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Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Krasnaya Zvezda
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


First vice governor of the Sakhalin region, Ivan Malakhov, signed a decree imposing a special border regime on all islands in the region. A story comments on the decree, which is aimed at combating illegal migrants, and concludes that, despite toughened rules of entering, the Far East, might become home to many Chinese. Several local experts share their views on this acute problem. (1,2)

The fate of Iraq is expected to be decided on March 16 when the United States, the UK and Spain will discuss whether or not to put forth a new draft resolution on Iraq to the UN Security Council. The White House has called this meeting the last chance to resolve the Iraqi problem. A story comments on the issue. (1, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Vremya MN, 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1,3, MK, 2)

The Culture Fund has published a book entitled "Chechen and Ingush Fairy-Tales." The project, costing $30,000, has been funded by businessman Malik Saidullayev at the Culture Fund's request. The book was presented on Friday. Fund President Nikita Mikhalkov commented on the project and its aims. (1)

On Friday the State Duma passed in the first reading a government variant of the draft bill concerning currency regulation. A story examines its major provisions, focusing on the need for the liberal currency controls. (2, Kommersant, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Vremya MN, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

March 15 marked the International Day of Consumers' Rights. A story describes the origin, history of the domestic consumer movement. (2, Vremya MN, 1)

On Friday Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov met United Russia supporters from Russia's power structure and armed forces. Gryzlov said they would hold several such meetings before the Party Congress scheduled for March 29. A story describes the session, its participants and the speeches by both ministers. (3 Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

The Duma of the Taimyr Autonomous Area has agreed to rename Rastorguyev Island as Kolchak Island, upon the request of the Russian Geographic Society and other public organizations. The island was named after Alexander Kolchak, a prominent scholar, traveler and Polar explorer, but Bolsheviks renamed it due to political considerations. A story describes how its happened. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

The Turkish parliament on Friday had to decide whether or not to let U.S. troops be stationed on its territory, and whether to send Turkish troops into Iraq. Vladimir Averchenko recently met with Turkish parliamentarians and with parliamentary Speaker Byulent Arynch, has no doubt that Turkey will provide its territory to the United States. In a short interview, the Deputy leader of the People's Party and State Duma Vice-Speaker explains why he is so certain of Rurkey's support for the U.S. (3)

Robert Keigan, a leading research associate in the International Peace Foundation, gave a presentation at Moscow's Carnegie Center on Friday, which outlined the radically differing attitudes of Russia and the United States regarding Iraq. Keigan also examined the differing views of Americans and Europeans regarding the use of military force for resolving political issues. (3)

On Friday President Putin signed a decree concerning members of the Central Election Commission. Brief. (3, Kommersant, 2)

Krasnoyarsk regional governor Alexander Khloponin will most likely concede to working in United Russia's Supreme Council. Brief. (3,

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Friday harshly criticized the work of both the Economic Development Ministry and the Finance Minister. Ministers German Gref and Alexei Kudrin in turn accused the government of copying bills drafted by their agencies. A story details the conflict. (4, Kommersant, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3 Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, MK, 2)

How much do countries spend on tourism advertising in Russia and the CIS? A story offers figures and pronouncements by several foreign tourism officials in Moscow about their plans this year. (4)

Ireland is second in the world in beer consumption after the Czech Republic and first in the consumption of dark beer. Beer consumption in Russia is on the rise, though Russians dislike dark beer. A story examines the situation on the Russian beer market (4)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Friday that the government has selected a combined project to export oil from Eastern Siberia to the Asian-Pacific region. Brief. (4)

On Friday the Sibneft board of directors recommended that the company pay out annual dividends worth $1.09 billion. Brief. (4, Kommersant, 5)

Privatization agencies have launched preparations to sell a 26 percent minus one share package of stock in Rosgosstrakh. Brief. (4)

According to the International Data Corp., sales of personal computers this year will increase by only 6.9 percent. Analysts earlier forecast an 8.3 percent increase in sales. Brief. (4)

Over the past 8 years anywhere from 500,000 to 800,000 Russian scientists have left for better jobs in the West. However, new statistics show that these numbers are shrinking, and increasingly, scientists are returning to Russia. (5)

The International Astronomers' Union has decided to give the Gruber Cosmology Prize, the most prestigious one for the astronomers, to Russian Academician Rashid Syunyaev. A story describes the prize and Syunyaev's latest achievements. (6)

In an interview, Moscow State University Professor Vladimir Katayev talks about questions and tests that will be offered at the single examination in the Russian language and literature to the 11th graders of the secondary public schools in 2003. (7)

The number of Russian women at powerful posts in business has markedly increased lately. A story gives concrete figures to illustrate the point. (7)

The number of cancer patients in Russia is growing with each passing year, whereas in Europe, the United States and Japan the figures are decreasing. In an interview, David Zaridze, director of the Cancer Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences' Oncological Research Center, answers this and other questions about cancer in Russia. (8)

