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Izvestia
Kommersant
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

Notorious swindler Sergei Mavrodi, founder of the financial pyramid MMM, was arrested in the center of Moscow on Friday. He managed to con about 10 million depositors out of approximately $100 million. Anvar Rustamov, a high-ranking official from the Main Board of the Criminal Investigation Department, described how the swindler was detained. A list of his crimes is given. (1, Kommersant, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Vremya MN, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov's emissary Akhmed Zakayev went on trial in London on Friday, during which it will be decided whether or not the British authorities will extradite him to Russia. On Thursday Britain's Internal Minister David Blankett signed a directive to launch the extradition process. Even earlier than this Britain's Interior Ministry recognized Russia as a member of the European Convention on Fighting Terrorism. This means that Zakayev's defense cannot refer to any political motives of the inquiry into his extradition. A story examines the case in the light of the convention. (1, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3)

In a short interview Deputy Prosecutor General Sergei Fridinsky speaks about the London trial of Akhmed Zakayev, reflecting on what Russia could expect from Britain. (1)

In an interview Polish writer and journalist Marius Wilk, who spent many years in a labor colony on the Solovetskiye Islands (also known as Solovki) and stayed in the Solovetsky settlement after his release, speaks about his life there as a prisoner and as a free person. (1, 3)

The scandal at NTV over the resignation of director-general Boris Jordan and the appointment of Nikolai Senkevich to his post has acquired a lingering character: the latest new personnel reshuffle has made NTV journalists and editors apply to the Gazprom leadership with a request to meet with them and discuss the critical situation in the channel. NTV Management has also sent letters to the leadership of Gazprom and Eurofinans Bank. A story describes the disturbing situation in NTV and the content of the letter. (2, 12, Kommersant, 1,3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya MN, 1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 17, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2,3, MK, 2)

In an interview former ORT Director-General Igor Shabdurasulov, now the President of the Triumph Fund, shares his view on the scandalous situation in NTV. (2)

The ceremony of awarding the national television prize TEFI took place in the concert hall Rossiya on Friday. A story describes the event and its participants. (2, 10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 16)

It became known on Saturday to whom Senator Andrei Vavilov sold his company Severnaya Neft, which became notorious due to its victory in the competition for the right to develop the Val Gamburtseva oil deposit. The state-run Rosneft company will most probably become its new owner, the story notes, focusing on what it could mean. (2)

All helicopters of the Interior Ministry troops that are on combat missions in Chechnya will have special equipment defending them from mobile anti-aircraft complexes by next spring. This was said Friday by Major-General Yury Pylnev, chief of the Interior Troops Main Command. A story comments on his statement, saying what has urged such a measure. (2)

The Leninsky Put Collective Farm in Kuban has been one of the 300 best farms in Russia since 1996. A story gives figures on its profitable grain and dairy production, focusing on how its leaders reward the best farmers. (3)

Lithuania's Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas on Friday made public the government decision on how Russians will cross the border starting Feb. 1. The brief looks at his statement. (3, Kommersant, 4)

Moscow artist Arkady Nemov, 52, paints policy-makers in the so-called creative boomerang style. A story highlights the artist and his style of painting. (3)

Dmitry Rogozin, head of the PACE Russian parliamentary delegation, said Friday that he was resigning from the post of co-chairman of the joint working group State Duma-PACE on monitoring the situation in Chechnya.. A story comments on his decision.(4, Kommersant, 1,3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,6)

Leading political analysts (their names are given) have created a political club -- Serafim Club. A story describes the aims and tasks of this organization. (4)

President Vladimir Putin thanked FSB officers for their efforts in FSB cooperation with Russia's partners in the anti-terror coalition when speaking at a session of the Federal Security Service (FSB) Collegium on Friday. A story examines the president's speech, focusing on the political process in Chechnya. (4, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

The First All-Russian Congress of Lawyers in Moscow created the Federal Chamber of Lawyers on Friday, thus completing a significant stage in reforming the whole Bar community. The Chamber will become a body of self-government of all domestic lawyers. A story describes the new structure. (4, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya MN, 3)

In an interview Gans Ulrich Maerki, head of the Board of Directors of the IMB company in the Europe-Middle East and Africa regions, speaks about the aim of his current visit to Russia. He focuses on the failures and problems of his company and the whole industry. He also talks about his optimistic plans to expand his company's business in Russia. (5)

Private housing and utility administrations in several regions has already launched housing and utility reform. Their effective work in this sphere largely depends on local authorities' attitude to this problem. A story gives several concrete examples showing how private housing administrations are conducting such reform. (5)

The Unified Energy Systems Board of Directors decided Friday to change the procedure of the Board of Directors endorsing the dividends of UES's regional energy companies. A story reveals the essence of the changed procedure. (5, Vremya MN, 4)

