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



Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Noviye Izvestia

Novaya Gazeta

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Moskovsky Komsomolets



State Duma deputies Wednesday were unable to work out a single position on the recent tragic events in the USA and on Russia's direct participation in its retaliation strike on terrorist number one Usama bin Laden and the Taliban hiding him. (1, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Vremya MN, 1, Vremya Novostei, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1 )

Several stories reflect on specific features of national response in Russia to the deadly threat of terrorism. (3)

The All-Russia Center for the Study of Public Opinion ( VTSIOM ) has taken an opinion poll in Moscow and Kiev to see how residents have responded to the terrorist attacks in the United States. A story comments on results. (1)

Today marks the 2nd anniversary of First Lady Raisa Gorbachev's death. In an interview former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev talks about his nearest and dearest wife, partner and friend. (1,12, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 8 )

The Interior Ministry Collegium is expected to discuss a draft of reforming the Public Security Service. In an interview Deputy Interior Minister Alexander Chekalin outlines the draft. (1,4 )

At his meeting in Washington Wednesday with President George W. Bush, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov proposed several practical measures to fight terrorism. No comments on the measures were made. Ivanov did however, comment on the issue of CIS states' views regarding American use of their military bases. (2, Kommersant Daily, 10, Vremya Novostei, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda.4 )

The housing construction project in flood stricken Lensk is nearing completion ? 242 houses have already been built, of which 229 have already been accepted by the state commission. A story describes what has been done, what remains to be done and how several local officials have squandered budget money for their own objectives. (2)

Whether or not to move troops to Afghanistan ? this is a key issue being discussed now in the USA. Twenty years ago a similar issue was discussed by the government of the former Soviet Union by the then Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko. In an interview his son Anatoly Gromyko, specializing in affairs of the Islamic world, reminisces about what his father told him about the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan. (2)

Federation Council deputy Gleb Fetisov shares his view on the draft budget-2002, which the State Duma will discuss today. He focuses on several articles which may cause heated debates and says what concessions to the State Duma may be expected from the government. (4)

LUKoil, the 5th most important oil company in the world, today is marking is 10th birthday. A story describes its origin, strategies, achievements and problems. (4)

The planned American military actions in the east may have negative consequences for Russia ? a sharp decrease in exporting capital by domestic companies and an increase in capital once taken out from the country coming back home. A story comments on the possible situation. (5)

The American planned retaliation actions are likely to have a negligible impact on Russia's financial system, since its economy depends very little on the USA. A story comments on the issue. (5)

Alexander Zakharov , Director General of the Moscow Inter-Bank Currency Exchange, made a report at the recent 3rd banking conference in Sochi, proposing several concrete measures that could help resolve serious problems facing the domestic banking system, such as low capitalization of banks and the deficit of long-term liabilities. A story examines his report. (6)

NATO Secretary General George Robertson Wednesday met with journalists in Brussels to explain the alliance's strategy in the coming clash with international terrorism. A story examines NATO's policy. (8)

The deal to privatize Eestee Raudtee (Estonian railways) which went into force on Sept. 1, 2001 has caused a re-distribution of cargo flows in the North-Western region. The fall of Estonian railway cargo turnover in separate positions amounts to 46 percent. A story examines the situation, focusing on the position of Russian cargo-senders. (8)

In an interview TV journalist Sergei Dorenko talks about his creative and political plans as well as his new TV program. (10, Kommersant Daily, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5 )

In an interview Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi comments on rumours about his possible resignation and about his telephone talk with Lyudmila Narusova. (10)


State Duma deputies dislike a program of foreign borrowings proposed in the draft budget-2002: the government next year intends to borrow 2 billion on the foreign market to resolving the 2003 debt problem. A story describes how deputies discussed the issue. (1)

The story reports on how officers from the FSB Chechen Board have responded to rebels' recent terrorist acts in Grozny, Gudermes and Argun. (1)

Sept. 19 was the 3rd trading day at the American stock exchanges since reopening after the tragedy in the U.S. A story examines the negative results. (1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

After the tragic events in the U.S. many Americans have become afraid, not so much of new terrorist acts, but of unemployment, which has already affected thousands of workers and employees. A story gives details. (1)

After a session of the Fatherland's Political Council (PC) Wednesday, it became clear that the movement would not merge with Unity until at least January. The Political Council scheduled a party founding congress for Oct. 13. PC Secretary Alexander Vladislavlev commented on his agency's decisions. (2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

The Moscow City Duma Wednesday increased taxes on the gambling business. The same measure was taken previously by federal authorities. Vice Premier of the Moscow government Ilya Ordzhonikidze commented on their actions. (2)

The Foreign Ministry Wednesday confirmed that Bulgaria on Oct. 1 will impose a visa regime for Russian travelers in order to meet European Union's demands. A story comments on the measure. (2)

The Tax Ministry has drafted amendments to the Tax Code with the aim of intensifying control over citizens' spendings. A story examines several amendments. (2, Vremya Novostei, 1)

A story explains why the United States has decided to play a waiting game in its plans to launch its commercial satellites from Baikonur . (3)