The British royal family and business community got interested in Russian sausage production. Prince Michael of Kent Friday visited the Cherkizovsky Meat-Processing Combine to award the enterprise with the Russian-British Chamber of Commerce's Golden Certificate. A story describes the visit. (9)

The leaderships of Moscow ZIL and KamAZ discussed the possibility of transferring production of Bychok trucks from Moscow to Naberezhniye Chelny. A story examines this controversial issue. (9)

The Moscow Zamoskvoretsky Court on Friday signed a warrant for the arrest of Viktoria Tikhachova, former adviser to the Magadan regional governor and head of the Dalrybflot company. Tikhachova is accused of embezzling over $6 million in bioresources. Deputy Prosecutor General Vladimir Kolesnikov said that in the near future several other high-ranking officials in the State Fishery Committee would be arrested in connection to the case. A story gives details. (10, Kommersant, 4)

Presidential special human rights envoy in Chechnya Abdul Khakim-Sultygov, Chief Military Prosecutor Alexander Savenkov and Deputy Prosecutor General in the Southern Federal District Sergei Fridinsky signed a new agreement Friday creating a joint working group. It will be responsible for considering criminal allegations Chechnya. A story comments on the group's major aims and duties. (10, Kommersant, 4)


State Fishery Committee head Yevgeny Nazdratenko, who on Feb. 14 was temporarily relieved from the post, has resumed his duties. He himself signed the order to restore him to his post. A story comments on Nazdratenko's case. (1)

Alexander Lyubimov, first deputy director-general of Pervy Kanal (formerly ORT) has left the television company. General Director Konstantin Ernst said that it was Lyubimov's decision. A story comments on possible reasons, promising to give details on Monday. (1, MK, 2)

Two anti-war acts were staged in Moscow on Friday. One on Pushkin Square outside McDonalds' and the second one on Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge. A story describes them in detail. (3)

The State Duma on Friday passed in the first reading a draft bill concerning special protective anti-dumping and compensatory measures when importing commodities. A story comments on the document, noting that 400 deputies who attended the session for the first time over the past several months unanimously endorsed the government bill. (5)

Shareholders in the Tyumen Oil Company (TNK) held an extraordinary meeting on Friday to discuss several significant decisions concerning TNK' new management structure. (5)

At an enlarged session of the Economic Development Ministry, Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Friday described the need to ensure conditions for foreign investment in the domestic aviation sectors. The Economic Development Ministry also prepared a document concerning the duty-free import of foreign planes, which it will present to the government on April 10. A story comments on the document. (5)

Russians and Belarussians, as of March 14, may take up to $3,000 out of Russia and Belarus without declarations. A story examines the decision, saying that the National Bank of Belarus and the Central Bank of Russia have agreed upon the rules of foreign currency passage. (5)

The Svetlogorsk Pulp and Paper Combine is planning to launch construction of a new plant to make paper in the Leningrad region. Brief. (6)

The Italian Laverda company, which makes agricultural machines, is willing to organize the assembly of combine harvesters in Stavropolye this year. Brief. (6)

On Friday the City Planning Council, under the direction of Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, approved the construction of a 5-star hotel on Kosmodamianskaya Naberezhnaya. The Council also approved a second construction project -- an oceanarium to be built on Poklonnaya Gora stretch adjacent to the Setun River. Brief. (6)

Alrosa on Wednesday shipped 4 batches of diamonds to De Beers for the first time this year. A brief looks at the terms of the agreement. (6)

The Economic Development Ministry thinks that the volume of the Finance Ministry's stabilization fund is too high. Brief. (6)

Gold prices on March 13 fell to a record low level since the beginning of 2003. A brief gives figures to illustrate the point. (6)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

In an interview, Viktor Kazantsev, presidential envoy to the Southern Federal District, talks about preparations for Chechnya's upcoming constitutional referendum. (1,9)

The United States has brought the crisis surrounding Iraq to a climax by refusing to abandon its plans for a military operation to overthrow the Hussein regime. Britain, for its part, continues to maneuver, while Russia has deepened its anti-war stance. Five Russian and foreign political experts discuss Russia's interests in the conflict. (1,6)

Two years ago the Kremlin property department promised 2,500 apartments for the Defense Ministry. The promise was intended to serve as compensation for a group of buildings that were taken away from the Defense Ministry in 2001. On paper these buildings now belong to the Kremlin, but in reality the Defense Ministry has refused to vacate them. A story explains why. (1,2)

United Russia is doing everything in its power to win support ahead of it March 29 party congress. In an interview, Oleg Morozov, one of the United Russia's major ideologues defines the party's platform in regards to several key issues. (2)

The State Duma Committee on State Development Friday recommended that senate pass a presidential draft bill introducing amendments to a law concerning the election rights. A story comments on several amendments relating to elections coverage in Russian mass media. (2)

