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Izvestia
Kommersant
Vedomosti
Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Argumenty i Fakty
Komsomolskaya Pravda


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

Education Minister Vladimir Filippov has replied to the letter (published in Izvestia on July 19) by 13 intellectuals, who protested the exclusion from the school literature syllabus, some prominent contemporary writers. His reply will appear in Wednesday's edition. (1,3, Trud, 2)

Stavropolye authorities are making farmers join collective farms, restoring in the old Soviet-era collectivization system. The corresponding local bill will take effect in a couple of days. According to this document, residents are unable to take their land plots from collective farms to launch their own separate farming businesses. A story examines the document with a critical eye. (1, 2)

Engaged couples in Moscow are lining up day and night to get into marriage registration offices in order to register their marriages. A feature story gives concrete facts (some of them funny) illustrating the current marriage boom. (1, 2)

An editorial is devoted to existing land legislation and its serious deficiencies that make the whole agrarian sector loss making. (2)

Domestic companies, in an effort to follow the Western model, have begun inviting independent directors to their administrations with the aim of improving their image. Their salaries on offer can be as much as $500,000 a year, whereas the figure in the United States is between $50,000 and $100,000. A story comments on the issue, citing concrete companies, their independent directors and the huge salary packages. (2)

The Audit Chamber found gross violations of the Russian Constitution during its recent inspection of finances of Bashkiria's Property Ministry. A story examines them in detail. (3, Kommersant, 6, Vremya Novostei, 4)

A story is devoted to foreigners coming to Russia for a variety of different reasons, focusing on how they were perceived in Soviet times and on how they are treated today. The first migration service in Russia appeared 240 years ago, according to Empress Catherine's High Decree. (3)

The Organizing Committee of Chechnya's Civil Forum held its session in Moscow on Tuesday, aiming to draw in as many political forces of the republic as possible. In an interview Organizing Committee Chairman Movlit Bazhayev examines the aims of the forum. (3)

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday signed a decree on the organization of alternative civil service that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2004. In an interview Labor Minister Alexander Pochinok comments on the document's major provisions. (3, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2 (the text of the decree), 9, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Gazeta, 1, 3, Vremya Novostei, 4, Vremya MN, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, MK, 2)

The Independent newspaper Tuesday published sensational information connected to the recent mysterious death of former Defense Ministry biologist and UN weapons inspector David Kelly. This information is very untimely for British Prime Minister Tony Blair. A story reveals its essence. (4, Noviye Izvestia, 5)

The Independent newspaper published 20 examples of when the British government and the U.S. administration have lied to their people up to and during the war in Iraq. These are published. (4)

Thousands of Jakarta residents Tuesday protested against a government decision to buy Russian Su-27 and Su-30 fighters. A story describes their protest, focusing on the participants' demands. (4)

The Cabinet at a session on Tuesday discussed the course of negotiations for Russia's accession into the World Trade Organization (WTO). A story comments on the situation. (5, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3, Noviye Izvestia, 4)

Sergei Dolgov, Rector of the All-Russia Foreign Trade Academy, gives recommendations on what Russia should do to get ready to join the WTO. (5)

A story describes what the world's wealthy investors are doing to save their money. The focus is the most fashionable form of investment -- alternative investing. (5)

A subsidiary of British Shell -- Salym Petroleum Development (SPD) -- received an instruction from the Natural Resources Ministry to suspend work on the Verkhne-Salym deposit in Western Siberia. Brief. (5 Vremya Novostei, 7)

The Gross Domestic Product in the year up to June 2003 increased by 7.3 percent against 4.5 percent for the year up to June 2002. This information was contained in the Economic Development Ministry's report. Brief. (5, Noviye Izvestia, 4)

Euraholding President Alexander Abramov at a news conference on Tuesday shared his group's view on the conflict between the Federal Service for Financial Recovery and Bankruptcy and the Mechel Group around the Korshunovsky GOK. Brief. (5, Vremya Novostei, 8, Vremya MN, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 10, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6, MK, 4)

The Managers Association at a news conference on Tuesday presented results of their study of what private business things of the quality of business information in domestic print media. Brief. (5, Kommersant, 4)

The Svyazinvest Board of Directors will next week consider the purchase of software from the Oracle company for the creation of a comprehensive computer system. The project is to cost $153 million. The Association for the Protection of Investors' Rights is harshly opposed to it. A story says why. (6)

The Rear Armed Forces and the Transnefteprodukt company on the territory of Russia and Belarus from July 15 to July 17 conducted special joint exercises. A story examines the aims and results of these exercises. (6)

The Moscow government in the next three years intends to launch its own network of milk, meat and vegetable products. With this aim in view the city budget will provide lines of credit to municipal food enterprises. A story comments on the city government's decision. (7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

