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Izvestia
Kommersant
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Konservator
Noviye Izvestia
Krasnaya Zvezda
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

Russian diplomat Andrei Kroshkin, Second Secretary of the Russian Embassy in Washington, on Friday held a two-hour meeting with Infifak Kandar, a representative of the Iraqi National Congress party in opposition to Saddam Hussein. Two Russian diplomats discuss the meeting. (1. Also covered in Vremya MN, 2)

"Telephone terrorism," or extreme forms of prank calls, telephoned bomb threats and so on, is the subject of research by specialists from the Main Board of the Interior Transport Department with the help of psychologists, sociologists and linguists. The project's aim was to paint a psychological portrait of the typical telephone terrorist. Scientists thoroughly examined all detained terrorists. A story offers several concrete cases of telephone terrorism, focusing on researchers' conclusions. (1,2)

The amnesty that the Microsoft company, the world software leader and a main anti-piracy fighter, granted to Russian and Ukrainian Internet cafes, expired Friday. A story reveals the essence of the act, focusing on the response from leading Moscow Internet cafes. (2)

An Arab man with a French passport (possibly false) has been detained in the Pankisi Gorge for possible connections with terrorist organizations close to al-Qaida said Georgian State Security Minister Valery Khaburzania on Friday. A story comments on his statement. (2. Also covered in Kommersant, 4)

According to a Washington expert, U.S. military spy satellites are monitoring Russia as well as Iraq, Iran and North Korea. (2)

The debris of the An-28 plane that crashed on Thursday with 16 passengers and pilots on board were found Friday near the Far Eastern village of Ayan. A story offers possibly explanations for the tragedy. (2. Also covered in Kommersant, 4, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, Trud, 3, and Moskovsky Komsomolets, 1, 6)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov on Friday made public preliminary results of the investigation by his ministry's special commission into the crash of the military helicopter Mi-26 that was downed by Chechen rebels. Chief Military Prosecutor Alexander Savenkov said that the command knows the name of the Chechen field commander who ordered the attack. A story gives details. (2. Also covered in Kommersant, 4, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Vremya MN, 1, Noviye Izvestia, 1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, and Trud, 3)

Princess Diana died in a car accident in Paris five years ago on Aug. 31, 1997. A story describes how businesses today are earning money off her name. (3. Also covered in Komsomolskaya Pravda, 22, Noviye Izvestia, 3, and Vremya MN, 7)

In an interview, Alexander Veksler, head of the Moscow Archaeological Center, said that according to the latest archaeological finds, Moscow is much older than 855 years. (3. Also covered in Kommersant, 1,4)

The Organizing Committee for celebrating the 250th anniversary of Moscow State University on Friday held its first meeting, which was presided over by Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov. He promised in part to raise the students' stipends starting Sept. 1, 2003. (3. Also covered in Kommersant, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6, and Moskovsky Komsomolets, 3)

The government on Friday decided to raise import duties on foreign cars that are older than seven years. (3. Also covered in Kommersant, 1)

Valery Ustyugov, a Federation Council deputy from the Kaliningrad region, on Friday tendered his resignation because, in his opinion, the Kaliningrad problem is not being resolved properly. (3. Also covered in Kommersant, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, and Vremya MN, 1)

Mikhail Sorokin, 50, deputy chief of the state-run Polar Marine Geological Expedition, was found dead in Sestroretsk, outside St. Petersburg, on Thursday. (3. Also covered in Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

Moscow is continuing to seek an agreement with Poland and Lithuania, neighbors of the Kaliningrad region, on establishing privileged visa relations after they join the European Union. Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov on Thursday managed to reach positive results during his visit to Poland. (4. Also covered in Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4)

President Vladimir Putin on Friday visited Kazan, which was celebrating Republic's Day. Putin took part in the festivities, met with delegates of the Third World Congress of Tatars and held a working session of the State Commission on Celebrating Kazan's millennium. A story describes the president's visit and meetings in Kazan. (4. Also covered in Kommersant, 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, Trud, 1,3, and Moskovsky Komsomolets, 2)

Ukrainian Prime Minister Anatoly Kinakh on Friday stated that a controlling stake of 50 percent of the joint gas transportation consortium now under construction should belong to Kiev. (4)

U.S. Senator Richard Lugar on Friday completed a week-long visit to Russia. He is promoting the destruction of chemical and nuclear weapons in Russia within the framework of the Nunn-Lugar program. A story describes his two-hour meeting in Moscow on Friday with Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov. (4)

The Unified Energy Systems leadership on Friday summed up results of the competition for the position of investment consultant for reforming the energy sector. The consortium of Alfa Bank and the investment banking corporation Merrill-Lynch won the competition. (5)

