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Press Review

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Krasnaya Zvezda
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Valery Zorkin on Friday was elected Chairman of the Constitutional Court, the post he quit in October 1993. Former Constitutional Court head Marat Baglai will act as a staff judge up to the year 2005. A story comments on Zorkin's return to politics, citing a view by the leader of the analytical group Merkator, Dmitry Oreshkin, who sees a political reason in the changeover. State Duma leader of the Yabloko faction, Vladimir Lukin, disagrees. (1,2, Kommersant, 1,2, Rossiiskkaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya MN, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda,4, MK, 1,2)

In an interview, Valery Zorkin, newly elected Chairman of the Constitutional Court and who quit the same post under former President Boris Yeltsin, describes how he views his agency today and his role in it. (1,2)

Novgorod governor Mikhail Prusak has endorsed a program devoted to the upcoming 85th anniversary of the Komsomol (Young Communist League). The Organizing Committee consists of 30 heads of local power agencies, mass media and public organizations. A story examines the program. (1)

The exhibition "Stalin. A Person and Symbol" is on today at the Museum of Modern History of Russia (also known as the Revolution Museum). A story describes the exhibition and its numerous visitors, mostly elderly people and Stalin fanatics. (1)

The government has approved the concept of reforming mandatory medical insurance. A story reveals its essence. (2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

A round-table discussion called "Consolidation and Unity of People in Chechnya" took place in the Rossiya Hotel on Friday. A story describes the discussion and its participants, focusing on remarks by Chechen militant Lema Shakhmurzayev. Results of an opinion poll taken in Chechnya in February to see Chechens' attitude to the upcoming referendum on the republic's Constitution. (3)

President Vladimir Putin celebrated Defenders of the Fatherland Day on Sunday in the company of the presidents of Ukraine and Belarus, Leonid Kuchma and Alexander Lukashenko, who arrived in Moscow on Saturday for the occasion. A story looks at the issues they will discuss with their Russian colleague. (3)

President Putin, who attended an army meeting of officers Friday, had to listen to their serious complaints. A story describes the meeting and several significant issues it adressed, focusing on officers' complaints and Putin's response. (3, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1,3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3)

The Russian Fund of Preserving and Boosting Jewish Culture celebrated its 5th anniversary Friday. On this occasion the fund founders sponsored the First World Congress of Mountain Jews. The Congress took place in Israel. Brief. (3)

The State Duma approved a list of draft bills Saturday to be considered in March. The brief names some of them. (3)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov completed his 2-day visit to Poland on Friday, where he and his Polish counterpart Leshek Miller discussed bilateral economic issues. A story elaborates on positive results of their negotiations. (3, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

The Tax Ministry at an enlarged session of its collegium in Aksakov (Moscow region) on Friday summed up results of the ministry's activity in 2002. A story looks at major results, focusing on a report by Minister Gennady Bukayev and on reaction by First Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Ulyukayev. (4, Kommersant, 5)

Energy Minister Igor Yusufov went Thursday to Oman and the United Arab Emirates, in the Persian Gulf. The minister will stop over in Baghdad, where, as analysts believe, Yusufov will make an attempt to preserve oil contracts -- above all, the agreement on the West Qurna field signed by LUKoil and the Iraqi government. LUKoil spokesman Dmitry Dolgov described the situation. (4)

Turkey has at last received a package of economic aid from Washington, which may help the government improve the country's poor financial position and hold back the bankruptcy of the national economy. A story comments on the Ankara-Washington agreement "Financial Aid in Exchange for Military Bases." (4, Kommersant, 4)

The Economic Development Ministry presented Friday a new wording of the draft bill concerning production sharing agreements that the State Duma is supposed to consider in mid-March. Brief. (4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4)

Transneft has limited the acceptance of oil from several oil companies by 54,900 tons. This was said by Transneft Vice-President Sergei Grigoryev. Brief. (4)

The State Duma Friday passed (in the 3rd reading) a package of draft bills concerning electrical energy reform. About 2,000 amendments have been introduced to the package. The brief mentions the names of the bills. (4, Kommersant, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 9, Vremya MN, 4)

