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


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

Two female Chechen suicide bombers detonated explosives near the entrance to the Tushino Airfield Saturday, killing 16 and injuring 57 people. The Krylya rock festival, which was taking place at the airfield, continued despite the blasts. All major newspapers are featuring the bombings Monday. (1, 2, 12, Kommersant, 1-3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 8, Gazeta, 1, 3, Novaya Gazeta, No.48, pp. 12, 13, Zhizn, 1-8, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 7, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1-4, MK, 1-2)

Due to the terrorist act at Tushino, President Putin has cancelled his visit to Samarkand where he planned to conduct negotiations Sunday as well as negotiations with Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov planned for Monday. The president has also postponed his visit to Malaysia where he intended to sign a billion-dollar deal. A story describes the changes to Putin's travel plans as announced by the Kremlin on Sunday. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 2)

In an interview, Mark-Antuan Otman, head of the board of directors of Credi Agricole Indosuez Bank, speaks about the resolution of the 5-year conflict between his bank and the National Reserve Bank of Russia. (1, 6)

The Ministry of Natural Resources has ordered the Dirol-Cadbury factory in Novgorod to suspend production starting Monday because of pollution infringements. A story comments on the decision. (2, Kommersant, 7)

A story discusses the decree signed by President Vladimir Putin a day before the Tushino terrorist act concerning presidential elections in Chechnya. The bombings will not affect the elections, scheduled for October 5. The focus of the article is on the upcoming election campaign in Chechnya. (3, Gazeta, 1, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1)

Moscow will not consider South Ossetia's petition for accession to the Russian Federation, as submitted by the republic's President Eduard Kokoity. The source in the Kremlin who voiced the refusal views the Kokoity's statement as a signal to Tbilisi to resolve the existing problems in Georgia. A story comments on the issues, focusing on the official stance of the Russian leadership. (3)

Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky made comments Friday on the scandal surrounding offers of financial support to the Yabloko party from the leadership of oil major Yukos. A story presents Yavlinsky's view. (3)

The latest opinion poll taken by the Public Opinion Fund says that only 43 percent of Russians believe that elections are necessary, implying that the other half of the population does not trust Russia's democratic process and therefore may not take part in the December elections. A story characterizes this problem as a political one that will have to be resolved by the Kremlin, the Central Election Commission and political parties. (3)

At a meeting of its parliamentary assembly Sunday, the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe adopted a resolution on Belarus. The brief mentions several significant and negative developments that have taken place in the country. (4

Stolichnaya Vodka's new advertising campaign has hit the American market, with its debut in "Details Film", "GQ", "Maxim" and "Playboy" magazines for men. A story describes the campaign and those behind it. (4)

The Finance Ministry decided last week how to reallocate budget funds. Regions that will lose the sales tax in 2004 will receive larger compensation than anticipated. Wealthier regions whose budgets depend wholly on oil and gas extraction will have to share their proceeds with the central government. A story examines the ministry's calculations. (5)

Russia will increase silver extraction by 100 tons to 1, 200 tons in 2004. Polimetall, a leading domestic silver producer, will produce 780 tons. The company intends to take part in a tender for the Sukhoi Log gold deposit, one of the largest deposits in Europe. In an interview Polimetall general director Alexander Nesis states how he envisions his company's role in the development of the domestic gold and silver sector. (5)

Russian Communal Systems has signed its first agreement on leasing municipal heating grids in Vladivostok. A story comments on the document, focusing on the view shared by UES head Anatoly Chubais. (5)

The Finance Ministry will announce this week a competition among non-state run companies for the rights to invest the population's pension funds. The news was announced by Deputy Finance Minister Bella Zlatkis. Brief. (5, Gazeta, 8)

The Central Bank's gold and currency reserves increased by $16.6 billion (34.8 percent) in the first six months of the year and as of July 1, the total stood at $64.43 billion. Brief. (5)

Armenia's Energy Minister Armen Movseyan stated that he will sign an agreement this week that hands over financial management of the Armenian nuclear power plant to Unified Energy Systems (UES). Brief. (5, Kommersant, 6)

Transport Minister Sergei Frank and president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Jean Lemjer have signed an agreement on releasing a $290 million credit to Russia for road construction. The brief gives details on how this money will be spent. (5)

