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The lead is devoted to the G-8 summit that is to open in Canada today. Three major issues are on its agenda. A story examines them in detail, saying how this summit differs from the previous ones. (1, 4, Kommersant, 9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Gazeta, 2, Vremya MN, 1,6, Vremya Novostei, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3, Trud, 4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 7, MK, 1)

The Public Opinion Fund conducted a poll among 1,500 respondents not long before the G-8 summit in Canada to see what they think of this event. A story examines interesting results. Two pie charts. (4)

Prosecutors are investigating the possibility that entrepreneur Umar Dzhabrailov could be involved in the assassination attempt on Moscow Vice-Mayor Iosif Ordzhonikidze. The suspect stated that everything that happened on Rublyovskoye Shosse last week is a provocation aimed at ousting him from the hotel business. A story comments on the case, saying that Dzhabrailov is also suspected of committing another crime. (1,3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3 , Gazeta, 5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 9, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3)

Two mutually-exclusive events linked up to Chechnya happened on Tuesday: Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov announced the completion of a special operation to cut short former Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov's plans to seize Grozny. Maskhadov sent letters to the G-8 heads, including Vladimir Putin, with proposals to launch peace talks. A story comments on these events. (1,2 Kommersant, 3, Gazeta, 1,3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Vremya MN, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,3, MK, 2

Famous Russian gymnasts Alina Kabayeva and Irina Chashchina, who are suspected of using drugs, can again participate in official tournaments. Lawyer Tagir Samokayev stated on Tuesday that the Supreme Arbitration Court in Lousanne that considered the gymnasts' appeal has decided to suspend their disqualification. A story comments on the court's decision. (2)

U.S. President George W. Bush on Tuesday made a speech about the situation in the Middle East. He called on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to resign, proposing to the Palestinians to elect new leaders. A story reveals the essence of Bush's Middle East initiative. (2, Kommersant, 10, Gazeta, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3, Vremya MN, 6, Vremya Novostei, 4)

The new wording of the law concerning guarantees to citizens' election rights is to take effect today. Tomorrow the State Duma will consider (in the first reading) a draft bill on the elections of State Duma deputies. Central Election Commission head Alexander Veshnyakov on Tuesday told journalists about the new measures in these documents. (2, Kommersant, 4)

The Sheremetyevo International Airport Board of Directors on Tuesday held an extraordinary session to endorse the conditions of conducting a tender for the right to take part in the construction project of the Sheremetyevo-3 terminal. A story examines the session's decisions. (2, Kommersant, 16)

U.S. Ambassador Alexander Vershbow in Vladimir on Tuesday acted as a mediator in the conflict between the Gus-Khrustalny quartz glass plant and the American Sawyer Research Products company. A story describes the conflict and the Ambassador's efforts to resolve it. (2)

The court trial in absentia of former FSB employee Alexander Litvinenko, accused of abusing power, was completed on Friday. The court gave him a three and a half year suspended prison sentence. A story comments on the verdict. (2, Kommersant, 5 , Noviye Izvestia, 2, Gazeta, 3 , Vremya Novostei, 3)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Tuesday arrived in Kazan on a two-day visit. A story describes the program of the visit saying how Kayanov's relative (his uncle Semyon Kasyanov) could complicate it. (3, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2 , Gazeta, 8, Vremya Novostei, 2)

The Presidium of the Legislators Council that was created in May held its first session on Tuesday to consider the procedure of passing the regions' legislative initiatives by the State Duma. Brief. (3)

The Moscow city government on Tuesday approved a draft city land bill. The story says how the City Duma Speaker Vladimir Platonov commented on the document. (3, Kommersant, 14 Gazeta, 2)

Today June 26 marks the International Anti-Drug Day. In an interview Nikolai Solovyov, First Deputy Security Council Secretary talks about the drug situation in Russia today. (4)

The Central Bank has imposed new rules for providing pawn credits. The brief examines some of them. (5)

A government commission on issues concerning railway tariff policy on Tuesday adopted a new scale of tariff changes depending on cargo type and transportation distance. Brief. (5)

The Association of Russian Banks-Europay members at an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday elected their president Andrei Korolyov, head of the Europay mission in Russia. Brief. (5, Kommersant Daily, 15)

The government apparat has drafted a plan to legalize Russian capital that was taken abroad. The majority of experts believe that the amnesty of such capital in the near future is impossible, since neither authorities nor the business community is interested in this option. (5)

