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Izvestia
Kommersant
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Trud
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

A powerful fire in St. Petersburg on Friday completely destroyed the art workshops and warehouses of the Mariinsky Theater, with the damage preliminarily estimated at 7 million rubles ($228,000.) The most terrible thing about the fire is that it destroyed the theater's section connected with the 19th century, said Valery Gerdiyev, artistic director of the Mariinsky Theater, who promised that its new season will begin on time despite the fire. A story describes the fire, reflecting on possible reasons behind it. (1, Kommersant, 1,2, Trud, 2)

A story describes how Japanese convicts are reviving the art of making carpets and rugs. (1,2)

Tver regional governor Vladimir Platov on Friday received a notice asking him to visit the Regional Prosecutor's Office on Sept. 10. Criminal investigators intend to indict him for abuse of power. Platov denied the charges, saying that the investigation has been launched by former Interior Minister Igor Zubov, who intends to run for governor in the next elections. A story examines the stands of both rivals. (1,2, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 12, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Trud, 3)

A story reports on what several State Duma and Federation Council deputies think of their summer vacations. (2)

Bulgaria's President Georgy Pyrvanov on Friday arrived in Russia for a working visit. A story describes Bulgaria today, focusing on its economic relations with Russia and on LUKoil's role in the privatization of Bulgarian enterprises. (3, Kommersant, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 5)

U.S. General Consul in Russia James Pettit, in the context of Russians' concerns and contradictory response to the new U.S. visa policy, explains U.S. efforts to secure its borders will not stand in the way of receiving Russian guests. (3)

In an interview Hiry al-Oridi, the Palestinian ambassador in Moscow, looks at the current alignment of political forces in the Palestinian Authority, focusing on the tense situation and on the factors and forces that caused it. (3)

Pension reform is entering its final stage this year. The Finance Ministry has summed up results of the competition among management companies for the right to invest money from accounts of future pensioners. Fifty-five such companies have won the competition. A fierce struggle is expected to begin. A story examines the situation, citing several experts' views. A list of managing companies that have received the right to manage the funds of the accumulative part of citizens' pensions. (4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4)

Oracle has extended the deadline for its proposal on the purchase of its main competitor, PeopleSoft. The latter is doing everything in its power not to become part of Oracle and is trying to consolidate its business. A story examines how the world IT industry regards the actions of Oracle head Larry Ellison. (4)

The Railways Ministry intends to increase security at its facilities due to the threat of terrorism. A story describes its first experiment at the Moscow Kazansky train stations. Deputy Railways Minister Mikhail Akulov describes the experiment and its funds. (4, 9)

Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson, representing the interests of national business, tried in vain to persuade Swedes to support their country's conversion to the euro. While Swedish entrepreneurs have accepted the idea of accession to the eurozone, ordinary Swedes are in no hurry to switch to the European currency. A story explains why. (4)

NASA has delegated too many roles to companies such as Boeing, which is one of the reasons behind the tragedy of the space shuttle Columbia. This is the essence of the report to the U.S. Senate by Harold Geman, head of the Council on investigation of the Columbia disaster. A story reveals Geman's stand on the issue. (4, 5)

The Anti-Monopoly Ministry agrees with the Central Bank on how to determine the position of credit organizations on the banking services market. This was announced by the ministry's press service. A brief summarizes these agencies' decisions (4)

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko approves of the draft agreement imposing the Russian ruble on his republic. Lukashenko also said the agreement will yield expected results if it is a final stage in the process of creating a single economic zone. Brief. (4)

The Finance Ministry on Friday paid part of Russia's debt -- $57.139 million -- to the International Monetary Fund. two days before the deadline. Brief. (4)

The volume of the monetary mass as of Sept. 1 amounted to 1,183.5 billion rubles ($38.6 billion). This was announced Friday by the Central Bank Department of Foreign and Public Relations. The figure as of Aug. 25 was 1,195.5 billion. Brief. (4)

The Finance Ministry is forming a working group to create a system of managing state debt. This was announced by Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Kolotukhin on Friday. Brief. (4)

The CIS Economic Council on Friday decided to recommend that the Tariff Conference of CIS Railways Administrations halve the rate of railway tariff policy of CIS countries for the transportation of perishable agricultural produce. Brief. (4)

