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Izvestia
Kommersant
Vedomosti
Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Moskovskiye Novosti
Komsomolskaya Pravda


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

The national protest act of air traffic controllers demanding higher wages is continuing with ever more strikers joining in. The government has rejected their demands. A story describes the protest and two air traffic controllers speak out. (1,2, 12, Kommersant, 7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Gazeta, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 10, Vremya Novostei, 1, Vremya MN, 2, Trud, 2, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 1, Pravda, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, MK, 2)

Vaclav Havel has entered the Guinness Book of Records as the only person to have headed three states -- the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, post-Communist Czecho-Slovakia and today's independent Czech Republic. A story offers his political portrait. (1, 7)

Imported electrical appliances could soon go up in price. The State Customs Committee has drafted several documents according to which customs control will be established on the border over the import of goods by major producers. A story looks at several documents. (1)

The Economic Development Ministry knows how to raise the efficiency of state capital investments. The ministry has proposed withdrawling from the budgets of the ministries' investment funds with the aim of creating a federal targeted investment program. A story reveals the essence of the proposal. (2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4, 10, Vremya Novostei, 4)

A decision on launching a federal sports television channel could be endorsed before the end of this year. This was stated on Monday by Press Minister Mikhail Lesin. In an interview 7TV Director-General Oleg Aksyonov reveals the plans of the sports channel. (1, Kommersant, 1,Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

The State Duma and Federation Council speakers on Monday summed up online the results of their work in the outgoing year. A story focuses on their pronouncements. (2, Kommersant, 3, Vremya MN, 3)

Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky on Monday stated that a coalition with the Union of Right Forces (SPS) party is impossible until Chubais and Kiriyenko are members. A story comments on Yavlinsky's statement. (2,Kommersant, 3, Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 4, Vremya MN, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

The program of the 8th International Film Festival "Faces of Love" scheduled for Jan. 13-23 in Moscow was made public on Monday. A story describes the event and its participants. (2)

A conflict has erupted in Astrakhan between governor Anatoly Guzhvin and the State Fishery Committee head Yevgeny Nazdratenko, who has illegally appointed his protege Taras Lyakhovetsky to the post of head of the North- Caspian Basin Board on Fishing Reserves. A story describes the conflict. (3)

Documents from the archives of Chechnya's former president Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev were passed over to the FSB Board in the Chechen Republic on Monday. The brief mentions some of the contents. (3, Kommersant, 6, Vremya Novostei, 3)

TVS former anchor Svetlana Sorokina has made the decision to go over to the Pervy Kanal station (formerly ORT). Brief. (3, Gazeta, 1,6)

The American magazine Time has declared three unknown American women the Persons of the Year. They are from the category of people called known as "whistle-blowers" in America. A story is devoted to these women. (3, Gazeta, 4, Noviye Izvestia, 6, Vremya MN, 5, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5)

Eighteen teenagers in the early hours of Monday morning escaped from a children's labor colony in Kolpino (outside St. Petersburg) A story gives details. (3, Kommersant, 6, Gazeta, 5)

State Duma apparat head Alexander Lotorev on Monday made public the results of his agency's performance this year for the first time. A story examines several of its positive trends, focusing on the failures. (4)

Political scientists on Monday created a National Civil Council on International Affairs that will be a legal entity. A story describes its major task, duties and funds. (4)

In an interview Stankoimport Director-General Sagadat Khabirov speaks about his agency's positive results in the outgoing year, focusing on the serious remaining problems and future plans. (4)

The Alrosa leadership will tomorrow hold a visiting session in Mirny to discuss methods of independent work on the world diamond market in view of the fact that the European Commission has failed to endorse the Alrosa-De Beers agreement on precious stone sales. A story looks at the priority issues on the agenda of tomorrow's session. (5)

A story reports on how the stock market has responded to the postponement of the State Duma considering the reform of the Unified Energy Systems energy monopoly. (5, Kommersant, 2, Gazeta, 9, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 7, Vremya MN, 4

The government in a couple of days intends to submit a draft bill to the State Duma concerning currency regulation. A story examines two uncompromising concepts on this issue -- one from the government and the other one from the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. (5, Kommersant, 14)

Gazprom this year expects to receive a consolidated net profit of 50 billion rubles. This was stated by Gazprom head Alexei Miller. Brief. (5)

The Ilyushin aviation complex and the international aircraft-building Ilyushin corporation have signed an agreement with the Ilyushin Finance Co. company on handing over management of 56 percent of stock of the Voronezh joint-stock aircraft-building association. Brief. (5)

