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Noviye Izvestia

Krasnaya Zvezda

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Komomolskaya Pravda

Moskovsky Komsomolets



The Moscow Board of the Federal Tax Police Service (FTPS) stated Tuesday that a criminal case against Gazprom will be opened late this month on charges of tax evasion. Viktor Vasilyev, chief of the FTPS Moscow Board, stated that his agency had found serious financial violations in the company's activities. A story gives details. (1, Kommersant Daily, 1,4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3)

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov's first foreign visit to Israel has resulted in a minor diplomatic scandal after he abandoned a previous plan to meet with Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat on March 11. A story comments on Mironov's behavior, noting that this act is not in line with Moscow's diplomatic policy in the Middle East. In an interview, Mironov explains his decision. (1,2, Kommersant Daily, 1, Vremya Novostei, 1, Vremyta MN, 2, Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 5, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, Trud, 4)

Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi has signed a decree to reorganize the state's collection of rare and unique musical instruments. The decision to entrust the collection to the State Museum-Exhibition Center means that the collection will lose its own legal status. A story comments on the decree, focusing on the negative response generated by musicians. (1,3)

Izvestia has received numerous congratulations, greetings and best wishes on the occasion of the newspaper's 85th anniversary. (1, 7)

Russian female skiers Larisa Lazutina and Olga Danilova, who were found guilty of doping at the Salt Lake City Winter Games, have decided to appeal to Russia's Sport Court. Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena will handle their case. (2, Noviye Izvestia, 8, Gazeta, 6, Vremya Novostei, 1,11)

On Tuesday the State Customs Committee made public a document that allows regional customs offices to compile lists of the most reliable importers. A story examines what benefits importers stand to gain from the decision. (2)

The State Duma today is expected to consider a draft bill proposing that auto insurance be a civil responsibility. A story details the proposal. (2)

Pentagon military officials stated Tuesday that they have drafted several special anti-terrorist programs for the training of Georgian Special Forces. According to American military experts, the first stage of the training will last for approximately 5 to 6 months. Russian military specialists however, believe such a short training period is unrealistic. A General Staff official comments on the issue. (2, Vremya Novostei, 5)

Many wealthy Muscovites this week have received letters advertising the services of a company offering urgent legal services. The letter has been written by Alexander Sturov, head of the State Duma Commission on Control over the Observance of the Citizens' Constitutional Rights. A story reveals the content of the letter. (2)

A story examines the positive results of Tuesday's negotiations between Afghanistan's interim Prime Minister Hamid Karzai and President Vladimir Putin. (3, Kommersant Daily, 10, Vremya Novostei, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3)

State Duma deputy Sergei Yushenkov on Tuesday presented exiled media -tycoon Boris Berezovsky's documentary film alleging the Federal Security Bureau's (FSB) involvement in the apartment bombings in 1999. The film however, did not contain any direct evidence linking the FSB to the blasts. In related news, the association "September-99," which has recently been created to defend the rights and interests of families that have suffered from terrorist acts, has lodged suits against the government. (3, Kommersant Daily, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Gazeta, 1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 12, Rossiiskaya Gazeta,1, 2, Vremya MN, 2, MK, 1,2)

The death of Natalya Skryl, a journalist of the newspaper "Nashe Vremya", was made public on Tuesday. Skryl was killed in Taganrog on March 8. A story looks at two accounts of the tragedy. (3, Noviye Izvestia, 2)

The Military Court of the Moscow Garrison on Tuesday began to consider a high-profile criminal case of Georgy Oleinik, former finance chief of the Defense Ministry, who is up on charges of fraud. A story details his case. (3, Kommersant Daily, 3, Vremya Novostei, 2, Gazeta, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, MK, 3)

The Kuntsevo Inter-Municipal Court Tuesday ruled partially in favor of Captain Second Rank Valery Nikitin in his suit against TV journalist and anchor Sergei Dorenko. A story examines the court decision. (3, Kommersant Daily, 3, Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov began negotiations with his American counterpart Donald Rumsfeld in Washington on Tuesday. On the same day Ivanov was received by U.S. President George W. Bush. In an interview, Ivanov outlines the prospects of signing an agreement with the United States on the reduction of strategic offensive armaments. (4, Kommersant Daily, 3, Gazeta, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4)

The Russian United Industrial Party (ROPP) held its 3rd Congress on Tuesday, during which party leader Arkady Volsky made a report. detailing ROPP's present tasks. A story examines the major points of his report. (4, Kommersant Daily, 2, Gazeta, 3)

