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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

An unidentified assailant on Monday killed Anatoly Karpunin, 41, a Novosibirsk City Council deputy. Criminal investigators believe that it was a contract killing. A story gives details, reflecting on specific backgrounds of political and economic killings. (1, Kommersant, 3, Gazeta, 5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 10)

Russian-Georgian relations continue to deteriorate. A story comments on the latest statements by Georgian parliamentarians and head of state Eduard Shevardnadze. (1,2, Kommersant, 6, Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1, Vremya MN, 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 2)

The Bolshoi Theater opens its new season Sept. 8. In an interview director Anatoly Iksanov reveals changes in his theater's previously announced plans. (1,3)

The Energy Ministry has reprimanded oil companies for raising fuel oil prices, promising to impose balanced assignments on fuel oil deliveries to the internal market. A story comments on oil companies' response. (2, Kommersant, 9,10, Vremya Novostei, 5, Vremya MN, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

The music festival "Prodvizheniye" that took place in Luzhniki on Sunday ended with a bloody fight that left 131 people seriously injured and another 106 detained by police. A story gives details. (2)

The Moscow Gagarinsky City Court Monday considered the criminal case of former SIBUR president Yakov Goldovsky and his deputy Yevgeny Koshits. A story describes the court session, focusing on what lawyer Nikolai Galkin, from the Venas Lex judicial firm, thinks of the case. (2, Vremya Novostei, 3)

According to the decision of the Tbilisi District Court, three Stavropol policemen, who were detained by Georgian law-enforcement officers in late July for illegally crossing the border, were released on Monday on the condition they not leave Tbilisi. Their criminal case, however, has not been dropped, and the Russian Embassy intends to work for a revision of the case. A story examines it in detail. (2, Kommersant, 3)

President Vladimir Putin spent Monday on the open sea visiting the military anti-submarine ship "Marshal Shaposhnikov" and the civil ship "Rus". A story describes the significance of the president's visits for the sailors and the Pacific Fleet. (3, Kommersant, 2, Gazeta, 1,2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,7, Vremya MN, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, MK, 1,2)

Militia Subcolonel Alexander Lysenko, former chief of the Vladivostok GAI, or traffic police, who punched a woman in the face on television this spring in Primorye, has been acquitted. The criminal case that was opened against him has been dropped. More than that, the Primorye regional Interior Ministry has instituted criminal proceedings against that woman for violence in relation to a power official. A story gives details. (3, Gazeta, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya Novostei, 3, Vremya MN, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 10)

Tatarstan's Supreme Court Monday failed to change the previous ruling of the Kazan District Court that decided to reject the request of three local women to rescind the ban on passport photographs in traditional headgear. The women have decided to appeal to President Mintimer Shaimiyev. A story comments on the case. (4)

The Latvian authorities are willing to ensure security for Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe if it wants to move to Riga from Prague. A story comments on a statement by Latvian Foreign Minister Marek Seglinjs. (4)

The Cabinet Monday concentrated on the rising frequency of extremism and outbursts of ethnic strife. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov instructed ministries and departments to work out measures aimed at stabilizing the ethnic-political situation in the country. Federal Minister Vladimir Zorin was assigned to coordinate the departments' actions. A story comments on this acute problem. (4)

Irrational use of marine resources, poaching and illegal fish exports are acute issues in the Far East today. In an interview, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov says what government decisions could help put an end to fish poaching and to illegal fish exports to Japan and South Korea in the region. (4)

The financial reserve used to decrease in the first 5 months of this year, but in June and July it began to grow. In July it exceeded 20 billion rubles, which allowed the Finance Ministry to state that by the end of 2002, the reserve is expected to exceed 180 billion rubles. A story examines the reserve's major sources. (5)

The Central Bank intends to create a credit history bureau. A story reports on what the banks will gain if this organization starts functioning. (5, Vremya MN, 4,)

The government today is expected to consider results of fulfilling the budget-2002 in the first 6 months of this year. Late last week the Tax Ministry made public decisions made at it's latest session, where tax authorities discussed results in the first half of the year. One of the decisions was to lower the rate of the flat single social tax. A story explains why this tax was the focus. (5, Kommersant, 10, Vremya Novostei, 2, Gazeta, 8)

