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Izvestia
Kommersant
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Krasnaya Zvezda
Trud
Komsomolskaya Pravda


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru



Because of the lack of a centralized system, nearly half of Russia's airspace is not monitored by radar. This was reported by the Defense Ministry's Air Space and Aviation Flights Board head Mikhail Kizilov. According to Kizilov a single radar-controlled airspace system is being developed with President Vladimir Putin's approval. A story examines how airspace was defended in the former USSR, as well as presently in Canada, Japan and the United States. (1,2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov held a government session on Friday to discuss Russia's social and economic development during the first half of this year. A story comments on the committee's findings. (1,2) (Kommersant, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4)

New fire prevention laws that went into effect on July 1 ban Moscow residents from installing metal doors to their apartments without city permits. A story explains this new law. (1,2) (Vremya MN, 1)

An editorial focuses on the issue of nationality, a topic that was stirred up this past week when a German television show published a list of the most important Germans in recent history. The list included the Austrian-born Mozart, thereby inflaming Austrians' anger. (2)

The Losharik submarine, built for research and emergency rescue situations, was launched Friday. A story details the history of the submarine, focusing on the origin of its name. (2)

In an interview, Rector of the Higher School of Economics Yaroslav Kuzminov reflects on problems that have emerged in recent attempts to reform the Soviet-era education system. (3)

From late June to late August, more than 20 million meteorite particles will enter the Earth's atmosphere, producing heavy rains in many parts of the world. In an interview, research associate at Kharkov Technical University Yury Voloshchuk explains this natural phenomenon. (3)

The 7th All Russian Journalists' Competition ended last week in Kazan. A story details the competition and its laureates. (3)

On Aug. 12, 1953, the USSR tested the first hydrogen bomb in Semipalatinsk. A story describes how the bomb was developed, focusing on researchers such as Andrei Sakharov. (4) (Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, 5)

Entrance examinations into Moscow State Technical University recently ended. In an interview, university rector Igor Fyodorov talks about his academic institute, focusing on new scientific specialties in high demand today. (5)

Solar flares will occur much less frequently over the next three years according to Deputy Director of the Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism Valery Fomichov. In an interview, Fomichov explains this forecast. (6)

Moskva Hotel and city government officials have finalized an agreement that will distribute the hotel's various historical objects among a number of organizations and local museums in anticipation of the hotel's upcoming destruction. (7)

German installation artist Gert Hoft has been chosen as the chief artist designer for Red Square on City Day. Brief. (7)

There are more than 1,300 areas selling watermelons in Moscow, many of which violate trade rules according to chief inspector. (7) (Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7)

Within the next few days special machines for paying cellular phone bills will be set up in different city locations. This was reported by the technical director of the Parnet company Alexander Berg. Brief. (7)

A story features new developments in an ongoing standoff between construction workers and tenants of two different apartment blocks on Yegerskaya Ulitsa. (7) (Kommersant, 4)

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on Friday said that Chechen commander Shamil Basayev may pose a threat to U.S. national security. Therefore, the U.S. Finance Department has decided to freeze Basayev's bank accounts on the charge that he is complicit in international acts of terrorism. A story comments on this decision. (8) (Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 5, Kommersant, 1,4, Vremya MN, 1)

During a joint military operation in Spain on Thursday, Spanish and Russian special forces captured the ringleader of the Medvedkovo criminal gang Andrei Pylev. A story explains the particular significance of this arrest for Russian security services. (8) (Kommersant, 1)

A feature story highlights 16-year-old Orel resident Vika Ivanova, who was abducted last year by a neighbor who demanded a $100,000 ransom from Ivanova's family. (8)

The 11th annual Russian Film Festival "Window to Europe" opened in Vyborg on Saturday. In an interview, festival president Armen Medvedev, speaks about the program and its participants. (10) (Kommersant, 8)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Doctors at a recently bombed military hospital in Mozdok have written letters to the president, the prosecutor general and defense minister, asking them to release hospital chief Artur Arakelyan, who was arrested as an accomplice in the bombing. A story comments on the case. (1, 4) (Vremya MN, 2)

The number of Russians traveling to Cyprus and Spain in the first half of this year decreased considerably. A story provides figures and examines the reasons behind this drop in tourism. (1,5)

