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Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
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Moskovsky Komsomolets


While the U.S.-led military operation in Iraq is in full swing, the anti-American diplomatic coalition intends to launch a counter-offensive in the UN, demanding an urgent session of the UN Security Council aimed at halting the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq. A story comments on the issue, focusing on Russia's position and role in this counter-offensive. (1,2)

In an interview, Konstantin Syomin, special correspondent for the Rossiya television channel embedded on a U.S. aircraft carrier participating in the military actions against Iraq, describes the situation on this battleship. (1,2)

In an interview, renowned U.S. political scientist Peter Feifer speaks about the psychological situation in America one week after the launch of the war in Iraq. (1,2)

In an interview, Boris Berezovsky, who was detained with his close associate Yuly Dubov by British police Monday and released on a $160,000 bail, elaborates on the reasons behind his arrest. (1,10, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya Novostei, 1, Vremya MN, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 10, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6, MK, 1,2 2)

The government submitted to the State Duma on Tuesday a draft bill concerning the commercial secret that was worked out by the Economic Development Ministry. (2)

Izvestia's lead story looks at the ongoing preparations for St. Petersburg's 300th anniversary, which is to be celebrated in May. The story speculates on whether or not U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair should attend the festivities. (2, 3, Gazeta, 4)

On Tuesday Russia, Lithuania and the European Union wrapped up a series of meetings in Brussels concerning the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. A formal agreement has been agreed upon and will take effect on July 1. Lithuania, however, said that Russia has failed to ratify a treaty concerning the state border. A story examines Lithuania's claims. (3)

March 26 marks 3 years of Vladimir Putin's presidency. According to results of the latest opinion poll conducted by the Agency of Regional Political Studies, Putin enjoys a 66 percent approval rating. Brief. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1,3, Gazeta, 1,5, Trud. 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 12)

The Federation Council has proposed amendments to Article 112 of the Labor Code that would declare Dec. 31 a holiday. Brief. (3, Gazeta, 4)

World governments have approved the results of the recent Chechen referendum on the constitution, but some policy-makers and mass media have their own special opinions. All opinions, both positive and negative, are expected to be made public next week at the PACE spring session. (3)

U.S. accusations that Russian enterprises sold weapons and military hardware to Iraq in violation of UN sanctions are slander, according to Alexander Nozdrachov, general director of the Agency on Conventional Armaments. Brief. (3, Vremya Novostei, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,4)

Recent public opinion polls show that the majority of Russians condemn the U.S.-led military actions in Iraq, and are actually hoping for an Iraqi victory. A story comments on the results of several opinion polls. Two pie-charts are included in the article. (3)

The integration of Russia and Belarus will boost transport corridors and improve customs procedures. A story comments on this benefit. (3)

A story describes the 6th day of the US-led military operation in Iraq and describes the number of casualties suffered on both the Iraqi and allied sides. (4,Kommersant, 9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1,3, Gazeta, 6, Vremya MN, 1, Vremya Novostei, 1-3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4,5, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1-6, MK, 2

On Tuesday Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov harshly criticized a report drafted by the Economic Development and Trade Ministry concerning duplicative functions of state agencies. Kasyanov said the ministry's approach to administrative reform was "superficial." A story details the ministry's provisions and Kasyanov's negative reaction. (5, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3, Gazeta, 10, Vremya Novostei, 6, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,3)

According to a report published by the Economic Development and Trade Ministry, foreign trade turnover in January-February increased by 35.9 percent year-on-year and amounted to $28.4 billion. Brief. (5)

In the next two months the World Bank intends to begin negotiations with Moscow over the releasing a $130 million loan to introduce computers into Russia's education system. Brief. (5, Vremya Novostei, 4)

Gazprom has failed to persuade the government to reintroduce the gas giant's oil export quotas. (5, Gazeta, 10)

On Tuesday Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko said that the government commission on using main pipelines that he heads decided to impose a new regime of oil pumping. Starting in the second quarter of 2003, oil will be pumped without quality differentiation. A story comments on the decision. (5, Kommersant, 14, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya MN, 4, Vremya Novostei, 7)

