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Press Review

Noviye Izvestia
Krasnaya Zvezda
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Ever more Russians (unlike Americans, who were willing to adopt Vietnamese children after the Vietnam War) are showing indifference to the fate of Chechen child refugees. This was shown Friday when a train from Nazran arrived at Moscow's Paveletsky Station, and only several Muscovites came to welcome the Chechen children as their guests. Alikhan Akhilgov, president of the Deported People's Assistance Foundation, discusses why Russians are so indifferent (1,2 )

Commentary is made regarding negotiations in the Kremlin on Friday between Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and President Vladimir Putin. North Korea, economic issues and a Russia-Japan peace treaty were the main topics discussed during the negotiations. (1, Kommersant, 1,2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1,3, Trud, 4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, MK, 1,2)

North Korea on Friday officially announced its withdrawal from the Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty and from the MAGATE Agreement on Control over North Korean Nuclear Facilities. The North blamed the United States and MAGATE for violating their obligations. A story comments on North Korea's statement, focusing on worldwide reaction. (2,6, Kommersant, 1, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Trud, 1)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has signed a government decree concerning Russia's participation in the activities of the World Anti-Drugs Agency. Russia has decided to join this sports organization on Jan. 8, 2003, almost 3 1/2 years after its creation. A story reveals the essence of this document, stressing its expediency. (2 )

The struggle between German Gref, economic development and trade minister and head of the board of directors at Sheremetyevo Airport and the airport's former director-general, Sergei Belyayev, earlier sacked by Gref, is continuing. The Dorogomilovsky municipal court on Thursday ruled that Belyayev be restored to his post and receive damages. But the Sheremetyevo board of directors on Friday again fired Belyayev from his post. A story details the conflicting situation. (2, Kommersant, 1,5)

According to reports from the Emergency Situations Ministry , severe frost in Russia's northwest, the Urals and Siberia on Friday left 24,377 people without heating . A story describes the situation, concentrating on local authorities' urgent measures aimed at protecting nuclear plants, chemical enterprises and gas pipelines. (2, Noviye Izvestia, Trud, 1,2, Sovietskaya Rossiya, 1)

An exhibition titled "The 8th Miracle of the World" -- the remains of a 300-year-old wooden palace of Russian Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich in the Kolomenskoye museum -- was opened to the public on Friday . A story describes its major exhibits (primarily, three original icons ), focusing on the museum's plan to restore the wooden palace, which is being opposed by Moscow art critics. (2 )

The Military Prosecutor's Office has brought an action against the North-Caucasian District Military Court's verdict in the criminal case of Colonel Yury Budanov. Chief Military Prosecutor Alexander Savenkov stated that the prosecution insisted on a 12-year prison sentence for Budanov. A story comments on Savenkov's statement. (3, Kommersant, 4)

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder has accused the press of interfering in his private life. (3, Trud, 4)

It became known on Friday that highly regarded computer programmer and journalist Vladimir Sukhomlin was killed in Moscow on Jan. 4 . Moscow police have managed to arrest suspects, who are police officers from the Moscow region. They were paid $1,200 for their crime. A story gives details. (3, MK, 1)

Ukraine's parliament has demanded that Russia's ambassador to Ukraine, Viktor Chernomyrdin, be declared persona non grata. A story says why. (3, Kommersant, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

Russia and Kyrgyzstan have launched a production holding called BABC, which is hoped will boost the CIS electro-technical and electro-valve industry. (3 )

A road accident in Egypt on Friday left at least 6 Russian tourists injured. (3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 7 )

Prominent American scientist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and one of the first atomic bomb creators Joseph Rotblatt on Friday accused the U.S. administration and President George W. Bush personally of leading the country and the world to nuclear catastrophe. (4 )

Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov devotes an article to the recent anniversary of the cooperation agreement between Russia and the European Union that was signed by first Russian President Boris Yeltsin in 1994 and took effect after its ratification in 1997. The minister focuses on the document's historic role in establishing relations between the new Russia and united Europe. (4)

The government on Friday made public a decree that expands the list of organizations that should work out rules of internal control over their clients' suspected monetary and property operations and provide information about such deals to the Financial Monitoring Committee attached to the Finance Ministry. A story examines the document's major provisions. (5)

Russia and the United States on Friday completed a round of regular consultations on how the demands of the new veterinary U.S. chicken certificate are met. One of the major results was a six-month ban on poultry imports from California. A story looks at the major reasons. (5)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Friday blighted oil companies' hopes of creating an independent transport system to export oil to the United States. Kasyanov stated that all new pipelines on Russia's territory would remain state property. A story comments on Kasyanov's statement, focusing on experts' opinion. (5, Kommersant, 2)

State Customs Committee head Mikhail Vanin on Saturday completed a visit to Norway. A major result of his negotiations with his Norwegian counterpart Marit Viig was the opening of an international automobile passage point. A story comments on this and other results of Vanin's visit. (5)

Vneshekonombank early this month became the owner of 90,000 ordinary targeted shares in Roseximbank, which amounts to 94.637 percent of the latter's charter capital. Brief. (5, Kommersant, 5)

