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Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


The all-Russian voluntary sports society Sporting Russia held its founding congress on July 26 -- attended by 300 delegates from 63 regions. They founded a new public organization with State Sports Committee Chairman Vyacheslav Fetisov as its head. Sporting Russia will be able to play a significant role on the domestic political scene. A story examines its major aims and tasks. (1, 12, Kommersant 1,11, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 16, Vremya MN, 1, MK, 2)

The bill concerning the alternative civil service that was passed by the State Duma and endorsed by the Federation Council is expected to be signed by the president in a couple of days. A story reflects on what the majority of young people can expect from such service. (1, 20)

Next spring the RTR television channel will show a new series titled "The Lines of the Fate." In an interview filmmaker and producer Valery Todorovsky, RTR Deputy Director on Film Production, talks about his new work. (1,8)

The government at an extraordinary session on Friday endorsed programs of foreign and internal borrowing as well as privatization and investments in 2003. These programs will be submitted to the State Duma without delay -- together with the 2003 draft budget. A story examines the major provisions of these documents. (2, Kommersant, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya MN, 3, Gazeta, 4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2,Trud, 1)

Prosecutor-General Vladimir Ustinov on Friday reported to the president the results of the investigation into the criminal case into the perishing of the Kursk nuclear submarine. A story describes what Ustinov told the president and what Stanislav Proshkin, Director of Gidropribor that designed the components of the torpedoes for Kursk told Interfax. (2, Kommersant, 1,3, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, Trud, 1, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 2)

A group of Americans suffering from obesity has lodged a suit in the Supreme Court of state New York that has caused a big scandal. The plaintiffs have accused the fast-food companies (their names are given) of deliberately thrusting unhealthy food on them. A story details the case. (2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, Trud, 4 Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 16)

The Federal Union of Lawyers on Friday held its 7th Congress. A story describes its major task, focusing on how the lawyers should apply the new Federal Law on their activities that took effect on July 1, 2002. (2)

The Moscow Khamovniki District Court on Friday closed the Limonka newspaper, an official publication of the radical National-Bolshevik Party. Editor-in-Chief Alexei Volynets stated that on Monday July 29 he will lodge a complaint in the Moscow City Court against this decision. Brief. (3, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, MK, 2)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov in Tambov on Friday stated that he did not intend to lift a ban on American poultry imports imposed by the city Food Department. In this context Luzhkov also mentioned his reply to the U.S. Ambassador Alexander Vershbow who recently sent a letter to the mayor. Brief. (3)

The level of water in the rivers and water reservoirs in the Moscow region and also the level of subsoil waters is nearing the minimal allowable level. Director-General of the Meteorological Bureau of Moscow city and region Alexei Lyakhov stated a major reason behind this natural phenomenon. Brief. (3)

A fire in a military hospital on Yakovoapostolsky Pereulok in downtown Moscow on Friday left a woman dead and a doctor injured. Brief. (3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 10)

Foreign special services have managed to determine the whereabouts of U.S. citizen Patrick Jeremy Garmin, father of kidnapped Amelia Garmin. He is suspected of organizing the abduction of his own daughter a week ago. A story gives details. (3)

Former FSB Lieutenant-Colonel lawyer Mikhail Trepashkin, who participated in the public commission on investigating the September 1999 blasts in Moscow was summoned on Friday to the Main Military Prosecutor Office for questioning. Another notorious FSB former officer Alexander Litvinenko during a recent London-Moscow communication asked Trepashkin to check the information provided by suspect Achemez Gochiyaev, who accuses the FSB of being involved in the blasts. A story gives details. (3, Kommersant, Noviye Izvestia, 2, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Gazeta, July 26, p. 3)

Specialists at the Institute of Comprehensive Social Studies headed by research associate Mikhail Gorshkov have conducted a sociological study of female participation and role in public and political life. A story describes the results of the study, focusing on Gorshkov's conclusions and on remarks by the women's movement ideologists. (4)

More than 200 homeless teenagers (aged 14-18 years) are today being brought up by army and navy units, and by the end of this year their number could be doubled. A story describes their life in those units. (4)

A story examines the situation on the Moscow auto markets, focusing on the growing prices of second-hand foreign autos. (5)

The Standard & Poor's (S&P) Agency on Friday raised Russia's rating from B+ to BB-. A story examines how the S&P rating has affected the domestic market. (5, Kommersant, 1)

