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Izvestia
Kommersant
Vedomosti
Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Krasnaya Zvezda
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

The Moscow City Duma on Wednesday rejected another draft bill on animals, viewing it as too merciful. A story comments on the document's provisions and focuses on the animal protection situation in several cities and regions. (1,2, Kommersant, 7, MK, 1, 3)

Various sources comment on U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's report at the UN Security Council session Wednesday. Powell stressed that all the tape recordings and photos he presented constituted irrefutable and undeniable evidence that Saddam Hussein possesses weapons of mass destruction. (1,3, Kommersant,1,9, Rossiiskata Gazeta, 1,7, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Vremya MN, 1, Gazeta, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 3)

The State Statistics Committee on Wednesday released figures on the growth of consumer prices in January. In January 2003, the figure was 2.4 percent compared to the figure for January 2002, 3.1 percent. In an interview, Irina Goryacheva, head of the committee's price and finance statistics department, elaborates on some factors that affect inflation. (1,2, Kommersant, 14)

The State Duma on Wednesday passed a draft bill on the state language in the second and third readings. A story comments on the bill, focusing on several of its serious shortcomings. (2, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4, Gazeta,7, Vremya MN, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, MK, 2)

A special commission created by Mayor Yury Luzhkov began looking into Muscovites' complaints about poor housing quality Wednesday. A story describes a residential building that has been the topic of complaints. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov is expected to sign a decree allowing city authorities to remove privately owned vehicles when streets are being cleaned. Alexander Belyaev, head of the Moscow Transport and Communications Board, comments on the decree. (2, Gazeta, 5)

First deputy presidential representative in the Southern Federal District Alexander Korobeinikov could be appointed as head of the government in Chechnya. A story describes this candidate, focusing on yesterday's session of a federal government commission in Grozny. (3, Kommersant, 3)

Not long before New Year's Eve, Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov visited the Veliky Ustyug headquarters of Russian Father Frost. In his letter to Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, Mironov asked him to give the project "Veliky Ustyug" the status of a federal program with budget funding. A story describes the project and these proposal. (3, Kommersant, 2, Gazeta, 2,Vremya Novostei, 3)

The American Trans-Continental Talent company opened its first Russian office in Moscow on Wednesday. Its actors' division will be headed by people's artist Nikolai Karachentsev. A story describes the firm and Karachentsev's view on his new job. (3)

The Russian cargo spaceship that has come close to the International Space Station is presently being unloaded. Major-General Vasily Tsibliyev, deputy chief of the Cosmonauts Training Center, made a statement. (3)

What are the major principles behind manning and running armies? A story tries to answer this especially relevant question, vital today due to proposed Russian military reform. (4)

On Feb. 10, President Vladimir Putin will arrive in Paris for a three-day visit. A story examines the visit in detail, focusing on the extravagance of the president's planned landing. (4)

In a few days, Russia is expected to sign a contract with India on that sale of the aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov. This was announced by India's Defense Minister George Fernandes on Wednesday at the international show "Aero-India-2003." A story comments on his statement. (4)

The government will discuss a draft tax reform concept at a session today, prepared by the Finance Ministry. A story examines the proposed major changes in the tax system over the next four years.(5, Kommersant, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 9, Vremya Novostei, 2, Vremya MN, 1,2 )

The ROMIR Monitoring sociological center has conducted a public poll to see how Russians pay taxes. A story looks at the results. (5)

Three Moscow meat companies and 10 St. Petersburg Meat Association companies -- all meat importers -- have decided to unite into a new association to oppose government meat quotas. A story comments on this issue, focusing on the companies' stand. (5)

The Polyus gold extracting company, whose stock was bought by Norilsk Nickel in 2002, announced plans Wednesday to increase gold extraction four-fold over the next five years. A story examines its ambitious plans. (5)

The International Monetary Fund tax mission that worked in Moscow between Jan. 15 and 28 approved Russian efforts to reform the taxation system. Brief. (5)

The Railways Ministry over the next two weeks intends to buy out a credit debt of the Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive-Building Plant. This was stated by Railways Minister Gennady Fadeyev Wednesday. Brief. (5)

