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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Izvestia
Kommersant
Vedomosti
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Vremya Novostey
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

At least 108 people have died from exposure in Moscow and Saint Petersburg since a cold snap hit the two cities on Friday. Temperatures plummeted to minus 20 Celsius on Friday. An article looks into the effects of the unprecedented cold weather and comments on meteorologists' forecasts. (1)

President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Peking, China. Russian and Chinese leaders will sign a credit deal on the import of Chinese equipment to Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Jiang Zemin are likely to seek mutual reassurances over the strength of their relations. A story comments on recent developments between the two countries. (1, 3, Kommersant, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, 6)

The general assembly of the International Exhibition Bureau was to open its 132nd session in Monaco on Monday. Moscow and Shanghai are competing for Expo-2010. A story comments on their candidacy. (1, 5)

Georgian Energy Minister David Mirtskhulava and RAO "EES Rossii" governing board chairman Anatoly Chubais have signed a deal on electricity imports to Georgia. According to the agreement, 200 megawatts will be supplied to Georgia daily as of November 30, 2002. (2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4)

Media critics and journalists held their annual award ceremony of Friday. A story looks at those who were honored at the event, which took place in the House of Journalists' marble hall. (2)

Russia won the Davis Cup tennis championship for the first time on Sunday after Mikhail Yuzhny staged an astonishing comeback to beat France's Paul-Henri-Mathieu. Several VIPs attended the match, including former Russian President Boris Yeltsin and French President Jacques Chirac. 2,000 Russian businessmen were also in attendance. (2, Kommersant, 1, Gazeta, 1, 8)

On Sunday Leonid Troshin, spokesman for the Prosecutor General's Office, said his agency has provided Denmark with the necessary documents to extradite Akhmed Zakayev. Brief. (3)

Saratov regional Governor Dmitry Ayatskov has submitted a proposal concerning financial support for the church. A story comments on recent developments between the church and the state. (3)

Masked gunmen shot and killed Malika Umazheva, a former mayor in the breakaway republic. Umazheva, who criticized Russian forces, was found dead in her home outside Grozny on Sunday. A story looks into the reasons behind the murder. (3, Kommersant, 5)

The Unified Russia party celebrated its first jubilee on Sunday. Dmitry Kozak's reforms were under discussion at a conference of the party's deputies and officials on Saturday. (4, Kommersant, 1, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 3)

A story looks at some of the underhanded aspects of the St. Petersburg region's election campaign. (4)

The Agriculture Ministry said Friday it planned to restrict meat imports in 2003, which again poses a threat to U.S. poultry suppliers. The agency has asked a governmental commission on protective trade measures to hike import tariffs and impose quotas on beef, pork and poultry. (5)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Presidential administration head Alexander Voloshin has wrapped up his business trip to Ukraine. Preliminary annual results of Ukraine in Russia were the key issue for the discussion between Alexander Voloshin and Ukrainian officials this weekend. (2)

On Saturday President Vladimir Putin held a traditional conference with Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, Security Council Secretary Vladimir Rushailo, Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, FSB Director Nikolai Patrushev and Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov. Interior and foreign political issues were under discussion at the conference. Brief. (2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov is expected to arrive in Germany on Monday for a two-day visit with top German officials. Brief. (2)

A Russian parliamentary delegation headed by State Duma Chairman Gennady Seleznev has arrived to Japan. Brief. (2)

Deputy Prime Minister Valentina Matviyenko is making a visit to Monaco in connection with Moscow's bid to host Expo-2010. Brief. (2)

Strategies for the 2003 election campaign were under discussion at a meeting of the trading-industrial chamber of the People's Party on Saturday. Gennady Raikov announced his party's intention to beat communists in the elections. A story comments on the details of the discussion. (3)

The Social Democratic Party's session took place in Russia concert hall on Saturday, when a plan for the 2003 election campaign 2003 was discussed. A story comments on party's developments. (3)

On Saturday Bashkiria's state assembly chamber approved in the first reading reforms to the republic's constitution. Deputies from both chambers voted for a presidential government in the republic. (4)

CIS integration processes monopoly was the key issue for the discussion at a session of the right-centered parties in Saint Petersburg on Saturday. A story comments on details of the discussion. (4)