U.S. Deputy Commercial Department Secretary for imports Faryar Shirzad on Friday completed his steel, energy and uranium negotiations in Moscow. A story comments on the major results. (5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

The Transport Ministry has come out for raising the cost of public transport fares. The ministry would like to make the government compensate the losses it incurred from the passengers with social benefits, whose number is 46 million. A story comments on the issue. (5)

The government has endorsed a provision to license the collection, processing and sales of non-ferrous metal scrap. The brief reveals the provision's essence. (5)

The Federal Council has submitted its proposals and amendments to the package of government draft bills concerning electrical energy reform. Brief. (5)

The Magadan regional administration and the regional board of natural resources and environmental protection are conducting a tender for the right to use mineral resources for geological study and possible gold extraction in the region. Brief. (5)

Belarussian Vice-Premier Alexander Poplov stated Friday that the Belarussian government and the Baltika beer company could soon make a decision on the privatization of the Belarussian Krinitsas brewery. Brief. (5)

A story gives several concrete facts showing how market relations make people cruel and brutal. (7)


The government at a session on Friday discussed where to get $17.5 billion to pay out foreign debt. A story comments on the government decisions. (1,2)

President Vladimir Putin on Friday accused the government of wage arrears. Deputy Prime Minister Valentina Matviyenko tried to persuade Putin that the natural disasters rather than the government are guilty of growing wage debts. A story comments on her statement. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Vremya MN, 4)

Gosstroi Chairman Anvar Shamuzafarov on Friday held a session of governors of the regions in the Southern District that suffered from the June floods. They discussed problems connected with restoring destroyed houses and other housing costs. (2)

The Integration Committee of the Euro-Asian Economic Community (EurAzEc) Friday held a session in Cholpon-Ata (Kirghizia). In an interview EurAzEc Secretary-General Grigory Rapota speaks about its decisions and about the situation in the community. (2)

The State Security Service (FSB) stated Friday that it has strong evidence that Achemez Gochiyaev -- who is suspected of terrorist blasts of apartment blocks in Moscow in 1999 -- had contacts with Chechen warlord Khattab. The story examines the aim of the FSB's statement. (3, Noviye Izvestia, 2)

The French Foreign Ministry has submitted to the government three draft bills endorsing the previously signed agreements with Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The documents envisage compensations to be paid out by Paris to the three Baltic states for the buildings of their embassies that after their accession to the USSR in 1940 went to the Soviet Union and later to Russia. A story reveals the essence of the agreements. (4)

The Criminal Investigation Board chief in the Nurlatsky District (Tataria) on Friday night had to use his firearm to defend his colleague, chief of the local criminal police, from nine drunken hooligans. The latter and the policeman were hospitalized. A story gives details. (4)

At a news conference on Friday U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell rejected rumors about his resignation. He made it clear that there is rare unanimity in the White House on foreign policy issues. A story offers facts showing the opposite view. (4)

The annual all-Russian beauty competition Krasa Rossii ended on Thursday night in the building of the Nikulin Circus on Ulitsa Tsvetnoi Bulvar. A story describes its participants, winners and sponsors. (4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1,8,9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Trud, 6)

An unidentified assailant in Tolyatti on Friday killed Shamil Kamaldinov, a senior policeman controlling the criminal situation in AvtoVAZ. A story describes how it happened. (4)

Frenchman of Morocan-descent Zacarias Moussaoui, accused of organizing the terrorist acts on Sept. 11, at a court trial in the U.S. on Friday pleaded guilty to four of the six counts of the crime. He later gave up his testimony. A story gives details. (4)

The Gorky Auto Plant (GAZ) on Friday suspended the assembly of Volga cars for the next 10 days. A story points to official and unofficial reasons. (5, Noviye Izvestia, 1, Vremya MN, 2, Trud, 1)

President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a major bill of pension reform -- relating to the funds for the accumulative part of labor pensions. A story reveals the essence of the document. (5)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov approved a draft of the long-term program of boosting trade and cooperation between Russia and Iran. According to the program Russia will build six nuclear units in Iran by 2012 for Iranian nuclear power plants. A story comments on the draft, saying what reaction it will cause from the U.S. (5)

