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Izvestia
Kommersant
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Argumenty i Fakty
Komsomolskaya Pravda
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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

The Constitutional Court on Tuesday allowed regional leaders to run for a third term. A story examines the strong and weak points of this ruling, concluding that in this way the federal authorities have ensured political stability for themselves for the next six years. (1,2; Kommersant, 2; Noviye Izvestia, 2; Gazeta, 1,2; Vremya Novostei, 1; Vremya MN, 3; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2; Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2; Argumenty i Fakty, No. 28, p. 2; MK, 2)

A two-day conference of ambassadors will open in the Foreign Ministry on Thursday, and President Vladimir Putin will make a speech Friday. The last time such an event took place was almost 20 years ago. The conference will sum up the results of the political season that started on Sept. 11 and map out new tasks. In an interview, Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov examines several results, focusing on the major principles of foreign policy today. (1,6)

The commission investigating the air tragedy over Germany may blame the Russian pilots. A story examines several formal grounds for such a conclusion. (1; Kommersant, 4; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7)

Gazprom-Media has bought all of former oligarch Vladimir Gusinsky's media shares and also bought out the debt obligations of its companies to Gusinsky's media empire. A story comments on the deal, saying what both sides have gained from it. (2; Kommersant, 9; Gazeta, 1,3: Vremya Novostei, 1,2; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2; Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4; MK, 2)

At a news conference Tuesday, US President George Bush, instead of focusing on his anti-terror strategy and on the struggle against American corrupt financial bosses, had to justify himself -- journalists got interested in a scandal connected with the president's former commercial activities. A story gives details. (2; Kommersant, 5; Vremya MN, 1,9; Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3)



Moscow's Domodedovo Airport on August 1 will open its new rail terminal in the Paveletsky railway station. The project of building a high-speed transport system between the station and Domodedovo has been completed. A story describes the project, focusing on its advantages. (2)

Russia and the European Union on Tuesday finally signed an agreement on the access of Russian steel to the European market. The document will be valid up to December 2004. Brief. (3; Gazeta, 9; Vremya Novostei, 1)

St. Petersburg actor Bruno Freindlikh has died at the age of 92 after a long illness. A story describes his creative theatrical career. (3; Gazeta, 11; Vremya Novostei, 1; Vremya MN, 11)

The Yury Detochkin Museum of Auto Theft, named after the film hero who used to steal cars in order to send money to orphanages, opened Tuesday in the Technical Center on Koptevskaya Ulitsa. A story describes this unique museum. (3; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3; Vremya MN, 2)

The Federation Council is expected to endorse the new Arbitration Procedural Code and also the amendments to the Criminal Procedural Code on Wednesday. The latter took effect 10 days ago. On the eve of the Council session, deputy head of the Kremlin administration Dmitry Kozak shared the Kremlin's views on both documents. (4; Gazeta, 3; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2; Vremya MN, 1)

Security Council Secretary Vladimir Rushailo, who began his official visit to Georgia on Tuesday, is expected to meet with President Eduard Shevardnadze today. A story examines several significant issues Rushailo will discuss with the Shevardnadze. (4; Kommersant, 5; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 7; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5)

Another integration body -- the Euro-Asian Economic Community -- was founded Tuesday by the Business Council of Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. A story examines its aims, participants and plans. (4)

In an interview, Vasily Zhidkov, general director of the Mining-Chemical Combine -- a key enterprise responsible for the storage of domestic and foreign radiated nuclear fuel that comes to Russia from foreign nuclear energy plants -- examines several acute problems, including the environmental ones, linked up to imports of foreign waste nuclear fuel and its processing in Russia. (4)

The Federation Council on Tuesday discussed an issue concerning the imposition of a single realty tax that would replace the property and land taxes. A story focuses on its advantages. (5; Vremya Novostei, 5)

The law concerning obligatory insurance of auto drivers' civil liability will take effect on July 1, 2003, but insurance companies are already discussing problems facing the insurance market. A story examines some of them. (5; Vremya Novostei, 2)

The Moscow Versatel company has entered the private television market under the "DIVO " trademark. A story describes this company and its services. (5; Kommersant, 11)

