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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

A story examines the presidential budget message submitted to the government, the Federation Council and the State Duma on Saturday, focusing on its essence. (1 Also covered in Kommersant, 2, Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, and Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3. )

A plan for federative reform that has been drafted by a special presidential commission was to be submitted to the president Monday. In an interview, commission chairman Dmitry Kozak, deputy head of the presidential administration, discusses the goals and major aspects of federative reform. (1,4 Also covered in Vremya Novostei, 4. )

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is expected to hold a summit this week. In an interview, Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov discusses its agenda and documents to be signed there. The minister also discusses what he expects from this meeting. (1,2 )

The Security Council marked its 10th anniversary Monday. In an interview, Security Council secretary Vladimir Rushailo discusses the council and its major objectives today. (2)

Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II's golden jubilee over the weekend. A story describes the festivities. (2 Also covered in Kommersant, 8, and MK, 10.

Aeroflot has summed up financial results of the ban on in-flight smoking that took effect March 31. (2)

The administration of a construction materials market in the Leninsky District in the Moscow region conducted a so-called "ethnic cleansing" late in May, and now there is practically no seller with a non-Slavic appearance at the market, located on the 41st kilometer of the Moscow Ring Road. A story describes the measure, citing an official document. (3)

Five socially dangerous patients Sunday escaped from a mental hospital on Ulitsa Vosmovo Marta. (3 Also covered in Kommersant, 5. )

A methane blast took place in the early hours Sunday in the Krasnogorskaya mine in the Kemerovo region. One hundred three miners were evacuated, but four are missing. (3 Also covered in Vremya Novostei, 3. )

The Railways Ministry announced a considerable increase in fines for riding electric suburban trains without tickets. The increase took effect Saturday. A story comments on the measure. (3)

In an interview, Vologda Regional Governor Vyacheslav Pozgalev, who heads a working group responsible for drafting local government reform, examines a new system of relations between the regional and local authorities. (4)

Former Deputy Finance Minister Yevgeny Bushmin, Senator and head of the Federation Council Budget Committee, explains his views on how budget money should be distributed in regions. (4)

The Conference on Interaction and Confidence Measures in Asia, with 16 countries participating, will open a summit today in Kazakhstan's former capital city, Almaty. A story describes the summit's agenda, participants and expected documents. (4 Also covered in Kommersant, 9, Vremya Novostei, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7)

Starting July 1, the government intends to conduct the second stage of the unification of Railways Ministry cargo tariffs. Thus, the prices of internal transportation will rise by 15 percent to 21 percent. (5)

Unified Energy Systems head Anatoly Chubais and Bryansk regional governor Yury Lodkin signed an agreement Saturday on cooperation in reforming electrical energy. A story examines the document's major provisions. (5 Also covered in Vremya Novostei, 7. )

The AMD corporation has signed the first agreement with the domestic Akvarius company that will begin to assemble computers on the basis of AMD processors. A story examines the document. (5)

According to British Airways regional commercial director for Eastern Europe Daniel Burkard, BA may move its operations from Sheremetyevo Airport to Domodedovo Airport. The final decision will be made before the end of this year. (5 Also covered in Gazeta, 13. )

The 11th International Banking Congress will open in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. (5)

The State Duma on Wednesday will consider in the third reading the amendments to the law concerning the Central Bank. Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin stated May 22 that the government will work for vetoing this draft bill. (5)

Transnefteprodukt president Sergei Maslov and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Natural Resources Department head Kevin Borts on Friday signed a memorandum on mutual understanding in providing long-term EBRD credits to Transnefteprodukt. A story comments on the document. (5)

A story cites instances in Moscow and in other countries to show that racism is a world problem. (6)

A story examines all difficult moments and unfinished preparations before TVS (formerly TV6 went on the air Saturday. (7 Also covered in Kommersant, 3.)

As many as 4,500 Moscow students will go to the United States to work during their summer vacations. A story describes what they will do there, noting that not all can afford this trip. (10)

The summer swimming season opened in Moscow on Saturday. A story describes the sanitary conditions of several city beaches. (10 Also covered in Komsomolskaya Pravda, 13, MK, 1.)



