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Izvestia
Kommersant
Vedomosti
Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Novaya Gazeta
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

The 2004 draft budget will be submitted to the State Duma on Tuesday, Aug. 26. A story examines main features, focusing on an article on National Defense, the biggest expenditure, with planned expenditures of 411 billion rubles ($13.6 billion), more than 15 percent. (1,5)

Policymakers, analysts, experts, oil companies' staff and journalists are discussing the fate of oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business. By allowing the Yukos-Sibneft merger deal, the authorities are separating their economic policy from their political policy. At the same time Yukos oil workers thousands of kilometers away from Moscow are continuing to extract oil. A feature story reports on how they regard the present developments around the Yukos company. (1,2)

The hit of the new theatrical season in Washington is "Love in Exile," a love story between Lenin and the goddess of the revolutionary struggle Inessa Armand. A story describes the hit. (1,2, Vremya Novostei, 12)

In an interview Chelsea soccer club chief coach Claudio Ranjery shares his good impressions about the purchase of his club by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. (1, 11)

Russian media-magnate in exile Vladimir Gusinsky, who was detained in Athens on Thursday on an international warrant from Russia, will appear before a court of appeals on Monday. A story details his case, reflecting on whether he will be extradited to Russia, and on what threatens him there in the case that he is extradited. (2, Kommersant, 1,4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta,3,Gazeta, 1,3, Novaya Gazeta, No. 62, pp.2,3, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Noviye Izvestia, 5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,7, Zhizn, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, MK, 1,2)

An editorial is devoted to the sixth Moscow International Auto Show that will open in the ExpoCenter on Ulitsa Krasnaya Presnya on Monday. The focus is the situation on the domestic auto market. (2, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Gazeta, 7)

This August's political season demands serious preparations and good knowledge from both participants in the election campaigns and from those who will assess their efforts. A story looks at election booklets and reference books that are in great demand today. (3)

From this week until the elections to the State Duma, 27 out of the 43 political parties registered in the Justice Ministry should follow the letter and spirit of the Elections-2003 Public Treaty. Yabloko is the only party represented in the State Duma that has failed to sign it. A story comments on Yabloko's behavior, noting that several days prior to the signing of the public document, the party made public its statement "Concerning the Observance of the Principles of Honest Elections in 2003-2004," signed by leader Grigory Yavlinsky. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Gazeta, 1,2, Novite Izvestia,1, 2, Vremya Novostei, 4)

Both Russian and Belarussian policy-makers and political scientists agreed at a meeting in Moscow over the weekend that no referendums on a third presidential term should be held in Europe. A story describes the meeting, noting that a very large delegation of Belarussian opposition members arrived in Moscow for the first time. (3)

Hollywood film star Angelina Jolie at a news conference in Moscow on Sunday told journalists about her visits to Ingushetia and North Ossetia as an goodwill ambassador for the UNHCR. (3)

The Suvorov military schools are marking their 60th birthday. A story describes their origin, history and the present day, featuring the best one in Tver. (4)

The first stage of reforming the fishing sector is practically completed. The concept of boosting it has been reworked and the government decree that will launch this reform has been drafted and will be signed in early September. According to the concept, governors' control over the fish catches will remain only in the coastal marine zone. Catches in the economic zone will be controlled by federal authorities. A story comments on the documents, citing views by four experts. (6, Gazeta, 8)

Economist Yevgeny Gontmakher examines several changes in government social policy that are necessary to reform the unified social tax. (6, Kommersant, 6)

The Infrastructural Institute Fund, which supports financial studies, presented the results of its study into the activities of domestic depositaries in 2002. A story comments on the results and publishes the ratings list of depositaries in 2002. (6)

All the work to renovate Moscow roads should be completed by Sept. 1. A story examines major road repair operations, aiming to make them look new and beautiful. (7)

The Moscow government has endorsed a new scheme of locating hotels in the city up to the year 2005. The scheme includes 122 facilities for 32,080 beds. Brief. (7, Kommersant, 7)

