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A story examines preliminary results and specific features of Sunday's parliamentary elections in Ukraine, which are viewed as a rehearsal for the 2004 presidential elections. (1, Kommersant Daily, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 3, Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2)

Despite Israeli assurances that Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat is not their target, his life very well could be in danger. A story describes the latest Israeli military actions in Arafat's Ramallah headquarters as well as the extended operations on Palestinian territories. (1, Kommersant Daily, 1,8)

Bjern Tarras-Valberg, former head of the Swedish Taxpayers Association and now head of the World Association of Taxpayers, has done a great deal to make the tax system effective in his native Sweden. Last week he visited Moscow for the 3rd time. In an exclusive interview, the Swedish financier speaks positively about President Vladimir Putin's efforts to boost the tax reform (1,2

On Saturday President Vladimir Putin took part in the concluding round of a 3-day conference of the Caucasian Four Security Council in Sochi. According to the president, the meeting may become the core of collective security in the Caucasus. A story examines its major initiatives. (2, Kommersant Daily, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1

The Moscow City Prosecutor's Office today is expected to bring in an indictment against Nezavisimaya Gazeta Deputy Editor-in-Chief Igor Zotov, who is accused, of slandering Moscow City Court Judge Olga Yegorova. A story examines the case in detail. (2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, Vremya Novostei, 3)

A long-awaited peace has finally come at last to Angola after 27 years of devastating civil war. The military leadership and UNITA over the weekend signed a peace agreement at a ceremony that was attended by representatives from the UN, Russia, the United States, and Portugal as the guarantors of the peace process in the south of Africa. A story comments on the document. (2, Kommersant Daily, 8)

Beginning today Japanese authorities have banned Russian fishermen from entering Japanese ports with forged fish documents. A story reveals the details of the ban, explaining how it will affect Russians trading in contraband fish. (2)

All central newspapers have devoted stories to the Queen Mother, who died on Saturday at the age of 101. (3, Kommersant Daily, 7, Gazeta, 1,6, Vremya Novostei, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,4, MK, 3)

A story highlights centenarian Agafya Polchaninova, 101, who lives in Ryazan with her grandchildren. (3)

The Agriculture Ministry has made a decision to lift the ban on American poultry imports, beginning April 10. The decision was adopted during Russian-American consultations. Brief. (3, Kommersant Daily, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Vremya Novostei, 1, Gazeta, 9)

Military writer Viktor Konetsky Saturday died at the age of 72 after a long illness. A story describes his literary career. (3, Kommersant Daily, 10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 8)

Crime. Pakistani security officers have arrested Abu Zubeida, who in the 1990s headed al-Qaida and who, from all indications, has been involved in the Sept. 11 terrorist acts in the United States. A story gives details. (3, Vremya Novostei, 1)

On the occasion of April Fools' Day offers several political jokes about Yevgeny Kiselyov, Filipp Kirkorov and several public figures. (4)

Exiled media-tycoon Boris Berezovsky's Liberal Russia movement held a congress in Moscow on Saturday to transform the movement into a political party. Berezovsky contacted with Congress participants through a TV-link from London. Its leaders, State Duma deputies Sergei Yushenkov, Viktor Pokhmelkin and Vladimir Golovlyov, stated that the movement has already more than 20,000 members. (4, Kommersant Daily, 3, Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

A commission responsible for reforming the electrical energy sector will continue consider a draft program aimed at withdrawing electrical grids from regional energy companies. A story focuses on the minority shareholders' controversial position on the issue. (6)

Information concerning the number of Russians using Runet strongly varies depending on who provides the information. A story gives figures to illustrate the point, trying to answer the question -- Why should the number of Russian Internet users be kept secret? (6)

The KPMG company has presented a global report on the state of information security in the world that shows growing losses from hackers, viruses and other computer troubles. A story examines several dangerous tendencies singled out in the report. (6)

Alfa-Eko with the help of OMON troops and 30 bailiffs made an attempt Saturday to forcefully seize the Taganrog Metals Combine. A story describes the developments in detail. (6, Kommersant Daily, 1,4, Vremya Novostei, 1, Gazeta, 12)

The Moscow regional government has decided to return 500 to 700 churches in the Moscow region to the Russian Orthodox Church. Brief. (10)

