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Press Review




Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Noviye Izvestia

Krasnaya Zvezda

Komomolskaya Pravda


When making a speech Monday at an enlarged collegian of the Prosecutor General's Office President Vladimir Putin declared war on crime, citing terrible figures to illustrate its scope. Putin acknowledged evidence of mass corruption in both power structures and in law-enforcement agencies. Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov also delivered a report which harshly criticizing Russia's law-enforcement agencies. (1,2, Kommersant Daily, 1,2, Gazeta (excerpts from Ustinov's report), Noviye Izvestia, 1,2, 1, 3, Vremya MN, 1, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1,3, MK, 1,4)

In an interview published in Monday's edition of The Wall Street Journal, President Vladimir Putin warned the United States against military action against Iraq, saying that strikes may bring into question the existence of the anti-terror coalition. The story comments on Putin's interview, noting that it has become the first detailed response to U.S. President George W. Bush's recent speech, in which Iraq, North Korea and Iran were labeled the "axis of evil". (1, Gazeta (the text of the interview), 1,4, Vremya Novostei, 1, 8, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

On Monday Afghanistan's Defense Minister Mohammad Fahim announced that Kabul is willing to resume military-technological cooperation with Moscow. The statement was made after negotiations in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Sergei Ivanov. The story comments on their results of their talks. (2, Vremya MN, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4)

The Krasnodar State Motor-Vehicle Inspectorate stated Monday that they intend to buy a second apparatus of X-ray scanning technology used to inspect cargo passing through the region from Chechnya and Dagestan. The first such apparatus to undergo tests today. (2)

A group of State Duma deputies has drafted a bill, which is to restore tax benefits for companies employing the disabled. The new Tax Code has abolished such benefit and consequently left 22,000 invalids jobless. The story examines the draft. (2)

Volga automobile owners in Baghdad are demanding that the Iraqi government buy a new batch of the Russian cars because city authorities have banned to use old cars in the city center. The majority of Volga sedans in Iraq were made before 1975. (2)

On Monday Gazprom made public its intention to bankrupt its subsidiary SIBUR. Genri Reznik, the counsel for the defense of SIBUR head Yakov Goldovsky has appealed to Gazprom with a proposal to withdraw its application from the Prosecutor General's Office, according to which a criminal case was filed and SIBUR top managers were arrested. In an interview, Reznik talks in detail about the case. (2, Kommersant Daily, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, Gazeta, 8, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

Pope John Paul II Monday made the decision to create a diocese of the Catholic Church in Russia. The brief says how Igor Vyzhanov, a spokesman for the Inter- Christian Relations Secretariat of the Moscow Patriarchate, has responded to this statement. (3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

Unidentified assailants tried to kill Interior Minister of North Ossetia Lieutenant-General Kazbek Dzantiyev on Monday. (3, Kommersant Daily, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 10)

In a meeting on Monday with Gazprom-Media Director-General Boris Jordan, Ekho Moskvy Editor-in-Chief Alexei Venediktov confirmed journalists' willingness to buy out Gazprom's stake in the radio station. (3, Kommersant Daily, 2, Gazeta (interview), 2, Vremya MN, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2)

Vladimir Kalamanov, special presidential representative responsible for ensuring rights and freedoms of Chechen citizens', is reported to have been appointed as Russia's permanent representative in UNESCO. (3)

In the early hours of Saturday unidentified thieves robbed the apartment of Deputy Railways Minister Anna Belova. The story gives details. (3, MK, 8)

A joint commission of Moscow City Hall and of the Federation Council today it to begin seeking new spacious premises for the Senate. (3)

The Justice Ministry officially registered the Constitutional Party of Russia Monday. The brief mentions the party's founders and participants. (4)

A state medal titled "In Honor of the 300th Anniversary of St. Petersburg " is to be brought forth in the near future. Brief. (4)

A 2-day government session devoted to housing and utility reform begins today in St. Petersburg. President Vladimir Putin on Monday reminded the Cabinet of the challenge put to it. (5, Kommersant Daily, 2, Vremya MN, 3)

