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Press Review



Noviye Izvestia

Argumenty i Fakty

Krasnaya Zvezda

Komomolskaya Pravda

Moskovsky Komsomolets



One year ago Russian authorities launched a 3-day visa initiative aimed at attracting foreign tourists to St. Petersburg, Moscow and Kaliningrad. Due to the bureaucracy involved the experiment, it seems, has been a complete flop. Alexander Sorokin, deputy head of the Economic Development Ministry's Tourism Department, comments on the experiment while several tourists share their negative impressions. (1,12, Gazeta, 9)

The presidents of five Caspian states Tuesday got together in Ashgabat in Turkmenistan to decide on how to divide the Caspian Sea. A story examines the results of the summit, focusing on its most contentious issues. (1,2, Kommersant Daily, 9, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, Gazeta, 1,10, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1,3)

On Tuesday the Federation Council approved the candidacy of Vladimir Kolesnikov to the post of deputy prosecutor general. In an interview, Kolesnikov expresses his hope that several high-profile criminal cases will soon be solved. ( 1 Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 2)

On Tuesday a working group running under direction of the State Council Presidium decided to draft a document entitled "The Fundamentals of State Policy in the Sphere of Boosting the Banking System." One point made during the discussion was whether the domestic market should be opened to foreign bankers. (2)

Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi has officially proposed to the government to install a new holiday Dec. 25 as the Day of Circus Art. In view of this, the ministry has drafted a corresponding government decree. A story looks at the motivation driving the proposal. (2, Gazeta, 3)

"Russia has made a mistake when in its time it joined the Council of Europe." So said Dmitry Rogozin, head of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, to journalists in Strasbourg on Tuesday. A story comments on his statement. (2, Kommersant Daily, 7, Vremya Novostei, 1, Vremya MN, 2)

A document entitled "The Regional System of Voluntary Certification of the Quality of Realty Services" was presented at Moscow City Hall on Tuesday. City authorities believe that the document will help the city determine new rules for Moscow's realty market. A story examines the document. (2)

Chief coach of the domestic Olympic hockey team Vyacheslav Fetisov is viewed as a candidate to the post of chief coach of the New York Rangers Hockey Club. According to reports, Fetisov could be chosen for the position with the help of the Russian Rocket, Pavel Bure, who plays in Rangers. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 8)

Russian Ambassador in Warsaw Nikolai Afanasyevsky in the Polish Foreign Ministry on Tuesday was given a note in connection with the Russian authorities' decision to banish Catholic Bishop Jerzy Mazur from Russia. Polish authorities are demanding an explanation from Moscow. (3, Kommersant Daily, 5)

Russia's top managers lately have been frequently sent from the country's economic center, Moscow, to the regions. One example of this phenomenon is Vladimir Shidlovsky, head of the Nuclear-Fuel Department of the Nuclear Energy Ministry, who has been appointed general director of the Siberian Chemical Combine. In an interview Shidlovsky comments on his appointment. ( 3)

On Tuesday the People's Deputy Group submitted to the State Duma a draft amendment to the existing Criminal Code that imposes a responsibility for buggery. A story reveals the essence of the document and its authors. (4, Kommersant Daily, 5, Noviye Izvestia, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, MK, 1,2)

Russian and American experts were expected to resolve differences in the preparation of bilateral documents on strategic issues to be discussed at the upcoming Russian-American summit in May. A story looks at several such differences. (4)

Last year's bumper grain harvest has brought with it a serious problem concerning what to do with surplus grain reserves that could bring down prices of the new grain crop. The government agricultural commission discussed this problem on Tuesday. (5)

Gazprom leadership stated Tuesday that it intends to take part in the construction project of the West-East gas pipeline, a broad Chinese project for the next several years. Brief. (5)

Entrepreneur Oleg Tinkoff is selling his St. Petersburg "Darya" company, a fast food leader in the domestic market. Brief. (5, Kommersant Daily, 17)

