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A comprehensive nationwide medical examination of Russia's 33.5 million children began Monday. A story examines the aims of the initiative and focuses on the serious problems Russians face, particularly in regions. (1, Kommersant Daily, 7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 3

Russian Ambassador to Afghanistan Vladimir Ivanenko talks about Russia's role in providing aid to Afghanistan. (1,2)

On Monday Kakha Bendukidze, general director of "Obyedinenniye Mashinostroitelniye Zavody" (United Machine-Building Plants), left the Media-Socium consortium, which on March 27 won the tender for the right to broadcast on the TV-6 frequency. In an interview, Oleg Kiselyov, Media-Socium -general director, shares his opinion on Bendukidze's departure. (1, Kommersant Daily, 1, Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya Novostei, 4)

On Monday Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov released Yevgeny Agarkov, prosecutor of the Smolensk region, from his position because of heavy drinking and a recent fight with GAI officers. A story gives details. (1)

President Vladimir Putin is expected to deliver the annual state of the union address from the Kremlin at noon on April 18. This was officially announced on Monday. A story expects that Putin's address is likely to be very ambitious, especially in light of his recent disputes with the government. Two State Duma deputies share their thoughts on what Putin may say during the speech. (2, Kommersant Daily, 2, Moskovskiye Novosti, No.15, p. 7, Vremya MN, 1, MK, 2)

The Hermitage Foundation, which represents the interests of the Gazprom's minority shareholders, lodged suits on Monday in the Moscow Arbitration Court against PricewaterhouseCoopers. A story looks at the foundation's demands. (2, Kommersant Daily, 15, Vremya Novostei, 7, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, Gazeta, 11)

The Primorye Customs Office has confiscated 24 kilograms of so-called frog meat that was to be illegally shipped into China. The contraband is valued at around $500,000. A story gives details. (2)

The State Customs Committee's confrontation with the Anti-Monopoly Ministry ended on Monday April 15 when the Arbitration Court ruled in favor of the Customs Committee. A story details the conflict, which began in February of this year. (2, Kommersant Daily, 14)

Early Friday morning Tatyana Dyachenko- Yumasheva, daughter of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin's, gave birth to a baby girl named Masha. A story describes the happy occasion, and speculates on the cost of giving birth to a child in Britain. (3, Kommersant Daily, 8, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, Moskovskiye Novosti, No. 15, p. 1)

It became apparent on Monday that an 18th century viola made by Italian master Storioni had been stolen in Moscow on April 13. This is the third theft in of an antiquarian musical instrument worth over $100,000 in the past 6 months. A story gives details. (3, Vremya Novostei, 3)

The State Duma on Monday held hearings concerning the broad theme of "The Health of the Working Population of Russia." While the health of working people was a priority in the Soviet Union, today the situation has taken a sharp turn for the worst. In 2001, for example, 5,967 people, including 466 women and 29 underage children were killed in industrial accidents. A story comments on the issue. (3)

67-year-old Croatian President Stipe Mesic is to arrive in Russia today for a three-day visit. A story examines its aims. (3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7)

The creation of Group-20 is expected to take place at the next Russia-NATO summit, scheduled for May 28 in Rome. The heads of all 19 NATO member-states, including U.S. President George W. Bush, are expected to attend the summit. A story describes the upcoming event and focuses on the program of President Bush's European tour, which begins May 23 with his visit to Russia. (4)

A story comments on the final results of Sunday's gubernatorial elections in the Penza and Lipetsk regions. (4, Kommersant Daily, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 1)

Under the initiative of the Fatherland-All Russia faction, a working group will be created this week in the State Duma aimed at reforming the wages system. The faction has also proposed several initiatives in the sphere of social policy and state service. In an interview, Fatherland-All Russia faction deputy head Konstantin Kosachev explains several initiatives. (4)

A story describes how Moscow police discovered an illegal international trunk-call office operating in the center of the city. (5)

