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Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Novaya Gazeta

Komomolskaya Pravda

Moskovsky Komsomolets



Lenin would have turned 132 year old today. Communists and all those who remember him will go to the Mausoleum to honor his memory. Many statues of the Lenin have been vandalized. Who should take care of them? Who should put an end to these acts of hooliganism? (1, 4, 8, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Novaya Gazeta, 24)

According to information from law enforcement agencies skinheads intend to hold their congress in the Kuban, the most nationalistic region in Russia. The city they have selected for their gathering will be Anapa. A story describes how its police are preparing for this event. (3)

Yevgeny Kiselyov team's broadcasts on the TV6 frequency will begin on May 29 rather than on May 12 as was planned before. In an interview Neftyanoi concern head Igor Linshits, an investor of Media-Socium, takes a look at what's going on in this company. (1,2)

In an interview the President of the Public Opinion Fund Alexander Oslon speaks out about what Russians think of current political developments in their country, about the Communists and their President Vladimir Putin. (1,4)

The Federal Property Agency has sent out a document to Moscow city district administrations asking them to voluntarily pass over their rights to allocate city land to the Property Ministry. This is to avoid the complications if the deals concluded by the Moscow Land Committee are later declared invalid. The shocked administration executives are not sure how to respond to this document. Two diagrams shows the demarcation of state land and buildings in the city according to versions of the Moscow Land Committee and the Property Ministry. (2)

A 24-hour search took place in the early hours of Saturday at the Moscow night club Dolls. Investigators from the Moscow Region Interior Department found drugs on the premises. A story describes the police operation. (2)

A spring session of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank opened in Washington on Sunday. A Russian delegation -- including Central Bank head Sergei Ignatyev and presidential economic aide Andrei Illarionov -- is head by Deputy Prime Minister and also Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin. A story looks at reports delivered on the first day. (2, Kommersant Daily, 13,14, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

Japan has unveiled a new supercomputer NEC Earth Simulator with processing power of 35.6 trillion operations per second. A story describes its technical specifications. (2)

Sculptor Zurab Tsereteli has presented his new work -- a bronze statue of Yury Luzhkov. In an interview the artist talks about his masterpiece. (3)

The State Duma KPRF faction is today expected to declare its stand on the decision of the Moscow KPRF City Committee to exclude Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov from the party. (3, Nezavisimaya Gazerta, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta,1,2)

The situation on the Latvia-Russia border remained tense on Sunday. The brief examines the reason. (3)

Relatives of deceaced passengers from the Tu-154 plane that was downed over the Black Sea on Oct. 4 have already begun to prepare their lawsuits against Ukraine. A story examines the relatives' claims. (3)

A story looks at the Russian Communists today. Are they really as monolithic and strong as they proclaim at every possible instance? Four political scientists and analysts share their viewpoints on the issue. (4)

A statement by the Union of Armenians of Russia expresses protest against Krasnodar governor Tkachev's actions fanning up national strife. Full text. (4, Gazeta, 1,2)

The Gazprom Board of Directors at its session today is expected to discuss the possibility of expand the volume of gas extraction. A story mentions several other significant issues to be discussed today. (5, Kommersant Daily, 13, Vremya Novostei, 7)

According to information from the State Customs Committee the quantity of illegal tobacco imports and exports has considerably increased lately. A story examines specific cases and concludes that Russia could soon become a major supplier of illegal cigarettes to Belarus, Ukraine, the Baltic states and even Western Europe. (5)

In an interview Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev shares his stand on the draft farmland bill. He says that the government intends to accelerate its passage through the State Duma, which is being urged by the president. (5)

The Intel company has installed the new post of President of Intel Russia in its Moscow office. In an interview appointee Steve Chase speaks about it in detail. (5)

The Federation Council will hold a round table discussion devoted to the fate of Russians abroad. In an interview the deputy head of the Committee on International Affairs Leonid Nevzlin examines several issues to be discussed tomorrow as well as concrete proposals. (6)

The expert council under the Chief Moscow Architect over the weekend discussed a project to overhaul the Central Artists' Club on Krymskaya Naberezhnaya as submitted by architect Mikhail Filippov. A story examines the project. (10)

