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Izvestia
Kommersant
Vedomosti
Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Moskovskiye Novosti
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

The lead raises a serious issue -- should people be allowed to carry arms to defend themselves from bandits? Different viewpoints are cited. (1,2)

The euro has risen above parity with the U.S. dollar. The story examines how the domestic currency market has responded to this event. (1)

Auchan, a leading retail network in Europe, is expected to open its first supermarket in Moscow this month. It also plans to build 10 hypermarkets in Moscow city and region and to spend about $300 million on this project. Patrique Lange, Auchan director-general in Russia, speaks about his company's ambitious plans in Russia. (1)

The government Monday discussed measures to overcome the consequences of the floods in the Northern Caucasus. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov ordered the allocation of 910 million rubles from the funds of the regional investment programs and 250 million from the fund of the regional development. Kasyanov also requested the Meteorological Service to monitor the weather conditions more thoroughly in order to let the government prevent negative consequences of natural disasters. The story examines measures approved by the government. (2)

The leaders of the mass media industry Monday created an organization to defend the interests of journalists and of the whole media sector. A working group headed by Eduard Sagalayev, president of the National Teleradiobroadcasters Association, will be responsible for creating the committee. The story describes its founders, functions and tasks. (2)

Russia and Ukraine this year are expected to sign 15 agreements (four of them before Sept. 1) on the fate of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea. This decision was made Monday at a session of the co-chairmen of the Ukrainian- Russian sub-commission on the Fleet's function and stay on Ukrainian territory. The story comments on the decision. (2)

The story gives details of the assassination attempt against French President Jacques Chirac on July 14. (3)

Crime. An unidentified assailant in Vladivostok on July 15 tried to kill authoritative Primorye entrepreneur Viktor Alekseyenkov. Brief. (3)



Two groups of Chechen rebels on Monday night attacked the district center Achkhoi-Martan, killing two and seriously injuring another five local militiamen. Brief. (3)

Crime. Georgian police Monday arrested Adam Dekkushev, who is accused by Moscow law-enforcement agencies of blasting the apartment houses in Moscow and Volgodonsk in 1999. The story gives details. (3)

A delegation of the International Labor Organization headed by its Director-General Juan Somavia, 61, arrived in Moscow on a working visit on Monday. In an interview he says which labor issues he intends to discuss during his visit. (3)

A Russian Security Council delegation with Secretary Vladimir Rushailo as its head will begin its official visit to China Tuesday. Rushailo is to meet with Chinese Chairman Jiang Zemin and other top officials. The story focuses on major issues Rushailo will discuss with the Chinese leaders. (4 )

President Vladimir Putin during his meeting with Education Minister Vladimir Filippov on Monday stated that the responsibility for paying wages to school teachers will be transferred from local bodies to the regional administrations. (4)

The Krasnoyarsk Regional Election Commission Monday registered two new candidates (their names are given) to take part in the gubernatorial elections. Brief. (4)



The Defense Ministry by Sept. 15 is to complete the creation of the Military Inspectorate, a body that will monitor the implementation of the military reform plan. The ministry Monday introduced to journalists chief military inspector Lieutenant-General Alexander Lukin. (4)

Andrei Stepanov, deputy presidential representative in the North-Western Federal District for the Kaliningrad region, stated Monday that in 2004 all residents in this region will be provided with foreign passports. This is how the authorities are getting ready for Lithuania's and Poland's accession to the European Union and consequently to resolve the problem of people's transit between the Kaliningrad region and the rest of Russia. The story comments on Stepanov's statement. (4)

Yukos on Monday announced that it is holding talks with two Chinese state-controlled companies on jointly developing oil deposits in East Siberia and Yakutia. The story explains the Chinese companies' interest and Yukos' plan. (5)



Following the example of private companies, domestic regions have also started to release bonds. Thus, starting July, the Finance Ministry will register six bond releases by region. The story looks at the situation in the corporate bonds market (5)

Transneft has announced that the state can sell part of its package by releasing ADRs, because it needs money for building pipelines. The story offers analysts' views on the issue. (5)



Turkmenia's President next Monday intends to receive a delegation of Ukrainian gas companies and Ukrainian top state officials to discuss issues concerning his country's cooperation with Ukraine in developing oil and gas deposits on the territory of Turkmenia. The story comments on the problem, citing Russia's stand. (5)

