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Press Review

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Krasnaya Zvezda
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Among numerous songs former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney was expected to perform during his May 24 concert on Red Square was "Back in the USSR." A story reveals the origin of this 1968 song, commenting on the reaction it received from Soviet authorities. All central newspapers devote stories to the rock legend. (1,2, 13, Kommersant, 8, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya MN, 2, Trud, 1,4,Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 1,3

Russia has voiced its opposition to a British initiative to legalize the trade of human organs. In view of this, the Prosecutor General's Office on Friday admitted the existence of the so-called "doctors' case" related to the issue. (1, 2)

In an interview, famed Italian winegrower Andjelo Gaya, who is currently visiting Moscow, speaks about his success in the wine business and about wines he has made world-famous.

Izvestia's editorial comments on the political hysteria caused by the paper's May 22 story "Lukashenko Has Adopted a Pose." State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov, who commented on the story while in Ufa, said the piece "is another attempt to cause a quarrel between Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin." (2)

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzkov apply to President Putin with a request to change the leadership of Mosenergo, after the power company threatened to cut off electricity to the Moscow City Heating Networks on Friday. Luzhkov accused Unified Energy System head Anatoly Chubais of being responsible for all problems related to the city's electrical grid. A story describes the conflict. (2, Vremya MN, 2, MK, 1,2)

On Friday Nikolai Bordyuzha, general secretary of the Collective Security Council, spoke about major tasks facing the recently created Collective Security Treaty Organization. A story examines some of the points Bordyuzha raised. (3, Kommersant, 3)

Oleg Mironov's term as chief ombudsman expired on May 22. A story looks at the nine candidates for the post and notes that State Duma deputies believe that Mironov stands a good chance of being re-elected. (3)

President Vladimir Putin will submit amendments to a citizenship law to the State Duma in the first half of June. Brief. (3)

The State Duma has introduced (in the first reading) amendments to the existing law concerning Days of Military Glory. A brief points to several other dates, apart from Feb. 23, that will be marked as memorable events. (3)

The first group of Afghan servicemen has begun training at several St. Petersburg military academies. Many Afghan servicemen received a higher military education in Soviet military academies. Brief. (3)

Central Election Commission head Alexander Veshnyakov believes that not more than 20 parties and blocs will be able to take part in the upcoming State Duma elections. Brief. (3, Kommersant, 3)

Aeroflot's first deputy director general Alexander Zurabov was elected chairman of the national air carrier's board on Friday. In an interview, Zurabov speaks about his new job and priority tasks. (4, Kommersant, 5)

Baker Hughes recently announced that it has received a proposal from British Petroleum to buy several core enterprises of the Tyumen Oil Company. A story comments on the proposal. (4)

A draft cooperation agreement on between the Krasnoyarsk regional administration and the Siberian Coal-Energy Company was made public in Krasnoyarsk on Friday. A story outlines the conditions of the agreement. (4)

Real cash incomes increased by 14.4 percent in the January to April period of this year. (4)

Russia expects total output of non-ferrous metals to increase by eight percent for the first half of 2003. A brief breaks down the numbers for individual metals groups. (4)

Russian tax agencies received 2.4 million income declarations for 2002 between Jan. 4 and April 30, a 400,000 increase over figures for the same period in 2002. Brief. (4, Kommersant, 5)

Russian railway companies have been stepping up the volume of cargo transportation. A brief gives concrete figures to illustrate the point. (4)

The Moscow Inter-Bank Currency Exchange on Friday at 14.43 PM for the second time suspended the trading in Rostelecom shares due a rapid growth of their quotations. Brief. (4, Kommersant, 1)

Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Ulyukayev has announced that his ministry has lowered the average annual dollar rate for this year. Brief. (4, Kommersant, 5)

Mitsubishi Corp. intends to begin exporting liquefied gas to the United States from the Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project. Brief. (4)

An Izvestia Supplement is devoted to domestic and foreign science and cites the latest achievements, discoveries and problems. (5-8)

Russia's first Museum of Money was opened in St. Petersburg on May 23. A story describes the museum's exhibits. (6, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 9)

