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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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



Izvestia


Kommersant


Nezavisimaya Gazeta


Noviye Izvestia


Rossiiskaya Gazeta


Komomolskaya Pravda


Vedomosti




Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

For the first time over the past several months, Chechen rebels on Monday launched massive attacks on federal forces' positions in several districts resulting in considerable casualties. An article describes heavy fighting on both sides, focusing on Federal Security Service officials' announcements about their sensational find. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Noviye Izvestia, Vremya MN, Vremya Novostei, Rossiiskaya Gazeta and Komsomolskaya Pravda.

President Vladimir Putin on Monday met with CIS heads of state for urgent consultations, which likely centered on the possibility of a declaration of war. An article comments on CIS states' positions and other policies, saying that the collective security of the CIS is under threat. Also covered in Vremya Novostei, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, and Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

In an interview, Dmitry Kozak, deputy head of the Kremlin administration, spoke about the fate of judicial reform, focusing on how reform will affect the lives of people and the benefits the country will gain.

Russian programmer Alexander Ivantsov, 23, may have been among the victims of the terrorist act on the World Trade Center in New York. He worked in a computer firm on the 104th floor of the northern tower.

An article examines the situation on the U.S. stock market after trade resumed on Monday, focusing on how U.S. trading affects the stock market in Russia. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Vremya MN, Vremya Novostei, and Komsomolskaya Pravda.

President Vladimir Putin on Monday unexpectedly flew to Sochi for a week-long vacation. The Kremlin administration has explained his departure by saying, "Nothing special that would demand his presence in Moscow is happening now." The Kremlin also said, however, that Putin will conduct several working meetings in Sochi. An article notes that the president has selected Sochi for informal contacts with Russian and CIS policy-makers and military officials to discuss the CIS actions in the event of war. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, and Komsomolskaya Pravda.

At the presentation of NTV's new broadcasting schedule for advertising agencies, the channel's general director Boris Jordan made a sensational statement, saying that NTV has rejected mediators' and sellers' services and will begin selling its airtime independently.

A draft document "The Joint Strategy of the Central Bank and the Government in Developing the Banking Sector " was submitted to the government on Monday. It will determine the development of the banking service market for the next five years.

The State Duma Budget Committee on Monday discussed the 2002 draft budget, centering on several controversial provisions in it. An article examines the provisions, saying that they will cause heated debate in the State Duma. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Vremya MN, Vremya Novostei, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

Arms experts and Afghan veterans share their views on possible U.S. military actions against Afghanistan and on their consequences for the United States and Russia.

The State Council on Tuesday was expected to discuss several variants of the State Duma's response to the terrorist acts in the United States as well as possible U.S. retaliatory actions. One such variant may be the State Duma's statement of complete political support of the Russian president's actions and an increase in national security budget spending.

An article examines experts' views on possible developments on the CIS southern borders, whether or not the warring sides will use nuclear or biological weapons and how Russia should behave in these conditions.

Officials from the State Civil Aviation Service and Moscow airports spoke Monday about additional measures of aviation security taken lately in response to the recent terrorist acts in the United States. In this context, they also discussed the use of military airfields for commercial purposes, which is dangerous for flights.

Gazprom head Alexei Miller in Vilnius on Monday gave a proposal for privatizing the Lithuanian Lietuvos Dujos gas company, in which Russian gas suppliers and foreign investors will each receive 25 percent of the company's stock. An article examines the Lithuanian government's response to the proposal. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

The Tyumen Oil Co, or TNK, Monday announced the completion of the deal to buy a package of stock of Orengurggeologia. Now TNK controls 94 percent of the stock of this oil-producing enterprise. An article examines the deal.

The German multi-service RWE AG company Monday made an agreement with American Water Works on a purchase of its water business for $7.6 billion. An article comments on the deal.

British Vodafone on Monday announced its intention to buy another portion of shares of Japan Telecom. In all, Vodafone intends to buy 66 percent of the stock of Japan's third cellular operator.

A three-sided agreement on the beginning of the construction of a transport system to connect the future Sheremetyevo-3 airport and the present international airport Sheremetyevo-2 with the Leningradsky Railway Station was signed in City Hall on Monday. An article examines the document, saying that the cost of the project is $60 million. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

World leading re-insurance companies that have incurred huge losses as a result of the terrorist acts in the United States have stated an increase in their tariffs of 10 percent to 15 percent. This will also affect Russia, since domestic insurance companies are re-insuring their risks in the West. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Legendary Georgian soccer player David Kipiani was killed in a road accident in a suburb of Tbilisi on Monday. An article gives details.

The State Duma Defense Committee on Monday discussed the 2002 draft budget's articles pertaining to national defense. Deputies believe the allocated funds to be inadequate and are proposing to send the draft to the conciliatory commission.

