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Izvestia
Kommersant
Vedomosti
Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Krasnaya Zvezda
Noviye Izvestia
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

Chechen special task units (OMON) and federal troops conducted a mopping-up operation over the weekend in the Stariye Atagi village, 20 kilometers from Grozny. This unique operation was commanded by a Chechen militiaman. A feature story describes it in detail. (1,6)

An analysis based on the latest reports by the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTsIOM) is made regarding results of the country's economic and social development this year. (1,4)

In an interview Grigory Krichevsky, first deputy director-general of TVS, talks about the current situation in his television channel, with possible personnel changes in the near future. (1,3)

A system of obligatory pharmaceutical certifications was imposed Sunday, which will make pharmacy prices skyrocket next year. A story examines the system and its major aim. (2, Kommersant, 14, Vremya Novostei, 1)

President Vladimir Putin on Sunday presided over the first session of the presidential Physical Culture and Sports Council that discussed trends and priorities of the state policy on sports. A story comments on the session's decisions. (2,12,Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

Criminal investigators from the Prosecutor General's Office in the Magadan region on Sunday completed their investigation of who ordered the murder of governor Valentin Tsvetkov. A story examines positive results of their efforts, focusing on gross violations and abuse in the region's economic life. (2)

A skinhead told Izvestia about illegal actions of the Moscow police in relation to youth extremist movements. The newspaper offers his story. (2)

Notorious terrorist Salman Raduyev, a convicted Chechen warlord who served a life sentence in a Perm prison, died on Saturday at the age of 35. A story examines reasons for his death. (1, Kommersant, 1,4, Noviye Izvestia, 1,2, Gazeta, 1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 8, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1,3, MK, 2)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov Saturday at a festive ceremony opened a new metro station -- Vorobyovy Gory (former Leninskiye Gory) -- that was closed 19 years ago. A story describes the station, saying how much it cost the city. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5)

Yelizaveta Kuzmina, 25, daughter of famed rock musician and singer Vladimir Kuzmin, was killed in western Moscow on Friday. A story describes how it happened. (3,Kommersant, 6, Gazeta, 5, MK, 1,2)

Two of the three gangsters suspected of killing LUKoil Vice-President Vagit Sharifov's 79-year-old father Sadi Sharifov, and whom Georgian police detained on Saturday, pleaded guilty on Sunday. A story gives details. (3, Kommersant, 5)

The World Bank in its annual report "Global Economic Prospects and Developing Countries" has lowered its forecast of world economic growth in 2003 down to 2.5 percent from the 3.6 percent expected 6 months ago. A story examines a major reason behind such pessimistic evaluations, focusing on Russia's position. (5)

The Iraqi Oil Ministry's recent statement on a unilateral abrogation of the contract to develop oil deposits in Western Kurna has caused a sharply negative response from LUKoil. A story examines the origin of the contract, its cost and the company's further plans and actions. (5,11, Kommersant, 13, Gazeta, 9, Vremya Novostei, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6)

The government has summed up results of the 3rd All-Russia Competition "Russian Organization of High Social Efficiency," with over 1,000 participating enterprises and organizations that presented 81 regional and 40 economic sectors. In an interview, Norilsk Nickel deputy director-general Olga Golodets talks about her company's professional education programs, focusing on significance for big enterprises to invest money to their employees' training. (5)

Dec. 15 was the last day of considering bids for the government-held 74.95 percent of Slavneft that will be sold at an open auction on Dec. 18. The Chinese national oil and gas CNPC company has shown interest in the forthcoming privatization of the Russian-Belarussian company. A story examines CNPC, saying what analysts think of its participation and possible victory. (5, Kommersant, 1,14,Vremya Novostei, 1, Gazeta, 11, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

Domestic leading platinum and palladium producer Norilsk Nickel may now sell its metals without mediators. The session presided over by Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin late last week decided to launch a joint state run-private company that would sell platinum group metals abroad. A story examines comments on the decision. (5, Kommersant, 15)

The Moscow city administration made the decision Sunday to remove all trolleybuses next year from such central streets as Bolshaya Lubyanka, Sretenka, Pokrovka and Maroseika. The brief looks at the aim of the measure. (10)

Six big electronic boards on Monday Dec. 16 will be mounted in the center of Moscow that will provide information about the level of polluted air. Brief. (10

Patriarch of American politics Henry Kissinger, Chairman of the independent Commission investigating the circumstances that led to the tragic events on Sept. 11, has announced his resignation. According to White House sources, President George W. Bush has not expected it. A story focuses on the reason behind the resignation. (11, Kommersant, 9)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

