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Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


The U.S. administration on Jan. 3 stated that the American International Benevolence Foundation (MBF) was suspected of collaborating with the al-Qaida terrorist organization, and that all MBF financial accounts in many countries, including Russia, had been frozen. American authorities, for the first time since the Sept. 11 events, have accused their charity organization of funding mercenaries to fight in Chechnya. A story describes the origin of the MBF, its official registration in Moscow and its charity activities in Chechnya. (1)

The Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad Kirill on Jan. 4 answered questions from Izvestia readers in an online forum. Readers asked him about his view on the Orthodox Christmas (Jan. 7) and the Catholic Christmas (Dec. 25), and on a monument to writer Mikhail Bulgakov being built on Patriarch's Ponds now. He also shared his view on rock music in Orthodox prayers, on introducing scripture as an obligatory school subject, on Islam and terrorism and on several other issues. (1,8)

The snow-storms in Moscow on Dec. 31 through Jan. 3 caused 1,616 minor and 39 major road accidents that left four dead and 55 injured. A story describes the tense situation on city roads on those days when snow-tractors were in high demand. (1)

The North-Caucasian Military District Court on Dec. 31 passed its final ruling, saying that Colonel Yury Budanov, accused of killing 18-year-old Chechen young girl Elza Kungayeva, was insane. Budanov was sent to a mental hospital on Jan. 4. A story comments on the verdict. (1,2)

President Vladimir Putin submitted amendments to two draft bills to the State Duma on Jan. 4. The amendments concern the principles of organizing state power bodies in the regions and the organization of local government. A story examines the major tasks of both bills. Putin's visits to Magnitogorsk and Ufa and his meetings with local authorities there are also mentioned. (2)

The shareholders of the Moscow Kristall vodka distillery, at the initiative of the holder of its controlling stake Rosspirtprom, on Jan. 5 held an extraordinary meeting to elect a new Board of Directors. The Rosspirtprom leadership intends to push its loyal representatives into this commanding body. A story looks at its intentions and future plans. (2)

China plans to launch a piloted spaceship into orbit in the second half of 2003. After launching it China intends to create its own orbital station and to begin to explore the Moon. A story describes China's ambitious space plans. (2)

The FBI in Los Angeles arrested 19-year-old Igor Serebryany, a Russian student at Chicago University, who is accused of stealing and spreading information that has brought huge losses to the satellite DirecTV company. A story gives details. (2)

Ukraine and Iran on Jan. 4 continued their dispute over the cause of the crash of a An-140 plane on Dec. 23 that left 44 people dead. A story focuses on the viewpoints of top officials from both sides. (2)

Tropical rain, strong winds and melted snow caused floods in several European countries early this month and left at least 10 people dead and several dozen missing. Like the natural disaster in August 2002, this one left thousands of people homeless. A story paints a sad picture of suffering people in Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic and Britain. (2)

This Izvestia Supplement (pg. 3-6) is devoted to Science, above all to 10 outstanding scientific discoveries made in 2002. (3)

The Agrarian Party of Russia (APR) that has already announced its independent participation in the 2003 parliamentary election campaign is drafting its own comprehensive program. In an interview State Duma deputy Gennady Churkin, APR Presidium spokesman, reveals the essence of the program's economic part. (3)

In an interview Professor Yury Levin, head of the Chair of Clinical Lymphology and Endo-Ecology at the Friendship University, speaks about the latest scientific achievements of his team of scholars in the sphere of endo-ecology that have allowed doctors to apply new methods of treatment in this sphere of medicine. (1,6)

Bot long before the Christmas holidays Scholars came up with a stunning hypothesis that questions the date of Jesus Christ's birth. A story reveals the essence of the hypothesis. (4)

British archaeologists during their excavations near Catteric (the ancient Roman city of Cataractonium) have found the skeleton of a young man who lived in the 4th century. This find in the north of Britain -- where excavations have been going on for 40 years -- makes it possible to revise the traditional viewpoint on several aspects of Britain's life in the period of the Roman Empire. Brief. (4)

New high-solid and durable aviation materials make it possible to lower combustion product exhausts from turbines and to downgrade the noise level. There is hope that thanks to these new developments Russian planes will be able to comply with international noise norms. Yevgeny Kablov, Director of the Research Institute of Aviation Materials, talked about the new materials and coatings for aviation engines at a recent conference in Zvenigorod (Moscow Region). Brief. (4)

The European Integral Observatory in orbit has taken its first photos of the Universe. This is the biggest space experiment of the past 12 years in which Russian scientists have participated. A story looks at its positive results and their practical significance. (4)

A three-chlorine-acetic acid -- the name of the substance formed from industrial gases containing chlorine that may adversely affect the biosphere. Scientists from the Obukhov Institute of Atmospheric Physics together with their foreign colleagues have studied the content of this dangerous compound in the forests of European Russia. Work has been done there within the framework of the international Copernicus project. A story examines this work in detail. (4)

