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Izvestia
Kommersant
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Komsomolskaya Pravda


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

The death toll from the floods in the south has reached 78 people, and hundreds of houses, crops and thousands of livestock have been lost. President Vladimir Putin on Friday arrived at Stavropol straight from the G-8 summit, and was shocked by what he saw. The president met with the governors of all regions of the Southern Federal District. Local authorities are said to have received the information about the floods before the disaster and could have taken preventive measures. A story gives new facts and figures about the casualties and damage, and focuses on Putin's visit. (1,4; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2,10; Noviye Izvestia, 1; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 12; Krasnaya Zvezda, 1; Gazeta, June 28, p.6; Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3; MK, 3)

A story describes a conflict between Pepsi and Coca-Cola that has negatively affected the Russian Football Union, which has a sponsorship deal with the Coca-Cola Export Corporation. Soccer player Alexander Mostovoi has found himself directed involved in the conflict. (1)

The Gazprom shareholders' annual meeting Friday elected Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chief of the presidential administration, as head of the company's board of directors. He previously held this post in 2000-01. Gazprom management board chairman Alexei Miller failed to attend the meeting allegedly due to an illness. A story describes the meeting and several documents it adopted. (2; Kommersant, 1,5; Vremya MN, 2; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

The Swiss Noga firm has lodged suits against the heads of Rosaviakosmos, MiG and Sukhoi, even after the Court of Appeal in the French city of Rennes fined it 100,000 euros for attempting to confiscate the Russian vessel "Sedov." A story describes the firm's defeat and its continuing struggle. (2)

The Inter-State Aviation Committee on Friday supported the conclusions of the Prosecutor's Office that has accused the pilots of the Mi-8 that crashed with Krasnoyarsk governor Alexander Lebed on board. The committee has made public its conclusions on neglect of the crew and the Yeniseisky Meridian aviation company that, in the experts' opinion, resulted in the Mi-8 crash. A story comments on a statement by committee head Valery Chernyaev. (2; Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4)

Conflicting situations surrounding Slavneft have been continuing since the government decided to replace its president Mikhail Gutsiriyev. A story describes the latest developments at the company's main office. (2; Kommersant, 5; Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5)

The FBI on Friday conducted a large-scale search of the houses of 30 biologists, who had access to obtaining anthrax spores that left five people dead in the USA last year. A story gives details. (2)

Black Sea Fleet Commander Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov has filed a suit in the Novosibirsk Garrison Military Court against Navy Supreme Commander Admiral Vladimir Kuroyedov. A story reveals the essence of the conflict, which is unique in the history of the armed forces. (3)

ORT general director Konstantin Ernst on Friday made a speech at a session of the Federation Council Information Policy Commission, saying that the ORT phenomenon is not typical for the television market. On the one hand the channel is state-controlled (51 percent of stock); and on the other hand it is fully commercial (as the ORT company). A story comments on his speech, focusing on the channel's major problem -- a $100 million debt to Vneshekonombank. (3)

A drunk driver, Valentin Volkov, 55, in the early hours of Friday attacked a traffic police checkpoint on the 92nd kilometer of the Moscow Ring Road, leaving one officer dead and another seriously injured. The third officer managed to disarm the driver. (3; Kommersant, 4; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4; Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1,2; MK, 1)

The lawyers of Anatoly Bykov, former director of the Krasnoyarsk Aluminum Plant, on Friday lodged a complaint in the Strasbourg International Human Rights Court regarding the violation of their clients' human rights. (3; Vremya MN, 3)

Twenty-nine children from St. Petersburg Orphanage No. 2 on Friday were hospitalized after being diagnosed with poisoning. One girl, Katya Yefimova, 3, died. Brief. (3)

The State Duma on Friday passed in the third and final reading a draft bill on alternative civil service. (3; Noviye Izvestia, 2; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2; Vremya MN, 3)