Two drafts of the bill concerning currency regulation have been prepared by the Finance Ministry and the Economic Development Ministry. A story examines their aims, focusing on how these agencies perceive currency liberalization. (5)

The Federation Council Tuesday discussed a new draft of the Customs Code. A story focuses on its controversial provisions. (5, Kommersant, 2)

The State Duma today is expected to consider (in the first reading) a government package of four draft bills on railway reform. A story examines the drafts, focusing on experts' opinions. (5, Vremya MN, 4)

Sibneft on Tuesday confessed that it had bought a share of Slavneft and stated the price of its other purchases. Analysts believe that the company paid too dear a price for some of the assets. Meanwhile, Sibneft promises to continue to buy up everything it likes on the home market, and to increase its share in the Moscow oil refinery sphere. (5, Kommersant, 13)

A story offers an analysis of domestic banking activities in the first five months of this yea , focusing on a clear-cut tendency of increasing credit. The story notes that the number of syndicated credits is still very small and asks why? (6)

The Education Department in the state of New York has altered some excerpts from classical literature that are used at school graduation examinations. A story gives concrete examples. (10)


The Dagestani Constitutional Assembly Tuesday re-elected Magomedali Magomedov as head of the republic's State Council. A story describes specific features of the presidential election system in Dagestan. (1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4)

A new version of the "Concept of Boosting the Automobile Industry up to 2010" was submitted to the government on Tuesday. A story examines its new provisions. (1, Gazeta, 2)

The Agriculture Ministry on Tuesday conducted a visiting session in Barnaul (Altai). Minister Alexei Gordeyev stated the main aim of this visit. (2)

The Primorye administration on Tuesday made public the results of an opinion poll conducted among Vladivostok residents to see what they think of merging their city with its satellite Artyom. The majority of Vladivostok residents supported the project. A story examines results. (4)

Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov on Tuesday conducted an Internet news conference, during which he harshly criticized Vladimir Putin's "anti-popular course." Zyuganov quickly shut his mouth when the president's phone call unexpectedly interrupted his news conference. A story describes the event. (4)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday did not overturn the verdict of the Pacific Fleet Court of Dec. 25, 2001 that declared guilty Captain Grigory Pasko, journalist of the Boyevaya Vakhta newspaper. A story comments on the verdict. (5, Vremya Novostei, 1, Gazeta, 5

A story looks at circumstances that led to police searches in the properties of entrepreneur Sergei Mikhailov. (5, Vremya Novostei, 1,3)

An unidentified assailant in Vladivostok on Tuesday killed Oleg Sedinko, founder of the Novaya Volna teleradio company. His bodyguard was seriously injured. A story gives details. (5)

Law-enforcement officers in Chechnya on Tuesday detained the kidnapper of Svetlana Kuzmina, head of the Samara Branch of the Congress of Russian Women, and RIO company journalist Viktor Petrov. A story describes the special operation and its successful result. (6)

A story features the tragic situation in Stavropolye and Kuban, where the water level in the local rivers is continuing to come down. If it does not rain again the situation should stabilize in the next several days. (6)

A story describes an assassination attempt on Alexander Burdanov -- former member of the Board of Directors of the Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Combine. (6)

The Health Ministry on Tuesday presented a draft strategic document -- a concept of protection and improvement of people's health in 2003-2010. A story focuses on the main principle of the document -- to protect the health of the people. (8)

The Anti-Monopoly Ministry is displeased at the way advertising laws are being observed. The ministry at its collegium on Friday decided to intensify control and punish those companies that violate the legislation. A story points to several law violators. (13)

Several top officials, including Central Bank head Sergei Ignatyev, spoke Tuesday at the international conference "Russia: Reforms and Growth." The main sensational statement was that the ruble will begin to fall. A story comments on several reports. (14, Vremya MN, 2)

Presidential economic aide Andrei Illarionov at his news conference on Tuesday reiterated that excessive capital investments do only harm to the economy and the budget should not be too dependent on world prices. A story comments on his pronouncements. (14)

A story describes reasons behind a scandal that erupted on Tuesday around draft amendments to the law concerning the securities market. (15)

The State Duma was today expected to consider (in the first reading) a government package of draft bills concerning reforming the electrical energy sector. The State Duma Council has postponed it until Thursday. A story says why. (15, Vremya MN, 4)