Moscow psychiatrists have created a collective image of a phobia (fear) victim. As it has turned out, Muscovites have their own specific city phobia. (9)

Moscow City Hall has allocated 11.6 million rubles from the city budget to pay to school pupils, who would like to earn money during their summer vacations. Brief. (9, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3)


Moscow police on Friday detained Dzhani Mikhailov, former head of the Tbilisi commercial bank, who is wanted by Georgian police for looting $500,000. According to the Russian Interior Ministry, Mikhailov in Moscow worked as vice-president of BIN-Bank. A story details the case. (1)

Sergei Veremeyenko, who has headed the International Industrial Bank since its foundation, handed in his resignation on Friday. His decision is reported to be connected with his desire to take part in the upcoming presidential elections in Bashkiria. A story comments on his decision. (1)

The board of directors of Unified Energy Systems on Friday endorsed the company's draft strategy for 2003-2008, also known as "5+5." A story examines the document, saying that its major idea is buying out by the federal government from UES in 2005-2006 all main grids and controllers. (1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta,3)

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov arrived in St. Petersburg on Friday to open the city's 300th anniversary celebrations. A story describes his visit, and comments on his view of the current political situation in the imperial capital. (2)

The State Duma is expected to consider in the second reading a draft bill concerning currency regulation and controls. Deputies, bankers and entrepreneurs have already expressed their negative opinions concerning the document, while President Putin on Friday submitted his suggestions for the draft. (2)

The State Duma on Friday passed in the first reading amendments to the law concerning state regulation of electricity and heating tariffs. The amendments actually deprive regional energy commissions of their right to change tariffs independently. A story examines several amendments. (2)

The Supreme Court on Friday began to consider a Prosecutor General's Office appeal in the case of six defendants, who are accused of killing Moskovsky Komsomolets journalist Dmitry Kholodov. A story describes the case, focusing on a request expressed by the father of the murdered journalist. (3, MK, 2)

In early June the State Duma is expected to consider amendments to the law on citizenship. A story examines several significant amendments concerning the owners of Soviet-era passports who are not Russian citizens. (3)

First Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Ulyukayev made a sensational statement Friday when he said that the Central Bank could soon exclude Cyprus from a list of offshore havens. Should this happen, Russian banks would not have to create reserves when working with this country. A story comments on the essence of the statement. (5

On Friday the UES board of directors decided to suspend the company's participation in Stavropolenergonerud and to sell the controlling stake of this company. The selling price and the subsequent investments should amount to no less than 150 million rubles. Brief. (6)

Rosneft President Sergei Bogdanchikov recently announced that his company intends to acquire a controlling stake in the Okhinskaya heating station on Sakhalin. Brief. (6)

Nikolai Senkevich, director general of the NTV television held a meeting with the board of directors on Friday, during which he summed up the results of his work with the company. Senkevich was assessed as generally competent and effective. (6)

The Arbitration Court of the Vologda Region Friday canceled a ban on the issue of additional shares in Varyeganneft. Brief. (6)

Nikolai Dobrinov, director general of the New Industrial Technologies company, has been elected head of the overseeing council of NOMOS-Bank. Brief. (6)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Forty-five heads of state and twenty first ladies are expected to come to St. Petersburg to attend the city's 300th anniversary celebrations. A story describes who is on the guest list while commenting on the upcoming meeting between Russian and American presidents Vladimir Putin and George W. Bush. (1,2)

What political dividends will the St. Petersburg 300th jubilee celebrations bring to Russia? Four political experts share their viewpoints on the issue. (1,5)

State Duma Deputy Boris Nemtsov, leader of the Union of Right Forces faction and chairman of the Federal Political Council of the Union of Right Forces party, and journalist Vladimir Kara-Murza, SPS representative in London, examine the results of President Putin's first three years as president. (1,8)

State Duma Deputy Vasily Shandybin has been deprived of the right to speak at Duma sessions for one month. The reason is his overly emotional reaction to the president's state of the nation address on May 16. (2)

The process of enlarging regions in Russia is snowballing. A story describes its "victims" and possible negative consequences. (2)

The government on Friday endorsed the country's Energy Strategy up to the year 2020. Six economic experts explain the significance of the document, and speculate on its potential to strengthen the Russian economy. (3)

