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Izvestia
Kommersant
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Komomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

Forbes magazine has published a list of 497 billionaires in the world, 7 of which happen to be Russian. The Izvestia story highlights each of them, focusing on how they made their way into big business. (1, 2, 12, Kommersant Daily, 4, Vremya MN, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, Trud, 4, MK, 2)

Two influential political figures -- Yevgeny Primakov and Arkady Volsky -- are interested in joining the consortium of businessmen supporting the TV-6 team in the March 27 tender. The story comments on their decision. (1, Kommersant Daily, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6)

Ekho Moskvy Editor-in-Chief Alexei Venediktov met with Gazprom-Media Director-General Boris Jordan on Friday to work out am agreement on Gazprom's media assets. In an interview, Venediktov talks about his friendly relations with media magnate Vladimir Gusinsky, and elaborates on his new company Arsenal, its main shareholders and the radio station's future plans. (1,4)

The story examines the results of the informal CIS summit in Kazakhstan. The Izvestia article details three major aspects of the summit with particular attention paid to the American presence in former Soviet republics, namely Georgia. (2, Kommersant Daily, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Gazeta, March 1, p. 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, 8, MK, 1)

Abkhazia's President Vladislav Ardzinba appealed to Russian leadership on Friday with a proposal to establish deeper relations between Moscow and Sukhumi. The story reveals the essence of the proposal. (2, Gazeta, March 1, p. 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5)

During recent negotiations with American military officials, Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze agreed to the construction of a radio electronic intelligence center in Georgia that will be built with American money in the interests of the Georgian intelligence services. (2)

Tough new rules for automobilists went into effect on Friday. The story examines some of the new regulations. (2)

On Friday State Duma Legislation Committee head Pavel Krasheninnikov stated that the ratification of the so-called 6th Protocol, which bans death penalty, had been postponed indefinitely. (2)

At a news conference Friday, Russian Olympic Committee head Leonid Tyagachev defended the committee against allegations that Russia's sports bureaucrats have foiled the Winter Olympic Games. The story looks at his pronouncements. (3)

On Friday Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov called officers of the 31st paratrooper brigade in the Ulyanovsk Region to account for a case involving 2 paratroopers, who, on Feb. 4, fled from their unit and later killed 10 people. (3, Kommersant Daily, 9)

Lydia Chernova, director of the All-Russian Memorial Museum, said Friday that the family archives of writer, actor and filmmaker Vasily Shukshin, which for years had been considered destroyed, have now been found. The story gives details. (3, Trud, 1)

The Alrosa diamond company on Friday elected Vladimir Kalitin to head the company. The story describes how analysts perceive Kalitin's new role. (3, Kommersant Daily, 4)

"We, the military, do not see any practical steps toward a radical reduction of strategic offensive armaments that were previously declared by the American side", General Yury Baluyevsky, General Staff Deputy Chief, stated on Friday. The general, however, expressed his confidence that by the May summit of Russian and American presidents, the judicial treaty on the reduction of such armaments would be agreed upon. The story comments on Baluyevsky's statement. (4)

At an enlarged session of the Federal Energy Commission Management Board on Friday, Federal Energy Commission leaders summed up their achievements and failures during the past year and mapped out plans for 2002. The story comments on Vyacheslav Ovchenkov's report, focusing on his statement regarding the formation of a single system of regulating tariffs in Russia. (5, Kommersant Daily, 4)

The story looks at a successful experiment using an icebreaker to clear the way for an oil tanker to pass through the Tatarsky Strait separating Sakhalin from the mainland. The experiment has opened up the possibility of year-round transportation of oil from its deposits. Meanwhile, confrontation continues between Sakhalin investors and the local and federal authorities over the means of oil transportation from deposits. (5)

On Friday Mosenergo cut off electricity supplies to the Moskvich auto plant, because of the plants inability to pay their electricity bills. The story comments on the situation. (5)

The Agriculture Ministry put a ban on American poultry imports as of March 10. If the United States, however, abandons its plan to impose an increased customs duty on Russian steel, American chicken may again be delivered to Russia. (5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

The Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) has formed an Industrial Policy Committee. In an interview, RSPP head Vladimir Yevtushenkov, head of the Board of Directors of the Sistema Financial Corporation, speaks about industrial policy, focusing on how the government is responding to the RSPP's recommendations. (5)

Russian diplomat Sergei Ordzhonikidze has been appointed to the post of assistant to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Ordzhonikidze will also take over at the post of Director-General of the UN Headquarters in Geneva. (6)

