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Rossiiskaya Gazeta
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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

Muscovites on New Year's eve can invite show business stars to entertain them and their guests for $300-$1,000. A story describes this service and the price list. (1)

Hungary's Prime Minister Peter Medgyessy has completed his visit to Moscow. In an exclusive interview he talks about the positive results of his negotiations with President Vladimir Putin, focusing on the prospects of bilateral relations. (1,3)

A charity gala concert with world opera stars' participation and dedicated to the victims of terror took place in Moscow's Gostiny Dvor on Sunday. The tickets cost from $50 right up to $3,500. A story describes the concert and the world famous opera singers who took part in it. (1)

Children's writer Eduard Uspensky turned 65 today. In an interview he speaks about his difficult life in Soviet times and about how his creative endeavor began. The writer also talks about his books and their main characters that are adored by all children. (1,6)

North Korean authorities have officially ordered that the seals be removed and video-observation chambers be dismantled at the nuclear plant in Yonben. Pyongyang stated that it was a forced measure, since the people need electricity. A story comments on the measure and the possible threat, focusing on Russia's and the United States's response. (2, Gazeta, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

The United States on Sunday began providing UN military inspectors in Iraq with intelligence information about facilities on Iraqi territory where the Saddam Hussein regime could be keeping weapons of mass destruction. A story comments on the U.S. administration's decision. (2)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov on Sunday arrived in Pyongyang to discuss issues pertaining to trade and bilateral cooperation, above all the export of Russian vehicles and electrical appliances. Brief. (2)

The Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Labor Union on Sunday resumed a protest act that was suspended on Dec. 7 due to negotiations with the Transport Ministry. A story examines their negative results and air traffic controllers' new demands. (2, Kommersant, 1,6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, Gazeta, 2, MK, 2 )

Israel's Foreign Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to arrive in Moscow today for talks with his Russian counterpart Igor Ivanov. A story looks at the agenda of their negotiations. (2, Kommersant, 10, Vremya Novostei, 1)

Skinheads from an ultra-right youth group in Khabarovsk on Friday savagely beat Oleg Chuguyev, Editor-in-Chief of the popular newspaper "Molodoi Dalnevostochnik," and his wife, a journalist in the same newspaper. A story gives details. (3, Kommersant, 6, Gazeta, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 8, Vremya Novostei, 3)

A thirteen-year-old schoolboy Vitaly Fetiskin's record in swimming in icy water has entered the Guinness Book of World Records. Brief. (3 )

Nuclear Energy Minister Alexander Rumyantsev on Sunday arrived in Iran on a three-day visit with the aim of inspecting construction work of the first energy unit of the nuclear plant in Bushehr that is being built by Russian specialists. Brief. (3)

The fate of the legendary Chinese "terracotta warriors," one of the great monuments of world history, has unexpectedly appeared to be adversely connected with Russian pilots from Ulyanovsk . A story describes the tragic event. (3 )

Existing information one year ahead of the next parliamentary elections allows analysts to forecast several major scenarios in their cycle. Nikita Ivanov, Director-General of the Political Planning Agency, examines these scenarios, trying to answer the main questions about the possible alignment of political forces before the elections. (4 ,Kommersant, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1, Gazeta, 1,6, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta,1,2)

The international Standard & Poor's agency late last week announced the lowering of the forecast rating of Sibneft and the Tyumen Oil Company (TNK). The purchase by these companies of the state-controlled package of stock of Slavneft has negatively affected their images. A story comments on the agency's decision and the companies' response. (5, Gazeta, 9)

The State Duma Council is today expected to fix the date of considering (in the second reading) a draft bill on keeping in place the beneficial 10-percent VAT rate for the print mass media. A story examines the draft pointing to several possible unfavorable new measures. (5)

Two domestic auto giants -- the Gorky Automobile Plant (GAZ) and AvtoVAZ -- have announced their intention to switch off their main assembly conveyor-lines for the Christmas holidays, after which they plan to have shorter work shifts. A story comments on their decisions. (5 )

This year has been a real retail trade boom for Moscow. A story gives figures to illustrate the point, focusing on various names of domestic and foreign trade networks with their supermarkets and hypermarkets. (5)

President of the Association of Russian Banks (ARB) Garegin Tosunyan at the general meeting of the Moscow Banking Union on Friday stated that the National Banking System Fund had been created under ARB that will fund the law-making sphere. Its first test will be a law concerning currency regulation and currency control that, if passed, will bring big losses to domestic bankers. A story comments on Tosunyan's statement. (5)

