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A story reports on how authorities, both federal and local government are taking care of the people. This move is due to an instruction by the president. The story describes on the social problems addressed and the possible motives behind this new initiative. (1)

World-renown filmmaker Andron Konchalovsky at New York's Metropoliten Opera presented Sergei Prokofiyev's opera War and Peace to the American public last week with great success. In an interview he speaks about this creative work and about his future plans to make new films. (1,8, Kommersant Daily, 14)

The Audit Chamber believes that the programs reforming Unified Energy Systems and the Railways Ministry should be amended. Auditor Mikhail Beskhmelnitsyn proposed the postponement of the restructuring of these natural monopolies until after their property lists are drafted. The story examines the chamber's conclusions. (2, Kommersant Daily, 4, Vremya Novostei, 4)

The Culture Ministry collegium on Tuesday discussed problems relating to the reorganization of film studios and plans to launch the Rossiisky Kinoprokat joint-stock company. The story looks at the collegium's decisions, focusing on Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi's view on the new company. (2, Kommersant Daily, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,9, Vremya Novostei, 1,2,

A story examines the major results of Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov's visit to Ulyanovsk on Tuesday. How did its residents respond to? (2, Kommersant Daily, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 2, Trud, 2)

The Novgorod State Museum-Reserve has a unique vehicle to transport valuable museum items. It was made by a Smolensk automobile plant. The story looks at his special advantages. (2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov is today expected to meet with oil managers to discuss issues such as whether they should continue limiting oil exports in the second quarter of this year. OPEC has already stated that it would like Russia to continue. The story comments on the issue. (2, Vremya Novostei, 7, Gazeta, 9)

The Meshchansky Inter-Municipal Court began to consider a suit lodged by Galina Yashina against the Federal Security Service on Tuesday. The FSB has accused her husband Anatoly Babkin of espionage. During a search of their apartment on April 4, 2000, FSB officers allegedly confiscated all the money in their apartment, including hers. The story details the case. (3, Kommersant Daily, 12, Gazeta, 5)

On Tuesday 105 Chechen refugees living in Ingushetia received new Russian passports. The story asks when will the remaining 140,000 refugees be able to obtain their passports? (3)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov on Tuesday handed over a banner to Supreme Commander of the Ground Troops Colonel General Nikolai Kormiltsev. The story explains the significance of this act. (4, Krasnaya Zvesda, 1)

Local authorities in the Krasnoyarsk region have recently been unable to decide who should govern the city of Norilsk. In an interview Prof. Gennady Maltsev, head of the City Building and Law Department at the State Service Academy under the president, examines the essence of this issue. (4)

A four-party meeting of Security Council secretaries from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Poland opened in Kharkov on Tuesday. They group plans to discuss issues relating to regional security, the crack-down on terrorism, money laundering and drug contraband. For the first time a NATO official is taking part. The story details the agenda. (4)

Economic Development Deputy Minister Maxim Medvedkov, after a session of the government Commission on Russia's Accession to the World Trade Organization on Tuesday, stated that Russia is willing to make concessions on almost all the issues that have caused debate at the meetings between Russian and foreign delegations. The story comments on Medvedkov's statement, focusing on major disputed issues. (5, Kommersant Daily, 4)

Domestic airlines (their names are given) have began to work for well paying international organizations over the past several years. Among them is the East Line company that takes care of one third of all transport for peacekeeping contingents and special equipment for UN programs. In an interview East Line Director Alexei Rayevsky talks about the specific features of their work. (5)

Sual would like to buy or lease two heating electrical stations in the Sverdlovsk region. This was stated by its Vice President Yevgeny Olkhovik. Brief. (5, Kommersant Daily, 5)

The Tatneft oil company has decided to cease work on 2,000 profit-losing sites. Tatneft Moscow office representative Azat Agafarov explained the decision. Brief. (5)

Alfa-Bank Management Board head Leonard Vid has been awarded the Order of Honour (by presidential decree) for his good work. Brief. (5)

