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


All 89 regional governors, President Vladimir Putin and other top state officials got together at St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum on Monday to discuss cultural issues. A story concentrates on several priorities in the state's cultural policy. (1,2, Kommersant, 1,13, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 9, Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 3, Vremya MN, 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Trud, 1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, MK, 2)

In an interview, Alexander Burutin, recently appointed as a presidential aid on military and technical policy, talks about his new job, focusing on vital problems. (1,3)

Industry and Science Minister Ilya Klebanov on Monday stated that the government draft decree regarding customs duties on imported motor vehicles for legal entities and private individuals has been reworked and will soon be signed. An editorial examines what this document means for foreign and domestic auto producers. (2)

The MAGATE Council of Managers in Vienna on Monday opened its first session to discuss issues relating to nuclear nonproliferation in three countries termed as "axes of evil" by U.S. President George W. Bush -- Iraq, North Korea and Iran. Session participants concentrated their criticism on Iran. A story examines their views on its nuclear program. (2, Kommersant, 6, Vremya MN, 2, Vremya Novostei, 3)

President Vladimir Putin on Monday appointed St. Petersburg governor Vladimir Yakovlev the sixth deputy prime minister responsible for construction and housing and utility reform. A story comments on the appointment, noting that the governor's departure has been expected for over six months. Few people believed that it would be carried out in such a fashion. (3, Kommersant, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya MN, 1, Vremya Novostei, 1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Trud, 1, MN, No. 23, p. 4,Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 1)

The second part of Bashkiria's Tatars' second congress will take place in Ufa in early July, almost a year after the first stage. Zagir Khakimov has become head of the recently created Tatar National Front, which aims to find a political solution to the Bashkir Tatars' problems. A story examines the group's current priorities. (3)

Chechnya's military commander Lieutenant General Yevgeny Abrashin on Monday stated that the process of passing over leadership of the regional anti-terrorism headquarters in the North Caucasus from the FSB to the Interior Ministry will begin on July 1. The headquarters' commander will be a Chechen deputy interior minister. Brief. (3, Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 4)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Monday signed a directive, according to which Justice Minister Yury Chaika will head a government commission that will issue official permits for the use of the names "Russia" and "The Russian Federation." Brief. (3)

Aaron Rhodes, executive director of the International Helsinki Human Rights Federation, examines several cases of human rights violations in former Soviet republics. His conclusion is that the fate of Russia as a democratic state is closely connected to the future of these republics. (4)

Georgia's President Eduard Shevardnadze on Monday said he has no intention to hold official posts after his term of office ends in 2005. A story comments on his statement. (4, Vremya Novostei, 1)

Gazprom management board deputy head Alexander Ananenkov on Monday said that Gazprom has begun to draft a general scheme for boosting the gas sector. The plan's is comprised of a regulated procedure for opening new deposits and commissioning a new gas pipelines. In Ananenkov's opinion, this scheme will resolve the problem of independent gas producers' access to pipelines built with their own funds. A story examines the company's plan, focusing on experts' views. (5, Gazeta, 7, Vremya Novostei, 8)

Over the next several years Russia will define the rules of the world oil market. According to Deutsche Bank, Russia's new oil role will be based on leading oil concerns' intentions to considerably increase the Russian component in their business and to turn Siberia into a new Texas. The story examines how analysts regard this intention. (5)

Deputy Trade and Economic Development Minister Andrei Sharon responsible for the natural monopolies has been appointed as German Gref's deputy. A story comments on this strategic appointment. (5, Vremya Novostei, 2)

The electrical energy market in the first of the sector's to be liberalized could be launched in a month after the rules of the electrical energy wholesale market are endorsed. This was stated by Economic Development Ministry top official Vyacheslav Kravchenko. Brief. (5)

Russia and Kazakhstan are drafting a document on prolonging Russia's lease of Baikonur for another 50 years. This was announced by Rosaviakosmos Deputy Director General Alexander Kuznetsov. Brief. (5, Gazeta, 7)

U.S. Exxon Mobil's subsidiary Exxon Neftegas will today announce its new $500 million to $600 million investment in the oil extraction project Sakhalin-1. A story comments on the company's plans. (6)

The Wimm-Bill-Dann foodstuffs company has confirmed that it is in talks with Group Danone S.A. about forming a strategic partnership. (6, Kommersant, 9, Vremya Novostei, 7)

