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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

Ten young Moscow women have been raped and killed since the start of July. Police are not sure whether or not these terrible crimes have been committed by one offender. A story describes the victims, focusing on the conclusions of criminal experts and psychologists. (1, 2, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4, Gazeta, 4, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 7, Zhizn, 4,5, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, Vremya Novostei, 3, MK, 1)

Britain is in shock over the tragic death of 59-year-old David Kelly, Defense Ministry biologist and former UN weapons inspector. A story looks at some of the circumstances surrounding his mysterious death, describing some serious consequences for the fate of Prime Minister Tony Blair and the whole country. (1, Kommersant, 9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3, Gazeta,2, Noviye Izvestia, 5, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6)

In an interview news commentator Mikhail Osokin, who has resumed to work on the NTV channel after a month-long absence, speaks about his new job and about his view on political news and on the fate of TVS. (1,10)

An editorial is devoted to a revolution in the toy world connected to the collapse of a 44-year global dominance by the Barbie doll. A story asks which doll will replace it? (2)

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission Friday completed its work inspecting tax changes in Russia. The IMF mission has made public its preliminary assessments of the Russian tax system. A story examines them in detail, focusing on the mission's negative view of amendments to the Tax Code that were signed by President Vladimir Putin on July 7. (2)

What worries the electorate today is housing and utility reform rather than democratic freedoms. The parties that propose a workable outcome from the current housing and utilities crisis will most probably win the upcoming parliamentary elections. This conclusion was made on the basis of a recently published report by the Association of Regional Sociological Centers. A story examines the report and its conclusions. (3)

Canada's Governor General Adrienne Clarkson is to visit Russia in September. In an interview Canada's Ambassador to Russia Rodney Irwin talks about the aim of her upcoming state visit and about current Canadian-Russian relations. (4)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov's four day working trip to divisions in the North-Caucasian Military District ended Friday with his visit to the 20th motor-rifle division stationed in Volgograd. Ivanov observed the division's military exercises, grandiose by scale and the number of participating servicemen and military machinery. A story describes the results of Ivanov's visits. (3)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov presided over the 9th session of the Russian-Ukrainian Inter-Governmental Commission in Yalta over the weekend. The event was also attended by Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukevich. A story examines results of the session, focusing on two signed agreements. (5, Kommersant, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 4, Gazeta, 8, Vremya Novostei, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6)

A story comments on the results of a recent opinion poll taken by the Public Opinion Fund that asked Russians what they thought of the current developments around the Yukos oil company. As it has turned out, 53 percent of the population have heard nothing about these events. (5)

The Economic Development Ministry has raised its forecast for gross domestic product growth in 2003 for the second time -- this time up to 5.9 percent. The forecast for industrial production growth rates this year has also been raised up to 5.8 percent from 4.5 percent. A story examines the fresh forecast, explaining why 2004 will be economically difficult. Three experts share their views. (5)

The Gazprom leadership intends to lobby the creation of a full-fledged gas exchange by Jan. 1, 2004 with the aim of selling one-third of all Gazprom-produced gas -- 120 billion cubic meters a year -- by liberalized prices. The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs has supported Gazprom, and they together have decided to create a non-commercial organization to coordinate the gas market. A story comments on the decision. (5, Kommersant, 6)

The political foundation of the single European currency, the so-called Stability Pact, has appeared to be under threat A story says which countries have violated this protocol. (5)

Russian MiG-31 fighters have received a new lease on life from the aerospace EADS concern that has worked out a MiG-bus project, according to which modified MiGs will launch tourist flights that reach 30,000 meters for $10,000 per person. A story examines the project. (6)

Domestic enterprises' investments in basic capital in June this year increased by 12 percent compared to the figure for the same period last year, now totaling 181.5 billion rubles ($5.9 billion). A brief offers several other figures on investment growth. (6)

Ukraine and Kazakhstan have agreed to sign an inter-governmental agreement on the terms of transporting Kazakhstan's oil through Ukrainian territory before October. Brief. (6)

Deputy Prime Minister Boris Alyoshin stated that the government plans to create an alliance among engine-producing enterprises with the aim of later launching a managing company. Brief. (6)

The Novorossiisk Marine Steamship-Line (Novoship) intends to concentrate its efforts on boosting oil transportation from Murmansk and Baltic ports. This was stated by the company's Vice President Valery Paly. Brief. (6)

Industry and Science Minister Ilya Klebanov on July 21 to July 22 is expected to visit the Republic of Korea to take part in the 5th session of the Russian-Korean Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation. Brief. (6)

