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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

More than 7,000 Russian students hoping to travel to the Unites States this summer to work were denied visas by the U. S. Embassy in Moscow. An embassy spokesperson explained the situation. A story provides details. (1)

The surgical operation to separate 29-year-old Siamese twins Ladan and Laleh Bijani in a Singapore hospital on Monday ended in tragedy. A story describes the operation and explains what went wrong. (1,2) (Kommersant, 11, Rossiiskaya Nauchnaya Gazeta Supplement, II, Gazeta, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 5, Vremya MN, 2, Vremya Novostei, 3, Trud, 1, MK, 2)

Cuban peasants, despite legal ownership rights to the land they cultivate, have been refused ownership titles by former Soviet collective farms, which have been renamed into companies. A story details the current situation by focusing on a several peasants who have lost all hope of obtaining the land. (1, 2)

An editorial explains current efforts by the United States to find life on Mars. On Tuesday, the U.S. sent into space the Opportunity probe, which followed the launching one month ago of the twin spacecraft Spirit. Despite its pioneering of Mars research, Russia has given up this project because of its inability to raise the sums of money required for such an undertaking. (2) (Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3)

The Moscow city Duma in the fall the will discuss the 2004 city budget, one that includes increased tariffs on public transportation. A story provides details of the new budget, citing current figures for the city metro, bus, and trolleybus systems. (2, Kommersant, 3)

In separate interviews, United Russia leaders Alexander Zhukov, head of the Duma budget committee, and Vladislav Reznik, the committee's deputy head, comment on their party's platform. (3)

In an interview, former Soviet Vice-Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Central Committee Secretary Konstantin Katushev, reflects on the role of the Central Committee to resolve economic issues. (3)

The Belarussian Council of Ministers on Tuesday decided to close the Russian NTV news bureau in Minsk. In late June the Belarussian Foreign Ministry decided to deport NTV special correspondent to Minsk Pavel Selin. A brief cites the ministry's explanation and the Russian government's reaction. (4, Gazeta,2, Vremya Novostei, 2)

Russia, the United States and Ukraine have sent an encrypted message to outer space from 90,000 residents of 53 countries. The encrypting was done by the Institute of Radio-Engineering and Electronics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. A story describes the project and its aims. (4)

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Tuesday expressed his doubt that the Prosecutor General's Office acted correctly when it arrested Yukos billionaire Platon Lebedev. A story comments on Kasyanov's pronouncements in support of Yukos and its leadership. (5, Kommersant, 1,4, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 10)

A story examines recent commercial investment into the Trans-Siberian Railroad, the railroad line that connects western Russia with the country's east. It is reported that the international route may stretch to Finland in the near future. (5)

The Finance Ministry on Wednesday is expected to announce the date for companies to enter bids to manage Russia's pension funds. (5)

The second Congress of the Bashkortostan's Tatars, held in Ufa, had its final session on Saturday. The congress opened last August. A story details issues the congress discussed, focusing on the decisions made. (5)

Deputy Finance Minister Tatyana Nesterenko on Tuesday announced the ministry's intention this fall to restore the practice of involving commercial banks in the budget system. A story comments on the decision, citing views by three experts. (5 , Kommersant, 5,6, Gazeta, 7, Noviye Izvestia, 4, Vremya Novostei, 3, Vremya MN 4)

The European Union parliament is expected to pass a bill Thursday that will double the compensation offered to victims of cancelled or rescheduled flights. A story comments on the proposed measure, examining potential effects on Aeroflot 's interests. (6)

The government on Tuesday eliminated 18 superfluous responsibilities held by the Economic Development Ministry. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has signed the decree. The brief lists these functions. (6) (Vremya Novostei, 4)

The second international exhibition, Defense and Protection 2003, opened outside Nizhny Tagil on Tuesday. A story explains the event and mentions participants and sponsors. (6)

In an interview, leader of the People's Party Gennady Raikov comments on what he regards as a national crisis in social responsibility, morals and ethics. He describes his party's proposals for improving the current situation. (6)

According to British Petroleum chief economist Peter Davis, Russia in 2004 will lead the world in oil extraction. A brief provides figures. (6) (Kommersant, 5)

According to the Central Bank, banks have been increasing loans to individuals at a faster pace than to companies. A brief cites figures. (6)

