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Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Komsomolskaya Pravda


A story describes where regional governors prefer to spend their vacations, saying that most of them chose Russian health spas. (1,2)

Sociologists from the Research Institute of Art History have completed their work compiling three volumes (their titles are given) of the history of the Moscow Art Theater (also known as MXAT). This effort began in 1997. A story examines its most significant events. (1,2)

An editorial is devoted to several oh history's dictators, revealing their different fates -- some of them are in jail, others are dying from grave illnesses, and still others are continuing to mock their people. (2)

Health Minister Yury Shevchenko has signed Order No. 274 that bans medically certifying the presence of alcohol in drivers' systems. A story examines the new document with a critical eye, saying that it could cause chaos on the roads. Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena comments on the document. (2)

At a recent meeting with State Duma faction leaders that was also attended by Arkady Volsky, head of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP). President Vladimir Putin made three significant remarks. A story examines these in detail, with a commentary by Yevgeny Yasin, science leader at the Higher School of Economics. (3)

Pskov today is celebrating its 1100th anniversary. In an interview (on this occasion) the Senator from the Pskov region Mikhail Margelov, head of the Federation Council International Affairs Committee and PACE Vice-Speaker, shares his view on the future of his city as Russia's trading gate and on Pskov's cooperation with its neighbours. (3)

In an interview former U.S. Defense Policy Board head Richard Perle a hawk of American foreign policy, who visited Moscow last week, speaks about the priorities and problems of present U.S. foreign policy. (3)

President Vladimir Putin during his visit to Karelia on Monday went to a local forest area to meet with managers and workers. A story describes the meeting and the priority tasks that the president set before them. His other meetings in the republic were featured. (3, Kommersant, 2, Trud, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4)

President Vladimir Putin has sent a reply letter to Latvian schoolboy Yaroslav Karpelyak, who applied to the president with a request to help him receive education in his native tongue -- Russian. A brief reveals the content of Putin's letter. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Zhizn, 2, Gazeta, 3)

The St. Petersburg Election Commission on Monday accepted an application from Legislative Assembly deputy Yury Shutov, who would like to run for the gubernatorial seat in the upcoming city elections. His application was submitted by his assistants, because Shutov is now staying in a prison hospital. A brief mentions his grave crimes. (3, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Gazeta, 1, 3, Vremya Novostei, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

State Duma deputy Yury Ten from the People's Deputy Group on Monday died in Moscow at the age of 51 after a long illness. Brief. (3, Kommersant, 3, Zhizn, 2)

The creation of a Russian-Belarussian enterprise to transport gas on the basis of state-run "Beltransgaz" has failed. This is due to the Belarussian side demanding the impossible from Russia and Gazprom. A story examines such demands. (5)

The Finance Ministry plans to make the ratio between the state internal and foreign debts fifty-fifty by 2008. Today this ratio is at the level of 18-82 in favor of the foreign debt. Deputy Minister Bella Zlatkis believes that the present debt ratio poses a risk, because part of Russian eurobonds is nominated in euros, and in the case that the rate of this currency increases then the cost of servicing Russian debts will also increase. A story comments on the issue. NIKoil financial analyst Dmitry Dudkin shares his view. (5, Gazeta, 9, Noviye Izvestia, 4, Vremya Novostei, 4)

The rating of leading oil companies' long-term investment attractiveness last week continued to fall against the background of the scandalous developments around the Yukos oil company. The oil sector's total rating decreased by 0.42 percent. A story comments on the rating. (5)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Monday released Government deputy chief of staff Alexei Volin from his post. A brief looks at reasons behind Volin's resignation. (5,Noviye Izvestia, 2)

A brief gives figures showing how the ruble's values in relation to the dollar increased on Monday. (5, Gazeta, 7, Trud, 3)

According to the State Statistics Committee, the population's real cash incomes in June 2003 increased by 3.2 percent compared with the May figure and by 13 percent compared with the figure for June 2002. Brief. (5)

A unique Internet site presenting information about representatives from all power levels -- from the president down to department secretaries and judges -- has appeared in the United States. In an interview 26-year-old graduate of the Massachusetts Technological University Ryan McKinley, who created the site, speaks about his brainchild. (4)

The United States is changing its strategy in Iraq. It has become known that the U.S. administration intends to work on the creation of a 30,000-strong international military contingent in Iraq that should ease pressure on U.S. servicemen. A story reveals the essence of the new strategy. (4)

