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Izvestia
Kommersant
Vedomosti
Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Moskovskiye Novosti
Trud
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

A 26-year-old Japanese tourist has been hospitalized in Abakan, Khakassia, after being preliminarily diagnosed with the severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. He said that he fell ill during his visit to Beijing. A story comments on the case, focusing on urgent measures taken by Russian medical specialists to protect Russians from this dangerous infection. (1,2, Trud, 1,4, Vremya Novostei, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, MK, 1,3)

The United States has invited five countries-- Britain, Australia, Spain, Poland and the Czech Republic -- to take part in a conference on the reconstruction of Iraq. Poland is claiming a special role in this process. A story examines U.S.-Polish relations. (1,2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3)

In an interview legendary hockey-player Vyacheslav Fetisov speaks about his the work he has been doing as head of the State Sports Committee, a position to which he was appointed one year ago. (1,15)

In an interview Oleg Sergeyev, chief of the intelligence section of the commandant's office in the Shatoi District, elaborates on how his department is preparing to rebuff what are expected to be intensive attacks by Chechen rebels in the spring and summer. (2)

Izvestia's editorial is devoted to an 8,000-strong police force that will secure order in St. Petersburg during the city's jubilee celebrations this summer. Police have been urgently forced to learn English to service foreign guests in the best possible way. (2, Gazeta, 2)

The heads of state of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (ODKB) approved a proposal for the legitimate existence of a Russian aviation base in Kirghizia. A story comments on major results of the ODKB summit. (3, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Vremya Novostei, 1,4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

A story describes how several political parties are preparing to regale the electorate with diverse entertainment programs on May 1. (3)

The construction of a bridge over the Kama River in the Perm region is a priority project, but the dispute over who will build it -- Moscow or local building companies -- is still continuing. A story looks at the conflict. (3

Americans have begun building a new Iraq, and the country's political revival could end up being competed by Washington alone. General Jay Garner met with representatives from Iraq's major political groups in Baghdad on Monday to discuss the country's future administration. A story describes the meeting and its decisions. (4, Kommersant, 9)

North Korea is willing to suspend its nuclear program and nuclear tests. Western diplomats received this information from their Chinese colleagues on Monday. Brief. (4, Vremya Novostei, 1)

India prefers French submarines to Russian ones and by the end of this year will sign an agreement with France to purchase several of French submarines. Brief. (4)

The 4th All-Russian Conference, which started in Moscow on Monday, is devoted to the country's development of small businesses sector. One promising trend that emerged from the first day of the conference is that small business could get a boost from big business. Two authoritative entrepreneurs share their views on the issue. (5)

The creditors' meeting of the SIBUR-Tyumen company on Monday endorsed a plan for external management of the company, which controls practically all major assets of Gazprom's petrochemical subsidiary SIBUR. Analysts believe that it strongly evidences Gazprom's intentions to sell SIBUR's assets. (5, Kommersant, 13, 16)

As of June 2003, all newly created companies in Moscow must register at a single center that is expected to be created on the basis of the Tax Ministry Moscow Inspectorate No. 39. A story details the plan. (5, Vremya Novostei, 4)

In an interview, Ingosstrakh deputy general director Yegor Vishnevsky examines the general situation on the cargo insurance market, focusing on cargo insurance in Russia. (5)

The Economic Development Ministry presented a report Monday on the country's economic development during the first quarter of 2003. Brief. (5)

The State Statistics Committee gives figures on Russian incomes in the first quarter of this year, saying that the poverty level has been slightly reduced. Brief. (5)

The Finance Ministry has predicted that Russia's financial reserve will amount to 229.59 billion rubles, or 1.8 percent of the gross domestic product. Brief. (5)

Japanese automaker Toyota has launched a special study of the Russian market, which could lead to the construction of an auto plant in Russia. According to preliminary data, such a plant could assemble about 20,000 automobiles per year. A story examines the company's ambitious plan. (6, Kommersant, 13, 16)

The newly created YukosSibneft company possessed the biggest oil and gas reserves in Russia for only one week. The fact is that LUKoil's reserves, according to results of the recent oil and gas audit, have surpassed those owned by YukosSibneft. A story gives figures to illustrate the point. (6)

In an interview Mark Duerst, general director of Philip Morris' Russian subsidiary, speaks about his company's intention to invest $240 million in Russia before 2005 and to upgrade the general investments in his Russian enterprises up to $900 million. (6)

Investors expect an increased flow of foreign investments to Russia as a result of the supposed visit by U.S. President George W. Bush. Two authoritative analysts share their views on the issue. (7)

The Finance Ministry has predicted that the annual average ruble/dollar rate in will reach 32.9 and 33.8 in 2005. Brief. (7)

Citigroup, Credit Suisse First Boston and eight other investment companies have signed an agreement to pay $1.4 billion to the state and investors for violating the laws regulating securities transactions. A story comments on the document. (7)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The second round of the mayoral elections in Norilsk scheduled for May 4 may be foiled, because two candidates have refused to take part. A story examines the conflicting pre-election situation in the city. (1,3, Gazeta, 1,2)

