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Izvestia
Kommersant
Vedomosti
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Novaya Gazeta
Komomolskaya Pravda


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

The Washington Post Sunday reported that 2 million Russian books (including rare editions) from the famous Washington bookshop of Viktor Kamkin will be destroyed. The story describes the origin of this book collection and the sad fate of Kamkin's books, harshly criticizing the inaction and indifference of the Russian Culture Ministry that have ignored the fate of the books. (1,2, Vremya Novostei, 5)

The Palestine-Israel war is continuing with new human casualties and material damage. The story describes the latest developments, saying that Israeli bombers destroyed the residence of Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat in Gaza. (1, Kommersant Daily, 8, Vremya Novostei, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5, Gazeta, 2)

Customs officials at the St. Petersburg Airport Pulkovo 2 confiscated State Duma deputy Yuly Rybakov's luggage that included 100 videocassettes of Boris Berezovsky's controversial documentary. Another lawmaker -- Sergei Yushenkov -- has managed to bring home 900 copies from London with Sheremetyevo-2 customs officers letting him pass without any problems. The story looks at their future fate. The newspaper comments on the case. (2, Kommersant Daily, 3, Vremya Novostei, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta (Yushenkov's interview ) 3)

Precious metals and precious stones enterprises are to be privatized in the near future, which many of the enterprises are not happy with. The story comments on the government's decision. (2)

Aslan Maskhadov's envoy in The Hague Akhmed Zakayev met with International Tribunal Prosecutor Karla de Ponte on Thursday to tell her about the Russian military's crimes in Chechnya. She promised him that they would not be left unpunished. The story describes the meeting. (2, Kommersant Daily, 3)

A story describes the show of Georgian high fashion that took place in the Pankisi Gorge on Sunday with Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze's blessing. (2, Kommersant Daily, 1,7 , Vremya Novostei, 2)

A Japanese Polar expedition on the Antarctic Continent has found a 14-kilogram meteorite from Mars, the second largest meteorite in the history of Mars meteorite collection. The story describes the find. (2 )

The advertising campaign of the census-2002 scheduled for October will officially begin tomorrow. In an interview Irina Zbarskaya, chief of the Census Board of the State Statistics Committee, examines several specific features of the census. (3)

In an interview actress Yelena Papanova, daughter of the late film star Anatoly Papanov, talks about her law suit against "Antipolitsai" tablet producers and the Mosfilm Studio used the image of her father in advertising without her permission. (3)

The Krasnodar Interior Department stated Sunday that all seven convicts who escaped from prison in Krasnodar on March 1 have been apprehended. The story details the operation, saying that local investigators will now have to establish the involvement of escorts and to explain why the people who suffered from the convicts' actions failed to apply to the police. (3, Kommersant Daily, 1, 9 , Vremya Novostei, 3)

A State Duma Council tomorrow will discuss proposals concerning changes in Duma. regulations and standing orders. One proposal concerns Speaker Gennady Seleznyov, who may lose the right of a decisive vote. The story examines the essence of this proposal. (4)

A story highlights Japanese politician Munzo Sudzuki, who is linked to Russian issues and is well known to Kuril Islanders. The story asserts that in Japanese political circles he has an appalling reputation like that of Yegor Ligachev in the Gorbachev era. (4)

A story describes the fishing war that is going on in Kamchatka where governor Mikhail Mashkovtsev is doing everything in his power to establish control over local fishing enterprises. (4)

The government has decided to place all responsibility for the housing and utility reform on governors and mayors, who will alone decide the terms to transfer to complete housing and utility payments. The story comments on the government decision. (5)

The Slovak Commission has recommended to the government that it sell 40 percent of the Slovensky Plynarensky Priemysel gas pipeline company to a consortium that includes Gazprom. (5, Kommersant Daily,1 )

An OPEC delegation headed by Algeria's Energy Minister Chakib Khelil arrived in Moscow on Sunday to try to persuade Russia not to increase its oil exports starting from April. The story features several other business issues the Algerian delegation would like to discuss in Moscow. (5, Kommersant Daily, 2 )

An American Court will today resume hearings on the case of Microsoft. The story reveals the essence of the case. (5)

Head of the Afghan government Hamid Karzai will today begin his official visit to Russia. The story examines its agenda, focusing on the significance of his negotiations with President Vladimir Putin. (6, Kommersant Daily, 8, Vremya Novostei,1 )

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov is to arrive in Washington today for a three-day visit, most part of which will be devoted to his talks with his counterpart Donald Rumsfeld and his subordinates in the Pentagon. The story examines the major issues of their negotiations. (6, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

Highly-regarded camera-man Vladimir Nakhabtsev died at the age of 63. The story features his creative career, naming several of his popular films. (7)

In an interview Irina Antonova, Director of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, talks about her 41-year career and devotion to the museum that has become her second home. (9)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The Russia-U.S. trade war is escalating with each passing day. Two American companies have applied to the U.S. International Trade Commission demanding an investigation in relation to deliveries of aluminum-silicic alloys and silicon from Russia. The story examines the case. (1, 4)

