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Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Novaya Gazeta
Krasnaya Zvezda
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov, leader of the United Russia party, made another sensational statement at a news conference Wednesday. Gryzlov announced that the murder case of State Duma deputy Sergei Yushenkov, leader of the opposition Liberal Russia party, had been solved. The minister named the two killers. A story gives details of the crime and the arrest. (1,2, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya Novostei, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7, MK, 1)

A story reveals new facts in the criminal case of the gang of corrupt high-ranking police officials who were arrested on June 23. (2, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 1,3, Novaya Gazeta, No. 45, pp.1-3, Vremya Novostei, 2, Vremya MN, 2, Trud, 12, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4-6, MK, 1,2)

The legendary "Yeliseyevsky" Food Shop on Tverskaya Ulitsa will be closed for an overhaul from July 1. Its new owners have promised to complete the process by the fall. A story describes how it will look like after its reconstruction. (1,2, MK, 6)

Forty-six American high school students from various parts of the United States took part in a special game called "Chechen war" for three days in Washington. The game was sponsored by the American Institute of Peace, an influential political organization, whose board of directors is appointed by the U.S. President. In an interview, Institute spokesman Jeff Helsing speaks about the game and its aims. (1,4)

A story describes the second day of President Vladimir Putin's state visit to Britain, which he spent in Edinburgh. Highlights are also given of President Putin's third-day program in London. (2, Kommersant, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,4, Gazeta, 1,4, Vremya Novostei, 2, Vremya MN, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3, Trud, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 1,2, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 7, MK, 2)

An editorial is devoted to the difficult lives facing Russians in Turkmenistan, with many forced to leave the country. Who will defend their rights there? (2,3, Trud, 3)

In an interview Federation Council speaker Sergei Mironov, leader of the Party of Life, speaks about his party and its plans and ideology. He hopes that Russians will support the Party of Life in December. (3)

The Federation Council has endorsed a federal law on amendments to the law on citizens' electoral rights. A law that takes effect on July 1 states how mass media should function during the elections. Brief. (3, Vremya Novostei, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

The population has voted for the merger of the Perm region with the Komi-Permyatsky autonomous district. A brief gives results of the recent referendum. (3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1)

The Chechen State Council has requested from President Vladimir Putin that presidential elections in the republic be set for October. Brief. (3, Vremya Novostei, 1)

Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma has appointed Yevgeny Marchuk, Secretary of the National Security and Defense, to the post of Defense Minister. Brief. (4, Kommersant, 10, Vremya Novostei, 5, Vremya MN, 1)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry has submitted a proposal to the government on financial support for industrial exports. The government, beginning in 2004, intends to provide state guarantees on export operations, open trade credits to domestic importer and sign agreements with other states promoting trade. Vneshekonombank on Wednesday signed an agreement with the British. Now Russian companies have a real possibility to work in Iraq. A story comments on the document. (5, Kommersant, 5)

The government will discuss the Economic Development and Trade Ministry's proposals on administrative reform at a session on Thursday. First Deputy Minister Mikhail Dmitriyev will present a list of superfluous functions to be immediately liquidated. A story comments on this controversial issue, citing an expert's view. (5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev stated Wednesday that the government will not sell state-controlled grain abroad. A story comments on his statement, citing the viewpoints of two specialists. (5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

Gazprom intends to launch negotiations to privatize Beltrans in early July, this is straight after the shareholders' annual meeting scheduled for June 27. Gazprom will insist on buying the controlling interest of Beltrans rather than a 49 percent of its shares, the previously discussed figure. Belarus should pay its $140 million debt to Gazprom before the end of this year. A story comments on the upcoming negotiations. (5, Vremya MN, 1, 4)

The Federation Council endorsed a federal law on Communications on Wednesday. A story describes how it was debated and the opinions that were voiced. (5, Kommersant, 1, 5)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has raised his growth forecast for the gross domestic product this year up to 5.5 percent. The official figure for the government forecast is 4.5 percent. Brief. (5)

Rosspirtprom may become a joint-stock company as soon as 2004. This was stated by Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev on Wednesday. Brief. (5)

The RTS Stock Exchange's non-commercial partners will hold an annual meeting on Wednesday to discuss last year's results. A story gives figures to illustrate the point. (6)

Indices on the world stock markets have fluctuated up and down recently, making the market situation unstable and investors tense. A story offers figures to illustrate the point. The Aton Investment Group gives a list of indices from June 17 and June 24. (6)

The number of universities and educational institutions trying to acquire access to world financial markets in search of funding has lately increased considerably. This is clear from material published recently by the Standard & Poor's rating agency. A story looks at the rating. (6)

In an interview, Yury Endo, the chief strategy officer of the Japanese TMU Consulting Company, speaks about his company's new software being offered in Russia. (6)

LUKoil will hold shareholders' meeting on Thursday to discuss its 2002 results. In an interview its president Vagit Alekperov speaks about the major results and tougher competition on the domestic oil market, saying that the company's 2002 net profit decreased by $266 million. (7)

