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



Noviye Izvestia

Komomolskaya Pravda

Moskovskiye Novosti

Moskovsky Komsomolets



President Vladimir Putin on Monday announced five key points of Russia's policy in connection with the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11. They include opening Russia's air space for the flyover of planes with humanitarian aid to regions of the anti-terrorist operation and possible peace talks with Chechen rebels. An article comments on the president's official statement. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Vremya Novostei, Vremya MN, Rossiiskaya Gazeta and Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Five policy-makers and army generals give a negative answer to the following question ? Do you approve of Russia's possible consent to provide its territory to the United States for strikes on the Taliban?

Security issues at the Winter Olympic Games scheduled for February 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah, figured high on the agenda of the last week's session of the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee. An article comments on the committee's meeting.

Vladimir Pozner, head of the Russian Television Academy Monday named the candidates of the TEFFI Prize and the television channel that will air the awarding ceremony on Oct. 26. An article offers several candidates. Also covered in Kommersant Daily and Vremya Novostei.

Arkady Yevstafyev, who has been appointed acting general director of Mosenergo, took office Monday. Mayor Yury Luzhkov opposes Yevstafyev's appointment, which was made by the United Energy Systems board of directors, and intends to appeal to Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and Kremlin administration head Alexander Voloshin with a request to regulate the situation around Mosenergo. Also covered in Kommersant Daily and Vremya Novostei.

The U.S. stock market indexes that downgraded 15 percent last week began to grow rapidly Monday. An article gives figures to illustrate the growth, saying how the Russian stock market has responded to these developments. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

The U.S. space probe Deep Space-1 over the weekend neared the comet Borelli at a distance of 2,000 kilometers. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration promises many discoveries after its photographs are deciphered this week.

An article describes the intrigue around the Aeroflot company connected with the continuing land scandal. Aeroflot head Valery Okulov and Moscow regional governor Boris Gromov will try to resolve it this week.

The State Research Center of Social and Forensic Psychiatry on Monday completed a psychological and psychiatric examination of Colonel Yury Budanov, commander of a tank regiment in Chechnya, who is accused of killing Chechen Elza Kungayeva, 18, on March 27, 2000. An article offers experts' opinions. Also covered in Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

Oleg Taran, Vice President of the National Security Academy and Director of the Law Department of the Expert Consultative Council on National Security Problems under the State Duma Speaker, was killed in St. Petersburg on Friday. An article describes his death.

The renewed Democratic Party of Russia, DPR, whose founding congress will take place Tuesday, is viewed as an attempt to create a new party of power but only of a liberal orientation, a party that is able to compete with the Union of Right Forces Party, SPS. Novgorod regional governor Mikhail Prusak will become its leader. In an interview, SPS leader Boris Nemtsov and DPR leader Mikhail Prusak comment on the creation of the new party.

The ROMIR Research Center has made public results of its research within the framework of the international project Vitally Important Valuables. As it has turned out, Russians' social valuables are family, work, friends, leisure time and religion. An article examines the results in detail.

The Central Election Commission on Monday presented two new publications ? "The Institute of Elections in the History of Russia" and "Election Rights and the Right of the Russian Citizens to Participate in Referenda in Resolutions of the Supreme Court. An article reviews the publications.

The United States has stated that it is willing to help Russian officials in negotiations on Russia's admission to the World Trade Organization. The prime ministers of Finland, Denmark and Estonia have also expressed their willingness to back Russia. An article comments on the issue.

The Agency for Restructuring Credit Organizations on Monday announced its new program of work with SBS-Agro private creditors, who have received part of their deposits in state hard currency bonds. An article reveals the essence of the program.

Railways Minister Nikolai Aksyonenko and Primorye Governor Sergei Darkin signed a cooperation agreement Monday. An article examines its major provisions.

Oil prices on the world market fell by almost $4 Monday. An article examines two major factors that have caused the decrease in the price of oil, stating that OPEC oil extracting members at the OPEC meeting Wednesday will have a difficulty in maintaining oil extraction at the current level.

The French Pernod Ricard company has completed a deal on selling its non-alcoholic business to British Cadbury Schweppes. An article examines the deal.

The Voronezh Interior Department's Criminal Investigation Committee has conducted several unprecedented acts in the region. The committee arrested Oleg Malyshev, general director of the Voronezh Leasing Company and chairman of the local conversion fund, who is accused of huge embezzlements. After the arrest, local police conducted searches in 72 enterprises, including the Voronezh Mechanical Plant. An article gives details.