Excavations on the spot of the Saviour Transfiguration Church (on Moscow's Preobrazhenskaya Ploshchad) that was blown up in 1964 will likely begin later this summer. Archaeological studies will be the first stage in the restoration of the ancient church. A story offers several facts from its history. (7)

Moscow government officials on Tuesday officially announced that the city court has ruled in favor of the family that lost its main income earner during the hostage crisis in the Dubrovka theater in October last year. According to the court decision, the mother and daughter of the man will receive over $50,000 over the next several years. A story comments on the court's decision, saying how 23-year-old lawyer Venera Kamalova has helped the family win the case. (8 , Kommersant, 4, Gazeta, 1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 10, MK, 2)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The VGTRK company plans this fall to launch a 24-hour news television channel. A story reveals several interesting details of the project. (1,3)

Reputed mobster Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov (also known as Taivanchik) returned to Moscow on Tuesday evening. Italy has refused to extradite him to U.S. authorities. Russia now will decide his fate. A story details his case. (1,4)

The Renaissance Party Political Council on Tuesday held a session to set priority tasks for the upcoming electoral campaign. A story examines a statement by leader State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov. (3, Gazeta, 3 ,Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)



Video International companies group stated Tuesday that its subsidiary Krossmedia, starting from September, will begin to sell advertising time on the Sport channel. A story comments on this decision. (3)

Reputed mobster Alexei Indyukov (also known as Lyonya Kaluzhsky and Fara) was shot dead in Tolyatti on Tuesday. A story describes how the murder took place. (4)

The Financial Monitoring Committee on Tuesday made public the procedure for inspecting organizations suspected of laundering illegal money. A story examines the procedure in detail. (5)

Leading domestic cellular operator Mobile Telesystems is buying the GSM operator Sibchelege in the Krasnoyarsk region. The deal is costing $36 million. Brief. (5)

The Moscow City Bank on Tuesday held preliminary hearings on Vneshtorgbank's suit against the Central Bank filed three months ago. A brief mentions the essence of the suit. (5)

Vneshtorgbank Board of Directors head Andrei Kostin stated on Monday that his bank will take part in the competition to create a special depositary for pension fund accumulations. A story describes the upcoming competition and Kostin's decision. (5)

Experts from the London Center for Global Energy Studies on Tuesday confirmed Kommersant's conclusion that oil prices up to the end of this year will remain high. A story looks at the world oil market and oil prices. (6)

Lehman Brothers has decreased Russia's stability rating in July down to the 60 points level. Brief. (6)

The State Customs Committee and Vneshtorgbank, both creditors of the third line of Most-Bank will receive slightly less than 100 percent of the funds they requested. This was stated by Most-Bank manager Andrei Intse. Brief. (6)

The authoritative American weekly publication Defense News has published a rating of top 100 world weapons producers and exporters in 2002. Compared with last year Russia has dropped in its position. A story examines the rating, commenting on Russia's results. (7)

AvtoVAZ Vice-President Mikhail Dobyndo on Monday resigned. The brief explains why. (7)

Vneshtorgbank head Andrei Kostin and United Heavy Machineries head Kaha Bendukidze on Tuesday signed an agreement on strategic partnership. A brief reveals its essence. (7)

The MiG aircraft-building corporation and the Tupolev company have created the marketing company National Project 334. A story examines its functions. (7)

Gazprom intends to increase the import of large-diameter pipes from Ukraine this year. With this aim in view it has applied to the Economic Development Ministry with a request to double the quotas on Ukraine's deliveries of 1420 diameter pipes. A story examines Gazprom's decision, saying how domestic pipe producers regard it. (7)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru



The Moscow City Court will on Wednesday consider an appeal from Platon Lebedev's lawyers against the Basmanny court's decision to keep him in prison. A story examines the reasons behind his arrest. (A1)

A story explains why Alexei Volin, former deputy head of the government administration, gave up his job. He is now consulting for a group of IBS companies that is launching a new project. (A1)

Bashkortostan's oil sector has been quietly privatized. During recent checks the Audit Chamber found that controlling stakes in Bashneft and another five petrochemical enterprises with a total turnover exceeding $1.5 billion are now owned by little-known private firms. (A1)

Second-hand foreign-made cars are lining up for kilometers on roads leading to the Kaliningrad region. They have coming from Poland and Lithuania. In June as many as 5,120 cars were brought to the region, and the figure this month will be considerably higher. Brief. (A1)

Bashkortostan's deputy tax minister, Rinat Domukhamedov, said local tax officials will not be able to collect all the taxes because of a lack of electricity since July 12. Brief. (A1)

