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Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Komsomolskaya Pravda


A story asserts that Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin's assurances that the default and devaluation of wages will not happen in the near future are under question. The problem is that budget funds are coming to an end. The permanent questions are who is to blame and what is to be done? Kudrin on Wednesday placed the blame on the government apparat. A story comments on the disturbing financial situation, focusing on the minister's statement on the eve of his agency submitting the 2003 draft budget. (1,6, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Vremya MN, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2)

The 10th Russian Film Festival "The Window to Europe" will open in Vyborg on Friday. In an interview its President Armen Medvedev speaks about the festival's program and its specific features. (1,2)

Retired top-placed generals in Chile, who are accused of the murder in 1982 of labor union leader Tukapel Khimenes, have been sentenced to many years in jail. Among them is Pinochet's comrade-in-arms brigade General Mikhail Krasnov, son of the Russian White Guard General and a Don Cossack, who has turned out to be a Chilean citizen. In an interview General Krasnov discusses his sad fate. (1,3)

At a news conference on Wednesday head of the Moscow construction complex Vladimir Resin spoke about the tendencies and prospects of city construction projects. A story reports on how he answered several unpleasant questions that were put to him. (1)

The U.S. administration's preparation of an operation against Saddam Hussein has made conservative fundamentalist forces in neighboring Iran very active. General Prosecutor of the Iranian Armed Forces Mohhammad Niyazi in his latest sharp statement has directly accused President Mohhamad Khatami and his liberal supporters of the breakdown of the army. A story comments on the prosecutor's statement. (2, Kommersant, 6)

A scandal is brewing in Stavropolye in connection with the distribution of new housing built after the floods in May. The fact is that hundreds of families whose houses or apartments remained undamaged have made it onto the list of new housing recipients. A story gives facts to illustrate the point. (2)

Deputy Press Minister Valery Sirozhenko stated on Wednesday that the ministry now has a new device that has helped it to detect the use of the technique that acts on television viewers' subconscious. A story comments on Sirozhenko's statement. (2)

A week has passed since the Moscow GAI authorities imposed a new procedure of auto registration and technical examination. A story examines how the new rules work. (2)

State Duma deputies Alexander Barannikov and Andrei Vulf on Tuesday tried to draw the public's attention to the problem of legalization prostitution. With this aim in view they took part in a police raid in Moscow. A story describes what they saw. (3)

Several experts in the psychiatric commission that is to conduct a special examination of Colonel Yury Budanov have refused to do their job. A brief says why. (3, Gazeta, 5, Vremya Novostei, 3)

The Moscow Gagarinsky Court on Wednesday agreed to release former Sibur vice-president Yevgeny Koshits from jail on a 2 million ruble bail. Brief. (3, Kommersant, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1)

The Houston District Court has rejected a suit filed against Yukos by the Dardana company that asked to freeze $17 million of the Russian company's assets. Brief. (3)

Two years have passed since the bloody terrorist blast in the underpass on Pushkin Square that killed 13 and injured another 118 people. The City Prosecutor's Office reported that its two year investigation has failed to yield any positive results. City prosecutors also said that the Prosecutor General's Office has not allowed them to untwine this case. (3, Vremya MN, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1,3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 7, MK, 1,2)

The life of Georgian shepherd Levan Telidze is under threat. He warned Russian border guards about Chechen rebel's plans to cross from Georgia into Chechnya. Two Chechen rebels, who intended to take vengeance on him, were killed on Wednesday. No one knows about the Telidze's whereabouts today. (3, Kommersant, 3)

According to Izvestia's sources President Vladimir Putin will secretly meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in mid-August. A story reveals some of the details of the meeting. (4)

Central Election Commission Chairman Alexander Veshnyakov is today leaving for Krasnoyarsk to control the preparations for the upcoming gubernatorial elections. At the same time his Commission is preparing for a new political season it will have to complete reform of the whole election system. In an interview Veshnyakov talks about the election campaign situation in the Krasnoyarsk region and about his agency's plans. (4)

