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Press Review

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


A reader wrote to the newspaper about the shock he felt when he saw an Internet site showing inhumane treatment of animals. A story summarizes his description of the site. Izvestia has promised to investigate. Sergei Stepanov, president of the bar, commented on the case. (1)

Both parents and teachers in big cities have come out against including Orthodox culture as a subject in schools. A story examines the results of their efforts. (1, 2)

Hurricane Isabel hit the East Coast of the United States on Friday, leaving at least 14 people dead and causing the evacuation of more than 300,000. Life in Washington came to a halt. (1,2, Kommersant, 1, 4 , Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Trud, 1, Sovietskaya Rossiya, 3)

An editorial looks at the historic summit of four members of the Commonwealth of Independent States in Yalta, Ukraine, where the representatives agreed to create a single economic zone. Was the summit worth the effort that went into it? (2)

William Butler, a leading foreign expert in Russian law, says in a new study that Russian law is holding back programs which could reduce the harmful impact of drug addiction. A story examines the programs and the obstacles to their implementation. (2)

An article examines the results of the historic Commonwealth of Independent States summit in Yalta, Ukraine, where four CIS heads of state agreed to create a single economic zone. The focus is Ukraine's stand on the issue and President Vladimir Putin's answer to a Ukrainian journalist's question. (3, Kommersant, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 5, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Trud, 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Zhizn, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, MK, 2)

A group of sociologists, economists and mathematicians headed by Tatyana Maleva, director of the Independent Social Policy Institute, has conducted a study of the middle class in Russia. A story examines its results. (3)

The fifth World Congress of the Russian Press opened in Baku on Friday. Hundreds of journalists from 40 countries are taking part. The congress is sponsored by Itar-Tass. First lady Lyudmila Putina was expected to visit Baku's Slavic University on Saturday. (3 , Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5)

Russia joined the Bologna convention on higher education on Friday, State Duma education committee head Alexander Shishlov said. Brief. (3)

The Social Democratic Party of Russia, with former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and Samara Governor Konstantin Titov as its co-leaders, held its party congress in Moscow on Friday. A brief describes the tough dispute at the congress and a split between its leaders. (3, Kommersant, 3)

The administration has written a series of bills to improve the laws concerning citizenship, Alexander Kotenkov, the president's representative to the State Duma, said Friday. Brief. (3)

The second round of gubernatorial elections will take place in the Sverdlovsk region on Sunday, with the present governor, Eduard Rossel, and Anton Bakov, deputy of the upper chamber of the Sverdlovsk legislative assembly, competing for the office. Brief. (3)

Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev began a state visit to Moscow on Saturday, during which he and President Vladimir Putin are expected to sign an agreement on the status of a Russian air force base in the republic. Brief. (3, MK, 2)

The State Duma passed the draft budget for 2004 on Friday. A story comments on several controversial points of the budget, including the stabilization fund and the estimated growth of gross domestic product. (4, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1,3, Trud, 2, MK, 2)

Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev handed over the lease to the Zvezda Rybaka ship to the Udarnik fishing collective in Murmansk on Friday. A story describes the ship, which will markedly increase the size of Udarnik's catches. (4)

The Korund chemical plant in Dzerzhinsk could be closed, said Alexei Sannikov, head of UES subsidiary Nizhnovenergo, a major creditor of Korund. Such tough statements come during Nizhnovenergo's battle with Energoprom, a new owner of the plant, for Korund's subsidiaries. A story describes the struggle, the outcome of which will be decided in the Nizhny Novgorod arbitration court. (4)

According to the State Statistics Committee's preliminary estimates, gross domestic product in the first six months of 2003 increased by 7 percent, as compared with the same period in 2002. Brief. (4)

The annual loss to the economy from anti-dumping investigations and protective measures against Russian products amounts to about $2.5 billion, First Economic Development Minister Andrei Sharonov said. Brief. (4)

