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Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

The preliminary result of the air tragedy in Lvov on Saturday is that 83 people died and more than 150 were injured. The experienced pilots of the Su-27 that crashed had been instructed to fly as low as possible over people's heads. A story describes the grave consequences of the tragedy, focusing on possible reasons behind it. (1,2, Kommersant, 1,4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Gazeta, 1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 7, MK, 1,2)

The Moscow government's decision to pull down the Hotel Moskva and to build a new structure in its place designed by architect Alexei Shchusev's has caused a scandal between city government officials and construction experts. Art scientist Alexei Komech, Director of the State Art Studies Institute, shares his negative view on Moscow authorities' decision to construct a new hotel. (1,8)

Two authoritative U.S. newspapers --The Washington Post and the New York Times -- on Saturday reported Moscow's plans to step up cooperation with Tehran. They focused on Moscow and Tehran expanding contacts in the nuclear sphere rather than on their military-technical cooperation. A story comments on Washington's concerns. (2)

First Deputy Mayor Pyotr Aksyonov has been appointed to monitor the capital's street advertising market. Mayor Yury Luzhkov has instructed him to put things in order in this sphere and to help resolve serious conflicts between district administrations and the City Street Advertising Board. A story reveals the essence of the conflicts. (2)

Heavy fighting between Russian border guards and Chechen rebels continued the whole day on Sunday in Kerigo Gorge that is in the Chechen stretch of the Russian-Georgian state border. A story describes the clashes, focusing on Tbilisi's official reaction. (2, Kommersant, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6, MK, 2)

An Il-86 passenger liner belonging to the Pulkovo Airlines company on Sunday crashed shortly after taking off from Sheremetyevo-1 Airport. The crash left 14 passengers dead from the 16 people on board. Two flight attendants who survived were hospitalized. A story gives details. (2, Kommersant,1,4, Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya Novostei, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

The FBI has managed to find seven-year-old Amelia Garmin, who was 10 days ago kidnapped by her American father Patrick Garmin. A story describes how it happened. (3)

The Prosecutor General's Office has informed Russians Ivan Ochirov and Dmitry Kosyakov -- both sentenced to death in Zanzibar -- of a willingness to apply to the island's authorities with a request to extradite them to Russia. Brief. (3, Vremya Novostei, 3)

The government's failure to find money to clear wage arrears to budget workers has disturbed the president. Deputy Prime Minister (responsible for social issues) Valentina Matviyenko had to answer for the government. (3)

Residents in the Chelyabinsk region have organized voluntary units armed with batons to defend themselves from bandits. A story describes the forced measure of self-defense. (3)

Governor of the Taimyr Autonomous Area Alexander Khloponin shares his viewpoint on the fate of the Krasnoyarsk region that should become the country's basic economic territory this century. (4)

Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov visited both the Koreas over the weekend. A story examines major results of his negotiations with both the Korean leaders. (4, Vremya Novostei, 4)

Before the European Commission approves the Alrosa-De Beers trade agreement on the sale of Russian diamonds diamond cutters have begun to express their displeasure at several of the document's provisions. A story concentrates on the major ones. (5)

The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development this week plans to hold negotiations with the Tax Ministry on providing a $100 million loan for modernizing the technical equipment of the tax services. A story examines the modernization project with a total cost of $160 million. (5)

The first meeting of the Russian club of top managers of the chemical sector will take place on July 31.This was stated by the RosBusinessConsulting Agency. Brief. (5)

American leading communications operator Verizon has refused to buy out Genuity -- as a result of which the latter's share values have fallen by 88 percent. A story states that Genuity could go bankrupt. (5)

Rostelecom has completed the construction of the first stage of the Baltic Cable System that has not only connected St. Petersburg and Moscow but become part of the world telecommunications network being created by the Swedish Telia firm. A story examines the significance of Rostelecom's project. (5)

British Prime Ministry Tony Blair has promised U.S. President George W. Bush that Britain will give full military and diplomatic support to America in conducting an anti-Iraqi operation. This was stated by The Guardian newspaper referring to sources close to the U.S. administration. (6, Vremya Novostei, 4)

Another page has been opened in Russia's diplomatic history that is linked to Moscow's first contacts with the Kingdom of Khidjaz, Nedjd and seized regions -- presently know as Saudi Arabia. A story reviews a book titled "The Arabic Epic of Ambassador Nazir Tyuryakulov" by historian Tair Mansurov. (6)

Famed Moscow Art Theater actor Vsevolod Abdulov has died at the age of 60. A story describes his artistic career. (8, Kommersant, 13, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

A Wall of Memory will be unveiled in the underpass on Pushkin Square where the terrorist blast on Aug. 8, 2000 left 13 people dead and more than 80 injured. Brief. (10)



The Center for Inter-Ethnic Cooperation has opened in Moscow with a project "The Network of Ethnic Associations." The brief outlines its aim. (10)

Forty hectares of land in the Moscow region will become the possession of the Russian Orthodox Church in a couple of days. A story describes the history of these 40 hectares and a construction project of a new church there. (10)