According to Prime-Tass, AvtoVAZ production dropped by 14 percent in the first six months of this year. The brief gives the auto giant's views. (5)

The Supreme Court ruled that a Stavropolye regional law establishing migration quotas for the Russian population does not contradict federal legislation. A story comments on the court's decision, focusing on the origin of the issue. (6)

Several sexual attacks have taken place in Moscow in recent days, leading to fears that a single repeat offender may be on the loose in the capital. The brief mentions the victims of the attacks. (6)

Ali Astamirov, a stringer with Agence France Press, was kidnapped in Ingushetia on Friday by unidentified assailants. Brief. (6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Kommersant, 4)

Two youngsters in Kaliningrad, who greeted President Vladimir Putin with Nazi gestures during his recent visit to the city have been arrested for five days. A story describes the case. (6)

Latvia's Interior Minister Maris Gulbis has signed a directive on putting the name of singer Iosif Kobzon on a so-called black list, prohibiting him from visiting the Baltic state. A story comments on the Latvian minister's decision. (6, Kommersant, 10, Gazeta, 5)

Moscow authorities intend to implement a housing credit scheme similar to one used in Europe. A story gives details and predicts that the program will begin next year. (7)

Moscow special services will launch an operation on the metro Monday to catch people sticking illegal advertisements on the walls of metro cars. Brief. (7)

The Izvestia Supplement is devoted to mass media. (8-11)

A story critically examines the major media event in June -- the closure of the TVS television channel. (8)

In an interview, Deputy Press Minister Mikhail Seslavinsky examines the most significant developments in the media market this season. (8)

A story offers an in-depth analysis of this season's results from the STS and TNT television channels. (9)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

In a comprehensive interview, Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks in detail about the reasons for and consequences of the current conflict surrounding his company. (1, 5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 4, Gazeta, 4)

Rostovugol general director Sergei Posylny was killed Saturday in a road accident. A story gives details. (4)

Lawyers of Menatep head Platon Lebedev will dispute the arrest of their client in the Moscow City Court Monday. He is accused of defrauding the state of $280 million in the purchase of a 20 percent stake in the Apatit fertilizer producer in 1994. Meanwhile, the head of the State Duma economic policy committee, Grigory Tomchin, said Friday that the state will not be able to return its property -- the shares in Apatit -- and that the state itself may be guilty of damaging the state's interests in the privatization of the company. A story tries to decide whether or not the state will be able to regain the lost Apatit assets. (5)

Vneshtorgbank's oversight committee has approved a new concept for the bank's development, presented by its president Andrei Kostin. A story reveals the basics of the concept. Kostin's interview (5, 6)

Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin has signed a protocol on behalf of the Commission on Protective Measures in Foreign Trade that advises the government, starting August 1, to decrease oil export duties to $25.10 per ton and oil product duties to $24.10 per ton. A story examines the document. (1, 6)

Severstalmash has received a proposal from its Romanian partner to privatize jointly two Romanian enterprises -- Fortus and Timpuri NOI. A story examines the proposal and Severstalmash's response. (5, 7)

AvtoVAZ has terminated assembly of the VAZ-21083 car, the production of which was launched in 1984. The AvtoVAZ leadership believes that the car has gone out of fashion. (5)

The government Friday held its first session to discuss privatization plans for 2004. The most heated debate was caused by the fate of Irkutskenergo. The Property Ministry and Energy Ministry differ in their view of how many state-run stakes should be sold. (6)

Rosneft made public Friday the results of its shareholders' annual meeting and the financial results of its activity last year. These were of little interest to investment analysts, however, who are awaiting Rosneft's consolidated report, which will include the financial state of its subsidiaries. (7)

The Kharkov state-run aviation production enterprise will take part in managing the Samara Aviakor aviation plant. The enterprise at the Samara plant will complete the assembly of six An-140 planes that were begun several years ago. (7)

The Russian-Turkmen Citizenship Commission will hold a session in Ashkhabad Monday to seek a solution to the crisis that has emerged in bilateral relationships. But the leader of the Turkmen opposition Vatan movement, Khudaiberdy Orazov, believes that it is useless to seek agreement with the Turkmen president on this issue. In an interview he shares his view on the problem. (11)

