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Press Review



Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Noviye Izvestia

Krasnaya Zvezda

Komomolskaya Pravda



A story describes the latest racial crimes perpetrated by Moscow skinheads, and comments on the indifference of authorities in putting a stop to these crimes. During the first three months of this year foreigners from 23 countries have suffered from racist actions of skinheads and neo-fascists in Moscow alone. The Russian Foreign Ministry has received official protest notes from 12 countries. (1, Noviye Izvestia, 4)

A story examines the final results of the Sunday parliamentary elections in Ukraine, reflecting on a new alignment of political forces in the Ukrainian parliament or Verkhovna Rada. The story comes to the conclusion that whatever the ideology of its factions, this Rada will keep its distance from Russia more than its predecessor had. (1,4, 12, Kommersant Daily, 11, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Vremya MN, 1,2, Gazeta, 4, 10, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, Trud, 1,2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 1, Pravda, 1)

NATO Secretary General George Robertson shares his view on the present and future prospects of NATO-Russia relations. Robertson examines several spheres of possible bilateral cooperation. (1,2)

French Alcatel, a world leader in the telecommunications market, has been working in Russia since 1970 being known as a telecommunications equipment supplier and a cellular telephone maker. In an interview, Alcatel President and CEO Serge Tchuruk speaks about problems relating to modern management and describes the prospects for boosting the hi-tech business. (1,5)

The spring army conscription campaign began in Russia on April 1. Before the end of June 30, more than 161,000 young men will be drafted into the Armed Forces. A story examines several new initiatives to be implemented in this year's draft. (2, Kommersant Daily, 9, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Vremya Novostei, 4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5, Rossisiskaya Gazeta, 2, Trud, 2, Moskovskaya Pravda, 1)

UN Deputy Secretary General Kenzo Oshima met with Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu on Monday to discuss the liquidation of the consequences of the Chernobyl tragedy. Oshima presented Shoigu with a UN report entitled "The Humanitarian Consequences of the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant Accident. The Strategy of Rehabilitation". A story examines the report's major provisions. (2, Vremya Novostei, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

The 12th International Air Show FIDAE 2002 has opened in Chile. A story describes what Rosoboronexport has presented at the exhibition. (2, Vremya MN, 4, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3)

A story describes Israel's continuing military actions on Palestinian territory, focusing on State Duma deputy Dmitry Rogozin's proposal aimed at resolving the conflict. (3, Kommersant Daily, 10, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Vremya MN, 1,5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4

Information about the death of Viktor Tarasevich, editor-in-chief of the Blagovest religious information agency, was made public on Monday. Tarasevich was killed in Poland a month ago. A story gives details. (3, Kommersant Daily, 12)

Former President Boris Yeltsin and his wife Naina Monday arrived in Stavropolye for a vacation at the state-owned Sosnovy Bor dacha in Kislovodsk. A story describes local leaders' attitude to Yeltsin, saying that his contribution to the region's fate is indisputable. (3, Kommersant Daily, 3)

In an interview, Ukrainian Communist Party leader Pyotr Simonenko assesses results of Sunday's parliamentary elections, saying that his recent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin may have helped his party to gain more votes. (4)

The State Duma Council is expected to revise an agreement on the State Duma posts. The point is that six State Duma deputy associations decided Monday to return to the proportional division of the committees according to the size of factions. A story comments on the decision. (4, Kommersant Daily,1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 1, 3, Vremya Novostei, 4)

U.S. poultry deliveries to Russia will resume on April 10. A story examines consequences of the one-month ban and looks at several expected changes likely to occur in regard to the import of U.S. poultry. (5, Vremya MN, 1,4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, MK, 1)

A story reports on how the world oil market has responded to Israel's expanding military operation against Palestine. (5, Vremya Novostei, 1)

Regular flights between Moscow and Kiev were suspended on March 31. Deputy Transport Minister Pavel Rozhkov explained the situation. Brief. (5, Kommersant Daily, 4, Gazeta, 13)

Moscow architects and authorities are discussing whether or not to pull down the Moskva hotel, following the demolition of the Intourist hotel. A story examines factors for and against the possible decision. (6)

On the occasion of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi visit to Russia on Tuesday an Izvestia Supplement devotes itself to Italy. (7-11)


On Monday the Supreme Court canceled the Central Bank's order obliging exporters to sell the hard currency proceeds through currency exchanges alone. A story comments on the court decision. (1, Vremya Novostei, 8)

The trial against Georgy Oleinik, the Defense Ministry's former main financier, was suspended on Monday because of a scandalous revelation. A story examines it in detail. (1)

A story examines the results of Sunday's elections to the Legislative and Regional assemblies in the Nizhny Novgorod and Pskov regions. (3, Vremya MN, 3, Vremya Novostei, 4)

On Monday President Vladimir Putin appointed First Deputy Foreign Minister Valery Loshchinin as his special representative responsible for issues pertaining to Georgian and Abkhazian. (3)

