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



Noviye Izvestia

Komomolskaya Pravda



The TV-6 employees Tuesday held a closed meeting to discuss their fates and the company's future plans. The story examines them in detail, focusing on TV-6 owner Boris Berezovsky's and Press Minister Mikhail Lesin's stands on TV-6 further actions. (1,3, 12, Kommersant Daily ( Yevgeny Kiselyov's interview), 1,2, 13, Noviye Izvestia, 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 11, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Gazeta, 1,4, Vremya MN, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 1,4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1-5, 22, Moskovskaya Pravda, 1, MK, 2 )

Prominent physicist Roald Sagdeyev, who in Soviet times was a leading scientist in the space technology sector and who in 1990 left for the USA, has arrived in Moscow . In an interview he talks about his job in America and about the life and work of many Russian scientists there. (1,3 )

Former Bolshoi chief artistic opera director Boris Pokrovsky, now artistic director of the Chamber Musical Theater , has turned 90 today. In an interview he speaks about his brilliant artistic career. (1,3 , Vremya MN, 11, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 14

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov Tuesday met with oil executives to discuss a major issue -- what is to be done with a surplus of oil on the domestic market, the price of which has halved lately. The story examines the situation on the home oil market, with gvt promises to lower oil products export duties. (1, Kommersant Daily,1, Vrermya Novostei, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, Gazeta, 3 )

The Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Tuesday singled out two factors that have made businessmen appeal to the Prosecutor's General Office with a letter. (2, Kommersant Daily, 2, Vremya MN, 4 )

The Agriculture Ministry is concerned about possible shortages of wheat for use in bread in several regions. The story examines this problem , naming several regions that will be the first to come up against this problem. (2 )

Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi and Germany's State Culture and Mass Media Minister Julian Nida- Rumelin are in talks on putting into effect projects of bilateral cultural cooperation . In an interview the German Minister examines some of them(2, Kommersant Daily , 13 )

President Vladimir Putin Tuesday met with State Duma and Federation Council speakers Gennady Seleznyov and Sergei Mironov and later with deputy leaders of factions to discuss how to divide powers between the two houses of the Federal Assembly ( parliament ) The story examines several proposals. (4, Kommersant Daily, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

The story describes an Internet political and romantic project --"Excellent Country. Provincial Project for Russia" -- that has been launched in Perm . Its authors are Igor Averkiyev, Director of the Perm regional Human Rights Center, and Svetlana Makovetskaya, Director of the Urals Small and Medium-Size Business Support Agency.(4 )

Rosoboronexport intends to launch a new scheme -- fish catches quotas in exchange for the debts for weapons deliveries to third countries. The story examines the scheme. ( 5)

The Solomon R. Guhhenheim (Sp.? ) Fund has elected Interros holding company head Vladimir Potanin to its Board of Guardians . Brief. (5, Kommersant Daily, 5 Vremya Novostei, 3

"International Airport Sheremetyevo" , starting Jan. 27, will raise airport dues rates for Russian air -carriers by 40 percent. This was stated Tuesday by Igor Yuganson, Airport Economic Deputy Director-General . The story comments on the measure. (5, Kommersant Daily, 5 )

The Japanese Teikoku Databank company Tuesday specialising in economic studies made public its report on the position of Japanese companies in 2001. According to the report, 19,441 commercial enterprises went bankrupt in Japan last year , which is by 2 percent more than the figure for 2000. (5)

The Economic Development Ministry's Tariff Policy Committee has submitted to Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov its recommendation to lower the export nickel duty from 10 percent down to 5 percent. Kasyanov is supposed to sign it in the near future. The story examines the recommendation. (5)

The story reports on how several timber enterprises in the Arkhangelsk region are battling for control over the timber industrial complex, which provides 40 percent of all local budget revenues . (5)

YUKOS Tuesday bought 77.5 percent of participation in the development of the gas block in the Fedorovsky gas deposit in Kazakhstan. The story comments on the company's effective policy. (5, Kommersant Daily, 7, Vremya Novostei, 8)

An art exhibition "Female Artists of Russia in the 15th-20th Centuries" opened in the Tretyakov Gallery on Tuesday. The story describes this event. (8, Kommersant Daily, 13 )

