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The New York Times on Monday printed the sensational revelations of former Russian paratrooper Andrei Samorodov, who, when allegedly deserted in 1999, was a first-hand witness of Russian servicemen in Chechnya killing civilians. He also stated that the spirit of fascism is spreading in the Russian army, and for this reason he decided to leave Russia. America has granted him political asylum, which is an unprecedented case since the end of the Cold War. A story comments on the New York Times article. (1)

The State Duma budget and credit committees unanimously approved the resignation of Central Bank head Viktor Gerashchenko on Monday, ad recommending the State Duma adopt the appointment of First Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Ignatyev to the post. A story examines how Gerashchenko's resignation has affected the domestic financial market and what consequences may come of it. (1, Kommersant Daily, 7, Noviye Izvestia, 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Vremya MN, 1, Vremya Novostei, 4, Gazeta, 3,10, Trud, 1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, Sovetskaya Rossiya, MK, 1)

President Vladimir Putin on Monday called on Russian special services to do everything in their power to crack down on the funding of terrorists on Russian territory. What complicates the anti-terrorist struggle today however, are the incessant conflicts within Russia's special service itself. As an example, the story describes such a conflict in Perm that has lasted for over a month already. (1,2)

Residents of Samara are the first to have been made to pay 62 kopecks per kilowatt-hour of electricity instead of 43 kopecks. A story comments on Unified Energy Systems' revised electricity policy, saying that such practice will be gradually put in place nationwide. (2)

Tokyo has temporarily suspended humanitarian aid to the South Kurils. A story explains why and reveals the details of a large financial scandal surrounding Tokyo's decision. (2, Vremya Novostei, 1,2,)

Kirghiz authorities have called yesterday's clashes between police and citizens in the Dzhalal-Abadskaya region an attempt at a coup d'etat. A story looks into what factors may have caused the disturbances. (2, Kommersant Daily, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1, Vremya MN, 3, Gazeta, 2)

On Monday Justice Minister Yury Chaika gave Boris Nemtsov a certificate granting the state registration of Nemtsov's political party The Union of Right Forces. Brief. (3, Kommersant Daily, 3, Gazeta, 2)

Cafeterias in the Kremlin, the State Duma, the Federation Council and many other state departments are now offering diners the choice of various meatless lunches, in observance of Lent which began Monday. Brief. (3, Kommersant Daily, 9, Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, MK, 2)

Crime. Novosibirsk police officers on Monday detained a homeless person who attempted to steal a rare Japanese crane from the local zoo. The bird is valued at approximately $7,000. A story describers the case. (3, Kommersant Daily, 9)

Crime. Unidentified assailants in Rostov-on-Don on Monday killed Valery Sarayev, deputy chief of the North-Caucasian Railway, who was responsible for the restoration of railways in Chechnya. Local prosecutor Anastas Spiridonov believes that the murder was a contract killing. A story gives details. (3, Kommersant Daily, 12, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2, Gazeta, 4)

On Monday President Vladimir Putin called on the Cabinet to speed up the passage of a draft bill to increase salaries for the servicemen. Putin would like to sign the bill not later than May 1. Putin also instructed Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov not to delay the payment of wages to the servicemen. (4, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Vremya Novostei, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, Trud, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2)

Georgia's President Eduard Shevardnadze today will begin his official visit to the NATO Headquarters. A story examines the major aims of Shevardnadze's visit. (4)

In the next several years Russia plans to completely restore its nuclear attack warning systems and in turn create its own nuclear defense system. A story examines the project. (4)

Having complete a comprehensive check up on the St. Petersburg administration's financial performance in 2000, the St. Petersburg Audit Chamber has reported finding several financial violations. A story gives details. (4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

The American poultry delegation is continuing its negotiations with Russian Agriculture Ministry officials, to convince Russia to lift the ban on American chicken imports. (5)

A scandal has erupted at the Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Combine (PPC) after a completed deal to sell 20 percent of PPC stock to the ZAO Banking House "St. Petersburg" was blocked by an Abakan Court. A story examines the decision. (5)

