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Izvestia
Kommersant
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Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Argumenty i Fakty
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

The police announced Tuesday that they have arrested a group of border guards at Sheremetyevo-2 Airport who are suspected of selling fake Russian passports to criminals fleeing the country. A story gives details. (1, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 6, Gazeta, 5, Vremya Novostei, 1, Zhizn, 5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7, MK, 1, 2)

A feature story details a Moscow GAI department that implemented the new rules on obligatory insurance for motor vehicles Tuesday. (1,2, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya MN, 2, Trud, 1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, MK, 2)

Having last week examined the financial activity of the Defense Ministry, the Audit Chamber has found serious violations in funds allocation. In an interview, auditor Alexander Piskunov comments on the results of their reviews, focusing on the major conclusions. (1,2)

The new legal system requiring trial by jury went into effect in Moscow on Tuesday. A story examines the extent to which Moscow is ready for the new system. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 1,3)

An editorial is devoted to local government reform, the specifics and difficulties of which were revealed Tuesday by Dmitry Kozak, deputy head of the presidential administration. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya MN, 3, Vremya Novostei, 4)

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko did not signed a decree Tuesday imposing the ruble as the single currency for the state. In his appeal to the Belarussian people and an interview on Belarussian TV on June 30, Lukashenko harshly criticized Russia for its policy toward Belarus. A story comments on Lukashenko's comments. (3, Kommersant, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,5, Vremya Novostei, 8, Vremya MN, 1)

Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky announced his party's new initiative aimed against increasing housing and utilities tariffs on Tuesday. A story examines Yabloko's new initiative. (3, Gazeta, 2)

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday signed amendments to the law on the state coats of arms. This was announced by the Kremlin's press service. Brief. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, document, 9)

A group of State Duma deputies Tuesday applied to Justice Minister Yury Chaika with a request to issue a warning to United Russia. Military leader army leader Viktor Ilyukhin, a member of the State Duma Defense Committee, believes the party's leadership is violating federal laws as United Russia's leader Boris Gryzlov is also head of the Interior Ministry. Brief. (3, Kommersant, 2, Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya Novostei, 4, Vremya MN, 2)

The transfer of control over the anti-terrorist operation in Chechnya from the Federal Security Service (FSB) to the Interior Ministry (police) began Tuesday. According to the plan, the head of the regional operational headquarters (currently an FSB General) will be replaced by a police General by September 1. The military command offices are also to be replaced by the police's. A story describes this process, saying that it works in tandem with restoring power bodies in the republic. (3, Vremya Novostei, 4, Gazeta,3, Vremya MN, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

A story examines the results of Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov's two-day visit to Kiev, focusing on two inter-governmental agreements he signed there. (4)

The Chinese Communists, who celebrated the 82nd anniversary of their party, consider culture a priority in their policy today. A story tells more. (4)

The Unified Energy Systems (UES) holding Tuesday signed an agreement with Japanese Sumitomo Corp. that resolves the problem of transporting Sakhalin gas to Japan. A story comments on the project, citing two experts' views. (5)

A story explains why the Aeroflot leadership is unwilling to buy six Il-96 300 planes. Three top Aeroflot officials, including general director Valery Okulov, as well as a banker share their views on the problem. (5)

The Smolensk state-run Kristall plant, a world leading diamond-cutting enterprise, buys raw diamonds from the Russia's Alrosa company and from the De Beers multinational corporation. De Beers recently cut its list of authorized buyers, but did not include Kristall on this list. Kristall sells a leading $250 million worth of diamonds each year. In an interview, Kristall first deputy general director Maxim Shkadov speaks about relations with De Beers, about his company's buyers and about the possibility of privatizing Kristall. (5)

LUKoil and Gazprom launched a joint venture Tuesday on the Caspian coast -- TsentrKaspneftegaz. A story examines the new enterprise, highlighting what both sides stand to gain from the deal. (5, Kommersant, 5)

