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Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Krasnaya Zvezda

Noviye Izvestia

Moskovskiye Novosti

Komomolskaya Pravda



At a Cabinet session on Monday President Vladimir Putin strongly criticized the government's social-economic development program for inadequate GDP growth rates. The president called the program insufficiently intensive. A story comments on Putin's remarks. Four economic experts share their views on the program and the president's criticism. All central newspapers offer their commentaries, reflecting on possible negative consequences for the Cabinet leadership. (1,2, Kommersant Daily, 1, Vremya MN, 2, 5, Vremya Novostei 1,2, Noviye Izvestia 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, Gazeta, 10)

Research associate Mikhail Bernstam from the Hoover Institute of War, Peace and Revolutions -- an entity that plays a significant role in defining priorities in the policy of the George W. Bush administration -- talks about what interests the American administration about Russia's foreign policy today. (1 and Finansoviye Izvestia Supplement, 3)

The Judges' Council, which marks its tenth anniversary this year, is to hold its jubilee session today. In an interview Council Chairman Yury Sidorenko examines several new measures provided by new judicial draft bills as well as the state of judicial reform. (1,4)

The heads of six Russian companies have been invited by Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko to discuss privatization. With the help of Russian investment Lukashenko would like to boost local industry. A story looks at his planned meetings with Russian oligarchs. (1, Kommersant Daily, 1)

A story describes the latest bloody actions of the Israeli army in Bethlehem, focusing on how Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's tough stand on Palestine has raised the ratings of his ruling coalition. (2, Gazeta, 4, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7, Vremya Novostei, 2, Vremya MN, 6, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3)

Ukraine's Prime Minister Anatoly Kinakh is expected to arrive in Moscow on April 10 for talks with his counterpart Mikhail Kasyanov. Kinakh is not only the government head but also leader of the For Unified Ukraine party that won a majority of seats in the recent parliamentary elections. In an interview Kinakh talks about what he intends to discuss with Kasyanov, focusing on the future fate of Ukrainian-Russian relations. (2, Trud, 1,2)

Gazprom head Alexei Miller on Monday met with consultants to discuss issues relating to the sale of Gazprom-Media companies. Miller stated that Gazprom is today at the concluding stage of structuring the sale of its assets. A story describes the meeting, its participants and their decisions. In a short interview Alexander Dybal, head of Gazprom-Media, examines consultants' proposals, focusing on restructuring problems. (2)

The head of the liquidation commission of ZAO MNVK TV6 Moskva, Pavel Chernovalov, on Monday demanded that the Press Ministry it restore the license for the frequency on which TV6 broadcast before Jan. 21. In Chernovalov's opinion the tender won by the Media Socium partnership is illegal. A story comments on his behavior. (2)

A story features Kazan pianist Yevgeny Mikhailov, 29, who won the Grand-Prix at the First Rakhmaninov Contest in Pasadena. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2)

Homeless Chuvash resident Valery Trofimov on Monday tried to commit suicide on Krymsky Bridge in Moscow. A story gives details. (3, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Vremya Novostei,3, Gazeta, 5, MK, 1)

Koptevo police arrested two bandits over the weekend, who were first described in the media as the Khovrino maniac. They are accused of robbing and killing women in the north of Moscow. Chief of the criminal militia of the Khovrino Interior Department Alexander Martynov gives details. (3, Vremya Novostei, 3, Vechernyaya Moskva, April 8, p.1)

The Volgograd Regional Court on Monday passed its verdict on the case of the former Russian and now Italian citizen Nadezhda Fratti, who is accused of involvement in the illegal adoption of 558 Russian children. Three other Russian women were in the dock together with Fratti. A story gives details. (3)

Work to create a new agency for regional governors is coming to an end in Moscow. It will be a consultative council attached to the Federation Council and headed by its Speaker Sergei Mironov. A story describes the second session of a working group responsible for this work. (4)

The All-Russia Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTSIOM) has taken a poll to see what Russians think of the U.S. today. Two graphs show the results. An expert offers a commentary. (4)

Kazakhstan and Russia are willing to sign a protocol over a Caspian sea division. This was stated in Alma-Ata on Monday by Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko. A story comments on his statement. (4, Kommersant Daily, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

The Slavneft Board of Directors on Monday set May 13 as the date for holding a shareholders extraordinary meeting. A story describes the meeting and notes that the resignation of the present head Mikhail Gutseriyev can be considered a resolved issue. (5, Kommersant Daily, 5, Vremya Novostei, 7)

