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Rossiiskaya Gazeta

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President Vladimir Putin visited Izvestia on Wednesday to the newspaper congratulate it on its 85th anniversary. The president praised the newspaper by saying that to read Izvestia is much like consulting with a clever person. Putin also answered questions from journalists the death penalty, alternative civil service, income tax and the media. At the end of the meeting the president and Izvestia Editor-in-Chief Mikhail Kozhokin exchanged presents. (1, Kommersant Daily, 9, Vremya Novostei, 1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Noviye Izvestia, 1, Trud, 4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

In an interview, Lyudmila Maikova, Chairwoman of the Federal Arbitration Court of the Moscow District, examines several aspects of the draft Arbitration Code that the State Duma intends to consider in an upcoming second reading. In the interview Maikova admitted that liquidation of TV-6 was a gross error on the part of her court. (1,3)

NATO experts arrived in Bulgaria on Wednesday for consultations with the country's General Staff concerning Bulgaria's accession to NATO in November. One factor, which may disrupt Bulgaria's NATO bid, is the recent tender won by Russia to modernize Bulgaria's 20 MiG-29 fighter planes. A story comments on the issue. (1,2)

At a closed government session on Thursday, ministries involved in Russia's WTO accession bid intend to reach an agreement on the concessions they are willing to offer the trade organization. A story examines several of unresolved issues on the agenda. (2, Vremya Novostei, 4)

The Board of Directors of Gazprom's petrochemical subsidiary Sibur made several significant decisions concerning the company's leadership at its final session Wednesday. A story examines the decisions in detail. (2)

A story previews Alexei Balabanov's new film entitled "War," which portrays the fate of people whose lives have been destroyed by the Chechen war. (2, Obshchaya Gazeta, No.11, p. 10)

When speaking in the State Duma on Wednesday Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Vasilyev outlined the latest achievements made by his ministry's criminal investigation department. A story comments on his pronouncements. (2)

Early on Wednesday the UN Security Council adopted a resolution on a Middle East settlement, which the world media has called sensational. A story examines the document. (2, Kommersant Daily, 10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

On Wednesday world-renowned economist and Nobel Prize winner James Tobin died at his home in Connecticut. Tobin was 84 years old. (3)

The Cheryomushki Inter-Municipal Court resumed the criminal case against Anton Titov on Wednesday. Titov, the former head of the financial department of the Media-Most holding, is accused of embezzling 5 billion rubles. Brief. (3, Kommersant Daily, 3, Gazeta, 3)

At a recent meeting with journalists in his Spaso-House residence, U.S. Ambassador in Moscow Alexander Vershbow outlined the upcoming U.S.-Russian summit scheduled for May 23. A story examines the Vershbow's views on the summit. (4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

Tbilisi will host an international conference on oil, gas and energy issues on Thursday. A story looks at its major topics for discussion and participants. (4)

Ukraine's parliamentary elections are scheduled for March 31. A story describes the current election campaign. (4, Vremya

The government today is expected to discuss Gazprom's investment program as well as a package of draft bills that are to serve as the legal basis for reforming the energy sector. (5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2)

On Thursday the government will consider ratifying the Kyoto Protocol according to guidelines proposed by the UN Convention on Climate Change. A story examines the document, commenting on what Russia stand to gain from it. (5)

The recent Congress of Coal-Miners stated that the domestic coal sector is in a state of crisis. In an interview, First Deputy Energy Minister Leonid Tropko examines the scale of the problem faced by Russia's coal industry and proposes several ways to overcome it. (6)

China side has struck a blow against the European Union, in retribution for a ban on the import of Chinese meat to the EU. In its turn, China has banned the import of cosmetic products made from raw animal products. Russia, which has also imposed a ban on the import of Chinese pork, beef and poultry, should expect some retribution on the part of China. (6)

The Board of Directors of the Agency for Restructuring Credit Organizations (ARKO) announced that the agency has completed all its projects. A story looks at ARKO's possible future. (6)

In an interview, Tatyana Letunova, deputy head of Avtobank, talks about the prospects for cooperation between Avtobank and the Moscow City government. (6)

The State Inspectorate on Road Traffic Safety (GIBDD or former GAI) has opened a site on the Internet. A story explains the reasons for the decision. (7)


On Wednesday the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) made public plans to curb the disorder now present in Russia's law-enforcement agencies. RSPP has also proposed the liberalization of regulations concerning hard currency. A story describes the Bureau's session, its invited speakers and its decisions. (1)

