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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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

Izvestia
Kommersant
Vedomosti
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Obshchaya Gazeta
Komomolskaya Pravda
Argumenty i Fakty
Komomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

The story reports on how the Sakhalin local administration is trying to make controversial housing and utility reform less painful for the tenants. Several utility experts express negative opinions on the reform.

Javier Solana, Supreme Representative of Foreign Policy and Security Union, who has just returned from the Middle East from talks with Palestine and Israeli leaders, shares his viewpoint on the current explosive situation in the region and offers his opinion on how peace could be made.

The newspaper offers formerly secret materials as well as its own investigation concerning the fate of the Justice Minister of the Russian Provisional Government Pavel Malyantovich, who signed a warrant on the arrest of Lenin. Malyantovich died in 1937.

Construction that was begun 65 years ago on a small Moscow railway line finally opened Wednesday. Its main feature is that all employees are school pupils. The story describes its service.

The State Duma Council is expected to consider a package of urgent presidential draft bills on judicial reform in order to get them passed in the first reading this month. In an interview Alexander Gusev, general director of the Judiciary Department under the Supreme Court, examines how the enacting of these bills depends on financial and economic aspects and announces how much they will cost.

The Moscow City Duma on Wednesday passed a draft bill creating Justices of the Peace in Moscow, an office that had existed in Russia before the 1917 Revolution. The story comments on the document.

The restoration of the Ostankino Television Tower has been suspended for an indefinite time due to the lack of funds. Brief.

The Tax Ministry's Moscow Board on June 6 made a decision to open in the near future 20 excise warehouses for wholesale vodka trade .

According to the draft bill passed Wednesday by the Moscow City Duma, Mayor Yury Luzhkov will not be able to fire local administrative heads. Brief.

In an interview the chief editor of Nezavisimaya Gazeta Vitaly Tretyakov, who has been fired by the paper's owner, media tycoon Boris Berezovsky, divulges details of his conflict with him, focusing on the future of the newspaper and where it will go without him.

Gosstroi head Anvar Shamusafarov stated Wednesday that the federal government plans to allocate 5.65 billion rubles for the rehabilitation of flood-stricken regions in Yakutia. The Yakutia leadership is not satisfied with the measures. The story explains why.

The State Duma on Wednesday passed in the second reading draft amendments to the Law concerning the police force. The story examines some of them.

The government today is expected to adopt the draft budget submitted by the Finance Ministry. The story offers its major parameters, noting that there is no reason to reject the document.

The procedure of exchanging shares between RAO Norilsk Nickel and GMK Norilsk Nickel will begin on June 21 and will last till August 21. The story reveals details of the procedure.

The 4th International exhibition of ground troops armaments opens today in Omsk, where 350 domestic and foreign firms will present their products. The story covers the event.

Rosneft Co. and British Petroleum have signed a protocol, according to which BP will participate in developing the oil deposit Sakhalin-4. The story comments on the deal.

Economic Development Minister Gherman Gref on Wednesday made a report in the State Duma on the state of main assets, which he closely linked up to the presence of investment. The minister admitted that poor management of capital was a major problem afflicting available capital. The story examines his report.

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru
The State Duma on Thursday is expected to consider in the first reading three drafts of tax bills. The story examines the documents, focusing on their main opponents.

The State Duma on Wednesday passed two draft bills limiting the rights of regional governors. The story discusses details of the bills.

In an interview Nuclear Energy Minister Alexander Rumyantsev expresses his opinion on whether or not the $20 billion that the Nuclear Ministry will receive in exchange for the import of foreign nuclear waste will really help the domestic nuclear industry.

Ruslan Badalov, head of the Chechen National Salvation Committee, on Wednesday handed over to OCSE official Adam Shved an appeal to the European public by 10,000 Chechen refugees in Ingushetia . The story reveals its content.

The Moscow City Court has begun to consider a criminal case linked with money laundering. On the dock are Alexei Ushakov, head of the Cassaf bank Board of Directors, and four of his accomplices, who are accused of organizing a criminal group, illegal banking activities, counterfeiting documents and embezzlement. The story details the case.

The State Duma Wednesday passed in the first reading two draft bills concerning modern electronic technologies, thus having made the first step in this sphere. The story examines major provisions of the bills.

Rhode and Shwartz Co. on Wednesday announced the beginning of sale in Europe of GSM telephones equipped with a special security device protecting telephone calls. The story describes the device and its advantages.

Unified Energy Systems daughter companies began to prepare for upcoming sales within the framework of restructuring the electric energy sector. Mosenergo yesterday organized a presentation of investment projects on overhauling existing energy facilities and building new ones. The French state-owned Electricite de France may become one of the first investors.

Aktex Co. signed an agreement on joint production with the SOK companies group controlling the auto plants Izhmash-Avto and Roslada. The story comments on the deal.

