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Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Educational reforms are the key issue for discussion at the seventh Russian rectors' congress that began Friday at the Moscow State University. President Vladimir Putin has made a speech at the congress of Russia's intellectual elite. Impressed by findings in recent trips, Putin spoke about a new "absolute" priority in the field of education. Training specialists from CIS countries will contribute a lot to the state budget, the president said. (1, Kommersant, 1, 3, Vremya MN, 1)

Russia's sociological center (VTsIOM) -- the first such center to conduct public opinion surveys in Russia -- is celebrating the fifteenth anniversary. In an interview, VTsIOM director Yury Levada speaks on the role of opinion polls in modern society. (1, 2)

Ahmed Zakhaev, the Chechen leader released recently from a Denmark prison, has arrived in London in a company of actress Vanessa Redgrave. English authorities arrested him in Heathrow airport but he was immediately let out on bail. Russia's Foreign Ministry has sent a note of protest to London. (1, 11, Kommersant, 1, 4, Vremya MN, 1, Novye Izvestia, 1)

The Accounting Chamber has estimated 74.95 percent of Slavneft state share holding at $2.5 billion. Russia's federal property fund has estimated the state share holding at $800 million less. A story comments on details of the deal. (2)

Two planes owned by the state transportation company "Rossiya" made a crash landing in Akhtyubinsk with members of the president's delegation on board. According to the preliminary investigation, the plane filled up with a low quality fuel in Kyrgyz republic. The president's delegation arrived in Moscow on Friday 12 hours later than it has been scheduled. (2, Kommersant, 1, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, Novye Izvestia, 2)

Militia officials, clergy and public organizations representatives discussed Friday the ways of ethic norms inculcation in militia. A story comments on the problem of the state regulations infringements by authorities. (2)

North Caucasus military helicopters are equipped with anti-rocket systems, Vice Defense Minister and Colonel General Nikholai Kormiltsev said at a press-conference in Moscow. Mi-8 and Mi-26 transportation helicopters will be equipped with the same systems in the near future. (2, Kommersant, 4)

Vorobievy Gory metro station, which was closed 18 years ago, is now being reconstructed. At story explain that foreigners will be allowed to watch the construction in a week. (2)

Natasha and Sveta Urvachevs, who were abducted and illegally taken to Greece, returned Friday morning to Rostov-upon-Don. A story comments on the welcome-- or lack thereof -- that the girls received in their native city. (3)

The anti-terror operation is finishing in Chechnya. However, Chechen citizens do not feel safe and secure. A story comments on details and individual cases. (3)

Saratov regional governor Dmitry Ayatskov has made an unofficial visit to Moscow. A story comments on the Moscow sites that Ayatskov visited. (3)

NATO Secretary General George Robertson is arriving in Moscow on Sunday. The war on terror will be the key issue for the discussion at the meeting between Russia's Council and NATO on December 9. Robertson is intending to meet with President Vladimir Putin, Defense and Foreign Ministers Sergei Ivanov and Igor Ivanov and the Accounting Chamber. (4, Novye Izvestia, 1)

Vice Premier and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin has initiated the municipal and regional budget control under the aegis of the Federal Treasury. Brief. (5, Kommersant, 2, Vremya MN, 1)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry and GAZPROM have agreed on several issues concerning the development of Russia's gas market. Brief. (5)

World Bank officials have returned from a trip to north regions. A story comments on the terms of state support to migrants living in the Moscow and St. Petersburg regions. (5)

Short Messaging Serving, or SMS, technology has been on the market since 1992. A story comments on the recent developments of cellular phones companies and tariffs plans. (5)


On Friday, Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov presented the 2001 laureates the governmental scientific and technology prize with their awards. A story comments on the winners of the government nomination. (2)

President Vladimir Putin had a meeting with the national tennis team on Friday. The president has congratulated the winners of the Davis cup. Brief. (2, Trud, 1, 5)

President Vladimir Putin has informed President George W. Bush about the results of his trips to China, India and Kyrgyz republic by phone. Brief. (2)

Federation Council Chairman Sergei Mironov has headed a conference of the CIS inter-parliamentary assembly council. The leaders of 10 CIS states participated in the meeting. Brief. (2)

Federation Council Chairman Sergei Mironov participated Friday in an international scientific conference on the Russian language that took place in St. Petersburg. Brief. (2)

Federation Council Chairman Sergei Mironov handed the state flag to the head of the North Pole expedition, Alexander Begak, in St. Petersburg. Brief. (2)

Financial and economic issues were discussed at a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov Friday. Brief. (2)

Energy reform was the key issue for discussion at a session of the governmental commission headed by Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko. Brief. (2)

Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko is continuing the negotiations with vice premier of Poland. Brief. (2, 5)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasianov has approved the village social development 2010 federal program. Brief. (2)