The Moscow Arbitration Court declared illegal an additional issuance of shares by Gazprom's subsidiary, Sibur. A story comments on the court's decision. (5, Kommersant Daily, 5)

The European Union announced Monday its decision to impose import duties on American goods. The total cost of these duties should amount to around $6 billion. A story details the measure. (5)

Severstal in its present form will cease to exist before the end of this year. Instead, three independent companies will emerge. A story names the new companies while detailing the whole project. (6, Vremya Novostei, 7)

In 10 days the skies of Europe will be closed for the majority of Russian planes, due to new regulations imposed by the International Civil Aviation Organization over noise standards. The ban, however, does not concern the Tu-204 passenger jet, which is hoped to be bought in the future by Aeroflot. Aeroflot's general director, however, stated that his company does not intend to buy these planes in the next several years. (6)

The commercial SDM-Bank has summed up its results in 2001.The deputy head of its management board, Ilya Kabishchev, has cited facts and figures illustrating the bank's profitability. (6)


Kommersant sheds some light on government plans to buy out stock in Vneshtorgbank. The Central Bank will be made to exchange its package of the Vneshtorgbank stock into ruble securities with a 1- percent interest that the Finance Ministry is to pay off in 15 years. Central Bank analysts believe that Viktor Gerashchenko s uncompromising stand in discussing this scheme may have been a factor in his recent resignation. (1)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has changed the major executor of a $1.5 billion contract to deliver 40 Su-30 MKK fighters to China. Kasyanov has appointed Sukhoi instead of the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Design Bureau to fulfill the contract. A story examines the essence of the scandal. (1)

The Financial Monitoring Committee on Monday made public results of its negotiations with a delegation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the world's number one fighter against money laundering. A story examines some of the initiatives taken during the negotiations. (1)

A story examines the final results of the Tuva. Sherig-ool-Oorzhak, who received 53 percent of votes, has been voted as Tuva's new president. (3)

President Vladimir Putin appointed Sergei Razov to the post of Deputy Foreign Minister on Monday. A story comments on the appointment, saying it falls in line with how the Kremlin would like to see the role of the Foreign Ministry. (3)

The State Duma on Monday held hearings on issues pertaining to the economy, politics, and security of the South Kurils. The deputies took an oath to their electors not to yield an inch of these islands to Japan. (3)

The Kopeika retail network has suspended its beer purchases from the Ochakovo brewery, demanding a change in the terms of deliveries. A story describes the conflict. (4)

The Ferrari company plans to offer shares on the stock market in pursuit of two major goals. A story examines the aims in detail. (5)

LUKoil is to soon complete a deal to obtain the Azov Oils and Lubricants company in the Zaporozhye region. Brief. (5)

Energy Minister Igor Yusufov on Monday made a proposal to Iraqi Oil Minister Amer Muhammed Rashid to allocate more Iraqi oil to Russian companies for export. A story examines the essence of the proposal. (7)

An audit treaty between the Central Bank and the Yunikon company has yet to be signed. A story explains who could be responsible for the failure. (7)

A story presents an in-depth analysis of the development of the domestic coal sector before and after 1999, focusing on the industry's present difficulties. (8)

On Monday Deputy Health Minister Anatoly Vyalkov categorically rejected rumors that the Republican Children's Clinical Hospital will be closed in order to create a diagnostic center. (9)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov signed a decree on Monday appointing artist Ilya Glazunov artistic director of the Moscow State Picture Gallery. A story comments on the decree. (9)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

A draft bill concerning the bar submitted by the president to the State Duma last May has so far not passed through the second reading. In an interview, highly-regarded lawyers Genry Reznik, Chairman of the Moscow City Lawyers' Collegium, and Semyon Aria, member of the Moscow Regional Collegium, comments on the document, focusing on its disputable provisions. (2)

Deputy Energy Minister Viktor Kudryavy has actually suspended the creation of the Federal Grid Company that, according to the reform plan of Unified Energy Systems, should comprise all domestic electrical grids. A story explains why Kudryavy is opposed to the creation of the company. (3)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

A long-awaited law concerning the right to self-defense has taken effect today. Deputy Justice Minister Yevgeny Sidorenko comments on the document, focusing on some of its controversial provisions. Rossiiskaya Gazeta prints the text of the law in full. (1,6 )