On Tuesday the law firm Kuznetsov and Partners together with its clients, the Ruskart agency and the Zamoskvorechye Association, accused the Federal Tax Police Service of carrying out a campaign against small businesses. A story details the conflict. (5)

A story describes the Komtech information technologies fair which opened Tuesday. (6, Kommersant Daily, 17)

Kakha Bendukidze, head of the Obyedinyonniye Mashinostroitelniye Zavody (OMZ) company, has announced a creation of a new independent business in his company to produce mining equipment. Bendukidze also introduced its director to his company -- NAUFOR Council Chairman Ivan Lazarko. (6, Kommersant Daily, 13, 16)

The steel wars and American poultry scandals have accelerated the pace of the negotiations for Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Their new round of talks began in Geneva on Tuesday. In an interview, Konstantin Remchukov, chairman of the WTO's Public Issues Council, talks about several problems facing the Russian side. ( 6)

Primorkhlebprodukt has for several years failed to pay debts to its foreign shareholders and creditors. When this company, once one of the biggest in the Far East, sold out its assets, it became a small sized firm. Meanwhile, some unpleasantness overtaken Yelena Korneyeva, an employee representing investors of the Euro-Asian Investment Corporation, as an unidentified person in threatened to kill her in mid-April. A story gives details. (6)

A story offers an analysis of the situation on the market of electronic retail trade, focusing on the role of virtual cards on it. (7)

The Izvestia Supplement is devoted to Insurance. (13-16)


Central domestic television channels are experiencing acute shortages of advertising time. A story examines the situation, focusing on its consequences. (1)

Ingushetia's former President Ruslan Aushev at a Federation Council on Tuesday stated that he has quit his post in the upper house of parliament, because no one seems to want to resolve problems of his native republic. A story reflects on aims of his behavior. (1, 4, Izvestia, 4, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Vremya MN, 3, Vremya Novostei, 2, Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1)

On Tuesday Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov began his weeklong tour of European capitals with negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, which will begin leading the European Union as of July 1, and, therefore, it's a priority to reach agreements with the government of this country. A story examines issues discussed there and results. (2, Izvestia, 5, Vremya Novostei, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3,)

The Federation Council Economic Policy Committee held parliamentary hearings Tuesday on the state of the negotiations on Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization. A story examines the issue. (2)

The State Duma's three committees, the leadership of which early this month was given up by the left opposition will be abolished and another two will be passed over to the centrist factions. This was stated by State Duma Regulation Committee head Oleg Kovalyov. A story examines these changes in the Lower House of parliament. (3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

The State Duma Tuesday held parliamentary hearings on "The Development of the Federal Districts and the Future Fate of Russia's Federative Structure." S.D. Vice-Speaker Vladimir Lukin delivered a report. A story looks at its major provisions. (3)

The St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly Tuesday considered Montes Auri company head Alfred Kokh's application on his voluntary refusal to be a Federation Council members. The legislators gladly met his request. (4)

Russia is leaving its navy base in the Vietnamese port of Kamran. A story describes its origin. (4)

The Main Military Prosecutor's Office has sent the criminal case against former FSB official Alexander Litvinenko to court. He is accused of abuse of power. Litvinenko will not be present at the trial, because he has received political asylum in Britain. A story examines the case. (6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

At a collegiun on Tuesday Deputy Health Minister Olga Sharapova stated that about 5 million married couples today, due to health problems, are unable to have children. A story comments on her statement, citing other negative facts from her report. (7)

There is a possibility that during the May holidays up to 4,000 tourists will not be able to fly to Barcelona. A story examines serious problems with charter aviation companies. (8)

On Tuesday Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko delivered the state of the nation address to the republic's parliament. Lukashenko named the OSCE, the local opposition and the Russian mass media as the enemies of the Belarussian people. (10)

President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Tuesday concerning the creation of the open joint stock company Almaz-Antei Concern . A story comments on the document. (13)

The State Duma Tuesday protested against government reform regarding small business taxation. (14)

