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Izvestia
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Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

SARS has cut Russia off from China and Mongolia: border checkpoints are to be closed by a government decree starting at midnight and continuing indefinitely. In an interview Yury Shvetsov, a student of Druzhby Narodov University about on how the Chinese have managed to localize the epidemic. (1,2)

Alexander Khloponin became Krasnoyarsk regional governor eight months ago. In an interview he comments on the situation in his region and his governing role. (1, 11)

The liberalization of the gas market has not been approved by the government. One of the reasons for this is the fact that Gazprom could agree with the Economic Development and Trade Ministry on the restructuring of the industry. Another problem facing Gazprom is the lack of possibilities to apply an investment program. In an interview Alexander Ryazanov comments on Gazprom's preparations for the Board of Directors meeting on June 27. (1, 5, Kommersant 16)

Anneli Yatteenmyaki, the newly appointed Finnish prime minister is arriving in Moscow on June 8. In an interview he speaks about the issue he plans to discuss with Russian officials. (1, 2)

Moscow's Dorogomilovsky court Wednesday cleared two senior customs officials of wrongdoing in a furniture investigation relating to the Tri Kita superstore. Customs officials Alexander Volkov and Marat Faizulin were charged with abuse of office for confiscating $6 million in furniture from Tri Kita. (2, Kommersant 1, 6)

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday held a session of the state council presidium devoted to ecological problems. The president has set a task to the Duma of drafting a bill on ecological damage compensation. A story comments on the unsatisfactory ecological situation in Russia. (3, Kommersant 2)

A book by ex-major-general Lev Sotskov was presented to journalists on Wednesday. Archive documents of the Russia's external intelligence service (SVR) documents that Russian and British special services started co-operation well before the World War II in an anti-extremists struggle in the North Caucasus. (3)

Sergei Mironov, the speaker of the council of federations visited the first professional military division on Wednesday. A story comments on military reforms. (3, Kommersant 2)

Georgian opposition held actions Tuesday of protest demanding a change to the electoral code. As many as 5000 opponents to the existing electoral code participated in the protest which took place in front of the parliament building in Tbilisi. (4)

State Duma deputies supported a government program on sales tax cancellation and an 18 percent level of VAT in exchange for a compensation package. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said that new tax regulations will be ready to come into force by January 1, 2004. A story comments on the details. (5, Kommersant 2)

Businessmen working in the tobacco industry held a session on Wednesday. Chip cigarettes production was the key issue for the discussion. Tobacco businessmen consider Russian smokers have the right to smoke cheap cigarettes. (6)

Synovate, one of the world's biggest marketing research companies has published the results of a survey of Moscow residents about Russian banks. Sberbank appeared to be the most known bank. (6)

A memorandum signed in 2001 by ministers of Russia, Ukraine and Czech republic hasn't helped the construction of a railway connecting Bogumin and Katovitse. The project was drafted in 2001 and has been stopped by Poland. A story gives details. (7)

The Pharmacology market is growing in Russia. A story comments on the pharmacology market in 2003. (8)

As much as 600,000 unregistered Chinese citizens are hiding in the Moscow region according to the authorities' information. A story comments on the activities of the migration inspection service, which started its work two months ago. (9)

A three-sided government commission has completed its conference on the budget distribution between the federal center and Moscow. (9)

The Moscow regional court has finished processing the criminal case of Sergeant Vladimir Shumenko. Shumenko's humiliation of soldier Alexander Fokin allegedly lead to his suicide on January 7, 2003. Shumenko was sentenced to two years of service at a discipline battalion. (10, Kommersant 5)

Deputy prosecutor general of Russia Sergei Fridrinskiy announced on Wednesday that the investigation into a terrorist act near Chechen government buildings on December 27, 2002 has been closed. Shamil Basayev has been blamed as the organiser. Two Chechen women suspected of participation in the Dubrovka theater terrorist act were arrested. (10)

The State Duma will on Friday consider a new decree relating to defendants' rights in court cases. Advocates will have serious problems in the case that the reforms are approved. A story comments on issues of the new decree. (12)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The initial group of Russian businessmen has arrived to Iraq to conduct negotiations with the occupational authorities. The termination of Russian nuclear technology deliveries to Iran was discussed at the Evian summit. The president of Russia shared Washington's concern over Teheran's nuclear development. Vladimir Putin said to journalists that Russia will co-operate with Iran as long as certain conditions are met. (1)

Media minister Mikhail Lesin has held many meetings with representatives from the parties involved in the crisis situation around the TVS channel. Lesin has had meetings with both Mostelekom (who are refusing broadcasting services) and the TVS channel shareholders - Oleg Deripaska and Anatoly Chubais. Lesin said that the outcome of the situation depends on the broadcasting company and its owners. (3)

