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Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
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Four North Korean MiGs over the weekend intercepted a U.S. spy plane over the Sea of Japan, which could have led to an armed conflict. A story comments on the incident, noting the growing tension between the United States and North Korea. The article concludes that North Korea is more dangerous than Iraq, because Pyongyang is psychologically ready to use nuclear weapons. (1,2, Kommersant, 9, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7, Vremya Novostei, 1,5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5)

The federal government this year plans to allocate 600 million rubles from the federal budget to restore war-ravaged housing in Chechnya. Minister Stanislav Ilyasov stated that compensation payments and the restoration of housing in the republic will take 5 to 6 years and cost about 20 billion rubles. A story examines this acute issue in detail. (1,2, Kommersant, 3)

An editorial is devoted to the 50th anniversary of the death of Stalin, who died on March 5, 1953. People's feelings toward the Soviet leader range from fierce hatred to admiration. All papers today devoted their feature stories and commentaries to the anniversary. (2, Kommersant, 8, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,4, Gazeta, 1,5, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 1,6, Vremya MN, 9,10, Nezaviasimaya Gazeta, 7, Trud, 5, Literaturnaya Gazeta,No.9, p.15, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 10,MK,3)

The Finance Ministry has proposed to divide individual deposit accounts into three categories. A story comments on the proposal, citing the opposing views of several experts. (2)

In an interview, Canada's Foreign Minister Bill Graham outlines Ottawa's stand on the Iraqi and North Korean conflicts. (2)

Georgian philology professor, writer and theater critic Dzhaba Ioseliani died in a Tbilisi hospital on Tuesday at the age of 76 due to a stroke. Ioseliani was one of the architects of Georgia's present political system. A story is devoted to this remarkable Georgian. (2, Kommersant, 11, Gazeta, 2, Vremya MN, 2, Vremya Novostei, 5)

For several months already local authorities in 61 regions have been delaying wages to doctors, teachers and librarians. As of Jan. 1, 2003 wage debt stood at 12 billion rubles. A story examines this acute problem, elaborating on three major reasons for this wage situation. (3)

On Tuesday the Constitutional Court made public a decree concerning a Criminal Procedural Code article concerning repeated investigations of criminal cases with procedural violations. A story reveals the essence of the court's decree. (3, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 9,Vremya Novostei,1, Vremya MN, 2

The political situation in Dagestan is becoming increasingly tense due to actions taken by the republic's opposition. A story describes what has already been done to further destabilize the republic's balance. (3)

A special commission put together by Natural Resources Ministry has given the Gorny chemical weapons destruction plant one month to eliminate all violations of the natural environment legislation. A story examines some of them. (3, Kommersant, 3, Vremya Novostei, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2)

About 300 documents concerning the fate of Russian White Guard emigres in the 1920s have been declassified by the FSB. Brief. (3)

President Putin through his decree on Tuesday relieved Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Kosovan from the post and appointed Lieutenant General Anatoly Grebenyuk. Brief. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1)

Stalin's great grandson Vissarion Dzhugashvilim, who currently resides his family in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, with intends to ask for political asylum in the United States. A brief mentions the reason behind his appeal. (4, Kommersant, 8)

The United State has harshly criticized Uzbekistan for persecuting the country's media. Washington's is especially concerned about the recent arrests of several journalists. Brief. (4)

On Tuesday President Vladimir Putin expressed his concern over soaring inflation and demanded that the government intensify control over rates. A story examines the State Statistics Committee's report on inflation and prices for the month of February. (5, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3)

On Tuesday the Railways Ministry submitted a final plan to the government for a second stage of reforms the sector. Deputy Minister Anna Belova commented on the document. (5, Kommersant, 13, 15)

Transneft agreed to unite its Angarsk-Nakhodka pipeline with a Chinese project on Tuesday. If the government approves the project, Russia will stand in good stead with both China and Japan. A story details the project. (5)

During the next several months Japan could be hit by an energy crisis. Its energy companies in late 2002 increased oil imports by 20 percent.. A story looks at reasons behind the looming crisis. (5)

According to plans made by the Finance Ministry, Russia will increase foreign borrowings in 2004 and 2005. A brief gives concrete figures. (5)

The State Statistics Committee has released a report stating that 2002 revenues of the consolidated budget amounted to 3515.6 billion rubles, while expenditures tallied up at 3403.7 billion rubles. Brief. (5)

At a session of the Anti-Monopoly Ministry on Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin stated that the tax burden on for all enterprises and businesses should be equal. Brief. (5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 9)

On Wednesday the Finance Ministry is expected to hold an auction to sell federal with a 15-year turnover. The ministry will have to clear them off with 10 billion rubles on Aug. 29, 2018. A story comments on the issue. (6)

