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



Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Noviye Izvestia

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Komomolskaya Pravda

Moskovsky Komsomolets



These days Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and his aides are desperately trying to cool down the militant spirit of Americans, who are preparing retaliation strikes on the bases of Osama bin Laden and his Taliban allies. The minister's pronouncements and commentaries on them in Western media outlets show that the Kremlin is likely to be unwilling to back America's actions with the use of force. The conclusion is that Russia and the West are again on different sides of the barricades. Also covered in Vremya Novostei.

In an interview, Leon Aron, head of the Russian studies department of the American Enterprise Institute, explains his vision of the long-term U.S. anti-terrorist military campaign.

Viktor Trutnev, chief of the criminal police in the Moscow southeastern administrative district, has been appointed chief of the Moscow criminal investigation board. The article comments on his appointment, focusing on Trutnev's previous achievements. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

The leadership of the all-Russian public youth organization Walking Together made the decision on Sunday to save the bulls brought to Moscow for the canceled Portuguese corrida show from being slaughtered. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

Mayor Yury Luzhkov and North Ossetia's President Alexander Dzasokhov o signed a cooperation agreement in Vladikavkazver the weekend.

Today marks two years since the terrorist blast in an apartment block in Volgodonsk, which left 19 people dead. Volgodonsk Mayor Sergei Gorbunov said that all tenants of the destroyed house received new apartments in January 2000.

The Congress of the Islamic Party of Russia took place in Moscow on Saturday. Its members proposed the creation of a Council on Islamic Affairs under the president. They intend to take part in elections and nominate their candidates to power bodies. The article examines major decisions.

The Congress of the Chechen people scheduled for Sept. 15 in Nazran, Ingushetia did not take place. The article explains why. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

Chechen rebels on Sunday attacked a column of federal interior troops in the Shelkovskoi District where two or three Russian servicemen were killed and more than 20 were seriously wounded. According to the military intelligence service, over 1,000 rebels with official documents and Russian passports are stationed in the region.

Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office has dropped contraband accusations from former Deputy Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko, now leader of the opposition. Recent changes in Ukrainian legislation saved Timoshenko from jail. The article details her case. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

The Steel Committee under the Organization of Economic Development and Cooperation was expected to hold a session Monday to discuss acute issues such as what to do about the falling price of ferrous metals and how to limit the production of steel. The article comments on these issues, focusing on the situation on the ferrous metals market.

The upcoming retaliation action by the United States against international terrorists has been dubbed the Noble Eagle. It may begin in a couple of days or hours. The article examines several latest developments in the United States, Pakistan and Iran in connection with preparations for a military attack. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

Information on the death of Ahmad Shah Massood, chief commander of the anti-Taliban coalition, has been confirmed. Coalition officials stated that Massood died in a Afghan hospital and was buried Sunday in his native village. The article gives details. Also covered in Kommersant Daily and Vremya Novostei.

A list was published of main countries that could be drawn into an anti-terrorist military operation planned by the United States.

The article examines major results of President Vladimir Putin's visit to Armenia, the aim of which was to establish military- economic cooperation. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

Siberian District Prosecutor Valentin Semuchenkov was expected to arrive in Krasnoyarsk on Monday to ask Governor Alexander Lebed to agree to Vladimir Demidov's candidacy for the post of regional prosecutor. Lebed's refusal to accept it could seriously complicate his relationships with federal authorities. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

In an interview, Alexander Stolypin, great-grandson of legendary Pyotr Stolypin, head of the Russian imperial government, speaks about his great grandfather and about the aim of his current visit to Moscow.

So far, Alrosa and De Beers have not signed an agreement on export of Russian diamonds, but other interested players on the diamond market are using every possibility to participate in this attractive stone export. Israeli businessman and diamond dealer Lev Levayev late last week received a license on the creation in Israel of the first Russian-language television channel. Experts say that Levayev may use his new project to exert pressure on the Russian government in the sphere of its diamond policy.

The government made the decision to put the laws and normative acts regulating vodka and ethyl alcohol turnover into accordance with the Tax Code and other legislative acts. The article looks at key provisions of the government draft bill on state regulation of the production and turnover of vodka and ethyl alcohol. Also covered in Vremya Novostei.

It was decided that both high-rises of the World Trade Center will be rebuilt. The article examines the project.

In an interview, Boris Nemtsov, State Duma deputy and leader of the Union of Right Forces faction, compares Moscow with his native city Nizhny Novgorod and outlines what he finds unpleasant in the capital city.