An Izvestia Supplement is devoted to mass media. Its lead features a chief body -- the Industrial Committee -- that has been created for reforming the mass media market. (1-4)

A story reports on how Moscow city authorities are trying to evict the widows of legendary Soviet military commanders from their apartments. (11)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

President Vladimir Putin on Sunday signed a bill on extremism. A story comments on the document, focusing on a terrorist act that was committed in Yasenevo on Sunday several hours before Putin signed the document. (2, Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 3, MK, 1)

ORT shareholders will today hold an annual meeting. In an interview ORT Director General Konstantin Ernst says that he would like to rename ORT as Pervy Kanal (First Channel). Ernst also speaks about his channel's financial sources. (2)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov on Sunday arrived in Kaliningrad to attend Navy Day festivities. His main aim, however, was to resolve the conflict between the Defense Ministry and the Transport Ministry concerning the property of part of the Baltic Fleet's base in Baltiisk. A story comments on the minister's decision. (3)

American and Russian deputy foreign ministers Richard Armitage and Vyacheslav Trubnikov held secret negotiations over the weekend to discuss anti-terror issues. Both sides agreed to distribute roles in the crackdown on world terrorism. A story comments on results of their negotiations. (5)

Former President Boris Yeltsin and his wife Naina who are holidaymaking in Kirghizia on Sunday attended the festivities in the Narynskaya region in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of national hero Tailak-batyr. A story features the events, its guests and the festive atmosphere. (7)

The Belarussian government has summed up the results of the country's social and economic development in the first 6 months of 2002. The economic growth in Belarus is higher than in Russia but there are some serious product shortages. On July 30 Prime Minister Gennady Novitsky will report to President Alexander Lukashenko about measures to lead the economy out of the crisis. If the president does not agree to these measures Novitsky will resign. (7)

A leading distributor of sports goods in Eastern Europe Italian Giacomelli Sports launched its business in Russia last week. Its first shop will be opened in Moscow in December. A story describes this company, saying why it has already worried local sports gear suppliers. (9)

The State Council's working group will today hold a session to discuss the situation in the coal sector. The government on Friday stated that next year it intends to complete the privatization of coal enterprises. In an interview President of the Siberian Coal-Energy Company Baikal-Ugol Oleg Misevra says what he thinks of the government decision. (9)

American economist Rudiger Dornbusch -- a specialist in currency exchange rates and the author of the famous economics textbook -- died from cancer on Sunday at the age of 60. A story describes his business career. (10)

The shares of Swedish Ericsson and American Motorola fell in price on Friday down to their lowest value over the past 9 years. (11)

A subsidiary of Gazprom Vostokgazprom has launched an exploration of the North- Vasyuganskoye gas condensate deposit. The enterprise will become a leading gas supplier to the Tomsk petrochemical combine. (11)

Siemens on July 26 announced the sale of seven businesses to American Kohlberg Kravis Roberts for $1.69 billion. Brief. (11)

Anatoly Bashashkin, one of the most popular Soviet football-players of the 1950s died on Saturday. A story describes his brilliant sports career. (15)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

A Pulkovo airlines IL-86 passenger jet crashed Sunday shortly after taking off from Moscow's Sheremetyevo-1 airport. Only two flight attendants out of the plane's 16-member crew survived. It was the first Il-86 tragedy in over 20 years. (A1)

Vitaly Savelyev, who in May quit his job as Gazprom's chief financier, will begin working at Svyazinvest. Savelyev's task will be to reorganize the state-owned telecom's accounting and subsidiaries. (A1)

Criminal legislation reform is yielding its first positive results. As of July 1, the number of prisoners in the Russian penal system has decreased. A story examines what has changed. (A1)

The North-Western Customs Board of the State Customs Committee has announced an increase in the contraband of ammunition and drugs for the first 6 months of 2002. Brief. (A1)

Rosoboronexport plans to increase the export of military technology by 15 percent, up to $4.2 billion, in 2002. Experts, however, note that is Rosoboronexport fails to develop new systems, export volumes in the next 2 to 3 years are likely to fall. (A2)

Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma has declared July 29 a day of mourning as the remains of 53 people who perished during Saturday's air show tragedy in Lvov, will be buried. The government has taken responsibility for all funeral expenses. (A2)

The Commission on Dividing Powers headed by Dmitry Kozak has drafted amendments to a law that may take Russia's mineral resources out of the hands of the country's oligarchs. Six experts share their viewpoints on the issue. (A4)

In an interview Thomas Hieck, Pratt&Whitney's vice president responsible for Russian operations, speaks about his company's participation in Permskiye Motory and about its intention to increase its stake in the Russian company. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

A case opened by the Anti-Monopoly Ministry against German retailer Metro has been dropped. A story explains why. (B1)

Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Kolotukhin stated that Russia will not place eurobonds this year because of turmoil on the world's financial markets. A story says why. (B1)

Analysts are trying to guess why LUKoil has over the past six months obtained credits worth $500 million. (B1)

