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Izvestia
Kommersant
Vedomosti
Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Trud
Krasnaya Zvezda
Novaya Gazeta
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

A major problem facing young families today is the shortage of preschool daycare centers. This is not due to an increase in the birthrate, but because young women prefer to work instead of staying with their children at home. (1,2)

The Prosecutor General's office will on Thursday hold a session to discuss serial murders, the number of which is dramatically increasing with each passing year. Rostov criminal investigator Amurkhan Yandiyev, who has solved many high-profile criminal cases, will deliver a report. In an interview he elaborates on the psychology of maniacs and murderers. (1,2)

A story features four miners who were rescued on Wednesday from the Ziminka coal mine in Siberia, where they were trapped for 40 hours after a methane blast. (1,12, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2 Vremya Novostei, 2, Trud, 4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1,2, Gazeta, 5)

The fate of Oleg Romantsev, chief coach of the Moscow Spartak football club, will be decided on Thursday. Spartak club president Andrei Chervichenko on Wednesday allowed a leak of information about the team's coaching staff, which was subsequently denied. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,11, Gazeta, 6, Novaya Gazeta, No.43, p.23, Vremya MN, 8, Vremya Novostei, 1,11, Trud, 28, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 16, MK, 1,10)

An editorial is devoted to Sberbank, focusing on the major problems connected with bad credits and poor services. (2)

Communist and Yabloko deputies' initiative to pass a vote of no confidence in the government was derailed by the State Dumaon Wednesday. A story examines several deputies' speeches, remarks and comments, saying that such a result was expected. (3, Kommersant, 1,3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3, Gazeta, 1,4, Vremya Novostei, 4, Vremya MN, 2, Trud, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 1)

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a decree regulating the central bodies who will be responsible for implementing the Shanghai Convention combating terrorism, separatism and extremism. Brief. (3)

Bashkir police on Wednesday raided an office of Bashtransgaz, a subsidiary of Gazprom in Bashkiria. Several days earlier police seized documents in the Ufa affiliate of Mezhprombank. A story focuses on the political grounds behind these acts. (3, Kommersant, 9, Vremya MN, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4)

The State Duma on Wednesday passed in the third and final reading a draft bill that radically reforms the country's special services. A story examines the document's major provisions. (3)

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko on Wednesday held a session to discuss the imposition of the Russian ruble as the single currency of the union state. Lukashenko flatly rejected all agreements that were earlier reached on the issue. (3, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 11, Vremya Novostei, 2)

The European Commission has decided to release 16.5 million euros in humanitarian aid to Chechnya. This decision was made after the PACE delegation returned from the republic. A story describes their impressions. (4)

The Seventh International Economic Forum that opened in St. Petersburg on Wednesday is the most highly attended in history with more than 800 delegates. A story focuses on its major objectives, referring to speeches made by Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and Federation Council Sergei Mironov. (5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 9, Gazeta, 9, Vremya Novostei, 4)

The State Duma on Wednesday passed an amendment to the 2003 budget. A story examines where additionally allocated money will go, citing views by five financial experts. (5, Kommersant, 2, Vremya MN, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

The rapid development in the domestic information technology market makes it attractive for leading world software producers. Two global rivals -- Microsoft and Oracle -- have started fierce competition in Russia. In an interview the Oracle senior vice president speaks about competition on the world and Russian IT markets. (5)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said on Monday that he would sign a document on a new distribution of duties among his deputies. He also said that after the completion of administrative reform, the government should have three deputy prime ministers and up to 20 ministries. Brief. (5, Kommersant, 2)

The State Duma on Wednesday passed in the second and third reading a draft bill on regulating state electricity and heating tariffs. According to the document, the regional authorities should reach agreement from the Federal Energy Commission on all their plans to raise local tariffs. Brief. (5)

Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs President Arkady Volsky has sent a letter to President Vladimir Putin proposing spending part of the Central Bank's reserves on the purchase of Russian enterprises at home and abroad to support the processing industry. A story examines the letter, citing experts' negative views on the proposal. (6, Gazeta, 7)

