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


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

Medical Service Subcolonel Artur Arakelyan, chief of the destroyed military hospital, was arrested in Mozdok on Saturday on charges of criminal negligence. A story examines the consequences of the terrorist act and its victims. Deputy Prosecutor General Sergei Fridinsky commented on the tragic developments. (1,2, Kommersant, 1,3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Gazeta, 1, 3, Novaya Gazeta, No. 56, p.3, Vremya Novostei, 1,2 Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Zhizn, 1-5, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1-3, MK, 1-3)

Relatives of four female shahids talk about how young Chechen women are trained to become suicide bombers. (1,9)

Hackers in the early hours of Aug. 2 attacked Microsoft servers, causing the site to not be visible for 1 hour and 40 minutes. A story describes this act, saying how Russian experts view it. (1)

An editorial is devoted to Paratroopers Day that was celebrated in Moscow on Aug. 2. The day resulted in 40 celebrating paratroopers being detained, with another 100 fined and scores in detoxification centers for half the day. (2, 7, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4, Gazeta, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7)

President Vladimir Putin has made Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich an offer he can't refuse: Russia has promised to deliver 1.2 million tons of grain to Ukraine before the end of the year as a goods credit. A story examines another part of the deal, Ukraine will have to pay to Russia for its generosity. (2, Vremya MN, 2)

A story looks at five Chechen candidates in the upcoming presidential elections in the republic. The core of their election platforms will be the return of residents to Chechnya. (3, Gazeta, 2)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov at a news conference on Saturday expressed concern over a revision of several powers in favor of federal authorities. Luzhkov believes that federal agencies as the Labor, Culture and Natural Resources ministries are taking away roles from the regions that rightfully belong to them. A story comments on Luzhkov's remarks. (3)

Dmitry Rogozin, head of the State Duma International Affairs Committee, and Communist faction member Sergei Glazyev are creating a coalition of patriotic forces with an anti-bureaucratic and opposition platform. A story describes their efforts, noting that the potential Rogozin-Glazyev bloc could appear, but it has few chances of success. (3)

President Vladimir Putin on Monday will leave for Malaysia, where a $1 billion contract is supposed to be signed on the delivery of Sukhoi fighter planes. Brief. (3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya Novostei, 1,6)

According to the Economic Development and Trade Ministry's calculations, the average price of Russian Urals oil in the second half of this year will be $26 per barrel. Due to the inflow of currency proceeds into the country, the ruble/dollar rate will strengthen by 12 percent to 13 percent by the end of December (in favor of the ruble). Despite high oil prices, Gross Domestic Product growth rates will go down and the expensive national currency will hold back the development of a long-term base for economic growth: processing production. A story examines the ministry's forecasts and its report on the country's economic development over the first six months of this year. (5, Kommersant, 6, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4)

Domestic banks have nothing against the presence of foreign banking affiliates on their market. The Rossiya Association of Regional Banks on Friday sent a letter to the Central Bank with a proposal to improve the regulation of their business activities. A story reveals the essence of the proposal. (5, Kommersant, 5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4)

The Agency for Mortgage Housing Crediting over the weekend signed a cooperation agreement with two Moscow banks: the European Trust Bank and the Investment Industrial Energy Bank. Both banks have already announced the release of mortgage credits, conforming to AMHC standards, for 20 years with 15 percent annual interest in rubles. A story comments on the document, saying what Muscovites stand to gain from it. (5)

The creation of grain exchanges is a complicated issue that is presenting a headache for grain associations, exchange dealers and regional authorities. A story reveals the essence of the problem, focusing on views by six experts. (6)

The Property Ministry has extended a list of enterprises to be privatized in 2004, according to Alexander Borodin, adviser to the Property Minister. A brief reports how many more enterprises have been added to the previous list. (6)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry will lower the ceiling for electricity tariff increases in 2004 down to 13 percent from the previous 14 percent. Final proposals on the natural monopoly tariffs will be discussed together with the 2004 draft budget at a government session scheduled for Aug. 14. Brief. (6)

