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Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
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Chief State Sanitary Physician Gennady Onishchenko announced that 25-year-old Blagoveshchensk resident Denis Soinikov, presently in a local hospital in a serious condition, is displaying typical SARS symptoms. Further laboratory tests are expected to confirm the diagnosis. Meanwhile, Far-East regional leaders intend to take control of all Chinese people in their areas. A story describes the situation. (1,2, Vremya Novostei, 3, Trud, 1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 1,2)

The UN Security Council held a session over the weekend to discuss the future fate of Iraq. The United States on Friday submitted to the UN Security Council a draft resolution envisaging lifting the sanctions against Iraq. Washington hopes that the resolution will be passed before June 3. Other members of the Security Council believe that several provisions of the document should be cleared up. Their concern is who will own and dispose of Iraq's oil resources. A story comments on the problem. (1,2, Vremya Novostei, 3)

In an interview U.S. presidential special envoy and Undersecretary of State Kim Holmes shares his positive impressions about recent consultations in Moscow over the future fate of Iraq. (2)

American businessman Leonid Komarovsky, a former Soviet journalist, was accused of participation in an attempt on the life of Turkmenistan's President Saparmurat Niyazov on Nov. 25, 2002. He spent 5 months in a prison, but was released after being pardoned by Niyazov. In an interview he speaks about his case. (1, 3)

The Moscow government at a session tomorrow will discuss a report on the results of city land survey evaluation that is expected to be endorsed. A story examines the report, citing figures on the cost of one hectare of land in various Moscow districts. In an interview Viktor Damurchiyev, head of the Moscow Land Committee, shares city authorities' view on land sales. (2)

An editorial is devoted to holidays, the quantity of which do not allow the country to work effectively. (2)

The State Civil Aviation Service on May 8 ordered domestic aviation companies to suspend the sale of tickets for regular passenger, cargo and mail transportations to China, including Hong Kong and Taiwan. This means that the main channel of cheap commodity goods to the Russian market has been closed. (A story comments on the measure. (2)

President Vladimir Putin on May 8 went on a visit to Tula, in which most of his time was spent at the federal state-run enterprise "The Instrument-Building Design Bureau." A story describes the visit and the president's meetings there. (3, Kommersant, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3)

The first official results of the Sunday referendum in Lithuania over its accession into the European Union will be announced on Monday. A story reflects on Lithuanians' sentiments on the future of their country as an EU member. (3, Kommersant, 10)

Page of history. A White Guard officer in Lousanne (Switzerland) killed Soviet diplomat Vatslav Vorovsky 80 years ago. The death caused the severance of diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Switzerland for 25 years. A story describes the events. (4)

Negotiations on creating an international consortium to manage Ukraine's gas transportation system have again reached a deadlock due to the German Ruhrgas gas concern. A story examines the conflicting situation. (5, Vremya Novostei, 7)

From all indications the government should manage to maintain the annual inflation rate at 12 percent. For ordinary consumers lower inflation will be compensated by the higher price of the euro and, as a consequence, of imported goods from Europe. Experts say that currency fluctuations will negatively affect the middle class. According to sociologists, what worries Russians the most today is price growth. A story reflects on the inflation rate, focusing on views by several experts. (5, Kommersant, 15)

Ten new states will join the European Union in May 2003. A story looks at experts' forecasts, showing that, as a result, Europe will become more agrarian and jobless than it is today. (5)

The Unified Energy Systems (UES) Board of Directors at a session on May 23 will discuss the concept of strategy for reform over 2003 to 2008. It has been worked out by UES managers and is called "5+5" (five years of preparations for reform and 5 years of reform). Brief. (5)

A Gazexport source stated that gas deliveries to Turkey along the Blue Stream gas pipeline will soon be resumed. The brief discusses why the deliveries have been suspended. (5)

AvtoVAZ in 2002 reduced its net profit down to 700 million rubles. Brief. (5)

The Yukos Board of Directors on May 6 decided to convene the shareholders' extraordinary meeting on May 27 to discuss issues relating to the progress of merging Yukos and Sibneft. Brief. (5)

