemical weapons in 2009, according to its special program and world obligations. The issue will be discussed today at a government session.

Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev Wednesday refused to make any prognoses about the grain harvest this year due to unfavorable weather.( Early this year he assured the Cabinet that 70 million tons of grain will be gathered in 2001). The story comments on his statement at the opening ceremony in Moscow of the specialized exhibition " Russian Food Products-2001."

The State Duma Wednesday passed (in the second reading) the draft bill aimed at ensuring depositors' rights when banks go bankrupt The story examines the document's major provisions.

The Metal Exporters Council attached to the Economic Development Ministry Wednesday mapped out steps, which Russian official delegates and steel company representatives may use at the steel negotiations next week with the European Union and the USA. The story examines several such steps.

Izvestia offers major information (profits, losses and balance of trade in 2000) about "Vneshekonombank."

The story examines the systems of Internet-banking and Internet-trading represented on the market.


The State Duma Tax Subcommittee Wednesday discussed the issue concerning dividend taxation. The story describes the conflict around dividends between the government and the State Duma.

The plan to reform the energy sector that has been approved by all possible agencies is again under threat: presidential economic adviser Andrei Illarionov has persuaded the president to reconsider the document. The story examines its disputable provisions.

The State Duma today is expected to consider (in the second reading) draft amendments to the Law on Mass Media that impose limits on possessing shares of Russian mass media by foreign individuals and equities. The story examines several amendments.

The Moscow City Duma Wednesday passed (in the second reading) amendments to the City Charter. The story looks at its controversial points that caused heated discussion.

First Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl arrived in Mineralniye Vody (Stavropolye) yesterday to take part in shooting the documentary film "Secrets of Power ." The story details their parts.

"The First Royal Steeltex Corp." has applied to Orenburg Arbitration with a demand to declare the metal "NOSTA" combine bankrupt. The story examines factors that have made "Steeltext" to take this step.

The German "Logistik Service GmbH" company, a daughter structure of the "Bertelsmann Arvato" concern, has bought the controlling stake of the Yaroslavl Printing Combine. The story comments on the deal.

The London bureau of the ITAR-TASS agency reported yesterday that "LUKoil" is in negotiations with the American "Conoco" company on purchasing the British network of gas filling stations "Jet." The story gives details.


"Gazprom" has presented a surprise to its investors — its finances have become more transparent now than before, but the company's $2.6 billion guarantees that were made public last have caused many questions. The story examines some of them.

The Gorky Auto Plant (GAZ) has been accused of its unwillingness to pay debts that were made by its former leadership. Several former partners of the plant have already filed suits.

The returns of export proceeds for the first time since the liberalization of foreign trade have surpassed the volume of export, which was a pleasant surprise for experts, who now are seeking reasons for this phenomenon, trying to guess for how long it will last.

The Ukrainian government will have to apply economic measures in relation to Russian goods. This was stated in St. Petersburg Wednesday by Ukraine's Prime Minister Anatoly Kinakh.

Businessman Mikhail Zhivilo, who is suspected of organizing an attempt upon the life of Kemerovo governor Aman Tuleyev, has been brought in a new indictment. The Russian Prosecutor General's Office hopes that France will extradite the businessman to Russia.

Will the government be able to resolve the problem of debt payments in 2003? Six experts share their viewpoints on the issue.

The managing "Pallada Assets Management" company, that was the first to break in public its relations with the Federal Securities Commission (FSC) has most probably managed to achieve its aim —the FSC, after six-month objections, has at last registered changes in the rules of the share investment fund of the "Pensionny" company.

Though banks and corporations have long overcome the consequences of the 1998 financial crisis, the public is living in anticipation of new economic upheavals. There is no ground to fear a new economic crisis, assures Mikhail Delyagin, director of the Institute of Globalization Problems.

The Shanghai Forum will start its work today in Shanghai, China's financial and industrial city. The story examines its agenda, participants and future plans.

The State Duma is willing to retain the image of an ardent champion for higher pensions. With this aim in view, it has sent a letter to Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov with complaints against the Pension Fund. The story reveals the content of the letter.

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The high inflation rate has urged the population to spend more money on consumption than on bank deposits. The story examines several banks preferred by the population for their deposits.

The "Independent Media" company, one of the founders of the newspaper "Vedomosti", jointly with the "ING" Bank and the American "Hearst" Publishing House is taking part in the competition to buy the journal branch of the Dutch "VNU" Publishers. The purchase may cost $1 billion.

The Gazprom Board of Directors' session scheduled for June 19 may impose changes in the confuguration of the concern's board.

The State Council's working group responsible for drafting an alternative variant of reforming the energy sector asks Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov to take into account the group's proposals on the final project of reforms.

According to a Gokhran source, Gokhran in 2001 plans to buy for the state fund 40 tons of gold, which is 15 tons more than in 2000. Gokhran has signed agreements on gold purchases from mineral resources users at the price of London fixing -1 percent.

The Yakutian State Council's upper house today is expected to consider the draft bill concerning state support of the "Sakhaneftegaz" company's development of the Talakansky deposit. The story describes its riches and their cost.

The "SIBUR" gas and chemical holding has at last become a shareholder of the Hungarian "Borsodchem" chemical combine. The British "SIBUR international", a 100 percent daughter of "SIBUR", has fulfilled an option to buy out 24.8 percent of stock of "Borsodchem" from the Hungarian CIB Bank.