The Energy Ministry has canceled its Feb. 7, 1997 order to improve the organization of oil deliveries for export. The order assigned oil companies with the functions of export coordinators. A brief mentions several oil companies and their functions. (B1)

The Federal Houston Court has extended a temporary freeze of part of the proceeds Yukos received from a recent delivery of Russian oil to the United States. The freeze has been prolonged for another 10 days. Brief. (B1)

Tver authorities would like to participate in Rosenergoatom's project to complete the construction of the Kalininskaya nuclear plant. A story reveals the administration's plan. (B2)

Last week Slavneft released its first accounting report according to GAAP standards, and was declared Russia's worst oil company. (B2)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Mayor Yury Luzhkov has signed a city decree for the sake of 90-year-old pensioner Tamara Blizinskaya living in the city district of Kosino. According to the Land Code and a court decision, the government has allotted Blizinskaya with a plot of land. A story details the case of this popular pensioner. (1,2)

The Moscow Architecture Department has determined the size of a statue devoted to Emperor Alexander II. The monument will be unveiled on April 28 of next year and will stand near the Kremlin's Kutafya Tower. (2)

The overall volume of foreign investments to the Moscow economy today has reached $16 billion. In 2001 the city received $5.1 billion. A story looks at several promising trends relating to foreign investments. (3)

A story details an armed clash that took place last week at a small Moscow wholesale market. (3)

Novaya Gazeta
www.novayagazeta.ru

The 10-month war between the Soros Fund and the Nobel Technologies continues. Nobel Technologies general director Kantemir Karamzin claims that the territory on Ozerkovskaya Naberezhnaya, now in the hands of the Soros Fund, in fact belongs to his organization. A story details the conflict. (2)

Last week LUKoil President Vagit Alekperov asked President Vladimir to cancel an audit of his company, as a state-owned package of LUKoil stock in being prepared to be sold. Dmitry Dolgov, head of LUKoil's press service, commented on the case. (2)

In an interview, Nessim Gaon, president of Switzerland's NOGA company, explains why he believes that Russia owns him $300 million. (3)

Economic analyst Julia Latynina looks into the government's plans to privatize several enterprises, including Slavneft, the Magnitogorsk Metals Combine and Svyazinvest, next year. (3)

In an interview, former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko makes clear several facts about the FSB's involvement in the 1999 apartment bombings in Moscow. (4)

Anna Politkovskaya writes about the thousands of Chechens who have disappeared during the federal force's "anti-terrorist operations." (5)

In an interview, Grigory Yavlinsky, leader of the Yabloko political party, harshly criticizes the government's policy on immigrants, saying Russia does not need an influx of people, despite currently having a low birth rate. (10)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

According to the Sanitary and Epidemiological Service, 159 people have drowned in Moscow rivers and ponds since the beginning of the swimming season. (3)

According to a decision taken by the Moscow government, City Day will be marked on Aug. 31 and on Sept. 1. A story describes preparations for the holiday. (2)

A story is devoted to the watermelon, which is currently being enjoyed in Moscow. The story relates several interesting facts regarding its history and offers a few prudent recommendations on how to choose a delicious watermelon. (5)

Olga Yegorova, Chairwoman of the Moscow City Court, answers numerous questions from Komsomolskaya Pravda readers about several controversial court decisions. (6,7)

The Planernaya Olympic Center will host the International Equestrian Triathlon Competitions from Aug.1 to 4. Almost 50 athletes from the former Soviet Union will take part in the event. A story looks at the program of the event and a full list of addresses is given (18

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

Exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky is likely to seriously consider a plan to reconcile with his major adversary, the Kremlin. A story reveals his ambitious plan. (1)

A feature story is devoted to the current Raduga Hippie Festival in Novgorod. Festival participants are reportedly ignoring all general norms of human behavior. (1,4)

Highly -regarded photojournalist and former Moskovsky Komsomolets employee Sergei Zhabin died on Sunday in the Noginsky District of the Moscow region. Zhabin last served as a photojournalist for the Moscow regional governor's press service. (1)

Moscow authorities have drafted a government program aimed at decreasing the infant mortality rate by 0.5 percent by 2005. A story examines the program in detail. (1)

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov over the weekend visited Kaliningrad. A story describes how he is approaching the Kremlin-mandated task of tying Kaliningrad to Russia economically. (2)

The Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medical and Biological Problems is preparing an expedition to Mars. Expert Svetlana Stepanova describes the preparations. (3)

In an interview, Moscow artist Zurab Tsereteli speaks about the problem of constructing the Moscow Disneyland in Nizhniye Mnevniki. (4)

A story explains why 13.1 hectares of land on the bank of Lake Torbeyevskoye in the north of the Moscow region is currently being developed illegally. (7)

A story looks at the unique Museum of Local Wars and Armed Conflicts, which has recently opened in Balashikha. The museum sheds some light on many of the bloody clashes of the past century. (7)

A story takes a featured look at Anatoly Rodionov, an Old Believer living in the Guslitsy village in the Shatura District who views himself as a great grandson of Grigory Rasputin. (12)