Unidentified assailants have killed Sergei Pushkaryov, Acting Commercial Director of the Korshunovsky Mining-Enriching Combine in Irkutsk. The story gives details. (5, Kommersant Daily, 12)

The story describes several recent personnel changes in the Railways Ministry. (5, Kommersant Daily, 4)

The State Duma on Monday held parliamentary hearings concerning the strengthening of Russia's gas market. All speeches by interested ministries and departments boiled down to the need for better conditions for independent gas suppliers and the formation a fully-fledged gas market. (6, Kommersant Daily, 4)

Oleg Sarayev, Director of the Beloyarskaya Nuclear Power Plant was appointed head of the Rosenergoatom concern on Monday. Brief. (6)

The Federal Property Fund has canceled an auction to sell 36.817 percent of stock of the Eastern Oil Company. Brief. (6)

Tatneft and Rosoboronexport, a state enterprise charged with looking after Russian interests in the sphere of military-technological cooperation with foreign states, signed a cooperation agreement on Monday. Brief. (6)

Russia and the European Union have agreed to conditions for Russian steel deliveries during the next three years. Brief. (6, Kommersant Daily, 4)

LUKoil's net profit over the first 9 months of 2001, according to US GAAP standards, amounted to $1.937 billion. This was stated by the company's press service. (6)

In an interview, Miron Tatsyun, head of the Union of Timber Industrialists and Exporters, examines the situation in the domestic timber sector, focusing on what he expects from soon-to-be-made decisions the next government session. (6)

The Hague Tribunal today began the trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. (7, Kommersant Daily, 3, Vremya MN, 5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7, MN, 13)


The Federation Council (FC) intends to introduce amendments to the 2002 budget, and envisages the allocation of subsidies to regions allowing them to pay wages to civil servants. Svetlana Orlova, FC Budget Committee deputy head, commented on the issue. (1)

On Monday, bailiffs confiscated Nakhodka City Hall property following a decision made by the Moscow Arbitration Court. The story describes examines the case, the court decision and the bailiffs' actions. (1)

On Monday, the Audit Chamber made public the results of a review concerning the use of foreign credits issued ten years ago to renew the fishery fleet. The story looks at several disturbing results. (2)

After completing a trip to the North- Caucasian Military District, General Staff Chief Anatoly Kvashnin on Monday held a closed meeting with commanders of the district and with federal troops in Rostov-on-Don. (3)

Several new witnesses have been questioned in the trial of Krasnoyarsk entrepreneur Anatoly Bykov. The story gives details. (3)

The State Customs Committee's order concerning a simplified scheme of importing household electronic appliances and spare parts takes effect today. The story comments on the document. (4)

MDM Group has nearly completed negotiations to purchase ZAO "KATEK -Invest" that owns the controlling stake of the Krasnoyarsk Coal Company. The story examines a possible outcome of the deal. (5)

The Bank of Moscow's conflict with the Moscow Stock Exchange has entered its final stage. The story describes the essence of the conflict, focusing on the bank's behavior. (7)

The government information department stated Monday that Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has signed a decree to pass over all powers regulating the audit market to the Finance Ministry. The story comments on the document. (7)

The Finance Ministry on Monday transferred about $50 million of its debt to the International Monetary Fund. Brief. (7)

In an interview YUKOS head Mikhail Khodorkovsky talks about how his company intends to boost its export business. (8)


Gazprom stated Monday that it had filed a suit to bankrupt of petrochemical subsidiary Sibur. Genri Reznik, lawyer for the defense, has proposed that Gazprom withdraw its accusations against Sibur head Yakov Goldovsky from the Prosecutor General's Office with. (A1)

Svyazinvest plans to release almost 20,000 workers from their jobs in its subsidiaries in order to improve its financial status. What prevents Svyazneft is prevented from taking tougher measures by the continuing restructuring of the holding and by the technological backwardness of the sector. (A1)

The Federal Securities Commission has struck a crushing blow to the Pallada Asset Management company, which last year began a conflict with the Commission. The term of Pallada's license to manage the assets of mutual investment funds expires today. (A1)

