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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

Krasnodar authorities have taken urgent measures (including mass vaccinations) aimed at preventing the spread of infectious diseases after recent flooding. Rescue crews are continuing their search for new flood victims. A special investigation commission began work Monday to establish the reasons behind the deaths of people in Novorossiisk and around it. (1, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Gazeta, 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3, Komsomolskaya Pravda ,1-3, Trud, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 1,2, MK, 1,2)

The terrible floods over the weekend hit several European countries, in which large cities and health resorts suffered considerable damage and human casualties. (1, Gazeta, 7, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6, Vremya MN, 2 )

The Moscow government Monday decided to toughen rules with the aim of banning trucks from entering the city center. The story comments on the decision. (2)

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko is expected to arrive Wednesday in Moscow on a working visit. The story focuses on issues he will discuss with President Vladimir Putin. (2)

Russia in the '90s lost about 1,000 airports, which today number 496. In 1992 the figure was 1,302. The number further decreased last year, when another 37 airports were closed. The story reports on how city administrations are trying to restore what they have lost. The cited example is an airport in Ivanovo. (2)

The Sept. 11 terrorist acts in the U.S. have adversely affected the financial position of American Airlines and United Airlines, whose planes were used by terrorists. U.S. Airways, however, has become the first American company to have acknowledged its inability to pay its debts -- on Monday announcing its bankruptcy. (2, Kommersant, 11 )

Three Chechen rebels suspected of organizing a terrorist act in Shatoi on Aug. 6 were killed in the Komsomolskoye village. This information was confirmed Monday by Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov. (2, Kommersant, 3)

Georgia's President Eduard Shevardnadze stated Monday that Abkhazian armed units backed by Russian peacekeepers invaded the Georgia-controlled north of the Kondori Gorge on Monday. The story comments on his statement, focusing on the other side's reaction. (2, Kommersant, 6, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 5, Vremya Novostei, 1,2 )

Diamonds imported to Europe should have documents stating their origin. The European Commission has endorsed proposals to impose a special certification system testifying that precious stones have not arrived from the zones of conflicts. (2)

The European Trustee Bank has instituted a prolonged operation day up to 24 hours, irrespective of payment currency . (2)

Russia has refused to prolong entry visas for 30 employees from the American Peace Corps. The story says why. (3, Kommersant, 4 )

The Moscow Gagarinsky Court on Monday released from jail former SIBUR President Yakov Goldovsky on a 20 million ruble bail. (3, Kommersant, 3, Gazeta, 1, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Vremya MN, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1)

The Soyuzplodimport company, headed by Yury Shefler, on Monday filed a suit in a court in Rotterdam against the Russian Federation -- demanding compensation for the losses incurred by the company. (3, Kommersant, 1)

The Moscow government has become a co-founder of OAO "Electronic Moscow." Mayor Yury Luzhkov on Monday signed the corresponding decree, according to which the city government will receive 51 percent of stock in this company. (3)

Starting 2003, Russian planes will cease to fly according to the Soviet rules -- the Federal Aviation Rules of Flights in Russian air space will take effect on Jan. 1, 2003. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta (the full text of the document), 9,10,13)

Over 300 criminal proceedings have been instituted against Moscow GAI officers on charges of corruption. (3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5)

Chechen terrorist Salman Raduyev, who on Dec. 25, 2001 was sentenced to life imprisonment, has arrived at the Bely Lebed colony in the Perm region. Regional Police Chief Viktor Zlodeyev comments on the information about the appearance of Raduyev in the Perm region. (3)

Several dozen American scientists have become victims of the FBI investigation of the anthrax cases (3)

"Unified Russia" leaders (their names are given) Monday summed up results of their trip around 20 regions. Their conclusion is that the party should pay more attention to the regions through State Duma legislation. (4, Kommersant, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 2 )

Ombudsman Oleg Mironov on Monday submitted to Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov his proposal to introduce amendments to the law concerning citizenship, according to which all citizens of the former Soviet Union who served in the army should be considered Russian citizens. (4 , Vremya MN, 1)

The three-party Inter-Budgetary Commission Monday was displeased at a transfer of 100 percent tobacco excises to the federal budget. (4, Kommersant, 2)

Ella Pamfilova, head of the Human Rights Commission stated Monday that the existing human rights defense system is extremely ineffective and demanded urgent radical measures. The story comments on her statement. (4)