World oil prices fell Monday to the lowest levels over the past 6 months. The reason is simple: The reduced oil extraction announced by OPEC is only on paper. A story gives figures to illustrate the point. (1)

Unified Energy Systems' (UES) board of directors continued its session in the Kremlin on Monday to discuss the size of dividends for 2002. A story describes the dispute, offering several viewpoints and the session's final decisions. (1, 14)

On Monday Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov met with key ministers to discuss ways how to raise the efficiency of state expenditures in connection with the adoption of a new 2003-2005 socioeconomic program. (2, Gazeta, 1,9)

State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov arrived in Krasnoyarsk on Monday. A story looks at the aim of his visit and its program. (2)

Chechen administration head Akhmad Kadyrov said Monday that he intends to work to increase the compensation for lost housing to no less than 420,000 rubles. The overall sum of all payments in this case will almost double, amounting to 60 billion rubles. A story comments on Kadyrov's intention, saying how Minister Stanislav Ilyasov has reacted to it. (3)

Andrei Fedorchenko has suspended his decree prohibiting the Press Ministry from switch off the TVS channel. Neither the Press Ministry nor Media-Socium (founder of TVS) has received any official documents on the score. A story describes the situation in and around the TVS channel. (4, Gazeta, 1,3)

A U.S. submarine has been detected near the shores of Kamchatka during the military exercises of the northeastern group of the Russian Pacific Fleet. A story gives details. (4)

The North Caucasian Regional Military Court on Monday continued to question witnesses in the criminal case of Colonel Yury Budanov, who is accused of killing an 18-year-old Chechen woman. A story gives details. (5)

The 4th Congress of the National Bolshevik Party opened in an Ulan Bator movie house on Monday. A story describes its first day of work, focusing on its agenda. Six political and public figures share their views on the event. (6)

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected to arrive in Moscow on Tuesday for a short working visit with Vladimir Putin. (12)

The Finance Ministry has proposed a water tax that would be implemented in 2004. A story comments on the proposal. (13, 14)

U.S. President George W. Bush has signed a bill suspending trade in blood diamonds in the United States. A story examines the document, and comments that the president's decision means that the global system controlling the movement of diamonds has at last been created. (13, 14)

Rosneft announced Monday that the owners of almost 97.5 percent of stock of the British Anglo-Siberian Oil Company have agreed to accept its proposal on buying out their securities at the price of 1 British pound per share. A story comments on the deals, saying what it means for Rosneft. (13, 16)

Deputy Economic Development Minister Andrei Sharonov said Monday that his ministry and Gazprom would do a joint evaluation of different variants of the liberalization of the gas market in Russia. In his words, by May 1, his ministry and Gazprom should work out only general proposals on the issue. A story reveals the essence of Sharonov's statement. (13, 20)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

Unprecedented trading in stock of Surgutneftegaz and circulating rumors of a hostile takeover of the company have made Surgutneftegaz take action. A story looks at what experts say about the oil company. (A1)

Tax lawyers have found in the murky presidential amendments to the Criminal Code a hidden threat: the Kremlin proposes to add to the Tax Code a new article "The Deliberate Worsening of the Financial State of the Organization." It allows the institution of criminal proceedings against not only tax dodgers but also against banal arrears. (A1)

Russia in the first quarter of 2003 cut car production by 19.1 percent to 201,000 cars. Brief. (A1)

Pascal Bryudon, a spokeswoman for the World Health Organization, said Monday that Vietnam has become the first country to stop the epidemic of atypical pneumonia (or SARS). According to official data, no new cases have been registered over the past 20 days. Brief. (A1)

MNVK (TV-6) officials believe that the Press Ministry has no grounds to leave TVS on the air. Independent lawyers, however, assure that TVS will be able to continue broadcasting for some time to come. A story explains why. (A2)

Russia's election campaigns will add $100 million to $150 million to the advertising market, of which a big portion will go to television. The Video International company, which sells advertising time on major television channels, has already asked leading advertisers to limit the amount of ad time this autumn. The company is preparing to make political advertisements more expensive than the commercial ones. (A2)

The Tax Ministry has initiated a measure aimed at simplifying the registration of new legal entities. A story examines the measure. (A3)

In an interview, Uralkaly general director Maxim Shirokov speaks about his company's positive results in 2002 and elaborates on plans for the coming year. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Toyota intends to launch production of Land Cruisers in Russia. A story examines the company's plan. (B1)

Investors will have to hold out on trading for almost two weeks as Russia prepares to celebrate the May holidays. Trading on Russia's RTS stock exchange is not expected to begin earlier than May 12. (B1)

Russia intends to sign a new agreement with Mongolia before July 1, 2003 concerning the Erdenet joint venture copper concentrate project. Brief. (B1)

The Novolipetsk Metals Combine plans to pay out dividends to the tune of 312.5 rubles per 1-ruble share for the first time over the past 7 years. Brief. (B1)

The ConocoPhilips company has expressed its desire to participate in the construction of a liquefied natural gas refinery. Brief. (B1)