Patriarch Alexy II, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, on Thursday received a delegation from the Roman Catholic Church headed by Archbishop Luigi Bressan. The two sides discussed the state of relations between the Russian Orthodox and the Roman Catholic churches. Brief. (3)

A story examines the positive results of the G-8 summit that ended in Canada on Friday, focusing on its three specific features. (5; Kommersant, 2; Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,6; Krasnaya Zvezda, 3; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7; Vremya MN, 4)

The Party of Life held its founding congress on Saturday. In an interview, one of its ideologists Nikolai Levichev speaks about its name, about its political principles, tasks and membership. (5)

The UES shareholders meeting on Friday elected Prosperity Capital Management director Alexander Branis and Bransweek Capital Management Fund manager David Hern to the company's board of directors. Their election was considered as a major sensation of the meeting. (6; Kommersant, 5; Vremya MN, 2)

The Central Bank has stated that its monetary base from June 17-24 increased by more than 6 billion rubles ($190.42 million) -- from 780.6 billion rubles ($24.77 billion) up to 787.0 billion rubles. Brief. (6)

The government has imposed a 20 percent special duty on imported refrigerators. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has signed a corresponding decree that will take effect in a month. Brief. (6)

The Central Bank on Friday made public its review of the domestic hard currency market. A brief mentions its content. (6)

The leading domestic association of aviation and cosmic electronic enterprises -- the Technokomplex Research and Production Center -- has obtained two companies: the St. Petersburg based Elkus Electronic Company and the Kazan Instrument-building Design Bureau. Technokomplex now comprises 13 enterprises, and soon will obtain one more and will turn into the Avionioka concern. A story focuses on the state's role in this concern. (6)

The State Duma on Friday finalized the parameters of the simplified system of levying taxes on small businesses in a draft bill passed in the second reading. A story comments on the document. (6)

The Norilsk Nickel shareholders' meeting Friday re-elected the board of directors and paid out dividends. The main event, however, is expected to take place on Sunday when the shareholders of the Nornickel metal mining company will hold a meeting that may elect an independent candidate to its board of directors. (6)

Due to an error in accounting reports, the American Xerox company over the past 5 years has overstated its net income by $1.9 billion. The Wall Street Journal stated that the error has cost the company $6 billion. A story gives details. (6)

Ukrainian television should broadcast only in Ukrainian, according to a decision by the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council that has been renewed lately by President Leonid Kuchma. This is aimed at ousting the Russian NTV and ORT channels that are very popular among the Ukrainian audience. Brief. (7)

The first batch of 10 MiG-29 combat planes have been delivered to Yemen despite the USA's objections. The cost of the deal is $300 million. A story examines the deal. (7)

In an interview, Germany's Ambassador to Russia Ernst-Jorg von Studnitz, who is returning home as his term of office has ended, talks about the most significant changes in Russia during his time here and in German-Russian relations. He also assesses the position of German business in Russia. (7)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The Moscow government intends to dismantle the Moskva hotel but does not know where to find $300 million to implement the project. A story describes what was discussed regarding this at a session of the Public City Building Council on Friday. (1)

Wayne Downing, special aide to the US president on the anti-terror struggle, resigned on Friday. One suggested reason behind his decision is that the former officer could no longer tolerate being dictated to by his direct chief -- national security adviser Condoleezza Rice. A story comments on the decision. (1,4)

Stavropol residents Friday mourned over the victims of the floods, which are continuing in the Stavropol, Kuban and neighboring regions. A story reports on the disaster and its victims. (1,3)

The State Duma on Friday passed in the second reading draft bills concerning the fate of small businesses and the road funds. A story looks at the documents' major provisions. (2)

The Moscow City Court on Friday began to consider a criminal case against Interior Ministry investigator Pavel Zaitsev, who is accused of abuse of power. When investigating a high-profile case involving contraband Italian furniture sold in the Tri Kita shop, he allegedly searched suspects illegally. A story details the case. (4)

