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


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

The European Union is taking a case to the European Court regarding the treatments of chickens in Italy, Belgium, Austria and Greece, where chickens are kept in extremely small cages. The European Union is intending to ban housing chickens in cages by 2012. (1)

Prosecutors are continuing their attacks against oligarchs. The Prosecutor General's office has opened a investigation into businessman Andrei Andreev, who claims that some individuals forced him to terminate his work with the Ingosstrakh company. Experts believe that authorities will now put pressure on Oleg Deripaska. A story looks into the prosecutors' activities. (1, 2)

A special military collective farm has invited Chinese employees to supply food to the Russian army. The Chinese are already successfully working with Moldovans and Ukrainians in a similar fashion. (2)

In an interview, Valentin Korabelnikov, a general and head of the military intelligence service (GRU) since 1997, speaks on the tasks and goals of Russian special services. (1, 3)

U.S. White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer gave a final press conference before stepping down from the post. He said in an interview that he has trust in U.S. President George W. Bush, his former boss. A story comments on his two and a half years as press secretary. (4)

American journalist Paul Khlebnikov, author of Godfather of the Kremlin, presented his new book Tuesday called A Talk with a Barbarian. The book is devoted to Chechnya. In an interview Khlebnikov talked about the book's main ideas. (4)

Under pressure from the United States, Europe has cancelled a moratorium on the use of genetically modified organisms. Russian scientists are divided on the issue, some more concerned with the economic aspects than the scientific. A story comments on recent developments in the field. (5)

The government's veto on audio and video sales by street vendors will not affect retailers until the street sale of software is legal. Street inspectors do not have the special equipment necessary to determine whether goods are legitimate. A story comments on details of the issue. (6, Kommersant 2)

A story presents an open letter to President Vladimir Putin from the fishing council of Kamchatka. Fishermen call on President Putin to solve the problems regarding the salmon fishing industry. (6)

City authorities intend to begin a public parking space program in the near future. Mayor Yury Luzhkov promised Tuesday at a session of the Moscow city government to remove all shell-type garages to specific areas places and referred to them as "the small joy of a small person." A story looks into details of the program. (7)

Yury Osipov, president of the Academy of Sciences, presented a certificate Tuesday to Zurab Tseretelli on naming a planet after the artist at a meeting of the Academy of Arts. A story comments on the details of the award ceremony. (7)

Russian-Ukrainian relations are going through some turbulence. Ukrainian authorities have not given Admiral Kusnetsov permission to receive cruiser training in the Crimea due to the fact that Russia's Defense Ministry has not paid Ukraine for 2002 military training. A story comments on both sides' positions. (8)

The Albatross L-39 aircraft crashed Monday killing its two pilots. Preliminary investigation into the accident points to the presence of a bird in the motor turbine as the cause of the crash. A story comments on the investigation. (8)

Tatarstan authorities have arrested six members of a criminal group in Naberezhnye Chelny who are suspects in the abductions of KamAZ deputy director and KamAZ Metallurgiya general director Viktor Faber, who has been missing since May 27. A story looks into the investigation. (8)

A whole page is devoted to Mayor Yury Luzhkov. He is well known as a politician, showman and philosopher. His personality is complex and his interests broad. A feature story comments on his life and views. (9)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Igor Shuvalov began forming of a group that will work out a program to double Russia's Gross Domestic Product on Tuesday. This group is being formed due to President Vladimir Putin's GDP growth requirements. Participants in the venture include government officials, Kremlin administration officials, two chambers of federal assembly representatives, political party leaders and representatives of public organizations. A story comments on the group's goals. (1)

Russia is facing a problem with credit payments to the Czech Republic. Russia planned to construct 28 Valdai vessels worth a total of $200 million for the Czech Republic. Construction has been stopped due to lack of funding from the Finance Ministry. The total debt to the Czech Republic reached $3.6 billion at the end of 2001. A story comments on the two sides of the issue. (1)

High taxes and complicated reporting were the key issues Tuesday at a conference held on the problems facing small business during a round-table with Boris Alyeshin, a deputy government chairman. Alyeshin has promised to discuss small business' problems at a government session in October. (2)

Unified Russia's general political council officially announced Tuesday that they have expelled Andrei Gorshkov, a member of the Murmansk regional political council, from the party's ranks. The decision was made on the eve of the Murmansk mayoral elections. The general council of Unified Russia has accused Gorshkov of discrediting the party and breaking party regulations. (2)

Great Britain's Prince Charles arrived in St. Petersburg late Sunday for a three-day visit as St. Petersburg continues celebration of its 300th anniversary. The prince's visit to St. Petersburg concluded Tuesday. (2)

