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Izvestia
Kommersant
Vedomosti
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Novaya Gazeta
Komomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

It appears that what the Russian Olympic team lacks more than anything is moral support from both the Russian government and society in general. The story gives concrete facts to illustrate the point. (1,9)

The story looks at the winners of the Berlin International Film Festival that wrapped up this weekend. (1, Kommersant Daily, 10, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Gazeta, 1,10)

In an interview, Moscow City Duma deputy Galina Khovanskaya, head of the Housing Policy Commission, shares her negative view about the city housing and utility reform. (1,2)

Education Minister Vladimir Filippov, speaking at an all-Russian seminar in Kemerovo, announced Sunday that the state will invest above all in primary and secondary technical education as there are too many specialists with a higher education. The story focuses on the priorities of the state's education policy. (2)

On Monday the venerable French franc ceased to exist as France's national currency, having become fully replaced by the euro. The story examines the country's reaction. (2)

The Second National Russian Fairy-Tale Festival, which wrapped up in Suzdal on Sunday, turned out to be a flop. The story explains why. (2)

On March 21 a Perm regional court is expected to announce the verdict of a case against Russian special forces servicemen, who have been charged in the mass slaughter of inmates at Labor Corrective Colony No. 11 in the Chepets village. The story describes the case. (2)

Moscow law-enforcement officers in the Kursky and Kazansky railway terminals on Sunday confiscated more than 3,000 bouquets rare flowers banned for sale in Russia. The story describers the operation. (2)

Crime. An unidentified assailant killed Ukrainian Eduard Popryadukhin and seriously injured another one Vitaly Savchenko on Saturday near the Foreign Ministry building on the Smolenskaya Embankment. The story gives details. (3)

Having lost all hope in catching Osama bin Laden, American special services are concentrating their efforts on seeking his potential successor, al-Quida ringleader Abu Zubeida. The story describes Abu Zubeida's career. (3)

Audit Chamber experts are reported to launch new investigations into in the State Duma to see how effectively the deputies spend budget money. The story examines reasons for the investigation. (4)

Senior U.S. Undersecretary John Bolton arrived in Moscow on Sunday to continue a discussion regarding the Treaty on Strategic Offensive Armament Reductions that began in Washington late last month. Moscow would like to persuade U.S. President George W. Bush to sign the treaty during his upcoming visit to Russia scheduled for late May. The story comments on the issue. (4)

The story provides an in-depth analysis of the changes that took place in the regional elite as a result of elections to the executive and legislative power bodies late last year and in the beginning of 2002. (4)

Sibneft, which last year bought a package of stock in the Moscow oil refinery (NPZ) from LUKoil, has begun to oil deliveries to the refinery and is expected to deliver 150,000 tons of oil to NPZ this month alone. Its former owner LUKoil also has no intention to cut its oil deliveries to the Moscow refinery. The story describes the battle between the two companies for the Moscow retail oil market. (5)

The ambitious merger of Hewlett-Packard and Compaq has caused much apprehension in the IT sector, not simply because of the enormous amount of money involved in the deal, about $25 billion, but because the merger is likely to reveal trends for the sectors future development. The story reveals the essence of the merger. (5)

The Tula administration has summed up results of the visit by Tatyana Trefilova, head of the Federal Agency on Financial Recovery, who came to Tula at the invitation of governor Vasily Starodubtsev to assess the situation in large enterprises that now find themselves on the brink of bankruptcy. The story examines different views on their future fate. (5)

The Railways Ministry and the Canadian company Bombardier intend to launch a joint venture to make electric locomotives. Minister Gennady Fadeyev stated that the corresponding protocol would be signed in late March. The story describes the project. (5)

The Kishinev "Tutun-CTC" tobacco combine has begun to make smokeless cigarettes. Producers hope that their novelty will be a success. The story examines its origin (5)

U.S. President George W. Bush began an Asian tour on Sunday with visits to Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing. The story examines its agenda and expectations. (6, Kommersant Daily, 8, Vremya Novostei, 1)

Controversial Russian writer Vladimir Sorokin has recently completed his new novel to be published by Ad Marginem. In an interview, Sorokin speaks about both his literary works and principles. (8)

Moscow authorities have made the decision to build a new statue in the city that has caused fierce criticism from specialists. The story examines new architectural initiatives and plans made by the municipal government. (10)

On Thursday Moscow's chief archaeologist Alexander Veksler spoke to journalists about the valuable archaeological finds being discovered in Moscow today. (10)

The Izvestia Media Supplement is devoted to media relations with Russia's "power ministries." In an interview, First Deputy Press Minister Mikhail Seslavinsky answers the question: Who needs state support today? (1)

The 6th Congress of the Russian Press scheduled for the end of this year is to take place in Germany. The forum's sponsor is the "ReLine Intermedien und Verlags GmbH," a Berlin-based publishing house that publishes 3 weekly newspapers in Russian. The story describes the future forum. Iz. Media Supplement. (2)

