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Moskovskiye Novosti

Komomolskaya Pravda



The Moscow Hermitage Gardens in the center of the city has become a point of contention between its old and new owners. The story reveals the essence of the conflict. (1,2)

At the Oscar presentation ceremony on Sunday night "A Beautiful Mind " was named Best Film, with its director Ron Howard named Best Director. The story describes the ceremony and the Oscar winners. (1,7, Kommersant Daily, 1,13, Noviye Izvestia, 6, Vremya Novostei, 10, Gazeta, 1,6, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 24,25, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 8, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7, Moskovskiye Novosti, 1, 25, MK, 1,2)

In an interview the Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Viktor Chernomyrdin stated that after the parliamentary elections in Ukraine Russian-Ukrainian relations are sure to improve. (1,8)

The Rosgosstrakh shareholders' extraordinary meeting on Friday accepted the candidacy of minority shareholders representative Ruben Vardanyan to the post of the company's Director-General.

This is the first time that the state, which has a majority stake, has handed over control of a leading domestic business to the private sector. Vardanyan's consortium of shareholders owns 49 percent of Rosgosstrakh. In his first interview Ruben Vardanyan, the former head of the Troika Dialog investment bank, speaks about a new program of boosting Rosgosstrakh. (1, Finansoviye Izvestia Supplement, 2)

The Education Ministry has recommended to secondary schools to double the number of physical training lessons. Deputy Minister Viktor Bolotov comments on the proposal. (1)

The State Duma on Monday held parliamentary hearings on pension reform. The government, whose stand was presented by Pension Fund (PF) head Mikhail Zurabov. The state refused to introduce amendments to the draft bill that allocates the accumulated part of the pension fund. The story describes how the fate of pension money has been already decided without the State Duma. (2, Kommersant Daily, 4, Vremya MN, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

Sheremetyevo airport on Monday came up with a solution to its heavy workload. In the months of April to September all charter flights will be scheduled for nighttime. The story examines the new measure, focusing on several negative consequences. (2, Kommersant Daily, 7, Vremya Novostei, 8, Gazeta, 9, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 7)

A delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church headed by Holy Synod member Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, arrived in Iraq on Monday. Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, Secretary of the Church Foreign Relations Department of the Moscow Patriarchate, comments on the aim of the trip. (2, Vremya Novostei, 1)

An unprecedented session of representatives from special services and law-enforcement agencies opened in St. Petersburg on Monday to discuss issues concerning the crackdown on international terrorism and extremism. Head of intelligence and special services from 40 countries got together to discuss how to counteract world evil. The story describes the event and its participants. (2, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3)

The Culture Ministry has released Vladimir Grammatikov from the post of Director of the Gorky Film Studio. The story examines major reasons. (3, Kommersant Daily, 14, Gazeta, 15, Vremya MN, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, MK, 1,7)

In an interview Vyacheslav Leibman, head of the Board of Directors of the Fenix Holding energy company, sheds light on the recent theft of jewelry from the Moscow apartment of Kseniya Sobchak, daughter of the former St. Petersburg Mayor, Anatoly Sobchak. (3)

The Independent reported Monday that Ian Parr, an official from the British BAE Systems defense company, went on trial in a London Court on charges of spying for Russia. The story gives details. (3, Kommersant Daily, 1, Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 5, Vremya MN, 5, MK, 2)

Ambulance doctor Yury Kurashov was killed on Solntsevsky Bulvar on Saturday. His killer Andrei Razmazov, 26, was arrested on the same day. The story details the case. (3, MK, 1,7)

The weekly Vek publication that was funded by Konversbank has been closed. Its Editor-in-Chief Alexander Kolodny talks about the reason. (3)

State Duma Speaker Sergei Mironov with a large group of parliamentarians is taking part in a St. Petersburg conference on the struggle against terrorism. He reported that he is willing to attempt to settle the present crisis in the Pankisi Gorge. Besides, Mironov backed State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov, saying that all attempts to replace Seleznyov are inexpedient and irrational. (4)

The Federation Council on Monday received President Vladimir Putin's letter proposing the candidacy of Sergei Kazantsev for the post of Constitutional Court Judge. Was is presently Assistant Professor of the Law Faculty in St. Petersburg University. (4, Kommersant Daily, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