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday met with Property Minister Farit Gazizullin, who told the president about measures his agency has taken to increase the efficiency of managing state-owned property. The minister promised Putin that the budget revenues from privatization and managing the state-controlled property would next year be increased to 100 billion rubles. (5)

A so-called delegation of Ichkeria (Chechnya) in the Council of Europe has ceased to operate in Strasbourg. It was opened by and functioned with the backing of the French authorities. Brief. (6)

Glass-processing plant BAMO-Float-Glass will become operational Wednesday in Solnechnogorsk (Moscow region). The BAMO Group is a leading regional producer of construction materials, above all, glass. A story features the BAMO company, its products, its participation on the building materials market and its new plant. (8; Noviye Izvestia, 4)

Bolshoi tenor Sergei Lemeshev would have turned 100 today. A story is devoted to this handsome and talented actor. (10; Gazeta, 1,11; Vremya Novostei, 6; MK, 1,4)

Kommersant
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Saratov Regional Court, which is considering the case of writer Eduard Limonov, leader of the National Bolshevik Party, made an unprecedented decision on Tuesday: the trial, which was declared closed for the public, will be open. A story comments on the decision, viewing it as a defeat for the FSB. In a short interview, Limonov says he believes that he will be acquitted. (1; Gazeta, 5; Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7)

The Moscow government Tuesday endorsed a housing construction program in the former Central Frunze airfield (also known as Khodynskoye Pole). A story examines the program. (1,4; Gazeta, 7; Vremya Novostei, 1)

Aeroflot former first deputy general director Nikolai Glushkov was questioned Tuesday in the Moscow Savyolovsky Inter-municipal Court. The defendant tried to persuade the judges that he was innocent. A story describes how he went about it. (3; Gazeta, 3; Vremya Novostei, 2)

The Moscow City Duma on Tuesday discussed a draft Code of Deputy Ethics that will be passed as an internal decree rather than as a legislative act. A story examines the document. (3; Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5)

A news conference in the Rossiya Hotel on Wednesday will be devoted to a construction project of the "Holy Land" entertainment complex in Moscow's Nizhniye Mnevniki district. A story describes the project. (4)

A story reports on how Uralvagonzavod driver Yevgeny Boyarsky was injured at the Russian Expo Arms-2000 exhibition that opened in Nizhny Tagil on Tuesday. (4; Gazeta, 2)

The majority of launches of Russian rockets should be moved before the end of 2005 from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome to Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk region, Deputy Defense Minister General Alexander Kosovan stated on Tuesday. Brief. (4)

Bavarian Premier Edmund Stoiber, head of the conservative opposition of Germany, arrived in Moscow on Tuesday at the invitation of Mayor Yury Luzhkov The guest will be received particularly cordially, since in September he may be elected German Chancellor. A story focuses on issues the German official will discuss with Luzhkov. (6)

Managers of the Ukraina mine, in which a blast killed 35 miners Sunday, were arrested Tuesday on charges of violating the safety rules. What punishment may they face? (7)

The St. Petersburg Arbitration Court on Monday made a sensational decision -- to exact from the St. Petersburg-based Severnaya Verf ship-building plant $603 million in favor of the federal budget, on a Finance Ministry suit. A story reveals the essence of the suit and the decision, focusing on its negative consequences for Severnaya Verf. (9)

The international Fitch rating agency has made public its report on Russia's creditworthiness. The report predicts the growth of Russia's gross domestic product by 4 percent in 2002, and by 4.5 percent in 2003. Brief. (9)

British Ambassador to Russia Sir Roderic Lyne and a group of British businessmen arrived in the Samara region on a two-day visit Tuesday. The brief mentions the visit's aim. (9)

Vneshtorgbank's supervisory council today will hold a session to form a new management board at the bank. A story looks at several candidates, focusing on the significance of the issue. (10)

Conrad Royss, managing director of the Standard & Poor's international agency, stated Tuesday that Russia's rating will be upgraded to BB in the near future. Market participants immediately reacted to this statement --Russian bond quotations have upgraded by 0.8-1.2 percent. A story comments on the rating. (10)

