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Press Review



Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Noviye Izvestia

Komomolskaya Pravda

Moskovsky Komsomolets



St. Petersburg State University held a round-table discussion on Tuesday devoted to language policy in contemporary Russia. First Lady Lyudmila Putina, a philologist by education, came out against language reform. The general message was that the Russian language should be the core of the culture. A story describes the event and its significance, focusing on speeches made by Education Minister Vladimir Filippov and University Rector Lyudmila Verbitskaya who is heading a group of philologists presently compiling a Russian dictionary for state employees. (1, 12, Kommersant Daily, 7, Noviye Izvestia, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, 2, Vremya MN, 1, Vremya Novostei, 2, Gazeta, 1, 4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4)

Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman today ends his official visit to Russia. In an interview he talks about positive results of negotiations with his counterpart Mikhail Kasyanov, focusing on the resolved problem of Russian debt to the Czech Republic. (1,2, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1)

The Tbilisi Shota Rustaveli Drama Theater has arrived in Moscow and will begin its guest performances tomorrow. In an interview chief artistic director Robert Sturua speaks about the special significance of Georgian-Russian cultural contacts today, saying which productions they will show in Moscow. (1,3)

Central Bank head Sergei Ignatyev is building his team. On Tuesday he signed an order appointing Troika-Dialog chief economist Oleg Vyugin and executive director of the American voluntary financial services corps Andrei Kozlov as his first deputies. (1, Kommersant Daily, 1, Noviye Izvestia, 1, Gazeta, 11, Vremya MN, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

VGTRK Chairman Oleg Dobrodeyev on Tuesday appointed the director-general and the general producer of the RTR television channel. A story comments on the appointments. In an interview newly appointed RTR general producer Pavel Korchagin talks about his plans. (2, Kommersant Daily, 7, Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 2)

Moscow authorities decided to renovate a dilapidated five-story apartment block (khrushchovka) for homeless people (bomzhi) who have employment and plans for the future. A story describes the essence of this housing experiment. (2)

As a result of the Moscow city government's decision to close loss-making state Unitarian enterprises about 50 percent of the city's pharmacies will be closed. A story examines the project. (2, Gazeta, 9)

Israel is today marking its national holiday -- the 54th anniversary of its independence. But the Israelis are of course concerned over the disturbing situation in their homeland. A story asks if the territory will be the beginning of an Arab-Jewish war? (3, Kommersant Daily, 11, Vremya MN, 1,7, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 13, MK, 4)

Kuban governor Alexander Tkachov is continuing his struggle against illegal immigrants in the region. A story describes his means in the battle. (3)

Weather Committee Press Secretary Natalya Yershova on Tuesday reported that a powerful Arctic anti-cyclone has hit Moscow. She described details of its negative effect on human health. (3)

The State Duma on Friday is expected to discuss the liquidation of the Communist Party (KPRF) and the opening of a criminal case against its leader Gennady Zyuganov -- such was an initiative of Duma deputy Alexander Fedulov. A story examines this issue, noting that the results of the latest elections in regions show that the KPRF is losing support in the provinces. (4)

Alan Lee Williams, Chairman of The Atlantic Council of the United Kingdom, has arrived in Moscow with several effective proposals in support of NATO ideology. In an interview he speaks about the aim of his visit, giving details about his proposals. (4)

A joint collegium of the Russian and Belarussian Defense ministries took place in Minsk on Tuesday. A story examines the results of the negotiations, focusing on a decision to create a system of technical provision of the regions troops. The focus was a program of military-research cooperation up to the year 2006. (4, Kommersant Daily, 5, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, Vremya Novostei, 4)

Gazprom has decided to part with banks in which it does not have controlling stakes. Gazprom management board deputy head Vitaly Savelyev on Tuesday stated that his company will leave the National Reserve Bank and Olympiisky Bank. The company's leadership also summed up the results of placing eurobonds. (5, Kommersant Daily, 15, 16)

The Moscow government plans to create a confectionery holding Gosinkor based on the merger of three companies -- Rot Front, Babayevsky and Krasny Oktyabr. It became known on Tuesday that Gosinkor is now an owner of a controlling stake in Krasny Oktyabr and intends to launch a new confectionery association. A story reveals its ambitious plans. (5, Kommersant Daily, 17, Vremya MN, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1,7, Gazeta, 13)

Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Tuesday presented the regional public organization "Open Russia." It was only registered late last year but has already managed to launch several social projects. A story looks at some of them. (5)

In an interview Bank Petrokommerts head Vladimir Nikitenko talks about the situation on world financial markets, about a new crediting program and about reforms in the banking sphere. (5)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Tuesday held two sessions devoted to the 2003 draft budget that is to be considered at a government session on June 6. A story comments on the Finance Ministry's statement saying that the president now sets forth the tasks of budget policy. (6, Kommersant Daily, 1)