The Moscow city court held up the decision to imprison Alexei Pichugin, head of the fourth security department of Yukos, who was arrested three weeks ago. His lawyers are intending to appeal the decision to the higher court of Russia. A story looks into details of the conflict surrounding Yukos and Menatep. (3)

Union of Right Forces (SPS) leader Boris Nemtsov and his first deputy Boris Nadezhdin have drafted amendments to the law on political parties. A story comments on the opinions of politicians on abuse of power by government officials. (3)

The Moscow city court has not released Mikhail Kodanev, co-chairman of the Liberal Russia party, from prison. Mikhail Kodanev was arrested on June 26 in connection with the murder of State Duma Deputy Sergei Yushchenkov. (3)

The High Court has approved the Moscow regional court's verdict issued to the abductors of Ilia Surkov, a former ORT deputy director. Criminals were asking $200 million for Surkov's release. A story looks into details of the abduction. (4)

The Moscow regional prosecutor's office reported Tuesday that a Smolensk criminal leader, Yury Statsenko, admitted his guilt in the abduction of LUKoil first vice president Sergei Kukura. However, investigators had determined that Yury Statsenko was not involved. (4)

The Federal Securities Commission (FSC) has drafted a decree on pension funds investment regulations. The project provides a liberal approach to the investment of pensions. A story looks into details of the draft. (5)

The president of the Russian Union of Insurers approved new regulations Tuesday that will give the Finance Ministry, Transportation Ministry and Interior Ministry exclusive rights to veto the union's decisions. (5)

A bank belonging exclusively to foreign investors has come to Moscow. International Bank owners have transferred their shares to Swiss companies. (6)

Rostehinventarizatsia representatives held a press conference Tuesday at which they criticized the activities of the board of directors of Gosstroi. Rostehinventarizatsia has accused Gosstroi of collapsing some of its branches. A story looks into the conflict. (7)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

Alpha group president Mikhail Friedman has initiated a program of reallocating Sheremetyevo airport management functions among private bodies. A story comments on preliminary terms of the Sheremetyevo management tender. Alpha is now considered to be the most likely winner. (A1)

Leading ratings agencies have made skeptical forecasts on Russia's investment rating growth after the presidential elections take place in 2004. The lack of banking reforms in Russia is playing a negative role in investment attractiveness. A story gives analysts' opinions on the economic situation in Russia. (A1)

The number of millionaires is growing despite of the world economic downturn. In accordance with research by analysts Merrill Lynch and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young agencies, millionaires are coming through the present recession much better than ordinary people. There was a 2.3 percent increase in the number of millionaires in the world in 2002. A story comments on details. (A1)

It took the prosecutor general's office three months to change its opinion on the legality of the sale of a 20 percent stake in the Apatit joint-stock company's shares. Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov reported to President Vladimir Vladimir Putin on the positive results of the Murmansk enterprise's privatization in April 2003. The prosecutor general's office now asserts that new details have come to light, resulting in Menatep head Platon Lebedev being arrested. (A2)

The government is considering gas reforms. Gazprom and the Russian union of industrialists and entrepreneurs (RSPP) declared on Tuesday the founding of a new structure to regulate the gas market. (A3)

A government commission regulating protectionist measures approved Tuesday a new system of sugar auctions in 2004. Officials approved the distribution of not-paid meat quotas among historical importers. (A3)

The Planet Group, a leading Russian retail group, used to be a very closed corporation. It took the Planet Group two years to take control of more than 40 industrial enterprises including the Petmol milk factory, Klinsky meat factory and Tinkov's Daria. In an interview Andrei Beshmelnitsky, the Planet Group director general, speaks about recent developments in the company and its current activities. (A5)

Product placement system is now becoming more popular in Russian marketing. Product placement involves placing a product or a service in a media medium, such as a movie or book. A story comments on the practice of product placement by Russian marketing specialists. (A7)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Cyprus is implementing a visa regime for Russian citizens starting from October 2003. Players on the tourist market consider that Cyprus will receive one third less Russian tourists after the policy comes into force. Originally the regime was scheduled for January 2003, but Cyprus authorities postponed it in order not to spoil the tourist season. A story comments on the details of the situation. (B1)

Bashneft minority shareholders, whose representatives did not make it onto the company's board of directors, have complained to Federal Securities Commission (FSC). The FSC is going to audit the petroleum company. A story gives analysts' opinion. (B1)

