crackdown on Mikhail Khodorkovsy has many causes, not least Kremlin
intrigue and public anger at the wealth of the oligarchs.
By Arkady Ostrovsky and Stefan Wagstyl, Financial Times (UK), July 31, 2003
The conflict between Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Russia's richest
and the Russian prosecutor's office has cast a shadow over the country's
political and economic future.
The Times (UK), July 30, 2003
Yuri Shtshekotshichin was Russia's unrivalled scourge of corruption
new mafia as well as in the highest government circles around President
Yeltsin and, later, President Putin.
Official Says Probe Of Yukos Is Worrying Putin
By Gregory L. White, Wall Street Journal, July 29, 2003
President Vladimir Putin is concerned about
the damage an intense
conflict between prosecutors and oil giant OAO Yukos is doing to Russia's
image and economy, but a resolution to the situation could take time, a
senior Russian official said Tuesday.
Interests of These People Differ from the Views of the President"
Interview with Alexei Melnikov
By Svetlana Borozdina, Gazeta.ru, July 14, 2003
"Someone would like to redistribute property in his interests.
This would push us back".
the closure of the NTV correspondents' office in Belarus
Statement, The Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO, July 8, 2003
The closure of the NTV television company correspondents'
office in Belarus represents not only an action targeted at information
isolation of the people of Belarus, but also another challenge to Russia
from Lukashenko's regime.
forwarded an inquiry to the FSB on the Alexei Pichugin case
Polit.ru, July 25, 2003-07-30
Melnikov was concerned about the information
on application of psychotrophic agents with Alexei Pichugin who works for
YUKOS economic security service.
again condemned the actions of the Prosecutor's Office against YUKOS
Grigory Yavlinsky, Gazeta.ru, July 23, 2003
"We assess the attack against YUKOS and application of repressions
as useless and harmful measures from the point of view of the condition
of Russian business,"
Between the State and Oligarchs Is Destructive for Russia
Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky, La Stampa, July 22, 2003
turned out to be more dangerous than the illness...
complain about housing and utilities
ITAR-TASS, July 27, 2003
The All-Russia Public Opinion Foundation carried out a survey, revealing
that 85 per cent of Russians pay for housing and utilities regularly
and on time, but are dissatisfied with their poor quality.
living nightmare: Communal dwellings in St Petersburg bring together
the most unlikely housemates
By Joseph Dunn, Sunday Times (UK), July 27, 2003
...She brought her entire family up in one room, and recalls washing
her children in the communal kitchen sink.
Drama Is Putin's, But so Are the Results
By Anders Aslund, The Moscow Times, July 25, 2003
Since July 2, a campaign has been pursued against Yukos,
private enterprise and one of its best managed. Several facts are evident.
minister says Yukos probe hurts Russia's international image
Associated Press, July 24, 2003
Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Thursday said
the probe into
Russia's largest oil company, Yukos, is hurting Russia's image abroad and
scaring away investors, the Interfax news agency reported.
Keeps Lebedev In Prison
By Catherine Belton, The Moscow Times, July 24, 2003
Prosecutors locked in a vicious, politically charged battle with
the Yukos oil major played hardball Wednesday and emerged victorious
from a closed-door hearing where judges ruled to keep core Yukos
shareholder Platon Lebedev in prison while the fraud investigation
against him rolls on.
and Utilities Elections Russian Regions Vote for a Taming of
Housing and Utilities Managers
By Natalia Ratiani, Izvestia, July 22, 2003
Today Russian voters are more concerned about the performance of
the housing and utilities services rather than democratic liberties,
and they will be more eager to vote for parties that propose a way
out of the vicious circle in housing and utilities reform.
