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Izvestia
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Trud
Krasnaya Zvezda
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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

Andrei Khachaturov, the commander of the Independent Marine Engineering Service, has ordered local authorities to kill all stray dogs in the town of Shcherbinka. Residents of the garrison town have addressed the Military Prosecutor's Office as well as Governor Boris Gromov with their complaints, but have yet to receive any guarantees regarding the animals' safety. (1,2)

The Moscow Prosecutor's Office has completed its investigation into alleged apartment fraud. Over the past 2 years, a criminal organization has reportedly acquired 113 apartments worth an estimated combined total of $4 million. Five defendants including the group's ringleader, Alexei Yevstafyev, are set to go on trial at the Moscow Butyrsky and Babushkinsky inter-municipal courts. A story details the case. (1, 2)

A story details a recent doping scandal, which erupted a month ago in the United States and has since been dubbed sportsgate by the U.S. press. The scandal involves five U.S. and international athletes. (1,15)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov last month ordered all government ministries to submit their proposals concerning the reduction of superfluous activities in the federal executive power bodies. The government is to consider all proposals on May 15. A story comments on Kasyanov's order and concludes that bureaucrats will stonewall any administrative reform. (2)

Izvestia's editorial comments on U.S. efforts to build a working democracy in Iraq, despite the fact that the majority of Iraqis have very little idea of what the concept signifies. (2)

Restoration continues on one of St. Petersburg's most recognizable landmarks -- the Alexander Column on Dvortsovaya Ploshchad. Those responsible for the restoration have shown some opposition to the suggestions of St. Petersburg Governor Vladimir Yakovlev. A story details the efforts. (3)

Shareholders in the TVS television channel held their annual meeting on May 7 to discuss future changes to the station's management. Among the topics discussed was a proposal to significantly reduce the responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief Yevgeny Kiselyov. Also, many of the channel's journalists say they intend to look for work at NTV, which has recently consolidated its information service. A story comments on the decisions taken. (3, Vremya Novostei, 2)

Victory Day in the Tver region arrived two months early this year as the region marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Rzhev from Nazi invaders on March 3. On the eve of the jubilee Governor Vladimir Platov proposed that President Putin restore the city's title as one of Russia's Hero Cities. A story describes the origin of the Hero-Cities in the former Soviet Union, commenting on the governor's proposal. (3)

In an interview sociologist Sergei Tumanov, director of Moscow State University's Center for Social Studies, explains the how the concept of charisma plays an important role in Russian politics. (3)

On May 7 U.S. President George W. Bush appointed Paul Bremer as both presidential representative to Iraq and head of the country's civil administration. Bremer, 61, is the former head of the U.S. Department of State's Anti-Terror Sector. A story comments on the appointment. (4, Kommersant, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1,5)

On May 7 officials from the U.S. space program made public a preliminary report concerning the cause of the Feb. 1 Columbia shuttle disaster. A story comments on the report. (4,Vremya Novostei, 3, Gazeta, 4)

Viktor Blagov, deputy head of the Russian space flights, offers his commentary regarding the unsuccessful landing of the Soyuz TMA-1 space capsule. (2, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 2)

On May 7 an Australian newspaper published Saddam Hussein's latest new appeal to the Iraqi people. This letter follows another printed on April 30 in a London-base Arab weekly, in which Hussein stated that he was still alive and well. A story comments on his latest appeal. (4, Kommersant, 6, Gazeta, 2)

A story examines the results of Noyabrsk May 4 mayoral elections. (4)

On May 7 the Economic Development and Trade Ministry submitted to the government several measures aimed at reducing many of the administrative barriers holding back the development of the country's economy. The proposal envisages the strict registration of all legal entities as well as a "presumption of undesirability" concerning the state's interference in the economy. A story reveals the essence of the ministry's proposals. (5)

Singapore has become the fifth country to sign a specialized free trade agreement with the United States. A story examines the document that was signed on May 7, and comments on what Singapore will gain from the deal. (5)

In an interview, Anatoly Golomolzin, Deputy Minister of the Anti-Monopoly Ministry, outlines some upcoming changes concerning fixed telephone communications services. (5)

During a meeting with President Putin on May 7, Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov spoke about the positive trends in the Russian economy and the country's socio-economic development in the first four months of 2003. Brief. (5, Kommersant, 2, Vremya Novostei, 4)