The British-Dutch Royal Dutch/Shell company leaders met with Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, Gazprom head Alexei Miller and Energy Minister Igor Yusufov on Tuesday. As a result Shell promised to increase its investments into Russia and Gazprom received a chance to become a participant in the Sakhalin-2 project. (6, Kommersant Daily, 13)

British Petroleum on Tuesday announced the increase of its share in Russian Sidanko from 10 percent to 25 percent. The TNK shareholders Alfa and Renova groups sold it their shares for $375 million in total. (6, Kommersant Daily, 16, Gazeta, 13, Vremya Novostei, 8)

The Taganrog Metals Combine has been sold to MDM Group. A story gives details of this purchase. (6, Kommersant Daily, 13, Gazeta, 11, Vremya Novostei, 7)

The Finnish Benefon company that is famous for its NMT-450 mobile telephones has fully switched over to the production of hybrid devices based on cellular telephones and GPS receivers for defining geographic coordinates. A story features the company, its new products and its presence in Russia. (7)


The State Duma is today expected to consider (in the first reading) three versions of the draft bill concerning alternative civil service. The story examines the documents, giving preference to the government draft. (2)

State Duma Fatherland-All Russia faction head Vyacheslav Volodin, also a member of the General Council of the Unified Russia Party, on Tuesday told journalists about the party's victories in the recent regional elections and about future plans. The party leadership believes that Unified Russia has gained leading positions now, and views winning power in the country as its major task. (3)

Deputy Prime Minister Valentina Matviyenko on Tuesday visited Buryatia where she discussed social problems with the republic's leaders. Many analysts view her visit as a token of federal authorities' support for the candidacy of the present governor Leonid Potapov who is running for the presidency in June presidential elections. (3)

Unidentified assailants in Gudermes on Tuesday tried to kill Chechnya's deputy military commandant Ruslan Yamadayev. His car was blasted with the help of a radio-controlled mine. His two guards were injured while he did not suffer any injuries. A story gives details. (5, Gazeta, 5)

The Lenin Mausoleum opened its doors to the public on Tuesday after a 6-week break. Specialists say that Lenin's body is in a good state. A story describes the place and visitors. (8, MK, 1)

Afghanistan's former King Mohammad Zahir-shah, 87, is expected to return to the country today. The visit to his native land has been postponed several times, and now all security measures have been taken to avoid any terrorist acts. (9)

The government of the Netherlands resigned on Tuesday. The reason was a report by the Dutch Institute of Military Documentation that accused the government of involuntary co-participation in the genocide of Bosnian Muslims in the Srebrenitsa enclave in 1995. (10, Gazeta, 3)

Economic Development Minister German Gref in Washington on Tuesday got a promise from his colleague Donald Evans to officially acknowledge the market status of the Russian economy before May 23 when U.S. President George W. Bush is scheduled to arrive in Moscow. Domestic steel companies should be especially happy. A story says why. (14)

Unified Energy Systems boss Anatoly Chubais in Komi on Tuesday signed an agreement on prolonging the deadline for restructuring the budget debt to Komienergo. A story examines the document. (14)

The government submitted its amendments to the draft bill concerning investments to finance the accumulative part of the labor pension. Market participants have been waiting for this document for 6 months. A story comments on several major amendments. (15)

Ivan Lazarko, head of the National Association of Participants in the Stock Market (NAUFOR), has decided to resign. A story looks at possible reasons. (15)

Starting this week, the leadership of the Svyazinvest holding has been conducting a roadshow in New York and London where investors are being told about restructuring subsidiaries and introduced to regional companies. A story gives details. (16)

Yevrokhim is buying a controlling stake of the Lithuanian Lifosa producer of phosphorous fertilizers. A story comments on the deal. (16)

The Leninets Holding and the Chinese Zhejiang Dali S&T ltd. company in St. Petersburg on Tuesday signed an agreement on launching a joint venture. The Russian-Chinese company with a charter capital of $8 million will design and make radio-technical and optical equipment for aircraft and helicopters. A story comments on the document. (16)

Despite the European Union's demands Italy has agreed not to ban Russian planes that violate noise regulations including the Il-86. The Aeradria company's press secretary stated Tuesday that Italian aviation authorities are drafting a document that will allow all Russian planes to fly to Italy. (17)

Domestic helicopter-builders inherited two design bureaus and a powerful production base of six plants from the former USSR. All this was enough for Soviet Union to produce one-third of the helicopter world's, but its too much for Russia. What should be done? In an interview two experts answer this question. (20)