The Moscow Cheremushki district court has finished hearing Media-Most chief financier Anton Titov's case. Titov has been accused of money laundering. The verdict will be announced on December 16. (3)

Chechen administration head Akhmad Kadyrov announced his intention to compete for the presidency Friday. The presidential elections will take place no later than November 2003. (3)

Kutaisi automobile plant director Amiran Natsvlishvili, who was abducted on December 2, was released Friday. Georgian authorities consider that Amiran Natsvlishvili was abducted by mistake. (3)

Central Election Committee head Alexander Veshnyakov arrived in St. Petersburg Friday. Veshnyakov will take control of the legislative assembly elections campaign. (3)

On Friday, the European military finished a two-day seminar on military human rights infringements. European Council Commissar for human rights, Alvaro Hil-Robles, initiated the seminar. A story comments on details of the discussion. (4)

Moscow City Duma Municipal Policy Commission Chairman Galina Khovanskaya commented on the privatization reforms decree that will come into force on December 14. The decree is aimed to secure Muscovites from privatized real estate crimes. (5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

President Vladimir Putin has finished his official trip to Kyrgyzstan. Economic development was the key issue for discussion between Putin and top Kyrgyz officials. A story comments on the history of relations between the two countries. (2)

Lyudmila Putin has visited Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic university that was founded 10 years ago in accordance with the Kyrgyz-Russian friendship agreement. Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev's wife accompanied Lyudmila Putin. (3)

Chechen administration head Akhmad Kadyrov submitted the constitutional referendum regulations to the republican elections commission. (3)

On Friday, Moscow's Tverskoi district court sentenced Alexander Tiptsov to four years in prison. Tiptsov has been accused of organizing the riots on Manezh Square in the summer of 2002. A story comments on the disturbances after the World Cup football match between Japan and Russia. (3)

Tax reforms were discussed at a government session Friday. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said on Thursday that the government is planning a tax reduction strategy. (5)

On Friday, the Moscow Harrison court sentenced Defense Ministry financing and military budget headquarters former head Georgy Oleinik to imprisonment. General Oleinik has been accused of abusing his power. (5)

In an interview, United Russia leader and professor Yury Solonin speaks about the construction of parties and fractions in Russia's regions. Solonin comments on his attitude about some politicians as well. (6)

Noviye Izvestia

Flying control officers of seven Siberian cities have announced a hunger strike. Surgut flying control officers initiated the protest on Nov. 29. Saratov trading union officers intend to follow their Siberian colleagues' path. The Transportation Ministry has considered the flights suspension, which is scheduled for Dec. 30, as an action of terror. A story comments on the strikes and their potential to spread. (1, 2)

Russia has been boycotting Denmark since the world's Chechen congress took place in Copenhagen. Customs clearance has been prolonged for Danish trucks arriving in Russia. A story comments on the economic relations between the two countries. (1)

Several Russian organizations have organized a demonstration in support of peace in Chechnya for Dec. 12. The demonstration will start at Arbatskaya Ploshchad, continue across the boulevard ring and finish Pushkin Square. (1)

The State Duma is preparing to consider the decree on Russian presidential elections, which is currently in its second reading. A story comments on details of the decree. (2)

In a second reading, the State Duma will consider the decree on railway reforms that have been under discussion for several years. A story comments on the necessity of transportation reforms. (2)

Primoroye experts have started their research at Chukotka airport. The airport used to receive the Buran Soviet shuttle. Now scientists have decided to reconstruct it and make connect Chukotka to the mainland. A story gives details on the research. (2)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

The European Security and Cooperation Organization, or OBSE, started its tenth session in Portugal Friday. As many as 55 foreign ministers are participating in the conference. Russia's Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov arrived in Portugal on Friday. (2)

Modul group has instituted a new mass media prize called bulb (lighter) for the coverage of events. A story comments on details. (7)

In an interview, Saratov Governor Dmitry Ayatskov speaks on the current political and economic situation in Russia. Ayatskov points out problemic regions and situations. (9)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Omsk New Technologies and Information Center director Valentin Melnik has officially announced that Omsk State Duma Deputy Alexander Kravets beat him on Nov. 29, 2002. A story looks into investigation details and examines a political context of the case. (1)

As many as 36 people have been accused of helping to organize last summer's riots on Manezh Square. Fifteen cases still remain under investigation. The Moscow prosecutor's office is practicing new tactics in its investigation. (2)

Ahmed Zakhaev, who was released recently from a Denmark prison, has arrived in London. English authorities arrested him at Heathrow Airport but immediately let him out on bail. (2)

President Vladimir Putin met with Russia's tennis team on Friday. The president has congratulated the winners of the Davis Cup. (7)