President Vladimir Putin met Sunday with Pension Fund Chairman Mikhail Zurabov and Labor Minister Alexander Pochinok to lhear what social programs are being planned for pensioners. A story says what they told the president. (2)

The Congress of the peoples of Chechnya took place in Gudermes on Dec. 11. A story describes the event, its participants and decisions. (3, Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1, Noviye Izvestia, 1,2)

President Vladimir Putin on Dec. 12 signed a decree endorsing a referendum on the draft Constitution of the Chechen republic and on the draft bills concerning the presidential and parliamentary elections there. A story looks at the existing system of state power in Chechnya. (3)

Due to the illness of Russian cosmonaut Nikolai Budarin, a member of the crew of the International Space Station, the open space walk scheduled for Dec. 12, was canceled and postponed for the second half of January 2003. A story gives details. (4)

Moscow police in the Moscow region over the weekend detained 3,000 illegal Vietnamese, who made low quality clothes with the trademarks Adidas, Columbia, Nike and others. A story gives details. (6)

The Human Rights Party in Moscow on Saturday held its founding congress. It intends to work for the creation of the civil society in which the citizens would respects the rights of the state. In an interview State Duma deputy Vladimir Semenov, Chairman of the Congress Organizing Committee, talks about the aim and tasks of his party. (6)

The All-Russian children's medical campaign to examine children's health officially ended on Sunday. The action cost 3 billion rubles that was allocated from the Fund of Obligatory Medical Insurance. According to results, 60 percent of children have health problems. A story examines results of the medical examination(7)

A new trading house -- Berlinsky Dom -- opened in Moscow late last week. A story describes the opening ceremony and its numerous participants and guests. (8)

Americans have obtained information about Iran's secret nuclear program that may cause a big scandal. A story gives details. (10)

The European Union summit in Copenhagen last week made the decision on the EU's unprecedented expansion -- 10 European states received invitations to join the Union. A story comments on the event. (10)

In an interview thenew head of Taiwan's representation in Moscow Chen Zhuntze talks about the present state of Taiwanese-Russian relations and their future prospects. (11)

Yemen's Presidient Ali Abdallah Salekh is arriving in Moscow today with the aim of signing several trade and economic agreements. Photo caption. (12)

The Latvian commercial bank Aizkraukles has confessed that it was involved in laundering the money of Colombian drug-dealers. A story gives details. (13)

The State Service of Civil Aviation is drafting a new concept of aviation transportation. As a separate supplement, it will be part of the text of a new Air Code that will be passed next spring. A story examines several new rules of transportation being drafted now. (13, 20)

OPEC at a session in Vienna on Dec. 12 decided to cut oil production and increase production quotas. There is every reason to suppose that all this will lead to a decrease in world oil prices. A story comments on the session's decisions. (14)

Experts forecast the weakening of the American dollar in the next several months. A story describes its negative behavior late last week. (14)

The Federal Securities Commission on Wednesday suspended the license of the Yekaterinburg Stock Exchange because of its unlicensed clearing activities. The Commission intends to hand this information over to the law-enforcement agencies. (15)

The world leading network of auditing companies, BDO International, on Friday announced that the BDO Yunicon Ruf company will be its new Russian representative. A story describes the new company, focusing on its annual proceeds. (15)

Moscow Narodny Bank (London) announced its intention to sell its daughter bank --Russian Mosnarbank. A story comments on its decision. (15)

Several wholesale companies from Tolyatti, Samara, Orenburg and other cities have announced the creation of the Ural-Povolzhye Association of Tobacco wholesale traders. A story describes the association and its major tasks. (16)

Mario Monti, head of the EU Anti-Monopoly Committee, has announced a radical reform of his agency. A story describes what it will be. (17)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

LUKoil and its head Vagit Alekperov have no intention of losing the Iraqi oil contract to develop the Western Kurna-2 oil deposit without fight A story looks at the company's further possible actions. (A1)

Until now the Internet was the only place where vodka producers, for example, could hold advertising campaigns without looking at the legislation. But the anti-monopoly agency got interested in this practice, and now the sites of the Veda-Sistema and Livis companies group have closed for access. (A1)

The World Bank decided that it was too optimistic in predicting growth of the world economy. Next year it will grow only by 2.5 percent rather than by 3.6 percent, as it was forecast previously. The Russian economy, according to the bank's evaluations contained in its annual report, will increase by 4.3 percent, the figure a bit higher than predicted by the government before. (A1)

Tatyana Lysova, former chief editor of the newspaper, has been appointed its Editor-in-Chief. Lysova has been working at Vedomosti since 1999. Brief. (A1)