AvtoVAZ on Friday completed the placement of the first issue of bonds worth 1 billion rubles. Brief. (4)

Intensified aviation security demands after Sept. 11, 2001 have caused increased tariffs on air transportation in Russian airports. This is said in documents drafted for a regular session of the Federal Energy Commission Management Board. Brief. (4)

Editors-in-chief of American leading science magazines "Science," "Nature," "Lancet" and 29 others said they are taking measures to limit the number of science publications that could be used by bioterrorists. This statement was made late last week at an annual meeting of the American Association of Boosting Science. (5)

Russia and the United States signed an agreement on Feb. 18, 1993 on the use of highly-enriched uranium withdrawn from nuclear weapons. The agreement is also known as VOU-NOU (highly-enriched uranium-low-enriched uranium). A story reveals the essence of the contract, focusing on its significance. (5)

On the threshold of the annual exhibition "The Best Private Schools and Colleges of Britain," the Izvestia Media Center sponsored a round-table discussion Friday devoted to education problems in Russia and Britain. Among the discussed problems was the single state examination in Russia and Britain. A story looks at its specific features in both countries. (7)

The Education Ministry has made public major changes in the procedure for graduating from school and taking entrance examinations at institutions of higher learning. A story looks at some of them. (7)

The 8th Congress of Pediatricians, devoted to disease prevention measures, ended Friday. A story examines alarming views and conclusions of its participants (facts and figures). (8)

The National Hotel celebrated its centennial Saturday. A story describes the history of this fairy-tale hotel, which has always impressed its guests with its posh interiors and today looks like a museum. (9)

Moscow Art Theater (MKhAT) costumer Viktoria Sevryukova possesses a rare collection of 3,500 pairs of men's underwear belonging to former Soviet government and party bigwigs. A story describes her collection, mentioning Yves Montanne's Paris show of women's underwear that he brought from Moscow in the mid-'50s and that shocked Parisians. (9)

Moscow police Friday were searching for 32-year-old convict Vladislav Stepanov, who in the Chita-Moscow passenger train killed 3 escorts and jumped out from the moving train. A story gives details. (10, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1,6, MK, 1,2)

Culture Ministry officials presented Friday an electronic catalogue of artifacts that were stolen during World War II. From now on, lists of paintings, sculptures, books and archives that were stolen by the Nazis can be seen on the Internet. Many such artifacts lately have often begun to appear in Russia. A story describes some of them. (10)

In a far-ranging interview Mongolia's Ambassador to Russia, Sanzhaa Bayar, shares secrets about his private happy life with his wife and daughter). He also talks about the past and present of his country, and about its relations with Russia. (11)


An explosion on a barge with 100,000 barrels of fuel that was unloading near Exxon Mobil's oil terminal on Staten Island in the outskirts of New York killed one person, seriously injured another and one is missing. A story gives details. (1,4)

An unidentified assailant killed Colonel Daut Korigov, former Interior Minister of Ingushetia, in Kazan on Friday. A story describes how it happened. (1)

Deputy Prime Minister Valentina Matviyenko and Kremlin Property Department head Vladimir Kozhin Friday completed their 2-day visit to St. Petersburg to see whether the city will be ready to receive numerous guests who will attend the 300th jubilee festivities in May. A story describes results of the visit. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3 Vremya MN, 1)

The State Duma Friday passed (in the first reading) the presidential package of draft bills on the division of power between the Kremlin and the regions. The author of the documents, deputy Kremlin staff head Dmitry Kozak, managed to persuade deputies to pass the package. A story comments on the documents, focusing on several views on them. (3)

Former President Boris Yeltsin completed his unofficial visit to his native Sverdlovsk region on Friday. In Nizhny Tagil he visited a military shooting ground. A story describes Yeltsin's meetings there and his impressions. (3)

The Novorossiisk Election Commission, a month before the mayoral elections scheduled for March 23, refused to register Sergei Shishkaryov as a candidate to this post. He is a State Duma deputy and a main rival of the present acting mayor, Vladimir Sinyagovsky. A story examines this conflicting situation. (4)

