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Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Noviye Izvestia

Rossiiskaya Gazeta


Krasnaya Zvezda

Komomolskaya Pravda



The first scandal Salt Lake City Winter Olympics took place on Thursday when Russian skier Natalya Baranova was accused of using the banned drug eritropoetin. Professor Nikolai Durmanov, head of the Anti-Doping Inspectorate of the Olympic Committee, commented on the case. The story gives details. All central papers devoted their special stories to the festive opening ceremony of the 19th Winter Olympic Games on Friday. (1, 10,11, Noviye Izvestia, 8, Vremya MN, 8, Gazeta, Feb. 8, 6, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2 and KP Special Olympic Supplement, 1-6, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 12, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 13-16, MK, 1,5, Trud, 1,6)

The State Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism Committee head Pavel Rozhkov answers questions from Izvestia readers about Russia's chances of winning medals in Salt Lake City. He also talks about his view on the possibility of making the TV6 frequency a sports channel. (1,11)

First Deputy Moscow Mayor Vladimir Resin, responsible for the city construction complex, talks about Yury Luzhkov's recent tough remarks regarding the results of his sector's work. (1)

Ekho Moskvy Radio Station Editor-in-Chief Alexei Venediktov on Friday stated that the station's management board and leading journalists are ready to quit. The reason behind this statement was a document sent to Ekho by Gazprom's subsidiary Lidvil Investment limited, which possesses considerable stock in the station. The shareholders propose to fully renew the station's Board of Directors. The story reveals the contents of the letter, commenting on the situation in and around Ekho. (1, Kommersant Daily, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Vremya MN, 1, MK, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2)

Leading journalists, policy makers, top state officials and foreign experts at a two day conference "Power of the Press and the Pressure of Authorities" tried to find a way out from the crisis that they believe is threatening the domestic media community. The Union of Right Forces (SPS) together with Moscow and Harvard universities sponsored the event. The story describes the discussion, focusing on remarks made by U.S. Ambassador Alexander Vershbow. (1, Kommersant Daily, 3, Vremya MN, 1,2)

The State Duma on Friday passed a draft amendment to the Criminal Code that expands the limits of the citizens' self-defense. If approved by the Federation Council and the president then ordinary citizens will have the right to use any measure to defend themselves from bandits. The story examines the essence of the amendment. (2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, MK, 2)

Presidential aide Sergei Yastrzhembsky on Friday spoke about Russia's image in the West. In his opinion it has changed for the better. (2)

Moscow and Delhi are expected to sign an agreement in several days that will give India four strategic Tu-22 bombers and two nuclear submarines. The story comments on Russia giving India nuclear weapons carriers. (2)

Northern Fleet Commander Gennady Suchkov on Thursday met with relatives of the perished sailors of the Kursk submarine. He promised to disclose to them next week the reason behind the catastrophe. (2)

Experts from the American Bek Tek company have acknowledged the authenticity of recordings made by former Major of State Guard Nikolai Melnichenko in the office of Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma. This fact confirms the accusations made by Kuchma's opposition and parliament that have launched impeachment proceedings against him. The story gives details. (2, Kommersant Daily, 1)

The Energy Ministry's Collegium was devoted to last year's results. Minister Igor Yusufov presented an accounting report, while Slavneft head Mikhail Gutsiriyev spoke about his company's achievements. The story focuses on major points of the reports. (2, Kommersant Daily, 4, Vremya MN, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

The leadership of Northern Railway decided to give a present to senior pensioners in the city of Rybinsk, providing them with costly dental procedures at no cost. The story describes how pensioners have been suffering from horrible toothaches for the 4th month. (3)

Head of the National Association of TeleRadio Broadcasters Eduard Sagalayev stated that he intends to launch a new TV company. Brief. (3)

Former Federal Inspector of the southern federal district Bislan Gantamirov on Friday took up the job of vice-premier and Press, Information and Mass Communications Minister of the Chechen Republic. Brief. (3, Kommersant Daily, 3)

Young married couple Vadim and Lyudmila Ibragimovs of Akhtubinsk in the Astrakhan region received a new apartment from the local administration on Friday. In exchange for this apartment Lyudmila promised to give birth to three children within the next five years. In this way, the story notes, the local administration plans to resolve the acute demographic problem in the region. The story describes its special program. (3)

The 7th Festival of Animated Cartoons, the only such event in Russia, opened in Suzdal on Friday. In an interview Festival Director Alexander Tatarsky talks about its aims and tasks. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 12, MK, 6)

The ORT program "The Last Hero" announced its winner on Saturday, who will receive 3 million rubles. Its seven participants speak out about the project and about their impressions. Two experts comment on the program. (3, Rossiikaya Gazeta, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1, 23)

The Unity and All Russia parties on Friday held concluding congresses announcing their liquidation as political organizations. Fatherland was to do it on Saturday. The story comments on their decisions. (4, Kommersant Daily, 2, Vremya MN, 2,)

The State Duma Ethics Committee head Galina Strelchenko and deputy Mikhail Rokitsky told journalists on Friday about their visit to British Parliament and about several interesting things they saw there and would like to have in the State Duma. (4)