The Troika Dialog company has bought 26 percent of stock of Rosgosstrakh for 661 million rubles ($22 million). A story comments on the deal and gives analysts' views. (6, Kommersant, 10)

The Status Idem experts assess the current situation on the world stock market as stable. They cite figures to illustrate the point. (6)

Tyumen Oil Company President Semyon Kukes was elected on Wednesday head of Yukos' board of directors. A story comments on his election. (7, Kommersant, 11, Vremya MN, 1)

The UES board of directors gave an unexpected present to minority shareholders on Wednesday. It introduced amendments to the program "5+5" that will defend the interests of the holding's owners when the energy companies become property of other big owners. (7)

The Amtel holding has signed three licensing agreements with the Finnish Nokia company. (7)

The Ilyushin aviation complex and the Volga-Dnepr group of companies have launched a modernization project of the Il-76 plane. Brief. (7)

Aeroflot, starting June 30, will use an additional two Tu-154 planes on the Moscow-Kaliningrad route with 50 percent drop in ticket prices. A story comments on Aeroflot's decision. (7)

A story offers an in-depth analysis on the economic and financial position of domestic metal companies, focusing on their image on the world markets. (8)

How is domestic scrap metal delivered to Europe and who is regulating its delivery? A story examines the scrap metal situation, saying how experts regard this problems. (8)

Moscow Health Department head Andrei Seltsovsky on Wednesday released shocking figures -- out of the 22,000 officially registered HIV infected Muscovites less than 1,000 are undergoing treatment. A story comments on his statement. (9)

A story describes how the owners of the Vladikavkaz restaurant and of small trading kiosks in the All-Union Exhibition Center (former VDNKHa) defeated city policy and OMON troops who tried to remove them according to Mayor Yury Luzhkov's order. (9)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The government has made a sensational proposal -- to revive the practice of using commercial banks for servicing budget accounts. More than that the Finance Ministry has already drafted a provision that specifys how authorized banks should be selected. A story reveals the essence of the proposal. (1,10)

The St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly on Wednesday passed a draft bill on the elections of top administrators in the city. According to the document, the next gubernatorial elections will take place in September. A story comments on the document. (3 , Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Gazeta, 2)

The Engels City Court in the Saratov region on Wednesday issued a ruling on the early release of writer and leader of the National Bolshevik Party Eduard Limonov. A story comments on the courts ruling. (4, Gazeta, 1, 3, Vremya MN, 2 Komsomolskaya Pravda, 8)

The process of introducing one-way traffic within the boundary's of the Garden Ring will begin in July to August. Over the next two years this scheme will be imposed for the entire city. This was announced by top Moscow transport official Alexander Belyaev on Wednesday. A story examines the new traffic project. (4, Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1)

The Stockholm Court has sentenced three Ericsson employees to prison terms for spying for Russia. A story details their case. (7)

The Property Ministry on Wednesday submitted to the State Duma amendments to the law on implementing the Land Code. The amendments were agreed upon by Moscow City Hall. A story examines the document's major provisions. (9)

Energia Rocket Space Corporation President Yury Semyonov spoke Wednesday about the company's withdrawal from the Air Start project. (9)

The Federal Securities Commission has suspended the license of the Prolog Investment Agency. The brief explains. (9)

The Tyumen Oil Company on Wednesday announced the launch of an electronic trading ground for wholesale trade in oil products. The company also plans to create an oil product exchange. A story describes the company's project. (11)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

It took Troika Dialog three minutes on Wednesday to buy a 26 percent stake in Rosgosstrakh for 661 million roubles ($20 million). A story describes the deal. (A1)

The Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) has drafted a plan for large businesses to cut expenses. A story examines some of their proposals. (A1)