PricewaterhouseCoopers Tuesday presented a research paper on the mergers and absorption of companies in Eastern Europe. A story examines the paper. (14)

U.S. Energy Secretary Robert Card arrived in Moscow to discuss with the Russian government the upcoming conference in Detroit of G8 energy ministers. In an interview, he says in part that the United States is willing to buy Russian oil irrespective of the Iraqi embargo. (14)

Noviye Izvestia

The Economic Development Ministry intends to revise its growth forecast for gross domestic product in 2003. Instead of a predicted growth rate of 3.5 to 4 percent, the ministry has revised its forecast to 5 percent. The new figure nearly coincides with that of the International Monetary Fund, which last week made public its own forecast on Russia economic development. A story comments on the new figures, saying what they can mean in reality. (1)

Anti-Catholic hysteria is expanding in Russia. A story describes preparations in several cities for a nationwide anti-Catholic demonstration scheduled for April 28. (2)

The Moscow State Medical Dental University will mark its 80th anniversary this year and has sponsored an International Dental Olympiad devoted to the occasion. A story describes the event and its participants. (4)

A story examines the tense situation on the St. Petersburg pharmaceutical market, focusing on its incessant insulin scandals. (5)

Argumenty i Fakty

Nuclear Energy Minister Alexander Rumyantsev speaks about the danger used nuclear fuel poses to human health. (3)

In an interview, Vyacheslav Kostikov, head of the Center for Extremism Prevention of the Sociology Institute, answers questions regarding Russia's resurgent problem with nationalism and skinheads. (4)

President Vladimir Putin stated that the government underestimates Russia's potential. Three economists speculate on whether or not the Russian economy will make a breakthrough after the president's announcement (5)

May will see the 10-year anniversary of the promised high-speed Moscow-St. Petersburg railway construction project. The Audit Chamber is seeking money that has been allocated for the project and squandered for other purposes. A story describes the dream and the reality of the project. (8)

In an interview famed artist Mikhail Shemyakin talks about his Cultural Foundation bearing his name. (10)

Pensioner Praskovya Kalinycheva, 78, who lives in the Mullovka village in the Ulyanovsk region, has often fallen into a lethargic sleep that lasted for many days and weeks. In an interview, Kalinycheva speaks about her dreams during such a sleep. Neurologist Vladimir Saiko comments on this phenomenal sleep. (23)

Krasnaya Zvezda

The International Civil Aviation Organization's so-called noise regulations took effect in April. In an interview General Viktor Denisov, Commander of the Air Force, explains how the new regulations have affected military-transport aviation? (1)

Komomolskaya Pravda

According to the Anti-Monopoly Ministry, the cost of sending letters in envelopes will increase by 14 percent, beginning May 15. A story explains the aim of the measure. (3)

About 200 workers in the footwear, textile, leather and fur industries staged a protest Tuesday and demanded the resignations of Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and State Customs Committee head Mikhail Vanin. A story describes the act, focusing on the demonstrators' economic demands. (5)

Russia's tax agencies will stop accepting from 2001 income tax declarations on April 30. 10 elementary questions about these financial documents are answered. (7)

Major-General Viktor Kozhuchko, chief of the Main Organizational -Mobilization Board of the General Staff of the Armed Forces speaks about the current spring conscription campaign. (8,9)

In an interview writer and patriot Alexander Prokhanov, Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper "Zavtra ", author of a scandalous novel "Mister Gexogen," talks about his new book, and speculates on its popularity. (10)

The newspaper offers a list of the most popular attractions in Moscow parks that will welcome children and their parents on May Day holidays. (12, 13)

In an interview, Ivan Borisov, head of the Main Board of Coordinating Resource Provision of City Construction Programs, talks about his state-controlled enterprise as a specific regulator of prices on the construction complex market. (14)

Once popular television journalist Vladimir Molchanov will soon be hosting the television program "And Before and After..." on the Ukrainian Number One channel. A story examines his program. (23)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Legendary hockey goalkeeper Vladislav Tretyak turns 50 on Thursday. A story describes Tretyak's brilliant sports career. In an interview, he describes several milestones in his life and ruminates on his future plans. (1,6)

