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A story blames America for the shameful dope scandals at the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, focusing on several harsh critical conclusions. (1, 12, Kommersant Daily, 1,10, 11, Vremya Novostei, 1,2,8, Gazeta, 1,4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1-3, Moskovskaya Pravda, 1, MK, 1)

In an interview Prof. Nikolai Durmanov, head of the Anti-Doping Inspectorate of Russia's Olympic Committee, examines the results of the Russian national team's performances at the Olympics. (1,9)

Patriarch Alexy II on Monday visited the Izvestia editorial office. The story focuses on his pronouncements about freedom of speech, the Church's presence in television, the Internet, Lenin, the death penalty and the army. He also talked about Madeleine Albright's request to him during one of her visits to Moscow. (4)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has signed a directive on a new power distribution inside the Cabinet of Ministers. The story names several government officials and their new duties. (2, Kommersant Daily, 2, Gazeta, 3)

One year has passed since Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin took office. On this occasion his opposition staged a 50-thousand-strong rally in the center of Kishinev. The story describes the event and protesters' demand of an end to communism. (2)

A special government commission on Monday considered two possible reasons behind the crash of an An-26 bomber in the Pskov region on Feb. 21. (2, Kommersant Daily, 3, Gazeta, 8)

Today's session of the State Council Presidium will be devoted to the use of mineral resources. In an interview Vladimir Litvinenko, head of the St. Petersburg Mining University, shares his view on the current situation in this economic sector, focusing on managerial problems. (2)

Secretary of the Georgian National Security Council Nugzar Sadzhaya shot himself in his office on Monday. The story gives details. (2, Kommersant Daily, 3, Gazeta, 2, Vremya MN, 1)

A story puts several questions to Leonid Tyagachev, head of Russia's National Olympic Committe, asking him to comment on his behavior and his subordinates in Salt Lake City. (3, Gazeta, 3)

In an interview Russian Aluminum Deputy Director-General Alexander Livshits, who has just come back home from the Olympics, sums up the results of the most scandalous Games in the history of the Olympic movement. (3)

The Council on Foreign and Defense Policies (CFDP) on Monday marked its 10th anniversary. During this time the CFDP has become an intellectual group for working out the strategic development of the state and society. In an interview CFDP head Sergei Karaganov examines the origin and aim of his agency. (4)

The Conference "The New Trends in Russian-Ukrainian Relations. Crimean Experience" finished on Monday. The story describes its reporters, remarks and conclusions. (4)

The Federal Service on Financial Revival (FSFO) is trying to step up its influence on the economy through legislative acts. This is opposed by Oganes Oganyan, Head of the Federation Council (FC) Committee on Economic Policy, and by Gleb Fetisov, deputy head of the FC Committee on Financial Markets. In an interview they uphold their stands on the issue. (4)

The London-based annual Congress sponsored by the Euromoney magazine discusses the prospects of the debt obligation market. When asked "How do you intend to spend your money in 2002 and 2003?" -- representatives from leading investment banks and companies selected Russia for 2002. The story comments on their choice. (5)

In an interview Senator Ivan Starikov, head of the Federation Council Committee on Agrarian and Foodstuff Policy, talks about how the Land Code passed last year has changed the life of Russians. (5)

European consultants hired to help the Railways Ministry draft legislative acts have completed their job within the framework of the TASIS project "Legal Fundamentals of Functioning Ground Transport." The project cost 2 million euros and was funded by the European Union. The story examines the results of the consultants' efforts. (5)

The recent Moscow Information Technology forum, attended by leaders of the domestic IT industry, showed two major tendencies. The story examines them in detail. (5)

The NIKoil financial corporation has made the decision to invest to the joint marketing system together with Avtobank. The story examines the project. (5

A story features the latest developments at The Hague Military Tribunal considering the case of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. (6)

The Washington Times reported that the FBI has managed to establish the name of a person, who sent out letters with anthrax spores after the Sept. 11 tragic events. (6)

American special services are sure that the assailants of American reporter Daniel Pearl were connected with terrorist Number One Osama bin Laden. According to several sources his murder was only part of a large-scale anti-American operation that will allegedly end with a blow of the US Consulate in Karachi. (6)

