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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

Obshchaya Gazeta

Novaya Gazeta

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Komomolskaya Pravda



The first CIS informal summit will take place today in the guest-house Chainy Domik near Dagomys on the Black Sea where President Vladimir Putin invited CIS leaders. The story describes the event, focusing on bilateral meetings that have long become dominant in the CIS summits. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Noviye Izvestia, Vremya Novostei, Vremya MN, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Moskovsky Komsomolets

Federation Council Speaker Yegor Stroyev has been registered as a candidate running for the gubernatorial seat in the Orel region where the elections are scheduled for October. In an interview Stroyev does not exclude the possibility that he may soon quit his high post in the upper house of parliament. Also covered in Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Mosenergo Corp. on Wednesday stated that in accordance with the recent court decision it will not prepare a shareholders' meeting. In an interview company head Alexander Remezov, whose resignation is a target of Unified Energy Systems, explains why he has found himself in the center of the scandal. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Nezavisimaya Gazeta

The story describes how an American trainee pilot from Florida, Milo John Reese, highjacked his own plane and flew it to Cuba during his first independent flight. No special reasons for the theft are reported.

Nizhny Novgorod law enforcement agencies are investigating into the circumstances of how the land of the Valdai National Park were privatized. The person who has bought it is a Moscow businessman (his name so far is not mentioned). The story gives details. Also covered in Nezavisimaya Gazeta

The check-up on the Leningrad marine base (LenVMB) of the Baltic Fleet launched by the Main Military Prosecutor's Office has ended in a scandal. Criminal proceedings have been instituted against top officials of the garrison, including its commander, Vice-Admiral Alexander Kornilov. The story details the case.

Veniamin Yakovlev, Chairman of the Supreme Arbitration Court, on Wednesday for the first time stated in public his negative stand on judicial reform. The story gives details. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Vremya Novostei, Vremya MN

The governors of the Ivanovo and Kostroma federal regions, Vladimir Tikhonov and Viktor Shershunov, have failed to reach an agreement concerning the border between their respective regions. The story examines negative results of their talks.

The Federal Arbitration Court on Wednesday declared illegal the decision of the Moscow Arbitration Court, which late in February banned Media-MOST's daughter company Media-MOST Capital and Management Ltd to vote with 19 percent of stock of NTV. Media-MOST could not vote with this package of stock at the NTV shareholders' meeting, which led to a changeover of the television company's leadership. Brief. Also covered in Kommersant Daily

Two unidentified thieves Wednesday stole $360,000 from the Moscow office of the Roller Trading Ltd. construction company. The Department of the Interior press-service described how it happened. Brief.

The International Festival of Children and Teenagers from the Black Sea Economic Cooperation countries dubbed Golden Ladya-2001, which will become an annual event, is scheduled for Aug. 23-30 in Sochi . Its sponsor is the Black Sea Cultural Alliance. Brief.

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko during his recent meeting with heads of regional, city and district administrations stated that OSCE mission head in Minsk Hans George Wieck has become chief of the opposition, and that the West is preparing to forge results of the upcoming presidential elections. The story comments on his statement. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Vremya MN

The story reflects on the issue concerning the future fate of the Kursk nuclear submarine after the salvage operation. Even experts working on the operation are unable to answer this question.

Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko on Wednesday answered numerous questions over the Internet from CIS residents about the future fate of the commonwealth. The story examines some of his answers. Also covered in Nezavisimaya Gazeta

The shareholders of SIDANKO and the Tyumen Oil Company (TNK) have come to agreement on the issue of returning Chernogorneft and of working in RUSIA Petroleum. Today the shareholders of TNK, Alfa Group and Renova, and SIDANKO, British Petroleum and Interros, intend to announce their agreements in public. Also covered in Kommersant Daily

The story examines the situation on the financial market, saying that the dollar rate, despite all rumors, will not fall on the Russian market and the euro's successes will not affect it. Also covered in Vremya MN

Thursday marks Paratroopers' Day. On this occasion feature journalist Eduard Polyanovsky devotes his story to the Pskov paratroopers who were killed in Chechnya. Also covered in Vremya MN, Vremya Novostei, Krasnaya Zvezda, Rossiiskaya Gazeta


The government Commission on Protective Measures in Foreign Trade made a revolutionary decision on Wednesday — the import duties on technological equipment will be cut by 5 percent in September. The story discusses details. Also covered in Vremya MN

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Thursday may sign a document blocking the growth of tariffs up to the end of this year. This means that the Cabinet head has selected a plan to create a single tariff agency. The final decision is expected to be made at Kasyanov's meeting with the president scheduled for August 7. The story explains the notion of the single tariff agency. In an interview Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko comments on the situation around the creation of this agency. Also covered in Rossiiskaya Gazeta

The story describes how the computer virus "SirCam" in Kiev divulges secret documents of the Leonid Kuchma administration.

