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Noviye Izvestia
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Komomolskaya Pravda
Krasnaya Zvezda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


The Angolan insurgent group UNITA has taken responsibility for destroying a plane last month. The An-12 had a Russian crew and dozens of Angolan servicemen on board. The UNITA official representative in Western Europe Karlush Morgadu has warned Moscow: "The flights of military planes over UNITA-controlled territories must be severed and the planes will be downed." The story describes the tragic fate of the AN-12 plane in Angola, commenting on Morgadu's statement. (1)

A story examines the positive results of Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov's talks with U.S. Vice-President Richard Cheney and American businessmen on Friday. (1, Kommersant Daily, 1, Gazeta, Feb. 1, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

In an interview Mark Zakharov, chief stage director of the Moscow Lenkom Theater, speaks about the 20th anniversary of the popular production "Yunona and Avos," focusing on its origin. (1,8, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 8)

A year after the scandal over the first ever space tourist Dennis Tito -- whom Russia launched into the orbit despite American protests -- NASA has adopted special rules wishing to buy a trip to the international space station. Russia no such rules and plans to launch another space tourist from Baikonur in April. The story examines several of the NASA rules. (2)

The Navy's top commanders and officers are to visit the enterprises making modern battle ships in St. Petersburg this month. Navy Chief Commander Vladimir Kuroyedov and a group of navy officers visited the Severnaya Verf ship-repairing plant in Feb. 1. The plant last year began to build a new battleship for the domestic navy. In an interview Kuroyedov talks about the construction of new planned ships and the distribution of increased navy budget funds.

The State Duma is discussing the idea of imposing a state monopoly on oil export. Deputies believe that the measure will yield an additional $5 billion in budget revenues. (2)

Chapter 3 of the ICAO Convention changing rules for airliners on international routes will take effect on April 1, 2002. The anti-noise restrictions will affect several Russian planes. A Russian delegation that discussed the issue with European Commission officials in Brussels asked for postponement of the new regulations. In an interview Deputy Economic Development Minister Vladimir Strzhalkovsky talks about major issues discussed in Brussels. (2, Vremya MN, 2)

The Justice Ministry Collegium Friday held an lengthened session at the State Service Academy to sum up the results of its work last year and map up priorities for this year. In 2002, the year of its 200th jubilee, the Justice Ministry has announced a more liberal policy. Minister Yury Chaika has reiterated his tough opposition to the death penalty. (2, Vremya MN, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

An experiment issuing foreign visitors short-term tourist visas at border crossings began on Friday. The story reveals its essence, focusing on the experiment's procedure. (2, Kommersant Daily, 3)

A story examines several personnel changes in AvtoVAZ that took place on Friday and a new strategy of boosting this auto giant. (3, Kommersant Daily, 1, 4, Vremya MN, 2)

Jeane-Paul Camu, head of the Camu Brandy House, opened the Week of French Delicatessen in Moscow on Friday. The story looks at the program of this event. (3)

The Saransk Mayor Ivan Nenyukov has introduced new rules for the employees of the local city administration including that once a month they should go to the theater and go skiing. The story comments on the mayor's decision. (3)

Christian Zager, the Swiss lawyer of the Olympic Committee of Russia, confirmed that the International Sport Arbitration Court had forbidden Yevgeny from playing for the Russian national hockey team. The story comments on the decision. (3, Noviye Izvestia, 8)

A story describes the national holiday in the Netherlands. Crown Prince Willen Alexander, heir to the Dutch throne on Saturday wed Argentine beauty Maxima Zorreguieta. (3, Kommersant Daily, 7, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6)

Patriarch Alexy II Friday stated that the Russian Orthodox Church has insisted on introducing the subject "Fundamentals of Orthodox Culture" in secondary schools. Brief. (3, Kommersant Daily, 2)

The inter-state broadcasting company Mir and the television company Class on Friday stated their intention to take part in the tender for the right to broadcast on the TV6 frequency. Brief. (3, Vremya MN, 2)

Over 60 HIV-infected convicts in a Slavyanovskaya maximum-security prison demanded special treatment early this week. The demands are related to their punishment for committing an act of disobedience. The story gives details. (3)

