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


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

Moscow authorities have endorsed a new concept for planting vegetation in the city. A story examines its priorities, saying that almost 500 million rubles ($16.4 million) was spent over the past six months to improve the appearance of more than 500 hectares of city areas. A pie chart shows which environmental problems are worrying Muscovites today. (1)

Political parties have begun to use every possible means, including their own newspapers, to win the hearts of voters. A story describes political parties and the role of their newspapers in election campaigns. (1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta 2)

The Prosecutor 's Office in the Northeastern District of Moscow has completed a criminal investigation into a criminal gang who abducted single elderly pensioners, forced them to drink large quantities of alcohol, and made them sign over their apartments. A story gives details. (1,2)

Acclaimed filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov presented a film script titled "Utomlyonniye Solntsem-2"on the last day of the Vyborg Film Festival. A story reveals its content, promising success for the future film. (1, 2, Gazeta, 11)

An editorial is devoted to the need for reform in the electrical energy system that was announced by U.S. President George W. Bush after the recent blackout in the United States and Canada. A similar idea was once developed by Lenin and quite recently by UES head Anatoly Chubais, who has benefited considerably from the North American blackout. (2, Vremya Novostei, 2)

Domestic oil companies have taken advantage of Iraq's absence from the oil market. In June instead of Iraqi oil, Russian oil went to the United States. The question is how long Russian oil companies will remain among the six leading oil exporters to the United States. Four experts share their views on the issue. (2)

The 6th aviation show MAKS-2003 will open in Zhukovsky (Moscow region) on Aug. 19. A story describes this event and the impressive number of foreign and domestic participants, saying it promises to become one of the most well-attended aviation shows in the world. Eight experts share their views. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2)

U.S. government official in Russia John Bairley on the occasion of 100 days after the Iraqi war examines how the Iraqi people are returning to a peaceful life and what role could be played by other countries in this process. (4)

Local authorities in some U.S. states warn that a blackout may happen again. A story describes some troubling consequences of Friday's blackout in the United States and Canada, saying that policymakers are trying to persuade their populations to cut electricity consumption. A similar blackout may take place in the Baltic states. This was announced by the press secretary of the Estonian Eesti Energia company Riina Vjamdre. (4, Gazeta, 1,4, Vremya Novostei,1, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4, MK, 2)

Only five out of the 100 private railway companies are willing to carry passengers. The Railways Ministry intends to pursue a tough policy toward private carriers with the aim of making passengers clients of the Russian Railways company that will begin functioning on Oct. 1. A story examines the difficult conditions for private railways companies being created by the ministry. Three experts share their views. (5)

Russia plans to fix the credit rate for 1 million tons of grain at 12 percent to 15 percent. This was announced by Alexei Sazonov, a spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Ukraine. Brief. (5)

The major gas pipeline Arti-Mikhhailovsk-Nizhniye Sergi has been commissioned in the Sverdlovsk region. This was announced by the Itera Press Service. Brief. (5)

The MiG domestic aircraft-building corporation has concluded the initial contracts with the Atlant-Soyuz and Aerofrakht companies on delivery of Tu-334 planes. Brief. (5)

The Wrigley company, the world leading chewing gum producer, intends to invest over $25 million into expanding facilities in St. Petersburg. Brief. (5)

The Rusagrokapital agro-industrial holding has begun to build a grain processing infrastructure in western Siberia. This was announced by the company's press service. (5)

Sibur has endorsed a program to boost retail trade in liquefied gas. A program envisages the launch of a wide network of gas filling stations. A story examines the company's ambitious plans. (5)

Western capital has begun to flow into the Russian metals sector. In the first six months of this year metal companies drew almost $2 billion in foreign investments, occupying a leading place among industrial sectors by the volume of foreign loans. A story gives figures to illustrate the point. (5)

The U.S. auto market is preparing for the final battle between auto giants, expected to take place at the end of this year. A story examines the current situation on the auto markets in the United States and Japan, saying the future competition will cause skyrocketing prices. (5)

Several stories are devoted to the fifth anniversary of the default that hit Russia on Aug. 17, 1998. The focus is on the government's current economic policy with its major principles and guiding line. (6, Kommersant, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Gazeta, 7,Vremya Novostei, 1, Noviye Izvestia, 4, MK, 3)

