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The fact that Krasnoyarsk metals magnate Anatoly Bykov, found guilty of plotting a killing, has been released is viewed as a sensation. A story comments on the verdict, which many lawyers consider as illogical and which has exposed a flawed domestic judicial system. (1,2; Kommersant, 1,6; Gazeta, 1,5; Noviye Izvestia, 2; Vremya MN, 1; Vremya Novostei, 1; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,4)

The American National Association of Former Soviet Jews is an influential political force in the U.S. today that could determine the further fate of the Jackson-Vanik amendment. In an interview, Association president Harold Lax reveals his agency's stand on the amendment and the latter's possible future fate. (1,3)

A story examines several specific features of the 24th International Moscow Film Festival that is expected to open on June 21. (1,8; Vremya Novostei, 10; Gazeta, 11; MK, 1,3)

The State Duma on Wednesday adopted a statement calling on the president and the Foreign Ministry to maintain the tough stand in the negotiations with EU bureaucrats on the status of the Kaliningrad region. A story comments on the statement. (2; Noviye Izvestia, 2; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2; Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4)

The European Union on June 21 is to sponsor a summit in Sevilla, Spain, to discuss the acute issue of illegal immigration in Europe. A story looks at several opinions. (2)

U.S. President George W. Bush on Wednesday was due to make public his plan for creating a provisional Palestinian state. His speech, however, was postponed due to a new terrorist act in Jerusalem, consequentially, Israel's toughened policy. What will be Washington's response? (2; Noviye Izvestia, 3; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6)

The Moscow city police of public security can withdraw soon from the structure of Interior Ministry to be controlled by city authorities. This was stated by Vice-Mayor Valery Shantsev on Wednesday. A story reveals the essence of his statement. (2)

Press Minister Mikhail Lesin at a mass media conference on Wednesday made a sensational statement saying he is ready to see the ministry close and resign in two to three years. Five mass media executives share their views on his statement. (2; Kommersant, 3: Gazeta, 1,4; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2; Vremya Novostei, 4; Vremya MN, 2; Komsomolskaya Pravda, 7; MK, 2)

A feature story reports on how the Izvestia newspaper has refused to take an indirect part in the American election campaign. (3)

Ilya Klebanov, head of the government commission that has been investigating the sinking of the "Kursk" submarine, announced the commission's opinion in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. The reason given is a torpedo explosion. (3; Kommersant, 4; Gazeta, 2; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2; Vremya Novostei, 3; Vremya MN, 1; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7; Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1-3)

British Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife Cheri has spoken in defense of Palestinian terrorists, which has provoked a big political scandal. A story gives details. (3; Kommersant, 11)

The Moscow City Duma on Wednesday approved a bill that promises Muscovites no street noise at night. A story comments on the bill. (3; Kommersant, 8; Gazeta, 2; Vremya Novostei, 2; MK, 1)

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday met with Senator Sergei Pugachev, former head of Mezhprombank, who is viewed as an influential businessman and a main sponsor of the Russian Orthodox Church. Pugachev, who is believed to be an informal leader of the president's so-called St. Petersburg team, told him about his own economic initiatives. A story examines some of them. (4; Kommersant, 1; Gazeta, 3)

The State Duma on Wednesday passed in the second reading a draft bill on alternative non-military service. A story examines its major provisions, saying what it allows the draftees. (4; Kommersant, 3; Krasnaya Zvezda, 2; Vremya Novostei, 3; Vremya MN, 2; Gazeta, 3; Noviye Izvestia, 1,5; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2; MK, 2)

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday held its 4th congress in Moscow to discuss amendments to the charter and determine the chamber's major strategic trends. A story examines the major ones. (4; Gazeta, 8)

The Orsha-Khalilovsk metals combine NOSTA and the Prometei Construction Metals Research Institute are working on new types of steel. In an interview, Prometei general director Professor Yury Legostayev speaks about several new types of steel that have been developed lately. (4)

The Cabinet on June 20 is expected to discuss proposals on upgrading natural monopoly tariffs in 2002-03 and the forecast of the country's social and economic development up to the 2005. The government believes the Economic Development and Trade Ministry has failed to provide effective proposals and forecasts. A story comments on the issues. (5; Kommersant, 14; Gazeta 9)

European flight-control officers have introduced amendments to the flights timetable. A story states major reasons. (5; Vremya Novostei, 1)

