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Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Novaya Gazeta

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Komomolskaya Pravda


Natural cataclysms this winter have given nothing but trouble to Moscow authorities, which are worried about an alarming state of the city's subsoil waters. Specialists have come to the conclusion that the level of water has exceeded the norm, and as a result, a considerable part of the city's underground territory has been already flooded. The Moscow government is to take urgent measures. (1)

In an interview, State Duma Budget Committee Deputy Head Oksana Dmitriyeva talks about the 2002 budget's dependence on oil prices, state debt and the government's financial policy in the context of future inflation and the rate of the ruble. (1,4)

In an interview, St. Petersburg film star Leonid Mozgovoi, who has lately won many prestigious prizes, speaks about his film heroes, including Hitler and Lenin. (1,8)

At a closed session late last week the government discussed a controversial draft bill concerning alternative army service that was submitted by the General Staff. The story concentrates on several sensational details of that discussion. (1, 2)

After his speech at the World Economic Forum in New York on Sunday, Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov returned to Washington to meet with President George W. Bush on Monday morning. The story mentions several issues they are expected to discuss. Newspapers comment on Kasyanov's speech at the forum and on his business meetings there. (2, 5, Kommersant Daily, 2, Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, MK, 2)

The story describes the first Moscow Comics Festival — ComMission — that opened in the city over the weekend. Of special interest are its participants, program and sponsors. (2, Vremya Novostei, 10)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov's proposal to place a modern sculpture "The Theft of Europe" by a Belgian artist in front of the Kievsky Railway Terminal caused a scandal on Friday at a session of the Experts' Council in the Moscow Architecture Committee. The story describes the origin of the idea and its negative public response. (2)

TV-6 Director-General Yevgeny Kiselyov's personal Land Rover was confiscated late at night on Feb. 1. Law-enforcement officers say that the act is not linked up to the shutdown of TV-6. The story reflects on possible reasons. (3, Kommersant Daily, 3, Gazeta, 1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6, Vremya Novostei, 3)

A special commission working in Chechnya has discovered that 93 million rubles of the budget funds have been squandered. The Republic's Minister Vladimir Yelagin announced the discovery. Brief. (3)

The Meshchansky Inter-Municipal Court in Moscow on Monday is to consider the criminal case of former Krasnoyarsk Aluminum Plant Board of Directors head Anatoly Bykov. Krasnoyarsk entrepreneur Vilor Struganov (also known as Pasha-Tsvetomuzyka) will take part as a witness. The story gives details. (3, Kommersant Daily, 3, Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6)

The international "Einstein" financial group from the British company "Brain Game" has bought the rights to conduct a regular world chess championship. The story examines the deal. (3)

Famed Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut, 46, has been arrested in Atlanta where she was accused of stealing some food from a local supermarket. The story details the incident. (3, Gazeta, 1,4, Vremya Novostei, 12, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6)

The Kremlin and other policy-making centers have begun work drafting the president's state of the nation address to be delivered in March to the Federal Assembly. The president is reported to have rejected its preliminary draft. The story examines several specific features of this work, the complexities of the task. (4)

As American presence in Central Asia increases Russia may find this region lost out of its sphere of influence. This was stated by one of the leaders of the Headquarters for coordinating CIS military cooperation. The story comments on the statement. (4)

St. Petersburg authorities intend to build an administrative center that will host all the government committees, departments and federal ministries. The story looks at the project. (4)

The Gazprom Board of Directors is expected to hold a session on Monday to discuss preparations for its next shareholders' meeting. Several personnel changes may be also considered. The story examines the agenda. (5, Kommersant Daily, 1,3)

In an interview Xerox Europe Ltd. mission head Igor Simonov, Director-General of Xerox for the CIS examines a favorable situation in the company and the current state of the world and domestic high-tech sector. (5)

The Agency for Restructuring Credit Organizations has launched a special telephone line for Russky Kredit and SBS-Agro depositors. The story examines the aim of the measure. (5)