Four British mobile communications operators -- Orange, One2One, Vodafone and BTCellnet -- have agreed on joint efforts to combat the use of stolen GSM telephones. Brief. (7)

Nokia and Microsoft are battling to control the market of new generation mobile telephones. (7)

The Moscow government last week submitted two draft bills to the City Duma concerning local government. The story examines their major provisions. (10)

Central Bank head Viktor Gerashchenko has joined the Florentine Society. Its head lawyer Pyotr Barenboim told him about his organization. Brief. (10)

The number of sunken vessels in three Moscow shipping water reservoirs is 54. The Moscow regional administration has drafted a salvage program. (10)

Moscow city authorities plan to remove about 2,000 tons of radioactive waste from the territory of the Kurchatov Institute. The money for the project will come from the proceeds of processing foreign radioactive waste in Russia. The story examines the project. (10)


Not only Olympic Games organizers and participants have the chance to earn money. Spectators can win by predicting the names of future Olympic champions at a bookmaker. The story examines several lucky ones. (1,10)

The US Congress will today hold hearings on the national energy strategy that has been drafted by the George W. Bush administration. The president has proposed the extraction of oil from Alaska in order to not be dependent on foreign suppliers, especially on the Arabs. As a result, oil prices could fall further down. Russia's is responding with the creation of a state oil reserve. (1,2)

President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree relieving Alexander Avdeyev from the post of First Deputy Foreign Minister and appointing Valery Loshchinin, former Secretary of State and Deputy Minister. The story focuses on how observers view this act. (2)

The LDPR Moscow branch on Monday held a conference with a hit speech by LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsly. The story examines his harsh statements about America (based on its behaviour in Salt Lake City), which was quite opposite from what he was saying two months ago. (2)

A scandal erupted late last week between Polish businessman Lescek Charniecki, a space tourist candidate, and the Russian avia-space agency (RAKA) in dealing with the organization of flights to the International Space Station. The Polish candidate has accused RAKA of divulging his plans in defiance of their agreement not to do so. The story gives details. (3)

According to the Chechenpress agency, Aslan Maskhadov's younger brother Aslambek has been killed in an ambush launched by the federal army. The story describes how it happened. (3)

The Vimpelcom Board of Directors late last week appointed Nikolai Pryanishnikov to the post of First Deputy Director-General of its subsidiary Vympelcom-R that build BeeLine networks in the regions. Analysts say that this act will intensify the company's regional policy. (4)

The American Provizo research company on Friday made public its report predicting price increases in electronic devices with liquid crystal displays. The story examines the report. (4)

The Standard & Poor's agency on Friday revised Russia's debt rating from "stable" to "positive." It noted that Russia's dependence on energy carriers and the weakness of its political institutions is what prevents the rating from rising further. The story comments on the agency's remarks. (4, Gazeta, 10)

The Swedish Volvo Aero company has signed a $57 million contract with Aeroflot. According to the agreement Volvo Aero will deal with the technical servicing of Pratt & Whitney engines mounted on 4 DC-10-40F cargo planes that will arrive in spring. The story comments on the deal. (4)

The Association of Russian Europay Members has adopted a new Charter. The story looks at its major provisions. (4)

Despite huge financial investments made over the past decade into the national aerospace sector, authorities have failed to turn a profit. The story says why, saying that in the next few years this will be even more difficult to do. (6)

In an interview State Duma deputy Major-General of the Space Troops Alexander Vinidiktov, former chief of the Svobodny Cosmodrome in the Amur Region, explains why he quit his former job. (6)

In an interview Chief Executive Director of the Eurockot international company Guenter Stammerjohans says why it is necessary to create a space organization similar to OPEC on the world satellite launches market. (6)

Chief Rabbi of Russia Berl Lazar talks about the Jewish holiday Purim that is celebrated on Feb. 26. (7)

Russian workers have decided to materially help America. It was announced that the charity auction "Russia to America" will take place in New York on March 11, 2002, the day marking six months since the Sept 11 tragedy. The auction will feature paintings and sculptures by famous Russian artists. (7)

Singer Kristina Orbakaite at the Lithuanian Embassy in Moscow late last week received a Lithuanian passport. The story reflects on why she needs it. (7)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

