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Press Review



Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Noviye Izvestia

Moskovskiye Novosti

Komomolskaya Pravda

Moskovsky Komsomolets



France has been shocked by the results of the first round of the presidential elections in which the leader of the National Front Party Jean-Marie Le Pen has outstripped the Socialists' candidate Lionel Jospin. The present head of state Jacques Chirac will have to struggle against his political and personal enemy in a run-off scheduled for May 5. A story comments on the unexpected shocking results of the first round. (1,7, Kommersant Daily, 1,9, Noviye Izvestia, 1,3, Vremya Novostei, 1,6, Vremya MN, 1,6, Gazeta, 1,6, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 7, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, Moskovskiye Novosti, No. 16, p. 12, Trud, 1,4)

Famed filmmaker Sergei Solovyov has written a script based on three Chekhov stories for his new film "About Love." In an interview he talks about his new work. (1,10)

Two years ago Russia was added to a blacklist of 19 countries that are ignoring the laundering of illegal incomes. The list was compiled by the Financial Action Task Force. In an interview First Deputy Finance Minister Viktor Zubkov, head of the Financial Monitoring Committee, talks about his agency's efforts to be removed from the list. (1, Finansoviye Izvestia Supplement, 2)

A story describes a very tense situation in the Krasnodar region after local skinheads vandalism the Armenian Cemetery. The story gives the local prosecutor's and governor's statements. (1,8, Nezavisimaya Gazeta,6)

The State Council session presided over by President Vladimir Putin discussed the fate of farmland on Monday. A story examines several governors' views on the issue. (2,4, Kommersant Daily, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Vremya MN, 2, Gazeta, 1, 9, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 7, MK, 1

The Kremlin's Property Department on Monday opened up a telephone hotline (206-3078) which will provide full information about this presidential agency. A story describes its aim. (2, Kommersant Daily, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

New details of the three Russian citizens being kept as Taliban members at the U.S. millitary base in Cuba were made public on Monday. (2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Monday signed a directive releasing Deputy Energy Minister Viktor Kudryavy from the UES Board of Directors. A story describes Kudryavy's fault. (2, Kommersant Daily, 2, 14, Gazeta, 2)

Arkhangelsk residents on Monday protested against housing utility reform, demanding lower utility tariffs. A story describes the protest, concluding that this city has become the second one after Voronezh to protest against utility reform. (2, Kommersant Daily, 8)

A working group has been created in the Irkutsk region to draft a bill on the moral health of the youth. Alexander Belomestnykh, Chairman of the local Youth Committee, revealed that one of the inclusions in the future document is the banning of abortions. (3)

Police in the east of Moscow arrested three members of a Gypsy organized criminal group on April 19 for drug dealing. Among the arrested was famous actor Anatoly Savelyev. (3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5, MK, 1)

The President of the Russian Football Union Vyacheslav Koloskov shares his view on how the chief coach of the football national Oleg Romantsev is putting together his team. (3)

LUKoil on Monday presented its new restructuring program. Before the privatization of the state-controlled package of stock scheduled for the fall, the company announced its plans to upgrade capitalization and to gain an additional $0.5 billion in net profit. (5, Kommersant Daily, 13, 16)

The State Duma Budget Committee on Monday endorsed an amendment to legislation lowering the tax burden for pawnshops and recommended it to be passed in the first reading. A story examines the amendment. (5)

In an interview Yury Yeliseyev, Director-General of the Federal Research Production Center "The Moscow Machine-Building Production Enterprise Salyut," shares his view on a plan to create a holding making aviation engines of the fifth generation. (5)

Unified Energy Systems (UES) head Anatoly Chubais on Monday presided over a session UES top managers and regional governors revealing plans to reform the energy sector. A story examines a major result of the session as well as the decision to create a working group to reform the energy sector of Siberia. (6)

The spring session of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank finished its work in Washington on Monday. Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin told participants about how Russia has managed to overcome the 1998 financial crisis in a short period of time, saying that Russia's experience could be used by Argentina. (6, Kommersant Daily, 1,14, 15, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya Novostei, 1, Vremya MN,3)

Railways Minister Gennady Fadeyev revealed his company's plans at a news conference on Monday, focusing on urgent internal issues. A story examines them in detail. (6, Kommersant Daily, 13)

The Transport Ministry has recommended to the Sibir airline that it stay at Vnukovo Airport until 2003. Sibir planned to move from Vnukovo to Domodedovo on April 15.