An unidentified assailant on Wednesday killed the First Vice-Governor of the Smolensk region Vladimir Prokhorov. The murder has shocked not only the local administration but the whole city. A story gives details. (4, Kommersant, 1,3, Gazeta, 5, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, Vremya Novostei, 3, Vremya MN, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,7, MK, 2)

Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma is arriving in Moscow today, his birthday. A story looks at major issues for his negotiations with Vladimir Putin. (4)

Kalmykia's President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov gives an analysis of his republic's achievements in political and economic spheres since 1993. (4)

The Management Board of Sheremetyevo Airport and its Board of Directors have different approaches to the construction project of the 3rd terminal. A story reveals their differences. (6)

The Sakhalin-2 Overseeing Council on Wednesday endorsed the budget of the second stage of the project. The Economic Development Ministry intends to revise almost 30 projects on the list of production sharing agreements until mid-2003. The ministry will be helped by Rosneft and Zarubezhneft. (6)

A story describes how domestic banks are preparing for the transfer to international accounting standards that takes effect on Jan. 1, 2004. Experts note several difficulties in this process. (6)

Is there a need to limit the delivery of powerful computer systems to doubtful countries, including Russia? This question is being widely discussed today in the United States. A story reveals the essence of the discussion, saying which factors could help remove the problem. (9)

The Microsoft company that is coming out against providing the texts of its software to all who wants them has begun to publish the previously secret information. A story examines the reasons. (9)


The Komsomolsk-on-Amur aviation-production association has filed a suit in the Supreme Arbitration Court against the government in connection with the appointment of Sukhoi as a major contractor of a $1.5 billion deal on the delivery of 38 fighters to China. A story reveals the essence of the suit, focusing on the contract and the Sukhoi company. (1,10)

The 2003 draft budget signed by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin will today be submitted to the government. A story refers to the budget as a military budget. (2)

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday met with the Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev to ask him about the fate of the Far-Eastern salmon and of the grain harvest. A story looks at several urgent assignments Gordeyev was given by the president. (2,Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday invited Gosstroi head Anvar Shamuzafarov to the Kremlin to hear him how flood-destroyed housing is being restored in the Federal Southern District. The Chief Builder assured the president that the consequences of the floods are not as bad as some press descriptions. (2)

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov on Wednesday visited Primorye where he met with its leaders. A story examines the major issues he discussed with them. A story explains why local residents and many journalists were left unpleased. (2)

Moscow police on Wednesday detained Interior Ministry Major-General Alexei Okunev who has turned out to be a swindler wanted by Interpol. A story details his case. (3)

A leader of the late Arbi Barayev band Khusein Idiyev has been arrested in the Nauri District of Chechnya. He is suspected of killing in three employees from the British Granger Telecom firm in 1998. (3)

The Moscow Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) organization marked its 15th anniversary of its activities in the Press Institute on Wednesday. There are 29 AA groups in Moscow. A story describes the AA organization, its participants, sponsors, principles and traditions. (4)

A scandal is brewing in Washington around a secret Pentagon's report in which the United States's key ally in the Far East -- Saudi Arabia -- is referred to as an enemy. A story examines the document. (5)

Leading Chinese mass media on Wednesday threatened the possible use of military force against Taiwan unless its leader gives up the idea of independence. (6)

The Inter-Departmental Working Group on Wednesday supported amendments to the law concerning competition on the financial services market that were proposed by the Anti-Monopoly Ministry. A story examines several amendments saying how if they are passed will affect state-run enterprises and state monopolies. (9)

The Committee on Financial Monitoring (KFM) on Wednesday stated that Russia should no longer be on the blacklist of countries that not fighting the laundering of illegal income. Russia was put on this list by FATF in June 2000. KFM has made public a document that cites measures taken by Russia to remove all criticisms of it made by FATF experts. (9)

Audit Chamber experts decided to find out from the customs agencies how the regime of temporary commodity importing and exporting works in Russia. As it has turns out, it works badly. In 2001 alone the federal budget did not lost 148.6 million rubles in revenue due to regime violations. A story offer several other negative figures. (10)

Starting on Aug. 1, Finnish border guards have barred the entry into their country to all Russian trucks with a weight exceeding 38 tons. A story examines the situation. (10)

