. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Press Review

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Novaya Gazeta
Komomolskaya Pravda


According to reports by the Main Interior Board, the criminal situation in Moscow last week was disturbing. In considerably more cases than a week before, the city police were forced to use their arms. A story gives concrete cases to illustrate the point. (1,2)

U.S. President George W. Bush was delighted with the sights he saw in St. Petersburg on Saturday. A story describes places he and President Vladimir Putin visited. Also covered in Kommersant, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Vremya Novostei and MK. (1,2, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,9, Vremya Novostei, 2 , MK, 1,3 )

In an interview, Nikolai Zlobin, director of the Russian and Asian Programs of the Washington Center for Defense Information, shares his view on major results of the U.S.-Russian summit. Also covered in Gazeta, Vremya Novoste and Nezavisimaya Gazeta. (4, Gazeta, 1,4, 5, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 9 )

The plenary session of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation on Saturday expelled from the party three Communists, heads of the State Duma committees and the Speaker of the Duma. "What has happened is the beginning of the end to the Communist Party," said Duma Deputy Svetlana Goryacheva. A story comments on the session's decision. Also covered in Kommersant, Vremya Novostei, Gazeta, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Komsomolskaya Pravda and MK. (4, Kommersant, 5, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Gazeta, 1,3 , Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 1,2 )

The Federal Border Service today sends its best officers to the Caucasus. In an interview Border Service First Deputy Director Colonel-General Nikolai Reznichenko discusses the reasons for this, also reporting on the recent emergency case in Sakhalin (an attempt on the life of Sakhalin border guard Vitaly Gamov). (1,3)

Latvian singer Maria Naumova has become the Grand Prix winner of the 47th Eurovision festival in Tallinn. Also covered in Kommersant, Vremya Novostei, Gazeta, Rossiiskaya Gazeta and MK. (2, 8, Kommersant, 21, Vremya Novostei, 12, Gazeta, 14, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 8, MK, 1,3)

Newly appointed Slavneft president Yury Sukhanov in the early hours of Saturday managed to restore his power in the company after his rival — former acting head Anatoly Baranovsky — tried to take it away from him. A story describes the current situation in and around the company. Also covered in Kommersant, Vremya Novostei, Gazeta and Nezavisimaya Gazeta. (2, Kommersant, 1,15 , Vremya Novostei, 1, Gazeta, 11, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,3)

It became known Sunday that Mohamed Ahmed Kamala, a citizen from Sudan who is a student at the People's Friendship University in Moscow, was beaten in the metro Friday afternoon. (3, Kommersant, 13 )

Aeroflot general director Valery Okulov has retained his post, though the shareholders' annual meeting Saturday decided to decrease his powers. As a result, he will not be able to endorse major deals. A story examines the meeting's decisions. Also covered in Kommersant. (5)

The Association of Computer and Information Technologies Enterprises last week held a spring session to sum up results of its activities last year. A story features the event's sponsors, participants and decisions. (5)

At its visiting session in Astrakhan late last week, the Federation Council's Committee on CIS Affairs approved the idea of creating a free economic zone in the marine merchant port Olya. (5)

The State Duma in the near future intends to consider a draft bill concerning the creation of obligatory professional pension systems that, in the government's opinion, should replace the old system of preferential pension insurance. (5)

The State Library of Foreign Literature has put up an exhibition "Red Pencil. Censorship in Soviet Literature and Art" that will run though June 13. (8)

Many advertising companies in Moscow make their street ads too big, thus violating the advertising law. A story gives concrete facts to illustrate the point. (10)

A new tram depot, one of the best in the world, opened in the Moscow suburb of Strogino on Saturday. A story reports on how it will improve tram service in the district. (10)

Izvestia Supplement is devoted to mass media. (1,4)

A story describes the poor state of the Gorky Park, which urgently needs major renovation. (11)


In an interview, First Deputy Chief of the General Staff Colonel-General Yury Baluyevsky, a drafter of the Treaty on the Reduction of Strategic Offensive Potentials that the two presidents signed Friday, says how the document was created and how it will be implemented. (3)