The 8th Dubai Shopping Festival will take place on Jan. 15 to Feb. 15, 2003 . A story describes this event, its sponsors, the participants and numerous guests. (9)

The Moscow city government late last week endorsed a program to build 60 new highrises (40-50 floors) that will be added to the existing seven Stalin-era skyskrapers buildings. A story examines the city program called "The New Moscow Ring." A map. (10)

Dec. 24 will mark the 130th anniversary of the first one-day census in Moscow. In an interview Natalya Rimashevskaya, Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Problems of the Population, talks about results of the first city census and of the 2002 census. (10)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov has sent a letter to Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov in which he has accused Mosenergo of unsatisfactory preparations for winter. A story offers negative comments from the letter. (10)

Deputy Interior Minister Alexander Chekalin late last week stated that on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the first detoxication center in Russia, all policemen received directives that slightly drunk people on New Year's eve should be taken home rather than to detoxication centers. (10)

Ninety State Duma deputies on Friday sent an inquiry to the Audit Chamber requesting that they check how buildings of historic and cultural significance (monuments) are used in Moscow. A story reveals the essence of the deputies' decision, focusing on the factors that have prompted it. (11)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The government marked the upcoming New Year in the Uzbekistan restaurant on Saturday. A story describes the evening. (1,8 )

Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko in Hanoi today will attend a session of the Russian-Vietnamese Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation. It will discuss the further fate of the Russian-Vietnamese join venture "Vietross." A story examines this venture. (2 )

The Union of Right Forces party activists in Vinogradovo (Moscow region) on Sunday listened to a report titled "The Political and Socio-Economic Results of This Year and The Party's Tasks" by Yegor Gaidar. A story looks at its major provisions. (4, Gazeta, 3)

The Yabloko Federal Council on Sunday adopted a document on the party's principles of organizing a democratic coalition for the next parliamentary elections. A story examines the document. (4, Gazeta, 3)

The Volga radar station near the Belarussian city of Gantsevichi has been added to the surface segment of the Russian system of warning on a nuclear attack . The station replaces two stations in the Latvian city Skrunde that were dismantled in 1998. A story gives details. (5)

Regions where special plants to destroy chemical weapons have been or are being built are demanding more budget funds be spent on the local social infrastructure. A story comments on this issue. (5)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday introduced officers of the North-Caucasian Military District with their new commander -- Colonel-General Vladimir Boldyrev. Ivanov also stated that the fate of Gennady Troshev will be decided by the Main Personnel Department and by the General Staff. (5)

Father Frost (Santa Claus) on Saturday left his residence in Veliky Ustyug for Moscow. He will reach the capital on Dec. 26. A story describes his trip. (7)

The Nuclear Energy Ministry has announced a closed tender among non-state pension funds and company managers to create the first domestic professional pension system in the nuclear energy sector. A story describes this unprecedented tender. (13)

The Prime-Tass Agency on Friday stated that Sibneft and the International Industrial Bank would soon sign a deal on the sale of a 100 percent stake in the Aki-Otyr oil company (Khanty-Mansiisk Autonomous Area). The deal may amount to $100 million. A story gives details. A map. (13)

According to the new Land Code by Jan. 1, 2004 Gazprom and its subsidiaries should re-register their rights to use their land plots permanently into the right to lease them or buy them as their property. A story examines Gazprom's property plan. (13,20)

Presidential economic adviser Andrei Illarionov on Saturday stated that the Primakov government, unlike the Kasyanov Cabinet, managed to compile the "most effective budget." A story comments on Illarionov's high assessment. (14 )

The State Duma has passed (in the first reading) a bill concerning the lotteries that were drafted by the Finance Ministry. A story looks at the main aim. (14)

For the first time the foreign audit firm (British Moore Stephens) became a member of the Russian professional association -- the Institute of Professional Auditors. At the same time the RSM International auditing network declared the Russian "Top Audit" firm its fully-fledged member. A story examines these two significant event. (15)

AFK Sistema with a participation of several Finnish companies over the next five years intends to invest $1 billion into the Indian cellular communications network. A story describes the project. (16)

Valery Izrailit, Director-General of the Ust-Luga company, that deals with boosting port of the same name in the Leningrad region, on Friday named investors to the construction project of the container and grain terminals. They are the firms controlling the marine port of St. Petersburg. (16)

The Italian FIAT automobile concern has announced the sale of its package of stock in the American General Motors company. A story comments on FIAT's decision. (16)

