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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Obshchaya Gazeta
Novaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Komomolskaya Pravda


President Vladimir Putin Wednesday signed a decree declaring a minute of silence to mourn the tragic consequences of the terrorist acts in the United States. A text of the decree is given in full. (1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

A story describes the history of terrorism, noting that its scale today has intensified. In Russia, terrorists kill people in order to make the country afraid, and in America their acts are aimed at intimidating the entire world, which is called the Sword of Damocles. And it is hanging over each of us. All leading newspapers devote their front-page stories to the American national tragedy. (1, Kommersant Daily, 3, Vremya MN, 1, Vremya Novostei, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Novaya Gazeta, 1, Obshchaya Gazeta, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1, 6, MK, 1)

President Vladimir Putin Wednesday met with civil aviation leaders to discuss issues pertaining to air safety. On the same day this topic became the focus at the enlarged session of the State Commission on ICAO Affairs devoted to the preparations for the ICAO 33rd assembly. Russia has prepared a special document concerning the air safety. The story examines its major provisions (1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

The use of kamikaze-style attacks to conduct terrorist acts has become common practice for Moslem extremist organizations, which believe that they are waging Holy War against the West. A story reveals the meaning of the Moslem kamikaze-Shahids. (2)

A story gives figures showing that no collapse has happened in the Russian economy as a result of the tragic developments in the USA. The securities of the most liquid domestic enterprises have fallen in price but not so considerably as could be expected, The dollar has begun to regain its strength both in Russia and in the world. (2, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2,3, Vremya MN, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

According to information from the FSB Public Relations Department, the existing system of counterintelligence measures?the "Nabat" plan? regarding air transport makes it possible to ensure the safety of flights. A story examines several measures used by the FSB specialized units to prevent hijacks. (3, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1)

The operation and tactical exercises "Atom-2001" began at the Rostovskaya Atomic Power Station on Wednesday. The aim is to train staff to rebuff sabotage and terrorist actions. A story describes the exercises. (3)

Seventy Russian rescuers from the Central Aeromobile Rescue Detachment of the Emergency Situation Ministry are ready at any moment to fly to the USA to help their American counterparts save people who have suffered from the terrorist acts. (4, Noviye Izvestia, 2)

Experts are sure that Saudi millionaire Sama bin Laden has organized the series of terrorist acts. Three weeks ago this bin Laden warned the USA about an "unprecedented blow at the interests of America". He is likely to have kept his word. (5, Vremya Novostei, 1, Vremya MN, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5, MK, 2)

The Supreme Court Wednesday ruled in favor of Captain Alexander Nikitin, whom the FSB had accused of high treason. Nikitin and his two lawyers filed a complaint against Defense Minister's Order in August of 1996 regarding state secrets. A story comments on the lawyers' suit. (6)

The opponents of a new draft to the Criminal Code, which the State Duma is soon expected to pass in the third reading, have launched their attack Wednesday. State Duma Statehood Committee Deputy Head Sergei Popov (Yabloko) said that several of the code's articles would complicate the position of convicts as well as the work of the criminal investigation agencies. A story examines the document. (6)

Presidential representative in the Privolzhsky Federal District Sergei Kiriyenko, who is also head of the State Commission on Chemical Disarmament, has stated that, despite the series of terrorist acts in the USA, his planned trip to Britain will take place. He will persuade British officials of the need to allocate additional funds as an aide to Russia to destroy its chemical weapons. A story comments on the issue. (6)

Natalya Masherova, former Alexander Lukashenko rival in the presidential campaign, shared her view on Lukashenko's victory. (6)

A story examines how the tragic events in the USA on Tuesday have affected world markets. Western companies' response to the developments has turned out to be different. (7, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Vremya MN, 3, Vremya Novostei, 3)

A story examines the situation on the world steel market, focusing on possible consequences of the terrorist acts in the USA. (7)

The Organizing Committee on the creation of the Administrator of the ATS trading system Wednesday made a decision to present its proposals on this issue at the forthcoming session to be presided by Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko. A story examines their proposals. (7)

MDM Bank head Alexander Mamut and Alfa-Bank head Pyotr Aven presented to the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE) leadership Wednesday a renewed reform draft of the domestic banking system. It has become clear that RUIE has given up on radical measures that were proposed before as well as its sarcastic criticism of Central Bank head Viktor Gerashchenko. (8)

First Deputy Railway Minister Alexander Tselko Wednesday handed out certificates on granting the status of company-operator to another 9 firms. A story notes that the share of non-state operators on the transportation market has already reached 8 percent and continues to grow. (8)

The Swiss "Nestle" company is under the threat of being accused of maintaining a monopoly of the Russian instant coffee market. A story examines possible measures by the Anti-Monopoly Ministry in relation to the company. (8)

The "Wimm-Bill-Dann Produkty Pitaniya " company has bought acquired another two enterprises to be added to its 12 already existing ones. The tragic developments in the USA may negatively affect the company's ambitious plans in Russia. (8)