A Russian, 13-year-old Muscovite Nikita Boldyrev, is a candidate to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for his phenomenal memory. The article describes him as a guitar musician who performs 56 difficult works by heart.


U.S. Vice President Richard Cheney on Sunday admitted that on Sept. 11, U.S. President George W. Bush ordered the fourth terrorist-hijacked aircraft shot down in Pennsylvania. This sensational confession proves that the USA's planned massive retaliation operation is inevitable. The article comments on Cheney's statement, saying that the United States is expected to begin the operation on Sept. 30.

The newspaper has obtained a draft of the joint strategy of the Central Bank and the government of the Russian Federation on the development of the banking sector. This is the Central Bank's response to the banking reform draft proposed by Alexander Mamut of MDM-Bank and Pyotr Aven of Alfa-Group on behalf of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. The article examines the document, concluding that the Central Bank persistently lobbies the government to agree that there is no need for radical banking reform today.

Tradings at U.S. stock exchanges were expected to open on Monday. The article notes that the behavior of American markets in the next several days will determine the future of the world economy.

A conflict has erupted in Chelyabinsk between Elektromashina plant shareholders and its director, who foiled the attempt of 20 percent of stock owners to conduct the plant's audit. The article gives details.

The two-day march Anti-Capitalists-2001, organized by the domestic youth communist associations, reached Moscow on Sunday. Police tried not to let protesters go to the government White House, and, as a results of clashes, a policeman was seriously injured and one marcher was arrested. The article describes the event and its participants.

Tatarstan's State Council deputies have expressed their displeasure at laws regarding conducting the population's census. They fear that these laws may shake the demographic positions of the Tatar people, which by the size occupies second place in Russia.

Radio Liberty correspondent Ilya Dadashidze, member of the Coordinating Council of the Russian Writers' Union, died unexpectedly in Moscow on Sunday. The article describes his human rights programs.

The First International Festival of Puppet Theaters devoted to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sergei Obraztsov opened in Moscow on Sunday. The article describes the event and 56 participating theaters.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

The American newspaper The New York Post Friday carried a story, which, with reference to highly-placed diplomats in Russia and the USA, stated that George Bush administration officials were allegedly conducting talks with Russia on the use of Russian military facilities in Central Asia for massive military attacks on Usama bin Laden in Afghanistan. According to the newspaper, the facilities in question are two military bases ? the first in Tajikistan and the other in Afghanistan's Bagram, a region controlled by anti-Taliban forces. A story states what may happen if Moscow agrees with Washington's plans. (1)

The USA has already stated that retaliation for last Tuesday's terrorist acts is inevitable, and countries to be targeted have been announced. Many states are willing to help America in conducting this operation, offering their military bases, territories and weapons. What should Russia do in such a situation ?join the operation or retain its status as mediator between East and West? Seven authoritative policy-makers share their views on the issue. (1, 2)

The Security Council in late September plans to hold a session to work out measures to crack down on drug addiction. Drug trade is a major source of finances for international terrorism, and in the context of the latest tragic developments in the USA, the struggle against drug traders is becoming a peaceful way of combating terrorism. In an interview, Security Council Secretary Vladimir Rushailo speaks about the upcoming session, about his agency's role in domestic political processes and about the negotiations with the USA on strategic stability issues. (1,2)

Economics Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technological Rudy Dornbush elaborates on the state of the American economy after Tuesday's tragedy, making forecasts for its future. (3)

The European Central Bank and the U.S. Federal Reserve System have agreed on a mutual placing of deposits to the tune up to $50 billion. (3)

The American stock market will resume its work on Monday Sept. 17. This decision was made by the heads of leading American stock exchanges after consultations with New York's municipal authorities. (3)

Reliable sources confirmed the death of Afghanistan's Vice-President Ahmad Shah Masood, commander of the armed forces of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance Friday. A story describes what the cause of death, which has become an element of extremists' global offensive. (5)

Four political experts try to answer the following questions: What terrorist acts may follow the American retaliation action? Will Afghanistan become the next victim? Is it possible to destroy a vicious circle of terrorist nightmares and useless retaliation? (7)

Members the recently created movement "Free Moscow" are collecting signatures from residents living around Butyrka Prison, and are expected to deliver a letter to President Vladimir Putin next week demanding to close the prison. State Duma deputies have proposed to make a museum in its place. A story looks at several viewpoints on the issue. (8)

