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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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



Izvestia


Kommersant


Noviye Izvestia


Rossiiskaya Gazeta


Krasnaya Zvezda


Novaya Gazeta


Komomolskaya Pravda


Moskovsky Komsomolets




Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

An article sheds light on the protracted behind-the-scenes struggle for control over Gazprom, and its subsidiary Sibur, between its new pro-Kremlin team of managers with Alexei Miller as its head and the company's old semi-feudal team led by Rem Vyakhirev. The focus is the victory of the Miller team. Also covered in Kommersant Daily, Noviye Izvestia, Vremya MN, Vremya Novostei, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Komsomolskaya Pravda and Trud.

In an interview, computer programmer Dmitry Sklyrov, who was arrested in Las Vegas in July on charges of violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and was released and returned to Russia a week ago, shares his impressions about American prisons, focusing on his future plans.

In an interview, State Duma Deputy Yevgeny Primakov, who has been elected head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, talks about his new job and his agency's favorable contacts with the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

A heavy snowstorm this week has cut off the island of Sakhalin from the mainland. An article describes the potentially catastrophic situation.

Court hearings on the criminal case of Alfred Taubman, former head of the Sotheby's Board of Directors and the owner of its controlling stake, accused of swindling, will resume in the Manhattan Federal Court on April 2. Meanwhile, the Sotheby's Board of Directors wants Taubman to sell his shares. An article describes the origin of the scandal that erupted around Taubman two years ago.

An article comments on Turkey's request to Russia to send an extradition dossier on Chechen official Movladi Udugov, viewing it as a courteous response to the fact that Russia closes its eyes to expanding Georgian-Turkish military relations. Also covered in Kommersant Daily and Vremya Novostei.

Local law-enforcement officers in the Republic of Sakha on Wednesday cut short a large-scale swindling deal with hard currency veksels that could have made the republic bankrupt. Also covered in Kommersant Daily.

Lieutenant-Colonel Vasily Avdeyev, deputy chief of the Khamovniki (Moscow district) Interior Department, committed suicide yesterday.

On Dec. 30, 130 young Chechen army draftees from the Nadterechny district revolted in the Defense Ministry's training center in Plavsk, Tula region. They refused to follow commanders' instructions. An article gives details.

An article examines results of Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov's talks in Ashkhabad this week with Turkmenistan's President Saparmurat Niyazov, focusing on the latter's hint at his country's changed stance on the status of the Caspian Sea.

Vasily Krasulya, leader of the Stavropol regional branch of the Union of Right Forces, or SPS, applied to the State Duma SPS faction Wednesday with a request to send a deputies' inquiry on the legality of the cancellation, sanctioned by the Stavropol Duma, of the mayoral elections.

The Obshchestvennoye Mneniye Fund late last week conducted an opinion poll to see how the public evaluates the activities of the domestic special services — the Federal Security Service, the Foreign Intelligence Service and others. As it has turned out, public opinion of the services is falling. An article examines results.

Diamond-extracting company Alrosa has shown interest in the Verkhotinsk y diamond deposit in Arkhangelsk. The history of developing the Imeni Griba diamond deposit there is full of scandals — Canadian and Russian diamond developers for many years have been unable to divide the deposit. An article describes how Alrosa can use the situation to advance its own interests.

The Sukhoi Civil Planes company, the Ilyushin Aircraft Design Bureau and the U.S. Boeing company have initiated a project to create a regional passenger aircraft. An article examines the project and its preliminary estimated cost.

The State Customs Committee on Wednesday sent out an official document, signed by SCC head Mikhail Vanin, to its local services instructing them to levy a 10 percent value-added tax on those commodities that, starting Jan. 1, have lost all former tax benefits.

World Trade Organization Director-General Michael Moore has said that Russia may join the WTO already this year. An article looks at his statement, focusing on the Russian reaction.

The Transportation Ministry intends to cut the number of small companies in the river fleet by almost one third and to launch an overhaul of their vessels. An article examines the ministry's plan.

Within the framework of restructuring the Soviet-era debt this year, Russia plans to issue $2 billion Eurobonds. An article examines the corresponding government decree that was signed Dec. 29.