Several experts, public figures and tenants share their viewpoints regarding housing-utility reform. (7)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) on Friday made an appeal to the World Trade Organization member-states. The Russian entrepreneurs have demanded an immediate change to the discriminatory policies now being pursued by several WTO members concerning Russian commodity producers. The story reveals the essence of the appeal. (1)

Germany had signed a treaty with Uzbekistan to lease an airport in Termez on the Uzbek-Afghan border. The document was signed on Feb.12, but Tashkent maintained its silence up until now. The story looks at the possible reasons for Tashkent's silence (1)

The story examines the results of Friday's negotiations between Russia and-Finland, focusing bilateral cooperation between two countries. The story also assesses the main obstacles facing Finnish investment in the Russian timber industry. (2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

In an interview, Grigory Krichevsky, one of the leaders of the TV-6 team of journalists, speaks about plans for the upcoming March 27 tender, saying that today the TV-6 team, headed by Yevgeny Kiselyov, is a strong and united collective. (2)

Iraqi authorities on Friday announced their willingness to allow British team of observers into Iraq. Baghdad's response comes after London recently stated its tentative support of an American military operation against Iraq. The story comments on Iraq's decision. (3)

Wafen SS Lett l Legion veterans this year decided to give up their annual holding of traditional mass marches in Latvia on March 16. According to official version, they do not want any provocations that may threaten Latvia's accession to NATO. (3)

The Czech Republic on Friday extradited Sergei Banny, a former employee of the Russian Defense Ministry's Military University. Banny is accused of fraud in connection with defense enterprises. The story details his case. (3)

Crime. Seven armed convicts on Friday escaped from a maximum-security prison in Krasnodar. The story gives details. (3)

In line with a federal program to support small business, 2.5 billion rubles will be made available next year to strengthen Russian small- and medium-sized business. The story examines the program. (4)

U.S. statistics released on Friday suggest that in the 4th quarter of last year the American gross domestic product in the fourth quarter was 7 times larger than was previously expected. As a result, many now believe now that there was no economic slump at all. (4)

During the next three years, the international ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc. Corporation intends to invest $200 million into Russian projects. This was stated by the company's Board of Directors head Milan Panic. Brief. (5)

Anti-Monopoly Deputy Minister Natalya Fanaryova Friday signed a document declaring her ministry's intention to file a suit against PARTAD (Professional Association of Registrars, Transfer-Agents and Depositaries). The brief reveals the essence of the conflict. (5)

The Norilsk Nickel press service reported Friday that Igor Komarov has been appointed new deputy Director-General of the company. Brief. (5)

In early February, a group of American extremists were involved in a plan to overthrow the U.S. government. Their attempts however, failed and the extremists were arrested. The story gives details. (8)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

The Central House of Artists on Saturday opened an antiques fair, featuring the famous Kazimir Malevich's "Black Square." It has been displayed by Gelos Auction House as part of Inkombank's collection of paintings. The starting price for this masterpiece is $1 million. A story describes the event and its participants. (1,9)

There is much talk in the Defense Ministry regarding Sergei Ivanov's incompetence and, as a result, his possible resignation. Experts say that the decision to have a policy-maker head the Defense Ministry has been a failure and consequently a candidate to replace Ivanov is currently being sought. A story comments on the issue. (1,10)

Representatives from the Kremlin, the government and the State Duma, under the initiative of Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov, gathered in the upper house of parliament on Friday to discuss how to strengthen the legislative process. A story examines several effective proposals. (2)

Tatarstan's parliament on Feb. 28 passed a draft bill to introduce amendments to the republic's constitution. Deputies discussed and adopted 357 amendments to bring their constitution in line with the Federal Constitution. A story examines some of them. (4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

President Vladimir Putin has said the U.S. presence in Georgia is no tragedy. He stated this at a briefing in the Chimbulak Alpine skiing center. A story comments on Putin's statement. (5)

The case of against Russian entrepreneur Viktor Bout, brought up on charges of supplying weapons to the Taliban movement and the al-Quida organization, is becoming ever more complicated. According to Komosomolskaya Pravda's sources, the Belgian authorities are seeking to bring Bout up on different charges. A story sheds light on his case. (7, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 12, 13)

Crime. Marina Popova, "Moskovsky Komsomolets vo Vladivostoke" newspaper correspondent, was beaten in Vladivostok on Thursday. A story gives details. (7

Crime. An unidentified assailant on Friday attacked a policeman, who was escorting a district subsidiary of Moscow Sberbank in the southwest of Moscow. The policeman died due to numerous serious injuries. A story gives details. (7)