Azeri President Geidar Aliyev has signed a decree on introducing the Roman alphabet to the country. The story comments on the decision. Also covered in Vremya MN

Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov on Wednesday held an enlarged session of interior bodies chiefs in the Ural Federal District to introduce Chief of the Interior District Board Alexei Krasnikov. The story describes the meeting, focusing on the response to this appointment in the Ural district.

The merger of Sibir and Vnukovo Airlines have been suspended by court proceedings. The Judiciary Aviation Service managed to halt the deal, after demanding the payment of a 4 million ruble debt from Sibir. The story discusses the conflict.

The Garanti-Bank of Moscow has given up its program to issue plastic cards, which signifies the beginning of curtailing of all of the bank's wholesale business after the crisis in its parent structure — the Turkish Garanti-Bank. The story examines the situation in detail.

The Austrian Fund " data AG" sponsored by Siemens Corp. has announced the liquidation of its business. The story explains why.

Gazprombank's new tariffs on depositary servicing Gazprom stock tradings took effect Wednesday. The story examines the tariffs.

Prof-Media Corp. on Wednesday announced the successful completion of its negotiations on buying a controlling interest of the newspaper Sovetsky Sport. The story comments on the deal. Also covered in Vremya Novostei

YUKOS has insured its three oil-extracting enterprises — Yuganskneftegaz, Tomskneft and Samaraneftegaz for $2.5 billion. Brief.

Sheremetyevo International Airport starting Saturday has banned 10 airlines (their names are given) from making charter flights from Sheremetyevo-2. Brief.

The STB payment system jointly with Lipetskcombank has announced the beginning of one of its largest wages projects . Brief.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

The story describes a heated struggle unfolding on the nuclear waste market, with the regions' interests being ignored.

The number of cholera patients in Kazan is now up to 33; earlier this week the figure was 17. Chief sanitary physician Gennady Onishchenko commented on the situation in Kazan.

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, on orders from President Vladimir Putin, will supervise work of the Marine Collegium that is being formed now. The new agency will monitor marine economic activities by all federal bodies of executive power. Brief.

Media-MOST holding head Vladimir Gusinsky has agreed to sell part of his stock of Ekho Moskvy radio station to former Economics Minister Yevgeny Yasin. This was stated Wednesday by radio editor-in-Chief Alexei Venediktov. Brief.

Labor Minister Alexander Pochinok confessed that the official number of unemployed seriously differs from the real figure , which approximates 7 million. The story examines the problem, citing facts, other figures, and experts' opinions and conclusions.

The Economic Development Ministry has drafted a document concerning the Federal Commission on Tariff Policy and Regulation of Natural Monopolies. The story analyses the draft.

Moscow and Washington are marking 10 years since the signing of the first, and so far the only acting treaty, according to which the two nuclear powers for the first time in history began to cut their arsenals of nuclear weapons. At the meeting in Moscow in 1991 President Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President George Bush put their signatures to the Treaty of Reducing and Limiting the Strategic Offensive Weapons,known as START 1. The story discusses the great significance of the treaty, and why it is still important today.

Noviye Izvestia

The story gives concrete facts describing how with inactive local law-enforcement agencies in Azov, outside influences have launched efforts to supply young people with drugs, after which they usually become addicts.

Russia today views China as a priority partner in exporting its gas and oil to the Asian-Pacific region. The story offers calculations by Chinese experts of gas consumption in their country by 2010 and the volumes of Russian oil deliveries to China, starting with 2005.

The government at a session today is expected to discuss results of the country's economic development in the first half of this year and map out plans for the second half. The story examines major results of the session.

Obshchaya Gazeta

Political analyst Alexander Sukhotin tries to answer his own questions — Why is the North Korean leader coming to Moscow? Why is his visit veiled in secrecy? The author offers several interesting conclusions.

In an interview highly-regarded journalist and television official Oleg Poptsov speaks about the past, present and future fate of domestic television mass media, saying in part that mass media and the freedom of speech today are undergoing the heaviest test in all their years of their existence. He focuses on four very negative and dangerous circumstances affecting the current situation.

Media-tycoon Boris Berezovsky, who possesses 75 percent of stock of the TV-6 channel, stated on July 30 that he has handed over the leadership of the channel to Media -MOST Group, which, by mutual agreement, is represented by TV-6 Director-General Yevgeny Kiselyov. The latter has made the situation clear.

In an interview deputy general director of Russian Aluminum Corp. Alexander Livshits reflects on what Russia will gain when it becomes a WTO member. He also shares his view on the recent Genoa G-8 summit, on the amnesty of the capital that was taken away and on the international prospects of the domestic economy.

The federal authorities for almost a year have been deceiving the public, at home and abroad, about reasons behind the Kursk nuclear submarine disaster. The story gives the chronology of deceiving information, starting with the day of the accident, August 12, 2000. Also covered in Novaya Gazeta

The story reports on how and where teenagers can earn money during their summer holidays.

How did former President Boris Yeltsin respond to approval ratings and what is President Vladimir Putin's reaction to them? The story presents an interesting comparison.