The Caspian Pipeline Consortium and the State Investment Company Kalm TEC on Tuesday signed an agreement. A brief explains the agreement and its purpose. (6) (Kommersant, 7)

Rolsen, the Korean-Russian company that produces home electronic appliances for the Russian market, announced that it is in the middle of talks to buy a British factory to manufacture television tubes. Brief. (6)

The Moscow government on Tuesday endorsed a program aimed at combating social problems. The bill proposes 6.7 billion rubles ($220 million) to be spent by 2007. Brief. (7)

A fur exhibition opened Tuesday at the Expo-Center on Ulitsa Krasnaya Presnya while activists from the Moscow Center for the Protection of Animals protested against the fur trade outside the Olympics Sports Complex. A story describes these events. (7)

A story cites figures showing the recent increase in the number of homeless children in Moscow. The story focuses on special measures proposed by the Moscow government to combat this alarming trend. (9) (Noviye Izvestia, 7)

Representatives from domestic human rights movements at a news conference on Tuesday stated that Russian nationalism has noticeably increased recently. A story comments on statements by Alexander Brod, Director of the Moscow Human Rights Bureau, who offered reasons for the movement's increased popularity. (9)

In an interview, Gazprom head Alexei Miller names the cultural institutions his company supports financially -- among them are the Hermitage, the Pushkin Museum, the Russian Museum and the Tretyakov Gallery. (9)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The most recent victims of Saturday's terrorist act will be buried in the Chernevsky Cemetery on Wednesday. A story provides the names of the recently dead. (1,3)

In an interview, self-exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky criticizes the Prosecutor General Office's recent denouncement of the Yukos oil company's leadership. (1,4)

The Presidential envoy to the Northwest Federal District Valentina Matviyenko's rival in the St. Petersburg gubernatorial election campaign has lodged a complaint against her in the city's election commission, saying that she is violating election law, abusing her official post. A story looks at the complaint. (2)

The presidential elections in Karachayevo-Cherkessia are scheduled for Aug. 17. A story describes results of the candidates' registration campaign that ended in Cherkessk on Tuesday. (2)

A story provides new details in the investigation of the terrorist attack Saturday in Tushino. (3)

Unidentified bandits in Rostov-on-Don on Tuesday night attacked Duma deputy Stepan Shorshorov, member of the Duma's Security Committee. Fortunately no one suffered. A story gives details. (3)

Why is President Vladimir Putin staying silent about the Prosecutor General's attack on Yukos? Eight policy-makers and public figures share their views. (4)

The Central Bank on Tuesday posted on its site a draft of a new policy for the procedure of performing various types of operations with hard currency by authorized banks in Russia. A story examines the document's main provisions. (5)

The leadership of the Prof-Media Publishing House announced on Tuesday that it had managed to reach agreement with the International Financial Corporation to receive a $20 million credit. This money will be spent on building a network of movie theaters in Russia. A story comments on the deal. (5)

The Mediainvest investment fund has bought a big package of stakes in the Izvestia Editorial Board company. A story examines the deal. (5)

The Interros company has completed a deal to buy the Modern City corporation in Perm. A brief looks at its terms. (5)

The U.S. Business Week economic weekly has published a rating of the 1,000 most expensive companies in the world. A story comments on the rating, pointing to Russian companies on it. (1,7)

The Central Bank's Board of Directors has decided to cut the quota of the compulsory sale of hard currency proceeds by exporters down to 25 percent. A story comments on the measure. (5,6)

The Russian Media Ventures investment fund close to the Video International companies group is in talks for the purchase of the Ogonyok magazine from its present publisher Tatyana Dyachenko. A story describes the fate of this publication. (5)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov on Tuesday harshly criticized Mosenergo, accusing it of poor work. A story describes how this energy company views the mayor's accusations. (6)

The market rate of the U.S. dollar on the Russian market increased by 10 kopeks on Tuesday amounting to 30.43 rubles per dollar A story comments on this optimistic tendency . (6)

LUKoil's Ukrainian representation intends to launch a Ukrainian Project firm that will manage LUKoil's subsidiaries in Ukraine. Their names are given. Brief. (7)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The Central Bank's Board of Directors decided Tuesday that exporters should sell only 25 percent of their hard currency proceeds. A story comments on the Central Bank's decision. (A1)

