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Izvestia
Kommersant
Vedomosti
Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Novaya Gazeta
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

Despite the fact that Saturday was a day of mourning for the victims of flooding at Black sea resorts, life for many vacationers continues as always. Rescue crews, however, continue to search the devastated region for more victims. (1,3, Kommersant, 2, 3, Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya Novostei, 1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Novaya Gazeta, No.58, p. 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 1,2)

A government agreement with the World Bank for a loan to resettle residents from the Arctic North is expected to take effect on Aug. 15. The agreement was signed a year ago, but due to red tape, its realization has been postponed several times. The story comments on the document and looks at the problems facing the northern residents. (1,5)

In an interview, Georgia's Ambassador to Russia Zurab Abashidze shares his views on heightening tensions between Moscow and Tbilisi over the Pankisi. Abashidze explains that his country has no intention to wage war with anyone, and that Georgia and Russia are preparing to sign a frame treaty on friendship, neighborly relations and mutual security. (1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6)

Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the Kursk tragedy, when all 118 crewmembers of the nuclear submarine perished in the Barents Sea. A story mentions several memorial events devoted to the occasion and notes that though the tragedy has been officially put to rest by the Russian government, many questions have remained unanswered. As such, many military experts disagree with the findings of the government investigation commission. (1, 12, Novaya Gazeta, No.58, p.12-13, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, MK,6)

Geva Gventsadze, a Moscow representative of the Georgia's Airzana airline, stated Sunday that, beginning Monday, all Russia-Georgia flights will be scheduled at times more convenient for air passengers. This follows the Georgian Transport Ministry's decision to lift a ban on daytime flights. (2, Kommersant, 10, Vremya Novostei, 1)

The Culture Ministry and Moscow authorities continue to argue over the issue of who monuments belong to. The famous statue "The Worker and the Female Collective Farmer," created by Soviet sculptor Vera Mukhina has become the point of contention. The story reveals its essence. (2)

A special memorandum regarding the major principles of cooperation between police and football fan clubs is to be signed soon by the Interior Ministry and the security services of the football clubs. A story examines several proposals that have been submitted to the Interior Ministry by the Moscow Spartak fan club. (2)

Several months before Sept. 11, organizers and executors of the terrorist acts on New York and Washington held a meeting in Spain to discuss the final details of the attack on the United States. This sensational information has been provided, on the condition of anonymity, by officials from the Spanish police that together with the Civil Guard have been conducting an investigation into the al-Qaida terrorist acts. (2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6)

There were clashes in the northeast of Moscow between city police and Vietnamese traders on Saturday when police tried to confiscate a large batch of fake sports suits with Adidas labels. A story gives details. (3, Kommersant, 4, Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 3, Rossisikaya Gazeta, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7)

Viktor Ostrovityanchikov, director of the Shtern-Cement company, committed a suicide in Moscow on Sunday. Brief. (3, Kommersant, 1,3, Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,)

On Aug. 10 South-Korean fishermen from the Solibek schooner put up resistance to Russian boarder-guards at the Yamato bank inside Russia's economic zone. Brief. (3)

On Sunday Moscow police detained a serviceman who beat an American pensioner. A brief gives some details. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

Chechnya is expected to gather a record grain harvest this year. A brief gives figures to illustrate the point. (3)

This past weekend Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov announced that an army unit composed of soldiers from Russian and other regional states might be created in the Caspian region. An article explains that peace can be maintained only when Russia keeps well equipped armed force in the region. The story comments on Ivanov's statement. (4, Kommersant, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1)

A story reports on how Dubna, a city of physicists not far from Moscow, is successfully reshaping the system of local government. (4)

Dmitry Rogozin, presidential special representative in charge of Kaliningrad, is expected to discuss the Kaliningrad problem with the Lithuanian leadership in Vilnius on Monday. Brief. (4, Kommersant, 5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6)

The Russian construction company ZANGAS has announced its intention to build a gas pipeline from the Ukrainian city of Ananyev to Izmail, a city on Ukraine's border with Romania. A story examines the project. (%)

A story examines two documents drafted by the State Customs Committee aimed at cementing the procedure of coordinating decisions on releasing commodities in a free circulation. (5)

Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has come across several unusual aspects of doing business in Belarus shortly after beginning operations in the country. A story looks at some of them. (5)

Auto theft is flourishing in Moscow. Criminal investigation official Alexander Skamorin stated that since the beginning of this year about 7,000 automobiles have been stolen in Moscow. (10)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

President Vladimir Putin on Aug. 5 signed a decree, according to which the construction of a residence for presidential representative in the Ural Federal District Pyotr Latyshev will begin next year. The project, which was proposed by the government and developed by a Cypriot company, has been sharply criticized by Yekaterinburg architects, but their views have been ignored. A story examines the project and the scandals surrounding it. (1)

Kazakhstan, parallel to military exercises now being performed by Russia's Caspian fleet, is conducting its own military exercises, called The Sea of Peace 2002, on the Caspian Sea. A story describes the aims of the program. (3)