According to the Central Bank, its gold and currency reserves increased by $1.6 billion in just one week. This figure demonstrates the bank's strong efforts not to allow the exchange rate to fall lower than 31.1 rubles per dollar. On May 2 the bank's currency reserves amounted to $59.9 billion, having reached the level forecast for the end of the year. A story comments on the currency situation, citing views by four financial experts. (6)

Anton Kovalyov, a financial expert from the International Confederation of Consumers Societies, reflects on what could happen to pension funds assets if they are managed by the state. (6)

The Justice Ministry between May holidays registered Provision 218-P which is related to the procedure and criteria of assessing the financial position of the legal entities and the participants in credit organizations According to this provision, the Central Bank is presently able to rule that the shareholders of the majority of banks are not, in fact, real shareholders. A story reveals the essence of the document. (6)

Sberbank in the first quarter of this year considerably increased the volume by which it serviced the volume of its clients' foreign trade contracts. Brief. (6)

The Urals-Siberian Bank of Social Development (Uralsibsotsbank) in Yekaterinburg changed its name into MDM-Bank-Ural in late April. Brief. (6)

The Anglo-Russian School in Moscow admits school pupils from ordinary families, with the cost of education being ten times less than in a similar school in Britain. In an interview the principal Mikhail Gerchikov speaks about his school and its pupils. (6)

Tatarstan's President Mintimer Shaimiyev at a recent meeting with President Vladimir Putin raised the issue of the single tax scheme being applied to old deposits. The president agreed to amendments to the policy and has instructed the corresponding ministries to draft amendments to the Tax Code and to the law on mineral resources. This means that Bashneft and Tatneft will be allowed to pay less taxes. A story examines Shaimiyev's request, focusing on experts' views. (7)

The Bayerische Motoren Werke company, the world's second-largest producer of luxury cars, announced that its net profit in the first quarter decreased by 19 percent. The brief points to factors of the slump. (7)

The government intends to privatize diamond-cutting enterprises in violation of its previous decisions. Israeli businessman Lev Levayev is laying claim to such an enterprise in Smolensk -- Kristall. A story examines the situation and the latest government decisions. (8)

The three-week military campaign in Iraq has provoked interest in world armaments, including Russian equipment. According to Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, the number of appeals to the ministry over the past month for deliveries of modern conventional arms to many countries grew considerably. A story examines how present military contracts are being implemented by Russia, with focus given to potential contracts and Russia's rivals on the arms market. (10)


President Vladimir Putin will deliver the annual state of the nation address to the Federal Assembly (parliament) on May 16. He is expected to harshly criticize the government, which is preparing for this criticism in its own way. On May 15 the government will hold a session to discuss how the Economic Development Ministry, German Gref's agency, is drafting administrative reform. The criticism in relation to this ministry promises to be very tough, and, Gref is expected to resume his duties after prolonged illness. A story looks at upcoming expectations. (1)

NATO Secretary-General George Robertson is arriving in Moscow on Monday. On May 13 he will take part in the first visiting session of the Russia-NATO Council in Moscow. In an exclusive interview Robertson examines several issues to be discussed at the Council 's upcoming session. (1, 10)

Liberal Russia Party's Central Council held a session Sunday, at which it again excluded its co-leader Viktor Pokhmelkin and elected Boris Berezovsky to the post of the party co-chairman. He was excluded from Liberal Russia in October 2002. A story describes the session and its decisions. In an interview Berezovsky, who has been restored to the party's ranks, talks about how he will launch a campaign in the West to expose Russian authorities. (3)

President Vladimir Putin on Sunday signed a decree awarding posthumously the Hero of Russia title to Amir Zagayev, the former head of the Vedensky District administration (in Chechnya). He was executed by rebels for his cooperation with federal troops. A story comments on Putin's decree. (4)

Vladimir Boldyrev, commander of the North-Caucasian Military District, on Friday made public a plan to transfer the 42nd motor-rifle division stationed in Chechnya to a contract-based system. Brief. (4)

