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



Novaya Gazeta

Komomolskaya Pravda

Moskovsky Komsomolets



It became evident after President Vladimir Putin's numerous consultations in Sochi this weekend that Russia, supported by the General Staff and the Chief of the General Staff Anatoly Kvashnin, may enter a new Afghan military campaign. An article comments on the decision, concluding that in the past several days, Russia formed the second front against the Taliban army. Also covered in Kommersant Daily and Vremya Novostei.

In an interview, General Alexander Lyakhovsky, who fought in Afghanistan in the 1980s, shares his view on the forces and equipment the United States would need if it launches an anti-terrorist retaliation operation in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Department of State on Sunday made a special statement in which it called on American citizens to avoid traveling to Uzbekistan. An article comments on the warning.

An article examines last week's events on world financial markets that can be viewed as catastrophic: all stock market records that had stood since the beginning of the past century have been broken, and negative news continues to arrive. Also covered in Vremya MN.

An article describes scattered terrorist training camps in Afghanistan that can be destroyed only as a result of a special operation by ground troops.

Sources in Tashkent on Sunday confirmed Uzbekistan's preliminary decision to give the United States "necessary" assistance, and several American planes have already arrived in the republic. An article explains why the United States needs Uzbekistan in its military anti-terrorist operation.

In an interview with three German mass-media outlets, President Vladimir Putin made it clear with whom Russia will side, how it will act and how it will respond to others' actions. Russia has actually made its choice ? it will side with the West, though it will try to use its good relations with several Arab states. An article focuses on six major points of the interview.

An article features Pope John Paul II's stay in Astana, Kazakhstan, and the Russian Orthodox Church's response to his visit. Also covered in Kommersant Daily and Vremya Novostei.

Patriarch Alexy II, who arrived in Armenia late last week, shared his view on the United States' planned retaliation action in Afghanistan. An article describes his visit. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

Yury Andryanov, general director of the Moscow Mil Helicopter Plant design bureau, stated Friday that his company had received an order to design and assemble a special helicopter for the president.

A serviceman who fled from his army unit in Moscow on Sunday morning killed a driver on Ulitsa Verkhniye Polya.

Sept. 23 marked two years since the day of launching the anti-terrorist operation in Chechnya ?former President Boris Yeltsin signed a secret decree authorizing the operation on that day. The result is more than 3,000 servicemen killed, 10,000 soldiers, officers and generals wounded and hundreds of thousands of homeless people. Several participants share their views on the operation.

President Vladimir Putin will fly to Germany on Tuesday. An article examines the extensive program of his visit.

Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin over the weekend visited the State Duma to seek a compromise in connection with several controversial provisions in the 2002 draft budget. His efforts were successful. Also covered in Kommersant Daily and Vremya Novostei.

An auction to sell 39.73 percent of the stock of Kuzbassugol was scheduled for Monday. The starting price of the package was expected to be slightly less than 800,000 rubles ($27,200).

Parliamentary hearings on the state of the domestic aviation sector were expected to take place Monday. Deputies would like to make the 2002 budget take into account the interests of this economic sector.

The Economic Development Ministry has made public its negative response to the increase gas prices proposed by the Federal Energy Commission. An article examines the ministry's position on the issue.

In a couple of days, Sidanko shareholders will have to meet again. Its new board of directors shows that the Tyumen Oil Co., which won the majority of seats on the board, cannot yet consider itself an absolute owner of 84 percent of stock of Sidanko. An article examines the situation.

An article examines who has sustained losses and who has gained from the U.S. tragedy. The article concludes that anti-globalists alone have gained from it.

An article describes a weekend session of the Steel Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that failed to yield any positive results.

An article features Tretyakovsky Proezd in Moscow, until recently, a small dull street that has now become the first in the city to host boutiques with de luxe commodities.

An article describes opponents to U.S. President George W. Bush's plan to launch a retaliation operation in Afghanistan. In addition, according to information from the U.S. administration, Bush is expected to announce a list of organizations suspected of terrorism. These organizations' accounts in U.S. banks will be immediately frozen.