Sibmashholding and Industrial Investors Group have signed an agreement on merging the holding's marketing network and the Volgograd Tractor Plant. The brief looks at the new united network of dealers. (5)

Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev on Wednesday announced the launch aimed at boosting domestic animal husbandry. The brief reveals the 10-year program that envisages the delivery of pedigree cattle from France to Russian regions. (5, Vremya MN, 4)

Cinema actor Vyacheslav Tikhonov has turned 75. In an interview, he talks about his artistic career and his favorable film roles. In a short interview, his daughter, actress Anna Tikhonova, speaks about the film she has made about her father. (7)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The presidents of Russia and Pakistan -- Vladimir Putin and Pervez Musharraf -- discussed bilateral and international relations in the Kremlin on Wednesday. The focus was Musharraf's proposal to Putin to act as a peacekeeper and help resolve the Indian-Pakistani conflict. (2, Vremya Novostei, 5, Vremya MN, 1)

The State Duma on Wednesday did not support a Yabloko proposal to relieve Deputy Vladimir Zhirinovsky of his Vice-Speaker post for indecent remarks about U.S. President George W. Bush's policy toward Iraq. Eight State Duma deputies and faction leaders share their views on the issue. (3)

A Europarliamentary delegation in London on Wednesday handed Akhmed Zakayev a "European Passport of Freedom." The deputies explained that in this way the European Parliament supported resolving the conflict in Chechnya through negotiations. A story comments on this act, explains what exactly is a "European Passport of Freedom" and focuses on one deputy's statement. (4 )

Moscow police Tuesday arrested chemistry student Igor Fedorovich, a member of the Vanguard of Red Youth organization, who to blow up the Mosgortrans building on Raushskaya Naberezhnaya. A story gives details. (6, Vremya Novostei, 2)

At a session of the Saratov Regional Court Wednesday, Eduard Limonov's lawyer Sergei Belyak spoke in Limonov's defense. In a short interview, Limonov said that the longer he is in jail the higher his value as a policy-maker will become. (6)

The Moscow City Duma on Wednesday passed a draft bill to invest into the city metro system and other modes of public transport up until 2007. Metro boss Dmitry Gayev stated that more than 20 new metro stations will appear in Moscow during this period. A story examines the draft. (7)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov on Wednesday presented his new book titled "The Revival of History: Humanity in the 21st Century and the Future of Russia." A story looks at the presentation ceremony in Moscow City Hall. (8)

The Associated Press information agency reported on Feb. 4 that its Executive Director and President Lou Boccardi, 66, will resign in mid-2003. He has headed the news agency for 18 years. (11)

OPEC on Wednesday published information about world oil extraction in January 2003. According to this information, last month Russia, for the first time over the past 12 months, extracted more than 8 million barrels a day. A story comments on this information. (13 )

The coordinating council of the Moscow city program Electronic Russia held its first session in the city government office on Novy Arbat on Wednesday. The program's budget -- over $2 billion -- shocked the mayor. A story examines the program. (13)

Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko early this week sent a letter to Belarussian Prime Minister Gennady Novitsky with a proposal to lift restrictions on the import of Russian beer. A story describes the standoff between Russian and Belarussian beer producers. (14)

Presidential economic adviser Andrei Illarionov at an Internet news conference on Wednesday outlined prospects for domestic economic growth. A story looks at his statements. (14)

Vestnik Banka Rossii on Wednesday announced the launch of the institution of bank curators that has been initiated by First Deputy Central Bank Head Andrei Kozlov. (14)

The Inter-Governmental Commission on Armenian-Russian Economic Cooperation held a session to discuss energy, the electronic industry and the military technical sphere in Yerevan on Wednesday. A story looks at its decisions. (15)

Gold prices increased considerably on Wednesday. A story gives figures. (15)

Document. The Government Program of Social and Economic Development in 2003-2005. Slightly abridged. (18, 19)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The mystery buyers of shares Unified Energy Systems have unexpectedly decided to identify themselves. A story identifies the buyers who have driven the share price of UES up 1.5 times. (A1)

Tired of arguing with the government over tax benefits taken advantage of in 2001, LUKoil has decided to voluntarily transfer $103 million to the federal budget. (A1)

