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Noviye Izvestia

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Moskovsky Komsomolets


Bulgarian Vice-Premier and Economics Minister Nikolai Vassilev arrived in Moscow on Monday to discuss the future prospects of bilateral cooperation. This was announced by the Bulgarian Embassy in Moscow, which made no comment on the transportation of used nuclear fuel to Russia from the Bulgarian nuclear plants. The story reveals the essence of the scandal, concluding that Russian environmentalists believe this case confirms the worst apprehensions about the law that allowed these imports. The Nuclear Energy Ministry then promised a $20 billion profit. (1,2)

The Moving Together movement's act scheduled for Monday to exchange "bad" books for good books by writer Boris Vasilyev did not take place after Vasilyev refused to support the event. Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi and movement leader Vasily Yakemenko commented on the situation. (1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

Developments around the TV6 company took a new twist on Monday. The story examines them in detail, focusing on the top officials that stand behind them. (1, Kommersant Daily, 1,2, Gazeta, 1,3, Noviye Izvestia, 1, Vremya MN, 1, Vremya Novostei, 1, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3, Moskovskiye Novosti, No. 3, p. 8, Komsomolskaya Pravda,2)

A story focuses on the special stand taken by Russia at the Conference on rebuilding Afghanistan that opened in Tokyo on Monday. (2, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Vremya Novostei. 2., Vremya MN, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7)

Moscow and the Moscow region may have finished their battle for land taken by Sheremetyevo Airport. Deputy Moscow Mayor Oleg Tolkachev, head of the Property Land Complex, commented on the situation. (2)

The Energy Ministry leadership discussed the critical situation of coal fuel in Primorye and Ulyanovsk on Monday. The story reveals the essence of the problem. (2)

Saratov regional governor Dmitry Ayatskov signed a decree on the creation of a pardon commission on Monday. This is the first regional commission after the abolishing the federal one headed by writer Anatoly Pristavkin. Human rights plenipotentiary in the Saratov region Alexander Lando comments on the document. (2)

Lidiya Blinova heads Russia's only regional ecological monitoring laboratory, located in Sosnovy Bor not far from the Leningradskaya nuclear plant. The laboratory conducts a comprehensive study of radioactive and chemical effects on the human body.

Unidentified assailants in Vladikavkaz tried to kill North Ossetia's Interior Minister Kazbek Dzantiyev on Monday. The story describes the details of the attempt. (3, Kommersant Daily, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Vremya MN, 1)

It was made known on Monday Jan. 21 that Shamil Basayev's father -- Salman Basayev -- was reportedly killed in Chechnya on Jan. 12. Brief. (3, Noviye Izvestia, 2)

Moscow City Hall reported Monday that 7,800 entrances in city apartment blocks will be equipped with video cameras this year. Brief. (3)

President Vladimir Putin on Monday visited the Khrunichev Space Center where he was shown the latest space probes. The story describes the visit. (3, Kommersant Daily, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

Russian-American talks began in Moscow on Monday when the two sides discussed issues pertaining to the non-proliferation of mass destruction weapons and the means of their delivery. The American side is worried that Russia may be selling this technology to Iran, Iraq, Lybia and North Korea. (4)

Patriarch Alexy II awarded prizes of the Orthodox Unity Fund for its contribution to boosting contacts between Orthodox peoples on Monday. The story describes the festive ceremony in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral, giving the names of all prize winners which included President Vladimir Putin. (4)

The State Duma Monday passed an amendment to Article 37 of the Criminal Code that contains provisions on self-defense and its limits. The story comments the essence of the amendment. (4)

The Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs sent a letter to the Prosecutor General's Office on Monday saying that the law-enforcement agencies' harsh measures can undermine confidence in the reliability of Russian economic structures and in the Russian economy as a whole. What has made the Union write this letter was not the Sibur situation alone. (4)

The next session of the State Council scheduled for late January will be devoted to sports that would help improve the health and fitness of the nation. The story notes the expediency of the issue. (4)

A story examines the positive results of the negotiations in the Kremlin on Monday between Turkmenia's President Saparmurat Niyazov and Vladimir Putin. (5, Vremya MN, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Gazeta, 1,Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta,1)

Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko signed a new agreement on oil and gas extraction in Vietnam over the weekend. Russia will now develop part of the Vietnamese shelf together with the Japanese. The story comments on the agreement. (5)

State Duma Budget Committee head Alexander Zhukov met with regional legislative agency executives on Monday to discuss the value-added tax that is supposed to be decreased from 20 percent down to 16 or 17 percent. (5)

