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Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Krasnaya Zvezda

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Noviye Izvestia

Komomolskaya Pravda

Moskovsky Komsomolets


Friday's military coup in Venezuela, when the military overthrew President Hugo Chavez, threatens to destabilize the world oil market as the OPEC member is the world's fourth largest oil exporter. A story describes the reasons that caused the coup and focuses on Chavez's relationship with the United States, which may have indirectly caused the destabilization of the Chavez regime. (1, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Vremya MN, 1, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta,1, 6)

In an exclusive interview, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin describes Russia's hidden economic reserves that may help to bolster the pace of economic growth from 5 to 6 percent a year. Kudrin also focuses on initiatives aimed at accelerating the banking reform. (1,4)

In the days leading up to the anniversary of Adolf Hitler's birth on April 20th, the embassies of the United States and of several Asian and African countries have received threatening letters signed by a Russian Ivan, the alleged head of the Group of Skinheads of Russia. A story reveals the content of those letters, focusing on the reaction of diplomats. (2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6)

On Friday a special commission of the Defense Ministry, the Interior Ministry and the Federal Security Service (FSB) held an inter-departmental session to discuss the procedure of paying out so-called "combat" money to servicemen participating in the anti-terrorist operation in Chechnya. A story looks at two possible resolutions under consideration. (2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4)

Tbilisi on Friday officially accused Russian peacekeepers of seizing the Georgian controlled Kvemo Azhara village in the Kodori Gorge. A story describes the conflict, focusing on the positions taken by both the Russian and Georgian military. (2, Kommersant Daily, 1,2, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 6, Vremya MN, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4)

The Higher State Council of the Russia-Belarus Union held a session on Friday that was presided over by presidents Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko. A story examines some of the resolutions taken at the session. (2, Kommersant Daily, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,6, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3)

On Friday the Volgograd Regional Court completed its deliberations in the case of Nadezhda Fratti. The 48-year-old Italian citizen, suspected of illegally adopting hundreds of Russian orphans and taking them out of Russia, was declared innocent. A story comments on the court's verdict. (3, Kommersant Daily, 9, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7)

While in New York on Friday, Press Minister Mikhail Lesin paid a visit to the Russian language daily newspaper New Russian Word. A story looks at several interesting questions put to the minister and his response to them. (3)

The Moscow City Court has brought in an indictment against 13 defendants, who were accused extorting of $8 million by kidnapping 13-year-old Israeli Adi Sharon. (3, Kommersant Daily, 9, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6, MK, 1)

Education Minister Vladimir Filippov has instructed linguists at St. Petersburg State University that they compile a Russian dictionary for the government employees and bureaucrats. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, who would like the dictionary to be published in a pocket book format, has approved the project. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

Criminal proceedings have been instituted against Vladimir Butov, governor of the Nenets Autonomous Area. A story examines the charges Butov faces. (3, Kommersant Daily, 1,3)

On Friday the Economic Development Ministry summed up the results of its work in 2001 and mapped out major tasks for the current year. On Monday President Vladimir Putin criticized economic forecasts for 2003 to 2005, calling economic growth rates inadequately low. Economic Development Minister German Gref stated that his agency's predictions were correct, but promised to upgrade those figures that caused the president indignation. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya MN, 2)

The Constitutional Court refused Friday to change a Supreme Court ruling in the case of former Krasnoyarsk Aluminum Plant head Anatoly Bykov. Lawyer Genrikh Padva commented on the Constitutional Court's decision. (4, Kommersant Daily, 2, Vremya MN, 1)

In his state of the nation address to the parliament of North Ossetia, Alexander Dzasokhov spoke about his intention to create an analogue of the Federal State Council. The focus of his speech was the analysis of the situation in Georgia and the future of Russian-Georgian relationships. In an interview, Dzasokhov examines his republic's tasks in bringing political stability in the region. (4)

In the first reading of a draft of a law concerning advertising, the State Duma on Friday passed amendments to articles regarding beer advertisements. A story comments on the document. (5, Kommersant Daily, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

The Central Bank lodged a complaint on Friday concerning a decision taken by the Supreme Court earlier this month, which declared illegal a Central Bank instruction regarding the obligatory sale of hard currency proceeds from exports. A story reveals the essence of the court's ruling, and focuses on what could happen should the law remain in force. (5)

Businessmen working in the field of agriculture have, with the support of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP), submitted their proposals on joining the World Trade Organization to the government. A story examines several proposals. (5)