The State Duma on Wednesday supported the Federation Council's proposal to create a conciliatory commission for working out additional amendments to the law on the Central Bank. A story describes a dispute between legislators, the government and the Central Bank concerning amendments. (5)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov at the 6th Economic Forum in St. Petersburg on Wednesday announced a change of economic strategy and promised to lead the country out of the inflation and stagnation quagmire. A story comments on his statement. Four economic and market analysts assess Kasyanov's speech. (6; Kommersant, 2; Noviye Izvestia, 2; Gazeta, 8; Vremya MN, 1,3; Vremya Novostei, 2)

At the negotiations in Geneva on Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization, the Russian delegation Wednesday proposed a new approach to this issue. A story reveals its essence. (6; Kommersant, 14)

According to the State Statistics Committee, industrial production growth in January to May this year amounted to 3 percent, whereas the figure for the same period last year was 5.9 percent. Brief. (6)

According to Reuters, 15 EU countries Wednesday decided to create a European Bureau of Aviation Safety. The brief mentions its aim and functions. (6)

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development intends to participate in the capital of Vneshtorgbank. Brief. (6)

The State Duma in a couple of days intends to consider draft amendments to the law on advertising. The amendments concern limiting beer advertising. A story comments on the document. (6)

In an in-depth interview, Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi talks about his realized and unrealized dreams. (7)


President Vladimir Putin at the 4th congress of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday pardoned the Russians who have channeled their capital abroad. A story comments on Putin's pronouncements. (1,13; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,3; Gazeta, 8)

First Deputy Agriculture Minister Anatoly Mikhalyov and Chief Sanitary Physician Gennady Onishchenko in the State Duma on Wednesday told deputies about providing Russians with food products. Deputies were displeased with the talk as they believe there are too many imported foods. A story describes the discussion and several opinions. (2)

Alexander Khloponin, head of the Taimyr autonomous region, officially stated in the local election commission on Wednesday that he will run for the gubernatorial seat in the Krasnoyarsk region. A story comments on his statement. (4)

The Prosecutor General's Office on Wednesday filed in court for the second time a criminal case on a terrorist blast at the Kotlyakovskoye Cemetery in November 1996 that killed 14 people and injured another 28. Only one person, Afghan veteran Mikhail Smurov, will go on trial. A story details the case. (7)

Mandates of the Belarussian delegates, who arrived in Geneva to take part in the 90th general conference of the World Labor Organization, were annulled on Wednesday. A story looks at the reasons. (9)

As part of preparing for a third-level ADR listing, Yukos on Wednesday revealed information about the structure of the company's joint-stock capital. This is the first case where the names and shares of major shareholders have been made public by a leading company. A story comments on the company's action. (13)

Gazprom's management board today intends to discuss a problem of independent companies' access to its pipeline system. There is no single viewpoint on this issue, and a dispute is supposed to center around two alternatives, which a story examines in detail. (14)

The Russia-Ukraine inter-governmental commission on cooperation is expected to conduct its 6th session in Kharkov on Thursday to discuss bilateral cooperation in the fuel and energy complex. The sides are reported to be signing an agreement on the creation of a Russian-Ukrainian gas consortium and on Russia releasing a $45 million credit to Ukraine for completing the construction of energy units at two nuclear plants. A story looks at the document. (14)

The State Duma on Wednesday passed in the second reading a draft bill that is the core of the pension reform. It concerns investing money for funding the accumulating part of labor pensions. The bill determines where hundreds of billions of rubles of pension accumulations will go over the next several years. (15)

Two domestic payment systems, STB-Card and Union Card, previously irreconcilable competitors, signed an agreement Wednesday on joint work. A story examines what they will do together. (15)

Tatarstan's Finance Minister Robert Musin on Wednesday resigned in order to concentrate on merging two banks: Zenit and Ak Bars. He has become head of their supervisory councils. A story looks at Musin's plans. (15)

The Moscow Arbitration Court on Wednesday declared illegal the treaty signed between Rosneft and its extracting subsidiary Rosneft-Krasnodarneftegaz on all oil deliveries to the parent company in 2001. A story comments on the court decision. (17)

Shareholders of the Permskiye Motory company Wednesday held an annual meeting in Perm. They blamed state authorities for holding back the process of creating the Federal Center for Engine-building. The meeting elected a new head of the board of directors and the company's general director. (17)

