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Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Komomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


The lead story is devoted to Friday's talks between Presidents Vladimir Putin and George W. Bush, which resulted in the signing of the Treaty on the Reduction of Strategic Offensive Potentials and the Political Declaration on New Strategic Relations. A story comments on what the agreements may mean for Russia. (1,4, Kommersant, 1,2, Noviye Izvestia,1, 2,Vremya MN, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3 (full texts of both documents), Krasnaya Zvezda, 1,3 Komsomolskaya Pravda, 8, MK, 1,3)

U.S. President George W. Bush on Friday met with representatives of Russia's political elite. A story describes the meeting and its participants. (4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 9)

Presidents Vladimir Putin and George W. Bush Friday signed a Joint Statement on a new Russian-American energy dialogue that envisages the wider access of Russian energy resources to the world market. A story comments on the document. (4, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, full text of the document, 4)

Document. The Treaty Between the Russian Federation and the United States of America on the Reduction of Strategic Offensive Potentials. Full text. (4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3)

The Sheremetyevo Airport administration has proposed to create a Sheremetyevo-Pulkovo holding with two unique terminals to service a shuttle air link between Moscow and St. Petersburg. In an interview Sheremetyevo General Director Sergei Belyaev reveals the essence of the proposal. (1,5)

Talks concerning what to do with radio-electronic equipment at the former Russian base in Lourdes, Cuba, have reached a stalemate. Cuban authorities would like to the equipment as compensation for Russian debt owed to the Cuban government for the use of the base. Meanwhile, the Chinese military have applied to Cuban leader Fidel Castro with a request to let them set up their own radar intelligence center. A story comments on the issue. (1)

Russian border guards near the Kuril island of Simushir on Friday detained the Russian trawler "Rekin" on suspicion poaching. A story details the scandal. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

The Almaz ship-repairing plant completed a major renovation of the presidential yacht "Kavkaz" on Friday. The Kavkaz crew hoped that Vladimir Putin would like to go boating with his American guest --President George W. Bush. A story describes the luxurious yacht. (2)

On Friday the Federal Property Fund summed up results of an auction to sell 36.8 percent of a state-controlled package of stock of Vostochnaya Oil Company. The auction winner was Yukos. (2, Kommersant, 5)

President Vladimir Putin submitted a draft bill to the State Duma on Friday to increase salaries for employees of Russia's five power ministries. A story examines the document. (2)

For the first time since reforming Russia's Pardons Commission, President Vladimir Putin has signed decrees to pardon 10 convicts. A story gives their names and underlines the grounds, under which they will be released. (3)

Deputy Justice Minister Yury Kalinin stated Friday that reforms in the penitentiary system have allowed the number of prisoners to be cut by 135,000. The total number of convicts now serving sentences in Russian prisons stands at 960,000. Brief. (3)

On Friday Chief Rabbi Berl Lazar and Education Minister Vladimir Filippov have agreed that the graduation exams in Russia's Jewish schools will not take place on Saturdays, a holy day for the Jews. Brief. (3)

Builders of the Savior on the Blood Church in Yekaterinburg on Wednesday found the remains of the bodies of an adult and a child that are supposed to belong to Tsarevich Alexis and his sister Anastasia. Brief. (3)

Obshchaya Gazeta owner and founder Yegor Yakovlev has sold his paper to St. Petersburg businessman Vyacheslav Leibman, who is the head of the Board of Directors of the Fenix-Holding energy company. Not long ago Leibman created the LMG Publishing House --Leibman Media-Group. Brief. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, May 24, p. 3)

Artist Kazimir Malevich's "Black Square" Friday has been put on display for the first time at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. The painting, which belonged to the art collection of bankrupt Inkombank, has been bought by the state on the money given by oligarch Vladimir Potanin, head of the Interros holding company. (3, Kommersant, 8)

President Vladimir Putin has appointed Major General Valery Kishkurno to the post of chief of the Main Board of the State Fire Service, which is attached to the Emergency Situations Ministry. In an interview Kishkurno talks about himself and about his new job. (3)