The Transport Ministry has called on the Yakovlev Aviation Design Bureau and the Saratov Avia Plant to begin the modernization of the Yak-42 short-range plane. A story describes the plane, citing several experts' views on its fate. (7)

The Natural Resources Ministry is expected to open a closed tender for gold extraction in the Sykhoi Log deposit before July 11. Foreign Claimants without subsidiaries in Russia will not be able to participate. A story describes the tender and its potential participants. (7)

Spanish Prince Felipe de Burbon opened the Spanish Exhibition 2003 Expohabitat in Moscow's Expocenter on Ulitsa Krasnaya Presnya on Wednesday. A story describes this event. (9)

In view of the complex situation in Chechnya, the decision has been made to send back a returned artillery paratrooper division to the republic. Brief. (10)

Prime Minister Mkhail Kasyanov signed a long-awaited decree on discharging Yury Moskaltsov from the post of Deputy Head of the State Fishery Committee on Monday. A story comments on this resignation, reflecting on the reason. (10)

The Izvestia Supplement is devoted to Azerbaijan and the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for October 15, 2003. (12,13)


The Federation Council on Wednesday endorsed presidential amendments to the law regulating the organization of state legislative and executive bodies. Regional representatives sanctioned reform aimed at power centralization. A story examines the document's major provisions. (1,3)

The Health Ministry collegium discussed the concept of boosting the sanatorium health-improvement system through 2010 on Wednesday. A story examines the complications in this sphere, with remarks, conclusions and decisions. (4)

A story examines serious personnel reshuffles that are expected in Rosgosstrakh within a couple of days. (5)

British Sibir Energy (SE), which belongs to Shalva Chigirinsky, announced Wednesday the creation of a joint venture with the Central Fuel Company (TsTK) of the Moscow Oil and Gas Company (MNGK). TsTK is managed by the Moscow Oil Company (MNK), headed by the same Shalva Chigirinsky, who will get the position of MNGK Executive Director. Mayor Yury Luzhkov will head the MNGK Board of Directors. A story describes the project. (5)

The Dutch Bolds Company, part of the Remy Cointreau concern, has announced plans to expand trade through access to new markets. Its priority is the Russian market. Brief. (5)

Presidential economic adviser Andrei Illarionov spoke at a seminar sponsored by the Fund of Effective Policy on Wednesday about fulfilling President Vladimir Putin's goal of doubling gross domestic product by 2010. His recipe is simple -- lower state expenditures in relation to the gross domestic product by up to 20 percent. A story comments on his statement, focusing on his calculations. (6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,3, Gazeta, 7, Vremya MN, 4)

The Finance Ministry submitted another proposal the development of the stabilization fund. The Ministry drafted its first version in February. A story examines the document, focusing on the aim of this fund. (6)

Sibur board of directors' head and Gazprom management board's deputy head Alexander Ryazanov stated Wednesday that Gazprom will buy out Sibur's stakes from Yakov Goldovsky's structures in two years. Sibur will lose control of raw exports staring from July 1, 2003, when all company contracts will be transferred to Gazexport. (7)


The Federation Council on Wednesday endorsed the new wording of the communications law, a triumph for the Communications Ministry, which drafted the document. Several influential financial and industry players, such as Alfa-Group and AFK Sistema, were opposed to the previous version of the law. (A1)

Russian Aluminum co-owner Oleg Deripaska has decided to create a modern agroholding in Kuban, where he spent his childhood. His company Yugagrobiznes is already buying former collective farms in the Ust-Labinsky district as well as combine harvesters for them. (A1)

Academic Yevgeny Yasin expressed his answers to President Vladimir Putin's economic growth goals. He says that it is impossible to double the gross domestic product in the next 10 years unless the size of the public sector is cut. (A1)

Russia is exporting $5.6 billion worth of arms and military equipment this year, up from $4.5 billion in 2002, according to Mikhail Dmitriyev, chairman of the committee on military and technical cooperation with foreign countries. Brief. (A1)

The Moscow Basmanny Court on Wednesday sanctioned the arrest of Lieutenant General Vladimir Ganeyev, chief of the Emergency Situations Ministry's security board. Ganeyev is suspected of extorting $700,000 from and of the illegal turnover of precious stones. Brief. (A1)

Police have arrested two suspects in the murder of State Duma deputy Sergei Yushenkov, leader of the Liberal Russia party. (A2)

The government is trying to minimize budget expenses without giving up an active investment policy. The government will on Thursday discuss 50 federal programs. A story examines some of these. (A2)

The Property Ministry has decided to sell land at a price that will be determined by valuers, whose independence entrepreneurs doubt. A story comments on the issue. (A3)

The domestic economy has finished the first half of the year with positive results. A story gives figures to illustrate the point. (A3)

The International Financial Corporation, an investment unit of the World Bank, is operating profitably on the Russian market. This year the corporation intends to invest $700 million in Russian companies, slightly less than it invested over all its 10 years of work in Russia. In an interview IFC executive vice president Peter Voike talks about his company's successes in Russia. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The benchmark RTS index on Wednesday surpassed the 500 mark, the first time since 1997. A story points to Yukos as the locomotive of this growth. (B1)