The Minsk hotel in Moscow will be dismantled. Its owner -- Metalloinvest Holding -- will hold a tender in December for the right to design and build a new hotel. A story describes the company's plan. (16)


Central Bank head Sergei Ignatyev on Tuesday stated that this year the ruble's real rate will consolidate at a level of 4 percent to 6 percent. This means that the "real" ruble for the first time in history has every chance of being devaluated in relation to the euro. A story comments on Ignatyev's statement, concluding that the predicted financial developments will bring nothing good to Russian taxpayers. (A1)

Sibneft on Tuesday made public its deals with its own shares and oil assets. A story examines some of them. (A1)

Russian Aluminum head Oleg Deripaska has paid 294 million rubles in income tax from his last year's earnings. A story describes all the structures under his control. (A1)

A new device acquired by the Press Ministry's helps it detect advertisements aimed at viewers' subconscious. Deputy Press Minister Valery Sirozhenko Tuesday commented on the issue. (A1)

The debate between domestic and foreign tobacco companies concerning the size of a tobacco excise has ended in favor of Russian producers and the VAT company. The State Duma Budget Committee on Tuesday voted for a proposal on imposing a mixed excise rate. Brief. (A1)

Floods in the Southern Federal District have destroyed 130,000 hectares of the 2.4 million hectares of all farmland (about 5.4 percent). This was stated by Nikolai Goncharik, head of the Agriculture Ministry's Emergency Situations Department. (A1)

Alexander Baier, senior economist of the Analytical Center "The Globalist", reveals the essence of the policy of the strong and weak ruble. (A2)

According to the new law, the tax agencies -- starting July 1 -- will be responsible for registering legal entities. A story examines what the companies should do in this respect. (A3)

The government is trying to revise the law according to which export oil product duties are limited to 90 percent of oil duty. A story explains why it's impossible to this. (A3)

In an interview Kakha Bendukidze, head of the Obyedinyonniye Mashinostroitelniye Zavody (OMZ) company talks about the structure of his company, about its shareholders (domestic and foreign), about its personnel and about OMZ projects and future plans. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

LUKoil does not want to give up one of the biggest shelf oil deposits in Prirazlomnoye to Gazprom and Rosneft without a fight. A story describes how LUKoil could achieve this. (B1)

Former Nizhnevartovskneftegaz Director-General Viktor Paly has found a way to take revenge on the owners of the Tyumen Oil Company (TNK) who ousted him from his native enterprise. Paly and his friendly offshore Cadet Establishment have managed to contest the results of TNK consolidation in court. A story offers experts' opinion. (B1)

The Irish SkyNet aviation company on Tuesday launched its regular flights along the Shennon-Amsterdam-Moscow route. SkyNet and Aeroflot have signed several agreements. Brief. (B1)

The Polish shareholders of the transport EuroPolGas monopoly on June 21 blockaded an additional issuance of the company's stock worth $200 million. That issuance was designed to fund the construction of three compressor stations expanding the capacity of the first stretch of the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline to 33 billion cubic meters of gas. Brief. (B1)

The Alrosa company is experiencing difficulties in drawing a $650 million credit from a syndicate of Western banks headed by French Societe Generale. The government did not like the fact that according to the conditions of the contract the currency proceeds should have been controlled by the French bank's offshore subsidiary. (B1)

OPEC ministers got together today in Vienna for an extraordinary meeting. The cartel members previously agreed that there is no need to raise the official oil extraction quotas. The story asserts that OPEC countries unofficially constantly violate their quotas. (B2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has signed a decree that will allow domestic ship-owners to solve one of the most vital problems linked to levying taxes on ships. A story reports on how the document will affect the customs' behavior. (B2)

Vladimir Lisin and Alexander Abramov, founders of the non-commercial partnership Russkaya Stal on Tuesday stated the official possibility of merging their metals enterprises. (B2)

How much will insurance companies pay to victims of the terrible floods in the Southern Federal District? A story gives figures on the massive material damage in the region. (B3)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

The Economic Development Ministry and several top officials in the Nuclear Energy Ministry -- with support from Scandinavian countries -- are proposing to turn the nuclear testing ground on Novaya Zemlya into a nuclear dump. A story examines the proposed project, as well as stages and participants. (1,2)

Andrei Nikolayev, head of the State Duma Defense Committee, stated that the Russian Black Sea Fleet will be ousted by Ukraine from the Crimea, as demanded by NATO. The story looks at the statement on this score by Sergei Pirozhkov, Deputy Secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council. (1, 5)