The threat of war between India and Pakistan was a priority topic for discussion by Presidents Vladimir Putin and George W. Bush, who stated their willingness to combine efforts to resolve the conflict. A story comments on the issue, focusing on Putin's concrete proposal. (3)

A large delegation from the U.S. Congress arrived in Moscow on Saturday to meet with Russian entrepreneurs. A story describes the guests' special interest in the work of the independent Itera gas-extracting company. Itera president Igor Makarov told the Americans about his profit-making company. (3)

Nuclear Energy Minister Alexander Rumyantsev on Saturday summed up results of the U.S.-Russian summit. A major achievement, in his opinion, was the possibility to expand the export of domestic nuclear technologies to the United States. (3)

The presidential commission responsible for drafting proposals on dividing powers between the federal and regional authorities should submit to President Vladimir Putin a corresponding concept before June 1. (4)

The Russian Agrarian Movement held its founding congress in Rostov-on-Don on Saturday. Also covered in Rossiiskaya Gazeta and Gazeta. (5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Gazeta, 2)

In an interview, general director of the television company Shestoi Kanal, Alexander Levin, talks about his new company and its journalists financial supporters and programs. Also covered in Gazeta, Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Vremya Novostei. (5, Gazeta, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya Novostei, 3)

The Krasnodar Regional Court has resumed to consider the criminal case of Chechen field-commander Lechi Islamov (also known as Lechi Boroda), who is accused of many crimes. (6)

New evidence that the U.S. special services could have prevented the Sept. 11 terrorist acts threatens to cause an unprecedented scandal. A story features several new facts. (9)

The communist parties (new and old) of Ukraine held a unified congress Sunday at which Communists made the decision to unite, reregister all their members and expel from their ranks President Leonid Kuchma, former President Leonid Kravchuk and former Rada Speaker Ivan Plyushch. (10)

Gazprom management board member Vitaly Savelyev has handed in his resignation application to company head Alexei Miller. A story comments on Savelyev's departure, saying what it can mean for the company. (13)

The State Duma Friday passed (in the third reading) a package of amendments to the second part of the Tax Code. A story describes how major taxpayers have suffered from one amendment. Also covered in Vremya Novostei. (13,14, Vremya Novostei, 4 )

Cyprus — with its numerous offshore accounts that are widely used by Russian businessmen — will enter the European Union on Jan. 1, 2003. A story explains why it will be a catastrophe for tens of thousands of Russian firms registered there. (13)

Russian bankers at their meeting with President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on Friday handed over their proposals on banking reform. They were drafted by the banking committee that functions within the framework of the Russian-American Business Dialogue. Putin promised that the proposals will be taken into consideration by the government. . (14)

The price of gold late last week reached the maximum level since October 1999. A story examines reasons. (14)

The U.S. ChevronTexaco Shipping Company and Sovkomflot in Moscow on Friday signed a memorandum on cooperation. (15)

The Exxon Neftegaz company, an operator of the Sakhalin-1 project, and the Amur ship-building plant signed a contract Thursday on modernizing the Orlan platform worth $139 million. (15)

The Armenian government intends to sell the Ararat wine and brandy distillery in Moscow. (15)

The second international oil and gas summit Caspian XXI has completed its work in Astrakhan. A story examines the summit's significant decisions. (15)

A new lobbying organization — the parliamentary association Gas Vertical of Russia — will emerge in the Federal Assembly in a couple of days. A story examines the organization's members and major tasks. (15)

A delegation from the Korean Aviation-Space Research Institute in Moscow completed its negotiations Saturday with representatives from companies dealing with marketing light Russian space rockets on the world market. Seoul plans to launch into orbit six Kompsat satellites worth $360 million. Today the Koreans are seeking a rocket-booster for launching their first satellite in April 2004. A story examines results of the negotiations. (15)

LUKoil and Yukos have increased their shares in the Caspian Oil Company, or KNK, from 33.3 percent up to 49.9 percent. KNK President Alexander Prokhonin commented on the situation. (16)

AvtoVAZ shareholders held an annual meeting in Tolyatti on Saturday. (16)

The Russian Aluminum company has made a decision of principle to prepare and release in the next two years Eurobonds worth $200 million to $300 million. (1)