Ara Abramyan, President of the Union of Armenians of Russia, arrived in Krasnodar on Friday at the invitation of Kuban Governor Alexander Tkachev. The two met previously in Moscow on May 19 and 20. As a result of their negotiations, Armenians will not be evicted from Kuban to Armenia. A story comments on their meetings and their decisions. (3)

Though many domestic computer companies have production facilities in Moscow and St. Petersburg, some intend to move out into the regions. One such company, the Eximer DM company, will soon assemble its computers in Surgut. A story examines the company's plan. (5)

On Friday Kakha Bendukidze, general director of the Obyedinyonniye Mashinostroitelniye Zavody (OMZ) company, announced the purchase of the American Friede & Goldman Ltd. company. OMZ plans to launch a construction project of marine drilling platforms and sell them throughout the world, particularly to companies drilling in the Caspian Sea. (5, Kommersant, 5)

The first international seminar on the prospects of foreign investments in the housing-utility and energy sectors wrapped up in Rostov-on-Don on Friday. A story looks at its participants and discussions. (5)

According to the State Statistics Committee, industrial output and services in five basic economic sectors increased by 3.7 percent from January to April of this year, as compared with the same period in 2001. The figure, however, for the same period in 2000 was 5.3 percent. Brief. (5)

Former Slavneft acting President Anatoly Baranovsky and acting First Vice President Alexander Gnusaryov, tried to seize the office of the Slavneft president on Friday. Brief. (5, Kommersant, 1)

Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko on Friday announced that in the near future Russia will impose significant amendments to the system of oil exports. Brief. (5, Kommersant, 5)

Russia in 2001 increased its electrical energy exports 1.3 times, as compared with the year 2000, to 17.9 billion kWh. This is stated in a United Energy Systems accounting report. The brief mentions several other figures. (5)

On the eve of the Russian-U.S. summit, a high-ranking White House official stated that Iran made a 5th and this time successful test of the Shahab-3 ballistic missile. (6, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 9

Media-Socium General Director Oleg Kiselyov and Shestoi Kanal General Director Alexander Levin signed a cooperation treaty on Friday. A story examines the document, focusing on the continuing conflict with exiled media-tycoon Boris Berezovsky, who still owns the TV6 building, equipment, and studios. (9, Kommersant, 1,3, Gazeta, May 24, p. 6, Noviye Izvestia, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

Russian national soccer team spent its last day at home on Friday before flying to Japan to take part in the World Cup Championship. A story describes a meeting of the team's chief coach Oleg Romantsev with journalists before the team's departure. (11, Noviye Izvestia, 8, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 15, Gazeta, May 24, p. 8))

The Cannes Film Festival was to wrap up Sunday. A story gives the festival's preliminary results. (8, Kommersant, 8, Noviye Izvestia, 6, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 10, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 14)


Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin initiated a scandal on Friday when he announced a plan for the merger of Vneshtorgbank and the Soviet era's Vneshekonombank. A story comments on the decision. (1,5)

Seven policy-makers share their views on the Russian-American negotiations in the Kremlin on Friday. (2)

Russian bankers Friday submitted to presidents George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin their proposals on banking reform. A story examines some of them. (2)

The domestic offshore programming industry on Friday has made an initial step forward to the U.S. market. At the opening ceremony of the first Russian-American round-table discussion on information technologies, Communications Minister Leonid Reiman, on behalf of Russia's IT industry, called on U.S. Commerce Secretary Donald Evans to promote the services of Russian programmers. A story describes the round-table discussion. (2)

President of the American Chamber of Commerce Andrew Somers Friday applied to the Russian and American presidents with an official statement that lobbies the interests of Procter & Gamble in Russia. (2)

After long debates on Friday the State Duma passed in the first reading a draft bill aimed at giving 210 billion rubles in compensation to the regions in connection with the cancellation of the road tax in early January. A story comments on the draft and also examines the government's alcohol proposals. (3)

On Friday the State Duma passed in a second reading draft amendments to laws on education and higher and postgraduate professional education. A story examines the major amendments. (3)

In an interview Chechen field-commander Shamil Basayev said that, despite recent information about his death, he is alive and willing to serve to his native land. (4)

The name of the person who killed Emir Khattab was made public Friday. He is Magomedali Magomedov, a 26-year-old Wahabbi from Dagestan. A story gives details. (4)