The tariff on transporting oil along the Caspian pipeline consortium could be increased by almost $12 per ton. A story comments on analysts' views on the issue. (5)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry on Monday named winners of the competition for the right to put into effect projects within the framework of the federal purpose-oriented program "Electronic Russia". One of the most important projects is the creation of the information system "The Government Portal". A story describes the project and those who will implement it. (6, Kommersant, 11)

The 11th World Fair "Russian Farmer" opened in St. Petersburg on Monday. A story describes the event, its participants and sponsors. (6)

In an interview Danone Group Vice President Jean-Loui Gurben speaks about the biscuit market in Russia, about expected changes on it and about his company's business. (6)

The U.S. Agriculture Department has agreed to accept demands from the new Russian veterinary certificate on poultry deliveries. Poultry imports will resume Sept. 15. A story examines the certificate. (6)

The first international specialized exhibition for small and medium-size businesses "S.M. Expo Russia-2002" opened in Moscow on Monday. A story describes its participants. (6)

A story features a new aviation alliance in the United States that poses serious threat to the two existing ones. (6)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

A redivision of the sphere of influence of the Moscow construction market has begun. Construction complex head Vladimir Resin has fired several highly-placed officials from his department. Some other top executives can lose their posts soon. A story examines reasons behind this personnel cleansing. (1)

Chechen field-commander Aslambek Abdulkhadzhiyev (also known as Bolshoi Aslambek), who was part of Shamil Basayev's circle, was killed in Chechnya on Monday. A story describes how it happened. (1,3)

Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin Monday began meeting with State Duma deputies to explain advantages of the draft-budget-2003. Not all deputies agreed with him. A story describes what budget articles caused debates. (2)

It became known on Monday that OMON Senior Lieutenant Yevgeny Ostroukhov, who was among the first federal servicemen to receive the title of Hero of Russia for the war in Chechnya, had committed suicide during the recent special operation in Stariye Atagi. A story gives details. (3)

Valery Korzun and Sergei Treshchev, members of the International Space Station crew, worked in open space for more than 5 hours Monday. A story describes their work. (4)

The UN World Conference on Sustainable Development, also called Earth Summit, opened in Johannesburg on Monday. A story describes the event, its participants and reports that were delivered yesterday, among them the Report by the Economic Development and Trade Ministry on the possibilities of sustainable development in Russia. (5)

The British newspaper The Daily Telegraph on Monday published results of a public opinion poll taken by the YouGov. Service. When asked "Would You Like to Emigrate?" 54 percent of Britons answered in the affirmative. A story comments on the results. (7)

ALROSA President Vladimir Kalitin has signed an order for a large-scale personnel cleansing to close several sections of the company. A story examines the aim of the measure. (9,)

The Federal Energy Commission (FEC) this week is expected to discuss Transneft's proposals on raising the tariffs on oil transportation along the main pipelines by 12 percent starting Sept. 1. A story reveals the essence of the proposal, saying why FEC is against it. (10)

At the Bashkirenergo shareholders' meeting on Monday, initiated by the Unified Energy Systems (UES) company (its aim is stated), the Bashkiria president 's son was elected chairman of the company's board of directors. A story describes comments on the meeting's decision, focusing on UES's failure to push its representatives to Bashkirenergo's commanding posts. (11

The Arbitration Court of the Amur Region Monday launched bankruptcy proceedings for Dalvostugol. A story points to forces that are to blame for the company's poor state. (11)

The 26th International Film Festival has opened in Montreal. A story describes its program and participants, including a Russian film. (13)

The three-day experimental Video-Art Festival "Pusto" is to open in Moscow today. The brief mentions its purpose. (13)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The state-run Rosneft oil company has filed a suit against the OLMA company: Rosneft believes that OLMA analysts' negative remarks about it have brought the oil company considerable losses. (A1)