The Vostok Nafta investment company, which was a leader last year in buying up the shares of energy companies, has given preference to the gas industry. The company has sold about 60 percent of its energy assets, buying a 0.29 percent stake in Gazprom, meaning it now owns about 1 percent of the monopoly's stock. (B1)

MDM-Bank has signed an agreement with Deutsche Bank AG London and Standard Bank London Limited on a syndicated $50 million credit for one year to fund trade. This was announced by MDM-Bank's press service said. Brief. (B1)

The Stroitransgaz board of directors has approved placement of the company's ruble bonds. This was reported by Stroitransgaz to the Federal Securities Commission. Brief. (B1)

Golden Telecom on Wednesday officially confirmed that it is in talks with Telenor on possibly joining the Russian Komincom company belonging to the Norwegian operator in exchange for a new release of its own shares. Brief. (B1)

Gazprom will this year begin building a gas-petrochemical combine in Novy Urengoi according to Gazprom Management Deputy Head Alexander Ryazanov. Brief. (B1)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Gosstroi on Wednesday completed an inspection of the utility sector in 16 regions that had serious heating problems last winter. A story examines the major results, concluding that many cities will not survive next winter without federal government financial aid. (1,5)

The Financial Action Task Force at its recent session in Berlin admitted Russia as a new member. This makes Russia accountable to the organization's rules. In an interview, Viktor Zubkov, chairman of the Financial Monitoring Committee, explains what Russia will gain from FATF membership. (1,9)

Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov has refused to accept a report from his deputy in the North West Federal District investigating cases of numerous tenants who last winter were left without heating to freeze in their apartments. In an interview, Ustinov talks about why he has not accepted the report. (1,5)

The Federation Council on June 25 ratified last year's Russia-Azerbaijan agreement on dividing the central parts of the Caspian Sea. A story examines the document's major provisions. (2)

Pervy Kanal and the Rossiya television channel will soon air their programs in Grozny. These two channels on Wednesday won a tender at the session of the Federal Competition Commission at the Press Ministry. A story comments on their victory. (2)

Novaya Gazeta

In the context of the recent arrest of corrupt police officials, Novaya Gazeta criminal observer Sergei Mikhalych concentrates on further developments in this sphere, reflecting on whether this operation will cover the whole country. (1-3)

Novaya Gazeta political observer Andrei Piontkovsky, summing up results in the political theater, examines several small dramas and tragedies in the community of political scientists. (4)

The Deputy Prosecutor of the Karachayevo-Cherkessiya Igor Darmilov stated that his agency has investigated a case regarding participation by several local people in the terrorist act at the Dubrovka theater in Moscow on Oct. 23-26. A story gives details. (4)

The GAI road inspectorate has completed a special operation connected with Gazel mini-buses. A story looks at the final results. (4)

A story features the Voronezh Aircraft-Building Association that recently won several tenders to build planes and received multimillion dollar contracts. (8)

A story features Sakhalin Island, focusing on its polluted environment. The island in Soviet times was a place very rich in fish. Later oil replaced fish as the economy's supporter, this resulted in polluted soil and water difficult for fish to survive in. (9)

Novaya Gazeta special correspondent in Chechnya Anna Politkovskaya highlights the deaf and blind in Chechnya. These people are robbed and deceived and their daily life is extremely difficult. (10)

Pages of history. The First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, Interior Minister and Marshal of the Soviet Union, Lavrenty Beria, was arrested 50 years ago, on June 26, 1953. His arrest was the first clash in the power struggle that started in the Soviet leadership after Stalin's death. A story describes this piece of history. (17, Vremya MN, 6)


A story examines the privileges that school medal winners enjoy when entering institutes and universities. (2)

In an interview Nuclear Energy Minister Alexander Rumyantsev, responsible not only for nuclear power plants but for research, talks about guarantees against another Chernobyl tragedy. He also talks about Russian nuclear projects abroad. (6)

Krasnaya Zvezda

The famous 35-year-old military hospital in Krasnogorsk has treated millions of patients. In an interview, the head of the hospital Yury Nemytin talks about the organization of the hospital's services, about new methods of treatment and its future. (1,4)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

Moscow archaeologists have discovered a 12th-century amulet 45-centimeter deep in the construction site of an administrative building in the Moscow region. A story describes the find. (8)

The Moscow City Employment Service helps young people find jobs. A story describes concrete cases. (8)

June 26 marks the International Anti-Drug Day. In his first interview, Viktor Cherkesov, chairman of the State Committee for the Control of Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances, which was created on March 11, speaks about drug addiction as a serious political, criminal and economic problem, focusing on measures his agency takes to combat it. (10, 11, MK, 4)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Russkoye Zarubezye Library, a dream of Nobel Prize writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn , will soon open on Ulitsa Nizhnyaya Radishchenskaya in Moscow. Its construction will be completed soon and is being controlled by Mayor Yury Luzhkov. In an interview, library director Viktor Moskvin talks about the project and its sponsors. (9)