The Prosecutor General's Office decided to regulate the conflict between St. Petersburg distilleries that are unwilling to use the regional controlling sign RKZ on their products and the City Administration that views this sign as a guarantee of quality.

In an interview, Avtoradio station head Alexander Varin discusses the situation on the radio market and new projects at his station.

A Russian version of "New Musical Express", the legendary British publication devoted to show business, was presented in Luzhniki on Sunday. An article describes the publication.


At Tuesday's extraordinary session, the government was expected to make final amendments in the 2002 draft budget and submit the corrected draft to the State Duma. Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin stated that in order to expand the budget revenues, as was promised to Duma deputies, the government will change the budget's major macroeconomic parameters and revise its forecasts of raw materials price dynamics.

An unidentified gangster in the Tyumen region on Saturday killed Colonel Sergei Melnikov, acting chief of the local organized crime police department. An article gives details.

The fall session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe opened in Strasbourg on Monday and will focus on the situation in Chechnya. An article notes that now that the United States plans to launch an anti-terrorist operation, PACE will not impose sanctions against Russia. On the eve of the session, Lord David Russel-Johnston categorically stated that the situation with the human rights in Chechnya had not improved. An article comments on his statement.

A 60-member commission headed by first deputy of the presidential envoy in the Far Eastern federal district Gennady Apanasenko on Monday launched a comprehensive checkup in Primorye, governed by Sergei Darkin, to see how presidential decrees and federal programs are being implemented in the region.

An attack on Gudermes, Chechnya, over the weekend was a failure. The attack was organized by Aslan Maskhadov, who decided to launch it, frustrating the plans of Basayev and Khattab, who had worked out the operation. An article gives details.

When Pavel Borodin left the building of the Geneva Justice Palace on Monday, he was indignant that not a single question was put to him during the questioning. An article explains the situation.

A terrorist blast in the center of Khasavyurt, Dagestan, on Sunday killed a boy, a woman and a Novosibirsk OMON fighter and injured another 16 people. An article gives details.

The Federal Energy Commission has adopted a program of exporting 4.4 billion kwh of nuclear plant electricity in the fourth quarter of this year. Electricity will go to Georgia and Ukraine. In addition, the FEC has backed Rosenergoatom in its conflict with Unified Energy Systems. An article examines the conflict.

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko stated Monday that a license on the construction of a second GSM network in Belarus will be issued to the Russian Mobile TeleSystems company. This is already the second license given to a Russian operator this year.

Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin on Monday held a session of the government Commission on Protective Measures in Foreign Trade, at which he lowered gas export duties from 10 percent to 5 percent of the customs cost of 1,000 cubic meters but not less than 2.5 euros ($2.3). An article comments on the measure.

The government is expected to discuss the strategy of the development of the Russian banking sector on Thursday. The Central Bank has already regulated the strategy with the government, but the Anti-Monopoly Ministry and several other State Duma deputies harshly criticized the document Monday.

Central Bank deputy head Georgy Luntovsky stated Monday that the Central Bank intends to allow foreign banks to open their affiliates in Russia. An article comments on his statement.

Starting Wednesday, leading foreign insurers intend to suspend all treaties with aviation companies, which will have to agree on an unfavorable revision of the insurance agreements in order to maintain their insurance.

The Agency for Restructuring Credit Organizations on Monday proposed that SBS-Agro depositors hand over internal hard-currency loan bonds, or OVVZ, they have received instead of money in trust to MDM-Bank. An article examines what the depositors were promised for that.

Noviye Izvestia

A competition for the right to broadcast on new radio frequencies on the FM frequency will be held on Wednesday. What radio stations will take part in it? In an interview, Ekho Moskvy Radio Station General director Yury Fedutinov comments on the situation around the forthcoming competition.

The Rospan international gas extracting company has been in the state of bankruptcy 3 years. Several ways of leading this enterprise out of its crisis have been proposed to manager Mikhail Rubtsov. The story describes the enterprise's fate.

Mass fights between informal youth groups have become common in Moscow. Early last week such a fight in the Kuskovo forest left a 15- year-old teenager dead and many others injured. The story describes this and other fights.

Komomolskaya Pravda

President Vladimir Putin has found himself in a difficult situation. On the one hand, he should not allow Russia to be drawn into large-scale military operations, and on the other hand, Russia should not stand outside: it should go together with the civilized world. What would you do if you were in the president's shoes? Eight policy makers answer this question.