Railways Minister Gennady Fadeyev made it known for the first time at his ministry's Collegium session on Friday that he sees other ways of boosting his agency rather than a merger with the Transport Ministry. A story comments on his statement. (5)

Boris Nuraliyev, director of the IC company, a leading domestic supplier of software, examines his company's results last year. (5)

Hong Kong fortune-teller Raymond Lou tried to forecast the future fate of Vladimir Putin, George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein. (6)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Finance Ministry officials Friday managed to convince representatives from the Economic Development Ministry at a conciliatory session on compulsory auto insurance that their calculations for the tariffs were correct. Now private auto drivers will pay insurance of no less than 1,980 rubles. (1)

The collegiums of the Culture Ministry and Gosstroi held a joint session in the State History Museum on Friday. Deputy Prime Minister Valentina Matviyenko stressed to Gosstroi boss Nikolai Koshman that the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg is the most significant event for him this year. She urged him to accelerate the renovation work of many facilities in the city that remain to be renovated. A story looks at Matviyenko's tough remarks. (2)

The rates of oil export duties decreased to $25.9 per ton from $29.8 per ton starting Feb. 1. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov signed the appropriate decree. A story examines the measure, saying that now Yukos, Sibneft, Surgutneftegaz and the Tyumen Oil Company are awaiting a government decision on increasing oil exports by pumping more oil of different brands along the Kholmogory-Klin pipeline. (2)

The Finance and Economic Development ministries are expected on Feb. 3 to submit their proposal on further reforming the tax system to the government. Deputy Economic Development Minister Arkady Dvorkovich spoke about the latest agreements reached by the two ministries on Friday. They promised to alleviate the tax burden for investors. (5, Vremya MN, 2)

Vimpelcom announced Friday the purchase of a 90 percent share of stock in Stavtelecot, a leading mobile communications operator in Stavropol. A story comments on the deal. (5)

Industry and Science Minister Ilya Klebanov said in St. Petersburg on Friday that his ministry had proposed to the Economic Development Ministry the raising of import customs duties on autos made 3 to 7 years ago to 35 percent from 25 percent. This proposed rise signifies the beginning of the program backing foreign auto concerns that are developing production in Russia. A story reveals the essence of the proposal. (5)

The International Financial Corporation, a subsidiary structure of the World Bank, for the first time after the crisis announced its intention Friday to become a shareholder of a Russian bank. IFC plans to buy 20 percent of stock of Russky Standart Bank for $10 million. (5)

The Perm Motovilikhinskiye Zavody company will deliver 20 Smerch nuclear complexes to Delhi. The contract costs $200 million, said the company's Director-General Ivan Kostin. Brief. (6)

LUKoil President Vagit Alekperov and Gazprom head Alexei Miller have discussed current efforts to implement joint projects in a general agreement on strategic partnership that was signed on Nov. 18, 2002. Brief. (6)

Gosstroi intends to submit to the government a draft bill on compulsory insurance of housing and facilities of the communal infrastructure in the first six months of this year, said Gosstroi First Deputy Head Sergei Kruglik. Brief. (6)

The Agriculture Ministry plans to create a single system of insuring harvest this year. Brief. (6)

The European Space Agency has signed a contract with the European EADS ST corporation on developing and creating the first European space probe for exploring Venus. Brief. (6)

The German BMW AG auto concern announced Friday the withdrawal of 164,000 X5 off-road vehicles from all over the world, which will cost the company 5 million euros. The brief mentions the reason behind this measure. (6)

The government has nominated its representatives to the Board of Directors of Rosgosstrakh. This is said in a Jan. 27 government directive. Brief. (6)

The Tsentrkredit Bank of Kazakhstan is the first foreign bank issue cards of the Russian Golden Crown payment system. Brief. (6)

Russia has been included into a list of countries whose citizens will be able to visit Jordan with minimum restrictions and receive visas in an accelerated regime. Brief. (6)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

The third International Forum of Specialists in Russian Philology has opened in Yalta's Livadia Palace. A story describes the event, its sponsors, the participants and its significance. (2)

Participants in the recent conference "The Demographic Situation in Russia" concluded that Russia's approaching demographic catastrophe is a result of the nation's falling spirit rather than by low living standards. The conference took place at the Sechenov Academy on Friday. A story comments on the conclusion and explains why the Russian population is shrinking. (3)

Five high-ranking police officers and policymakers who took part in a Rossiiskaya Gazeta roundtable discussion on Friday spoke about the hostage crisis in the Dubrovka theater in mid-October. They reflected on how such an act could have been possible in Moscow. (4)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has endorsed a list of candidates as state representatives who are annually elected to the managing bodies of companies with considerable shares of state-controlled capital. A story looks at several of the people listed. (9)