Representatives from Primorye, Kamchatka and Sakhalin at a session in the State Fisheries Committee on Friday backed the committee's stand and disagreed with proposals from the Economic Development and Trade Ministry on redistributing fishing quotas in Primorye in favor of the Magadan region. Brief. (5)

LUKoil Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of LUKoil, has won a tender on the delivery of petrol and kerosene to the Ceylon Petroleum Corp. from Sri Lanka. Brief. (5)

Andrei Goncharuk, secretary of the Ukrainian Economics and Euro-Integration Ministry, and Igor Kateyev, Russia's trade representative in Ukraine, on Friday signed a protocol on the delivery of Ukrainian pipes to Russia in 2003. Brief. (5)

The Central Bank has registered the reorganization of Menatep bank after Yuganskneftebank and Nefteenergobank joined it. Brief. (5 )

According to the U.S. research company Strategy Analysis, China in the next five years will almost double its share of mobile telephones on the world market. The brief offers figures, looking at experts' views. ( 5 )

The French Interior minister officially stated on Friday that seven Arab men, who were recently arrested in London and who had allegedly constructed a laboratory to produce the highly toxic ricin poison, had received training in Osama bin Laden's camps in Afghanistan and maintain direct contacts with al-Qaida. Moreover, French security services assert that the majority of those detained fought in Chechnya. (6)


President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed amendments to the law on nonstate pension funds. This is the first step to destroy the monopoly of the Pension Fund, which was created in the Soviet era. A story examines the document, which is viewed as a key one for the pension market. (1)

The Chechen referendum on drafts of the republic's constitution and draft bills concerning the elections of the president and parliament has been scheduled for March 23 this year. This decision was made Friday by the Chechen Election Commission. A story comments on the decision. (3 )

The National Sovereign Party, which on Dec. 31 was warned by the Justice Ministry about its extremist activities, lodged a complaint with the ministry on Friday against its actions. A story examines Justice Minister Yury Chaika's response. (3 )

The Moscow city government and the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry signed an agreement on cooperation at City Hall on Friday. A story examines its provisions. (4)

The Saratov regional court on Friday held a session to consider the criminal case of writer Eduard Limonov, leader of the National Bolshevik Party. A story describes the court session and its decisions. (4 )

Mayak, the only domestic enterprise to process spent nuclear fuel, has announced that it suspended work on Jan. 6 because its license had expired and Gosatomnadzor has failed to prolong it due to environmental protection considerations. A story comments on the decision, saying that it could cause problems for the domestic nuclear energy sector. (5 )

The Association of the Investors' Investment Rights Protection stated Friday that Vneshekonombank had become the owner of 94.6 percent of shares of Roseximbank. A story examines VEB's further plans. (5)

The Moscow government on Friday released a decree concerning the reorganization of the Moscow government board dealing with street advertising and information. A story examines the document's major points. (5)

The Voronezh regional fuel market could suffer from a scandal involving big domestic oil companies. Authorities in this region, where Yukos has a dominant position, have obliged private petrol traders to buy only from Sibneft for a better collection of excise fees. The gas filling stations that refuse to sign contracts with Sibneft could be shut down. A story describes the situation. (5)

The shareholders of the Babayevsky confectionery concern Friday held an extraordinary meeting at the initiative of shareholders close to Gosinkorholding. The brief looks at the meeting's decisions. (6)

The Netherlands' Immigration and Naturalization Department on Friday stated that it had increased visa tariffs for those who decide to stay in the country or who prolong their stay for a short period of time. The new decree concerns students and foreigners living and working in the Netherlands. Brief. (6)

The Romanian government has announced a new entry visa regime, starting Jan. 27. The brief says what travelers should do to receive such visas. (6)

The Philippines Energy Ministry and Rosneft at negotiations on Friday discussed the possibility of signing an agreement on Rosneft's oil delivery to the Philippines in 2003. Brief. (6)

The German-Swiss Eurex derivatives exchange on Friday announced its intention to open an exchange in the United States to trade in derivative financial instruments. Brief. (6)

Noviye Izvestia

Sberbank's press service reported that the bank has imposed new interest rates starting Jan. 1 in accordance with its decision to lower rates on dollar credits released to individuals. The brief offers the rates in figures. (1)

Norwegian pensioner Erling Larsen, 67 , died of a heart attack on board an Aeroflot plane on Dec. 26 , but his relatives were not informed about the tragedy and looked for him for 12 days. A story describes the incident, noting that Aeroflot failed to tell the whole truth to the pensioner's family. (1,2)

The fate of military journalist Grigory Pasko, who is serving his sentence in the 41st high-security colony (near Ussuriisk), and who has pleaded not guilty, expects this month to bring positive changes in his situation. His wife, Galina Pasko, explains. (1,4)

When asked by the ROMIR Monitoring Sociology Service, "how do you view the possibility of using state-owned gold and currency reserves to pay out wage arrears to budget workers and pensioners," 51 percent of respondents answered in the affirmative and 43 percent said answered in the negative. The story examines other results of the opinion poll. (1)

