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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

Four members of Russia's largest drug cartel are expected to go on trial Tuesday in the Moscow Regional Court. In the late 1990s a criminal group organized by Russian businessman Vadim Petrov flooded Europe and Africa with tons of synthetic drugs and Colombian cocaine. A story describes the Petrov cartel and its business in several countries, saying how the group has been arrested. (1,10)

The International Committee of the Red Cross and its Russian mission in Iraq are doing everything in their power to help Iraqi people survive in their war-ravaged country. In an interview, Russian mission head Mishel Minnig speaks about the work of his colleagues on Iraqi fronts. (1,2)

The Federal Tax Police Service instituted criminal proceedings Monday against the leadership of the Spartak soccer club on charges of illegally dealing in hard currency. A story details the case. (1, Kommersant, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 12, Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya Novostei, 3, Vremya MN, 8, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 9, Trud, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 20)

Izvestia's editorial is devoted to daily television pictures showing the widespread looting currently taking place in Iraq. The editorial concludes that by surrendering without a fight, Hussein's generals demonstrated that the regime was rotten from the top down. (2, Gazeta, 4,5, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3)

A story comments on the United States' next potential military targets, including Syria and Iran. (2, Kommersant, 1,9, Gazeta, 1,6, Vremya Novostei, 1, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5)

In an interview, authoritative Iraqi philosopher Matem al-Janabi shares his views on the post-war developments in his native country. (2)

On Monday the Central Election Commission (CEC) discussed strategies regarding the upcoming parliamentary election campaign. The commission also considered the situation regarding regional election commissions. A story examines the discussed issues and decisions. (3, Kommersant, 4, Vremya Novostei, 2, Vremya MN, 5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

On Monday the Economic Development and Trade Ministry announced the launching of an open competition for several vacancies within its Civil Service Department. A story looks at vacancies. A reform expert shares his positive view on a novel new recruitment campaign. (3)

A monument to the perished sailors of the Kursk submarine will be unveiled in Kursk on August 23, in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Kursk Battle in World War II. A story describes the city's preparations for the festivities. (3)

Chechen administration head Akhmat Kadyrov has signed a decree appointing transport militia chief Ala Alkhanov to the post of interior minister. Brief. (3)

On Monday both the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church rejected reports that Pope John Paul II would stop over in Kazan on his way to Mongolia. Brief. (3)

A story comments on a decision made by the Council of Muftis of Russia, to relieve the Supreme Mufti of Russia and CIS countries of his responsibilities. (3, Kommersant, 8, Gazeta, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

A story describes the latest military developments in Iraq on April 13, and 14, the 25th and 26th days of the war. (4, Vremya MN, 5)

On Monday Mosenergo warned several federal ministries and departments that it will cut their electricity supply because they have failed to sign appropriate agreements for 2003 with the Moscow subsidiary of the Unified Energy Systems holding. A story comments on the issue. (5)

Duma Deputy Valery Draganov managed to persuade State Duma centrists Monday not to pass a new draft of the Customs Code that would have abolished the tolling regime, but not to do it. A story describes how he did it and what his efforts cost him. (5)

The Central Bank does not expect a rise in consumer prices on account of the ruble's relative strength over the dollar. Brief. (5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

Viktor Zubkov, head of Russia's Financial Monitoring Committee, recently announced that representatives from the Financial Action Task Force would soon be arriving in Moscow. A story comments on the aims of their visit. (5, Kommersant, 15, Vremya MN, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

A story comments on the poor fiscal results sustained by the Japanese government this year. Leading Japanese businessmen however, remain optimistic, saying by 2025 their country will be a model of economic development. (5)

The Russian government has sent a draft agreement to South African authorities concerning cooperation in the diamond industry. Russian diamond giant Alrosa would like to extract diamonds in South Africa. A story comments on the issue. (6)

