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Press Review

IZVESTIA (2/3/2004)

President Putin Monday named a long-awaited candidate for the post of prime minister--Mikhail Fradkov, Russia' s plenipotentiary in the European Union in Brussels. All central papers note that the first reaction of Cabinet Ministers, State Duma deputies and the public was one of shock. The story focuses on Fradkin' s personal and professional characteristics. (1, 3, 12, Kommersant, 1, 2, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3 (interview) , Noviye Izvestia, 1, 2, Gazeta, 1, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Trud, 1, 2, 1, 2, Zhizn, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1-4, MK, 1, 2, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 1, Pravda, 1)

Deputy Prosecutor General Sergei Fridinsky Monday officially confirmed that seniour Chechen warlord Ruslan Gelayev had been killed in a clash with federal troops in Dagestan. The story looks at controversial assessments of this fact. (1, 5, Kommersant, 1, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 6, Gazeta, 1, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 9, Trud, 1, Zhizn, 2, Komsomolskata Pravda, 5, MK, 3)

The story features the Oscar ceremony of the 76th annual Academy Awards held in the Kodak Theater in Hollywood on Sunday Feb. 29. (1, 9, Kommersant, 21, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 8, Gazeta, 13, Novite Izvestia, 5, Vremya Novostei, 5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 24, MK, 6)

Artistic Director Vladimir Bortko and actor Yevgeny Mironov on Monday were announced as the winners of the Alexander Solzhenitsyn Literary Prize -2004 for their work in the television serial " Idiot" after Dostoyevsky' s novel. (2, Kommersant, 21, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Trud, 6, MK, 2)

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favour of presidential candidate Irina Khakamada in her complaint against the Central Election Commission. The story gives details. (2, Kommersant, 4, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

Famed Soviet actress Nina Sazonova died on Monday at the age of 87. The story features her artistic career. (2, Kommersant, 21, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 8, Noviye Izvestia, 5 Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 10, Trud, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 12, MK, 3)

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko Monday signed a decree concerning levying the VAT tax. The story comments on this document, saying that Lukashenko has found another instrument of influencing Russian gas and oil pipelines. (2)

Apteka-Holding, the 4th domestic large pharmaceutical distributor, on Monday summed up results of its 5-year work. The brief looks at several optimistic figures. (2)he Interfax rating agency jointly with Moody' s Investors Service have given high ratings to the Petrokommerz bank. The brief cites figures to illustrate the point. (2)

The code of laws, the first one after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, was made public in Iraq on Monday. The Interim Managing Council on that day endorsed the country' s Interim Constitution that will take effect on March 3. . The story looks at its main provisions, saying that, according to it, Iraq will not be an Islamic state. (4, Kommersant, 11, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 8)

A 15-ton memorial steam-engine in the Donetsk State History Museum has been stolen and used as scrap metal. This was stated by Galina Chumak, a spokeswoman for the Culture Department of the Donetsk Regional Administration. The story gives details. (4)

Americans have extradited to Russia seven Russians, who during the US-led anti-terror operation in Afghanistan fought on the Taliban side and were taken prisoner. Now they are staying in a pre-trial detention center in Pyatigorsk. The story describes their case. (5, Kommersant, 5, Noviye Izvestia, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 9)

Swiss authorities Monday officially confirmed that the man, who has been detained on suspicion of killing Peter Nilsen, a Skyguide air traffic controller, is the Russian citizen Vitaly Kaloyev. The story details his case, saying that he was placed in a mental hospital on March 1. (6, Kommersant, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 4, Trud, 4)

In a far-ranging interview Deputy Moscow Mayor Iosif Ordzhonikidze talks about his concrete duties in the city gvt, focusing on new several construction projects in Moscow. (11)

The Moscow Arbitration Court on Monday ruled to annul the additional issuance of shares of Yukos that was released for its merger with Sibneft. Now former Sibneft owner Roman Abramovich has the right not to give to the Yukos owners $3 billion that he received as a result of the companies' merger. The story comments on the court' s decision. (12, Kommersant, 13, Vremya Novostei, 7, Gazeta, 9, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

After President Putin on Monday announced the candidate Mikhail Fradkov to the post of prime minister, the index of the RTS stock market raised almost by 3 percent -- up to 688. 72 points. The story describes how the currency market has reacted to the news about the nomination of Mikhail Fradkov to the post of prime minister. (12, Kommersant, 3)