Chechen security service agents reported Monday that they had managed to save a RenTV film crew, which notorious field-commander and slave-trader Islam Chilayev had intended to kidnap. A story gives details. (3)

The Board of Directors of Shtern-Tsement, a leading domestic cement producer, has made the decision to release company founder and president Vladimir Shternfeld from his post. (4)

On April 4 the government is expected discuss tax reform for small business. A story examines the government's proposals on the issue, and focuses on how the State Duma regards them. (4)

Gazprom Management Board member Alexander Semenyaka resigned Monday over a difference of opinion with the government on issues relating to the liberalization of the Gazprom share market. (4)

New EU noise regulations for aircraft went into effect on April 1. Several European countries intent on maintaining the strength of their tourist industries have agreed make exceptions for some Russian charter companies. (4, Vremya MN, 2)

Vympelcom announced Monday that it plans to begin the commercial exploitation of GPRS technology so as to speed up the pace of data transmission. A story comments on the decision. (5)

The last state-owned package of stock in the Novomoskovsk Azot enterprise was sold at an auction in the Federal Property Fund. The Patek Trade company bought it for $10,326. Brief. (5)

Alrosa diamond extraction was up by 2.6 percent last year over the figure for 2000. This was stated by company head Vladimir Kalitin. Brief. (5)

Aviastar's Board of Directors has agreed to the company's participation in an investment agreement with the Egyptian Kato Aromatic company. This was stated by Aviastar Board of Directors Secretary Vitaly Zotov. Brief. (5)

Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Nikolai Ryabov stated that the assembly of KamAZ trucks had begun in the republic. Brief. (5)

The American magazine Fortune has published an annual rating of America's 500 leading companies. A story comments on its entries. (5)

Japan's Anti-Monopoly Commission has agreed to merge Japan Airlines with Japan Air Systems. Brief. (5)

On Monday Russian Aluminum officially announced that the company and its shareholders have become owners of 95 percent of stock in the Krasnoyarsk Aluminum Plant (KrAZ). Thus, the brief notes, defendant Anatoly Bykov has lost his KraAZ share. Brief. (5)

On Monday Mosenergo cut off the heating supply to the Moscow automobile plant "Moskvich" for outstanding debts. Brief. (5)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

The story examines in detail the origin of a scandal surrounding journalist and Nezavisimaya Gazeta Deputy Editor-in-Chief Igor Zotov. Several organizations, journalists and TV channels have come out in Zotov's defense. (1,3)

Sverdlovsk regional governor Eduard Rossel has long had the reputation of a competent policy-maker. In an interview, Rossel explains how he has managed to keep up his post for such a long time and shares his negative views on several present internal and external Kremlin policies. (1,4)

In an article, Union of Right Forces Party leader Boris Nemtsov examines several factors holding back army reforms, and describes his own party's position on the issue. (2)

There are over 3,500 convicts servicing with life sentences. A feature story describes a special prison for "lifers" in Sol-Iletsk in the Orenburg region. (10, 11)

Noviye Izvestia

The Belarus-Russia Union marked its 6th anniversary on Tuesday. A day before the anniversary Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko criticized the slow pace of the creation of the union state. A story comments on his statement. (1)

The Samara regional government has made public new rules to accredit journalists. The new document has made more difficult conditions for journalists working in the region. A story looks at several regulations. (5)

April 2, the birthday of legendary fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen, marks the International Day of Children's Books. A story describes how well liked Andersen's fairy-tales are among Russian children. (7)

Krasnaya Zvezda

In an interview, Lyubov Kudelina, head of the Defense Ministry's Chief Financial-Economic Board, comments a draft law to increase wages for the servicemen, which the State Duma last week passed in the second reading. (1,2)

Military analyst Alexei Lyashchenko comments on the aims and motives of American expansion policy into what was once considered to be spheres of Russian influence. (3)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Over the past 10 years the St. Petersburg Humanities University of Labor Unions has invested more than $10 million to boost its material base, and has succeeded in increasing the number of both students and professors. In an interview, the university's rector Alexander Zapesotsky says how he has managed to earn such success. (1,4)

Russia has launched an ambitious project in the proposed creating the North-South transport corridor. The agreement, which was signed last week by Russia, India and Iran, was later ratified by the Federation Council. After the completion of the project, Russia will be able to receive up to $6 billion worth of cargo annually. A story examines the project, its participants and the cost. (2)

The arrival of Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to Russia on Tuesday marks the first Italian-Russian summit aimed at boosting bilateral relations to such a level as Russia now enjoys with France and Germany. A story looks at what benefits the summit may bring Russia. (3, Rossiiskaya Biznes - Gazeta (RBG) Supplement, 1,5)

In September 2002 the Property Ministry will put a 20 percent package of stock in the Slavneft oil company up for sale. Slavneft head Mikhail Gutsiriyev comments on the decision. (5, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 9)

Beginning April 3 the European Union will impose duties on steel products for a period of 200 days. A story comments on the measure. RBG Supplement. (1)

