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Izvestia
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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

The St. Petersburg Jubilee Organizing Committee will shut Pulkovo Airport for regular and charter domestic and foreign flights from May 30 to June 1. On these days only VIP guests arriving in the city for its 300th city anniversary will be serviced. A story comments on the decision, reflecting on what other carriers will do with previously booked commercial flights. (1,2)

On Tuesday the Primorye region's Information Policy Council decided to decrease the ubiquitous popularity of violent American television shows. Several other regions may take similar bureaucratic measures. In Novgorod, local businessmen have come up with a similar initiative and have removed videocassette glorifying U.S. military victories for store shelves. A story comments on the measures. (1,2)

In an interview, U.S. military specialist Jack Spencer comments favorably on the Pentagon's war strategy. (1,2)

In an interview, Denis Shuisky, NTV's new special correspondent in Iraq, explains how he managed to arrive in Baghdad. (1)

A story comments on a promise made by Pension Fund head Mikhail Zurabov to raise pensions by 135 rubles as of April 1. (2)

The U.S. Agency for International Development has become a major distributor of funds for post-war reconstruction projects in Iraq. A story describes the first round of competition to carry win the lucrative contracts. (2)

Chechnya's Constitution came into law on Tuesday after local newspapers published it. Chechen administration head Akhmad Kadyrov, who became Acting President, said that he has all grounds to speak and act on behalf of the Chechen people. Kadyrov has decided to head a commission responsible for providing compensation to Chechens who have lost housing and property during the drawn-out anti-terrorist operation. A story comments the single biggest issue currently facing the republic: drafting and signing a treaty between the republic and the federal authorities. (3, Vremya Novostei, 1,4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4)

The Chechen problem is again on the agenda of the current PACE spring session. A special tough report has been compiled under the leadership of German deputy-socialist Rudolf Bindig. A story examines several of the report's critical provisions, including a proposal to create a military crime tribunal. (3)

About 80 percent of servicemen are dissatisfied with the government's social regarding the army. According to a report prepared by representatives from the Main Armed Forces Education Board, 31 percent of servicemen and their families live below the poverty line. A story comments on the report, which is expected to be discussed at the May session of the Inter-Departmental Government Commission on the Social Position of Servicemen. (3)

The State Council Presidium will hold a visiting session today in Tambov to decide how improve Russia's health insurance system. A story comments on the issue. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 9, Gazeta, 3)

Boris Berezovsky said he will allocate $100 million to create a political union in Russia that will be able to counter President Putin during the upcoming presidential elections. Brief. (3)

State Duma Ethics Commission head Galina Strelchenko is expected to ask for the resignation of Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin and Federal Treasury head Tatyana Nesterenko at Wednesday's Duma session. A brief explains Strelchenko's reasons. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4, Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya MN, 2, Vremya Novostei, 6)

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov visit to Kazakhstan, the country's President Nursultan Nazarbayev proposed naming the future single currency of 4 countries "altyn." For his part, Mironov proposed the creation a single newspaper for the union. Brief. (3)

Reporters Without Borders has accused coalition forces Tuesday of ridiculing the work done by journalists covering the war in Iraq. "Journalists are fired at, arrested, questioned for hours, beaten and humiliated," noted Secretary General Robert Menar. A story gives concrete cases to prove the point. (4)

A story describes military and diplomatic developments in and around Iraq on April 1, the 13th day of the war, focusing on the violent deaths of seven women and children. (4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 5, Gazeta, 1,4, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Vremya Novostei, 2)

On Tuesday the Finance and Economic Development ministries made public their drafts to cut the ministries' personnel and expenses. A story comments on the documents, giving concrete figures and commentaries by Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin and First Economic Development Minister Mikhail Dmitriyev. (5,Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 7, Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1, Vremya MN, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

According to the State Statistics Committee, the surplus of the federal budget in January 2003 amounted to 70 billion rubles. The figure for the same period in 2002 was 82.9 billion. Brief. (5)

On Wednesday the Integrated Marketing Solutions/Interactive Research Group company in London is expected to present the results of a study entitled "100 Successful Companies on the Russian Consumer Market." Brief. (5)