Noviye Izvestia

The State Sanitary Epidemiological Service on Friday reported the number of flu patients in Russia. The brief says that the number of the country's cases has decreased this fall and winter. (1)

This month Russia will have to pay $2 billion in servicing foreign debt. The brief looks at the two components of the debt. (2)

The latest opinion poll conducted from Jan. 24 to 28 by the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTSIOM) has shown that 52 percent of respondents oppose the U.S.-led plan to launch a military operation against Iraq. Twenty percent of respondents stated that they know very little about the operation against Iraq. A story looks at the results of the opinion poll. (1)

In an interview State Duma Deputy Sergei Mitrokhin, deputy leader of the Yabloko party, explains why Yabloko does not want to form a coalition with the Union of Right Forces for the upcoming parliamentary elections. (1,2)

The State Duma on Friday began consideration of a draft bill aimed at countering human trafficking. The bill has been drafted by a working group headed by Yelena Mizulina of the State Duma Legislation Committee. Several experts share their views on the draft. (1,5)

The army draftee campaign for the second professional regiment of the 76th paratrooper division in Pskov was to officially to start on Saturday Feb. 1. A similar draft campaign for the first such regiment showed that young people are unwilling to volunteer. (1,2)

State Duma Vice Speaker and SPS co-leader Irina Khakamada on Friday announced her intention to run for a seat in the State Duma from St. Petersburg's District No.209. The late Galina Starovoiteva was elected from this district during the previous parliamentary elections. A story comments on Khakamada's decision and assesses her chances of winning the seat. (2)

The Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe group not longer exists in Belarus. What will function instead, starting in February, will be an OSCE office. This is the result of a standoff between Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko and the international community. A story examines each side's stands on the issue. (4)

Seven cities and villages in the Sakhalin region -- which total about 8,000 people -- were left without heating in mid-January. A story describes the emergency situation there, focusing on the main causes. (4)

Over the past four winters severe frost in Moscow left 1,661 people frozen to death. Since October 2002 almost 2,200 people suffered from cold and more than 270 Muscovites died. A story reprimands Moscow city authorities, saying that residents of such a civilized city as Moscow should not be allowed to freeze to death on the street. (1,4)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky has refused to form a political alliance with the Union of Right Forces for the upcoming parliamentary elections. Analysts say that together they could have won 15 to 20 percent of the vote. A story examines Yavlinsky's stand on the issue. (4)

KPRF leader Gennady Zyuganov outlined the Communists' strategy in the next several months at a news conference on Jan. 30. A story examines the major points. (5)

Starting Feb. 1 Muscovites will pay more for gas than they did previously. A story gives new gas prices in Moscow city and region. (7)

What products will increase in price this month? A story looks at the changing price situation in February. (9)

Belkamneft director general Viktor Khoroshavtsev will turn 50 on Feb. 7. In an interview he sums up the results of his activities at the post that he took up in May 2000. (10,11)

LUKoil has long been doing business in north western Russia and helps the region implement several social programs including those devoted to St. Petersburg's 300th jubilee. LUKoil plans to allocate more than $200,000 toward these aims. A story looks at the company's concrete programs and projects. (12)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

The Moscow City Duma on Friday failed to pass a bill on priorities in apartment distribution that affects those on the waiting list for housing. Mayor Yury Luzhkov had vetoed the bill. A story examines the bill and Luzhkov's reasoning . (1,2)

Moskovsky Komsomolets shows a rare photo from the State Archives of Photo Documents of German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus as a prisoner of war. After Paulus agreed spread anti-Hitler propaganda he was allowed to paint pictures and wear his German uniform among other freedoms. A story describes the fate of German POWs and several former German POWs reminisce about their years in Russian captivity. (1,5)

Moscow city authorities decided to build many new stadiums, swimming-pools, sports clubs and sports grounds to raise the fitness levels in the city by 2010. A story comments on the decision. (1)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov has published a new 200-page book entitled "The Revival of History: Humankind in the 21st Century and the Future of Russia." A story describes Luzhkov's new literary work and announced its official presentation on Feb. 5 in the City Hall building on Novy Arbat. (2)

At its next session, State Duma deputies will try to ban u.e. price tags in shops. The dollar's recent fall has automatically raised retail prices in the domestic shops by 10 percent In an interview, State Duma Budget Committee Deputy Head Valery Galchenko explains the situation. (2)

The latest sociological information about the number of poverty-stricken Muscovites has shocked even the Moscow government. A story gives concrete figures illustrating the situation. (2)

The Interstate Aviation Committee has summed up last year's aviation catastrophes. Thus, 24 accidents that took place last year in the countries participating in the Agreement on Civil Aviation and on Using the Air Space left 175 people dead. (3)