Has the Power
By Nikolai Popov, Novoye Vremya, No 28, July, 2003
As in the past 75 per cent of Russians believe that "the
state should resolve all the country's problems."
the Constitutional Court from YABLOKO
Selskaya Zhizn, July 17, 2003
This regards the problem that concerns most of our readers - pensions
that render it impossbile to live a dignified life.
is going to defend pensioners' rights in the Constitutional Court
Anchor: Vsevolod Neroznak, Report by Margarita Bondarenko, "Russkoye Radio", News, July 16, 2003
bureaucrats enjoy quite high pensions, but as for the so-called "labour
pensions" the state guarantees only 400 roubles (Ed. About USD 13)
and sets a lot of restrictions represented by co-efficient limits on the
remaining part of the pension earned by an individual.
Over Required School Reading
By Oksana Yablokova, The Moscow Times, July 23, 2003
The Education Ministry is drawing up a new list of required reading
for schoolchildren that has a group of prominent writers steaming.
Ambassador Predicts Visa-Free Travel Between EU and Russia
Rosbalt, July 18, 2003
He added that as the current holder of the EU presidency, Italy
is 'ready to start talks on this issue very soon.'
and the European Commission will discuss the possible introduction
of a visa-free regime between Russia and EU
Rosbalt, July 18, 2003
A joint working group of the YABLOKO party and the European Commission
on the introduction of a visa-free regime between Russia and the
EU will be created shortly.
Ratings Evoke No Trust
By Valery Vyzhutovich, Rossiiskaya Gazeta No. 143, July 18, 2003
The All-Russia Centre for Public Opinion Studies (VTsIOM)
published the results of its latest opinion polls a few days ago, which
show that 27 percent of the electorate are prepared to vote for the communists
and 26 percent for United Russia.
season on Russia's tycoons As the Kremlin confronts big business,
experts warn of the dangers in revisiting shady 1990s privatizations.
By Fred Weir, Christian Science Monitor, July 17, 2003
A Kremlin-ordered legal assault on Russia's largest business empire
has upset the country's fragile political stability, and some experts
warn that the confrontation could spiral into a major crisis.
Still Counts On Khodorkovsky
By Francesca Mereu, The Moscow Times, July 16, 2003
The liberal opposition Yabloko party says it is not worried
about losing the financial support of Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky, despite
a sense that his political activities are one cause of his current conflict
with the Kremlin.
events connected with the YUKOS company will lead to a loss of Russia's
investment appeal and economic instability.
Buro Pravovoi Informatsii, July 10, 2003
Yavlinsky noted that the recent drop of the rates at the stock market
the sharpest since the 1998 crisis.
leader of YABLOKO: "The events around YUKOS undermine economic
and political stability in the country"
Alliance Media, July 9, 2003
"We assess the events around YUKOS related to the arrest of
one of the heads of the company and the Public Prosecutors' interrogation
of the head of the company as absolutely unjustified from common
sense or the legal point of view".
to Yavlinsky, Putin thinks that it is wrong to impose extraordinary
repressive measures to resolve economic disputes
RIA Novosti, July 11, 2003
According to Yavlinsky, the
President said that "basic constitutional norms should be strictly
Plot Developing in Russia
By Alexei Bausin, pravda.ru, July 15, 2003
Experts think that one of the influential groups
is making attempts to stop liberal modernization based on private business
Expose: Conspiracy Against the President
By Alexei Bausin, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, July 11, 2003
Political experts gathered yesterday at an emergency meeting
of the Open Forum Club and concluded unanimously that President Vladimir
Putin rather than the oligarchs was the main target of the anti-YUKOS campaign.
Slams Big Business Lobbyists
By Catherine Belton, The Moscow Times, July 15, 2003
"I am, of course, opposed to arm-twisting and jail cells. In
general, I don't think this is the method to deal with economic
Jittery Despite Rebound
By Igor Semenenko, The Moscow Times, July 15, 2003
The battered stock market on Monday recovered a bit of the billions
of dollars it has lost since authorities first moved against Yukos,
but with no resolution of the conflict in sight it could be weeks
or even months before the full amount of the damage will be known.