Gazprom head Alexei Miller and Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov agreed Tuesday to sign a long-term contract on purchases by Gazprom of Turkmen gas. Brief. (5, Kommersant, 13)

The Audit Chamber has given its seal of approval to a complicated scheme of mutual settlements between Unified Energy Systems and the Czech Republic's Falcon Kapital energy company. A story reveals the essence of this scandalous deal. (5)

The sentiment of the world business community in March is terrible. This is evidenced by the Economic Sentiment Indicator of the European Union and Japan's Tanakan. A story examines the indices. A chart. (5)

On Tuesday Central Bank Deputy Head Konstantin Korishchenko announced that his bank has no intention of disclosing its current currency policy and nor of announcing its short-term prospects in advance. Korishchenko also warned domestic banks and companies against their eagerness for the currency market, saying that they will not earn much there today. A story comments on his statement. (6)

The domestic brewing industry for the first time has shown a slump in production. According to the State Statistics Committee, beer output in the first quarter fell by 6 percent. A story explains why. (7)

The Nuclear Energy Ministry's incomes from exports this year are expected to grow by up to $3 billion. Brief. (7)

Over the next several days, Germany's OBI Bau & Heimwerkermaerkte company is expected to open 8 shops in Russia. Brief. (7)

According to the Bloomberg agency, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Europe's fourth largest airline, has plans to lay off several thousand workers. Brief. (7)

The State Civil Aviation Service (SCAS) has allowed foreign aviation companies to make transit flights over Russia's territory. Thus, three companies made their first flights on Tuesday. A story comments on SCAS's decision. (7)

In an interview, first vice president of TransKreditBank Yury Kraskovsky talks about how well his bank is doing today. (7)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov is expected to sign a decree outlining where and in what proportions managing companies can invest pension accumulations. A story reveals the essence of the document, explaining how it will affect the position of market participants. (13)

Former Sberbank deputy head Gennady Melikyan has become deputy head of the Central Bank and the leader of the Central Bank's Main Inspectorate on credit organizations. A story comments on the appointment. (13)

Speaking at the Russian Retail Trade Market conference, Moscow Deputy Economics Minister Yefim Rybalov said that the Moscow government has begun to draft projects to build nine large trade zones around the city. A story comments on his statement. (13, 20)

Russian tour operators have considerably cut the number of charter flights to resorts in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. (13, 17)

The Central Bank has released an instruction to remove Latvia from a list of offshore zones. A story comments on the decision (13, 14

The Economic Development Ministry has submitted a draft bill to the government that radically changes the existing health insurance system. A story examines the draft. (13, 14)

The Commission in charge of managing production sharing agreements (PSA) decided Tuesday to cut the list of deposits that can be developed on the PSA basis down from 33 to 5. (14)

The dollar weakened on the Russian currency market again on Tuesday. Its official rate was registered at the 31.3171 rubles. A story looks at recent developments on the currency market. (14)

On Tuesday the Moscow government decided to protect the city's wholesale food complex from uncivilized property re-division. A story comments on the decision. (15)

On Tuesday Atomstroiexport submitted the necessary documents to take part in a tender to construct an atomic power station in Finland.. A story examines the projects. (155)

On Tuesday Norilsk Nickel presented its long-term development program. It's the second such program over the past 4 years. A story looks at the program's major provisions. (16)

LUKoil-Neftekhim general director Alexei Smirnov said Tuesday that his company was interested in buying stakes of the Novopolotsk company Polimir, but it did not like the size of the sold package and its price. Brief. (16)

The Aton investment group has begun to buy up stock of the Moscow Zhirkombinat, a leading mayonnaise producer. Aton representatives said that the purchase was made in the interests of a certain investor who would like to influence the enterprise's business. (17)

Tariff quotas on beef and pork imports came into force in Russia on Tuesday. At the same time, the Economic Development Ministry began to release licenses necessary for meat imports within the quota framework. A story looks at importers' views. (17)

Vimpelcom-Region announced plans to develop its network in St. Petersburg. A story examines the project. (17)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