A chapel on Ulitsa Guryanova will be consecrated on Aug. 22 in the memory of victims of the terrorist act in September 1999. Brief. (7)

The First International Blues Festival will take place in Moscow, Voronezh and Vladimir in early September. Brief. (7)

The Armed Forces' Culture Center has presented an astrological map of Moscow. In an interview center director Dr. Sergei Bezborodny talks about this unique work. (7)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry, starting Aug. 21, will implement a new certification system for domestic hotels. This is according to a system that has been developed by the Research Certification Institute attached to Gosstandart. A story examines the system in detail. (9)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Sibneft late last week presented financial operation reports for the first six months of this year. According to the report, the company is not in a position to pay out the huge intermediate dividends (more than $1 billion) that it promised to its shareholders. A story comments on the report, focusing on analysts' views. (1)

Mikhail Delyagin, the prime minister's aide on macroeconomic issues, is to quit his post to take up consulting for several oligarchs, who will pay him generously. A story comments on Delyagin's decision, saying that several highly-placed officials have left the government due to different reasons lately. (2)

A story describes the presidential elections that took place in Karachayevo-Cherkessia on Sunday, Aug. 17. The second round will determine the winning candidate, either the present President Vladimir Semyonov or the head of the republic's National Bank, Mustafa Batdyev. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

The Extraordinary Congress of the Russian Communities Congress, or KRO, endorsed an agreement on cooperation between the people's patriotic forces in the Moscow region Saturday. KRO leader Sergei Glazyev plans to create a left-patriotic coalition. Not believing that the Communists will join it, Glazyev has called on the KPRF to sign an agreement on joint activities in the State Duma. A story comments on Glazyev's plans, citing State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov's view. (3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

Illegal armed units are doing everything in their power to complicate the situation in Chechnya and prevent the presidential elections in the republic. This was stated by Chechen administration head Akhmat Kadyrov. A story comments on his statement. (3, Vremya Novostei, 1,3)

Moscow police have arrested Ilya Shenkov, the leader of the so-called Golyanovskaya gang, sought by federal authorities for six years. He is suspected of being involved in several killings. A story gives details. (4)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry's working group in charge of drafting a bill on credit bureaus will hold a session today to discuss the Finance Ministry's proposals on placing the bureaus under the control of an authorized state agency. A story comments on the issue, saying what agency will control them if proposals are approved. (5)

President Vladimir Putin on Friday met with Gazprom head Alexei Miller. Putin wanted to know about Gazprom's projects abroad before his visit to the United States. A story examines what Miller reported to the president. (5, Vremya Novostei, 5,7)

The Perekryostok trading house in the Moscow region on Friday opened its supermarket Gorki-2. Sedmoy Kontinent was claiming this place. A story describes the new supermarket. (5)

The Moscow International Currency Association has endorsed an appeal to the government, the State Duma and the Central Bank in which it calls on the government to declare a moratorium up to the year 2010 on the further growth of internal and external borrowing. Brief. (5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3)

The standoff between the co-owners of the Solikamsk Magnesium Plant may soon result in an armed conflict. A story reveals the opposing sides' stands. (7)

Entrepreneur Badri Patarkatsishvili on Saturday officially laid the foundation for construction of a new town on near the Ureki settlement on the Black Sea coast of Georgia. A story looks at Badri's ambitious project. (7)

The domestic Khanty-Mansiisk-based aviation company UTAir has signed contracts with the United Nations on transporting a UN peacekeeping mission to Sierra-Leone in the 2nd half of this year. Brief. (7)

According to the British newspaper The Sunday Telegraph, British Queen Elizabeth II has refused to pass over late Princess Diana's former residence, Kensington Palace, to the U.S. Embassy. A story gives details. (11)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

A story reflects on the possible reasons behind Friday's blackout in the United States and Canada that left 50 million people without electricity. (A1)

Moscow cellular communications retail outlets are preparing for a new academic year and a boom in mobile telephone sales purchased by school pupils. Russia is second only to Britain in this respect, where one in every 10 five-year-olds has a mobile telephone. (A1)

Alfa-Bank before the end of this year will become a large creditor of several Svyazinvest's subsidiaries. The bank has managed to buy out Slovakia's Soviet-era debt, and is now trading it with the Finance Ministry for the currency debts of the telecommunication holding's subsidiaries. (A1)

