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Izvestia
Kommersant
Vedomosti
Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Trud
Krasnaya Zvezda
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

The planet Mars is the closest to Earth that it has been for more than 60,000 years, referred to in astronomers' language as the Great Opposition of Planets. A story describes the red planet, focusing on the latest explorations and reflecting on how affects the life of its neighbor. (1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4, Gazeta, 1,2, Trud, 7, Moskovskaya Pravda, 1,2)

The government is Thursday expected to discuss the concept of forming a single economic zone between Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus. In an interview Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko reveals the essence of the document, saying that these four states over the next five to seven years will create the conditions necessary for free movement of commodities, services, workforce and capital. (1,3, Noviye Izvestia, 4)

An unidentified assailant in Makhachkala on Wednesday killed Dagestani National Policy Minister Magomed-Salikh Gusayev. A story gives details of the event. (1,2, Kommersant, 1,4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Gazeta, 3, Novaya Gazeta, No.63, p. 5, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1, Zhizn, 6, Trud, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,4, 6, MK, 2)

An editorial is devoted to the six-way negotiations that began in Beijing on Wednesday over the North Korean nuclear program. It explains what Russia expects from them and what its interests are on the Korean peninsula. (2,4, Kommersant, 9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei., 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6)

The GAI Main Board has drafted amendments to the new code on administrative offenses that has been in effect since July 1, 2000. GAI administrators believe that the existing code has yielded no positive results, with the number of traffic accidents considerably increasing. In an interview GAI official Lieutenant-General Viktor Kiryanov talks about the crisis in the area of road safety. (2)

The Moscow 2003 Elections Forum, sponsored by the Fund of Free Elections and led by the Central Election Commission, or CEC, completed its work Wednesday. Positive results were clouded by hooliganism and an outburst by a National-Bolshevist Party member, who threw something at CEC head Alexander Veshnyakov and ruined his jacket. A story describes the forum's results and the incident. (3, Kommersant, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Trud, 3, Zhizn, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

The UN Security Council has launched preliminary discussions for a new resolution on Iraq to support states willing to send their troops to Iraq only with the UN's blessing. A story examines part of the document, saying that its full text will be ready this week and in early September its final version will be submitted to the UN Security Council. (4)

Khakassia's head of state Alexei Lebed has filed a suit in the regional Arbitration Court against Unified Energy Systems. Lebed accuses Viktor Chernomyrdin's government of illegal transferring the legendary Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power station to UES in 1993. A story describes the conflict and Lebed's demands. (5)

Kaliningrad Avtotor and General Motors on Wednesday signed an agreement on assembling the Hummer-2 in Russia. A story examines the document's major provisions. (5, Kommersant, 7, Gazeta, 8)

United Depositary is to select a special depositary to service invested pensions. Three financial experts share their views. (5, Kommersant, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,5)

Itera on Friday intends to suspend gas deliveries to the Georgian Tbilgaz company due to a $708,000 debt for fuel delivered in August. Itera's ultimatum has not scared Georgia, which hopes that Gazprom will help. A story comments on the conflict. (5)

According to the Finance Ministry, Russia's national debt as of July 1, 2003, was 4,218 billion rubles ($138 billion) and has decreased by 343.4 billion rubles compared with the figure for the beginning of the year. A brief looks at several other macroeconomic indicators. (5)

According to the AK&M agency, the volume of the domestic pharmaceutical market in consumer prices over the first six months of this year increased by 11 percent compared with the figure for the same period last year and amounted to $2.31 billion. Brief. (5)

Russian aviation companies on Tuesday had to suspend cargo flights from China to Moscow. A brief explains why. (5)

State Customs Committee head Mikhail Vanin and World Bank Russia head Julian Schweitzer on Aug. 27 signed an agreement allocating $140 million in credit to Russia to fund a Modernization of the Customs Information System project. Brief. (5, Noviye Izvestia, 4)

Lefortovo prison inmate Alexei Pichugin, chief of the Yukos Fourth Internal Economic Security Department, has been sent to the Serbsky Institute for psychological tests. A brief explains how his lawyer, Tatyana Akimtseva, regards this move. (5, Kommersant, 4, Vremya Novostei, 3, Novaya Gazeta, No.63, p. 18)