An expert group from the Economic Cooperation and Development Organization decided Tuesday to improve Russia's credit rating. This was stated by the Economic Development and Trade Ministry. Brief. (5)

The population's deposits in ruble and currency bank accounts by May 2003 amounted to 1.198 trillion rubles, since the start of this year having increased by 14.5 percent compared with the same period last year. Brief. (5, Kommersant, 6)

The federal budget surplus from January to April this year amounted to 127.2 billion rubles ($4.2 billion). The figure for the same period last year was 132.2 billion rubles This was stated by the State Statistics Committee. The brief gives other figures on the budget surplus. (5)

A story examines changes that await the world software market, with Oracle leading the way in this process. (6)

Moscow authorities are drafting a new bill fertile land and gardens in Moscow. The city government discussed the problem of illegal tree culling in the city at a session on Tuesday. A story comments on the issue, focusing on the session's decisions. (7, Gazeta, 4)

In an interview, Vladimir Resin, head of the Moscow Construction Department of the city government, speaks about a recent decision made with Gosstroi to build housing in the city for people on a long waiting list. (7)

A Primorye resident who helped police catch two criminals will receive 100,000 rubles ($3,297). A story describes the case. (8)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

President Vladimir Putin has signed a law passing over the duties of the Federal Tax Police to the Interior Ministry. According to this law, which took effect July 1, the police now have the right to raid companies for the purpose of tax inspection. A story comments on the document, focusing on its drawbacks. (1,5)

At a meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, Central Bank head Sergei Ignatyev spoke about the current macroeconomic and financial situation and presented his own financial forecast for until the end of this year. President Putin showed a particular interest in inflation. A story gives exact figures. (2)

Writer Eduard Limonov, recently released from prison, returned to Moscow on Tuesday. During his imprisonment the membership of his National Bolshevik party has increased considerably. The number of his books published has also increased. (3)

After a four-month break, the Noviye Izvestia newspaper is again being published. Its editorial board is using money from the paper's major sponsor, Group Alyans, to lease new premises and buy new equipment. The newspaper will circulate daily.

On Tuesday the second round of court hearings over the extradition case of Chechen envoy Akhmed Zakayev wrapped up in London. A story describes the case and focuses on its resolutions. (3)

Businessman Anatoly Bykov's court trial in Krasnoyarsk finished Tuesday. A story details Bykov's case and the court's ruling. (4)

Stroitransgaz, one of Gazprom's leading contractors, has a newly elected board of directors. A brief looks at the board's membership. (5)

Siloviye Mashiny shareholders have elected a new board of directors. A brief looks at the new members. (5)

Fifteen mortgage market participants have signed a protocol with the government on their intention to create a national mortgage association. The brief examines the tasks of this association. (5)

Rosneftegazstroi (RNGS) intends to create a subsidiary to which it will transfer the companies debts to the federal budget that the company incurred in 1996. This was stated Tuesday by RNGS director Gennady Shmal. A story describes the company and its plans. (5)

Kazakhstan's Transport Ministry has granted Transaero permission to fly to Kazakhstan until August. A story comments on the ministry's decision. (5)

The RTS stock exchange Tuesday changed its regulations to calculate the price that determines whether share trading is suspended in the case of considerable market fluctuations. A story examines the new procedure. (6)

Gazprom has reached an agreement with Polish EuroPolGaz, an operator of the Yamal-Europe pipeline section, on increasing transit tariffs. A story details their agreement. (6)

The Finance Ministry plans to pay out $969.485 million in July as part of the country's foreign debt servicing. A brief mentions how this sum will be divided among creditors. (6)

Foreign debt in the first quarter of this year increased by $1.4 billion (0.9 percent) -- up to $153.5 billion from $152.1 billion. Brief. (6)

Kristall vodka distillery's board of directors has approved an unprecedented move for the enterprise. Kristall intends to take a 500 million-ruble loan ($16.4 million) from the Doveritelny Investment Bank in order to pay out its debts. A story comments on the company's decision. (7)

Tatneft, Russia's sixth-largest oil company made public its complete 2002 financial accounting report using GAAP standards on Tuesday. A story examines the report. (7)