A news conference in Mir Novostei on Friday announced the creation of a non-government international organization -- the World Congress of Russian-Speaking Jews. A story describes the new organization, its aims and tasks. (4)

An assassination attempt was made in Kaliningrad on Friday on Boris Ovchinnikov, head of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of the Kaliningrad Region, and also general director of the Tseprus pulp and paper combine. A story gives details. (4; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

FSB officers Friday raided the offices of the Aton investment company, allegedly looking for explosives. But a story also examines another possible reason for the search. (5)

When considering in the second reading draft amendments to the Tax Code on Friday, the State Duma approved a government proposal on imposing, starting 2003, mixed rates for the tobacco excise. A story examines the proposal. (5)

BIN-bank shareholders at their annual meeting on Friday elected Sergei Yegorov, former president of the Association of Russian Banks, as BIN-bank board director. Brief. (6)

Cadbury Schweppes plc on Friday announced its purchase of 100 percent of stock of the Danish Dandy company, with its well-known trade marks Stimorol and Dirol, for 201 million pounds sterling ($308.05 million). Brief. (6)

Elektroenergetika's Non-State Pension Fund (NPF) on Friday summed up results of the competition for selecting the managers of the company. This is the first such competition on the NPF market. (6)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has signed a directive on building a new stage for the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. Brief. (9)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

The current dollar-euro standoff will have a negative effect on the state of the world economy. A story describes the worsening position of the dollar, focusing on the euro's role in the dollar's sad fate. (1,3; Gazeta, June 28, p. 1,2; Vremya MN, 1)

Moving Together member Artyom Magunyants, 49, on Tuesday filed a complaint in the Moscow City Prosecutor's Office against acclaimed writer Vladimir Sorokin, who is accused of spreading pornography and inflicting moral damage. A story gives details. (1,10; Noviye Izvestia, 7; Gazeta, June, 28, p. 3)

Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky and his First Deputy Sergei Ivanenko on Friday commented on the results of the State Duma's spring session. Both called the Duma an "extremely ineffective working body." A story comments on Yavlinsky's assessment of the work of his colleagues in the Duma. (2)

The Unified Russia Party has begun to apply new methods of attracting potential voters to its side -- several new public organizations, whose names are given, have agreed to help the party in this process. With this aim in view, the party executive committee has signed agreements on cooperation with these organizations. (2; Noviye Izvestia,1)

Senators and political scientists discussed the status and the current position of the Federation Council in Moscow's Carnegie Center on Friday. Experts tried to prove to senators that their agency is inefficient as it stands today, though senators disagreed. Both sides agreed that further reform is inevitable. however. A story looks at the discussion. (2)

With the departure of Vyacheslav Shtyrov from diamond giant Alrosa, the positions of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in the company's leadership have weakened. The supervisory council of Alrosa for the first time may be headed by a Moscow bureaucrat as vice-president. In an interview, company president Vladimir Kalitin talks about the latest changes in his company, focusing on its plans. (3)

A story gives facts and figures that illustrate how American investors are not hurrying to invest their money in the Russian economy, focusing on several reasons for this. (3)

The problem of self-proclaimed states, including South Ossetia, has again become acute lately. In an interview, President of North Ossetia-Alania Alexander Dzasokhov shares his view on the future fate of the Ossetian people. (5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Starting July 1, all Russians be governed according to the new Code on Administrative Legal Violations. A story focuses on Chapter 12 of the document that considers road traffic violations. (1)

There are two extreme viewpoints on corruption: the first is that corruption is intractable; the second is that if bureaucrats receive good wages they will not take bribes. Which is closer to the truth? In an interview, Nikolai Kovalyov, head of the Federal Security Service, shares his view on the matter. (1,8)

The Stavropolye regional Duma at an ad hoc session on Friday discussed measures aimed at dealing with the aftermath of the floods in the region. A story examines several proposed measures. (2)