According to the State Statistics Committee the average monthly wage in November 2002 amounted to 4,785 rubles, which is 34 percent more than the figure for November last year. Brief. (5)

Representatives from departments responsible for implementing the federal Electronic Russia program on Monday reported their results. A story looks at major ones. (6)

The Degtyarov defense enterprise in Kovrov which manufactures anti-aircraft nuclear complexes today has two director-generals and two boards of directors. A story describes how this happened. (6)

Soyuzplodimport on Monday announced that it had prolonged the agreement with the German company SIMEX on the distribution of Moskovskaya vodka in Germany. A story comments on the agreement. (6)

The leasing fund for buying agricultural machines next year will be almost halved. This was stated by Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev. A story reveals the essence of the ministry's decision. (6)

This month marks one year of the war going on in the domestic timber and logging complex that the West calls the "battle for the new Russia." A story describes its participants. (6)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

AvtoVAZ has begun to sell its 2003 vehicles, but their buyers' serious problem is that GAI has refused to register them. A story says why. (1)

President Vladimir Putin on Monday listened to what Deputy Prime Minister Valentina Matviyenko had to tell him about the situation with paying out wage arrears to the budget workers. As usual she had only good things to say. A story looks at the real situation. (2, Vremya Novostei, 4, Vremya MN, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,3)

Zinovy Pak, Director-General of the Ammunition Agency, on Monday made public a new scheme of destroying the domestic reserves of poisonous milirary substances. A story examines the proposed scheme. (4)

The Russian and Ukrainian Defense ministers on Monday discussed significant issues concerning bilateral military cooperation, and above all the fate of the Sevastopol-based Black Sea Fleet and Russia's use of Ukrainian military testing facilities. A story comments on these issues. (4)

Unidentified assailants in Odessa on Sunday killed entrepreneur Valery Kravchenko, manager of the Antarktika fishing industrial complex. A story gives details. (6)

The Court of the North-Caucasian Military District on Monday questioned a Chechen witness, who stated that Colonel Yury Budanov illegally sold fuel in her village. Budanov is accused of killing Chechen young woman Elza Kungayeva. A story gives details. (6)

The remains of the chamber of miracle-working spiritual adviser Serafim Sarovsky was found on Monday in the Serafim church in Serov (Nizhny Novgorod region). A story describes the chamber and the church. (7)

In an interview U.S. President George Bush examines priority issues in his home and foreign policies. (10)

Brent oil Monday went up in price up to $30.5 per barrel. This level of price was last seen in late September 2001. Analysts looks at several reasons. (13)

Gazprom Management Board member Alexander Krasnenkov on Monday revealed the company's plans in relation to a 4.83 percent of its own shares that previously belonged to Stroitransgaz. A story looks at the plans. (13)

Deputy Economic Development Minister Arkady Dvorkovich on Monday summed up the economic results of this outgoing year, noting that export rather than the internal demand has remained the major motivating force of the domestic economy. A story examines the major results (facts and figures). (14)

British Petroleum plans to sell part of its oil and gas deposits in the North Sea. A story looks at its decision. (15)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The ecological payments that the Supreme Court canceled back in July due to a complaint from the Kola State Meteorological Committee are in reality binding -- such is the decision of the Constitutional Court. Now companies will have to pay billions of rubles into the budget. Lawyers have already thought of ways to reduce the rate of revived payments by a factor of up to 94. (A1)

Lack of money is making Gazprom seek non-traditional sources of credit. Its managers would like to place Gazprom eurobonds on the American market for the first time next year. Russians will be offered ruble bonds. (A1)

The Obyedinyonniye Mashinostroitelniye Zavody (OMZ) company plans over the next three years to distribute about 11 percent of its ordinary stock among its top managers. With this aim in view managers should obtain first a double growth of the OMZ quotations. (A1)

According to the State Statistics Committee the gross domestic product in January to September of this year grew by 4.1 percent compared with the same period last year and amounted to nearly 8 trillion rubles. Brief. (A1)

A federal sports channel will be created on the base of 7TV, the shareholders of which will sell their controlling interest to the VGTRK structures. VGTRK will build a federal network for 7TV given that they are on friendly terms with the Press Ministry. (A2)

Tayyip Erdogan, the leader of the Turkish ruling party, has arrived in Moscow to work on lowering prices for Russian gas. Russia, in turn, hopes to sell its Ka-50-2 helicopters to the Turkish army. Erdogan will also discuss the situation around Iraq with President Vladimir Putin. (A2)

The air traffic controllers' hunger strike has already spread to 32 air traffic centers. A story looks at their economic demands. (A2)