The Nasibov horse racing championship took place in the Central Hippodrome on Sunday. A story describes the event and its participants, focusing on winning horses and VIP guests. (7)

The wreckage of the crashed helicopter with 20 people on board, including Sakhalin governor Igor Farkhutdinov, was found in Kamchatka on Saturday. A story describes the tragic fate of its perished passengers. (8, Kommersant, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Gazeta, 1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1,3, Zhizn, 1,2, MK, 3)

Five young girls in Yekaterinburg have filed a collective suit in the Kirovsky District Court against a young man who loved them and left them. A story describes this unusual case. (8)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The blast at the UN building in Baghdad last week left more than 20 people dead, among them UN special envoy in Iraq Sergio Vieira de Mello. Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov reflects on this tragedy and on its consequences. (1,10)

Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Nikolai Patrushev together with a group of OMON servicemen over the weekend took part in the ascent of Elbrus (its western slope, 5,642 meters). A story gives details. (4)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov arrived at the Knevichi military airfield outside Vladivostok on a Tu-160 strategic bomber Saturday. Shortly after his arrival he observed military exercises in the Terekhovka village. A story describes his positive impressions about the flight and the plane. (4,Vremya Novostei, 2)

The leader of the Russian Regions Party Sergei Glazyev officially announced the creation of a wide-scale people's-patriotic coalition at the party's presentation ceremony Sunday, the third day of the Elections-2003 public forum in Manezh. The Coalition Treaty was signed by 15 organizations. Communists called it "marginal" and "not serious." A story examines the document. (4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

A jury of the Rostov Regional Court has sentenced former Police Lieutenant-Colonel Alexei Kozyrev, accused of several murders, to 19 years in prison. A story details his case. (4)

Marat Polyansky, 31-year-old active member of the Orekhovvo criminal group, was brought to Moscow from Barcelona on Saturday evening. In Russia he is suspected of organizing 28 killings and involvement in many other serious crimes. A story details his case. (4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 4)

The Telerating company, on behalf of domestic television channels, is sending out letters to 300 Moscow families with a proposal to participate in a so-called panel study. Market participants are sure that the project has been sponsored by Channel One, whose leadership is displeased with the work of the Russian Gallup Media. A story examines the project, its aim and the possible consequences. (5)

The sixth MAKS-2003 international aviation show in Zhukovsky closed up on Sunday. A story examines its positive outcome. (1,7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 1,7, Vremya Novostei, 2)

The government housing policy commission at a session on Sunday discussed a draft bill concerning compulsory house insurance. According to the draft, Russians can look forward to a new housing tax. A story discusses the situation, saying that Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Yakovlev has supported it. (6, Gazeta, 8)

OPEC Secretary General Alvaro Silva Calderon in Vienna on Aug. 23 spoke against any change in oil extraction and export quotas. This was an instruction for cartel experts, who on Aug. 26 will begin to work out recommendations for an OPEC conference that is to open on Sept. 24. On Aug. 26 the Russian government will submit to the State Duma a draft budget for 2004 that includes a medium-term forecast on oil export growth prepared by the Economic Development Ministry. A story comments on Calderon's instruction, focusing on how it may affect Russian oil export prices. (6)

The Tolyatti VAZ Interservis shareholders extraordinary meeting on Saturday sacked its director-general Alexander Klevlin. A story examines reasons and a new candidate for the post. (7)

Deputy Prime Minister and head of the Alrosa Overseeing Council Alexei Kudrin in Yakutia on Saturday took part in commissioning the Nyurbinsk Mining-Enriching Combine of the diamond company. A story describes his visit, during which he was convinced that the extraction of domestic diamonds will increase by 20 percent by 2004. (7, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 4)

The Philips concern on Saturday announced plan to close or sell one third of its plants in the world within the framework of reorganization. A story comments on the company's decision. (7)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