Deputy prime ministers Valentina Matviyenko and Ilya Klebanov on Monday held a session to discuss urgent issues relating to the medical industry. They stated how the government intends to improve price situation in pharmacies. Brief. (5, Kommersant Daily, 4)

Gazprom head Alexei Miller and Saturn Director General Yury Lastochkin signed an agreement on Monday for long-term cooperation in the production and delivery of gas-turbine machines. Brief. (5)

Macdonalds plans to expand its business into the regions this year to a total of 100 restaurants in Russia. Apart from Moscow and St. Petersburg the company will launch its business in Sochi, Almetyevsk and Voronezh. Brief. (5)

The Alrosa diamond company has bought 27 percent of stock of the Arkhangelsk Severalmaz enterprise. The story examines the deal. (6)

The Moscow Meshchansky Court will begin to consider the criminal case of Anatoly Bykov on Monday. Bykov, head of the Board of Directors of the Krasnoyarsk Aluminum Plant, is accused of plotting the murder of entrepreneur Vilor Struganov (also known as Pasha Tsvetomuzyka). The story details the case. (6)

The PriceWaterhouseCoopers company will draft a document for the Economic Development Ministry for $130,000. The story views it as the winner of the tender. (6)

In an interview Kristof Ruhl, the chief economist for the Russian mission on the World Bank, comments on Labor Minister Alexander Pochinok's recent promise to lower the poverty level in Russia over the next 3 years by 30 percent, viewing it as "rather ambitious." (6)

A story offers an indepth analysis of the state of the domestic banking system and several banks. (8)

Stroikreditbank head Sergei Moiseyev describes how his bank has managed to overcome the crisis and focuses on its future plans. (8)


Deputy Economic Development Minister Andrei Sharonov on Monday announced bad news for the government and the public. In the first half of January inflation in Russia was 1.2 percent, which in per annum terms is 30 percent. The story comments on his statement. (1)

Central Bank head Viktor Gerashchenko described his vision of the future fate of the ruble at his meeting with legislators in the State Duma on Monday. He also stated that he is ready to stay in his post for another term. (1,4)

Ukraine handed Chechen entrepreneur Khamzat Khasarov to Russia on Monday. Khasarov is suspected of organizing the killings of four people. The story gives details of his case. (1)

Ingushetia's Acting President Akhmed Malsagov on Monday notified the local election commission that he intends to take part in the presidential elections scheduled for April. The story looks at his rivals. (2)

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Monday demanded that Azerbaijan release all its political prisoners over the next three days. Azeri authorities have no intention of meeting this demand from all indications. (3)

Aslan Maskhadov's envoy Akhmed Zakayev has been invited to represent Chechnya at the PACE session. In an interview he talks about the aims of his visit to Strasbourg. (3)

Gazprom head Alexei Miller is today expected to visit Tyumen to sign a cooperation agreement with Tyumen governor Sergei Sobyanin. The document's major point is the agreement on the registeration of Gazprom's subsidiary the Gazprom-Tyumen company. The story reports on what the Tyumen region will gain from the document. (4)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Monday signed a government decree on the lowering of oil export duties down to $8 per ton starting from Feb. 1. The story comments on the document. (4)

Interfax on Monday reported that the Railways Ministry has liquidated all its missions abroad -- in Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and North Korea. The news agency was referring to Minister Gennady Fadeyev's order. The ministry intends to suspend funding to several big projects abroad that were launched at the initiative of Nikolai Aksyonenko. (4)

Russian telecommunications companies have over the past 2 weeks become the leaders of growth on the stock market, their shares going up in price by 40 percent to 60 percent. The story examines how analysts explain this growth. (5)

First Deputy Moscow Mayor Oleg Tolkachev stated on Monday that city land will finally be put on sale. The story comments on his statement. (7)


Some of the business fostered by Gazprom managers has gone to Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky whose company gained a tactical victory over the Tyumen Oil Company (TNK) in the struggle for the Itera corporation's inheritance. As soon as Itera signed an agreement with TNK on the division of Rospan's assets Itera secretly sold its controlling stake to Yukos. (A1)

Investors are preparing to buy up Argentine hard currency nominated debts. Not many financial institutions today provide such an opportunity to receive large profits. (A1)

One more St. Petersburger -- businessman Vladimir Smirnov -- is coming to Moscow to head Techsnabexport (state exporter of nuclear materials with an annual turnover of $1.5 billion). (A1)