March 26 marks two years of Vladimir Putin's presidency. A story notes that the question -- Who is Mister Putin? -- asked two years ago has been transformed into the question -- Why is it that Russians like their president so much? Analysts from the Public Opinion Fund comment on the latest public opinion polls. (4,12, Kommersant Daily, 1,9 , Gazeta, 1,3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 1, Vremya MN, 3, MK, 1,3

Gazprom Management Board deputy head Alexander Ryazanov was on Monday elected chairman of the Board of Directors of Gazprom's subsidiary Sibur. Vyacheslav Skvortsov was elected its head. The story examines Gazprom's relations with its subsidiary Sibur, focusing on its plans. (5, Kommersant Daily, 5, Vremya Novostei, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

The Economic Development Ministry on Monday reported that Chinese authorities have launched an anti-dumping investigation against Russian metals combines. The story looks at the possible negative consequences for Russian steel companies. (5)

A story reports on how big and small energy companies in the Kemerovo region are fighting for property. (5)

A new computer virus has reached Russia. The story describes its dangerous effect. (5)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov is trying to put into effect a scheme of converting debts into investments in Mongolia. The story describes his efforts. (5, Kommersant Daily, 3, Vremya Novostei, 2)

According to the Economic Development Ministry, the growth of the gross domestic product in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year may amount to 2.8 percent. (5)

A story offers facts and figures illustrating rapid development in the computer games market. The focus is the positive views shared by several gamers. (6)

The TV6 Competition Commission headed by Press Minister Mikhail Lesin will tomorrow hold a session to decided the fate of the former TV6 frequency. Its 13 claimants each answer four questions. (10, Gazeta, 1,2 , Komsomolskaya Pravda (Yevgeny Kiselyov's interview), 8,9)


The Economic Development Ministry on Monday presented reports on the behavior of the economy in February. The story looks at several State Statistics Committee figures, focusing on three negative conclusions and optimistic hopes for this month. (1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

The Vash Finansovy Popechitel (VFP) investment company has bought 6.88 percent of stock of Konversbank, formerly belonging to the Siberian Chemical Combine. The story comments on the deal, focusing on VFP's future plans. (1)

A scandal erupted in Chechnya on Monday when Nadterechny District head Akhmed Zavgayev accused his Ingush neighbors in a forceful seizure of Chechen land. He threatened them with war if they fail to return them. (3, Vremya MN, 2)

Unified Russia activists and State Duma centrist factions on Monday stated that they have nothing to do with the scandal around the possible resignation of State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov. The story comments on their statement. (3, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2, Vremya MN, 2, Gazeta, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3)

First Deputy Anti-Monopoly Minister Natalya Fonaryova has quit her job and taken a new one in the Lawyers' Bureau "Barshchevsky and Partners." In an interview she says why she has left the ministry, focusing on her new job. (4)

The Anti-Monopoly Ministry on Monday resumed considering the case regarding the Communications Ministry's alleged legal violations. The story examines the case. (4)

The Moscow Arbitration Court on Monday imposed a procedure of external supervision in Vnukovo Airlines. The story reports on who has initiated the measure and what is its aim. (4)

The Wall Street Journal on Monday reported that Paul Volcker, former head of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, has proposed a plan to save the Andersen company. The story reveals its essence. (7)

The CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly Commission in St. Petersburg on Monday decided to create a single system of medical insurance for all CIS countries. The story reports on how CIS ordinary citizens will gain from it. (7)

The Industrial-Insurance Company and Avtobank have signed an agreement on cooperation in the sphere of insurance and banking activities. (7)

The government is seeking new methods of increasing revenues from big oil companies. Nature Minister Vitaly Artyukhov late last week proposed imposing a progressive tax rate for mineral resource users. The story reveals its essence and explains how some reserves will be taxed at a higher rate. (8)

British Prime Minister Tony Blair may be released from his post in the near future. According to the latest public opinion poll, the majority of Britons would welcome his resignation. The story comments on public opinion results. (10)

The bodies of three savagely murdered small boys were found buried on Sunday on the administrative border of the Shcholkovsky and Naursky districts. (12, Vremya Novostei, 3)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov last week marked 100 days taking up office. In an interview, Mironov explains what has been accomplished during this period and what challenges proved to be the most difficult. (1,11)