Holland's ABN Amro bank and the London Business School estimate that it will take 15 years for world markets to regain the rate of growth achieved in December 1999. The institutions calculate that $13 trillion has disappeared from global stock markets during a 3-year-long worldwide drop in share prices. (A1)

According to preliminary data, the federal budget surplus for January 2003 amounted to 37.8 billion rubles, or 4.5 percent of the gross domestic product. Brief. (A1)

A new IMF report suggests that tax burden on Russia's oil and gas industries is much less than that in other oil producing countries. Brief. (A1)

A story looks at the positive outcome of Wednesday's negotiations between President Vladimir Putin and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. During the meeting in Moscow, Putin stated his willingness to help reconcile Pakistan with India. (A2)

A story looks at how a series of reforms intended to reduce bureaucratic red tape has made it easier for small enterprises to do business. Four experts share their opinions on the reforms. (A3)

On Thursday the government was expected to discuss ways to more effectively manage state property. The Property Ministry is of the opinion that state property be privatized as soon as possible. (A3)

The Sept. 11 tragedy has little effect on Russian air companies. In fact, most airlines have reported an increase in business. The only large carrier that reported worsened results in 2002 was Aeroflot, still managed to achieve positive financial results. In an interview, Aeroflot general director Valery Okulov speaks about his company's good results in 2002, and shares his optimistic forecast for 2003. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The Economic Development Ministry has asked the higher Arbitration Court not to call off Rosneft's license for the right to develop the Val Gamburtseva oil deposit after the ministry learned that the state-run oil company was the buyer of Severnaya Neft. (B1)

Dmitry Strezhnev on March 1 will leave his post as general director of Ruspromavto. Strezhnev's successor will likely be his current first deputy, Pyotr Sinshinov. Sinshinov has been working in with Oleg Deripaska's team for the past 10 years. (B1)

The sinking of the Prestige oil tanker off the Spanish coast may negatively affect shipping in the Gulf of Finland. Finland's transport authorities fear a similar tragedy could take place, and would like to limit tanker transport to from the Russian port of Primorsk. (B1)

Nickel prices at the London Metal Exchange reached a 28-year high over on Jan. 30. A brief gives figures. (B1)

Small American autoparts companies are trying to persuade the Bush administration to lift duties on imported steel. Brief. (B1)

Royal Dutch/Shell will buy out Kerr McGee Corp.'s 50 percent stake in a project to develop Kazakhstan's Arman gas deposit. Brief. (B1)

Sukhoi Log, a leading gold-ore deposit in Eurasia, will be sold this year at a closed auction. Only domestic companies with more than five years of experience working in the industry will be allowed to participate in the auction. (B2)

IST Group has announced that Rinako will become a shareholder in the Baltic United Shipbuilding Corporation. A story examines what Rinako stands to gain from the deal. (B2)

Despite a slowdown in the global economy and a worldwide slump in demand for new automobiles, Japan's Toyota has reported growing profits. The company is continuing to expand into the U.S. market and intends to build a new plant. (B2)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi in Kiev Wednesday awarded Russia's People's Artist title to Ukrainian actress Tatyana Nazarova of the National Lesya Ukrainka Russian Drama Theater. An article describes the ceremony. (1, 2)

An article analyzes a draft of the Russia-Belarus Union Constitution, approved Monday by the working commission of the union's Parliamentary Assembly. (2)

About 600 apartment buildings have been flooded in several cities and districts in the Rostov region, with about 200 people having been evacuated. An article describes the disaster. (4)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

According to the State Statistics Committee one in every 10 Russian citizens is wealthy, with one in every four being poor. An article comments on the commission's report on Russians' 2002 incomes. (2)

What is behind the public scandal in Moscow City Hall? An article discusses Mayor Yury Luzhkov's harsh criticism Tuesday of Vladimir Resin, head of the city's architecture, construction, development and deconstruction department. (2)

There are three possible Russian reactions should the U.S. launch military operation in Iraq. An article examines them in detail. (3)

Volgodonsk authorities have surrendered the city to criminal elements. An article describes the disturbing situation there with experts' views, including the FSB's. (3)

An article reflects on how NTV's personnel crisis could be resolved. (4)

In an interview, Ukraine's General Consul in Moscow, Pyotr Matsarsky, talks about problems related to crossing the Ukrainian-Russian border. (4)

