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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
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Novaya Gazeta
Moskovsky Komsomolets


The Board of Directors of the Central Bank Wednesday discussed a draft of "The Guidelines of Monetary-Credit Policy in 2002," a traditional supplement to the budget that determines planned inflation and the dollar/ruble rate. The story examines major provisions of the document, focusing on people's concerns about the fate of their dollars saved for a rainy day. (Vremya MN, 3)

In an interview, Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who completes his visit to Moscow today, sums up results of his negotiations with the Russian leadership, focusing on major difficulties in settling down the Middle-East conflict and on those forces who, in his opinion, are the major culprits in this conflict. (Kommersant Daily, 7, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Vremya MN, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1)

Seven policy-makers and public figures share their views on the following question ? will Sharon and Arafat be able to come to agreement?

Viktor Tikhonov, who is accused of organizing an attempt upon the life of Kemerovo governor Aman Tuleyev, on the first day of the court trial in Novosibirsk on Wednesday , denied what he had said during the preliminary investigation. Tikhonov pleaded not guilty. (Kommersant Daily, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7, Vremya Novostei, 3)

The government today had to discuss investing money from the accumulative pension system and say how it plans to dispose of $1 billion that would be accumulated in 2002 from pension fees. But at the last moment this issue was removed from the agenda. Why? In an interview, Deputy Economics Minister Mikhail Dmitriyev, author of the corresponding draft bill, answers this question.

Sept. 6 marks the day of independence of Ichkeria or so-called "independence of so-called Ichkeria." The story examines two viewpoints on Chechnya's status. Eight policy-makers and public figures share their views on the "jubilee." (Vremya Novostei, 3)

Another story describes how the pupils in a village school in Mordovia have become victims of its "Euro-remont."

"Ekho Moskvy" Radio Station Editor-in-Chief Alexei Venediktov Wednesday stated that his staff have submitted to the Press Ministry an application on receiving a new frequency. He explained this decision by the fact that "Gazprom-Media" has failed to meet its promises to sell 9.5 percent of stock of "Ekho" to Yevgeny Yasin . In order to receive the FM frequency, the "Ekho" staff will have to win the competition, but the radio station's new name will be "Radio Arsenal." (Kommersant Daily, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2)

Three convicts sentenced to life in prison fled from Moscow's Butyrka jail on Tuesday. (Kommersant Daily, 9, Noviye Izvestia, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 2, Vremya MN, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, MK, 1)

The Federal Tax Police Service Wednesday summed up results of its 2-year successful operation "Alkhimiki." The service has managed to open 700 criminal cases against underground producers of low quality petrol. The story examines results of the operation. (Kommersant Daily, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

The "Mosenergo" leadership Wednesday applied to the Organized Crime Police Agency with a request to help find Natalya Khokholkova, head of the company's audit commission, who has been missing since Sept. 4. (Kommersant Daily, 4)

The Moscow City Duma Wednesday passed draft amendments to the city legislation that make foreigners who enjoy the right to come to Russia without visa and who arrive in Moscow for more than 10 days register their visit and pay fees during 3 days. (Vremya Novostei, 1)

Bolshoi Theater Director-General Anatoly Iksanov Wednesday signed an order on creating a new structure in the theater ? the Creative Planning Board ? with "Izvestia" musical observer Pyotr Pospelov becoming its head. In an interview, he speaks about his new job.

The New York Times on Wednesday reported that the Pentagon for several years already had been conducting secret research in genetic modernization of malignant anthrax types that can be used as biological weapons. The obtained vaccine is being tested in a special laboratory in Nevada. The story comments on the President George W. Bush administration's statement on the conducted tests. (Vremya MN, 2)

Russian human rights plenipotentiary Oleg Mironov in Vilnius on Wednesday stated that Russia has no claims to Lithuania concerning the human rights violations of Russians living in the republic.

The Federal Energy Commission, or FEC, Wednesday reported about drafting documents on raising gas prices by 15-20 percent for the home gas market. This is the commission's first serious measure in its new status ? President Vladimir Putin Wednesday signed a decree on the creation of the Single Tariff Body on the basis of the FEC. The story examines the commission's first measure.