LUKoil Vice President Yury Storozhev recently announced that LUKoil's investment in the gas and chemical sectors is expected to reach $19 billion before the year 2030. (B1)

Unified Energy Systems will pay less dividends on ordinary shares than UES management had originally proposed. At a board meeting on Monday, UES recommended that the shareholders endorse dividends a dividend plan that would pay out 0.0337 rubles per ordinary share and 0.2916 rubles per privileged share. Brief. (B1)

As a result of 27 months of court trials, the Moscow investment company Tsentr-Kapital has won a Ruslan cargo plane from the British carrier Air Foyle. A story describes the case. (B2)

The Rosneft company has managed to persuade the majority of shareholders of the British Anglo-Siberian Oil Company to part with their shares. The owners of 97.46 percent of stock of the British company decided to sell their stock to Rosneft. (B3)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

By May 1, the Economic Development and Trade Ministry will draft general proposals for liberalizing the domestic gas market. This was announced by Deputy Minister Andrei Sharonov on Monday. A story comments Sharonov's announcement. (1, 2)

The three-year limit on poultry imports into Russia will come into effect today. A story comments on the government provision. (2)

The State Council in May will discuss a draft national program aimed at boosting the country's water resources. On Monday, the government working group responsible for the draft discussed the final version. A story looks at its major provisions. (2)

A special government commission will work out a treaty between federal authorities and Chechnya. In an interview, Deputy Federation Council Speaker Alexander Torshin, who monitors contacts between the upper house of parliament and regional representatives and authoriites, talks about the commission and several of the treaty's major provisions. (3)

The 2nd Eurasian Media Forum, which was attended by 200 delegates from 38 countries, has concluded in Almaty. A story summarizes the forum. (4)

Moskovskiye Novosti
www.mn.ru

FSB Director Nikolai Patrushev late last week made a statement regarding the Dubrovka theater hostage crisis. According to Patrushev, investigators concluded that the Chechen rebels that seized the theater in October was connected to larger terrorist centers outside Russia. The newspaper MN has conducted its own investigation and uncovered details about six masked women in the terrorist group. A story features these women, three of whom were pregnant. (1, 11)

A story describes how former Soviet republics have responded to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov's idea to allow draftees from these republics to serve in the Russian army on a contract basis. (7)

In an interview, State Duma Deputy Oksana Dmitriyeva talks about Galina Karelova, who was recently appointed Deputy Prime Minister in charge of social issues. In 1998, Dmitriyeva headed the Labor Ministry with Karelova as her deputy. (8)

President Putin would like to get to his Kremlin office by helicopter. The only obstacle is the Kremlin's architecture. A story discusses the plan. (9)

A story describes samogon, a special homemade vodka, that is produced in the village of Goreloye in the Tambov region. (30)

Trud
www.trud.ru

The National Hotel, one of the finest in Moscow and an architectural landmark, will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year. A story describes its splendid interior and European-style service, but states that the hotel may close. (5)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

A story describes where policy-makers and party leaders plan to spend their May holidays. (3)

President Putin visited a Russian motor-rifle division stationed in Tajikistan on Easter. According to an agreement with Tajikistan, Russia intends to create a military base in the country, beginning with this division. A story describes Putin's visit. (4)

The Railway Ministry has decided to create special compartments for long distance trains specially equipped for disabled passengers. A story describes the compartments. (6)

Ecology. All fish have died in the Golovinskiye Ponds in northern Moscow. A story reflects on what local businesses may be polluting the ponds. (6)

The Moscow regional branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry has ordered access to forests to be limited during the May holidays due to the danger of possible fires. A story describes the measures taken by the regional authorities. (7)

In an interview, NTV general director Nikolai Senkevich discusses his successes and failures during his 100 days on the job. (9)

The newspaper KP reports about products that will increase in price in May. (10)



A story addresses what is currently happening to the dollar. It concludes that the currency's future is optimistic. (11)

A law on obligatory car insurance is expected to take effect on July 1, 2003. In an interview, Igor Yamov, vice president of Ingosstrakh, shares his opinion on the law. (11)



Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

Tomorrow the 22-year-old granddaughter of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Kseniya, will marry Kirill Solovyov, 21. Solovyov is a 4th-year student at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. A story features the happy couple and their parents. (2)

A week has passed since the assassination of Liberal Russia party leader Sergei Yushenkov, but no progress is being made in the investigation. Preliminary theories about the motive have been discarded, and no new ones have been formulated. Political analyst Alexander Khinshtein examines the latest theories. (1, 6)

Farkhat Primkov, a 21-year-old Tajik man, tried to commit suicide in the State Duma on Monday. A story describes the incident. (1, Gazeta, 5, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 7)

In an interview, Vladimir Kozhin, head of the Kremlin property department, talks about major renovation work in the residences of former President Boris Yeltsin and President Vladimir Putin. Kozhin also talks about a new elite apartment building for senators in Kuntsevo, and about a VIP rooms in airports. (3)

In an interview, Artur Martirosyan, chief engineer in the company Traditions of Quality, talks about the origin of Russian vodka in the 15th century, when it was called "khlebnoye vino," or "bread wine." (4)