The recent appointments of Federation Council committee heads clearly indicate what lobby groups are being represented in Russia's upper house of parliament. The stature of the federal districts and the role of presidential representatives in Russian politics have also been made clear by the appointments. The leading district then, would appear to be the Central Federal District, with Sergei Kiriyenko as its governor-general. The story comments on the respective ratings of presidential representatives. (1,2)

The Prophylactic Genetics Laboratory of the Academy of Medical Sciences has made a study of genetic polymorphism observed in several schizophrenic patients. Laboratory head Vera Golimbet examines several interesting results. (1, 10)

Philosopher Alexander examines the process of globalization, the ideological mask worn by the Western world in its war for supremacy over all humankind. In Zinovyev's opinion, a significant component of this war is the ideological manipulation of humanity so as to further the aims of those in power. The author gives several concrete examples to prove his hypothesis. (2)

The State Duma last week considered a draft bill regarding citizenship. Five experts share their impressions about the document. (2, MN, No.8, 5, 11)

The State Duma is awaiting draft bills from the government that are necessary to reform the financial, tax, and the housing -utility sectors. The government, however, is in no hurry to get on with the job. The story examines what bills may arrive at the State Duma in March. (2)

Three Japanese steel-smelters are rejoicing in victory. The World Trade Organization (WTO) has forced the United States to annul measures protecting domestic steel producers from Japanese imports. The story comments on WTO's decision, while focusing on recent letter sent to US President George W. Bush sent by Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs head Arkady Volsky. (3)

Those wishing to acquire the right to broadcast on the TV-6 frequency have 8 days to submit all necessary documents if they are to take part in the March 27 tender. Interestingly, very little has been said about prospective candidates while the Press Ministry has failed to even hint at its own favorites to win the tender. (3)

Earlier this year the government began considering whom to give defense contracts for 2002, and how to spend the 50 percent increase in defense funding. Strangely enough, the Primorye region, with its 14 defense contractors, seems to have been completely overlooked this year. The story examines some of the possible reasons for the oversight. (4)

St. Petersburg leads Russia in the number of suicides among teenagers. The story gives concrete facts and figures to illustrate the point. (5)

Seeing as neither Russia nor Kazakhstan is in great need of the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the site may soon be turned into a tourist attraction. Russia is planning to move all its launches to the domestic launching pad in Plesetsk by 2005. The story looks at Baikonur's fate and Russia's plans. (6)

Moskovskiye Novosti

The story looks at how Salt Lake City revealed the true values and practices of the Olympic games in the 21st century. (2,3)

The Republic of Tuva will elect a new leader on March 17. Eight candidates are running for the position. The story examines several of these candidates, focusing on whose interests they represent. (6)

In an interview, former Press Minister Prof. Mikhail Fedotov, Secretary of the National Journalists' Union and author of several media laws, examines a new draft bill concerning mass media that the Union of Right Forces (SPS) Party intends to submit to the State Duma. (7)

Moskovskiye Novosti has printed the transcript of a closed meeting between Russian and American policy-makers to discuss the future of Iraq, North Korea, Iran. (8)

Military observer Pavel Felgenhauer cites several facts and figures to show the decline of both Russia's military and civil aviation sectors. (9)

Moscow City Hall is battling with the State Historical Museum for the rights to the former Lenin Museum. The story looks at the reasons for their confrontation. (22, 23)

The Pushkin Museum of Fines Arts has put on a unique exhibition entitled "Rubens, Rembrandt, their Predecessors and Contemporaries." The story describers this exhibit. (27)

Feature journalist Tatyana Moskvina's story in the St. Petersburg magazine "Pulse" critically examines several of the latest television entertainment programs. (31

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Should the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City be viewed as a new beginning of the Cold War? Fifteen policy-makers, writers, cosmonauts, officers, correspondents and show business stars share their views on the issue. (3)

The State Duma is expected to consider (in the second reading) a draft of the new Arbitration Code. The story examines its major provisions. (5)

The story describes how Islamic extremists kidnapped and killed American reporter Daniel Pearl of The Wall Street Journal in Pakistan. (6)

Japanese media has reported that George W. Bush intends to persuade Russia to give its Kuril Island to Japan. The story reveals the essence of the alleged deal. (6)