Moscow Interior Department chief Vladimir Pronin Wednesday launched structural reform for the governance in his agency. A story examines his first steps. (3)

The Bureau of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE) Wednesday revised a program of banking reform and drafted a new document , which is now viewed as an addition to the Central Bank's strategy rather than as an independent program. On Sept. 19 the document was presented to bankers at a session of the National Investment Council. A story examines the document's major provisions. (4)

The ROMIR independent research center Wednesday printed results of its expert research "The Third Rating of Russian PR-Agencies", which have caused a scandal. A story gives details. (4 )

Transstroi First Vice-President Yefim Basin Wednesday announced the completion of a railway construction project stretching from the Baikal-Amur Railway to the Chineisky oil deposit. He also stated that his company's further plans are unclear due to the actions of the Railways and Natural Resources ministries. (4)

The Bureau of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs at its session on Wednesday has decided to back the candidacy of Anatoly Chubais. Chubais candidacy claims 50 percent of votes in the Overseeing Council of the Administrator of the trading system of the electrical energy wholesale market. (ATS ). Besides, oligarchs decided to find out how strong the Union's influence is in the government and wrote a letter to Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov. A story reveals its content. (4)

According to the newspaper Tribuna , the Overseeing Council of the Polish state-owned oil and gas concern Wednesday voted against the agreement on the deliveries of natural gas from Norway to Poland which was recently signed by the governments of both countries. A story explains why the Polish government did it. (5)

A story describes several serious personnel changes in the leadership of the Aeroflot company. (5)

Gazprom's German partner Wintershall stated Wednesday that it intends to freeze the joint project with Gazprom on developing the Prirazlomny oil deposit in the Pechora Sea for at least a year. (5)

The Central Bank Wednesday made public a long-awaited instruction on the procedure of transferring money by individuals to foreign banks . A story examines its major provisions. (7)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

What aims did the unidentified terrorists try to achieve through their terrorist attacks in the USA? A story insists that they were neither political, nor military, nor moral. They have secured an economic result. Many businessmen make fortunes during economic crises and industrial slumps. And it's probable that the terrorists committed their inhuman acts to improve their economic and financial positions. (1,2 )

At its first session after the summer vacation the Federation Council is expected to discuss a draft document regulating the work of its all sections. The draft was prepared by the Federatsia Group. The document carries articles regulating the work of the FC Speaker, the duties of the FC Council, committees and administration. A story reveals the essence of the document. (1,2)

President Vladimir Putin staying in Sochi Thursday is reported to announce a variant of Moscow's participation in the military operations against international terrorism under the aegis of the USA. A story concludes that the fate of the whole CIS commonwealth depends on Putin's decision. ( 1,5)

Military analyst Mikhail Khodarenok examines several factors that have contributed to low morale in the Russian army. He concludes that if urgent measures are not taken to improve order and discipline the trend may lead to a complete collapse. (2)

Situated on the right bank of the Narva River, 150 kilometers west from St. Petersburg, the old Russian city of Ivangorod is dying. (4)

Noviye Izvestia

Highly regarded astrologer Tamara Globa is sure that the current period of high tension will not lead to World War III. Along with this, she noted that the situation in the sky, like on Earth, is critical. It had been aggravating over the past six months and has now resulted in the tragic events in America.. (1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3 )

The Moscow City Court will declare its verdict concerning a highly-placed state official ? former Justice Minister Valentin Kovalyov ? on Oct. 3. Kovalyov is accused of embezzlement and bribery. (1)

Novaya Gazeta

Lieutenant-General Boris Agapov has spent many years in Central Asia and fought in Afghanistan. In an interview he talks about enormous difficulties that the United States may face in its planned anti-terrorist operation in Afghanistan. (1,4,5)

Businessman Lev Chernoi, who is well-known at home and abroad, has decided to take the domestic timber sector under his wing. A story examines the companies he is employing in his new business. (2)

In an interview, Yury Brazhnikov, Emergency Situations Deputy Minister, and Andrei Legoshin, deputy chief of the ministry's Rescue Center, explain why the United States restrained from asking for their help in saving victims of the terrorist acts in the World Trade Center. (6)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

The newspaper gives a list of Russian servicemen, who have committed military crimes on the territory of Chechnya during the anti-terrorist operation there. The list was submitted for publication by presidential aide Sergei Yastrzhembsky, and the same list has been handed over to Supreme Commissar for Human Rights of the Council of Europe. The list and a commentary by military lawyer Yury Yakovlev. (1,6)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

In an interview Boris Gromov, former commander of the 40th Soviet army in Afghanistan where he fought since the beginning of that war in 1980 and finished it with the withdrawal of the Soviet troops in 1989, gives effective recommendations on how the USA should conduct its anti-terrorist operations. (1,2)

According to a decision by the Moscow government, public transport (bus, trolleybus and tram) fares will increase in price beginning Sept. 25. A story details the new fares. (1)

Thieves in Mozhaisk (Moscow region) Monday savagely murdered Yelena Surovtseva, 31, director of the local Sergei Gerasimov House Museum, and her 10-year -old daughter Alyona. Police have arrested a suspect, who once visited their apartment. A story gives details. (1)

