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Noviye Izvestia

Krasnaya Zvezda

Komomolskaya Pravda

Moskovsky Komsomolets



Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov flew to Washington on Monday for a four day official visit that is the last and most significant stage of preparations for U.S. President George Bush's visit to Russia scheduled for May 23-26. A key issue of Ivanov's talks will be the Treaty on Reduction of Offensive Armaments.The story examines the agenda of the minister's visit, focusing on several controversial issues he is expected to discuss during his negotiations with American leaders. (1,Kommersant Daily,2 ,Vremya Novostei,1,4,Krasnaya Zvezda,1,Moskovskiye Novosti,No.10,2,3,Rossiiskaya Gazeta,1,7,Komsomolskaya Pravda,3)

In an interview Bruce Blair, Director of the Washington Defense Information Center, shares his view on the U.S.-Russia strategic partnership. He also discusses the recently leacked Pentagon report that included Russia in the list of seven states against which the U.S. can use nuclear weapons.(1,2)

Education Minister Vladimir Filippov on Monday answered questions from Izvestia readers mainly about different aspects of education reform. (1,12)

The pace of ruble devaluation is so great that the budget forecast -- average annual rate of 31.5 rubles per dollar -- is most likely not to come true. Analysts predict that by the end of this year the dollar may cost from 33 rubles up to 35 rubles. The story examines the behaviour of the ruble, focusing on various viewpoints. (2,Vremya Novostei,7,Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda,2)

Eighteen auditors from the Audit Chamber flew to Chechnya on Monday to check up on the use of budget funds in the republic last year. The story reveals the auditors' major tasks. (2)

Agriculture Ministry officials launched negotiations with an American delegation on resuming the access of American poultry to the Russian market on Monday. The U.S. administration also stated that on certain conditions it is willing to revise its decision on imposing steel import duties. The story comments on the issue. (2,Kommersant Daily,1,Nezavisimaya Gazeta,2)

Igor Spassky, Director of the Rubin Central Marine Technology Design Bureau stated Monday that a government commission, the Prosecutor General's Office and the Navy Command had finally decided which fragments of the first compartment of the Kursk submarine will be raised for establishing the reason behind its perish. The story describes the upcoming operation. (2)

A story describes the three-day visit of Russia's First Lady Lyudmila Putin to Poland. The visit ends today and is her first private visit prepared without participation of both foreign ministries. (3,Kommersant Daily,2,Komsomolskaya Pravda,2)

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov on Monday unexpectedly arrived in Israel on an official visit that is his first foreign trip. The story examines the trip's aim, explaining why it was kept secret up until the moment of his plane's arrival. (4,Komsomolskaya Pravda,5)

The Council of Ministers of the Russia-Belarus Union in Minsk will today hold a session to be presided over by two prime ministers Mikhail Kasyanov and Gennady Novitsky. The story examines its agenda.(4)

Former Defense Minister Pavel Grachev, now a military aide to the Rosoboronexport Director-General, has been appointed head of a general staff commission that will conduct a comprehensive inspection of the 106th paratrooper division stationed in Tula. The story comments on his appointment. (4,Kommersant Daily,1,Gazeta,2,MK,1,2,)

The Salekhard Arbitration Court on Monday decided to impose external administration in Sibur, a petrochemical subsidiary of Gazprom. The court ruled that the notorious holding is insolvent and set the date for considering its bankruptcy case for April 26.The story details its case. (5,Kommersant Daily,1,4,Vremya Novostei,1,Gazeta,8,Nezavisimaya Gazeta,3)

Unified Energy Systems (UES) head Anatoly Chubais has managed to sign a protocol on intentions to launch cooperation with Hans-Dieter Haring (Sp.?),head of the German energy company E-ON Energie. The two companies intend to discuss the possibility of building generation facilities in Russia. (5, Vremya Novostei, 8)

The Taganrog City Court on Monday ruled that the convening of the Tagmet shareholders' extraordinary meeting in Moscow on March 5 was illegal as were, consequently, all its decisions. (5,Kommersant Daily,4,Vremya Novostei,8,Gazeta,9)

Techsnabexport, participating in the deal to process weapons-grade plutonium from nuclear warheads into fuel for American nuclear plants, announced that it has not sent yet sent uranium to the U.S. The product has been prepared for delivery but the Russian company is expecting sales terms (including prices) from the government. (5)

The State Duma began to discuss draft government amendments to the Law concerning the Central Bank on Monday. A major amendment is the creation of a new managing body -- the National Banking Council -- to consist of representatives of the president, the government, the State Duma and the Federation Council. The story examines the essence of the proposed amendments, focusing on the new agency. (5,Kommersant Daily,4)