The Krasny Vostok brewery in Kazan plans to build two malt houses at a cost of $60 million, according to the company's director general Airat Khairullin. Brief. (6)

The Sibir airline transported 260 thousand passengers in May 2003. This is a14 percent leap from the figure for May 2002. The brief gives several other figures on Sibir passenger transportation. (6)

The Agriculture Ministry on Monday announced a tender for the construction of grain port terminals. This signifies the launching of a program aimed at expanding grain exports from Russia. A story examines the terms of the tender. (6)

A story presents the results of the investment attractiveness ratings of several leading domestic oil companies, including Sibneft, Surgutneftegaz, Yukos and the Tyumen Oil Company (TNK). Three experts comment on the rating. (6)

The State Duma has postponed consideration of the banking reform draft bills until the fall. Three analysts comment on the Duma's decision and possible consequences. (7)

A story describes how the euro is asserting itself as a world currency. The process is also being boosted by credit organizations. (7)

The Board of Directors of the International Financial Corporation (an investment subsidiary of the World Bank) has approved the release of an $80 million loan to Russian Raiffeisenbank. Brief. (7)

The Property Ministry and the Federal Property Fund have agreed to pass over a 61 percent stake in Airport Vnukovo to Moscow City Hall. A story comments on the decision. (8)

Romania's President Ion Iliescu and President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Arkady Volsky have opened the Romanian-Russian Business Center in Bucharest. In an interview Volsky speaks about promising bilateral cooperation. (8)

First Deputy Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev on Monday stated that entrepreneur Artur Anisimov had been arrested on charges of organizing the murder of Magadan regional governor Valentin Tsvetkov. A story details this criminal case. (10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 5, Vremya Novostei, 3)


A methane blast in the 270-meter-deep Ziminka mine in Prokopyevsk on Monday left 18 miners buried under debris. Only two miners were rescued. A story describes the accident. (1, Gazeta, 5)

The Audit Chamber has submitted to the State Duma a report on the results of its financial checkups in the Defense Ministry last year. A story examines financial violations found by the Audit Chamber. (3)

Experts at the North Caucasian District Military Court on Monday began the fifth psychological analysis of Colonel Yury Budanov, accused of killing 18-year-old Chechen woman Elza Kungayeva. A story describes the procedure. (4, Gazeta, 5)

The U.S. Mercer Human Resource Consulting company on Monday published its annual rating of the cost of living in the world's leading cities. A story examines the rating, with Moscow having been listed as the second most expensive city in the world after Tokyo. (4, Gazeta, 1, 3)

Georgia's President Eduard Shevardnadze on Monday stated that measures have been taken to consolidate the Russian-Georgian border. In a response to National Democratic Party Chairwoman Irina Sarishvili-Chanturia's statement on Russia's preparations for a provocative act against Georgia. A story comments on her statement. (6)

The Federal Securities Commission has adopted a decree considerably lowering quotas on the release of ADR's (American Depository Receipt) by Russian companies. The quote has been from 75 percent to 40 percent of the volume of released stakes. In this way the Commission would like to prevent the Russian stock market from a swift departure to the West. (9)

The RTS index with support from Russian traders on Monday set another 5-year record at 485.3 points. A story gives figures showing how quotations from several domestic companies increased on Monday. (9)

Belarussian National Bank Deputy Head Vladimir Senko on Monday stated that Belarus, starting from July 1, will impose the Russian ruble as an official means of payment. A story comments on the decision. (10)

Guta Bank President Alexander Petrov in the near future could leave his position. A story reflects on who may replace him. (10)

The Eastern European Investment Company (VIKA, Moscow) intends to buy out a controlling interest of the Prolog investment company in St. Petersburg. Prolog Board of Directors head Alexander Grebenko said that a protocol on intentions was signed late last week. According to the document, VIKA will buy 51.16 percent of capital of Prolog. A story examines the deal. (100)

Several television channels received letters on Monday from the Anti-Monopoly Ministry with a request to suspend the broadcasting of a Tinkoff advertisement. A story explains why the ministry disliked this beer advertisement. (11)


President Vladimir Putin has appointed St. Petersburg governor Vladimir Yakovlev to the post of the sixth deputy prime minister to be responsible for the utilities sector. A story comments on the appointment, citing views by several experts. (A1)

The Will-Bill-Dann company for the first time on Monday acknowledged that its shareholders are in talks to sell the majority or all their stakes of the French Group Danone. After this statement the price of the company's ADR on the New York stock market increased by a record 7.6 percent and the turnover on shares doubled. (A1)