Moscow is making a bid to host EXPO 2010. A story describes what the Russian capital is doing to win the competition. (10)

A high-rise apartment block built in 1952 on Kotelnicheskaya Embankment is being overhauled. Uzbek construction workers are also poisoning numerous rats that have found shelter in an empty apartment of former Bolshoi prima ballerina Galina Ulanova. A feature story describes the renovation project. (11)


Scandals surrounding Pension Fund head Mikhail Zurabov have gone on for a whole year already. State Duma deputies last week sent a letter to President Vladimir Putin demanding Zurabov's resignation. What are his opponents working to attain? In an interview, Mikhail Zurabov explains what may be behind their behavior. (1,6)

On Saturday the Russian rocket-booster Proton-K/D3 launched the U.S. commercial satellite Intelsat-903. The launching contract cost $70 million, of which the Defense Ministry will get $6 million. A story describes the deal. (3)

President Vladimir Putin in May 2001 issued a directive on merging air-defense system developers of the Antei concern with the Almaz production association. In an interview, Almaz General Director Igor Ashurbeili explains why this merger has yet to take place. (3)

Air Force chief commander Colonel-General Vladimir Mikhailov visited Kazan late last week where he signed a protocol on cooperation between the Air Force and Kazan's leading aviation plants. A story comments on the document. (4)

The State Civil Aviation Service has compiled a list of Russian air companies that have been allowed to make charter flights. The most serious changes have taken place on routes to Spanish destinations. (4)

EMC Cellular Database, a subsidiary of Informa UK, made an interesting forecast late last week when it announced that in early April the number of cellular telephone users will reach one billion. A story comments on this great achievement. (4)

New rules of registering rights for realty property and deals with it will take effect today in Moscow. A story describes them in detail. (4)

The government, starting Monday, has raised the oil export duty from $8 up to $9.2 per ton. A story examines the measure, saying that it will remain in effect for 2 months. (4)

Crime. Moskovskiye Novosti correspondent Valery Batuyev was killed in Moscow on Sunday. Three suspects were detained on the same day. A story gives details. (7, Vremya Novostei, 1, Gazeta, 3)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Nezavisimaya Gazeta offers expert commentary on the goings-on of a list of leading policy-makers in Russia in March. (1, 4)

Five political experts share their opinions on possible personnel shuffles in the country's leadership, primarily concerning Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and Security Council Secretary Vladimir Rushailo. (2)

Several draft bills concerning reforms in the electrical energy sector are be submitted to the State Duma within the coming days. The idea, proposed by Unified Energy Systems, has caused an avalanche of critical remarks lately. In an interview Alexander Nekrasov, Deputy Director of the National Economic Forecast Institute, shares his view on the proposed reforms. (4)

A story highlights the life of centenarian Agafya Turutina, living in Samara, who recently turned 110 years. (8)

A story is devoted to the Kaliningrad zoo. The zoo, which, before the Chubais privatization campaign in the early '90s was considered to be one of the best in the country now only offers animals living in it a miserable existence. A story offers facts and figures to illustrate the point. (11)

Novaya Gazeta

Novaya Gazeta celebrated its birthday on Monday. A story examines the newspaper's successes, failures and problems. (1,2)

Experts say that up to $300 billion was illegally funneled out from Russia over the past 10 years. Putin, incidentally, estimates the figure at $20 million for every month he has been in power. State Duma Deputy Yury Shchekochikhin, who early last week returned from Spain with two documents illustrating that top officials are not interested in Russian capital returning home. A story reports on how these huge sums of money ended up in Spain. (1,3)

Journalist Anna Politkovskaya shares her negative impressions about the televised 3-part film entitled "Spetsnaz," which ORT presents April 1. Politkovskaya sarcastically notes that according to the film, there is funny about killing people of the North Caucasus as well as those who have come from abroad to help them. (5)

Three years ago Penza governor Vasily Bochkaryov declared war on local drug traffickers and, from all indications, he made quite good progress. In reply to Bochkaryov's declaration, drug dealers declared war on the governor, using the current gubernatorial election campaign to knock him out of power. (13)

A story describes how the wives of oligarchs are capable of destroying Russian entrepreneurs and their businesses. (14)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