Economists say that a long and drawn-out conflict in Iraq will have serious negative consequences on the world economy, and on Japan in particular. Japan depends completely on imported oil, 80 percent of which comes from the Middle East. In turn, Japan is also very much dependant on the foreign trade with the United States. A story provides figures to illustrate the point. (5)

According to the Economic Development and Trade Ministry, Russia in January-March this year will cut output in the automotive sector by 14.9 percent. Brief. (7)

The joint venture between GM and AvtoVAZ has decided to raise the retail price of Chevrolet-Niva by $500. A story comments on the decision. (7)

Izvestia looks at the ratings of audit and consulting companies based on their results in 2002. (8)

On Tuesday the Moscow government harshly criticized a previously approved monument-ensemble to writer Mikhail Bulgakov and his heroes on Patriarch's Ponds. A story examines the government decision. (9)

Moscow State University has decided to open a new faculty of international studies, with State Duma deputy Andrei Kokoshin being its dean. Brief. (9)

The only free Moscow Service of Psychological Aid to the population will be created in the city in the next 3 years. Mayor Yury Luzhkov has signed the corresponding decree. Brief. (9)

On Tuesday the Moscow government endorsed a program to increase small businesses up to 2006. A story examines its major provisions. (9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya MN, 6, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

The Prosecutor General's Office on Tuesday arrested Yury Moskaltsov, Deputy Chairman of the State Fishery Committee. Moskaltsov is accused of fraud and abuse of power. A story gives details. (10, Kommersant, 1,6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 6)


On Monday President Putin submitted to the State Duma the drafts of four decrees and two bills, according to which the Federal Agency of Government Communications and Information, the Federal State Border Service and the Federal Tax Police Service are to be disbanded, and new state committees are to be created in their place. A story comments on the documents. (1,3)

While speaking at the Russia-Grain Power conference on Tuesday, Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev said that the domestic agricultural-industrial complex possesses huge potential but lacks funding. A story comments on his statement. (2)

President Putin has appointed Sergei Veryovkin-Rakhalsky as head of the Federal Service of Economic and Tax Crimes. A story comments on the appointment. (3)

The Legislative Assembly of the Leningrad Region passed a new bill Tuesday concerning regional elections. Govenors may now stay in power for 5 years. A story explains how the new bill could affect the position of the region's present governor, Valery Serdyukov. (3)

On Tuesday the Moscow Basmanny Court sanctioned the arrest of two high-ranking officials from the Federal Tax Police Service. Major-General Sergei Platonov and his subordinate Lieutenant-Colonel Mikahil Petrovsky are accused of receiving and giving bribes. A story details their cases. (6)

The criminal case against Colonel Yury Budanov will be considered by the North-Caucasian District Military Court on April 9. Budanov and his lawyer Alexei Dulimov demanded a jury trial. Brief. (6)

On Tuesday Tatarstan's intellectual elite presented the first volume of a 7-volume edition entitled "The History of the Tatars" at the Embassy of the Republic of Tatarstan. A story reviews the book. (8)

The World Bank and the Higher School of Economics on Tuesday presented a report concerning education reform in Russia. A story examines its major provisions. (8)

In an interview, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Alexander Vershbow talks about U.S. aims in the war in Iraq and comments on the different views taken by European countries. (11)

On Tuesday the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, in cooperation with two other agencies, created a National Council on Corporate Management. Interros head Vladimir Potanin was elected head of the council. (14)


On Tuesday Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov harshly criticized a report concerning administrative reform submitted to the government by the Economic Development Ministry. Kasyanov called the report "superficial." A story examines the report's controversial provisions. (A1)

Boris Berezovsky and his close associate July Dubov were arrested in London on Monday and subsequently released on a 100,000-pound sterling bail bond. (A1)

According to Gosstandart, daylight savings time will go into effect throughout Russia on March 30. Daylight savings time will end on Oct. 26. Brief. (A1)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry announced that Russian auto manufacturers have cut the output by 14.9 percent for the period of January to March. Brief. (A1)