Irkutsk Regional Governor Boris Govorin on Monday held a session of the regional Security Council (SC) to discuss the decision of the Supreme Arbitration Court Presidium, according to which the Irkutsk region has lost the right to own, use and dispose of 15.5 percent of stock out of the 40 percent state-owned package of Irkutskenergo. The story examines the SC decision. (5)

Lawrence Smith, a senior manager of British Petroleum, on Sept. 1, 2002 will take up the job of President of the Russian SIDANKO oil company. Brief. (6)

Avtobank's Overseeing Council has elected Lyudmila Shabalkina chairman of the bank's management board. She has been working in Avtobank since 1997. (6)

The Nobgorodavtodor Directorate on Monday made public its official report on the state of the roads in the region, that are far from satisfactory. Brief. (6)

The Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant, starting today, has introduced a system of so-called transparent accounting. The story reveals its essence. (6)



According to unofficial information, several thousand patients die in Russia every year due to poor medical services. The story gives concrete facts to illustrate the point. (9)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The Wall Street Journal Monday reported that UN Russian representatives intend to blockade a scheme proposed by Britain of calculating the cost of oil exported by Iraq. In the opinion of Russian representatives, this scheme will negatively affect the interests of Russian trading companies. The story reveals the essence of the conflict. (1

The government Monday discussed prospects of the country's economic development. Thus, in 2003 the government intends to sell the shares of more than 600 joint-stock companies and almost 450 state-owned enterprises. The story examines the government decisions. (2)

British subject Assadulla, a Chechen field commander of African origin, was killed over the weekend. The story describes how it happened. (3)

A feature story describes 11-year-old Muscovite Olya Vikhoreva, who is suffering from diabetes but is allergic to insulin. (4)

A special Train of Friendship with South Korean diplomats, entrepreneurs and students on board will Tuesday go to St. Petersburg from Vladivostok. They will take part in various undertakings, the aim of which are to encourage Russia's and South Korea's mutual interest in bilateral economic and cultural cooperation. The story describes the event. (5)

Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry on Sunday stated that Bulgaria has failed to recognize Russia's claims on part of assets of the Bulgarian tobacco monopoly -- Bulgartabac Holding Group. The story discusses the conflict, focusing on the Russian stand. (9)

The Constitutional Court is to set the date Tuesday to announce its decision on the case of the depositors of the SBS-Agro and Rossiisky Kredit banks, which are under the administration of the Agency for Restructuring Credit Organizations (ARKO). Director-General Alexander Turbanov describes the situation around these banks and its depositors, and also talks about the future fate of his agency. (10)

The associations of domestic IT companies are demonstrating their interest in integration. Thus two of them -- AP KIT and Russoft have made the decision to form a unified structure this fall. The story examines the aim of their project. (1)



The Pfizer and Pharmacia pharmaceutical companies Monday announced their merger. The deal costing $60 billion will become the largest corporate merger over the past year. (11)

The USA has decided to increase by 200,000 tons a duty-free quota on the import of Russian steel products, which will allow Russia to place on the American market steel products worth an additional $50 million. Brief. (11)

The selling price of the auction for the right to use the resources of the central block of the Talakanskoye oil and gas condensate deposit has been determined -- $56 million. The auction is scheduled for Dec. 26. (11)



Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

On Monday the euro became more expensive than the dollar. Experts believe that the process will continue and in several months the dollar will lose even more of its value. (A1)

Through scheduling the placing of a state-owned package of stock of LUKoil on the London Stock Exchange for July 31, its President Vagit Alekperov's well-meant action had opposite effect for privatizers. The quotations of the company's stock went down, and in unofficial conversations bureaucrats express their fear that the sale of $50 million stock could be foiled. (A1)

Neither the Finance Ministry nor the presidential administration wants the so-called amnesty of capital once taken out of Russia. Their way of interpreting the president's call for entrepreneurs to bring back the capital they once funneled out abroad differs from the way the government officials do it. (A1)

The Sheremetyevo Board of Directors has proposed that the airport's leadership revise the conditions for the competition for selecting an international operator to manage the Sheremetyevo-3 project. Brief. (A1)

As of July 15 the Rosgosstrakh-system companies had paid out more than 2 million rubles to floods victims in the south of Russia. Brief. (A1)

