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Izvestia
Kommersant
Vedomosti
Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Novaya Gazeta

Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

The Commission on Helping the Victims of Police Violations, attached to the Committee for Civil Rights, has registered many concrete cases showing how police in Moscow utilize torture. A story offers some of them. In interviews, human rights activist Vitaly Deisner and Moscow region top security official Nikolai Voitenkov share their views on law violations by police. (1,3)

President Vladimir Putin is arriving in Kiev today to open the Days of Russia in Ukraine and to take part in the CIS summit that begins tomorrow. In an interview, Ukrainian political scientist Vladimir Malinkovich, from President Leonid Kuchma's inner circle, talks about the forthcoming summit and its possible results. (1,6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 10, MK, 2)

The film Cuckoo by filmmaker Alexander Rogozhkin on Saturday received the Golden Eagle prize recently created by the Academy of Cinematographic Arts. A story describes the awards ceremony. (1,2, Rossiiskasya Gazeta, 1, 6,Vremya Novostei, 1, Gazeta, 1,2, MK, 1,2)

Vice-Mayor Vladimir Resin officially gave the Nord Ost actors a symbolic key to the renovated Dubrovka theater Saturday. When meeting the musical's author, Georgy Vasilyev, Resin told him about city administration's doubts about whether or not to revive the musical in the Dubrovka theater. A story describes the interior of the renovated theater. (2, Kommersant, 7)

The computer worm Helkern over the weekend spread over the world and caused failures in Internet. A story describes the Helkern worm and its damaging effects. (2, Kommersant, 13, Vremya Novostei,1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4)

Russian Aluminum Holding Deputy Director-General Alexander Livshits summed up the first results of the 2003 Davos World Economic Forum. A story looks at some of them. (2, Kommersant, 13, 14, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4)

The Prosecutor General's Office has opened a criminal case on the looting of $20 million from Turkmenistan's Central Bank. A story details the case. (2, Kommersant, 5)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov spent last week in the Volga-Ural Military District, where he inspected the state of troops and their combat readiness. A story describes the minister's trip, focusing on his unexpected visit to the 81st motor-rifle regiment in the Samara garrison. (2)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov promised late last week to ban the construction of new dachas in Serebryany Bor, a natural reserve. A story explains why this will not be not so easy, focusing on several measures planned by the city government to put things in order there. (3)

Ten years have passed since Russia signed the International Convention banning the development, production, storage and use of chemical weapons and on their complete destruction. The U.S. Congress is expected this week to unfreeze financial aid to Russia for the purpose of eliminating superfluous armaments according to the Nunn-Lugar program. Within the framework of this project Moscow will receive $450 million to decommission its nuclear submarines, ballistic rockets, nuclear warheads and also the arsenals of chemical weapons. A story describes how work to destroy chemical weapons is going on in Russia. (4)

The Minsk Prosecutor's Office decided to suspend its investigations into the disappearance of several policymakers (their names are given.) A story comments on the decision. (4)

The second reading of the draft bills on electrical energy reform will probably take place on Feb. 5. Deputies (mostly from centrist factions) decided to pass the documents before Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov's expected speech in the State Duma scheduled for Feb. 12. A story comments on the decision. (5)

A world economic slump and a stagnant tourism market has prompted world airlines to take radical measures. The Lufthansa Group's board of directors has made the decision to remove nine planes from the continental route schedule. A story comments on the measure, noting that this will not affect Russian routes. (5)

The U.S. Senate has unexpectedly rejected endorsing funding for the Total Information Awareness Program, according to which a national data base with information about real and potential terrorists would have been created. A story looks at two reasons behind the Senate's attitude to the project. (5)

The Kiev Arbitration Court has rejected a suit filed by the Elmax company (a shareholder of Ukrtelecom), which demanded the suspension of the sale of Ukrtelecom's share in Ukrainian Mobile Communications to MTS. A story examines reasons behind the court's behavior. (5)