ZAO "Shestoi Kanal" founded by TV6 journalists and a consortium of entrepreneurs has merged with the noncommercial partnership "Media-ocium" of Yevgeny Primakov and Arkady Volsky. On March 7 "Shestoi Kanal" revoked its application for participation in the March 27 tender for the right to broadcast on the former TV6 frequency. In an interview former TV6 director general Yevgeny Kiselyov and Metalloinvest former head Oleg Kiselyov explain their behaviour, focusing on the latest developments. (2)

The Los Angeles Times on Saturday made public details of the Pentagon's secret report devoted to the U.S. new nuclear doctrine. The document mentions Russia among the states against which the U.S. could use nuclear weapons. The story comments on the document. (3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2 )

Information agencies reported Sunday that Mikhail Delyagin, an economist of leftist orientation, was appointed aide to Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov. The story looks at his business career, focusing on his bold remarks about President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President George W. Bush. (3, Gazeta, 2)

Cellular Communications leaders MTS and Vimpelcom are willing to allow the exchange of text messages between users. MTS head Mikhail Smirnov explained that the absence of SMS-communications between MTS and BeeLine users is an instrument of the competition struggle that has been ineffective. (4)

The Bloomberg information agency reported on Sunday that during UES head Anatoly Chubais's visit to Berlin his company and the German energy company E.ON AG signed a protocol on intentions envisaging joint efforts to modernize the Russian energy sector. The story examines the document. (4)

Starting from today Fyodor Andreyev, former head of St. Petersburg BaltUneximBank, has officially taken up the post of first vice-president of the Alrosa Diamond company. (4)

Sakhalin is famous for its oil and gas projects with the active participation of foreign energy companies. The Russian side in these projects is presented by Rosneft. In an interview Rosneft head Sergei Bogdanchikov talks about the future fate of these projects. (6)

Today marks the beginning of Maslinitsa, an old Slavic holiday of seeing off the winter and welcoming the spring. It will last the whole week. Starting this year, the Moscow city government will be directly responsible for all festivities of this great religious holiday. (7)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The position of the world's fifth largest auditing firm -- Andersen -- has worsened markedly lately with several major firms choosing to no longer utilize their services. The Justice Department will open a criminal case against the auditing firm if an agreement is not made. (A1)

The Economic Development Ministry late last week submitted a draft concept to the government aiming at giving the automobile industry a boost. The ministry has excluded many lobbyist proposals from the draft but has left a point on imposing duties on foreign vehicles older that 5 years. (A1)

The destruction of around 150 street billboards last fall by Moscow vandals seems to have dissuaded L'Oreal from placing its street advertisements of Body Expertise cream in Moscow. (A1)

According to the State Statistics Committee, Russians' savings in bank accounts -- in both securities and cash but without hard currency deposits -- decreased by 3.1 percent in January and as of the beginning of February amounted to 1,009.2 billion rubles. (A1)

In a far-ranging interview Sonera Corporation head and Chief Executive Director Harry Koponen talks about the aim of his visit to Moscow earlier this month, about the business contacts and some projects in Russia as well as about the prospects of Eurasian markets. (A2)

Former TV6 director general Yevgeny Kiselyov and the oligarchs that are backing him now have two more participants in the partnership that will apply for the former frequency of TV6. Arkady Volsky and Yevgeny Primakov have declared their participation in the partnership. The story examines the latest developments. (A3)

The government has decided to work for more time on amendments to the Tax Code that concern tax levying on lottery wins. This was stated by First Finance Deputy Minister Sergei Shatalov. (A3)

The Macroeconomic Analysis and Short-Term Forecast Center has published a report titled "Related Industrial Structures as a Factor and Restriction of Economic Growth in the Medium-Term Perspective." The report was ordered by Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov. The story examines its major points. (A3)

According to reports from the Economics Institute, the economic situation in January and February markedly worsened. The story gives facts and figures to illustrate this belief. (A3)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

After the changeover in its leadership Gazprom has less objections to oil companies that have been trying to enter the gas business. Tyumen Oil Company and LUKoil recently began to deliver gas to energy companies and Sibneft is most likely to appear soon on the Moscow gas market. (B1)

According to reports from the Central Bank the domestic gold currency reserves between Feb 22 and March 1 grew by $500 million, or by 1.38 percent -- from $36.2 billion to $36.7 billion. (B1)

Vladimir Kadannikov, head of the AvtoVAZ Board of Directors, and Richard Vagoner, head of General Motors, discussed GM's possible participation in AvtoVAZ's Charter capital at their meeting in Geneva. The brief mentions other issues they discussed. (B1)

The Transneft Board of Directors will hold a session on March 15 to discuss the company's results in 2001 as well as its dividend policy. (B1)

The government on Thursday approved the restructuring of one more monopoly -- the postal communications sector. The story focuses on the specific features of the reform. (B1)