The story examines an acute problem in Moscow -- huge numbers of illegal migrants in the city. The Moscow gvt is discussing an idea of imposing a special tax for them. (10)


The Finance Ministry Tuesday summed up results ( budget and the general macroeconomic indices ) in December 2001. The story examines the major ones(2

President Vladimir Putin Tuesday met with Chechen top administrators to discuss issues pertaining to the rehabilitation of the republic's economy. The story examines major problems that were discussed and decisions made on them. (3)

The Bank of Moscow has launched a pension program for the population . This is an unprecedented case of transferring the functions of distributing pensions to a commercial bank . This market up to now was fully controlled by Sberbank. Now it will have to share the pension money. (4)

Two regional leaders ( their names are given ) Tuesday spoke out against decreasing the Railways Ministry's investment program. The story examines their stands on the issue. (4)

Gazprom head Alexei Miller Tuesday signed an agreement with Tyumen governor Sergei Sobyanin. The story examines their concessions to each other . (4)

The Moscow gvt in a couple of days intends to consider a draft bill envisaging the construction of electrical networks around Moscow city and region to transmit electricity generated by nuclear power plants. This was stated Tuesday by Rosenergoatom Executive Director. The story examines the document. (4)

Audit Chamber head Sergei Stepashin Tuesday met with Hans Horn ( Sp.? ), the audit Arthur Andersen company's managing partner in Russia and CIS countries. The story explains why the meeting was significant for both controllers. (4)

Ramstor has signed an agreement with Global USA on a long-term lease of shops, which means that Ramstor is becoming a big retail operator in Moscow. (4)

Lawyers have accused Enron and the audit Arthur Andersen firm of criminal deal. Andersen, however, intends to prove its non-implication in the machinations and to turn out innocent from the Enron case without any harm to its professional reputation(5 )

AvtoVAZ and the Uruguay Rusia Automotriz S.A. company have signed an agreement on assembling the autos VAZ-21214 Niva in Montevideo . Brief. (5)

Tatneft and its affiliated structures have bought 64 percent of stock of the Minnibayevsk gas-processing plant in Tataria. Brief. (5 )

Germany's Anti-Monopoly Committee has blockaded the German E.ON energy company's purchase of 25.5 percent of stock of Ruhrgas that now belongs to the British Petroleum company. (5)

The international consortium developing natural gas in Egypt Jan. 21 signed a 20-year contract ( $8 billion ) with Gaz de France on the delivery of liquefied gas . Brief. (5)

Jim Skinner Tuesday was appointed head and chief operative director of McDonald's fast-food network . The story describes his high professional skills. (7, Vremya MN, 1)

The Finance Ministry in December 2001 allocated 19.97 billion rubles as financial aid to the regions . Brief. (7)

Guta-Bank has become a leading creditor of Promstroibank (PSB ) after it bought from $60 million up to $100 million of PSB's debt to creditors. Brief. (7)

ALROSA intends to radically change its strategy, staking on the development of the Russian North. The story examines the company's latest successful deal with Severalmaz . (7)

The story offers an in-depth analysis of the present state of the domestic sugar market. (8)

Journalist Dmitry Pinsker , 31, head of the politics section in "Yezhenedelny Zhurnal " ( Weekly Journal ) died in the early hours of Tuesday. The story gives details. (9, MK, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, Vremya MN, 2, Gazeta, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 9 )

Noviye Izvestia

Severstal Co. has managed to obtain a controlling stake in Vostochny, one of the largest ports in the Far East. The company has gained full control over it. The story describes how it has managed to accomplish this. (1, 4)

Two Amur tiger cubs in Nizny Novgorod urgently need a benefactor who can give them four kilograms of mutton every day. They have been living for five months already in the office of the local zoo director, Vladimir Sveshnikov. Brief. (1)

In an interview well-known environmentalist Alexader Nikitin, who cooperated with foreign environmental specialists in Beluna and who was also once accused of treason, speaks about military journalist Grigory Pasko's case.