Three foreign automakers -- Volkswagen, BMW and Bentley --presented their most expensive sedans in Moscow on Friday. The demand for these sedans in Russia, like in the whole world, grows by 1.5 percent per year. A story describes the sedans and their prices. (5)

Norilsk Nickel's labor unions completed their 15-day hunger strike Friday without any positive result. A story looks at their demands. (5)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov signed a government decree Friday defining beneficial rates on renting out premises for mass media offices. The benefits will be in effect up to the end of this year. A story reveals the essence of the document. (5)

The State Customs Committee summed up results for 2002 Friday and made public its plans for this year. The Ministry, unlike the Tax Ministry, overfulfilled the plan for tax collection by 3 percent. A story examines its achievements and failures. (5)

Association of Russian Banks President Garegin Tosunyan and Chamber of Commerce and Industry head Yevgeny Primakov signed a cooperation agreement Friday. A photo caption reveals its essence. (5)

Tatneft sent a letter to the government of the Leningrad region Friday with a request to allot land for building an oil refinery in Primorsk. Tatneft and Rosneft are vying for the right to build it. Brief. (6)

The Moscow government no longer supports insuring monuments in Moscow cemeteries. Brief. (6)

The Colombia Energy consortium, with a Rosneft and the Colombian national Ecopetrol oil company, signed a contract on selling oil extracted by the consortium in the Surorient deposit in the south of Colombia. Brief. (6)

The LUKoil Overseas Cyprus Ltd (a subsidiary of LUKoil) has reached agreement with PFPG Energy shareholders on purchasing 100 percent of stock of this company, which owns 27 percent of stock of LUKoil-Perm. The sum of the deal is $398 million. Brief. (6)

Vneshtorgbank deputy head Vladimir Dmitriyev said JP Morgan Chase and Ernst & Young are expected to complete their assessment of VTB in March this year. According to the strategy of banking sector development, the state not less than 50 percent of stock should have in the charter capital of VTB by 2007. Brief. (6

The Mining-Ore Society's joint venture with ALROSA, Luo, will be launched soon in Angola. It will develop the diamond deposits Kamachia and Kamazhika. Brief. (6)

The Council of Guardians of the South-Russian Fund of Boosting Investments, headed by presidential representative in the Southern Federal District, Viktor Kazantsev, held its first session in Rostov-on-Don on Friday. The brief looks at its major aims and tasks (6)

The Ulyanovsk Arbitration Court decided Feb. 20to impose external administration in the Ulyanovsk aviation industrial complex Aviastar, with the company's former director-general Igor Igin as its external manager. Brief. (6)

The Anti-Monopoly Ministry has imposed a 50,000-ruble fine on the Gruner & Yar Publishing House for placing an alcohol advertisement. Brief. (6)

The Anti-Monopoly Ministry intends to form a commission to check the legality of the Mikoyan meat-processing complex's advertisement. Brief. (6)

Writer Eduard Limonov celebrated his 60th birthday in a Saratov prison Feb. 22. He is accused of terrorism and calling for the overthrow of the existing state order. The court is expected to bring in its verdict on April 15. A story highlights Limonov as a writer. (9)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

The process of merging territories has given rise to much speculation about Russia's future structure. Some widely discussed issues are the proposal to form seven enlarged regions of the Russian Federation on the basis of the existing federal districts, and the further fate of the federal district missions in connection of so-called Kozak reform. In an interview Georgy Poltavchenko, presidential representative in the Central Federal District, shares his view on these issues. (1,3)

Central Bank First Deputy Chairman Oleg Vyugin forecasts a pessimistic future for the dollar, making it clear that the Central Bank does not intend to support it. (1, 3)

In an interview, First Deputy General Chief of Staff Colonel-General Yury Baluyevsky assures that a war against Iraq will take place, with its reason being oil rather than weapons of mass destruction or even Saddam Hussein. (1,9)

Over the past three years, Russia officially lost 10,500 soldiers and officers, and the number of injured stands at 75,500. Interestingly, those service men were not killed in battle, but rather in peacetime, by their fellow servicemen. A story comments on this acute problem, listing the most frequent causes of death among Russian servicemen in peacetime. (1,8)