The Audit Chamber has inspected the management efficiency of Transnefteprodukt and found serious violations. A brief looks at some of these. (6)

Rostelecom, starting Aug. 1, will impose a new tariff system for international calls between the users of fixed and mobile communications networks. A story examines the new system and some other changes. (6, Kommersant, 7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

In an interview Alrosa Vice President Sergei Ulin, who has returned from Brussels, talks about how the world diamond market will change over the next 5 years and how his company will change its diamond policy accordingly. (6)

A story describes how Russia is going to help Ukraine with grain during the present food crisis that hit the country early this year. Two analysts share their views on the problem. (6)

A story describes how any person in possession of a gold ingot can land themselves in a pre-trial detention center for 15 days. (6)

Sanproektmontazh has worked out a new method to cleanse Moscow of rats and mice. A story describes it in detail. (7)

According to a Moscow city program, the foreign workforce will be gradually replaced by specialists from Russia's regions. The brief mentions the aim of the program. (7)

An open movie theater, the first such in Moscow, has opened on the territory of a cultural-entertainment complex in Dubki Park. A brief explains how it differs from similar U.S. theaters. (7)

The Moscow ecological special services have presented a joint report on the radiation-hygiene situation in the city and have compiled a radiological passport for Moscow. A story gives facts and figures. (7)

Unidentified criminals in Moscow on Friday killed highly-regarded Ingush journalist Alikhan Guliyev. A story gives details. (8 , Kommersant, 4, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya Novostei, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7, MK, 2)

The Constitutional Court has made a significant decision over the struggle for power between the Federal Center and the regional authorities. A story reveals the essence of the decision. (8)

The Constitutional Court has adopted a decree concerning the revision of the case for the liquidation of the Moscow Independent Broadcasting Corporation (MNVK), a television company that belonged to self-exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky and that owned the TV-6 channel. Brief. (10 , Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 3)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow on Friday officially announced another toughening of the regulations to issue visas to Russians. A story comments on the measure, focusing on its negative consequences. (1, 4 ,Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2)

Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Yakovlev over the weekend visited Ulyanovsk to discuss energy problems with local authorities. He promised them a 150-million ruble ($4.9 million) federal loan for winter preparations. A story describes the results of his visit. (2)

The Liberal Russia party headed by Viktor Pokhmelkin held an extraordinary congress in the Moscow region on Saturday. A story describes the forum, its major aim and the decisions made. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta,2, Noviye Izvestia,2 , Vremya Novostei, 1)

Famous writers (their names are given) on Saturday sent a letter to Education Minister Vladimir Filippov, in which they harshly criticized a new school literature program that has excluded several outstanding authors and their works. A story examines the content of the letter. (4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

Reputed mobster Vyacheslav Gamernik (also known as Gomera) reportedly responsible for Irkutsk's criminal world was killed in Moscow's Yar Restaurant on Saturday. A story describes how it happened. (4)

The Prosecutor General's Office on Friday announced that it's conducting investigations into seven criminal cases that in this way or another involve the Yukos oil company. A story comments on prosecutor's announcements, and gives the Yukos reaction. (5)

The Tolyatti companies Visa group has taken over Rekord Holding, a leading Serbian enterprise processing Indian rubber and making tires. A story describes the deal. (5, 7)

Moscow's leading construction company Mosstroimekhanizatsia-5 (MSM-5) has passed to new owners. Entrepreneur Alexei Shulepov, who previously collaborated with Interros and several MSM-5 managers, has bought a controlling stake. A story describes the company and its new owners. (5)

The domestic stock market has been falling for a second week running. A story cites figures to illustrate the point, focusing on analysts' comments. (6)

Dmitry Ponomaryov, the former president of the RTS trading ground , has been elected head of the RTS Stock Exchange Board of Directors. A story comments on his new job .(6)

The Itera company selling gas to Georgia and other countries in Transcaucasia halved its gas delivery to Tbilisi on Saturday. A brief says why. (7)

The Permskiye Motory company and the leasing Ilyushin Finance company have signed a contract on the delivery of 17 PS-90A engines. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister Boris Alyoshin. Brief. (7)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

According to the Interactive Research Group marketing agency, gross domestic product can be doubled even faster than President Vladimir Putin recently suggested. A story looks at IRG's recommendations. (A1)

The number of men who use cellular telephones is much higher than the number of women. A story cites results of domestic opinion polls to illustrate the point. (A1)