As of Jan. 1., 2002, Russia's financial reserves amounted to $2.6 billion. Deputy head of government and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin stated this over the weekend in Ottawa. Brief. (A1)

The State Statistics Committee is sure that January's indicators of consumer prices characterizing inflation dynamics are correct and it has no intention to revise them. This was stated by Committee head Vladimir Sokolin. Brief. (A1)

The brief cites several figures on a considerable increase last year in the turnover of Russia-China trade. (A3)

On Monday Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov signed several personnel instructions including one that appoints Sergei Shatalov to the post of First Deputy Finance Minister. The brief names some other officials and their new posts. (A3)

Russia will revise several proposals made at the negotiations on its accession to the World Trade Organization. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has instructed his deputies to deal with the issue. (A3)

A gradual worsening of the foreign economic situation will have a negative impact on the development of the Russian economy this year. The article cites facts and figures to illustrate the point. (A3)

Who is to become investors in the TV-6 company? Six experts share their views on this issue. (A4)

Among Gazprom's most successful subsidiaries is the Azot agro-chemical corporation. In an interview, its head Boris Titov examines the situation in his company and the sector and also comments on Azot's future plans. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The Ivan Taranov brewery and the Ufa Amstar beer brewery are conducting talks concerning a merger. The companies are doing it in order to counteract big market players such as Sun-Interbrew or St. Petersburg's Bravo brewing company. (B1)

The Cypriot offshore Batildor Holding Limited has bought stock worth 56.79 million rubles in Russian foreign banks from the bankrupt Promstroibank. The story comments on the deal. (B1)

The story focuses on the problems created by banks that conceal their real owners and the difficulties of attaining such information from shareholder lists. (B1)

On Monday LUKoil became the first oil company to published a financial accounting report submitted according the US GAAP standard. The story gives figures from the report. (B2)

Obyedinyonniye Mashinostroitelniye Zavody Group, which controls two thirds of the drilling units market, has obtained the Ukrainian design bureau Korall to develop oil platforms. (B2)

The German-American DaimlerChrysler concern intends to urgently sell two plants. This decision is part of a comprehensive program to decrease expenditure. (B2)

Nuclear Power Minister Alexander Rumyantsev has introduced Oleg Sarayev as the new head of Rosenergoatom and Sergei Ivanov as its new executive director. The story examines the new appointments. (B2)

The Federal Securities Commission on Monday canceled an additional issuing of shares of Vorkutaugol, as a result of which the large mine Vorgashorskaya was added to the company. This decision may serve the purpose of Severstal, a main claimant in obtaining a state-owned share in Vorkutaugol. (B2)

Ingosstrakh Rossiya may soon lose the word "Ingosstrakh" in its name. The company the name held before it joined Ingosstrakh-Avtobank Group in 1997. (B3)

The All-Russian Bank for the Development of Regions has bought a managing company from Russky Standart Bank. The story examines the deal. (B3)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

World Bank Vice-President Johannes Lynn and Russia's Ambassador to the U.S. Yury Ushakov late last week signed an agreement to provide Russia with credits to the tune of $260 million. The story comments on the document, noting that Russia has failed to learn to live without foreign assistance. (3)

The Audit Chamber has markedly stepped up its activities in several spheres recently. It would like to control the holding of all financial check-ups in the regions. The story comments on the Audit Chamber's present activities saying how they may affect the Finance Ministry. (3)

A story reports on how new companies emerge on the market and how they have to fight competitors, bureaucrats and criminals. (4)

Yaroslavl Regional Duma deputies have spent a lot of time and effort trying to find where money from the Territorial Obligatory Medical Insurance Fund disappeared to. The story describes their efforts. (4)

The Perm Bicycle Plant, in Soviet times a prestigious enterprise and now called OAO "Velta," is facing tough times with its workers not receiving wages for several months already. The factory has also had 10 director-generals in the past four months. The story describes the disturbing situation in the plant and gives several ways out. (5)

