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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

The Presnya Inter-District Prosecutor's Office on Wednesday launched an investigation into human remains that have been discovered under the Supreme Court building on Povarskaya Ulitsa. Experts say they are about 60 years old and may belong to victims of Stalin's repression. A story raises the topic of their mass burials, the official number of which in Moscow is five. A map shows the burial places. (1; Noviye Izvestia, 2; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2; Vremya Novostei, 2; Vremya MN, 2; Trud, 4)

Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze has no intention to allow foreigners to conduct a military operation in the Pankisi Gorge to oust Chechen and Arab rebels from the area. A Russian Security Council delegation headed by Council Secretary Vladimir Rushailo in Tbilisi on Wednesday tried to persuade the Georgian leader to launch the operation. A story describes the behind-the-scenes struggle around this issue. (1,2; Kommersant, 5; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5)

US Vice-President Dick Cheney is suspected in an involvement in financial misdealings. The private conservative Judicial Watch organization stated it intends to file a multi-million suit against Cheney in the American administration. A story gives details. (1; Kommersant, 7; Gazeta, 8; Noviye Izvestia, 3; Vremya MN, 2; Vremya Novostei, 4; Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4; MK, 2)

Vladimir Pozner, president of the Television Academy and host of Vremena, the ORT weekly analytical program, answers questions on hotline from Izvestia readers. He in part explains why he supports the creation of public television. (1,12)

The Union of Pediatricians on Wednesday held a Children and Medicines Forum to discuss the alarming situation regarding providing children and teenagers with medications. Two experts comment on this acute problem. (2; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2; Vremya MN, 6)

The government plans to discuss a draft bill Thursday concerning the free economic zones, but Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has postponed the discussion. A story says why. (2)

Domestic tanks have become a hit at the international Russian Expo Arms 2002 exhibition that opened in Nizhny Tagil on Tuesday. A story describes how foreigners assess them. (2; MK, 1,2)

Representatives from the advertising industry got together Wednesday to discuss advertising as a guarantee of the freedom of speech. The participants strongly criticized the new law concerning the main guarantees of election rights. ORT even decided to file a suit in the Constitutional Court to uphold the possibility of participate in election campaigns. A story examines issues raised at the round-table discussion. (2; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2)

Dmitry Starostin, Deputy Governor of the Kostroma region, was arrested Wednesday on charges of abuse of power. Brief. (3; Vremya Novostei, 1)

Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov on Wednesday appointed Major-General Mikhail Vanichkin, head of the Russian Interpol Bureau, to the post of St. Petersburg police chief. A story comments on the appointment. (3; Kommersant, 1,3; Gazeta, 3; Vremya Novostei, 2; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2; Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2; MK, 2)

An booby-trapped offensive sign that local criminals prepared for an acquaintance near his house in Baltiisk (Kaliningrad region) exploded Wednesday, killing a retired colonel who tried to take it down. A woman from the house was seriously injured and taken to a hospital for urgent surgery. A story gives details. (1; Kommersant, 4; Gazeta, 1,2; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7; Vremya Novostei, 1; Vremya MN, 1,5; Krasnaya Zvezda, 1; Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3; MK, 1)

Two maternity homes in Vladivostok will represent Russia in a special project sponsored by The New York Times and the Discovery channel to make a documentary titled "The World Birthday." Besides Russia, nine other countries are taking part. A story examines the project. (3)

Hollywood star Rod Steiger died on July 9 at the age of 77 in a hospital outside Los Angeles. Russian film star Irina Skobtseva, widow of famous filmmaker Sergei Bondarchuk, reminisces about her unforgettable meeting with Steiger. (3; Kommersant, 13; Gazeta, 11; Vremya Novostei, 3)

The Federation Council at its last session on Wednesday summed up the results of its legislative activities in this spring semester, and senators on Thursday are to report to President Vladimir Putin about the results and about their future plans. A story examines some positive results. (4; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2; Vremya MN, 3; Vremya Novostei, 2)

In an interview Frederic Layons, a permanent representative in Moscow of the UN Program of Development, talks about his major functions here, focusing on the most acute problem facing Russia today. (4)

The Moscow City Telephone Network on July 13 will celebrate its 120th anniversary. A story describes its origin and several interesting facts from its history. (5; Vremya Novostei, 5; Vremya MN, 2; MK, 2)