On Wednesday Gazprom head Alexei Miller fired Bashtransgaz head Alexander Veremeyenko for, "pursuing his own policies." Now his brother, Sergei Veremeyenko, may face serious difficulties in becoming Bashkiria's President. (A1)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov expects the economy to grow at a faster rate than previously predicted. This year's growth predicted by the government at 4.6 percent. Brief. (A1)

International officials have declared the Russian Criminal Code too lenient in the punishment of financial criminals. (A2)

The State Duma on Wednesday derailed an attempt by Communists and Yabloko deputies to pass a vote of no confidence against the government. A story describes the voting procedure. (A2)

Beginning July 1, the police will assume the duties of the former Tax Police. A story examines the transfer. (A2)

Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev announced Wednesday that President Vladimir Putin may sign a decree on to write off 60 billion rubles ($2 billion) in fines that has accumulated over the past decade in the agricultural sector. (A3)

On Wednesday, State Duma centrists passed amendments to the law concerning state tariff regulations that require them to consult the Federal Energy Commission on any local tariff increases. (A3)

Gazprom board member Boris Fyodorov discusses what foreign and domestic shareholders currently dislike about Gazprom. (A4)

Yelena Bonner, chairwoman of the Andrei Sakharov Fund, explains why she opposed the unveiling of a statue of her husband. She says that the Putin administrations policies contradict everything Sakharov fought for. (A4)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Interros is in talks with OVK owners about buying the banking group's assets. This was announced by Interros deputy board chairman Andrei Bugrov. Brief. (B1)

Givenchy, Kenzo and Christian Dior brand products have disappeared from the shelves of Russian cosmetics chain Arbat Prestige. A story explains why the brands' French owners -- LVMN -- are pulling their products. (B1)

According to the Bloomberg Agency, Airbus will deliver five A380 planes to Korean Air for $1.3 billion. Brief. (B1)

The Hungarian government has announced its decision to sell its 23 percent stake in the MOL oil company. Brief. (B1)

On Wednesday, Yukos shareholders' decided to pay out dividends based on 2002 results at 9.89 rubles per share. Brief. (B1)

LUKoil Oversees and Egypt's Oil Ministry today are expected to sign a contract on developing two blocks in the Suez Canal. The job is set to be completed on the basis of a production sharing agreement. Brief. (B1)

A story describes the bankruptcy proceedings that have been launched at the Moscow Moskvich auto plant. (B2)

U.S. tire company Goodyear plans to launch production in Russia. The company is in talks with the Amtel holding about a joint venture. (B2)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

A story examines the reasons behind the closure of the TVS channel set for June 23 by its head Yevgeny Kiselyov at a recent meeting with the company's shareholders. Candidates for taking over the channel's frequency are also discussed. (1,2)

The deputy chief of the Prison Service Oleg Filimonov said that 25 percent of the population would be better off in prison as convicts than free and working in their field of specialty. He said that the budget spends almost $200 a month on each convict, considerably more than the salary of many civil servants. A story comments on his statement. In an interview journalist Grigory Pasko, former convict in Ussuriisk Prison No. 41, speaks about the poor living conditions in prison, contradicting what Filimonov said. (1, 3)

A story gives concrete facts showing that large domestic companies are more and more frequently attracting international corporations, while domestic companies are beginning to buy firms in the West. The cited table shows the share of foreign capital in several Russian companies (the beginning of 2003.) (1,3)

Rumors are circulating in the government about looming personnel changes in the Cabinet of Ministers. A story details some of these. (1,2)

The British Autopolis consulting company, created in 1992, has published its forecast for the world automobile market in 2010. According to this report AvtoVAZ will be amongst the 10 world automobile manufacturers in 7 years, with its share on the world market being increasing up to 1.9 percent from the present 1.4 percent. (3)

In an interview Kalmykia's President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov talks about his republic as a small island of stability and calm in the North Caucasus. This is in spite of frequent negative media coverage about his republic. (4)

Ukrainian opposition leader Julia Timoshenko has initiated a scandal involving the republic's bigwigs. She has accused Prosecutor General Svyatoslav Piskun and Security Service head Vladimir Radchenko of involvement in drug trade. A story gives details. (5)