A story describes the results of Patriarch Alexy II's three-day visit to the Tambov region. Alexy II was in the region to help celebrate the 320th anniversary of the Tambov diocese. (4)

The passing of Hiroshima Day and Nagasaki Day in Japan last week has caused an unprecedented upsurge of anti-American sentiments in the Asian county that threatens to considerably damage relations between the two allies. A story comments on the developments in Japan and the U.S. reaction. (5)

Nagorny Karabakh's President Arkady Gukasyan likely won Sunday's presidential elections in the unrecognized republic. A story examines the preliminary results. (6, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6)

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg intends to ban smoking in all bars and restaurants of the city. A story comments on the measure. (7)

Seven Russian oligarchs have for the first time made it onto the list of the 500 wealthiest people in the world published by the French business magazine "Nouvelle Economique " Brief. (9)

On Friday the Moscow Arbitration Court ruled in favor of the ABBYY Software House that contended the results of the Goskomstat tender for the purchase of electronic systems for conducting the national census. If this court decision remains intact, the census could be foiled. (9)

The Sukhoi aviation design bureau has received an assignment from the Defense Ministry to design a 5th generation fighter jet. According to official estimates, the cost of the program is $1.5 billion. Government officials hope that they will be able to draw on non-budgetary funds. (9)

The Federal Securities Commission decided to cancel the licensing of self-regulating organizations on the stock market. In doing so the commission has fallen in line with a law on licensing, which took effect 6 months ago. (10)

The Babayevsky concern plans to release interest rate bonds worth 500 million rubles. This was stated by the concern's press service. Brief. (10)

Tatneft has acquired a controlling stake in Devon-Kredit. A story examines Tatneft's plan for the company. (10)

The ROMIR independent research center has conducted an opinion poll to find out how Russians relate to the ruble, the dollar and the euro. As it has turned out, they prefer the dollar. A brief offers figures. (10)

In an interview, Yakov Urinson, deputy head of the UES Management Board, shares his views on energy sector reforms. (11)

The Prosecutor General's Office has begun criminal proceedings in the case of the deliberate bankruptcy of ZAO Karabashmed in the Chelyabinsk region. A story examines the case. (11)

The owners of the Volgograd and Volkhov aluminum plants have agreed to merge under the management of the Sevzapprom company. (11)

The Gorky Auto Plant (GAZ) is again changing its leader: Dmitry Strezhnev is quitting his post of GAZ general director. Alexei Barantsev, former general director of the Bratsk Aluminum Plant, will take up this job. (A1)

The national census scheduled for October may be postponed. A story explains why. (A1)

A major Central Bank document -- the guidelines for the monetary and credit policy -- for the first time will be discussed together with the draft 2003 budget in the White House this week. A story examines the document. (A1)

Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov has decided to amnesty 16,200 out of 17,000 convicts in December, the republic's Justice Ministry reported. Brief. (1)

According to reports from the Finance Ministry, the federal budget surplus (according to preliminary estimates) in January-July amounted to 2.2 percent of the forecast volume of the gross internal product, or 125.6 billion rubles ($3.98 billion). Brief. (A1)

Moscow authorities are unhappy with the new Land Code. Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov and his government members believe that the city budget could earn more money on city land sales than is stipulated in the Code. (A2)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry has drafted a bill concerning concessions. A story comments on the document. (A3)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, who returns to his post today, will consider a draft decree on higher duties on used foreign autos. A story examines the document. (A3)

In an interview, Federal Service for Financial Recovery (FSFO) head Tatyana Trefilova examines the major weak points of the bill concerning bankruptcy that last week was vetoed by the president. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The Ochakovo non-alcoholic brewery has found a good possibility to get industrial land on which to build a new big brewery: it has bought a bankrupt defense enterprise in Belgorod. A story describes the deal. (B1)

The Stroitransgaz company intends to become a big shareholder of the Czech PCRB bank, which will help the company realize its plans to participate in boosting the gas transportation system of the Czech Republic. (B1)

The world oil demand this year will amount to 76.6 million barrels a day, a report by the International Energy Agency says. Brief. (B1)

Bailiffs have frozen the Sberbank accounts of Kurganenergo in favor of a suit filed by Tyumenenergobank to recover a 9.823 million ruble ($311,231) debt. Brief. (B1)

Moscow regional governor Boris Gromov has instructed his subordinates to prepare for the sale of 49 percent of stock of the Demikhovsky Machine-Building Plant, which has the domestic monopoly for making suburban trains. (B2)

The British Aimet UK Ltd. company, an owner of pulp and paper and aluminum productions in the Leningrad region, has decided to streamline the management of its assets. A story describes the company's plan.(B2)

The Minsk Auto Plant (MAZ) may lose up to 70 percent of its market in Russia and $50 million in cash a year, if the Russian government, starting Oct. 1, imposes a ban on the sale of autos with the Euro-0 engines. (B2)

Alexander Pertsovsky, a founder and co-owner of the RINAKO Plus company, has come to Renaissance Capital to head the board of clients operations. (B3)

AnTel Holdings has officially announced the purchase of 100 percent of stock of KPNQwest Ebone Central Europe for 36.5 million euros ($35.6 million). (B5)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

The large-scale military exercise of all domestic power structures in the Caspian, the majority of which ended over the weekend, reflects considerable changes in Russia's military policy. A story examines them in detail.