The State Duma is expected tomorrow to consider a draft bill concerning a complete ban of television beer advertising. St.Petersburg Baltika representatives on Monday stated that they know the initiators of the campaign want to discredit beer as a product. The story examines two draft beer bills. (5,Kommersant Daily,4)

Russian Aluminum (RusAl) is to work out a joint project with the state-owned company of Venezuela -- Corporaciyn Venezolana de Guayana (CVG) -- that controls the whole of the country's aluminum complex. It's not rules out RusAl may take part in the privatization of the company.(5)

The scandal around Andersen's participation in the bankruptcy of Enron is nearing completion. Andersen has launched negotiations on selling itself to another company of the Big Five -- Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. According to The New York Times the deal will be announced this week. (5, Kommersant Daily, 5)

The U.S. Congress Energy and Trade Committee has announced the beginning of an investigation into the accounting of American leading telecommunications company -- Global Crossing (GC) -- that in January declared its insolvency. Legislators have suspected its leadership of deceiving shareholders and U.S. authorities. Last year GC was recommended to Russia as a reliable business partner. The story examines its conflicting position. (6)

MDM-Bank on March 6 announced its choice for a strategic partner --Uralsibsotsbank -- for boosting the banking business in the Ural region. The story examines the deal focusing on what both sides will gain from it. (7)

A story features different public responses to the television film Azazel based on the first in a series of mysteries published under the pen name Boris Akunin. The film was shown on Sunday. (9,12,Vremya Novostei,10,Vremya MN,7,Gazeta,4,Nezavisimaya Gazeta,9)


Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and his aides and ministers on Monday discussed tax reform, particularly the cancellation of a 1 percent turnover tax on road users proposed to start in 2003. The government will have to decide how to compensate possible losses to the regions.(2)

Head of the Olympic Committee of Russia Leonid Tyagachev in the Federation Council (FC) called on legislators Monday to back sport reform through legislative acts. The story comments on Tyagache's request, focusing on FC deputies' response. (2)

Energy Minister Igor Yusufov Monday received former OPEC president Shakib Helil (Sp.?), Algeria's Energy and Mining Minister, to discuss issues pertaining to bilateral cooperation in the gas sphere. The story examines Yusufov's proposals. (2)

The Federation Council (FC) on March 13 will not legalize the status of the former head of the Gazprom-Media Alfred Kokh as a FC member. This was the decision of the FC Organizational Regulation Commission on Monday. In a short interview Alfred Kokh says that he views the commission's decision as erroneous. (3)

The Constitutional Court has accepted an unprecedented application from banker Alexander Smolensky and his lawyer Boris Abushakhmin demanding that prosecutors' rights be limited. The story examines their demand. (3)

A car blast Monday in Chechnya's Urus-Martan District killed Vakhid Batalov, chief of the regional organized crime department. Three of his relatives, who also worked with him, were killed in the blast. The story details the case.(3)

The Rosbizneskonsalting agency reported Monday that the state-controlled Rosneft company intends to move to the Yamal-Nenets Area. The company has denied this information. (4)

The Yukos oil company and Vostochny Port on Monday announced a construction project of the biggest oil terminal in the Far East with a capacity of 7 million tons a year. The story describes the project.(5)

Ildar Akkhuzin, head of the Russian Fur Industrialists Union and Director-General of ZAO Mekhovoi Kholodilnik, died at the age of 65. (5)

The quotations of Tatneft shares went up by 6 percent on Monday -- this is the way the market has responded to information about the company's plans to offer an ADR on the New York Stock Exchange. (7)

The Gartner Dataquest investigation group on Monday made public its accounting report on the state of the world cellular communications market in 2001. The story examines its major points. (7)

The Alrosa Management Board decided to install a new post -- the first vice- president and executive director. The company's vice-president Alexander Morozkin has been appointed to this post. (7)

A story examines the current situation on the world platinum market with the recent price increase and focuses on Russia's role in it. (7)

A story describes Russian businessmens new interest in corporate charity. The story gives concrete facts to illustrate the point. (8)

The William M.Mercer firm on Monday made public its special report on the quality of life in different cities. Its authors analysed living standards in 215 cities. The story examines how the report evaluates life in Russian cities. (9)

The Second World Ballet Festival Mariinsky opened in St.Petersburg on Monday. The story describes the event and its participants.(13)

Actress Natalya Derzhavina, who for 40 years played one and the same part of Khryusha in the TV children's program "Good Night, Kids." Died at the age of 59. (1)

Noviye Izvestia

Ural inventor Vladimir Sidorov has designed a device that allows free flight with the help of flapping wings. He himself has tested his device, and now his task is to find a sponsor to make coal-plastic wings. Photo. (1)

