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Izvestia
Kommersant
Vedomosti
Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Noviye Izvestia
Argumenty i Fakty
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

The State Duma on February is expected to consider in the first reading a package of bills concerning the division of powers between the Kremlin and the regional governments. At a meeting of the Council of Legislators on Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin managed to persuade lawmakers of the advantages and expediency of the legislation. A story comments on the documents, focusing on how legislators regard them. (1,3, Kommersant, 1,3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2, Vremya MN, 3, Gazeta, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,7)

In an interview, Oleg Sysuev, president of the Congress of Municipal Formations, elaborates on the positive and negative aspects of a series of bills concerning the division of powers between the Kremlin and the regions. (1,2)

The Finance Ministry on Monday submitted a draft concept concerning the creation of a stabilization fund to clear off of state debt. A story looks at why Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov does not look well on the draft legislation. (1, Kommersant, 14, Gazeta, 9, Vremya MN, 4)

At the Justice Ministry's Collegium on Tuesday it was announced that there are more than 877,000 prisoners currently serving time in Russian prisons. A story examines this and other figures concerning the Russian penal system, which were made public at the enlarged session. (1,2, Vremya MN, 3)

A scandal over the unloading of pig manure in the port of Kaliningrad on Tuesday has spilled well beyond the bounds of the Russian enclave. Belgium's Ambassador to Russia Andre Mernier has requested Kaliningrad governor Vladimir Yegorov to allow the import of manure to the region. A story comments on the issue. (1,2, Noviye Izvestia, 2)

The European Union's two-day extraordinary summit devoted to the Iraqi crisis ended in Brussels on Tuesday. The leaders of 15 states adopted a communique that was presented as the European Union's unanimous position regarding Baghdad and its disarmament. Despite the apparent agreement however, the EU has remains split over the issue. A story comments on the document. (2, Kommersant, 9, Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 5)

Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Kormiltsev on Tuesday announced that Commander of the North-Caucasian Military District Gennady Troshev would quit his job in the Defense Ministry. A story looks at Kormiltsev's statement. (3, Kommersant, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1,2)

On Tuesday Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev officially opened the Year of Kazakhstan in Russia. A brief looks at their optimistic statements at the opening ceremony. (3, Kommersant, 2)

President Vladimir Putin met with European Commission President Romano Prodi on Tuesday to discuss Russia-EU relations and preparations for the upcoming Russia-EU summit in St. Petersburg. Brief. (3, Kommersant, 1)

Mikhail Dmitriyev, the chairman of the Committee on Military and Technical Cooperation with Foreign States, announced that Russia collected $4.5 billion revenues from the armaments and military technologies abroad. Brief. (3, Kommersant, 15)

Kim Jong Il's administration on Tuesday threatened to withdraw from the 1953 cease-fire agreement on that put an end to the Korean war. A story comments on Pyongyang's statement and speculates that the North Korean position could very well lead to an armed conflict with the United States. (4, Kommersant, 10)

A decision to make the Federal Financial Recovery Service (FSFO) an authorized state agency responsible for bankruptcy cases has caused strong objection from several ministries. As a result, three leading ministers have signed a letter formally stating their opposition to the decision. A story explains why the ministers so strongly opposed to the idea. (5, Kommersant, 2)

On Tuesday the Federal Energy Commission submitted to the government its proposals to limit the tariff growth for the population by 14 percent in 2003. A story examines the proposals and looks at their possible consequences. (5)

The first Economic Forum of the Eurasian Economic Council will open in Moscow on Wednesday. In an interview, the council's Secretary General Grigory Rapota talks about his agency's efforts to boost economic relations within the Commonwealth of Independent States. (5)

Kazakhstan's leading bank Kazkommerttsbank on Tuesday signed a memorandum with Moskommerts Bank on mutual understanding, according to which Kazkommertsbank will take part in upgrading the charter capital of Moskommertsbank by buying its controlling package of stock. A story comments on the deal. (6)

The Finance Ministry has submitted to the government draft tariffs and rules for the obligatory insurance of automobile. A story examines the document. (6)

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday made its predictions regarding the development of European and American markets in 2003. The IMF's final forecast depends on a resolution of the crisis in the Middle East. Several economic analysts share their views on the forecast. (6)

On Tuesday Interros General Director Andrei Klishas announced the sale of a blocking package of stock in Aviamotor to the Gosinkor holding. A preliminary agreement on the purchase of a blocking package of stock in the Perm Motor Plant was also signed. A story examines the deals. (7)

Former State Fishery Committee head Yevgeny Nazdratenko accused on Tuesday the government of supporting the unfair distribution of quotas among Primorye fishing companies. A story comments on his remarks, focusing on the government's reaction. (7, Kommersant, 14)