New sanitary regulations for schools will take effect on Sept. 1. A story examines them in detail, focusing on what Moscow Chief Physician Nikolai Filatov thinks about them. (7, Gazeta, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 14)

A new Moscow city information portal Moscow Education began functioning Wednesday. It was created within the framework of the federal Electronic Russia program. Brief. (7)

Ombudsman Oleg Mironov's office in Moscow was robbed in the early hours of Wednesday when he went to Estonia on business. A story gives details. (7, Kommersant, 4, Gazeta, 4, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 14)

The Izvestia Supplement is devoted to Azerbaijan, which will elect its president on Oct. 15. Twelve candidates are vying for the post. (8, 9)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Thursday is the last day to accept participants in a deal to acquire a 23.34 percent share in the television station TRK Peterburg. The auction for this share will start as 62.98 million rubles ($2 million) and is to take place Friday morning. (3)

Former Russian media magnate Vladimir Gusinsky may be released from his Greek jail early next week, where he has been held since Monday. His lawyers are proposing to release him on bail. (3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4)

Another four organizations (their names are given) have joined the people's patriotic coalition that is being created by Sergei Glazyev and Dmitry Rogozin. Brief. (3)

Priroda insurance company president Dmitry Balyabin, the owner of the Kuznetsky Most bank, has been abducted in Moscow. His kidnappers have demanded a $1 million ransom for his release. A story gives details. (4)

First vice president of the All-Russian Sailing Federation, Alexander Sobolev, was killed in Moscow on Wednesday. A story describes how this happened. (4, Gazeta, 3)

Deputy Industry and Science Minister Sergei Mitin said Wednesday that his ministry has found an investor for the Moskvich auto plant, which is under court-imposed external management. The ministry has proposed that the Moscow government appoint Samara group SOK as a manager to head Moskvich. A story comments on the proposal, saying what will happen if it's approved. (5)

Gokhran is evaluating a batch of diamonds from Tanzania that has been imported by a domestic diamond-cutting firm. This is already the eighth diamond batch imported by cutters, suggesting that Russia may turn into a diamond importer. (5)

Moscow authorities are completing the creation of a new competitive system to grant rights for housing construction in Moscow. Mayor Yury Luzhkov on Wednesday signed two decrees that regulate how to conduct auctions for the right to complete housing construction. A story examines the existing system and the new draft. (5)

The Moscow Chief Territorial Board of the Central Bank on Wednesday suspended an additional issuance of Agrokhimbank shares. A story describes what caused the suspension. (6)

Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko, head of the government commission in charge of reforming the electrical energy sector, announced the date to submit draft rules for the electricity wholesale market of the transition period is being postponed to Sept. 10. A story comments on the issue, focusing on the draft government decree. (6)

According to the Finance Ministry, federal budget revenues over the first six months of this year amounted to 1.243 billion rubles ($40 billion), or 20.6 percent of the predicted GDP for this period. Brief. (6)

German Adam Opel AG is suing the local ARTran company in the St. Petersburg City Court. The German auto concern has demand that ARTran stop using its trademark in advertising its services. A story describes the case. (7)

Metalloinvest Holding is continuing to sell its metals assets. A story looks at what it managed to sell on Wednesday. (7)

Sixty-year-old Jean Cadeau has been appointed the new French Ambassador to Russia. Brief. (9)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

Khakassian authorities have decided to annul the privatization of the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydro-electrical power station. In doing so, the local government is trying to reduce electricity costs for local enterprises. Experts voice their doubts about the success of the move. (A1)

A conflict between Rosneft and the OLMA investment company that could cost the latter $27 million is far from over. Despite their intention to sign an agreement settling the dispute, both sides have failed to do so. A story examines their differences. (A1)

Yum! Brands, Inc. intends to increase its activity on the Russian market. Its representative office in Moscow on Tuesday conducted negotiations with the companies that hold the KFC and Pizza Hut franchises. (A1)

By the end of 2003, Russia's armed forces will shrink to 1,062,000 servicemen. This figure was given by Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov. Brief. (A1)