The State Duma has begun to consider a draft bill on private deposit insurance. The Duma's budget committee recommended Monday that the Lower House pass the draft in the first reading. A story examines its controversial issues. (8, Kommersant, 15)

The Moscow government on Tuesday is expected to endorse the Electronic Moscow program, which will cost the city budget more than 3 billion rubles annually. A story examines the advantages of the program for both city top officials and ordinary Muscovites. (9)

Nord Ost director Georgy Vasilyev said Monday that the theater would stop Moscow performances of the musical. The final, 410th performance of Nord Ost will take place

on May 10. Brief. (9)

On Monday the ROMIR Monitoring Sociological Center presented a survey entitled "The Safety of Life in Moscow Through the Eye of Foreigners." The survey, which was ordered by the Moscow city government, shows that foreigners feel that city police are the principle threat to their personal safety. (9, Kommersant, 8)

A story comments on the Moscow city government's plans to build two express highways. (9)

The Izvestia supplement is devoted to Kazakhstan, whose President Nursultan Nazarbayev will meet today with President Vladimir Putin in Omsk. A story examines the aims of the summit. (11,Kommersant (photo caption), 12, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

A story describes Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov's visit to the Kursk region on Monday, where he met with regional administration. (2, 14)

NTV television personality Leonid Parfyonov will his place as host of the Namedni television program on May 18. A story comments on his decision. (4, Gazeta, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 21)

The City Prosecutor's Office has announced that it suspects Moscow Clinical Hospital No. 20 of killing patients with the aim of stealing their organs. A story looks at the case. (6)

Canadian specialists assure that they have managed to decipher the genetic structure of the severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS, and have promised to make an anti-SARS vaccine within a few weeks. (8)

European Union foreign ministers gathered in Luxembourg on Monday for their first meeting since the end of the war in Iraq. Though the agenda mainly concerned a post-war settlement in Iraq, many ministers expressed concern over the EU's place in the world today. Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov is expected to arrive in Luxembourg Tuesday. A story examines major issues Ivanov is likely to discuss with his European counterparts. (10)

A visa ban barring high-ranking officials Belarusssian officials and President Alexander Lukashenko from entering the European Union was lifted Monday. A story comments on the decision with reservations. (11)

Alrosa head Vladimir Kalitin has sent letters to Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin and Audit Chamber head Sergei Stepashin to complain about Stepashin's subordinates who have damaged the reputation of the diamond company. A story describes the conflict. (13)

Rosneft, LUKoil and the administration of the Krasnodar region have launched a joint venture to survey and develop gas deposits on the shelf of the Sea of Azov. Brief. (13)

Ruspromavto Holding has announced its intention to participate in promotion of the Urals Machine-Building Plant in the Chelyabinsk region. Brief. (13)

The Property Ministry announced Monday the starting price of a specialized auction to sell 0.073 percent of stock of Yukos. The state would like to receive for these securities 460.16 million rubles, $8.97 per share. A story says what will become to Yukos after the Property Ministry sells these shares. (13)

According to official figures, more than 3.5 million tons of Russian oil leak out into the environment every year. A story looks at serious ecological problems connected with the oil industry. (13, 20)

Russia will take part in several Chinese tenders for the right to participate in the construction of several nuclear energy plants. (14)

As of Tuesday, the Russian-Armenian airline Armavia will take over all routes of national air carrier Armenian Airlines. A story comments on the decision. (16)

Pratt & Whiney has refused to buy 25 percent of stock of the Perm Motor Plant. The package went to the heir of Gosinkor Holding, the Guta Invest firm. A story describes the deal, saying that it has become the last step to oust Americans from the Russian motor-building industry. (16)

The Central Customs Board late last week ordered all customs offices to intensify control over secondhand imports. A story comments on the order, saying what factors have urged it. (16)

Leading Russian software producer 1C is in talks with SAP and Microsoft over the sale of its assets. A story explains what 1C stands to gain from the deal. (17)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The State Duma Banking Committee intends to make permanent Sberbank's dominant position on the private deposit market. Deputies propose to leave intact for Sberbank the full state guarantee for deposits for as long as its share on the market shrinks by 2.5 times. (A 1)