Former President Boris Yeltsin will not return to politics, according to Yeltsin spokesman Vladimir Shevchenko. Brief. (2)

National Bolshevist Party leader Eduard Limonov stated on Friday that his party intends to run in the upcoming State Duma elections. Brief. (2)

Communist Party head Gennady Zyuganov on Friday expressed regret that his party's State Duma leader Sergei Glazyev has decided to run in the parliamentary elections under a different ticket. Brief. (2) (Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6)

According to Yukos lawyer Rashid Yangulov, a Prosecutor General's Office investigator has apologized to him for violations made during raids on the company's Moscow office. A story comments on the lawyer's statement. (3)

Chechen rebels on Thursday downed one helicopter and damaged a second near the Dyshne-Vedeno village. A story provides details. (4)

Six servicemen were killed and another seven injured during an explosion in Ingushetia on Thursday. A story provides details. (4) (Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 5)

Japan announced Thursday that its gold and currency reserves have reached $556.8 billion. On the same day, Russia announced its holdings at $64.45 billion, which according to an IMF rating puts it in eighth place worldwide. A story comments on these figures. (5)

Germania announced that it will launch regular commercial flights between Russia and Germany by the end of the month. A story describes the plans and flight operations of the German aviation company, commenting on the significance of the announcement. (5)

The Moscow International Currency Association has appealed to the president with a request to increase the number of areas for the trading of Gazprom stock. A story comments on the request. (5)

The board of directors of the Nizhny Novgorod fuel and energy company has decided to repeal the contract of company director Nikolai Karmanov. This move has caused a scandal in the legislative assembly of the Nizhny Novgorod region. A story comments on the situation. (5)

Several world-leading banks have decided to transfer their central operations to Asia, most likely India. Brief. (6)

The board of directors of the Moscow-based confectionery company Bolshevik has appointed Alexei Mekhanik as factory director. Brief. (6)

Andrei Burbasov has replaced Igor Makarov as director general of Sibneftegaz in Novy Urengoi. Brief. (6)

Sberbank and Moscow Cellular Network have signed an agreement to launch a $48.2 million credit line over five years. A story examines the decision. Brief. (6)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov, when making a speech in the Amur Regional Legislative Assembly several days ago, stressed the need to extend the president's term of office from four years to five years. A story comments on his initiative, saying that Mironov emphasized that he was not referring to any particular president. Six policymakers, party leaders and State Duma deputies share their views on the issue. (1,2)

Despite the improved relations between Russia and the West, a story expresses how ordinary Russians have failed to feel much in reality. In an interview Federation Council International Committee head Mikhail Margelov speaks about the Federation Council's approach to pressing foreign and internal political problems. (1,2)

According to lessons from contemporary history, August is the most troubled month for domestic politics and the economy. This August is likely to be no exception: two main themes have dominated mass media stories recently -- revisiting privatization and the transfer of federal elections. A story reflects on why a U.S. film titled "Project Yeltsin" that was rejected by Russian film demonstration operators is now in high demand. (1,5)

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko is selecting loyal people for his team and imposing obligatory brainwashing in the curriculum of institutes and universities. A story gives concrete facts illustrating how he is accomplishing this. (4)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

The State Statistics Committee has made public the results of production of essential medical preparations in June 2003. A story looks at several results, focusing on the skyrocketing prices of foreign-made medicines. (3)

Central Election Commission head Alexander Veshnyakov told President Vladimir Putin about a new unique voting system at a meeting on Friday. A story describes this new measure. (4)

President Vladimir Putin will receive Bulgarian head of state Georgy Pyrvanov in Sochi in early September. This will be an unofficial meeting at which the two leaders will discuss the pace the development in Russian-Bulgarian relations after Putin's visit to Bulgaria in March this year. Brief. (4)

The Pacific Fleet is expected to begin large-scale navy exercises this month. A story looks at their aims, tasks and program, focusing on the present preparations. (4)

A feature story is devoted to the ancestors of Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, who were successful Nizhny Novgorod merchants and industrialists. (8,9)

Private Valery Laba, who nine days ago at the cost of his life tried to prevent a bloody tragedy in Mozdok, will be posthumously awarded with the Order of Courage. A story features his deed. (10)