Believing that the Titan industrial-financial group intends to buy up stock of the Timber-Processing Research Institute, Arkhangelsk governor Anatoly Yefremov has taken steps to block the deal. Titan however, asserts that it has no intention to obtain a controlling stake in the Institute. A story examines the conflict, focusing on the interests of both parties. (5)

A Russian economic delegation headed by officials from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce intends to go to China to propose the joint development of natural mineral resources. A story examines what both sides expect from this forthcoming visit. (5)

According to the Sunday Times, Russian businessmen Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Roman Abramovich have been included in a list of 50 wealthiest persons of Europe. Brief. (6)

While conducting a search of the St. Petersburg-Riga express train, customs officials in Pskov found two ancient violins, one of which was allegedly made by A. Stradivari. Brief. (6)

Seven paintings taken to Germany during World War II will be returned to Russia. Brief. (8, Kommersant Daily, 10)

The NTV administration has asked 48 of its employees to resign. A story examines several recent developments at the channel, which has marked the first year of its work under the management of Boris Jordan. (9

In an interview, NTV journalist Savik Shuster speaks about his work. (9)


On Friday the State Duma Budget Committee voted in favor of several draft amendments to the Tax Code, which exclude insurance wage schemes. Because of the amendments insurance agencies stand to lose several billion dollars. (1)

Speaking at the closed hearings in San Francisco on Friday, Nikolai Melnichenko, a former major in the Ukrainian presidential guard, explained Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma's involvement in the illegal sale of Ukrainian arms to Baghdad. Melnichenko accused Kuchma of delivering 3 "Kolchuga" radar installations to Iraq, worth $100 million. A story gives details. (2)

The Industry and Science Ministry held a session on Friday regarding preparations for the first International Military-Marine Show scheduled for June 25-29, 2003 in St. Petersburg. A story describes the project. (2)

On Friday President Vladimir Putin made contact with cosmonauts working at the International Space Station to congratulate them on Cosmonaut Day. A story describes Putin's 7-minute talk with the cosmonauts. (3, Izvestia, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

Federal judge Alexei Prodanov on Friday announced the verdict in the case of 10 Basayev rebels, who took part in the raid on Budyonnovsk in June of 1995. A story gives details. (3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4)

A civilian youth forum named "The younger Generation for Peace and Revival of the Chechen Republic " took place in Grozny on Friday. The participants have decided to stop fighting and begin restoring the republic. A story describes the event and its significance. ( 3)

Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov in Rostov-on-Don Friday stated that militiamen from other regions would not be sent to Chechnya with special assignments. Instead, local interior departments will be manned on a permanent basis. (3)

On Friday morning two Mi-2 helicopters made unsanctioned flights from Moscow's Tushino airfield. A story describes the incident. (3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 1,2)

On Friday the Military Prosecutor's Office resumed its investigation into the sale of 5 Mi-8T helicopters to North Korea as well as the sale of cruisers "Minsk" and "Novorossisisk " to South Korea in the mid-1990s. Several former and present officials in the Defense Ministry and the Navy are now under investigation. A story details the case. (3)

The All-Russian Insurers' Union sent a letter to Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Friday requesting that foreign insurers not be allowed to participate on the domestic market for the next 8 to10 years. A story examines the letter to Kasyanov. (4)

During his visit to Poland Gazprom head Alexei Miller agreed with Polish authorities to increase the capacity of the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline. The EuroPolGaz enterprise responsible for the project will fund all accompanying expenditures at the expense of additional issuance of stock. (4)

On Friday Severstal General Director Alexei Mordashov officially announced his intention to quit his post at the upcoming shareholders meeting in June and become head of the company's Board of Directors. A story comments on his decision. ( (4)

On Friday the Audit Chamber accused LUKoil's subsidiaries of tax evasion. A story focuses on LUKoil's reaction. (4)

The State Duma Friday passed a draft bill in the second reading concerning the budget of the Pension Fund for 2002. A brief looks at its major parameters. Brief. (5)

On Friday shareholders of the Moscow Independent Broadcasting Corporation sent a complaint to the European Human Rights Court in Strasbourg in protest of a decision taken by Russian judicial authorities in November 2002 to liquidate the company. Brief. (5)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Late last week a group of British doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London stated that they managed to completely cure an infant born without an immune system. This marks the first successful case of applying genic therapy to combat genetic ailments. A story describes the case in detail. (1,3 )

Nezavisimaya Gazeta comments on the nominees for this year's State Prize in the sphere of literature and the arts. (1,2 )

