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The Hague Military Tribunal trial over former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has entered its final stage. The story focuses on his most vulnerable positions and on the serious difficulties for the Karla del Ponte team in proving his guilt. (1, Kommersant Daily, 3, Vremya MN, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 9, Moskovskiye Novosti, 12

Famed filmmaker Lev Kulidzhanov died of a stroke on Monday at the age of 77. The story looks at his films that are today viewed as symbols of the thaw in Soviet political policy. (1, Vremya Novostei, 10, Vremya MN, 2, Gazeta, 1,4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 12)

The Audit Chamber on Monday launched check-ups of budget spending by the State Duma. Leading auditor Alexander Kushnar explained the essence of this inspection. (1, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Gazeta, 3, Vremya MN, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4)

A group of investigators on Monday completed the job of sorting through debris in the Kursk submarine. Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov noted that the main reasons behind the sinking of the Kursk are clear and that the investigators had found serious violations by the Command of the Northern Fleet and the Kursk crew. The story looks at his conclusions. (2, Kommersant Daily, 1, Vremya MN, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2, Gazeta, 1,3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, MK, 2)

The official web site of the rock group Mummy Troll reported that the group has produced its first English-language single with the help of its Danish agent of the Trolleyed company and the Playground firm. The single will be sold in Scandinavia and Baltic states. The story gives details. (2)

The Novgorod Commodity Producers Association has sent out press releases to leading industrial enterprises in Veliky Novgorod with offering portraits of the president for 200 rubles. Director Vladimir Nazarenko commented on the initiative. (2)

Georgia's Interior Minister Koba Narchemashvili took an operation to release four Kakhetin policemen under his control on Monday. The four were kidnapped near the Duisi village in the Pankisi Gorge. The story describes the case, focusing on the kidnappers' demands and on President Eduard Shevardnadze's response. (2, Kommersant Daily, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6, Vremya Novostei, 5)

Relatives of the perished passengers from the Tu-154 plane that was downed by a Ukrainian shell on Oct. 4 last year have lodged 18 suits in Novosibirsk regional courts against the Sibir aviation company. The story examines their demands. (2)

President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a decree (proposed by Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov) that removed Ilya Klebanov from the post of Deputy Prime Minister and appointed him Industry, Science and Technologies Minister. The story comments on the document, concluding that it may be the first step toward the long awaited reform of the Cabinet. (3, Kommersant Daily,1,2, Noviye Izvestia, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Gazeta, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3

A group of Russian Olympic athletes on Monday returned home from the Salt Lake City, not having completed their programs. The story examines the reasons for their earlier return that has caused a scandal. (3, Vremya Novostei, 1)

A story describes U.S. President George W. Bush's visit to Tokyo, the most pleasant stage of his six-day tour of three Asian states -- Japan, South Korea and China. The story focuses on the unpleasant situation when Bush mixed up the two terms devaluation and deflation. (3, Kommersant Daily, 10, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Vremya MN, 5)

The French figure skating judge City Marie-Reine Le Gougne at the Salt Lake City Olympic Games made a sensational statement on Monday in an interview to the sports newspaper L'Equipe. Her name is linked to the high profile controversy over the recent figure skating doubles medal scandal. The story describes the interview in detail. (3, Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya MN, 8)

The heads of all arbitration courts arrived in Moscow on Monday to sum up the results of their work last year. The story examines major results, concentrating on their serious problems. (4, Kommersant Daily, 1,2)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov at a festive reception ceremony in the State Duma on Monday announced an order awarding new military titles to deputies still obliged to complete military service. The story describes the happy recipients. (4, Kommersant Daily, 9)

UES head Anatoly Chubais made one more attempt to persuade potential Western investors that doing business in Russia is plausible over the weekend. He stated this at a round-table discussion in Turin. Europe's most influential business newspaper The Financial Times on Monday published a transcript of its conversation with Chubais, who stated his cautious discontent with Russia's political course, an about turn on his previous policies. (5)

The 2nd International Exhibition of Ground and Navy Systems DEFEXPO INDIA2002 is to open in India today. For Russian defense enterprises this exhibition is a priority, since a 40-year strong Russian-Indian cooperation in the military-technical sphere forms the basis of bilateral strategic partnership. The story describes the exhibition, focusing on Russian participants. (5)

The State Duma held on Monday hearings to discuss the tendencies and prospects of social and economic development of Russia in 2002. The current economic situation makes deputies and the president worried. Vladimir Putin on Monday called on Cabinet ministers to thoroughly control the observance of macroeconomic parameters and maintain elementary discipline. (5. Kommersant Daily,1)