After his meeting Sergei Ivanov on Wednesday, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld confirmed that the United States has considered the possibility of a nuclear strike on Russia. A story examines President Vladimir Putin's response to Rumsfeld's announcement. (1)

On Wednesday the Commission on Protective Measures in Foreign Trade proposed the annulment of a 5 -percent export duty on steel. A story details the proposal. (1)

State Duma deputies spoke with Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov on Wednesday regarding the veracity of reports that Russia has conducted secret talks with Japan concerning the return of four South Kuril Islands to Tokyo. The minister swore that no such talks are in progress now. The deputies, however, did not believe him. (2)

President Vladimir Putin Wednesday and Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov discussed Russia's economic situation for January and February. Kasyanov tried to persuade Putin that all is going according to plan, but, as the story notes, his assurances were not very convincing. (2)

A new scandal has erupted in Ingushetia's presidential election campaign when presidential candidate Musa Keligov decided to occupy the office of the presidential palace in Magasa. A story gives details. (2)

There is a split in the Moscow organization of the Union of Right Forces (SPS) Party. A story looks at its two camps and their respective differences. (2)

The Military Court of the Moscow Garrison Wednesday continued to hear the criminal case against Georgy Oleinik, former chief of the Defense Ministry's Main Budget and Finance Board. The court questioned former Defense Minister Igor Rodionov, now a State Duma deputy, who then signed two agreements with Ukraine now connected with the case against Oleinik. (3)

Sergei Mironov was appointed to the position of Federal Council Speaker 100 days ago. On Wednesday Mironov gave a news conference to mark the date. A story examines his pronouncements. (3)

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad has arrived in Russia on at President Vladimir Putin's invitation. The Malaysian premier will hold meetings to discuss bilateral and international matters of current importance. (3)

The Gorky Auto Plant (GAZ), starting in April, will increase the retail price of its automobiles by an average of 10 percent. Its main shareholder Ruspromavto explained the measure. (4)

The Confederation of Consumers' Societies intends to launch a campaign to crack down on false advertising. This was stated Wednesday at a news conference devoted to the 10th anniversary of a law concerning the protection of consumers' rights. (4)

Auditor Andersen, accused of unfair play in conducting an audit of the Enron Energy Corporation, is feverishly looking for a buyer of its business. Several experts comment on its present position. (5)

The Exchange Council of the St. Petersburg Stock Exchange approved a plan for the sale of the Exchange. If the backed at the general meeting, the Exchange will be divided equally among three co-owners. (7)

The Anti-Monopoly Ministry has received a letter signed by members of the Association of Retail Trade Companies. The association asks the ministry to check up on the activities of the German retail company "Metro" that allegedly is violating the rights of the domestic consumers. (7)

The National Association of Pension Funds and the Inspectorate of Non-State Pension Funds are drafting a program to reform the market of non-state pension funds. A story describes the program and its aim. (7)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

In an interview, Tax Minister Mikhail Fradkov, whose agency has marked its 10th anniversary, sums up his agency's modest achievements and failures. (4)

Document. A presidential decree concerns several measures to increase state support for young Russian scientists. Full text. (2)

The Foreign Ministry this year will mark its 200th anniversary. In an exclusive interview, Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov describes several significant historical episodes involving his agency while outlining the present course the ministry is taking. (1,9)

Obshchaya Gazeta

In an interview, Yevgeny Primakov, who became head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry 3 months ago, explains his agency's charitable and public activities. (1,3)

Economist Alexander Livshits, deputy general director of the Russian Aluminum company, comments on Russia's current struggle with the United States in regard to steel and poultry import restrictions. (1, 2)

Komomolskaya Pravda

A story shines the spotlight on Vladimir Sidorov, the 45 -year-old inventor from Satka. In an interview, Sidorov describes his unique invention and outlines the problems he encountered while creating it. (3)

Crime. Unidentified thieves early this month stole $300,000 from the consular department of the Mongolian Embassy in Moscow. A story gives details. (5)

The Moscow city government this year has allocated an additional 1.6 billion rubles for the renovation of 19,000 entryways and 7,500 courtyards. A story describes the project. (6)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov has ordered the city government to rid the city of all puddles due to the acute danger of flooding in Moscow. (6)

In an interview, historian Alexander Goryanin talks about the negative and positive roles myths have played in Russia's history. Goryanin also speculates on the possible reasons for the current absence of heroic literature in Russia. (8,9)

A crisis provoked by external and internal political factors continues in Moldova. Well-known political scientist Gleb Pavlovsky gives to the Moldovan leadership six effective recommendations saying how to act in the present unstable political situation in the republic. (11)