Former head of the US Senate Armaments Committee Sam Nunn presented his new project in the Moscow office of the Carnegie Center on Friday. The Initiative to Decrease Nuclear Threat is aimed at creating a more secure world. American media magnate Ted Turner promised to help him and invest $250 million in this project. Part of this money will be invested in Russian nuclear, biological and chemical disarmament. The story examines the project and its author. (4)

State Duma deputy Boris Nadezhdin, deputy head of the SPS faction, stated on Friday that a new form of the draft bill concerning citizenship might be tougher and more conservative than its first version. Nadezhdin stated that it would be passed in the second reading on Feb. 20. The story examines the document. (4)

Discussions have resumed lately among governors over elections and the appointments of regional heads. In an interview Novosibirsk regional head Viktor Tolokonsky shares his negative view on giving up such elections. (4)

The Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) is displeased at the slow pace of reforms conducted by the Cabinet. They decided to draft their own program of modernizing the economy based on a report by renowned economist Yevgeny Yasin. The RSPP vice-president Igor Yurgens promised to submit the program to the president by the end of the year. (5, Kommersant Daily, 1)

A story explains why State Duma deputies are unable to push through a draft bill concerning real estate, which they have been trying to do since 1997. (5)

A gas deposit in Yakutia will be developed by a consortium comprising Gazprom, Sakhaneftegaz and supposedly Alrosa. The cost of the project is $20 billion. Brief. (5)

KamAZ received cash for all products sold in January, having completely excluded barter exchanges. This is the first time this has happened in seven years. Brief. (5)

Rostov regional governor Vladimir Chub has discussed with potential investors joint efforts to create a new firm -- OOO Company Rostovugol -- on the framework of the liquidated OAO Rostovugol. Brief. (5)

The Kuzbass administration has decided to use a new method of calculating taxes on the property of private individuals. Governor Aman Tuleyev's press service revealed its essence. (5)

Swiss Bank Credit Suiss has made public the results of its research aimed at determining the number of wealthy people in the world. The story looks at several names. (6)


Union of Right Forces (SPS) leader Boris Nemtsov on Friday stated that TV6 Director-General Yevgeny Kiselyov had managed to find a large group of investors to establish a TV company. Comprised of journalists, OOO TV6 intends to take part in a tender for the right to broadcast on the TV6 frequency. Nemtsov failed to name investors. The consortium, comprising of big businessmen headed by UES head Anatoly Chubais, is to officially register its relations with Kiselyov's team. The story comments on Nemtsov's statement. (1,2)

Four non-state pension funds on Friday announced their intention to merge. This is the first such case on the non-state pension market, and from all indications, not the last. The story examines the decision, focusing on its aim. (1)

The State Duma passed, in its second reading, a draft bill concerning the bodies of the judicial community on Friday. It was passed in the first reading back in 1997. The story examines the document's major provisions. (2)

Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, Central Bank head Viktor Gerashchenko and presidential economic aide Andrei Illarionov took part in the opening ceremony of an annual meeting of G7 ministers and central bank heads in Ottawa on Friday. Kudrin and Gerashchenko are trying to persuade their colleagues not to include Russia on yet another blacklist -- this time for inadequate counteracting terrorism funding. The story examines the issue. (2)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov has signed a decree creating a complex of administrative buildings in the Moscow international business center Moskva-City. The story reveals the essence of the document. (2)

A three day Russian-French Forum of business and political elite opened in Moscow on Friday. It is planned to discuss a broad range of issues ranging from international security to investments. On the eve of the forum Interros head Vladimir Potanin represented the Russian elite at a reception in the residence of the French Ambassador Claude Blanchemaison. (3)

Lyudmila Pugacheva, former head of the Property Fund in the Chelyabinsk region, was indicted of abusing power and swindling on Friday. The story gives details. (3)

Wahabbite group leader Khusein Khamidov (also known as Shlyop-Noga), an assistant of Chechen field commander Arbi Barayev, was arrested on Thursday during a mop-up operation in Grozny. The story describes how it happened. (3)

The Prosecutor General's Office Board in the Northern-Western District has accused former acting Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Potekhin of illegal activities. The story describes them in detail. (3)

The State Duma on Friday proposed to the government to temporarily set export quotas on oil delivered to Europe through Transneft's main pipelines. The story reports on how deputies regard this proposal. (4)

Yakutia's newly-elected President Vyacheslav Shtyrov for the first time shared his view concerning the tender on the right to develop the Talakanskoye oil deposit that was won by Sakhaneftegaz in March 2001. Shtyrov harshly criticized this company, but at the same time he was willing to help it. (4)

A competition to sell stock of the Eastern Oil Company (VNK) will not take place. The story explains why. (4)

KamAZ on Friday switched off its main conveyor-line for three days, which, as the story notes, it will do it again. The story examines the aim of this act. (4)