Crime. Alexander Kolomiitsev, an inspector in the Southern Federal District responsible for the monitoring of the financial performance of the Mineralniye Vody administration, was seriously injured in Pyatigorsk in the early hours of Friday. A story describers what took place. (4)

According to reports from the federal headquarters in Chechnya, the republic's former president, Aslan Maskhadov, has instructed a little-known field-commander to supervise the rebel groups operating in Grozny. A story looks at Maskhadov's order. (4)

ING Group, a leading European operator managing pension funds, intends to launch a campaign on the domestic pension market. ING plans to create Russia's first foreign non-state pension fund. A story examines the plan. (5)

The Tver region this year intends to issue 3-year documentary bonds worth 500 million rubles. Brief. (6)

The Russ-Invest investment company has sold its 5.29 percent package of stock of AvtoVAZ. Brief. (6)

The Audit Chamber Collegium Friday made public results of its check-ups of the financial performance of fish auctions last year and their revenues to the budget. Brief. (6)

Artist Timur Novikov died Friday in St. Petersburg at the age of 44 after a long illness. A story describes his artistic career. (9, Vremya MN, 2)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

May 29 will mark the one year anniversary of the Union of Right Forces (SPS). One of its leaders, Boris Nemtsov, examines the positive results of his party's activities in this period, focusing on its stand on the Kremlin's internal and external policies. (1,2)

A key issue at the Russian-American summit is the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Speaking off the record, a U.S. diplomat stated that President George W. Bush intends to raise questions regarding Russia's cooperation with Iran during meetings with Vladimir Putin. The diplomat said that Washington has "reliable and trustworthy" information about the two country's collaboration and the story describes what Bush intends to tell Putin. (1,3)

Andrei Vikharev, Federation Council (FC) deputy speaker, examines his agency's role in discussing the draft bill concerning farm land that the State Duma passed (in the first reading) this month. (2)

Leaders of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Friday met with President Vladimir Putin to discuss problems relating to economic development. Businessmen have already worked out strategies to help realize highly ambitious forecasts of gross domestic product growth in the next several years. This is exactly what Putin has demanded from the government. The story describes the meeting and its outcome. (2)

What issues did the Communist Party Central Committee plan to discuss at its plenary session on Saturday? The story looks at several major ones. (2)

Gazprom and the National Reserve Bank (NRB) Friday stated that the gas monopoly had sold its share in NRB for approximately 3 billion rubles. The story describes the deal. (3)

An almost 30-year-long war between the forces of the Angolan government and UNITA faction ended in April. Russia's assistance is of great importance to this republic, and Robertu Leal Ramush Monteiru, the Angolan Ambassador in Russia, talks about broad possibilities for cooperation between the two countries, saying that Angola could open its market to Russian oil. (3)

A Council on Invalid Affairs has been created in the Samara region, where the number of invalids has nearly doubled over the past five years — figures even higher than during World War II. The story examines several major reasons for this. (4)

Novgorod governor Mikhail Prusak harshly criticized federal authorities at a recent session of city, district and village heads — even calling what has been happening in the country over the past two years a "plague." The story explains the causes of Prusak's indignation. (4)

Kazakhstan's president Nursultan Nazarbayev is seeking a successor. The story describes his efforts and several candidates. (5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Discussions about abolishing the death penalty have become heated. The story points to frequent terrorist acts as one reason behind the emotion. (1)

The story examines several economic reasons why the U.S. Senate is focusing on Russia. (2)

The Sakhalin Regional Prosecutor's Office (RPO) is investigating the recent assassination attempt of Major-General Vitaly Gamov, chief of the territorial department of the Pacific Regional Board Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, and his wife. The story looks at what the RPO has managed to find out. (2)

Viktor Kremenyuk, deputy director of the Institute of the USA and Canada, comments on the Treaty on the Reduction of Strategic Offensive Potentials that the U.S. and Russian presidents signed in the Kremlin on Friday. The author focuses on what stands behind the U.S. Congress' decision not to cancel the Jackson-Vanik amendment. (3)

The St. Petersburg leg of the Russian-American summit began on Saturday — coinciding with the 299th anniversary of St. Petersburg. The story examines the program of the summit. (3)