Railway cargo turnover over the first seven months of this year grew by 12 percent according to Railways Minister Gennady Fadeyev. On Friday Fadeyev gave this and several other figures on his agency's achievements. Brief. (6)

Komsomolskaya Ploshchad in Moscow on Aug. 3 was renamed Ploshchad Tryokh Vokzalov (Three Railway Stations Square). Brief. (7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4)

The former apartment of Marshal Konstantin Rokossovsky has been sold for $1.5 million. Brief. (7)

A new Khrustalny skating rink with artificial ice will open on Profsoyuznaya Ulitsa in a month. Brief. (7)

A housing subsidy program has been in place in Moscow for seven years. Who has the right to such subsidies? In an interview Natalya Koreneva, director-general of the Moscow enterprise Agency for Implementing Housing Loan and Subsidies, speaks about subsidies and how to get access to them. (7)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Tomsk regional governor Viktor Kress has announced his decision to take part in the gubernatorial elections scheduled for Sept. 21. His position this time may be weakened due to law enforcement agencies' attacks on Yukos, which is developing oil deposits in the region and has a long-standing partnership with the regional leadership. A story reveals the essence of these relations. (1,3)

Interros Holding last week struck two large deals: It bought the banking network of Pervy OVK and announced the creation of two investment funds together with U.S. insurance group AIG. In an interview Interros President Vladimir Potanin talks about the creation of these funds and about the fate of investment business in Russia. (1,6, Vremya Novostei, 9)

GAI, starting Aug. 5, is imposing a new procedure for registering motor vehicles. A story examines this in detail. (2)

The Prosecutor General's Office Board in the Southern Federal District has opened a criminal case on terrorism and murder in the process of investigating the terrorist attack in Mozdok on Friday. Prosecutors have arrested three people: the former owner of the KamAZ truck that was used by the terrorists, the hospital chief and the head of the military garrison of Mozdok. A story details the case. (4, Gazeta, 3)

Why hasn't Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev been killed yet? Six policy-makers and public figures share their views on this question. (4)

The Finance Ministry on Friday submitted to the government a package of draft documents outlining the transfer over of pension fund accumulations to a state-controlled management company Vneshekononbank (VEB). A story describes the conflict around appointing VEB the company managing pension fund investment. (5)

The leadership of the Oktyabrskaya Railway on Friday announced the creation of the first private railway company, the First Passenger Company, which will run four trains on the Moscow-St. Petersburg line. The company plans to invest $50 million in organizing these routes. (5)

A story describes the conflict that has erupted between two leading ship-building enterprises, Severnaya Verf and Baltiisky Zavod. The Prosecutor's Office of St. Petersburg has interfered. (5)

The euro dropped 3 percent in value against the dollar last week, plummeting to $1.127. A story explains this fall, noting that it doesn't surprise anyone. (6)

According to the results of last week, the RTS index decreased by only 2 percent despite an abundance of negative information on the Yukos case and investigations into the affairs of other companies. A story offers an analysis of last week's situation on the domestic stock market. (6)

The Gazprom Management Board on Aug. 1 approved a $300 million long-term credit from the bank syndicate headed by Commerzbank AG (Germany.) Gazprom has not revealed any concrete aims of the credit issue. What is known so far is that the company is considering several projects demanding huge investments. A story describes the credit. (7, Vremya Novostei, 7)

The JEC company, a leading domestic fruit importer, on Friday announced the purchase of its competitor, the St. Petersburg Konfei company. It's the second JEC purchase this year. A story comments on the purchase, citing experts' views. (7)

Gazprom has submitted to the Department of Regional Resources in the Irkutsk region an application for a surveying license on two blocks of the South Kovykta deposit. A story reveals Gazprom's plans. (7)

Starting this month the Volkswagen company Group RUS has begun to export VW and Audi cars to Russia in a centralized fashion. This is being done in a test regime so far. A story describes the company's business in Russia. (7)

The new Tu-334 passenger plane for Russian and Ukrainian bureaucrats was presented at the Gostomel former military airfield (outside Kiev) on Saturday. Deputy Prime Minister Boris Alyoshin attended the presentation ceremony. Entrepreneurs spoke about the idea of producing the Tu-334 in Ukraine as well as plans to assemble it at the MiG company in Russia. (7)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