In an interview, Rosyuvelirexpo president Alexander Rybakov discusses the state of the domestic jewelry business, its problems and prospects. (5)

The three-party commission consisting of representatives from the government, the State Duma and the Federation Council on Friday held its last session before the first reading of a draft bill concerning energy system reform. (5. Also covered in Kommersant, 5, Vremya MN, 2, and Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2)

Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev, regional authorities and sugar-beet producers in Lipetsk on Friday discussed ways of boosting sugar-beet production. (5. Also covered in Kommersant, 2)

Shareholders in the Siloviye Mashiny holding on Friday decided to issue more shares in the next three months. They plan to create a single company that would unite all the machine-building assets of the Interros holding. (5)

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday rejected a complaint by U.S. producers, who wanted to impose anti-dumping duties on cold-rolled steel imported from five states. Along with this, a similar case will be considered in October-November in relation to another 15 countries, including Russia. A story comments on the commission's decision, noting that it revives Russia's hopes for an end to U.S. tariffs on imported steel. (5)

Russia's General Consul Yury Ivanov was attacked Thursday night in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. (6)

Yulia Brodskaya, 20, went to Japan from Sakhalin to work as an interpreter in a fishing company a year ago, and she has been missing since then. (6)

Secondary schools on the territory of three church dioceses have introduced an obligatory subject, "Fundamentals of Orthodox Culture," in accordance with an agreement signed between the Education Ministry and the Russian Orthodox Church. Society is divided between those who support religious instruction in public schools and those who oppose it. (7)

In mid-September, the TVS channel will present its new satirical program "Free Cheese." Viktor Shenderovich, creator and host of the program, discusses his brainchild in an interview. (9)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The St. Petersburg branch of the Tour Industry Union, or RST, has applied to the North-Western Customs Board with a complaint against the customs services of international airports Sheremetyevo-2 and Pulkovo-2. RST stated that customs officers are confiscating hard currency on a mass scale from foreigners leaving Russia. RST vice president Sergei Korneyev comments on the complaint. (1)

The U.S. Senate's Judicial Commission investigating the circumstances of the Sept. 11 terrorist acts has prepared a report that placed blame for the tragedy on the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The commission said the FBI was in a position to prevent the tragedy but it failed to do so. (4)

During the current City Day celebrations, traffic police have allowed Moscow drivers to violate some road traffic rules. (4)

Robert Reilly, director of the Voice of America radio station, has resigned. (4)

State Duma deputies Aslambek Aslakhanov and Yury Shchekochikhin; former Duma Speaker and Security Council Secretary Ivan Rybkin; and former Speaker of the Supreme Soviet Ruslan Khasbulatov on Friday told journalists about their meeting in Liechtenstein with rebel commander Aslan Maskhadov's representative, Akhmed Zakayev. They tried to work out a plan for a peaceful Chechen settlement but failed. A story describes the meeting. (3. Also covered in Vremya MN, 2)

The government of Ingushetia experienced a shakeup on Thursday. Viktor Aleksentsev, Russian by nationality, will head Ingushetia's government for the first time in the past 10 years. (3)

Smog hung over Bryansk on Friday, causing near-emergency conditions. Local environmentalists said that smog had brought radiation from the polluted Chernobyl zones. (3)

While the government is continuing to assert that the 2003 draft budget is so good that there is nothing in it for the State Duma to amend, Duma deputies think differently. Mikhail Zadornov, Deputy Head of the Duma Budget Committee, harshly criticized the document on Friday. A story examines the major provisions with which Zadornov disagrees. (5)

AFK Sistema Friday spread information, in which it accused the IVK company of an armed seizure of the Kvant plant in Zelenograd. The conflict between shareholders of the leading domestic enterprise assembling computers has resulted in an unprecedented scandal for the domestic IT industry. A story gives details. (5)

The World Trade Organization on Friday officially allowed the European Union to take an additional $4 billion a year from U.S. companies for export tax benefits. This is the biggest fine in the WTO's history. A story describes the U.S.-European tax dispute. (5)

The Swedish IKEA company has given up its investment cooperation with Belarus and closed the $25 million credit line. (6)

An auto plant in the outskirts of Liverpool, Britain, made its last Rolls-Royce on Friday. From now on, Rolls-Royces will be made by the BMW plant in south-eastern Britain. (6)

The U.S. Boston Properties realty investment company has signed an agreement with the U.S. Citigroup Bank on purchasing its central office in New York for $1.06 billion. (6)

The Finance Ministry has endorsed a document on the procedure of clearing off its own veksels. (6)

The Kontinental Management timber company on Friday announced the consolidation of the controlling stake of the Omsk cardboard factory AVA+2. (6)

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov awarded city prizes for literature and art on Friday. A story examines the ceremony and winners. (8)

