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Novaya Gazeta
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Krasnaya Zvezda
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Komomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


The Association of International Pharmaceutical Producers has made public results of a poll of 48 foreign and 5 domestic pharmaceutical firms on the topic of counterfeit medicine in Russia. Respondents said that the quantity of such medications has considerably increased lately, amounting to about 12 percent of the market (last year the figure was 7 percent.) President of the Coalition in Defense of the Rights of Intellectual Property Pyotr Nekarsulmer comments on the situation, focusing on government measures. Two experts also share their views on the issue. (1)

The Audit Chamber collegium on Friday announced the results of a comprehensive check-up in Chechnya to see how federal budget funds allocated for the restoration of the republic were spent in 2001. A story examines known facts and figures, concluding that 12.5 billion rubles was used "extremely ineffectively." (1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 4)

A film aired by RTR on Friday showed what was presented as the dead body of Khattab. Asker Baboyev, chief of the Karachayev-Cherkess Bureau of Forensic Medical Expertise, comments on the case. (1, Kommersant, 1,4, Gazeta, April 26, p. 1,6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 12, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1, Trud, 1,2 MK, 1,2)

The Taganka Drama Theater for the 1000th time on Saturday showed "Master and Margarita" based on Bulgakov's novel of the same name. The production is 25 years old. Chief artistic director Yury Lyubimov and two leading actors speak about its difficult fate. (2)

The Moscow City Festival of Social Advertisements ended on Friday. A story describes the event and its winners. (2)

The government on Friday approved 4 draft bills on reforming railway transport. Experts say that their provisions contradict the Civil Code. A story examines some of them. (2, Vremya Novostei, 2, Vremya MN, 2)

The State Duma on Friday passed (in its second reading) a new wording of the law on = guarantees to citizens' election rights. Deputies discussed almost 3,000 amendments to the document that radically changes the rules of elections -- both to those who do the electing and to those who are elected. A story examines the document's new provisions. (2, Kommersant, 2, Gazeta, April 26, p. 3, Vremya MN, 3, Vremya Novostei, 4)

A Russia-Kazakhstan Commission on Friday launched an investigation into the reasons behind the falling of the Russian winged rocket X-22 in Kazakhstan territory. The rocket was fired by a Russian Tu-22 strategic fighter during a military exercise. A story gives details. (2, Noviye Izvestia, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, Vremya MN, 1

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko on Friday signed a decree to conduct a national beauty competition "Miss Belarus 2002". Its major aim is the aesthetic and spiritual bringing-up of the Belarussian youth. A story comments on the document. (3, Noviye Izvestia, 1)

Radio Liberty 's continuing broadcasts in Chechen are being harshly criticized by Russian policy-makers. In an interview the Director of the North-Caucasian Service of Radio Liberty, Ferit Agi, speaks about this service, about its sponsors and correspondents. He also shares his view on Press Minister Mikhail Lesin's recent statement that terrorists should not be given airtime. Presidential aide on information policy Sergei Yastrzhembsky talks about what he thinks of the service. (3)

President Vladimir Putin on Friday visited the Astra oil platform that was built by the Astrakhan shipyard on order from the LUKoil company. A story examines the visit. (3, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, MK, 1, 2)

Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu on Friday held a session in Kursk that discussed imposing the single emergency rescue telephone O1 to be used to call up all emergency services. A story examines them in detail. (3)

One more boutique of posh footwear with the Tod trademark has opened in Moscow's Tretyakovsky Proezd. In an exclusive interview President and Manager of Tod's Group Diego della Valle assesses business potential in Russia and the prospects of the luxury market in this country. (3)

One hundred and forty university students in the Southern Federal District on Friday received Vladimir Potanin stipend of 1,200 rubles. A story looks at the winners of the special competition. (3)

The first floods hit several cities in the Sverdlovsk region on Friday. A story describes the natural disaster. (3)

A government commission on military-industrial issues on Friday announced that the Sukhoi Aviation Design Bureau will be a major producer of fifth generation domestic fighters. (3, Vremya Novostei, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

The government has endorsed canceling the tax on purchasing hard currency. This was stated by Central Bank head Sergei Ignatyev. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Gazeta, April 26, p. 10, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, Vremya Novostei, 4, MK, 2)

Many countries are today preoccupied with reforming their armies. In experts' opinions this is connected with the possibility of fuel-energy, financial, demographic and ecological crises by 2015. A story comments on the issue, saying that in such a situation countries will launch a policy of revision of world resources with military force playing a significant role. (4)

Mutual Investment Funds (PIF) are winning more supporters in Russia. One of them -- PioGlobal -- marked its 5th anniversary last year. In an interview its Director-General Maria Churayeva explains PIF's popularity in Russia and their prospects this year. (4)

The Cabinet on Friday approved the Concept of boosting insurance in 2002-2006, but also asked the Finance Ministry to present several reworked provisions of the document in two months. A story reveals the essence of the concept. (5, Gazeta, April 26, p. 9)