The All-Russia Conference "Electronic Government for Electronic Russia" is scheduled for April 24 in Cheboksary where its participants will discuss the regions' readiness to implement the federal program "Electronic Russia". In an interview Fyodor Barmin, head of the Information Department of the Stavropolye government apparat, says why his region is claiming to be the basic seat for the program. (6)


The State Duma Budget Committee on Monday endorsed amendments to the law concerning the Audit Chamber, by which it will be directly controlled by the president. A story states that this is surprising as the Chamber was created as a parliamentary agency. (1)

The Press Ministry on Monday reprimanded five television channels (they are mentioned) for an inadequate number of children's programs. A story examines the situation. (3, Izvestia, 2, Vremya MN, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1,3, Gazeta, 1,3)

A scandal has erupted in the Bryansk region between regional authorities and the Bryansk Mayor Ivan Tarusov who was released from his post on Friday. A story reveals the details of the conflict. (5)

The State Duma People's Deputy Group Monday submitted a draft amendment to the Criminal Code, imposing a punishment for sodomy. A story comments on the document focusing on different responses to it. (5)

Unidentified assailants in Makhachkala on Monday made an attempt on the life of Dagestani People's Assembly deputy Magomedrasul Omarov, also Deputy Director-General of Dagavtodor. As a result of the attack three people were killed and another four injured. The deputy did not suffer. A story gives details. (6)

Chief Rabbi Berl Lazar met with journalists on Monday to talk to them about how Jews lived through April 20, Hitler's birthday, sharing his views on the present state of the nationalities problem in Russia. (7)

Israel on Monday declared an end to its Defensive Wall operation on Palestinian territory, and began to withdraw its troops. A story gives facts to describe the real situation there. (11)

The Itera Group Management Board on Monday endorsed a program aimed at reducing expenses. The program envisages a decrease in Russia staff by 20 percent and changes to the structure of the company's assets. The reorganization will be the first step to merging Itera and the Novokuibyshev Novafininvest company. (13)

Viktor Vekselberg has been appointed Chairman of the Management Board of the Tyumen Oil Company -- replacing Semyon Kukes. (13)

President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Yevgeny Primakov met with President of the US Chamber of Trade Thomas Donahue in Moscow on Monday. They discussed the possibility of removing obstacles in the way of boosting small and medium-sized business. A story examines the results of their negotiations.(14)

The Gazprom Board of Directors on Monday made a strategic decision to increase gas extraction up to 530 billion cubic meters by 2003. A story comments on the decision, concluding that the company's leadership had already taken major steps toward it. (14)

UES-controlled Taimyrenergo head Andrei Demchuk stated on Monday that his company is again limiting the electricity supply of the enterprises of the Mining- Metals Norilsk Nickel complex. (14)

The Carphone Warehouse company officially announced late last week that it withdrew the Nokia 8210 from sale. A story examines major reasons. (17)

The Dutch Heineken brewery has bought 100 percent of the beer business of the Bravo International company for $400 million. A story describes the deal. (17)

Philip Morris Executive Director Geoffrey Bible, who managed the company for 8 years, stated on Monday that he is to pass over his duties to Louis Camilleri. A story gives details. (17)

The Pratt & Whitney Canada company has signed a protocol on plans with the Perm Aviadvigatel company. (17)

The working group on Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization has drafted a report on conditions of access for foreign goods and services to the Russian market. The group is in no hurry to make it public. A story says why. (20)

Two experts share their opposing views on Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization. (20)

World-renowned French composer, singer and actor Francis Lemarque died at the age of 85 on Saturday. A story features his musical creative career. (22)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

After two days of negotiations with the U.S. administration regarding the current steel issue, Economic Development Minister German Gref stated that Russia would be able to fully recover from damage caused by new limits on Russian steel imports to the U.S. market. (1)

Several contentious issues regarding Russia's economic plans appeared during the drafting of President Vladimir Putin's state of the nation address. A story examines four major approaches. (1)