Romanian President Ion Iliescu will begin his official visit to Russia on Thursday. Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov examines the significance of the visit, focusing on what is happening in relations between Russia and Central and Eastern European countries. (10)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

Chukotka Governor Roman Abramovich has become a co-owner of one of the richest domestic hockey clubs -- Omsk Avangard. He is also to purchase a share in the famous London football club Chelsea. (A1)

AvtoVAZ managers believe that Russia's car owners can afford to pay yet another tax, this one is to be imposed against the owners of abandoned cars in Moscow. An article looks at the proposal. (A1)

Oleg Deripaska's Base Element holding has a reason to celebrate -- the Interior Ministry's investigative committee decided to drop its 1 1/2-year investigation into the legality of the sale of Avtobank, Ingosstrakh and the Nosta metals combine. Andrei Andreyev, the former co-owner of these companies who previously accused his counterparts of buying up the looted assets, refuses to comment on developments. (A1)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has endorsed a list of assets that will go to the Russian Railways company. The Railways Ministry reported on Tuesday that 987 of its 2,046 enterprises and organizations will become the property of Russian Railways. Brief. (A1)

The Inter-Regional Self-Regulating Organization of Professional Arbitration Managers, founded by the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, will hold its founding congress on July 2. Brief. (A1)

Twenty-five percent of voters have no idea who to vote for before they head off polling stations. According to the International Institute of Marketing and Social Studies, the Communist Party and Yabloko have the most stable electorate, while the Union of Right Forces, or SPS, has more spontaneous supporters. (A2)

The European Commission has proposed investing hundreds of billions of euros into the construction of roads and bridges to boost European economic growth and to strengthen ties between Eastern European countries and the European Union. (A2)

Russia has plans to get back into the capital market. With the aim of paying Russia's foreign debt the Finance Ministry has proposed that the government borrow $5 billion on the internal and up to $3 billion on the external capital markets. A story comments on the proposal. (A3)

IST Group announced earlier this year that it is merging its stock in production enterprises and design organizations into the Baltic United Ship-Building Corp. The company will be built around Baltiisky Zavod and is looking to expand, according to Baltic United director Igor Tsyplakov. In an interview he speaks about his company's business, its intellectual property and production plans. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets& MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

The Property Ministry has proposed that the government sell its LUKoil shares in 2004. According to experts this will add $1.3 billion to the government's coffers. State shares in Irkutskenergo and Novoship could also potentially be sold. (B1)

Having accumulated $5 billion of free funds, Yukos is entering the international capital market. The company will issue eurobonds worth more than $1 billion, and it will probably use these funds to purchase Sibneft. (B1)

The Ural Mining Metal Company (UGMK) will consolidate its enterprises in 2004. This was announced by UGMK director-general Andrei Kozitsyn. Brief. (B1)

Standard & Poor's credit agency has lowered British Airways' corporate credit rating from BB+ to BB-. Brief. (B1)

LUKoil has transferred $78.6 million to Azerbaijan for the country's increased participation in a survey and development project on the Caspian Sea. Brief. (B1)

Unified Energy Systems and Japan's Sumitomo are to build a geothermal power station with a 4,000 megawatt capability on Sakhalin, according to UES. Brief. (B1)

Boeing has won a contract to deliver 100 planes to the U.S. aviation company AirTran Airways. Brief. (B1)

National satellite operator Space Communications intends to build satellite networks to provide medical services to China and other countries in Southeast Asia. A story examines the project and its future plans. (B6)

The NewsOutdoor advertising agency, part of Rupert Murdoch's media empire, has bought three large outdoor advertising firms based in Nizhny Novgorod. A story examines the deal. (B5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Tuesday signed a plan to reform the electrical energy sector. A story examines the proposal. (2)

A French court on Wednesday will decide whether the confiscation of Russian warplanes during last year's air show in France was legal. A story describes the case. (2)

A story describes what the local government is doing to aid the lower classes in Moscow. (2)