Metalloinvest holding President Dmitry Gindin on Friday during his meeting with Sverdlovsk regional governor Eduard Rossel stated that his company intends to form a holding of enterprises in the rubber-technical industry. Brief. (6)

The Property Relations Ministry plans before the end of this year to submit a list of insurance companies to the government that will be privatized in 2003. This was stated on Friday by First Deputy Minister Alexander Braverman. Brief. (6)

The government -- within the framework of shaping the state policy of backing exports -- is considering the possibility of creating a Russian Insurance Export Agency with 100 percent state-run capital. Brief. (6)

The Finance Ministry does not see any need for drawing non-residents into the market for internal state debt in 2003. This was stated Friday by Deputy Finance Minister Bella Zlatkis. Brief. (6)

The frequency of the Daryal-TV channel in Moscow and the channel's distribution network will be put up for a tender scheduled for Oct.30, 2002. Brief. (6)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

A story describes how famous Latvian composer and member of the Latvian parliament Raimond Pauls is helping LUKoil head Vagit Alekperov to expand his business into Latvia. (1,6)

Before the parliamentary election campaign the Communist Party (KPRF) intends to conduct a national referendum on the most acute social and economic problems. In an interview Deputy Chairman of the KPRF Central Committee Ivan Melnikov, a spokesman for the referendum headquarters leadership, examines the questions to be asked in the referendum. (1,2)

President Vladimir Putin met with Patriarch Alexy II in the Kremlin to discuss the position of the Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate that was finally registered in May of this year. A story describes the meeting, focusing on the other issues they discussed. (3)

British Defense Minister Geoffrey Hoon visited Russia between July 15 and 17. In an interview Hoon talks about the aim of his visit and about negotiations with his Russian counterpart Sergei Ivanov. The minister also shares his view on the new format of Russia's cooperation with NATO. (5)

A list of the 50 most authoritative entrepreneurs in the second quarter of this year is published. Sergei Turanov, a spokesman for the Economic News Agency comments on the rating. (11)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

President Vladimir Putin has signed the new Arbitration Procedural Code. In an interview Veniamin Yakovlev, Chairman of the Supreme Arbitration Court, comments on the document. (1)

Document. The Federal Law concerning the farmland is printed. One of its authors Ivan Starikov comments on the law. (1,3-4)

The Baltic Fleet is today marking its 299th anniversary. A story features its origin, history and the present day. (1,2)

Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin Friday made an unprecedented statement saying that the government will take measures to resolve the conflict with the Swiss firm Noga. Kudrin also noted that the debts to the firm refer to the obligations of the former USSR. A story comments on his statement. (2)

General Staff Chief Anatoly Kvashnin on Friday visited the Ulyanovsk 31st paratrooper brigade that will become an experimental ground for introducing a new program of training newcomers. An educational battalion has been created here to provide a special six-month training program to army draftees. A story comments on the experiment. (2)

The number of people that have caught HIV-infection by heterosexual means has considerably increased lately. First Deputy Health Minister Gennady Onishchenko comments on the HIV situation in Russia. (2)

The results of the competition for the creation of an information and telecommunications center will be announced on Monday July 29. The competition is being conducted by the Economic Development Ministry within the framework of the program Electronic Russia. A story reveals the essence of the program. (2)

Document. The Federal Law on introducing amendments to the Federal Law concerning the 2002 Federal Budget. Full text. (5)

Document. The Federal Law concerning the arbitration courts in the Russian Federation. Full text. (6)

Document. The Arbitration Procedural Code of the Russian Federation. Full text. (7-15)

Noviye Izvestia

After the Kursk submarine disaster a story raises the question of how admirals intend to save vessels in distress without finding any proper answer. (1,2)

The Moscow married couple -- artists Dmitry Vrubel and Viktoria Timofeyeva -- have created an unusual portrait of the president titled "Putin and the Black Square." A story describes its specific features. (5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

Sakhalin regional governor Igor Farkhutdinov in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on Friday presented his pre-election PR-plan -- the construction of a railway bridge (or tunnel) connecting the mainland with Sakhalin Island. A feature story describes how this dream (born in 1892) will become a reality. (5)

The city administration in Volzhsky (Volgograd region) has summed up results of a social experiment. Since April, housing and utility authorities began offering those who have no paid utility bills the option of working as street cleaners to pay off their debts. A story describes positive results of the experiment. (4)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill concerning farmland that will take effect six months after its official publication. A story comments on the document. (2)