The St. Petersburg upcoming jubilee festivities demanded unpredictable expenditures. The Kremlin administration recently decided to release 500,000 jubilee medals, the cost of which will be funded by the government. Within the next several days Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov will sign the appropriate directive to allocate 88.8 million rubles from the reserve fund for the project. (A 1)

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov has sent Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov a proposal that would bankrupt the Moskvich auto plant. This proposal is interesting in that the Moscow government was hoping to acquire a controlling stake in the car factory only months ago. A story details Luzhkov's plans. (A1)

The atypical pneumonia virus that officially has infected 2,960 people in the world has left 119 patients dead. A brief looks at the numbers of patients in several countries. (A1)

After toppling the Iraqi regime, the United States and Britain now face the challenge of reconstructing the war ravaged country without again antagonizing the United Nations. Without the consent of the UN Security Council, Britain and the U.S. will not be able to access some $20 billion in oil-for-food revenues that had been frozen before the war. UN support is further needed to give the new Iraqi government international legitimacy. (A2)

The State Duma Banking Committee has submitted a draft bill to the Lower House concerning a radical lowering of the single social tax. A story examines its positive and negative trends. (A 3)

The government has no plans to deprive Vneshekonombank of the possibility of disposing $5 billion in pension funds, and therefore has refused to back a draft bill creating an alternative state-run company to manage Russia's pension system. (A3)

Six financial and economic experts share their views concerning what to do with the billions of dollars in Iraqi debt. (A4)

In an interview, Europa Plus radio station general director Alexander Polisitsky talks about his station's profitable business at home and abroad. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

A story explains how the Central Bank is attempting to re-establish Russia's hard currency regulations. (B1)

Bankers, who quite recently preferred to work with big corporate clients, are now competing for a place in Russia's emerging private credit market. This week, Citibank intends to offer the public credit of up to $10,000 without collateral, while Alfa-Bank and MDM-Bank are preparing to release credit cards. A story offers analysts' views. (B1)

The Federal Tax Police have begun criminal proceedings against the Spartak football club, which is suspected of illegal financial deals. A story details the case. (B1)

In a joint press release, majority shareholders in the Moscow Oil Refinery, Moscow Oil Company and Sibneft, said that dividend payment rates would be decided at an extraordinary shareholders' meeting on April 30. Brief. (B1)

LUKoil is buying up blocking packages of stock in four regional energy companies. Brief. (B1)

The Property Ministry intends to sell 0.073 percent of stock of Yukos at a specialized auction for $15 million. Brief. (B1)

German electronic manufacturer Grundig launched bankruptcy proceedings on Monday. Brief. (B1)

Under the framework of a new restructuring program, noncore assets will be withdrawn from the Novokuznetsk Aluminum Plant Brief. (B1

The Far-Eastern Sea Steamship-Line (DVMP) has won a tender to provide icebreaker services for the Olan drilling project. The 5-year contract is estimated to be worth $60 million. (B2)

Rosneft intends to spend $700 million for a major renovation of the Tuapse oil refinery. A story examines the project and its huge expenses. (B3)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

The government has confirmed a list of illnesses preventing Russians from working in Russian missions abroad. An article comments on the list. (1)

The Central Bank has imposed new rules for hard currency trading. An article offers analysts' opinions. (1)

In May, Germany will begin paying out cash compensation to the Nazi victims, who were taken to Germany and Austria during their childhood. An article comments on the issue. (2)

In an interview, science fiction writer Boris Strugatsky, who turned 70 on Tuesday, talks about his new novel. (2)

About 60 percent to 65 percent of Russians dislike the United States' foreign policy. Three political scientists share their views on the possibility of changing Russians' sentiments. (3)