The State Duma is expected to consider a draft of the new version of the Customs Code in a couple of days. The State Customs Committee expects it to be passed in the second reading in late March. The document is supposed to resolve part of the problems of businessmen dealing with exports and imports. A story examines the draft. (5)

A historic event took place on Sunday in relations between China and Taiwan. For the first time in 50 years a Boeing-747 made a flight from China to the island. A story comments on this great event. (6)

Hans Blix, leader of the UN military inspectors, and IAEA Director Mohammad el Baradei are expected to present their report today to the UN Security Council on their inspections in Iraq. After their report, the U.S. promised to make a decision about declaring war in the Persian Gulf. A story examines the inspectors' mood and intentions, their successes and failures. (6, Kommersant, 9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Vremya Novostei, 5)

The Moscow government has approved a project by German designer Gert Hof to build a Christmas tree in Moscow. A story looks at the project, the first such one in the world. (7)

Moscow authorities have called on local utility workers (street cleaners, plumbers, electricians and dispatchers) to act as informants, reporting illegal foreigners and suspicious elements in their districts to local housing administrators of. A story comments on the measure. (10)

In an interview Japanese restaurateur Hiroaki Aoki, who visited Moscow on Friday, speaks about specific features of Japanese cuisine. Aoki promised to open many Japanese restaurants in Moscow. (10)

The Moscow Mayor and other city top executives are talking a great deal about intensifying registration measures. In an interview, Alexander Barabanshchikov, chief of the passport-visa board of the Moscow Interior Ministry, reveals the essence of such measures, focusing on how the passport exchange campaign is proceeding in the city. (11)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Legendary athlete Valery Brumel, whose high jumps in the '60s were compared with space flights, died Sunday in Moscow at the age of 60. A story describes his brilliant sports career. (1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7, Vremya Novostei, 11, Gazeta, 8, MK, 2)

State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov on Saturday completed his two day visit to Kuzbass. He spent his second day with miners in Prokopyevsk. A story describes his visit and impressions. (2)

According to preliminary results Norilsk Mayor Oleg Budargin won the Sunday gubernatorial elections in the Taimyr Autonomous Area.. A story describes the voting and its results. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Izvestia, 3)

Chechen administration head Akhmat Kadyrov on Friday flew to Jordan and Libya to persuade their leaders that the war in Chechnya is against international terrorists rather than against Muslims, as Maskhadov's emissaries claim. A story looks at the program of Kadyrov's visits. (4)

President Vladimir Putin instructed his administration head Alexander Voloshin to monitor the work of the Union of Governors that soon resumes work. This was said by Khabarovsk governor Viktor Ishayev at his meeting with journalists. He told them about results of his visit to Moscow and participation in the work of the State Council's session. (4)

Russian peacekeepers will most probably remain in Abkhazia. The final decision will be made in Kiev after President Vladimir Putin's meeting with his Georgian counterpart Eduard Shevardnadze. Georgian Parliament deputies have sent a complaint to PACE against Russia, accusing it of annexing Georgian territory. A story comments on these two issues. (4)

The Kursk Regional Interior Board has opened a criminal case over the theft of funds from the regional budget. Former government head of the region Boris Khokhlov is suspected of the embezzlement. A story details the case. (6)

A 10-day dog sleigh expedition set off Friday from the Sofrino village outside Moscow heading for St. Petersburg. A story describes the expedition, focusing on its aims. (7)

According to Der Spiegel, HypoVereinsbank is completing a deal to buy Commerzbank. A story describes the deal, saying that the united bank will become of off the largest in the world. (13)

The law allowing the private ownership of arable lands will take effect today. A story reflects on those who could take advantage of it. (1,20)

In an interview, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans, taking part in the Davos World Economic Forum., shares his view on several significant economic issues. (14)

First Deputy Central Bank Head Oleg Vyugin said late last week that his bank is experiencing harsh conditions due to bankers' requests to simplify the crediting of private individuals and small businesses. A story reveals the essence of the contradictions. (14)