A big scandal has erupted in Ukraine around the television station "Studio 1+1," which the Kiev Economic Court deprived of its broadcasting license on Feb. 1. The story gives details. (6)

A story covers the controversial major renovation project of Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, explaining why the project may be causing the year's main architectural scandal. (9)

A story examines the Moscow's black market in mobile telephones, describing how it's becoming a major competitor to official. (10)

A flu epidemic has been raging in the Krasnoyarsk region for over two weeks already. The story describes measures taken by local medical authorities to combat the disease. (10)

Historian Sergei Abashin, a senior research associate at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, examines several specific features of the upcoming population census that is scheduled for the fall of this year. (11)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

The Cabinet at a session on Thursday will again discuss a draft bill concerning alternative civil service. The story focuses on its controversial provisions. (1)

The Culture Ministry collegium on Monday made the decision to help financially rehabilitate Chechnya's economy, social sphere and culture. Collegium member Oleg Tabakov, chief artistic director of the Art Theater, proposed to allocate 5 percent of his theater's budget to support and restore the activities of the Grozny Drama Theater. The story examines similar proposals and initiatives. (2)

In a far-ranging interview St. Petersburg governor Vladimir Yakovlev speaks about how the city is preparing for its 300th jubilee and about its limited funds in preparation projects. (1,3)

Belarus is today doing a great deal to beak off the political isolation it got into after the 1996 constitutional reform. The West's willingness to make Belarus return to Europe seems to be sincere, but concrete results of their dialogue are still far from becoming a reality. The story says why. (4)

The story examines effective measures taken by the St. Petersburg city administration to help homeless and runaway children and teenagers change their lifestyle. (5)

The creation of a Public Consultative Council on Security and Crackdown against International Terrorism is the first attempt in Russia to build a bridge between the public and the state security bodies. Will the creation of the council become the first step in achieving mutual understanding between the special services and the public? Council deputy head Alexei Aleksandrov, the State Duma state security subcommittee head, answers this and other questions about his new agency and its priorities. (7)

Oksana Dmitriyeva, deputy head of the State Duma Budget Committee, examines major positive changes in the sphere of budget reform. Rossiiskaya Biznes-Gazeta Supplement. (2)

In an interview LUKoil Vice-President Vagit Sharifov examines franchising as an effective mechanism of integrating big companies with small and medium-size businesses. Rossiiskaya Biznes-Gazeta Supplement. (2)

President Vladimir Putin instructed the government to quicken the pace of dividing duties between different power levels. The story examines how this much-suffering problem of domestic budget federalism can be resolved. Rossiiskaya Biznes-Gazeta Supplement. (3)

Document. The Balance of Payments and the Foreign Debt of Russia in January-September 2001. Rossiiskaya Biznes-Gazeta Supplement. (4)

Document. The Federal Purpose-Oriented Program "Electronic Russia (2002-2010)." Rossiiskaya Biznes- Gazeta Supplement. (5)


A story describes the origin of lawn tennis in St. Petersburg and its place within the framework of the presidential sports program that is causing scandals in the city. (1,2)

A story features the Taganrog Metals Combine (Tagmet) and its managers, whose activities threaten to undermine a good reputation of this enterprise. (4)


In an interview Alexander Vinidiktov, spokesman for the State Duma Committee on Statehood and the former commander of a rocket division, talks about how cosmic space activities today are being turned into a business. The priority task here is to make an effective use of export potential. (1)


Unidentified murderers have killed seven people in the Psotino village in the Moscow region. The story describes the details of the event. (6)

In an interview self-exiled media tycoon Boris Berezovsky talks about his present political activities. He also discusses his relation to the former TV6 company and its Director-General Yevgeny Kiselyov as well as his views on Vladimir Putin's policy and former President Boris Yeltsin. (7)

Foreign consultants have received $14 million for their recommendations to Russia on ecological measure. The story describes how the government has squandered a foreign credit that was intended to be spent on environmental protection measures. The story includes several critical remarks by specialists. (8,9)

In an interview Sergei Odintsov, winner of the "Last Hero" television show program, talks about his victory, about his feelings and about his prize. (23)