Decisions by the Russian arbitration courts now will be automatically carried out in Belarus, which has become possible due to Vladimir Putin's ratification of an agreement on mutual fulfillment of decisions of the arbitration courts. (A2)

Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin this week will conduct over 10 sessions with federal ministers to regulate expenditure articles in the 2003draft budget. This topic will be the focus of government sessions in the 3rd quarter. (A2)

On Monday the leaders of almost 30 domestic mass media outlets created yet another professional organization. The Industrial Committee will lobby the media industry's interests and reform the related legislation. (A2)

The German Metro AG company is one of the first Western trading networks that have come against several serious problems on the Russian market. Nevertheless, the company intends to expand its business in Russia. In an interview chairman of its Management Board Thomas Hubner talks about his company's ambitious plans. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

New Slavneft President Yury Sukhanov's plan is to decrease the company's staff by 1.5 times and to have only 3 vice-presidents instead of the existing 12. A story examines how the new leader is reforming the company. (B1)

Chukotka governor Roman Abramovich intends to build the first Ekonom supermarket in the capital city of Anadyr this fall. A story examines the project. (B1)

Experts share opposite views on the prospects of the growth in the domestic stock market. A story examines their viewpoints. (B1)

GMK Norilsk Nickel's management board deputy head Yury Kotlyar stated that Norislk and the Finnish Outokumpu OY concern have signed a contract to design a new enrichment factory in Norilsk. Brief. (B1)

The overall economic effect of the restructuring of LUKoil's foreign block of oil refinery and sales is expected to stand at about $200 million. According to first Vice President Dmitry Tarasov, the effect from restructuring in this sector over the past 1.5 years is evaluated at $150 million to $170 million. Brief. (B1)

It has become unprofitable to go to St. Petersburg by train. The state-controlled transport company "Rossiya" today is selling plane tickets for the Moscow St. Petersburg" flight for 1,000 rubles. A story examines the company's financial position. (B2)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

In an interview Sergei Molozhavy, part of the Property Ministry's privatization department, talks about the enterprises selected for privatization in 2002. The federal budget expects to receive 65 billion rubles in revenue from privatization this year. (1,4)

In an interview, First Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Shatalov talks about the challenges facing Russia's estimated one million small businesses. Rossiiskaya Biznes-Gazeta Supplement. (1,5)

Noviye Izvestia

The Justice Ministry has refused to register the Liberal Russia Party on several absurd grounds. The party's co-leader, exiled tycoon Boris Berezovsky, shares his views on the Justice Ministry's refusal to register Liberal Russia. (1,2)

On July 17 former Russian President Boris Yeltsin and his wife Naina will go to Kirghizia to spend 10 days at a resort on the invitation of President Askar Akayev. Brief. (1)

Sociologists from monitoring.ru have conducted a poll of 1,400 Russians to gauge the general public's response to road tolls. A story looks at the results of the survey. (1)

Samara mass media outlets reported that governor Dmitry Ayatskov has ordered to all members of the government to join a political party. A story takes a critical look at Ayatskov's order. (1)

In August Russia will begin to liquidate its arsenals of chemical weapons, the amount of which is estimated to be 40,000 tons accounting for more than 50 percent of the world's stockpiles. A story describes the program, explaining how it will be implemented. (4)

Moskovskiye Novosti
www.mn.ru

A story describes how Switzerland has reacted to Russia's refusal to receive President Kaspar Villiger, who wanted to attend the funeral in Ufa of the children who perished in the recent air tragedy. (1 )

The Ford Motor Co. opened its plant n Vsevolozhsk in the Leningrad region late last week. Interestingly, Americans as far back in 1929 have already tried to attempt to make autos in Russia . A feature story looks at the new plant. (2)

A story looks at the proposals put forward to change the fate of Moscow's AZLK auto factory and its 3,000 remaining managers and workers. (2, 3 )

Last week Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov sent an audio letter to Prof. Ruslan Khasbulatov, in which Maskhadov stated his response to the peace plan for Chechnya that was drafted by Khasbulatov. The latter previously met with Maskhadov's representative Akhmed Zakayev in Strasbourg to discuss the plan. In an interview, Khasbulatov speaks about Maskhadov's viewpoint on his plan. (6)

In an article, Mikhail Vanechkin, the newly appointed chief of the St. Petersburg Interior Department, speaks about his plans in taking up the new post. (7)