A European Commission delegation is expected to arrive in Russia tomorrow to discuss problems pertaining to Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization. Brief. (5)

A year has passed since the 42nd President, Bill Clinton, left office. The story describes his present activities. (6)

A powerful earthquake shook central Turkey on Sunday, leaving more than 20 people dead and over 150 people injured. Brief. (6, Kommersant Daily, 9, Vremya Novostei, 1)

Ptichy Rynok Director Alexander Pochenchuk has sent a letter to President Vladimir Putin demanding that Mayor Yury Luzhkov be reprimanded for moving the market outside the city, without allegedly any legal right to do so. The story looks at the content of the letter, focusing on alarming developments around the market. (10)

In an interview, Vladimir Noskov, Director of the Central Writers' Club, and institution that in Soviet times was one of Moscow's most prestigious places, talks about the club's fate today. (10)


Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, no in jail at The Hague, has reportedly given a secret interview to ITAR-TASS. This information has at once become a sensation. (1)

A Mi-24 military helicopter flying along the Vladikavkaz- Tuskoroi- Vladikavkaz route disappeared in Chechnya on Sunday. The story gives details. (1)

The FATF plenary session Sunday refused to take Russia off its black list of countries ignoring the laundering illegally earned money. The story comments on the session's decision. (2, Vremya Novostei, 1)

During negotiations in Munich on Sunday, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov called Western state officials' and international organizations' meetings with Aslan Maskhadov's envoys a policy of double standards. From all indications, the story concludes, Moscow is irritated by the West's deliberately neutral response to the Chechen problem and its unwillingness to side with Russia. (2)

A big scandal has erupted in St. Petersburg around its large city department store — Leningrad Trading House (Dom Leningradskoi Torgovli). The story reveals its essence and participants. (3)

Ingushetia's Security Council Secretary Bagaudin Aushev stated Sunday that a Mercedes Gelaendewagen found in the republic did not belong to satirical writer Mikhail Zhvanetsky. (3)

On Feb. 2, the US State Department demanded the immediate and unconditional release of The Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl, 38, who was kidnapped in Pakistan on Jan. 23. According to the latest reports, he is alive, though in the hands of terrorists. (3, Vremya Novostei, 5)

Two leading domestic cement-makers — Oskoltsement and Shtern-Tsement — have become involved in a conflict concerning control over the Podgorensky Tsement plant in the Voronezh region. The story reveals the essence of the conflict. (4)

The Non-State Pension Funds Inspectorate has issued a directive saying who can audit the non-state pension funds. Market participants believe that the inspectorate is trying to consolidate its status as a controller of the non-state pension funds market. The story examines the directive. (4)

A long-standing conflict between the Bank of Moscow and the Moscow Stock Exchange (MFB) has taken an unexpected turn. MFB head Maxim Karpenko has proposed the bank to become a co-owner of the trading ground in exchange for regulating the problem of the $1.5 million debt. This variant does not suit the Bank of Moscow. (4)

State Duma Deputies Vladimir Yuzhakov and Vladimir Ryzhkov late last week submitted a draft bill titled " The Behaviour Code of State Employees". The story examines the draft. (6)

US President George W. Bush today is expected to make public a draft budget for 2003 and major plans of budget policy during the next several years. The story examines the draft. (8)


The Dutch brewery company Heineken has announced that it has struck a deal to purchase the St. Petersburg Bravo brewery for $400 million. This is the biggest deal in the history of the domestic beer market. (A1)

The World Economic Forum (WEF) wrapped up in New York on Sunday. Though the Forum was not the place for signing contracts, several large foreign firms have announced their intentions to take part in Russian projects. (A1)

It was announced on Sunday that Transkreditbank (TKB) head Dmitry Kormilitsyn would quit his post. Bank employees say that Alexander Masalsky, who was appointed by the TKB presidential adviser after the resignation of Railways Minister Nikolai Aksyonenko, is already directing the bank. (A1)