President Vladimir Putin has instructed his subordinates to hold a referendum on the draft Constitution of the Chechen republic, whose population has been invited to express its opinion on the fundamental law that has been drafted by the Chechen administration head by Akhmad Kadyrov. (A2)

The world military inspectors have been working in Iraq for the 3rd week already. A story examines their results. (A2)

Commercial banks now enjoy the legal right to accept the regions-donors' budget means for servicing. The banks and the governors are pleased at this novelty. (A2)

The State Duma on Sunday passed (in the second reading) the draft bills concerning reforming the railways monopoly. Deputies voted against privatizing land under railways. (A3)

The government has failed to come up with a plan to correct the new rules of paying petroleum excises. A story looks at the possible situation with paying petrol excises, starting Jan. 1, 2003. (A3)

In an interview Potapenko, president of Razgulyai-Ukrros Group, talks about his company's policy today, focusing on its priorities (A5

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets& MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

The ZIL Overseeing Council on Sunday appointed Konstantin Laptev, former Executive Director of the Gorky Automobile Plant (GAZ), to the post of ZIL Director-General. He told Vedomosti about his new business-plan for the plant. Brief. (B1)

The nearer the auction to sell a state-run package of stock of Slavneft, the fewer participants. Thus, Surgutneftegaz unexpectedly announced that it will not take part, and the State Duma Sunday proposed not to allow the Chinese CNPC company to participate in the trading. (B1)

The government has changed the system of selling platinoid metals in order to help the world market stabilize. A story looks at the changed system(B1)

The Federal Security Service (FSB) has helped the federal government return its property in several subsidiaries of Rosneft. This was stated on Sunday by FSB Director Nikolai Patrushev. Brief. (B1)

The Polish oil concern PKN Orlen for the second time has made Russian oil companies angry: in October Orlen took away the Gdansk oil refinery from LUKoil, and several days ago the Polish company reached agreement with British Petroleum on a purchase of 494 gas filling stations in Germany, outstripping its Russian competitors -- Surgutneftegaz, Tatneft and Yukos. (B2)

The situation with cargo airlines transportation from China to Russia after a month-long truce has again aggravated. A story examines reasons behind such a situation. (B2)

The general meeting of the non-commercial partnership The National Depositary Center 5 appointed Alexei Rybnikov to the post of its director on Dec. 1. Today he has begun to fulfill his new duties. Brief. (B5)

The investment bank UBS Warburg has placed its bonds worth $400 million that could be concerted into 1.5 percent of the charter capital of Yukos. Brief. (B5)

The Finance Ministry plans to hold a meeting on Dec. 18 to discuss creating a single auditing professional organization. This was stated by Andrei Krikunov, head of the auditing activity organization department of the Finance Ministry. Brief. (B5)

The Ingosstrakh company, according to the decision of its Board of Directors, intends to open its representation in Kiev. A story looks at its functions and tasks. (B5)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

According to results of the opinion poll conducted by the Public Opinion Fund last week, if the presidential elections had taken place last Sunday, 53 percent of electors would have voted for Putin, 13 percent for Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, 5 percent for LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, and only 2 percent for Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu. The latter's name is associated, above all, with his rescue efforts to help people, who in summer and spring suffered from horrible floods in the south of the country. In an interview Shoigu talks about results of his ministry's work this year. (1,2)

Federal and local authorities are showing growing interest in the upcoming gubernatorial elections in the Magadan region, where its former governor Valentin Tsvetkov was killed on Oct. 18. A story looks at several candidates, including State Duma deputy Communist Sergei Glazyev. (1,3)

In an exclusive interview presidential economic adviser Andrei Illarionov talks about things that should not be done in reforming the energy sector. (1,3)

The Defense Ministry has gotten bogged down with endless scheming. A story describes the situation, focusing on the roles of Minister Sergei Ivanov and General Staff chief Anatoly Kvashnin in it--who controls what. (1,2)

The State Duma on Sunday voted (in the second reading) for 4 draft bills turning the Railways Ministry into the Russian Railways company that belongs entirely to the state. A story describes the future company and its functions. (3)

The Finance Ministry intends to increase dues from property taxes for private individuals by 3 to 5 times. Leading analyst of the Guild of Realtors Gennady Sternik, deputy director-general of the Agency for Investment Project Expertise, comments on the ministry's intention. (5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

The first steam energy unit of the Argunskaya Heating Electrical Energy Station was opened over the weekend. A story describes the new unit of the station that was commissioned 30 years ago. (1,2)