Head of the Effective Policy Fund Gleb Pavlovsky explains why the so-called "Putin majority" seriously frightens political scientists today. (2)

At their latest meeting with President Putin on Wednesday, Russian oligarchs complained about the corruption of bureaucrats. A story examines several recommendations proposed by those businessmen to minimize this acute problem. (2)

State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov has submitted to the government a draft bill regulating the proportion of domestically produced film shown on Russian television. If the bill is passed, no less than 60 percent of any channel's airtime must be devoted to Russian programming. (2)

A story looks at how St. Petersburg authorities have launched large-scale reform of the city's transport sector. (4)

A story examines an improving situation in the Russian automobile sector. (4)

In an interview, governor of the Kemerovo region, Aman Tuleyev, shares view on how the local housing-utility complex can be made to work more effectively. (5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

President Putin is expected to sign a decree in a couple of days that will allow agrarian enterprises to write off their debts to budgets of all levels. Specialists from the Agriculture Ministry and State Duma deputies have drafted the decree. The president is willing to pardon farmers of some 30 billion to 40 billion rubles of debt. (1,2)

Editor Alexander Yemelyanenkov speaks about the publication of a book entitled "Lev and the Atom." The book, which is devoted to scientist Lev Feoktistov, was released on Friday. (1,3)

The latest crew to live aboard the International Space Station returned to the Star City on Friday. After the Columbia tragedy, Russian space authorities decided to postpone space tourism flights and the flights of female cosmonauts. A story describes their return and what they told the public about their 185-day flight. (2)

On Friday Central Election Commission head Alexander Veshnyakov announced that the presidential election campaign would officially begin on Dec. 10. (3)

Krasnaya Zvezda

In an interview, Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov talks about issues related to defense and national security and shares his opinion on military service. In relation to those themes, Mironov also ouches on some of the financial problems recently being experienced within Russia's armed forces. (1,2)

Alexei Podberyozkin, first deputy director of the Institute of Systematic Studies under the Audit Chamber, reflects on globalization as a historic process and on its effect on Russia today. (7)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

Thanks to Yekaterinburg's scientific community, the city's defense enterprises have succeeded in fulfilling the federal defense program. A story describes the success of Ural defense enterprises. (3)

A large scandal erupted at the Noviye Izvestia newspaper on Thursday. The newspaper's publisher Oleg Mitvol, who owns 76 percent of stock, suspended its publishing and fired Editor-in-Chief Igor Golembiovsky. In an interview, Mitvol speaks about reasons for the uproar. (4)

The International Day of the Native Language was marked worldwide on Friday. UNESCO initiated this holiday in 2000. There were once 8,000 languages in the world, but today their number is only 6,000, and 50 percent of them are under threat of complete disappearance. A story highlights looks at how the Russian language ranks among those 6,000. (5)

The Tax Ministry has summed up results of the income declaration campaign for 2001. As a result, as it has turned out, the wealthiest person in Russia lives in the Republic of Khakasia, with his annual income surpassing $72 million (2.3 billion rubles). A story asks a logical question: Where have the sharks of capitalism gone? (5)

Boris Reznik, State Duma Anti-Corruption Committee deputy head, examines the alarming situation in the domestic fishing sector that, according to information by special services, annually loses $3 billion worth of natural resources that go abroad through poachers' efforts. (10)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

The Moscow tenants' water bills, starting April 1, will most probably increase by one-third. Mayor Yury Luzhkov has submitted the new draft tariffs to the City Duma. A story looks at the draft. (1)

The Health Ministry has decided that special brigades of doctors now will accompany Old Believers during long religious processions.

A story describes how the military and civilians celebrate the Feb. 23, Defender of the Fatherland Day. (1, 4)

Muscovites' heating bill will go up by 25 percent as of March 1. Vladimir Mokhov, first deputy head of the Regional Energy Commission of Moscow, commented on the measure. (1)

In an interview, film star Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, now chief artistic director of his own theater in the building of the former Progress movie house on Lomonosovsky Prospekt, talks about his creative plans and about his wife Tatyana, who lives and works in the United States. (3)

Moscow's public health centers on a regular basis invite the capital's homeless to come in for treatment to remove lice. (8)