During its next session, the Federation Council is expected to discuss a draft bill concerning the introduction of amendments to the federal law on railway transport, which will then be submitted to the State Duma. Brief. (5)

As of May 9, Russia has imposed an anti-dumping duty on the import of zinc-coated flat rolled iron from Ukraine. The government made this decision on April 2. Brief. (5, Kommersant, 9)

The OECD's Composite Leading Indicator in March 2003 decreased by 0.3 points to 120.2 points. Brief. (5)

A story blames state officials for delaying the promised pension reform. Vitaly Plotnikov, president of the First National Pension Fund, comments on the troubling situation. (6)

A story explains why the release of coupon-free bonds has been suspended. (6)

A story gives figures showing the growth of the U.S. stock indices in May on the heels of promising corporate and economic news. (6)

The expected merger of Germany's HypoVereinsbank (HVB) and Commerzbank provides timely proof of why German banks must consolidate. A story details the current situation in Germany's banking industry. (6)

President Vladimir Putin met with Vneshtorgbank (VTB) head Alexander Kostin on May 7 to discuss ongoing negotiations with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development over the sale of a 20-percent stake in VTB. Brief. (6, Vremya Novostei, 4)

Sberbank recently announced that its net profit for the first quarter of 2003 amounted to13.0 billion rubles. Brief. (6, Kommersant,10)

According to the Central Bank, the volume of private account holders' deposits in January-February increased by 7.9 percent to 700.7 billion rubles. Brief. (6)

The period of realty and building companies' swift capital accumulation is passing. The Moscow commercial realty market does not yield such profits today as it was before. A story gives figures showing that Moscow's commercial realty market is no longer as profitable today as it was in the past. Several experts share their views on the direction that the sector will take in the future. (7)

According to first-quarter results, sales of so-called smartphone, or mobile phones that are combined with a pocket computer, increased by 423 percent year-on-year. A story details the trend. (7)

A brief explains why the Ulyanovsk auto plant could suspend production in mid-May. (7)

KamAZ reported net losses exceeding 91 million rubles for the first quarter of 2003. The automaker reported losses of 47.6 million rubles for the same period last year. Brief. (7)

Volkswagen has announced that its net profit in the first quarter of 2003 fell by 68 percent. Brief. (7)

According to Bloomberg, Gillette's first quarter profits increased by 18 percent year-on-year. Brief. (7)

Russia's arms exporter Rosoboronexport believes that current contracts worth some $12 billion should be enough to carry the state-owned company through the next 3 to 4 years. Brief. (7, Kommersant, 10)

The Tyumen Oil Company has given two Kalmyk companies credits worth $825 to buy out Sibneft's shares in the ONAKO oil company and its subsidiary Orenburgneft. Brief. (7, Kommersant, 11, Vremya Novostei, 7)



AvtoVAZ decreased car production by 17.85 percent for the January to April period of 2003. Brief. (7)

Izvestia devotes a whole page to the Russian gas industry, focusing on Gazprom's relation to independent gas producers and government policy aimed strengthening the sector. A story offers expert commentary. (8)

A story looks at how Moscow's municipal districts marked the May 9 Victory Day celebrations in their own way. (9)

Several Moscow bowling clubs are actively seeking to expand their operations so as to attract children to the alleys. A story describes happy children bowling. (9)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

A story reports on a high-speed car chase between police officers and 20 year-old soldier Sergei Zavetayev, who fled from his unit in an attempt to escape routine hazings. Police dispatched more than 50 patrol cars in pursuit of Zavetayev, whom authorities suspected of being a terrorist. (1,3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 3, Trud, 4, Moskovskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 2)

Galina Strelchenko, head of the State Duma's Ethics Committee, believes that State Duma Deputy Vladislav Dyomin should lose his immunity from criminal prosecution after assaulting police officers last week. Dyomin's lawyer, Genrikh Pavda, insisted that his client would not face any charges. (1,3, Gazeta, 4)

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov met with Supreme Rada Speaker Vladimir Litvin in Ukraine on May 7. They agreed that their countries would simultaneously ratify a border treaty. Litvin also proposed to create a general dictionary for deputies of both countries. A story examines results of their negotiations. (2)

On May 7 Chechen administration head Akhmad Kadyrov stated that the republic's State Council would be created by the end of May. It will prepare and hold the elections of Chechnya's legislative bodies. A story comments on Kadyrov's efforts to become president of the republic. (3)