Chechenneftekhimprom, with assets worth $560 million, may be privatized next year, with Rosneft being the favorite to gain control of the assets. A story gives the views of several analysts'. (A1)

According to the Central Bank's Department of Foreign and Public Relations, the number of branches of domestic banks in Russia stood at 3,261 as of July 1. The total decreased by 65 over the first 6 months of the year. Brief. (A1)

According to the results of a recent poll by the ROMIR agency, 25 percent of Russians have a negative attitude toward the purchase of Britain's Chelsea soccer club by oligarch Roman Abramovich. Brief. (A1)

The Prosecutor General's Office is continuing its onslaught of the Yukos oil company. Altogether seven criminal cases have been opened against it, with only two being of an economic character. A story examines the cases, focusing on the company's reaction. (A2)

Gubernatorial elections in the Sverdlovsk region are scheduled for Sept. 7. A story looks at those running against incumbent, Eduard Rossel. (A2)

Gosstroi has drafted a bill on concessions in the housing utilities sector. A story examines the document, saying what private investors will gain. (A3)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry has raised its prognosis for economic growth in 2003 and 2004. Independent economists agree with the ministry's forecast over the growth of gross domestic product this year by 5.9 percent and of investments by 9.2 percent. (A3)

The Industry, Science and Technology Ministry has asked the government for additional customs concessions for foreign companies that would like to produce automobile parts in Russia. (A3)

In a far-ranging interview, president of Arbat Prestige Vladimir Nekrasov speaks about his company, explaining why several suppliers of high-end brands are leaving it. He also talks about his company's major competitors in Russia. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has proposed to the Russian Surgutneftegaz company to take part in the privatization of the Mozyr and Novopolotsk oil refineries in exchange for his country's participation in developing oil deposits on Russian territory. Lukashenko spoke about his proposal on NTV on Saturday. Brief. (B1)

Moody's Agency has for the first time granted Mastercroft Limited a B1 rating. The forecast on the rating is positive. Mastercroft, which is registered through subsidiary holding structures in Cyprus, possesses controlling interests of the Nizhny Tagil and West-Siberian metals combines and also controls the Euroholding brand. A brief says what the B1 rating means to the company. (B1)

The government, starting Aug. 1 of this year, will decrease oil and oil-product export duties down to $25. This represents a fall of 1 percent per ton from the current $26.8 percent. Brief. (B1)

The Magnitogorsk Iron and Steelworks, or MMK plans to resume negotiations on merging with Mechel. This was stated by MMK director-general Viktor Rashnikov. Brief. (B1)

The June decrease on the Russian stock market has returned the markets former attractiveness according to analysts at Citigroup. Analysts share their views on the effect of current developments around Yukos on the domestic stock market. (B1)

The government has decided to sell its controlling interest in Novosibirsk's Tolmachovo Airport in 2004. A story examines who may be interested in buying it. (B2)

The Federal Property Fund on Friday summed up results of the auction to sell 41.01 percent of stock of the Cherepovetsky Azot company. With the Trast investment bank winning the tender. (B2)

Sberbank on Friday made public results of its financial performance in 2002 under international accounting standards. (B3)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Chechnya's election commission has announced the launch of funding for the election campaign for presidential elections scheduled in the republic for Oct. 5. Election Commission head Abdul-Kerim Arsakhanov spoke about the first money obtained, saying what it will be spent on. (1, Vremya Novostei, 3)

In late August it will be possible to observe a rare and unusual event -- the great opposition of the planet Mars -- when the planet will be opposite the sun in relation to earth. Lydia Rykhlova, head of the outer space laboratory of the Academy of Sciences, comments on the event. (1)

In an interview, Moscow City Duma Speaker Vladimir Platonov notes what awaits Muscovites in the near future. He focuses on how it is possible to protect the city residents from terrorist acts. (1,4)

Young families in several regions have received state subsidies for buying or building housing. The development was described by Education Ministry officials at the All-Russia Conference of Regional Youth Policy Agency Leaders, which finished its work in Moscow over the weekend. A vital issue on its agenda was the sub-program aimed at providing young families in regions with housing, as part of the Federal Housing Program. (2)

The number of beatings committed by officers in the army is growing, according to a statement from the Defense Ministry. A story comments on the statement, citing facts and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov's view of the situation. (2)