The press center of the international operation to lift the sunken Kursk submarine will officially open in Severomorsk on Sept. 21. A story describes the plan for the upcoming operation, scheduled for Sept. 26. (8, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3)

In an interview a high-ranking FSB official explains where his agency received "trustworthy versions" in the first hours after a terrorist act, saying that all special services, including the Russian ones, even after an investigation, never show all their cards and never state the entire truth. (8)

In an interview, NTV's chief producer, Alexander Oleinikov reveals some pleasant surprises awaiting TV viewers in the new season. (9,12)

Noviye Izvestia

The Moscow City Center for Housing Insurance has begun to insure the municipal housing against strong winds, tornadoes as well as rain and snow which may accompanying them. A center representative said the proposal was signed on Friday by Mayor Yury Luzhkov. (1)

Large, rough natural diamonds (from 10.8 carats and more) extracted in Yakutia will be on the block at an open auction in an effort to sell them on the home market. The Finance Ministry will hold the auction Sept. 25 at Gokhran. (1)

Russian citizen Valery Kalashnikov when staying in a Magadan pre-trial detention center wrote a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights. An unprecedented court trial "Kalashnikov versus Russia" is scheduled for Sept. 18 at 9 am in Strasbourg. A story reveals the details of his complaint. (1,2)

The first target of the USA in its retaliation action is Afghanistan with the aim of a planned attack being Usama bin Laden. A story reports on why this task may be achieve 50 percent of its intended goals ? to attack but not to kill. (1,3)

The sociological group has conducted an opinion poll to see what they think of the domestic car industry. The results have turned out to be pessimistic. (1)

A story looks at fifth-grader Petya Bolbin living in the Omsk region, who, as a member of the local Geographical Club, has found a well preserved skeleton of a mammoth that, in the opinion of local specialists, is more than 25,000 years old. (1,5)

The Transnef company Friday began to fill a new Sukhodolnaya-Rodionovskaya pipeline that has been built bypassing the Ukraine. The first tanker in the Novorossiisk port will receive the oil in late September. A story examines the Ukraine's position regarding the use of this pipeline. (2)

Members of the State Duma Chemical Disarmament Commission are visiting capital cities with the aim of presenting a new Russian program for the destruction of chemical arsenals in Russia. Their visits have had significant success. Delegation head Sergei Kiriyenko stated in part that Britain alone has agreed to allocate 12 million pounds sterling to fund the program. A story comments on Kiriyenko statement. (2)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

The presidential decree has been printed in full underlining the introduction of amendments to the Provision on the Human Rights Commission. (4)

The conflict between the Unified Energy Systems head Anatoly Chubais and its daughter Mosenergo, headed by Alexander Remezov, continues. In an interview, Remezov reveals the details of the conflict. (4)

The story is about old-aged pensioner Mulek Tyubeyeva (born in 1896) living in Kislovodsk, who for 3 and a half years has been trying to persuade judges in local courts that she did not phone utilise sex-services in Canada, Moscow and St. Petersburg, and that some swindlers used her telephone number. (6)

Komomolskaya Pravda

Air Force Chief Commander General Anatoly Kornukhov stated that he "categorically excluded the repetition of the tragic events that happened in the USA on Sept. 11." A story comments on his pronouncements. (2)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov Friday flatly rejected all conjectures saying that the American administration is trying to come to agreement with Russia on using its military bases in the territory of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, which would help launch attacks on Usama bin Laden. A story focuses on Tajikistan's response. (3)

The petrochemical Siberian-Urals Oil-Gas-Chemical Company (SIBUR) hopes to buy a controlling stake of one of the best petrochemical plants in Hungary ? BorsodChem from the Austrian Central European Oil and Gas AG (CEOG). SIBUR plans to launch negotiations with CEOG on the latter's intentions about its stock. (5)

The story describes preparations in Washington for a retaliation attack that the American administration views as inevitable and as a priority after the terrorist acts. (6)

The story reveals the content of American President George W. Bush's telephone conversation on Friday with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. It was the first time in the history of the new Russia when the American president made a call to his Russian counterpart. (7)

A story explains why Americans have rejected the offer of Russian professional rescuers to help them in their search for terrorist blast victims. (8

Next year Russia will mark several significant Polar jubilee dates. A story lists them all and describes a new expedition that will be sent to the Polar Region next spring. Moskva Supplement. (2)

The Sklifasovsky First Aid Hospital and the Main Burdenko Military Hospital have, after an overhaul of their blocks, received super-modern diagnostics equipment. A story examines their possibilities to receive more people today. Moskva Supplement. (3)