Analysts estimate that Russia needs $2 trillion in investments in the next 20 years to successfully combat poverty and environmental pollution. These problems are among those being discussed today at the Earth Summit in Johannesburg. (A1)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry has devised a method aimed at increasing incomes from the citizens' property tax by 13 times, decreasing its rate by 20 times. A story reveals the essence of the ministry's method. (A1)

Russia can increase the volume of precious metals and stone sales this year by 7 billion rubles, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin stated. Brief. (A1)

According to the Finance Ministry's reports, federal budget revenues in the first six months of this year amounted to 991.116 billion rubles ($31.385 billion); tax incomes amounted to 758.854 billion rubles (or 95.8 percent of the planned figure), and non-tax incomes stood at 56.814 billion rubles (or 126 percent of the target). Brief. (A1)

A story reports on what the Pacific Fleet will gain after being visited by President Vladimir Putin. (A2)

The government is expected Tuesday to discuss a draft of the ecological doctrine that has been developed by the Natural Resources Ministry. Deputy Minister Maxim Yakovenko will make a report. (A2)

China on Sunday made public new rules restricting the export of rocket technologies, which was one of Washington's demands. A story looks at this and other demands. (A2)

The government plans to consider a draft bill that will allow the majority of domestic budget-funded organizations to voluntarily alter their organizational and legal form. A story examines the document. (A3)

Economic authorities this fall are to answer a painful question: Is Russia able to use a considerable amount of oil dollars without soaring inflation? A story looks at analysts' views on the issue. (A3)

Sergei Bodrunov, general director of the Aero-Space Equipment corp. in St. Petersburg, believes that boosting the aeronautical complex is possible only through integration among producers. His company plans to add another 33 companies to the existing 37 plants and design bureaus. In an interview, Bodrunov says how his company will develop in the next several years. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Irkutskenergo, which has been insured for $10.5 billion, remains one of the most expensive energy companies. A story features the company's wealth. (B1)

The management board of Polish oil and gas company PGNiG on Monday approved the liquidation of the Gas-Trading mediator firm, through which Russian gas was delivered to Poland until the end of 2002. A story comments on the decision. (B1)

Zurich Financial Service AG and about 30 other insurers have filed a law suit against Boeing Co. They believe that there was a defect in the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 plane that in 1999 caused a crash of the plane that belonged to China Airlines. Brief. (B1)

The Finance Ministry in September plans to hold auctions to place GKOs and OFZs worth 16 billion rubles ($506.65 million), ministry spokesman Alexander Chumachenko stated. Brief. (B1)

The Ural Mining-Metals Company (UGMK) shareholders Monday voted for an additional share issue amounting to 5 percent of the charter capital, to be placed among the present UGMK co-owners. A story comments on the project. (B2)

A story gives details of the UES-RusAl agreement on completing the construction project of the Boguchanskaya power plant in the Krasnoyarsk region. (B2)

The net non-consolidated profit of Gazprom in the first six months of this year decreased by 74.9 percent to 16.049 billion rubles as compared with the figure for the same period last year. Brief. (B2)

Central Bank head Sergei Ignatyev does not intend to make personnel changes in the CB board of directors. A story examines his personnel policy. (B3)

Vympelcom has gained an unexpected ally in its attempts to establish control over the StavTeleCot company, the sixth large domestic GSM-operator. (B5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Mikhail Gorbachev has put three vital questions to the current Earth Summit that has opened in Johannesburg. (1,3)

Members of the Cabinet will be given a present before its regular session today -- a unique dictionary, "Let's Speak Correctly." A story describes the book. (2)

Noviye Izvestia

The Emergency Situations Ministry will send a plane with 45 tons of humanitarian aid worth 14 million rubles on Aug 27 to flood-stricken regions of the Czech republic. Brief. (1)

The Moscow-St. Petersburg elektrichka service will be offered through Sept. 1 along with regular passenger trains. The one-way ticket will cost 180 rubles, which is much less than the usual passenger train ticket. Brief. (1, MK, 1)