President Vladimir Putin met Monday with Railways Minister Gennady Fadeyev to discuss the ministry's current affairs. The discussion was focused on the poor state of the ministry's main assets. Brief. (5, Kommersant Daily, 14)

A list of candidates for the Central Bank Board of Directors will be submitted to the State Duma late this month. A brief names several of the candidates. (5)

Three leaders in the electronic industry have announced the signing of a strategic union for the joint production of microcircuits in Europe. A story examines the deal. (5)

The Nuclear Energy Ministry has announced its participation in a tender for the right to build a 5th reactor for the Olkiluoto nuclear plant in Finland. There are two other interested parties besides Russia. A story comments on Minister Alexander Rumyantsev's statement. (5)

On Monday Sberbank's Overseeing Council adopted the agenda of the next annual general meeting and compiled a list of candidates to be elected as its members. (5, Vremya MN, 2)

In an interview, Arkady Kornatsky, general director of the SPAUD company specializing in road building, talks about the company's technological innovations that may signify a new era in road building. (5)

On Monday Sibur creditors made a decision to impose external administration at the Gazprom subsidiary. Brief. (5, Kommersant Daily, 16)

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin has proposed that Sergei Vyazalov, director of Goznak, be considered a candidate for the post of First Deputy Finance Minister. Brief. (5, Kommersant Daily, 2)

Alexander Zakharov, general director of the Moscow Inter-Bank Currency Exchange, examines several major elements of a market economy that have yet to be developed in Russia. (6)

Sweden's Defense Minister Bjoern von Sydow wrapped up his visit to Russia on Monday. In an interview the minister describes the positive results of his visit. (7)

A story examines the latest developments in the Kondor Gorge, noting that Georgia and Abkhazia have exchanged ultimatums. (7, Kommersant Daily, 11, Vremya MN, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1)


On Monday the MDM Group acquired the controlling stake of Konversbank. The 51 percent share however, has yet to put an end to the struggle for control over the bank. Alfa-Bank, which also owns shares in Konversbank, has begun to try and impose external administration at Konversbank. (1, 16)

The Election Commission in the Sverdlovsk Region Monday summed up the preliminary election results. The bloc "For Native URL," which was created by governor Edurad Rossel, has gained a convincing victory in its bid for the Regional Duma. (3, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2

State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov has signed a decree appointing Alexander Loterev as the new head of the State Duma apparat. In an interview, Loterev talks about his first steps at the new post and shares his impressions about the latest turbulent developments in the State Duma. (5)

At a special news conference on Monday the Unified Russia Party leadership informed journalists about the party's strategy in the regional elections. A story focuses on its major points. (5)

On Monday the Prosecutor General's Office submitted a criminal case against writer Eduard Limonov, leader of the National Bolshevik Party, to the Supreme Court. A story sheds some light on Limonov's case. (5, Gazeta, 2)

A story features the court trial of Chechen Brigade General Lechi Islamov, which began Monday in the Krasnodar Regional Court. Islamov may not have any lawyers but certainly has many supporters behind him. (6)

A celebratory evening devoted to the 140th anniversary of the birth of prominent Russian reformer Pyotr Stolypin was held in Moscow on Monday in the Sobors Hall in the Christ the Savior Cathedral. A story describes the event and its participants. (7, Gazeta, 7)

Vladimir Kalamanov, presidential representative for human rights in Chechnya, has been promoted to become Russia's representative in UNESCO and will soon move from the Znamenskoye village in Chechnya to Paris. (7, Vremya Novostei, 1)

On Monday the Moscow Jewish Community Center in Maryina Roshcha held a gathering in support of the people of Israel. A story describes the event. (8)

A story examines a document called "The Concept of Boosting Insurance in Russia," which the government is soon expected to consider. (13)

Governors from 18 regions in the Central Federal District were expected Tuesday to gather in Tambov to discuss a draft bill concerning the turnover of arable land. A story focuses on the bill's controversial provisions. (13)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has released Vladimir Simonov, general director of the Management Systems Agency, from his post. Simonov, was one of 5 managers of defense agencies that are controlled by Industry, Science and Technologies Minister Ilya Klebanov. (14)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