The federal budget surplus for the first six months of this year amounted to 81.3 billion rubles ($2.67 billion), or 1.3 percent of the gross domestic product. Brief. (A1)

Ukraine is not willing to accept the EU's offer of good-neighbor status and intends to work for the status of an associated member of the union. A story examines problems standing in the country's way. (A2)

A story looks at the results of a recent opinion poll conducted by the ROMIR-Monitoring Company to see how Russians treat foreign workers. Facts, figures are provided, as is a commentary by Labor Minister Alexander Pochinok. (A3)

A story examines the domestic housing and communal services market, saying that tariffs on such services are growing. Figures are cited to illustrate the point. (A4)

According to results of a recent ARPI poll, the majority of Russians believe that power is concentrated in the hands of the oligarchs with President Vladimir Putin and organized crime next down the line. Three experts share their views. (A4)

The Moscow government is pursuing tough economic policies while maintaining a standoff with big business. In recent months Moscow authorities have stood in the way of those financial-industrial groups buying up stakes and trying to change the production policies of Moscow industrial enterprises. In an interview, Vice-Mayor Valery Shantsev talks about what city authorities are doing in this sphere. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

United Heavy Machinery's first attempt to export self-propelled excavators to China was a flop, the tender being won by the American company Busyrus. A story comments on the reasons behind the failure. (B1)

Romania this week has begun to accept applications to participate in a tender to sell the SNP Petrom state-run oil company. The government hopes to sell 51 percent of Petrom before March 2004, earning $1 billion in the process. Brief. (B1)

Severstal's net profit for 2002 totaled $177.964 million. This compares with a loss of $466.876 million in 2001. These figures were given in a company press release. Brief. (B1)

Russia's Avia on Tuesday had to suspend cargo flights from China to Moscow. A brief explains why. (B1)

Yukos announced on Wednesday that it has appointed foreigners to top management positions in the Yukos-Moskva management company. A story comments on the appointments. (B1)

United Heavy Machinery, which for several years has been buying up the assets of Energomashkorporatsia, is enticing top managers from its competitors. A story describes the policy. (B2)

The KamAZ Group this year plans to make 112 million rubles ($3.68 million) in net profit. This plan was explained by Director General Sergei Kogonin. Brief. (B2)

When a slump in 2000 hit the financial sector, leading investment banks hoped that the crisis would kill off smaller competitors. Now as the situation begun to improve these hopes have not been realized -- not a single second-tier bank has given up the investment business. (B3)

The sale of the updated Hyundai Elantra will begin in Russia this October. The Korean company, by the number of cars sold this year, has become the leader on the Russian market. (B5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Rossiiskaya Gazeta published a government document that details federal housing and utility costs for 2004. A commentary is also included. (1,10)

School begins on Monday for 19 million students. In an interview, Education Minister Vladimir Filippov talks about particular changes to this year's curriculum. (1,2)

The 16th International Book Fair will open in Moscow in early September, and Frankfurt will hold its 55th annual book fair the following month, at which Russia will be an honorable guest. In an interview, Deputy Press Minister Vladimir Grigoryev talks about these events and the participants. (1,7)

The 69th International Film Festival opened in Venice on Wednesday. A story describes its program and the participants. (2)

First Deputy Finance Minister Tatyana Golikova was expected to read a report at a Cabinet meeting Thursday that would detail measures to be taken to fulfill new budget expectations. Members of the Cabinet were also to discuss an Economic Development Ministry proposal for a single economic zone. A story examines the documents. (3)

President Vladimir Putin is expected to begin a three-day visit to Sardinia on Friday, where he will be a guest of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. A story details the visit, focusing on the issues to be discussed between the two leaders. (4) (Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5 , MK, 1,2)

It is reported that the public transportation market will soon undergo several major changes. At the next session of the government's transportation commission meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Yakovlev will present the Transportation Ministry's new planned initiatives. A story examines the initiatives in detail. (5)

The government has submitted a proposal to privatize federal-owned property between 2004 and 2006. In an interview, Chairman of the Presidium of the Globalization Problems Institute Mikhail Delyagin comments on some of his worries regarding the content of the document. (5)