Former President Boris Yeltsin and his wife Naina continued their vacation with arrival Saturday in Kirghizstan after a three-day stay at a resort in Kazakhstan. A story describes their program while in the republic. (11)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky has confirmed that his colleagues' troubles with law enforcement agencies are connected with a political struggle in the president's administration. After his questioning in the Prosecutor General's Office Khodorkovsky tried to calm down the company's employees, saying that only its major shareholders have problems. (A1)

The Singapore Future Enterprises company, which delivers instant coffee to Russia and intends to open a network of cafes in Moscow, is trying to ban McDonald's from using the trademark McCafe, which sounds like the Singapore's McCoffee brand. (A1)

A suicide bombing in Moscow on Saturday left 13 people dead and another 48 injured. A story describes the tragedy, saying that policymakers are linking it to Friday's order that presidential elections be held in Chechnya on Oct. 5. (A1)

The government Commission on Protective Measures in Foreign Trade has decided to cut oil export duties to $25.10 per ton starting Aug. 1. The brief gives figures on oil product export duties. (A1)

Former Sheremetyevo director-general Sergei Belyaev has announced his decision to run for governor in the upcoming St. Petersburg elections. A story comments on his decision. (A2)

The fourth attempt to cancel tolling for the domestic aluminum industry has been a failure: Bureaucrats could not find any reason for it. One factor that has disappointed metal companies is examined in the story. (A3)

Four experts share their viewpoints on how to distribute fish resources in an effective way in the wake of the decision to abolish fish quotas. (A4)

The government has drafted amendments that will simplify the registration procedure for companies. A story examines several proposed amendments. (A4)

Alexander Nyago, director-general of the St. Petersburg telecommunications holding Telecominverst, was appointed two years ago as head of the state-run TVEL corporation. The corporation supplies nuclear fuel to domestic and foreign nuclear power plants. In an interview he speaks about his first steps in the company, about the world nuclear fuel market today and about his company's share of it. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The Yukos oil company, despite its problems with law-enforcement agencies, is continuing the megadeal aimed at merging with Sibneft. With this goal in view, Yukos plans to buy out its own shares. (B1)

The Ministry of Natural Resources has threatened to revoke the license for the Salymskaya group of deposits from the joint venture of Royal Dutch/Shell and Moscow entrepreneur Shalva Chigirinsky. A story expresses hope that it will not take place, saying why. (B1)

One in every three banks compiles its consolidated accounting report with mistakes, and one in every five banks violates the norms established by the Central Bank. The banks involved have not been punished for their transgressions, but now the situation is changing. A story describes how. (B1)

Gazprom wants to double its deliveries of natural gas to Europe in the next 30 years from the current 130 billion cubic meters per year, Gazprom head Alexei Miller has announced. (B1)

Rosneft has increased its investments in production programs and strategic projects in the first 6 months of this year, a company press release stated. (B1)

British Royal Dutch/Shell Group is selling one-third of its oil and gas assets on the Gulf of Mexico shelf to the private U.S. oil company Apache. The deal will be worth $500 million. Brief. (B1)

Britain's Land Rover (a subsidiary of Ford Motor) sold 600 cars in Russia in the first 6 months of this year. The figure for the same period last year was 330. Brief. (B1

The Euromin company at last has found a buyer for the controlling stake of the Chelyabinsk electrolyte zinc plant. It may be the Chelyabinsk tube-rolling plant. (B2)

The KamAZ auto plant has found a way to increase the sales of its products in Kazakhstan. A story describes its strategy. (B2)

The leadership of the Verkhne-Saldinsky Metals Association (VSMA) Avisma Group, a world leading titanium producer, is expressing its concern over outsider investors -- probably including SUAL -- buying up shares of VSMA. (B2)

After selling Yukos shares, brokers have bought the stakes of UES and Gazprom, which grew in price by 7 percent on Friday. (B3)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

Political consultants specializing in elections have been commissioned by the government to help deprive the Communist Party of its monopoly of the so-called protesting electorate. This is the task of a new left-wing patriotic coalition, the creation of which is described as one of the government's top priorities this summer. A leader of the Popular-Patriotic Union, on condition of anonymity, presents a plan for such a coalition to the paper. A story examines it in detail. (1,2)