A story looks at a recently opened medical center designed to provide aid to handicapped children under the age of seven. The article describes the center's various services and patients. (3)

Late last week the Moscow regional government adopted a decree aimed at combating malaria and the Anopheles mosquitoes that spread the disease. Emiliya Kovalenko, the Moscow region's chief sanitary physician, describes the measures presently being implemented. (3)

In an interview, Irina Zhilina, administrator of St. Petersburg's famous Gatchina suburb talks about numerous myths and legends about the well-known district. (7)

Krasnaya Zvezda

Russia's Air Defense Troops celebrating their holiday on Sunday. A story describes the role these troops play both today and in Soviet times, and examines how the demands on these troops have significantly increased, as have the demands for their proper training. (1,2 )

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

More than 50,000 residents of Voronezh and representatives from other regions Friday went to the city's main square to protest the unbearable increases in housing and energy utility tariffs. A story describes the demonstration and explains how local utility authorities justify the need for the higher tariffs. (1,2 )

In an interview, State Duma Deputy Speaker Georgy Boos shares his views on current initiatives taken to bolster small businesses in Russia. (1,4 )

On Friday Audit Chamber head Sergei Stepashin proposed to deprive Radio Liberty of its license to broadcast in Russia. Stepashin is of the opinion that neither Russia as a whole, nor Chechnya is in particular need of Radio Liberty. Brief. (1)

On Friday the UN announced the creation of the International Criminal Court. A story looks at several factors that justify the creation of the court. (3.

On Friday Pavel Laptev, Russia's human rights plenipotentiary in the European Human Rights Court, submitted a memorandum on Russia's participation in two cases currently being considered to Court Chairman Lucius Vildhaber. The two cases concern Riga's refusal to grant former Soviet servicemen and their families Latvian citizenship. A story examines both cases in detail. (3)

Noviye Izvestia

According to official government information, Russians will enjoy nine days' vacation due to upcoming holidays in the first half of May. Brief,(1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3 )

Lena Kichuk, a 14-year-old ninth-grader in Secondary School No.6 in Uryupinsk, has written a letter to President Vladimir Putin asking him to send her the text of the National Anthem, since it could not be found anywhere in the city. The president soon sent her what she asked him for. A story describes the patriotic movement that followed. (1,4 )

On Thursday the Central and Political councils of the Liberal Russia Party held a session to adopted a party budget for 2002. A story examines the budget's parameters and focuses on several other initiatives taken at the session. (32)

Komomolskaya Pravda

On Saturday highly regarded TASS photo reporter Eduard Pesov celebrated his 70th birthday. During his long career he has photographed top government officials in both the Soviet Union and in Russia. Pesov has also visited 140 countries, most recently having made a trip to Spain with Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov. (4)

A young lion from the visiting circus Zvezda escaped from the circus building into the street on Thursday and seriously injured 16-year-old Inna Smolyakova. A feature story describes the circumstances that led to the attack and notes that Inna is lucky to be alive. (5, MK, 1)

A 10- hectare dump 3 kilometers from Sheremetyevo-1 has been burning for several days and fire brigades have been unable to put it out. Viktor Belous, Deputy Prosecutor of the Inter-District Nature Protection Prosecutor's Office in Moscow, speaks about the five large dumps in the city. (7)

Today marks the 140th anniversary of the birth of Pyotr Stolypin, the last great reformer of Tsarist Russia. He was merciless in the struggle against criminals, and not long before Bolsheviks took over power he gave land to peasants. A story describes what Soviet history textbooks wrote about Stolypin and focuses on the accomplishments that made Stolypin famous. (9)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

On Friday homeless people at a night shelter in Lyublino organized an unprecedented news conference to explain to journalists that they were displeased at the way the press describes their problems. The homeless people then went on to issue an ultimatum: either a fair and honest coverage or numerous laws suits in courts. A story describes the news conference. (1,2 )

At a special session on Friday the Education Ministry discussed a revamping of the current education system. Beginning Sept. 1, 2003 all Russian schools should focus their curriculum onto a narrow range of subjects. This system will replace the present-day division of all schools into general education schools, specialized schools, grammar schools and high schools. A story reveals the essence of the new system. (1 )

Traffic jams will soon disappear on the Moskvoretsky stretch of Kashirskoye Shosse as a two-level traffic roundabout will appear in the place of an intersection at Proletarsky Prospekt and Andropov Prospekt. (1 )