Yakutia' President Vyacheslav Shtyrov and Gazprombank deputy head Yevgeny Dubrovin late last week signed a protocol on conditions of the bank's participation in gold extraction in the region. This was stated by Yakutia's Industry Minister Alexander Ogly. (5)

Foreign analysts say that Russian seaports will be attractive for privatization this year. Deputy Transport Minister Chingiz Izmailov stated Monday that the ports will not be sold. (5)

Russia is trying to get back the marine transit cargo that is presently going through Baltic ports. Director-General of the St. Petersburg Oil Terminal company Igor Teleshev gives an interview examing the problem, focusing on his company's efforts. (5)

New rules for cargo transportation took effect late last week on the territory of the NorthWestern Customs Board. A story examines some of the rules. (6)

The Linux operating system has become very popular lately. In the year 2000 IBM head Lou Gerstner talked about his company's plans to invest $1 billion in developing Linux software. In an interview IBM Software Marketing Director Andreas Turk speaks about the project. (6)

Russia will not sign commitments to liberalize energy prices as part of its World Trade Organization accession plans. Russian negotiators will make this clear to their European colleagues at the next meeting. A story comments on the decision. (6)

The Mozhaisk Borodino company has made juice under a trademark that is similar to those of the three most popular domestic juices. A story describes the resulting conflict. (6)

Japanese authorities on Monday stated that they are to cancel large projects in the South Kurils. This includes the construction there of electric power stations and marine facilities. In an interview Irkutsk regional governor Boris Govorin, who has just returned from Tokyo, explains the situation. (7, Kommersant Daily, 3)


The Central Bank Board of Directors decreased the refinancing rate on Monday for the first time in the past 18 months. As of today it's 23 percent. This is the first serious decision of Sergei Ignatyev as the Central Bank head. The story comments on the decision. (1)

Unidentified assailants on Monday evening tried to kill Makhachkala Mayor Said Amirov. A story gives details. (1, Vremya Novostei, 1)

A story examines what the Presidium of the KPRF Central Committee on Monday decided on the fate of State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov. (1,3, Noviye Izvestia, 1, Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya MN, 3, Vremya Novostei, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, MN, No.14., p. 6)

President Vladimir Putin begins his official visit to Germany today. A story examines several issues he will discuss with the German leadership, focusing on the problems of Soviet-era debt to the former GDR. (3, Vremya MN, 1, Gazeta, 1, 3, 6, Noviye Izvestia, 3)

Commentary is made regarding the results of the Sunday presidential elections in Ingushetia, concluding that the Kremlin has lost the first round. (3, Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, Vremya MN, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 2)

The Azeri Foreign Security Ministry on Monday reported that it detained five Russians who were behaving suspiciously near the residence of President Gerdar Aliyev. A story gives details. (3)

Iraq on Monday officially announced that it is suspending all oil export for a month thereby inflicting a blow on Israel and the U.S. The story comments on the measure, focusing on reaction of world oil prices. (4, Vremya MN, 1, Gazeta, 10, Vremya Novostei, 1)

Energy Minister Igor Yusufov on Monday held talks with Norwegian Oil and Energy Minister Einar Stennes, who has been warned that Russia may remove itself from the oil export curbs. (4)

German media magnate and multi-millionaire Leo Kirch on Monday announced the bankruptcy of KirchMedia, the most profitable subsidiary of KirchGruppe Holding. A story describes his former media empire. (5, Vremya Novostei, 2)

The Bank of Moscow on Monday officially announced the sale of its controlling interest in Troika Dialog to the company's management. A story comments on the deal. (7, Vremya Novostei, 7)

Pension Fund head Mikhail Zurabov on Monday for the first time ever made public information about the fund's investments. A story examines them in detail. (7)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

In an interview the Director-General of Chechen airlines Usman Akhmarov talks about the restoration project of Severny Airport in Grozny that was launched 2 years ago and will be fully completed in 2005. According to a temporary scheme the airport should already be able to make several flights a week to Moscow in May this year. (4, Noviye Izvestia, 2)

A story describes several notorious international Islamic religious organizations that are fighting to evict Russia from the North Caucasus. (5)

April 8 marked the 10th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Tajikistan. Despite Russia's decreased influence in many former Soviet republics Moscow has maintained close contacts with Dushanbe, particularly in the military-political sphere. A story examines their history of cooperation. (6)

A story examines the rapidly expanding cooperation between former Soviet Central Asian states, the United States and NATO, focusing on the U.S.'s aims and interests in the area. (6)