A bear named Umka that Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu three years ago presented to the city of Voronezh became a so-called "political" bear. When Umka was small his life in the city zoo was good, but when he grew up his existence became unbearable. A wealthy local enterprise has helped change the life of this "political" bear for the better. (1,2)

St. Petersburgers will have their own city anthem by the city 's 300th jubilee. A story describes how it is being created. (1)

The Interior Ministry's own Security Board has prepared documents to arrest almost the whole group of on-duty policemen from the 23rd militia precinct in the Moscow Tushino District. A criminal case was opened on Aug 10. A story gives details. (1,2)

Local inventor Alexander Vechtomov, who lives in the Sredny Bugalysh village (Sverdlovsk Region), could easily enter the Guinness Book of Records with his invention of five satellite aerials. He has managed to establish cosmic television communications with almost the whole world. (5)

Moskovskiye Novosti
www.mn.ru

MN offers its new monthly Supplement "Parents' Meeting"(PM). In an interview Education Minister Vladimir Filippov talks about a wide-scale reform in the education system. PM. (8)

In an interview Yevgeny Yamburg, director of the famous No. 109 Moscow School, proudly speaks about his educational establishment with 2,200 pupils, who feel comfortable at school as they do at home. PM. (12, 13)

American elite army units are being sent to the Persian Gulf region. Though U.S. President George W. Bush calls himself a patient person and promises to seek advice from his allies, a U.S. military operation against Saddam Hussein seems inevitable. A story reflects on what Russia and the whole world will gain from it. (2)

How will a possible conflict in Iraq affect the Russian oil industry and the federal budget revenues? A story examines two viewpoints on the issue --optimistic and pessimistic. (3)

The United States has decided that it needs no allies in its war against Iraq. Russia's grave mistake would be to back America in this false belief. A story describes countries that could support the United States in its operation. (3)

Chuvashia has neither oil, nor gas, nor gold, nor bauxites, but it has President Nikolai Fyodorov, a professional lawyer, who has a successful political career. In an interview he speaks about measures that have allowed him to make his republic economically advanced. (8,9)

In an interview Paul Thomsen, head of the International Monetary Fund's Moscow mission, optimistically speaks about Russia's economic development in 2003, saying that IMF will be willing to give Russia financial aid if it needs it. (11)

Labor Minister Alexander Pochinok stated that the number of unemployed in Russia amounts to 6 million, or 8.3 percent of the country's able-bodied population. State Duma deputy Oksana Dmitriyeva comments on the figure. (11)

A story describes what's behind Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov's frequent unfortunate statements, saying why the Kremlin cannot replace the speaker or prohibit to him from speaking out. (12)

Peacekeepers with their peacekeeping plans have begun to compete with one another -- this is a way to understand the meaning of the present day developments around Chechnya. A story describes a meeting of a small group of people -- among them well-known policymakers and State Duma deputies -- who on Aug. 16 gathered in a mountain village in Liechtenstein to discuss the future fate of Chechnya. (14)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

A story features the Kotlass Pulp and Paper Combine (PPC) that over the past 8 years became a profit-making enterprise. The focus is its new owners from the Ilim Pulp, which bought 20 percent of stock of the Kotlass PPC in 1994. (4)

Builders have begun to demolish the old Intourist Hotel building. (6)

The Moscow Motor Show displays autos today and tomorrow, including a car that will cost no more than $4.000. (8)

A story explains several provisions of the new Administrative Code. (9)

A story examines several possible reasons behind the futile attempts of Russia and Belarus to create a unified state. Instead of uniting with Belarus, Russia risks losing it. (10, 11)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

Muscovites today buy watermelons in the city without thinking, but their quality, according to specialists, is often below the norm. A story shows negative results of the latest inspection of city watermelon bazaars. (1,4)

A book titled "The Imperial Institution of Russian Cavalry Orders," brought out by the Defense Ministry's order, has been added to a list of state presents that President Vladimir Putin gives to his guests, friends and colleagues. A story describes how the book made it onto that list. (1,2)

How is it possible to prolong President Vladimir Putin's term of office up to seven years? This question last week was put by Magadan, who has proposed raising it in the State Duma. (2)