The summer season of Moscow fountains will open in the city on April 30 at 5 p.m. A story says that over 50 main fountains will be turned on in the city on the eve of the May Day holidays. (10)

The government apartment block -- also known as Dom na Naberezhboi and the most famous and mysterious house near the Kremlin -- is to undergo a major renovation. The last time it was renovated was during World War II. A story describes the house, its tenants and the renovation project. (11)


Mass mop-ups linked to the anniversary of former Chechen President Dzhokhar Dudayev's death on April 21, 1996 were conducted in Grozny on Sunday. A story gives details. (1, 5, Gazeta, 3)

The State Council in the Kremlin will today hold a session at which governors can finally decide with the president and the government how the legal purchase and sale of farmland will proceed and how a farmland bill should be formed. Ten policy-makers share their viewpoints on the issue. (2, Gazeta, 1, 3)

How does the new citizenship law that the State Duma passed on Friday in the third reading differ from the existing one? A story provides the answer. (2)

Union of Right Forces leader Boris Nemtsov harshly criticized President Vladimir Putin and his policy at the Russian Economic Forum in London. A story examines his criticism. (4)

Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky at a conference "Vectors of the Development of Contemporary Russia" on Saturday criticized President Vladimir Putin's state of the nation address, delivered to the Federal Assembly on April 18. (4)

The directors of three enterprises (their names are given) announced on Friday that they will hold a congress of industrialists in June together with the Unified Russia Party. A story examines a major aim of this undertaking. (4, Gazeta, 3)

In an interview the State Secretary of the Russia-Belarus Union speaks about his Swiss criminal case. He gives several interesting little-known details. (6)

The Conference of Catholic Priests of Russia on Saturday voiced its resolute protest against violations of Russian Catholics' constitutional rights, calling on international human rights organizations to restore justice and not allow discrimination against Russian Catholics. (6, Vremya Novostei, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2)

Kommersant special correspondents Andrei Kolesnikov and Leonid Gankin were the first journalists to visit a refugee camp in Jenin immediately after the Israeli army left it. The correspondents were subsequently arrested. A feature story give details. (9, 11)

For the first time since the 1998 crisis the Investment Banking Corporation has begun to experience hardships with liquidity, as a result of which the bank has been losing clients. A story examines the bank's problems. (13)

President of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Yevgeny Primakov is today expected to meet with US Chamber of Commerce head Thomas Donahue in Moscow. They are scheduled to discuss the issue of opening a CIS mission in the USA. (13)

The State Duma on Friday passed (in the second reading) draft amendments to the law on custom's tariffs. A document deprives the government of the right to independently fix export duty rates on oil products. A story examines the document. (14)

Transneft head Semyon Vainshtok on Friday stated that his company was not interested in the construction of an oil pipeline to China through Mongolia. He also stated that Transneft's plans have changed. Russia is now promising Mongolia oil, gas and electricity in exchange for control over two Russian-Mongolian enterprises. (14)

The Interfax Agency stated that the government may increase the import duty on silicon from 5 percent to 20 percent. On the previous day the U.S. International Trade Commission admitted inflicting damage to American producers with the deliveries of silicon alloys from Russia. All this shows that Russia and the USA will soon close their markets to silicon imports. (14)

The Russian annual Economic Forum in London finished its work in the evening on Friday. A story examines several reports and its participants impressions. (14)

The Moscow Inter-Bank Currency Exchange on Friday for the first time after a two year break hosted trading with share futures. In the first trading session 19 deals worth 2.63 million rubles were concluded. A story looks at its results. (15)

Committees like those in the State Duma have emerged in the renewed Federation Council. The FC Committee on Financial Market and Monetary Circulation has been headed by Gaidar reform ideologue Sergei Vasilyev. In an interview he speaks about his new job and plans. (15)

The Ruspromavto holding and the Italian Iveco firm on Friday signed a cooperation agreement that envisages the launching of a joint venture to assemble Gazel autos. A story examines the document. (16)

The Director-General of Petrokhleb, a leading bread producer in the Leningrad region, came out late last week against OGO companies Group that has begun to buy up Petrokhleb shares. (16)