The spring army conscription campaign begins in Moscow on Monday. The Defense Ministry's is planning for to call up 5,358 young men this year, out of the 250,000 eligible for the draft. A story describes the spring campaign. (1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta offers a draft of TV6's new broadcast schedule. (6)

One and a half thousand photo correspondents from all over the world will come to Moscow this month to take part in the International Photo Festival. Olga Sviblova, Director of the Moscow Photo House, describes the event. (6)

Komomolskaya Pravda

Deputy Moscow Railways chiefs Sergei Kalinin and Sergei Chistyakov answer questions from readers about railways initiatives this year. (6,7)

In an interview, Nikolai Svanidze, author and host of the popular RTR program "Zerkalo," speaks about his upcoming responsibilities as master of ceremonies in on the television show "Club of Senators." (9)

In an interview, Valery Aksakov, Speaker of the Moscow Regional Duma, talks about a recently passed draft bill concerning the transfer of land to the Russian Orthodox Church. (13)


Negotiations by Sibneft shareholders to purchase oil assets belonging to Shalva Chigirinsky, head of the Moscow Oil Company, are nearing completion. Chigirinsky himself intends to concentrate on the development business. (A1)

Real, a leading European network of hypermarkets, belonging to the German Metro AG company, is to emerge on the Russian some time this year with its first Moscow store. A Moscow government delegation is to go to Germany on Wednesday to discuss the details of the $900 million project. (A1)

On Friday Economic Development Minister German Gref persuaded his government colleagues that nothing would threaten Russia economically in the next 3 years. The news was so good that Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov did not believe him, and asked Gref to double-check his forecast. (A1)

In a statement made on the television program Zerkalo, RSPP leader Arkady Volsky announced that a series of round-table discussions with influential policy-makers and entrepreneurs would be aired on the TV6 channel. Brief. (A1)

In an interview, Sun Interbrew head Andre Veckx assesses the state of the Russian beer market and his company's prospects for 2002. (A2)

The trade war between Russia and Ukraine is acquiring an ever more aggressive character. The Ukrainian government on Friday released a decree saying that if Russia imposes a 20 percent customs duty on Ukrainian pipes, Ukraine will immediately impose a similar duty on more than 20 types of Russian commodities. (A3)

The Economic Development Ministry is continuing to push a tough tariff policy on the government concerning the regulation of natural monopolies. A story examines several tariffs German Gref has prepared for natural monopolies. (A3)

Many analysts believe that the domestic economy in March resumed its economic growth. A story gives figures to illustrate the point. (A3)

First Deputy Federation Council Speaker Valery Goreglyad analyses a serious problem pertaining to the road building sector and its funding. (A4)

Analysts say that the American economy is on the rise. A story gives positive figures to illustrate the point. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The Tomskenergo leadership together with Yukos intend to create a managing company responsible for reforming the Tomsk energy system. This was stated by Tomsk regional governor Vladimir Gonchar. Brief. (B1)

The Mosenergo utility made a 2.067 billion rubles net profit in 2001, 2.6 times higher than the figure for 2000. Brief. (B1)

The index RTS, a major indicator of the domestic stock market, overcame a psychologically significant mark of 350 points on Friday. Market participants proudly say that this happened without support from Western investors, who stayed off the markets on Friday. (B1)

Surgutneftegaz held its shareholders' meeting unusually early this year, being the only large company to performed the procedure before the end of the first quarter. Surgutneftegaz head Vladimir Bogdanchikov explains the need for the early meeting. (B1)

Within the next 48 hours Itera will submit all necessary information about the Achimovsk development project of the Urengoi gas condensate deposit to the American Trade and Development Agency. Brief. (B1)

Ukraine has begun to prepare the sale of the Kremenchug oil refinery, which has attracted interest from Russian oil companies Yukos, Surgutneftegaz, Slavneft and Tatneft. (B2)

The Sibneft oil company has begun to compete with Gazprom for the right to deliver gas to Mosenergo's electric power plants. Sibneft will begin deliveries in April. (B2)

Inkombank has given up further attempts to recover over $70 million from Gazprom. Both sides have signed an amicable agreement, according to which the gas monopoly will return $45 million to the bankrupt bank.(B3)