Mayor Yury Luzhkov late last week signed a decree on investigating the road traffic system on the Garden Ring road. The decree's goal is to reduce numerous traffic jams on the Garden Ring. A story comments on this city problem. (10)

In the opinion of the majority of Muscovites, the growing number of homeless children threatens the country's further development. The ROMIR-Gallup International independent public opinion center has conducted a poll to see how Muscovites treat such children. A story offers interesting results. (10)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov completed his official visit to China on Sunday, where he informed the Chinese leaders of the results of the Russia-U.S. and Russia-NATO summits. A story comments on results of the visit, focusing on a signed protocol that has classified all information on Russian-Chinese military and technical cooperation. (4 Also covered in Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,7.)

In an interview, Oleg Sysuyev, president of the Congress of Municipal Formations and head of the presidential commission on drafting proposals on dividing powers between the federal and regional power agencies, speaks about a new concept on dividing such powers that his commission has submitted to the president. (4)

Mister Astakhov, director of the Khrona-AST firm registered in the United States, and his wife were found murdered in an apartment at 17 Ulitsa Kazakova. (5)

Reputed Chechen mobster Lechi Islamov (also known as Boroda, who was to be deported from Krasnodar to Moscow on Monday, would like to be pardoned. A story details his case. (5)

Over 300 art-lovers have come to Zhukovka, in the Moscow region, to attend the opening ceremony of the summer season at the art gallery Veranda Udachi. (8)

East Timor, which became an independent state on May 20, occupies the first place in the rating of countries with the lowest per capita incomes. (11)

The international anti-corruption organization Transparency International made public a report titled "Bribe Payers' Index" on May 14. A possible conclusion is that Russian companies dealing with exports to the developing countries often use bribes as a business instrument. (11)

The Communications Ministry's Radio Frequency State Commission's provision concerning licensing the local cordless systems took effect Saturday. (13)

The United States intends to launch an anti-dumping investigation into Russian mineral fertilizers deliveries. (13)

Presidential economic adviser Andrei Illarionov shares his view on a dispute in absentia between President Vladimir Putin, who insists on an ambitious pace of economic growth, and Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, who stated that there will be no breakthroughs. (13, 20)

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Simeon Saksen-Koburg-Gota is to arrive in Moscow on Monday for an official four-day visit, during which he and his Russian counterpart, Mikhail Kasyanov, will discuss several issues on trade and economic cooperation, including the course of the privatization of Bulgartabac Holding Group. A story examines this issue. (14)

According to the forecast by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development and the International Monetary Fund, Canada is expected to occupy the leading position in economic growth among the seven industrial countries in 2002 and 2003. Experts did not expect the forecast. (14)

Sberbank's overseeing council recommended to the shareholders' general meeting that it endorse Ernst & Young as the bank's auditor in 2002. (15)

Two regional retailers — Sedin-Market (Krasnodar and MDM Viktoria (Kaliningrad — on Friday announced their debut on the Moscow market following a similar announcement two weeks ago by the Krasnodar discount network Magnit. (16)

Eurasholding president Alexander Abramov and former manager of the West-Siberian Metals Combine (Zapsib Anatoly Smolyaninov have completed the division of their common business. (16)

Writer and Zavtra editor-in-chief Alexander Prokhanov has won the National Bestseller literary prize for his latest novel, "Mister Gexogen." (21)



Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

A story comments on the results of Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov's visit to China that ended on Sunday. A major conclusion is that Moscow is sustaining significant military and political losses in its relationship with China by getting too carried away with playing up to the West. (1,7)

In an interview, Sergei Mironov, speaker in the Federation Council, predicts that in three years the Federation Council will be elected. The speaker also talks about different ways of consolidating the vertical power and improving the activities of his agency. (1,3)