Six policy-makers and economic analysts share their views on the proposed small business tax system. RBG Supplement. (1)

The State Statistics Committee has published its annual report on the country's economic and social development in January and February of this year. A story examines the major parameters of the report. RBG Supplement. (2)

Beginning April 1 Japan introduced a new scheme of certifying imported sea products. A story examines the aim of the new regulations. RBG Supplement. (3)

Deputy Economic Development Minister Maxim Medvedkov answers questions regarding what Russia could gain by its accession to the World Trade Organization. RBG Supplement. (5)

A story comments on an announcement made by the Kazakh government proposing the imposition of temporary limits on the imports of cheap Russian petrol and export of Kazakh oil. RBG Supplement. (7)

Komomolskaya Pravda

Tragic accident. Kiril Simonov, 19, a grandson of famous Soviet writer Konstantin Simonov, leapt from the 6th floor window of an apartment block on Aeroportovskaya Ulitsa in the early hours of Monday. A story gives details. (6, Noviye Izvestia, 1)

The Interior Ministry has decided to cut the number of its office cars with privileged license plates and sound signals from 400 down to 230. GAI Deputy Chief Colonel Vladimir Shvetsov commented on the measure. (6, Gazeta, 2)

In an interview, State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov shares his view on the behind-the-scenes intrigues in the State Duma. He also speculates on whether centrist deputies will insist that he quit his post of speaker. (8,9)

A feature story reports on how Italian emigree Nadezhda Fratti smuggled 1,000 children out of Russia last year by using forged documents. The fate of one in every five children remains a mystery. (12, 13)

In an interview, Sergei Polonsky, head of St. Petersburg's Stroimontazh corporation, talks about the construction of high-quality housing and office buildings in Moscow. Vash Dom Supplement. (4)


The Supreme Court on Monday declared the Central Bank's provision on the procedure of an obligatory sale of export proceeds illegal. This has effectively canceled the monopoly of the Moscow Inter-Bank Currency Exchange. A story examines the new procedure. (A1)

The Railways Ministry has filed a $535.8 million suit against its former favorite -- the Transrail company. A story reveals the essence of the case. (A1)

A comparison based on year-to-year industrial production figures for CIS countries in January-February 2002 revealed that Kazakhstan was in first place with 12 percent growth. (A1)

About 90 percent of small-scale enterprises are in line with the requirements contained in the Tax Code. This was stated by First Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Shatalov. (A1)

Director of the Ford plant in Vsevolzhsk Marrey Gilbert spoke in detail about the plant and its future production plan. The factory, located in the Leningrad region was built by the Ford Motor Company and will be put into operation this month. (A2)

The outflow of capital from Russia in the first quarter of this year decreased markedly. A story reports on how economists explain this fact. (A3)

Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is to arrive in Sochi today for an informal meeting with President Vladimir Putin. A story examines its aim. (A3)

Railways Minister Gennady Fadeyev has appointed Maria Vinter as head of the Finance Department. Previously she headed the financial services of the Moscow Railways. (A3)

A story offers an analysis of the results of the Sunday parliamentary elections in Ukraine, focusing on how they could complicate relations with Russia. (A4)

Economist Vladimir Mau, director of the Working Center of Economic Reforms under the government, examines several trends that should be taken into consideration in drafting any strategy for economic growth. (A4)

Will the government tax reform help boost small business? Five experts share their viewpoints on the issue. (A4)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Starting from Monday, AvtoVAZ will deliver cars only with preliminary payment basis. Before only one-fifth of the plant's vehicles was sold in this manner, and now many plant dealers will have to give up their business as they do not have the funds to make initial payments. (B1)

Data transmission by a mobile telephone using GPRS technology will begin functioning in Russia starting from today. The story describes how it will work. (B1)

The Novosibirsk Brokerkreditservis investment company made several deals in March to a record high tune of 23.7 billion rubles whilst trading on the Moscow Inter-Bank Currency Exchange through the Internet. A story describes how analysts assess them. (B1)

The State Standard Committee (Gosstandart) stated that a new standard for instant coffee will take effect starting Jan. 1, 2003. The story describes how the document was drafted. (B1)

Sovkomflot, a big oil carrier on the foreign market, has decided to take up container transportation. This steamship-line has launched a special service between the ports of China, Korea and Russia, with an expected turnover of $10 million. (B2)

Unified Energy Systems on Sunday stopped accepting applications on reforming regional energy companies. As was expected, the largest ones were the last to submit them. Lenenergo has sent two self-excluding plans for restructuring. (B2)

LUKoil head Vagit Alekperov on Monday announced plans for expanding his company's business in Kazakhstan. Analysts believe that the Caspian is one of the best regions for Russian companies doing business abroad. (B2)

Those companies that have been left without licenses for banking audit will get them back in two months. The story examines the procedure. (B3)

The volume of operations on the world market of mergers and acquisitions in the fist quarter of this year fell to a record low over the past 7 years. (B3)

Russia may become a participant in the Vega project to create a new light class rocket booster. (B5)