The State Duma will consider in March (in its second reading) a revised draft bill on pensions funds investment. As well as this a draft bill on professional pensions will be considered in its first reading. The story examines the document. (6)

A photo exhibition "Images of Women" by world-renown photographer Peter Lindberg has opened in the private collections department of the Moscow Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. The story describes the event. (8)


The Moscow 2002 city budget is on the brink of collapse. This came to light after a session of the city government on Tuesday. It could be saved by urgent internal borrowings. The story gives figures to illustrate the point. (1)

Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi on Tuesday postponed his visit to Moscow. Iranian diplomats stated various reasons, but the most probable one is that Moscow itself initiated the move due to U.S. insistence. The story gives some details. (1,3)

The talks between the team of TV6 journalists, headed by Yevgeny Kiselyov, and a consortium of big domestic business have entered the concluding stage. Metalloinvest Board of Directors head Oleg Kiselyov, member of a supporting group of the consortium, confirmed on Tuesday that several oligarchs had agreed to act as shareholders of a new television company and to take part in the March 27 tender together with TV6 journalists. (1,2, Gazeta (Kiselyov's interview), 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

A Su-24 bomber with three experienced pilots on board disappeared in the Pskov region on Tuesday. The story gives details. (1)

Legislative and executive power officials on Tuesday met with public representatives at the Business Center of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry to discuss problems relating to a transfer to tenants' 100 percent housing and utility payments. The story describes the scandal with Economic Development Minister German Gref as its focus. (2)

Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Molosevic on Tuesday received unexpected support from Yevgeny Primakov, head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who at the height of the Yugoslav crisis was the Russian prime minister. Primakov, who views Milosevic as the main peacekeeper in the Balkans, stated that he is willing to speak in the Hague Military Tribunal. The story examines his statement. (3)

U.S. President George W. Bush Tuesday arrived in Seoul after his visit to Tokyo. The story examines what could complicate his negotiations with South Korean leaders today. (3)

The Central Bank's struggle with State Duma economic committees for its independence is continuing. CB deputy head Tatyana Paramonova met with S.D. Budget Committee head Alexander Zhukov on Tuesday in the presence of Fatherland-All Russia faction officials. The story examines several controversial issues they discussed at their meeting. (4)

Nine leading audio and video makers came to an agreement on the next generation of DVD discs. The story concludes that the companies managed to overcome a split in DVD industry standards. (4)

The Board of Directors of Moscow City Telephone Networks on Tuesday made the decision to impose per-minute payment of telephone calls despite protests by Moscow City Hall. The story examines how it will be done. (4)

The industrial Mair Group that in early January announced the launching of a forestry holding suffered a fiasco in the Kostroma region. The story examines Mair head Viktor Makushin's statement. (5)

Rosenergoatom's new head Oleg Sarayev on Tuesday stated that, starting from March 1 a single generating company will act as the supplier of electricity generated by nuclear plants. The latter will lose their right to receive money for electrical energy -- all financial flows will be accumulated on the accounts of the new company that will be headed by Sarayev. (5)

Rosneftgazstroi has signed a contract with Avirex Concession on surveying for oil deposits in the east of Yemen. Brief. (5)

AvtoVAZ has raised the prices of several of its models by an average of 0.95 percent. The selling price of a VAZ-2107 has been raised by 3,000 rubles. Brief. (5)

The Property Ministry has submitted a draft decree to the government envisaging the procedure of the sale of banks' shares belonging to state unitarian enterprises. The story comments on the draft. (7)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Economic Development Minister German Gref has stated his ministry's postion on the housing and utility reform. He said that before implementing these new reforms, the whole housing and utility sector should be demonopolized and revived. (3)

In an interview, Kirghiz President Askar Akayev explains how the international anti-terror coalition has affected the political situation in Central Asia, including his republic. (1, 11)

Krasnaya Zvezda

On the eve of the Day of the Defenders of the Fatherland, marked on Feb. 23, 111 of the country's best officers will arrive in Moscow to take part in the capital's holiday festivities. The story looks at the up-coming program. (1)