Crime. On Tuesday an unidentified assailant killed Stepan Kozak, 40, Director of the Intar-1 furniture workshop. A story describes how it happened. (1)

On Tuesday Mosenergo cut off the electricity at the Moscow auto plant ZIL due to a 24.75 million-ruble debt. (2)

In an interview, BIN-Bank President Mikhail Shishkhanov talks about his bank's successful operations, its own strategy, specific features and clients. (2)

The Russian Jewish Congress headed by its President Yevgeny Satanovsky and the Committee of Solidarity with Israel headed by Gennady Khazanov plan to stage a solidarity demonstration on April 25 at 7 p.m. near the synagogue on Ulitsa Arkhipova (now Bolshoi Spasoglinishchevsky Pereulok). A story describes the forthcoming event. (2)

The Moscow City Duma has worked out security maps for teenagers, which indicate. A story describes this unique in world practice project. (3)

Famed singer and also State Duma deputy Iosif Kobzon with his team of performers on May Day holidays will fly to Israel to give its people moral support. A story describes their guest performances. (4)


Hundreds of tourists who have bought plane tickets to fly to Spain during the May holidays may not fly anywhere. As it happens, several travel agencies sold tickets without knowing the precise number of seats available on the popular Spanish route. (A1)

A story describes how Perm breweries have managed to win an exemption from paying property tax. (A1)

According to research done by the PricewaterhouseCoopers, Russia leads Central and Eastern Europe in the number of company mergers and absorption for 2001. A story examines the PwC findings. (A1)

President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on the creation of a concern to make air defense equipment and devices on the basis of the existing Antei and Almaz concerns. The new concern will comprise 46 enterprises with the former "Antei" being a major one. Brief. (A1)

On Tuesday the Legislative Assembly of the Leningrad region elected Valery Golubev as its Federation Council representative. At the same time, legislators voted unanimously for Alfred Kokh's resignation from this post. Brief. (A1

Over the past 10 years the Bvlgari company has become into the world's third largest jewelry producer. In an interview, Bvlgari General Director Franchesco Trapani talks about his company's flourishing business. (A2)

The government Friday plans to launch railways reform. A story describes how it will proceed. (A4)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

According to Moody's international rating agency, the world financial markets in the first quarter set a record of corporate defaults, totaling up at $34 billion. This has been explained by a general fall of the world economy. (B1)

Ivan Lazarko, who for almost 5 years headed the National Association of Participants in the Stock Market (NAUFOR), has radically changed the sphere of his activities. Lazarko has become the director of "OMZ-Mining Equipment," a subsidiary of "Obyedinyonniye Mashinistroitelniye Zavody" (OMZ). OMZ General Director Kakha Bendukidze hopes that Lazarko will be able to increase the sale of mining equipment. (B1)

The Akron agrochemical holding is buying a controlling stake in the Chinese plant Redsun Chemical Co, which makes fertilizers. Akron will become an owner of 58 percent of stock of Redsun after it invests $27 to increase production capacity at the company to 400,000 tons a year. (B1)

Mosenergo has extended the ZIL autoplant's deadline to pay off debts for electricity it consumed from September 2001 to March 2002. ZIL will have until April 25, 2002 to clear its debt. Brief. (B1)

At an annual meeting on Thursday Urals Airlines shareholders intend to make the decision to buy 3 Tu-214 planes. The sum of the deal many total $50 million to $75 million. The company's management board does not want to deal with leasing, because it believes that this mechanism is ineffective. (B2)

In an attempt to restore confidence in Enron's financial accounting documents, the company's leadership stated that it might write off the cost of assets worth $14 billion. (B2)

Belarus intends to preserve the controlling stake in a company being created now together with Gazprom to transport gas. (B2)

Interros is seeking new shareholders for Rosbank and is willing in the future to decrease its share to less than 51 percent for the sake of expanding the bank's business. (B3)