Chechen law-enforcement officers on Sunday detained a person suspected of organizing the terrorist act in Grozny on May 9 when one militiaman was killed and another two seriously injured. A story gives details. (5)

American businessman Charles Bench, 45, Director-General of the Multipage company, committed suicide on May 8. A story describes how this happened. (5)

St. Petersburg policemen on Sunday received the first copies of a Russian-English phrase-book that was specially published for the city's 300th jubilee. The phrase-book will help policemen speak with foreign tourists. (7)

The Shestoi Kanal shareholders, owners of the TVS channel, on May 8 held an annual meeting to elect a new Board of Directors and alter some limitations on share-ownership. A story looks at the session's decisions. (13)

The 15th Exhibition "Svyaz-Expocom-2003 " is expected to open today on May 12 at the Expocenter on Ulitsa Krasnaya Presnya. A story describes the event, its participants and sponsors. (13)

Moscow City Hall has scheduled the dismantling of the Hotel Moskva for Sept. 15. A story comments on the city government decision, saying that the hotel still has a chance of survival if the federal government grants this hotel the status of an architectural monument. (13, 14)

Gazprom head Alexei Miller at his meeting in Moscow today with Kim Myng-Kyu head of the South Korean KOGAS gas company is expected to sign an agreement on export deliveries of Russian gas to South Korea. They will also discuss plans to build a gas pipeline. A story comments on the forthcoming deal. (14)

The IMF Board of Directors has discussed an annual review of the Russian economy that was compiled according to official domestic statistics and IMF mission remarks. A story examines the review and the IMF Board of Directors' remarks and conclusions. (14)

The international News Outdoor Group company, which belongs to media magnate Rupert Murdoch, is transferring its head office from London to Moscow due to the successes of the company's Russian branch. A story comments on the decision. (16)

Russian entrepreneur Yury Shefler, owner of S.P.I. Group, will most probably win a privatization auction and become an owner of the Kaunas Stumbras vodka distillery. (16)


A story examines how private depositors have reacted to the falling U.S. dollar exchange rate, and concludes that they prefer to save their money in the Russian currency. (A1)

A story examines what companies will sustain huge losses during St. Petersburg upcoming 300th jubilee festivities due to intensified security measures. (A1)

Three weeks since announcing its unprecedented merger with Sibneft, Yukos has begun preparation for the transition. The company plans to borrow up to $3 billion and to release 1 billion new shares (44.7 percent of the charter capital). (A1

The Commission on Protective Measures in Foreign Trade has recommended that export duties on crude oil be lowered down to $26.8 per ton as of June 1, 2003. Duties on refined oil products will also decrease to $24.1 per ton. Brief. (A1)

The Finance Ministry paid off 175.2 billion rubles in foreign debt during the first four months of 2003. Russia's debt payments for 2003 will amount to a total of $17 billion. Brief. (A1)

The United States is willing to allow the UN to have a say in the reconstruction of Iraq in exchange for lifted sanctions on the war-torn country. Washington also said it would govern the country for an indefinite time. (A2)

On Monday Alfred Kokh will be introduced to the SPS Political Council as the party's new campaign strategist. SPS leadership has placed its hopes on Kokh to help the party place third after Unified Russia and the Communist Party in December's parliamentary elections. (A2)

A story looks at how State Duma deputies intend to push tax reform that runs contrary to government aims. (A3)

Russia's financial reserve is expected to grow by $60 million as a result of last year's placement of LUKoil's stakes on the London stock exchange. (A3)

Five experts share their views on the effect an atypical pneumonia virus known as SARS could have on Russian business. (A4)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

So as to prevent the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome into Russia, authorities will limit flights, railway passages and cargo transportation to and from China. A story comments on how the measures have affected the domestic tourist industry. (B1)

The Aton investment company has acquired a 20-percent stake in the Moscow Grease Combine on behalf of former Alfa-Group management. (B1)

A story explains why not one representative from Unified Energy Systems company has won a seat on Novosibirskenergo's board of directors. (B1)

The government is expected to put its 26 percent minus one share package of stock in Rosgosstrakh up at an open auction. Brief. (B1)