The Moscow Oil Co.'s gas filling stations have decorated their premises with an advertisement reading: "Quality Petrol for the Capital City of the United Russia Party." The company's oversight council is headed by Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov. The company insists that it is advertising gasoline, but the party leadership disapproves of this act. (A2)

Five new members will be brought into the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) management bureau to replace old members. How will they be selected? Several RSPP members made proposals. (A2)

Can a minister be the leader of a party? Three experts share their views on the issue. (A4)

Three industries last week asked the government to cut tariffs on imported equipment and raw materials. A story examines these industries and their requests. (A4)

In its review of the employment market in the information technologies sector, Kelly Services, a recruiting agency, concluded that many specialists are returning to Russia after many years working abroad. (A7)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets& MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

Eldorado, one of the most well-known supermarkets on Bolshaya Polyanka Ulitsa, has been closed. (B1)

Domestic stock market guru Oleg Tsarkov, managing director of Troika Dialog, is leaving the company. The investment-banking section will be headed by Ruben Aganbegyan, who has come to Troika from Credit Swiss First Boston. (B1)

The Mosenergo board of directors has endorsed a provision on material incentives for the company's top managers. Brief. (B1)

Rosneft has drawn a $500 million, 4 1/2-year credit from ABN Amro Bank. A brief explains where the money will be used. (B1)

Turkey intends to resolve its differences with Gazprom over the price and volumes of Russian gas delivered via the Blue Stream gas pipeline without going through the courts. Brief. (B1)

The Rosneft board of directors has approved a deal on exchanging assets with LUKoil. A brief looks at the signed document. (B1)

The extraction of oil with gas condensate in Russia in the first six months of the year increased by 11 percent (to 202 million metric tons) compared with the same period last year. Brief. (B1)

Shell will return to negotiations with Gazprom on participation in the Sakhalin-2 project in six months, according to Shell president John Barry. (B1)

AES Corp. is considering selling its Georgian assets, and the Georgian authorities are unhappy with the proposition: Georgia does not want Russia's Unified Energy Systems to buy up the republic's energy sector. (B2)

United Heavy Machineries plans to release credit linked notes worth $50 million. The release is planned for a year. Brief. (B2)

BP and the Rio Tinto have announced their withdrawal from the Kaltim Prima Coal joint venture, which is the operator of the big project in Indonesia. (B2)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

The Prosecutor General's Office has submitted to a Moscow court a criminal case against Federal Tax Police Major-General Sergei Platonov, accused of taking huge bribes. A story details his case. (1,6)

In a wide-ranging interview the deputy prime minister responsible for social welfare issues, Galina Karelova, speaks about the situation regarding teachers' wages this summer and subsidized sanatorium vacations that the state has ceased to provide. She also talks about a poor condition of old-folks homes and orphanages. (8)

Telephone bills will increase by approximately 10 percent from Aug. 1. A story comments on the increase, citing the new charges. (2)

The deputy prime minister in charge of reform in the housing and utilities sector, Vladimir Yakovlev, has stated that no reform is possible unless enterprises in the sector -- particularly in the regions -- pay their debts. In order to resolve this difficult problem he went to the regions to force local authorities to do just that. A story describes his first steps in this direction. (2)

The Cabinet of Ministers together with the Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Economic Development and Trade discussed a draft decree on raising internal electricity tariffs next year. A story examines the document. (2)

Big business has been using letters to attack President Vladimir Putin lately. The president of the Indem Fund thinktank, Georgy Satarov, comments on this trend and its positive and negative aspects. (3)

Fishing company Sevvostrybvod in Koryakia on July 17 stopped catching certain types of salmon in the Karaginskaya area. Oleg Kozhemyako, a spokesman for the Federation Council Natural Resources Committee, comments on the situation. (5)

Vladimir Vorobyov, chief of the North-Caucasian Railway, on Tuesday spoke about the summer Moscow-Grozny railway schedule, saying that the number of trains on this route will be increased in the coming days. (5)

In an interview Pavel Krasheninnikov, head of the State Duma's legal affairs committee, shares his view on current judicial reform, focusing on its controversial aspects. (6)

A presidential decree on the new civilian alternative to compulsory military service is printed in full. (9)

Entrance examination season at Moscow State University is over. More than 20,000 applicants were fighting for the right to study at the famed institution. In an interview Rector Viktor Sadovnichy talks about results of this year's round of exams. Rossiiskaya Nauchnaya Gazeta Supplement. (1,2)



Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

Officials from Russia Petroleum -- a consortium of Russian and foreign companies developing the giant Kovykta gas field in the Irkutsk region -- discussed preliminary costs of the project with their Chinese and South Korean partners. A story examines several proposals, focusing on aspects complicating the realization of the project. (1,3)