The first cloned human will be born in seven months. This was stated by world-renowned Italian gynecologist Severino Antinori. A story describes his first achievements. (12)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

About 5,000 Russian-speaking people and several Jewish families have returned to Chechnya recently. A story explains the event. (3)

Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Gordeyev stated on Monday that, starting from April 10, Russia could prolong the ban on American poultry imports. A story comments on his statement. (3, RBG Supplement, 8)

How does the Orthodox Church regard the census? In an interview Moscow Patriarchate Property Department chief Metropolitan Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, member of the State Commission on Preparation and Holding of the All-Russian Census, speaks about how the church will participate in the upcoming census campaign. (3)

The Russian information agency RosBiznesKonsulting (RBK) is marking their 10th anniversary today. This leading participant in the domestic mass media and information technology sphere has launched a bold new project -- to place RBK shares on the domestic stock market. In an interview the company's Director-General Yury Rovensky talks about the project, its major aim, and about the company's work abroad. (6)

A story reports on how numerous foreign medical preparations find their way to domestic pharmacies bypassing all controlling bodies. Interior Ministry investigators even suspect the existence of a well-developed mechanism in the Health Ministry's Pharmacological Committee that allows foreign medicines to get onto the domestic pharmacological market. (4)

The Federal Securities Commission headed by Igor Kostikov has drafted and submitted to the government a code of corporate behavior. A story examines its major points. RBG Supplement. (5)

In an interview State Duma deputy and President of the Union of Commodity Producers Nikolai Ryzhkov talks about Russia's relationship with the World Trade Organization. He focuses on the major problems on the way to Russian WTO membership. RBG Supplement. (1,5)

Krasnaya Zvezda

Director-General of the Russian AeroSpace Agency Yury Koptev speaks about ways to restructure the domestic aircraft sector and about priority tasks of his agency today. (1,2)

Noviye Izvestia

A small village in the Arkhangelsk region Kachem, with its seven old-age pensioners making up the entire population, is essentially cut off from the outside world. There is neither a hospital, a shop, a telephone, radio or electricity. Its inhabitants grow their own vegetables and grain. (1)

According to results of the recent opinion poll taken by the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion, 74 percent of Russians support a decision that provides stronger legal support for actions undertaken in self-defense. (1)

A story reports on how Russia -- particularly its northern regions -- will gain economically and financially from global warming. (1)

The Vladivostok Japanese car market, one of the largest in Russia, is to be closed. This order was made by the Vladivostok Mayor Yury Kopylov. In practice, however, it has turned out to be not so easy to deprive thousands of Vladivostok residents of their jobs. A story examines the situation. (5)

Moskovskiye Novosti

Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky has taken part in a session of the International Anti-Crisis Group in London. In an interview he assesses his present relations with federal authorities, justifying his rare appearances in public. Yavlinsky says part of the reason is that political censorship has been imposed on domestic TV channels. (1,8)

The resignation of Lyudmila Narusova as head of the Overseeing Council of the Mutual Understanding and Reconciliation Foundation has caused much talk. In an interview she speaks about the origin of the foundation, about the missing money and about the behind-the-scenes intrigues in the foundation. (2, 3)

Chairwoman of the Mutual Understanding and Reconciliation Foundation Natalya Malysheva speaks about the work of its Overseeing Council that was headed by Lyudmila Narusova. (2)

The government with the aim of enhancing the status and role of the Overseeing Council of the Mutual Understanding and Reconciliation Foundation has appointed Labor Minister Alexander Pochinok to the post of Chairman of the Overseeing Council. A story comments on the appointment. (3)

In an interview Andrei Norkin, former anchorman of the NTV program Segodnya and of the TV6 Seichas, states that he now works in the Ekho television company founded by Ekho Moskvy. He elaborates on his new job and on his relationships with his former colleagues in the Yevgeny Kiselyov team. (9)

A legal producer of Russian vodka Stolichnaya -- Latvijas Balsams -- has emerged in Latvia. A story describes its relationships with Russian Soyuzplodimport. (13)

A story asserts that Muscovites this summer will not see cheap fruit and vegetables. (14)

Investors are making huge investments into the construction of high-rises in Moscow. A story examines several concrete projects, their architects and the construction firms. (22)

The Education Ministry and the Higher School of Economics have announced the launching of an experimental project using the State Inscribed Financial Obligations. Five higher schools -- two in Chuvashia and three in Russia -- will take part. A story reveals the essence of the project. (23)

Stalin's grandson Yevgeny Dzhugashvili tries to defend the honor of his grandfather in court. A story gives details. (30)