A story examines the currently unstable situation on world stock markets. (6)

Individual deposits in ruble and currency accounts in domestic banks by January 1, 2003 amounted to 1,46 trillion rubles. Deposits increased by 49 percent over 2002. Brief. (6)

The estimated worth of the Russian medical insurance market is $1 billion and rising. Mikhail Rasshivalkin, director of the ROSNO Medical Insurance Center, comments on the optimistic situation. (6)


The PACE Judiciary Commission on Wednesday adopted a draft resolution containing a proposal to institute a special tribunal on military crimes against humanity in Chechnya. The proposal mimics the paradigm set by the criminal tribunal established for the former Yugoslavia. A story comments on the document. (1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2)

On Tuesday the Moscow City Court ruled that the Tax Ministry will pay 1.1 million rubles in compensation to the Bolshevik company for legal expenses. A story details the case. (1)

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday received the four businessmen who participated in the recent BP-TNK deal. A story describes the friendly meeting. (2)

An unidentified assailant in Moscow on Tuesday tried to kill entrepreneur Alexander Arutyunyan. The 51-year-old businessman was seriously injured in the attack. A story gives details. (5)

An exhibition entitled "Man and Prison" opened at Moscow's Politechnical Museum on Tuesday. A story describes the event, which has already been on exhibit in 38 Russian cities. (8)

Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov began his visit to Britain on Tuesday. The main topic up for discussion concerns the situation around Iraq. In an interview given before his departure, Ivanov elaborated on Russia's stand regarding Iraq. (10)

The Yakutian parliament Tuesday passed in the first reading a draft bill concerning the Alrosa joint-stock company. A story comments on the proposed legislation's major provisions and concludes that the draft clearly opposes a federal government plan to re-divide of the diamond monopoly's financial scheme. (13)

A brief looks at the major parameters of Gazprom's 2004-2005 budget, which company head Alexei Miller signed on Tuesday. (13)

On Tuesday Anti-Monopoly Minister Ilya Yuzhanov stated that his agency had filed cases against Pervy Kanal and NTV on charges of violating the advertisement legislation. These television channels are accused of advertising Ukrainian vodka Nemiroff. A story details the case. (13)

A competition for the television frequency belonging to Daryal-TV is expected to take place on Wednesday. A story looks at its participants. (14)

LUKoil CEO Vagit Alekperov met with President Leonid Kuchma in Kiev on Tuesday. Discussion centered on a possible deal to transfer ownership of the Ukrainian AZMOL plant to LUKoil. A story describes the plant's production capacities. (16)

At an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday Sibur shareholders approved the transfer of shares belonging to no less that 7 Gazprom subsidiaries. A story comments on the decision. (16)


According to the Central Bank, individual bank deposits totaled more than 1 trillion rubles last year, surpassing the 1998 pre-crisis figure. An article comments on these statistics and details several expert opinions. (A1)

The Belarussian government intends to boost domestic brewing via credit from the foreign Priorbank rather than by selling breweries to Russian brewing companies like Baltika, Ochakovo and Ivan Taranov Breweries. (A1)

Viktor Vekselberg, co-owner of Tyumen Oil Company and SUAL, has started up a new energy business. His new company has already bought large stakes in several regional energy companies. (A1)

According to the Finance Ministry's debt strategy for the period 2003 to 2005, the government in 2006 may propose paying back partially or entirely debt owed to the International Monetary Fund. Brief. (A1)

Deputy Tax Minister Natalya Aristarkhova announced Tuesday that income taxes revenues are growing faster than the gross domestic product. Brief. (A1)

Three State Duma deputies have proposed scrapping the advertisement tax. Despite the government's negative response, they are confident in the initiative's success. (A3)

Russia's Modern Merchant Fleet company (formerly the Soviet Merchant Fleet) has come a long way since it was founded in 1973. 30 years ago, the organization did own its own ships, but is a profitable enterprise. In an interview, the company's general director Dmitry Skarga talks about the future of the company. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets& MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

Western investors have nominated six candidates for Unified Energy Systems' new board of directors to be elected at the next annual shareholders' meeting. (B1)

In mid-April, the Railways Ministry will discuss the construction of a new railway in the Yamal-Nenets autonomous district. Brief. (B1)

President Vladimir Putin met with British Petroleum CEOJohn Browne and his deputy Rodney Chase. They informed Putin of their investment plans in Russia. A brief looks the meeting's other participants. (B1)

According to a Property Ministry official, Russia and Mongolia plan to complete negotiations this week on the further activities of the joint copper venture Erdenet. Brief. (B1)

Standard & Poor's has awarded a preliminary rating of ruBBB to the planned release of bonds of Obyedinyonniye Mashinostroitelniye Zavodyat. Brief.(B1)