Vladimir Mulyavin, leader of the Belarussian group Pesnyary, died Sunday in Moscow at the age of 62. (21)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

Confusion is reigning at the Davos World Economic Forum. Policymakers, businessmen and analysts have travelled there to speak about trust, but are failing to find a common language. Europeans distrust Americans, shareholders are not sure about managers and the local police even distrust forum participants. (A1)

The Moscow stud farm on Rublyovo-Uspenskoye Shosse has been bought by Novgorod chemical holding Akron. The company explains the deal, saying that the equestrian sport is its managers' hobby. (A1)

Ukraine and Russia will sign a document, saying that in case they join the World Trade Organization at different times, the other party will not set forth any additional claims. This was agreed upon by Russia's Economic Development Minister German Gref and Ukraine's Economics Minister Valery Khoroshovsky. Brief. (A1)

Demand for autos, metals, timber and petrochemicals will increase this year, according to Svetlana Sorokina, department head at the Ministry of Industry and Science. (A1)

Yabloko sponsors have not managed to persuade party leader Grigory Yavlinsky to participate in parliamentary elections in alliance with the Union of Right Forces (SPS). Yavlinsky rejected second place in power on a single list with SPS and the single candidacy running for president in the 2004 presidential elections. (A2)

The World Labor Organization said the number of jobless in the world over the past two years increased by 20 million. Hundreds of millions of working people receive less than a dollar a day, whereas in the so-called shadow economy employment is higher than in the legal one. (A3)

Economic growth in Russia continued in 2002, but its quality markedly decreased. The role of export and consumption in forming aggregate demand increased, whereas that of investments decreased. The country became more independent of the state of foreign markets. A story gives figures to illustrate the point. (A3)

American producers are demanding that U.S. President George W. Bush's new economic team put pressure on Southeast Asian countries which. In their opinion these countries are guilty of currency protectionism. They are holding back the consolidation of their national currencies in relation to the dollar. (A3)

In a far-ranging interview the owner of the leading Ukrainian television channel 1+1 Alexander Rodnyansky speaks about his new feelings and impressions after signing a contract on managing the STS television channel. He also talks about Ukraine's new public political channel called Local Gusinsky, which he founded recently. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets& MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

In one week the German AVA company will open the Marktkauf trade center in Kotelniki (Moscow region). If this shop works successfully for at least six months, AVA will launch a $200 million construction project of another five trading centers. (B1)

Shares of regional energy companies became very popular early this year -- rising in price by 20 percent to 40 percent every month. Even quotes of companies that investors previously paid no attention to are now growing. (B1)

Kievstar GSM owners and Alfa-Group partners are trying to foil the deal of Mobile Telesystems (MTS) buying the Ukrainian cellular company UMC. (B1)

The Mobile TeleSystems Finance S.A. on Jan. 24 announced the release of eurobonds worth $400 million. The Standard & Poor's agency gave the release a B+ rating, with Moody's granting a BA3 rating. Brief. (B1)

The Energy Ministry has included Russoneft in a group of domestic companies that have been recommended for taking part in the program Neft (Oil) in exchange for food. Brief. (B1)

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is considering releasing an $80 million contract to LUKoil-Perm. Previously the figure was different. Brief. (B1)

After signing an amicable agreement with creditors, Sibur has been unable to resolve its debt problem up until now. A story looks at Sibur's debts. (B2)

Rosoboronexport decided to intensify control over the activities of the Baltiisky Zavod company, a leading producer of export defense items. (B2)

The OPEC leadership indirectly confirmed that individual OPEC members are creating oil reserves in case of war in Iraq. The cartel stressed that the majority of its participants are unable to markedly increase oil extraction in order to stabilize world oil prices. (B2)

The Hungarian forint has fallen toward the euro. A story says why. (B3)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

A federal law relating to arable land takes effect today. This means that the Bolsheviks' 1917 promise to the Russian peasants has finally become a reality. An article comments on the law's major provisions. (2)

