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


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

To prevent the mass migration of locals from the Far East to European Russia was the task given by President Vladimir Putin to the local and federal government. Economic Development Minister German Gref has been instructed to implement special measures. A story comments on this acute problem, saying who raised it. (1,2)

U.S., British and Russian special services conducted a successful joint operation for the first time in history on Tuesday, arresting a British arms dealer who tried to sell a Russian-made shoulder-fired surface-to-air Igla missile. A story gives details. (1,2, Kommersant, 1,9, Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 6, Trud, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, MK, 1, 2)

Heavy rainfall in Moscow on Wednesday caused flooding in several districts and on the Fili metro line. Weather forecasters promise considerable rain over the weekend. A story describes this natural disaster. (1, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Gazeta, 5, Vremya Novostei, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 1,2, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 2)

The leaders of five public and political U.S. organizations connected with the Democratic Party and U.S. labor unions announced their plans to defeat President George W. Bush in the next presidential elections in 2004. It was also reported that philanthropist George Soros has allocated $8 million to this foundation. In an interview U.S. political scientist David Lobsek comments on Soros' objective, looking at several Democrats who he thinks could defeat Bush. (2)

The State Fishery Committee a couple of days ago submitted a reworked version of a plan to boost the fishing industry to the government. The document contains a proposal to create a single service to be controlled by the State Fisheries Committee to protect marine resources. A story examines the document's major provisions. (2)

The Justice Ministry intends next year to work towards instituting public service as a type of punishment. The results of an experiment that has been going in 11 regions by the ministry since 2000 together with information from the International Prison Reform organization has shown that this punishment is effective and useful for both society and convicts. A story offers viewpoints shared by two experts, focusing on two main problems. (3)

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday met with representatives from the processing industry, who in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Boris Alyoshin and Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref discussed how their sector envisions Russia's accession into the World Trade Organization (WTO). A story examines their proposals. (3, Kommersant, 2, Gazeta, 1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4)

Russian and Belarussian army units on Wednesday launched joint military exercises on the Moscow Military District testing ground. A brief describes their tasks. (3, Krasnaya Zvezda,1)

The Interior Ministry has created a special center with the aim of cracking down on terrorism. Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov on Aug. 12 signed the appropriate order. Brief. (3, Kommersant, 4, Gazeta, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,7, Vremya Novostei, 3)

The government will establish maximum growth levels for tariffs on the natural monopolies' services at a session on Thursday. A story examines controversial stands on the issue by the government, UES head Anatoly Chubais and Railways Minister Gennady Fadeyev. (5)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has signed a plan to draft government decrees to put into effect amendments of the law regulating the federal housing program. The plan envisages submittal nine draft decrees to the government before the end of 2004. Brief. (5)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry has corrected its industrial production growth forecast in 2003 from 5.8 percent to 5.9 percent. These figures are contained in the ministry's report prepared by Thursday's government session. Brief. (5)

The National Reserve Bank (NRB), owning about 30 percent of Aeroflot stakes, will initiate an extraordinary shareholders' meeting in November to elect a new board of directors with NRB representatives. Brief. (5)

Progress-Garant announced Wednesday that it had insured the Yukos central office for $100 million. Dmitry Gnilorybov, deputy chief of the Progress-Garant Property Insurance Board, commented on the aim of the measure. (6)

The government will discuss the 2004 draft budget submitted by the Finance Ministry at a session on Thursday. A story examines the document, saying how the regions view it. (6, Kommersant, 2, Gazeta, 8, Noviye Izvestia, 7, Vremya Novostei, 4)

Pakistan is celebrating Independence Day on Thursday. Among the country's latest economic achievements is the Gvadar deep-water sea port, which will be completed in September 2004. A story describes the project and its significance. (6, Kommersant, 10)

A story examines domestic energy companies' financial results in the first six months of this year, which have turned out to be disappointing. An investment attractiveness rating of eight energy companies is given. (6)

Moscow Chief Architect Alexander Kuzmin on Wednesday presented city authorities' plans for construction projects over the next several years. A story looks at his plans, noting their specific features. (7, Gazeta, 2)

Two large animal exhibitions will take place in the Sokolniki Moscow Exhibition Center on Aug. 21 to Aug. 24. Brief. (7)

All metal post boxes in Moscow will be replaced with modern plastic containers in the near future. Brief. (7)

In an interview Deputy Moscow Mayor Valery Shantsev shares the city government's view on workers coming to Moscow from other towns. (7)

A new kind of service -- "Husband for an Hour" -- has emerged in Moscow. A story features this service, explaining why it is in high demand. (7)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

State Duma deputy Vladimir Yudin, who initiated the Platon Lebedev case, has again written a letter to the Prosecutor General's Office. He asked that they check the legality of the privatization of the Rospan International company and the participation of Yukos and Itera in this act. Yudin believes that there are all judicial and political grounds to deprivatize Rospan. A story comments on the case, focusing on how Rospan was broken up in 2001. (1,4)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Wednesday held a session of the government commission in charge of military-industrial concerns. They discussed issues concerning the drafting of a state defense purchases program for 2004. Expenditures on developing and purchasing armaments next year will increase to 188 billion rubles ($6.2 billion) from the present 119.8 billion. A story examines the issues discussed at the session. (2)