The State Duma on Wednesday approved in the second reading a decree on the Chechen Amnesty. Deputies have approved amendments on the amnesty prolongation until midnight September 1, 2003. (3)

Ahmat Kadyrov has decided to legitimize his government. The chairman of the Chechen Republic Ahmat Kadyrov has dismissed his republican government and removed the staff of all regional administrations. A story comments on the new appointments. (3)

Norilsk mayoral election results were declared invalid at the end of May. Temporarily acting Mayor Gennady Petuhov submitted his resignation on Tuesday. The state council has failed to find a successor. It is expected, that Krasnoyarsk Regional governor Alexander Hloponin will suggest a nominee to the post. (4)

The State Duma on Wednesday approved in the first reading amendments brought by the president relating to Russian military banners. The A story comments on the details. (4, Vremya Novostei)

The funeral ceremony of Konstantin Yakovlev (known as Kostya Mogilya) -- the businessman who was considered the criminal godfather of St. Pete will take place today.

Konstantin Yakovlev was killed in Moscow 12 days ago. A story looks into the investigation. (5)

The North Caucasian district military court is hearing the criminal case of Colonel Yury Budanov, who is accused of the murder of 18-years old Chechen girl Elza Kungaeva. (5)

The prosecutor office of the central district of Moscow started a criminal investigation Wednesday into the murder of the director of the Meierhold Theatre-cultural center Alfred Lerner. Experts think that the investigation will take a long a long time. (6)

The funeral ceremony of Soviet-era actor Evgeny Matveev -- who died on Sunday at 82 -- took place in the Central house of Cinema. Thousands the spectators came to say goodbye to the well-known actor. (7)

A court in Babinii, a Paris suburb, has finished hearing the case on the legality of the arrest of Russian planes in 2001 in Le-Burzhe on the demand of Swiss firm Noga. The court has postponed an announcement of the verdict for a month. A story gives details. (13)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The federal authorities may compensate Chechen war victims by the end of 2003. The government will consider paying more than 14 billion rubles ($470 million) in cash before the presidential elections in Chechnya. Experts consider this a generous gift to Ahmad Kadyrov. (A1)

Several days before the end of Rosgosstrah's auction of a 26 percent package of shares, deputies registering participants have found several defects in the terms of the auction. The federal property fund said the auction will be held on May 13. A story comments on the details. (A1)

The Iraq war has caused a growth of anti-Americanism all over the world according to a Washington Pew Research Center poll. About 16,000 respondents in 20 countries were interviewed. At the same time sociologists have found a high level of trust in President Vladimir Putin in Western Europe. (A2)

After 14 years of negotiations, European Union members have agreed upon how to tax EU citizens savings in foreign banks. Now, non-residents' income will be assessed and all EU countries will inform each other about investors from other EU countries. Austria, Belgium and Luxembourg will remain the only exceptions. (A2)

The Tax Ministry, the Finance Ministry and the Economic Development and Trade Ministry have not agreed on how to allocate revenue from excise taxes on lubricating materials. This money was earmarked for distribution to 89 regions in exchange for a tax. However, in the end only seven regions received these funds. (A3)

A three-sided government commission has completed its conference on the budget distribution between the federal center and Moscow. (A3)

Russian tourism appeared very successful in the beginning of 2003: The national economy grow, Russians' incomes increased and they started to travel more. However, the wave of terrorism targeting popular tourist destinations has brought doubt to some optimistic forecasts. In an interview Sergei Shpilko, president of the Russian Tourism Union, comments on recent developments in the field. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Severstal and MDM group have split control of one of Russia's largest coal companies, Kuzbassugol. MDM group now owns all its energy coal mines, and metallurgists own its coke. Last year, Kuzbassugol, the second-largest coal company in Russia, extracted 14.7 million tons of coal. A story comments on experts' opinions. (B1)

Telenor Norwegian is negotiating an exchange of Golden Telecom shares for Combellga shares. Information on Golden Telecom group's merge with its competitor prompted growth of the telecommunication holding's shares last week. Golden Telecom owns one of the largest Moscow operators, Sovintel, and has shares in nine regional communication companies. (B1)

Yukos company has managed to retain 24 licenses on their oil fields in the Tomsk area refinery. The Environmental Protection Ministry and the Natural Resources Ministry have agreed with Yukos and allowed it to carry out all obligations on its operations. (B2)