The overall debt on taxes and fees to the consolidated budget as of Jan. 1, 2002 amounted to 475 billion rubles, 0.3 percent higher last year. Brief. (A1)

After negotiations in Munich with U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov spoke out against conducting anti-terror operations against Iraq, Iran and North Korea. Political analyst Vitaly Portnikov comments on Russia's stance on the issue. (A2

What does the future have in store non-state pension funds in the future? Five experts share their viewpoints on the issue. (A2)

Federal Property Fund head Vladimir Malin sent a letter last week to Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov asking him to cancel an auction to sell 36.8 percent of stock of the Eastern Oil Company. The story examines how Malin justified his proposal. (A2)

In his State of the Nation Address President George W. Bush put Iran on the same footing with Iraq and North Korea, which has not only embittered Teheran, but has also caused concern among the Unites States' close allies, The statement appears to have greatly changed U.S. administration's foreign policy stand. (A2)

The domestic economy has been in the state of depressed stability for the first month of 2002. Though production in January increased compared with the same period last year, uncertainty regarding future economic growth is growing. The story examines an economic expert's view on the situation. (A3)

Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov has declared the creation of a5th generation fighter plane, which will replace the Su-27 and MiG-29 planes, a national priority. A tender for the right to design it will take place before the end of the first quarter and its potential participants are the Sukhoi Design Bureau and the MiG RSK. In an interview, Sukhoi Director-General Mikhail Pogosyan how Sukhoi can make such an ambitious project a reality. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Gazprom's contradictory stand in relation to Sibur could provoke the financial collapse of its subsidiary as Sibur is now experiencing shortage of working capital. The story examines the situation. (B1)

The Railways Ministry has already separated the economic and state functions in its agency. Newly appointed Minister Gennady Fadeyev has unexpectedly signed a decree to create the Federal State Unitarian Enterprise "The Directorate of Russian Railways." The story reveals the essence of the document. (B1)

Yukos on Friday became the most expensive domestic company on the stock market after having outstripped Gazprom. This is a real breakthrough for the company. (B1)

The Anti-Monopoly Ministry returned a package of documents asking permission to increase its charter capital from 3 billion rubles up to 8 billion to the Bank of Moscow. This was stated by Deputy Minister Andrei Kashevarov. Brief. (B1)

The Yakutian Sakhaneftegaz (SNG) is changing its shareholders. Yukos will soon get a blocking package of shares in the company by buying out a new additional issuance of stock. Alrosa recently sold its stake in SNG to an offshore company. (B2)

The Property Ministry and the management board of Domodedovo Airlines, each having a 50 percent stake in the airline, are unable to agree on who has the right to control the company. If the rivals fail to find common language, the company may be liquidated. (B2)

The Bratsk Aluminum Plant, following Krasnoyarsk Aluminum Plant's lead, intends to issue new shares to the tune of $110 million. The story comments on its decision. (B2)

Sberbank's overall volume of private deposits is continuing to shrink. The story reports on how analysts explain this tendency. (B3)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Self-exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky has lately made appearances in newspaper publications and in television programs as a person who exerts considerable influence on the political developments in Russia. Political analyst Andrei Fyodorov offers an in-depth analysis of this political figure, and tries to answer the following questions: What is Berezovsky today? What allows him to maintain his presence on the field of Russian policy? The author concludes that Berezovsky is the most serious political adversary of today's existing political regime and of Vladimir Putin. (1,5)

Despite the great numbers of Russians living below the poverty line, 42 percent of the population is sure that Russia has maintained its position as a world superpower. The story notes that in this respect Russian officials have been fortunate because of Russians' blind faith in their country's superiority. The All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTSIOM) on Jan. 25-28 conducted a poll in 33 regions to find out Russians' response to the notion that Russia still remains a great country. The story offers interesting results and commentary. (1,2)

In an interview, State Duma Defense Committee Head Andrei Nikolayev admits that military reform in Russia has failed. He offers to revise all decisions on the building and boosting the Russia's armed forces. (1,2)