Central Election Commission head Alexander Veshnyakov was at the State Duma on Tuesday to discuss a radical proposal to reform the election system. He stated in part that this year the president might be granted additional rights to appoint regional governors. A story looks at several proposals on the issue. (4, Kommersant Daily, 1,2)

The Public Opinion Fund has conducted a poll of 1,500 respondents in 44 regions to see what people expect from the president's state of the nation address, which is to be deliver in less than a month. A story looks at the results of the poll. (4)

The current Russia-U.S. poultry scandal has coincided with the first international conference entitled Russian Food Safety that opened in Moscow on March 12. According to the Agriculture Ministry's press service, Minister Alexei Gordeyev intends to propose to the government the adoption of a special doctrine on food safety. A story comments on the issue. (5, 12)

The government, the Federation Council and the Audit Chamber exchanged tough statements Tuesday regarding a draft bill to expand the Audit Chamber's powers. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov strongly opposes the draft. A story examines his stand. (5, Kommersant Daily, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

The Volzhsky Auto Plant (VAZ) is the only enterprise that representing Russia interests at the 72nd auto show in Geneva. A story looks at its exhibits. (5)


At a news conference on Tuesday, Georgia's Interior Ministry explained how it released Russian citizen Vladimir Yepishin from slavery. Yepishin spent ten years in Chechnya and was then brought to the Pankisi Gorge. A story gives details. (1,11)

The prime ministers of Russia and Belarus Mikhail Kasyanov and Gennady Novitsky agreed Tuesday that starting April 1, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko will be deprived of his major economic trump: the right to grant tax and customs benefits to Belarussian enterprises. (2)

On Tuesday Bashkir Election Commission head Bary Kinzyagulov proposed to postpone the presidential elections in his republic, originally set for June of 2003, to December of 2003 so as to combine them with State Duma elections. A story comments on the proposal. (2)

St. Petersburg's Center of Speech Technologies has begun to decipher recorded tapes that were found by investigators aboard the Kursk nuclear submarine. A story describes the work the center is now engaged in. (3)

Primorye governor Sergei Darkin is continuing his operation to purge the local mass media of personnel under his control. A story looks at Darkin's objectives. (3

The Mir and Avtorskoye Televideniye (ATV) companies in the RIA Novosti Agency on Tuesday presented themselves as participants in the March 27 tender for the right to broadcast on the TV-6 frequency. A story looks at their future plans should they win the tender. (3, Vremya Novostei, 4)

Ukraine's Prosecutor General Mikhail Potebenko refused Tuesday to institute criminal proceedings against President Leonid Kuchma, whom Ukrainian deputies suspect of involvement in murder and arms trade. A story comments on the prosecutor's statement. (3)

The State Civil Aviation Service and a delegation from the German Civil Aviation Administration wrapped up 2-day talks in Moscow on Tuesday. A story examines results of the talks. (4)

Ulyanovskenergo on Tuesday launched a large-scale campaign to cut off the supply of electricity to local enterprises and budget organizations throughout the whole Ulyanovsk region due to huge unpaid debts. (4)

LUKoil is getting rid of its ineffective assets that it obtained last year when the company bought the Canadian Biitech Petroleum Corp. The LUKoil Management Board has also made the decision to sell its shares in oil projects on Sakhalin and in Morocco. (5)

On Tuesday the Moscow Arbitration Court began to consider a suit from Inkombank's German creditors. A story examines the conflict. (5

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has excluded non-state pension funds from a main draft bill on pension reform. A story comments on Kasyanov's decision, focusing on what the Pension Fund has gained from it. (7)

The American Automobile Association Tuesday made public a rating list of the best automobiles of 2002. Ford's Thunderstorm ranked as one of the year's best cars. (7)

A story features foreign companies making household electrical appliances that are expanding their presence on the Russian market. (8)

Noviye Izvestia

The General Staff has drafted a plan for the gradual transfer of the Armed Forces to a contract system. The document will be submitted to the government within a matter of days. A story details the essence of the draft. (1, 2)

Though there may be much talk today of military reform, the reality is that very little is being done to accomplish the staggeringly large task. Such was the admission made by General Andrei Nikolayev in an interview to the newspaper Figaro. A story comments on his pronouncements. (1)

According to a recent initiative taken by the city government, special grooming shops for pets will make an appearance in the city soon. Brief. (1)