Economic Development Deputy Minister Maxim Medvedkov's recent visit to the U.S. was unsuccessful -- domestic metals companies are unlikely to be able to continue their presence on the American market. In response they have begun to prepare their reply actions. (5)

The federal program E-Russia in 2002-2010 was launched on Jan. 30 and since then its achievements have been significant. The program is headed by talented executives, with Parus Corporation leader Alexander Karpachev being one of them. In an interview he presents this program and its extensive possibilities. (5)

In an interview Director-General of the Military Insurance Company Sergei Tsikalyuk speaks about his company, about its achievements in 2001 and plans for this year. (5)

The US federal authorities, starting from Monday, have taken full responsibility for the examination of luggage, check-ups of passengers and other security measures in 429 airports in the United States. Previously commercial companies fulfilled these functions. (6)

The Siberian Coal-Energy Company on Monday announced the purchase of the Krasugol company and a controlling stake of Sakhalinugol. Thus, MDM (SUEK is managing its coal assets) is becoming a major coal player on the domestic market. (6)

Passengers traveling in elektrichkas without tickets, starting from July 1, will have to pay a 300 ruble fine. The story comments on this measure. (6)

The anti-monopoly case against the Microsoft company has taken an unexpected twist that could seriously affect the ideology of development of the whole sector's software. The story reveals the court decision. (6)

Several stories are devoted to domestic state bureaucrats who live and work on the law concerning the fundamentals of state service. (8)


The State Duma has again taken up the issue of currency regulation. Two opposing draft bills were submitted to the Duma Council on Monday. The story examines the drafts. (2)

A story describes the successful operation performed in the Moscow Hyperbaristic Clinic to remove fingerprints. (2)

The Natural Resources Ministry is willing to hand over to the Prosecutor General's Office documents stating that the Severnaya Neft managers' entrepreneurship is illegal. The company is developing the Val Gamburtseva oil deposits. The story gives details. (4)

An annual international congress devoted to financial operations with debt obligations is to open in London today. Russia will be presented by Renaissance Capital investment group with its head Steven Jennings. In an interview he speaks about prospects of the domestic financial market being affected by current reforms. (4)

The Nature Ministry's Licensing Department head Alexei Perepyolkin on Monday stated that his ministry is changing the rules of natural resource use licensing. The story examines the major changes. (4)

Railways Minister Gennady Fadeyev arrived in St. Petersburg on Monday to see the construction of Ladoga Railway Terminal and the infrastructure of the Ust-Ladoga port. The minister dislikes both of these projects meaning they could be delayed for a long time. (4)

The Alfa-Eko M and Metallootechnologiya companies in court on Monday signed an amicable agreement over the payment by Metallotechnologiya of 20 million rubles to Alfa-Eko M. The story examines the case. (5)

The Chamber of Commerce and Trade announced Monday an agreement with the Property Ministry according to which it has received the responsibility of controlling the quality of valuers' work. The story describes the chamber's new functions. (7)

The All-Russian Democratic Conference on Monday held a session devoted to the threat to mass media freedom in Russia. Democrats called on SPS and Yabloko to take up a tough opposition to the Kremlin and to launch a no confidence to the government procedure. (9)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

On Monday Unified Energy Systems head Anatoly Chubais asserted himself as one of Russia's leading politicians ready to make tough assessments. In an interview to The Financial Times, he frankly stated that many people in Moscow are afraid of speaking out their views. He continued by also saying that many in both Russia and the West fear that the country may be turned into a police state. The story comments on his pronouncements. (1, Vremya Novostei, 1)

Union of Right Forces leader Boris Nemtsov stated over the weekend that his party is willing to make Feb. 19, a date when 141 years ago serfdom was abolished in Russia, a memorial day. On Wednesday, SPS planned to conduct a round-table meeting with State Duma deputies to discuss this possibilty. (2)

The 3rd session of the All-Russian Democratic Conference took place in Moscow on Monday. Participants gathered to discus both freedom of speech and the independence of mass media in Russia. The story looks at the heated debate which took place at the conference as well as at some the initiatives taken. (2, Gazeta, 2)

The State Duma is expected to consider amendments to the Tax Code that may return the value-added tax (VAT) deductions to exporters. The story reveals the essence of this amendment. (3)