Salambek Maigov, the envoy of Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov in Russia, resigned on Wednesday. A story examines how he explained his decision. (3)

Five deputies from the Legislative Assembly from the Leningrad Region on Wednesday announced their departure from the United Russia faction. A story comments on their decision. (3)

The Moscow Basmanny Court on Wednesday prolonged the incarceration of Alexei Pichugin, the chief of the Fourth Department of the Yukos Internal and Economic Security Service. The court also rejected a complaint against the Prosecutor General's Office from Pichugin's lawyers. (4)

Russia's postal service has launched a large-scale retail trade project in all its 43,000 locations. It has signed an agreement with Kodak, on Wednesday launching negotiations with the Grand-Tabak association and the Union of Russian Breweries. A story examines the project, saying how market participants view it. (5)

The Finance Ministry has drafted an order with a list of organizations that can authorize people's signatures on their applications to choose the company to manage their pension fund accumulations. A story looks at the list. (5)

Avtobank announced Wednesday that from Aug. 18 it will be officially be named Avtobank-NIKoil. NIKoil owns more than 90 percent of stakes in Avtobank. Brief. (6)

According to the State Statistics Committee, the volume of foreign investments in the Russian economy over the first six months of this year amounted to $12.66 billion, increasing by 51.3 percent compared with the figure for the same period last year. Brief. (6)

MDM Group this month intends to sell the Chelyabinsk Electrical Metals Combine its two enterprises making iron alloys. A story comments on MDM's decision. (7)

A new computer worm known as Lovesan or Blaster late at night on Tuesday launched an attack on the Internet. Experts call this the largest epidemic in the history of the Internet. A story examines the victims. (7)

TSUM in Moscow has announced the creation of five subsidiaries (their names are given). Brief. (7)

Yukos and Austrian OMV on Wednesday announced the signing of a long term oil delivery agreement. According to this document Yukos will build a 60 kilometer pipeline connecting the OMV oil refinery in Shvehat outside Vienna with a pipeline from the Slovak Transpetrol company. Brief. (7)

The bankruptcy process of the popular men's magazine Penthouse has been launched in the United States this week. A story features the magazine's history. (11)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

Due to an extraordinary omission in the new Customs Code, individuals bringing in foreign-made motor vehicles into Russia have no significance. A story says why. (A1)

Lawyers of the popular rock groups Vopli Vidoplyasova and Leningrad have accused recording company Gala Records of copyright violations. They are demanding $150,000 in compensation. A story gives details. (A1)

Yukos shares on Wednesday shot up by 5 percent, with the RTS index reaching almost 500 points. Among those who contributed to this growth was Anti-Monopoly Minister Ilya Yuzhanov, who on Tuesday made it clear that by the end of the week the ministry will approve the merger of Yukos and Sibneft. (A1)

According to the President of the National Olympic Committee, Leonid Tyagachev, the Russian national team will need $100 million to prepare for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens. Brief. (A1)

Ukraine is willing to pay $100,000 in compensation to the relatives of every passenger killed on the Russian jet that was downed by a Ukrainian rocket over the Black Sea in October 2001. This was announced by an official from the firm that is defending the interests of the victims' relatives in the Pechersky Court in Kiev. Brief. (A1)

State Duma deputy Vladimir Yudin has sent a new inquiry to the Prosecutor General's Office asking for a check of the legality of the Rospan privatization in which Yukos and Itera participated. A story gives details. (A2)

President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on Wednesday met with top managers of processing enterprises with the aim of boosting the sector. The managers asked the president for export guarantees and subsidies for resolving the VAT problem. A story describes the meeting. (A2)

The regions fear that the 2004 draft budget will widen the gap between the rich and the poor territories. In view of this the Finance Ministry is willing to allocate 21 billion rubles ($693 million) to support the regions that will sustain great losses due to the planned tax changes. (A3)

In an interview Dragan Kosorich, head of the Gas-Petrochemical Company, or GNK, speaks about how his company was created, and about how he has become its head. He also examines the present position. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

A modern 68,000 square meter trade and office complex is expected to appear in place of the Voyentorg military department store on Ulitsa Vozdvizhenka. Entrepreneur Telman Ismailov, owner of a network of Moscow marketplaces and of the famous Moscow restaurant Prague, will be an investor in the project. A story examines the project. (B1)

The shares and ADRs of Norilsk Nickel on Wednesday unexpectedly jumped in value by 3.5 percent to 5 percent, provoked by a rumor that the company is buying a British company extracting Lonmin platinum alloys. (B1)