The Tax Ministry last year provided 470 billion rubles in budget revenues. This was stated by the ministry's press service. Brief. (1)

A story examines the positive results of Turkmenia's President Saparmurat Niyazov's negotiations in Moscow with Vladimir Putin. (A3, A4)

The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) on Monday came out in defense of Sibur head Yakov Goldovsky. The oligarchs consider the arrest is harmful not only to the petro-chemical holding but also to Gazprom. (A3)

The State Statistics Committee has made public its report on the economic and financial performance of domestic companies in 2001. The story comments on some of these. (A3)

Yukos last week obtained a controlling stake of the Kopeika shop network, promising to invest another $100,000 into its development this year. Will other oil companies soon follow suit and invest into retail trade networks? Seven specialists share their views on this issue. (A4)

In an interview Alexander Ananenkov, Gazprom management board deputy head, talks about his company's present position, about its projects and about its future plans. (A5)

A story is devoted to British Petroleum Director-General John Brown, 53, who has done a great deal to make his company profit-making. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Russians last year spent $560 million on mobile telephone purchases. World cellular phone sales dropped by 2.5 percent, whereas in Russia they almost doubled. The story looks at several reasons. (B1)

The government of the Czech Republic last week approved the allocation of 500 million crowns from the state budget reserves for the construction of the PSA Peugeot Citroen/Toyota plant in the industrial zone of the Kolin city. This was stated by Prime Minister Milosh Zeman. Brief. (B1)

Gazprom management board member Yury Komarov, monitoring the company's export policy, has been promoted to the post of management board deputy head. Brief. (B1)

Mosenergo this year plans to raise heating tariffs by 35 percent to 37 percent and electricity tariffs by 24 percent to 25 percent. This was stated by First Deputy Director-General Igor Goryunov. Brief. (B1)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov is today expected to meet with oil executives to discuss the complicated situation on the domestic oil market. The story reflects on the reasons behind this situation and possible decisions. (B2)

Not long before their arrest Sibur executives managed to prepare a deal concerning the Lokosovsk plant that will be bought by LUKoil. The story comments on the deal. (B2)

The Alrosa diamond company has stepped up its control of the Severalmaz company, owning a license for developing the Lomonosov diamond deposit, the wealth of which is evaluated at $12 billion. Alrosa has increased its share in Severalmaz up to 66 percent, having bought out shares from Soglasiye. (B2)

The Saturn Association has received a long-term order from Gazprom for the delivery of engines and equipment to a total of 40 billion rubles up to 2015. Saturn is expected to outstrip its main competitor -- The Perm Motor Plant -- which is controlled by the Interros holding and its friendly structures. (B2)

Verofarm, part of the 36,6 pharmacy group, late last year bought the Lans-Farm company -- a leading domestic producer of anti-cancer medications. The story comments on the purchase. (B5)

Noviye Izvestia

According to the Sociological Study Center of the Education Ministry there are 2.5 million child drug addicts in Russia today. The story gives several more figures on this evil among children, saying that state authorities are unable to change the situation for the better. (1,4)

State losses from the illegal clearing of forests in Russia last year amounted to 1.66 billion rubles. This was stated by First Deputy Natural Resources Minister Yury Kukuyev. The brief gives other figures on mass violations of the forest legislation (1)

The KPRF has made its recent congress classified material. The story reflects on possible reasons. (2)

Moskovskiye Novosti

The State Duma Anti-Corruption Commission has sent an official note to President Vladimir Putin stating the incompetence of Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov and his first deputy. Moskovskiye Novosti offers the full text of the note, saying that Ustinov's competence is being officially questioned for the first time. (1,2)

In an interview Boris Reznik, a coordinator of the State Duma Anti-Corruption Commission, explains what factors have made the commission send a letter to the president describing the ineffective activities of the Prosecutor General's Office and its head Vladimir Ustinov. (2)

In an interview businessman Oleg Kiselyov, head of the Board of Directors of the managing Metalloinvest holding company, shares his view on new relationships between state authorities and the business circles. He says that he is against arrests by the Prosecutor General's Office on economic charges. (3)

Political scientist Liliya Shevtsova examines dangerous trends in Russia's rapprochement with the West and its possible negative consequences. (5,7)

A story looks at new members of the Federation Council (Senate) who allegedly represent regions in the upper house of parliament. In reality half of them have nothing to do these regions. (6)

A story reports on how the Krasnoyarsk regional administration and governor Alexander Lebed are battling corruption in the region and where their measures look like political repressions. (7)