The founding meeting of the non-commercial partnership "Administrator of the trading system of the wholesale electrical energy market of the single energy system of Russia" took place in Moscow on Wednesday. According to the government decision, Administrator should be created within the framework of restructuring the "Unified Energy Systems" company already in the 3rd quarter of this year. Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko on Sept. 15 is expected to hold a session to discuss the issue of creating Administrator. (Kommersant Daily, 4)

Alexander Neradko, head of the State Civil Aviation Service , Wednesday stated that due to violations of the aviation transportation rules in Russia, the number of air companies may be halved . He stressed that only those aviation carriers who observe the rules established by domestic and international aviation community would work on the aviation market. Several stories try to answer the following question ? Why do Russian planes fail? (6)

The Izvestia Regions Supplement is devoted to the Rostov region. In an interview deputy governor Ivan Stanislavov optimistically speaks about his region's economic and social achievements.


The Financial Action Task Force, or FATF, an international organization cracking down on laundering illegal money, Wednesday opened a 3-day session in Paris to discuss the situation in the countries from the black lit, which are reluctant to struggle with this evil. Russia has been on the list for more than a year. Will FATF exclude it at last? (Vremya Novostei, 2)

KD has obtained a sensational document ? an instructive letter from the "Goznak" leadership shedding light on the re-division of financial flows that has started in the association. The "Goznak" enterprises have been ordered in two weeks to transfer their accounts (up to $3 billion a year) to 3 basic banks, among them the MENATEP-SPb private bank.

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has harshly criticized former head of the National Bank Tamara Vinnikova for her interview (KD, Sept. 3), but Vinnikova, living in Britain today, has confirmed all facts in the interview.

Chechen Prime Minister Stanislav Ilyasov speaks about all necessary financial institutions that are functioning in the republic today.

President Vladimir Putin Wednesday signed a decree, through which he has ordered the government to increase the charter capital of the "TVEL" company. The state intends to regain control over its daughter companies. This attempt, the story concludes, may lead to a "nuclear" war between Minatom's enterprises. The story examines the decree's major provisions.

SPS leader Boris Nemtsov Wednesday made a trip to Chechnya, where Chechen FSB officers and sappers managed to prevent an attempt upon his life. The story describes the aim of his visit and what happened during his trip.

Moscow Police Chief Vladimir Pronin Wednesday stated major changes awaiting the city militia in the near future. (Vremya Novostei, 3, MK, 2)

The "Sukhoi" aviation design bureau Wednesday announced the beginning of tests of the S-80 passenger jet. The story examines its technical and flight characteristics.

The "PARTAD" Board of Directors Wednesday decided to create a compensation fund for insuring risks. The story reports on how shareholders will gain from it.

ALROSA in Moscow on Wednesday resumed the official negotiations with De Beers on signing a new trade agreement.

The "USA-Russia" investment fund and the American J.P. Morgan & Co financial corporation Wednesday announced that they had reached agreement on the fund purchasing the corporation's daughter structure ? the Russian "J.P. Morgan Bank."

TV journalist Sergei Dorenko Wednesday announced his intention to return to big politics and to take part in the elections to the Moscow City Duma. Besides, he plans to head an informal coalition of candidates and hopes that Vladimir Putin and Mayor Yury Luzhkov will back him. (Vremya Novostei, 2 , MK, 1)


President Vladimir Putin has approved proposals made by the working group responsible for the liberalization of the Gazprom share market. As a result, the market division into internal and external will take place; the present 20 percent quota on a purchase of stock by foreigners will also be kept. The story examines major proposals.

Russia is likely to be unable in the near future to get rid of its unpleasant reputation as a base for money laundering. The working group on financial operations (Financial Action Task Force) on Wednesday discussed the "Russian issue" and decided to preserve the country in the list of states that are reluctant to crack down on money laundering.

The Russian-Belarussian Slavneft state-controlled company has obtained new owners. As it became known, the Tyumen Oil Company has sold part of its stock in Slavneft and its daughter enterprises. The story looks at Slavneft new owners.

The Moscow City Duma on Wednesday passed in the first reading a legislative initiative on introducing amendments to the draft federal bill on limiting smoking and using tobacco products. Brief.