The story examines how 10 entrepreneurs regard President Putin' s choice of Mikhail Fradkov to the post of head of gvt. (12)

The story examines optimistic results of Russia' s military and technical cooperation with foreign states in 2003, noting that its armament export for the first time exceeded $5 billion. (13)

The gvt has endorsed the Fundaments of Price Formation in the Heating and Electrical Energy Sector, and also the Rules of state regulation and use of tariffs in this sphere. Brief. (13)

The leadership of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in the next several weeks will arrive in Moscow for talks with the gvt on purchasing shares in Vneshtorgbank that by almost 100 percent belongs to the gvt. Brief. (13)

Despite its own personnel uncertainty, the gvt on March 1 endorsed a list of candidates from the gvt to be elected to the Board of Directors of the Unified Energy Systems company. The story looks at several names on the list. (13, Kommersant, 13, 14)

The story offers an analysis (facts, figures and conclusions) of the present situation in the domestic furniture industry. (15)OMMERSANT (2/3/2004)

Yury Zaostrovtsev in the rank of FSB Colonel-General in a couple of days may take up the post of deputy head of Vneshekonombank. Not before long he as FSB Deputy Director monitored the economic counter-intelligence service. The story comments on the aim of his coming to the bank. (1, 4)

Who has President Putin consulted with in choosing Mikhail Fradkov as a candidate to the post of prime minister?Ten politicians, economists and public figures share their views. (2)

President Putin at a session with gvt members in the Kremlin on Monday demanded from Acting Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov that he make clear reasons behind the failed launches of ballistic missiles during the recent military exercise. The president instructed the Defense Ministry to plan and hold a new exercise in the Northern Fleet. The story comments on the president' s order. (4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, Gazeta, 1, 3)

The Central Election Commission on Monday made public the state of presidential candidates' election funds. The story looks at some of them. (4)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov and Rector of the Moscow Bauman State Technical University on Monday opened its new building that will house laboratories and lecture rooms. Photo caption. (7)

About one thousand miners from 4 enterprises of the bankrupt Rostovugol company and members of their families in Novoshakhtinsk on Monday staged an act of protest against wage arrears. The story describes the act, its participants and their demands. (8)

The London Mercer Human Resource Consulting organization Monday made public results of its study of the quality of life in 215 cities of the world. The first to lines have been occupied by Zurich and Geneva, the last one went to Baghdad, and Moscow' s place is the 162nd one. The story comments on results of the study. (8)

Romania Monday imposed a visa regime for the Russian travelers. It was initiated by the Romanian side. The brief says how it explains the measure. (9)

Swedish Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds (Sp. ?) arrived in Moscow on Monday evening with the aim of continuing constructive EU - Moscow dialogue after the beginning of a serious crisis in EU- Russia relationships. (10)

National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice stated in an interview to Global Viewpoint the situation with democracy in Russia is worrying the American administration. Brief. (10, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 8)

Russian Aluminum has completed to form the company' s structure. The story examines its new divisions. (13, 16)

At the negotiations in the Energy Ministry on Monday Gazprom had to make concessions to Chechengazprom-- Gazprom agreed to sign an agreement with the Chechen company on gas transit and declined its financial claims to it. (13, 15)

Troika Dialog Monday announced the beginning of work of its purchased mortgage Bank-Gerd. The story comments on Troika Dialog' s new mortgage license. (14)

Norilsk Nickel intends to buy Sukhoi Log in the Irkutsk region. The story describes its wishes and reality. (14)

VEDOMOSTI (2/3/2004)

President Putin on Monday when he named the candidate Mikhail Fradkov to the post of prime minister, had to explain to his United Russia supporters why Russia' s plenipotentiary in the European Union can govern the gvt. The story comments on the president' s choice, saying that, in almost all observers' opinion, Fradkov himself will be managed from the Kremlin. (A1)

The Moscow Arbitration Court on Monday ruled in the Millhouse offshores' favour in their suit and annulled the additional issuance of shares of Yukos that was released for merging with Sibneft. The latter' s representatives assure that this suit is in line with the plan for a divorce with Yukos, though the latter had denied it and intends to contest it in court. (A1)