A story examines the situation on the domestic insurance market focusing on its major problems. (5)

Present bankruptcy practice shows that there is a sharp confrontation between opposing sides in insolvency affairs -- one of which strives to preserve the enterprise, while the other side works for its liquidation. An example is the situation around the Yamal gas extraction enterprise Rospan. Sergei Zankovsky, expert at the Russian Fund of Legal Reforms, looks at the theory and practice of bankruptcy. (5)

Energy Minister Igor Yusufov met with U.S. Energy Undersecretary Robert Card in Moscow on Friday. Card stated that the U.S. administration will not prevent Russian oil companies from exporting oil to the U.S. A story comments on his statement, focusing on Russian-American cooperation in the energy sphere. (5, Kommersant, 5)

The situation on the world steel market remains tense. Summing up results of the first quarter Alcan vice-President Geoffrey Merszei made a disturbing forecast that in 2002 the supply of aluminum on the market will increase by 2.5 percent and exceed the demand by 360,000 tons. A story examines the prediction. (5)

The House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress on Friday voted for abolishing the famous American Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) that will be divided into two departments. A story describes how it will be done. (6, Kommersant, 4)

President of the Finnish Higher Administrative Court Pekka Hallberg presented the Russian public his book titled "The Fundamentals of Legal Defense in Finland." at the Finnish Embassy in Moscow on Friday. A story reviews the book. (6)

A story describes the tragedy that happened in a secondary school in Germany on Friday when a former pupil killed several teachers and pupils. (6, Kommersant, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1, Vremya MN, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

An earthquake in Tbilisi late on Friday left six people dead and several dozen injured. Many buildings were destroyed. (6, Kommersant, 4, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 6, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, Vremya Novostei, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

The International Children's Art Festival will take place in Moscow. It will open soon before the start of the summer vacations. A story looks at its program. (8)

The Bolshoi Theater on Friday made public its international plans. A story examines them in detail. (8)

The Festival "New British Cinema" that is taking place in Moscow and other Russian cities for the 3rd time ends on Sunday April 28. A story describes the event and its films. (8, Kommersant, 8)

The Shestoi Kanal shareholders' meeting that ended late at night on Thursday endorsed the company's financial plan. In an interview its Deputy Director-General Grigory Krichevsky speaks about participants in the meeting and about issues that caused heated debate. (9, Kommersant, 3)


BeeLine GSM telephones on Thursday and Friday went out of order. Analysts believe that these large-scale breakdowns could have far-reaching consequences for the company's business. (1, Vremya Novostei, 2)

Domestic aviation authorities have managed to persuade their Spanish colleagues to allow the Russian plane Il-86 to fly to Spain. Deputy Transport Minister Pavel Rozhkov commented on the situation. (1)

It was announced on Friday that a unified chess tournament for the title of world champion could take place next summer. The competition will take place if the International Chess Federation (FIDE) meets the proposals of the Trans-European media-corporation Einstein Group and French female multi-millionaire Nahed Ojjeh at a meeting in Prague on May 6. (1, 11)

Japan's Foreign Ministry on Friday sacked two specialists in Russian affairs who tried to find a compromise on the problem of the South Kuril islands. A story discusses what the resignation of these diplomats means. (1)

The State Duma on Friday rejected (in its third reading) draft amendments to the law concerning the Central Bank. A story examines major reasons. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Vremya MN, 1, Vremya Novostei, 4)

The Union of Right Forces (SPS) Federal Political Council held a session on Thursday where several members were expected to harshly criticize party leader Boris Nemtsov's policy, but UES head Anatoly Chubais saved him. A story says how. (3)

Several Communist organizations on Friday met with journalists to tell them about their plans for marches on May 1. A story describes their unusual character. (3)

The U.S. Trade Department in May is expected to finally decide whether or not Russia is a country with a market economy. A story explains why it's very important for Russia. (5)

The KamAZ Board of Directors on Friday appointed Tatarstan's Economic Minister Sergei Kogogin to the post of Director-General of this enterprise. Former Director-General Ivan Kostin was offered to head the Machine-Building Department of the Ministry of Industry, Science and Technology. (5)

The Val Gamburtseva oil deposit has been connected with the existing "Severnaya Neft" pipeline system. (5)

Oligarch Vladimir Potanin has bought Kazimir Malevich's Black Square masterpiece from Inkombank's art collection to present it to the St. Petersburg State Hermitage Museum. (8, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 8)

Noviye Izvestia

Russia last week showed the whole world that it's building a closed society, evident from statements by Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov and presidential aide Sergei Yastrzhembsky on Russian citizenship laws. A story examines their pronouncements. (1,2)

The Public Opinion Fund has taken a poll to see how Russians view street protests. Results show that most respondents view them negatively. A story gives facts and figures. (1)

The enrolment procedure at higher schools of education will be changed starting from 2003. This was stated by Deputy Education Minister Viktor Bolotov on Friday at the opening of the All-Russian Conference of university admission commissions secretaries. A story comments on his statement. (2)