Finding a new method to curb the opposition, Samara governor Konstantin Titov has decided to impose external controls over municipal budgets, and in doing so has set a new precedent in Russia. The story examines the method. (4)

On Feb. 22 the Union of Forestry Industrialists and Exporters is to hold a session to discuss a creation of a federal agency responsible for domestic forestry issues. The story explains why this issue cannot be postponed any longer. (5)

In an interview, Kemerovo governor Aman Tuleyev, a co-chairman of the People's Patriotic Union of Russia, talks about his party, focusing on the need to renew party leadership, revise its ideology and the review the way in which the party works. (11)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev explains his ideas concerning American public relations by saying that military action will likely become the prinicple method of bringing about peace. (2)

Prime Minister Miklhail Kasyanov was to leave for Ulyanovsk on Wednesday for a visit to the Aviastar aeronautics plant and to meet with regional administration and executives to discuss several vital issues. (2)

At his latest news conference, Education Minister Vladimir Filippov spoke about modernizing of Russia's system of higher education. In an interview, the minister answers the pressing question about whether or not students should be expected to pay for their studies. (3)

Central Election Commission head Alexander Veshnyakov tackles the question of why elections are so often connected to scandal. Veshnyakov aslo answers the question of how Western experts see the Russian election system and election legislation ? (4)

In an interview, Omsk regional governor Leonid Polezhayev examines the draft of a new strategy aimed at boosting Siberia's economy. Polezhayev headed the working group responsible for drafting the document. The governor also describes the social and economic situation in his region. (7)

After a long and thorough investigation the Stavropolye regional Prosecutor's Office has come to a conclusion about how the famous sanatoriums in Mineralniye Vody in the Caucasus were taken off the state-owned property list. The story describes an on-going criminal case, and focuses on big names, big contacts and big money. (8)

In an interview, Ukraine's General Consul in Moscow Pyotr Matsarsky answers the following questions: Do Ukrainian authorities intend to impose a visa regime for Russian travelers in the next few years? Are Russian tourists allowed to have old Soviet-era passports with them ? (9)

OPEC Secretary-General Ali Rodrigues is expected to arrive in Moscow in March for a meeting with Energy Minister Igor Yusufov to discuss issues concerning the prolongation of the oil extraction limits in the 2nd quarter. The story comments on the issue. Rossiiskaya Biznes Gazeta (RBG) Supplement. (1)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Jan. 28 signed into being a federal program entitled "Electronic Russia." In an interview, one of its creators, Prorector of Russia's Higher School of Economics Andrei Yakovlev, explains the essence of the program as well as its goals and cost. RBG Supplement. (1,5)

"Russia 2001 — Reforms, Growth and a Glance at the Future" is title of an annual report by the Union of the German Economy. The story examines how German economic experts assess the results of the Russian economy last year. RBG Supplement. (2)

Document. The Balance of Payments and the Foreign Debt of Russia in January-September 2001. A diagram and pie charts. FBG Supplement. (4)

Document. The Federal Purpose-Oriented Program "Electronic Russia (2002-2010)" to be continued. FBG Supplement. (5)

Noviye Izvestia

In March Russia could announce the name of a 3rd space tourist, whose flight to the International Space Station could take place in the fall of 2002. The space tourist will likely be a Polish citizen. Brief. (1)

Incident. When leaving St. Petersburg's Festival Concert Hall on Prospekt Prosveshcheniya in the early hours of Sunday, 150 to 200 fascists began rioting outside the building. The story gives details. (1,2)

Unprecedentedly high inflation in January and the fall of industrial production have shocked both Cabinet members and the president. As a result, Vladimir Putin harshly reprimanded Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin and Central Bank head Viktor Gerashchenko at a government session on Monday. The story gives details. (2)

State Duma deputy Alexander Chuyev has drafted a bill concerning traditional religious organizations in the Russian Federation. The story examines the draft bill, while focusing on why the draft may replace an existing law on the freedom of conscience and religious associations. (2)

Krasnaya Zvezda

President Vladimir Putin late last week signed the State Armament Program that is to be in effect until the year 2010. In an interview, Deputy Defense Minister Colonel-General Alexei Moskovsky, chief of the Armament Department, talks about the program and explains how it differs from previous ones. (1,2)

In an interview, State Duma Ecology Committee head Vladimir Grachev talks about the alarming state of the natural environment in Chechnya. (2)

Moskovskiye Novosti

Thousands of Russian infants die annually from congenital heart disease due to a lack of adequate surgery. In an interview, Leo Bokeria, Director of the Bakulev Research Center of Cardio-Vascular Surgery, examines the problem. (1-3)

