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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


On Aug.31, Germany began to pay compensations to the Russian survivors of Nazi concentration camps and to those, who were used as slaves at the enterprises of the Third Reich. The Germans are paying off for their past. It would be humiliating for them not to do so. This significant act is their repentance, their striving to answer for the evils of their fathers and grandfathers. The story describes what the Germans' act of repentance may teach the Russians. (Kommersant Daily, 3, Vremya MN, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta 1)

A story on the occasion of Sept. 1, the Day of Knowledge, describes the Kholmogory village (Arkhangelsk region), the native land of Mikhail Lomonosov, the great Russian educator and architect of all Russian science, whose name was given to a local school. Lomonosov's relative ? Valentina Ovchinnikova ? works in this school as a teacher of Russian literature.

The Chechen rebels on Sept. 6 plan to mark the 10th anniversary of their independence ? the day of restoring Chechen statehood. In Vedeno they plan to hold a parade on the central street. The federal troops say they are ready to rebuff the rebels' any unexpected actions.

The shareholders of "Mosenergo," a daughter company of the "Unified Energy Systems" monopoly, held an extraordinary meeting on Friday to decide the fate of its Director-General Alexander Remezov. His deputy Vladislav Chorny stated that the bailiffs declared the meeting illegal. The story describes the "UES"-"Mosenergo" continuing conflict. (Kommersant Daily 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta 1, 2)

"Rubin" Director Igor Spassky in St. Petersburg on Friday assured journalists that the lifting operation of the sunken "Kursk" nuclear submarine will proceed according to the plan starting Sept. 15. The story describes the concluding stage of the preparations for the operation. (Nezavisimaya Gazeta 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta 1, 3)

The Aeroflot administration decided to resolve peacefully all disputable issues with the labor union of aviation specialists that demanded better labor conditions and more safety of flights. Director-General Valery Okulov Friday signed an order on creating a conciliatory commission with the aim of considering a collective labor dispute with trade union members.

An international scandal erupted in Airport Sheremetyvo-1 on Friday when a company of French paratroopers with their personal firearms (without any documents on them) arrived in Moscow. The visit of the French military is proceeding according to the Defense Ministry's plan to boost contacts with foreign armies. The story gives details. (Kommersant Daily 3)

The Moscow Tax Police officers Friday withdrew documents on the territory of the Moscow Bearing Plant that is controlled by former Director of the Chukotka Economy Fund (CEF) Oleg Savchenko The tax police were interested in documents on the purchase of the plant's shares by the "Taifun" firm that in 2000 received a many million loan from the CEF.

Geneva Attorney-General Bernard Bertossa Friday stated that the investigation in criminal case of Pavel Borodin, State Secretary of the Russian-Belarus Union, has been practically completed and may be submitted to court. (Vremya MN 2)

Professor Alexander Veksler, Director-General of the Moscow Center for Archaeological Studies, Friday made a sensational statement, saying that Moscow is about 1,000 years old. (Vremya M 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta 1)

Presidential representative in the Privolzhsky Federal District Sergei Kiriyenko today Sept. 2 is to fly to Tokyo, with which he begins his visits to capital cities of the Group-8 states as head of the state commission on chemical disarmament. Kiriyenko during his visits will discuss with Western partners a new Russian plan to destroy chemical arsenals. The story reveals its essence.

A highly-placed Kremlin official (no name is given) Friday doubted the need for the meeting between the Russian and American presidents at the Texas ranch of George W. Bush scheduled for November.

The Federal Law of Aug. 7 concerning introducing amendments to Chapter 22 of the second part of the Tax Code (it will take effect on Sept. 10) does not contain any mention of vodka excise marks. In view of this, the previous government decree on excise warehouses will be invalid on Sept. 10. As a result, the system of vodka excise warehouses and regional marks will exist only for 10 days. The story comments on the situation.

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov Friday signed a government decree, according to which, starting Oct. 1, 2001, amendments will be introduced in the list of customs import rates (adopted early last year) to last for 9 months.

The first freight trains loaded with iron-titanium-vanadium ore from the Chineisky deposit will soon leave the Chara station of the Baikal-Amur Railway for the Kuznetsk Metals Combine. The story describers how an economic life is reviving in the region thanks to the railway.

The banks of the euro zone on Saturday were expected to receive euros in cash. The story comments on European countries' and Russia's response to the event. (Kommersant Daily, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3)

Several public and cultural figures share their viewpoints on serious school problems that are awaiting their solution.

A story examines the working plans of the NTV and TV-6 channels for the new season.