Ford Motor Company, the world's second largest automaker, on Tuesday officially opened its plant in Vsevolozhsk (Leningrad region) that will assemble Focus cars. A story describes the company and its plants. (11)

The domestic Amtel company and Finnish Nokian Tires on Tuesday announced a joint venture to make Nokian tires in Russia. A story comments on the project. (11)



Vedomosti
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Former oligarch Vladimir Gusinsky has ceased to be a minority shareholder in Media-MOST. A story examines who has bought his shares. (A1)

Starting Wednesday, the Platts agency, one of the two leading quoting agencies in the world, will calculate oil prices on the basis of Forties and Oseberg oil brands rather than the Brent brand. (A1)

The Unified Russia Party looks to have increase its efforts to heighten its public image. The party will spend up to $220,000 a month on advertising. (A1)

Russia and the European Union officially signed a steel trade agreement Tuesday. The brief mentions its specifications. (A1)

The All-Russian State Television and Radio Company should not count on receiving budget funds to buy a 20 percent stake in the Euronews television channel. Alexei Volin, government apparat deputy head, stated this on Tuesday. Brief. (A1)

In an interview Tommazo Padoa-Schioppa, member of the European Central Bank's Executive Committee, speaks about the interests of the ECB in Russia. Padoa-Schioppa also gives his assessment of the Russian banking system. (A2)

The Economic Development Ministry German Gref together with the Security Council's Vladimir Rushailo will draft amendments to boost Russia's economic security. The initiative has come after President Vladimir Putin encouraged the government to ensure that the country's economic strategy reflects new challenges in the global economy. (A3)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Having failed to come to agreement with Sibneft on consolidation conditions, Onako's prinicpal owners, Alfa-Group and Renova, are now making plans to liquidate the Orenburg holding, the assets of which may be added to the Tyumen Oil Company (TNK). (B1)

On Monday Morgan Stanley Monday bought an option to buy 0.1 percent of Yukos stock. The brief mentions some other potential buyers. (B1)

Red Stars, a leading domestic model agency, will soon be wrapping up its operations. The company's president, Vitaly Leiba, has become disappointed in modeling business. A story describes his further plans. (B1)

On Tuesday Delta-Bank unveiled a new program to release Visa brand credit cards, which is the 13th program in Russia. A story examines its essence. (B1

The Sedmoi Kontinent retail network has made public 10 tough criteria, according to which it will select suppliers. A story examines some of them. (B1)

LUKoil has refused to take part in a tender to buy Poland second largest oil refinery, Rafineria Gdanska. A brief explains why. (B1)

The first domestic oil exchange may soon open in Khanty-Mansiisk. Governor Alexander Filippenko stated this on Tuesday. A story comments on his statement. (B2)

Fourteen ambulance doctors in Ust-Kut (Irkutsk region) have staged a hunger strike protesting months-old wage arrears. The brief mentions their minimal wages. (1)

Kaliningrad residents would like to be part of Europe and return the old name to the city -- Koenisberg -- that it had up to 1946. The brief points to the initiator of the renaming. (1)

A story analyses the first positive and negative results of the pension reform that was put into effect several months ago. (1,4)

In an interview, prolific writer Boris Vasilyev shares his negative view on the perestroika years and on the role of intellectuals in reforming the country today. (1,5)

According to information on the Finance Ministry's Internet site, Russia's foreign debt payments in July will exceed $1 billion. Brief. (1)

Argumenty i Fakty
www.aif.ru

In an interview, writer Vladimir Voinovich talks about his new book titled "Alexander Solzhenitsyn. The Portrait Against the Background of the Myth." (3)

There are about 250 extremist organizations in Russia today. Do they pose a real threat to society? The Federation Council is expected to consider a draft bill on counteracting extremist activities, and President Vladimir Putin is to sign it soon. A story reports on how the law will change the life of extremist organizations. (4)

Young Russians living in Estonia today perceive themselves to be more residents of Europe than of Estonia, and thus prefer studying English. A story features their feelings and plans. (4)