The ALROSA-De Beers trade agreement on selling Russian diamonds on the world market may not take effect this year. A story says why, focusing on the content of the document. (5)

The Federation Council on Wednesday endorsed the amendments to the law concerning the tax on enterprises' property, which were previously passed by the State Duma. A story reveals the essence of the amendment, saying how it will affect major taxpayers in the gas sphere. (5; Kommersant, 2)

Vneshtorgbank's (VTB) supervisory council on Wednesday endorsed VTB's new management board. A story examines its new members, focusing on the latter's significant mission. (5; Kommersant, 10)

Officials from the Economic Development and Trade Ministry at a government closed session Thursday will report about results of their negotiations on Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization. A story examines the major results. (5; Kommersant, 2, 10)

The Aeroflot authorities have decided to stop using medium-distance Boeings. A story comments on the decision. (5)

A story offers an analysis of the domestic metals sector and market, presenting viewpoints by five executives of leading domestic metals companies. (6)

A significant task of foreign policy today is to shape a positive image for Russia that will influence the West's investment policy toward Russia. What could help achieve this task is close contacts with public forces in the West that call themselves the Peace Movement. Leonid Slutsky, head of the management board of the Russian Peace Fund, has devoted his story to this issue. (8)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The Swiss Federal Banking Commission is working to introduce amendments to the Swiss law concerning the struggle against money laundering. Their aim is to prevent foreign political figures (and also criminal elements) from keeping their money in Swiss bank accounts. A story comments on several amendments. (1)

The Federation Council on Wednesday endorsed a draft bill concerning the alternative civil service. A story examines its major provisions. (2; Vremya Novostei, 2)

Deputy Prosecutor General Vladimir Kolesnikov, who arrived in Tolyatti on Wednesday, stated that a large-scale police operation will be conducted against local gangster clans as part of an investigation into the murder of City Duma deputy Valery Ivanov, editor in chief of the Tolyatinskoye Obozreniye newspaper. A story details the case. (3)

The Swiss Skyguide company Wednesday tried to divert the responsibility for the recent air crash from the flight controller who ordered the Tu-154 crew to descend. A story describes the company's efforts in this respect. (3; Gazeta, 1,3)

Patriarch Alexy II on Wednesday arrived at Valaam Island. A story describes the aim of his visit. (4)

According to a diplomatic source, serious personnel reshuffles are expected at the Japanese Embassy in Moscow. Brief. (5)

A Parliamentary Assembly for the Council of Europe delegation headed by Lord Frank Judd on Wednesday arrived in Moscow on a working visit. Its aim is to discuss the current situation in Chechnya. Brief. (5)

A NATO delegation on Wednesday completed its visit to Ukraine. A story examines its major results. (6)

Russia and the European Union in Brussels on Tuesday signed an agreement on Russian steel imports to Europe up to 2004. A story comments on the document, focusing on the metals companies' response. (9)

The Soglasiye tourist agency that organized the tragic trip to Spain for the Bashkirian children who perished in the recent air crash sent a letter Wednesday to the Economic Development and Trade Ministry's tourism department, saying it will return the cost of the trip tickets to the relatives of the children. (9)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov in Kaluga on Wednesday held a session of regional governors to discuss the acute issue concerning the regional budgets. He stated the regions should count on their own financial reserves. A story reveals the essence of his statement. (10; Gazeta, 1,2; Vremya Novostei, 2; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3)

Railways Minister Gennady Fadeyev and Unified Metals Company (OMK) general director Anatoly Sedykh on Wednesday signed an agreement, according to which the ministry in the next eight years will buy wagon wheels worth $800 million from the Vyksunsky Metals Plant, part of OMK. Brief. (10)

Rostselmash plans to lay off a large number of workers and abolish several managing units, Rostselmash general director Sergei Lebedev stated. Brief. (10)

The Federal Energy Commission's Managing Board in Moscow on Wednesday endorsed a new procedure of determining tariffs on transporting oil along the main pipelines. A story examines how the tariffs will be determined. (10)

Gazprom on Wednesday announced the settlement of the problem concerning mutual debts with the Itera company. According to results of the negotiations with Itera, the latter owes Gazprom only $60 million, which will be cleared off during the year. (11)

The board of directors of the Ostankino brewery Wednesday made the decision to withdraw from the deal on selling the controlling stake of OPZ to the St. Petersburg Baltika company. A story comments on the decision. (11)