An acute shortage of dollars may occur in Russia if the USA fails to resume air delivery in the next several days, as American currency is delivered to Russia only by air. (1)

Without waiting for the final results of the presidential elections, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko made several personnel changes Wednesday. A story notes that he fears a conspiracy among its close associates. A story presents new state officials. (1)

The UEFA has decided to postpone all matches scheduled for this week, believing that after the terrorist acts in the USA it's impossible to guarantee the security of football-players and fans. (1)

The Saratov Local Duma Wednesday elected its representative to the Federation Council ? Valentin Zavadnikov, Deputy Head of the UES Management. A story comments on the new Federation Council member. (2)

President Vladimir Putin approved a list of new members to the Human Rights Commission under the president Wednesday. A story gives their names. (2)

ITAR-TASS correspondent Yury Kirilchenko, who had worked for many years in the United States, was injured during a terrorist act in New York on Tuesday. A story gives details. (3)

The Frankfurt auto-show will open today. A story describes the event and its participants. (4)

The Ukrainian State Property Fund Wednesday announced a competition to sell 76 percent of stock of the "National Airlines of Ukraine" company. A future buyer for $1.33 million will get a profit losing enterprise. (4)

Moscow Metro chief Dmitry Gayev stated that, starting next Monday, the first 300 residents in Chertanovo and Biryulyovo will be able to use their plastic social insurance cards. A story examines the measure. (7)


A story describes how the Tuesday terrorist acts have disrupted air traffic in the USA and in several other countries. Security measures have been markedly toughened in Russia. (A1)

What would have happened if kamikaze? terrorists had attacked Russia? Two top security officials share opposing views. (A1)

The New York terrorist acts have killed hundreds of world best financiers, bankers and employees in law and telecommunications' companies. What will happen to the companies that have suffered irreplaceable losses? (A1)

The government and the Central Bank through "verbal interventions" and threats have made the majority of exchange points stop speculations on the American tragedy and restore the real dollar rate. Russians however, have remained uncertain of the further fate of American dollars and continued to sell them and other foreign money. (A1)

Who will the United States take vengeance on for the terrorist acts committed on Sept. 11? Six influential policy-makers and public figures answer this question. (A1)

Political analyst Olga Romanova critically examines how several Russian top policy-makers have responded to the American national tragedy. (A2)

The government does not have enough time to draft and submit a package of bills this fall on investing funds in an accumulative pension system. This has urged the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE) to draft an alternative package of bills with the aim of accelerating the work of the government. (A3)

State Duma Budget Committee head Alexander Zhukov and his aides believe that budget-2002 spending for law enforcement agencies should be increased. (A3)

The government will try simultaneously to toughen control over the payments of excises on alcohol products and to liberalize the advertisement legislation in relation producers. Cabinet will discuss amendments to the law concerning state regulation today. (A3)

In an interview, present State Duma Security Committee deputy head and former FSB Director Nikolai Kovalyov, assesses the performance of the American special services on Sept. 11, focusing on concrete measures that the Group 8 countries should take in their crackdown on international terrorism. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The world oil market in its response to the American tragedy is awaiting America's retribution in response to Tuesday's terrorist attacks. Several oil experts share their views on the issue. (B1)

Starting October companies seeking to receive foreign credit of up to $100 million will not have to ask for a permit from the Central Bank (CB). A story examines the CB directive. (B1)

The Adventa advertising agency has signed a licensing agreement on presenting the interests of McCann-Erickson in Russia. After McCann joins the ADV advertising holding on the Russian market it will markedly outstrip competitors D'Arcy and BBDO. (B1)

An auction to sell a tariff quota on the import of raw sugar to Russia in 2002 will take place on Oct.16. This was announced by the Economic Development Ministry's press service. (B1)

Vedomosti has obtained documents to prove that 46.4 percent of stock in Mosenergo belonging to the national power grid Unified Energy Systems has been frozen. The UES energy holding intends to contest the fact in court and to convene a new meeting of the city energy company's shareholders as quickly as possible to elect its new director general. (B2)

Growth in the price of gold and non-ferrous metals following the terrorist acts in the USA came to a stop on Wednesday. Participants in the domestic gold market, however, fear that the growth of prices will become a reason behind the government's refusal to abolish the export duty on this metal. (B2)

The Novosibirsk Electrode Plant creditors' meeting has elected a new committee of creditors without representatives from the Siberian-Urals Aluminum Company (SUAL). The creditors' meeting was attended by 12 creditors owning 50.9 percent of the general number of votes of the competition creditors. (B2)

As a result of the terrorist acts in the USA, the world insurance market has sustained losses comparable with those from the most destructive natural disasters. The overall payments of insurance companies may amount up to $15 billion. How will companies compensate for the losses? (B3)