Emergency Minister Sergei Shoigu has been satisfied by rescue works results in Krasnodar and Stavropolie regions. A story comments on how Shoigu was welcomed in the regions. (6)

The Economy Development Ministry has submitted to the government a decree on pensions fund management regulations. A story comments on details of new regulations. (13)

A new decree on hard currency regulations came into force on Sunday. Banks are practicing new regulations. (13)

The concept of special economic zones is under discussion in the state government. (13)

Rosbank has announced its intention to sell DKK to its direct competitor Moscow International Currency Stock (MMVB). The deal will allow MMVB to control the fund markets in Russia. (14)

On Friday Railway Minister Gennady Fadeyev held a conference to discuss his agency's privitization. (15)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has participated in a joint conference of the Transportation and Railway Ministries. Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko recommended Monday the merger of the two ministries. Preparations to the merge have been under discussion at the conference. (15)

The Accounting Chamber has finished its audit of Rosspirtprom. Experts have found many financial violations and have forwarded the compromising documents to the Prosecutor General's Office. (16)



Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The Russian banking system rose to the top level in 2002. Centrobank reported that private savings were higher than in 1998 before the melt-down. However, modern banks have not managed to catch retail ex-giants Inkombank and SBS-Agro. The leading banks of Russia have demonstrated maximum capacity in investments attracting in the third quarter of 2002. A story gives analyses of the leading banks' balances and currency deposits (A1)

LUKoil is selling its tanker fleet, constructed in 1997-2002. The fleet fully belongs to LUKoil branch LUKoil-Arctic-Tanker, which is facing a $527 million credit payment. A story looks into analysis of LUKOIL developments. (A1)

An average budget officer makes $600-800 monthly, as INDEM fund has estimated. However the new salary, increased by three times, will not prevent corruption growth, analysts say. A story comments on details and examines analyses of the issue. (A1)

The State Duma has approved municipal housing reform in the second reading. Municipal enterprises debts are 46 billion rubles. A story comments on the amendments submitted by the government. (A2)

The business group preparing the constitution draft for the European Council has voted for the Foreign Minister in the European Council to solve European foreign policy problems. A story comments on details. (A2)

The State Duma approved Friday in the second reading a decree on the status of Federation Council members and the State Duma deputies. The bill is slashing regional authorities' control over their representatives in the upper house. Brief. (A3)

The state prosecutor appealed Friday to the Moscow Cheremushkinsky district court to sentence Media-Most financial department ex-director Anton Titov to five years of imprisonment. Brief. (A3)

The energy committee approved Saturday amendments to energy reforms submitted by the State Duma. A story comments on details of energy reforms. (A3)

In an Interview Saint Petersburg beer producing plant president Gia Gvichia speaks on the recent plant's developments. Gia Gvichia also speaks on the plant's management team and production growth in 2002. (A5)

VEDOMOSTI COMPANIES & MARKETS

Russkiy Ugol (Russian Coal) has collapsed. The company is facing the problem of a $50 million credit payment. Rosneft has announced a decision to withdraw its funds from Russkiy Ugol. A story comments on the failure of the joint draft of Rosneft and Mezhprombank. (B1)

AutoVAZ is increasing the terms of the plant's guaranties for its production. Brief. (B1)

Government officials are drafting the Rosgosstrakh privatization scheme. Finance Ministry is insisting on the governmental control of the holding. (B1)

The governmental gasoline commission has increased the export quota for Sibneft, Bashneft and Tatneft oil companies. A story comments on details. (B3)

RAO EES Russia has got the blocking amount of Krasnoyarsk Hydro-electricity station (HES). Krasnoyarenergo will pay $1.5 million for 98 percent shares of HES. A story looks into analysis of the oil market. (B3)

The State Duma deputies have approved securities market reforms. Deputies took into consideration the president's corrections. A story examines the ways to escape new regulations. (B6)

The Accounting Chamber has finished the audit of Rosspirtprom company. Experts have found plenty of financial infringements and forwarded the compromising documents to the Prosecutor General's Office. A story looks into investigation details.(B7)

Deutsche Telecom is facing the reforming. Refoms are aimed to withdraw the ex-stated-owned monopoly from the state's control. A story comments on details. (B8)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