In an interview, Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov explains how American bases in the Central-Asia have disrupted Russia's position not only in this region, but on the entire territory of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

A story features Aeroflot's new Airbus-equipped training center. (12)



Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Andrei Korotkov, former chief of the Government Information Department, was appointed Deputy Communications Minister on Friday. In an interview, he talks about his new duties, and the implementation of the program Electronic Russia. (1)

The State Duma on March 6 is expected to consider a draft bill concerning canceling social benefits for servicemen. First Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Ulyukayev Friday announced the government's position concerning the issue. (1)

At the upcoming forum " Higher Education in France," scheduled for March 14 to 16, 120 French universities and institutes will tell Russians about their system of higher education training various specialists. Education in the French state-controlled higher schools is free of charge. A story describes the upcoming forum. (3)

Audit Chamber head Sergei Stepashin Saturday turned 50. A story describes the many positions Stepashin has occupied over the past decade. (3)

Unified Energy Systems (UES) head Anatoly Chubais has sent a to Rossiiskaya Gazeta accusing journalist Nikolai Semyonov of distorting facts in his article "Chubais is Again Against." Chubais believes that Semyonov's article discredits not only his respected name, but also the reputation of the government and UES. (4)

The market-oriented economy has affected domestic forestry and the timber economic sector. In an interview, Yury Kukuyev, First Deputy Natural Resources Minister, examines factors that are currently holding back development in this sector. (6)

Noviye Izvestia

According to a poll taken recently by the Public Opinion Fund, 56 percent of Russians are satisfied with their nutrition today, while over 36 percent are displeased. A brief gives other figures illustrating how Russians feel about their food. (1)

A draft bill that proposes making the Central Election Commission a federal ministry is expected to be submitted to the State Duma within the next two days. A story reveals the main perimeters of the document. (1)

Beginning March 1, authorities in the Pskov Region have imposed a road toll system for motorists. A story describes how it will work. (2)

OPEC officials, including the cartel's president Ali Rodriguez, arrive in Moscow tomorrow to discuss Russia's crude oil exports for the second quarter of this year. (2)

Crime. Unidentified arsonists on Friday set fire to the apartment of Natalya Kolokolchikova, deputy editor of the Karelian newspaper Stolitsa. A story describes how local authorities try to make short work of the opposition press not long before the gubernatorial elections in Karelia. (4)

A group of Saratov residents has announced its willingness to go to the meet President Putin at the Kremlin. A story details a long list of troubles the group would like to bring to the attention of the president. (5)

Komomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Forensic specialists have managed to identify all 94 bodies taken from the Kursk submarine. The last body to be identified was that of Captain Vladimir Bagryantsev. A story gives details. (2)

A fake edition of Komsomolskaya Pravda was printed last week in Yekaterinburg, at the height of the region's election campaign. People's Deputy parliamentary group leader Gennady Raikov explains the effect the edition had on the campaign. (2)

Singer and entertainer Filipp Kirkorov will likely sign a contract with the world-famous fashion house Gucci to become the company's representative in Russia. (3)

On Friday State Duma deputies took part in an international domino match with African diplomats in restaurant Limpopo. A story describes the tournament and its winners. (4)

A story reports on how Gypsies do business by bribing local policemen at Moscow railway stations. (5)

A pedophile has recently emerged in the southeast of Moscow and several underage girls have already become victims of the pedophile. A story describes his appearance. (5

As of March 1, Muscovites will pay a monthly gas rate of 5 rubles and 60 kopecks per person. The previous rate was 4 rubles and 70 kopecks per person. (6)

In an interview, Bashkortostan's head Murtaza Rakhimov, talks about freedom of speech in his republic and explains the position of Russians there. He also touches on religion and the acute problem of corruption facing the republic. (6)

A story presents a specialist's view on the role of sleep in human life, and what happens if a person does not sleep enough. (11)

In an interview, Alexander Livshits, Deputy Director-General of the Russian Aluminum company, one of the sponsors of the Russian National Olympic Team at the Salt Lake City Winter Games, shares his impressions of the Olympiad, focusing on his company's continuing financial support of Russia's Olympic Committee. (18)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

In an interview, American Ambassador to Russia Alexander Vershbow talks about his impressions of the Winter Olympiad in Salt Lake City, particularly about its numerous doping scandals. Vershbow also shares his views on the deployment of a contingent of American troops in Georgia, and about several significant documents that he expects will be signed in May during President George W. Bush's visit to Moscow. (1,2)

Domestic medical specialists have recently made much progress in treating cancer and AIDS. A story presents their achievements. (4)