The Anti-Monopoly Ministry (MAP) has begun to monitor oil companies that have considerably increased petrol prices lately. Thus, the MAP branch in Nizhny Novgorod has opened a criminal case against two LUKoil subsidiaries. A story examines the case. (7)



State Duma Deputy Ivan Grachov, leader of the "Boosting Entrepreneurship" movement, comments on the new land law, saying it could be briefly reflected in the slogan "Land to Bureaucrats," because as soon as a person tries to sell his or her land, a bureaucrat appears immediately between the buyer and the land owner. (8)

In an interview, Education Minister Vladimir Filippov talks about private and public higher education institutions, about their quality education systems. (10)

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov in June ordered that in 2004 all city apartments must switch from gas stoves to electrical stoves. A story comments on the mayor's directive. (Moskva Supplement, 1)

There are almost 100,000 private security guards in Moscow today. Why so many? Whom do they guard and how much are their services? A story describes the origin of the private guarding agencies and of the private security services in the city and their numbers. State Duma deputy Alexei Alexandrov, head of the Duma State Security Subcommittee, comments on the private guards' activities. (Moskva Supplement, 6)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
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The Federation Council on Wednesday is expected to consider amendments to the 2002 federal budget. A story focuses on factors that have demanded budget changes. (2)

According to a rating published by the Mercer Human Resources Consulting company, Moscow is the second most expensive city in the world (after Hong Kong). A commentary and a list of expensive cities is given. (3)

Following her trip to London Irina Khakamada, deputy speaker of the State Duma, submitted a complaint to the Prosecutor General's Office about Aeroflot, whose service she found to be unsatisfactory. As a result, Aeroflot was made to compensate for the cost of air tickets to passengers who experienced discomfort. A story gives details. (3)

A new Russian Agrarian Movement has emerged on the country 's political scene. It is headed by Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev. In an interview, Gordeyev talks about his party's aims, tasks and program. (7)

A female giraffe named Lyuba on Tuesday arrived in Moscow from the USA to start a family with Moscow giraffe Samson who has a posh apartment in Moscow zoo. A feature story describes the guest. (8; MK, 1,2)

Yelena Papanova, daughter of the late film star Anatoly Papanov and actress at Yermolova Theater, has filed a suit in the Savyolovsky Inter-Municipal Court against an advertising agency that used her father's image in its ads. The court on Tuesday denied Yelena's request to defend the dignity and honor of her father, one of the country's much-loved actors. A story gives details. (9; Gazeta, 3)

Starting July 1, the salaries to army servicemen were increased. A story critically examines the measure and gives a list of army official posts with corresponding salaries. (10)

A story offers several concrete facts showing how the new Code of Administrative Legal Violations works and how it has changed the life of GAI officers. (14,15,16)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

A group of State Duma deputies late last week sent a letter to President Vladimir Putin, in which they stated that the amount of funds spent on the construction project of the Ring Road, or KAD, in St. Petersburg has already exceeded the planned figure by 20 times. The letter also stated that at the present pace, KAD, part of which has to be completed by the city's 300th jubilee in May 2003, will be open to traffic in 2045. A story describes the project and the serious problems with its implementation. (1,3)

The government has endorsed a new provision concerning the licensing of medical services. A story examines several points from the provision. (1)

Sergei Lemeshev, a tenor singer at the Bolshoi, would have turned 100 today. In an interview, his widow, famous actress Vera Kudryavtseva, who is slightly younger than her late husband, told her love story. (1,4)

A feature story gives concrete facts showing how several hundred workers (real slaves) have been for many years building cottages for army generals in Noginsk (Moscow region). (2)

The Lithuanian Court has acquitted two former officers from the Vilnius OMON special police force unit, who were accused of criminal acts against Lithuania. A story describes their cases. (2)

The Moscow City Duma has decided to provide all city school pupils with hot meals. With this in mind, deputies will have to find an additional 913 million rubles ($28.96 million) from the city budget. (2)

BeeLine first vice-president Nikolai Pryanishnikov answers numerous questions from BeeLine users about his company 's communications services on a hotline. (5)