Oil major Yukos has decided to postpone a eurobond issue and will instead borrow money from a syndicate of Western banks. A story comments on the company's decision. (A1)

The St. Petersburg Prosecutor's Office has intervened into a dispute between the Severnaya Verf shipyard and Baltiisky Zavod. A story characterizes the dispute, noting the role of the Prosecutor's Office in its resolution. (A1)

Unified Energy Systems has bought out the energy utility of the Georgian capital Tbilisi as well as three large electrical power stations in the country from the American AES Corporation. The new purchase will help UES recover electricity debts owed by Georgia and arrange for the export of electricity to Turkey. But first the UES leadership will have to sort out its relationship with Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze. (A1)

The Prosecutor General's Office has opened a criminal case into the deal between Yukos subsidiary Marstrade Ltd. and Sibneft's subsidiary ASOC on the sale of a 19.85 percent of Yeniseineftegaz. Brief. (A1)

The Kaliningrad Prosecutor's Office is trying to relieve the regional budget of a $17 million debt to Dresdner Bank. A story describes who received the credit and who is responsible for it. (A2)

Duties on foreign-made motor vehicles imported into Russia may increase to 35 percent from the current 25 percent from 2007. In the opinion of Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref, by that time foreign investors will be able to produce of cars in Russia. (A2)

The country's finances look more vulnerable today than they did before the 1998 crisis. In any case the dependence of budget revenues on oil prices has increased by a factor of five. This conclusion has been made by the IMF permanent representative in Russia Goohoon Kwon. A story comments on his conclusion, also giving the opinion of Russian economists. (A3)

In what way could the oligarchs help the poor of this country? Three experts share their views on this issue. (A4)

In an interview the head of the Board of Directors of the Ru-Net Holding Leonid Boguslavsky, which specializes in investing in domestic Information Technology projects, speaks about the company's business at home and abroad. He also reminisces about the end of the '80s and the beginning of the '90s when he worked with Boris Berezovsky. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The government has decided to deprive Gazprom of the surplus funds it was set to receive next year due to the abolition of excise taxes on gas. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov is to sign a decree on raising gas export duties to 30 percent from the current 5 percent. (B1)

The appointment of Alexander Izosimov, former top manager of the Mars food company, to the post of Vimpelcom Director-General has surprised investors. A story describes what analysts think and how the markets have responded. (B1)

The international Zenith Optimedia advertising agency has published its forecast of the development of world advertising markets up to the year 2006. Russia's domestic market will be the largest in Eastern Europe by next year, outstripping the Polish market. Growth rates on the Russian market will, however, fall down to 16 percent annually by 2005. (B1)

The Cypriot offshore company Donalink Limited has consolidated almost 100 percent of stock of the Siberian Coal Energy Company. Brief. (B1)

On Sept. 4 Alrosa plans to conduct its first international auction to sell diamonds with a mass of 10.80 carats and more. Brief. (B1)

The managing company of the Metalloinvest holding will invest $500 million into the modernization of Mikhailovsky GOK by 2007, hoping to double takings from the sale of its products. Brief. (B1)

Domestic oil companies have failed to fulfil their July plan for the delivery of raw oil to the Transneft pipeline system by approximately 1.5 percent of monthly extraction. Transneft managers believe that this means the growth rates in domestic oil extraction are falling behind forecasts. (A2)

Rosbank intends to release eurobonds with a rating higher than that of the bank itself, probably even higher than Russia's sovereign rating. A story explains how Rosbank intends to reduce the cost of the loan. (B3)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

In an interview, U.S. First Undersecretary of State Richard Armitage comments on the U.S. campaign against international terrorism, the situation in Chechnya, and the ongoing U.S.-led hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. (1,2)

The European Human Rights Court has already ruled against Russia on five occasions. Lawyer Grigory Nikolayev examines these instances, focusing on the court's condemnation of Russian police's punitive method of confiscating passports. (2)

Experts believe that the ongoing investigation into Yukos may impact Russia severely, and the Kremlin recently reported to the foreign press that it is making every effort to resolve the situation. Five political scientists examine the Kremlin's capacity to bring the Yukos scandal to a conclusion. (2)