The MDM group, which is set to become one of the main players in the energy market, started to dictate its rules to RAO EES Russia. MDM recently blocked a RAO Buryatenergo share release. A story comments on MDM group activities. (B2)

RusAl is continuing to cut production costs. The company is to dismiss 10 percent of its employees by the end of 2003. Experts consider that this will allow the company to raise labor productivity, an area in which RusAl still lags behind its western competitors. (B2)

City authorities intend to begin a public parking space program in the near future. Mayor Yury Luzhkov promised Tuesday at a session of the Moscow city government to remove all shell-type garages to specific areas places and referred to them as "the small joy of a small person." A story looks into details of the program. (B5)

Deputy Mayor of Moscow Vladimir Resin announced Monday that the Moscow Investment Construction Company will be founded and registered in Saint Petersburg. The company will invest in construction in Saint Petersburg, helping Valentina Matviyenko fulfil her promises to construct 4 million square meters for housing in the case that she becomes governor. (B5)

The government's veto on audio and video sales by street vendors will not affect retailers until the street sale of software is legal. Street inspectors do not have the special equipment necessary to determine whether goods are legitimate. A story comments on details of the issue. (B6)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

President Vladimir Putin meet with members of the three-sided commission on social labor regulations Tuesday. Deputy Prime Minister Galina Karelova, FNPR leader Mikhail Shmakov and Russian recruits coordination council general director Oleg Yeremeev all participated in the meeting. The topics under discussion included labor code reforms, medical insurance and pension reforms. (1, 2)

Igor Shuvalov began forming of a group that will work out a program to double Russia's Gross Domestic Product on Tuesday. This group is being formed due to President Vladimir Putin's GDP growth requirements. Participants in the venture include government officials, Kremlin administration officials, two chambers of federal assembly representatives, political party leaders and representatives of public organizations. A story comments on the group's goals. (1, 3, Gazeta 1, 3)

A decree on mandatory automobile insurance came into force on July 1. The first case of compensation was documented in St. Petersburg on July 9. A VAZ 21099 owner received 20,374 rubles ($660) to cover damage incurred to their vehicle. (1)

In an interview Education minister Vladimir Filippov talks about issues in the Russian education system, focusing on the implementation of commercial principles. He also speaks on the participation of specialists in designing a school syllabus. (2)

The year 2002 was an important year for the mass media market. Tendencies influencing the market were defined: foreign publishing groups joined the Russian market, publishing houses expanded, the distribution system was monopolized and there was considerable growth in the advertising market. (3)

U.S. White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer gave a final press conference before stepping down from the post. He said in an interview that he has trust in U.S. President George W. Bush, his former boss. As to Fleischer's future plans -- he wants to relax, as he said to journalists. (4)

Formula-1 Grand Prix winner Ralf Shumaher visited Moscow on Tuesday. He recommended that Russians insure their cars as not all traffic regulations are being adhered to on the roads. A story gives details of his interview. (6)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

Kremlin officials are approaching a new stage in reforming the upper chamber. The Kremlin hopes to split up the functions of the senate and regional leaders so that regional heads don't influence senate's decisions. A story comments on details of the reformation of the Federation Council. (1, 2)

Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref reported Tuesday to President Vladimir Putin on Russia's economic progress. The minister informed the president that investment level reached grew in 2003. (3)

The United Russia fraction is preparing for parliamentary elections in December. Ivanovo mayor Alexander Groshev was expelled from of the party's ranks Monday for actions discrediting the party. This decision was made on Thursday at a session of Unified Russia. In an interview Groshev talks about the issue (4)

Gazeta
www.gzt.ru

Prosecutors are continuing their attack against oligarchs. The Prosecutor General has started a criminal investigation around businessman Andrei Andreev's, who claims that he was forced to cease his business activities, including in Ingosstrakh. Experts consider that authorities will now put pressure on Oleg Deripaska. A story looks into prosecutors' activities. (1, 3)

Great Britain's Prince Charles arrived in St. Petersburg late Sunday for a three-day visit as St. Petersburg continues celebration of its 300th anniversary. A story comments on the details of his visit. (2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta 1)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

A Komsomolskaya Pravda correspondent traveled to Kurchaloi district in Chechnya to visit the parents of Zulihan Elihajieva, a suicide bomber who was arrested at Tushino. A feature story gives details of her biography, focusing on the hard life of a young girl who was picked up by terrorists. (2)

City authorities intend to begin a public parking space program in the near future. Mayor Yury Luzhkov promised Tuesday at a session of the Moscow city government to remove all shell-type garages to specific areas places and referred to them as "the small joy of a small person." A story looks into details of the program. (9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta 2)