In an interview, Afghanistan's Deputy Defense Minister Atikulla Barjelai

talks about the current military operations in his country against the Taliban army. In the minister's opinion, Pakistan is deceiving the United states, because it will never cease to back the Taliban.

Several experts share their views on what is awaiting the United States in Afghanistan if it launches retaliation strikes on the Taliban.

The State Duma in October plans to consider (in the second reading) the draft bill concerning the obligatory insurance of car owners' civil responsibility. The story examines its major provisions, saying who will gain from it.

The story describes how a merry-go-round with children collapsed in the Izmailovo Luna Park, leaving several children injured.

Moscow authorities decided to remove several street advertising billboards from the center of the city. According to sociological opinion polls, only 20percent to 40 percent of city residents treat outside ads in a positive way.

The story reports on how a businessman in Sergiyev Posad (Moscow region) has bought an apartment block together with its tenants, and now he does not know what to do with them.

The story describes American companies and organizations that have sustained immeasurable losses as a result of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington on Sept. 11.

The Russian bicycle is 200 years old. The first one is kept in a local museum in Nizhny Tagil. The story is devoted to this jubilee.

Moskovskiye Novosti

Mayor Yury Luzhkov for the second time has nominated people's artist Alexander Shilov for the title of Honorary Citizen of Moscow. The story describes the artist's achievements.

U.S. President George W. Bush's statement on launching a military operation against terrorist camps in Afghanistan presupposes the participation of ground troops. The story notes that the experience of many previous wars in Afghanistan teaches that no force has ever managed to defeat this country.

In an interview, the Taliban spiritual leader, mullah Mohammad Omar reveals the essence of his stand and of his Taliban regime.

Arab states over the past several days made several serious decisions that make clear their stand on the planned U.S. retaliation strikes. The story examines several Arab states and their stands.

Philologist Valery Belyanin, professor at Moscow State University examines 13 lessons drawn from the tragic U.S. events.

Dmitry Afanasyev, member of the executive committee of the Russian-American Business Cooperation Council and lawyer at a law firm, believes that Russia's participation in the international antiterrorist operation is profitable for its economy. In an interview, Afanasyev comments on his viewpoint.

Russian authorities have long been trying to tame political movements connected with Islam. It has not excluded that their efforts to do it will be intensified after the terrorist acts in the United States. The story examines the Kremlin's Islamic policy of the '90s.

The story features a new public-state institute, the Civil Forum, and its major aim and structure. Its newly-created organizing committee last week decided the issue of its finances.

The Railways Ministry lately has launched several new projects to boost and modernize domestic railway transport. In order to continue them the ministry needs additional investments. In an interview, First Deputy Railway Minister Alexander Misharin talks about the projects focusing on the present situation with investments.

The General Prosecutor's Office on Sept. 25 created a board for the North Caucasus. The story examines its functions and tasks.

Historian Roy Medvedev describes little-known facts (which were a state secret) about the diseases of former Soviet leaders .

Moskovsky Komsomolets

The terrorist attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11 have put in doubt the construction of such sky-scrapers in the future. Chief architect of New York Richard Rozen believes that "this is the end to the gigantic buildings". In Moscow the construction project of a grandiose complex of skyscrapers Moscow City will remain on paper. The story examines the project.

President Vladimir Putin's arrival in Berlin Airport Tigel in the morning today coincides with the appearance of the newspaper MK-Germany designed for the Russian-speaking Germans (about 5 million). Putin has congratulated the paper and its readers on this significant event. The story describes this new foreign project of the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets.

Americans since the tragic events on Sept. 11 have been making huge donations for major renovations in New York, to the victims' families, injured firemen and policemen, to doctors and for a future memorial. The story highlights show Hollywood stars, businesspeople and sportsmen and their huge donations.

The story describes two cases that happened in Moscow over the weekend and which may be linked (though indirectly) to the tragic events in the United States on Sept. 11. An unidentified thief robbed the Saudian Embassy, and also stole documents from an American tourist on the right to pilot a boeing plane. The story gives details.

According to the decision of the Moscow government, the city court in the near future will receive money to equip its building on Ulitsa Bogorodsky Val with a videoconference communications system. The story examines its technical advantages.

Specialists from the Vishnevsky Surgery Institute and the Institute of Element-Organic Compounds of the Academy of Sciences have developed a new polymer material to be used for making breast silicone implants. The story describes the material and its future use in medicine and cosmetics.

