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Press Review

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Krasnaya Zvezda
Komsomolskaya Pravda


U.S. President George W. Bush on Friday telephoned the leaders of China, France and Russia, the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, to tell them about his administration's plan to launch a military operation against Iraq. An article examines those leaders' response, focusing on many analysts' conclusion that war against Iraq is imminent. (1. Also covered in Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 7, Vremya Novostei, Sept. 6, p. 1)

Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov on Friday ordered the prosecutor's offices in Moscow city and region to launch an investigation to examine whether authorities could have prevented the peat bog fires that have hit the Moscow region. An article comments on Ustinov's order, adding that many officials could lose their posts following the results of the investigation. All central newspapers devote their stories to the unfavorable ecological situation in the region caused by the smoke. (1,2. Also covered in Kommersant, 1,4, Vremya Novosdtei, Sept. 6, p. 1, Moskovskaya Pravda, 1, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Gazeta, Sept. 6, p. 1,8, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6, Vremya MN, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Moskovsky Komsomolets, 2, 3)

Film star Vyacheslav Tikhonov was hospitalized in the Central Clinical Hospital with a heart attack Monday. Doctors on Friday said that his condition is stable. (1. Also covered in Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

After his meeting with Georgia's Interior Minister in Baku on Friday, Russian Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov stated that Russian Interior forces will stay in Georgia and will seek international terrorists and Chechen rebels in the Pankisi Gorge jointly with Georgian army units. Georgian officials say that Gryzlov was misunderstood. (2. Also covered in Kommersant, 1,3, Vremya MN, 1)

Chechnya on Friday marked the Day of the Republic, a new holiday instituted by administration head Akhmad Kadyrov. This holiday coincided with the day when, by Dzhokhar Dudayev's decree, Chechnya celebrated the Day of Ichkeria's Independence. Chechen Agriculture Minister Dokuvakha Abdurakhmanov said that Chechnya also marked the Harvest Day on Friday. (2. Also covered in Vremya Novostei, Sept. 6, p.3)

The government on Friday approved an increase in the volume of state guarantees on boosting mortgage housing crediting next year up to 4.5 billion rubles ($143 million). An article examines the government's decision. (2. Also covered in Kommersant, 2, Vremya MN, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 8)

The U.S. Coast Guard detained the Russian trawler Vitna in the Bering Strait on Friday for allegedly entering an exclusive economic zone of the United States. (2. Also covered in Vremya MN, 1, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov visited Afghanistan on Friday. According to the ministry's press service, the aim of the visit was the expansion of military-technical cooperation between Moscow and Kabul. (2. Also covered in Kommersant, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 1,2, Vremya MN, 1)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov awarded the State Prize for science and technology to Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov at a government session on Friday. The prize should have been given to Luzhkov several years ago. Luzhkov's spokesman, Sergei Tsoi, explained the delay. (3. Also covered in Noviye Izvestia, 1, Vremya MN, 1, Moskovsky Komsomolets, 2)

Yekaterinburg archaeologists have found a valuable treasure in the place chosen for the construction of Presidential Envoy to the Urals Federal District Pyotr Latyshev's future residence. An article describes the 18th- to 19th-century find. (3)

The San Francisco-based magazine Red Herring published a list of 10 significant inventions in 2001 in the sphere of technology. Among them is an invention by Nizhny Novgorod scientist Oleg Syutin, 43, who works in the Intel company's Development Center. An article examines his invention. (3)

Azeri law-enforcement agencies have detained high-ranking members of the al-Qaida terrorist organization of Osama bin-Laden, said Azeri President Heidar Aliyev on Friday. Brief. (3)

A week-long anti-drug project called "Do Not Even Try" ended in Kaliningrad on Friday. Among its organizers was First Lady Lyudmila Putin. An article reveals the essence of the project, focusing on its results. (4)

The nti-aircraft defense complex S-300PMU-2 Favorit, developed by the Almaz research-production association, was successfully tested at the Kapustin Yar testing-ground Friday. Almaz general director Igor Ashurbeili examines its results. (4)

On the occasion of the Jewish holiday Rosh-Hashanah (New Year), President Vladimir Putin assured Russian Jews that "the state will continue to crack down on any manifestations of extremism and anti-Semitism." Brief. (4. Also covered in Vremya MN, 2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov discussed bilateral economic relations with Hungary's Foreign Minister Laslo Kovacs on Friday. Brief. (4)

The State Duma Budget Committee head, Alexander Zhukov, on Friday spoke optimistically about the upcoming first reading of the 2003 draft budget. He pointed to several budget aspects that are expected to be passed without any problems. (5)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry on Friday officially stated that when importing commodities, small businesses will not be exempt from paying VAT. (5)