Gazprom's petrochemical holding Sibur has real estate problems. Its shareholder and the owner of the office building demand that Sibur either buy or vacate the building by the end of the year. (A1)

Instead of expensive eurobonds and small credits Gazprom has decided to try using medium-term euronotes that will allow it to draw $14 billion in cheap Western securities within the framework of one program. Experts view this plan positively. (A1)

Russia's oil export in the January-May 2003 period amounted to 86.14 million tons, 15 percent more than the figure for the same period last year. Brief. (A1)

The annual report on world economic freedom (121 countries) that was made public on Tuesday put Russia in 112th place. Its position last year was 118th. Brief. (A1)

Businessman Sergei Pryanishnikov, known for his erotic videos, is another candidate running for the Saint Petersburg's gubernatorial seat. A story examines his political career. (A2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, who on Tuesday came out in defense of the Yukos company and its leadership, is defending the business climate in Russia according to experts. (A2)

The government is expected on Thursday to endorse an 80 billion ruble ($2.6 million) program for the partial transition of the army to a contract-based system of service. A story examines the program's main points. (A3)

Five experts share their views on what kind of army Russia needs. (A4)

Press Ministry Mikhail Lesin has made all federal television channels state-controlled. A story describes his successful actions in this direction. (A4)

In an interview Vladimir Gorbachev, director-general of the Southern Telecommunication Company, talks about the specific features of his company's work. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets& MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

The Central Bank intends to cancel the certificates given for all cash currency exchanges. Currency exchanges have been issuing these to clients since 1995. A story comments on the decision. (B1)

Yukos Financial Director Bryus Mizamor said Friday that the company will pay its clients intermediary dividends before the completion of its merger with Sibneft. Brief. (B1)

The Prosecutor General's Office has launched an investigation into Rosneft head Sergei Bogdanchikov over the looting of a 19 percent of stakes in Yeniseineftegaz. Brief. (B1)

Alfa-Eko Vice President Igor Baranovsky has become the director-general of the recently created Alfa-Sheremetyevo company. The brief says who initiated this. (B1)

The net profit of Transneft, according to ISA standards, amounted to 7,990 billion rubles ($260 million) in the first quarter of this year. This is 1.6 times more than the figure over the same period last year. Brief. (B1

The government has submitted instructions to the Communications and Press ministries asking them to see whether or not it is advisable to privatize the state-run enterprise Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Networks, which owns the Ostankino Tower and almost 100 regional transmitters. A story reveals the essence of the government's instruction. (B6)

Voltage Security, a new company from Silicon Valley, has proposed an original encoding technology that considerably simplifies the protection of documents. A story describes the new technology. (B6)

The EMC corporation, a major producer of mass data storage systems, intends to buy the Legato Systems company to supply software. Both companies' Board of Directors on Monday approved the $1.3 billion deal. (B6)

Wimm-Bill-Dann will become the first domestic supplier of the Lithuanian Vilnias Prekyba network, a large retailer on the territory of this former Soviet Republic. The delivery agreement will be signed at the end of this month. (B6)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

Following the recent terrorist act at the Tushino airfield, law enforcement officers and criminal investigators have found evidence of preparations for additional terrorist acts in Moscow. A story gives details. (1,10)

The Krasnoglinsky District Court in Samara on Aug. 4 will consider a suit lodged by City Duma Deputy Mikhail Anisimov against German airline Lufthansa. Anisimov is asking the court to punish the company for material and moral damage inflicted on his family. A story details the case. (1,11)

The government on Thursday is expected to endorse a program to transfer the army to a contract-based system. A story notes that the number of volunteers will not be sufficient, and that the Defense Ministry is counting volunteers from other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, which, as the story stresses, is forbidden under Russian and international law. A story comments on the program, focusing on this controversial issue. (1,2)

The Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting System is to undergo serious changes this fall. Its director-general, Gennady Sklyar, stated Tuesday that his agency is to launch major restructuring. A story describes his plans. (2)

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko received Nikolai Bordyuzha, secretary-general of the Collective Security Organization in Minsk on Tuesday. As well as official issues on collective security, Bordyuzha acts as an envoy for the Kremlin. A story examines in detail what was discussed during the hourlong meeting. (5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