During Sverdlovsk governor Eduard Rossel's recent one-hour meeting with local journalists, the information agency Regions compiled a list of words and expressions that the governor often uses. The meeting took place on the first day of an election campaign to the Regional Duma. A story details the interesting expressions used by the governor. (1)

Crime. Unidentified criminals in the Adler District of made an attempt to kill Novaya Gazeta journalist Sergei Zolovkin on Monday evening. A story describes how it happened. (2)

Krasnaya Zvezda

In an interview, First Deputy Chief of the General Staff Colonel-General Yury Baluyevsky answers questions regarding the United States' decision to withdraw from the ABM Treaty. Baluyevsky comments on the decision and offers his thoughts on how Russia may react to the event. (1,3)

Document. The Federal Constitutional Law concerning the Martial Law, which was passed by the State Duma on Dec. 27, 2001 and approved by the Federation Council on Jan. 16, 2002. (2)

Several political associations have recently chosen patriotism and the defense of Russia's national interests as their main ideology. One of such parties is the Vozrozhdeniye (Renaissance) Party. In an interview, Vozrozhdeniye leader and State Duma deputy Yevgeny Ishchenko talks about his party's political principles and ideology. (1, 4)

Argumenty i Fakty

A story explains why Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has appointed Mikhail Delyagin, one of the fiercest critics of government policy, as his aide. (2)

In an interview, Mikhail Fradkov, the head of Russia's Federal Tax Police Service, speaks about his agency's achievements, failures and problems. (3)

Several stories are devoted to the Chechen republic and to the tragic fate of the Chechen people. In an interview, Adnan Muzykayev, member of a government commission on issues pertaining to the rehabilitation of the social sphere and the economy of the republic, explains why military actions should not resume in Chechnya in summer. (5)

In an interview, Akhmad Kadyrov, head of the Chechen administration, comments on the current political, social and military situation in the republic. (4)

The Prosecutor General's Office last week accused exiled media tycoon Boris Berezovsky of financing Chechen terrorists. One witness to Berezovsky's Chechen contacts was former Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Anatoly Kulikov, now a State Duma deputy. In an interview, recounts Berezovsky's activities. (4)

The Financial Times has recently printed an article entitled "Russian Capitalists on Offensive in the West." Its accompanying picture showed bears with Russian shirts on carrying the Russian flag and approaching the borders of Germany, Poland, Greece, Iraq and Romania. According to the Russia investment company Troika Dialog, the overall sum of investments from Russia in 2001 amounted to $3 billion. Analyst Vladimir Nesterov comments on the size of Russian investments abroad. (7)

Passing by numerous furniture shops in Moscow, its residents are often unaware that the Italian fittings and French bedroom sets they see are made of Russian timber. Vladimir Sudarkov, deputy chief of the State Timber Service of the Krasnoyarsk Natural Resources Committee, comments on the situation. (7)

The-6 week period of Lent beginning March 18 marks the time when many Orthodox believers will forego meat, milk and eggs and enter a period of strict fasting. Recent public opinion polls show that roughly 20 percent of the Russian population, including President Vladimir Putin, will observe Lent this year. A story takes a look at the traditions of Lent. (9, Komsomolskaya Pravda, KP Zdorovye Supplement, 4)

The Moscow government has made public a city program to develop the city's wholesale markets. 10 wholesale food-product complexes and 5 specialized meat and fish wholesale markets are to emerge in the city this year. A story examines the program. Moskva Supplement. (2)

A story describes the secondary stage of renovation of Moscow's Bolshoi Theater, which is to be completed this summer. (Moskva Supplement. (3)

A story examines the acute problem of suicides among children and teenagers, while focusing on the role of school psychologists play in this sphere. The article cites many figures regarding youth suicide. Moskva Supplement. (8)

Komomolskaya Pravda

The Iridium Satellite LLC company governs a group of 66 orbital satellites, each of them covering the zone of 4,000 kilometers in width. A story describes Iridium portable telephones. (2)

The international consulting firm William M. Mercer has compiled a rating of the world's 215 largest cities, ranking them on the basis of 39 different characteristics including political, economic and environmental factors. A story examines the rankings of several Russian cities included in the list. (3, Noviye Izvestia, 1)

A story describes several new roads that will be built in Moscow within the next three to four years, offering a plan of the future road system in the city. (6)

A story reports on how five regional governors spend their leisure time. (11)

Labor Minister Alexander Pochinok announced that for the first time in Russia the number of vacancies exceeds the number of unemployed. In an interview, Tatyana Chetvernina, head of the Center for Labor Market Studies of the Economics Institute, comments on Pochinok's statement. (14)