Military analyst Vadim Markushin comments on U.S. President George W. Bush's tour of three Far-Eastern countries, focusing on his visit to Japan. (1

Komomolskaya Pravda

The story explains what Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov had in mind when he used the word "slovenliness" to describe the Kursk tragedy. Ustinov made the statement during a visit to Murmansk over the weekend.(2)

Famous show business star Filipp Kirkorov stated that he intends to organize a Russian version of the famous Broadway musical "Chicago." The story describes the musical. (4)

In an interview, State Duma deputy Boris Reznik, a spokesman for the Social Democrat Anti-Corruption Committee, explains why not a single corrupt state official lately has been taken to court due to the policy of the Prosecutor General's Office. (6)

Labour Minister Alexander Pochinok and Pension Fund head Mikhail Zurabov Tuesday spoke about their agencies' achievements last year. (7)

According to experts, 150,000 to 200,000 Russians go abroad annually to seek work. Most of them are sailors working on foreign ships and receiving $250-$300 a month. Females are most often employed as dancers or waitresses. (7)

Part 4 of Komsomolskaya Pravda's independent investigation in the Kursk tragedy describes how the sailors died. Several experts comment on that situation that took place in the submarine's 6th compartment. (8,9)

A ferris wheel that is likely to be the largest in Europe will be built in Moscow during the next year and a half to two years. Moscow Architecture Committee head Alexander Kuzmin describes the project. (10, AIF, Moskva Supplement, 1)

The new company Neftekhimprogress has emerged in Moscow recently. Its head is highly-regarded entrepreneur Leonid Tavrovsky, member of several domestic and foreign academies. In an interview, Tavrovsky talks about his company, its members, partners, aims, problems and plans. (11)

The feature story looks at the massive alcohol problem in the Durakovo village in Central Russia. Most local villagers, predominantly men with a criminal past, are alcoholics. Mikhail Morozov, who was also an alcoholic in the past, decided to help his fellow villagers and achieved some interesting results. (12, 13)

The new Federal Law concerning the licensing of individual types of activities took effect on Feb. 11. According to the law, there is no need now to get a license for the realty business, which means that anyone who wants can offer mediator's services on the realty market. The story examine how this new practice will affect those in the realty market. (20)

Voronezh television viewer Oleg Berg, a lawyer and former deputy of the local City Council, has alleged that the rules end of the popular TV show "The Last Hero" have been illegally changed. He has applied to the Moscow Ostankinsky Inter-Municipal Court, demanding that the outcome of the gameshow to be declared unlawful. The story gives details. (23)

Argumenty i Fakty

Chamber of Commerce and Industry head Yevgeny Primakov has offered Boris Yeltsin's former security head Alexander Korzhakov the postion of head an economic security department in the chamber. (2)

Relations between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches have narrowly escaped collapse. What made Orthodox Church members indignant was the Vatican's decision to transform four Catholic administratures into dioceses. Patriarch Alexy II and the High Synod have issued tough statements concerning the developments. The story looks into the dispute between Moscow and the Vatican and offers the views of two experts. (4)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov last week said that the state owns too much property and thus fails to look after it properly. In view of this, some government property will be put up for sale. (7)

In an interview, Education Minister Vladimir Filippov speaks about new subjects that may be introduced in secondary schools. (7)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

The story explains why a group of Russian Olympic athletes have been recalled from Salt Lake City earlier than expected. (1,6)

The Moscow City Duma is dreaming of aquiring larger office space and would prefer to have offices in the Moskva-City Business Center currently under construction today. (1)

The Moscow regional government on Tuesday established the per capita subsistence level for the 4th quarter of last year as being 1,653 rubles. The story gives figures for several social demographic groups. (1)

The Kurchatov Research Center together with the Rodon Ecological Agency will begin removing radioactive waste from its territory. The story describes its decision. (1)