George W. Bush today is to receive Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov. The Russian Prime Minister is to have a 30-minute discussion with the U.S. president. The story examines Russia as America's eternal ally rather than its partner. (2)

The fate of Colonel Yury Budanov, who is accused of killing the Chechen young woman Elza Kungayeva, is now dependent on the results of forensic medical examinations. (3)

Novaya Gazeta

Kremlin banker Sergei Pugachev has talked with media tycoon Boris Berezovsky regarding the purchase of the TV-6 channel. The story offers a transcript of their discussion. (1,2)

President Vladimir Putin's decision to fire or demote 14 Navy commanders responsible for the Kursk tragedy has brought on more questions than it has solved. The story examines several such pressing questions. (3)

The Committee on Financial Monitoring, an agency responsible for combating illegally earned money, attached to the Finance Ministry became operational on Feb. 1. Economic analyst Julia Latynina examines its tasks and duties. (3)

The story describes how Krasnodar authorities are using tough psychological pressure to make Novaya Gazeta journalist renounce his harsh criticism of policies. (4)

The story examines the recent developments concerning the criminal case against businessman Anatoly Bykov, former Director-General of the Krasnoyarsk Aluminum Plant. (4)

Specialists have analyzed the housing and utility reform in Moscow, particularly, changes in the water supply system. According to their calculations, profits reaching 450 percent are benefiting city officials. The story gives concrete facts and figures showing how water utility authorities have deceived Muscovites. (7)

The 4th International Youth Political Forum opened in Moscow on Feb. 2 and will run until Feb. 9. The story examines its agenda, sponsors and participants. (8)

The story examines the unbearable living conditions of convicts in Butyrskaya prison. The correctional facility should be urgently closed, as even major renovation is unlikely to improve life for its residents. (11)

Russian and Spanish secret services detained Sergei Butorin, the Godfather of the Russian Mafia outside Barcelona in February of last year. Before this arrest, the Rushailo-led Interior Ministry's Organized Crime Board ignored both him and the 29 murders committed under his orders. Presently Butorin is alive and will be soon extradited to Russia. (12, 13)

Contract killings of entrepreneurs, financiers and wealthy people continue in Russia. The story gives facts to illustrate the point. (13)

In an interview, Vladimir Pozner, host of the acclaimed ORT television program and a member of the Federal Competition Commission that is to decide the fate of the TV-6 channel, talks about his job in this commission and about his beloved program. In the interview, he admits that he was once offered $250,000 by someone wanting to take part in his program. (16)

Komomolskaya Pravda

Now living in Reutovo, Vladimir Porshnev reminisces about several funny episodes of Kremlin life in 1959-1962 when he served in the special Kremlin guard regiment. (18, 19)

The Maria Yermolova House-Museum has put up an interesting exhibition of the drawings and paintings made famous women, though not necessarily artists. (2)

Few believed that Moscow authorities would dare move the famous Ptichy Rynok market. Those who worked in the market tried to protest but everything was in vain when Mayor Yury Luzhkov made the decision. (3)

The newspaper introduces all deputies of the Moscow City Duma, the elections of which took place in December. (6, 7)

A family of beavers has taken up lodging in the Pokrovskoye -Streshnevo park. Where have these pretty animals come from? Park warden Alexander Kuzin shares his ideas on the subject. (17)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

The construction of the Lefortovo tunnel is in full swing. The first 100 meters were examined by Mayor Yury Luzhkov over the weekend. The story describes the project. (1,2)

According to reports from the City Health Department, the number of suicides in 2001 was 1,954, which is by 54 cases more than in 2000. The story gives details.(1)

"As long as we are united we are invincible" — this slogan had been used by authorities since the spring of 1999 up to the end last year when it became clear that the time of unity is over. Political groups that united for the election of Vladimir Putin as president are now standing at loggerheads. The story gives facts to illustrate the point. (3)