The European Commission may create a free trade zone that could include country's neighboring the EU. European Commission Chairman Romano Prodi talks about the initiative. (3)

In an interview, Belarussian Prime Minister Gennady Novitsky explains why the question about a single currency for the Russia-Belarus union state has been left unanswered. (5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Document. Statistical data on the social and economic development of Russia's regions in 2002. A commentary by an economic analyst is provided. (1,4)

Document. The State Statistics Committee. The fulfillment of the consolidated budgets of the regions in 2002. (5)

Document. The State Statistics Committee. The size of minimum subsistence levels established in the regions during the 4th quarter of 2002, in accordance to the Law on minimum subsistence levels in Russia. (5)

Visiting Saudi Oil and Mineral Resources Minister Ali al-Naimi has given his opinion on how OPEC will react to fluctuating oil prices as a result of a war in Iraq. Energy Minister Igor Yusufov in turn stated that Russia was willing to collaborate with OPEC in these complicated conditions. (2)

On March 17 the All-Russian State Teleradio Broadcasting Company will become the first among domestic channel to broadcast around-the-clock. A story describes the project and looks at what the channel's late night programming. (2)

The Vladikavkaz-Grozny-Chiri Yurt power transmission line was put into operation on Friday. Unified Energy Systems deputy head Andrei Rapoport stated that energy supply to Chechnya had to be completely rebuilt. (2)

A story considers the possible outcome of changes to the structure of Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov's government. (3

On Friday Viktor Kazantsev, presidential envoy to the Southern Federal District, announced that every federal district will help construct two public secondary schools in Chechnya. A story describes the proposal. (6)

Krasnaya Zvezda

In an interview, Givi Dzhandzhgava, president of the Technocomplex Research and Production Center, talks about the progress his agency is making in designing new 5th generation fighter planes. (4)

Perm's Aviadvigatel and Pratt & Whitney held a news conference to mark the fifth anniversary of their cooperation in aviation engine design and construction. A story describes how Pratt & Whitney first appeared on the Russian market. (4)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

In an interview Major-General Valery Kulikov, chairman of the Central Military Medical Commission of the Defense Ministry, talks about major parameters of a new provision concerning military-medical expertise. (4)

Kremlin administration head Alexander Voloshin made a visit to Grozny on Thursday to discuss an agreement that would divide power between Chechnya and the federal government. A story examines results of Voloshin's visit. (5)

Several personal letters written by Chechen terrorist Shamil Basayev were recently intercepted during a special operation in the breakaway republic. In the letters Basayev reflects on the political structure of his republic and in the world generally. A political analyst comments on portions of the letters printed in Komsomolskaya Pravda. (5)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has decided to give up smoking. He has managed to do without cigarettes for several days already. A story comments on his achievement and notes that now the government now will have to work without smoking breaks. (6)

According to the results of an opinion poll conducted by the Center for Political Technologies Fund, only three Russian political parties --United Russia, the Communist party and People's Deputy -- have any real chance of winning new seats in the State Duma. (7)

Several streets in downtown Moscow will be closed on Sunday and Monday due to St. Patrick's celebrations. A story lists several streets. (10)

Moscow authorities on Friday criticized First Deputy Gosstroi head Nikolai Maslov for the harsh statements he made in regards to the city's development strategy. A story looks at some of his statements, with replies from Mayor Yury Luzhkov's Press Secretary Sergei Tsoi. (10)

On Thursday President Vladimir Putin visited children's poet and composer Sergei Mikhalkov to congratulate him on his 90th birthday and to award him with the Order "For Services to the Fatherland." (14)

Olga Silayeva, a biologist with the Severtsev Institute of Ecology and Evolution Problems, is studying the communication abilities of cats and dogs. Silayeva is convinced that both animals could be taught to speak the human language. A story offers several concrete facts proving that cats can really speak. (20)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Cartoon character Cheburashka has turned 35. In an interview, its creator Leonid Shvartsman talks about his wonderful creature, which is well loved by children and adults alike. (1,2

The State Duma is expected to consider a draft bill concerning witness protection. A story examines some of the document's provisions, focusing on its expediency. (1,2)

A story looks at how President Putin keeps fit. Most mornings the president swims one kilometer in a 20-meter swimming pool and is also an avid downhill skiier. (1,8)

Pernsioners will receive another additional increase in their pensions in April, and then another in August. (1)

State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov and Vice Speaker Lyubov Sliska on Friday accused their colleagues of laziness. As Sliska noted, from January until March deputies have failed to submit 21 draft bills to the State Duma Council. For his part, Seleznyov even threatened to cancel summer vacations. (2)

Convicted criminal Alexei Dyulger escaped from Matrosskaya Tishina Prison on Thursday morning. A story describes how it happened. (2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1,2)

Kalmykia and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov answers numerous questions from Moskovsky Komsomolets readers about his family and about the situation in his chess federation. Ilyumzhinov also makes mention of several upcoming chess matches and their participants. (3)