The German retail OBI company has signed an agreement with the DIY Project Russia company on building a large network of hypermarkets in the Moscow region. (11)

The Kommersant supplement is devoted to the metals sector, focusing on a government program titled "Measures Aimed at Boosting the Metals Industry through 2010". (17-20)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

A story looks at the investigation currently underway regarding tha lleged finacial machinations of U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney. (A1)

According to the Gallup marketing agency, Russians are among the world's top five advertising watchers. Apparently, they even watch commercials they don't like. A story gives figures to illustrate the point. (A1)

Investment banks have an answer to the enigmatic and long standing question "Who is Mr. Putin?" Their answer: "Reformer and a friend of the West." Since the beginning of Putin's presidency, the domestic stock market has grown by 45 percent, and investors are no longer awaiting any political "surprises" from the president. (A1)

According to an official government source, the 2003 draft budget will be considered the before Aug. 15, after which it will be submitted to the State Duma. Brief. (A1)

In an interview Dmitry Chepchugov, head of the Moscow "P" Board, says how his agency is cracking down on computer hackers. (A2)

Large taxpayers will be able to get back million of dollars from the budget thanks to the little-known PC Service-99 company. The Supreme Court on Wednesday declared one paragraph from the No. 914 government decree illegal. A story details the decision. (A3)

A story examines results of the Federation Council's work in the spring session, which ended on July 10. (A3)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

A bid made by the LUKoil-British Rotch Group for the purchase of the Polish NPZ Gdanska Rafineria oil refinery has unexpectedly collapsed. A story speculates on the reasons for the fall out. (B1)

The beer industry is rapidly expanding, despite all negative forecasts. A story cites figures from the Biznes Analitika marketing agency to illustrate the industry's growth. (B1)

The fate of the Cybiko company may change soon when its owners complete negotiations with Motorola for the sale of part of company. A story explains why Motorola has taken an interest in Cybiko. (B1)

The Railways Ministry has struck an 8-year $800 million agreement with the Unified Metals Company for the delivery of railway wheels. A story comments on the unprecedented deal. (B1)

At a Slavneft-Megionneftegaz extraordinary shareholders ' meeting scheduled for Aug. 30, Slavneft shareholders will elect new members to the board of directors. Brief. (B1)

The Federation Council endorsed amendments to the second part of the Tax Code on Wednesday. The amendments may cause radical changes on both the wholesale and retail oil products markets. A story examines some os the amendments, focusing on concerns of independent traders. (B2)

According to analysts from the Brunswick UBS Warburg investment bank, Russia's gold and hard currency reserves by the end of this year will reach $50 billion. A story comments on the forecast. (B3)

Troika-Dialog has lowered the recommendation on Aeroflot shares from "buy" to "hold" and has marked their fair price down from $0.6 to $0.36. The brief explains why Troika has made the revision. (B3)

A story describes how Taganrog businessmen have managed to locate an oak tree, which, they assure, was the one described by Alexander Pushkin in his famous poem "Ruslan and Lyudmila." (1)

The Moscow Helsinki Group has compiled a report on the observance of human rights in Russia in 2001. A story examines the document, saying it should have been named a report on a steady non-observance of civil rights. (2)

An external manager has been appointed at Dalmoreprodukt, at which a bankruptcy procedure was launched early this week according to a decision made by Primorye Arbitration Court. A story describes the best years of this once leading fishing enterprise in the Far East. (4)

Vladimir Zubrin, deputy prosecutor general in the Northwestern Federal District, has made a decision that has bewildered the public. He stated that he views as "premature" the indictment brought against Vladimir Butov, head of the Nenets Autonomous Area, and therefore he ordered the area's prosecutor's office to cancel its decision. A story examines the situation surrounding the Butov case. (4)

NOVAYA GAZETA # 49

The issue of ethnicity has become acute lately in the Krasnodar region, where Governor Alexander Tkachev intends to determine the legal status of immigrants by the endings of their surnames. A feature story describes ethnic relationships in the region. (4)

The Ecology and Law magazine, the editor in chief of which, Grigory Pasko, is in prison, has made its debut in St. Petersburg. The deputy editor in ?hief, esteemed local journalist Viktor Tereshkin, talks about Pasko's case. (5)

The democratic conference has appealed to Supreme Court head Vyacheslav Lebedev with a letter requesting the revision of the decision of the Supreme Court's Military Collegium. The court decision failed to change the verdict of the Pacific Fleet Military Court on the criminal case of journalist Grigory Pasko. The full text of the letter is published. (5)