Former Gazprom top managers Vyacheslav Sheremet and Alexander Pushkin have begun working at the Itera gas company. An article says that this comes as a surprise to no one, as Gazprom has had close ties with Itera. (A1)

The Moscow government has decided to crack down on the buying up of stock in city industrial enterprises occupying expensive land. The Rosbuilding company is the first victim. The Moscow Economic Security Board will apply to the Prosecutor General's Office to help in its struggle against corruption. (A1)

According to the Bloomberg agency, the U.S. activity index in the ISM Manufacturing production sphere in March decreased for the first time in the past 5 months to 46.2 points from 50.5 points in February. Brief. (A1)

The Finance Ministry has warned 11 regions about the possibility of withholding aid from the federal budget, beginning April 7. These regions have failed to endorse accounting reports and to admit their debts on budget credits. Brief. (A1)

Nobel Prize academic Zhores Alfyorov and former Krasnodar governor current Senator Nikolai Kondratenko are among the first three Communists on the KPRF pre-election list to be submitted to the Central Election Commission. (A2)

The Railways Ministry could cease to exist this year. Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin said Tuesday that the agency's functions are to be transferred to the Transport Ministry. The Railways Ministry sees this as a bad joke. (A2)

U.S. authorities suspect James Griffen, former adviser to the Kazakh president, of corruption. The U.S. Justice Department believes that with his assistance, Western oil corporations paid tens of millions of dollars in bribes to President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his entourage. (A2)

Russia's total foreign debt last year increased by $2.7 billion. The government is continuing to cut its borrowing on the foreign market, but private companies are increasing their borrowing. Last year their debt grew by 40 percent. (A3)

In an interview, Dmitry Korobkov, head of the ADV advertising group, elaborates on the group's projects and plans. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets& MARKETS SUPPLEMENT



Metromedia International Group on Tuesday announced a deal with Adamant Advisory Services, which is unofficially controlled by AFK Sistema. The deal gives Sistema control over large city alternative operator Komstar and allow it to enter the satellite television market. (B1)

Aeroflot's management board will have to follow a decision made by its shareholders to double dividend payments. The board of directors demanded the allocation of dividend payments totaling 10 percent of the company's net profit. Aeroflot itself hopes to save on the construction of a new office. (B1)

Gennady Melikyan, the former deputy head of the Sberbank's Management Board, will now inspect the work of his former banking colleagues. Melikyan was appointed Tuesday to head up the Central Bank's main Inspectorate of credit organizations. (B1)

The RTS stock exchange has announced that as of April 7 it will transfer UES stock from the A1 quotation list to the A2 quotation list. (B1)

On Monday Alrosa and De Beers sent an official reply to the European Commission regarding the organization's objections to the Alrosa-De Beers trade agreement. (B1)

Renova, a co-owner of SUAL and the Tyumen Oil Company, has begun dumping its non-core industrial assets. In late March, Renova sold its controlling stake in the Tuapse ship-repairing plant to Severstaltrans. (B2)

LUKoil-Neftekhim general director Konstantin Smirnov announced that expected increases in sales in 2003 would push revenues to $750 million. Brief. (B2)

Alyans Group intends to win back the controlling stake in Varyeganneft, from Russneft, controlled by former Slavneft president Mikhail Gutseriyev. (B3)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Law enforcement agencies have recently detained several Far Eastern mafia members who were closely connected with the State Fishery Committee. In an interview, Deputy Prosecutor General for the Far Eastern Federal District Konstantin Chaika speaks about the cases. (1, 2)

Doctor Leonid Roshal and Russian Red Cross head Tatyana Nikolayenko are scheduled to fly to Switzerland today to conduct negotiations about creating a green corridor to evacuate wounded Iraqi children and to deliver them medical aid. A story describes the aim of their visit. (2)

The Federal Agency for Mortgage Housing Crediting announced Tuesday that it plans to lower the refinancing rate -- down to 15 percent from 18 percent -- starting April 1. A story comments on the decision. (2)