A disturbing situation has emerged in Slavnevft, in which the new and the former heads are unable to part with each other in a peaceful way. A story details the conflict. (A1)

The Industry and Science Ministry has preliminarily selected 24 science-consuming projects, to which one-third of the ministry's $200 million budget money will be invested in the next two years. A story examines the ministry's plans. (A1)

Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev on Friday became the leader of the Russian Agrarian Movement (RAD). Despite the fact that the movement's initiators say that it will not be political, RAD's aim is to mobilize the agrarian electorate for the parliamentary elections in 2003. (A1)

According to the State Statistics Committee, investments to the main capital of Russian companies in April 2002, as compared with the similar period last year, increased by 2.9 percent and reached 98.2 billion rubles ($3.1 billion). Brief. (A1)

In an interview, Oleg Vyugin, first deputy chairman of the Central Bank's management board, speaks in part about his variant for restructuring Vneshtorgbank and Vneshekonombank. He also talks about his dollar/ruble rate forecast at the end of this year. (A2)

Economic Development Minister German Gref hopes that the U.S. Commerce Department will declare Russia a country with a market economy by mid-June. (A3)

The government this week is expected to consider the budgets of the natural resource monopolies for next year. They may be cut considerably. The monopolies sent their draft budgets to the Economic Development Ministry way back in late April. (A3)

The State Duma has passed the draft amendments to the Tax Code connected with imposing a transport tax. In reply, the Finance Ministry promised to fully compensate revenues to be lost by the regional budgets. (A3)

In a planned manner, the state is decreasing the number of banks with its participation. Is it the right policy to be pursued today? Three financial experts share their viewpoints on the issue. (A4)

The U.S. Finance Department has proposed to deprive foreign companies working in the United States of several tax benefits in order to improve tax collection from their enterprises. A story examines the essence of the proposal. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

KamAZ new director-general Sergei Kogogin has begun to reform the production and marketing of trucks. A story examines his first steps. (B1)

Aeroflot shareholders at their annual meeting Saturday considerably cut the powers of the company's management board and its director-general. They endorsed a new wording of the company's charter. (B1)

Pressa-1, a leading domestic publishing complex, has changed its main owner. Its controlling stake has now passed over to Promsvyazbank that would like to keep the deal secret. This bank also has a large package of stock of the biggest newspaper Argumenty i Fakty. (B1)

Rosneft president Sergei Bogdanchikov and Sibneft shareholders intend to sign a truce. Rosneft-Stavropolyeneftegaz minorities that are friendly with Sibneft, have agreed to sell 26 percent of its subsidiary to the state-controlled company. (B1)

Obyedinyonniye Mashinostroitelniye Zavody (OMZ) Group has obtained new assets abroad — it has bought the U.S. Friede & Goldman Ltd. company for $15 million. A story comments on the deal. (B2)

Rosneft and LUKoil are vying for the right to participate in a project to develop the Kurmangazy Kazakh oil deposit on the Caspian shelf. A story looks at their plans and interests. (B2)

The Vostochnaya Oil Company (VNK) has sold 36.817 percent of its stock to Yukos for $225.4 million. Now Yukos plans to buy stock of VNK from its minorities. (B2)

Preparations for creating a superbank as a result of merging the businesses of Vneshtorg and Vneshekonombank are in full swing. Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin Friday confirmed that his agency had submitted to the government a proposal on merging the two state-owned banks. A story comments on the proposal. (B3)

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. has announced upcoming changes in the company's leadership. A story explains the need for this radical measure. (B3)

At the Russian-U.S. information technology round table Friday, its participants concluded that bilateral cooperation will cover the export of Russian software in exchange for U.S. management experience. (B5)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Budget workers were promised higher wages six months ago, and until now, the promise has been fulfilled on paper only. A story comments on the issue, viewing it as political. (1, 3)

In an interview, Igor Shabdurasulov, a member of the MNVK Board of Directors, speaks about the fate of his company, saying that a license issued to Medium-Socium by the Press Ministry, will take effect only after the liquidation of MNVK. (1, 3)

Serious problems inside the Communist Party could lead to a real split. A story examines some of the problems, arguing that almost 50 percent of the party leadership does not support party leader Gennady Zyuganov. (1, 2)