In an interview, Irina Gerasimova, head of the Mayak Radio Company, and Sergei Davydov, general director of Novosti Online Radio Station, speak about novelties in their companies and about the situation on the domestic radio market.

Taylor Nelson Sofres/Gallup ADFact offers a list of 50 leading television advertising agencies in August 2001.


ORT television channel has opened its new season. After parting with shareholder Boris Berezovsky, Channel One is now fully controlled by the state. In an interview. ORT general director Konstantin Ernst speaks about novelties in his channel, focusing on the channel's finances as well as several new programs.

Gubernatorial elections took place in the Rostov region on Sunday. An article examines the elections and their preliminary results.

Residents of Crimea will no longer watch the Moscow informational television program "Vremya." An article explains.

A feature article is devoted to the newly built city of Lensk, Yakutia, which was nearly entirely destroyed by the spring floods. Local residents thanked Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu for his efforts to complete a large housing construction project on time.

Sergei Kapchuk, general director of the Salda Metal Plant in Sverdlovsk region, warned his employees on Saturday about an imminent threat by an external enemy ? the Uralmash public and political union that bought 30 percent of stock of the plant. An article describes the tense situation at the plant.

Gazprom and the government of the Leningrad region Saturday signed a new agreement on providing local residents with gas until 2004. An article comments on the document.

An article examines in detail the major provisions of the Land Code that the State Duma passed in the third reading last week.

A military Kamaz truck carrying soldiers home after visiting a disco sank in a local pond in the Volgograd region on Saturday. As a result, 11 soldiers died and five were injured. An article gives details.

Novaya Gazeta

An article examining possible scenarios for a U.S. retaliation operation in Afghanistan argues that the United States may not be able to defeat the Taliban army, saying that a third side, possibly China or India, may gain the victory.

Former Butyrka Prison chief Alexander Semyonov shared his opinion about three inmates' recent escape from the prison.

A highly placed official from the Federal Security Service Anti-Drug Department who remained anonymous describes the alarming drug situation in Russia and the large number of drug addicts.

Political analyst Grigory Pasko tries in vain to find the truth in his fabricated criminal case, but he can only see the falsification of its evidence. His article illustrates the point.

An article describes the budget education funds that the government promises to allocate next year and the state of affairs today when the government persistently says there is no money for education programs.

An article argues that the closer Armenia is to Russia, the farther it is from Turkey.

The State Duma Security Committee held a session Friday to discuss a proposal by Novaya Gazeta deputy editor Yury Shchekochikhin, committee deputy head, on holding a conference of world anti-terrorist specialists. State Duma Security Committee head Alexander Gurov comments on the proposal.

An article reveals the essence of the conflict between the Viktor Gerashchenko and the Central Bank and bankers over reforming the banking system.

An analysis is made of the joint strategy of the Central Bank and the government in boosting the banking sector.

Two popular newspapers are dying in two cities ? Kuznetsk, Penza region, and Grozny ? not due to commercial failures, but because they dared to write the truth about local authorities. An article features their difficult fate.

Feature journalist Anna Politkovskaya gives facts describing unbearable living conditions for peaceful civilians in Grozny due to unbridled crimes committed by federal troops.

An article describes a new television program by television journalist Sergei Dorenko that appeared Monday on the Moskovia Channel.

An article features the Penza region and its governor, Vasily Bochkaryov. The region has made good economic progress.

Komomolskaya Pravda

The Moscow Fire Service last week received six new fire engines made in Germany. An article describes this event.

The most significant excerpts from President Vladimir Putin's interviews with correspondents from three German mass media outlets in Sochi on the eve of his visit to Germany scheduled to begin Tuesday.

In interviews, State Duma Union of Right Forces faction leader Boris Nemtsov and Liberal Democratic Party of Russia leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky share their opposing views on the tragic events in the United States on Sept. 11 and on Russia's actions in connection with those terrorist attacks.

An article describes a unique Aphoristic Club in Moscow and its talented members.

Moskovsky Komsomolets

The State Statistics Committee intends to determine the volume of commodities brought to Russia by shuttle traders. An article describes the project.