The wealthy baron Guy de Rothschild, 92, left Russia after the 1917 revolution and has stated that today is a favorable time for them to return to Russia. (1)

The State Duma is expected to consider draft amendments to the Law concerning the mass media in a couple of days. If these amendments are passed then journalists will be allowed to interview only those people who authorities deem reliable. The story examines several amendments. (1)

According to a recent opinion poll of 2,000 respondents taken by the Russian Public Fund Center (ROMIR-Gallup International), only 33.7 percent of Russians have trust in the State Council. The story cites other interesting results of the poll. (1)

A story reports on how the upcoming presidential elections in Chechnya could complicate the political situation in the republic. (2)

A story shows how present Russian laws combined with the lack of their enforcement have turned domestic pharmacy facilities for laundering money of the producers of counterfeit medication. (4)

Krasnaya Zvezda

According to the State Statistics Committee, as of Jan. 1, 2002, there were 94,600 servicemen without apartments and another 27,200 servicemen's families in need of improved housing. In an interview Major-General Vadim Nikolsky, deputy chief of the Housing Department of the Defense Ministry, comments on these figures. (1,2)

Komomolskaya Pravda

American poultry deliveries were banned in Europe, Japan and even in Ukraine much earlier than in Russia. Why then have Russian authorities resorted to the measure only now and why have Russians been allowed to eat "low" quality chicken for 10 years. (4)

Oligarch Boris Berezovsky's documentary film about FSB officers' alleged involvement in apartment buildings in Moscow and in other cities has arrived in Moscow. Russians now the chance to see the film. The story features its future fate on the domestic market. (5, Noviye Izvestia, 1,2)

Moscow law-enforcement officers have discovered a slave market on Komsomolskaya Ploshchad. Traders from Tatarstan and Uzbekistan were selling their own people from Central Asia for between 1,500 and 3,000 rubles per person. The story gives details. (6)

Moscow war veterans on Monday held a rally in front of the office of the Moscow City Telephone Networks (MGTS) to protest a new per-minute phone system. The story describes the rally, its participants and their demands. (7)

Among this year's best-selling books is "Myths about Russia and the Spirit of the Nation" by Alexander Goryanin, Assistant Professor at the Russia Research Center attached to the Friendship University. The book analyzes several stable myths about the Russians. In an interview Alexander Goryanin discusses several common myths, viewing them as a powerful force rather than simply as fairy-tales. (8,9)

The changeover of political power in Russia took place exactly 85 years ago resulting from the February Revolution. The story gives five answers to five elementary questions about that revolution, with the first one being -- Where were Lenin and Tsar Nicholas II on the eve of the revolution? (9)

Eight soldiers from the special police units in the Komi Republic have refused to go to Chechnya to fight there for 180 days and nights. The story describes the conflicting situation. (10)

A dysentery epidemic has hit 335 residents of the Oktyabrsky settlement in the Lyubertsy District of the Moscow Region. The cause is believed to be polluted drinking water. The story describes the alarming situation with this water that poses a health risk. Komsomolskaya Pravda offers a map of the clean and polluted artesian wells in the Moscow region. (12, 13)

The Interior Ministry has issued an unexpected Order which, starting March 15, imposes a new questionnaire for all those who would like to gain Russian citizenship. Why is there a need for it? The story describes the new measure. (14)

A story examines Russians' ecological rights, giving answers to such questions as -- What should be done to make authorities close a hazardous enterprise? (15)

A story highlights Igor Gubkin, the leader of the Revvoyensovet leftist-radical group, accused in a murder case. (16,17)

A story describes how specialists make special foods and drinks for cosmonauts that even in the conditions of weightlessness are tastier than all other foods in the world. (18)

A Book Fair Knigi Rossii (Books of Russia) will open in Moscow's National Exhibition Center (former VDNKHa) on March 13. The story features the event and its participants. (20)

A story offers a list of 14 companies that will participate in the March 27 tender for the right to broadcast on the TV6 frequency. The Yevgeny Kiselyov team will take part in it together with Yevgeny Primakov and Arkady Volsky. (31, Gazeta, 3)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

The General Staff (GS) Commission on Monday launched their check-ups of all paratrooper units and divisions. GS Chief Anatoly Kvashnin personally went to inspect the paratrooper headquarters on Ulitsa Matrosskaya Tishina in Moscow. The story explains why Kvashnin dislikes the paratroopers, and why former Defense Minister Pavel Grachev was sent to inspect the Tula paratrooper division. (1,2)

An unidentified assailant on March 6 killed two businessmen and injured another two people -- a man and a woman -- on Tretya Tverskaya-Yamskaya Ulitsa. The story notes that it's the bloodiest crime Moscow has seen over the past several years. The story describes how it happened. (1,2)