The 17th Congress of European Cardiologists was to open in Berlin on Friday. A story highlights the event, its agenda and participants. (9)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

Experts believe that the Cabinet's talk about economic growth and stability is nothing more than an attempt to play to the audience. Five policymakers, economists and State Duma deputies share their views on the issue. (1,3)

An experiment to transfer the 76th Pskov paratrooper division to a contract payment system was scheduled to begin Saturday. This event is of paramount importance for the Kremlin and the Defense Ministry. A story examines the experiment. (2. Also covered in Konservator, No.1, page, 2)

The new Arbitration Procedural Code took effect Sunday. Economists and bureaucrats hope that the new code may help draw foreign investment to the country. In an interview, Lyudmila Maikova, Chairwoman of the Federal Arbitration Court of the Moscow region, speaks about the code's new provisions. (2)

First Deputy Central Bank Chairman Oleg Vyugin on Friday stated his negative response to Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov's recent statement on a possible transfer to a surplus-free budget. (3)

The Central Bank on Friday announced a decrease in its gold currency reserves. After intensive growth due to a decreased capital outflow and high oil prices, the Central Bank's reserves over the past week shrank by $Aug. 300 million to $44.4 billion. (3)

The life of the natural monopolies will become more difficult next year; the government has established a ceiling on the growth of gas, electricity and heating prices at the level of 20 percent, which is considerably lower than the tariff level of 35 percent. A story comments on the governmental measure, focusing on how UES and Gazprom will behave. (3)

Primorye Region Governor Sergei Darkin on Friday commented on the results of President Vladimir Putin's visit to the region. (4)

In an interview, Rostov Region Governor Vladimir Chub explained reasons behind high tariffs on housing and utility services in his region. The governor also discussed what his region will gain from the new farm land law. (4)

Kyrgyzstan marked the 11th anniversary of its independence Saturday. In an interview, Kyrgyz Ambassador to Russia Kalymbek Nanayev discussed the presidential decree signed Aug. 26 concerning constitutional reform in the republic, focusing on the meaning of reforms for the people. He also spoke about the Kyrgyz army's readiness to rebuff possible attacks from extremists, saying that the republic is a key state in the anti-terror coalition in the region. (5)



Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Fifty Russian teachers from 13 CIS and Baltic states over the weekend became winners of the Russian language competition and Pushkin Prize for 2002. A story describes the competition, its participants and winners. (1,3)

Starting Sunday, the RTR television channel will be called Telekanal Rossiya. This decision was made by the leadership of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Corporation, which includes RTR as a member. (1)

A year has passed since the Federation Council was formed to act as a collective legislator. First Deputy Speaker Valery Goreglyad describes the council's rights and duties according to the Constitution and domestic legislation. (2)

According to the web site www.kursk.strana.ru, the investigation into the explosion on the Kursk submarine may be resumed. Rossiiskaya Gazeta published the text of the web site's article. (2)

The Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation organization will hold an investment forum in Vladivostok on Sept. 9-12. The national organizing committee, headed by Industry, Science and Technology Minister Ilya Klebanov, is a sponsor of the forum. A story examines major issues to be discussed at the forum. (3)

In an interview, Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev discusses entrepreneurship, freedom of speech and civil society in his country. He also spoke about his country's efforts to fight terrorism and his relations with former and current Russian leaders. (7)

Konservator

Political scientist Igor Bunin comments on the state of Russian-Georgian bilateral relations and the U.S. reaction to Russian-Georgian tensions. (1)

According to the State Statistics Committee, the middle class accounts for 8 percent of the population. Analysts, however, believe that the figure is higher. (1, 12, 13)

Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma made an unexpected statement regarding the need for transforming Ukraine from a presidential republic into a parliamentary-presidential one. (2)

President Vladimir Putin's tour of the Far East and Siberia was the longest tour of his presidency thus far. A story examines its major results. (2)

The government in October intends to submit to the president a draft recommendation for reforming the state power bodies. A story focuses on the reform plans of the presidential administration. (3)

Three experts -- State Duma Deputy Vladimir Ryzhkov, director of the Center for Political Technologies Igor Bunin, and Indem Fund president Georgy Satarov -- share their viewpoints on major political scenarios and clashes in the upcoming political season. (3)

Konservator experts examine numerous complications in the current gubernatorial election campaign in the Krasnoyarsk region, focusing on a possible outcome of the elections. (7)

Noviye Izvestia

A bronze memorial plaque devoted to legendary soccer player Nikolai Starostin was unveiled Friday in Moscow on the wall of apartment block 19 on Tverskaya Ulitsa. (1)

The army today needs the most technologically up-to-date armaments, but what the military industrial complex produces is outdated. Eighty percent of the manufacturing equipment in most defense enterprises is worn out. The Tula armament plant makes arms from a 20-year-old design. A story examines this acute problem. (1,4)