The government in a meeting today will discuss a draft decree on ensuring access to information about government activities. An article comments on the draft. (9)

The Moscow City Duma on Wednesday approved a draft program for expand the city metro up to the year 2007. An article outlines the draft. (9)

Noviye Izvestia

Vice-Mayor Valery Shantsev confirmed that the Moscow government plans, beginning from March 1, to raise electrical energy and heating tariffs. Brief. (1)

Saratov villagers have created an alternative to typical home-distilled vodka. An article features their product of which the villagers are quite proud. (1)

Russia has taken a wishy-washy approach toward the Iraq crisis. An article gives examples to illustrate this point. (1, 4)

Krasnaya Zvezda

How has the anti-terror operation in Afghanistan affected the situation near the Tajik-Afghan border? What is the situation with the 201st division guarding the border? In an interview, Russian Ambassador to Tajikistan Maxim Peshkov answers these and other questions regarding the area. (1, 3)

An article comments on the results of negotiations in the Kremlin on Wednesday between Vladimir Putin and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. The negotiations centered on military issues. (1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Yakutian experts intend to clone a mammoth. Pyotr Lazarev, Director of the Republican Mammoth Museum, talks about how it will be done. (4)

In an interview, Vladimir Tsenunin, who in 1975 graduated with Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko from the Mogilev Teachers' Training Institute, reminisces about the president's student years. (5)

Fourteen-year-old schoolboy Nikolai Torlopov from Rubtsovsk (Altai region) in early January accidentally bought an old cassette of an unknown rock group for 30 rubles via the Internet. The cassette has turned out to be a rare German recording now worth 26,000 euros. An article details the case. (5, Noviye Izvestia, 1)

The Kemerovo regional administration has opened special bank accounts for 16,500 Kuzbass orphans. An article describes this act of charity. (5)

Final school examinations for 9th and 11th graders have undergone serious changes. An article examines them in detail. (6)

Beginning Oct. 1, wages for teachers, doctors and librarians will be calculated according to a new scheme. An article examines the scheme and shows wage tables kept classified until recently when the State Duma passed special legislation. (8, 9)

An article features Dzhambulat Khatonov, a 3-year-old Hercules from Kabardin-Balkaria who weighs 44 kilograms and can easily lift two 16-kg weights. The boy is famous all over the republic. (10, 11)

Former Economics Minister Andrei Nechayev, head of the Rosinbank board of directors, believes that in order to survive today banks should create holdings. An article details his recommendations. (15)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

An article explains how Columbia's astronauts knew they were doomed before the shuttle landing. (1)

About 8,000 pay phones in Moscow will be dismantled this year and replaced with new models. An article describes the project and the advantages of the new phones. (1)

An article examines the results of the competition for the best design for the new World Trade Center in New York. (2)

An article reveals that the Columbia tragedy shocked the crew of the International Space Station to such an extent that some of them needed urgent care from professional psychologists. (2)

The victims of the MMM scheme are coming in to the Interior Ministry's Investigative Department on Gazetny Pereulok to turn in their documents in hopes of having their money returned. An article describes the situation. (2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

Babayevsky's board of directors decided to create a managing company with the participation of Moscow city authorities. This was announced by Moscow minister Yevgeny Panteleyev, head of the Babayevsky board of directors. An article comments on the decision. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 8, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6)

The Krasnaya Zvezda Publishing House, which prints the newspaper "Krasnaya Zvezda," has decided to rent out part of its premises to be used as a night club and casino. This method of earning money has shocked military correspondents. An article comments on the decision. (3)

A U.S. war with Iraq with the aim of removing Saddam Hussein from power is inevitable and should happen in the near future. But when and how? The U.S. mass media is publishing leaked information about a variety of different military plans, most of which contradict one another. An article discusses several such leaks. (3)

The 53rd International Film Festival is set to open in Berlin today. An article describes the event and its participants. Russia has not been invited. (3, Vremya Novostei, 10, Vremya MN, 7, Gazeta, 15)



In a lengthy interview, Yegor Gaidar, Director of the Institute of Economics of the Transition Period and co- Chairman of the Union of Right Forces political party, sheds light on several secrets of economic reform. (4)