The panic on the financial markets caused by the terrorist acts in the USA has disrupted the Finance Ministry's plans to place its bonds. A story looks at the plans. (B3)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

In an interview, Air Force Chief Commander Anatoly Kornyukhov answers the following questions ? How real is the repetition of the American tragedy in Russia? Is there enough time to intercept a plane with a terrorist on board if it takes off from a Moscow region airfield and heads toward Moscow? Are contacts established with the American Air Force after the tragedy in the USA? (1)

The official opening of a press center in Murmansk to cover the international operation to lift the sunken Kursk submarine, which was scheduled for today, has been postponed for the next week due to the tragic developments in the United States. (1)

Twelve political scientists and policy-makers share their views on possible changes in Russia's foreign and domestic policies concerning measures to crack down on terrorism as well as federal authorities' further actions in Chechnya. (2)

Six authoritative economists answer the following questions ?Why have the terrorist acts in the USA negatively affected the world economic system, though not a single industrial facility in that country has been hit? What is the forecast regarding further developments? How strongly will the destabilization of the world economy affect Russia? (3)

The NG Supplement is devoted to the Komi Republic, the economy of which, despite this land's immense natural riches, is in crisis. In an interview, Vladimir Torlopov, head of the Komi State Council, explains the situation. (4,5 )

Noviye Izvestia

Having analyzed the attack on the USA, Swedish terrorism experts believe that it was a coordinated effort of various organizations intent on destroying the existing world order. In their opinion, it would be wrong to concentrate searches only in the Middle East. A story examines the Swedish experts' view on the American tragedy. (3)

Seven priests and monks in the Alexandro-Nevskaya Lavra have participated in an experiment conducted by scientists in the laboratory of neuro- and psychophysiology of the St. Petersburg Bekhterev Research Psychoneurology Institute. A story details the experiment's stunning results. (5)

In mid-September Tula will celebrate its 855th anniversary. Local archaeologists have made interesting finds that have helped them in their study of the history of this ancient Russian city. A story examines their conclusions. (5)

In 2002 the Russian budget is to get 13.5 billion rubles for delivering low-enriched uranium to the USA. Specialists, however, say that with the present export volumes and consumption levels of this nuclear fuel by the domestic nuclear plants, Russia may experience uranium shortages this century. A story examines the problem. (5)

Obshchaya Gazeta

Commenting on the terrorist acts in the United States, the newspaper notes that terrorism has declared a war on the civilized world, with America being its first target. In conclusion, a story says that President George W. Bush should resign. (1,2 )

The energy crisis that shook Primorye and several other regions last winter has made the Unified Energy Systems management to take effective measures to prepare for a new heating season. A story examines positive results. (2)

Former Secretary of the Security Council General Alexander Lebed, co-author of the Chechen Khasavyurt agreements, is the only person today who is unashamed of them. He does not conceal his desire to take part in negotiations to settle down the Chechen crisis. A story examines events that took place in Chechnya 2 years ago. (3)

The story on the occasion of the second anniversary of terrorist acts committed in several Russian cities shows the hopelessness of law-enforcement agencies up to now to establish those guilty and punish them. Nearly all results of criminal investigations in those cases are closed (4)

In an interview, Polish financier Leshek Baltserovich, head of the Polish National Bank, speaks about the successful results of reforming the banking system in Poland, sharing his view on the Russian banking system. (6)

In an interview Ingushetia's President Ruslan Aushev speaks about his recent meeting with the president, with whom he discussed the problem of Chechen refugees living in tents in Ingushetia. He also speaks about Boris Nemtsov's proposal to launch negotiations with Chechen separatists. (7)

In an interview State Duma SPS faction leader Boris Nemtsov explains what federal authorities should presently do in Chechnya, focusing on his party's stand on the issue of negotiations. (7)

Novaya Gazeta

Sociologist Boris Kagarlitsky comments on Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko's victory in the Sunday presidential elections, saying that the absence of the opposition predetermined his success. (5)

The task ahead for the new leadership the NTV Channel is to wholey remove the spirit of the previous NTV. A story reports on how this will be achieved. (7-9 )

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Running oligarch Boris Berezovsky has again decided to "expose" the FSB's secret schemes however, his specialists in political provocations have failed. In an interview historian Yury Ovchenko speaks about such a failure. (1,4 )

A story examines several Hollywood thrillers that have become a visual aid for terrorists. (4)

Moskovskaya Pravda

Moscow City is considering introducing amendments to the City Charter. A full reprint of the text of the Charter of the City of Moscow has been printed in MP. (3-6 )

Komomolskaya Pravda

St. Petersburg famed bard Alexander Rozenbaum has turned 50 today. In a far-ranging interview, he speaks about his family and political principles, as well as his hobbies, likes and dislikes. (12, 13 )

In an interview a high-ranking Northern Fleet official reveals some details concerning the upcoming operation to lift the sunken Kursk submarine and, as he says, about 50 bodies. (14)