Four policy experts, including Gleb Pavlovsky, head of the Effective Policy Fund, share their viewpoints on the results of the recent Russian-Ukrainian summit in Moscow.

A story is devoted to the regions' permanent representatives in Moscow, examining what they are doing there.

A turbine belonging to the private company "ERKO" works on the fourth unit of the Balakovo nuclear power plant, a 100 percent state-run enterprise. The company's main shareholder and former head is Sergei Ivanov, now executive director of "Rosenergoatom". A story describes his brainchild: ERKO -- the Russian Energy Russian.

A year has passed since Gennady Khodyrev was elected Nizhny Novgorod governor. A story explains why he has remained a stranger in the region.

Eurokhim, a leading domestic mineral and chemical company, has become a main shareholder of the Azot company in Novomoskovsk. A story details the deal.

The government, during a recent session, endorsed a program of loans on the internal market. Deputy Finance Minister Bella Zlatkis comments on this program's major provisions, saying that no default threatens Russia.

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

The Moscow city government on June 18 adopted a decree concerning additional measures to defend the economic interests of Moscow. A new agency -- the Economic Security Board -- has been created. Its chief Alexander Korsak examines the aims and tasks of his agency.

Vladimir Resin, head of Moscow City Complex of Architecture, Construction, Development and Reconstruction, examines several new architectural projects to be undertaken in Moscow.

Some young people today prefer to buy a university graduation diploma in the metro underpass. A story gives several concrete facts showing how dangerous such a purchase can be. (5)

A secret enterprise -- the "Vektor" Center -- was created outside Novosibirsk almost 30 years ago to undertake research linked to defense from biological weapons. This unique center is today continuing to work with deadly viruses, but with the aim of improving health care. Biologist Valery Loktev reveals several secrets about the center's unpleasant viruses.

Novaya Gazeta
www.novayagazeta.ru

The criminal case concerning "Tri Kita " has acquired political importance, with its criminal element marginalized. A story details the case, focusing on new forces that have joined the behind-the scenes intrigue. Alexander Gurov, head of the State Duma Security Committee, comments on the case that has involved top state officials.

A story reflects on reasons behind the fabrication of the criminal case of reputed mobster Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov.

International tourists show little interest in Russian health resorts. A story says why.

A story describes how bailiff Alexei Khramovnichev last week was beaten and driven out from the premises of Legprombank in Moscow. This was done by order from the deputy head of the bank's Board of Directors.

A story gives concrete facts and figures showing how about 50 percent of net profit in the oil extraction sector is bypassing the tax agencies.

Novaya Gazeta offers a new chapter from the Fund INDEM's report "The Diagnostics of Russian Corruption: Sociological Analysis."

What is awaiting refugees and displaced persons in Chechnya? Why are they unwilling to come back home? NG correspondent Anna Politkovskaya answers these questions, focusing on three aspects of the refugee problem.

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

The City-Building Council under Moscow City Hall made the decision recently on a comprehensive reconstruction of Pushkin Square. A story describes the project.

One of the main monuments of the Soviet epoch -- "The Worker and the Female Collective Farmer " -- is being renovated. A story describes what it will look like after the renovation project is completed.

Alexei Saiko, chief of the State Anti-Fire Service in the Moscow region, talks about the fires and burning peatbogs in the region and about measures taken by the regional administration to liquidate them.

There are 29 gas filling stations in Moscow which are violating ecological legislation. Which ones are they? A story gives their addresses and a map, focusing on an expert opinion by Boris Samoilov, head of the laboratory of the Nature Research Institute.

Seventy-five thousand first-graders will begin school in a month. A story answers five questions from mothers, who ask what their kids will need at school and how they should be dressed.

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

This feature story is devoted to reputed mobster Alimzhan Takhtakhounov (Taivanchik), who in 1999 in Paris fell in love with figure-skater Marina Anisina, who did not reciprocate his advances. Alimzhan's friends view his involvement in the figure-skating scandal as very strange, since he has known only Marina in the figure-skating world.

Is Moscow at risk from such terrible floods as the latest one in the south of Russia? A story says yes, offering strong evidence.

Specialists from the Research Institute of the Morphology of Man, with backing from experts at the Bratislava special clinic, have mastered a method of making exact copies of the human brain and analyzing people's intellectual abilities. A story describes this unique method.

Moscow law-enforcement officers on Ulitsa Yuliusa Fuchika on Saturday detained reputed mobster Vladimir Barkalov (also known as Blondin or Volodya Voronezhsky) on charges of keeping heroin. A story describes Barkalov and his crimes.

The International Equestrian Competition -- Moscow Region Governor's Cup -- will now be held annually in the Moscow region. The first tournament is scheduled for Aug. 22-25 in the "Novy Vek" Equestrian-Sports Club, near the Nikolo-Uryupino village in the Krasnogorsky District.