A speech made on Monday at a seminar of the committee of Northwest Federal District by Sergei Stepashin, head of the Audit Chamber, in which he criticized Roman Abramovich's purchase of the British soccer Chelsea club, has shocked many. On Tuesday Stepashin had to clarify some points of his speech. A story examines what he said in response to the remarks made against him. (1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

The Finance Ministry was to launch a competition Wednesday to select a specialized depositary and companies to manage the population's pension funds. Rossiiskaya Gazeta's Special Issue published documents required to enter the competition. In an interview, Yevgeny Gontmakher, chief of the government's social welfare department, talks about the procedure of the competition and how the public will benefit from its results. (1,2)

In a far-ranging interview Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov describes what can be expected from his agency in the election year, how strong the lobbyists' positions in it are and when the reform of the council will be completed. (1,3)

A story highlights 17-year-old Sonya Zaporozhets and Vitya Degtyarev from the Rostov region, who fought their parents in court and won a case to protect their rights. What helped them in their struggle was the new Civil Code, particularly Chapter 27 of the code. (7)

Noviye Izvestia

The number of Muscovites on housing waiting lists has increased considerably of late. A story gives figures to illustrate the point, saying that people have lost all hope of receive free housing, and that many are unable to afford to buy apartments even in installments. (1)

Moscow authorities on Tuesday conducted a tender for purchasing grain for the city reserve -- in this way they are trying to prevent bread prices from skyrocketing as they have done in many regions. A story reveals how the system works. (1)

At a news conference on Tuesday, titled "Specific Features of the 2003-2004 Election Situation," Gleb Pavlovsky, president of the Effective Policy Fund, discussed his views on the topic. A story comments on his pronouncements. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta,3)

The Moscow city government has decided to build a small chapel on the site of the bombing at Tushino. (3)

Russia is beginning to get used to emergency situations, and the latest terrorist blasts at Tushino have not caused any serious persecution of people from the Caucasus region living in Moscow, as has happened in the past. Chechens and others living in Moscow said that they have not suffered any additional pressure from the police following the tragedy in Tushino. A story describes what Moscow's Chechens, Georgians and Azeris think of the tragedy. (3)

Igor Slyunyaev, head of the State Road Service of the Transportation Ministry, on Tuesday stated that his agency has not given up plans to build toll roads in Moscow. A story reveals the ministry's plan. (4)

The Association of Russian Banks and the Institute of the State and Law on Tuesday signed a general cooperation agreement. A story examines the document's major provisions, saying that the association wants to use it to bolster banking reform. (4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

A new restaurant called President will open on Leningradskoye Shosse on July 15. What its visitors will see when entering it is a huge fresco of President Vladimir Putin surrounded by historic figures from various times and places. A story describes its interior and unusual menu. (6)

In a suit against the managers of the Volgodonsk nuclear power station lodged by 70-year-old pensioner Stepan Avedikov to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, he demands the closure of the station and $3 million compensation for moral and physical damage. A story examines his case. (7)

Human rights activists at the Press Institute on Tuesday tried to sum up the results of the presidential campaign to combat the problem of homeless and runaway children. The number of such children has increased considerably of late, though, as the story says, significant structural changes have in fact taken place. The story describes the changes. (7)

Argumenty i Fakty
www.aif.ru

A story offers a political and economic portrait of Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, whose organizational and analytical abilities and excellent memory are highly valued in the Kremlin. The question is: Will he be able to become prime minister? (3)

What does the British press think of Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich (whose fortune, according to Forbes magazine, stands at $5.7 billion), and who recently bought London's Chelsea soccer club? (2)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Weather specialists warn that this year the danger of natural disasters has doubled. A story examines how they explain certain natural phenomena. (4)

Despite Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov's assurances, flour prices in June jumped by 7.5 percent, while bread prices rose by 5.5 percent. These figures have been provided by the State Statistics Committee. A story comments on the figures, comparing them with those promised earlier. (4)

The newspaper offers a table showing what has become of Russians' ruble, dollar and euro savings in bank accounts in the first six months of the year. (4)

A story examines major results of the State Duma's spring session. (5)