The Railways Ministry's losses from telephone terrorism in the first eight months of this year exceeded 100 million rubles ($3.26 million). This was announced by Deputy Railways Minister Mikhail Akulov. Brief. (4)

The Izvestia Supplement is devoted to science: discoveries and commentaries. (5-8)

U.S. scholars have proven that a low IQ (intelligence quotient) depends on living conditions and family status rather than genes. A story is devoted to the scholars' conclusion. (5)

A story is devoted to the major event of the 16th Moscow International Book Fair: the Book of the Year that took place Wednesday in the Rossiya concert hall. (5)

In an interview academic Vladimir Kotelnikov, 95, talks about the role of science in the contemporary world. (6)

Russian specialists have developed a climatic passport of the Kola ecological region on the World Wildlife Foundation's recommendation. A brief states its goal. (6)

Specialists from the Kazan Technological University and German experts have improved the method of biologically purifying city sewers. A brief looks at their new method. (6)

Stavropolye scholars have found interesting results of their experiment to see how caffeine affects people's physical state. A story examines some of the results. (6)

A story gives recommendations on how non-Muscovites should behave in Moscow in order to not look like provincials. (9)

The First Moscow International Tea Festival opened in Vasilyevsky Spusk on Friday. A brief looks at its participants. (9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta,10)

The Moscow City Telephone Network intends to toughen the confidentiality rules of the Moscow "09" information service. A story examines the existing rules, focusing on the upcoming new measures. (9)

A story examines the main complaints that Muscovites addressed to the Moscow City Duma deputies not long before City Day. (9)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov opened the first all-Russia conference devoted to Civil Defense Services, or GO, in Moscow's President Hotel on Friday. Regional governors and local GO administrators discussed methods of helping to improve the efficiency of these services. A story examines the poor state, noting that in the first six months of this year alone there were about 500 emergency situations in Russia, in which 560 people died and more than 5,500 were injured. (10, Kommersant, 2, Zhizn, 2)

In an interview retired Rear-Admiral Yury Senatsky explains why raising the sunken nuclear submarine K-159 from the Barents Sea bed will be a serious problem. (10)

A story describes the scandal that erupted in Grozny on Friday around the republic's television and radio. (10, Kommersant, 1,3)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Bolshoi ballerina Anastasia Volochkova on Friday did not dance in the ballet "Swan Lake" due to a conflict with the Bolshoi administration. A story examines the problem. (1,9, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, Zhizn, 3)

President Vladimir Putin received Bulgaria's President Georgy Pyrvanov at his Sochi residence, Bocharov Ruchei, on Friday. A story describes the hearty meeting and several major issues they were going to discuss. (1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 5)

The Congress of the Russian Labor Party opened in the Central Tourists Club in Moscow on Friday. It decided that the party and the bloc headed by co-chairman of the Party of Russian Regions Sergei Glazyev will create a new bloc to take part in the upcoming elections as the Tovarishch People's Patriotic Union. A story examines the Congress, its participants and decisions. (3)

Moscow is celebrating its 856th birthday over the weekend. As many as 4,000 holiday events will be devoted to this anniversary. A story examines the program of major events. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 11, MK, 1,2)

The State Duma faction Unity on Friday got a new name: Unity-United Russia. Faction leader Vladimir Pekhtin said its members wanted to stress its party membership to make electors understand what they are voting for. A story comments on the decision. (3)

The Renaissance Party, with State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov as its leader, and the Party of Life, headed by Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov, have agreed to create a single bloc. Brief. (3)

The KPRF Central Committee held a closed-door plenary session Friday that endorsed a list of candidates for the next State Duma. This had to be considered at the Party Congress on Saturday Sept. 6. Brief. (3)

The Defense Ministry's Press Secretary Nikolai Deryabin, 52, handed in his resignation on Friday. A brief looks at his decision. (3)

Reputed mobster Valery Timoshatov (also known as Timokha), alleged leader of the Kvartal criminal group, was killed in Moscow on Friday. A story gives details. (4, Izvestia, 10, MK, 1)