Fuel prices are expected to rise in early 2003 when new taxes take effect -- such is the forecast given by the Russian Fuel Union and the Moscow Fuel Association. The story examines the situation on the internal fuel market. (6)

The SAB-Miller company on Monday presented another beer brand -- Tri Bogatyrya. Company managers hope that beer lovers will like it. (6)

According to the accounting report-2001 by the IDC company, domestic enterprises and departments spent $830 million on IT-consulting (consultations on using information technologies in business). IDC analysts say that domestic corporations view consultations by independent computer advisers as necessary and very useful. (6)

Brazil would like to buy Russian grain. Domestic grain traders Monday discussed proposals by the Brazilian "Partrade`"company. (6)

According to the Center for Macroeconomic Studies, only ruble deposits in July yielded a real positive profit to the Yunikon company. The profitabity of deposits in euros and dollars was negative. The story looks at expert opinion. (6)

The domestic fuel-energy complex is to undergo serious structural changes. The Siberian coal energy company Baikal-Ugol has submitted to the Anti-Monopoly Ministry a bid to buy shares of all coal enterprises belonging to the shareholders of the MDM Group. (6)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Ivan Kartashov, 41, Deputy Director-General of Rosuglesbyt, a leading domestic coal trader, was killed in the Moscow region on Saturday. (1, Gazeta, 5)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and economic block ministers on Monday assured the president that the government on Aug 14 and 15 will discuss the draft budget-2003 and the draft Guidelines of Monetary-Credit Policy. On Aug. 26, the draft budget is expected to be submitted to the State Duma. The story examines issues the ministers discussed with Vladimir Putin. (2)

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov at a news conference in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on Monday shared his negative view on fishing auctions. (2)

The headquarters on eliminating the consequences of the natural disaster Monday decided to close the health resorts in the Novorossiisk area due to a difficult sanitary situation. The story comments on the decision. (3)

Dmitry Rogozin, presidential special representative in charge of the Kaliningrad issue, met Monday in Vilnius with the Lithuanian leadership. Rogozin rejected its proposals on organizing a transit passage for Kaliningrad residents through the territory of Lithuania. (3)

Miners from several regions Monday began a three-day picket of the Energy Ministry . The story looks at their demands. (4)



The French pharmaceutical Sanofi-Synthelabo company has filed a suit against the Russian Ferein company. The story reveals the essence of the French company's claims. (9)

The Croatian state-run Industrija Nafte d.d. (INA) oil company has sold the Russian Beliye Nochi company, which is extracting oil in Western Siberia. The Rosneftegaz company has become its buyer. The story examines the deal. (9)

Franklin Templeton Investments, a world leading investment fund, has decided to sell its business in Russia. The Russian Obyedinyonnaya Finansovara Gruppa will buy it. (10)

The Finance Ministry Monday made public data on revenues returned to the federal budget over the first seven months of this year. The story gives figures. (10)

The Federal Securities Commission on Friday annulled the license of the Energoregistrator company. The story says why. (11)

Severstal has invested about $2.5 million in the Riga wagon-building plant since November 2000 when it bought the enterprise. (11)

LUKoil has increased its share in LUKoil-Chernomorye up to 66 percent from 26 percent. (11)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The Unified Russia Party, starting the end of August, intends to replace the old party cards with new plastic ones. The project will cost the party from $700,000 to $5 million. (A1)

UNCTAD has conducted research to examine the role of corporations in the world. The story examines its results. (A1)

The grain harvest has been gathered from 17.3 million hectares of the 48 million total grain field hectares. This is 35.9 percent, or 1 million hectares more than the figure for last year. This was stated by the Secretary of the Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev. (A1)

The movement of trains on the North-Caucasian Railways to Sochi has been 99.9 percent restored. This was stated by Sochi-Express Directorate head Valentina Makarenko. (A1)

The Belarussian Radio and Television Center on Monday suspended broadcasts of Russian state-run radio and shortened the telecasts of three Russian channels. (A2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Monday gave support to the Finance Ministry's proposal to increase next year expenditure on purchasing and designing new armaments. In 2003, the state defense output will increase by one-third -- up to110 billion rubles. Defense officials say that this money is still inadequate for the re-arming project. (A2)