Audit Chamber head Sergei Stepashin has made a resolute step toward the creation of the single system of government financial control. The story examines his efforts. (6)

In an interview, State Duma Credit Organization Committee deputy head Pavel Medvedev, one of the authors of a draft law concerning the Central Bank, examines its major provisions. (11)

In an interview, Vladimir Nakoryakov, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Mobilization and Development movement, shares his view on problems facing present-day Russian society. (11)

The story reports on how Russian language in former Soviet republics has become politically risky. (14)

The story highlights Vasily Yakemenko, leader of the pro-Kremlin Moving Together youth movement, who from a Komsomol activist has turned into a tough champion for high morals. (19)

In an interview, Alfa-Bank head Pyotr Aven shares his view on the present situation of domestic mass media, while assessing the Kiselyov team's chances of winning the upcoming tender for the right to broadcast on TV-6 frequency. (21)


Several financial indices of Russian Aluminum were made public for the first time on Monday. They were published by Renaissance Capital in its special accounting report. The story makes an optimistic conclusion about RusAl's position. (A1)

U.S. President George Bush made the world currency market plunge into chaos on Monday when he mistakenly stated that he had discussed devaluation of the yen (instead of deflation) with Japan's Prime Minister the issue on the. (A1)

A story elaborates on what the resignation of Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov means for Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov. (A1)

President Vladimir Putin called Cabinet ministers together with the Central Bank on Monday to draw attention to the observance of macroeconomic indices. When opening a government session, the head of state said that the well-known seasonal fluctuations cause no catastrophes and problems. Brief. (A1)

State Duma deputies have submitted amendments to the law on currency regulation that will allow exporters not to sell back excess foreign currency to the state. The government will most likely have no objections. (A2)

A session presided over by the Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko on Monday approved the details of Russia's cooperation with the World Bank up until 2004. The program envisages 3 different plans of interaction between the government and this international financial institution. The government on will have to decide on Thursday. (A3)

Six countries have been added to the Central Bank's money laundering black list. The list will be officially approved and made public by the government. The story explains how this list may complicate the life of bankers and bureaucrats. (A3)

A story asserts that the U.S. will striker Iraq either before or after Bush's visit to Moscow late in May. The story examines what this would mean economically and politically for Russia. (A4)

The sales of Avtobank, Ingosstrakh, Nosta and other structures that belonged to Andrei Andreyev were one of the highest profile deals last year. In the fall of 2001 these enterprises were bought by the owners of Sibneft, Siberian Aluminum and Nafta-Moskva. The deal caused a scandal and ended in court. In an interview Andreyev talks about the case and about the structures and persons involved in it. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The Millhouse Capital company managing the assets of Sibneft shareholders has decided to legalize its presence in Aeroflot. Among the group of five Millhouse employees nominated for the airline's board of directors are David Davidovich whom Sibneft shareholders always trust their most difficult projects. (B1)

The retail Carrefour network, one of the largest in Europe, is preparing to launch its business in Russia. In spring it will open its office in Moscow, and will also try to find land for the coionstruction of supermarkets here. (B1)

A several-month war waged by Komersbank co-owners is nearing an amicable end. An agreement resolving the conflict may be reached this week. The story looks at the conflict. (B1)

The Federal Energy Commission Management Board on Feb. 20 will consider a tariff issue on the transport of gas through Gazprom pipelines by independent organizations. The cost of these services could be raised by more than 20 percent. This was stated by FEC head Georgy Kutovoi. Brief. (B1)

The Odessa oil refinery, 97.4 percent of shares belonginw to LUKoil subsidiaries -- LUK-Sintez Oil and LUK Sint -- on Feb. 25 will begin to issue shares to the tune of $16.1 million to increase the charter capital by 37 percent. (Brief. (B1)

Strong regional energy companies during UES reform are trying to absorb their weak neighors. Nizhnovenergo would like to create a large company from the assets of Vladimirenergo, Penzaenergo and Mordovenergo as well as from its own. (B2)

The Federal Securities Commission has prolonged the license of Pallada Asset but is now involved in a new conflict. The story reveals its essence. (B3)

The Severo-Zapadny Telecom company has decided to sell its shares in the cellular operator Delta Telecom. Who will buy them? (B5)

Microsoft head Bill Gates in Tokyo on Friday presented his new games machine -- Microsoft Xbox. (B5)