Russian law enforcement agencies have not given up their pursuit of self-exiled former media magnate Vladimir Gusinsky. He was arrested on an international warrant from Russia in Athens on Saturday. Experts believe that Russian investigation agencies have a chance to get Gusinsky extradited. (A1)

BetaFilm, a leading film distributor in Europe, has signed a contract to sell the Brigada television series on the international market. It's one of the most successful programs on the last television season. This sale should yield the Rossiya television channel no less than $1 million. (A1)

A new mining-enriching combine of the Alrosa diamond monopoly has launched production in taiga 300 kilometers away from the nearest settlement. A story examines its capacity and future plans. (A1)

The Prosecutor General's Office has completed their investigation into the criminal case in relation of Yukos co-owner Platon Lebedev. As many as 146 volumes related to his case have been sent to Lebedev and his lawyers for perusal. Brief. (A1)

Russia's military exports in 2004 could exceed $4 billion. This was announced by Vladimir Poleshchuk, deputy head of the State Committee on Military-Technical Cooperation, at the MAKS-2003 aviation show in Zhukovsky. Brief. (A1)

The criminal case against UralSib bank President Azat Kurmanayev, who was accused of damaging the state with his bank, has been closed by the Bashkir Court, because Kurmanayev is a deputy of the republican parliament. (A2)

Participants in the Euro-Asian Community will try to withdraw mutual accusations before they lead to trade wars and sanctions. Representatives from the countries of community in Almaty on Friday decided to create a commission to defend their commodity producers. (A2)

Vneshekonombank will not be divided into two legal entities, and the Chinese wall that had to separate the pension money board from the rest of bank operations will be built inside VEB. (A3)

In an interview President of the American Metro Media International Group Inc. (MIG) company Mark Hauf talks about expanding business in Russia and about plans there. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets& MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

Having bought the Moscow horse factory, the Akron holding has not received all of its land on the prestigious Rublyovo-Uspenskoye Shosse. Renaissance Bank and the Investment Agency of the Central Federal District have spent millions of dollars to buy up land shares. The new investors say that together with Akron they will create a grandiose 1,000-hectare equestrian park on Rublyobka. (B1)

The Krasny Vostok brewery intends to suspend production for three days at its subsidiaries in Kazan and Novosibirsk. A story comments on the decision, saying how analysts regard it. (B1)

At the Omskenergo shareholders' extraordinary meeting, MDM-Bank representatives have five of the 12 seats in the Board of Directors. Brief. (B1)

Turkish Botas and Gazprom on Aug. 26 will discuss details of deliveries of Russian gas to Turkey through the Blue Stream gas pipeline. Turkey presently imports gas through Blue Stream, but the final agreement on the cost of delivery has not yet been reached. Brief. (B1)

The MiG company will be converted into a joint stock company, with 100 percent of its shares becoming federal property. This was announced by Alexei Gorskov, chief of the government information department. Brief. (B1)

The National Reserve Bank, which owns 30 percent of Aeroflot, intends to test the efficiency of the use of Western planes by the leading domestic airline. This was announced by NRB President Alexander Lebedev. Brief. (B1)

The Siberian Investment Company has proposed to its shareholders to increase the charter capital of the company by 10 times up to 69.9 million rubles ($2.3 million) through the placing of an additional issuance of 107.9 million shares. Brief. (B1)

The Gorbunov Kazan Aviation-Production Association (MAPO) has managed to sell eight Tu-214 planes at the MAKS-2003 aviation show in Zhukovsky. The total sum of the deals is 8 billion rubles ($264 million). (B2)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

The government is discussing the possibility of using the ports of Arkhangelsk and Kandalaksha for the export of commodities and mineral resources. Currently these Russian export goe through the ports of Riga and Tallinn. A story examines this problem. (2)

Moscow's small ring railroad will be 100 years old in October. At present it is used only for transporting cargo, but in 2005 its 14 overhauled stations will open their doors to passengers. A story looks at the project. (2)