In an interview, Moscow Chief of Police Vladimir Pronin discusses measures taken by the Moscow Interior department to protect Muscovites. He also talks about the issue of illegal immigrants. (5)

In an interview, economist Yevgeny Yasin examines the possible consequences of Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization. (7)

Moskovskiye Novosti
www.mn.ru

A ticket agency has proposed that the police at Dynamo soccer games be replaced by private security agencies. Dynamo general director Yury Zavarzin likes the idea, and he has come to an agreement with the Moscow Interior Department to try it as an experiment. (2)

Chechnya's only independent newspaper, Groznensky Rabochy, has resumed publication. The newspaper has won the grant from the American National Democracy Support Fund. An article describes the newspaper and its readers. (2)

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko is reviving the so-called "ideological vertical." An article discusses the plan. (2)

The idea of redirecting the flow of northern rivers to the south is again being widely discussed. At the recent "Russia and Central Asia: Problems of Water and Strategy of Cooperation" conference, initiator Mayor Yury Luzhkov said that a water trade should be implemented. In his opinion, the $34 billion project will pay for itself in 5 years. In an interview, Ecological Policy Center President Alexei Yablokov comments on the project. (3)

Dmitry Savelyev, deputy head of the State Duma energy, transport and communications committee, discusses on three ways Russia can avoid another default, a hot topic of discussion in the media. (5)

In an interview, Central Bank deputy head Tatyana Paramonova talks about banking reform. She also discusses insuring deposits and hard currency regulation. (11)

Production of precious stones in Russia has now been going on for 300 years. To mark this occasion, a unique 700-page illustrated book titled "The Gold of Russia" has been published. In an interview, editor Valery Rudakov talks about the book.(19)

In an interview, Leonid Krasnyansky, head of Moscow's Department of Construction Investment Programs, discusses housing costs in Moscow and about new high-rises and budget hotels. (24)

Next week, the government intends to impose quotas on the import of butter from New Zealand and Germany. This should cause the retail prices of butter to go up by approximately 10 percent An article comments on the measure. (32)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

At the International Monetary Fund spring session in Washington over the weekend, Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin said that Russia has a chance to retrieve Iraqi debts. An article comments on his statement. (2)

Why has the United States allowed widespread looting in Iraq? Eight policy-makers and public figures share their opinions. (3)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov and a group of generals over the weekend visited Japan to discuss the signing of a treaty on limiting dangerous military activities. An article describes the visit and results of the negotiations. (4)

The 53-year-old Siamese twins -- Masha and Dasha Krivoshlyapova -- died in Moscow's City Hospital No. 1. Doctors say that it was impossible to separate them, because they had the same blood system. An article talks about the twins, their life and death. (5)

The Education Ministry of the Moscow region has ordered all secondary schools and higher education institutes to begin each week by singing the national anthem. The goal is to instill patriotism in the younger generation. (7)

In an interview, self-exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky talks about his ex-wives and lovers. He also talks about policy-makers and his political plans. (8,9)

An article describes how a teacher at a village boarding school outside Volgograd tried to make fifth-grader Tanya give up smoking. She made Tanya eat cigarette butts. Teacher and psychologist Alexandra Soboleva comments. (11)

In an extensive interview, historian Natalya Narochinskaya,, author of the book "Russia and the Russians in World History," analyzes the the war in Iraq and tries to determine Russia's place on the political map. (12, 13)



In an interview, famed musician Nikolai Petrov, who has turned 60, talks about his life devoted to music. (17)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

An article describes a troubling situating in Moscow kindergartens. Construction workers, who have come to Moscow from former Soviet republics to earn money, spend the night inside of them instead of seeking other shelter. (1, 2)

In an interview, Leonid Ivashov, vice president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, says that Russia is losing the arms market in the Middle East. (2)

Another scandal has erupted in Chechnya over mass burials. Human rights activists say that about 3,000 Chechens have been buried in 49 villages. An article gives details. (2)