The Tyumen Oil Company (TNK) has released $825 million credits to two Kalmyk companies to buy out shares of Sibneft in the ONAKO oil company and its oil-extracting subsidiary Orenburgneft. Brief. (B1)

The Tyumen Oil Company has announced a considerable increase in its oil reserves. A brief gives figures on the company's upgraded oil reserves. (B1)

As of July 2003, Russian automaker KamAZ intends to implement a new pricing and distribution scheme in all of Russia's regions. (B2)

Azerbaijan's Tax Ministry hopes to recover $199.5 million from LUKoil on profits received from the sale of the oil giant's 10 percent stake in the Azeri-Chirag-Gyuneshli project. (B2)

The Central Bank continues to impose new methods to crack down on banks that exaggerate their charter capital. A story describes what methods are currently being used. (B3)

Novaya Gazeta

In a recent interview with Novaya Gazeta, OMON troops stationed in Chechnya elaborated on how Russian oil companies have hired private armed forces to guard and protect pipelines from being illegally tapped. A story comments on the announcement and questions whether or not local and federal authorities are interested in the problem

In a recent ranking of 193 countries, Freedom House, an international press freedom watchdog, determined that media outlets in Russia continue to enjoy very little comparative freedom. A story comments on Russia's ranking, comparing it to those of other countries. (4)

According to the World Health Organization, the death rate from severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS has increased from 4 percent to 15 percent. The emergence of the SARS virus in Hong Kong has caused the United States to include a clause concerning such viruses in its national security doctrine. (4)

Sociologist Boris Kagarlitsky attempts to explain why President Vladimir Putin's has fallen to only 48 percent. (5)

St. Petersburg's 10-day celebration marking the northern capital's 300th jubilee begin is scheduled to begin with a carnival on May 25. A story describes the event and its participants. (5)

Novaya Gazeta staff writer Anna Politkovskaya comments on the Russian military's current recruitment campaign, during which military authorities will use all possible means, including threats, to bolster the number of new recruits. Politkovskaya sites the example of Borislav Kalashnikov, who is being forced to serve in the army for the 3rd time. (7)

According to the Association for the Defense of Minority Shareholders' Rights, a large number of hostile takeovers and seizures go unpunished because of bribery among courts and government officials. A story cites several cases showing illustrating the problem. (10)

Some participants are demanding that Sunday's mayoral election in Noyabrsk, the capital city of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area, be declared illegal. A explains why. (14)

A story takes a look back at some of the daily papers published in St. Petersburg 100 years ago and notes the many similarities between the past and the present. (22)


A story comments on the results of an April opinion poll conducted by VTSIOM. The aim of the survey was to find out how the population has taken to the current work being done by President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov his government. (2)

Kuzbass will resume the deliveries of fuel coal to Poland, after Warsaw abolished the appropriate trade obstacles. Brief. (2)

In an interview Valery Kushnikov, the director of a special prison designed for female drug addicts in Cheboksary, speaks about conditions in the institution. (3)

A story looks at how forest fires have affect the Moscow region. (3)

Recent statistics complied by the State Statistics Committee or Goskomstat show that only about 10 percent of Russians have decent incomes. A story comments on the figures. (3

In a short interview, Andrei Voznesensky speaks of his unforgettable meeting with writer Boris Pasternak. The poet, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday, also revealed his strong desire to build a church. (5, Novaya Gazeta, No. 33, pp. 12-13)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

To mark International Day of the Family on May 15, Mayor Yury Luzhkov will give 98 Moscow families having ten children or more with an award of 2,000 rubles. A story comments on the mayor's initiative. (3)

A story describes how it's possible to receive a higher education in the comfort of one's own home using the television and the Internet. (7)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Moscow medical authorities have taken special measures to prevent Muscovites and city guests from being infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome known as SARS. A story examines these measures in detail. (1,2)

Moskovsky Komsomolets reports on an attempt to sell the notebook of late State Duma Deputy and leader of the Liberal Russia party, Sergei Yushenkov. (1)

A story comments on the most probable candidates to replace Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, with Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko topping the list. (2)