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


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

German specialists are continuing to look into the causes of the collision of a Russian TU-154 with Boeing cargo jet over Germany on July 2. Izvestia has published a copy of the transcript of the last 50 seconds of radio communication between the two planes with a Swiss Skyguide flight controller. (1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5)

At a news conference on Monday French figure skaters Marina Anisina and Gvendal Pejzerat explained their stand on the so-called Tokhtakhounov case. A story examines their explanation. (1,3,Kommersant, 4, Gazeta, 1, Vremya Novostei,1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 13

Mayor Yury Luzhkov is expected to sign a project proposed by the Public and City Construction Council, which on Friday approved a concept for the comprehensive reconstruction of Pushkin Square. If the idea becomes a reality an entire city will be built under the square. A story examines the project in detail. (1, Gazeta, 1,2)

On Monday President Vladimir Putin vetoed a bill concerning bankruptcy. A story examines the provisions in the bill that do not suit the president's liking. (1)

This weekend vandals damaged more than 40 gravestones devoted to Kursk sailors in St. Petersburg's Serafimovskoye Memorial Cemetery. This is the third case of cemetery vandalism in the city over the last month. (2, Gazeta, 5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 10)

The Kultura television channel will air the "Vesti" analytical program at 11 PM during the next television season. Kultura's general director Alexander Ponomaryov commented on the new program. (2)

Ukraine's state commission has made public the reasons behind the Su-27 crash outside Lviv that left 85 people dead. A story examines the commission's conclusions. (2)

On Monday the presidents of Russia and Georgia exchanged statements concerning the fate of 14 Chechen rebels detained by Georgian authorities when they tried to cross over from Georgia into Chechnya. A story looks at the position of both presidents on the issue and focuses on Georgia's demand that Russia extradite shepherd Levan Telidze, who has received the Order of Courage from Vladimir Putin. (3, Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, Vremya MN, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta,1, 7, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Trud, 2, MK, 1,2)

A story examines the holiday plans of former President Boris Yeltsin, who, together with his wife Naina, arrived in Saratov on Monday to spend 2 weeks in the Chardym health resort. (3, Gazeta, 2)

The apartment of Vladimir Yegorov, director of the Air Flights Control Board Moscow Center, was robbed over the weekend. Thieves stole jewelry worth over $500,000. A story gives details. (3)

On Monday Chechnya's Constitutional Commission endorsed the final version of the republic's Constitution. A brief mentions administration head Akhmad Kadyrov's proposal to exclude a phrase stating that "Chechnya is a sovereign state in the Russian Federation." (3, Kommersant, 3, Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 2, Vremya MN, 3)

Three Russian sailors detained in a Canadian city a year ago have yet to be able to return home. A brief describes their case. (3)

Ronald Fino, and American vodka importer, has stated that he is willing to testify in the prosecutor's office and in court regarding the threats made against him by a representative of Russian entrepreneur Yury Shefler. Brief. (3, Gazeta, 5)

On Monday preliminary hearings were held in connection with Vladimir Sorokin's suit against the Moving Together movement. A brief describes what took place. (3, Noviye Izvestia, 1, Vremya Novostei, 1)

A story explains why the St. Petersburg Prosecutor's Office has prohibited the Institute of the Brain of the Academy of Sciences from performing expensive brain operations on drug addicts. (3)

According to information from the Federal Command in the North Caucasus, approximately 200 Chechen rebels led by field commander Shamil Basayev are preparing an armed attack on Gudermes, Chechnya's second largest city. Brief. (3)

Belarussian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Sidorsky stated Monday that Minsk did not force Russian companies to share oil products with Belarussian farmers. A story reflects the truth of the statement. (4)

Experts share their views on the current conflict involving the Kotlas Pulp and Paper Combine. (4)