The "Leninets" holding, specializing in the production of military technologies, is losing one of its main enterprises — "RadarMMS". The story says why.

The American auto giant "Ford" has announced the curbing of its production in North America in the 3rd quarter. The industrial output during this period will amount to 930,000 autos, which is 10 percent less than the figure for the same period last year.

The State Duma Budget Committee when discussing a new version of the 2nd part of the Tax Code voted for levying a profit tax on the Central Bank, which views it as the double taxation.

The State Duma today is expected to consider a draft bill on voluntary medical insurance. The story comments on the draft.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Moscow vandals over the holidays cut off an arm from the bronze "Princess Turandot" Statue on Old Arbat near the Vakhtangov Theater. The story reports on how Muscovites responded to this act of vandalism.

Moscow skinheads over the past several days have beaten several Africans. The story gives concrete facts to illustrate the point.

The General Conference of the World Aviation Federation decided to hold the 2nd World Air Games in Spain on June 23-July 1. The Russian national team will use sports planes designed by the "Sukhoi Design Bureau". The story describes the team and its planes.

The Leo Tolstoy Museum-Estate "Yasnaya Polyana" on June 10 marked its 80th anniversary. Numerous guests who visited the place on the occasion noted serious changes in the house and on the territory surrounding it. Everything has been done thanks to Tolstoy's great great grandson Vladimir Tolstoy, Director of the Museum, who took up the post five years ago. The story describes major changes over this period.

Noviye Izvestia

Kemerovo regional governor Aman Tuleyev stated that the fate of the draft bill on foreign imports to Russia of nuclear used fuel that the State Duma last week passed in the third, final, reading depends now on the decision of the Federation Council that will discuss the document early next month. The story comments on his statement.

The State Duma on June 20 will begin to discuss (in the second reading) a draft of the Criminal-Legal Code. In an interview Mara Polyakova, head of the Board of the Independent Experts Legal Council, examines several provisions of the draft that may cause heated discussion.

About 60 new names of streets and lanes have appeared on the map of Volgograd, a Hero-City on the Volga River. The decision to re-name streets was made by the city administration, which tried to do it in an anti-Soviet way. The story cites several examples.

Moskovskiye Novosti

A cheap sale of shares of the unique Kovdor Mining Combine (GOK) in the Murmansk region will take place at the end of this month. The story examines a difficult fate of this enterprise, starting with its privatization in 1993.

The Cabinet has approved the basic parameters of the budget-2002. In an interview Oksana Dmitriyeva, deputy head of the State Duma Budget Committee, comments on some of them.

Another story comments on media-tycoon Boris Berezovsky's decision to sack NG Editor-in-Chief Vitaly Tretyakov, explaining why Berezovsky needs all his newspapers and magazines in Russia.

A story highlights human rights champion Viktor Popkov, who was shot dead in Chechnya 6 months ago. Russia through his death has lost another possibility of resolving the Chechen conflict.

Russia's cooperation with the rogue-states will be the focus at the Russian-American summit in Ljubljana. Two political analysts comment on the issue.

Another story highlights a Moscow family, which breeds poisonous in its small two-room apartment to obtain very expensive poison for sale. Its so-called "poisonous" business is flourishing.

Obshchaya Gazeta

The draft tax bills submitted to the State Duma by the government have caused heated discussions. In an interview S.D. Vice-Speaker Georgy Boos reveals the essence of disputes and contradictions.

Highly regarded American political scientist Leon Aron, Director of the Center for Russian Studies "American Enterprize Institutes", shares his view on the forthcoming American-Russian summit.

The number of patients suffering from cerebral thrombosis annually increases by 3 percent. This figure was stated at the recent All-Russian Congress of Neurologists that took place in Kazan. In an interview Anatoly Fedin, head of the Neurology Chair of the Russian Medical University, speaks about an alarming situation in this sphere, demanding urgent government measures.

Komomolskaya Pravda

A story reports on how a tigress that fled from its cage in the Kazan zoo on Tuesday June 12 paralyzed the life of the whole city.

The Carnegie Foundation in Washington this week has carried out an international symposium "Russia. Ten Years After". Its sponsors in order to get first-hand information have invited well-known Russian democrats, including presidential adviser Andrei Illarionov, SPS leader Boris Nemtsov, TV-6 Director-General Yevgeny Kiselyov and others. The story focuses on sensational pronouncements there by Andrei Illarionov.

Russia this fall already may launch a grandiose construction project — it will be either a tunnel or a bridge that will connect Sakhalin with the mainland. The story examines the project.

A story describes two new streets that have appeared lately in the Sokolniki District

The Arbitration Court on June 9 ruled that the "TV Channel "Moskovia" will belong to the Moscow region. The story describes the struggle for control over this channel.

Another story describes how the Academy of Sciences intends to alter the rules of Russian spelling, focusing on 8 major changes proposed by scientists.

Moskovsky Komsomolets

A sensational draft bill with an imposing name — Concerning the Guarantees of the Citizens' Constitutional Rights on Non-Stop Supply of Hot Water in the Moscow Apartments in summer — has been submitted to the State Duma. The story comments on the document and on its possible fate.

Moscow police near the Kievsky Railway Terminal on June 11 detained a young Ukrainian woman, who tried to sell her son for $5,000. The story gives details.