The Swedish Scania company on Friday launched the production of buses in St. Petersburg. Scania paid $7.5 million for an assembly plant. A story describes its expanding business in Russia. (16)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

In an interview, North Ossetian President Alexander Dzasokhov discusses problems that have emerged since the arrival of U.S. forces in the Caucasus. (1,5)

U.S. President George W. Bush stated late last week that the United States will soon commence a second phase in the struggle against international terrorism. A story looks at the operation. (2)

The State Duma committee responsible for Defense and Science Related Technologies was expected to hold a visiting session in Tula on Monday to discuss several defense-industry issues. In an interview, State Duma Defense Committee head General Andrei Nikolayev assesses the state of the domestic defense-industrial complex. (3)

On Monday Gazprom's Board of Directors was expected to discuss measures aimed at increasing gas extraction. In order to do so Gazprom will likely need to raise domestic gas tariffs by another 30 percent this year. A story examines factors that cause such increases. (3)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

The Spring Week of Kindness began in Veliky Novgorod on Sunday. A story describes the major aims of the campaign, which, among other things, provides assistance to war veterans and orphans. (1)

The 3rd international forum "High Technologies of the Defense Complex" was expected to open Monday at the Krasnopresnensky Exhibition Center. A story describes the event's program, participants and sponsors. (1)

The per-minute or "povremyonka" billing system for local telephone calls will not be imposed in Moscow this year. This was stated by Vladimir Yevtushenkov, chairman of the Board of Directors at Sistema. A story comments on the resolution taken by the Communications Ministry. (2)

During his state of the nation address to the Federal Assembly President Vladimir Putin paid special attention to the situation in Chechnya. On the eve of the speech, Putin invited a small group of Chechen representatives to the Kremlin to discuss vital problems in the republic. Among the invitees was Alyans head Musa Bazhayev, who, in an interview, explains how his group has been helping Chechen children for the past three years. (2)

A long-standing dispute between the Moscow city and regional governments concerning the city's border is likely to be resolved. City Hall and the Moscow regional government have created a united working group that will designate a clear-cut border. A story examines the issue. (3)

The International Criminal Court, created in the mold of the Nuremberg Tribunal, has finished its first working week. A story describes the new agency's functions, aims and responsibilities. (4)

Novaya Gazeta

Novaya Gazeta has published several electronic mail excerpts sent by Russian skinheads to their German counterparts. (1)

In an interview, Professor Alexander Asmolov, head of the Psychology Chair of the Psychological Department of Moscow State University, reveals the essence of the neo-nazi phenomenon in Russia today. (12, 13)

Krasnoyarsk governor Alexander Lebed may run into some serious troubles with the Siberian Federal District's Prosecutor's Office. Criminal proceedings have been filed against Lebed, who is being charged with squandering budget funds. A story examines the case. (2)

The ORT television channel has marked its 7th anniversary. A story describes the station's major accomplishments and remaining problems. (15)

Komomolskaya Pravda

A story features an underground camp on Prospekt Vernadskogo housing hundreds of homeless families. (2)

On Thursday Moscow police arrested Oksana Andrusenko, a 25-year-old Yaroslavl resident who sold a presidential administration vehicle passes. One businessman reportedly bought one such pass for $10,000. (2)

Late last week Archpriest Vladimir Silovyev consecrated a small chapel in Moscow's Kursky Railway Terminal. A story describes the chapel. (3)

The Moscow city government has adopted an interesting document concerning the city's plans to host EXPO 2010. (4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

First Vice-Mayor Valery Shantsev answers questions regarding how officials plan to deal with an increasing number of traffic jams in the city. (6,7)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Yuly Gusman, director of the Central Filmmakers Club, has been released from his post. The official announcement will be made next Saturday, on the same day when Nika Prize will be awarded. In an interview, Gusman speaks about his future plans. (1,2)

Children, who were born from 1991 to 2000, will live no longer than for 74 years. Specialists have made this conclusion from the State Statistics Committee, who analyzed the present death level in each age category. A story examines other interesting statistics. (1)

Beginning in April allergy specialists will conduct pollen monitoring in hopes of providing some relief for allergy sufferers. A story details the project. (1)