A further story reports on how Ukrainian immigrant Nikolai Soltys accused of killing six family members was arrested on Thursday at his mother's house in Sacramento, California. (Kommersant Daily 9, Nezavisimaya Gazeta 2, MK, 1,2)

The first court hearing on the case of Russian computer programmer Dmitry Sklyarov took place in San Jose on Friday. Sklyarov is accused of violating the American copyright law. (Rossiiskaya Gazeta 1)


The newspaper on Friday published an interview of President of self-proclaimed Republic of Ichkeria Aslan Maskhadov on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the Khasavyurt agreements. On the same day presidential aide Sergei Yastrzhembsky harshly criticized KD for the publication. Ilya Bulavinov, editor of the KD politics section, comments on the situation.

President Vladimir Putin through his decree has appointed Gennady Sklyar Director-General of the Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network that was created 3 weeks ago. The story comments on the appointment.

State Duma Budget Committee head Alexander Zhukov Friday criticized the government draft budget-2002, saying that the document contains many reserves hidden from the deputies' eyes. The story examines several points that have made Zhukov oppose the government document. (Vremya MN 2)

The Privolzhsky and Uralsky military districts Friday were merged into the single Privolzhsko-Uralsky Military District. The story comments on the measure.

Representatives from the left-wing youth organizations, calling themselves Russian anti-globalists, Friday presented in Moscow their single site ? The story examines its major aim.

An agreement on the construction of a new enriching factory for "Norilsk Nickel" by the Finnish "Outokumpu" company will be signed within the framework of Vladimir Putin's visit to Finland. The project will cost $140 million for the Russian company.

The Expert Council on the Protection of Competition on the Banking Services Market attached to the Anti-Monopoly Ministry Friday held its first session. The author of the banking reform program, Alexander Mamut, for the first time met with its opponents, who did not understand him. The story describes developments at the session.

The Branch of Appeal of the West-Siberian Regional Arbitration Court (Tyumen) Friday honoroured the complaint of "SUAL-Holding" by canceling the previous decision of the Arbitration Court of the Novosibirsk region on prolonging external administration at the Novosibirsk Electrode Plant. Up to the year 2006. The story comments on the new decision.

Yuri Lvov, Deputy Finance Minister, on Monday will be introduced to the "Gazprombank" staff as its new head. Besides that, he has also been appointed deputy head of the "Gazprom" management.

The Federal Property Fund Friday sold at the auction the last state-owned package of stock of "Nevinnomyssky Azot" company. From all indications, the U.S. "Transammony" trader refused to struggle for the combine, and, as a result, MDM Group paid for it only $360,000 more than its starting price.

President Vladimir Putin on Aug. 29 signed a decree canceling several benefits for foreign investors in Russia. This means that the decree on improving work with foreign investments that was signed in 1993 is no longer valid.

Famed tennis-player Yevgeny Kafelnikov has urgently divorced from his wife ? former fashion model Maria Tishkova.

Crane-operator Bayan Dzhetnisbayev from the "Prikaspiisksetelektrostroi" organization that is restoring energy supply in Chechnya has been missing from Wednesday.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

The newspaper offers a list of 20 leading politicians in Russia in August. Patriarch Alexy II for the first time has overtaken Kremlin chief of staff Alexander Voloshin in popularity. "Glas Naroda" Sociological Center expert Alexander Kinsbursky comments on the rating.

In an interview, Moscow State University Rector Viktor Sadovnichy, who as a member of the State Council working group took part in compiling a report on reforming the education system, shares his viewpoint on several serious problems linked up to teaching staff in higher schools.

Chechen administration head Akhmat Kadyrov Friday visited refugees camps in Ingushetia, where his saw 20 rebels being in federal search today. The story notes that Kadyrov cannot understand the policy by Ingush President Ruslan Aushev, who actually takes the pro-Maskahdov stand.

Federation Council Deputy from Chechnya Akhmat Zavgayev proposes several ways of overcoming the crisis of the Chechen republic.

Noviye Izvestia

The Bank of Moscow has taken another step on the way of turning into one of the biggest banks of Russia ? on Friday it registered results of the 7th release of ordinary non-document shares of the Bank of Moscow, as a result of which its charter capital almost doubled and reached 3 billion rubles. Experts say that the bank is on the first of 10 most reliable domestic banks.

The Kremlin administration has drafted a plan to reorganize the highest echelon of executive power that has been dubbed "big September roundup." The work over this document proceeded in a narrow circle of state top officials and was veiled in secrecy. The story examines the behind-the-scenes intrigues around the document.