Svyazinvest has grown by 80 percent over the past 2 years thanks to the consolidation of its subsidiaries. Svyazinvest general director Vasily Yashin made this information public Tuesday on the eve of the upcoming sale of the company's state-controlled stake.(B1)

Almaz-Press, a leading domestic magazine printing company, will have a new owner by the end of the month in Vneshtorgbank. It is approximately a $40 million agreement. An article discusses the deal. (B1)

A conflict has erupted between KamAZ and Tatarstan tax authorities. Authorities charge that KamAZ owes 3.5 billion rubles ($110.8 million) in outstanding taxes. An article reports on how the conflict might be resolved. (B2)

Aviadvigatel general director and chief designer Alexander Inozemtsev announced that an engine built for a new generation of promising long-distance PS-90A2 jets will be patented in 2004. Brief. (B2)

Mosenergo's net profit for 2002 may amount to 650 million rubles ($20.6 billion). Net profit for 2001 was 2 billion rubles ($63.3 million). Brief. (B3)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Document. The Federal Law concerning the management of the Railways Ministry property. Full text. (10)

Document. The Federal Law introducing amendments to Articles 6 and 8 of the Law concerning currency regulation and currency control. Full text. (9)

Last year the Pipe Metals Company's Volzhsky pipe plant began producing large-diameter pipes, which are of great importance for the domestic economy. A story explains why this is significant. (6)

In an interview, British Major-General Peter Williams, head of the NATO military communications mission in Russia, talks about the induction of new members into the alliance. (6)

Argumenty i Fakty

In an interview Britain's Ambassador to Russia Sir Roderick Lane explains why his government supports the United States' military operation against Iraq. The ambassador also explains what he likes and what he dislikes in Russia. (3)

Environmentalists have expressed deep concern regarding the environmental damage that may be caused should Iraq set fire to its oil wells in the event of war. A story reflects on what could happen should poisonous gasses be blown by the wind from Iraq to Siberia and Altai. (4)

A story looks at three major points Russia that could guarantee the United States Russia's support in a war with Iraq. A story looks at the 3 things that could win Washington the support of Moscow. (4, 8)

A story explains how Russia's State Customs Committee determines the value of confiscated commodities. Concrete cases are cited. (6)

A former KGB official recounts the last night of Josef Stalin's life. The newspaper has printed the feature on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Stalin's death. (10,11)

The of Christ the Savior Cathedral's assistance fund has asked the Moscow city government to donate 100 million rubles for a mural painting. A story comments on the request. Moskva Supplement. (1)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

According to UN experts Russia average life expectancy in will increase up to 74.2 years by 2050, but its population will decrease to 101 million. A story examines several other UN experts' forecasts. (4)

A story takes a featured look at 43-year-old Zila Saitovna, who at 1.04 m is the shortest woman in Russia. In an interview Zila talks about her life with her boyfriend. (4)

Over the next 5 years Renault will invest $250 million in the French-Russian joint venture Avtoframos, which is to assemble a new model of Renault sedan. A story examines the project. (6)

Fifty officers from the Moscow Military District visited Komsomolskaya Pravda's editorial office on Tuesday to discuss the problem of hazing in the Russian military. A story describes the most acute issues raised during the discussion. (6)

On Tuesday the Moscow regional government approved a draft bill that would provide single pensioners with 100 percent compensation for housing and utility expenses. Social Welfare Committee Chairwoman Valentina Lagunkina commented on the decision. (7, MK, 1)

The Moscow city government has decided to pay additional 25,000 rubles to the 34 children orphaned as a result of October's terrorist act at the Dubrovka Theater. (7, MK, 1)

In an interview, composer and children's writer Sergei Mikhalkov speaks about his large family and his happy life. Mikhalkov will celebrate his 90th birthday on March 13. (14, 15)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

The Agriculture Ministry this week has submitted a new draft concept intended to monitor Russia's vodka market. A story analyses the draft, while noting the negative reaction of Russia's vodka producers. (1)

On Tuesday an auction was held. The first item on the block was two blinis, or Russian pancakes, with sour cream and a bottle of vodka, for which the bidding started at 1 ruble. The tasty package was in the end sold for 200 rubles. (1)

On Tuesday the Moscow government made a decision to build 25 modern apartment buildings for young families in 2003. A story describes the acute housing problem, which was discussed at yesterday's government session. (1,2)

The Moscow city government has further measures to increase its control over the quality of gasoline sold in the capital. A story comments on the initiative.

Moscow's Minsk Hotel will receive a new lease of life by becoming a retail and business center. A story examines the project. (1)

Seven stations of the first line of the Moscow light metro system have been given named well ahead of the completion of the line. A story gives all the names and notes that one station will be called Buninskaya Alleya or Bunin Alley. (1)