According to the State Statistics Committee inflation during the period from Aug. 1 to 5 amounted to 0.1 percent. Brief. (10)

The Moscow Oil Refinery on Wednesday began to receive oil from Sibneft. Mayor Yury Luzhkov conducted the oil negotiations with his colleague Chukotka governor (and Sibneft owner) Roman Abramovich. (11)


With a phone call to Roman Abramovich late Wednesday Mayor Yury Luzhkov prevented as petrol crisis from becoming a reality in the capital. A story details the accord. (A1)

Former Sibur Vice President Yevgeny Koshits may be released from jail on a 2 million-ruble bail Thursday. (A1)

Samara cellular operator SMARTS has decided to break into the Moscow market and is fully confident that that it is not yet saturated. . A story looks at the operator's actions, plans and hopes. (A1)

On Aug. 16 the Central Bank will put into circulation a collection of commemorative coins. The brief examines the content of gold in them and their worth. (A1)

On Wednesday the Financial Monitoring Committee announced that Russia has made up for past shortcomings in its efforts to crack down on money laundering. Despite of all this, however, Russia still remains on a list of countries that have not done enough to fight money laundering. A story says why. (A3)

On Thursday the Finance Ministry was expected to submit a revised draft of the 2003budget to the government. A story examines its major parameters. (A3)

At the end of this month the State Council Presidium will discuss problems facing the coal sector. A story examines several proposals that the coal industry will put to the government. (A3)

Viktor Agroskin, vice president of research and development for the consulting company, reflects on what Russia is to gain from its accession the World Trade Organization. (A4)

Former UES management board head Valentin Zavadnikov, who is now representing the Saratov region in the Federation Council, explains his position and responsibilities in the upper house and whose interests he is defending. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The government is expected to sign a decree annulling the export duties on silver. A story comments on the measure. (B1)

The Hyatt company, rather than Hilton, is to take control of a new 5-star hotel complex, which opens in September on Neglinnaya Ulitsa. (B1)

A story looks at why Russian blue chip stocks have gone up in price on the American market. (B1)

On Thursday Irkutskenergo was expected to begin the delivery of electricity to Kazakhstan. The energy company will export 100 percent of the electricity through ZAO INTER RAO UES. Brief. (B1)

Yukos has bought a 66 percent stake in the Mongolian Vostok Azia Tranzit company dealing with servicing the oil delivery to China by railway. Brief. (B1)

In the first half of 2002 AvtoVAZ increased exports by more than 17 percent as compared with the same period last year. Brief. (B1)

The Murmansk-based Sarmat Nord fishing company has had its only working trawler arrested for outstanding debts in the Norwegian port of Sortland. A story gives details. (B2)

The Odessa-Brody oil pipeline went into use earlier this week. The Minerva Concert tanker has arrived in Odessa from Novorossiisk where it took on board 30,000 tons of oil from the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC). A story looks at how much Ukrainian budget funds were invested to the construction of CPC. (B2

Sibneft has begun extracting natural gas in Chukotka at the Zapadno-Ozyorny deposit. (B2)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

August 1 marked two months since TVS (Yevgeny Kiselyov's team) came back on air. The story examines the results, focusing on expert evaluations and tries to answer the following question: Is Media-Socium on the brink of a split?

A new wave of disorder and instability began in the People's Patriotic Union after State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov was expelled from the Communist Party (KPRF). The story examines several aspects of this process, with its new quality and initiators.

The story describes how Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin, in the absence of his boss Mikhail Kasyanov, is trying to raise duties on foreign-made autos.

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee recently voiced its concern over the economic security of the Kurshskaya Spit (Kaliningrad region) that is being jointly used by Russia and Lithuania, and near the coastline of which LUKoil's subsidiary Kaliningradmorneft plans to launch oil extraction. The story comments on the problem, focusing on Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov's viewpoint.

Ukraine's ambassador to Russia Nikolai Beloblotsky examines several serious economic and trade problems that both states need to resolve. He also speaks about the issue linked to Ukraine's accession to NATO and the fate of the Russian fleet stationed in Sevastopol.