A tender to sell the state-controlled 19.68 percent of Slavneft stock will take place in October or November this year. From all indications the government has already tried to predetermine results of the tender. The point is that shares are designed for a select structure close to top bureaucrats. A story says that as a result the budget will get less money in revenues than it could receive with a fair competition. (1, 5)

The Fire Service will mark its 353rd anniversary on April 30. A story features a typical working day in Fire Brigade No.3 in Moscow's Northern Administrative District. (6)

Tyumen authorities have found a new method of discovering and isolating AIDS-infected people from the healthy world -- opening a special acquaintance club for them. A story describes the club and its members. (5)

Krasnaya Zvezda

In an interview MGIMO Professor Alexander Konovalov, head of the Institute of Strategic Assessments, analyses the present state of Russian-American relations, focusing on his expectations for the upcoming Russian-American summit in Moscow in May. (3)

In an interview Anatoly Chumakov, Director-General of the leading domestic aviation enterprise Ramensky Instrument-Building Plant, talks about his profit-making plant, its products, foreign partners, joint projects, as well as their about problems. (4)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Vice-Mayor Valery Shantsev gives and interview about the future fate of Moscow land, about the state of its economy, about investments and about the city's economic aims for this year. He also talks about children's sports facilities, sports training groups and about Russia's chances of hosting EXPO-2010. (1,3)

In an interview Sergei Peskov -- head of the Russian mission attached to the Palestinian administration in the Gaza sector -- talks about the tense and dangerous situation in the region, focusing on the position of Israeli troops. (1, 2)

A cholera epidemic has hit Delhi 's southern quarters, where the number of registered patients has reached 100 people. The most probable reason for the infection is water. (1)

In an interview Irkutsk regional governor Boris Govorin assesses the present economic and political situation in the country, focusing on how reforms are proceeding in Siberia. (4)

The Audit Chamber recently inspected how budget funds have been allocated in Chechnya. In an interview the head of the Chechen government Stanislav Ilyasov describes the real state of affairs in the republic, saying that no one has the right to call Chechnya a "black hole."

Rossiiskaya Gazeta offers several forms from the 2002 census questionnaires so that Russians can prepare their answers beforehand. (6)

Komomolskaya Pravda

In an interview South African space tourist Mark Shuttleworth talks about what he will do during and after his flight. A story describes several episodes before the launch into space on Friday. (2)

A story describes President Vladimir Putin's current visit to Astrakhan in which the people's living conditions shocked him -- he reprimanded governor Alexander Guzhvin for poor housing construction in the city. (3)

According to the Master Plan of Moscow 5,000 hectares of land is to be vacated by industrial zones that presently occupy 20,000 hectares of the city 's whole territory of approximately 110,000 hectares. In an interview two construction experts Andrei Bakunichev and Anatoly Ryabsky examine the problem of moving industrial areas from the city. (5)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov will festively order to switch on the city fountains on Manezh Square on April 30. All those who want to take a swim will be able to but only on this day. A story describes the event. (6)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov has agreed with the BeeKeepers Union on the creation of a network of apiaries in Izmailovo and on Lake Losiny. It's not ruled out that bees will also appear in other Moscow parks. A story examines the mayor's decision. (6, Noviye Izvestia, 1)

A story describes which food products will increase in price in May. Petrol prices will also be hiked. Grigory Sergiyenkov, Executive Director of the Fuel Union, explains the measure. (7)

Deputy Director of the Nutrition Research Institute Mikhail Gapparov answers questions from Komsomolskaya Pravda readers about food products with an inadequate content of iodine and about new foods with special iodine-rich additives. (10)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Moscow regional law-enforcement officers have launched a special police operation to catch the individual who several days ago savagely killed six-year-old Kiryusha Kashirin. A story describes the tragedy. (1,2)

French legendary singer Marie Mate has again arrived in Moscow to give several concerts in the Kremlin Concert Hall. In an exclusive interview she speaks about her life and creative work. (1, 6)

Moscow city authorities are trying to freeze soaring prices of medicines in city pharmacies. With this aim in view the city government has endorsed a new procedure of medicine price formation. A story examines the procedure. (1)

Alexander Slobodin, 32, Director-General of the Land-Survey Bureau in Chekhov was arrested on Thursday on charges of taking a huge bribe for help to receive a plot of land. A story gives details. (1)

Specialists from the Rodon Anti-Radiation Service have confiscated 190 kilograms of cranberry on the Lyublinsky market-place. Its radiation level was twice the norm. A story describes the berries' possible origin. (1)

During the recent check-up of the financial performance of the State Duma apparat the Audit Chamber did not find any serious financial violations. Some deputies and apparat employees did however receive a second higher education at the expense of the Duma that cost its budget 600,000 rubles. A story offers some other results of the inspection. (2)

The Ariel Sharon government has made an unprecedented decision -- to create a so-called Russian battalion in the Israeli army from former Soviet and Russian officers. (2)