Komomolskaya Pravda

There are about 177 unfinished construction projects in the city that have been long abandoned by the city government. A story looks at some of them. (6,7)

What is the best place and currency to keep money in April to save it from inflation? A story gives several effective recommendations. (9)

What should Russia expect from the parliamentary elections that took place in Crimea on Sunday? A story examines the results of the elections. (12, 13) Director-General of the Prosveshcheniye Publishing House Alexander Kondakov explains why the prices of textbooks will considerably increase this year. (14)

NTV anchorwoman Tatyana Mitkova answers questions from Komsomolskaya Pravda readers about her beloved job, her leisure time, and about her contacts with former colleagues from the Yevgeny Kiselyov team. (22,23)


The overproduction of steel in Russia has caused five big metals combines to take unprecedented measures -- the co-owners of metals giants making three-quarters of all domestic steel have agreed to cut steel output by up to 20 percent. (A1)

The Mars company has bought a cannery in the Lukhovitsky District of the Moscow region with plans to get this new sphere of business. The planned investment into the project is $120 million. (A1)

President Vladimir Putin on Monday strongly criticized Russia's 2003-2005 social-economic development program that was drafted by Economic Development Ministry headed by German Gref. A story examines the things that made the president indignant. (A1)

Tax agencies had by April 1 received 1.2 million personal income declarations for 2001. A story offers several other figures on tax declarations. (A1)

The Bank of Moscow sold its 80 percent of share of Troika Dialog to the managers of the investment bank. Its head Ruben Vardanyan plans to radically alter the structure of his company. In an interview he talks about what factors have made him think of overhauling Troika. (A2)

Central Bank head Sergei Ignatyev on Monday signed a telegram lowering the refinancing rate from 25 percent down to 23 percent. A story comments on the measure, focusing on how banks view the move. (A3)

Pension Fund head Mikhail Zurabov on Monday spoke about the first offering of the accumulative part of pensions. The fund has bought state bonds to the tune of 3 billion rubles. (A3)

The Central Bank announced late last week that between Dec. 1 and March 1 its package of state securities grew from 258.5 billion rubles to 278.1 billion rubles. In experts' opinion the Central Bank's investment portfolio grew at the expense of domestic eurobonds. (A3)

A story gives facts and figures showing regional authorities' interference in the commercial sector. (A4)

On the eve of his visit to Germany, President Vladimir Putin expressed hope that the Soviet-era debt to the former GDR can be serviced with on a debt for investment scheme. (A4)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

In protest against Israeli troop invasion into the Palestinian territory, Iraq suspended oil exports on Monday and called upon other states to follow suit. How probable is it that they will do it? (B1)

Domestic leading retail network Perekryostok and Sedmoi Kontinent will open their first hypermarkets in Moscow this spring. A story reports on how they will gain from these type of shops. (B1)

KirchMedia, the main television asset of the media group that was created by German entrepreneur Leo Kirch was handed over to temporary managers on Monday. Kirch has been unable to work out a plan for a peaceful settlement of his debt problems. (B1)

Petersburger Andrei Kruglov has been appointed as the head of Gazprom's department of corporate financing. Kruglov earlier worked in the Nizhny Novgorod firm Invest-IN. He replaced Alexander Semenyaka who went to work in the mortgage business. (B1)

The Property Ministry will not take part in the Domodedovo Airlines shareholders extraordinary meeting set for April 13 by the Layton Investments offshore firm. (B1)

The petrochemical Sibur holding on Monday announced the appointment of seven new top managers. A story gives their names and responsibilities. (B1)

The Transport Ministry has appointed Sergei Yashin, former head of the small Enkor airline, to the post of acting director of the unitarian enterprise Administration of the Moscow Avia Juncture. (B2)

DaimlerChrysler Board of Directors head Yurgen Shrempp stated that this corporation intends to become a majority shareholder of Mitsubishi Motors if the Japanese company manages to increase profits and decrease debts. (B2)

Federal authorities intend to push their representative to the Alrosa Overseeing Council using a 5 percent stock package from the Garantia Fund of servicemen that was created by power agencies. This has turned out to be not such simple affair. A story says why. (B2)

The upcoming sale of state-owned shares in banks, the number of which exceeds 400, will not change the face of the domestic banking system even if the government is able to find buyers. This is the opinion of analysts expressed in a story. (B3)

The Ingosstrakh company has announced the radical lowering of tariffs on insuring advance import payments. This year it will insure a $35 billion import pre-payment. A story looks at possible problems. (B3)