The State Duma plans to consider (in the second reading) six draft bills on reforming the Unified Energy Systems (UES) monopoly on Jan. 22. A story offers analysts' and UES views. (A3)

Is it possible to lobby in Russia bypassing corruption? Four experts share their views on the issue. (A4)

The Scandinavian Modern Times Group (MTG) last year became the owner of a 75 percent stake of stock of the Daryal TV channel. The Press Ministry this year has refused to prolong its license. This interests not only MTG. In an interview its Director-General Hans Holger Albreht gives his optimistic assessment of his company's business in Russia, focusing on its further plans. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets& MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

The currency market, like the stock market, has disappointed its participants, who expected traditional New Year growth. Instead of all that the dollar on Monday became cheaper by five kopeks. A story examines the current situation on the currency market. (B1)

McDonald's will lose its title of the biggest food network in Moscow in a couple of days. The Rostik Group by the number of restaurants in the city has outstripped it, and next year it will have the largest number of them throughout Russia. (B1)

The first default took place on the corporate bond market on Monday when the Moscow Commercial Bakery Combine was unable to clear off the coupon on its securities. A story says what it means for the market. (B1)

AvtoVAZ is considering the possibility of raising the retail price of its vehicles. Vladimir Kuchai, the company's Marketing Vice-President, commented on the situation. Brief. (B1)

The starting rate of the payment at an auction to obtain the right to develop the Talakansky oil and gas deposit on the territory of the Sakha Republic has been fixed as $150 million. Brief. (B1)

The Italian industrial Fiat SpA conglomerate has announced the sale of a 5.1 percent package of stock in General Motors to the Merrill Lynch investment bank for $1.6 billion. The brief says where the money will go. (B1)

Obyedinyonniye Mashinostroitelniye Zavody company (OMZ) is expected to complete a deal to buy the American Biolink company (making biometric equipment) for $4.3 million before the end of January 2003. Brief. (B2)

Ford Motor Company is to pay $51 million in suits that were lodged by the prosecutor-generals of American states back in 2000. They have managed to prove that Ford advertisements failed to completely report all risks. (B2)

Over the next seven years Yukos, through its Swiss subsidiary Petroval S.A., will deliver 31 million tons of oil to the Polish PKN Orlen company. Analysts do not exclude that Yukos could create an alliance with PKN Orlen participating in the privatization of the Rafineria Gdanska oil refinery. (B3)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

The financial situation in the Defense Ministry is more than strange: the soldiers and officers in the army receive miserable wages, whereas the Defense Ministry transfers billions of rubles to the Finance Ministry. A story offers a true picture of the Defense Ministry's financial situation. (1,2)

Oleg Panfilov, Director of the Center for Extreme Journalism, both puts forward and tries to answer the following question -- Why have the state authorities tried monopolize the right to the freedom of speech? (2)

Railways reform has become a significant event. In an interview Railways Minister Gennady Fadeyev talks about the reform's essence, as well as its importance and expediency, sharing his view on the recent government decision to raise the natural monopolies' tariffs for next year. (3)

It was announced on Friday that LUKoil had made the final decision to withdrawl from the Azeri-Chirag-Gyuneshli project, having sold its share to the Japanese INPEX Corporation company. The cost of the deal was $1.375 billion. A story examines LUKoil's decision. (4)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Rossiiskaya Gazeta on Monday opened their Editorial-Publishing Complex. A story describes its aims and duties. (1)

In a far-ranging interview the former national security adviser to the U.S. president and now world famous political scientist and leading expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington Zbigniew Brzezinski reflects on the future fate of Russia, focusing on several significant factors it depends on. (1, 3)

Four armed Chechen bandits on Monday abducted Nikolai Lozhkin, the deputy administration head of the Isherskaya village in Chechnya's Naursky District. Brief. (1)

According to the Deputy Prosecutor General in the North-Western Federal District Vladimir Zubrin six people were arrested on suspicion of the murder of State Duma deputy Galina Starovoiteva. A story gives details. (2)

The first domestic industrial facility for destroying chemical weapons was put into operation in the Gorny village (in that Saratov region) late last week. A story describes the plant, its capacity and the plan to build an even more powerful plant in the Shchyuchye village in the Kurgan region. (2, Noviye Izvestia, 1,4)

The Moscow Tverskoi Court today launched preliminary hearings for the 24 suits lodged by people who suffered from the terrorist act at the Dubrovka theater on Oct. 23 to 26. They are demanding compensations for moral and material damage. A story gives details. (3)

The most significant event in the life of domestic communications companies this year is the completion of the merger of Svyazinvest communications enterprises. In an interview Svyazinvest Director-General Valery Yashin talks about the positive results of the outgoing year and about the holding's tasks next year. (4)