U.S. President George W. Bush has asked Congress to allocate another $74.7 billion for the war in Iraq. Congressmen are not sure this sum will be enough. (A2)

Oligarchs are unsuccessfully trying to push through the State Duma a liberal variant of the law concerning currency regulation. The draft proposes that the Finance Ministry and the Central Bank abandon the idea of reserving up to 100 percent on capital operations in light of Russia's bud to join the World Trade Organization. (A3)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry has published a report stating that year-on-year profits in Russian industry have fallen by 25 percent in January. A story examines reasons. (A3)

The Nature and Economic Development Ministries have over the past 6 months failed to find common ground over a bill concerning mineral resources. A story looks at their differences. (A3)

With the help of its own owner Boris Fyodorov, the United Financial Group (UFG) has managed to earn a reputation as a champion of the rights of minority shareholders in Sberbank and Gazprom. Fyodorov as before, has a seat on the boards of directors of both companies. In an interview, Ilya Shcherbovich, UFG co-owner and executive director talks about UFG's relationships with Gazprom, Sberbank and other market participants. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets& MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

The Bashkir UralSib bank has become a co-owner of Metropol, one of the largest investment companies in the world. The bank intends to use its purchase for pushing its stakes to the market. Analysts believe that UralSib will now have a hand in the creation of a financial supermarket. (B1)

The Rossiya insurance company has accused former Rossiya managers now working at Industrial-Insurance Company (IIC), of trying to steal its client base. A story explains how IIC is allegedly luring clients away from Rossiya. (B1)

Former head of Rosspirtprom Sergei Zivenko has come under suspicion of abuse of power and of withdrawing valuable assets from the alcohol holding. Zivenko's lawyer believes the allegations have arisen as a consequences of the current competition struggle within the industry. (B1)

In spite of a recent decrease in oil export volumes, Standard & Poor's has left Transneft's investment rating at the level of BB with a prognosis of "stable." Brief. (B1)

On Wednesday Alrosa is expected to sign a cooperation agreement with Vneshtorgbank to increases the diamond monopoly's line of credit to $350 million from $150 million. Brief. (B1)

Unified Energy Systems head Anatoly Chubais has signed a memorandum with the chairman of Germany's E.ON Energie, Hans Dieter Harig. The memorandum concerns future cooperation in the sphere of electrical energy. Brief. (B1)

The SOGAZ insurance company and Gazprom's Gazprommedstrakh are expected to merge and will work under the trademark SOGAZ. Brief. (B1

Severstal is imposing a new system of distribution on the domestic market. The number of regional distributors of rolled metal will be dramatically decreased to 25 best. (B2)

In spite of forecasts that the current war in Iraq could be a far longer affair than initially expected, U.S. companies have already lobbying contracts to rebuild the country's infrastructure. The first such contracts were publicly announced on Tuesday. (B2)

Russia's Amtel tire holding has taken on UkrSib-Bank is a partner in its investment programs in Ukraine. (B2)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Supporting small businesses has been a priority of the Moscow city government over the past 10 years. A UN commission intends to come to Moscow this summer to study measures used by the city government to help small business develop. (1, 2).

Two hundred children and teenagers from 17 regions on Tuesday met with former prisoners of Nazi concentration camps. This is the fourth year that such meetings have been organized by the Fund of Mutual Understanding and Reconciliation and the Labor Ministry. An article describes the meeting. (2)

The new Central Election Commission begins its mandate on March 26. An article describes its first session. (3)

Sberbank has offered to help the state in handling customs payments to the budget. via the Sbercards system. An article comments on the bank's initiative. (5)

Document. A decree signed by the Kremlin's Property Department on the re-opening of special halls for high-ranking state officials in Moscow city and regional airports. Commentary and the full text of the decree. (9, 10)

Argumenty i Fakty

A government source said that President Vladimir Putin has banned open quarrels in the Cabinet. He will propose a new candidate for the head of government on April 16 and 17. Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin is one potential candidate, but the article talks about others as well. (2)