Two significant summits — Russia-NATO and Russia-EU — took place last week. Has Russia completely surrendered its position to the West or has it considerably increased its authority in the international arena? Five highly regarded policy-makers share their views on these issues. (2)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Bulgarian Prime Minister and former tsar, Simeon II Saksen-Koburg-Gota, is arriving in Moscow on an official visit Tuesday. In an interview on the eve of the visit, he speaks about his intention to recultivate Sofia-Moscow contacts that have been practically frozen since the early '90s. (1,7)

The 3-week stoppage of the hot water supply in Moscow apartments has become a miserable tradition. A story examines several indignant letters from Moscow tenants. (1,3)

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, currently holidaymaking in Cyprus, on Sunday attended a luncheon with local businessmen in the Hilton hotel. There, he stated Cypriot entrepreneurs last year invested $1,230,000 in the Moscow economy, while in 2000 the figure was $766 million. Experts comment on Luzhkov's statement. (2)

Moscow's famous "Svoboda" perfumery has transferred 49 percent of stock to the Moscow city government, thus withdrawing de-facto from federal control. Its shareholders' meeting on May 23 endorsed the company's new charter. A story examines the document, determining its present status. (2)

Novaya Gazeta
www.novayagazeta.ru

The TVS company (formerly TV-6) in Kiev has launched the third part of the "Za Steklom" (Behind the Glass) project, which is devoted to military service and is called "You're in the Army Now." A story describes the project. (1,20)

Novaya Gazeta observer Julia Latynina critically examines the current trial of Colonel Yury Budanov, who is accused of killing a young Chechen woman, stressing it is as absurd as the Chechen war itself. (3)

A story describes the fishing mafia (250-300 criminal groups) in the Far East that controls the local fishing enterprises and dictates its own rules in the region. It removes all those who try to crack down on it, one example being the recent tragic death of Sakhalin border guard Vitaly Gamov. (4,5)

In an emotional interview, Lyudmila Narusova, widow of the late St. Petersburg governor Anatoly Sobchak, says that her major ambition is to cleanse St. Petersburg from filth and from the gang that today controls it. (10)

Komomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

The Moscow region has been invaded by thousands of adders, the bites of which in May hospitalized 7 children and killed 4 big dogs. A story makes several effective recommendations on how to escape the snakes and what to do when they behave aggressively. (5)

Where could schoolchildren earn money in Moscow during their summer vacations? A story offers 10 options. (4)

An AIDS epidemic has hit Moscow and the region: every month, about 500 new HIV-positive cases in the city and about 700 in the region are officially registered. The Focus Civil Initiative Support Fund answers several questions about this tragic disease. (6,7)

A story describes ponds and rivers open for swimming in recreational areas in Moscow and the region. A map is also given. (14,15)

A story is devoted to Moscow's Yauza river (its history and the present-day), the city's second largest river after the Moscow River. (16,17)

Moscow authorities have scheduled the official opening ceremony of a water-park in Yasenevo for the second half of June. The park was built in 18 months. A story describes this fairy-tale place. (20)

The Young Pioneers' Palace in Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills) on June 1 celebrated its 40th anniversary. A story examines this place with many children's creative endeavor groups. (25)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

Moscow police have managed to find 10-month-old Maximka, who on May 25 was kidnapped in the Leninsky District (Moscow region). (1,3)

A story describes the results of the fishing competition that was conducted on Patriarshiye Prudy in Moscow on June 2. The prize was an "Oka" auto. (1)

When speaking in the State Duma early this year, Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov cited figures that were previously kept secret. They shocked deputies: 24,000 children disappear in Russia every year, in most cases without trace. Trade in children here is flourishing, and prices are fixed. A story gives other facts and figures illustrating this. (1,4)

The 13th "Kinotavr" Open Russian Film Festival opened in Sochi on Sunday. Festival director and sponsor Mark Rudinstein wholeheartedly greeted Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi, who arrived to attend the opening ceremony. Rudinstein is not losing hope that the festival will get state status. (1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda 13)

Crime: a drunk driver on Bolshaya Cherkizovskaya Ulitsa on Saturday caused a road accident that left seven people dead and another five injured. (1)