Professor Mikhail Biryukov -- who has been authorized hundreds of domestic and international patents for modern technologies and inventions -- has developed a new method of using everyday and industrial waste. A story examines his latest technologies of waste processing. (4)

In an interview Yanis Astafyev, a senior research associate at the Sociology Institute of the Academy of Sciences, shares his optimistic views on the prospects of a higher education in 2015. (5)

On Jan. 19 Zvenigorod residents will elect the head of their city administration. Proffessor Sergei Nikolayev, one of the city's best economic executives, has announced his decision to take part in the election. A story describes this candidate whose dream is to make his city economically advanced and prosperous. (5)

The government imposed a new procedure for drink-driving tests late last month. A story examines it in detail. (6)

A hospice for AIDS patients, the first such in Russia, opened in St. Petersburg late last month. Its Chief Physician Olga Leonova spoke about her patients and doctors. (6)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

Scholars are continuing their debate over which year just begun: 2003 or 2010? A story looks at the factors that have caused this debate. (4, 2)

The North Ossetian government has decided to unveil a monument in Karmadon this year to honor the film group of actor and filmmaker Sergei Bodrov, who perished during an avalanche in the fall of last year. A story describes the project. (4,2)

It was Chechen rebels who on Dec. 27 committed a terrorist act in a government building in Grozny. What is surprising is the fact that according to witnesses, terrorists had Slavic appearances and spoke Russian. If, according to preliminary calculations, the death toll was 25 people, then by Dec. 30 the figure was about 100. A story gives details. (4, 2)

How is the Orthodox Christmas holiday (Jan. 7) marked in Russia today? A story describes the traditional holiday food. Three other Orthodox holidays this month are mentioned. (Jan. 4, p. 3; Jan. 5, p. 20, MK, Jan. 5, p. 2)

What major political events could be expected to happen this year? A story offers a political forecast about the president, the government, the State Duma, regional leaders, Russia's relationships with CIS countries, Iraq, the United States and Europe. Boris Berezovsky also gets a special mention. (4, 4)

The Chinadiyevo village in the Transcarpathian region became famous last year when local foresters saw a miracle. Since then numerous pilgrims have been visiting this place. A feature story describes this miracle. (4,5)

A story examines three miraculous heavenly signs with commentaries from specialists. (4, 6,7)

The Clonaid company on the eve of the New Year holiday announced the first successful human cloning that has become a worldwide sensation -- a girl by the name of Eva was cloned from a 31-year-old American woman. A story details this sensational news. (4, 33)

In an interview Claude Vorilhon, 56, the leader of the Reliance sect that has placed an order for this cloning act, speaks about the clone and about his firm. (4, 33)

In an interview legendary Soviet volleyball coach Vyacheslav Platonov shares his view on how the Olympic movement and the Olympic Games should be changed. (4,39)

Moscow has bought in Lugansk, Ukraine, new trams made by a local plant. An order for this tram model was placed by Mayor Yury Luzhkov in 2000 when he visited the Lugansk region. A story describes the trams. (5, 2)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov stated that 20 percent to 25 percent of Muscovites are today financially capable to pay 100 percent of their housing and utility costs. Brief. (5,3)

Deputy Mayor Yury Roslyak, head of the Moscow Economic Policy and Development Department, said that additional pension payments from the Moscow city budget this year will increase by 38.7 percent. Meaning the average size of pensions at the federal level will grow by 21 percent, meaning by 304 rubles. Brief. (5, 3)

Markets located near sports stadiums ceased to exist on Dec. 31. A story examines the serious problems that have emerged in this area. (5, 3)

A story features in detail Mayor Yury Luzhkov's proposal to build a Siberia-Central Asia water canal, an old project that was suspended in Soviet times 30 years ago. (5, 4)

Komsomolskaya Pravda devotes a whole page to domestic and world celebrities who died in 2002. (5,7)

A story describes how and where the Orthodox Christmas was marked in old Moscow up to the beginning of the 19th century and how it is being marked today. (5,18, 19)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

President Vladimir Putin on Dec. 31 signed additional chapters to the law on individuals' position in the system of state pension insurance. A story examines the signed document with a critical eye. (1,2)

Moscow city authorities intend to impose a non-banking mortgage system with the aim of improving Muscovites' housing conditions. A story examines the system and its advantages. (1)

A feature story is devoted to homeless children who celebrated New Year's eve in a city basement (1,2)

Starting from Jan. 1, beer and vodka excises were raised by 25 and 15 percent respectively. A story examines how this measure will affect the domestic beer and vodka markets. (2)

The Defense Ministry has admitted that the first plans to impose a contract-based system in the 76th paratrooper division will not be fulfilled. A story focuses on serious difficulties in this sphere. (2)

The government has endorsed a provision on issuing permission to foreigners and people without citizenship to work in Russia. A story comments on the provision. (3)