The Ural Mining-Metal Company in the Sverdlovsk region and EvrazHolding Co in Moscow will jointly participate in a special auction to sell a federal stock packageof the coal company Kuznetskugol. Brief.

Europay and Mastercard in Munich on Wednesday signed an agreement on a merger. The story comments on the deal.

Unified Energy Systems head Anatoly Chubais has sent to Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov a letter of complaint against actions of the Federal Securities Commission. He has accused the commission of ignoring the demands of the legislature and of directly lobbying the interests of the companies with FSC highly-placed officials as their former staff. The story reveals the content of Chubais's letter, citing several extracts from it.

According to customs statistics, Russia's foreign trade turnover from January to April of this year amounted to $45.4 billion, which is 8.5 percent more that the figure for the same period last year. Other related figures are included. Brief.



The Finance Ministry Wednesday for the first time after the 1998 crisis offered three year securities on the open market. The story comments on the ministry's actions.

The European Union on Wednesday passed a draft of the code concerning corporate mergers, which more toughly regulates the process of company mergers. The story comments on the draft.

According to the presidential decree issued late last year, June 8 marks a new holiday --Social Worker Day. The story describes how several officials began to celebrate it already on Wednesday.

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

President Vladimir Putin at his meeting with top managers from auto enterprises promised them a ban on the import of foreign cars older than seven years. The president also promised to restructure their debts before the budget. The story describes the meeting, focusing on its decisions.

Cyprus for the first time in Russia's history became the biggest source of foreign investment in the non-financial sector of the economy in the 1st quarter of this year. The story describes how it happened.

Mysterious advertising boards, on which a certain Realty Agency No1 persistently calls on Messrs. Yakovlev and Yukov to voluntarily appear in court, have emerged in downtown Moscow. The story explains what they mean and who has placed them.

The State Duma on Wednesday passed in the first reading the draft bill concerning the electronic digital signature that had been submitted by the government. Brief.

Mosenergo needs almost $4 billion to put into effect 29 of its investment projects, according to a statement by Mosenergo Deputy General Director Sergei Romanovsky. Brief.

Natalya Masherova, daughter of the former party leader of Soviet Belarus, who became a victim of political intrigues with the KGB's participation, has officially announced her intention to run for the presidency in the republic. Political analyst Olga Romanova comments on this candidate.

Seven experts share their viewpoints on whether or not Itera's position will change for the worse as a result of the changeover in Gazprom leadership.

The story describes the AutoVAZ plant and plans that are underway to make new models. The story concludes that if authorities are really interested in making cheap quality cars, they should nationalize the plant.

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov persuaded the president to postpone the government decision on structural reform. The story notes that in reality, the president himself is delaying reforms, because he is unsure himself what role the executive should play in government.

According to the State Statistics Committee, the growth of consumer prices in May amounted to 1.8 percent. For the first five months of this year the figure was 10.9 percent. Brief.

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Olga Kazanskaya, former head of the St. Petersburg Promstroibank has been appointed head of the Petrovsky People's Bank Board of Directors.

The Norilsk Nickel company has launched the final stage of its restructuring. The story examines its details of the maneuver.

Nevinnomyssky Azot, a leading domestic producer of nitric fertilizers, may make a decision tomorrow whether or not to hold two emergency shareholder meetings. The story examines their agendas.

Nenets Governor Vladimir Butov has decided to launch his own pipeline project. The administration of the Nenets autonomous region and the Rosneftegazstroi promise to build a main pipeline for Nenets oil and a terminal on the coast of the Barents Sea. The story examines the project.

Honda Motors has appeared on the list of companies that have announced withdrawals of cars with defects from the market. The story gives details.

The Federal Securities Commission has registered the release of 111 million rubles for shares of the Western Siberian Metals Combine. Brief.

Urals Mining-Metal Co. is taking part in auctions to sell a state-controlled package of the Kuznetskugol coal company. The decision was announced by Andrei Bokarev, head of the Board of Directors of Kuzbassrazrezugol. Brief.

The Finance Ministry for the first time since the 1998 crisis has sold long-term state bonds. Deputy Finance Minister Bella Zlatkis commented on the project.

The international payment systems Europay and MasterCard on Wednesday agreed on a plan for a merger. The story discusses the plan.

The credit card company Visa in Russia has stepped up its demands for the card issuance system's basic members. The aim of the payment system is to help struggling banks raise their level up to average. If they fail their status may be lowered.

Lockheed Martin and Hughes Electronics, which engaged in satellite systems projects have come into difficulties in finding new partners and sponsors. This fact shows that interest is lowering in the space communications sector, in favor of the Internet.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

The story reports on how General Staff chief Anatoly Kvashnin over the past two years worked towards removing Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev from his post with the aim of taking up his job, and with this aim in view joined the president's inner circle. The story notes that serious changes are awaiting the General Staff, which will soon have a new leader.