Sergei Belyaev, director of Sheremetyevo International Airport on Wednesday spoke about an upcoming procedure of re-signing agreements with lessees of premises there. A story examines the aim of such a procedure. (17)

Acclaimed scriptwriter Anatoly Grebnev,78, was killed Wednesday in a road accident. A story gives details. (21)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday instructed his Kremlin administrators to allocate 40 million rubles from the president's reserve fund to buy sporting equipment for children's sports schools. (1)

The Labor Ministry's Decree on the procedure of signing, changing and abrogating the treaties on the permanent servicing of old people and invalids is printed. (1,10)

Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko has devoted his new book "Inter-Budgetary Relations and Management of Regional Finances: Experience, Problems and Prospects" to inter-budgetary relations. A story reviews his new book. (2)

When the Russian farmer becomes the owner of his land, agrarian magnates will lose considerable profits. This is the opinion of First Deputy Property Minister Dmitry Aratsky one of the authors of a draft bill on farmland. In an interview he examines several strong points of this document. (3)

Noviye Izvestia

A special Russian-Ukrainian commission will be created to take mutual control of compiling and publishing history books both in Russia and the Ukraine. Prof. Stanislav Kulchitsky, Deputy Director of the History Institute of Ukraine, stated "the commission is created with the aim of excluding any extremist pronouncements against the neighboring country." (1)

The All-Russian Extraordinary Congress in defense of migrants is to open in Moscow today June 20 -- marking the World Day of the Refugee. A story features the event, its agenda, participants and sponsors. (1,4)

Former President Boris Yeltsin is to go to Belarus this week where he will spend one week in a health resort in Viskuli. He then plans to meet his friends and Belarussian leaders. A story features the program of his visit. (1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6)

A recent poll conducted by the All-Russian center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTSIOM) asked who people would vote for if parliamentary elections took place tomorrow. According to the results the Communist Party (KPRF) would receive 29 percent, the Unified Russia party headed by Sergei Shoigu and Yury Luzhkov would receive 25 percent and the LDPR 9 percent. The story gives other figures. (1)

Vodka shops and bars in several cities, including St. Petersburg, are selling a new alcoholic drink called a "Molotov Cocktail." The label on its bottle explains the heroic deeds of the Red Army and the origin of the "Molotov Cocktail." Some Finns, however, have voiced protest saying that Finnish soldiers were the first to have used the Molotov Cocktail. A story gives details. (1,7)

At the Sochi session of regional governors in the Southern Federal District President Vladimir Putin asked Rostov governor Vladimir Chub to compile a note describing the current state of the Taganrog auto plant (TagAZ). A story examines several facts from the plant's construction, its present poor state and Chub's recommendations how to give this enterprise a new lease on life. (4)

A feature story gives concrete facts showing how Moscow city hospitals conduct illegal tenders for donor blood. (5)

Novaya Gazeta

The newspaper Novaya Gazeta offers several documents from the Moscow Prosecutor's Office showing that this agency is unwilling to crack down on cases of extremism in the city. The majority of criminal cases opened on facts of stirring up inter- ethnic and religious strife have been closed. (6)

Krasnaya Zvezda

In an interview Colonel-General Valery Marchenkov, chief of the Military University attached to the Defense Ministry, talks about the latest new measures in his educational establishment. (1,2)

Komomolskaya Pravda

Starting from Wednesday State Duma deputies have been discussing a blacklist of 216 deputies' names. The list titled "The Criminal Deputies of the State Duma" appeared on an website compiled by a little-known analytical service led by a certain Mr. Tyukin. A story looks at the list. (4)

Nationalities Policy Minister Vladimir Zorin commented on the measures aimed at resolving the refugee and migration problem that developed by the government Migration Policy Commission. (4)

A feature story is devoted to Grand Princess Anastasia, tsar Nicholas II's daughter, who in allegedly survived the bloody murder of her family in Yekaterinburg in 1918. What stands behind the resurrection of the tsar's daughter? Six policy-makers and a religious figure share their views on the issue. (5)

According to the Constitutional Court's decision, Chernobyl victims who helped liquidate the consequences of the Chernobyl accident will get considerable compensation that authorities have failed to pay them. (7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

In an interview Deputy Economic Development Minister Vladimir Strzhalkovsky talks about tourism, cheap tours, tourist agents and tourist operators. (11)

In an interview Tatyana Shaposhnikova, Deputy Director-General of the IR-VITA-Soglasiye insurance company, talks about different programs of insuring children. (21)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Moscow authorities have decided to build an Orthodox church on the territory of the Kotlyakovskoye Cemetery in the south of the city. A story looks at the project. (1)