The price of gold on the European markets rose Friday due to the strengthening of the euro against the dollar and due to rumors about the resumption of an agreement on gold sales. Brief. (4)

The Templeton Investment Fund plans to invest up to 20 percent of its assets into Russian business, fund head Mark Mobius said. Templeton has already invested about $300 million in Russian companies, among them Wimm-Bill-Dann, the Perekryostok Trading House and the Amtel tire holding. Brief. (4)

World oil values were on the rise on Friday. (4)

Estonian Finance Minister Tonis Palts resigned Friday. A brief explains why. (4)

The Izvestia Supplement is devoted to science. (5-8)

Specialists have begun a study to define the effect of weightlessness in space on human conception. (5)

The Goznak Association's engraving machine has received the State Prize in science and technology. This unique machine can create engravings that prevent counterfeiting and was on display at this year's Intergraph exhibition in Switzerland. (5)

A story explores issues surrounding the construction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran and Russia's participation. (6)

Scholars are completing the first volume of the 30-volume Big Russian Encyclopedia. The third edition of the encyclopedia began in 1969 and was completed in 1978. In an interview, editor-in-chief Alexander Makhov answers questions about the encyclopedia. (7)

Intellectual, a boarding school for gifted children, has opened in Moscow. (9)

Ornithologists from the Union of Protection of Birds have decided to launch a special service to assist in their aim of saving birds. (9)

A story describes Mayor Yury Luzhkov's face appearing on playing cards, on vodka labels and in portraits, though the mayor has not yet officially announced his participation in the upcoming elections. (9)

Moscow authorities have decided to build a new light rail line from Yugo-Zapadnaya station to Vnukovo Airport. A brief looks at the project. (9)

British pop group Blur will give two concerts in Moscow, on Sept. 24 and 25. A story describes the group and its hits. (14)


The Supreme Court refused to cancel the registration of St. Petersburg gubernatorial candidate Valentina Matviyenko on Friday. Her rivals were unable to prove that Matviyenko, the presidential envoy to the Northwest Federal District, illegally received better media coverage after a broadcast of her recent meeting with President Vladimir Putin. In the opinion of a representative from the Prosecutor General's Office, the law was violated by the president, rather than by Matviyenko. (1,3)

Newly available information says that Interior Ministry officials helped terrorists who organized the recent blasts in Moscow and Mozdok. (1)

Azeri Prime Minister Ilham Aliyev was in Yalta, where he talked with President Vladimir Putin on Friday. Azeri presidential administration head Ramiz Mekhtiyev said President Heidar Aliyev will be the only candidate from the ruling party in the presidential elections scheduled for Oct. 15. Brief. (1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5)

The Moscow city prosecutor's office questioned employees of Internet publication on Friday. The investigation was conducted as a result of the abduction of Alexei Klimov, deputy prosecutor of the Shatoi district and senior deputy of Chechen prosecutor Nadezhda Pogosova. (3, MK, 2)

The Kalinin district court ruled that Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov will have to apologize in public before the Pensioners' Party for saying that the party was in the Kremlin's pocket when he visited Chelyabinsk in June. A story describes the incident. (3)

A story reports on the preliminary investigation into Thursday's crash of a supersonic Tu-160 bomber during a test flight in the Saratov region. All four crew members were killed. (4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,7, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5)

The council of the Administration of Trading Systems, a Moscow noncommercial partnership, held a meeting Friday to discuss the timeframe of launching public trading on the electricity market. The launch was postponed to Nov. 1. (5)

Domestic industrial group MAIP has bought six Ukrainian scrap metal processors and become a leading processor in Russia. The volume of processed material before the end of this year will amount to 500,000 tons. MAIP's strategic partner in Ukraine is the Mariupol plant, but it intends to export up to 60 percent of collected scrap to Moldova, Turkey and Poland. (5)