The conflict around the Korshunovsky GOK is continuing. Tatyana Trefilova, head of the Federal Service for Financial Recovery and Bankruptcy, stated on Monday that an amicable agreement on Group Mechel's conditions is impossible. The Mechel leadership stated that it will uphold its standpoint in court. A story reveals the essence of the conflict, focusing on both sides' stands. (6, Kommersant, 7, Vremya Novostei, 8, Moskovskiye Novosti, No.10, p. 10)

Aeroflot has completed a deal to sell eight Il-62 planes to the Moscow Alfa Airlines aviation company. Brief. (6, Kommersant, 7)

Many various berries presently sold in Moscow market places are radioactively contaminated. A brief gives facts and figures to illustrate the point. (7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 8)

Moscow residents, starting Aug. 1, will pay 140 rubles ($4.50) per month for their telephone connection instead of the present 126 rubles. Brief. (7)

The Moscow City Court on Wednesday is expected to consider lawyers' petition against the arrest of Platon Lebedev, Menatep Board of Directors head and Yukos major shareholder. The Prosecutor General's Office has accused him of embezzling a 20 percent stake of the Apatit company in 1994. A story gives new details of this criminal case and also details Mikhail Khodorkovsky's questioning by prosecutors. (8, Trud, 2, Moskovskiye Novosti, No.28,p. 6)

A feature story highlights British farmer Michael Vare, 46, who ten years ago arrived in Russia to begin a new life. He went to live in the distant Siberian Dubinka village, where he has created his own small farm. (9)


Three organizations of entrepreneurs (their names are given) representing big, medium and small businesses and also several human rights agencies on Monday sent a letter to President Vladimir Putin. They asked him to stop attacks on the business community and to sign a treaty, according to which federal authorities will not revisit past privatizations. A story offers the text of the letter with a commentary of its content. (1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 6)

In an interview Deputy Head of the State Sports Committee Dmitry Zelenin explains why a draft 2004 sport budget has been increased up to 12 billion rubles ($393 million) from the present 4 billion rubles. The brief looks at four sources of funding domestic sports. (1,15)

St. Petersburg administration financier Nadezhda Krepysheva has been appointed the deputy of Krasnoyarsk Governor Alexander Khloponin. A story comments on the appointment. (3)

Chechen police and FSB officers in Grozny on Monday detained and brought to Moscow the leader of a criminal group that supplied Chechen rebels with counterfeit dollars. A story gives details. (4)

Highly-regarded Soviet journalist Tomas Kolesnichenko, who worked at the Pravda newspaper for over 30 years, died at the age of 72. Brief. (4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 16, Gazeta,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 9)

According to a new draft school program, military lessons for senior students will be excluded. The Defense Ministry has so far failed to discuss any new programs. A story looks at the situation in detail. (4)

The Tyumen Oil Company (TNK) late this summer plans to launch trial gas deliveries to Belarus. A story reveals the plan, saying that the Belarussian side's negotiations with Gazprom on launching a gas transportation joint venture is on the brink of breakdown. (5)

The Moskva Hotel in Moscow on Monday stopped conducting day to day business on Monday. It will be torn down and rebuilt. A story examines this new construction project. (5, Gazeta, 1,5)

The Oracle company on Monday officially announced the signing of a deal with the Svyazinvest holding that bought its software for $153 million. A story describes the deal, focusing on the view of Boris Shcherbakov, head of the Oracle mission in Moscow. (5)

The Siberian Coal-Energy Company (SUEK) has consolidated its package of stock. Now 79.9 percent of the stakes that were previously scattered in four offshore zones have gone into the possession of Dinalink Limited Brief. (5)

The Federal Energy Commission (FEK) on Monday submitted to the government a draft government decree that fixes a ceiling for tariffs on products and services of the natural monopolies in 2004. A story examines the draft's major provisions. (5)

The governments of Russia and Ukraine have agreed to collaborate in exporting weapons to third countries. prime ministers Mikhail Kasyanov and Viktor Yanukevich have signed the corresponding agreement. A story comments on the document. (6)

The Central Bank has determined the procedure for granting the status of a bank to a non-banking credit organization. The corresponding directive has been signed by Central Bank head Sergei Ignatyev. Brief. (6)

The Rover Computers company, a leading domestic producer of notebooks, is expected to open a salon in Moscow. A story describes this successful project. (7)


Business community representatives on Monday sent another letter to President Vladimir Putin in which they proposed to pay taxes in full, to not bribe bureaucrats and to finance social programs in exchange for leaving past privatizations alone. (A1)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry has drafted amendments to the Tax Code mostly concerning the levying of taxes on small businesses. (A1)