Master-Tinker's Nuclear Dreams
By Yevgenia Borisova, The Moscow Times, July 3, 2003
But nothing stirs up passions more than his nuclear devices, two of
which -- a new kind of reactor and a new way to process spent fuel --
could eliminate most of the dangers associated with atomic energy and
turn the industry on its head if widely adopted, he says.
Inventor Tries to Save the World
By Yevgenia Borisova, The Moscow Times, July 3, 2003
Although not everyone takes his work seriously, many do, some so much
that they've stolen his designs, his institute and nearly his life.
Raises Fear of Civil War
By Valeria Korchagina and Lyuba Pronina, Staff Writers, The Moscow
Times, July 15, 2003
If we start now to revisit privatization, it will not be easy to
stop this process, and it is not inconceivable that such action
will lead to a new civil war...
Familiar The war in Chechnya - now sending suicide bombers to Moscow
- is becoming Russia's version of Palestine
By Yuri Zarakhovich, Time Europe, July 12, 2003
suicide bombers will start hitting Russia."
By Felix Corley, The Guardian (London), July 9, 2003
Campaigning Russian journalist and politician who opposed the Chechen
war and publicised the Soviet labour camp system
of Shchekochikhin's Early Days
By Alexei Pankin, The Moscow Times, July 8, 2003
He was always on the move, attending hippy gatherings; he knew all the
leaders of all the youth groups and brought them to our editorial offices.
of Yukos: It's a Kremlin Struggle
By Simon Ostrovsky and Valeria Korchagina, The Moscow Times, July
Khodorkovsky described the arrest last week of Platon Lebedev, the
head of Yukos parent company Group Menatep, as an attempt to force
him into throwing his weight, and money, behind one of the factions.
Linger as Shchekochikhin's Laid to Rest
By Oksana Yablokova, The Moscow Times, July 7, 2003
In accordance with his wishes, he was buried Saturday at the so-called
writers' cemetery in the village of Peredelkino, in the Moscow region.
By Matt Bivens, The Moscow Times, July 7, 2003
Russia has lost many young public figures in recent tragedies -- Alexander
Lebed, Artyom Borovik, Galina Starovoitova -- but personally, I'll miss
Shchekochikhin most of all.
Oil Executive Faces Questioning
By Mara D. Bellaby, Associated Press, July 4, 2003
Grigory Yavlinsky, leader
of the liberal Yabloko party, called it a "political, pre-election
mop-up operation that is being carried out to suppress political
opponents," according to the Interfax news agency.
Oil Man Arrested; Allies Blame Politics
By Sabrina Tavernise, The New York Times, July 4, 2003
In a political wrangle of a kind not seen in Russia since the early
days of Vladimir V. Putin's presidency, the authorities have arrested
a top executive at the financial group that owns Russia's largest
Schekochikhin died on July 3, 2003
Grigory Yavlinsky, Chairman of the YABLOKO party, July 3, 2003
He was an exceptionally brave man and a very good reliable friend. We
loved him for his frankness, noble heart, intelligence, warmth and openness.
We deeply regret his death and express our condolences to the relatives
next to kin of Yuri Petrovich.
By Scott Peterson, Christian Science Monitor, 3 July 2001 (Archive)
The thicket of nettles is chest high as Vladimir Katzenbogen and
Nikolai Popov force their way through, searching with Geiger counters
and a gamma-ray detector for radioactive hotspots.
scandal' masks a deeper reality: power struggle
By Fabian Adami, The NIS Observed: An Analytical Review, Volume VII Number 4, 27 February 2002 (Archive)
The collapse of the Soviet Union marked the beginning of a new era in
Russian organized crime. Spurred on by the new economic openness, the
Russian mafia spread its influence and money into almost every facet of
Deputy Shchekochikhin Dead at 54
By Yevgenia Borisova, The Moscow Times, July 4, 2003
"This is a terrible and irreplaceable loss for all of us,"
the Russian Union of Journalists said in a statement. "A man
has passed away whose name has long been synonymous with honest,
brave and incorruptable journalism, civil courage and loyalty to