The Liberal Democratic Party of Russia on Saturday set the date for convening a party congress to discuss issues concerning the group's strategic and tactical partners. In an interview, party leader Ivan Rybkin speaks about the upcoming meeting, its agenda and aims. (2)

A story examines how seven world-leading Western newspapers have responded to Friday's terrorist attack in Mozdok. (3)

Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Yakovlev chose Russia's official Railroad Workers Day to inform the Railways Ministry that it will be abolished by the end of this year, to be merged with a sector of the Transportation Ministry. A story comments on Yakovlev's statement. (4)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov was expected to leave Monday for an official visit to Beijing. A story examines Mironov's agenda while in Beijing, listing the state leaders he will meet with. (1,2)

In an interview, Deputy Mayor and head of the city construction sector, Vladimir Resin, speaks about large-scale construction projects in the city, saying that Moscow will not expand further. (1,4)

According to official statistics, the number of drug addicts in Moscow is approximately 30,000. Experts say that the unofficial figure may be as high as 150,000 since many of the addicts undergo treatment anonymously. Moscow government official Nikolai Kulikov comments on Moscow's drug problem. (4)

A story describes how Moscow authorities are preparing for City Day, the holiday that will be marked on Sept. 6 and 7. (4)

Novaya Gazeta
www.novayagazeta.ru

Novaya Gazeta offers several excerpts from a seminar given last week by Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky, where he spoke about the role of big business in Russia, as well as the civic and social responsibilities of businessmen. (2,3)

A story examines the government's recent firing of Moscow Prosecutor Mikhail Avdyukov. (3)

Novaya Gazeta Military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer examines the results of Russia's military reform. President Vladimir Putin, while speaking before high army commanders in the Kremlin last week, stated that "the reorganization of the power block has been completed and there is no need for any additional changes." (4)

A witness to Friday's terrorist attack in Mozdok comments on the tragedy, criticizing the police's inability to track down the perpetrators of various recent bombings in Russia. (5)

State Duma deputy Sergei Mitrokhin argues that current government legislation on pension funds has eliminated the few benefits available to Russians under the previous law. A story examines some of these changes. (6)

Novaya Gazeta Analyst Pavel Voshchanov examines how political parties launched their advertising campaigns for the upcoming elections, spending thousands of dollars on billboard advertisements every month. The author focuses on the sources of these funds. (6, 7)

Novaya Gazeta correspondent Anna Politkovskaya reflects on the recent 12-year sentence handed out to Chechen Islam Khasukhanov, which Politkovskaya argues resulted from evidence fabricated by the Federal Security Service. A story focuses on Khasukhanov's recent experiences in a Russian prison. (8)

As many as 500 tons of oil are extracted illegally from Grozny every day. A feature story provides statistics detailing Chechen uses of the oil. (9)

Pages of history. A feature story describes how Mikhail Sholokhov, a novice writer at the time, was chosen to be the author of the novel "And Quiet Flows the Don." It was Stalin who on March 21, 1929 made the decision that a young proletarian writer be the author of this novel. (18,19)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Komsomolskaya Pravda offers a list of the best beaches in Moscow, focusing on their available services. (10, 11)

Specialists recommend how and where to find good and ecologically clean watermelons. (37)

Pages of history. On Aug. 1,1914, tzarist Russia officially entered World War I against Kaiser Germany. In an interview, historian Valery Shambarov, author of the book "For Faith, Tzar and Fatherland," speaks about the significance of the war for Russia. (9)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

The Interior Ministry has compiled an internal report that states that there are 26 million unemployed in Russia -- a 33 percent unemployment rate. At the same time, roughly 13 million non-residents are living in Russia. In Moscow, there are officially 83,000 foreign workers, while the ministry's report puts that figure at one million. A story examines the report, focusing on foreign workers' jobs, earnings and tax rates. (1,2)

In an interview, President of the "Live Oka" Fund Artyom Lavrishchev speaks about the increasing pollution in the Oka River, arguing for urgent measures to reverse the trend.