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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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

Novaya Gazeta
Komomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


World Bank president James Wolfensohn on Sunday began his official visit to Russia. The article examines his itinerary and planned negotiations with President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov. The economic leader will also visit Krasnoyarsk and Norilsk, where he will discuss a World Bank-funded program that will help resettle northerners to Russia's southern regions. Also covered in Kommersant and Vremya Novostei.

American economist Martin Gilman, professor at the U.S. Higher School of Economics says he incessantly asks himself why Russians are satisfied with salary of $100 per month. In an interview, he gives recommendations on finding way to increase one's salary.

In an interview, Oleg Tabakov , chief artistic director of the Moscow Art Theater, speaks about his modest accomplishments and the serious problems he faced during his first year.

Croatia, following the example of neighboring Yugoslavia, Sunday decided to extradite two retired generals who are suspected of committing war crimes. The

article comments on the tough decision made by the Croatian government. Also covered in Vremya Novostei.

Nigeria on Sunday announced the creation of a National Aerospace Agency. The article casts doubt on whether the poor African country will be able to afford its own space program.

Political analyst Alexander Arkhangelsky focuses on so-called personal background — resigned oligarch Vladimir Gusinsky — in the stormy developments last week around the "Ekho Moskvy" radio station and the State Duma vote to limit foreign ownership in the domestic central television channels.

Israeli intelligence expert Mikhail Falkov says he can prove that Chechen field commander Khattab, who is of Arab origin, is an emissary of the Pakistani intelligence service (ISI). Russian experts, to some extent, disagree with this assertion.

According to Press Center, Vice Admiral Gennady Suchkov, deputy commander of the Black Sea Fleet, will become the new commander of the Pacific Fleet.

Buryatian scientists intend to explore nearby Lake Sobolkho, in which more than 300 horses, 500 cows and numerous people have drowned over the past 10 years.

The article describes an escalating conflict between military and civil authorities in Chechnya.

In an interview, Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin, head of the Moldovan Communist Party, examines two serious problems facing his republic today and addresses the present state of relations with Russia.

The founding congress of the Union of Centrists, which will comprise the former Unity and Fatherland groups, is expected to take place Wednesday. The article focuses on sociologists' views on the union.

The article spotlights several important former bureaucrats, commenting on their present occupations and their dreams to return to politics.

Fatherland All-Russia faction leader Yevgeny Primakov will present July 12 his new book "Eight Months Plus … ," which he began to write after he resigned from the post of prime minister in 1999.

PricewaterhouseCoopers has completed its audit of Gazprom's financial performance and its relationships with Itera. The article examines the results of the audit.

At a speech at the 10th Congress of the Association of Russian Banks, Central Bank head Viktor Gerashchenko said the banking crisis in Russia is over. He commented on the major role played by the Agency for Restructuring Credit Organizations (ARKO) in alleviating financial nightmares: ARKO has restored liquidity in 15 domestic banks.

Twenty thousand Cubans gathered Saturday to listen to their leader Fidel Castro, whose speech last just 10 minutes instead of the usual several hours.

Mayor Yury Luzhkov said Saturday that the Defense Ministry has handed over to the city an important 18th century building, the Proviantskiye ("provisions") Warehouse near metro Park Kultury. Another former possession of the Defense Ministry, the Petrovsky Palace, has also been handed over to the city and is now undergoing extensive renovation. The article describes the fate of these historic buildings.

Moscow Metro chief Dmitry Gayev said Saturday that workers have begun construction of the new metro line connecting Strogino and Mitino with the city center.

A flower clock appeared Saturday on Poklonnaya Gora. Poklonnnaya Gora Memorial director Igor Morozov describes the new clock. Also covered in Kommersant.


Dododjon Atovulloyev, publisher of a dissident Tajik newspaper, was arrested over the weekend at Sheremetyevo Airport by Russian authorities at Tajikistan's request. Atovulloyev says Mr. Rakhmonov rather than he should be in jail. He also describes how he was arrested and why.

Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov is expected to make another key appointment in his agency: FSB General Boris Miroshkin will be appointed head of the recently created Board of Special Technical Undertakings.

SPS Party leader Boris Nemtsov visited Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk with the aim of forming party branches there. The article examines results of his visit.

The State Duma over the weekend held hearings on the problem of legalizing the relationship between the state and the Russian Orthodox Church.

Unidentified bandits in Slavyansk (in the Donetsk region) Saturday beat to death Igor Alexandrov, director of the TOR television station, while he was in his office.

Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov said Sunday that the government commission he heads has come to a conclusion about why the Tu-154 plane crashed near Irkutsk, but he did not release the commission's findings. KD has reported that the cause of the crash was human error.

Ramzan Gasayev, administration head in the Alkhan-Kala village in Chechnya, was killed in the yard of his own house over the weekend. His assailants left a note " For Barayev". The article gives details.

The influential British magazine "The Banker" has published a rating of 1, 000 leading banks in the world on the basis of results in 2000. According to the magazine's conclusions , 5 Russian banks has made it onto the list. The article comments on the rating.

The Communications Ministry hopes to open 1800 public Internet access centers in regional post offices before the end of the year. The article casts doubt on whether this goal will be met.

Interros has announced that the hotel complex Novotel-Center, which is being built on Ulitsa Novoslobodskaya, will welcome its first visitors in September 2002. The article describes the project.

The Tax Ministry's Moscow board announced the creation of a specialized, state-controlled tax agency which will monitor the taxation of construction projects. The article describes the new agency and its duties.

The article contains data on foreign investment in the Russian economy in the first quarter of the year.

The Fund Studying the New Independent States released Friday a rating of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the CIS states.


Commodities imports have increased by 65 percent following the Jan. 1 reduction of customs duties. Because of this, the State Customs Committee has proposed to the government to further lower the duties.

Chukotka governor Roman Abramovich intends to sell his stock in the ORT television channel to Sberbank. Abramovich originally bought those shares from Boris Berezovsky for $150 million. The article comments on Abramovich's decision.

The article examines reasons behind the pessimistic moods that overshadowed the world stock markets last week.

The Moscow City Duma passed a draft of the 2002 Moscow budget with expected revenue amounting to 223 billion rubles and proposed expenditures totaling 232.9 billion rubles.

Kremlin deputy chief of staff Dmitry Kozak expects the State Duma to pass a new Criminal Code by the end of this year. He made the announcement in St. Petersburg on Sunday at the World Bank conference.

Aeroflot this year rented three Tu-134 planes from the Kominternavia company in Syktyvkar, which owns the largest fleet of medium-range Tu-134 planes in Russia.

The Kremlin intends to conduct an inventory of all state property. What will be the political consequences of such a decision? Six experts share their viewpoints on the issue.

Highly-regarded economist Alexander Livshits, who recently became the deputy director of RUSAL, intends to help the company turn a profit. The article examines his ambitious plans.

According to a bill passed by the State Duma, foreigners will be prohibited from being majority shareholders in national television channels. The article comments on the act's major provisions.

Boris Jordan, who three months ago became director of NTV, announces the goals he has already achieved at his new post. Jordan believes NTV may turn a small profit this year.

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The ARKO board of directors at its Tuesday session will reportedly grant an extension to Alfa Bank, which borrowed 1 billion rubles from ARKO in July 1999 at 50 percent of the existing financing rate of the Central Bank.

The production of many types of agricultural machines trebled in the first 6 months of the year trebled as compared with figures from the same period last year. The article examines several factors that have caused the boom in agricultural machinery.

The investment banking group NIKoil plans to release eurobonds on the international market in 2002, according to NIKoil CEO Nikolai Tsvetkov.

The OMZ board of directors decided to release 2nd and 3rd series bonds for 390 million rubles each.

Novaya Gazeta

Thousands of new Chechen refugees in Ingushetia are trying to evade federal troops' continuing mop-ups in their native land.