The city Sanitary Inspectorate has allowed 13 out of the 20 beaches in Moscow and the region to open on the first day of the swimming season, June 1. A story describes the places. (1)

Four buses capable of carrying 22 passengers and specially equipped for disabled people were transferred to Mosgortrans on Thursday. A story describes the new buses. (1)

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov is holidaymaking with his wife Yelena Baturina in Cyprus. He told Russian tourists how he has enjoyed his days in this fairy-tale place. (2)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The Russian Aluminum company is changing the general directors at all its aluminum plants. A story examines factors that have caused such large-scale personnel changes. (A1)

Surgutneftegaz has submitted an accounting report audited to GAAP standards, the first in its history. The company has promised to draft a code of corporate management and of independent directors, a big step forward for conservative Surgut. (A1)

A story looks at the presidential budget speech for 2003 that President Vladimir Putin has submitted to the government, the State Duma and the Federation Council. (A1)

Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday called "inconceivable" the possibility of nuclear war between India and Pakistan, adding that not a single sensible person would dare to unleash it. Brief. (A1)

President Vladimir Putin at a Security Council session Friday stated the Armed Forces and the power agencies should be released from non-related tasks and from duplicating the functions of each other. Brief. (A1)

In an interview, Vladimir Kozhin, head of the Kremlin property department, talks about his huge empire, focusing on the fate of his department's property abroad. (A2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov in a couple of days is expected to endorse the rules for calculating the normative price of privatized property. A story describes some of the rules, saying why they are important today. (A3)

The Sukhoi aircraft-building holding emerged as the new leader in the domestic defense industry in 2001 when its proceeds exceeded $1.5 billion. (A3)

Taimyr governor and former General Director of Norilsk Nickel Alexander Khloponin announced that in early September he will take part in the gubernatorial elections in the Krasnoyarsk region. The favorite so far there is Alexander Uss, speaker in the local legislative assembly. (A3)

Is it true that auditors have recently begun to take their business more seriously? Three experts share their views on the issue. (A4)

On the eve of the summit in Kazakhstan, President Vladimir Putin gave an interview to China's main newspaper. A story looks at some of his answers. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Boris Jordan has carried out unprecedented restructuring of his NTV television business. As a result, his company will turn into a holding, the divisions of which will work with one another on the basis of market principles. (B1)

Zapsibgazprom creditors at their meeting on Friday voted to impose external administration at the enterprise. The bankruptcy procedure at the Tyumen-based company was initiated by Gazprom, which owns the controlling stake in Zapsibgazprom. Brief. (B1)

The customs duty on oil exported from Russia outside the states participating in the agreements on the Customs Union will be $20.7 per ton, starting June 1. Previously, the duty was $9.2 per ton. Brief. (B1)

Bureaucrats would like to create a fully fledged raw materials exchange in Russia. If before they wanted to make companies sell 25 percent of extracted oil, however, then now their choice is oil products. A story reveals the essence of their idea (B1)

According to the results of a beer quality check-up conducted by the Trade Inspectorate of the Economic Development and Trade Ministry, domestic beer is becoming worse every year. Beer-makers, however, disagree with the results. (B1)

Transneft head Semyon Vainshtok's dream to expand the sphere of his company's activities is coming true: soon the company will not only pump oil through pipes, but also control its export through marine ports. (B2)

LUKoil is actively breaking into the Western market, which is new for this company. The latter has bought a network of gas stations on Cyprus and has become one of the 4 official suppliers of oil products to this country. Analysts believe that LUKoil has once again confirmed its plans to expand into the Western markets. (B2)

The Irkutsk Aviation Production Association (IAPO) has increased its control of the only domestic designer of amphibious airplanes: it has consolidated a share package (close to the controlling stake) in the Beriyev aviation research and technology complex in Tanrog. (B2)

A brief explains why GAAP-standard results of Mosenergo's activities for 2001 have disappointed analysts. (B3)

The Bulgarian government has declared The Bank of Austria the winner of the competition for the right to buy Biochim Commercial Bank., the fourth largest bank in the country. And what about Russia's Mezhprombank that also took part in the competition? (B3)