VSMPO-Avisma, a world leading titanium producer, in two years' time intends to float 25 percent to 27 percent of its shares on Western exchanges. At the end of this year the company will publish figures to generally accepted accounting principles. (A1)

The electricity tariff ceiling is forecast to not exceed 13.1 percent in 2004. This information was contained in a draft government decree prepared by the Federal Energy Commission. Brief. (A1)

The accumulative pension system is investing about 45 billion to 50 billion rubles ($1.48 billion to $1.65 billion) in state-controlled securities this year, according to Deputy Finance Minister Bella Zlatkis. Brief. (A1)

Judging from the UES board of directors' production plan, Anatoly Chubais has no intention to part with Ren-TV before the end of this year. A story reflects how political scientists explain such a decision. (A2)

According to the Economic Development and Trade Ministry's updated economic forecast, defense expenditure will decrease before 2006. But expenditure on the defense industry and the army will not fall behind inflation. A story comments on the forecast, saying that economists approve of it. (A2)

The government would like to include Chechenneftekhimprom in the list of enterprises to be privatized in 2004. Who is against the idea? (A4)

The IRG marketing agency believes that the State Statistics Committee has underestimated real incomes and consumer spending. Is this really so? Four experts share their views on the issue. (A4)

In a far-ranging interview, Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref suggests that it is poverty rather than wealth that holds back normal economic development. In connection with the Yukos affair, Gref believes that renationalization should be forgotten. (A6)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Sephora, a subsidiary of LVMH, is now in talks to buy cosmetic chain L'Etoile, the leading Russian cosmetics company by number of stores. The deal is expected to take place in August. (B1)

Imperial bank may lose its most valuable asset -- its $25 million building on Ulitsa Bolshaya Yakimanka. NIKoil companies are competing for the right to own the building. (B1)

Sibur plans to cut its number of vice presidents to five from the present 12. Brief. (B1)

Gazexport in January-June increased natural gas deliveries to countries outside the Commonwealth of Independent States by 9 percent -- up to 71.76 billion cubic meters. Brief. (B1)

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development plans to invest 15 million euros in a plant that will make tinned corn. The plant is being built by Bonduelle in the Krasnodar region. Brief. (B1)

The General Motors-AvtoVAZ joint venture has suspended production for two weeks from July 21 due to its staff taking vacation, according to the company's director-general, Heidi McCormak. Brief. (B1)

Yukos on Monday announced the consolidation of the Eastern Oil Co., which has been excluded from the state register of legal entities. Brief. (B1)

Astrakhanenergo has acquired a new co-owner -- NIKoil group -- which has consolidated over 10 percent of Astrakhanenergo's shares and plans to put its own representatives on its board of directors. (B2)

The government has decided not to privatize the Novorossiisk Marine Steamship-Line company for now. Akropol Bank has a claim on the company. (B2)

The slump in the global investment banking sector has lasted for three years and has cost about 100,000 jobs, but it appears to be over. Investment banks earned 27 percent more in the second quarter than in the first quarter thanks to slashed expenses and bond issues. (B3)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Two stories look at the paradox that although Russia has a reputation of being one of the best-read countries on the planet, school programs exclude many outstanding authors. In an interview, high-ranking Education Ministry official Svetlana Ivanova comments on the issue. (1,2)

The UN Security Council was due to hold a special session on Iraq on Tuesday. Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov on Monday spoke over the phone with his colleagues in Washington, London and Paris as well as with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. A story examines the major issues to be discussed, focusing on Russia's position. (1, 4)

A new political force, preliminarily dubbed the Sergei Glazyev Bloc, has been ever more active lately. In his latest interview Glazyev reveals his proposals for the Communist Party. (2)

Union of Right Forces co-chairman Irina Khakamada at a news conference on Monday summed up results of the political year, and detailed the party's priorities in the upcoming election year. She also shares her views on the current Yukos crisis. (3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

The Constitutional Court late last week made the decision, to strip both general courts and the Supreme Court of their right to consider cases concerning articles of regional constitutions and charters. A story comments on the decision, citing the views by two legal experts. (1)

A story examines the latest press release from the American Embassy in Moscow, which explains how the procedure for issuing American visas is to be changed, starting Aug. 1. (4)

Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze, also described as the White Fox, has not given up his attempts to lump the blame for the deteriorating situation in his republic on Russia. He has demanded that Moscow stop all political and economic relationships with the province of Abkhazia. A story comments on his pronouncements in a radio interview on Monday. (4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

President Putin's visit to Baku has been postponed for the third time this week. A story reflects on the reasons, with the most probable being Azeri President Haidar Aliyev serious health problems. (1,5)