Novosibirsk governor Viktor Tolokonsky last week held an open electronic trading session for the purchase of the region's resources. It's the first such practice in Russia. A story describes how it was done. (4)

A story offers several concrete facts showing the unbridled corruption and criminality of law enforcement officers in the Kuzbass region. (5)

In an interview, Oleg Mironov explains why he has concluded that the present human rights situation in Russia is unsatisfactory. (11)

Noviye Izvestia

According to the European Union, the dollar soon will lose its traditional green color, and instead will be composed of 7 different colors. Brief. (1)

142 servicemen from the Saratov region have perished in the war in the North Caucasus. State authorities have provided material aid to several families after the newspaper published letters from 2 mothers who lost their sons in Chechnya. Noviye Izvestia has printed the letters, which are full of both sorrow and despair. (1,5)

A story looks at Saratov governor Dmitry Ayatskov who has written many books concerning agriculture, poultry breeding, history, economics and medicine. His newest book is devoted to tuberculosis. (1)

According to Economic Development Deputy Minister Vladimir Strzhalkovsky, 21.6 million foreign tourists, including those from the Commonwealth of Indepandant States, visited Russia last year. The number of tourists, who visited Russia for entertainment and business, increased by 7 percent up to 7.4 million. A brief offers other figures on foreign tourists in Russia. (1)

A weekend march organized by Russian neo-fascists on Moscow's Ryazansky Prospekt in was practically ignored by city authorities. A story gives details. (2)

Moscow Education Committee head Lyubov Kezina signed a directive concerning the procedure of enrolling small children into the first grade. A story examines this interesting document. (4)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Document. The Statement by the State Duma concerning activities in Ukraine in relation to former SS Galichina division servicemen. Full text. (3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

On April 2 the Moscow city government is expected to adopt a long-term program aimed at boosting employment in the city. Sergei Dudnikov, head of the Federal State Employment Service for Moscow, comments on the draft. (3)

Document. The Federal Law concerning putting legislative acts in line with federal law on state registration of legal entities. Full text. (10-12)

The government has submitted a draft bill concerning compensation of bank deposits made by citizens of the former Soviet Union. In an interview, Deputy Finance Minister Bella Zlatkis explains the draft's major provisions. Rossiiskaya Biznes-Gazeta (RBG) Supplement. (1,2)

On Tuesday the Inter-Departmental Commission discussed major problems in state policy in connection to bio-technology. A story focuses on the commission's priorities. RBG Supplement. (1,8)

Moskovskiye Novosti

At a recent session of the Kremlin Property Department (KPD), Kremlin property boss Vladimir Kozhin stated that his agency intends to deprive the Izvestia editorial board of the right to possess the Izvestia trademark. A story comments on Kozhin's statement, explaining how it may affect the newspaper. KPD Press Secretary Viktor Khrekov presented KPD's stand in the dispute with Izvestia. (2,3)

More than a month has passed since Basmanny Inter-Municipal Court judge Yelena Ptanskaya delivered two court rulings in relation to the newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which costs the newspaper $1.5 million and may spell its financial collapse. A story reveals the details of the court decisions, focusing on a response made by Novaya Gazeta Editor-in-Chief Dmitry Muratov. (2, 3)

Moskovskiye Novosti's editor-in-chief shares his views on the current dispute between authorities and newspapers Izvestia and Novaya Gazeta. (2)

Moskovskiye Novosti political observer Valery Vyzhutovich examines the anti-immigration policy implemented by Krasnodar regional governor Alexander Tkachov. Vyzhutovich says that President Vladimir Putin supports the policy. (5)

The US Energy Department plans to resume work on a new generation of nuclear weapons. New funding will be allocated to prepare the Nevada testing ground for the new nuclear tests, which are scheduled to begin within the next two months. A story notes that Russia has no intention to support the United States in this sphere. (6)

In an interview First Deputy Mayor Oleg Tolkachev, head of the property-land relations complex, answers questions relating to new land ownership laws. (11)

In February Pope John Paul II made a decision to open a new section of the Vatican archives. This was confirmed by the Vatican's main librarian and archivist John Maria Mejia at a recent scientific conference at the Russian State University of the Humanities. Brief. (13)

The great film and theater actor Innokenty Smoktunovsky, who died in 1994, would have turned 77 on March 28. In his last interview made in 1993, Smoktunovsky talks about his difficult life and about his favorite roles in films and dramatic productions. (27)