After a 6-month interval, 66-year-old former-President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel, who retired on pension earlier this year, is returning to mainstream politics. He has accepted a proposal from the Foreign Ministry's to become the Honorary Peace Ambassador of his country to contribute to conflict resolution. A story describes his new job. (3)

The Moscow city government has endorsed the concept of overhauling and boosting the Bittsa equestrian complex. A story examines the major renovation project. (4)

St. Petersburg metro authorities plan to put into operation 21 new metro stations by the year 2015. A story reveals the metro plan, noting the names of several new stations. (5)

The gubernatorial elections in St. Petersburg are scheduled for Sept. 21. Central Elections Commission chief Alexander Veshnyakov commented on the pre-election situation in the city. State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov has officially rejected information in the media about plans to take part in the elections. (5, Noviye Izvestia, 2)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

Kremlin staff chief Alexander Voloshin at a regular conference in the Kremlin on Friday with the directors of television channels, presented a plan for a stage-by-stage resolution of the Yukos crisis. According to the plan, the standoff between security services and the business community would eventually be defused without loss of face. A story examines the plan in detail. (1,2)

Five leading political scientists, including Gleb Pavlovsky, share their views on the political aspect of the Yukos crisis. (1,2)

Abkhazia's leadership is concerned over the appearance lately of NATO AWACS reconnaissance aircraft above Georgia, and views the placement of Russian S-300 anti-aircraft rocket systems on the territory of Abkhazia as necessary. The first deputy prime minister of the Abkhazian government, Astamur Tarba, stated that the republic's leadership had sent an official request to Moscow. (1,6)

A story is devoted to Patriarch Alexy II, who has recovered from a long illness. After a 2-month public absence, the patriarch will be able to take up political activities as well as church duties. (1,2)

Novgorod regional governor Mikhail Prusak not so long ago was known to harshly criticize federal authorities, including the policy of the government. Thus, he opposed the institution of presidential envoys in the federal districts. The governor's political activity today is coming to naught. In an interview he says why. (3)

President Putin is to arrive in Karelia today to take part in the opening ceremony of the 32nd International Sail Regata on Lake Onega. A story also examines the program of his visit, focusing on issues he will discuss with the republic's leadership. (3)

The presidents of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan not so long ago stated their intentions to create a single economic zone. In an interview Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister Dmitry Sukhoparov, a curator of Eurasian integration in the Russian government, speaks about the fate of this initiative. (4)

Gazprom and the German energy company Wintershall last week signed a frame agreement on launching a joint venture to develop the Achimovsk gas field at the Urengoi. A story examines the project. (4

The story examines districts in Moscow that have been designated for building housing for poor people, thus deliberately dividing the city for districts for wealthy and poor people. (5)

Moscow police have arrested a high-profile French swindler, who has already been sentenced to 5 years in jail in France. He is accused of embezzling 12 million euros. A story details his case. (7)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Equipment in Moscow amusement parks has become obsolete, and, therefore, attractions have become extremely dangerous. A story describes a recent tragic accident, in which an old attraction at Gorky Park left a visitor dead. (2)

The Moscow government has decided to increase city pension additional payments by 70 rubles, starting Aug. 1. A story comments on the measure. (2)

A story describes places in Moscow, where school pupils and university students can earn money during their summer holidays. (5)

The newspaper gives a list of private institutes and universities that offer paid courses for young people, who failed to pass entrance exams at state-run higher educational establishments. (6

The famous Britannica encyclopedia in an electronic disc titled Britannica 2003 Ready Reference, which boasts 25,000 entries, has appeared in Russia. A story describes this unique edition. (8)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov has presented his cap to the newspaper KP so the paper can sell it at an auction, with the money earned going to Moscow Children's Home No. 22. The starting price for the hat is $500. (9)

A new service -- "husband for an hour" and "wife for an hour" -- has emerged in Moscow. A story describes their duties, noting that sex is not included. (14)

The story describes the eight old ghosts that are believed to live in the corridors of the Grand Kremlin Palace. (28,29)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

Moscow authorities plan to build 10 new small hotels in the city center in the next few years. Each of them will host not more than 160 tourists. A story describes the project. (1)

An unidentified 15-year-old teenager on Saturday robbed Irina Shoigu, wife of the Emergency Situations Minister. A story describes what happened. (1,2)

Computer engineers have developed a unique program for school pupils that will be able to control their ability to work with computers. A story describes this invention. (1)

The Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky has an American daughter named Elena-Patricia. This fact had been kept as a secret for many years. A feature story highlights this daughter and her mother, Elizabeth Zibert. (6)