Oil prices on the London commodity exchange soared to a record high level on Friday over the past 11 months, and on the New York exchange, they neared the 18-month maximum mark. An article examines analysts' assessments. (5)

The Symposium of the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation countries, which ended in Vladivostok on Friday, centered on Russia's attractiveness to investors. Its economic climate is much worse than the developing markets in the neighboring countries. An article examines reports delivered at the symposium. (5)

Air France, due to its pilots' strike on Sept. 6-9, canceled three flights from Moscow to Paris on Friday and Saturday. (5)

Participants in the recent Sustainable Development summit in Johannesburg assessed the summit's achievements differently. An article focuses on how the Russian delegation, headed by Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, assessed the summit. (5)

The first stage of structural reform of railroad transport will be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2003, said Railways Minister Gennady Fadeyev on Friday. Brief. (5)

The Finance Ministry is continuing work on the project to release new state securities for the Russian citizens on the basis of magnetic cards. Brief. (5)

Yukos on Friday sent to the shareholders of the Eastern Oil Company a proposal to buy their stakes of the company for 2.3 rubles per ordinary share. Brief. (5)

Ingosstrakh has won the tender for the right to sign an agreement with Sheremetyevo on insuring the airport's property complex. Brief. (5)

Igor Yaroslavtsev was appointed general director of the United Metals Company, or OMK, on Friday. An article explains why OMK needed to replace the general director. (5)

French President Jacques Chirac is expected to announce a significant increase in his country's military might on Sept. 11. The goal of the increase is to make France ready to rebuff any unexpected terrorist attacks. An article looks at the president's upcoming speech. (6)

For only the second time in its history, the U.S. Congress held a session outside of Washington. The session, devoted to the anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy, was held in New York. An article describes the event. (6)

State Duma Deputy Vladimir Semenkov, a member of the Central Political Council of the Unified Russia Party, died at the age of 56 on Thursday. (8)

In an interview, television journalist Arkady Mamontov talks about a new weekly program, "Special Correspondent," that the RTR channel was to air on Sunday. (9)


About 100 U.S. and British planes bombed the main aviation commanding center in western Iraq on Friday morning. Analysts say that this air attack signifies the beginning of the concluding stage of the preparation for U.S.-British invasion of Iraq. (1)

Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin regulated export duties at a session of the Commission on Protective Measures in Foreign Trade on Friday. The oil companies and Russian Aluminum have gained nothing positive from the measure. The oil duty was increased to $26.20 from $21.90. Kudrin flatly rejected Russian Aluminum head Oleg Deripaska's proposal to lower the aluminum duty. An article comments on the measure. (1,5)

Security Council Secretary Vladimir Rushailo held a meeting with Primorye leaders in Vladivostok to discuss issues of ensuring national security in the region on Friday. An article looks at several serious problems discussed at the meeting. (2)

Deputy Moscow Railroad chief Uruda Urudzhev told journalists about a so-called "rail war" being waged by hooligans on the railroad at a news conference on Friday. An article gives facts and figures. (4)

The first stone of the museum devoted to the Jewish servicemen of World War II was laid in Israel on Friday. The museum is being built with private donations from Russian businessman Arkady Gaidamak. Russian Jews at the ceremony said that during the 1941-45 war they fought for Israel rather than for the Soviet Union. (4)

The Natural Resources Ministry on Friday made public its own draft of the Code on Mineral Wealth. An article examines the document, focusing on the ministry's proposal to re-distribute 90 percent of functions to manage the mineral wealth in favor of the federal center. (5)

The Audit Chamber Friday began to analyze the 2003 draft budget. The Chamber has found several controversial provisions that will be discussed with Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, the author of the draft. An article examines some of the provisions. (5)

The new Novotel-Novoslobodskaya hotel, the first hotel belonging Interros Holding, opened in Moscow on Saturday. Interros Management Board deputy head Sergei Aleksashenko commented on the project, which cost Interros $35 million. (5. Also covered in Vremya MN, 3)

The Ulyanovsk Auto Plant shareholders held an extraordinary meeting Friday to re-elect the board of directors. The meeting was linked to a decreased number of seats on the board. As a result, Ulyanovsk regional governor Vladimir Shamanov was not elected. An article describes other results and decisions of the meeting. (5)

The Central Bank on Friday announced that, starting Dec. 1, it will cancel the obligatory reserving of the banks' money on the accounts of the currency exchanges for taking part in the single trading session. An article comments on the Central Bank's decision. (5)