The RTR television channel will today air the last episode of the Santa-Barbara TV series although there are 97 more episodes. An RTR official explains why they decided to finish showing this program. (22, Gazeta, 7)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

The split among Media-Socium in the first days of its formation and the appearance of Yevgeny Primakov in the "friendly family" of oligarchs and journalists is continuing. Following the suit of Kakha Bendukidze, director-general of the Obyedinyonniye Mashinostroitelniye Zavody company, Vimpelcom head Dmitry Zimin on Tuesday handed in notice of his departure from the group of the founders of Shestoi Kanal. A story states that his example will be followed by several other oligarchs. In an interview Kakha Bendukidze examines the complicated situation shaping around Shestoi Kanal. (1,2, Gazeta, 4)

The Seventh International Exhibition Dvigateli-2002 opened on Tuesday at the All-Russian Exhibition Center. A story describes the event and its participants. (3)

What policy should the government pursue in the sphere of regulating natural monopoly tariffs? In an interview Federation Council Commission member Valery Trushnikov answers this and other questions about tariffs and the natural monopolies. (3)

Residents in Moscow's eastern districts were shocked last night when they saw all the parked vehicles near their apartment blocks enveloped in flames. A story gives details. (7)

In a couple of days the Supreme Court should rule on whether the leader of the National-Bolshevik Party and author Eduard Limonov is to be convicted. Early this week Deputy Prosecutor General Vasily Kolmogorov brought in an indictment accusing Limonov of illegal arms possession, terrorism, organizing an armed formation and demanding a change the constitutional structure by force. (7)

Artist Mikhail Shemyakin has been awarded the prestigious Golden Mask award. In an interview the artist speaks about his winning work, about the founding of the Cultural Fund bearing his name and about his creative plans. (8)

Large quantities of counterfeit currency -- especially U.S. dollars -- are presently in circulation in Moscow. A story reports on how specialists identify the counterfeit banknotes. (9)

Philosopher Igor Chubais, Director of the Center for the Study of Russia, reveals the essence of the notion of his "Russia idea" as a socio-philosophical category. (11)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

According to the State Statistics Committee the economic growth rate in the first quarter of this year amounted to 2.6 percent. A story comments on this figure. (1)

In an interview Deputy Justice Minister Arkady Melnikov, also Chief Bailiff of the Russian Federation, comments on the situation surrounding the Moscow city Moskomplektmebel enterprise. (1, 2)

The text of the Appeal to the Russian Foreign Ministry by the consulates of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, in which they voice their concerns over the skinheads' recent statements is printed. (1)

The coal industry of Kuzbas is today in crisis -- no one needs the six million tons of coal lying in its mines' storage. Several coal enterprises have reduced their industrial plans for coal extraction, delayed wages and forced their miners to take vacations. In an interview Kemerovo regional governor Aman Tuleyev examines the reasons behind the crisis in the coal sector and its possible consequences. (6)

The Official Wednesday supplement gives the office telephones of the Federation Council members and their posts. (9, 11)

According to the State Statistics Committee -- 37,824 people died last year due to accidental alcohol poisoning. Chief State Sanitary Physician Gennady Onishchenko comments on the figure. (9)

Noviye Izvestia

A breakthrough in machine-building has been made by the German Volkswagen firm -- its former head Ferdinand Piech, who Tuesday transferred his duties to Bernard Pischetsrieder presented the first prototype of a two-seater vehicle with a fuel consumption of less than one liter per 100 kilometers. A story looks at the car's technical specifications. (1)

According to the results of an Internet opinion poll taken late last week, 96 percent of Muscovites will open the doors of their apartments to census information collectors and give truthful answers to the questions asked. (1)

Hundreds of Russian trawlers in the north are working exclusively for Norway delivering cod and herring worth billions of dollars. The long-standing mystery was how this small country with a population of about 5 million manages to consume such a huge quantity of fish . A story presents the results of an investigation. (1)

Russian authorities (on the eve of Hitler's birthday) have officially acknowledged the existence of skinheads in this country after diplomatic missions of practically all foreign countries whose nationals can dark skin have cried out for help. A story gives examples of racist behavior by skinheads. (1,5)

Komomolskaya Pravda

Criminal groups extorting huge sums of money from university entrants have appeared in Moscow higher schools of education. A story gives concrete facts and figures illustrating the point. Measures taken by city law-enforcement agencies to crack down on bribe-takers and extortionists are described. (6)

A story describes new developments at the Military Tribunal in The Hague, which is presently hearing the criminal case of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, who still asserts his innocence. (8,9)

In the opinion of Andrei Chernenko, Deputy Interior Minister and also chief of the Migration Service, the shortage of workforce in Russia in 10-15 years could amount to 7million people. In an interview he speaks about the need for foreign workers, the number of which in the next several years could reach as much as one million. (10)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