In an interview, Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev, who has just returned from the Altai region, speaks about the acute problems of farmers today, giving his forecasts for this year's grain harvest. (3)

In an interview, Moscow Vice-Mayor Valery Shantsev, who turned 55 on Friday, speaks about the economic and social situation in the city, focusing on collaboration with Mayor Yury Luzhkov in resolving the major problems. (4; Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

Transneft has prepared an intermediate consolidated financial accounting report for the three months ending March 31, 2002. The document objectively and authentically reflects the financial state of the company as of the end of the accounting period. A story details the company statement, focusing on its results for that period. (4)

The full text of the federal law concerning the cultural heritage facilities (historical and cultural monuments) of the peoples of the Russian Federation is published. (12,13)

Starting July 1, customs officers will become public sector workers like teachers and doctors. Sixty thousand workers in the customs offices are awaiting the corresponding legislation with caution. The First Deputy Chairman of the State Customs Committee examines several provisions. (15)

Noviye Izvestia

According to information from Moscow police, two foreigners were seriously beaten in the Moscow metro on Thursday. A story describes how it happened. (1)

A story highlights entrepreneur Vladimir Maksemov, who was the first to breed ostriches in the Belgorod region. (1,5)

Inspectors from radiation service Rodon on Friday took away from Moscow 669 kilograms of radiation-contaminated bilberries. Apart from berries, inspectors also often find contaminated mushrooms brought from Belarus. A story gives details. (2)

The Chamber of Representatives of Belarus has passed a new draft bill concerning the freedom of worship and religious organizations. It was harshly criticized for its discriminating nature. A story examines its major provisions. (2)

"In the 40 years of my judiciary practice, I've never observed such a disgraceful trial as the one of Budanov," said lawyer Abdulla Khamzayev's of the trial. In an interview, the lawyer, who took part in the court sessions in Rostov-on-Don shares his negative impressions of the investigation in the Budanov case. (4)

The cruiser "Aurora" and the ice-breaker "Krasin" have been admitted to the Association of Historic Marine Ships, which, because of its size, is often called the third fleet -- it consists of 157 ships-museums from 9 countries. A feature story describes the association members. (5)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

The full text of the decree on sending army servicemen and military machines to agricultural farms to help farmers gather vegetable and grain harvests is published, along with a commentary. (4)

The government has announced which state departments and agencies will get money from next year's budget and how much. A story looks at the major recipients. (4)

AvtoVAZ for the 4th time this year is increasing the sales price of its Zhiguli cars. (4)

Starting July 1, top state officials will receive higher salaries. The last time the salaries were raised was on Dec. 1, 2000. This time they will be increased by 1.5 times. The president's new monthly salary will be 58,810 rubles ($1866). A story looks at the new salaries of many other top officials. (5)

A European Union law prohibiting the sale in Europe of various fish (the names are given) caught in the Baltic states that are dangerous to health will take effect on July 1. Many experts confirmed that the fish caught in the Baltic Sea is so harmful that it should be avoided. A story warns that such fish could easily appear on sale in Russia. (5)

The Volgograd branch of the Union of Right Forces (SPS) party each week provides city orphanages with clothes and toys. A story describes its charity activities. (5)

The federal law on introducing amendments to the law on education and on higher and post-graduate professional education went into force on Friday. A story examines several new rules of enrollment in the higher schools. (5)

A story reports on Chechen female suicide bombers who are being trained for acts of retribution. A Chechen suicide bomber who by miracle survived a blast speaks about her training. (6)

A feature story looks at Russia's most secret nuclear missile testing area -- the Novaya Zemlya archipelago -- that in all official Defense Ministry documents is marked as Facility 700. (7)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov's uncle Semyon Kasyanov has decided to become a businessman, but due to red tape, cannot do it quickly and effectively. He has found a way out: to complain to nephew Mikhail about his troubles. A story describes the content of his letter to him. (10)

The new Criminal Procedural Code will take effect on July 1. A story looks at its elementary provisions. (12)