Document: The Treaty on the Reduction of Strategic Offensive Potentials. Full text. (3)

Document: The Joint Statement by Presidents Vladimir Putin and George W. Bush on anti-terror cooperation. Full text. (4)

Document: The Political Declaration on New Strategic Relations. Full text. (4)

Document: The Joint Statement by Presidents Vladimir Putin and George W. Bush concerning the situation in the Middle East. Full text. (4)

Document: The Joint Statement of Presidents Vladimir Putin and George W. Bush on the development of Russian-American economic ties. Full text. (4)

Document: The Joint Statement of Presidents Vladimir Putin and George W. Bush on Russian-American dialogue between people. Full text. (4)

Document: The Joint Statement by Presidents Vladimir Putin and George W. Putin on new Russian-American energy talks. Full text. (4)

The Syktyvkar Timber-Industrial Complex (SLPK) has had a few record breaking months, and its director-general, Mikhail Magia, talks about his business, its partners, joint projects, foreign investments and the fact that company workers' salaries average over 10,000 rubles (7)

Noviye Izvestia

According to the State Statistics Committee, the number of forced displaced persons and refugees in Russia as of April 1, 2002 amounted to 616,000, while a year ago the figure was 777,000. The brief gives other figures on the issue. (1)

A story reflects on what U.S. President George W. Bush could have learned about the Russian soul, the Russian character and the character of contemporary Russian women from Fyodor Dostoyevsky 's novel "Crime and Punishment," which Bush's national security adviser Condoleezza Rice recommended for him to read before his visit. (1)

A story offers several facts and figures from the economic life of the city of Saratov to illustrate the criminal character of local government there. (1,5)

On May 23, the court declared illegal a deal by Inkombank to sell the controlling stake of the Babayevsky confectionery concern to its subsidiary — Amidis. A story describes the future possible fate of the enterprise. (2)

During his visit to Russia and time with President Vladimir Putin, U.S. President George W. Bush believed that he was speaking with the president of a democratic state. But can Russia be viewed as such when its government ignores the recommendations of international organizations and fails to observe obligations that were given when international conventions were signed, particularly regarding the convention against torture and other inhuman treatments and punishments that reduce human dignity? A story gives concrete examples showing that torture is used in Russia. (4)

On Monday Belarus will launch a regular military exercise code-named "Berezina-2002." A story examines it with a critical eye, focusing on how Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko explains its "expediency." (4)

Recently Russian scientists have discovered several new significant properties and specific features of human dreams. A story describes some of them. (7)

Komomolskaya Pravda

Lyudmila Putin and Laura Bush on Friday visited the Main Children's Library in Moscow. In a fairy tale room the U.S. first lady read a fairy tale to small children. A story describes the visit. (2)

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov on Friday came back to Moscow from his visit to the Caucasus. A major result of his visit is an agreement concerning regular meetings to be held each quarter by parliamentary heads of Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Russia. A story comments on the major results of his Caucasian visit. (2)

According to information from the Health Ministry, the number of healthy children in Russia today does not exceed 10 percent. In view of this, the defense and health ministries, the State Physical Culture and Sports Committee and the Academy of Education have discussed this acute problem and made six significant decisions. A story examines them all. (2)

A one kilometer-high 300-story city tower, in which 100,000 people will live, is to be built in China in 15 years. A story describes the project that costs between $15 billion and $18 billion. With photo. (4)

AvtoVAZ, starting May 28, plans to raise the prices of its most prestigious autos. The company's marketing service explained the measure. (4)

A story reports on how the beer Tolstyak originated in Saransk (Mordovia) six years ago, and how its fate changed with the arrival of the SUN Interbrew company in Russia. (6)

A story describes how Yekaterinburg vets in the city veterinary hospital "Dingo," have transplanted the kidney from mother cat Vasilisa to her baby kitten. (11)

A feature story highlights Nikolai Aldunin, a lather operator from Aleksin (Tula region), who has managed to put a shoe on a flea he caught on his cat. (11)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

A story describes a popular dump in Kuchino (Balashika District) in the Moscow region, in which 300 to 400 homeless people find food, clothes and personal gratification each day. (8)