According to reports from the CIS Inter-State Statistics Committee, the volume of the CIS member states' mutual trade in the first six months of this year was up 12 percent. Brief.

Political analyst Olga Romanova comments on Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu's negative response to journalists, who, in his opinion, have accused him of causing floods in Yakutia. The author notes in part that it was the local commission formed personally by Yakutian President Mikhail Nikolayev that has accused him. Olga Romanova explains why Nikolayev may lose his post in the upcoming elections scheduled for Dec. 23.

Will national power grid Unified Energy Systems make a profit this year? Six specialists share their viewpoints on the issue.

The Ekho Moskvy Radio Station staff intend to transfer to a new frequency and change the station's name to Radio Arsenal. The story examines the reasons behind the decision.

The Baltic Beverages Holding, a leading beer company in Eastern Europe, is continuing its active expansion policy in Russia and CIS countries. In an interview BBH head Christian Ramm-Schmidt speaks about his company's production achievements and about its ambitious plans.

In an interview TV-6 Chief Producer Alexander Levin speaks about a new telecasting schedule of his channel in the new season that started on Sept. 3.

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The Natural Resources Ministry headed by Vitaly Artyukhov on Wednesday decided to withdraw a license from a LUKoil daughter company on deposits containing 100 million tons of oil. The story examines circumstances that urged the decision.

Competitors of Slavneft, a leading participant in St. Petersburg's fuel market, has struck a serious blow at the company's reputation. Several days ago Slavneft gas filling stations received low-quality gasoline, on which cars cannot run.

The Moscow Kremlin Cup Tennis Tournament, one of the most popular among the world's 20 such sports events, may become the Cup of the Great Chinese Wall. Due to financial difficulties, the organizers of the Russian tennis tournament are willing to lease it to China until 2008. The story comments on the initiative.

The USA-Russia Fund on Wednesday obtained a Russian daughter company from the American corporation J.P. Morgan. The former J.P. Morgan Bank has already been renamed DeltaCredit. New shareholders would like to create the first purely mortgage Russian bank in the country and hope to draw foreign investors to the project.

The completion of the sale of stock of Lithuanian Mazeikiu Nafta that belongs to the American Williams International Company concern and the Russian YUKOS company has been postponed till the end of October.The brief says why.

The British Soco International Plc oil company intends to invest $50 million that it has earned from the sale of assets in Russia to its businesses in Mongolia and Vietnam. The company also intends to discuss the possibility of its participation in projects in North America and in the Middle East. Brief.

Rating agency Moody's on Wednesday raised the rating of Russian eurobonds from a rating of B3 up to B2. Brief.

The LUKoil insurance group has bought the Russian Insurance Company, that earlier this year belonged to Konversbank. No one can say why LUKoil Group needs one more insurer.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

The newspaper has obtained a document given here, the author of which is Gazprom deputy head Sergei Dubinin. It shows that Gazprom, which once ensured 25 percent of the federal budget, is on the brink of default. The story reveals the content of his message.

In an interview the former leader of the State Duma faction Fatherland-All Russia Yevgeny Primakov explains why he has quit his post, focusing on the achievements and failures of his work over the last two years. He also speaks about his future plans, saying that as long as he lives he will not give up politics.

Tajikistani President Emomali Rakhmonov, on the eve of the tenth anniversary of his republic's independence, describes Tajikistan's cultural and spiritual role in the Moslem community and describes his optimistic view of Tajikistan's future.

In an interview Mosenergo head Alexander Remezov speaks about his company's continuing conflict with Unified Energy System and its head Anatoly Chubais. He says in part that the company lacks "corporate talent."

The election of a State Duma deputy in St. Petersburg's 209th constituency is scheduled for Oct. 14. The story examines several candidacies.

Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji is expected to arrive in St. Petersburg on Sept. 7 to attend the sixth regular meeting with his Russian counterpart, Mikhail Kasyanov. The story examines the present state of bilateral economic relations, focusing on several documents the two sides will sign during the meeting.