An election program for the presidential envoy to the Northwest Federal District, Valentina Matviyenko, has been drafted by the presidential administration. A story examines the program. (2)

The Union of Right Forces (SPS) party on Friday sponsored the Forum of Right Youth. A story describes its aim and tasks, focusing on SPS party leader Boris Nemtsov's address to the young participants. (2)

In an interview (during the recent opening of a new stretch of the Baltiisk pipeline system) Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko describes what domestic oil companies will gain from the system. (3)

A story gives facts and figures to show that terrorist acts are much more costly than natural disasters. (5)

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko is restoring a tough ideological line not unlike the one that existed in the Soviet Union. Lukashenko late last week issued a decree that all local institutes and universities, starting Sept. 1, will introduce a new subject called "The Fundamentals of the Ideology of the Belarussian State." A story looks at Lukashenko's ideological policy with a critical eye. (6)

A story is unimpressed by the reaction of law enforcement agencies to Saturday's terrorist act in Tushino, describing them as "standard". (7)

A story describes how the foreign mass media have responded to the Tushino terrorist act on Saturday, saying that, in their opinion, the act is the radicals' reply to the Kremlin's peace plan. (7)

Novaya Gazeta
www.novayagazeta.ru

The newspaper has devoted a special issue to journalist and State Duma deputy Yury Shchekochikhin, saying that his death is an irreplaceable loss for Russia. (1-10)

In an interview Chechen administration head Akhmat Kadyrov speaks about the latest provocations, terrorist acts and other problems facing his republic. (16)

Special correspondent Anna Politkovskaya examines new facts that have emerged in the case "The Government of the Russian Federation against Akhmed Zakayev on the extradition of Aslan Maskhadov's special representative to Russia." The London Magistrate Court last week continued hearings on this case. (17)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

What will Moscow's Chekhov Art Theater (MkhAT) show in its 106th season? This was what journalists asked MKhAT artistic stage director Oleg Tabakov on Sunday. A story examines its planned new productions. (2)

The government has endorsed an Energy Strategy envisaging higher rates of growth in the production of energy resources and increased exports. According to the strategy's "moderate" plan, oil extraction may amount to 450 million tons per year by 2010 with 520 million tons being the optimistic target. The present figure stands at 380 million tons. A story examines the document. (2)

Gazel minibus-makers GAZ has decided to change the color of its new vehicles so that passengers can distinguish the new buses from the old ones. In July GAZ will produce over 2,000 such vehicles. A story considers the new image. (2)

A story describes how terrorists in CIS countries are expanding a network of underground centers to train suicide killers. (2)

The Republican Center for the Development of Entrepreneurship has conducted a poll to rate information accessibility at state bodies over the period of May to June 2003. As many as 38 ministries and departments agreed to assess their information activities. A story examines the interesting results. (2

Many European states (named in the story) could be deprived of U.S. military aid as a result of refusing to sign individual agreements with Washington precluding the possibility of U.S. servicemen being extradited to the International Criminal Court. A story comments on Washington's actions. (3)

Highly regarded U.S. philosopher Richard Rorty calls on Europe to help the United States avoid the concept of hegemony. He says that United States should seek ways of demonstrating its position as sole superpower in a peaceful way. This, the philosopher stresses, is the only way to escape a clash with China or Russia in the near future. A story describes the philosopher's viewpoint. (3)

The International Exhibition of youth scientific and technical projects "EXPO-Nauka (Science)-2003" will take place for the first time in Moscow from July 12 to 19 under the aegis of UNESCO. Several future participants speak about the event and its significance. (4)

A story describes the harsh struggle among nine candidates running for the post of St. Petersburg governor. (5)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Dmitry Shevchenko, director of the Marketing and Information Management Center, examines the situation today on the labor and education market, focusing on two major parts of the market. (7)

Moscow Vice-Mayor Valery Shantsev answers questions from readers about switching off hot water, paying for utilities and increasing tariffs, the restoration of the Yeliseyevsky Food Shop, small businesses and higher wages for state workers. (12, 13)

The most famous Moscow food shop, Yeliseyevsky, on Tverskaya Ulitsa is being renovated. Its last overhaul took place 100 years ago. A story examines the project, describing how it will look afterward. (13)