President of the Glasnost Fund Anatoly Simonov explains why the fate of the newspaper Novaya Gazeta worried him lately. (2)

President Vladimir Putin submitted a draft bill to the State Duma last week on introducing amendments to the law on counteracting money laundering. The new amendments proposed by the president are linked to pressure on Russia from abroad. In an interview Mikhail Zadornov, deputy head of the Duma Budget Committee, shares his negative view on the amendments. (2)

Federal authorities are worried about the critical financial situation of the regions, the scarce budgets of which do not allow them to implement the ambitious economic policy the Kremlin is demanding. Deputy Finance Minister Bella Zlatkis comments on this acute issue. (3)

Justice Minister Yury Chaika and Novgorod Regional Governor Mikhail Prusak have signed an agreement on mutual efforts in the sphere of justice. A story examines two interesting factors in connection with this event. (4)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta offers a list of the 25 best lobbyists in Russia in May 2002. Economic News Agency expert Sergei Turanov comments on the rating. (7)

Former Transneft President Dmitry Savelyev, now State Duma Deputy (SPS faction) assesses the state of executive power, the results of the State Duma's work this semester and his party's ideology. (7)

State Duma deputies believe that the verdict on the Anatoly Bykov case has shown the deep crisis of domestic judiciary power that it is unable to cope with it alone. (9)

A story looks at the serious diseases that American poultry may be infected with. (11, 14)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

The federal law concerning the state registration of legal entities will take effect on July 1. The law regulates the relations that emerge in creating, reorganizing and liquidating firms, enterprises and organizations. A story comments on the document. (1,2)

Tbilisi has chosen a confrontational way of developing relationships with Russia. In an interview Igor Georgadze, former Security Minister of Georgia and now in opposition to the government, shares the opposition's view on the present political developments in Tbilisi. ( 1,4 )

Chechnya for the first time in many years has obtained its own budget. In an interview one of its authors Sergei Abramov, Finance Minister of Chechnya, optimistically talks about the republic's budget. (2 )

According to the State Statistics Committee, 7,420 people died in Russia in the first two months of this year due to accidental alcoholic poisoning. Chief State Sanitary Physician Gennady Onishchenko gives figures on such cases in the regions. (9 )

The government decree on the Single State Register of Legal Entities is published. The Rules of Keeping the Single State Register of Legal Entities and Providing Information from it. (10 )

Argumenty i Fakty

Famous satirical writer Mikhail Zadornov shares his impressions on the latest political, economic and sports events art home and abroad. (3)

Former U.S. State Undersecretary Strobe Talbott has published a book The Russia Hand. A story offers interesting excerpts from the book, saying how U.S. diplomacy often utilizes them. (4)

What did President Vladimir Putin expect from the recent 6th St. Petersburg Economic Forum and what has he received in reality? A story examines the forum's major results. (4 )

The Audit Chamber has checked up on the financial activities of the State Road Traffic Inspectorate (GAI) and its branches in regions. It has turned out that GAI inspectors receive only 50 percent of money they live on from the state. A story gives figures and a table. (7)

Argumenty I Fakty offers a table showing how many people Russia lost in wars against its neighbors in the 20th century. (9)

A story reports on how the first detailed map of Moscow was compiled by the American Central Investigation Agency (CIA).

A feature story highlights the life and work of homeless and runaway children on Moscow streets. Their number today exceeds 50,000. Moskva Supplement. (3)

Komomolskaya Pravda

Where will Muscovites be able to buy land in the city and how much will it cost? A story comments on the city draft land bill that the Moscow government has approved and that will be soon submitted to the City Duma. (2 )

A story reports on how former President Boris Yeltsin tried to persuade the Belarussian President to accept Vladimir Putin's model of the Russia-Belarus union. (5)

Thieves have stolen a 7-kilogram emerald from the Moscow Diotima firm. Its Director-General Yury Kessel describes how it happened. Experts give their opinion. (6)

In an interview Alexei Volin, deputy head of the government apparat, shares his view on the acute issue of capital outflow and on President Vladimir Putin's call on domestic oligarchs to bring their capital home. (10)

In an interview highly regarded economist Alexander Livshits -- former Finance Minister -- answers the following question: Will businessmen bring their capital back to Russia? (10)