The Nestle company has completed the $10.3 billion deal on purchasing the Ralston Purina dog-food company. An article examines the situation on the domestic animal-food market and its major participants.

In a far-ranging interview, journalist Yevgeny Revenko, anchorman of RTR's "Vesti Nedeli" program, talks about his successful television career, his family, his interests and his likes, dislikes and hobbies.

The Apple company has presented a new model of the iMac computer with a 15-inch flat monitor. An article describes its technical specifications.

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The deal on the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 's purchase of a package of stock of Vneshtorgbank has taken a twist — President Vladimir Putin has instructed the government and the Central Bank to urgently regulate all the details of the deal. An article examines the deal, noting that it's a significant victory for Central Bank head Viktor Gerashchenko, who, with the president's backing, hopes to prevent Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov from privatizing Vneshtorgbank without the CB's participation.

The Central Election Commission and the Audit Chamber signed a cooperation agreement Wednesday. An article comments on its major provisions.

The Moscow Regional Court on Wednesday began to consider another suit on abolishing the National Bolshevist Party, led by writer Eduard Limonov. The suit was lodged by the Moscow Regional Prosecutor's Office, which believes that the party 's policy is aimed at changing the fundamentals of the existing constitutional order.

An article describes in detail Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov's current visit to St. Petersburg, focusing on his official meetings there.

The Krasnoyarsk Legislative Assembly on Wednesday elected Alexander Uss as assembly Speaker. Uss headed the local parliament of the last convocation and acted as the leader of the opposition to the regional administration, particularly to governor Alexander Lebed. An article examines the situation inside and around the Krasnoyarsk parliament.

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has ordered the creation of the Missile Defense Agency. An article examines its major functions and tasks.

French newspapers reported Wednesday that the Credit Agricole Indosuez Bank had lodged a suit against Russia in the European Human Rights Court in Strasbourg. The bank believes that Russian courts have encroached upon CAI's rights when they refused to recognize CAI's forward contracts signed with the National Reserve Bank.

State Fishery Committee Deputy head Yury Moskaltsov stated Wednesday that his agency plans to build 28 fishing vessels this year and increase the total number of vessels by 10 times by 2010.

U.S. Motorola company is experiencing serious troubles, one of them being that courts ruled that it pay $550 million to investors of the failed project of Iridium satellite communications. Motorola stated its disagreement.

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov signed a decree Wednesday concerning the new land rent rates.

The Financial Times on Wednesday published a globalization index of 62 countries based on 2002 results. Russia takes the 39th line.

Noviye Izvestia

An article describes the tragic death of army soldier Vyacheslav Turov from Novokuznetsk, who was drafted last June. Late in December, his parents received a terrible telegram from the Chita region about the death of their son.

A group of experienced Norwegian divers intends to make an attempt to solve a mystery of the 20th century — to find one of Hitler's submarines, thought to contain gold, near the shores of Patagonia, near Argentina, with the aim of proving that Hitler's plans included the creation of a Fourth Reich in Latin America.

According to Interior Ministry reports, nearly 3 million crimes were committed in Russia last year, and most of them have been solved. A brief gives figures on different types of crime and regions.

Despite the government's assurances of the domestic agricultural sector's successes last year, Russia's food exports considerably increased as compared to the 2000 figures.

Air Force High Commander Anatoly Kornukov turned 60 Thursday. According to the law, the president either has to sack him or sign a special directive to prolong his military service for another year. Rumor has it that Kornukov will be sacked. An article examines his achievements and failures over the four years of his service. Also covered in Komsomolskaya Pravda.

In an interview, Anatoly Vishnevsky, director of the Demography Center attached to the Institute of National Economic Forecast, comments on the size of Russia's population in 2050, estimated to be 121 million, focusing on a very high mortality rate and a low birth rate.

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

The St. Petersburg Sailors-Divers Club decided to devote a special layout to the late heroic sailors of the Kursk submarine.