The world's second largest airline United Airlines is experiencing a painful procedure of bankruptcy. A story gives details. (17)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The Association of Russian Banks (ARB) now has a special fund to finance law-making projects. Interested bankers are recommended to pay dues to the National Fund of Development of the Banking System. A story looks at ARB's subsidiary.(A1)

Top managers are leaving Severstal owner Alexei Mordashov to take up jobs in competing companies. Igor Smolkin, head of the special projects section, has gone to Oleg Deripaska's camp to become Bazovy Element Director-General. (A1)

Former Gazprom-Media Director-General Alfred Kokh has appeared in the Overseeing Council of the TNK International Ltd. company that owns the Tyumen Oil Company. Kokh has already been working for many years for the owners of TNK that he in the past helped to privatize. (A1)

Russia will pay out to Hungary $90 million as part of Soviet-era debt servicing. This is 36 percent of the remaining sum at the point of negotiations -- $245 million. The agreement, as Hungarian Prime Minister Peter Medguessy noted, resolves the issue on the debt between the two states without a mediator. Brief. (A1)

Air traffic controllers from Arkhangelsk, Salekhard, Saratov and Rostov-on-Don have gone on hunger strike. This was stated by Sergei Kovalyov, President of the Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Labor Union. The brief looks at their demands. (A1)

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Friday recommended its member-states to impose sanctions against Ukrainian banks. The American Treasury Department has immediately responded to this call. A story reveals the essence of the measure. (A2)

North Korea has unsealed its nuclear reactor that, in the opinion of the International Nuclear Energy Agency, could be used for receiving weapons-grade plutonium. A story comments on North Korea's decision and the U.S.' s response. (A2)

Russia will be ready to sign bilateral agreements with the majority of states next spring on access to their commodity markets. This is part of Russia's accession to the WTO. (A3)

The State Duma tomorrow is expected to pass (in the 3rd and final readings) the draft bills concerning railway reform. The Railways Ministry and deputies have come to agreement on all controversial provisions. A story looks at some of them. (A3)

In a far-ranging interview Communications Minister Leonid Reiman singles out the priorities of his agency's work today, focusing on Russian-Chinese cooperation in the communications sphere. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets& MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

The Finance Ministry and the Central Bank have drafted a bill banning offshores from owning packages in banks, starting with 10 percent and obliging the banks to report to the Central Bank every quarter about their real owners. A story reports how this initiative has not scared the bankers. (B1)

International rating agencies have negatively responded to the deal of Sibneft and the Tyumen Oil Company buying Slavneft. A story looks at several lowered ratings. (B1)

LUKoil will sell its 10 percent stake of participation in the Azeri-Chirag-Gyuneshli project to the Japanese INPEX Corporation for $1,375 billion. This was stated by the LUKoil Press Service. Brief. (B1)

David Hern, member of the UES Board of Directors, is quitting his post as Director of the Brunswick Capital Management fund to head the Halcyon Advisors company that was created for managing an energy-orientated investment fund . Brief. (B1)

The Moscow Inter-Municipal Dorogomilovsky Court is today expected to consider the suit of Sergei Belyaev, former Director-General of Sheremertyevo International Airport, against the company's Board of Directors. The brief mentions his demand. (B1)

Sibur Holding has restored control over one of its most valuable assets -- the Yaroslavl Tyre Plant. Now Sibur intends to replace the Director-General Nikolai Tonkov. A story looks at how this will be done. (B2

The Finnish Nokian Tyres PLC concern and the Russian Amtel company are correcting their plans for the joint production of tyres. They plan to build a new plant in Karelia rather than in Voronezh. (B2)

Rosneft has concluded a big contract on the delivery of oil products to Afghanistan. Not a single Russian oil company works there today. A story looks at analysts' opinion about the contract. (B3)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

In an interview State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov examines the results of this year, focusing on the alignment of political forces in the lower house today, one year before the next parliamentary elections. (1,7)

Federal government authorities late last week had to admit that the economy is declining. First Deputy Central Bank Head Oleg Vyugin reported that inflation on the basis of this year's figures will exceed 15 percent. A story examines several other negative economic facts and figures. (1,4)

The draft Manifesto of the United Russia Party that the Central Political Council discussed on Saturday is claiming to become the party's program at the parliamentary elections. A story examines its major provisions with a critical eye. (1,2)

Vladimir Mukhin, Professor at the Academy of Military Sciences, analyses the aims of Ukrainian Defense Minister Vladimir Shkidchenko's visit to Moscow. He asserts that the major one is to make Moscow lessen its geo-political influence on post-Soviet territory. (2)