Unified Energy Systems intends to put into operation unique geo-thermal stations in Kamchatka on Dec. 22 of this year ? four months earlier than the planned deadline. A story describes the project. Moskva Supplement. (5)

Sergei Blagovolin, former ORT Director-General, died on Thursday as a result of a stroke. A story describes his professional career. Moskva Supplement. (8)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

In an interview, State Duma deputy Yevgeny Primakov shares his negative view of the American administration's plan to launch a large-scale retaliation action against terrorists, a plan which is supported by the majority of Americans. (1,2)

The Committee to defend the rights of five-story old apartment blocks has emerged in Moscow. A story describes factors that have urged the committee's appearance and its major duties. (1,3)

Specialists from the Archaeology Institute have made a sensational find in Zaraisk ? a bison statue, which is 22,000 years old. A story gives details. (1)


U.S. President George W. Bush on Saturday called on the American people to prepare for a long war. So far, Russia is trying to maintain neutrality, but the war may proceed according to the principle ?Those who are not with us are against us.

Central Bank head Viktor Gerashchenko is continuing to defeat on all fronts Alexander Mamut, head of the MDM-Bank overseeing council. On Monday, the CB was expected to submit to the government a draft of the joint strategy of the Central Bank and the government on the development of the banking sector, which will be discussed at a government session on Sept. 27. The article examines the document, saying that there was no place in it for Mamut's radical proposals.

State Duma deputies intend to lower one of the two remaining major turnover taxes, the sales tax, from 5 percent to 3 percent. This proposal by Unity deputy Igor Dines was approved by the State Duma Tax Subcommittee on Friday and tomorrow it will be considered by the Budget Committee. The government and regional authorities are against the initiative, but traders and consumers support it.

Political analyst Vitaly Portnikov, commenting on the United States' preparations for anti-terrorist retaliation action, notes that Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, who stated in Yerevan that the territory of the Central Asian states will not be used for an attack on Afghanistan, was hardly authorized to make such statements on behalf of the sovereign states' leaders.

The situation in the United States after the terrorist acts looks like the one in Russia two years ago; when little-known Putin promised to "rub terrorists from the outhouse," his rating went up rapidly, and now in the United States, Bush's statement that terrorists will be "smoked out of their holes" has also markedly increased his ratings.

The terrorist acts in the United States have resulted in a slump in business activity. U.S. gross domestic product is expected to downgrade 3 percent in the next two quarters. Many economists call the economic crisis in the United States today "recession." Four experts share their viewpoints on how long it may last.

The article describes the bargain between State Duma deputies and the government on Monday around the draft budget of 2002. Deputies asked Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin to increase spending, and Kudrin tried to prove them that there is not now and will not be extra money.

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The Natural Resources Ministry decided not to take away LUKoil's daughter licenses on oil deposits, which means that Severnaya Neft's chance of maintaining control over the Val Gamburtseva oil deposit in the Nenets Autonomous Area is growing.

The State Customs Committee has prepared a directive that considerably simplifies customs document arrangements for auto dealers. The directive coincides with the end of the auto show in Frankfurt.

Even if MDM-Bank overseeing council head Alexander Mamut's proposal to establish a minimal size of capital for banks with general licenses is rejected, it has all the same played its role ? banks have rushed to increase their capital.

The Tatneft-Slavneft conflict over their joint project in Ukraine has been resolved, at least for the next six weeks. The article examines the conflict.

YUKOS is again to struggle with its minorities. When buying the controlling stake of the Angarsk petrochemical company not so long ago, YUKOS hoped to become its only owner. But the offshore Astian Group company did not like its plans. The article looks at actions taken by Astian Group.

The Steeltex and Alfa-Eco companies that are working to bankrupt the Orsha-Khalilovsky Combine, or NOSTA, in the Orenburg region have unexpectedly sustained the first serious defeat in the struggle with NOSTA shareholders. The Federal Service for Financial Recovery has backed NOSTA shareholders.

The minority shareholders of the Omolonskaya gold-ore company, or OGOC, in the Magadan region, a developer of one of the largest gold deposits in Russia, intend through the court system to declare the registration of OGOC illegal and to get a $45 million compensation.

Starting Oct. 1, Gazprombank will buy and sell shares of Gazprom in all its affiliates. Thus, the gas concern plans to accumulate people's shares obtained during the privatization campaign.

The Kremlin property directorate is selecting insurance companies, which will give recommendations to their branches.