The domestic state-run TVEL company, which produces nuclear fuel for nuclear power plants, has won a tender to work on the cleanup of an April accident at the Paks nuclear power plant in Hungary. A story describes the accident and its aftermath. (3)

In an interview, Igor Voskresencky, deputy chairman of the Moscow city architecture committee, talks about the new general plan that has been endorsed by the committee with the aim of making Moscow more attractive. (1,4)

Noviye Izvestia

In an interview, Georgy Satarov, President of the Indem think tank, the only domestic organization that studies corruption and its sources professionally, talks about this flourishing evil in Russia, where the bureaucrats of the state's executive authorities are given as much as $30 billion in bribes annually. (7)

Yury Sinelshchikov, former first deputy Moscow prosecutor, has filed a suit in the Tverskoi District Court against the Prosecutor General's Office, demanding he be reinstated in his job. In an interview he speaks about his conflict with office. (3)

The U.S. State Department late last week introduced amendments to the conditions governing the annual lottery distributing immigration visas to the United States. A story examines several of the changes. (5)

In an interview highly-regarded filmmaker Stanislav Govorukhin talks about his new film "Bless the Woman." (6)

Novaya Gazeta
www.novayagazeta.ru

One might think that a form of schizophrenia has hit law enforcement agencies with some being punished in full view of the press, and others going untouched, despite the fact that they deserve similar punishment. A story gives specific examples from various ministries and departments. (2)

Several experts share their views on the arrest of exiled media magnate Vladimir Gusinsky in Athens on Thursday. (2)

In an exclusive interview, oligarch Boris Berezovsky, currently awaiting extradition in Britain, shares his view on the logic of the Russian authorities regarding the arrest of Vladimir Gusinsky. (3)

In an interview journalist Yegor Yakovlev speaks emotionally about the arrest of Vladimir Gusinsky, saying that it is becoming ever more evident to the West that Russia is a country where the rules of democracy are brazenly violated. (3)

The Grand PAS international ballet festival will take place in Moscow on Aug. 26 to Aug 30. A story describes this annual event and its participants. (5)

President Vladimir Putin has at last signed a long-awaited decree on state prosecutors, whose staff is to be increased by 4,000. A story examines the document. (5)

Novaya Gazeta special correspondent in Chechnya Anna Politkovskaya describes a troubling situation in the republic as presidential elections approach. Elections that in the author's opinion will not bring peace to this region. She says that the struggle for power has at no point been noble, and that such a struggle for power against the background of a five-year-old war is outrageous. (7)

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov in Blagoveshchensk last week unexpectedly expressed the belief that the system of electing deputies to the upper chamber of the Russian parliament should not be changed. A story examines several factors that have influenced this opinion. (10)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

In an interview, Federal Securities Commission head Igor Kostikov talks about different possible methods of earning money on the stock exchange. Four experts share their views. (5,8)

What can be bought in Moscow on credit and where? A story describes several such shops and their credit systems. The article weighs up the advantages and disadvantages of such a system (6,7)

The government of the Moscow region has endorsed a special program to boost the town of Dubna as a naukograd -- a town dedicated to science. A story describes the program, focusing on the working and living conditions it promises for young specialists (10)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov has said that six highly placed policemen -- so-called werewolves -- and their five civilian accomplices were arrested in Moscow on Friday. A story gives details. (1,5)

The Moscow authorities have endorsed a project to build small hotels and apartments for foreign tourists. Thus, 122 land plots have been allotted for building hotels mainly of economy class. Fifty nine future hotels have already found investors. A story examines the program. (1)

The Justice Ministry has registered the Islamic Party, which officially has about 3.5 million members, and which intends to take part in the upcoming elections to the State Duma. Its leader Radzhabov speaks about his party, its aims, the ideological principles and their plans. (2)

Moscow authorities have decided to open food shops in every city district. The experiment to open such shops has already been launched in the south of Moscow. In an interview, the prefect of the project Pyotr Biryukov speaks about this experiment and its aims. (2)