A feature story is devoted to female hunter Lyuba Zakharova, who was born and raised in a family of hereditary hunters. She killed her first hare at the age of 8. Today she and her two adult sons -- Andrei and Sergei -- live in a two-room apartment in the suburb of Vladimir. (1)

The story features Penal Battalion No. 12801 (also known as disbat) located outside of Nizhny Novgorod. In this model battalion, soldiers neither escape their units, nor drink vodka nor steal other's things. (5)

Krasnaya Zvezda

The story is devoted to prominent Soviet scientist Igor Kurchatov, whose was born 100 years ago on Jan. 12. He was the major creator of the USSR's defense shield during the second half of the twentieth century and the main author of the parity between the Soviet Union and the United States. (1,2)


More than two thirds of the Russian population (about 100 million people) live under conditions of low or super-low temperatures (from minus 10 to minus 50 degrees Celsius). Is it possible to work to full capacity in such conditions? How can the worker defend him or herself if the employer makes him or her work outside in severe frost? In an interview, Chief Technical Inspector Vitaly Trumel, Secretary of the Federation of Independent Labour Unions, answers these and other questions. (1,2)

The Union of Right Forces (SPS) Party has begun its political new year in a nervous state: Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlisky publicly refused to unite with SPS and tough infighting give birth to troublesome rumours. In an interview, State Duma former SPS faction spokesman and Deputy Head of the State Duma Property Committee, Vladimir Koptev-Dvornikov, says what is really happening in the SPS faction and the party. (2)

The newspaper "Peterburg Vedomosti" will mark its 275th anniversary on Jan. 13. In an interview, Oleg Kuzin, President of the publishing house "Petersburg Vedomosti," talks about his newspaper's historic landmarks. (2)

In an interview, dietary specialist Mikhail Kochiashvili talks about what foods should be eaten in order to avoid taking many different vitamin supplements. (3)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

The national Christmastide lasts from Jan. 8 to Jan. 17. A story looks at specific features of this period. (10, 3)

Experts single out five reasons that have led to the suspension of auto production Russia. A story examines these reasons. (10, 4)

Yevgeny Platonov, deputy director of the Research General Genetics Institute, and Vyacheslav Tarantul, deputy director of the Molecular Genetics Research Institute, share their negative views on the recent sensational information about the first human clone. (10, 5)

Several Western mass media outlets lately have carried information that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein intends to ask for political asylum in Russia. Foreign Ministry official representative Alexander Yakovenko, however, has made it clear that Russia will not accept Hussein. The brief offers a list of Communist Party leaders from several countries who were given shelter in the former Soviet Union. (11, 2)

Nobel Prize-winning writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn is undergoing treatment in the Central Clinical Hospital in Kuntsevo, where he was placed in late December with a diagnosis of high blood pressure. Today he is much better, but doctors have not agreed release him yet. Brief. (11, 4)

The newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda offers a list of utility tariffs that took effect on Jan. 1, 2003. (11, 6)

Vasily Lazutchenko, deputy director of the Moscow "Efa" guard agency on Ulitsa Skakovaya, killed agency employee Marina Lukasheva, a personnel department inspector, on Thursday evening. A story describes how it happened. (11,7)

This year, the Moscow government plans to increase city budget expenditures on social programs by 30 percent. A story examines the people who this change might benefit. (11, 10)

Famous traveler Fyodor Konyukhov answers numerous questions on a hotline from Komsomolskaya Pravda readers about his previous adventures. He also speaks about his further plans. (11, Sports Supplement, 4,5)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

On New Year's Eve, thirty-one year-old Muscovite Natalya Kondzharia went to her friend's house for a vodka party and stayed there for three days, leaving her 2-year-old son Denis alone in a cold apartment. A feature story describes his tragic death. (1,2)

It took 80-year-old war veteran and Muscovite Viktor Vvedensky almost a year in Moscow City Court to prove that Moscow authorities raised the price of housing technical maintenance illegally last January. A story looks at his successful efforts. (1,2)

Domestic inventor Ivan Maisov has patented his new work -- special devices that will help future cosmonauts walk on the lunar surface with low gravitation. A story describes the inventor's new work. (1)

Starting Jan. 1, the Moscow city government has drastically increased the rates of the housing rent rates and also the rates of commercial housing. A story comments on the city government decision. (1)

During these cold days, Moscow city authorities have allowed night shelter and social hotel administrations to accept homeless people without asking for their documents. According to reports from the Moscow City Welfare Committee, there are 12 social hotels and night shelters in the city today. (1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 11, 6)

Moscow regional authorities have found an effective method of extinguishing peat bog fires. A story describes the method in detail. (1)

The Moscow Circus guest performances in Baku ended in tragedy late last week when two children were killed and another four were injured. A story details the accident. (2)

In an exclusive interview, Yury Simachev, head of the Analysis and Drafting Board of the Institute of Strategic Studies, explains why the dollar fell early this year. He says that the fall of the dollar rate in relation of the euro is a regulated process. (1,2)

In an interview, Chief Military Prosecutor Alexander Savenkov comments on recent cases of soldiers escaping of their units. (1,2)