The export of Russian gas to countries other than the former Soviet republics grew by 4.7 percent in January 2002. (B1)

Gazprom has decided to punish its supplier of pipes for the Blue Stream project. The Italian Ilva firm will have to pay Gazprom $700,000 in fines for its failure to supply pipes on time. (B2)

Standard &Poor's has changed the rating forecast of Alfa-Bank from stable to positive. This was stated in the agency's press release. (B3)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

Describing the rapidly changing geopolitical map of the world since the tragic events of Sept. 11, a story suggests that the ultimate aim of the U.S. war against terror is establishing control over the energy resources of the Caspian region, the Trans-Caspian area, Iraq and Iran. (1,5)

In an interview Alexander Bespalov, head of the General Council of the Unified Russia Party, answers the question -- How will Unified Russia build its relationships with authorities? What other radical changes in legislation does the party intend to submit. (1,2)

A story asserts that the friendship between America and Russia has been coming to pieces lately. The story gives concrete facts to illustrate the point, focusing on leaked U.S. Department of Defense information from the Pentagon printed in The Los Angeles Times. (1,2)

A state body to control electricity exports will soon be formed in Russia. A dedicated government commission could possibly be created with Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko as its head for this issue. The story examines the fierce struggle for control, looking at main participants vying for this right. (2)

Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev stated that the positive trends that have appeared in his sector have not yet led to stabilization. The story concentrates on positive results in the agricultural sector in 2001. (3)

The Liberal Russia movement has the right to spread Boris Berezovsky's documentary film inside Russia. In an interview Sergei Yushenkov, co-chairman of the Liberal Russia movement, examines the importance of the film and his own conclusions about it. (3)

The Court of the North-Caucasian Military District in Rostov-on-Don on March 12 is expected to resume hearings on the criminal case of Colonel Yury Budanov, accused of killing Chechen young girl Elza Kungayeva. The story looks at the latest developments around the case. (6)

Novaya Gazeta
www.novayagazeta.ru

Sociologist Boris Kagarlitsky reflects on the appointment of Mikhail Delyagin to the post of economic aide of the government, viewing it as very strange since over the past two years Delyagin has always sharply criticized government policy. (2)

Chief Prosecutor of the International Tribunal on former Yugoslavia Karla de Ponte received Aslan Maskhadov's envoys, including Akhmed Zakayev, in The Hague on Thursday. The story describes the issues they discussed. In an interview Akhmed Zakayev shares his impressions about the meeting, focusing on Karla de Ponte's hope that all those guilty of crimes against humankind will be punished. (3)

One of the main heroes of Boris Berezovsky's documentary film accusing the Federal Security Service of complicity in several apartment explosions in 1991 speaks about how the film was made and about what real facts were used as the basis of the film. (4)

Filmmaker Tofik Shakhverdiyev tells how he once tried to make a film about homeless and runaway children, who he considers to have their own ideology and psychology of life. They do not understand and will never understand why adults spend so much effort and time to change their lives. Those children, the filmmaker assures, will teach anyone how to live. The story explains why all these numerous programs to help homeless kids are doomed to failure. (1,5)

In an interview David Gorelishvili, head of the Public Reception Office of the Moscow Helsinki Group, explains the present registration procedure in Moscow for newcomers to the city. (9)

Novaya Gazeta special correspondent Anna Politkovskaya reports on the latest tragic events in Chechnya where federal troops continue their inhuman round-ups in an effort against Chechen rebels. Numerous peaceful people are becoming their victims. (11-12)

In interviews Stanislav Kucher, First Deputy Director-General of NVK TV VI (the Moskvin-Kucher-Merezhko team backed by LUKoil) and ATV head Anatoly Malkin talk about what they expect from the competition for the TV6 frequency. They also mention what programs they would like to offer to television viewers if they win. (14)

Komomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

A story focuses on the new hotel that will emerge in place of the former Hotel Intourist, the demolition of which began on March 7 by order of Mayor Yury Luzhkov. (2)

New requirements for the technical status of autos took effect in Russia from March 1. The story focuses on some of them. (3)

Pari information agency head Alexei Svistunov reported that anyone, who likes pancakes will be treated to a piece of a SUPER BLIN (pancakes) on Thursday (at 1700) on Ploshchad Revolyutsii where this gigantic pancake will be presented to the public. The story explains why it will enter the Book of Moscow Records rather than the Guinness Book of Records. (2)

A feature story describes a very handsome male giraffe living in the Moscow Zoo that in his dreams sees his future girlfriend. (4)

Komsomolskaya Pravda correspondents conducted an opinion poll among Muscovites late last week to see how they treat the nouveau rich. The story looks at interesting results and conclusions. (6,7)

Bus, trolleybus and tram fares in the Moscow region will be raised starting from March 15. First Deputy Transport Minister of the Moscow Region Andrei Kokurin reveals the essence of the measure. (18)

A story offers a cultural program for all 7 days of the Maslinitsa holiday in Moscow. (23)