The General Staff of the Armed Forces last week conducted an inspection of the so-called army elite -- the Paratroopers. A story explains why the General Staff was dissatisfied with the results of the inspection. (1,4)

In an interview, Alexander Roiko, Rospechat's deputy general director talks about his companies current subscription campaign, explaining how it differs from the previous campaigns. (3)

The State Council is expected to soon hold a session in the Kremlin to discuss issues concerning arable land. The conclusions of the session will be submitted to the State Duma. In an interview, Gennady Kulik, the newly appointed head of the State Duma's Agrarian Committee, justifies his stand on the land bill. (3)

The situation on the world metals markets has become rather tense of lately, as aluminum, lead and precious metal prices have markedly fallen. A story examines how this situation could affect the Russian budget. (3)

At its plenary session on Wednesday the State Duma will consider a draft bill introducing amendments to the Tax Code. The Budget and Tax Committee have recommended the draft. A story examines the draft. (4)

The Kostroma Ship-Building and Ship- Repairing Zavod company has overcome the economic crisis at last and has begun to build ships suited to the domestic market. A story describes the company and its optimistic plans. (4)

In an interview, Alexander Nesis, president of IST companies Group speaks about the urgent need to reform Russia's military-industrial complex. Nesis warns that without a clear-cut strategy, Russia may lose its position in the world's armaments market. (5)

New Zealand has opened its General Consulate in Vladivostok. In an interview, New Zealand Embassy Councilor Debora Pankherst explains what has prompted the embassy to open the consulate in Vladivostok. (6)

Noviye Izvestia

Georgian police have confiscated 506 counterfeit caviar cans bearing the label "made in Astrakhan" from 32-year-old Tbilisi resident Vasily Abulashvili. The cans were produced in the morgue of a Tbilisi mental hospital where Abulashvili began his illegal business. (1)

According to a Tokyo-based periodical of the League of Korean Citizens living in Japan, North Korea has managed to clone rabbits. The break-through may be used to clone the disappearing Korean tiger. Brief. (1)

A story describes how Moscow city law-enforcement agencies are preparing to rebuff any possible attacks by the capital's skinheads, who are panning to celebrate Hitler's birthday on April 20 in a "worthy manner." (1,5)

Students from a small district commercial and economic college in Yekaterinburg have applied to the British Consulate with an unusual request -- to officially allow their educational establishment to carry the name of British Queen Mother Elizabeth. A story reports on how Consulate officials have responded to the students' request. (1)

According to the State Statistics Committee, in January and February of this year car imports into Russia increased by 77 percent, tallying up at 17,000 autos worth and estimated $153 million. (1)

In an interview Sergei Tarasov, speaker of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly, describes several aspects, above all economic aspects, in his agency's activities. The focus of Tarasov's explaination are the measures to boost small businesses. (4)

On Monday Yukos shareholders unveiled an educational and charity project called "Open Russia." A story describes the aims of the project. (2)

Komomolskaya Pravda

World -renowned artist Ilya Glazunov presented a 3-meter-high portrait of Pyotr Stolypin to commemorate the 140th anniversary of the birth of the prominent Russian reformer. A story describes the event. (2)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov was the first Russian official to comment on the recent developments in the Kondor Gorge. A story analyzes the comments Ivanov made on Monday. (4)

A story reports on how Deputy Prime Minister Valentina Matviyenko opened the 21st regional Internet-education Center on April 10 in the Penza region. (5)

In an interview, Vladimir Pozner, the highly regarded television journalist and host of the ORT television program Vremena, shares his views on how Russians should react to the United States' growing position in the world as an unchallenged superpower. (8.9)

The State Duma is expected to pass a draft bill concerning the investments of pension accumulations. In an interview, First Deputy Economic Development Minister Mikhail Dmitriyev shares his view on this acute issue. (11)

A feature story describes a super-modern country cottage that lawyer Dmitry Yakubovsky has built in Gorki-8. The cottage represents Yakubovsky's life-long dream, which he, together with his wife Irina and two children, made a reality. Vash Dom Supplement. (4,5)

Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has demanded that nine top officials be summoned to as witnesses in his trial at the International Military Tribunal in the Hague. (12, 13)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

In an interview, State Duma independent Deputy Vladimir Ryzhkov shares his negative views regarding the latest policy changes in relation to the KPRF. (2

In an interview, Alexander Kuvayev, First Secretary of the KPRF Moscow City Committee assures that there is no split in his party. Kuvayev comments on Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov's recent statement about the "tough opposition" the KPRF is now facing. (2)

In an exclusive interview, Rector of Moscow State University talks about his work career, admitting that he was a pioneer in launching Russian computer technologies. (3)


On Monday the State Statistics Committee made public figures illustrating renewed growth in Russian industry during the month of March. A story looks at the reasons behind the renewed growth rates. (A1)

The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development has upgraded Russia's credit viability rating. The restructuring of Soviet-era debt to the former East Germany has helped push Russia's rating to the same level as that of Bangladesh and Papua-New Guinea. (A1)

After losing control over extracting enterprises Purgaz and Rospan, Itera shareholders are actually ready to close the company for a 50-percent share in a new holding that will include the assets of independent gas producer Novafininvest. Itera and Novafininvest have already signed an agreement on the merger. (A1)

Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin announced that beginning in 2004 the VAT rate will be lowered from the present 20 percent to 17 percent, with the simultaneous canceling of several benefits. Brief. (1)

The Tax Ministry's press service has announced that as of March 1 taxpayers' debt in the Central and Privolzhsky federal districts amounted to 241.26 billion rubles. Brief. (A1

The Railways Ministry is proposing that the government ignore Vladimir Putin's plan to unify international and domestic cargo tariffs. Instead the ministry proposes that starting May 1 the government simply raise tariffs on domestic cargo by 4.5 percent and on export-import cargo by 25.4 percent. (A3)

Valery Petrov, director of MFK Bank's analytical center, explains why Russia should take an active part in ratifying the Kyoto Protocol. (A4)

An article draws 8 effective conclusions from the recent Enron scandal. (A4)

In an interview, Swatch Group head Nicholas Heyek shares his positive impressions regarding the Russian watch market and speaks about his company's profitable business in Russia. (A7)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Hermitage Capital Management Executive Director and candidate to the Gazprom Board of Directors William Browder, is continuing his attacks on Gazprom's long-standing auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Browder intends with the help of the court to prove that PwC conclusions on Gazprom were deliberately false and, therefore, the auditor should be deprived of its license. (B1

A story describes Inkombank's art collection, which was recently sold at a Gelos auction to improve the bankrupt bank's financial position. (B1)

On Tuesday the Baltika brewery it is expected to sign the first licensing agreement with the Riga's Aldaris brewery. By the end of this year Aldaris should be brewing 100,000 deciliters of Baltika beer. The deal however, is special since Baltika and Aldaris have one and the same owner. (B1)

Russian petrol exports in March 2002 increased by 66 percent up to 406,000 tons. Brief. (B1)

LUKoil Vice-President Dzhevan Cheloyants has stated that his company will not fund the Baku-Dzheikhan oil pipeline project and intends to take part in the project only as a consumer. Brief. (B1)

Mosenergo is actively looking for alternative gas suppliers. Thus, late last week it signed the first contract on purchases of Sibneft gas. Now Mosenergo intends to buy Astrakhan gas from the Gosinkor holding. (B2)

A story examines Sberbank's present position on the stock market and notes that by capitalization growth Sberbank has become the second largest enterprise in Russia since the beginning of this year. (B3)

Svyazinvest Holding is preparing to consolidate its cellular business. The holding's regional communications enterprises have handed over all their packages of stock in cellular companies to the St. Petersburg depositary North-Western Financial Company. (B5)

Rostelecom has sold its package of stock in Giprosvyaz to Svyazinvest for 90 million rubles. A story describes the deal. (B5)