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


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

Komkon sociologists have presented the results of their annual R-TGI study, polling 36,000 people in Russia's regions and 6,000 Muscovites, to find out how life has improved in Russia. A story examines the positive results, noting that the number of wealthy people over the past two years has increased by 2.5 times. (1, 2)

According to the Stavropolye government, more than 400,000 forced migrants, mostly Russian families from Chechnya, have found shelter in the region over the past 15 years. Foreign charitable organizations have done a lot to help them survive without asking state authorities for subsidies. A story gives several concrete facts showing how migrants are surviving in the region. (1,2)

In an interview philosopher Boris Grois, who is of Russian descent but lives in Europe, shares his view on the most significant factors involved in perceiving the cultural situation. (1,2)

Al-Qaida has claimed responsibility for the energy catastrophe in the United States, saying that Americans were left without electricity and water late last week thanks to the legendary and elusive Osama bin Laden. An editorial describes how the U.S. administration regards Al-Qaida's statement. (2, Gazeta, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,6, Vremya Novostei, 2)

Presidential aide Igor Shuvalov on Tuesday presided over the first session of a working group in charge of drafting proposals on doubling the Gross Domestic Product. The group, consisting of State Duma deputies, senators and businessmen, should present concrete drafts by March 2004. A story looks at their first steps. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

First Deputy Economic Development Minister Mikhail Dmitriyev on Tuesday made public six superfluous functions that several ministries have decided to give up. All in all 23 such functions have been revealed by the ministry. Dmitriyev commented on the results of his ministry's work. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

A story describes the first day of the MAKS-2003 international aviation show in Zhukovsky (Moscow region), attended by President Vladimir Putin. The focus is the statement by Deputy Prime Minister Boris Alyoshin on the priority task in the domestic aviation industry. (3, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,6, Gazeta, 7, Vremya Novostei, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Trud, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Zhizn, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1-3, MK, 1, 2)

Police in Ingushetia have arrested 19-year-old Chechen Magomed Elikhadzhiyev, a Kurchaloi villager who is suspected of organizing the terrorist act in Tushino on July 5. A story describes his arrest. (3, Kommersant, 1,4, Gazeta, 1,3)

The French Tourism Ministry has summed up the results of this summer's tourist season. According to official statistics the number of U.S. tourists has decreased by 30 percent compared with the figure for last year. A story examines several reasons, focusing on a theory by Moscow Carnegie Center spokesman Alexei Malashenko. (4)

A story reports on a decade-long slump in domestic dairy production (except 2002) saying that, according to the Economic Development and Trade Ministry, the production of fresh milk in the first six months of this year decreased by 1.3 percent. Three experts share their views on the problem. (5)

The Pension Fund has failed to launch pension reform according to the set deadline. A story explains its failure. (5, Kommersant, 5)

The Anti-Monopoly Ministry's decision last week to support the merger of Yukos and Sibneft has resulted in a 0.09 percent rise in the overall investment attractiveness rating of domestic oil and gas companies, reaching 298.96. Four experts comment on the rating. A diagram is also given of the investment attractiveness rating for 11 domestic companies. (5)

The Alrosa diamond-mining company, and the Finance Ministry which oversees it, reported Tuesday that the Nyurbinsky Mining-Enriching Combine will begin operation Saturday. This will make it possible to increase diamond extraction by 16 percent. A story describes the new factory and its starting and further capacities. (5)

The International Monetary Fund has presented a report showing that WTO membership does not yield any real economic dividends to its members. IMF experts believe that the WTO is presently not fulfilling its direct functions. A story examines the report, citing views by two experts. (5)

According to the State Statistics Committee, the index of industrial production in the first six months of 2003 grew by 6.8 percent compared with the figure for the same period last year. Brief. (5)

The Tax Ministry reported that the number of tax-paying organizations in the first six months of this year increased by 148,000 and amounted to 3,464,000. Brief. (5)

The State Customs Committee on Tuesday reported data on crimes connected with customs documents. The number of such crimes over the first six months of this year increased by 12 percent compared with the figure for the same period last year. Brief. (5)

Moscow city economy department chief Pyotr Aksyonov on Tuesday made public Muscovites' numerous complaints about leaking roofs in their apartments. A brief provides figures and city districts with such houses. (7)