Komsomolskaya Pravda answers questions regarding the latest changes to Russia's education system. (13)

A story looks at the amazing feats performed by 6-year-old Valya Kobeleva of Voronezh. The child has won many prizes in climbing very high structures and has had her name has entered into the Guinness Book of Russian Records. (24,25)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Smirnov has ordered that all information concerning past careers of new Federation Council members be immediately classified. Smirnov has also ordered that a special investigation be conducted to see how information is leaked to the press. A story critically examines Mironov's new directives. (1)

The notorious firm Vlastelina is back in business. Headed by former convict Valentina Solovyova, the firm earned a reputation for itself in the early 1990s by deceiving thousands of depositors. Vlastelinahas recently resumed its business selling domestic autos at prices half as low as the ones in auto salons. A story describes the firm, its owner, its business, office and price lists. (1,4)

Specialists at the Academy of Natural Sciences have concluded that 55 percent of Russians subsist on $1 dollar or less per day. A story offers other conclusions made by specialists at the academy. (1)

As of July 1, the State Standard Committee will impose a standard on services related to the cleaning the office premises. (1)

The U.S. Embassy has decided to toughen the procedure of payments for issuing non-immigrant visas for Russians, beginning this week. A story examines the new procedure in detail. (1)

Crime. In the early hours of Wednesday, March 13, unidentified criminals killed 3 people in the office of the Amalgama company located in Mytishchi. A story describes what happened. (1)

Sanitary doctors have looked into the quality of drinking water in all 36 of Moscow's natural springs and have said that water in only one of the springs is suitable for drinking. A story examines other results of their examination. (1)

The story is devoted to former First Lady Naina Yeltsina, who turned 70 on Thursday, and who has devoted her married life to her husband Boris Yeltsin. (3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3)


Foreign shareholders Templeton, Invesco and the managing company Pioner Pervy have sold their 28 percent stake in the Krasny Oktyabr confectionery. (A1)

Representatives of the AvtoVAZ-Dao joint venture in Zaporozhye say that the enterprise will begin soon to assemble cars under the famous German trademark. A story examines the joint venture's ambitious plans. (A1)

Despite the absence of tough demands on the part of OPEC, Russia will prolong cuts in oil export in the second quarter. This decision was made Wednesday by a government commission headed by Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko. A story comments on the decision. (A1)

The Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) is drafting a bill to restrict the power law-enforcement agencies' have over entrepreneurial activities. This was stated by RSPP Executive Secretary Igor Yurgens. Brief. (A1)

The Vyborg City Court has postponed a hearing to invalidate the election of businessman Alfred Kokh to the Federation Council. Brief. (A1)

The Federal Tax Police Service headed by Mikhail Fradkov has recently undergone considerable changes. In an interview, Fradkov describes the major changes his agency has undergone. (A2)

On Thursday the government is expected to determine the volume of Gazprom's investment program in 2002. The monopoly and the Energy Ministry are asking for 140.8 billion rubles, whereas the Economic Development Ministry is willing to agree to only 125.8 billion rubles. (A3)

The recent U.S. decision to impose punitive tariffs on imported steel has resulted in a wave of protectionist measures worldwide. The Russian Commission on Protective Measures in Foreign Trade has also recently adopted initiatives to protect domestic steel producers from imports. (A3)

On Friday the State Duma is expected to consider a draft of amendments to the law concerning the Central Bank. A story examines some of its controversial provisions. (A4)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The Maksus company will open a network of mobile communications salons in Moscow next month. Cellular communication dealers are certain that the company will become a strong market player, in spite of the fact that the company's name has yet to achieve wide recognition among consumers. (B1)

Property re-division in the domestic pulp and paper sector has caused the Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Combine to fall on to hard times. (B1)

Deputies from the Omsk Legislative Assembly called off draft amendments to a law banning beer advertisements on television. Alternative amendments will be considered at the next session. Brief. (B1)

A story describes how oil is stolen from the new Caspian pipeline. Though the pipeline was built with the latest technicnology, it is nonetheless vulnerable to ordinary theft. (B2)

Minority shareholders in Rosneft's subsidiaries have decided to combine their efforts so as to stop the state-owned company from hiding assets. A story looks at their actions. (B2)

On Wednesday Gazprom published its financial report according to international accounting standards for 9 months of last year. Though its profits fell and its short-tem loans grew, analysts unanimously stated that the company's financial results were due in large portion to the work of Alexei Miller. (B2)