Turkmenistan has declared Uzbekistan's Ambassador Abdurashid Kadyrov persona non-grata for actions incompatible with the status of a diplomat. A story looks at his actions. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4)

In an interview TVS newly-appointed Director-General Ruslan Terekbayev talks about his appointment, about his business-plan, about his priorities and about the channel's future prospects. (4, Gazeta, 1, 2)

Despite the fact that proposals of the most liberal economist and presidential economic adviser Andrei Illarionov are often not met with understanding, his ideas are continuing to positively affect domestic economic policy. Analysts say that many of his theses have been used by President Vladimir Putin when doing his recent television call-in talk show. Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin announced a plan to implement Illarionov's other idea -- the launching of a stabilization fund in the federal budget starting from 2004. A story reveals the plan. (4)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Labor Minister Alexander Pochinok stated that the wages of budget workers next year will increase by more than 30 percent. A story offers several other figures on higher wages. (1)

The State Duma has introduced amendments to the law on the Fundamentals of Federal Housing Policy. The Moscow City Duma disliked many of the proposed amendments and has submitted its own. A story examines them in detail. (3)

Ten 30-meter Christmas trees as well as a considerable quantity of smaller ones will light up on major city squares tomorrow. A story describes the New Year holiday looks of the city. (3)

The administrations of shops, pharmacies, and entertainment places that have failed to decorate their premises will have to pay a fine of 200 rubles. A story comments on the measure. (3)

A public meeting on Patriarsh's Ponds on Saturday again protested against the unveiling of sculptor Alexander Rukavishnikov's monument to writer Mikhail Bulgakov. A story explains a major reason behind the protest. (3)

In a far-ranging interview Alexander Vladislavlev, spokesman for the General Council of the United Russia party, talks about the presence in the party of people from different political outlooks and about his party's plans and future prospects. (5)

Novaya Gazeta
www.novayagazeta.ru

Sociologist Boris Kagarlitsky examines President Vladimir Putin's television call-in talk on Thursday with a critical eye, calling it nothing better than an ordinary advertising show. (2)

Novaya Gazeta offers a comparative analysis of Putin's television call-in talk shows in 2001 and 2002. (3)

A story reports on how Bashkir villagers' wishes, questions and claims were controlled by village administrators during the television call-in talk with President Vladimir Putin. (2,3)

What does President Vladimir Putin do with "big" and "small" matters addressed to him in a written form. A story examines several matters. (3)

A letter signed by the Association of Independent Regional Publishers, the National Association of Publishers, the Union of Journalists and the Glasnost Fund was sent to President Vladimir Putin on Dec. 20. This letter was publishers' response to complete confusion in the State Duma around its discussion of the Bulayev-Reznik draft bill envisaging the prolongation of the 10 percent VAT-rate for print mass media up to Jan. 1, 2005. A story comments on the issue. (3)

On the occasion of former First Lady Raisa Gorbacheva's birthday on Jan. 5, the TVS channel will show a film titled "Roses for Signora Raisa." A story describes the plot of the film. (4)

Much has been written and said about what will be done with the bodies of Nord Ost main terrorists Movsar Barayev and Abu-Bakar, who took hostages on Dubrovka on Oct. 23. One fact has made Novaya Gazeta journalist Roman Shleinov ask about the fate of their bodies -- they have been stolen from a Moscow. morgue A story gives details. (7)

Political observer Andrei Piontkovsky reflects on Russia's possible participation in NATO's projects after U.S. Ambassador to Russia Alexander Vershbow touched this issue in his report at the Institute of Europe on Dec. 11. (7)

A story describes how Labor and Social Welfare Minister Alexander Pochinok is resolving the problem of 4.5 million homeless people in Russia. (9)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

The newspaper offers a map of Moscow showing where Muscovites can buy Christmas trees. (3)

The Moscow government has reported to city residents that almost all points of the City Comprehensive Program for this year have been fulfilled. A story looks at all points of the program. (4)

The Moscow City Duma has passed the 2003 city budget. A story looks at its main parameters. Two experts comment on the financial document. (5)

Komsomolskaya Pravda offers the program of the city's main New Year holiday shows, concerts and dance balls for adults and children (the name of the event, date and address). (8,9)

The Moscow Education Department has compiled a program of city New Year events for children during their winter vacations running from Dec. 27 up to Jan. 12. (28)

Komsomolskaya Pravda offers a list of all city covered and uncovered skating-rinks with a list of all address and telephone details. (29)