In connection with the current scandal surrounding Yukos, the business community has come up with a new initiative for the president -- to sign a public treaty in which federal authorities would take the responsibility for defending all the changes that have taken place in Russia, including privatization. Several policy-makers, economists, political scientists and writers give their views of the initiative. (1,3)

In an interview the president of the Indem Fund thinktank, Georgy Satarov, shares his view on the criminal case against senior law enforcement officials who were recently described as a gang of werewolves wearing police uniforms. He also examines how public opinion about President Vladimir Putin is changing -- and not in his favor. (1,11)

There is much talk today about a possible postponement of the parliamentary elections from December to March to enable them to be conducted alongside the presidential ones. A story examines how this issue originated during Yeltsin's rule and who initiated it. (1,2)

The government Tuesday endorsed a concept for supporting industrial exports as drafted by the Economic Development and Trade Ministry. A story reveals its essence focusing on the expediency of the document. (3, Noviye Izvestia, 4)

Thirteen candidates are running for the gubernatorial seat in the Leningrad region, where the elections are scheduled for Sept. 21. A story looks at some of the candidates. (4)

Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov has again called on the international community to get involved in the conflict in Chechnya. He said that Chechen resistance has enough forces, means and will to continue the struggle for the freedom of the Chechen people up until the full liberation of Chechnya. A story examine the tense situation in the republic, in which people are killed every day. (4)

Noviye Izvestia

Sergei Smerdov, a student from the Khanty-Mansiisk autonomous district has set a precedent by forcing the administration of Moscow's Yaroslavl Railway Station to compensate him moral damage after he was refused permission to use the stations public toilets without paying. A story describes his case, saying that few people know that, according to the new Railway Charter, passengers with tickets may use the public toilets in the railway terminals at no cost. (1,3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3)

Large-scale military exercises started in the south of Uzbekistan on Tuesday. A story describes their aim and timetable, saying that Uzbek army command has ordered that all armed forces be put in a state of combat readiness. (1)

Union of Right Forces co-leader and State Duma Deputy Boris Nadezhdin on Tuesday presented two amendments -- one to Article 11 of the law concerning the government, and the other to Article 181 of the Civil Code. The deputy has proposed banning government members from taking up posts in political parties. A story comments on the proposal. (2)

The United Russian Party has launched a campaign which involves the distribution on the streets in 500 cities of passport inserts to show nationality. Insert no. 1 was sent to the Kremlin to President Vladimir Putin. Brief. (2)

The state precious metals and gems repository Gokhran on Tuesday held its second auction of the year to sell large diamonds. It sold all of the stones to domestic companies. A story describes the auction, its participants and the buyers. (4)

A feature story highlights Anatoly Morozov, 92, the only living photo correspondent, who took photos of the Reichstag in May 1945. (7)



Argumenty i Fakty
www.aif.ru

In an interview Olga Kryshtanovskaya, a specialist on society's elite at the Academy of Sciences' Institute of Sociology, examines the significant changes that have taken place in the upper echelons of power during President Vladimir Putin's rule. She focuses on the relations between the oligarchs and the authorities. (3)

What do villagers in different regions think about the upcoming elections and top policy-makers? What is worrying them most of all? Would they like to leave their villages. Are they afraid of famine? A story provides answers to all these questions by the inhabitants of several villages. (4)

A story examines the annual incomes of government ministers and other high-ranking officials. In 1997 former President Boris Yeltsin signed a decree, according to which all state employees should provide information about their incomes and property when asked by the media. (6)

What has changed in the lives of Russians since July 1993 when the old Soviet ruble was abolished. According to results of the opinion poll conducted by the All-Russia Center for Public Opinion Studies, or VTsIOM, the lives of 30 percent of the population have worsened. In the opinion of VTsIOM Director Yury Levada, poverty and the absence of a middle class weakens the position of the president, making him a hostage to the oligarchs. (6)

In an interview Alexei Pushkov, author and host of the Postscriptum television program, speaks about the latest changes on Russia's television channels, their new programs, intrigues and the relations between the stations and the authorities. (23)

In an exclusive interview from Buckingham Palace, Penny Russell-Smith, the personal press secretary of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, describes the Queen's working day, her leisure time, friends and official guests. (14, 15)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Police in the Moscow region on Tuesday arrested three people for the murder which had been seen as the ninth victim of a Moscow's serial killer. They confessed that they had killed the young girl on Friday (2)

A story paints a political portrait of Turkmen President President Saparmurad Niyazov, who has made life difficult for the tens of thousands of Russians living in his country. (5)

Komsomolskaya Pravda offers an emotional letter written by Stas Namin, composer, producer and President of the SNC corporation, in defense of his friend Platon Lebedev, a Yukos co-owner, who, in the author's opinion, has been arrested illegally. (9)