In an interview TV Tsentr Director General Oleg Poptsov shares his viewpoint on the latest developments around the TV6 company. (8,9)

According to financial analyst Andrei Sotnik, the size of capital funnelled out of Russia is twice as much as its foreign debt. In an attempt to answer the question "Why is it dangerous?" the author looks at the economic situation in the country as a resulting from the 1996 presidential elections. (10)

The Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Applied Systematic Analysis (Iiasa, Austria) have compiled a unique CD ROM "Land Resources in Russia." The project has cost more than half a million dollars. In an Interview Iiasa research associate and one of the creators of the CD Vladimir Stolbovoi reveals the essence of the project. (11)

In response to the growing influence of the United States in Central Asia Russia is expanding its cooperation with Azerbaijan and Turkmenia. The story gives facts to illustrate the point. (12)

Russian Aluminum is willing to cooperate with Brazil, where the company will take part in a large economic project. The story examines the project in detail. (13)

The Moscow Education Department has classified a document giving horrible figures on children's literacy in Moscow.The story comments on the document. (22)

A new hotel in place of the former Intourist will be built by a French firm that has won a tender sponsored by the Moscow government. The story examines the construction project of the new hotel that is being worked out by Andrei Meyerson. (23)

Komomolskaya Pravda

The Federation Council's first draft bill is devoted to combating heavy vodka consumption in the northern regions that has long become a common feature of life among the northern peoples such as the Yalkuts, the Koryaks and the Nenets. The story examines the document with a critical eye, noting the lack of professionalism among new Senators. (3)

American federal judge Richard Posner decided to present to the world public its intellectual heroes. With the help of the Internet he compiled a list of the 100 cleverest people on the planet. The story looks at the list and several famous names on it. (4)

A story examines several measures taken by the Kuzbass administration and governor Aman Tuleyev to improve the life of homeless and runaway children in the region. (5)

A story describes a behind-the-scenes struggle between the St. Petersburg and Moscow groups in Putin's team. (7)

In a far-ranging interview Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov talks frankly about the results of the investigation into the cause behind the perish of the Kursk submarine. He also talks about the secrets of arms trade and about the future fate of the domestic defense sector and science. (8,9)

A story describes how Moscow roads have suffered from the chemical used to combat ice on the streets. (14,15)

The "Russkoye Zoloto" (Russian Gold) company that was created in 1991 has turned into a profit-making holding. In an interview its head Alexander Tarantsev talks about his company's flourishing business, about its charity acts, about its future plans and wishes. (18,19)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

The president's property department has demanded 1,000 hectares of land in the Moscow region from the Moscow City Forestry Agency. The area is to be used for the construction of elite dachas for new Kremlin and government executives. The story examines their ferocious appetites, noting that even Yeltsin's team did not go that far. (1,2)

The legendary king of national dance Igor Moiseyev, artistic director of the world-renowned Ensemble of National Dance, turned 96 yesterday. The story describes his brilliant artistic career. In an interview ensemble dancer Maxim Parfyonov talks about his beloved teacher. (1)

A draft bill demanding a ban on switching to the daylight savings time annual system has been submitted to the State Duma. Its authors have used medical experts' recommendations and conclusions saying that switching to summer or winter time is harmful for health. (1)

The Labor Ministry has published an official directive explaining the procedure for paying out monthly compensation to Chernobyl victims. The story examines the document. (1)

The Main Military Prosecutor's Office has filed charges against Major General Stanislav Lagovskoi, deputy chief of the Interior Ministry's Academy. In 1993 Colonel Lagovskoi headed the Central Sports Army Club of the Defense Ministry where he embezzled more than 100 million rubles. The story gives details. (1)

A possible visit by Pope John Paul II to Russia is being broadly discussed today in the Kremlin and in the State Duma. During his recent visit to Poland President Vladimir Putin also spoke in favour of such a visit. The story focuses on the stand of Patriarch Alexy II about the issue. (2)

Kursk investigators are working day and night in the submarine's 3rd compartment. The story describes what they have managed to find there. (2)

Pavel Borodin's lawyer Eleonora Sergeyeva talks about the fate of his criminal case. Former Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov commented on the present state of the case. (2)

First Deputy Moscow Mayor Oleg Tolkachov, head of the Property-Land Relations Complex, says how the new law on city land sale to private owners will change life in the city. (2)

A feature story describes the government's White House, with its numerous services and the four categories of its inhabitants. (2)