A story explains why many Yabloko supporters in Russia's regions have renounced their membership in the party. (4)

Since the 1990s, roughly 300,000 Russians have been forced to leave Chechnya. A story reports on the phenomenon, noting that not a single government initiative has been taken to defend the rights of ethnic Russians. (4)

Novaya Gazeta offers a list of the best lobbyists in April 2003. Expert Sergei Turanov from the Agency for Economic News comments on the rating. (9)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

A story looks at the strategy taken up by National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice to deal with criticism of the U.S.-led war in Iraq: to pardon Russia, to ignore Germany and to punish France. (1,3)

In an interview, presidential adviser Sergei Yastrzhembsky comments on the severity of security measures taken for St. Petersburg's 300th anniversary celebrations. (1,5)

Several stories are devoted to the festivities being held in honor of St. Petersburg's 300th jubilee. (4,5)

Federation Council spokesman Valery Manilov comments on the military aspect of the president's state of the nation address. (9)

Krasnaya Zvezda

Despite several differences in opinion, ties between Russia and the United States appear to be taking a turn for the better, particularly in light of Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov's recent visit to the United States. Ivanov used the trip as an opportunity to explain to U.S. President George W. Bush that the two countries share much in common and must work together to achieve their mutual goals. (1,3)

Military observer Alexander Manushkin offers an in-depth analysis the domestic armaments market, paying close attention to the development of a new generation of weaponry. (4)

In an interview, Alexei Arbatov (Yabloko faction), deputy head of the State Duma Defense Committee, outlines his party's position concerning military reform, and how it differs from that of the Union of Right Forces (SPS).


Seven experts share their views regarding the spread of the atypical pneumonia virus known as SARS. The disease, which was first detected in China in November of 2002, has now spread through out the Asian continent and to other parts of the world, and threatens to cause a global panic. (1)

Chinese leader, Hu Jintao, is expected to kick off his upcoming 11-day Eurasian tour with a stopover in Russia on May 26. A story reports on his agenda. (4)

The UN Security Council Resolution 1483 concerning Iraq has brought about a new era in relations between the United States and Russia. A story comments on the reasons why Russia has decided to support the resolution to lift sanctions on Iraq. (1,4)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

A story comments on the results of Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov's 6-day voyage to Malaysia, the United State and Belgium. (2)

Saddam Hussein's eldest son, Udei, has survived the recent Iraqi war, and appears to be in talks with U.S. Central Command to negotiate the conditions of his surrender. (2)

A story describes Deputy Prime Minister Galina Karelova's reception of Moscow's top 20 highschool graduates at the White House on Friday. (3)

Boris Moiseyev has cancelled all his May concerts after being injured in a car accident on Yaroslavskoye Shosse. (6)

On Friday the State Duma passed amendments to the law concerning the state regulation of electricity and heating tariffs. The document was submitted by the centrist majority. Vyacheslav Volodin, head of the State Duma Fatherland- All Russia party and member of the General Council of the United Russia party, commented on the document. (9)

The famous Mineralniye Vody health resort recently marked its 200th anniversary. A story describes the location and explains the benefits of taking the waters. (10)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

In an interview, Sir Paul McCartney explains why he never visited Russia before, though he has traveled much and is fond of traveling. (1,3)

Moscow will work for the right to host the Olympic Games in the year 2012. Four other world capitals have already been registered. (1, Vremya MN, 1,2, Trud, 5)

A story describes how a Moscow Sberbank employee voluntarily gave $70,000 to a Gypsy swindler, who promised to take the evil eye from off her child. (1)

According to statistics, 1.93 billion rubles were spent on the running of the State Duma last year. A story comments on the expense. (2)

Moscow authorities have decided to transfer the management over the ZIL auto plant to a group of entrepreneurs headed by businessman Grigory Luchansky. A story comments on the significance of the decision. (2)

A story explains why the TVS television channel has been without a general director for the past month while listing the possible candidates for the position. (2)

In an interview, presidential envoy in the Northwestern Federal District Valentina Matviyenko talks about how St. Petersburg has prepared to mark its 300th anniversary. (4)