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank were expected to open a fall session in Dubai on Saturday, during which finance ministers of leading industrialized countries will meet. Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin will represent Russia. In an interview he explains Russia's main goals at the meeting. (5)

A court found a former Yugoslav secret agent guilty of fraud on Thursday. The agent used forged U.S. government bonds worth $2.5 trillion to obtain credit. It also convicted a British expert who certified the authenticity of the bonds. (5)

Aeroflot's ambitious plan to break into the tourist market has ended unsuccessfully. The airline filed a suit against its affiliated travel agency Mir Aeroflota in the Moscow Arbitration Court. (5)

The shareholders of the Sakhalin Energy consortium, the operator of the Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project, are considering Gazprom's participation due to the sale of a 5 percent share by the main co-owner of the project, Shell. (5)

Real income over the past four years has increased by 40 percent, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin told the State Duma on Friday. Brief. (6)

Germany officially demanded on Thursday that Russia return Rubens' painting "Tarquin and Lucretia," which disappeared during World War II. (8)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Before the end of the month, Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov is expected to sign the charter of the Russian Railways Co., which is currently under development. A story examines the draft charter. (1, 10)

Despite resistance from the Economic Development and Trade Ministry, Gazprom has announced the expansion of its investment program. A story examines it in detail, focusing on the essence of the conflict between the company and the ministry on this issue. (1,3)

A story reports on how political parties are trying to use the unpopular law on obligatory automobile insurance in their respective election campaigns. (2)

On Friday in Yalta, CIS Executive Secretary Yury Yarov and foreign ministry representatives from 12 former Soviet republics discussed the creation of a single economic zone for Moscow, Kiev, Minsk and Astana. At the same time, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst held a news conference in Kiev, at which he stated that Ukraine's accession to the single economic zone does not fully correspond to its interests. A story comments on the ambassador's statement. (2)

The bureaucracy in Russia is holding back the economy and private business. State officials are dragging their feet on administrative reform and depriving it of its original meaning. This is according to Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Vice-President Igor Yurgens, who was talking to foreign investors at a round-table discussion sponsored by the East-West Institute on Friday. (3)

Deputy Head of the Central Bank Oleg Vyugin's forecast that the value of the dollar has begun to fall is likely to come true. Its official rate on Saturday fell by 9 kopeks to 30.59 rubles. A story examines several reasons behind the dollar's devaluation. (3

The failure of the WTO conference in Mexico may provide Russia with additional time for talks on its accession to the organization, according to a statement given on Friday by Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister Maxim Medvedkov, head of the Russian delegation on negotiations with the WTO. A story comments on the issue, focusing on the next round of talks on the issue, beginning Sept. 22. (3)

State Duma deputy Pyotr Shelishch dropped out of St. Petersburg gubernatorial elections two days before the poll. A story comments on his statement and explains his decision. (4)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Mayor Yury Luzhkov turned 67 today. In a short interview, he explains why he dislikes his birthdays while sharing his views on the current scandal over allegations of illegal sales of human organs in city clinics. (2, MK, 4)

The Pension Fund will sign agreements with management companies in the first 10 days of October, after which the fate of pension accumulations will be decided, according to Pension Fund head Mikhail Zurabov. He was speaking at a working session of the fund on Friday. (4)

A news conference at Moscow City Hall on Friday was devoted to the serious situation in the sphere of organ transplants. A story looks at emotional speeches by Deputy Moscow Mayor Lyudmila Shvetsova and Valery Shumakov, a highly-regarded pioneer in the field of organ transplants in Russia. (6)

According to the latest opinion poll, the majority of Polish citizens would like the wife of current head of state Iolanta Kwasniewski to become the president of Poland. A story examines results of the opinion poll. (7)

The State Duma Committee on the Procedure and Organization of Labor has recommended that the Duma fire Parlamentskaya Gazeta Editor-in-Chief Leonid Kravchenko. His management is viewed as ineffective and costly. Both sides have revealed their positions. (7)