The government may soon ban the sale of autos with "euro-0" motors, said Industry, Science and Technology Minister Ilya Klebanov. (1)

Federal and local authorities pay nothing to people living near chemical weapons warehouses to compensate for their increased risk of disease from radiation. A story describes the alarming environmental situation in the Planovy village, where a large number of chemical weapons are stored. (5)

Krasnaya Zvezda

Sept. 2 marks the Day of the Russian Guards, which was instituted by presidential decree in December 2000. The story describes the primogenitors of the Guards, focusing on its history and the present day. (1,3)

In an interview, Moldovan Defense Minister Viktor Gaichuk discussed good results achieved this year in army reform. He also spoke about social programs for army servicemen, about a transfer to a professional army and about concrete plans to merge the armies of Moldova and the self-proclaimed Transdnestr republic. (3)

Moscow Region Governor Colonel-General Boris Gromov, president of the All-Russian organization of local war and military conflict veterans, Militant Brotherhood, answers questions from readers about this organizaiton and its role in improving the lives of war veterans and the patriotic upbringing of youth. (4)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

The newspaper offers a chapter from feature journalist Oleg Blotsky's new book titled "Vladimir Putin. Road to Power," in which the president recounts the dramatic circumstances of his departure from the KGB. (Aug. Aug. 30,4,5)

A story examines what Russia means to Georgia and the West and concludes that a serious aggravation of Russian-Georgian relationships is out of the question. (Aug. Aug. 30, 3)

According to the State Statistics Committee, alcohol consumption in the first six months of 2002 exceeded the figure for the same period last year by 50 million liters. Beer consumption increased by 17 percent. A story gives other figures on alcohol consumption in Russia. (Aug. Aug. 30, 3)

Veterinarians have allowed the United States to export its poultry to Russia starting Sept. 15. A story says what Russian consumers and poultry producers will gain. (Aug. Aug. 30, 3)

A story is devoted to the Murmansk trawler fleet, which was founded in 1920. Its 68 fishing vessels catch about 240,000 tons of fish in different foreign seas and oceans every year. (Aug. Aug. 30, 7)

Chief meteorologist Alexander Bedritsky answers questions from readers about reasons behind this summer's natural disasters. (Aug. Aug. 30, 8,9)

Former president Boris Yeltsin's daughter Tatyana Yumasheva and her husband Valentin Yumashev are selecting the godfather for their newly born daughter Masha. Rumor has it that Patriarch Alexy could be a candidate. (Aug. Aug. 31, 5)

A story examines what food and non-food products will go up in price in September. (Aug. Aug. 31, 10)

A story examines possible changes in the gubernatorial election campaign in the Krasnoyarsk region in the last week before the elections. (Aug. Aug. 31, 11)

In an interview, psychology professor Vladimir Zazykin talks about what authorities should know to manage the behavior of crowds and offers concrete measures that authorities should take in order to avoid pogroms. (Aug. Aug. 31, 16)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

President Vladimir Putin met with miners in Novokuznetsk on Thursday. The miners asked him several difficult questions, but Putin was polite and courteous and avoided populist answers. A story describes his meeting and frank talk with miners. (Aug. 30, 1,3)

The tropical disease Nile fever may hit Russia. American doctors this summer have registered more than 250 patients who caught the Western Nile virus, the official name of the disease. A story describes its origin, symptoms and consequences. (Aug. 30, 1,4)

A trade, cultural and hotel complex will emerge in Moscow near the Third Ring Road. The Moscow government has approved the project. A story describes its super-modern style. (Aug. 30, 1)

The state trade inspectorate of the Moscow Central District may temporarily suspend melon and watermelon sales in the center of Moscow. (Aug. 30, 1)

The Prosecutor General's Office has officially stated that the high-profile terrorist act in Kaspiisk on May 9 that killed 45 people has been solved. Three terrorists have been arrested. (Aug. 30, 2)

A feature story describes how Muscovites and city guests will be celebrating the 855th anniversary of Moscow on Sunday. (Aug. 30, 2)

The Association of Furniture and Timber-Processing Industry Enterprises intends to send a petition to the government on Monday with a request to raise the customs duties on imported furniture by 20 percent. (Aug. 31, 1)

Moscow city authorities have developed a new scheme of utility payments for Moscow tenants that will be imposed stating 2003. (Aug. 31, 1)

Moscow road traffic inspectors next year will use airplanes to control complicated situations on city roads. (Aug. 31, 1)

Four miniature horses have arrived in Moscow from the United Staets, where they have been bred for over 400 years already. Their new owner, Pavel Galyamin, talks about these amusing "immigrants" in an interview. (Aug. 31, 6)