Six experts share their views on the upcoming presidential and parliamentary election campaigns. (2)

Mikhail Tarasenko, leader of the Mining and Metals Labor Union, discussed a disturbing situation in the domestic ferrous and non-ferrous metals sectors, saying that over the past 10 years these sectors did not receive any capital investment. (3)

The Association of Russian Banks that was created in the early 1990s is now going through a difficult period as the Central Bank and the Finance Ministry are heatedly discussing banking reform while the Association plays a consultative role. The latter does not suit bankers. Three bankers discuss what role the Association should play in boosting the country's banking system and who they wish to see at the post of Association leader. (4)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

The State Duma on Friday passed a draft bill concerning the territorial road fund. The bill states how and with what funds new roads will be built in Russia and especially in Moscow, which will not be able to resolve the acute problem with traffic jams without new roads. (1,3)

In an interview before his departure to Japan, head coach of the national soccer team Oleg Romantsev says what awaits his team at the coming World Cup championship. (1,7)

A regular Russia-European Union summit will take place in Moscow on Wednesday when President Vladimir Putin is expected to discuss the so-called Kaliningrad problem with EU leaders in the event of Kaliningrad becoming an enclave inside the EU. In an interview Vincent Picket, deputy head of the EU mission in Russia, discusses the issue. (4)

Many underground dealers have bought up railway tickets for departures through mid-June for trains going to the south. Alexander Vostrikov, chief of the Moscow-Oktyabrsky Interior Board of the Leningradsky Railway Terminal, examines the situation. (5)

Monitoring.ru companies group has conducted a public opinion poll to see what people think of freedom of speech. One of the questions asked was, "Is there a need to impose censorship in the mass media?" A story offers the interesting results. (5)

According to reports by the Moscow Interior Department, 4,393 apartment robberies were registered in the first four months of this year, which is two and a half times more than in the same period last year (1,863 cases). A story gives concrete facts, offering some effective recommendations on how to protect apartments from thieves. (5)

Highly regarded writer Andrei Bitov turned 65 on Monday. In an interview, he discusses his books, sharing his views on the state of domestic literature today. (6)

Novaya Gazeta

NTV information program Segodnya reported on May 21 that the Swiss newspaper Le Temps published an article about Russian Audit Chamber officials who arrived in Switzerland and asked Swiss law-enforcement agencies to help them trace an IMF credit that was released to Russia not long before the 1998 default. A story describes the origin of the credit and its disappearance. (1,9)

Shestoi Kanal and the noncommercial Medium -Socium partnership in the Chamber of Industry and Commerce on Friday signed an agreement on cooperation. (2)

Hundreds of Russians have already applied to the European Court, but only one of them — Chernobyl victim Anatoly Burdov from Shakhty — has managed to win the case. (3)

An article comments on the recent expulsion from the Communist Party of Gennady Seleznyov, State Duma Speaker, as well as two heads of Duma committees. (3)

In an interview, Akhmed Zakayev, special representative of former Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov, talks about results of his peaceful negotiations with Viktor Kazantsev, presidential envoy to the Southern Federal District, at the end of last year. He also explains why Maskhadov will not go to the Kremlin if President Vladimir Putin invites him. Zakayev also speaks about the future fate of Chechen administration head Kadyrov, the upcoming war in Ingushetia and the future of his native land. (6,7)

In an interview legendary test pilot and Hero of Russia Magomed Tolboyev speaks about how the Buran shuttle was tested and about what he felt when it perished in Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Tolboyev also talks about the present state of domestic aeronautics. (12-13)

Novaya Gazeta journalist Anna Politkovskaya was one of the people invited Friday to Spaso House, the U.S. ambassador's residence, to meet with U.S. President George W. Bush. She describes her impressions of the meeting. (24)

Komomolskaya Pravda

Viktor Olkhovoi, head of the Moscow city government's Food Resources Department, explains the situation in the city with U.S. poultry imports that have been banned by Mayor Yury Luzhkov. (4)

Alexander Belyaev, chief of the Moscow Transport and Communications Board, answers questions from Komsomolskaya Pravda readers, focusing on the situation with daily traffic jams in the city. Also covered in Rossiiskaya Gazeta. (6,7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3)