The State Duma on Friday adopted recommendations on carrying out audit checkups of the Central Banks financial performance last year. The story examines what Duma deputies would like to know above all about the Central Bank. (5)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Centrists (pro-president factions) in the State Duma have become very active lately and one of their latest moves is to try to deprive Speaker Gennady Seleznyov of part of his functions. Seleznyov could lose his post as head of the State Duma Council and be replaced by the centrists' own candidate. The story comments on the issue. (1,2)

In an interview, prominent Russian physicist Vladilen Letokhov, author of more than 700 articles on laser physics chemistry and biomedicine, talks about his latest achievements concerning the study of the origin of life in the Universe. (1,11)

The looting of non-ferrous metals in Russia has lately become something of a national hobby. According to UES reports, 8,000 kilometers of wires were stolen in energy enterprises in 1999-2000, amounting to a total loss of $100 million. The stolen wires could cover the distance between Moscow and Vladivostok. The story gives concrete facts and figures to illustrate an increasingly disturbing situation. (4)

Noviye Izvestia

The Kyshtymsky Copper-Electrolytic Plant in the Chelyabinsk region has launched several profit -making productions after completing a major renovation. During the past 3 years, the plant has yielded 350 million-400 million rubles in net profits annually. Brief. (1)

LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Vice Speaker of the State Duma, stated on Friday that his party intends to take part in the competition for the right to broadcast on the TV-6 frequency. Brief. (1)

According to Vladimir Mostovshchikov, head of the local Election Commission in the Sverdlovsk region, freedom of speech does not exist. The story comments on Mostovshchikov's pronouncements, concluding that journalists in the region are deprived of their right to freely share their views on events happening during the election campaign and on the region's political life. (1,2)

The story describes how one Muscovite decided to exchange books about Vladimir Putin for one by a classic author as part of the Moving Together youth movement's book swap. (1,2)

Presidential representative in the Siberian Federal District Leonid Drachevsky is in despair, because the government does not want to adopt the Strategy of Boosting Siberia plan. Drachevsky believes that two philosophies clashed when the Strategy was being drafted. The story examines them both. (2)

Volgograd regional authorities have allowed locals in several villages to kill stray cats, dogs, wolves and foxes. This decision was prompted by a huge number of diseased animals. According to official statistical data, stray animals bit 9,500 people last year. The story gives concrete facts

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

The United States has published a variant of the CIA's report to Congress on issues pertaining to the non-proliferation of mass destruction weapons. Russia's Foreign Ministry has made a statement in response. (1)

The agricultural sector last year made a net profit of $1 billion. In an interview, Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev reveals several secrets of his sector's success. (1,4)

The story highlights farmer Georgy Rebrikov from Chekhov, who has managed to turn his private farm into a profit-making enterprise providing several people with jobs. (6)

In an interview, Ukraine's President Leonid Kuchma talks about his forthcoming visit to the Tyumen region, focusing on reasons behind improved Ukrainian -Russian relations. (7)

The story describes the preparations for the trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, which begins in The Hague on Feb. 12. (7)


The story examines President Vladimir Putin's decision to adopted a long-term armament program lasting up to the year 2010. (1,2)

In an interview, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin touches on several vital issues such as wage arrears to teachers and doctors in regions, price hikes in pharmacies, Russia's foreign debts and inflation. (1,2

According to the State Statistics Committee, the number of unemployed in Russia as of the end of December last year was 6,400,000. The Labor Ministry analyses unemployment rates in the country's regions and cities. (2)

The presidential elections in Ingushetia are scheduled for April 7. The number of registered candidates is 32, and the figure may increase before Feb. 10 when the registration procedure ends. The story looks at several candidates. (2)

The Russian-Indian Inter-Governmental Commission on Commercial, Economic, Scientific-Technical and Cultural Cooperation Friday finished its 8th session in New Delhi. The Russian delegation, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov and India's Finance Minister Yashvant Sinkh, has signed several significant agreements. The story examines some of them. (4)

In an interview, Director-General of OAO Metallurgy Mikhail Shlosberg talks about several domestic aluminum companies that lately have become profit making and about the future of the domestic aluminum market generally. (7)

Krasnaya Zvezda

A large group of State Duma deputies liable for call-up from Feb. 5 up to Feb. 9 took practical training sessions on a military base of the General Staff Military Academy. The story describes their practical aims and results. (1)

The Military Topographical Board of the General Staff marked its 190th anniversary on Feb. 9. In an interview, the board's Acting Chief Major-General Valery Filatov talks about the topographical service and its present goals. (1,3)

Komomolskaya Pravda

A statement by LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky on Friday that the Russian Olympic national team had allegedly taken with it to America 400 liters of vodka has caused quite a scandal. The story gives details. (2)

Specialists at the Babakin Technical Center have developed a new parachute system -- a cone Spasatel or Rescuer. Center Director Konstantin Pichkhadze talks about the advantages of the new system. (4)

Igor Osharin, a student at Moscow's elite school No. 506 killed his girl friend Katya Salich and her mother Irina in a fit of jealousy. Katya's granny, who tried to defend her granddaughter, was badly injured. The story describes how it happened. (5, MK, 1,3)

Justice Minister Yury Chaika and several State Duma deputies Friday visited a maximum-security prison in the Vologda region. The story describes the visit. (8)