In an interview, Sergei Kiriyenko, head of the State Commission on Chemical Disarmament, speaks about good results of his visit to Britain where he asked for money for the destruction of chemical weapons in Russia.

The Moscow City Court is completing its hearings on the criminal case of former Justice Minister Valentin Kovalyov, who is accused of huge embezzlements and bribery. An article examines his case.

Architecture, Construction and City Development Complex Press Secretary Igor Kanevsky stated Monday that there won't be any construction of housing with small-sized apartments in the city. An article comments on his statement.

OPEC general secretary Ali Rodriguez on Monday stated that his organization would not increase oil extraction in response to the United States' request for support. An article comments on the statement.

UEFA general secretary Gerhard Aigner stated Monday that only the cancellation of the decision on the Bosman case can save European soccer from death. This actually means a call to restore the rules that were valid in soccer up to 1995. An article examines the decision and the previous rules.

The leadership of the Federal State Unitarian Enterprise Rosspirtprom intended Tuesday to hold a session with directors of major alcohol producers in the Moscow region. FSUE intends to announce that it plans to become a wholesale operator of the domestic alcohol market.

UES, Gazprom and Itera Group will take part in the privatization of Armenia's electrodistributing networks. This was stated Monday by Armenia's Energy Minister Karen Galustyan.

A conflict has erupted in Primorye between the leadership of the Far-Eastern Managing Energy Company and the Energy Workers Labor Union, which has accused the company of violating the collective labor agreement. An article gives details.

French Michelin and U.S. Goodyear have announced the beginning of joint work to create so-called "smart" tires equipped with computer systems. An article describes the project.

The volume of industrial production between January-August 2001 increased by 5.3 percent as compared with the same period last year.

The Agency for Restructuring Credit Organizations has sold to the Moscow Inter-Republican Wine-Making Plant 36.596 percent of shares of the Russian National Commercial Bank.

The Central Bank on Monday revoked licenses from five banks in punishment for submitting inadequate accounting documents.

An article describes a construction of a mini-mill in the Voronezh region, explaining why metal specialists give preference to mini-mills.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

A state of uncertainty is dominating today in the wealthiest country ? the United States. Terrorists have managed to destroy the financial center, and together with it, the best intellectual forces of the U.S. economy. But the most terrible thing is that they have managed to shake the American nation's confidence in the U.S. economic system. A story examines major tasks facing the U.S. government.

Washington's attempts to use the infrastructures of Central Asian nations in its preparations for a military operation against the Taliban and possibly make them agree to directly participate in the operation remains unrealized. A story comments on Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov's recent denial of to use NATO's military facilities in the region.

A story examines how Stanley Fisher's resignation from the post of first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will radically change the IMF's ideology.

The tax police in the Novgorod region have come across a new evil ? the so-called one-day firms (dubbed anonymous structures), the number of which has considerably increased lately. A story describes major principles of their activities, focusing resolute measures to crack down on them.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko without awaiting an official inauguration ceremony has launched personnel changes in his administration. A story examines new names and posts.

Moscow Interior Department head Vladimir Pronin's recent statement saying that army draftees will soon serve in the city militia may cause a serious conflict between the Interior (Police) and Defense ministries. Thus, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov has written a letter to Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov, saying that his subordinates' initiatives contradict the Federal Law on the army service. A story comments on the issue.

Valery Maslakov, 51, director of a defense enterprise in Primorye was killed at night on Sept. 17.

The Moscow Controlling-Audit Chamber decided to check the Moscow Lenkom Theater's financial performance on Mayor Yury Luzhkov's order. Who doubts the honesty of chief artistic director Mark Zakharov, whose theater has never had any problems with finances?

Noviye Izvestia

The Gazprom board of directors head Rem Vyakhirev, NTV Deputy general director Vladimir Kulistikov and Gazprom Media general director Alfred Kokh have been elected to the NTV board of directors. A brief gives a list of other board members.



According to results of the latest opinion poll taken by the All-Russia Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTSIOM), 85 percent of Muscovites believe that the barbarous terrorist acts in New York and Washington concern the whole of humankind, and only 12 percent think differently.

The federal part of the program to restore the flood-stricken city of Lensk on the Lena River has been practically fulfilled. A story examines the program and what is yet to be done.

The Gazprom leadership is trying to regain its former subsidiary enterprises that the previous management lost. Among them is Rospan International in Novy Urengoi, which today is being claimed by the Tyumen Oil Company (TNK). In an interview, Rospan external manager Mikhail Rubtsov examines the latest developments in and around the company.

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Military Commissar of Chechnya Colonel Alexander Petrov has been arrested on charges of forced drafting of young Chechen men to serve in the Russian army. A story details his case.

In an interview, highly regarded writer Vasily Aksyonov, living in the United States, shares his view on the terrible events in the United States on Sept. 11.