Entrance examinations to all prestigious universities and institutes have shown that applicants have only a rudimentary knowledge of domestic history. A story gives concrete facts to illustrate this point. (7)

The Yunipravex informational rating agency has presented its study of the domestic business services market, according to which the total turnover of consulting services in Russia has almost doubled compared with the figure for last year. A story examines the study, focusing on tendencies on the domestic consulting services market. (8)

The Yunipravex informational rating agency has compiled a rating of domestic assessment companies. A story looks at the rating, focusing on the tendencies on assessing the services market. (9)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The shareholders of Golden Telecom on Tuesday bought 100 percent of the stakes in the Combellga communications operator from Norwegian Telenor. A story comments on the deal. A list of big deals on the domestic telecommunications market is also published, starting from June 2000. (1,7)

After his visit to the international air show MAKS-2003 in Zhukovsky (Moscow region), President Vladimir Putin arrived in Kursk to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Kursk Battle. A story features his visit and the meetings held there. (1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Trud, 2)

A state of emergency was imposed Tuesday in Primorye, the Khabarovsk region, Kamchatka and Sakhalin, where all executive power was passed over to special provisional power bodies. Censorship will also be imposed in the region. A story examines the aim of all these measures. (3)

The Day of the State Flag that was instituted 12 years ago after the August 1991 putsch will be officially marked on Aug. 22, though events devoted to it began in Moscow on Tuesday Aug. 19. A story covers this holiday and several events in the city. (4)

The Education Minister Vladimir Filippov signed a decree Tuesday on providing private lessons in educational establishments. A story examines the document's major provisions. (4)

A story examines the government draft that sets a deadline for imposing emission limits for motor vehicles in Russia. The domestic auto industry's response to the document is also described. (5)

Within the framework of merging with Sibneft, Yukos has paid $1.25 billion out of a total agreed $3 billion as the first tranche for a 20 percent share of stock in this company. Yukos has confirmed that the merger process is continuing. Brief. (5)

A story examines a document drafted by Gosstroi concerning its investment policy in the housing-utility and construction complex that will most probably be discussed by the government in September. (5)

The euro rate plummeted in value to $1.1056 on Tuesday, the lowest level over the past four months. A story examines the euro and dollar position, focusing on experts' views. (6)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov went to Cherepovets from Volgograd on Tuesday to inspect its utilities system, which the government last year announced was the best in the region. A story describes the results of Kasyanov's visits to these cities. (6)

Since April 29 Russia has imposed quotas on imported poultry. The volume of quotas is 744,000 tons. Non-quota poultry deliveries are banned. A story examines the quotas and the skyrocketing price of poultry. (6)

The Tax Ministry's measures to clean up the criminal-ridden fuel market have turned out to be fruitless. The results of the GSM-2003 operation show that private petrol producers have expanded their illegal business even further. A story examines the results of this operation. (6)

The Alrosa staff, starting Sept. 1, will include FSB Colonel Yury Ionov as the company's first vice president. He is an aide to Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin. A story comments on the new appointment. (6)

Rosgosstrakh has launched the process of merging Rosgosstrakh-Moscow region and 20 Moscow affiliates. The result of this merger will be Rosgosstrakh-Stolitsa. Brief. (6)

The Central Bank, starting Aug. 20, has withdrawn a license from United Industrial Bank for banking ruble and foreign currency proceeds. Brief. (6)

The Railways Ministry will borrow 2.24 billion rubles ($73 million) from three domestic banks to fund an eight-year leasing program. Brief. (6)

The Samara Aviakor plant and the Kharkov state-run aviation industrial enterprise have signed an agreement to launch a joint venture called the International Aviation Project 140, which will buy and sell 52-seater An-140 planes. Brief. (7)

Tatneft plans to sell 25 percent of the stakes in Nizhnekamshina to a foreign partner. This was announced by Tatneft director-general Shafagat Takhautdinov. Brief. (7)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The 6th international aviation show MAKS-2003 that opened in Zhukovsky (Moscow region) Tuesday could set a record for the number of signed contracts. A story gives figures to illustrate the point. (A1)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry has decided to limit bureaucrats' influence on the economy. With this aim in view the ministry intends to establish the "presumption of the lack of the need for them," which will make bureaucrats prove in public that they need new functions. Businessmen support this idea, while departments doubt that it can be realized. (A1)