The Australian Service Controlling Banking Transfers (AUSTRAC) suspects the Pacific Republic NAURU, the smallest republic in the world, of assisting in laundering money for the Russian mafia. The story examines how the money is laundered.

Novaya Gazeta

Highly-regarded lawyer Leonid Olshansky, spokesman for the expert council under the human rights plenipotentiary, answers the following questions: How should the police force be reformed, and what is the best way to raise the level of trust between the police and the public?

The story discusses glossy magazines, the reading of which, in the opinion of journalist Alexei Polikovsky, encourages superficial thinking in young people.

ROSSIISKAYARossiiskaya Gazeta


Russian computer operator Dmitry Sklyarov, who was arrested in the U.S. on charges of allegedly violating the Copyright Act in the digital epoch has been transferred to another prison. The story details his case.

Komomolskaya Pravda

The story highlights legendary geologist Farman Salmanov, who has turned 70, and who was the first geologist in Western Siberia. In an interview he expresses his opinion on what authorities should do today to boost geological surveying for mineral resources.

What food and non-food products will rise in price in August? The story offers an expert's economic prognosis.

Today marks 65 years since the beginning of the 11th Olympiade in Berlin, the capital city of the then fascist Germany. It has become one of the most controversial sports events on the Olympic annals. Despite excellent sports results , the spirit of militarism and nazism was dominant then. The story gives six little-known facts from the history of the Olympic Games under the patronage of Adolf Hitler, the bloodiest dictator in the history of humankind.


The merger between Sibir and Vnukovo Airlines has been suspended in court due to Sibir's 4 million ruble debt. The story examines the scandal in detail.

Economic Development Minister Gherman Gref has lost the battle for the single tariff agency that in the future will regulate the tariffs of all natural monopolies. The new department will be created on the basis of the Federal Energy Commission.

The confrontation between the shareholders of the Tyumen Oil Company (TNK) and SIDANKO that lasted for almost two years has ended at last. The two sides are expected to sign two packages of documents today, on returning the assets of Chernogorneft to SIDANKO, and on dividing stock of RUSIA Petroleum.

The State Commission on holding the all-Russia census of the population confirmed its decision on Wednesday to schedule the census for Oct. 9-16, 2002. Brief.

Supreme Arbitration Court Chairman Veniamin Yakovlev has expressed his view about why he is opposed to judicial reform. The brief explains why.

The Ministry of Industry and Science has developed a complicated system of calculation of duties on used foreign-made autos, which will be divided into two categories according to their age. What duties may be expected to be optimal? Five experts share their viewpoints on the issue.

The well-known cellular operator Sonic Duo has been bought by the private investment company LV-Finance. The story examines the deal.

Mikhail Delyagin, Director of the Institute of Globalization Problems, examines several changed characteristics of the 2002 budget drafted by the Finance Ministry, which shows that this agency will change its budget policy.

The government Commission on Protective Measures in Foreign Policy at Wednesday's session presided by Economic Development Minister Gherman Gref decided to lower import duty rates for 400 commodity titles. The story comments on the measure.

For the first time in the history of domestic privatization, the state property, starting in 2002, will be put on sale together with a land plot, which will be included in the enterprise's property to be privatized.

In an interview Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov examines major provisions of restructuring the military-industrial complex, saying that it will be done according to the government-approved plan.


Managers and co-owners of YUKOS are continuing to sell shares wholesale of their oil company. This time under their stock the Swiss UBS Bank has released its bonds that can be converted into 2 percent to 3 percent stocks of YUKOS. UBS jointly with CSFB before the end of this year plans to sell to institutionalized investors another 2 percent of stock of YUKOS.

A ban on daytime charter flights to and from Sheremetyvo-2 Airport took effect on Wednesday. The story reveals the details of the measure.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has conducted an investigation into the activities of 57 analysts in the securities sector. It turns out that 16 of them, almost 30 percent, buy cheap shares from private companies not long before holding the primary offering.

The leadership of the Zavolzhsky Motor Plant on Wednesday announced two decisions — the suspension of shipment of motors to the Gorky Auto Plant (GAZ) and the resumption of the process. The brief explains these two opposing decisions.

The Gazprom and Stroitransgaz consortium created for participating in the construction of the Trans-China gas pipeline East-West plans to sign an agreement with Shell Corp. on cooperation in realizing projects on the territory of China. This was stated by a source in Gazprom. Brief.

The Tyumen Oil Company began at last to consolidate ONAKO assets, which its owners — Alfa-Group and Renova — bought almost a year ago. The Orenburg company shareholders' meeting in early September will discuss a proposal on increasing the charter capital by 2.3 times.

A large package of stock of the Barnaul Tyre Plant (BSHZ) has appeared to be under the supervision of Alfa-Bank and its friendly companies. Managers of this bank, that is well-known for its takeovers, assure that they intend to develop the plant together with the co-owner of the controlling interest of BSHZ-FPG Neftekhimprom.

The ferry route from St. Petersburg to Kehl, Germany will pass through Kaliningrad, starting Aug. 16. It will be very popular among carriers importing automobiles.