Gosstroi head Nikolai Koshman held a session Friday with regional governors to see how their regions are preparing for winter. A story describes several regions' serious lack of preparedness, saying that if they have signed contracts with the Russian Communal Systems company they should apply to it for help. A story also explains why Koshman shows so much interest in RCS. (5)

Naftogaz Ukrainy head Yury Boiko arrived in Turkmenistan on Friday to extend an agreement over the delivery of Turkmen gas to Ukraine. A story comments on the issue, saying Ukraine would like to reduce its dependence on Gazprom and Itera. (5)

The State Sports Committee and the Economic Development and Trade Ministry have agreed at last on who will exercise control over the gambling business. A story comments on their decision. (5)

The European Commission should decide before the end of this year whether the 2001 agreement between Alrosa and DeBeers is in line with the EC anti-monopoly legislation. Alrosa hopes to remove all EC commissars' claims by submitting a business plan to Brussels of developing its own production of diamonds and jewelry. (5)

Domestic aviation authorities have revoked the operational certificate from the Moscow AJT International aviation company due its huge debts. Brief. (6)

The international Standard & Poor's rating agency on Friday downgraded its forecast for UES's credit rating from stable to positive. Brief. (6)

The Neftyanoi Managing Company has announced a deal to sell a 15 percent stake of LUKoil-Neftekhim. Brief. (6)

The Russian-American International Launch Services company, which markets the Russian rockets Proton and U.S. rockets Atlas, on Friday announced the signing of a new contract. In 2005 the Proton rocket-booster will launch into space the telecommunication satellite MEASAT-3, belonging to the Malaysian communications operator Binariang Satellite Systems. Brief. (6)

Rusagrokapital has announced the purchase of 100 percent of the stakes in the Bogatovsky vegetable oil plant in the Samara region. Brief. (6)

Highly regarded writer Igor Mozheiko (also known as Kim Bulychev) died in a Moscow hospital on Friday at the age of 68. A story examines his writing career and his final book. (8)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

On Friday the State Duma decided on types of assistance ministries and other governmental departments should provide to the Central Election Commission. A story provides details and comments on the decision. (1, 3)

The St. Petersburg gubernatorial elections continue to be plagued by conflict. On Wednesday, Anna Markova filed a suit against the registration of fellow candidate Valentina Matviyenko. A story provides details. (1, 2)

In an interview, Alexander Oslon, President of the Public Opinion Fund, talks about this year's parliamentary election campaign and the role public opinion polls play in the process. (1,5)

In an interview, Georgia's ambassador to Russia, Zurab Abashidze, argues that the upcoming summit between President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President George W. Bush could help resolve serious problems in Georgia. (2)

At a news conference in Moscow, two candidates formally announced their bids for president in Chechnya. A story describes the news conference, held by Chechen administration head Akhmad Kadyrov and State Duma deputy Aslambek Aslakhanov, saying that the rivals used the forum in order to discredit one another. (2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov recently signed into law an electricity reform bill that appears to follow a proposal made by UES head Anatoly Chubais in defiance of several UES minority shareholders. A story examines the document's main provisions. (3)

A story examines the recent performance of the U.S. dollar on the Russian market, and includes the Central Bank's policy towards the currency. (3)

On Friday, the World Bank released a report that asserts the significant role played by Russia in the economic growth of CIS states. A story provides details of the report's findings and includes figures. (3)

It was reported this summer that the Video-International companies group was moving into different forms of mass media. In an interview, company director Sergei Vasilyev talks about his company's plans for the next several weeks. (6)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Moscow Zoo elephants have recently moved into a newly renovated space that is to provide greater comfort to the animals. A story describes the new home. (2)

Soccer legend, Pele, is expected to arrive in Moscow on Saturday. A brief describes the purpose of his visit. (2)

Businessman Khusein Dzhabrailov announced that he will not run in the upcoming presidential elections in Chechnya. A story explains Dzhabrailov's reasons. (5)

Italy is selling German wine whose bottles bare portraits of Hitler, causing widespread protest. A story describes the conflict. (12)

Trud
www.trud.ru

General Alexander Savenkov released a report last week that claims 1,200 military casualties this year as a result of road accidents, military games involving weapons, carelessness, suicides and hazing. A story provides details. (1,2)