Alexander Zakharov, the former general director of the Moscow Inter-bank currency stock exchange, was unemployed for only a month. Sberbank has appointed him to the post of the vice-chairman of the governing board. The seventh vice-chairman of the largest bank of the country will supervise international relations and deposits. (B5)

The All-Russia Exhibition Center today will say goodbye to its image. Its administration announced their intention to clear shops from the main ally of the biggest trading complex in Moscow. OMON will participate in the operation. A story comments on details. (B6)

Nestle, one of the world's largest foodstuffs manufacturers, continues to increase its business in Russia. Nestle presents a wide range of production: from ice-cream to animal feed. Nestle declared its intention Wednesday to purchase a Vologda baby food factory. (B7)

The State Duma will consider in the second reading a decree on communication reforms Friday. Some issues have undergone changes in comparison with the first reading. (B8)



Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

As the elections draw closer there are more and more hints that the fight for the votes of the conformist share of the electorate is going to be bloody and merciless. More and more centrist parties are declaring their intention to put forward their lists, not restricting themselves to supporting only single mandate deputies. A story comments on the pre-election activities. (1, 2)

Several days before the end of registration for participants in Rosgosstrah's 26 percent share auction, deputies appear to be unsatisfied with auction terms. A story comments on the details. (1,3)

The mass media community was on Wednesday faced with a monstrous example of dirty PR-techniques. The announcement that the major general Timofei Sasykov, former chief of Kalmykia foreign affairs ministry, committed suicide seems to be false. Gossip surrounding the Timofei Sasykov suicide have neither been confirmed nor denied. A story comments on dirty PR techniques. (1, 7)

SPS will get a 12-15 percent share of votes in the upcoming elections in the case that Anatoly Chubais heads their candidates list. SPS representative Konstantin Remchukov comments on the prospects of the Union of the Right Forces in the upcoming elections. (1, 6)

President Vladimir Putin held a session Wednesday in the state council presidium devoted to the problems of ecology. The president has set the task of bringing a draft on ecological damage compensations to the Duma. Governors also discussed Kyoto agreement ratification. A story comments on the unsatisfactory ecological situation in Russia. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta 1, 2)

The State Duma on Wednesday approved in the second reading a decree on the Chechen Amnesty. Deputies have approved amendments on the amnesty prolongation until midnight September 1, 2003. (2, Rossiskaya Gazeta 1, 3)

Non-governmental organizations tried Wednesday to convince the Justice minister Yury Chaika that his agency should be under public control. The topic of discussion was prisoners' rights. Finally the minister agreed with the necessity for a special committee on prisoners rights foundation. (2)

Hermitage Capital Management on Wednesday promoted their representative Vadim Kleiner to the Gazprom Board of Directors. According to Hermitage records Gazprom has lost $1.5 billion in connection with unorthodox operations in 2002. (3)

Leading representatives from the Union of the Right Forces -- State Duma Deputy Speaker Irina Khakamada and State Duma committee on defence head Eduard Vorobiev -- visited the Western Urals over the last week. Perm region is considered to be SPS supporter. A story comments on SPS promotion programs in the coming elections. (4)

???? Omsk 2003. The 5th International exhibition of military engineering, technologies and arms is taking place in Omsk. The huge military-technical potential of defence enterprises in Siberia and the Urals is being put on show there. A story comments on recent developments in the field. (5)

The Moscow regional court has finished processing the criminal case of Sergeant Vladimir Shumenko. Shumenko's humiliation of soldier Alexander Fokin allegedly lead to his suicide on January 7, 2003. Shumenko was sentenced to two years of service at a discipline battalion. (7, Rossiskaya Gazeta 1)

The prosecutor office of the central district of Moscow started a criminal investigation Wednesday into the murder of the director of the Meierhold Theatre-cultural center Alfred Lerner. Experts think that the investigation will take a long a long time. (7)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Deputy Prime Minister Victor Hristenko has held meetings on the professional training of the national economy, in other words -- on business. As much as 114 million roubles will be paid by the government for this program. (2)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Shura Tyagunova, an inhabitant of Prokopievsk, a small Siberian town in the Kemerovo area, has gone through an operation to extract a pair of scissors from her body. The woman has been living with a piece of metal in her body for twenty years. In an interview she comments on her situation. (2)

Sergeant Sergeant Kapaev was viciously beaten during his attempt to prevent a pogrom after a Public Enemy concert group which took place yesterday in Gorbunov Dom Cultury. (6)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

As many as 10,000 Muscovites -- comprised mostly of schoolboys -- visited the Moscow City Duma over the last year and a half. A story comments on how authorities are preventing such visits. (1)