On Monday the Moscow Gagarinsky Court refused to former Sibur President Yakov Goldovsky and former Sibur Vice-President Yevgeny Koshits from prison. Gazprom, Sibur's major shareholder, and Sibur itself have dropped their financial claims against the defendants. A story gives details. (6, Gazeta, 3,)

On Monday the Megafon company opened its head office in Moscow. A story comments on the event, focusing on the statements by the company 's new general director Yury Pavlenko. (6)

A 3-party commission in charge of regulating amendments to a government package of bills concerning electrical energy held discussions in both the State Duma and then in the Federation Council. The commission has collected 360 remarks and amendments to the bills. A story examines some of them. (6, Kommersant, 10)

In an interview, Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev shares his stand on Russia's accession to the WTO and elaborates on some of the new conditions affecting the agricultural sector. (6)

Gazprom, the major creditor of the Novocherkassk plant of synthetic products, is intending to initiate bankruptcy proceedings against this enterprise. A story comments on the decision. (6)

A story describes an exhibition devoted to Tsar Alexander I, which has opened in the residence of his father, Tsar Pavel I in Pavlovsk. (9)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Five economists and a priest share their views regarding the sale of an uncompleted church to pay off the debts of an industrial enterprise. (1,4)

A company calling itself a subsidiary of the domestic Brokerkreditservis investment company has disappeared in Surgut without trace of its clients' money. A story gives details. (1)

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov Monday went to the south of Sakhalin to see assess the area's economic potential. A story looks at his impressions. (2)

On Monday Lieutenant-General Valery Chkheidze, head of the Georgian State Border Department, stated that Tbilisi is urgently gathering additional troops on its border with Russia. A story comments on his statement. (2)

Eight policy-makers and public figures share their viewpoints on current hostilities between Russia and Georgia. (2)

On Monday the Moscow City Court brought in an indictment against Andrei Dogayev, former Deputy Foreign Economic Relations Minister, who in 1995 was accused of abuse of power. A story details his case. (3)

A delegation from the Unified Russia Party 's General Council visiting Volgograd on Monday expressed its displeasure at the party building process in the region and quarreled with local journalists. (3)

The presidential Chief Control Board investigating the recent floods in the Southern Federal District has announced that it has found numerous false additions in the financial documents and that those in need of aid have failed to receive it. (3)

On Monday Yury Sentyurin, the first vice-governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region, announced his decision to run for the mayor of Nizhny Novgorod. A story comments on his decision. (3)

Presidential special representative in Chechnya Abdul Khakim Sultygov met with journalists on Monday to tell them about results of his first visit to the republic after his recent appointment. Sultygov, who is responsible for the overseeing of human rights problems in the republic, said that what saw there disappointed him. (4)

Talks between Russian and Ukraine regarding former Soviet property abroad will take place next week in Kiev. Brief. (5)

Gazprom has made a proposal to the Indian gas GAIL monopoly and to the Pakistani Natural Resources Ministry that a gas pipeline be built from the Iranian deposit in South Pars through Pakistan to India. The cost of the pipeline is estimated at $3.2 billion. A story comments on the proposal. (9)

Moscow Insurers Association head Vladimir Kruglyak has sent a letter to First Deputy Moscow Mayor Oleg Tolkachov saying that big insurance companies are displeased at results of a competition for insuring the rent of non-residential premises. A story examines the insurers' claims (9)

On Monday the Property Ministry made public official data on net revenue received from the privatization and use of the state property during the first 6 months of 2002. Total revenue has doubled in comparison with the figure for last year. (10)

In an interview, Stanislav Tsygankov, the head of Gazprom Foreign Relations Department, talks about reasons behind several personnel shuffles in Gazexport. (11)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The Magnitogorsky Metals Combine has for the first time made public a consolidated financial report according to the international accounting standards. A story examines its content. (A1)

As of Monday the AIG-Rossiya company, a subsidiary of the American AIG insurance company, suspended the sale of travel insurance. A story explains why. (A1)

On Monday Oleg Deripaska, chairman of the Overseeing Council of the Bazovy Element company, made several sharp personal remarks about Economic Development Minister German Gref. A story looks into what caused the oligarch to make such statements. (A1)

A poll of 1,600 respondents indicates that 44 percent of Russians feel that the government should increase its focus on lowering the prices. The survey was conducted from July 26 to 29 by the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion.