The most recent State Duma session examined the water shortage crisis in Rostov-on-Don. In an interview, Politika Fund president Vyacheslav Nikonov comments on the problem and offers potential solutions. (2)

As many as 26,200 children are not currently attending school, of whom 1,500 have never attended, according to Deputy Prime Minister Galina Karelova. A story comments on her statement. (3)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

After publishing an article last Wednesday on the first gay marriage performed in the Russian Orthodox Church, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported the sudden disappearance of the priest who presided over this wedding. (3)

In a government session held on Thursday, Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov announced a 0.4 percent rate of inflation during the month of August, arguing that it will be impossible to obtain the 12 percent level as promised. A story explains Kasyanov's economic assessment. (3)

A story examines in detail which authorities lied about the Kursk nuclear submarine tragedy, and what happened in reality. Are authorities telling lies about the K-159 nuclear submarine? (2)

Little-known Russian filmmaker Andrei Zvyagintsev won the Golden Lion award at this year's Venice International Film Festival for his film, "The Return." In an interview, Zvyagintsev speaks about his project. (6) (Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7)

On Sept. 1, Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov presented a book to first graders, "The Family Chronicle," that is part of the ministry's concerted effort to reverse the current trend of a national population decrease. A story examines the book, as well as the ministry's campaign against a shrinking population. (7)

In an interview, Dmitry Sablin, an aide to the regional governor, talks about the responsibilities of the Moscow-based Public Anti-Terror Center. (8)

The International Clean Water Forum was held in Dushanbe last week under the aegis of the UN. In accordance with an initiative taken by Tajikistan President Emomali Rakhmonov, the UN General Assembly declared 2003 the International Year of Fresh Water. A story examines international water pollution issues, saying that Tajikistan's considerable water resources could be used for world needs. (8)

The Union of Right Forces party is funding the construction of a cattle burial site on the shore of the Ivankovsky water reservoir. More than 150 cattle were buried in the area during the early 20th century. The story provides details. (9)

In an interview, State Duma deputy Alexei Mitrofanov talks about the letter he sent to Bashkortostan's president, urging him to step out of the republic's presidential elections. (9)

On Saturday, oil and gas industry workers celebrated a holiday dedicated to them. A story describes the holiday, and provides a diagram of oil and gas extraction in Russia from 1999 to the present day. (10, 11)

Several leaders of Russian political parties announced the formation of a joint election observation body in Dagestan and Bashkortostan. A story looks at the statement. (11)

Poet Eduard Asadov turned 80 on Sunday. In a wide-ranging interview, Asadov talks about his years in the army, his wives over the years and his poems, many of which are devoted to women. (16)

In an interview, Arkady Mamontov, journalist and host of a program to be aired on Rossiya television, talks about various shocking events he has observed over the years. (22) (Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 21)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

An exhibition on the products and technologies used in the country's prisons opened Friday at the All-Russia Exhibition Center. A story describes the event. (1)

The City Duma announced Friday that loud sirens will be used to alert residents in the case of an accident involving poisonous substances. A story examines the decision. (1)

Moscow authorities have announced plans to evict all organizations operating in the Serebryany Bor natural reserve. A story examines reasons behind the decision. (1)

The Lenkom and Satire Theater have opened their fall season programs. A story describes the new productions to be shown at these theaters. (2)

In an interview, General Leonid Ivashov criticizes Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov's statement of support for a possible deployment of Russian peacekeepers to Iraq. (2)

The government plans to spend 173 billion rubles ($5.8 billion) in assistance to young families, according to a statement given by Deputy Prime Minister Galina Karelova on Friday. The program is part of a larger effort to increase the country's birthrate. A story examines the measure, as well as the national population crisis. (2)

In an interview, Moscow's chief state physician, Nikolai Filatov, explains several new sanitary rules for schools, focusing on several seemingly absurd regulations. (2)

Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky believes that the 2004 draft budget does not provide for necessary expenses in defense and education. A story examines other issues the Yabloko party intends to use as a platform in its campaign for parliamentary seats. (3)

A feature story describes how one can process garbage in one's own home with the use of ordinary worms. (8)