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

The number of contract killings among all murders is less than 0.5 percent, but they are usually in the focus of public opinion. The story is devoted to the nature of such killings -- concentrating on the truth and five relevant myths.

The latest disturbing developments on the Russian-Georgian border make analysts and reporters glance again at the image of Eduard Shevardnadze. "Dove," "Mister "Da," "Architect of Perestroika" -- what has remained from these former friendly nicknames? The story looks at this strategist with a critical eye, presenting his political portrait.

Some Latvian policy-makers view the latest call not to grant a Latvian visa to Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov as provocative. The story examines the motives behind the call.

International Monetary Fund inspectors are to arrive in Moscow on Sept. 11 to study the state of the Russian financial sector. The story reports on what they already think of the state of affairs in the Russian economy before they launch their mission.

The story describes the origin of the "Megafon" project, its participants and ambitious plans in various large cities.

Russian scientists have detected an underground river in the Sakhara Desert. This underground reservoir will provide drinking water to the residents in the small Mauritanian town Atar for dozens of years.

Bryansk woman Nina Mayevskaya , who lost all hopes to earn money at home to support her family , found an ad in a newspaper that invited Russian women to do house work in the families in the USA, Israeil, Germany and Canada . In an interview she recounts about her "search of happiness" abroad. (4 )

The government in late April 2002 considered and approved the Concept of Boosting Insurance in Russia in 2002-2006, and in that month the Finance Ministry was instructed in the following two months to introduce amendments to the document. The story reflects on reasons behind the absence up to now of the final variant of the concept.

Noviye Izvestia

About 30 new hotels will open in St. Petersburg in May 2003 in time for the festive celebrations of the 300th jubilee of the city, but not all tourists will be able to find vacant rooms. This was stated by Vice-Governor Alexander Vakhmistrov .

Ukraine's President Leonid Kuchma, on the occasion of the jubilee of singer Sofiya Rotaru, has bestowed upon her the title of Heroine of Ukraine.

Cows in the Belarussian collective farm Rassvet, located in the Vitebsky District, have been fed chocolate in the past six months. The story examines what has made farmers use such feed.

The Moscow government, following European examples, has worked out several programs to transfer the drinking water supply system to underground natural reservoirs.

In an interview (from her house in the Parisian outskirts), Maria Rozanova, widow of the dissident writer Andrei Sinyavsky, who was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1973 for his literary works criticizing the Soviet regime and who died in France in 1997, talks about how she perceives the results of the collapse of the USSR.

Komsomolskaya Pravda

SIBUR head Dmitry Mazepin and Volgograd regional governor Nikolai Maksyuta have signed an agreement on joint participation in boosting the regional energy supply and the modernization of the housing-utility sector.

At age 102, caricaturist Boris Yefimov heads the Caricature Department in the Art Academy.

Ten mentally ill patients have escaped from a mental hospital in Irkutsk. The story describes how it has happened.

The newspaper on Aug. 6 reported about an unidentified person who is selling, for $200,000, the world-famous mummy of the Ural extraterrestrial named Alyoshenka -- who was found in 1996 in Kashtyma -- to the Japanese telecompany "Asahi- TV". The State Customs Committee stated that this mummy cannot legally be exported without a special permission from top authorities. The story gives several interesting facts about the mummy.

Adygeya's recently elected President Khazret Sovmen has managed, in a short period of time, to do a lot to improve the life of his residents. From the first days on his post he discovered things that shocked him, such as the fact no one worked. The story is devoted to this talented leader, who transfers his salary to childrens' boarding-schools and to the House of Old-Age Pensioners.

Beginning this year, second-graders in experimental schools in 76 regions will have two new obligatory subjects added to their curriculum -- a foreign language and information-communications technologies.

Pages of history. The newspaper has found a witness -- 80-year-old Vladimir -- to the legendary soccer match that took place in Nazi-occupied Kiev on Aug. 9, 1942. Writer Lev Kassil was the first to have described the game as a "match of death" in 1943. Nogachevsky recounts his impressions of the match.