Deputy Moscow Mayor Valery Shantsev late last week signed a decree concerning additional measures aimed at exchanging the old Soviet-era passports for new Russian Federation passports. According to the document, invalids and single pensioners will not spend a kopeck to obtain a new passport. (7)

The story gives effective recommendations on how people should behave in case they are detained by police in the street and asked to produce identity cards. (8)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov last week adopted the city-housing program "Priorities in Housing Distribution in 2002-2003." The story comments on the document, saying who will be given preference in receiving housing. (4)

The story describes the scandal that erupted Monday over the Moscow Taganda Theater, headed by its chief artistic director Yury Lyubimov. (3)


The Institute of Corporate Law and Management lead by former Federal Securities Commission head Dmitry Vasilyev has scrutinized the accounts of several large domestic companies looking for contacts with Enron. The Institute has found financial problems that were not mentioned by audits. (A1)

Low-quality oil is being pumped through the recently commissioned Baltiiskaya pipeline -- this is the opinion of the Finnish Fortum company that this month has decreased its purchases of crude oil in the Primorsk port. (A1)

The Vimpelcom mobile communications operator has taken control over its subsidiary Vimpelcom-R that is responsible for regional projects. The team of St. Petersburg managers that up to now had guided the operator's expansion outside the Moscow region has been left without jobs. (A1)

Russia this year will deliver nuclear fuel (worth $246 million) to all 13 units of Ukraine's nuclear power plants. This was stated by Ukraine's Fuel and Energy Minister Vitaly Gaiduk. (A1)

The Finance Ministry demanded from that the Krasnoyarsk regional administration submit the new major parameters of the regional budget for this year before March 1. The brief says what stands behind the ministry's demand. (A1)

If the State Duma passes a bill regulating foreign trade activities then it will be possible to export and import services without taking them abroad. The bill has been drafted by the Economic Development Ministry. (A3)

Ukraine and the International Monetary Fund have failed to agree on a stand to resolve the problem of paying the debt to exporters to compensate for value-added tax. (A3)

By comparison with January last year, Russia increased its production of major food products. This was stated by the Agriculture Ministry. The brief gives figures to illustrate the point. (A3)

The elections of the president and the State Duma should not be combined. A considerable time span should separate them. This is the opinion of Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov. Brief. (A3)

In an interview Anti-Monopoly Minister Ilya Yuzhanov talks about how he struggled against natural monopolies for over a year and what came out of it. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Siberian Aluminum may join the struggle for the assets of some regional energy companies. The offshore Quarterhouse Investments Ltd. that worked in the interests of SibAl at Gorky Auto Plant (GAZ) has bought up 10 percent of Samarenergo and initiated the company's shareholders' meeting. The story concludes that it's not impossible that private shareholders are trying to prevent UES from consolidating its positions in the Samara region. (B1)

The Federal Securities Commission has registered an additional issuance of stock of Generiruyushchaya Kompania (Generating Company) worth eight billion rubles. Brief. (B1)

The Tyumen Oil Company (TNK) will transfer to international accounting standards. This was stated by the company's vice-president Iosif Bakaleinik. (B1)

A boom of mergers and absorptions at the end of the 1990s has been followed by stagnation and many companies' attempts to get rid of their purchases. Life has shown that expansion through the purchase of other companies is not always good for business. (B1)

Rosneft has transferred 23 million rubles as part of Gubkin gas processing plant's debt to Tyumenenergo. This was stated by the Rosneft Press Service. (B2)

Crude oil prices in the USA last week went to $21 per barrel. According to the American Oil Institute, the reason for this increase was a considerable decrease in oil reserves in the federal storehouses since August 2001. In February oil import in the USA decreased, while consumption increased. (B2)

The Transport Ministry would like to see Deputy Ministry Karl Ruppel as head of the unitarian enterprise that will soon take control of all Moscow airports. Ruppel is not taking part in a competition for the post of head of airports. The ministry has again postponed a summing up of its results without any explanations. (B2)

Although Russian Steel recently announced its refusal to struggle for Kuzbassugol, it does not want to give up control over it to Severstal and Magnitka. The story examines its actions. (B2)

Yukos's positive financial results have allowed the company's owners to sell one percent of its shares at a good rate. The story examines the deal. (B3)

A story describes Happiland's expanding business in Tver. (B)