President Vladimir Putin tomorrow will deliver the state of the nation address on April 18. The content of the speech is veiled in great secrecy. A story says that from all indications the focus will be economic issues. (1)

The construction project of the sport-fitness complex Akvadrom that was launched in Moscow by the Zamoskvorechye association in the first quarter of 1998 was frozen in May last year. A story says why. (1)

Moscow police arrested two gangsters over the weekend who kidnapped a top-placed official in Uzbekistan's presidential administration early in March. A story gives details. (1)

A story describes how four Moscow teenagers committed suicide on Monday. (1)

Several State Duma committees have remained leaderless after communists were evicted from their posts. A story gives their names reflecting on their future fates. (2)

Several KPRF regional organizations demanded over the weekend that State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov be excluded from the Communist Party. A story notes that their request is likely to be taken seriously. (2)


Small business activists gained a convincing victory over the Finance Ministry. In a couple of days the government is expected to submit a draft bill to the State Duma canceling the single social tax for taxpayers who pay a single tax on a fixed profit. The Ministry has admitted that imposing this tax was an error. (A1)

Ikea on Tuesday announced the project of the Mega shopping center "Mega" in Moscow into which the company intends to invest $200 million. A story describes the project in detail. (A1)

The British Petroleum company on Tuesday announced its intention to increase the size of its Sidanko stock package. The stock purchase brought $375 million to Alfa-Group and Access/Renova. (A1)

Economic Development Minister German Gref, commenting on the results of his negotiations in Washington, stated on Tuesday that the U.S. was ready to compensate for the losses incurred by Russian steel producers from increased import duties. (A1)

In January-February this year Russia increased the export of ferrous metals by 3.5 percent, worth an extra $885.3 million. This was stated by the State Customs Committee. (A1)

A story explains why Kazakhstan is the most dynamically developing republic in the CIS and has been a focus of the world's mass media lately. One of the reasons for this is the existence of a secret stabilizing fund of $3 billion created by President Nursultan Nazarbayev in 1996. The funds are being kept in a Western bank. In an interview with The Financial Times Kazakhstan 's President Nursultan Nazarbayev talks about the stable economic and political situation in his republic that is favorable for foreign investment. (A2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has received an additional list of federal enterprises and joint-stock companies to be privatized this year. A story looks at some of them. (A3)

The Dutch Cabinet has handed in its resignation papers. A story looks at the major reasons. (A5)

At his first news conference after an abortive coup attempt Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, now back in office, stated that he will try to launch the process of national reconciliation. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Gosinkor-Holding has managed to absorb the Krasny Oktyabr confectionery company. The holding's boss Artyom Kuznetsov talks about how it happened, noting that his company had consolidated the controlling interest of Krasny Oktyabr. (B1)

In an interview Gosinkor President Artyom Kuznetsov reveals the plans of his holding in the confectionery business. (B1)

Fierce competitors in the banking sector MDM and Alfa-Group have received a new front in their struggle. MDM's new structure -- Rinak -- stated on Tuesday that it had bought out 56 percent of stock of the Taganrog Metals Plant (Tagmet) from the latter's Director-General Sergei Bidash. The Alfa-Eko company has owned 42 percent of Tagmet's stock for a year and has been trying to gain control over the enterprise. (B1)

Several managers from Mezhprombank have moved over to Slavneft. They are to replace officials from the team of the present President Mikhail Gutseriyev who is expected to resign in May. (B1)

Gazprom's net profit, according to international standards of financial accounting, over a nine month period of 2001 amounted to $1.101 billion, which is $205 million less than for the same period in 2000. (B1)

After failing to find common language with co-owner and former President of Stroitransgaz Arngolt Bekker, the Gazprom leadership has decided to create its own general contractor. The issue of creating a 100 percent subsidiary --Gazpromstroiinginering -- will be discussed by the Gazprom Board of Directors next week. (B2)

Vladimir Ryskin could soon leave Avtobank, where he came to power as head only six months ago. The financial NIKoil corporation plans to merge its investment bank IBG NIKoil and Avtobank immediately after arranging documents on the purchase of the latter's stock. (B3)

The first domestic initial public offering will begin tomorrow at the Moscow Inter-Bank Currency Exchange and on the Stock Exchange -- the RBK Information Systems company will offer investors its stock at $0.83 per share. (B3)

The U.S. Federal Reserve System will not raise interest rates up to the end of the summer unless over the next few months the American economy begins to grow rapidly. (B3)

The Moscow State Telephone Network has managed to agree with French Alcatel on the purchase of 50 percent of Golden Line stock. A story examines the deal.