The All-Union Center for the Study of Public Opinion has conducted a poll to see what people think of the Interior Ministry (the police) and of the Federal Security Service. A story offers interesting results. (5)

Women and children are two categories of people that featured prominently in an annual report by human rights plenipotentiary chief Oleg Mironov. A story examines several such excerpts from his report. (7)

An report by the Human Rights Watch organization describes how human rights are being observed in the epoch of the anti-terror struggle. (6,7)

A new epidemic has hit Grozny -- mass deaths of unborn babies. The authorities are unwilling to investigate the reasons behind such cases. Are they afraid of responsibility? A story gives several concrete tragic cases. (9)

Krasnaya Zvezda

The full text of the Defense Ministry's order of June 28 concerning higher salaries for servicemen is published. (3)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Pravda agricultural cooperative director Grigory Khukasyan, who has failed to pay monthly wages to his workers on time, will go on trial. This is the first such case in domestic legal history. The case is described in detail and nine policy-makers and public figures share their views on the case. (1,3,12-13)

First Deputy Transport Minister Alexander Neradko on Wednesday stated that the flight commander of the crashed Tu-154 place Alexander Gross obeyed erroneous instructions from the Swiss air traffic controller in full conformity with the rules of the International Civil Aviation Organization. A story gives a minute-by-minute description of the Swiss flight controller's behavior. (2; Gazeta, 1,3; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1; Vremya Novostei, 3)

The Federation Council on Wednesday endorsed the candidacy of Alexander Savenkov to the post of Chief Military Prosecutor and deputy prosecutor general. A story examines this candidacy. (2; Gazeta, 1, 3)

July 11 marks World Population Day. A story gives demographical statistics on Russia, explaining why the mortality rate is worst in the northeast and best in the southwest of the country. (4)

The Moscow government Tuesday endorsed a housing construction program that will be implemented on the Frunze airfield on Khodunskoye Pole. The project will be completed by 2006. A story examines what will be built there. (5)

In an interview, Oleg Biryukov, chief of the Municipal Programs Board of the Spasskiye Vorota insurance company, talks about Muscovites' right for beneficial insurance. (6)

A feature story describes the unique exhibits at the new Museum of Car Theft that opened in Moscow on Tuesday. (7)

City authorities on July 9 registered eight suicides in Moscow, the highest number ever observed in the history of the city. A story describes them in detail, focusing on possible reasons for them. (8; Gazeta, 5)

A rapist (aged 40-45 years) has appeared in Mytishchi (Moscow region) where in four hours he raped two local young women. A story gives details. (8)

A story describes how Moscow teenagers can legally earn money during their summer vacations. (11)

According to the Education Ministry's directive, school pupils in all secondary public schools will have more physical education lessons. A story comments on the novelty. (11)

Passions are riding high in an iron and steel plant in Guryevsk (Ural region), where at a general meeting scheduled for July 13 will elect a new general director. A story looks at what has come out of the once leading metals enterprise. (17)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

A story examines what writer Eduard Limonov, leader of the National Bolshevik Party, is being convicted for. (1)

The Moscow City Duma on Wednesday considered a draft bill concerning the protection of the minors and the rules for their behavior in public places. A story examines the document's provisions, focusing on their tough tone. (1; Gazeta, 2; Noviye Izvestia, 1,5)

The Savyolovsky prosecutor's office and the Moscow Interior Ministry's Criminal Investigation Board have solved the criminal case on the contract killing of Moscow lawyer Irina Maksimova. A story details the case, giving the names of the killers and their clients. (1,3)

July 11 may become a holiday for small businesses -- the Federation Council has endorsed a draft bill that has considerably simplified the taxation system for them. A story examines the document. (2)

The Central Bank on Wednesday reported that the foreign debt in the first quarter of this year shrank by more than $1.1 billion to $149.9 billion. A story comments on the debt problem. (2)

Desertion from the army has lately become a serious problem in the armed forces. About 5,000 servicemen flee their units every year. A story gives concrete facts. (2)

Navy Chief Commander Admiral Kuroyedov has signed an order on the dismissal of Black Sea Fleet Commander Admiral Komoyedov, who has filed a suit against Admiral Kuroyedov. A story reveals the essence of their conflict. (2)