A story looks at the March 9 beating of Sasha Prosterman, a senior student of Moscow School No. 247, who was hospitalized with serious injuries. (31)

Komomolskaya Pravda

Sochi entrepreneurs were expected to stage a demonstration in front of City Hall on Tuesday to protest a 4-fold increase of the single social tax. A story describes the action. (3)

The Moscow city government was expected Tuesday to discuss sanitary measures aimed at removing garbage in city streets and courtyards. A story examines several measures. (7)

The fate of the TV6 frequency will be decided tomorrow. In an interview TV6 company Director-General Yevgeny Kiselyov talks about his previous jobs in NTV and TV-6 and about his feelings and hopes on the eve of the tender. (8,9)

In an interview, Galina Kurlyandskaya, Director of the Fiscal Policy Center, answers questions regarding taxing that will soon have to be paid by Russian small business. (10)


The European Commission on Monday announced that from April 3 it will impose protective duties on 15 types of Russian steel products. The measure will cost Russian steel companies 200 million euros a year. The story comments on the measure. (A1)

The money spent on the four hour Oscar awards ceremony would be enough to make several films with one minute of television advertising time costing almost $2.5 million. (A1)

Domestic investment banks have gained considerable economic ground amid the background of recession in the world's leading countries. Specialists from all over the world have come to work in Russia due to a shortage of work in world financial centers. Headhunters say that over the last year quality staff has become cheaper by 10 to 20 percent. (A1)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has signed a decree excluding the State Musical Television and Radio Broadcasting Center and the State Symphony Television and Radio Orchestra from the list of subsidiaries of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company. The Press Ministry will control these enterprises as independent federal state agencies. (A1)

According to March results, the domestic railways sector is profitable. This was stated by Deputy Minister Alexander Misharin. (A1)

The All-Russian Union of Insurers (AUI) a month ago obtained its own representative in the State Duma (S.D.). Since then Alexander Koval, head of the State Duma Insurance Subcommittee, replaced Igor Yurgens at the post of AUI head. In an interview Koval speaks about how he will work with insurers and Duma deputies. (A2)

Railways Minister Gennady Fadeyev has proposed postponing railway reform for another year, forming the Russian Railways Company at the end of 2003. The story says how he justified his proposal. (A3)

Analysts find the assurances of Economic Development Minister German Gref's economic growth figures premature. The story gives figures to prove the point. (A3)

The Economic Development Ministry, the Finance Ministry and Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov have announced a new progressive system of taxation for small businesses. The story examines the move with a critical eye. (A4)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The fate of Konversbank has unexpectedly fallen into the hands of the Vash Finansovy Popechitel (VFP) company that recently bought 6 percent of the stock of Konversbank. This is exactly the stake needed by MDM Group in order to have a controlling stake of Konversbank. (B1)

Vittorio Minkato, director-general of the Italian Eni company, stated that his oil giant is willing to buy British Enterprise Oil for approximately $5.5 billion. (B1)

The owners of the St. Petersburg juice producing Multon company have bought 48 percent of the Ochakovo dairy facility. The story comments on the deal. (B1)

The biotechnological industry is developing rapidly in Russia. The story examines its modern trends. (B1)

The Du Pont de Nemours company on Monday announced the creation of a new subsidiary with the name Du Pont Textiles & Interiors. (B1)

Serbia has offered Gazprom shares in several local companies as payment for debts from natural gas deliveries. This was announced by the head of the Serbian state energy company NIS. (B2)

The Galls company, a shareholder of BMZ-Vagon (a component of the Bryansk Machine-Building Plant) has lodged an application in the Bryansk Interior Department instituting criminal proceedings against the local tax service for allegedly abusing power and initiating the bankruptcy of the plant. (B2)

From all indications the Vnukovo Airlines will soon cease to exist. The Moscow Arbitration Court has imposed a supervision procedure. (B2)

Russian Coal is interested in the assets of coal enterprises that are experiencing financial hardships. The company last week declared itself an investor of bankrupt Rostovugol. The story describes its other ambitious plans. (B2)

Troika Dialog on Monday announced the radical revision of its recommendations on the stock of six large oil companies. This change has been caused by the arrival of a new oil and gas analyst to the company. (B3)