Ukraine's Economics Minister Alexander Shlapak and Economic will meet with his Russian counterpart, German Gref, on Aug. 7 for talks on a new free trade agreement between the two countries. Brief. (A1)

At a government session Monday President Vladimir Putin discussed a schedule of clearing off wage arrears stated that he thinks it necessary that materials covering the state of the regional budgets and the regions' debts to the federal budget be published in the press. (A2)

The Tula regional administration has found to provide tax benefits to enterprise in need of investment. A story reveals the essence of the plan. (A3)

In an interview, National Reserve Bank head Alexander Lebedev speaks about his bank's long-standing war with Credit Agricole. Lebedev also outlines the major tasks currently facing his bank. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The Wimm-Bill-Dann company has announced that it has bought a 5.5 percent stake in a Tula's factory that produces the Depsona brand of juices. Previously, the company only purchased stakes dairy plants. B1)

The Kalina concern, a leading Russian cosmetic producer, has announced that UBS Warburg will manage the concern's public offering. Brief. (B1)

A decision made by the Arbitration Court of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region to prohibit Alfa and KiT from keeping or selling Baltika vodka distilled by the Vladikavkaz Firma Baltika company has been upheld by the Court of Appeal of the Federal Arbitration Court in the North-Western District. Brief. (B1)

Gazprom is planning to launch a two-month drilling project to find out if there is gas on the Arctic shelf. Brief. (B1)

The French government has made a decision to sell state-run oil and gas pipelines. It's supposed that the most of the gas pipeline will be sold to Gas de France for 110 million euros. (B1)

The Interros-controlled Siloviye Mashiny concern has won a $100 million tender to modernize Serbia's Jerdal hydroelectric station. (B2)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

A report on the Development of the Human Potential in the Russian Federation in 2001 that was compiled for a UN Development Program examines several aspects of the demographic situation in Russia. The report cites negative figures on the present population shrinkage due to several reasons. A story offers several disturbing conclusions. (1,11)

In an exclusive interview the head of the Japanese National Defense Ministry General Nakatani assesses the situation in the Asian-Pacific region and the present state of relations between his agency and its counterpart in Russia. (1,7)

State Council experts have drafted a 50 page Doctrine of State Youth Policy that presents a new approach to authorities' relationships with the younger generation. The State Council will discuss the draft in September. A story examines the document, focusing on several measures proposed in the document. (2)

The Communists are intending to work for the resignation of the government. The State Duma Communist faction and the Agro-Industrial Group have sent a letter to the president asking for the cabinet to be dissolved. These forces are continuing to prepare a national referendum for a ban on the sale and purchase of land and on suspending other government reforms. A story comments on the Communists' initiatives. (2)

The Moscow Savyolovsky Inter-Municipal Court is continuing its hearings in the Aeroflot case. A story examines the latest court developments. (3)

Russia and Ukraine are each taking internal measures on the basis of protecting their internal markets that resemble a trade war. A story examines some of these measures. (3)

President Vladimir Putin at his meeting with Cabinet ministers on Monday raised the issue of paying out wage arrears to budget workers. A story looks at what Deputy Prime Minister Valentina Matviyenko and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin reported to the president. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

A feature story is devoted to the Kaliningrad region, which today resembles a neglected colony. The story concludes that the region's problems will remain unsolved unless top Moscow officials view it as an outlying district. (5)

A story examines the results of the 56th Theatrical Festival in Avignon that ended a week ago. The focus is several best theatrical productions. (9)