Late last year, the State Customs Committee issued a decree, according to which Russians coming back home from abroad should declare their hard currency if it exceeded $1,500. Rossiiskaya Gazeta published the document on Dec. 18, and it should have taken effect in 30 days. But on Wednesday it became known that the Committee had cancelled it. An article examines possible reasons.

A Boxing Federation of the Belarus-Russia Union is currently being created. The project has been initiated by legendary Russian boxer and vice president of the Russian Boxing Federation Viktor Rybakov. In an interview, he talks about his initiative.

The cold weather has left over 250 people, most of them homeless, dead in Moscow alone. An article describes their tragic fate. Also covered in Komsomolskaya Pravda.

The First International Russian Language Olympiad of Schoolchildren from CIS and Baltic countries opened in Moscow on Wednesday. In an interview Wednesday, Olga Sarmanova, head of Kazakhstan's Russian Language Teachers' Association, talked about specific features of teaching Russian in former Soviet republics.

Electronic appliances manufacturers have developed a project of launching Soyuz, a Russian-Belarussian joint holding to make televisions, which will be officially registered in early March. In an interview, Pyotr Kustlivy, first deputy general director of the central commission of the interstate financial and industrial group Electronic Technologies, talks about the new holding.

The newspaper gives a list of candidates to receive the State Prize of the Belarus-Russia Union in the sphere of literature and art.

Krasnaya Zvezda

How are army garrisons in different regions, including Chechnya, being supplied with heating and electricity today? In an interview Colonel-General Viktor Vlasov, chief of the Main Household Affairs Department of the Defense Ministry, answers this and other questions.

The federal unitarian enterprise — the State Air Traffic Corporation of the Russian Federation — was created in December 1996 according to a government decision. In an interview, general director Boris Kushneruk talks about his agency, focusing on the results of its five years of work.

Novaya Gazeta
www.novayagazeta.ru

The Museum of Modern Art on Ulitsa Petrovka in Moscow has put up a charity Christmas exhibition "Vera, Nadezhda, Lyubov " (Belief, Hope, Love) devoted to the 70th anniversary of the birth of Raisa Gorbacheva. An article describes the event and its sponsors.

The Presidium of the Supreme Arbitration Court is expected to decide the fate of the TV6 channel on Friday. TV6 judicial service head Nina Lepchenko shares her view on the impending decision.

Journalist Anna Politkovskaya's feature story is devoted to Chechen children, most of whom over the two years of the second Chechen war have forgotten how to smile.

Komomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

China's chief auditor Lee Tsin-Hua stated that his agency intends to conduct comprehensive audits of former activities of party and government officials after they quit their jobs. Bad managers and bribe-takers now will be unable to sleep well over the next two years after they leave their offices, whether they left by their own wish or due to some other reason. An article comments on the measure. Twelve Russian policymakers, public figures, actors, writers and journalists share their views on the Chinese practice.

A man from Moscow's Frunzenskaya Embankment phoned the City Rescue Service on Wednesday, saying that he was sitting in a garbage container of the garbage truck. He also said that his friends, with whom he was drinking vodka near the metro station, had placed him there. An article gives details.

Moscow best street-cleaners, winners of the 2001 City Competition, will go to Cuba for vacation. The city budget will pay about $ 2,500 for each place in their tourist group. An article describes the lucky winners.

An article examines the poor results of 10 years of school reforms that have made many children invalids. Three parents share their negative views on this reform.

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

Famed Soviet actress Nina Sazonova, 84, was hospitalized with serious injuries on Jan. 1 when her son beat her. After that, he jumped from an 11th-floor window. An article describes the tragedy.

Dental specialists at the Central Research Dental Center attached to the Health Ministry have managed to make a dental plate for a patient out of his rib. An article gives details.

Moscow biologists have found beavers in the water meadow of the Khimki River in Pokrovskoye-Streshnevo, Moscow region. These animals were thought to have disappeared from the territory of Moscow more than 400 years ago.

Amendments to the federal law concerning advertising (Article 11) that took effect on Dec. 20, 2001, promised to halve the number of television ads. In addition, the president signed an appropriate decree on Dec. 14, but nothing positive has happened. An article notes that television channels have failed to follow the presidential instruction.