Five political scientists and analysts offer their forecasts of Russia's current political climate. (3)

In an interview, Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky comments on the issue of enlarging Russian regions. (3)

The State Sports Committee this year will celebrate its 80th anniversary. A story examines the organization's history and previews a program prepared for the jubilee. (7)

The 10th jubilee Congress of the International Association of Russian Language and Literature Teachers is taking place in St. Petersburg. In an interview, congress participant and dean of the philology department of Moscow State University speaks about the event, its agenda, participants and significance. (Rossiiskaya Nauchnaya Gazeta Supplement, IV)

Argumenty i Fakty
www.aif.ru

Who are the real owners of cultural values -- the countries from which such values originated or those places who have appropriated them? In an interview, Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum, shares his viewpoint on this complex issue. He also reflects on the notion of American culture. (3)

Presidential economic adviser Andrei Illarionov presents methods that will help double Russia's gross national product, a demand set forth by President Vladimir Putin in his state of the nation address to the Federal Assembly. A story examines Illarionov's initiative in detail. (6)

In an interview, Komi President Vladimir Torlopov speaks about his republic's current economic problems and reflects on their causes. (7)

There were 16 monuments standing in Moscow by 1917. A story describes them and their fate. (Moskva Supplement, 6)

A story describes the situation in Moscow supermarkets, examining which products are supplied by domestic and foreign companies. (Moskva Supplement, 8)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Tatyana Pozdnyakova, chief weather specialist from the Moscow Meteorological Bureau, examines the impending warm but wet weather in Moscow. (3) (Argumenty i Fakty, No.27. p. 16)

A unique animal -- a white tiger named Radzha -- was transferred to the Moscow Zoo last month from the Netherlands. Visitors can see the animal over the weekend. (3) (Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 5)

Wealthy Russians today prefer to buy apartments in the best districts in London. A story describes Russians and their extravagant real estate purchases. (4)

According to the results of the latest opinion polls taken by the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion, the Yabloko party with its leader, Grigory Yavlinsky, ranks third in the number of supporters after United Russia and the Communist Party. A story examines the results of this poll. (5)

Yevgeny Ivanov, an agricultural expert, forecasts which products will increase in price during July. Alexander Korolyov, a currency dealer with Orgbank, speaks optimistically about the fate of the dollar but predicts a fall in the euro's value. (6)

A Yak-3, the legendary Russian plane that played a pivotal role during World War II, landed on Red Square on Tuesday. A story examines the plane's interesting history and the purpose of its current display in Moscow. (7) (Rossiskaya Gazeta, 7)

Thirteen-year-old Ira Yermolayeva has written a letter to President Vladimir Putin on behalf of her family which is starving in Siberia. A local Siberian administrator has reprimanded the girl. In an interview, Mikhail Mironov, chief of the presidential letters department, explains why Ira's letter failed to get to the president. (9)

A story is a review of several pre-election political projects for reforming the armed forces. It examines proposals by army generals and policymakers. (12) (13, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

Businessman Boris Petrosyan won a gold medal in 1999 for one of his inventions at the International Contest of Inventors in Paris. Little did he know that he would end up in jail. The fact is that "werewolves" wearing police epaulets from the Moscow police's elite investigating directorate planted drugs on Petrosyan, enough to declare him a drug addict and send him to prison. A story details his case, saying that now he is the main witness. (1, 3)

In an interview, Viktor Olkhovoi, deputy head of the Food Resources Department, examines the grain situation in the city, explaining why the price of bread is increasing in Moscow. (1,3)

With the aim of raising the birthrate in Moscow, city authorities have decided to increase benefit payments to new mothers. A story comments on the plan. (1)

The State Sanitary and Epidemiological Service has lifted all bans related to the SARS virus that were imposed by chief physician Gennady Onishchenko in April. A story comments on the decision. (1)

In an interview, General Valery Kulikov, chairman of the Defense Ministry's central military-medical commission, speaks about the current campaign to increase health standards for conscripts. (2)