Fourteen top businessmen share their views on the candidate to the pots of prime minister Mikhail Fradkov. (A1)

Swiss authorities have confirmed that a person detained on suspicion of killing the Skyguide air traffic controller, Peter Nilsen, is Russian citizen Vitaly Kaloyev. Brief. (A1)

The Federal Energy Commission, starting next year, will be able to tie increases in electricity and heating tariffs to the inflation level. Energy companies fear that the new mechanism is very complicated and consumers are pleased with the new rules. The story examines the new rules that the gvt, through its decree, endorsed on Feb. 26. (A3)

The housing tax for the population, starting 2006, can markedly increase. Gosstroi has developed a new method of a massive evaluation of apartments that the gvt intends to use in calculating new tax rates for the individuals' property. In the opinion of bureaucrats, the transfer to the new system could last for several years. (A3)

President Putin has nominated Mikhail Fradkov to the post of prime minister. How will the role of premier change in the new Cabinet? Seven experts share their viewpoints on the issue. (A4)

In an interview David Fuller, Director and Global Analyst of the Stockcube Research company (30 people on staff and a $3. 3 million turnover in 2002. talks about his company and its profit-making business in Russia. (A5)

The Russian Department of the personnel agency " Kelly Services" conducted a study among specialists dealing with office administering-- secretaries, office managers and deputy managers. The story examines results of the study. (A7)EDOMOSTI. COMPANIES & MARKETS SUPPLEMENT big new player -- the German financial- insurance Allianz corporation -- can emerge on the Russian trust management market. Allianz, its Russian partner AFK " Sistema" and their affiliate ROSNO are in talks on the creation of a managing company, the basis of the investment portfolio of which will be 3. 2 billion rubles of ROSNO' s insurance reserves. (B1)

According to the British newspaper The Financial Times, Megafon-Telekominvest and the IPOC offshore can actually be managed from one and the same center. (B1)

Gazprom has stopped at last to conceal its interest in the energy sector. Gazprombank has nominated its representatives to the Board of Directors of Mosenergo, this large regional energy company. (B1)

The Yukos Board of Directors has agreed to sell blocking packages of stock of Kubanenergo, Belgorodenergo and Tambovenergy. This was stated by a source familiar with the Board' s decision. Brief. (B1)

Rusal has created managing companies for aluminum and alumina assets making these two businesses the independent divisions. Brief. (B1)

NOVATEK hopes to get the right to export its gas in 2005. This was stated by Leonid Mikhelson, spokesman for the company' s Management Board. Brief. (B1)

The annual cost of AvtoVAZ' s program of renewing its models of autos is about $240 million. This was s stated on Monday by the enterprise' s press release. Brief. (B1)

The Polish state-run PGNiG company is threatening to demand a compensation from Gazprom for ceasing to supply gas for one day in mid-February. The story comment' s on the demand, saying how analysts regard it. (B2)

The VSMPO corporation decided to buy in the USA a titanium melting enterprise. The purchase will cost the enterprise not more than $5 million, but on the other hand it will be able to deliver titanium semi-finished products to American companies within the framework of military contracts. (B2)

Italian banking UniCredito Group Italiano is considering the possibility of opening in Moscow an affiliated bank. This was stated by the group' s corporate sector head Andrea Varezi. Brief. (B3)

NOVIYE IZVESTIA (2/3/2004)

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has called on local entrepreneurs to leave the shade before April 1 and to submit to state tax authorities their honest tax declaration. In exchange they will receive indulgence. The story comments on the measure, focusing on the head of state' s promises to them. (1, 4)

The Standard & Poor' s international rating agency may cut the deadline of its notification of Russia about changing its sovereign rating before its official publication. This possibility was stated late last week by S&P analyst Helena Hessel (Sp. ?) . The story reveals the essence of this statement. (3)

The European Union on Monday imposed very tough trading sanctions on imports of American goods. The story comments on the measure, saying what losses it can cause to many countries, Russia included. (3)

Krasnodar governor Alexander Tkachev at the peak of his gubernatorial election campaign has introduced a new subject into the school programs -- the Kuban region. The story describes the novelty. (7)

TRUD (2/3/2004)

Many of the latest amendments to the Criminal Code will take effect early this month. In an interview Doctor of Law Ninel Kuznetsova, head of the Criminal Law and Criminology Chair of the Law Faculty of Moscow State University, examines them in detail, focusing on several drawbacks of the new bill. (3)