Germany's TUI tourism company has planned a trip to Moscow next month to sign a contract for the purchase of a 25 percent share of one of the Russian tourism operators. A story comments on the upcoming deal. (7, Kommersant, 17)

Alexei Golovtsev, a spokesman for the National Association of Market Participants or NAUFOR comments on several new trends currently affecting the domestic stock market. (8)

At a special session on Tuesday, the Moscow Architecture and Construction Department discussed the possibility of demolishing and then reconstructing the famous Voyentorg department store on Ulitsa Vozdvizhenka. (9

On Tuesday Moscow's Chief Sanitary Physician Nikolai Filatov officially announced the beginning of a flu epidemic in the capital. Filatov said that approximately 150 Muscovites diagnosed with the flu are hospitalized every day. (9)

A powerful fire in the metro of the South Korean city Daegu on Tuesday left over 130 people dead and about 140 injured. A story gives details. (10, Kommersant, 6)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov Tuesday presided over a government session that discussed the production sharing agreements. A story comments on the session's decisions. (1)

The Justice Ministry Tuesday held an enlarged collegium that summed up results of its work in 2002 and proposed new projects for the future. Kremlin administration deputy head Viktor Ivanov ordered the ministry to intensify control over political parties. A story reveals the essence of this instruction. (3)

The Interior Ministry's Investigation Committee has formed a special group of investigators to retrieve funds lost in the of MMM pyramid scheme. (6)

The Moscow city government on Tuesday discussed preparations for the 60th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory in World War II. City authorities, above all, have decided to improve the social and living conditions of war veterans. And in order to find the necessary funds Mayor Yury Luzhkov has applied to President Vladimir Putin for help. A story examines Luzhkov's initiatives. (7)

The 8th Congress of Pediatricians opened at the Academy of Sciences on Tuesday. A story describes the first day of the three-day congress, focusing on its agenda. (8)

The dollar's exchange rate on Tuesday fell to the 31.55 rubles. The Central Bank's recently changed policy and falling oil prices could change the situation, but neither factor is likely to have any effect in the near future. A story comments on the situation. (13)

The Economic Development Ministry has drafted a bill that would give further support to domestic exporters. A story examines the document. (13)

The government is willing to transfer the duties of the Inter-State Aviation Committee to the State Service of Civil Aviation, which is a division of the Transport Ministry, as of June 1. A story comments on the preliminary decision. (15)

On Tuesday Deltabank's board of directors endorsed Alexander Grigoryev as a candidate for the post of Chief Executive Director. Brief. (15)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has signed a decree on 2003 export quotas for the distribution of platinum group metals. Brief. (15)

The story examines the reasons behind the current personnel reshuffles at Gazprom subsidiary Sibur. (16)

The Bates VIAG Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising agency has won the tender to become the Ochakovo brewery's advertising service. (16)

A story looks at the Factiva joint-project between Dow Jones and Reuters. (17)

The Economic Development Ministry on Tuesday posted a list of importers that have the right to import pork, beef and poultry. A story looks at the list. (17)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The government announced Tuesday that new production sharing agreements are not likely to emerge in Russia in the near future. (A1)

The founders of the TimeOnline Internet-cafe, the first one of its kind in Russia, have put the enterprise up for sale. Unfortunately, they say that they have lost any hope of finding further investment to boost their operation. (A1)

The Finance Ministry on Tuesday submitted a proposal to the government that restricts access to the stabilization fund. The proposal will limit access to funds at least up until 2007 and strictly forbidden any of this money to be put toward debt repayment. (A1)

A story looks at the Justice Ministry's enlarged collegium, which was held on Tuesday. The ministry made public several figures regarding Russia's penal system. Brief. (A1)

TVS shareholders on Tuesday attempted to calculate how much money would be required to continue to run the station. TVS General Director Ruslan Terekbayev suggested that $60 million would be needed for the purpose. His estimation grossly exceeds the $35 million agreed upon a week and a half ago. (A2)

On Wednesday President Vladimir Putin was expected to receive a group of representatives from the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. The 2-hour discussion was to be devoted to administrative reform. (A2)

Mikhail Dmitriyev, head of the Committee on Military and Technical Cooperation, announced Tuesday that Russia's military-industrial complex this year sold $4.5 billion worth of armaments and military technology in 2002. (A3)

Tom Glocer, chief executive of leading financial information agency Reuters, talks about his agency and its financial achievements and failures. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Foreign investors are no longer interested in Unified Energy Systems. The Russian power grid's depositary receipts over the past year have shrunk by almost 1.5 times. A story looks at how market participants view the energy giant. (B1)

The U.S. Stillwater Mining Company's net profit last year halved in comparison with figures for 2001, amounting to $31.7 million. A brief offers several other figures regarding Stillwater's financial report for 2002. (B1)

Croatia's INA oil and gas concern is contemplating the purchase of Austria's Avanti. The deal could be worth an estimated 140 million euros ($150 million). Brief. (B1)