The 10th Congress of the Republican Party took place on Saturday when its leader State Duma deputy Vladimir Lysenko announced a merger with Boris Fyodorov's movement "Forward, Russia." The story comments on the party's decision. (4)

The United Russia party will propose changes to election legislation and to governor appointment on Monday. The story reveals the essence of the proposal. (4, Kommersant Daily, 2)

The State Duma Expert Council intends to submit a new draft of the Customs Code to the Customs Subcommittee. The story examines the document, noting that it's more conducive for Russia's accession to the International Trade Organization. (5)

At Transport Minister Sergei Frank's meeting with Moscow airport executives on Friday it was decided to raise the prices of servicing aircraft belonging to the domestic air companies by no more than 20 percent. The story comments on the decision. (5)

The UES monopoly's conflict with the military over cutting off electricity supplies has turned into a genuine inter-departmental scandal. The monopoly at present has complicated relations both with the Finance Ministry and with the Defense Ministry. The story examines who is suffering as a results of their continuing disputes. (5)

Russian Justice officials have conducted a search of the Credi Agricole Bank's subsidiary Credi Agricole Indosuez. The act was prompted by a commercial dispute between Indosuez and the Russian National Reserve Bank. The story examines the dispute and results of the search. (5)

Airbus Industries International Cooperation Director Xavier Tierni visited the Kazan Aviation Production Association with the aim of assessing the technical potential of Russian civil aircraft construction. Airbus Industries have plans to run a technical center in Moscow. The story examines the company's plans. (5)

The Netherlands is the first among the 12 EU countries to have fully switched over to the euro. The story examines the situation on other states. (6)

Several experts and public figures are trying to find the reasons behind recent attacks on members of the Russian elite. The probable reason of this hatred is class hatred. (7)

Leonid Yakubovich, the host of the "Pole Chudes" ORT television show, has signed a contract with the Ukrainian Media International Group for the "Dikanka" television project. The story examines this in detail. (9)

In an interview Mikhail Gusman, First Deputy Director-General of the ITAR-TASS Agency, talks about his ORT program "Formula of Power." (9)


A big scandal has been caused by the Andersen company's research of Russian oil exports to Germany. The Crown Resources AG company has ordered that the study be presented to the Russian government to reform the system of coordinating deliveries through the Druzhba oil pipelines. According to Andersen's results, the Druzhba pipeline brings Russia $500 million in losses every year. Crown Friday stated that LUKoil and Yukos are pressing Andersen to give up lobbying this idea at Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko's sessions. The story gives details. (1)

Shamil Tarpishchev, member of the International Olympic Committee, on Friday stated that the US Embassy failed to issue him an entry visa -- due to which he will have to miss an IOC session that is scheduled for Feb. 3 in Salt Lake City. (1)

The Federation Council Speaker was elected Chairman of the CIS Inter- Parliamentary Assembly on Friday. The story describes the election procedure in St. Petersburg. (2)

The Labor Code went into force on Feb. 1. This event was the focus of a festive session of the 3-party Commission on regulating social and labor relationships. Deputy Prime Minister Valentina Matviyenko (who was late due to traffic jams in the city) commented on the new legislation. (2)

The Taimyr Duma has demanded to the parliament of the Krasnoyarsk region that it cancel the articles of the regional charter that legalize the subjugation of Norilsk to Krasnoyarsk. The Taimyr deputies believe that these provisions violate the Russian Constitution. (2, Izvestia, 4)

A group has nominated writer Eduard Limonov, leader of the National Bolshevic Party (presently in Lefortovo Prison), as a candidate for elections to the State Duma from the Dzerzhinsk District in the Nizhny Novgorod region. (2)

Former Grozny Mayor Bislan Gantamirov, a Federal Inspector in the Southern Federal District, was reported to have been appointed Chechnya's Press, TV and Radiobroadcasting and Communications Minister on Friday. It seems that the republic's administration head has not yet signed the corresponding decree. (3)