Four economists and policy-makers share their opinions concerning the presidential state of the nation address on April 18. (1)

Yevgeny Primakov, President of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, shares his view on what should be done to boost small businesses in Russia. Among other things, Primakov believes that minor reform will not help small businesses. (1,5)

The collegium of the Industry and Science Ministry has discussed measures to provide the metals industry with new equipment and new progressive scientific initiatives up until 2010. A story examines several measures. (2)

Noviye Izvestia

Early Monday vandals in Perm damaged a local synagogue. Yefim Burshtein, head of the Jewish community in Perm, comments on the crime. Brief. (1

62 percent of Russians believe that a referendum should decide what to do with Vladimir Lenin's body. A brief offers the results of a recent public poll regarding the issue. Brief. (1)

The Baltic Fleet is currently composed more than 100 ships and vessels, including the legendary cruiser Aurora. This year however, this number is likely to be almost halved, because of a lack of funds for the fleet's overhaul. As a result over 40 ships will be put up for auction this year. (2)

Moskovskiye Novosti

Bernard Bertossa has quit his post as General Attorney of Geneva. In an interview, Bertossa speaks about his reasons for resigning and touches on his new collaboration with Russia's Audit Chamber. (1, 11)

The crisis in the Codori Gorge has become something of a crisis of Russian policy, illustrating the danger of using the military to tackle political issues. As a result several question connected with the issue remain unanswered. A story examines the latest developments in that region. (2,3)

The Cabinet has endorsed a new strategy to strengthen economic development in the Siberian regions. In an interview, Leonid Drachevsky, presidential representative in the Siberian Federal District, examines several controversial provisions of the document. (7, Noviye Izvestia, 4)

On Sunday the Republic of Karelia will elect the head of state, mayors and deputies to the local Legislative Assembly. A story looks at the election campaign and its candidates. (7)

In an interview, esteemed businessman Musa Bazhayev, who attended a recent presidential meeting with representatives of the Chechen Diaspora, explains what should be done to achieve political stability in the region and rehabilitate the Chechen economy. (8)

Human rights activist Yelena Bonner shares her views on the current conflict in the Middle East and analyzes the reaction of the West and Russia toward it. (13)

A story reviews a new novel entitled "Mister Gexogen," written by Alexander Prokhanov, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Zavtra. (19)

In an interview, Oleg Kiselyov, general director of the Media-Socium non-commercial partnership, explains what television viewers will see on the TV-6 frequency in one month's time. (20,21)

Komomolskaya Pravda

A two-day summit of all five Caspian states was to open Tuesday in Ashkhabad. The focus of the summit is the problem of how to divide the resource-rich Caspian Sea. A story comments on the issue, noting that the summit has already been postponed several times. (3, Moskovskiye Novosti, No. 16. P. 14)

On Monday the State Duma in the second reading passed a draft amendment to the Tax Code, according to which lucky lottery winners will pay 13 percent instead of the present 35 percent in taxes. (3)

Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov answers questions about Russia's foreign policy, allies and adversaries. (8,9

A story describes the new rules and regulations that high-school graduates should be aware of when enrolling at universities and institutes. (15)

A story takes a looks at the Tatneft oil company's origins and partnership relationships with many enterprises inside and outside Russia. (16)

Nizhnekamskneftekhim's cooperation with the German firm MPX has helped the Russian company become profitable. General Director Georgy Sakhapov speaks about his company's success. (18)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

It took Moscow police 3 days to solve a burglary in the apartment of a U.S. businessman living on Novinsky Bulvar. A story describes how police closed the case. (1)

Crime. Police in the southwest of Moscow have stepped up measures to find a female, 17 to 19 years of age, who has allegedly killed 4 men. A story gives details. (1)

A feature story describes the Moscow headquarters of the People's National Party, an organization composed mainly of skinheads. The focus of the article is a list of future pogroms in the city. (2)

Accident. State Duma Deputy Alexander Vereteno, an owner of the local Osha Group of commercial -industrial enterprises, perished on April 20 under very strange circumstances. (3)