A drunk carpenter at the Mishutka kindergarten in Nikolayevsk-on-the-Amur on Friday took five children and three teachers hostage. He calmed himself down when he was offered vodka. A story gives details. (3)

The LUKoil company has made public the names of its shareholders. By the figures shown company president Vagit Alekperov would receive $1,2 billion for his stock if sold on the exchange. (3, Gazeta, July 26, p. 4)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov on Friday decreed to close the notorious market on Ulitsa Kosinskaya in the east of Moscow where Azeris clashed with Dagestanis on July 21. A story comments on the decision. (5)

Life is returning to the south of Russia after the recent flooding. Ever more public organizations are coming to the aid of survivors. Representatives from the Russian Jewish Congress and Chief Rabbi of Russia Adolf Shayevich early this month visited several districts in the Stavropolye region to provide financial aid to several scores of families. A story describes this charity acts. (7)

Where are show business stars vacationing this summer? A story offers several interesting episodes from their summer vacations. (12, 13)

Krasnodar regional governor Alexander Tkachov believes that despite the natural disaster in June his region will be able to gather in 8 million tons of grain and almost 1 million tons of rice this summer. The governor also invites holidaymakers to come to Krasnodar health resorts because his region needs money. (19)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

A story describes how the sanitary standards are being violated in practically all street kiosks that sell fast food and how dangerous it is to buy food there. (26, 1)

The Berezovsky-patronized Public Commission on investigating the terrorist blasts of Moscow apartment blocks in 1999 held the first session in a Moscow hotel on Friday. A story stated that the session that looked like a rather spectacular show. (26, 1)

The fall of the American stock exchange has brought a fall in the U.S. administration's approval rating. A story asserts that in order to raise his rating President George W. Bush needs war, with Iraq being enemy number one. Political observer Alexander Minkin reflects on the inevitability of such war. (26,1)

Recent forest fires in the Moscow region have resulted in a catastrophic environmental situation that demands the evacuation of locals in some districts. A story gives facts and figures to illustrate the point. (26, 1)

Political observer Alexander Khinshtein paints a true picture of the terrorist blast in Kaspiisk on May 9, 2002 when 42 people were killed and another 107 injured. The author focuses on local authorities' horrified outrage in investigating the case and detaining innocent people suspected of the crime. (2)

A feature story is devoted to three Moscow railway terminals -- Yaroslavsky, Kazansky and Leningradsky -- and the place in front of them Komsomolskaya Ploshchad. The number of crimes committed there between January and June this year has considerably increased.

The Health Ministry has summed up the preliminary results of the first national medical examination of all children that began more than 3 months ago and that continues until Dec. 15. A story offers sad facts and sad figures. (12)

The 3rd Moscow Festival Planeta Klounady (The Planet of Clowns) I was opened in the city over the weekend. A story describes this event, its program, participants and sponsors. (27, 1, 2)

A story features the three year $300million-$400million reconstruction project of the Hotel Moskva, comparing the old Stalin project with the new one. (27,1,2)

A story highlights where and how seven policy-makers are vacationing and what they prefer to read. (27, 1,5)

The government has decreed to pay to Olympic champions cash prizes for their performances. A story offers the sizes of these prizes. (27, 1)

A dog that accompanied a 41-year-old woman in the southeast of Moscow did not allow rescuers to approach her to help on Thursday when a strong wind collapsed a concrete pole and killed the woman. A story describes the tragedy. (27,1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6)

A feature story reports terrible episodes of the second Chechen war with the tremendous human losses. (27, 3)

Expectant mothers have often given birth in the most unsuitable places -- in trains, planes, cars, in railway stations or even in the metro. A story describes several such cases. (27,8)

Specialists from the State Sanitary and Epidemiological Service in Moscow have checked the state of 36 natural springs in seven city administrative regions. Only one of them -- Lebed -- on the territory of the forest belt in Pokrovskoye-Streshnevo was suitable for drinking. (28, 2)

The Moscow District Khamovniki Court on Aug. 16 is most likely to rule in favor of military journalist Grigory Pasko in his suit on the defense of the copyright against the Japanese television company NHK. A story gives details of the case. (28,3)

There are two major problems in the army -- hazing and desertion. A story offers several concrete facts, showing that soldiers desert their units due to officers' arbitrary rule. (28,10)