The Moscow regional government has adopted new rules regarding the keeping dogs and cats in the region and the catching stray animals. A story examines several rules. (1)

Local police in the Ramensky District (Moscow region) daily detain mushroom-pickers, who hunt for dangerous mushrooms which cause hallucinations and act as stimulants. Drug addicts prefer to buy them. (1)

Moscow police Wednesday arrested 3 managers of a tourist firm that was organized by a group of Moldovans in the south of the city. The firm's underground workshop made foreign passports with the help of several employees in the Foreign Ministry. A story gives details. (1 )

The Moscow City Duma on Wednesday passed a draft bill concerning a new procedure of registering foreign workers in Moscow. A story examines the document that toughens conditions of their stay and work in the city. (1)

A story, referring to well-informed sources in law-enforcement agencies, gives sensational details about how three Butyrka inmates, who fled from the prison recently, prepared their escape long in advance. (1)

Sixth-grader Pavel Frolov Tuesday committed suicide in his apartment on Pedagogicheskaya Ulitsa due to a conflicting situation in his family. A story describes how it happened. (6)

In an interview Afghanistan's Ambassador in Moscow says that it's the Northern Alliance in his country that may play the key role in the anti-terrorist war. He also speaks about the Taliban army manned with 40 percent of Pakistani mercenaries. The Ambassador also shares his view on the West's upcoming anti-Taliban military operation. (2)

Air Force Chief Commander Anatoly Kornukov at his meeting with President Vladimir Putin Wednesday described in detail how Moscow will be defended by the air force from terrorist acts. A story reveals his plan. (2)


Governments throughout the world are toughening their control over their Moslem populations, and banks are unwilling to work with companies owned by people with the family name bin Laden, even if these bin Ladens have nothing to do with Osama bin Laden.

The Central Bank has kept its promise to allow Russian citizens to open accounts in foreign banks. Starting in late September, a Central Bank permit will no longer be needed to open such accounts. It will be possible to open accounts ? after informing the tax agencies ? in 34 countries.

Members of the Bureau of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs have announced how they would like Russian entrepreneurs to participate in state government. RUIE head Arkady Volsky, in his letter to Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, has listed government commissions in which oligarchs would like to work. One oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, plans to join 27 such commissions.

The Property Ministry on Wednesday presented the latest data on the amount of state-owned property in Russia.

Political analyst Olga Romanova comments on a statement Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov made in Washington on Wednesday when he said that each CIS country will independently decide whether to allow the United States to use its territory for its retaliation actions. The conclusion is that Russia has set its price ? the price of participation, and the United States has accepted it.

Four experts share their viewpoints on the question of whether the investigation of exchange transactions will help locate terrorists.

German BASF's oil and gas daughter company, Wintershall, has declared a moratorium on a $1-billion investment in developing the Prirazlomny oil deposit. The Germans believe that Russian authorities are unaware of investors' needs.

Russian eurobonds next year may increase by $5.6 billion, the most part of which, as Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Kolotukhin stated, will go to clearing off Soviet-era debts to commercial creditors, and the government hopes to borrow another $2 billion. The State Duma is against such plans.

The government today is expected to consider the guidelines for the Central Bank's monetary-credit policy. The government's main aim is to keep back inflation.

In an interview, Soyuzplodimport general director Andrei Skurikhin talks about the partners, founders and shareholders of his company, as well as its annual turnover and recent purchase of a leading vodka distillery, Latvijas Balzams, in Latvia.

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The Ford Corporation, which is building an auto-assembly plant in the Leningrad region, has at last found a Russian supplier of auto parts ? the Borsky Glass Plant in the Nizhny Novgorod region.

Domestic magnesium producers have won the right to conduct free trade on the American market with numerous big consumers of this metal. The U.S. Department of Commerce has admitted that there are no grounds to impose anti-dumping duties on Russian magnesium.

Western banks, for the first time after the 1998 crisis, are willing to give unsecured loans to Russian colleagues. Dresdner Bank is expected to organize a loan for Bashkreditbank, while Raiffeisenbank is expected to loan to MDM-Bank.

Diamond monopoly ALROSA intends to expand its presence in Angola. The company is conducting talks on its participation in mining four large, new diamond deposits there.

SIBUR is trying to resolve its long-standing conflict with the Nuclear Energy Ministry over the Tomsk petrochemical combine.

LUKoil on Wednesday submitted its application to participate in an auction to sell two packages of 40-percent and 45-percent stock in Norsi-Oil in Nizhny Novgorod.

The Sidanko shareholders at their extraordinary meeting on Sept. 21 will elect a new nine-member board of directors.

Boeing is expected before the end of this year to lay off 30,000 employees, which is about 30 percent of its workforce. Most will be from its passenger- and cargo-aircraft assembly plants.

Russian Aluminum on Wednesday announced that it decided to postpone the release of a ruble bond.

Russians are reportedly keeping $18 billion to $20 billion under their mattresses, compared with a supposed $3 billion in October 1995.