What should Russia and Belarus do in order to save their union from collapsing completely? A story compares the union to the construction of a new house where the builders don't know the plans, no one knows who will pay the expenditures and there is doubt if the house is even necessary. A story explains what will happen if the idea of the union is buried. (11)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

In an interview the head of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Mikhail Margelov talks about the present disturbing situation with Georgia and Iraq. (1, 7)

In an interview poet Yury Kublanovsky, head of the poetry section of the literary journal Novy Mir, examines the conflict between writer Vladimir Sorokin and the Moving Together youth movement. (2)

In an interview taken in Krasnodar Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev examines several serious problems facing his sector, focusing on his optimistic forecast for this year's grain harvest. (2)

In an interview Denmark's Ambassador to Russia Lars Vissing, whose country became the six-month leader of the European Union (EU) a month ago, talked about several unsolved EU issues. He also discusses EU expansion and the Kaliningrad problem. (3)

The expenditure on the upkeep of the local administration in the Ryazan region has increased by 152 million rubles and pensioners have been stripped of all social benefits. A story describes the disturbing social situation in the region. (4)

The government has passed the right to manage alcohol trademarks to the Federal State Enterprise (FSE) "Soyuzplodimport." In an interview its Director-General Vladimir Loginov talks about Soyuzplodimport's origin, about the royalties paid by vodka distilleries and about priority measures aimed at putting things in order on the domestic alcohol market. (4)

The Committee on Financial Monitoring is drafting a report to fulfil the 40 demands from the FATF (Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering), which has a session scheduled for mid-August. FATF will discuss the report and send its officials to Moscow with the aim of drafting an accounting report. A story examines the annual turnover dirty money throughout the world. Rossiiskaya Bizness-Gazeta (RBG) Supplement. (1, 5)

President Vladimir Putin has signed the bill, which regulates the status of foreign citizens in the Russian Federation. Vadim Gustov, head of the Federation Council Committee on CIS Affairs, comments on the major provisions. RBG Supplement. (1,2)

Director of the Central Bank's Department on Licensing the Activities and Financial Recovery of Credit Organizations Mikhail Sukhov gave an interview about the fate of the domestic banking system. RBG Supplement. (2)



The amber combine in the Yantarny settlement in the Kaliningrad region has marked its 55th jubilee together with bailiffs. In an interview First Deputy Director-General Nikolai Petukhov describes the combine that in Soviet times was profitable but is a loss-making enterprise today. RBG Supplement. (3)

In an interview President of metals technology world leader German SMS Demag Michael Hanish talks about the project to create the first modern plant in Russia to manufacture large diameter pipes and to draw German capital into the project. RBG Supplement. (3)

Noviye Izvestia

State Duma deputy Viktor Semyonov (from the Fatherland-All Russia faction, part of the Unified Russia Party) has submitted a draft to the State Duma aimed at introducing amendments to the code of Administrative Law Violations that envisages a ban on drinking vodka and beer in the public places. A story comments on the draft. (1,2)

A story critically examines the "patriotic" call on the city and the region's residents by the Volgograd regional administration to collect money to "ensure a good life for war veterans." The proclaimed campaign is connected with the upcoming 60th anniversary of the crushing defeat of the nazi troops outside the city. (1,2)

The Volgograd Prosecutor's Office has made public alarming figures on the crime situation in the region. A story examines and comments on some of them. (2)

Pavel Zhuk, the Editor-in-Chief of the controversial Belarussian newspaper Nasha Svoboda (Our Freedom) speaks about the paper's sad fate. (2)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

The Iskusstvo Kino magazine has published a sensational confession by famed film and theatrical actor Mikhail Kazakov about his collaboration with the KGB in Soviet times. A story offers an excerpt from his confession. (4)

The Japanese television company Asahi-TV is to spend $200,000 on the purchase of a mummy of extraterrestrial Alyoshenka that was found 10 years ago on the territory of the Perm region. The deal will take place in Yekaterinburg in late August. (4)