Five thousand servicemen today will take part in a training march for May 9 Victory Day at Moscow's Frunze airfield. A story describes the event. (2)

The confrontation between the State Customs Committee and the Prosecutor General's Office has lasted for almost a year already with no end in sight. A story details the case. (4)

On the occasion of the 132nd anniversary of the birth of Lenin, a feature story describes the Lenin National Museum-Reserve in Moscow's Domodedovsky District.(12)


Bazovy Element Holding has gained control over the Tryokhgornaya Manufaktura Factory (also known as Tryokhgorka). Moscow City Duma deputies believe that what interests holding head Oleg Deripaska is its 12 hectares of land on Ulitsa Krasnaya Presnya rather than the factory. (A1)

President Vladimir Putin is expected in May to issue a decree that will list strategic enterprises not valid for privatization. A story examines which criteria the government used when it selected the enterprises. (1)

Alfa -Bank President Pyotr Aven and Union of Right Forces (SPS) leader Boris Nemtsov harshly criticized the Kremlin's policy at the London annual Economic Forum. (A1)

The Economic Development Ministry may revise its prognosticated assessment of gross domestic product growth in 2003. This was stated by Deputy Minister Arkady Dvorkovich. The figures 3.5 percent to 4 percent could be raised up to 5 percent. (A1)

Director-General of Russian Aluminum and head of the Board of Directors of the Bazovy Element company Oleg Deripaska is interested in textiles, the food industry and financial business. In an interview he reveals his ambitious plans in these spheres, focusing on the fate of his former purchases. (A2)

A story offers an analysis of the Index of Consumer Sentiments (ICS) that in March decreased by 2.7 percent compared to the figure in January and amounted to 91.7. A diagram shows ICS dynamics. (A3)

A State Duma discussion on the technical amendments to the Tax Code has brought negative feedback to the government. The State Duma has refused to prolong the deadline of VAT compensation up to 5 months and rejected the amortization amendment costing 100 billion rubles. The government stated that it will now not be able to fulfill the budget. (A3)

Gazprom's new managers are creating a 100 percent subsidiary Gazpromstroi-engineering. A story reveals its duties, focusing on the policy pursued by the company's new managers. (A4)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov's decree concerning land will take effect in a few days. A story looks at its major provisions. (A4)

Will you eat genetically modified potatoes? Six specialists share their viewpoints on the issue. (A4)

With the Arab world's growing confidence that the U.S. administration is taking a pro-Israeli stand there are ever more calls for boycott U.S. goods. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Investment Banking Corporation head Anton Melnikov late last week handed in his resignation. A story says how bankers explain his resignation. (B1)

Former number one oil company LUKoil does not want to play a secondary role in its sector. In order to be on the same footing as Yukos the company is launching reform. Its president Vagit Alekperov is today expected to make its program public. (B1)

The Ruspromavto company which controls the Gorky auto plant is launching a new project -- the launching of light trucks together with Iveco, a subsidiary of the Italian Fiat company. A story examines the project. (B1)

Two candidates will be vying for the post of Slavneft president for the next three weeks. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov supports one of them who will most probably take up the post. (B2)

Bailiffs today are expected to deliver a writ of execution to confiscate the property of Sibur-Neftekhim that owes $30 million to the Confiding and Investment Bank. (B2)

Severstal has announced the creation of a joint venture with Arcelor to produce zinc-coated plates for auto plants. A story examines the deal and its terms. (B2)

AlfaStrakhovaniye head Denis Kiselyov is sick and tired of the insurance business. In the next two months he plans to leave the company, and will most likely take the job in the Central Bank where he previously worked. (B3)

An auction to sell a controlling stake of Ingosstrakh has been declared a failure due to the absence of bids. This was stated by the Property Ministry. Market Participants stated that the stake did not interest anyone because it was too small. (B3)

A weak lowering trend is visible now on most grain markets. In the near future it could increase on several grain varieties due to new import grain duties imposed by the European Union on April 16. (B4)

The Norwegian Telenor concern intends to sell its shares in two regional cellular companies -- Kaliningrad "Extel" and Stavropolye "Stavtelecot." Who will buy them? (B5)