A Moscow resident on Sunday found a large package of explosives in the southwest of the city. Brief. (A1)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has signed a privatization program for 2004. This was announced by the government's Information Department. Brief. (A1)

Unified Energy Systems head Anatoly Chubais will be among the first three members on the State Duma election party list of the Union of Right Forces party, or SPS, that hopes with the help of Chubais to win part of United Russia's electorate. (A2)

State Sports Committee Deputy Chairman Dmitry Zelenin, former top manager of Norilsk Nickel, has decided to enter politics. With this aim in mind he intends to run for the gubernatorial seat in the Tver region. A story examines his chances of winning. (A2)

U.S. occupational authorities in Iraq have are failing to export any oil from the country. A powerful blast on the Kirkuk-Dzheikhan oil pipeline on Friday suspended Iraqi oil to Turkey. A2)

The Moscow government has endorsed the program to back city industry. Over the next three years the city budget will allocate 9.42 billion rubles ($309 million) for its needs. A story describes how this money will be distributed. (A3)

The assets of the Russian Railways holding, or RZHD, to begin functioning in October, will amount to 1.92 trillion rubles ($63 billion). Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has ruled that RZHD will control practically all social facilities of the Railways Ministry. (A3)

In an interview Andrei Vinogradov, who has quit his post in the Central Bank and become director-general of large domestic debt collection agency Rosinkas, talks about this agency and its business. He focuses on Rosinkas' role and place in the market. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets& MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

The reaction of financial and commodity markets to North America's blackout Friday has been calm. Stock indices in the majority of countries, including North American ones, have even slightly grown, and insurance companies will not have to pay out huge sums. As far as energy companies are concerned, especially alternative energy-source producers, this blackout has done only good, since their shares have risen in price. (B1)

The Miel Nedvizhimost realty company will invest money into the construction of almost 20 percent of the housing in one of the most promising housing developments in the city, Khodynskoye Pole. The company's exclusive right to sell all apartments in this venue will yield it not less than $10 million. (B1)

The Siberian payment system Zolotaya Korona (Golden Crown) has sent a memorandum to the president and to the heads of government in the State Duma, the Federation Council as well as the Central Bank regarding the harm done by international payment systems and on the need for creating a national system. Visa is viewed as harmful. (B1)

Norilsk Nickel's 100 percent subsidiary Norimet Ltd. has extended the deadline for tender proposals to buy out up to 4.35 million shares in the American Stillwater Mining Company from shareholders at the price of $7.50 per share. Brief. (B1)

LUKoil's net profit over the first six months of this year amounted to 22.9 billion rubles ($753 million), which is 30 percent more than the figure for the same period last year. Brief. (B1)

Energoprom in Nizhny Novgorod may lose control over the Korund chemical plant that was bought during competition trading in May. Brief. (B2)

Thirty leading domestic banks cut their investments into non-state bonds in June, having changed them in their portfolios into GKOs and OFZs. (B3)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

A story describes the failed bloody putsch in August 1991 when a group of plotters attempted a coup and were defeated. Their defeat meant a victory for democracy. (1,2)

The United Russia party and the Communist Party are secretly forming headquarters for the election campaign. Their role will be played by the parties' executive committees. (1,2)

According to statistical data the domestic economy is going through a considerable boom. In an interview Deputy Economic Development Minister Arkady Dvorkovich talks about whether this is actually the case, states the reason for Russia's economic achievements, and talks about if economic growth is stable and what factors are holding it back. (1,4)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Moscow authorities have selected 12 city rivers and ponds for experimental cleansing with the help of chemical treatments. A story examines the project. (4)

Hidden video cameras have transformed two of Moscow's most tense and dangerous train stations, Kursky and Kazansky, into almost completely safe places. A story notes the significance of this at present with the risk of terrorist attacks. (4)

Specialists from the Research Nutrition Institute have conducted a public opinion poll (1,110 Muscovites respondents) to find out what people think of their daily food. A story examines the interesting results of this poll. (4)

Noviye Izvestia

Discrimination against the Russian minority in Turkmenistan has become Ashkhabad's official policy since Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov issued a decree forcing all people with double citizenship to choose between them, abrogating the previous Russian-Turkmen protocol on double citizenship. A story offers concrete facts of discrimination. (1,5)