City police have intensified guard aimed at protecting the national soccer players' city apartments from hooligans. A story describes the measure. (1)

The Union of Right Forces (SPS) will tomorrow on Friday conduct a mini-Congress (or Council of the Party) at which its leader Boris Nemtsov is expected to propose two new measures. In his opinion they change not only the life of the party but also the life of the entire right-wing opposition. A story examines these novelties. (2)

In an interview world-renown filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov, President of the 24th Moscow International Film Festival, talks about its program, participants, sponsors and audience. (1,3)

REN TV Channel will today air a talkshow devoted to Anastasia Romanova, reputedly the survived daughter of tsar Nicholas II. Policy-makers, historians, diplomats and writers will attend the show. (8)


Oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, president of No. 2 oil major Yukos, owns 61 percent of the company's shares worth about $7.8 billion. In an interview, Khodorkovsky comments on these figures. (A1)

Notorious metals magnate Anatoly Bykov, who was found guilty of plotting a killing, was released on Wednesday. Many lawyers have disagreed with this verdict. A story examines several views. (A1)

After the defeat of the national soccer team at the World Cup, LUKoil and Yukos top managers stated they are willing to pay a $1 million salary a year to a foreign coach. But, as a story says, they may be late with their proposal, since the issue most likely has been resolved: CSKA chief coach Valery Gazayev, also a coach of the national youth soccer team, may be appointed to this post. (A1)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry intends to propose to the natural monopolies a small increase in their tariffs in 2003. The government is expected to approve it Thursday. (A3)

Press Minister Mikhail Lesin stated on Wednesday that he is ready to see the ministry closed and resign in 2 or 3 years. A story comments on his statement. (A3)

Yevgeny Primakov, head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on Wednesday summed up the results of his first 6 months at the post. His agency managed to restore control over the Center for International Trade that was lost last year. (A3)

The State Statistics Committee on Wednesday released positive figures on industrial production in May and on average daily industrial output. A story offers some of the figures to illustrate the positive trend of domestic economic development. (A3)

Val Vaninov, vice president Access Industries (Eurasia), calls himself an enthusiast management. He mastered this science in the U.S. in the Hewlett-Packard company, in which he had worked for 10 years. Later he tested it in Kazakhstan at the Petropavlovsky heating station-2. A story is devoted to the Access Industries company (its origin and progress) and to its vice-president. (A4)

In an interview, Andrei Vavilov, head of the Severnaya Neft board of directors, who intends to resign and become a Tuva deputy explains his decision and his future job. (A4)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The Viacom telecommunications company has announced plans to open a network of its own multi-hall movie-houses in Russia. A story examines its ambitious plans. (B1)

The Central Bank next week will re-impose the procedure for obligatory sale of export proceeds that was valid before the 1998 crisis. According to CB deputy head Oleg Vyugin, the bank now is drafting an instruction that enlists three equal methods of sale. A story looks at the instruction. (B1)

The network of Perekryostok supermarkets over the weekend called on its clients to watch a feature film titled "The Boss of the Empire" on the TVS channel about the Perekryostok network. A story describes this unusual way of advertising itself. (B1)

TVEL President Alexander Nyago and general director of the Czech CEZ energy company Yaroslav Mil on Wednesday signed a protocol in St. Petersburg on deliveries to the Czech Republic in 2002-06 of nuclear fuel worth $200 million. A story comments on the deal. (B1)

The price of the most popular petrol brand Ai-92 reached 10 rubles per liter at many Moscow gas filling stations on Wednesday, which is almost a 50 kopek increase. Brief. (B1)

Georgia's President Eduard Shevardnadze has stated he supports the launching of a joint venture between Georgia and the Gazprom company to transport natural gas. According to a preliminary agreement, Georgia will own 51 percent of stock and Gazprom 49 percent. Brief. (B1)

A new transport holding has emerged in Kaliningrad. The local group of Gamma companies together with the Moscow river steamship line have consolidated 70 percent of the Western Steamship Line and bought out 100 percent of stock of the Kaliningrad river port. A story describes the new holding. (B2)

Rosneft has won the tender for the right to join the project to develop a big deposit of hydrocarbons in the Kazakh sector of the Caspian Sea: Kurmangazy. A story examines the project. (B2)