The Federation Council late last week has, for the first time, joined the State Duma's in the struggle for a draft bill concerning bankruptcy that was recently passed in the first reading. A story looks at some of its provisions that have caused heated debate. (2)

A story highlights the work of specialists at the State Research Center of Applied Microbiology in Obolensk, who are able to defend Russia from the most horrible epidemics. (3)

Moskovskiye Novosti

In an interview, exiled media-tycoon Boris Berezovsky says that he has appealed to the British authorities with a request to grant him the right for residence in Britain. He also speaks about his response to accusations by the Prosecutor General's Office of his alleged financing of Chechen terrorists. Berezovsky talks about future political activity in Russia, the fate of his media business, and his reaction to the closure of the TV6channel. (1,7 )

A story looks at the AvtoVAZ plant, whose general director, Vladimir Kadannikov, is preparing to sell its stock. Kadannikov made the statement at last week's conference "Investment to the Russian Automobile Industry." (1,2,3 )

In an article, Yaroslav Kuzminov, Rector of the Higher School of Economics, explains what has been done to implement reforms in different economic spheres and points out who are holding such reforms back. (8)

A story examines new facts in the criminal case against Colonel-General Georgy Oleinik, who is accused of an involvement in embezzling a huge sum of money from the Defense Ministry. (10)

Abkhazia is preparing, with the help of its own army, to rebuff a Georgian- American invasion of its territory. Tbilisi has said it is certain that Abkhazia has given refuge to members of al-Quaida. (11)

A story describes how domestic aircraft construction companies are sidestepping an undeclared ban on purchases of Russian armaments by U.S. allies. (14 )

Shareholders in NTV-Plus will hold a meeting this week to appoint the company's new general director. One of the candidates for the post is top manager of Sputnik Group Boris Jordan. In an interview, Yevgeny Yakovich, its present general director, speaks about the company and about prospects of business around it.(21 )

Two influential German newspapers have printed a series of articles about Chechnya, in which German journalists have written about the continuing embezzlement of funds being allocated for the rehabilitation of the republic's economy. In an interview, one of the German journalists, Florian Hassel, speaks about this pressing problem (21)

Komomolskaya Pravda

After much Komsomolskaya Pravda criticism, one of the chemical agents used this winter to remove ice from city roads, has been banned. (2)

The government has adopted new rules for the issuing of compensation for pre-reform savings eaten up by inflation. A story answers three questions regarding the measures. (3)

Sailors today are marking their professional holiday, the traditional toast of which being: Let the number of dives equal the number surfaces. (5, MK, 1,4 )

The staff of the Gorky Factory in Kimry will soon become a so-called people's enterprise. The feature story describes how workers at the factory came to the decision, while two experts share their views on the enterprise and others like it. (8,9 )

Professor Viktor Fersht, director of the Terrorism Psychoprophilactics Institute, has concluded that Osama bin Laden was not responsible for the attacks on America. In fact, the professor is quite sure that he knows who the real culprit is. Two experts share their views on the professor's sensational conclusions. (11 )

The State Duma has passed in the second reading a draft bill concerning the mandatory insurance as a civil responsibility that is to take effect on Jan. 1, 2003. A story reflects whether or not automobile owners stand to benefit from the proposed legislation. (14

A story looks at the origins of astrology as a science, and lists a number of world leaders who have put their trust in astrological predictions. (16,17 )

ORT has launched a new program called "Wings " with "ViD" general producer Andrei Razbash being its creator and host. In an interview, Razbash talks about his brainchild. (23)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

It has been three years since Alexander Voloshin became Kremlin administration head. A story describers several of his character flaws that may helped him be promoted to this post. (1,4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2 )

The State Sanitary-Epidemiological Service will soon obtain its own flag, emblem and pendant. A story describes their designs and colors. (1)

In April Mosvodokanal plans to install meters in all Moscow apartments to measure the consumption of cold and hot water. A story describes the project. (1)

Tragedy. Two men and two young girls drowned Sunday in Moscow ponds. A story describes how it happened. (1 )