Some policy-makers suggest breaking off all relations with the United States, while others believe that Russia should remain their partner in the anti-terror coalition. Dmitry Rogozin, head of the State Duma International Affairs Committee, discusses the situation. (4)

While condemning the U.S.-led military operation in Iraq, Russians continue to invest their money in the U.S. economy. According to the Central Bank, in January Russians bought over $1 billion in cash. The dollar remains Russians' favorite currency. (5)

An article looks Russia's trade relations with Iraq, which have been maintained since 1958. Before 1990, Iraq was an important trade partner for Russia in the Middle East, with trade turnover in 1989 exceeding $2 billion. In 2003 it has decreased by eightfold, amounting to only $252 million. An article discusses the reasons for the drop in trade. (5)

More than 20 experts and political scientists, members of the Council on National Strategy, drafted a report entitled "Risks and Threats for Russia in 2003." According to the report, there are no outside military threats at this stage, but there are several internal ones. An article examines these threats. (6)

The State Duma is expected to consider a draft amendment to the federal law concerning the customs tariffs. The draft proposes that limits on the size duties on oil and oil products be abolished. An article looks at who stands to gain should the amendment be passed. (6)

On March 25, Sberbank released its financial report for 2002 and announced that the results surpassed all expectations as net profit amounted almost $1 billion. (8)

After two years, Alexander Lyubimov has quit his post as first deputy general director of Channel One (formerly ORT). In an interview, Lyubimov explains the reasons for his resignation and touches on his future plans. (9)

Rosbilding last week bought a Moscow weaving factory with the aim of turning it into offices and warehouses to be rented out later. An article examines a serious problem developing as such buyouts become increasingly common. Moskva Supplement. (1)

The spring conscription campaign will begin on April 1. In an interview, Tatyana Kuznetsova, chairwoman of the Moscow Mothers of Soldiers' Committee, and Svetlana Kuznetsova, member of the committee's coordinating council, talk in detail about conscripts' rights and duties. Moskva Supplement. (6)

The Moscow government is expected to consider a draft bill concerning the nation's youth. If passed, it will help resolve many crucial problems facing young people today. An article examines the document's main provisions on housing, education and health care. Moskva Supplement. (7)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

Komsomolskaya Pravda offers a list of countries opposed the war in Iraq and lists their reasons for opposition. (4)

The first Ukrainian plane with servicemen from the nineteenth battalion of radiation, chemical and biological defense left for Kuwait on Tuesday. In all, 550 soldiers and officers will collect and study information about the chemical and ecological situation in the conflict zone. A story looks at Ukraine's participation in the U.S.-led war. (4)

The inhabitants of the fourth pavilion on the ground floor of the Moscow Zoo's Monkey House are celebrating the birth of a kolobus, a rare breed of monkey. A story describes the baby monkey. (7)

A story examines what losses will be sustained by the domestic economy due to the U.S.-led military operation in Iraq. (9)

Philosopher and journalist Alexander Dugin, founder of the modern domestic school of geopolitics and leader of the Eurasia political party, examines the history of Russian-U.S. relations. Dugin also looks into the reasons for a distinct dislike of Americans among Russians. (10)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Michel Legrand has made yet another voyage to the Russian capital. In an interview, famous French composer elaborates on the reasons for his latest visit, explaining that he is in Moscow to write the music for an upcoming Russian television film. (1)

The Moscow City Education Department's hotline receives numerous complaints from parents upset at how schools routinely demand and how bribes are taken in an almost nonchalant way so as children may enroll in the first grade. A story describes several telephone calls made by irate parents. (1,2)

Passions are raging around the notorious Baldin Collection, comprised of drawings taken from the Bremen Museum by Soviet soldiers at the end of World War II. Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi was summoned to the Prosecutor General's Office, where he was ordered not to give back the collection at any cost. A story describes his visit to this agency. (2)

The Stalin Prize was founded in the Soviet Union 62 years ago. A story describes an interesting origin of this prize. (4)