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov has appointed Deputy Mayor Valery Shantsev as head of a new interdepartmental commission responsible for cracking down on video and audio piracy in the city. Brief. (6)

Leaders of big domestic auto plants announced the creation of the Association of the Automobile Industry on Friday. Brief. (6)

A draft of the agreement with Zapsibgazprom creditors will be ready by Sept. 25. After signing it, a new general director will be appointed to the enterprise. Brief. (6)

Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister Mikhail Dmitriyev said Friday that investing pension savings to the mortgage securities is impossible so far. Brief. (6)

The Menatep shareholders meeting decided to join Yuganskneftebank and Nefteenergobank to Menatep on Friday. Brief. (6)

Alexei Rodzyanko, deputy manager of Deutschebank, has been appointed head of the bank's Moscow branch. Brief. (6)

Deputy Director of the State Meteorological Service Alexander Frolov said that smog is a wrong word for the smoke currently blanketing the city. Frolov said it should be called haze (dymka) or mist (mgla). (9)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

The events of the past two weeks are evidence that a concentrated PR campaign to discredit Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze has been launched in Russia. A story reveals the essence of this campaign, saying this is nothing but an unsuccessful PR action. The focus is the Georgian president's response. (1,5; Noviye Izvestia, 1,6)

In an interview, Ivan Rybkin, former speaker of the parliament, offers his alternative of putting an end to the Chechen war. He also explains why he left the Kovalyov Commission, the national committee for ending war in Chechnya. (1,4)

The next session of the State Duma will begin on Sept. 9 in a renovated building. A story describes what has actually been renovated. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

A story is devoted to Prosecutor-General Vladimir Ustinov's book "Accusing Terrorism" that was presented at the All-Russian Exhibition Center on Friday and that, as the story says, could be viewed as a kind of rough copy of the domestic state doctrine on cracking down on terrorism. (2)

The Central Bank is continuing to buy up currency -- by $600 million to $800 million every week -- from exporters. As a result, the bank's reserves have increased up to $44.3 billion as of Sept. 1 from $43.3 billion as of Aug. 1. Analysts comment on the bank's present state of its currency reserves, forecasting the situation in the future. (3)

A story reports on how the American upcoming military operation against Iraq can affect the OPEC cartel's oil extraction plans, including oil prices. (3)

The Audit Chamber has praised the government for the 2003 draft budget, though it has found several serious provisions it disagrees with. The chamber believes that the draft does not fully comply with the president's state-of-the-nation address to the Federal Assembly. A story examines actual provisions. (3)

Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov on Friday stated the need for the earlier resignation of the Mikhail Kasyanov government, called "helpless" and "talentless" and also concerned only about payments to its Western patrons and about its own incomes. These critical remarks are based on a special statement by the People's Patriotic Union called "The Kremlin Enveloped in Mist." A story examines the statement. (3)

The Don Cossacks on Friday held a congress in Novocherkassk, where about 300 delegates from the Rostov, Volgograd and Voronezh regions gathered together to declare themselves the legal successors of the national state formation, the Great Don Host, that was illegally abolished. A story looks at the Cossacks' serious claims. (4)

The West's cooling relations with Russia due to events in Chechnya have again become acute with the start of the fall. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has remained a traditional source of negative opinion. Its delegation, headed by Lord Judd, on Saturday completed its annual traditional trip to Chechnya. A story looks at their negative impressions, saying what they will speak about at the next PACE session. (4)

President Vladimir Putin's message for Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko was handed over to the Belarussian side Wednesday. A story reveals its content, reflecting on what answer could be expected from Lukashenko. (5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

The government on Friday discussed the structural reform that is now under way in the railway transport sector, noting the positive results. The Cabinet soon intends to consider the methodology of compiling a national tariff price-list for cargo railroad transportation. The new wording of this document should be passed before the end of this year. (1,2)

FSB head Nikolai Patrushev on Friday held a working meeting with the law enforcement agencies of Dagestan to discuss preliminary results of the investigation of the terrorist act on May 9 in Kaspiisk, and also the kidnapping of Dutch citizen Peter Arzhab Erkel in Makhachkala on Aug. 13. (2)

The 13th session of the CIS Economic Council in Moscow on Friday discussed a draft program for creating a grain market for CIS member-states. A story looks at several stages of the program and their specific features. (2)

A marauding bear in the Bely Yar village (Tomsk region) was killed Friday. Unfortunately, this was too late, as a local schoolgirl became its victim. A story describes events. (3)

The film "Dragon" by filmmaker Alexei Muradov that was shown at the Venice International Film Festival on Friday shocked audiences. In an interview, Muradov speaks about his creation, revealing the main idea. (3)