Central Bank Deputy Head Oleg Vyugin at the London Conference " Business Ethics and Corporate Management in Russia" told its participants about a new system of calculating the currency price of the ruble that will be determined not by the American dollar, as it' s done today, but by the " basket of currencies" consisting of the dollar and the euro. The story reveals the essence of the new system (3, Noviye Izvestia, 3)

The long-distance communications national operator " Rostelecom" has launched a new fiber -optic communications line Kaliningrad- Gvardeisk-Sovetsk that has connected the Kaliningrad region with the other regions of Russia. The story describes the new line. (3)

The Public Council " Your Choice" has come up with the first Regional Program aimed at banning a retail sale of cigarettes to the under-aged children. Its implementation will begin in a couple of days. The story looks at the program, saying that Russia is leading the world in teenagers' smoking. (7)

Many ordinary beggars with missing limbs s in metro, underground passes or elektrichkas dressed in camouflage uniforms most often in wheel-chairs are pretending to be Afghani war invalids. Last year alone Moscow police detained over 8, 000 such war invalids. The story gives concrete facts to illustrate the point. (7)

KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA (2/3/2004)

Nine policy-makers, State Duma deputies and public figures share their views on President Putin' s candidate Mikhail Fradkov to the post of prime minister. (3, Noviye Izvestia, 2)

In an interview political scientist Stanislav Belkovsky says who has recommended to Putin the candidacy of Mikhail Fradkov to the post of prime minister. (4)

Qatari authorities may agree to release 2 Russians, who in Doha on Feb. 18 were arrested on charges of an involvement in the killing of former Chechen President Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev. They are staying in a Doha prison, and the negotiations on their return home are close to an end. The story reports on what conditions they could be released. (5)

The story features the gubernatorial election campaigns in several regions, where elections are scheduled for March 14. (8. 9)

The 16th national antiquarian salon has opened in Moscow' s Central Artists Club on Ulitsa Krymsky Val. Two hundred Moscow best antiquarian galleries and shops have brought their best artifacts. The story describes the salon, its participants and buyers. (13)

Presidential candidate Sergei Mironov does not conceal the reason for nominating himself for the presidency -- to become reliable support of Vladimir Putin. The story comments on his statement, saying how analysts have interpreted it. (13)

Oilmen today are reported to begin to bore the first hole on the marine oil deposit " Kravtsovskoye" (also known as D-6) . The story feature this ambitious project of the LUKoil company. (18)

NTV television night program host Alexander Gordon on Monday summed up results of the Competition " For the Best Explanation of Key Issues Relating to the World Structure" , with the prize to the winner being 100 kilograms of gold or 1 million euros. The winner -- Doctor of Mathematics, head of the Theoretical Bio- Physics Department of the Lebedev Physical Institute Dmitry Chernavsky shocked all those present, saying that he will divide his prize among all those who participated in the competition. As a result, he has received slightly more than 185, 000 rubles. (19)

MOSKOVSKY KOMSOMOLETS (2/3/2004)

Policy-maker Ivan Rybkin after all serious troubles he had to experience will hardly return home soon from London where he is staying now. What is awaiting him in Russia is not only disgraceful mockeries, because he has ceased to exist as a politician. The Prosecutor General' s Office may easily turn him into a convict. The story describes his case. (1, 4)

The Federal Military Memorial Cemetery will deal with the funeral of presidents, marshals, generals, admirals, USSR and Russia Heroes and soldiers killed in fulfilling the army duty. The gvt has endorsed the Cemetery' s Charter. The story looks at its provisions. (1)

A falling icicle near House 18 on Ulitsa Shchepkina on Sunday left a 45-year-old street cleaner dead. The story details the tragedy. (1)

Fifty percent of all child pornography in the world is produced in Russia. This was stated on Monday by the EXPAT international organization. Brief. (2)

The story describes an apartment block that belongs to the FSB, in which 2-story apartment of Mikhail Fradkov, a candidate to the post of prime minister, is situated and which is guarded by Fradkov' s personal security men when he is absent. (3)

According Moscow region authorities, more than 600 people drowned last year in rivers and ponds of the Moscow region. The story comments on this information. (3)