Highly-regarded economist Alexander Auzan has headed the Federation of Consumers Societies for over 10 years. In an interview he shares his view on the current Yukos scandal and on the state of the domestic economy, which some analysts are comparing with a fascist one. (1,11)

Russia has officially admitted that it is preparing for a military solution to the North Korean nuclear problem. It became apparent on Monday that the authorities in Russia's Far East, in a zone bordering on North Korea, have been checking to see the readiness of civil defense facilities in connection with the situation on the Korean peninsula. The development was disclosed by Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov, who is monitoring relationships with Asia. A story reveals the essence of his statement. (1,6)

Alexei Berezin and Yury Butuzkin, co-leaders of the recently formed New Russia movement, which so far boasts 10,000 members, held a second news conference on Monday to say why they have quit their membership of the United Russia party. A story describes the aims and tasks of their movement. (2)

Chechen rebels have markedly stepped up their activities in the republic of late in the hope of undermining the population's trust in authorities in the run up to elections in the republic. (4)

The presidential human rights commissioner, Ella Pamfilova, on Monday made several statements concerning the upcoming presidential elections in Chechnya and the current developments surrounding the Yukos oil company. Her statements have caused a controversial public response. In an interview, Pamfilova speaks about real threat to human rights in Russia caused by the attacks on big business and the possibility of a one-candidate presidential election in Chechnya. (10)

Noviye Izvestia

Entrance examinations are currently proceeding in all institutes and universities. Many applicants, however, are not confident enough to take them. They ask current students for money to take exams in their names. To boost this new business, a special firm, hiring such students, has been created. A feature story gives details cases to show how the exam fraud is achieved. (1,7)

State Duma deputy and human rights activist Sergei Kovalyov on July 1 attended the London City Court hearing of the extradition case against Aslan Maskhadov's envoy Akhmed Zakayev. Self-exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky was also present. Kovalyov recounts their meeting and Berezovsky's remarks about some upcoming events in Russia in December that may prevent President Putin being elected to a second term. (1)

A series of rapes and murders in Moscow have raised fears that a serial killer is on the loose in the capital. A total of 10 victims have been killed since the start of the summer. Law enforcement agencies, however, refuse to admit that all the crimes have all been performed by the same assailant. (1)

Small State Duma parties, are continuing to think up new methods, however absurd, to win over more voters. A story describes several methods, including the rumors being spread by the Party of Life that Russia's first lady Lyudmila Putina may joint it. (2)

The All-Russia Center for Public Opinion Studies, or VTsIOM, has conducted opinion polls in six big cities, in which residents were asked to answer the following question: What party would you have voted for if the parliamentary elections had taken place yesterday? A story examines interesting results, saying that the Communist Party outstripped United Russia by 3 percent. (2)

A story highlights specially-trained dogs used on the Moscow metro to help police detain terrorists and criminal suspects. (3)

Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Yakovlev Monday stated that the debts of housing and utilities enterprises should not be written off. In this way he went against the efforts of Gosstroi, which monitors the work of the housing and utilities complex and has drafted two bills for these debts to be written off. (4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,9)

The government Monday endorsed a system for distributing federal budget funds to help people being resettled from the areas in the north of Russia. In an interview Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister Muhamed Tsikanov talks about serious problems with the federal food and other products supplies program for the North, focusing on how the federal budget funds for the North are allocated and delivered. (4)

Special envoys representing the presidents of the Caspian states were to get together in Moscow Tuesday for their 10th session to regulate the status of the Caspian Sea. A story examines its agenda, participants and possible outcomes. (5)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

Kemerovo region Governor Aman Tuleyev calls on political party leaders participating in upcoming parliamentary elections to include in their election programs proposals for imposing the death penalty for those responsible for terrorist acts and murderers. (Quote of the Day) (3)

The law on compulsory driver's insurance took effect on July 1. In an interview, People's Party leader Gennady Raikov criticizes the document, saying that his party will work to cancel the draconian insurance tariffs. (4)

A story critically examines the decision of the Russian Air Force Command not to allow cosmonaut Yury Malenchenko, to get married in orbit. (5)

Federal ministries and departments may lay off about 300,000 bureaucrats during the upcoming administrative reform. A proposal will be made for the rest to leave Moscow for the Moscow region due to the lack office space in the capital. (7)

In the first such case of its kind in Russia, the Kostroma Prosecutor's Office has demanded that Governor Viktor Shershunov sell his office Mercedes and return money to the local budget. A feature examines the governor's response to the demand. (8,9)