Moscow authorities intend to prepare a grandiose program of cultural events in the city in honour of the Shrove-tide holiday to begin on March 11. The story describes several planned events. (1)

The story provides in-depth analysis of the tax situation in relation to Russia's major oil companies. Several expert opinions are of interest (2)

Skinheads have recently committed several violent attacks in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Highly-regarded expert on skinhead culture Alexander Tarasov, research associate of the new sociology center "Fenix," comments on their actions. (2)

The story describes the rough environment in the Theological College in Sergiyev Posad. (4)


Managers in one of the world largest hi-tech companies Cisco Systems used schemes similar to those that have led the Enron energy holding to bankruptcy according to an article published in The New York Post on Monday. (A1)

Can an oligarch save an enterprise that for many years was managed by a Soviet-era manager? This question has again arisen in the context of Siberian Aluminum's expanding its business in the domestic automobile sector. The situation at the Gorky Auto Plant, with the Oleg Deripaska team at the head, provides an answer. (A1)

First Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Ulyukayev on Tuesday stated that in 2003 Russia will have to pay $17 billion in foreign debts. The story comments on his statement. (A1)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov stated that in the near future he would have four deputies, adding that the directive on the distribution of duties among them will be signed soon. Brief. (A1)

The fleet of the domestic marine steamships between 1992 and 2002 has decreased by 3.4 times. This was stated by Commercial Marine Research Center official Sergei Buyanov in St. Petersburg. Brief. (A1)

Yevgeny Primakov, head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, stated that he is willing to act as a witness at The Hague Military Tribunal in favor of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. Political analyst Vitaly Portnikov comments on his decision. (A2)

The domestic raw material sector has been guilty of a slow economic growth pace. This conclusion has been made by three highly-regarded economists, who believe that it's time that higher taxes be levied on this sector and the investment resources be re-distributed. Six experts share their viewpoints on the issue. (A2)

The State Statistics Committee on Tuesday made public positive figures on the domestic agrarian sector's considerable successes last year. The story gives several such figures illustrating the point. (A3)

In an interview Canada's Foreign Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew explains the present small trade turnover between his country and Russia as well as the small amount of Canadian investment He assures that the number of Canadian investors to the Russian economy will grow. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

A new arms race has been launched on the mobile telephone market with two technological giants -- Microsoft and intel -- pooling their efforts to create a universal receiver. The pair will grant licenses to produce the receiver to those who want it. (B1)

A seat on the Gazprom Board of Directors is being claimed by an independent candidate Boris Fyodorov, member of the present board and co-owner of the United Financial Group. Fyodorov promises investors to devote special attention to the liberalization of market stock and to the restructuring of the gas concern. (B1)

Unified Energy Systems has drafted a project to reform its subsidiaries and dependent structures that can be approved at the meeting of the company's Board of Director scheduled for March 1. (B1)

Moscow City Hall has resigned itself to the fact that Alexander Remezov will not head Mosenergo, and proposes to elect Sergei Romanovsky, the head of the city energy company, to the post of its top manager. (B2)

The net profit of the Norwegian Statoil company in the 4th quarter of last year almost halved despite that fact that the company extracted a record high quantity of oil and gas. Statoil's profitability was undermined by the fall of prices and oil demands. (B2)

NIKoil head NikolaiTsvetkov announced on Tuesday his decision to invest over $10 million into the development of the affiliated network of Avtobank in order to use it for supporting its products. (B3)

The Finance Ministry on March 13 will hold an auction to release GKOs (state short-term bonds) to the tune of 6 billion rubles, and on March 20 -- to place OFZs (9 billion rubles).This was stated by Deputy Finance Minister Bella Zlatkis. Brief. (B3)

The Finance Ministry today plans to place GKOs at an annual interest rate of 13.7-13.9 percent. Brief. (B3)

Despite continuing growth in the cellular communications market the sale of mobile telephones and operators' services has ceased yielding super profits. Market participants say that by the end of this year the number of mobile communications salons in Moscow will decrease by three times. (B5)