The 16th air army Friday re-emerged as part of the domestic Air Force, with Lieutenant-General Valery Retunsky as its commander. President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on its revival. (3)

Guard Rafael Bravo, who worked in the British Airspace HQ, was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Friday. He plead guilty to attempting pass over several secret documents concerning NATO modern armament systems to Russian special services. The story gives details. (3)

A scandal around the bankruptcy of Promstroibank took an unexpected turn on Friday with its temporary manager Vladimir Bovkun withdrawing his resignation. The story gives details about the situation in and around the bank. (4)

A story examines the attitude of the World Economic Forum in New York toward the antiglobalists. (4)

The European Commission has allowed the Hewlett Packard corporation to absorb the Compaq firm. The sum of the deal is $23.8 billion. The story examines the merger. (4)

A government commission headed by Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko discussed an upcoming increase in railway tariffs on Friday when Deputy Economic Development Minister Andrei Sharonov proposed his own option of tariff indexation. The story reveals its essence. (4)

President Vladimir Putin received Transport Minister Sergei Frank on Friday. Analysts say that the minister may resign soon. The story examines several reasons. (4)

It became known on Friday that Severstaltrans had bought a controlling stake -- more than 60 percent -- of the Tuapse sea commercial port. Brief. (5)

Sibneft plans to open 10-15 gas filling stations in Tomsk this year. With this aim in view, the company has launched a subsidiary Sibneft-Tomsk. Brief. (5)

The International Fund "Initiatives for Combating Nuclear Threat" founded by American media-magnate Ted Turner is to open its mission in Moscow in a couple of days. The story examines how he envisions U.S.-Russian cooperation in this sphere. (8)

Noviye Izvestia

Sverdlovsk governor Eduard Rossel is heading a new political bloc in the region called "For Native Ural!" He badly needs this support in the upcoming elections to the regional Legislative Assembly -- scheduled for April 14 -- to have a docile majority there for prolonging his governor's career. The story examines the Kremlin's reaction to Rossels' behavior. (1,2)

According to the results of the latest opinion poll taken by the Obshchestvennoye Mneniye Fund on Jan. 26, 59 percent of Russians (from a sample of 1,500) view their country as being corrupt. The brief offers other results. (1)

The military court will be able to hear the criminal case against Colonel Yury Budanov's criminal in late February. The former commander of tank unit No. 160 is accused of killing 18-year-old Chechen woman Elza Kungayeva. The story looks at his case. In an interview Budanov's lawyer Anatoly Mukhin comments on the situation around a scandalous investigation of the case. (1,5)

Marina Denikina and her son journalist Michel Bude have agreed to transfer the remains of General Anton Denikin to Moscow. The Russian Meeting of the Nobility has come up with the initiative of re-burying Generals Denikin and Wrangel in Moscow. The initiative was backed by the Defense Ministry and the Moscow government. The feature story offers a page of history highlighting the legendary commanders of the White Army during the 1920 Civil War. (7)

A story gives facts to illustrate the lack of utilities reform in the country, and how bureaucrats are unable (or unwilling) to understand what this reform should be. What is taking place is a gross increase in payments in the housing and utility services sector with all losses due to poor state management being put onto the shoulders of the public. (4)

Even after its former head Vyacheslav Shtyrov was elected president of Yakutia, Alrosa has continued to be a point of contention between the republic and the federal authorities. The story examines a continuing conflict. (2)

The Writer's Union of Russia is proposing the launch of an all-Russian public Orthodox channel "Sobor" on the TV6 frequency under the guardianship of the Russian Orthodox Church. The story reveals the essence of the suggestion and its supporters. (2)

The Agriculture Ministry intends to increase the import duty on poultry. The story examines what has prompted such an intention. (2)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

In an interview Labor Minister Alexander Pochjnok examines specific features of the new Labor Code, focusing on what each of the three sides -- the workers, the employers and the labor unions -- gains from it. (1,2)

A story presents the project "One Family of Vladimir Putin's Times," in which an ordinary family has been selected as the newspaper's collective freelancer to comment on latest developments and to answer Rossiiskaya Gazeta question of the day. The story examines the project. (1,2)