In an interview, legendary hockey player Pavel Bure says that he is leaving the national hockey league. (21)

A new TV program titled Prolog has emerged on the RTR television channel with Ernest Matskyavichus as its anchorman. In an interview, Matskyavichus talks about his new job and about his previous work as a parliamentary correspondent with NTV. (23)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Prosecutor Yelena Solomatina describes a series of crimes perpetrated by a criminal in the Khovrino district in North Moscow. (1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 15)

At a city government session on Tuesday Mayor Yury Luzhkov sharply criticized the Consumer Market and Services Department for the disappearance of the city's corner stores. The mayor demanded urgent measures aimed at re-opening them. (1,2)

The Moscow regional government on Tuesday made the decision to raise the price of natural gas as of April 1. A story comments on the measure. (1)

On Monday night two unidentified murderers in Chertanovo attacked a mother who was returning home with her 2-month-old baby. The bandits took the baby away from her and threw it from a 22nd floor window. A story gives details. (1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 15)

Economist Mikhail Krugov reflects on several negative aspects of Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization. (2)


Moscow Tax Police chief Viktor Vasilyev Tuesday made a sensational statement by announcing that the Federal Tax Police Service may institute criminal proceedings against Gazprom late this month on charges of evading taxes in 1999-2000. A story details the case. (A1)

Russia looks to make an unexpected present to OPEC at the next Vienna meeting of oil ministers. According to a government decree being drafted now, Russian oil exports in the 2nd quarter will be again limited. (A1)

For the 3rd month the Finance Ministry has failed to make public its results in fulfilling the federal budget. A story examines analysts' opinions concerning the continued delay. (A1)

Economic Development Minister German Gref has rejected reports saying that his agency has proposed prohibitive import duties on foreign automobiles older than 5 years. Brief. (A1)

Tax Minister Gennady Bukayev gives reasons why his ministry failed to meet government quotas for tax collection in February. Brief. (A1)

In November the rapidly growing Swedish holding Tele-2 2001 bought the Russian assets of the Millicom International Cellular company. Tele-2 executives were in Russia last week to oversee the current situation and determine the amount of investment needed for the company's newly acquired Russian assets. The delegation was headed by the company's Executive Vice-President Jonny Svedberg. In an interview, Svedberg talks about Tele-2's business in Russia and outlines the company's projects and partners. (A2)

A story features the Irish aviation company Ryanair, which is currently looking to expand its business. The story gives facts and figures to the company's growth. (A2)

Industry Minister Ilya Klebanov said that of all 1,700 defense enterprises only one-third of them will join new holdings. The Cabinet has adopted a plan for using defense structures in the case of war. A story examines the plan. (A3)

U.S. President George W. Bush has outlined the next stage of the anti-terror campaign. A story comments on his plan. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

A story features personnel changes being made by Gazprom in its subsidiaries. (B1)

Transneft plans to allocate 10 percent or 14 billion rubles of its net profit for the payment of dividends. Brief. (B1)

The congress of coal companies has proposed that the government take urgent measures to boost the coal industry and defend domestic coal producers. In a congress appeal to the government, coal mining companies proposed the imposition of limits on coal imports through customs duties. Brief. (B1)

The French Canal+ company belonging to Vivendi Universal has lodged an unprecedented suit against the NDS Group belonging to Rupert Murdoch News Corp. Canal+ is accusing NDS of involvement in the stealing of television programs and is demanding $1 billion in compensation. (B1)

The Ulyanovsk automobile plant (UAZ) will invest $50 million to $70 million to modernize the production and styling of its products. Brief. (B1)

A domestic aviation plant may for the first time obtain a foreign strategic investor and shareholder. The Egyptian Sirocco Aerospace International company plans to become an owner of a majority share in the Ulyanovsk Aviastar-JV enterprise as well as a share in the state- owned holding Tupolev that controls the plant. In exchange, the Egyptians will invest $280 million to Aviastar-JV. (B2)

The current year promises to be successful for nickel producers. Australian analysts forecast that already in the second half of the year the world demand for nickel will markedly increase, and by 2003 its prices will be similar to those in 2000. A story examines the price prediction made by the Australian Economic Forecast Agency. (B2)

The government of the European Commission (EC) on Tuesday submitted a draft bill that will allow the EC to impose blocking duties on aviation companies of non-EC member countries. (B2)