A feature story focuses on the widow and the former mother-in-law of reputed Chechen rebel Arbi Barayev. They are living in a Chechen refugee camp in Turkey, while dreaming of returning home. Acting Chechen President Anatoly Popov comments on the fate of both women. (8, 9)

A story examines in detail the vehicles that Nizhny Novgorod's GAZ auto plant displayed at the recent International auto show in the ExpoCenter on Ulitsa Krasnaya Presnya. (12)

This week the State Duma passed amendments to a weapons law in its first reading. A story examines the documents, saying what types of arms can be bought by the civilian population for self defense. In a short interview, Moscow arms shop manager Alexei Ivanov talks about sales in his shop.(23, Trud, 1)


Vyacheslav Nikonov, President of the Politika Fund, reflects on what he is expecting from the Russian-American summit that will take place at Camp David this coming week. (2)

The Moscow City Duma has officially announced the beginning of the mayoral election campaign season. A story examines several candidates with commentaries from two political scientists. (2)

A marble statue of Russian Empress Catherine the Great by famous Russian sculptor Alexander Opekushin is ready for transportation from Yerevan to Moscow. A story describes how this statue made it to the National Museum of Armenia. (2)

In an interview, doctor Valery Sergeyev gives recommendations on what should be done to give birth to a healthy child. (3)

In an interview, former Bolshoi ballerina Anastasia Volochkova talks about her conflict with the Bolshoi administration, saying that she intends to fight for her rights in court. (5)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

A story reports on how United Russia's General Council Secretary Valery Bogomolov responded to the creation of an election coalition with State Duma and Federation Council speakers Gennady Seleznyov and Sergei Mironov as its leaders. (3)

A story gives details of the crash of the supersonic Tu-160 bomber during a test flight in the Saratov region on Thursday, killing 4 crew members. (5)

Highly-regarded filmmaker Elem Klimov, 70, was hospitalized at Burdenko Neuro-Surgery Center on Thursday after suffering a stroke. A story describes his best films and several tragic moments in his life. (6)

Poland has imposed a visa regime on Russian travelers that will take effect on Oct. 1. A story comments on the decision. (6)

The Labor Ministry and the Coordinative Council of Associations of Russian Employers applied to organizations, companies and individual entrepreneurs Friday, calling on them to ignore Moscow authorities' rules on registering foreign workers. A story comments on the appeal. (6)

A fire in the Mayakovsky Theater in Moscow early Friday caused the administration cancel that evening's production of "The Brothers Karamazov". A story describes the accident and its consequences. (6, MK, 1,3)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Four Moscow Institutes enrolled 12-year-old children this summer. A story highlights the child prodigies, focusing on their extraordinary mental abilities. (1,2)

Moscow authorities decided to build twin towers resembling those American ones that were destroyed during the tragic events in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. The twin towers in Moscow will be built in he center of the city on the Sadovoye Koltso. A story examines the project. (1)

Former head of the Kremlin Property Department Pavel Borodin will not get a kopek for the firearms his assistant brought to the local Interior Department at Krylatskoye on Thursday. A story examines Borodin's "arsenal", explaining when money is given for the handover of firearms. (1)

An unidentified assailant in the center of Moscow stabbed 15-year-old Bangladeshi Radjon Husein on his way home from school on Thursday. A story describes what happened. (1)

A feature story highlights Moscow artist Leonid Chelnokov, who for 42 years worked at the country's leading confectionery factories making artistic accessories for chocolate packaging. He died in his sleep on Wednesday at the age of 84. (8)

A special event devoted to the International Day of Amur tigers and leopards will take place in Moscow zoo on Sept. 27. Its aim is to draw authorities' attention to the plight of these disappearing animals. A story describes the origin of this Day. (4)

In a wide-ranging interview, highly regarded figure-skating coach Yelena Chaikovskaya talks about her numerous titles and state decorations, focusing on her extraordinary culinary abilities. (3)