Who will head diamond company ALROSA in Yakutia after its former head was been elected president of the republic? The story looks at several candidates for the post. (4)

Komomolskaya Pravda

In an interview Oksana Dmitriyeva, deputy head of the State Duma Budget Committee, reveals the essence of the new pension bills that took effect on Jan. 1. She also describes how young and middle-aged people will gain from pension reform. (7)

A cultural center, the Bulat Okudzhava House, will be completed soon on the Arbat, where a statue of this famed poet and musician will be also.


Despite the fact that the Railways Ministry has changed its head, it continues to provide individual discounts to companies on railway export cargo transportation. Discounts in some cases, as before, amount to 70 percent of the (A1

The story reports on how the shut-down of the TV-6 channel has affected the advertising market. (A1)

The Interior Ministry's Main Organized Crime Board is checking up the legality of the sales of Avtobank, Ingosstrakh and NOSTA shares to Siberian Aluminum, Millhouse Capital and Nafta Moskva. As a result of the investigation, the widely- advertised deal can be declared illegal. ( A1)

According to the State Statistics Committee, the total debt on wage arrears in December 2001 decreased by 13.9 percent and as of Jan. 1, 2002 amounted to 29.943 billion rubles. Brief. (A1)

Experts have calculated that a monthly volume of illegally exported capital from Russia amounts from $1 billion up to $1.5 billion. This was stated by Mikhail Fradkov, Director of the Federal Tax Police Service. ( A1)

"Vedomosti" has made a statement in connection with the shut-down of the TV-6 Channel. Full text. (A1 )

Political analyst Vitaly Portnikov comments on the latest trouble-making developments in the TV-6 company, concluding that the public loses a great deal when mass media closely-knit families of talented journalists are destroyed. (A2)

The Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs is working for releasing from jail SIBUR top-managers on its bail. Will authorities meet its demands? Five experts share their viewpoints on the issue. (A2)

According to the Agriculture Ministry, Russia in 2001 increased considerably food production considerably. The brief gives figures to illustrate the point. (A3)

American recession and protectionist barriers have strongly affected Russian exporters, whose incomes from their trade with the USA in the 11 month of 2001 fell by $1.4 billion. (A3)

World second large auto producer Ford Motor Co is making the second attempt to win the auto markets in Russia and CIS countries. In an interview Ford Motor Co. Russia head Henric Hensen talks about his Russian business, about his dreams, hopes and plans. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

At his meeting with oil executives Tuesday, Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov promised an additional decrease in export duties on oil products. The story examines major issues discussed at the meeting. (B1)

The story explains why investors over the recent several years have begun to show interest in so-called blue chips. (B1 )

Credit Suisse First Boston ( CSFB ) has agreed to pay out $100 million within the framework of the non- court agreement on the case, according to which the US Securities and Exchanges Commission has accused CSFB of receiving a high commission for registering investors that wanted to participate in IPO during the Internet-boom. (B1 )

The St. Petersburg Telecominvest holding Tuesday announced a linking-up of the millionth subscriber to the MegaFon cellular network. (B1 )

Gazprom and German Wintershall, part of the BASF concern, made the decision to prepare founding documents by mid-2002 for launching a joint venture to develop the Urengoi deposits of hydrocarbons. Brief. (B1 )

The TotalFinaElf company this week plans to announce its participation in new projects to survey and extract hydro carbon raw materials in Russia. This was stated by company spokesman Fransua Rafen. Brief. (B1 )

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Friday Jan. 18 signed a quota decree allowing ALROSA and De Beers to do diamond trading within the framework of the agreement they have signed. This was stated by a gvt source. Brief. (B1)

The Gazprom Board of Directors tomorrow Jan. 24 is expected to discuss the construction of the pipeline "Blue Stream" to Turkey. If the project is not ready in October, Gazprom will have to pay fines. (B2)

Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko today is reported to hold a meeting to decide the fate of bankrupt Rostovugol that should again become a profit-making enterprise. (B2 )

Deutsche Bank is to undergo radical changes in its managing structure that can turn the traditional German enterprise into a global financial institution of a British-Saxon model. (B3 )

Telephone communications is the only housing-utility service that, starting 2002, has been value-added taxed. The Moscow City Telephone Network Tuesday came out against this measure. (B5 )