Famed filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov in the Russian Culture Fund on Sunday presented a book by famous domestic philosophers Vasily Rozanov and Ivan Ilyin titled "The ABC of Paradoxical Truths". A story describes the presentation ceremony that was attended mainly by Mikhalkov's friends. (1,6)

Federal Security Service Director Nikolai Patrushev on Sunday tried to persuade journalists that his agency has done a great deal this year in the sphere of fighting terrorists. A story gives concrete facts he cited to illustrate the point. (1,2)

Labor Minister Alexander Pochinok at the ceremony of signing an agreement Sunday between his ministry and the Moscow city government for 2003, stated that Moscow has the lowest level of officially registered unemployed and strikes among big world cities. Brief. (1)

There is only one hospice in Russia for children suffering from cancer, whose number (in the city) exceeds 3,000. Its director Yevgeny Moiseyenko told about his medical center. (3)

According to preliminary results of the latest census, 10.5 million people live in Moscow, with 8.7 million being permanent residents. They all use the communal facilities, but as checks of the City Control-Audit Chamber show, mainly permanent residents pay for all of them. As a result, experts say, the city loses annually up to 200 million rubles. A story comments on the problem. (3)

The newspaper offers a list of public bathhouses (with saunas and swimming-pools) that on special days of the week admit pensioners at a discounted rate. (3)

An unusually high atmospheric pressure has been present in Central Russia for the second week already. How does it affect human health? Leading experts answer this question. (5)

Starting mid-December, Father Frost (Santa Claus) and Snow Maiden in Moscow acquire a special value. How much does it cost to invite them home or to the office ? A story tries to answer the question, focusing on various situations. (5)

Krasnaya Zvezda

In an interview Nikolai Bezborodov, deputy head of the State Duma Defense Committee, speaks about "patriotism," the feeling that of late has been often perceived negatively. He also says what is being done in the country to bring up the younger generation in the spirit of patriotism. (1,2)

Noviye Izvestia

Many ministries decided to invite leading and experienced engineers at industrial enterprises to take over commanding posts. The brief cites an example of the Industry and Science Ministry. (1)

The Indem Fund and the Association "In Defense of Citizens' Election Rights 'Golos'" late last week held a round-table discussion to see how these rights are being observed today. A story examines results of the discussion, during which State Duma deputy Vladimir Lysenko drew the attention of all those present to several holes in the new election legislation that dishonest authorities could use to falsify election results. (2)

The Air Force Main Headquarters Sunday discussed only one issue -- how could it happen that city policemen in Moscow 's Leningradsky Railway Terminal beat a senior officer from their department? This extraordinary case happened on Dec. 14 at 10 PM. A story gives details. (2)

Olga Moreaul, wife of the former French Ambassador in Moscow Pierre Moreaul, has presented her book titled "Moscow. My Memory About the City". In an interview she speaks about her love of Moscow and its people. (6

A new elite housing development (29 apartment blocks) called Gorki XXI was presented on Rublyovo-Uspenskoye Shosse early this month. A story describes it and its tenants. (6)

Representatives from the Swedish SALAIDA organization late last week spent two days in Uryupinsk (Volgograd region) where they conducted talks with its local administration to offer their assistance in improving the system of local government. A story examines positive results of their negotiations, including a concrete project. (6)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Severe frosts in the Moscow region at the end of last month and in early December killed many fruit trees. A story describes what trees and plants could be saved and how. (4)

According to information by the Moscow Gardeners' Union, there are more than 80,000 abandoned land plots in the Moscow region alone. The brief describes the situation, accusing the ineffective legislation. (4)

Many convenience stores have been opened lately along the Moscow Ring Road A story describes 11 such stores (with telephones and addresses) A MRR map. (6,7)

A story reports on how Anton Tabakov, 42 a son of famous film and theatrical actor Oleg Tabakov, has become one of the most famous businessmen in Moscow, where he runs several cafes and restaurants. (15,16)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

The Synod Canonization Department of the Russian Orthodox Church has made the decision to canonize "martyr Grigory Rasputin" and the "saint tsar," Ioann Grozny (Ivan IV). A story examines the decision with a critical eye. (1)

According to the Justice Ministry's decision, convicts will be able to refuse obligatory treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction without any serious consequences. A story comments on the decision. (1)

According to information from the Health Ministry, in 2003 all families with children suffering from diabetes will receive special devices to control the level of sugar in the blood. A story describes the measure. (1)

The Moscow city government has decided to change the traffic system in four old city streets (they are named). A story examines the system. (1)

The World Canine Center that will host seminars of domestic and foreign dog-breeders will be built in the Podolsk region. A story examines the project. (8)