The Moving Together youth movement held a rally on Vasilyevsky Spusk on May 7 to mark the 3rd anniversary of President Putin's inauguration. A story describes the rally, reports on how the organization marked this date in St. Petersburg. (4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, MK, 2)

Moscow Chief Sanitary Physician Nikolai Filatov gave a news conference on May 7 to explain what measures Moscow authorities have taken to protect the city's population from the deadly respiratory illness known as SARS. (4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7, Gazeta, 2, Trud, 3

Tajikistan's opposition news publication, Tajikistan.ru has been closed. In an interview its Editor-in-Chief Dododzhon Atovulloyev explains why. (7)

The IDC research company's recent report shows that sales of LG cellular telephones have outstripped those of the Ericsson brand. Analysts believe that further sales of South Korean cellular telephones could cause radical shift in the mobile telephone market. A story gives figures illustrating the LG's success. (9)

A placement of state-controlled bonds on May 7 again caused profitability margins to lower o the country's debt market, while the strength of the ruble pushed interest rates down further. A story gives figures to illustrate how these trends could affect the country's economic outlook. (10)

Negotiations between Ukraine, Russia and Germany to create an international consortium to manage the gas transportation system (GTS) began in Kiev on May 7. A story examines results of the negotiations. (10)

At a news conference on May 7, Mikhail Lapir, head of the Moscow Fuel-Energy and Utility Board, stated that in 4 years Moscow's hot water supply would not be switched off in summer. A story comments on his statement. (10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 8)

The Aviatsionny Park (or Avia Park) company, a general builder on the territory of the former Frunze Central Air Field (or Khodynskoye Pole) has increased its charter capital by 504.3 million rubles. Avia Park director-general Igor Pyankov revealed his company's plans concerning its additional issuance. (11)

The overall number of users of cellular communications in Russia in April went up by 4.4 percent--up to 22.23 million people. Thus, 15.3 percent of all Russians today are using cellular communications. Brief. (11)

Soyuzplodimport has revoked the Shatsky distillery's license to distill vodka using state-owned trademarks. Brief. (11)

LUKoil plans to buy 50 filling stations in Poland by 2007. Brief. (11)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

President Putin has signed an amended bill to the main housing law concerning federal housing policy. A story focuses on major provisions of the renewed housing legislation. (4)

Document. The federal bill concerning introducing amendments to the Law on the fundamentals of federal housing policy and other legislative acts aimed at improving the system of housing and utility payments. Full text. (22, 23)

A story features St. Petersburg Dvortsovaya Ploshchad, a beautiful architectural ensemble, which is currently under renovation for the city's 300th jubilee. The article focuses on the three stages of its construction. (23)

Psychologists assure that the role of alcohol in Russian society has changed. In an interview, highly regarded medical psychologist Nikolai Podkhvatilin, a teacher at the Clinical Psychology Chair of the University of the Russian Education Academy, shares his view on the issue. (21)

During the next two days, the Pension Fund is expected to introduce a unique experiment in several Russian regions. The plan will use a portion of the fund to help cover the costs of pensioners' healthcare. A story describes the experiment in detail. (11)

A story examines the way in which Russian demographics have changed between 1989 and 2002. (10)

Novaya Gazeta
www.novayagazeta.ru

In the last days of the Battle for Berlin, Soviet forces lost a total of 361,367 soldiers and officers. Recently the Central Archives of the Defense Ministry made public several classified documents concerning the April 1945 battle. A story gives facts and figures. (1,2)

It is estimated that as many as 500,000 soldiers and officers killed in action have been left unburied on the battlefield where they perished. Despite initiatives to find the remains of these fallen heroes, Russian bureaucrats insist that it is not practical to search for their bodies and give the dead a proper burial. A story comments on the situation while attempting to find out who was responsible for this "national disgrace." (3)

The All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (or VTSIOM) conducted an opinion poll ahead of the May 9 Victory Day celebration to find out how Russians see the significance of World War II. A story comments on the results of the poll. (3)

Dutch citizen and head of the Doctors Without Borders mission in Dagestan, Arjan Erkel remains missing since his abduction on August 12, 2002. Though there has been very little information about his whereabouts and safety since his disappearance, a ray of hope appeared last month when Erkel's mobile telephone showed that he might still be alive. A story details the case. (4)

A story speculates on whether or not bureaucrats could be downplaying the dangers of the severe acute respiratory syndrome known as SARS. (5)

A story comments on a decision made by printing shops in the Republic of Mariy El not to publish opposition papers. (6)