In an interview Igor Antonov, Deputy Head of the Rosbank Management Board, talks about the positive results of this year. He says that in 2003 his bank will considerably expand the investment component of its services. (10)

Document. The customs rules are printed for crossing the Russian border for commodities belonging to foreigners. Full text. (11)

Noviye Izvestia

In view of New Year festivities many streets in the center of Moscow, starting from Dec. 26, will be closed to public transport. A story offers detailed information. (1)

Gazprom -- that is experiencing financial shortages -- sponsors various expensive cultural projects. A story examines them in detail and the monopoly's policy with a critical eye. (1,2)

In an interview State Duma deputy from the Primorye Region Viktor Cherepkov shares his negative impression about President Vladimir Putin's call-in talk show on Thursday and about the work of the State Duma that, in his opinion, is not popular. (1,2)

According to the Moscow Meteorological Service cold weather will prevail in the city this and next week, with night temperatures hitting minus 25 degrees Celsius, with minus 20 degrees in the daytime. (1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 8)

Heating supply to the production blocks of the state unitary Dalpress enterprise was suspended on Sunday. Primorye people may not receive newspapers and magazines, since Dalpress puts out 87 newspapers including 12 central ones. In an interview Dalpress Director-General Maya Shchokina talks about the alarming situation. (4)

Moskovskiye Novosti
www.mn.ru

Nobel Prize writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn has put out the second volume of his historic literary work titled "Two Hundred Years Together" that highlights relations between the Russians and the Jews and that covers a period of time from the 1917 Revolution up to the mid-'70s. In an interview the writer talks about his new brainchild and its main message. (1, 20-21)

The Santa Claus Entertainment Park is located on the territory of the Novatorsky guest house 10 kilometers from Veliky Ustyug. The park is today partially equipped and will be completed before the presidential elections in 2004. A story describes the project. (3)

A story features the State Courier Communication Service, one of the most imperceptible special services in Russia. This service's officers will this week deliver to the Hero of Russia paratrooper Kozlov, who lives in Tajikistan, the presidential decree on granting him Russian citizenship. (6)

One specific feature of LDPR is that all financial and organizational matters are controlled by its leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky. In an interview he shares his party's financial secrets. (7)

The Civil Forum was held a year ago. Have authorities launched a constructive dialogue with society? Was the Forum really necessary? In an interview Moscow University Professor Alexander Auzan, spokesman for the presidential Human Rights Commission, answers these and other questions about the Forum and its significance. (8)

A story offers several tough conclusions from a scandal connected with the release of General Gennady Troshev from the post of Commander of the North-Caucasian Military District. (9)

The Krasnoyarsk Regional Legislative Assembly has endorsed the first "Khloponin budget" for 2003, which is a successful completion of a big and strategically significant operation. A story looks at its difficult stages. (9)

The Financial Monitoring Committee is summing up results of the outgoing year for the first time. This agency is the youngest in the structure of executive power. In an interview its Chairman Viktor Zubkov, 61, First Deputy Finance Minister, talks about his agency and its specialists. (12)

The Russian side in Geneva last week completed its regular round of negotiations on Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization. What has yet to be solved are the differences with European states on agricultural produce duties, differences with America on steel duties and differences with Japan on auto duties. A story examines all these issues. (13)

The Aeroflot leadership has announced the introduction of a new concept for the company's image. Next year its staff will have a new uniform and its passengers will be offered a new level of service. In an interview Aeroflot Commercial Director Yevgeny Bachurin comments on the new measures. (13)

A story is devoted to the timber industrial complex that has this year undergone serous changes. (14)

The Culture Foundation has signed a contract with the Tretyakov Gallery on the major renovation of the army iconostasis of the period of Russian Empress Yelizaveta. A story describes the origin of the iconostatis and its history. (26)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

The State Duma's plenary session scheduled for Dec. 25 could end with a big sex scandal. The session will discuss draft amendments to 10 articles of the Criminal Code, envisaging the legal responsibility for moral seduction, sexual debauchery and exploitation of minors. A story examines controversial provisions that could cause heated debate. (5)

The Russian Industrial Youth Union in Moscow held a founding congress on Monday. Its leader Sergei Rubakhin talks about his organization, its political principles, aims and tasks. (5)

A book titled "The Light of Patriarch. Conversations at the Turning Point of Millennia" by two Izvestia journalists Valery Konovalov and Mikhail Serdyukov will soon be available in book stores. Komsomolskaya Pravda offers several excerpts from this book featuring Patriarch Alexy II's views on several vital issues. (9)