National Reserve Bank, which in the spring bought a blocking package of Aeroflot stakes, has decided to considerably affect its policy. With this aim in view, NRB President Alexander Lebedev intends to change the board of directors and include NRB members. (B1)

The Gazprom and Ruhrgas consortium has launched talks with the Spanish Gas Natural company on participation in a tender for the purchase of a 35 percent stake in the Greek state-run gas company DEPA. The Greek government hopes to earn 300 million euros from the sale of this package. (B1)

Aeroflot in the first six months of this year increased its net profit to 1.855 billion rubles. The figure last year was 1.454 billion. Brief. (B1)

Sibur Holding in September plans to endorse a concept to boost the tire business. This was said by the holding's tire directorate Andrei Brodovich. Brief. (B1)

Uralvagonzavod, the leading domestic producer of cargo wagons, decided to launch assembly production in Estonia. Its partner in this joint venture will be the Estonian AVR Transservice transport company. (B2)

Sobinbank has signed a frame cooperation agreement with the Swiss bank UBS AG. A brief mentions the spheres of their cooperation. (B3)

The light Mitsubishi Lancer sedan will go on sale in Russia this fall. It will replace Mitsubishi Carisma, to be taken off the conveyor next spring. (B5)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

The results of a recent public opinion poll on political parties and policymakers were made public on Wednesday. A story examines how the poll -- which included 1,500 respondents from over 44 regions in Russia -- revealed a surge in support for the Liberal Democratic Party, while United Russia took a fall in its approval rating. (1,2)

The leader of the United Socialist Party Alexei Podberyozkin examines three different national development scenarios, arguing that the Finance Ministry has too much power in deciding Russia's economic future. A story examines Podberyozkin's remarks. (2)

Presidential elections in Karachayevo-Cherkessia are to take place this Sunday. An article examines the major candidates, their campaign strategies and their chances of winning the election. (2)

A book by Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, entitled "Ukraine Is Not Russia," was recently published by the Moscow publishing house Vremya. A story examines the book's premise and includes comments by publishing house director Alla Gladkova. (5)

A disagreement between Ukraine and Russia over the use of the Odessa-Brody oil pipeline has yet to find a resolution. A story details the dispute, focusing on the viewpoint of the Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Viktor Chernomyrdin. (5)

Noviye Izvestia

A story analyses the 2004 draft budget, focusing on the considerable amount of funds reserved for the wages of an increasing amount of state employees. (1,7)

Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky returned from a campaign trip to Primorye on Wednesday. A story unveils some of Zhironovsky's recent campaign promises. (1,2)

A UN committee on sanctions against international terrorist leaders and organizations has accepted a proposal submitted by Russia, the United States and Britain to include Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev on its blacklist. A story comments on the committee's decision and details the consequences for Basayev. (5, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3)

A weekly Polish magazine earlier this week published a list of the 50 wealthiest people in Central and Eastern Europe. According to the magazine, the region's wealthiest person is Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky. A story examines the people on the list. (4)

Krasnaya Zvezda

The main military prosecutor's office has decided to conclude its investigation into the Kursk submarine tragedy that left 118 crewmembers dead. A story includes remarks made by the head military prosecutor Pavel Demidenko on Wednesday. (1)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a new bill regarding the Federal Security Service. A story comments on the main provisions of the document. (4)

Education Minister Vladimir Filippov has signed a decree to introduce a voluntary religious subject in state-run schools. A story looks at the document. (5)

The Party of Life has made public one particular party line recently agreed upon at the group's executive committee meeting. A story examines the announcement. (5)

A story highlights former Soviet gymnast and current U.S. resident Olga Korbut. Korbut has entertained plans to return to her native Belarus according to Belarussian Sports Minister Yury Sivakov. (8)

Chief of the military's conscription board General Viktor Kozhushko answers questions from Komsomolskaya Pravda readers. (9)

In an interview, Gorny Altai's spiritual leader Anton Yudanov speaks about his ability to converse with spirits. Valentina Kharitonova, head of the shamanism center attached to the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, comments on Yudanov's pronouncements. (12, 13)

A feature story is devoted to cats that are living in the building of the Federation Council. It is reported that many of them pass their time in the offices of several deputies. (15)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

When Russians travel to Europe is it in their financial interest to exchange rubles for euros or dollars? Where are the best places to conduct currency exchanges? In an article, Moskovsky Komsomolets answers these questions and more. (1,2)

The Federal Security Service and Moscow police on Wednesday located an underground Moscow office used to print Russian and foreign passports for Chechen rebels. A story provides details. (1)

The Air Force lost a total of four planes and four helicopters in the past 1 1/2 months, a figure that exceeds that of the entire previous year. A story examines reasons behind the military's inability to prevent such incidents. (3)

In an interview, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin comments on the major provisions of the 2004 budget draft, saying that state workers' wages will increase by 33 percent in October. (3)

Justice Minister Yury Chaika has signed an order that will ensure the deportation of all foreigners in Russia who are involved in extremist activities, including representatives of specific religious cults. A story comments on the document. (3)