The Moscow metro authorities plan to implement several measures aimed to decrease vibration in the tunnels and fire risks. A story examines several planned measures. (3 )

Since World War II, the United States has engaged in 12 conflicts, and the current war in Iraq is its thirteenth military operation. A story describes all of the operations in chronological order. (5)

An IMAX movie theater, the first such in Russia, will open in Moscow on Leningradskoye Shosse on Thursday April 3. A story describes theater. (8)



April 2 marks the International Day of the Children's Book. In an interview, writer Valery Voskoboinikov, author of 60 books for children and teenagers, speaks about the present state of children's literature in Russia. (8)

Argumenty i Fakty
www.aif.ru

The administrative reform that begins with the reorganization of the government is aimed at cleansing the state apparatus of corruption and excess bureaucracy. A story describes how the government and the Economic Development and Trade Ministry regard this reform. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7)

In an interview, filmmaker and State Duma Deputy Stanislav Govorukhin, who is marking his 10-year anniversary in politics, talks about his achievements and failures. (3)

In his article, British Prime Minister Tony Blair tries to justify the military operation launched on Iraq, saying that many Iraqis emigres with whom he spoke support this operation that will help build a new democratic Iraq. (1,6)

Property re-division is in full swing in the timber and food industries as well as in others. A story describes a fierce struggle among oligarchs in these industries. (9)

Four economic and financial experts share their viewpoints on why the dollar is so popular in Russia. (9)

The newspaper offers a list of 19 ailments that, according to the new provision on military and medical expertise, release army draftees with such diseases from service. (10)

? A story describes how illegal foreign workers come to Russia and where they come from. (12)

Can an earthquake happen in Moscow due to heavy U.S.-led bombing in Iraq ? Experts from several seismic research stations share their views on the issue. Moskva Supplement. (8 )

Law enforcement agencies have started preparations in Moscow and the region to counter riots by skinheads and youth extremist organizations who intend to mark Adolf Hitler's birthday on April 20. A story looks at several measures. (16)

Trud
www.trud.ru

At a session on April 10, the government plans to discuss measures to support the domestic aviation sector. A major measure proposed by the Economic Development and Trade Ministry is to establish a 35 percent import duty on used planes. (2)

The Education Ministry over the past nine months has revoked licenses from 14 higher schools in several cities. A story describes reasons behind the decision. (2)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

According to a government special directive, all domestic airports should have special rooms for VIP air passengers. A story sarcastically describes the rooms, saying how they should be equipped. (2)

The commission in charge of minimizing government expenses headed by Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin presented its plan on Tuesday. A story examines its major points, focusing on measures proposed by the commission to cut government spending. (3)

U.S. journalist Peter Arnett, 68, has been fired from NBC for his stories about the war in Iraq. A story describes his fate, saying that he is the third U.S. journalist who has lost his or her job due to the war. (5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3)

The Moscow government has decided to pay young families $1,000 for each baby. A story comments on the decision. (6)

Novorossiisk police last week detained 12-year-old Maxim Kazinets, who wanted to leave to Novorossiisk for Iraq to help its people fight against U.S. and British troops. A story describes his case. (9)

Russia today has 40 percent of all mineral resources, 14 percent of territory and only two percent of the population in the world. Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov speaks about the population problem in an interview. He says his agency decided to use volunteers from the CIS for this aim. (10, 11)

The Moscow Zoo on Tuesday marked the 125th anniversary of the terrarium, a special case where reptiles live. A story describes the life of the reptiles. (16)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

In the spring, Moscow's animal services will begin to kill stray dogs, often killing them in broad daylight in the presence of women and children. A story gives several concrete facts. (1,2)

The Moscow City Duma on Wednesday is expected to consider a draft bill concerning the city election commission that states the salaries and social welfare benefits of the commission members. A story looks at the draft. (1,2)

The Moscow Consumer Market Department decided to clean all metro vestibules and underground passes adjoining the metro stations from commercial kiosks and small shops. A story comments on the decision. (1)

In an interview, president of the Moscow guild of bakers, Yury Katsnelson, explains why Muscovites dislike city bread, citing its low quality as a major reason. (2)