Novaya Gazeta staff writer Grigory Pasko describes how the late Liberal Russia leader and State Duma Deputy Sergei Yushenkov asked him to visit a plant which processes liquid radioactive waste in the Primorye region. (6)

The Moscow's Chief of Police passed an order one month ago that police officers were not to randomly check passports or other documents. Police, however, have ignored the order and continue to do "business" as usual. A story attempt to get to the root of the problem by asserting that the city's police officers have in fact, very little to live on. (7)

Trud
www.trud.ru

During a recent visit to the United States, Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev announced that Russian specialists will have finished assessing the state of U.S. poultry farms by July 1, 2003. A story looks at the roots of this so-called " chicken war," which stretch back to March 2002. (2)

Military observer Sergei Ishchenko comments on the Pentagon's intention to move a squadron of 16 warplanes from Germany to the Polish airfield of Kshesiny. (3)

A story describes a report by made by Commander Georgy Zhukov on May 5, 1945 to Iosef Stalin on the testimony by the last Berlin defense commander Air Force General Veidling, who surrendered to Soviet troops on May 2, 1945. The document has never been published before and offers a unique glimpse into the dying hours of the Third Reich. (7)

In an interview Vyacheslav Belousov, head of the Russian Language Department at the Moscow State Linguistic University, comments on a decision to make all state officials pass a Russian language qualification exam. (9)

A story looks how slavery continues to exist in Russia and offers commentary by State Duma deputy Yelena Mizulina. (12)

In his book titled "Prohibited Archaeology," U.S. archaeologist Michael Kremo examines those archaeological finds that have been ignored by contemporary science, because they are not in line with the generally acknowledged evolution doctrine set out by Charles Darwin 143 years ago. Kremo asserts that human beings have inhabited the Earth for millions of years and did not evolve from monkeys. In an interview the prominent archaeologist shares his views on the origin of Man. (13)

Krasnaya Zvezda

In an interview Ara Abramyan, president of the Union of Armenians of Russia, examines the aims and tasks of his organization, while commenting on its practical contribution to boosting Armenian-Russian relations. (1,3)

Several stories are devoted to World War II veterans, who reminisce about their difficult wars years. (4,5)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

A story takes a featured looks at Ukraine's strongest man, 28-year-old Vasily Virastyuk, who managed to move a train of five tram wagons. (3)

Four stories are devoted to four different World War II veterans, who recount how they became acquainted with their wives or husbands during the darkest days of the war. (4)

A story comments on the most popular automobiles among government officials. (8)

The International Tourism and Pastime Fair will take place in Moscow's Gostiny Dvor between May 14 and 17. A story describes the event. Dosug Supplement. (19)

Scandalous musical duo Tatu has had plans for an upcoming concert at London's Wembley Stadium foiled. Their concert in Manchester was also been canceled. A story examines the reasons for the duo's failures. (41, MK, 1,11)

A story presents new facts concerning the money laundering scandal involving officials at Moscow's Spartak Football Club. (47)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

A feature story describes how food served at McDonalds received an above average rating after sanitary officials made a recent inspection. (6)

The Health Ministry intends to create special museums in many large hospitals to display their collections of both common and unusual infections. A story questions the aim of the initiative. (6

Three hundred graduates from Moscow State University's most prestigious faculties have been called up to serve in the army, which is being done with gross violations of the law. Military officials at the Moscow Tverskoi Military Registration and Enlistment Office are abusing their powers, even violating the citizens' constitutional rights. Many desperate young men have applied to the Union of Soldiers' Mothers Committees for help. In an interview, Union consultant Julia Goryacheva explains the rights of such graduates. (4)

A feature story describes the exploits and adventures of 94-year-old Mikhail Bogdanov, former World War II commander in Russia's only carrier-pigeon company. Between 1941 and 1945 his pigeons delivered about 15,000 intelligence messages from behind enemy lines. (1,3)

The Moscow government has made public a list of commodities (including medical preparations) and services, the prices of which will be strictly controlled by city authorities. A story looks at the list. (1)

The Moscow metro authorities decided to present World War II veterans with a new special train called "Kurskaya Duga." The train is to be devoted to the 60th anniversary of the Kursk Battle. A story describes the train and its first passengers. (1)

Moscow authorities plan to renovate the children's park in Fili in order to make it a favorite place of rest and recreation for disabled people. A story describes the renovation project. (1)