"Zheltoksan" movement leaders in Kazakhstan demanded to declare Ex- Soviet President Miklhail Gorbachev persona non-grata in the republic. Gorbachev last week arrived in Kazakhstan to attend the international anti-nuclear forum "The 21st Century: Toward the World Free from Nuclear Weapons" that took place in Alma-Ata on Aug. 29-30. The story explains why the movement members oppose Gorbachev's stand.

President Vladimir Putin through his decree has made several appointments in the General Staff of the Armed Forces. The story examines several new names and their posts.

Mysterious petty intrigues are continuing in the zone of Chechen war around the only independent newspaper "Groznensky Rabochy" (Grozny Worker). Several days ago its editor-in-chief Musa Muradov and several employees were notified through leaflets hanging around in Nazran saying that the Shariah Court of the warring republic calls on them to repent. In case they fail to do it, they will undergo capital punishment. The story gives details.

It took the Moscow City Court "only" 11 months to make a well-known judgement on the case of former deputy director of the First Department of the Asia Foreign Ministry Valentin Moiseyev, who was accused of spying for South Korea The ruling has been made, but questions remain. The story examines the Moiseyev case as a farce according to the FSB scenario.

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

A laying of a memorable sign with names of "Legends of the Century" Prize laureates took place on Friday on Pushkin Square in the center of the city. One name will be added to the sign every year on the eve of the City Day. The story describes the event.

Starting Jan. 1, 2002, the new European currency ? the euro ? will come into circulation, and, starting July 1, 2003, several kinds of old national money (they are mentioned) will cease to exist. The story describes the imminent financial revolution.

A list of chemicals, equipment and technologies, which may be used in creating chemical weapons and over which export control has been established is documented.

Komomolskaya Pravda

The story features 4 Russian fanatics terrorists (their names are given), who intended to free their teacher and idol Seko Asakhara, head of the "Aum Shinri Kyo" sect, from a prison in Japan, in which he has been kept since 1989. The terrorists now are awaiting a trial in the pre-trial detention center in Vladivostok.

The story de-classifies several secret information about South-Korean Boeing with 269 people on board that 18 years ago violated the USSR border and was shot down by a Soviet interceptor in Sakhalin.

According to the "Russian News Bureau" agency, sailors from a Russian trawler together with a fish catch in the Barents Sea have dragged out a "Ford Fiesta" car. No one knows how this foreign car has happened to be 150 kilometers from the shore at the depth of 260 meters.

Ten policy-makers, public figures and workers in culture answer the following question ? Have you ever made unexpected finds?

In an interview, Leonid Beikin, external manager at the Kashtymsky Machine-Building Plant in the Chelyabinsk region, speaks about his enterprise five years ago when he took over and today when its management has done a great deal to help it overcome the crisis.

Several experts in different economic sectors analyse what may happen to food prices in September.

There are three rivals in Belarus vying in the presidential race today 10 days before the elections. Belarussian mass media have managed to persuade most of electors to vote for Alexander Lukashenko through posing a question ? And what if the alternative is even worse? The story examines the election campaign in the republic.

The Railways Ministry in a couple of days is to submit to the government a technical and economic justification of the construction project of a road on Sakhalin Island. The story examines several factors that did not allow authorities to build it earlier in Soviet times.

Education Minister Vladimir Filippov answers questions from KP readers about specific features of the new school year.

The story features the 3rd Wine Festival that opened in Moscow 's Hermitage Gardens, with 28 firms including specialized magazines and publishing houses taking part. How was the idea of holding such festivals originated? Moskva Supplement.

Moskovsky Komsomolets

President Vladimir Putin on Sept. 1 visited the Lenin Teachers' Training University on Malaya Pirogovskaya Ulitsa. The story describes how its students were preparing for this meeting with the head of state. (Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

The story describes a new "elite" 13-story narcological clinical hospital (for 600 beds) that opened in Moscow on the eve of the City Day. The center has cost the city budget 800 million rubles.

In an interview, famed tamer in the Central Circus on Tsvetnoi Bulvar Aziz Askaryan talks about his beloved artists ? three chimpanzees ? which have helped him gain the title of People's Artist of Russia.

Famed hockey-player Pavel Bure together with State Duma deputy speaker Georgy Boos, Moscow regional governor Boris Gromov and head of the National Olympic Committee Leonid Tyagachev decided to revive the legendary children's hockey tournament "Golden Puck." The story describes the project.

A special washing complex for elekrtichkas late last month became operational in Nakhabino (Moscow region), which for 40 minutes will make a 12-compartment train look impeccably clean.

The story describes new homes for bees that rocket designers on Moscow authorities' order have developed to replace the old beehives.