The State Statistics Committee on Monday made public a report on foreign investment in Russia in the first six months of this year. The document shows that foreign investments increased by $1.7 billion. (A3)

Marco Tronketti Provera, head of the board of directors of Telecom Italia, whose business has been unsuccessful this summer, spoke about how he intends to resolve his company's problems. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Mezhprombank's unsuccessful attempt to establish control over Slavneft has not made the bank give up its oil business. Structures close to the bank have obtained an oil asset -- the Beliye Nochi (White Nights) company, the sale of which was announced Monday by the Croatian state-run INA oil company. (B1)

Planeta Management has defeated Wimm-Bill-Dann in the struggle for control over dairy combine Orlovsky. Planeta has also hired a new top manager, whose dream is to catch up with WBD on the dairy market. (B1)

Gazprom has begun to rid of the services of firms-mediators , through which the monopoly delivered gas to Europe under the former leadership. Thus, the Polish Gas-Trading company has already lost the possibility of re-selling Russian gas . (B1 )

Saudi Arabia and Russia are in talks on the volume of oil deliveries to the world market. The production of oil in Russia in June reached 7.37 million barrels a day. Brief. (B1)

The volume of diamond sales of the Diamond Trading Company, a trading company of De Beers Societe Anonyme, in the first six months of this year amounted to $2.8 billion, which is 8.5 percent more that in the first half of 2001. Brief. (B1)

AO Lviv Bus Plant intends by the end of this year to buy the Raba company (Hungary). The brief mentions the plant's production plan in figures. (B2)

The State Customs Committee on Monday made public a report on metals exports from Russia in the first six months of the year. The story looks at several figures. (B2)

According to results for the first six months of this year, among the 30 top domestic banks are three new banks -- whose names are given. (B3)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Sergei Kolesnikov, deputy chairman of the State Statistics Committee, stated that the national census will take place according to the planned schedule. He rejected information provided by several mass media outlets Monday that the census can be postponed. The story comments on the issue. (1)

The Finance Ministry on Monday allocated to regions another 1.5 billion ruble loan for clearing off wage debts to budget workers, above all to teachers and doctors. The story comments on this issue, saying time will show whether they will receive their money. (1)

Labor and Social Development Minister Alexander Pochinok talks about top state officials' salaries, comparing them with those in the West. The minister focuses on priority trends in rising salaries and on the next salary raise in 2003. (1,4)

The story examines measures taken by the Moscow government to crack down on rats. (3)

The large-scale military exercise of the Caspian flotilla ended over the weekend. Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov was pleased with its results. The story examines the results, focusing on several weak points. (3)

Document. The Charter of the Federal State Institution "The Russian River Register." Full text. (8)

Document. The Federal Aviation Rules of Flights in the Air Space of the Russian Federation. Full text. (9, 10, 13)

Noviye Izvestia

A young, 5-year-old, 3-meter-long anaconda has escaped from an aquarium in the Tula zoo. The brief guesses its possible whereabouts. (1)

According to results of an opinion poll conducted by the ROMIR-Gallup International independent public opinion center, 47 percent of the Moscow population prefer the dollar. The brief offers other figures. (1)

The story highlights the tragic fate of the crew of the Kaliningrad trawler Salyus, which for 10 months has been mooring in Renne on the Danish island Bornholm. (1, 5)

Two financial documents -- the draft budget for 2003, compiled by the Finance Ministry, and the draft Guidelines of Monetary-Credit Policy, compiled by the Central Bank -- are quite similar. The story comments on the documents, focusing on one major difference. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

After a package of bills concerning electrical energy reform is passed, the tariffs on electricity and heating can upgrade by 2 to 3 times if they are formed without the government's participation. This statement was made by Federal Energy Commission Chairman Georgy Kutovoi on Monday when he met with a delegation from the Chinese State Energy Corporation. The story comments on Kutovoi's statement.(2)

Ukraine's eastern Donbass region is facing the risk of collapsing underwater unless regional administrators in the near future work out a regional environmental rehabilitation program. The story looks at the region's critical environmental situation. (4)

Moskovskiye Novosti
www.mn.ru

Highly regarded historian Roy Medvedev has offered Moskovskiye Novosti a chapter from his future book entitled "The Soviet Union: The Last Year." This chapter highlights the tragic fate of the last Soviet policymakers. (2,3)

Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma recently visited Moscow to celebrate his sixty-fourth birthday far from home. President Vladimir Putin will celebrate his fiftieth birthday in October. Will he follow Kuchma's example? Editor-in-chief Viktor Loshak reflects on this issue. (4)

State Duma deputy Mikhail Zadornov comments on one of the significant problems facing the draft budget for 2003: the foreign debt payment. (5)

An Interior Ministry commission last week completed its comprehensive checkups of the St. Petersburg Police Department. Commission members were shocked by the results. Deputy Interior Minister Vitaly Mozyakov commented on some of them. (6)

Robert Moore, a British television correspondent, believes that the sailors of the Kursk nuclear submarine could have been saved. The story reveals his viewpoint. (6)

The Kremlin will form its new policy on Chechnya by the first week of September. The story examines its major trends. (7)

In an interview, Rudnik Dudayev, secretary of the Chechen Security Council, answers the following questions: Can the Chechen police control law and order in the Republic? What is the aim of organizers of the latest terrorist acts in Chechnya? (7)

The Open Society Institute, a Moscow branch of the Soros Foundation, has stopped its work. The story describes how it happened. (8)

In an interview, Spain's King Juan Carlos, who is expected to arrive in Russia on Aug. 17, speaks about the program of his visit. (9)

A draft bill concerning technical regulation that the State Duma passed in the first reading during its spring session will cause heated debates in the fall. Its adoption will mean a real revolution in the standardization system. The story reveals its essence. (10)

According to the State Statistics Committee, private persons' deposits on currency and ruble accounts since 2002 have increased almost by 20 percent and amounted to 840 billion rubles. Sberbank's share in the overall volume of the population's banking savings over the past year decreased to 70 percent from 75 percent. BFI Consulting head Alexander Khandruyev comments on the information. (10)

Timerbulat Karimov, oil and gas analyst in the Aton company, comments on results of the recent negotiations between OPEC Secretary-General Alvaro Silva and Energy Minister Igor Yusufov. (10)

Writer Vasily Aksyonov will turn 70 on Aug. 20. His colleague and close friend Anatoly Gladilin recounts his friend's life and work in the United States. (15, Noviye Izvestia [his interview] 1, 7)

Authoritative sexologists, lawyers, Interior Ministry officials and State Duma deputies at a recent Moskovskiye Novosti round-table discussion shared their viewpoints on the issue of legalizing prostitution in Russia. The story looks at supporters and opponents of this idea. (16)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

The newspaper gives a list of 58 announced victims of the recent flooding in the Novorossiisk region. (2)

Kemerovo governor Aman Tuleyev has allocated funds from the regional budget to send 130 children from the families of the dead Kuzbass coal miners to Turkey to spend their summer vacations. (4)

According to Mayor Yury Luzhkov's instruction, special fences will be mounted along city roads soon to protect pedestrians from road accidents. The story reveals the essence of the project. (6)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov last month signed a Concept of boosting the automobile industry up to the year 2010. Kasyanov himself rewrote chapters concerning duties on imported foreign-made autos. Answers to five questions reveal the essence of the Concept. (9)

The story shows how the Moscow construction company Social Initiative helps Tambov implement its housing program within the framework of the agreement signed last year by Mayor Yury Luzhkov and the Tambov city administration. Vash Dom Supplement. (3)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

According to the Moscow government's decision, several pharmacies with their own small plots of land planted with medicinal herbs will emerge in the city in the near future. The story describes the project. (1)

A feature story describes what foreign tourists--French, Italians, Germans and Poles--think of Russians. A list of countries shows how many tourists visited Russia in 2002 and 2001.(2)

In an interview sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, President of the Art Academy, sheds light on his new project called "Night City". (3)

A terrible road accident on Saturday in the Naro-Fominsk region 60 kilometers southwest of Moscow left the whole family of Federal Security Service Colonel Vladimir Yakovlev dead. The story gives details. (3)

Moscow city authorities decided to open a museum of famed Russian artist Valentin Serov this year. (3)

According to results of the latest sociological polls by the Public Opinion Fund, only two political parties -- Unified Russia and the KPRF -- would be preferred by voters if the parliamentary elections took place today. All other parties have failed to overcome a 5 percent barrier. The story offers results. (3)