Yekaterinburg Mayor Arkady Chernetsky has signed an unprecedented decree on forming special city commissions to decide the fate of housing rent debtors, the number of which today amounts to 10 percent of the city's residents. A story focuses on the repressive character of the document. (4)

State arms exporter Rosoboronexport has expressed a wish to become a co-owner of the Zavod imeni Degtyaryova (Degtyaryov Plant, ZID). A story describes the plan. (4)

Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov on Friday presented his book titled "The Foreign Policy of Russia in the Epoch of Globalization." The book contains his articles, speeches and also an in-depth analysis of different aspects of globalization. A story reviews the book. (4)

Noviye Izvestia

Rumors about upcoming personnel reshuffles in the upper echelons of power have already been circulating for the whole year. But this time, they will most likely come true. According to the newspaper 's sources, FSB head Nikolai Patrushev will take up the post of Alexander Voloshin, head of the presidential administration. Interior Ministry head Boris Gryzlov will become Secretary of the Security Council, replacing Vladimir Rushailo. A story looks at several other reshuffles. (1)

The Public Opinion Fund has conducted a poll to see whether joint efforts between Russia and the U.S. in combating international terrorism after Sept. 11 have contributed to improving Moscow-Washington relationships. Forty-four percent of respondents answered in the affirmative. The brief offers other results of the opinion poll. (1)

The Bank of Moscow together with Austrian Donau-Bank AG has organized a consortium of banks that has provided a credit to ALROSA, the leader of the domestic diamond market, and a world leader in producing jewelry. A story describes the deal. (2)

Alexander Yaroshuk, chairman of the Belarussian agro-industrial complex labor union, has made public an appeal concerning the creation of a working group responsible for holding a referendum on the future fate of the Belarus-Russia union state. A story comments on Yaroshuk's initiative, focusing on several questions to be put up for referendum. (4)

Krasnaya Zvezda

Sept. 8 marks the Day of Tankmen. In an interview (on this occasion), Deputy Defense Minister Colonel-General Nikolai Kormiltsev, Commander-in-Chief of the ground troops, talks about the tank troops as the striking force of the ground troops. (1,2)

The Central Army Theater on Saturday opened its 73rd season. In an interview, chief artistic director Boris Morozov talks about five new productions to be shown this season. (1)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

The U.S. has launched preparations for a military operation against Iraq. A story looks at several concrete measures. (6,2)

The Sept. 11 tragedy, the anniversary of which will be marked soon, has had several unanswered questions up to now. A story highlights those who predicted the tragic events, focusing on the American special services' response to those predictions and warning. (6,4,5)

In an interview, Marko Berti, general director of the UAZ-Europe company, talks about the new Russian-Italian off-road vehicle Simbir, which will be presented this month at the upcoming Paris auto-show. (6,6)

In an interview, composer Yelena Dedinskaya speaks about musical therapy, saying how she composes special medical music. (6,27)

Film critic Yelena Ovcharenko comments on a two-part sensational American film titled "Terror:Attack on the USA" that the NTV channel showed on Sept. 4 and 5 on the occasion of the upcoming anniversary of the tragic events that happened on Sept. 11, 2001 in New York and Washington. (7,2)

A story features a book presentation ceremony at the All-Russian Exhibition Center (formerly VDNKh) on Thursday when Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov presented his book titled "Accusing Terrorism." The focus is several of his revelations. (7,3)

Former President Boris Yeltsin, his wife Naina and their daughter Tatyana on Friday visited the Moscow International Book Fair, where Yeltsin stated that in August he has read 20 books. A story looks at his other announcements. (7,3)

Imposing new higher customs duties on aluminum can imports, starting 2002, will increase the prices of domestic light drinks. Moreover, what can be expected in this context is the redistribution of the domestic market in favor of foreign companies. A story comments on the issue. (7,4)

A story reflects on secret correspondence between the Russian and Belarussian presidents concerning the formation of the Russian-Belarus union. (5)

At the beginning of this academic year, the Coca-Cola company presented four new computer classes to Moscow school students. A story describes the present. (7,12)

Tbilisi resident Genry Kubrashvili, 56, assistant professor of Tbilisi State University, head of the Information Analytical Service of the Georgian Security Council and father of four, has swum across the Dardanelles Strait with his arms and legs tied. He covered 12 kilometers in 3 hours and 15 minutes. (7,12)

People are continuing to draw and model the image of President Vladimir Putin and to give his name to shops and enterprises and devote their poems to him, despite his numerous requests not to do it. A story gives concrete facts to illustrate the point. (7,14)