What interests and business projects in the early '90s made oligarchs Vladimir Gusinsky and Boris Berezovsky good partners and which of their personality traits separated them? The story examines the origin of their partnership.

Experts say that after media tycoon "in exile" Boris Berezovsky sold his stock in ORT and Sibneft, his fortune is about $1 billion . Berezovsky stated recently that $150 million of this sum he is willing to spend on his political activities in Russia. What will he spend the money on? The story makes several guesses.

Media magnate Vladimir Gusinsky with his family has moved from Spain to the United States. The story describes his media projects and plans.

The story examines five risky operations linked to lifting the Kursk nuclear submarine.

In an interview, world-renowned sculptor Mikhail Shemyakin speaks about his brainchild on Bolotnaya Square, about his current creative works and about problems connected with his Institute of Philosophy and Psychology of Creative Endeavor, an affiliate of his New York Institute.

Ust-Ilimsk residents have expressed their concern over the future fate of the Timber Industrial Plant in their city, which unexpectedly has changed its management. The fact is that the economic well-being of this enterprise determines the well-being of many thousands of people. The story describes an illegal re-division of property at the complex.


World oil prices that had continued to fall last week plunged by more than 9 percent on Monday, reaching a record-low level over the past 17 months. Many analysts say that Russian oil today costs only $1 more than what is envisaged by the most pessimistic government prognosis for the next year.

The domestic economy, as compared with the U.S. economy, has never before looked so healthy as today when incomes and retail trade turnover are growing and the unemployment rate is falling. The State Statistics Committee on Monday made public official macroeconomic figures for August, which turned out to be the best month of the year.

The Supreme Court abolished the division of arbitration managers into three categories, thus making all arbitration managers equal in rights. An article comments on the court's decision.

The government was expected Tuesday to decide how to increase the 2002 budget revenues and spending. Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin does not fear analysts' prognoses on lowering oil prices ? the budget has been drafted to withstand $18.5 per barrel of Urals oil.

The government Monday failed to raise customs duties on used foreign autos. In this context, those who planned to sell such cars at a higher price will have to wait for a month.

An article examines significant issues President Vladimir Putin will discuss with the German leadership on his visit that began Tuesday.

According to the State Statistics Committee, the size of Russia's permanent population in January-July this year, as compared with the figure for the beginning of this year, decreased by 530,800 people, or by 0.4 percent. As of Aug. 1, the population was 144.3 million.

Russia will do everything in its power to win the right to host EXPO-2010. The national organizing committee is headed by Prime Minister Kasyanov, who is resolved to struggle for this right.

Will the government find 100 billion rubles ($3.4 billion) a big enough addition to the budget revenue? Seven experts share their viewpoint on the issue.

During the privatization campaign, AFK Sistema managed to obtain many Moscow enterprises. In an interview, Vladimir Yevtushenko, head of the Sistema board of directors, talks about his company's profitable business and about its plans.

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Without awaiting official results, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko announced Mobile TeleSystems the winner of the tender for the second GSM license in the republic Monday.

An unprecedented competition among metals giants for control over Kuzbassugol has turned out to be profitable for the Treasury. On Monday ,39.73 percent of the stock of this company was sold for 2.6 billion rubles ($88.4 million) against the starting price of 733.8 million rubles. The largest part of the package was bought by the leading domestic metal combines Magnitka and Severstal.

The shares of the U.S. defense enterprises, unlike Russian ones, are growing rapidly. An article names several such enterprises and their huge profits today.

The Russian aviation agency Rosaviakosmos is in negotiations with China on a joint design for short-distance, long-haul and regional planes. This was stated by Rosaviakosmos general director Yury Koptev.

The management of the Hungarian Ikarus-RT bus maker, which controls 54 percent of the company, "cannot build its future with Russian Avtotraktoroexport," noted Gabor Selesh, head of the Hungarian company.

The attempt by the Ust-Ilimsk Timber Combine minority shareholders to seize power at a leading pulp producer was a failure, and the Kontinental-Invest Group restored control over the combine on Monday. The defeated shareholders claim that their opponents were helped by Siberian Aluminum.

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has handed over the crane vessel Ispolin to the state-controlled Rosneft company as part of an additional issuance of its shares. The Russian Federal Property Fund tried to sell it through a competition, but LUKoil, the only claimant, viewed the price of more than $30 million as too high.

According to Bloomberg, the Central Bank of Switzerland halved the key annual interest rates for the second time in the past week.

The Moscow Dialog-Optim Bank has bought more than 25 percent of Primsotsbank.