Shalva Natelashvili, leader of the Labor Party of Georgia, said Saturday that immediately after winning a majority of seats in parliament, his party will pass a bill on nationalizing all energy facilities in the country and drive out all foreign investors from Georgia. He also promised to suspend all relationships with the International Monetary Fund. Natelashvili intends to demand that Russian Ambassador Vladimir Chkhikvishvili make UES, which has the right to distribute electrical energy in Tbilisi, cut electricity tariffs. A story comments on Natelashvili's statement. (1)

Moscow authorities seem to be sure that it is better to forget about the terrorist act in the Dubrovka theater in October last year. The Culture Commission of the Moscow government has refused to place a memorial plaque with the names of the perished people in the place of the tragedy. Their explanation is simple -- the square in front of the theater is not a burial place. (3)

Three top financiers, including Andrei Vavilov, the former Deputy Finance Minister, share their views on the way the government is managing foreign debts. (4)

It is possible that the Prosecutor General's Office will launch an investigation into another case involving Yukos. The fact is that six years ago the company took part in debt-receiving schemes with the Volgograd region and other regions. A story reveals the essence of this scheme. (4)

A feature story describes the Medical Radiological Center in Obninsk, the only domestic center that provides effective medical treatment to people affected by radiation. (7)

Alcoholics Anonymous over the weekend marked its 16th anniversary on Moscow. A story describes this association and its members. (7

Novaya Gazeta
www.novayagazeta.ru

Evidence strongly suggests that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein may be hiding in Belarus, being a desirable guest for Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko. A story offers several facts supporting this theory. (1,6)

Academic Alexander Yakovlev, president of the Demokratia Fund, has written a new book titled "The Twilight" that has been published by the Materik publishing house. In an interview the author describes the plot and message of his brainchild, focusing on the political situation in the country, which concerns him a lot. An excerpt from the book is published. (1, 12-13)

Political analyst Pavel Voshchanov reflects on several aspects and trends of President Vladimir Putin's term in office. When the election campaign officially begins, when such declarations will be forbidden according to the mass media law. The author notes the paradox that while 80 percent of Russians approve of Putin's actions, there is also an 80 percent share of the country who are displeased with the state of affairs. (2,3)

Special correspondent in Chechnya Anna Politkovskaya comments on two reasons for the resignation of Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov's envoy in Russia. He announced his decision on Aug. 14. (4)

Military observer Pavel Felgenhauer sheds light on the recent secret operation conducted jointly by the U.S. FBI and the Russian FSB to arrest a British arms dealer who tried to sell a Russian-made shoulder-fired Igla surface-to-air missile. (5)

There were six powerful fires in army munitions warehouses and auto parks over the first eight months of this year, costing the budget 10.9 billion rubles ($358 million). A story comments on this alarming fact. A list is given of the six army fires. (5)

Boris Kagarlitsky, director of the Institute of Globalization Problems, examines the new opposition that the Kremlin is creating for itself. (8)

In an interview Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky talks about how he views the idea of forming a government that will get the majority in the State Duma and parliamentary influence on the government's formation. (8)

One hundred and fifty doctors and 249 employees of the recently bombed hospital in Mozdok have sent a letter to the president in defense of Dr. Artur Arakelyan, the only person accused in the terrorist act. A story describes the letter and its authors. (9)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

A story examines the items (combined with their prices) that need to be purchased by first graders by Sept. 1, when school begins. (5-7, Gazeta, 9)

The closer the parliamentary elections draw, the more talk there is about forming a so-called party government by the new State Duma. A story comments on this idea, saying how real it could be. (12)

The 5th jubilee of the all-Russian equestrian exhibition Ekviros-2003 will take place in Moscow's Sokolniki Cultural-Exhibition Center on Aug. 20 to Aug. 25. Exhibition Director Lyubov Arkhipova talks about this event and its participants. (38)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry has drafted a bill that deprives the population of free medical service. According to the official version, the bill titled "Concerning the Specialized State or Municipal Non-Commercial Organizaions" is designed to make medical enterprises independent. In the Health Ministry's opinion the bill will help improve the quality of medical services. A story comments on the document. (1,2)

The U.S. interplanetary station will be launched into space to the planet Pluto in January 2006 by an Atlas-5 rocket-booster equipped with a RD-180 Russian engine. A story examines this project. (1)

A racial quarrel between two Africans and four Russians took place Saturday night in an elektrichka on the Moskva-3 station of the Yaroslavskaya Railway. One African with a knife injured a Russian boy. A story gives details. (1)