The Moscow Tverskoi district court will start hearings in the hostage crisis victims' cases. An article comments on individual cases. (1)

Russian military aviation is moving to Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan's military air base has received two SU-25 fighters and two IL-76 military transportation airplanes. Russian military aircraft in Kyrgyzstan is expected to total 20 planes, including SU-25, SU-27, IL-76 and AN-26 models by Wednesday. (1)

Close trade ties and investment programs are expected to dominate talks between President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi next week, the prime minister said in remarks to journalists on Sunday. Scientific, defense, space and nuclear issues will also be discussed. (1, 4)

Meteorologists are forecasting warming in Moscow and the Moscow region by the end of the week. (1)

Russia expects the grain market to profit $1 billion in 2002. Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev has informed municipal governors that Russia is going to export 10 million ton of grain. An article comments on the Russian grain market. (2)

The Moscow City Duma has approved in the first reading a decree on Muscovites' radiation security regulations. An article comments on the level of radiation in the capital. (2)

Moscow authorities will pay an additional 12.3 billion rubles ($386.8 million) to pensioners. The Moscow city government discussed the issue at a session Friday. Deputy mayor Lyudmila Shvetsova said the social welfare program will be completed in Moscow. An article comments on details of the program. (3)

Vremya Novostey
www.vm.ru

Military officials are openly discussing the scandal between Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov and Headquarters Commander Anatoly Kvashnin. (1)

President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Beijing. Russian and Chinese leaders will sign a major credit deal on the importation of Chinese equipment to Russia. Putin and Chinese President Jiang Zemin are likely to seek mutual reassurances over the strength of their relations. (1)

The Volgograd regional court restarted the hearing of the criminal case of Italian citizen Nadezhda Fratti. Fratti has been accused of illegally smuggling children abroad. An article examines details of the investigation. (1)

The Prosecutor General's office reported Sunday that it has provided Denmark with the required documents for Chechen rebel leader Akhmed Zakayev's extradition. Brief. (1)

Russia has a chance to win the competition for the international exhibition Expo-2010, said Deputy Prime Minister Valentina Matviyenko on Sunday. Brief. (1)

Adventurer Fyodor Konyukhov has arrived in Barbados. His cross-Atlantic trip in a rowboat has made him the world's champion in this field. Brief. (1)

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko announced his intention to run for president again. Lukashenko gave a speech to students at a Belarussian economics university recently. An article comments on Lukashenko's previous hints to make amendments to the state constitution on presidential term limits. (2)

The Omsk prosecutor's office has started an investigation into a criminal case against Relero, a local defense enterprise. The enterprise is suspected in selling secret military radio stations to Uzbekistan. An article examines the investigation. (2)

Regulations on medicines will come into force starting Dec. 15, according to Health Minister Anton Katlinsky. Russia will strengthen controls over imported medicines. (3)

A special commission from North Caucasus headquarters arrived last weekend in Karachayevo-Cherkessia. The commission will investigate recruit Denis Solovyov's murder of five fellow recruits in his military detachment. (3)

Russian authorities are forcing Chechen refugees to move out of their refugee camps. As many as 1,700 refugees have settled in Aki-Yurt, Ingushetia. (3)

The state prosecutor on Friday appealed to the Moscow Cheremushkinsky district court to sentence former Media-MOST financial department director Anton Titov to five years in prison. However, Titov will be released because Gazprom has withdrawn its suit against him. (3)

The Liberal Mission institute gave a presentation Friday titled "Liberal Initiative." The presentation was on private enterprises' business development and the effect it will have on state budget liberalization. An article comments on details. (4)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

In an interview, Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov comments on the problem of traffic jams in the capital. Luzhkov also discussed preparations for winter. (6, 7)

An article comments on the army recruitment procedure of an average citizen, Alexander Veretennikov, including his medical examination, good-bye party and new military detachment. (8)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

Private energy stations will provide electricity for Muscovites at a price two times cheaper than state power plants. Moscow city authorities have begun to examine private gas stations as well. (1)

Specialists from the Sysin ecology research institute analyzed bottles of mineral water sold in Moscow. Their analysis found that there are many harmful chemicals in much of the mineral water sold in the city. An article comments on details of the researches. (2)