Russian oil exports in 2002 amounted to 186.7 million tons or a 19 percent increase over exports in 2001. According to the State Customs Committee, the proceeds for exported deliveries last year grew by 16 percent and reached $28.7 billion. Brief. (B1)

Moscow City Hall announced that part of the construction of the Lefortovo Tunnel would be completed on Feb. 20. The tunnel makes up one part of Moscow's third ring road. Brief. (B1)

On Feb. 25 Gazprom's board of directors is expected discuss the gas giant's budget and investment program for 2003. This program was not endorsed previously due to differences of opinion between Gazprom head Alexei Miller and Economic Development Minister German Gref. (B1)

Gazprom intends to trade Iranian gas condensate from the South Pars deposit in the Persian Gulf. A story examines Gazprom's optimistic plans. (B3)

Transneft has temporarily suspended oil transport through the Novorossiisk port. A story explains why. (B3)

Noviye Izvestia

The Moscow Regional Energy Commission at a session on Tuesday decided to raise the cost of regional electric train tickets by 22 percent, as of Feb. 20. Brief. (1

A story looks at the Public Opinion Fund's recent sociological poll gauging public trust in the courts. Those surveyed were also asked to give their opinions on whether or not Russia's judicial system defends the rights and interests of ordinary Russians. (1)

An anonymous, but high-ranking, official from the Defense Ministry speaks about how his ministry will carry out its fall army conscription campaign. The official also mentions a serious problem regarding the illegal conscription people physically unfit for military service. (5)

Argumenty i Fakty
www.aif.ru

During a planned visit to Baku on Feb. 26, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov is expected to discuss the withdrawal of Russian weapons from Georgia into Armenia. Azerbijan is against the idea of storing Russian weapons in neighboring Armenia. (2)

In an interview, Chief Military Prosecutor Alexander Savenkov speaks about the present situation in Russia's armed forces in relation the Military Prosecutor's Office. Savenkov also shares his sentiments concerning hazing. (3

A story describes the celebrations presently taking place in honor of the Russia's Communist party (KPRF) 10th anniversary. Several policy-makers and analysts share their views on where the KPRF is positioned today. (2.7)

A story presents an in-depth analysis of the political, economic and ecological consequences of a war in Iraq. (1,4)

Fourteen years ago Soviet troops were withdrawn from Afghanistan. Few people know that in February 1989 three hundred Soviet soldiers were taken prisoner by Afghan mujahdeen and have yet to return to the former Soviet Union. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov signed a directive to fund an FSB special department, which will be responsible for conducting an operation to free the soldiers. A story explains that of the initial 300 taken prisoner, in 1992 only 12 prisoners of war were set free. (10)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

On Tuesday the Education Ministry announced that 600,000 first-year students would receive full-scholarships to study at state-run post-secondary institutes. A story describes the scholarship system. (2, MK, 2)

On Wednesday Moscow's Dorogomilovsky City Court was expected to begin hearing the case concerning the division of the inheritance of television host Vladimir Voroshilov. His two wives are claiming it. A story details the case. (3)

A story describes the negotiations between Russia and Kazakhstan over the construction of a nuclear power plant near Lake Balkhash and future bilateral economic cooperation. (4)

A scandalous pornographic film entitled "Schoolgirl-2 " was shot in a St. Petersburg secondary school by the notorious producer Sergei Pryanishnikov. A story explains that St. Petersburg pornographers dedicated the film in honor of the northern capital's 300th jubilee. (1,5, Noviye Izvestia, 1,5)

In an interview, First Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Shatalov explains why tax reductions are have proven to be ineffective. (8)

Anatoly Bykov, former general director of the Krasnoyarsk Aluminum plant, has been appointed head of the Siberian office of the "Presidential Club of the Trusted People." A story describes the organization and describes what Bykov will gain from the appointment. (11)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

A story looks at the absurdity of the present conflict over Iraq. The story asserts that the United States has only itself to blame for arming Saddam Hussein with chemical and biological weapons in the first place. (1,6)

In an effort to test new heating technology, the Academy of Architecture and Construction will build an apartment block on Troitskaya Ulitsa next year that will have its own independent heating system. A story describes the project. (1)

The Moscow government has decided to revive an environmental protection service to monitor the condition of the capital's green space. (8)

Former President Boris Yeltsin and his wife Naina today will set off on a tour of Yekaterinburg and the Sverdlovsk region. A story describes the visit's program. (2)

Moskovsky Komsomolets observer Mark Deich is expected to unveil his new book "The Brown" on Feb. 20. Many policy-makers, writers, journalists and actors have been invited to the ceremony. (2)

In an interview NTV's Editor-in-Chief for news Tatyana Mitkova describes the situation at the channel in light of the fact that NTV has a newly elected board of directors. (2)