Raina Nanosova, 60, chief expert in the Consumer Market and Prefecture Services Board of the Moscow Central Administrative District, was found dead Tuesday in her apartment on Ulitsa Krasnaya Presnya. The story gives details.

Congress, in support of reading will open on Sept. 7 in the Grand Conference Auditorium of City Hall. The story features the event, focusing on the history of its origin.

Noviye Izvestia

According to results of the recent opinion poll taken by the sociological group, among 1,600 respondents in 100 cities, 81 percent of Russians have their own orchard or kitchen garden. Eighteen percent do not have any plots of land. Brief.

In an interview former Finance Minister Mikhail Zadornov, now State Duma Budget Committee deputy head, speaks about several specific features of the draft budget-2002, focusing on its reserve fund.

Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov at a recent session in St. Petersburg stated in part: "What causes special concern is the activities of the Tambov criminal community, which controls the fuel and energy complex of St. Petersburg. Such a situation cannot be accepted. " The story examines the state of affairs in this city.

State Duma deputy and former Vladivostok Mayor Viktor Cherepkov has created a new political party, the organizing committee of which held a session late in August. In an interview Viktor Cherepkov speaks about the party, which as he says, will defend the interests of millions of small and medium -level businessmen, and ordinary people.

In an interview Bolshoi Theater musical leader Alexander Vedernikov, 37, who took over the post in June, reveals several serious problems facing him today.

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

"German specialists will renovate the famous sculptural ensemble on Mamayev Mound in Volgograd, and the project, which will cost 14 million rubles, will be financed by the German government" ? this information has come from a world leading photo information agency. The story answers the following question ? What is really happening in Volgograd today?

The State Statistics Committee Wednesday reported a zero inflation rate in August, which never happened over the past years. The story gives figures to illustrate the point, commenting on what stands behind it.

Communications Minister Leonid Reiman Wednesday stated that his agency is preparing to reform the federal post office. He portrayed its general features.

In an interview presidential envoy in the Privolzhsky Federal District, Sergei Kiriyenko, speaks about the aim of his visits to all capital cities of the G8 countries .He also says why he has begun his trip with Tokyo.

A list of rates of import customs duties No.1 and No 2.

The government decree. A list of activities that are prohibited in the central ecological zone of the Baikal natural territory.

Novaya Gazeta

The story describes former Deputy Prosecutor General Yury Chaika, now Justice Minister.

The feature story highlights Chechen mothers with children handicapped by war injuries, who have lost hope of getting any aid from authorities.

Komomolskaya Pravda

One of the most brilliant show business stars today, Nikolai Baskov, intends to celebrate his 25th birthday in October in the Rossia Concert Hall. The story describes the program of his upcoming concerts as a hit of the year.

Former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Alexander Livshits, now Deputy Director-General of Russian Aluminum Corp., has turned 55 today. In an interview, when asked how he assesses the current economic situation in the country, he says that it's rather stable, noting that what he dislikes is too liberalized inflation.

Moscow's newly-appointed chief policeman Major-General Vladimir Pronin on Wednesday stated that Moscow army draftees will serve in the Moscow militia. Pronin also spoke about major, urgent tasks facing his agency today. Moskva Supplement

Accident. A powerful fire on Wednesday destroyed a wine and vodka warehouse on Pervy Vyazovsky Pereulok. The story describes how it happened. Moskva Supplement(2 )

The Consular Department of the American Embassy in Moscow announced that they have simplified regulations of entering the country . The newspaper answers five questions about the new regulations. Moskva Supplement

The feature story describes a new park of culture and rest that has opened near the metro station Savyolovskaya. Its picturesque site is its new lake. Moskva Supplement

Moskovsky Komsomolets

The Moscow City Duma at its first session after vacations Wednesday adopted a long list of new decorations, prizes and honorary titles for city residents. The story mentions some of them.

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko, several days before the presidential elections in the republic, got involved in an international scandal. The story gives details.

Gokhran has made the decision to sell through an auction parts of rough natural diamonds. Only Russian firms with special invitations can take part. The story describes the event.

According to information from the Moscow Prosecutor's Office, the crime rate in the city in the first 8 months of this year decreased. The story gives figures to illustrate the point.