Moscow city authorities have decided to increase the monthly salaries of medical workers. The story describes how this will be done. (1)

In the last stage of the World Cup Skiing Race in Falun (Sweden) some Russian athletes rose up against their leadership. In a telephone interview Executive Director of the Skiing Federation Yury Pochestnov discussed the situation. (1,2)

Criminal investigators are warning Muscovites that criminals have stepped up their criminal activities in Khovrino lately, brutally beating people in the street. The story gives details. (1)

On the eve of the start of the national football championship on March 8 Moscow police have compiled and adopted a list of things that football fans are allowed to bring to the stadium. The story looks at things that are allowed and prohibited to be brought to the stadium. (1)

Moscow city authorities have established a new procedure for issuing permission for holding rallies and marches in the city. The story describes the procedure in detail. (1)

The Military Commissariat of Moscow together with the Moscow Interior Department has been instructed to create a single database for those young people who are dodging military registration and army conscription. The story comments on the measure. (1)

What is Russia to America today? How does the U.S. treat Russia? Excerpts from one of the recent books by highly-esteemed American political scientist Zbigniew Brzezinski provide answers to these questions. (2)


Oligarch Vladimir Potanin apparently got sick and tired of his status as a minority shareholder. He has sold 34 percent of stock of the Novolipetsk Metals Combine (NLMK). Renaissance Capital has bought it in the interests of a group of investors linked to NLMK Board of Directors head Vladimir Lisin. (A1)

A story asserts that if U.S. authorities conduct an anti-dumping investigation into Russian silicon then the leading Russian exporters of this material -- SUAL and RusAl -- will most likely win. The story explains why. (A1)

Oligarchs, who have taken an interest in the agrarian sector, are creating a lobbying organization RAPS -- the Russian-Agrarian Industrial Union-- that will render support to domestic producers and investors. This was stated in the Union's Statement to be spread today. (A1)

The leading domestic timber industry holding -- ZAO Ilim Pulp Enterprises -- produces 42 percent of all domestic pulp. In an interview Zakhar Smushkin, head of its Board of Directors, says how his company resolves its major problems, focusing on its future plans. (A2)

The government has failed to come to agreement on significant draft amendments to the law concerning the Central Bank. The story looks at several controversial ones. (A3)

The Tax Ministry this year plans to complete the structural changes in the tax agencies that began last year. This was stated by Minister Gennady Bukayev. Wherever they are located -- on Sakhalin or in Moscow, the agencies will be structurally the same. (A3)

The Russian delegation to the WTO will submit a document of edited terms by which Russia is willing to join the World Trade Organization. Today the government commission is to adopt several concessions. The story examines them in detail. (A3)

Can postal centralization yield a tangible positive fiscal effect? Five experts share their viewpoints on the issue. (A4)

Economist Mikhail Delyagin, who has been appointed economic aide to Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, says he cannot submit pieces to the media for at least three months. He stated this in a letter to several Moscow mass media. (A4)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Andersen may face a court case related to the bankruptcy of its former client Enron. It may sell its whole business or part of itself to Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. The two firms are now in talks on the issue. (B1)

A ban on American poultry imports to Russia has been in effect since Sunday. On Monday an American delegation of experts launched negotiations with Russian vets on the issue. According to the Agriculture Ministry, the ban will last for at least a couple of months. (B1)

Russian Coal has already managed to disturb the interests of a leading domestic player on the coal market -- MDM Group. Krasnoyarsk deputies intended to approve the transfer of 44 percent of stock (belonging to the Krasnoyarsk Region) of the Krasnoyarsk Coal Company in trust to MDM for $35 million. Russian Coal has unexpectedly offered the region $5 million more. (B2)

Surgutneftegaz continues to save every kopek of the profit it makes which last year amounted to about $2 billion. Its Board of Directors has recommended to select a little-known firm Aval as an audit instead of Rosexpertiza. (B2)

A new cargo terminal opened last week by the Pulkovo aviation enterprise and the airline Lufthansa is standing idle, as foreign airlines dislike the tariffs on offer to them. They are therefore in no hurry to sign agreements with the new terminal administration. (B2)

The German E.ON Energie company, a leading European producer of electrical energy, intends to launch a joint venture with Unified Energy Systems in order to build electrical plants with a capacity of up to 1,000 megawatts. Western investors are also welcome to join the project, which is projected to cost approximately $450 million. (B2)

The Agency for Restructuring Credit Organizations (ARKO) Board of Directors will today discuss the issue of the sale of two other banks under its administration. This was stated by a source in the ARKO Board of Directors. (B3)