According to established tradition, this month may bring many unpleasant surprises to Russia. In the past there have been accidents, pouring rains in the Far East and tornadoes on the whole Black Sea coastline. Lada Vlasova, deputy chief of the All-Russian Monitoring and Forecasting Center attached to the Emergency Situations Ministry, comments on all these possible dangerous events. (11)

A story predicts what will happen to the dollar, the euro and the ruble this fall, saying that neither default nor dollar devaluation is in sight. (11)

The main document defining the struggle against terrorism in Russia is the Federal Law on the crackdown on terrorism with subsequent amendments. A story examines its major provisions. (12)

A story describes the distinguishing feature of this year's entrance examinations for institutes and universities where some students wishing to earn money sit exams for other applicants. A commentary from the Interior Ministry's Investigative Committee. (22)

Krasnaya Zvezda

Friday marked the professional holiday the Day of the Builder. In an interview (on this occasion) Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Grebenyuk, chief of construction and providing servicemen with housing, talks about military builders who are working in practically all regions. (1,2, Trud, 3)

More and more weapons and military equipment containing precious metals is being utilized today. This process of making use of these precious metals is being strictly controlled by the Military Prosecutor's Office. In an interview Justice Colonel Viktor Zharinov, department chief in the Main Military Prosecutor's Office, describes the work of his agency in this sphere. (7)

Trud
www.trud.ru

The Education Ministry has banned admission competitions for future first year students at elite schools. A story outlines some of the competitions that are proceeding today. (1)

A story examines the current situation with food products (bread above all) in various regions, trying to uncover the areas where they are the most expensive. (1m2)

According to statistical data, Russians show less and less interest in elections with each passing year. In an interview St. Petersburg political scientist Anatoly Popov, Director of the Institute of Social Policy, tries to answer this question and which political parties could lose the elections this year. (2)

A feature story highlights U.S. collector Crag Foterinheim, who helped the family of a Russian soldier get back a stolen Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union. (2)

A high-speed railway that is being built will allow passengers to travel to Moscow from Mytishchi in 18 minutes instead of the 30 minutes to 40 minutes that it takes today. A story describes the project. (2)

Political analyst Vitaly Golovachev reflects on why philosopher Yury Levada, director of the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (or VTSIOM), has fallen sour of the authorities. (2)

Deacon Andrei Kurayev reflects on how the law on freedom of worship should be applied when defending Orthodoxy at school. Orthodoxy, he stresses. is an inalienable part of the history and culture of Russia. (3)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

President Vladimir Putin's father Vladimir Spiridonovich in 1941 volunteered for the front to defend his motherland, but several Polish newspapers have described him as a traitor. A story examines how this could happen, focusing on what President Vladimir Putin wrote about his father in his biography. (2)

The serious health problems of Azeri President Heidar Aliyev have caused numerous rumors about the real state of the president's illness. A story comments on the possibility of his son Ilham taking the presidency. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 5)

A Mi-8 helicopter was downed near the Dyshne-Vedeno village in Chechnya on Thursday. Crew commander Viktor Tyurikov was killed and right-side pilot Alexander Orlov and technician Yury Potskevich were seriously injured. In an interview a helicopter pilot explains why helicopters often perish in the republic.(4)

Party of Life deputy leader Rafgat Altynbayev at a news conference said Tatarstan's law enforcement illegally raided the apartment of Farid Khuzikhanov, the leader of the party's local branch. During the search party documents were confiscated. Altynbayev spoke about the pressure being exerted by Tatarstan's municipal bureaucrats and law enforcement on party members. (5)

A story describes how black PR has emerged in Russia, focusing on its dirty methods and victims, including the Yabloko party. (5)

"Welcome to Russia!" This is how Central Election Commission head Alexander Veshnyakov commented on the news that oligarch Boris Berezovsky has decided to run for a seat in the State Duma. According to Veshnyakov, Russian legislation allows Berezovsky to take part in the elections since he has not been indicted, though a criminal case was launched against him. A story examines Berezovsky's decision. (6)

Reputed mobsters in Ussuriisk are shooting a television film named "Spets" that shows their criminal business. A story describes the film, its producers, the artistic director and the first part that has already been shown on Ussuriisk television. (1,8,9)