According to official reports by the Moscow Criminal Investigation Department more than 3,000 foreigners every year fall victim to crime in Russia. The figure for the past 5 months of this year exceeded 1,500. A story gives concrete facts illustrating the point. (7, MK, 1)

Trud
www.trud.ru

NASA has requested a leading Russian company to develop a new nuclear missile engine. The United States is willing to spend $1 billion on this project. A story describes the order, focusing on the view of a space rocket expert from the Kurchatov Institute Research Center Nikolai Ponomaryov-Stepnoi. (3)

Colonel Yury Budanov, accused of killing a Chechen woman, caused a scandal at a court session on Tuesday by saying that he will no longer appear in court. A story examines the reasons behind Budanov's behavior. (4, Novaya Gazeta, No. 43,p. 5)

In an interview Agrarian Party leader Mikhail Lapshin, head of the Republic of Altai, speaks about the need for a stable food reserve. He also discusses the serious problems in the domestic agricultural sector. (6)

"The Clinical Archives of Genius and Talent" -- this was the name of a series of unusual and very interesting publications edited by Doctor of Medicine Grigory Segalin that appeared in Russia in 1925. All these books were in later years banned and withdrawn from all libraries at medical institutes. A story examines how Segalin, himself a talented man, explained the mental disorders and problems suffered by many writers, poets and composers. Three tables explain how extraordinary people and their problems and how they were inherited from their mother's and father's hereditary lines. (10)

Krasnaya Zvezda

In an interview Federation Council (FC) deputy Vladimir Kulakov, head of the FC delegation at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, examines major aspects shaping Russian policy in Europe. The focus is its priorities. (1,3)

Novaya Gazeta
www.novayagazeta.ru

A story highlights several Russians, who have been offended by their motherland Russia and no longer wish to be its citizens. (1-3)

Has the Ryazan region separated itself from the Russian Federation? The head of its administration Vyacheslav Lyubimov has attempted to do this. With this aim in mind he has established control over the local police and is drafting a bill for his immunity. A story reveals the details of his acts. (3)

In an interview Radzhab Safarov, Director-General at the Center for Studying Contemporary Iran, examines the situation around Iran, focusing on further possible developments after the war in Iraq. (4)

Novaya Gazeta's special correspondent in Chechnya Anna Politkovskaya devoted a feature story to Akhmed Zakayev, the special European envoy of Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov. The Russian Prosecutor General's Office is demanding his extradition. The conclusion of the story is that Zakayev's criminal case is being turned into a tribunal over Chechnya. (7)

One of the issues discussed at the State Council's recent visiting session in St. Petersburg was the privatization historical and architectural monuments. This vital issue was raised many times by the late academic Dmitry Likhachov and was presented at a recent government session by Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi. A story comments on this problem, focusing on the views shared by several cultural experts. (8)

Is there a need for a federal sports television channel? In an interview Alexei Burkov, NTV-PLUS sports channels director, answers this and other questions. (10)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

The Moscow City Court is on Friday expected to read out a ruling to Chechen young man Zaurbek Talkhigov, accused of helping the terrorists who seized the Dubrovka theater on Oct. 23 to Oct. 26 last year. Komsomolskaya Pravda published transcripts of his telephone conversations on Oct. 23. (3)

Former SARS patient Denis Soinikov, who has been discharged from a hospital in Blagoveshchensk, asked for $10,000 for an interview. (4)

One hundred days have passed since the appointment of former Deputy Prime Minister Valentina Matviyenko to the post of presidential envoy in the North-West Federal District. A story examines the results of her activities which have been assessed as positive. (5)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

In an interview U.S. Ambassador to Russia Alexander Vershbow comments on the post-Iraqi war situation and on the new stage of U.S.-Russian cooperation. (3)

In an interview Chief Moscow Narcologist and Psychiatric Doctor of Medicine Professor Vladimir Kozyrev examines the Moscow's heavy drinking phenomenon. (6)