In an interview, Mikhail Piotrovsky, newly elected head of the ORT board of directors, speaks about his new job and about his plans.



Deputy Prime Minister Valentina Matviyenko has announced that the wages of the federal workers (doctors and teachers above all), as was promised before, will not be raised this September. The story says why.

A story answers the following question: Is there an urgent need today to convert dollars into euros?



Komomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Nine policy-makers and public figures share their viewpoints on the following question: How should Russia participate in the U.S. retaliation operation?

The United States is seeking about 150 people who are suspected of involvement in the recent terrorist acts. A story highlights three suspects.

The United States Monday encouraged its people saying that the preparation of the retaliation operation was in full swing, with several states, allegedly including Uzbekistan, giving their consent to cooperate. This information about Uzbekistan's possible participation has disturbed Russia. A story comments on the issue.

A feature story is devoted to the Khanty-Mansiisk autonomous area with a population of 1,402,000 people. The region's average monthly per capita income is $350 and oil extraction and refining is attracting many domestic and foreign oil and gas companies.

Federal Security Bureau officers Monday found one kilogram of T.N.T. on a landing in an apartment block on Bakinskaya Ulitsa in Moscow. The story describes the find and terrorist plans to blast that house.

Astory titled "Will World War III begin on Sept. 19?" features the major enemies and allies of the United States, which is preparing a retaliation operation.

A story is devoted to Moscow first-grader Vitya Valiyev, whose parents have filed a suit in the city court against their son's teacher Lyudmila Karamova, accusing her of violating the rights of their son.

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

Unprecedented measures were taken before the resumption of trade Monday at the American stock market, with the aim of preventing major losses to the market. A story examines several such measures.

Leading domestic investment company NIKoil on Monday recommended to its clients that they sell all their shares and transfer them into dollars. NIKoil has never advised to investors to leave the stock market but, "now it will hardly be such that it was before," notes the company's analytical accounting report.

President Vladimir Putin in a few days is expected to sign a decree that will radically change the state of affairs in a leading domestic defense enterprise, the aviation design bureau Sukhoi. Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has already signed a draft decree on building two large Sukhoi plants, in Komsomolsk-on-Amur and in Novosibiirsk with joint-stock companies, and on reorganizing the Sukhoi concern as a whole.

International terrorist Usama bin Laden is probably hiding in an underground bunker in the mountains not far from the Afghan city of Kandahar. The bunker, that cost bin Laden several tens of millions of dollars to build, was designed for him by German specialists. Brief.

The government intends to adopt and submit to the State Duma amendments to existing legislation with the aim of stepping up measures to crack down on terrorism. The brief names some of them.

The present-day financing of the Interior Ministry system does not allow it to make an effective step forward in the sphere of personnel policy, the material-technical insuring of its services and operation units. This was stated Monday by Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov. Brief.

The government at its session today is to discuss issues pertaining to financing the budget of the future single fund of medical and social insurance, the spending of which will exceed 200 billion.

Will Gazprom bonds be in high demand among the general population? Six experts share their viewpoints on the issue.

The paper states that the FSB and its director Nikolai Patrushev warned the American administration about possible terrorist attacks. Russian special services try to find out about such acts beforehand and prevent them, rather than warning or preparing for them.

In an interview Vladimir Simonov , general director of the Russian Agency on Governance Systems, that was created in 1999, speaks about the program of consolidating radio and electronic enterprises into integrated holdings, which was launched two years ago. He also examines his plan to reform the electronics sector.



Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Airlines are counting losses as a result of an enforced idleness after the terrorist acts in the United States. Two days of closed skies and a populace frightened of air travel, along with toughened safety regulations have cost American airlines approximately $1 billion.

LUKoil on Friday completed the conversion of privileged shares into privileged convertible stock. The next step will be a release of 77.2 million ordinary shares of the company. Brief.

A story describes a novelty in domestic companies ? options for employees ? which in the West and especially in the United States are very widespread. A story describes its strong impact on the stock market.

The first option programs have been put into effect by YUKos, Vimpelcom, and the IBS IT-companies group. Even such a conservative giant as Gazprom is drafting an option program for its managers. Brief.

The placing of shares of the West Siberian Metals Combine has not helped it pay debts to its creditors. It has helped Eurasholding obtain a controlling stake of WSMC and draw the state as its ally.

A story reports on how the OPEC oil-producing countries are facing significant internal conflict and may even split up, after recent the terrorist acts in the United States.

Ukrainian authorities have decided to reverse an earlier decision, to take away an Odessa oil refinery from LUKoil, which will have now to invest $5 million for major renovations at the plant.

The international rating agency Fitch has given Rosbank a short-term rating B, long-term B-, individual D and the rating of support 5T. This was stated in the agency's press release. Brief.

The Finance Ministry in October plans to release OFZs with a circulation period of three to four years and GKOs with a period of six months. Brief.