The governments of Russia and Israel intend to facilitate the process of receiving visas by diplomats and state officials of both states. A story describes the procedure. (1)

Special equipment will be installed in the Moscow zoo to create artificial snow during the summer months for the zoo's resident polar bears. (1)

A lists the number of deputies in six State Duma factions, while describing their respective ideologies and principles. (2 )

In an interview, Ivan Demidov, one of the participants in the March 27 tender for the right to broadcast in the TV6 frequency, speaks about his relationship with TV6General Director Yevgeny Kiselyov as well as commenting on possible future television programs he would air, should he win the tender. (6)

A story describes the brilliant results produced by Russia's handicapped athletes at the Winter Paralympic Games in Salt-Lake City. (7)


The government has revised the terms of a large Russian-Chinese armament deal. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has made the decision to change the main executor of a $1.2 billion contract to supply 40 Su-30MKK fighters to China. The Sukhoi concern is to be responsible for the contract. (A1)

Despite all fears, Central Bank head Viktor Gerashchenko' s resignation has failed to radically affect the fate of the ruble, which on Monday lost cheaper 4 kopecks against the dollar. (A1)

The Belarussian government has for reasons unknown failed give its consent for the registration of a joint venture between Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and International Communications. MTS stands to lose $10 million from the problem. (A1)

According to the State Statistics Committee, industrial production in February fell by 1.4 percent as compared to the figure for January. Brief. (A1)

Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin stated Monday that the parameters of the budget-2002 will have to be changed in order to pay out increased salaries to the servicemen. Brief. (A1)

Bill O'Shea heads Bell Labs, the most famous research organization in the telecommunications sphere and a former subsidiary of the American telecommunications giant AT&T. In an interview, O'Shea talks about his company, which has a staff of 16,000 employees, its projects, and its successes. (A2)

According to analysts at Standard & Poor, Russia's recently gained political stability, accrued in large measure by President Vladimir Putin, has one major drawback. As explained by the analysts, Russia's political stability rests wholly on the personality of the President himself and therefore renders all other domestic political institutions ineffective. Because of this Standard & Poor has decided not to upgrade Russia's sovereign rating. (A3)

Elmar Murtazayev, deputy editor-in-chief of the magazine "Kompania" examines the Central Bank's wide-scale business perspectives, saying that its combining of the functions of a market regulator and market participant is best suited for the government. (A4)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The Gloria Jeans corporation, a leading domestic producer of denim clothes, has bought out its shares from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and sacked several top foreign managers, of whom the company's founder Vladimir Melnikov was recently so proud. Melnikov stated that the company intends to seek a strategic partner. (B1)

Severstal owner Alexei Mordashov intends to launch a restructuring of his multi-faceted business, the turnover of which in 2001 amounted to $2.5 billion. A story reveals his plan. (B1)

The UBS Warburg investment bank has lowered its recommendation on Gazprom American Depository Shares (ADS) from "buy" to "keep." The investment bank also decreased the price level forecast of the company's ADS down to $14.5 from $16.4. The bank has justified the move by citing several reasons. Brief. (B1)

At an extraordinary meeting scheduled for April 19 shareholders of Slavneft-Yaroslavnefteprodukt will consider an issue pertaining to the addition of two other marketing subsidiaries of the state-controlled Ivanovonefteprodukt company and Kostromanefteprodukt. Brief. (B1)

The American Exxon Mobil Corp. has regulated a deal to obtain a share in the gigantic gas pipeline project "Vostok-Zapad" in China. Brief. (B1)

On Monday the Moscow Arbitration Court declared a third additional issuance of Sibur stock illegal. (B2)

Amtel Group announced Monday that it became an owner of the Voronezh tire plant, with Sibur being declared its strategic investor six months ago. (B2)

Unified Energy Systems will stop accepting applications for the reforming the regional energy companies on March 31. A story examines the company's plans. (B2)

Having lost all hope in finding a partner to buy an 8 percent stake in SBS-Agro's Sobinbank, the Agency for Restructuring Credit Organizations decided to buy the package itself. A story looks at its project. (B3)