In an interview, Oleg Tolkachev, head of Moscow's Property -Land Department, reflects on the complicated issue of dividing state-owned land in Moscow. (11)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The story looks at the results of an audit by Gazprom of its Gazexport association. The audit sheds some light on reasons behind the resignation of Gazexport head Yury Vyakhirev. (1)

A Russian-Belarussian working group held a session in Moscow this weekend to draft the constitution of the Russia-Belarus Union. In an interview, group co-chairman Yury Dyomin, First Deputy Justice Minister of Russia speaks about efforts to create the document. (2)

Work has started in Vladivostok to build the first domestic passenger funicular railway that will cost $11 million and will connect the two shores of the Zolotoi Rog Bay. The story features the project. (2)

The Russian business community does not intend to further tolerate discrimination on the part of the European Union. At the round-table discussion that ended in Turin on Sunday, Anatoly Chubais threatened to leave for non-European markets if EU continues to view the Russian economy as a non-market and to pile up trade barriers on Russia's eastern borders. The story comments on Chubais' statement in Turin. (2)

Britain, Italy and Spain have formed an informal alliance to struggle for the economic liberalization of the European Union, counterbalancing the traditionally Paris-Berlin axis of the EU. The Union of three has already been dubbed a new Atlanta. (2)

On Sunday the Kremlin administration's Economic Board held a session outside Moscow with entrepreneurs and deputies representing the Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia) all-Russian Association. They discussed the joint creation of a new list of bills for a final victory over bureaucracy. (2)

This weekend the United Russia Party held a seminar with Economic Development Minister German Gref as its invited guest. The brief mentions two pronouncements made by Gref which greatly surprised those in attendance. (2)

The State Duma is expected to hold a joint session with Central Bank officials. The deputies intend to inform the Central Bank about the approval of amendments to the Budget Code, which may limit the Central Bank's functions. (4)

The Utkonos retail-trading network will be soon launched in the Moscow region. Severastal plans to fund its development. (4)

Konstantin Pylov, head of the Insurance Surveillance Department, an arm of the Finance Ministry, has presented insurers with a draft plan to boost the insurance market up to the year 2005. The story focuses on one sensational statement made in the document. (4)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The Canadian Agrimex Inc. company has agreed to invest $168 million for the development of technologies based on the Russian "Discovery of the Century". A contract envisaging these investments was signed on Friday in the presence of Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and his Canadian counterpart Jean Chretien. They would hardly have guessed that most Russian scientists view the so-called discovery as pure charlatanism. (A1)

It become apparent late last week that former Enron Board of Directors head Kenneth Lay had assured Enron employees to invest in company shares just as he was selling these same shares and earning himself a profit of at least $70 million. The story looks at his actions. (A1)

The new leadership of the Gazexport company explains why its former head Yury Vyakhirev chose to resign. (A1)

The number of Russians with incomes below the subsistence level decreased from 39.4 million in the 3rd quarter of 2001 to 34.8 million in the 4th quarter of the same year. Brief. (A1)

Political analyst Vitaly Portnikov comments on the negative response aroused by President George W. Bush's termed "axis of evil." Both Tokyo and Seoul, stops on President Bush's current Asian tour, have expressed their discontent with Bush's inclusion of North Korea in axis. (A2)

Sakhlin oil projects, worth some $22.2 billion, have come under fire from environmentalists concerned with the fate of the Okhotsk-Korean populace of gray whales. The environmentalists have launched a suit demanding that the Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2 oil projects be shut down. Six experts share their views on the situation. (A2)

Russia's export infrastructure allows the country to export up to 6 million of grain per year. Yelena Tyurina, Director-General of the Institute of Agrarian Marketing, cites several other figures regarding Russia's yearly grain quotas. (A3)

The article comments on President Vladimir Putin's opposition to taking military action against so-called rogue states. (A3)

According to official statistics, the advertising industry grew at a record pace of 54 percent last year, while turnover amounted to $1.73 billion. In an interview, Dmitry Korobkov, head of the leading domestic advertising company ADV, shares his views regarding the domestic advertising market and comments on his company's achievements and future plans. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The fall of oil prices on the domestic market has forced oil companies to launch a campaign for the CIS market. (B1)

The Samsung company has sold its Moscow business center to Capital Investments LLP. The deal is undoubtedly one of the year's biggest. (B1)

The city government has opposed plans by the Moscow City Telephone Networks to begin using a per minute payment system to charge for local telephone calls. The Moscow government has even go so far as to propose the creation of an alternative network should the Moscow City Telephone Networks change its rate system. (B1)

A United Energy Systems project committee on reforming energy companies it to consider a project of the Murmansk Kolenergo to unite the generating assets of Kolenergo and the neighboring Karelenergo. (B2)

The Magnitogorsk Metals Combine, a leading domestic steel smelter, have taken an interest in the Romanian pipeline plant. Analysts say that despite this attractive facility, the conditions for doing business in Romania are rather complicated. (B2

Creditors have launched bankruptcy proceedings against the Tyumen Airlines company, and have thereby jeopardized the government's plans to sell its 75-percent stake in the company at an auction in March. (B2)