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has found a scapegoat in Leonid Kozik, deputy head of his administration who monitors the economic and integration issues. In Lukashenko's opinion, Kozik is responsible for the failure of recent integration negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. A story gives details. (7)

In an interview, Sergei Mitrokhin, deputy head of the State Duma Committee on Local Government, comments on the problem of importing spent nuclear fuel to Russia. (8)

At its session late last week, the State Council's working group considered issues concerning the system of mortgage crediting that is to take effect at the end of this year. State Duma Deputy Ivan Grachev comments on the system. (11 )

Russia's armed forces have done away with guardhouse punishment for servicemen. Unfortunately, both society and the media have apparently ignored this prodigious event. A story describes this punishment . (14 )

A story reviews a guidebook for journalists working in areas affected by war. Among the books contributors was Moskovskiye Novosti journalist Valery Butuyev, who was killed in Moscow in March. (14)

Literaturary scholar and author of several books about Fyodor Dostoyevsky Lyudmila Saraskina has become interested in the life of Nobel Prize writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn. In an interview, Saraskina explains what appealed to her about Solzhenitsyn's personality and why she has endeavored to write his biography. (19)

In 1957 leaflets appeared in different districts of Moscow criticized the ruling regime and resolutely demanding that the country's de-Stalinization continue. A small group of people consisting of Moscow State University teachers and students set about the task of creating a truthful history of the USSR. The group's activities were very quickly stopped and participants were very severely punished. A story describes its activities. (20)

One year ago the government criticized the shortcomings of current school history textbooks , and a decision was made to create a new textbook that would truthfully describes the history of the 20th century. A story looks at several unsuccessful attempts to do so. (21 )

A story reports on how the National Bolshevik Party is waging a struggle against the ruling regime. (23)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Due to a personnel shortage, the Moscow Interior Department has invited people from other former Soviet republics to come to work as Moscow policemen. A story comments on the initiative. ( 1, 12, 13 )

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has promised for a second time to double stipends for students in state-run post-secondary institutes, beginning in September . Salaries for teachers will be also raised. A story comments on Kasyanov's promise. (2, 4, MK, 1 )

Komsomolskaya Pravda has published several photos taken in the army unit of Colonel Yury Budanov 10 hours before he allegedly killed a young Chechen woman, Elza Kungayeva. (6,7 )

The court trial of Colonel Yury Budanov, who is accused of killing Chechen young woman Elza Kungayeva, has split the public into those who view him as hero and consider the colonel to be a victim and those who view him as a murderer. (8, 9 )

Red Stars, a leading domestic fashion house, announced last week that it's winding up its activities in Russia. Its President Vitaly Leiba believes that there are no civilized conditions here for the existence of such business. Is that really so? A story tries to answer this question. (10, MK, 1,2 )

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

Though the military exhibition that ended in Nizhny Tagil on Sunday was labeled "international," foreign companies did not show their products on exhibit. A story examines the exhibition's poor results. ( 1,2 )

Many Russian post-secondary institutes have launched entrance examinations to select most talented and diligent young people. Balashikha resident Alexander Golov, who turns 62 next week, has decided to enter Moscow State University's journalism department . A story highlights this old "new Lomonosov". (1 )

Journalist Alexander Minkin gives concrete facts that cast doubt the State Duma's efforts to pass efficient draft bills . (1

The Moscow government has made the decision to give back ( retroactively, starting Jan. 1, 2002) all social benefits that were taken away from the city police. A story comments on the decision . (1 )

The Moscow authorities have decided , among many other positive measures, to restore the old Church of the Kazan Mother of God in the Moscow Meshchersky Settlement in the west of the city. A story examines the project. (1 )

Political observer Alexander Khinshtein describes the letter former Russian President Boris Yeltsin allegedly received from exiled tycoon Boris Berezovsky on the eve of Independence Day. (2 )

Medical specialists at the Moscow Bakulev Cardio-Vascular Center late last week performed a unique surgery on the heart of a newborn child. A story describes the procedure in detail. (3 )

A story is devoted to various presents that state leaders receive from one another. The article takes a special interest a bay stallion that President Putin recently received from Tajikistan's President Emomali Rakhmonov. In reply Putin said that now he will definitely learn to ride a horse. (4)