The cost of living in Moscow remains the highest in Europe and the second highest in the world according to a report published by the Mercer Human Resources Consulting firm. The rating evaluates the cost of living for foreigners spending time in the city. (A1)

Revenues to the state from duties on foreign work permits have already surpassed 1 million rubles this year. This was stated by National Policy Minister Vladimir Zorin on Monday. Brief. (A1)

As many as 57 percent of Russians know or have heard of the idea of abolishing the visa regime between Russia and the European Union. According to the results of the June Public Opinion poll (1,500 respondents), 51 percent believe that Russia should work towards making visas not required for travel. Brief. (A1)

St. Petersburg Governor Vladimir Yakovlev's resignation has launched an election campaign in the city. Presidential envoy in the Northern Federal District Valentina Matviyenko was named among the most probable candidates to the gubernatorial post. A story looks at several other candidates. (A2)

The Economic Development Ministry and the Unified Energy Systems (UES) company intend to deprive dozens of leading enterprises of the ability to buy electricity from FOREM. A story examines the essence of their plan. (A3)

The Audit Chamber has supported the Philip Morris company, which one year ago lost a debate with the government over a new system of tobacco excises. Auditors believe that the combined system of excises helps companies legally lower taxes. Chamber head Sergei Stepashin recommended that deputies vote for the previous system, while the Finance Ministry is opposed to it. (A3)

In an interview Anton Zlatopolsky, First Deputy Chairman of the VGTRK (the state-owned media conglomerate,) speaks about his company's financial results from last year and over the first quarter of 2003. He also talks about the future fate of VGTRK channels and the television market as a whole. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Several new millionaires have recently emerged in Russia. The names of those who gained from the deal of the year -- the sale of Severnaya Neft to the state-controlled Rosneft company -- were announced on Monday. Senator Andrei Vavilov is one of them. A story examines the deal and its winners. (B1)

The U.S. Exxon Mobil corporation, an operator in the Sakhalin-1 project, seems to have heeded the criticism by Russian state officials who accused it of not using Russian contractors. The Primorye Sea Steamship-Line and Sovkomflot will transport Sakhalin oil for the next decade. The value of the contract to be signed by Exxon Mobil with them stands at $420 million. (B1)

Prizes referred to by the European financial community investment as 'Oscars' were awarded in London. A story names the Russian winners and their achievements. (B1)

The Board of Directors of the International Financial Corporation (IFC), a part of the World Bank Group, has approved the release of a 5 year $100 million loan for to a Russian bank abroad -- Parisian BCEN-Eurobank. Brief. (B1)

The Economic Development Ministry has given its blessing to a commercial tender for a major gold ore deposit in the Irkutsk region. Brief. (B1)

Gazprom plans to extract 580 billion to 590 billion cubic meters of gas a year by 2020. This was the extraction level in 1992. This was stated by deputy head of the company's Management Board Alexander Ananenkov. Brief. (B1)

The governmental airline Emirates Airlines has announced the biggest contract in the history of civil aviation. A $19 billion contract for the delivery of planes from Airbus (41 liners worth $12.5 billion), with the rest of the orders going to Boeing. (B2)

The Norilsk Nickel company decided to sell 24,000 tons nickel on the market. This news on Monday raised the value of the company's shares by 8 percent immediately. A story analyses the company's position on the world market during two previous years. (B2)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

President Vladimir Putin late last week received a delegation of high-ranking representatives from U.S. Jewish organizations, with Russia's chief rabbi, Berl Lazar, acting as a mediator between the president and the U.S. religious leaders. A story describes the meeting, focusing on Lazar's positive role. (1, 3)

Federation Speaker Sergei Mironov is losing authority in his agency. He no longer controls the upper house of parliament, where a large group of senators is opposing many of his initiatives. A story examines concrete initiatives that the senators are opposed to. (1, 2)

Kremlin chief of staff Alexander Voloshin has drafted a plan for government reform that is not as radical as the scheme proposed by the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. A story examines the plan. (1,2)

In an interview, Ryazan regional governor Vyacheslav Lyubimov, a member of the Communist Party, speaks about the political and economic situation in his region. (4)