Dodojon Atovulloyev , editor in chief of the Tajik newspaper Charogi Ruz, was detained in Moscow last week at the request of Tajik authorities, who have accused him of insulting President Rakhmonov, calling for a forceful overthrow of the existing regime and fanning national discontent. The article comments on why Dushanbe has appealed with its request to Moscow rather than to Interpol.

The first statue of legendary eye surgeon Svyatoslav Fyodorov by Chuvash sculptor Vladimir Nagornov was unveiled on July 7 in Cheboksary, the capital of the republic of Chuvashia, on the territory of the Eye Microsurgery Center.

The regional Prosecutor's Office in Pskov accused deputy head of the regional administration Dmitry Dervoyed in late June of embezzling huge sums of budget money. In his interview Dervoyed stated that the case was forged by higher authorities.

One article examines how many soldiers desert their army units to evade beatings and extortion. The conclusion is that an army of private drivers and men fighting commercial kiosks will emerge in the next several years in place of a professional army in Russia.

Highly regarded political scientist Andrei Zapekly has been representing the Service of Political Information and Consulting Center| (SPIK Center) for five years. About two months ago the SPIK-Center drafted and presented a proposal for a Russian-Belorussian venture called Soyuz TV, which will air on channel 3 (TV-Tsentr).

Komomolskaya Pravda

The Moscow City Duma has passed a resolution to expand budget funds. The size and descriptions of new expenditures are given.

The Moscow government has approved a special program aimed at boosting the bread and macaroni industry. The story focuses on raising bread quality.

When will communal apartments disappear in Moscow? The head of the Commission on Housing and Utility Reform, Galina Khovanskaya, answers numerous questions from KP readers about their housing problems and about reform in the housing and utility sector. She said that 8,000 families in Moscow receive housing from the government every year.

The first Festival of Flowers will open in Moscow's Kuzminki Park on July 14 and over 25 special flower firms will participate.

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Few people know that Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov collects old autos, which he is displaying at a current show of antique cars titled "Exotika-2001" in Tushino.

Vitaly Smirnov, head of the Olympic Committee of Russia, speaks about a session of the International Olympic Committee that is officially scheduled for July 12 in Moscow.

One article describes the major renovation of the Moscow Planetarium, which, after completion, will allow its visitors to launch a space adventure.

Unidentified assailants on Saturday killed two entrepreneurs — Frunze Vardanyan, manager of the Armenian firm Dana, and Malik Arakelyan, owner of a small barber shop in Krasnogorsk — in northeastern Moscow.

An investigation into the disappearance of Dmitry Zavadsky, a cameraman for ORT who disappeared at the Minsk Airport a year ago, has been submitted to court.

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov on Saturday shared his view on initiatives to make another Russian city.

International Olympic Committee head Marquis Samaranch on Sunday was warmly received by artist and Rector of the Russian Academy of Arts Ilya Glazunov in a posh, 18th-century palace on Myasnitskaya Ulitsa.

GAI, immediately after its 65th anniversary celebration, put out a 300-page book titled "Comments on the Road Traffic Rules" that contains many effective recommendations.

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The Hungarian oil and gas company MOL and the YUKOS oil company will invest up to $100 million in the first year for development of an oil deposit in Western Siberia.

The state-owned Rosgazifikatsia company has found an interesting way to win back the 0.2 percent of Gazprom stock which the company lost last year.

Sibneft has announced a merger with two Kalmyk firms who sell their products to Russia. The absorption of the independent traders, which turn a $300 million profit, will cost the oil company only $1,500.

The Tyumen Oil Company (TNK) has forbidden Interros all access to RUSIA Petroleum shares. The Irkol firm, a TNK affiliate, will keep track of all TNK stock.

The Purneftegaz shareholders will hold a special meeting July 31 to consider several deals which may be of interest to the company.

The Audit Chamber in July-August will check the legality and expediency of structural reorganization, making joint-stock companies and privatization of state-owned aviation enterprises --"Tyumen Airlines" and Vnukovo Airlines.

The merger of Lyulka-Saturn and Rybinskiye Motory to form Saturn has raised some unfriendly eyebrows.