The 9th International Ballet Contest, with ballet master Yury Grigorovich as head judge, will open in Moscow tomorrow on June 8. The story describes its history, laureates, present participants and schedule.

Political analyst Yevgeny Grigoryev examines Russian-American relations on the eve of the summit in Ljubljana, that in the author's opinion, have been improving.

The story examines results of an expert opinion poll, conducted jointly by Russian and German research centers, which show that Russia's foreign policy course today is more in line with the country's national interests.

Noviye Izvestia

The cost of the minimum set of food stuffs falling within means of the subsistence wage increased in May by 3.6 percent, and in the first five months of this year by 16.8 percent. Late in May it amounted to 876 rubles per person per month.

Gazprom in July will send a proposal to the Federal Energy Commission on raising gas prices by 32 percent for industrial consumers. This was stated by Yelena Karpel, chief of the company's Price Policy Department Brief.

State Duma Deputy Sergei Yushenkov, leader of the Liberal Rossia movement, who takes a fierce criticism of the new Union of Right Forces Party, examines with a critical eye its inner contradictions and ideological principles.

The story examines the purpose of the upcoming structural reform of the Interior Ministry (MVD) that was announced by Minister Boris Gryzlov.

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

The story reports on how the heart of a killed Palestinian was transplanted into an Israeli citizen. Health Care Minister Yury Shevchenko comments on the case.

Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov, when speaking at the international conference on the shadow economy and money laundering in St. Petersburg sponsored by the Interior Ministry and the UN Board on Drug Control, stated that a large group of State Duma deputies is holding back the passing of laws on corruption. The story describes the conference, its speeches and conclusions.

An international meeting of scientists will take place in Moscow on June 7-8 to discuss problems pertaining to a certain thermonuclear reaction that is of great significance for the whole of mankind.. In an interview Academician Yevgeny Velikhov, head of the Russian research center Kurchatov Institute, examines the problems that scientists discuss related to the reaction.



The RG supplement is devoted to the Belarus-Russia union state, focusing on its economic and financial issues.

Obshchaya Gazeta
www.og.ru

The story examines several seemingly unrelated, but actually linked, incidents that occurred last week. Authorities in the face of the president and his administration are consistently pushing backward representatives of the Yeltsin oligarchic guard, making vacancies in big business for their own people.

In an interview former prosecutors-general Alexei Ilyushenko and Yury Skuratov, whose criminal cases were dropped recently by the present Prosecutor General, Vladimir Ustinov, answer the question of whether or not the prosecutor general can be independent, while under the thumb of the criminal code.

Rumors are circulating that the Kremlin is displeased with Andrei Belyaninov, general director of the Rosoboronexport Co., and his first deputy Sergei Chemezov, both of whom will be soon transferred to other posts. The story gives details about the firings.

The story discusses the question of why the Chinese government is so generous in receiving former Russian President Boris Yelstin with his wife and daughter, who are receiving medical treatment in the resorts of the Yellow Sea at the expense of the Chinese Treasury.

Komomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

According to a source in the Finance Ministry, additional defense spending in 2002 will increase by $1.5 billion as compared with this year. Where will authorities get such a large sum of money? The story tries to answer this question.

The Gazprom shareholders' meeting is scheduled for June 29. What is happening in the company after the resignation of its head Rem Vyakhirev? What dividends will be paid according to last year's results? Why are gas shares being sold to foreigners? In an interview former Central Bank boss Sergei Dubinin, now deputy head of the company's board of directors, answers these questions.

The story cites facts explaining why the public will never learn the truth about the sinking of the Kursk nuclear submarine.

The newspaper publishes another chapter from the memoirs "Eight Months Plus ..." by former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov. The chapter is about how President Yeltsin made an unexpected decision to fire his prime minister.

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov this week has signed a directive on opening a checkpoint on Rizhsky Railway Terminal with the aim of registering all immigrants coming to the city. The story reports on how city authorities are trying to count all those coming into Moscow.

Vladimir Yevstafyev, co-founder of the advertising agency MAXIMA has become head of the Russian Association of Advertising Agencies. The story describes his duties and plans.

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

According to reports from the Moscow Health Committee, the number of mentally sick people in the last year considerably increased as compared with 1999. The story gives figures to illustrate the point.

A monument to the participants in the Moscow Olympic Games of 1980 by architect Filipp Rukavishnikov will be unveiled soon on the territory of the Luzhniki Sports Complex. The story describes the project.

Several Russians and foreigners, who want to become space tourists, completed medical examinations last week at the Institute of Medical and Biological Problems. In an interview its department chief Yury Voronkov speaks about those tests.

According to reports from the Moscow City Prosecutor's Office, the crime rate for the fourth month already has remained unchanged and in several aspects it has even decreased. The story gives figures to illustrate the point.