The final documents of the Extraordinary Congress of the Liberal Russia party on June 14, 2003. (7)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Russia is likely to take part the Financial Action Task Force as an observer for the final time. FATF will on Wednesday open a three-day session in Berlin to discuss Russia's accession into the organization. First Deputy Finance Minister Viktor Zubkov heads the Russian delegation. A story examines what Russia has to gain from FATF membership. (1,6)

The council of constitutional control bodies' chairmen held a session in the Constitutional Court on Monday when regional court chairmen discussed building an additional power structure from the judicial branch. This would start with the existing 14 regions and build up to 89. A story comments on the issue. (1,3)

Sir Paul McCartney's wife on Monday received a letter from President Vladimir Putin. A story reveals its content, saying how their correspondence began. (2)

A PACE delegation arrived in Chechnya on Monday after a long interval. A story examines the aim of this visit. (2)

Steven Mann, chief aide to the U.S. Department on Caspian Energy Development, said that he was dissatisfied with the Georgian government's agreement with Gazprom on strategic gas partnership. A story comments on his statement. (4)

Human trafficking has become a vital problem for Latvia, according to Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberg in a recent interview. "We cannot allow ourselves to be a country, in which women and children are sold abroad for sexual use," she stated. Brief. (4)

The interior ministries of Russia and Germany have agreed to create a working group to deal with simplifying the procedure of border crossings by citizens of both countries. This was announced by Russia's Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov. Brief. (4)

Representatives from 28 countries and the European Union on Monday signed an anti-tobacco convention. The ceremony took place at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva. Brief. (4)

The presentation ceremony for a new model of electric locomotive will take place in the Novocherkassk electric locomotive building plant on June 18. A story features the new locomotive and its advanced technical specifications. (7)

Document. The Federal Law on introducing amendments to the Criminal - Executive Code of the Russian Federation. Full text. Special Issue. (1)

Document. The Federal Law concerning introducing amendments to the federal law on state registration for the rights for realty and deals within it. Full text. Special Issue. (2)

Document. The Federal Law concerning agricultural farms. Full text. A commentary. Special Issue. (4)

Document. The Federal Law concerning introducing amendments to the Federal Law on agricultural cooperatives. Full text. Special Issue. (5)


The Tula regional administration is working to adopt a governmental decree concerning the nationalization of the Tulaugol company. The corresponding proposals have been submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers. A story examines the scheme, focusing on what ordinary miners will gain from it. (1, 2)

June 17 marks the 40th anniversary of the first female cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova's space flight. A story describes how it proceeded. (2)

Not long before the June 12 holiday -- Independence Day -- the All-Russia Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTSIOM) conducted a poll with the following question: Has good or bad come from Russia's independence? A story presents some interesting results. (2)

The government will add 28.5 billion rubles to the state budget by collecting an additional 17.5 billion in taxes from gas giants and 11 billion from oil companies. This year's budget has a surplus and the 2004 budget is supposed to have a 95 billion ruble surplus. A story comments on the government decision. (3)

Krasnaya Zvezda

Krasnaya Zvezda offers an analysis of the tense situation in Afghanistan, where the Taliban and al-Qaida continue to mount pockets of resistance. (3)

A story comments on the results of a recent session of defense ministers from the Russia-NATO Council. Comments are also made about the bilateral meeting of Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov and Pentagon head Donald Rumsfeld. (1, 3)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

In an interview the first deputy of the presidential envoy in the Northwest Federal District Andrei Chernenko speaks about the upcoming gubernatorial elections in St. Petersburg, focusing on possible candidates for the post. (2)

Olga Novikova, director of the personnel department of the Borodino trade and production holding, describes her company's subsidiaries and supermarkets that need specialists. (4)

A serious road accident involving a Gazel minibus on Monday left three people injured. A story gives details. (5)

A story explains why Russia is poorly represented at the 45th Paris Air Show, which opened on Sunday. (7)

Komsomolskaya Pravda received a present in the post -- a parcel with 37 stolen documents which included a passport. The newspaper has tried to find out who sent the package and why. (10)

In an interview, political scientist Sergei Kara-Murza, author of the books "Soviet Civilization" and "Manipulation with Consciousness," speaks about serious political and social problems in Russia. (12, 13)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Moscow authorities decided to prolong the anti-SARS prophylactic measures in the city until the end of this month. A story describes these measures. (1)

Mosgortrans presented a new improved public bus LiAZ-6212 at a recent exhibition that is equipped with a special device to combat passengers without tickets. In an interview Mosgortrans Director-General Pavel Zlatin speaks about the new bus. (2)