A new printing house was opened in Moscow on Wednesday. Director Dursu Valadov spoke about his facility. (6)

The Primorye regional administration recently called up the heads of leading regional mass media outlets to discuss a proposal of media censorship regulations. A story provides details. (7)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta's Aug. 22 edition included the Labor Ministry's July 15 report that details preparations for assessing the role of foreign workers in Russia. Deputy Labor Minister Maxim Topilin comments on the document's major provisions. (9)

Noviye Izvestia

One month has passed since the government decree raising automobile tariffs went into effect. A story sums up the results of the measure thus far, examining the situation on the used foreign automobile market in Russia. (1,3)

Estonia will hold a national referendum for its accession to the EU on Sept. 14. In a wide-ranging interview, Estonian President Arnold Rjuitel comments on public sentiment on the issue. (1,5)

On Wednesday, St. Petersburg gubernatorial candidate Sergei Pryanishnikov began distributing his document on Russia's sexual code. A story describes the message of the document. (2)

The deadline for Ukrainian Ruslan Ponomaryov to sign a contract agreeing to a world chess tournament match with Russian Garri Kasparov expired Thursday at 2 p.m. As a result all the Ukrainian members could risk being disqualified from the world tournament. A story describes the situation and potential ramifications. (3)

The Inter-Departmental Fishery Commission was to hold a session Thursday in which it would discuss a government measure on fishing quotas. A story examines the document and includes reactions by different regional governments. (4)

The Central Bank has submitted to the Justice Ministry a draft of a bill to toughen measures to oversee bank operations. A story comments on the Central Bank's measures. (4)

The Russian-German group in charge of strategic economic and financial issues held a session in Cherepovets on Wednesday to discuss Russia's entrance into the World Trade Organization. In an interview, the head of the European Studies Center of the Institute of the World Economy and International Relations Vladimir Gutnik, talks about Germany's stand on the issue. (4)

Trud
www.trud.ru

A story explains why heart transplant procedures have been banned in practically every domestic hospital. (3)

A recent trend in crime shows thieves employing hypnosis. A story explains how 21-year-old synchronized swimmer champion Julia Shestakovich became the latest victim of this trend. (5)

According to the World Labor Organization, about 500,000 Russians currently work outside Russia, 370,000 of whom are in Europe. In an interview, research associate at the Institute of Socioeconomic Problems of the Population, Yelena Tyuryukanova, talks about the serious problem of labor migration. (6)

Vice-Chairman of the Agrarian Party Alexander Nazarchuk spoke at a news conference Monday about this year's grain harvest shortage. (12)

Russia remains a country plagued by domestic violence, with a reported 75 percent of husbands beating their wives. In an interview, Alexandra Kareva, head of an organization that provides assistance to women, examines some reasons behind this alarming trend, including law enforcement's choice to ignore the issue. (13)

Academic Vladimir Kulakov believes that the country's declining birth rate could be reversed if the medical establishment helps rid millions of women of sterility. A story examines Kulakov's methods for achieving this goal. (21)

Krasnaya Zvezda

In an interview, Viktor Sobolev, an army commander stationed in Chechnya, forecasts future political developments in the region. (2)

A story offers an in-depth analysis of the 2004 military budget draft within the context of military reform. (1,3)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

A monument to well-known singer Iosif Kobzon will be unveiled Saturday in his hometown Donetsk. A story says why Kobzon does not like the statue. (2)

Which reforms is Russia in need of? Komsomolskaya Pravda received many answers to this question from readers. Some of the more interesting ones are included in the article. (8,9)

In an interview, Albert Shakirov, head of the major Tartistan-based oil company Tatnefteotdacha, talks about his operations. (11)

A story features the influence of sacred images on the human mind. (12, 13)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

Moscow medical experts are planning to use ultra-violet rays to combat the common cold virus. An article mentions that experts believe that this treatment could fully eradicate the virus within the next seven years. (1)

The federal government has submitted a maximum cost for communal housing over the next few years. A story examines the measure. (1)

In an interview, Viktor Cherkesov, head of the federal committee for the control of narcotics, argues for urgent measures to be taken to prevent the growing heroine smuggling ring from Tajikistan to Russia. (1,6)