The government has made the decision to merge small and economically ineffective state educational establishments into big university complexes. An article outlines the government's plan.

A road accident in Sergiyev Posad, Moscow region, on Sunday left three people dead. An article describes how it happened.

Moscow authorities plan to open an archaeological outdoor museum in the Kolomenskoye preserve. Its main feature will be the Dyakovskoye site of an ancient settlement that was built about 2,500 years ago. An article describes the project.

Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi answers numerous questions about the fate of several actors and cultural organizations.


The existing telecasting system was changed over two months ago without public warning. Muscovites will soon pay not only the city Mostelecom enterprise but also the private Komkor company for the use of television aerials. As a result, the tariff is to double, while telecasting quality will remain the same.

Gazprom head Alexei Miller has managed to defend his conservative version of the liberalization of the Gazprom stock market and postpone reforming his company for at least a year. Now he has a chance, starting Oct. 1, to achieve increasing the gas tariff by 20 percent for industrial consumers and by 25 percent for home consumers. The Federal Energy Commission has backed Gazprom.

The U.S. stock market lived through its worst week since 1933 last week. Investigations conducted immediately after the tragic events show that the recess caused by lower consumer activities, a higher rate of unemployment and a worsening business climate may last a year.

Political analyst Vitaly Portnikov in reference to numerous pronouncements by top state officials and military commanders elaborate on Russia's role in a new military anti-terrorist campaign in Afghanistan backing the Northern Alliance.

How will the confrontation between the Moscow region and Aeroflot end ? Six experts share their viewpoints on the issue.

An article is devoted to Central Bank head Viktor Gerashchenko, whose immense professional experience allows him to feel confident in many complicated situations.

First Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Shatalov proposes to exporters to wait six months rather than three months for VAT compensation. An article reveals the basics of his proposal and reports on how lawyers regard it.

The government has found a new way to achieve its goal of writing off foreign debts in exchange for investments. Russia and the Czech Republic are discussing the possibility of creating a guaranteed fund for Czech companies investing money in the Russian economy.

Fully resolved to punish America's enemies, President George W. Bush has canceled sanctions against Pakistan and India. An article examines what Bush may gain from the decision.

An article examines in detail achievements in the sphere of inventions by top Russian managers, including Sergei Kiriyenko, Yury Luzhkov, Industry Minister Alexander Dondukov and many others.

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The Union Card processing company that services the leading domestic payment system Union Card has imperceptibly changed owners. As of Monday, 99.9 percent of the company belongs to the Naumov brothers heading the company, who are thinking of selling Union Card to Gazprombank.

The Kremlin administration will try to help resolve the Mosenergo-Unified Energy Systems company conflict regarding Alexander Remezov that has lasted for over two months now. An article describes the situation.

According to LUKoil deputy head Dzhevan Cheloyants, the company intends to take part in a consortium to develop a large Prirazlomny oil deposit, the Pechora Sea shelf.

For the first time, Sibneft has created the position of chief engineer, with Iskander Diyashev taking up the job. He held a similar post in the Schlumberger company in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area.

The United States so far has not launched retaliatory action due to the lack of a concrete enemy, but marine carriers are sustaining losses already. U.S. spending to insure against "military risks" has nearly doubled.

When forming his team in Gazprom, the company's head, Alexei Miller, seems to prefer hiring his friends and acquaintances An article examines Miller's personnel policy.

The coal-metal group South Kuzbass has established control over the Beloretsk metal combine in Bashkiria. This became possible due to the decision of the Bashkir government to hand over a state package of 24 percent of the combine's stock in trust management to the Mechel-Invest company.

Strange things are happening around the Orsha-Khalilovsk metal combine, or Nosta, in the Orenburg region. Steeltex and Alfa-Eko, which are Nosta's creditors working for its bankruptcy, assure that they have become the owners of 33.3 percent of Nosta's stock, but their opponents say that it's impossible.

The extraction process at the Karachaganaksk gas deposit has been suspended due to differences between Russian and Kazakh customs officials.