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry has drafted the Concept of Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization. There is a short commentary and the full text of the draft. (1,5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta gives a comprehensive schedule of all competitions during the Winter Olympic Games in Salt-Lake City. (3)

The Federal Constitutional Law concerning Martial Law is printed. Full text. (4)

The Federal Law concerning the introducing of amendments to the Federal Law on Leasing is printed. Full text. (5)

Komomolskaya Pravda

Six young research associates from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Lobnya have received Sofya Kovalevskaya prizes of 1.2 million euros from the German Alexander Gumboldt Fund. The story describes why the Germans rated these Russian scientists so highly. (2)

Specialists at the Institute of Special Nutrition Technologies have developed several kinds of alcohol-based herb tea and balsams for the army. The story gives their names and wonderful properties. (3)

The Committee on Financial Monitoring became fully operational as of Feb. 1. The story describes its major functions. (3)

Twenty-year-old sergeant Andrei Rastegayev killed four servicemen at a border checkpoint in the Far East on Thursday. The story gives details. (4, MK, 2)

A story describes how a jealous husband on Friday attacked a dental clinic on Ulitsa Lyotchika Babushkina in Moscow. The man was arrested. (5)

Prof. Yevgeny Pupyrev, Director of the Institute of Mosvodokanalniiproekt on Friday spoke about a disturbing situation with the Moscow natural water system with all its big and small rivers and water reservoirs. (5)

The number of registered robberies committed in Moscow last year was 2,586, which was a 29.3 percent increase on the figure for the year 2000. Brief. (5)

Member of the International League of Psychotherapists and of the All-Russian Professional Medical Association Taimuraz Mamukov, founder of the Spiritual Psychology Center in Moscow, talks about his Center and about his own effective methods of treating different stresses including drug addiction, depression and many other diseases. (6)

A story examines how the territory in front of and around Mayor Yury Luzhkov's apartment block No.4 on Osennyaya Ulitsa is cleared off from ice and snow. (8)

A story gives the names of all 166 Russian Olympic hopefuls in different kinds of sports. (3)

A Rusal delegation together with Russian athletes will leave for Salt-Lake City in several of days. Rusal is a general partner of the Russian Olympic Committee and the Russian national team. In an interview Rusal Deputy Director General Alexander Livshits says why his aluminum corporation has decided to invest in sports. Sport KP Supplement. (12)

A story introduces well-known companies and firms that helped the Olympic Committee of Russia (OCA) train domestic athletes for the Olympic Games in Salt-Lake City. The general sponsors of the OCA are Russian Aluminum, Bosco de Chiljedzhi, and Gazprom. The official sponsors are Zenit Bank, Yukos and the Tyumen Oil Company. Sport KP Supplement . (12-15)

What will television viewers learn about the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City from television programs? The story examines the latter in detail. Sport KP Supplement. (16)

A story describes what the Baltika beer brewery has been doing to boost domestic sport a great deal. (9, Noviye Izvestia, 4)

A story looks at a small dog "brothel" that has been opened by a Moscow family of doctors. (10)

Krasnaya Zvezda

The Cosmodrome Plesetsk in the Arkhangelsk region is to receive a new lease on life after a special program of boosting it as a center of space launches initiated by President Vladimir Putin is implemented. The story is devoted to this city that has a great future. (1)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Moscow regional governor Boris Gromov has decided to encourage the 100 best higher school students in the region every month through providing them with special monthly grants. The story describes them in detail. (1)

An unusual museum will appear soon in Moscow's Polezhayevskaya metro station's main hall that will display metro cars from different times. Visitors will not only be able to have a look at these rarities but also to ride in them. The story features the new museum. (8)

In an interview famed singer Lev Leshchenko, who on Friday turned 60, talks about his monthly concerts and about his friends, his teaching at the Institute of Culture, his likes, dislikes and leisure time. (2)

Alexander Malyshev (also known as Malysh and Boroda), the ringleader of a big criminal group in St. Petersburg has been arrested in Berlin on charges of using fake documents. He has been wanted by international police since 2000. The story gives details. (2)