In an interview, Chief Military Prosecutor Mikhail Kislitsyn sheds light on the high profile criminal case against General Oleinik, who is accused of defrauding the Defense Ministry out of $327 million. (3)

Crime. Russian Special Forces and FSB officers have arrested Islam Khasukhanov, comrade-in arms of Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov's and chief of the operation headquarters of Chechnya's armed forces. A story describes the police operation. (3)

Far-right Jean-Marie Le Pen will take part in a presidential election run-off on May 5 together with the present head of state Jacques Chirac. In 1996 Le pen visited Russia where he has many friends. In a short interview, Le Pen shares his opposing stand on the presence of foreign immigrants in his country. (4)


The State Duma Friday endorsed a draft amendment to the Tax Code that could cost Gazprom approximately 144 billion rubles, UES approximately 173 billion rubles and Surgutneftegaz approximately 68 billion rubles. A story examines the amendment, saying what big companies will gain in return. (A1)

Complete changes of the commanding personnel are going on in the domestic automobile sector. The KamAZ Board of Directors will on Friday discuss the reelection of the company's Director General. Tatarstan's Economics Minister Sergei Kogogin could become the new head as his candidacy suits both the federal authorities and Tatarstan. (A1)

Leader of the National Front far right party Jean-Marie Le Pen will run against the present head of state Jacques Chirac in France's presidential election scheduled for 5 May. (A1)

There was no war between Russia and Western countries for the poultry and agricultural market. What really existed was a concern over the quality of products. This is how the president commented on Krasnodar governor Alexander Tkachev's speech at the session of the State Council on Monday. (A1)

The appointment of the former State Property Committee Chairman and present State Duma deputy Sergei Belyaev to the post of Sheremetyevo Director-General was a surprise to many, since he has never dealt with aviation. In his first interview he explains why he was selected for the post. He also speaks about the project of overhauling Sheremetyevo-2 and about the upcoming tender. (A2)

Sudanese Defense Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh began his visit to Moscow on Monday and is to discuss the fulfillment of a contract for 12 MiG-29 fighters to be delivered to his country. This is a big contract of the MiG company in Africa -- where the Russian company has started to oust its Chinese competitors. (A3)

Departments agreed at last over the weekend on the long-awaited package of draft bills reforming the Railways Ministry. A story looks at factors that have caused the 5-month delay in regulating the legislation. (A3)

Russia and China have agreed to create a mechanism to resolve trading disputes that will allow them to lift claims without imposing anti-dumping or protectionist measures. (A3)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Four large holdings (their names are given) receive almost 83 percent of all Russia's telecommunications revenue with only 17 percent distributed among smaller companies. (B1)

The Moscow Regional Administration has endorsed the construction of 67 sports facilities including skating rinks, swimming pools, skiing slopes and shooting grounds at a cost of $200 million. A story examines the project and its major investors. (B1)

Gazprom has decided to take concern over its gas reserves for the future. With this aim in view its Board of Directors on Monday considered the monopoly's proposals to preserve up to10 trillion cubic meters of gas in the Federal Fund of Mineral Reserves. (B1)

Starting the beginning of the 3rd quarter of 2002 Russia intends to remove the existing limits on oil exports. This was stated by Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin. (B1)

The Dutch Heineken NV company, a leading European brewer, has completed a deal to buy a 100 percent of stock in the St. Petersburg "Bravo International" company. This was stated by its director Viktor Pyatkov. (B1)

The government could prevent several oil companies of part of the export quota in the 2nd quarter of this year for failure to meet their obligations in the first quarter. (B1)

Anglo-Siberian Oil Co. and TotalFinaElf are in the final stage of talks over the sale of the French-Belgian company with a controlling share of the surveying project of the Vankorsky oil and gas deposit in East Siberia. A story notes how the deal could still fall through. (B2)

Energy Ministry official Anatoly Yanovsky has been appointed to the UES Board of Directors as a state representative to replace Viktor Kudryavy -- an irreconcilable opponent of UES managers. A story comments on the appointment. (B2)

The Sibir aviation company would like to buy planes made in the West. With this aim in view it has applied to foreign leasing companies with a proposal to offer different plans of leasing Boeing 737-300 and Airbus-320 planes. (B2)