Ukrainian Aluminum has experienced some new difficulties in meeting its obligations connected with a purchase of the Nikolayev alumina plant. The story examines the difficulties and the company's proposed solutions. (B2)

The government has submitted to the State Duma its negative response concerning a draft bill that hands control over all segments of the derivatives market to the Commission on Commodity Exchanges attached to the Anti-Monopoly Ministry. (B3)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

A story examines the different conclusions made by Russian and Azeri political analysts of Azeri President Geidar Aliyev's visit to Moscow on Jan. 25(1,8)

Work has started in the Kremlin drafting the state of the nation address which the president will deliver to the Federal Assembly. The work is headed by Kremlin chief of staff Alexander Voloshin and his deputy Dzhakhan Pollyeva. The story examines the event. (1,2)

Gazprom's personnel reform has been going on for 6 months already. The next task is to return the assets stripped by the former leadership. In an interview Boris Fyodorov, spokesman for the company's Board of Directors, examines with a critical eye the current situation in Gazprom and its leadership's policy and plans. (1,3)

Four experts share their views on the recent speech by Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov at the Prosecutor General's Office expanded collegium. Their common opinion is that office should not act in place of the Interior Ministry. (2)

In an interview United Russia General Council member Sergei Popov speaks about how the party intends to train its leading personnel for regional branches (2)

A story criticizes the procedure of exchanging the old Soviet-era passports for the new ones which is still taking place in some regions. Citizens are left without any passports for a week or so. (6)

Novaya Gazeta
www.novayagazeta.ru

A policeman has sent a sensational letter to the Prosecutor General's Office that sheds light on a long-standing scandal surrounding furniture contraband and the Tri Kita case. The story reveals the content of the letter and includes commentary by State Duma Deputy Yury Shchekochikhin. (1,3)

Novaya Gazeta correspondent Anna Politkovskaya reports on the horrible episodes of the Chechen war where federals kill peaceful Chechens, and how they are punished for their atrocities. (4,5)

The present government pension reform has failed to improve pensioners' lives. The story gives concrete facts illustrating the point, focusing on the reform's weak points. (7)

In an interview State Duma Natural Resources Committee head Alexander Belyakov describes the disturbing situation in the domestic forestry sector, saying what should be done to change it for the better. (8)

Political analyst Andrei Kosmynin examines the recent conference "The Power of the Press or the Pressure of Authorities," saying who needed it and why. (10)

Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky talks about what is happening today with television. In his opinion the state does not nationalize TV channels leaving them as they were in private form, but as the propaganda mouthpieces that they were in Soviet times. Yavlinsky gives several recommendations on how to make television truly public. (11)

A story reports on how regional mass media are battling for the right to report about developments as they are in reality, irrespective of the regional authorities' desires and interests. (15)

Komomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

In an interview First Deputy Moscow Mayor Oleg Tolkachev examines the city's property (land and uninhabited premises) that is valued at $150 billion. He focuses on how effectively the city authorities dispose of the city property. (4)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov has signed a decree according to which six hectares of land around the famous monument "Peasant Girl and Worker" by sculptor Vera Mukhina has been leased to an underground parking firm for 49 years. (4)

The Moscow government has adopted a new ecological map of the city which shows Muscovites what dangerous facilities are located near their home or office. Komsomolskaya Pravda offers a long list of atmosphere-polluting facilities in all Moscow city districts. (6,7)

A story is devoted to doctors and patients at the Central Military Clinical Hospital which is the property of the Defense Ministry. Of special interest is the ward for top military commanders. (18)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

A story describes how the Moscow's centre will completely change its image over the next 3 years. The project has already been approved by the Moscow government. (1,3)

Special video cameras will be installed in dental wards to allow patients to see what doctors are doing with their teeth. The Stomatological Association commented on the novelty. (1)

An 80-year-old Moscow lady would like to become a princess. With this aim in mind she appealed to the Zamoskvoretsky court demanding that this title be returned to her. The story gives details. (1)

Ethiopian authorities have decided to allow Russian travelers to buy visas directly in the airport of Addis Abeba upon their arrival.The story features the previous procedure and the new one. (1)

Five skinheads attacked an Azeri teenager over the weekend in Moscow. This was the third such case last week with previous victims being an Iranian tourist and two Chinese traders. St. Petersburg has also seen it's share of neo-fascist activity in recent times. The story gives details. (2)

State Duma deputies expressed concern in the weekend over the actions of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Deputies believe that the Tribunal is ignoring the gross violations. These violations were committed by the NATO states during their aggression against Yugoslavia. (2)

America's Chrysler has withdrawn 1.6 million Jeeps Grand Cherokee from the market after serious defects were found in them. (2)

FAPSI Major-General Vyacheslav Berestnev heads the Information-Analytical Board of the Presidential Property Department. The story notes the enormous power in his hands. (2)

Education Minister Vladimir Filippov answers questions from Moskovsky Komsomolets readers about the methods of receiving a higher education in Russia. (3)