So far 297 people have died as a result of the cold spell in Moscow. An article discusses the situation in detail. (4)

The Moscow City Duma has passed a drafted bill concerning administrative responsibilities for rule violations in the Moscow metro. An article examines the draft. (4)

Novaya Gazeta
www.novayagazeta.ru

Which regions are still suffering from housing and utility reforms and the recent severe cold weather? The Emergency Situations Minister offers facts and figures. Presidential economic adviser Andrei Illarionov shares his own views on the issue. (2, 3)

The government late last week announced that this year it will increase its defense program by 33 percent. Defense analyst Pavel Felgengauer comments on the plan. (4)

Correspondent Anna Politkovskaya describes how judges in the Moscow Tverskoi Inter-Municipal Court used a harsh tone when addressing former hostages and the relatives of deceased hostages from the Dubrovka theater in their suit against the Moscow city government. The plaintiffs are demanding compensation for emotional damages. Three suits have been rejected. In an interview, lawyer Igor Trunov, defending the interests of the plaintiffs, makes a prediction about what will happen with the other suits. (6)

Military journalist Grigory Pasko, convicted three years ago of espionage for Japan, left labor colony outside Ussuriisk on Jan. 24. Judge Maria Stebnovskaya made the decision to release him from jail on parole. Esteemed human rights activist Alexander Tkachenko is one of those who helped bring about Pasko's release. He talks about how he managed to do it. (7)

Money -- specifically that of ideological adversary Boris Berezovsky -- is a major factor in the recent split in the ranks of the Communist Party. An article comments on the situation. (8)

Gazprom, the leading domestic gas monopoly, is steeped in debt. At the same time it is funding American musicals. Is there a logical explanation for this? An article tries to make sense of the company's behavior. Two experts offer their commentary. (1, 9)



The political party Yabloko has presented a draft of the Charter of the New Democratic Coalition. Full text. (10)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Warmer weather in Moscow has not made life any easier for Muscovites. Icy roads leave dozens of people injured daily. An article cites specific examples. (3)

The Moscow youth employment center Perspektiva offers job opportunities for students during winter holidays. The newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda lists the jobs. (4)

Lawyer Pavel Astakhov, who has unofficially congratulated the Moscow government on issues relating to compensation paid to the Nord Ost hostages, offers his legal assessment of the victims' compensation. (6)

Famed Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida has arrived in Moscow at the invitation of the Filmmakers Union to attend the Golden Eagle award ceremony. An article describes her meetings with Moscow sculptors and artists. (7)

Renowned scholar Nikolai Vavilov was killed by the NKVD (predecessor of the KGB) 60 years ago on Jan. 26, 1943. An article discusses his significant achievements in the field of genetics. (23)

An "Insulted Men's Club" has been formed in Moscow. An article tells about the club, its members and its goals. (25)

An article gives descriptions of several downhill skiing centers -- and their very expensive services -- in Moscow and the Moscow region. (26, 27)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

A military game called Zarnitsa (Summer Lightning) for children and teenagers has been revived in Kuzminki Park in Southeast Moscow. An article explains the game, which was popular in Soviet times. (1, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

A heated Internet discussion has centered around whether the new Harry Potter film gives an insulting portrayal of President Vladimir Putin. One of the film's negative characters looks like the Russian President. The BBC web site conducted a poll on whether Putin resembles the character. The Russian press reports that a group of lawyers is willing to take the film's producers to court. In their opinion the virtual character was deliberately based on Putin, who is opposing U.S. and British policy on a war with Iraq. An article offers commentary from Russian lawyers. (1, 3)

Metro authorities plan to take special measures this year to help blind and other disabled persons use the metro. An article describes several of the measures. (1)

NTV correspondents do not like the channel's newly appointed director-general Nikolai Senkevich, who has found himself in an awkward position. An article discusses the channel's current situation. (2)

A feature article describes the long history of the Russian stove as an expression of the warmth of the Russian soul. (5)