According to the Central Bank's forecast, the real ruble rate next year will continue to grow and inflation will be maintained at a level of 10 percent. The Central Bank has submitted this forecast in its Guidelines of Monetary Policy that the government will discuss Thursday. (A1)

According to the State Statistics Committee, the total wage debt in July decreased by 692 million rubles ($22.8 million), or by 2.1 percent and amounted as of Aug. 1, 2003 to 32.383 billion rubles. Brief. (A1)

The terrorist act in Iraq on Wednesday left UN mission head in that country Sergio Vieira de Mello dead. Brief. (A1)

Seven domestic political parties last year spent about $20 million, though analysts believe their real incomes are much higher. There are practically no large companies investing many millions of dollars into politics among the official sponsors of political parties. A story examines political parties and their financial sponsors. (A2)

The London analytical World Markets Research Center has placed Russia in 16th place on the list of countries that could become targets of terrorist strikes. A story examines the list and those before Russia. (A2)

The government will help domestic metals companies increase the quotas on steel export to European and Latin American countries. This promise was made Tuesday by Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov during his visit to Severstal. (A3)

In an interview Vyacheslav Salikov, director-general of the Voronezh Aircraft-Building Company, the losses of which in the first three months of this year exceeded 42 million rubles ($1.4 million), talks about what his company is doing to overcome the crisis. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets& MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

Investors who have studied Surgutneftegaz's financial reports for the second quarter cannot understand what approximately $200 million was spent on. The company's explanation is that the funds where spent on defense from an unfriendly absorption of the company in April. (B1)

Clients of Citigroup, a world leading financial company, may have become the victims of online swindlers who tried to extract from information from them that would allow access to their bank accounts. (B1)

State bond quotation growth has resulted in 100 major banks' profits almost halving in the second quarter. How banks plan to compensate for this gap is with rapid development of their retail business. (B1)

The nonconsolidated net profit of Gazprom in the first half of 2003 increased by 6.9 times to 110 billion rubles ($3.6 billion). This information was contained in the company's operational report. Brief. (B1)

The U.S. First Energy Corp could find itself on the brink of bankruptcy if it is found to be guilty of a recent blackout in the United States. The company's securities on Monday fell in value by 10 percent. Brief. (B1)

Tatneft's profit balance in 2004 will amount to about 15 billion rubles ($495 million). The company's director-general Shafagat Takhautdinov said this figure is contained in the company's financial plan for 2004 to 2005. (B1)

The European Ball Bearing Corporation, a leading CIS ball bearing producer, intends to win over 35 percent of the CIS market. Western leading producers German INA and Swedish SKE have shown interest in its business. (B2)

LUKoil has announced the completion of a deal to purchase oil assets from Urals Group in the Komi Republic. One of the main shareholders is Leonid Dyachenko, the former son-in-law of Boris Yelstin. (B2)

Royal/Dutch Shell and Unocal on Tuesday signed an agreement with China on the development of gas shelf deposits. A story examines the document, focusing on its aim. (B2)

The investment group Russian Funds has doubled its charter capital up to 100 million rubles ($3.3 million). Brief. (B3)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

A new procedure for federal state employees applying for special pensions on the basis of long service will take effect on Oct. 1 at the Register of State Posts. The text of a document describing the procedure is printed in full, while a story comments on the document. (1,2,9,10)

An unprecedented public and political forum will open in Moscow on Aug. 22 when the leaders of major political parties are expected to sign a public Treaty titled "Elections-2003" that has been drafted with the active participation of the Central Election Commission. In an interview, one of the initiators of this document, Andrei Przhezdomsky, Executive Director of the Russian Fund of Free Elections, talks about the aim of the document and about the procedure under which it will be signed. (3)

The World Congress of Ukrainians has opened its latest session in Kiev to discuss the problems of Ukrainians living abroad. Over 350 delegates and 200 guests from more than 25 countries are taking part. A story describes this organization and its congress. (3)

All candidates running for the Chechen presidency are required to submit their registration documents to the republic's election commission by 6 p.m. Wednesday. The elections are scheduled for Oct. 5. In an interview presidential aide Sergei Yastrzhembsky talks about their specific features of these elections and about how federal authorities are preparing for them. (3)

Noviye Izvestia

Over the past month the Russian ombudsman has received 1,500 complaints against police officers, with the most common complaint being over abuse of power and being rude to people who are stopped on Moscow's streets. (1,2)

Chechen rebels, who on Dec. 27, 2002 abducted Nadezhda Pogosova, a senior assistant of the Chechen Prosecutor, have sent an appeal from Pogosova to oligarch Boris Berezovsky via the office of the Grani.Ru Internet newspaper. In the appeal she asks him to aid her release and that of her colleague Alexei Klimov from their captivity in Chechnya. A story examines the case. (1,3)

Secretary and coordinator of the Social-Democratic Party (SDPR) Viktor Mironenko has stated that the SDPR will take part in the upcoming parliamentary elections. He said that the form of their participation has not yet been decided, but he mentioned three possibilities. (2)

Three candidates for the Chechen presidency -- Chechen administration head Akhmat Kadyrov, Malik Saidulayev and chief federal inspector of the Southern Federal District Abdula Bugayev -- have collected the necessary number of signatures to qualify. A story describes these candidates and their chances of winning. (7)

Argumenty i Fakty
www.aif.ru

A story examines the sources of funds political parties have for their election campaigns, noting which oligarchs are supporting which parties. (2)

In an interview Valentin Pokrovsky, the President of the Academy of Medical Sciences, talks about the latest domestic achievements in treating several serious and dangerous diseases. (3)

Eighty five percent of regions are currently short of electricity. A story asks if they could they be hit by a blackout? Unified Energy Systems head Anatoly Chubais and former Deputy Energy Minister Viktor Kudryavy share their views on the issue. (11)

In an interview, Dmitry Nabokov, son of the U.S. writer Vladimir Nabokov who was born in Russia, talks about his family, his father and his novels. (14)

Trud
www.trud.ru

A feature story describes the Ioanno-Vvedensky Convent in the Tobolsk region, saying which factors and circumstances make its women devote their lives to God. (3)

The Moscow City Center for Environmental Catastrophes reported that 20 tons of poisonous pesticide chemicals are being stored in the open air of the Serpukhov District in the Moscow region. A story describes this hazardous venue. (5)

Krasnaya Zvezda

In an interview the Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister Vladislav Putilin talks about the significant role his ministry is playing in military reform

Krasnaya Zvezda offers a weekly review of the situation in Chechnya, where civilians and servicemen are still dying daily. (1,2, Argumenty i Fakty, No. 34, p. 8)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Komsomolskaya Pravda prints a the full text of a statement by Mikhail Lapshin, leader of the Agrarian Party, who says that the 2004 draft budget amounts to the conscious destruction of the domestic agrarian sector. (5)

The international Euromoney magazine has this year for the 4th time in a row named the Parex bank the best bank in Latvia. A story features this financial enterprise and its various services. (8)

A story describes an U.S. film titled "The Yeltsin Project" which has appeared in Russia on video. It depicts how Americans "saved" democracy in Russia during the presidential elections of 1996. In an interview, former Yeltsin administration head Sergei Filatov talks about several factual distortions in the film. (14, 15)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

A story reports how the Mozhaisk city administration has taken effective measures to protect the city and its residents from suicide bombers. (1)

Transfiguration Day, a popular tradition to celebrate the apple harvest was marked on Tuesday. A story describes the origin of this holiday in Russia and how it is marked today. (1,4)

In the future when road accidents occur, GAI officials will issue drivers a document certifying the state of the road on which the accident took place. A story describes the new document and its purpose. (1)

Moscow's poverty-stricken pensioners -- of which there are approximately 10,000 according to the paper -- will be treated to free dinners at no cost at 400 of the city's best city restaurants and cafes to mark City Day on Sept. 6 and 7. (1)

Moscow authorities have allowed Muscovites to share their impressions of statues of great Russian singer Fyodor Shaliapin that can now be seen in the park on the crossroads of Novinsky Bulvar and Kudrinsky Proezd. The statue may be given to the city as a gift. (1)

A story examines new sanitary and anti-fire rules that are being imposed in all schools. Changes to school curriculum are also explained. (2, Argumenty i Fakty, No. 34, p. 6)

Moskovsky Komsomolets offers new facts shedding light on the death of the first Soviet cosmonaut Yury Gagarin on March 27, 1968. (4)