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IZVESTIA (20/11/2003)

As many as 1, 200 apartment blocks in the Moscow Centralistrict are under the threat of being pulled down -- this istated in Instruction No. 5225 of Sept. 9 signed by Prefectennady Degtev. The story examines the document with a criticalye. (1, 2)

Famed actor Alexei Batalov, head of the Acting Department ofhe State Institute of Cinematography, has turned 75 today. Inn interview he talks about his brilliant creativeheatrical and cinema career. (1, 11, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 13, azeta, 13, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6, Trud, 11, Kultura, 9,omsomolskaya Pravda, 31, MK, 1, 8)

The inter-governmental agreement on launching Russian rocketsrom Kuru (Sp. ) Cosmodrome in French Guyana was signedeveral days ago. The story comments on the document, focusingn several issues of principle that cause bewilderment.2)

In an interview Chairman of the Evenki Legislative Assembly (or uglan) Anatoly Amosov explains why Suglan will notontest against the decision of the Krasnoyarsk Regional Courthat declared illegal the election of former Yukos-Moskvairector-General Vasily Shakhnovsky Senator from Evenkia. (2, ommersant, 4, Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7

State Duma deputy Galina Starovoiteva, the leader of theemocratic Russia party was killed in St. Petersburg five yearsgo. In an interview her sister Olga Starovoiteva, President ofhe Galina Starovoiteva Fund, talks about results of thenvestigation of the murder case. (2)

The story gives an in-depth analysis of the politicalrisis of the Shevardnadze ruling regime in Georgia, sayinghat Russia in this crisis has to support Shervardnadze,ince there is no one else to support. (3, Kommersant, 9, ossiiskaya Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 2, Novaya Gazeta, No. 87,. 6, Trud, 7, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, MK, 2)

The State Duma on Wednesday passed (in the first reading) theresidential draft bill concerning the state civil service. Thetory comments on the document that threatens to radicallyhange the life of domestic bureaucrats. (3, Kommersant, 2, azeta, 1)

The parents of the late MK journalist Dmitry Kholodov in theiretter to Prosecutor- General Vladimir Ustinov ask him and hisgency to check all facts linked up to the investigationf the murder case they describe in the letter. Izvestiaffers the letter. (3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 10, MK, 1, 2)

The USA can launch a nuclear strike against North Korea ifhere is need to defend South Korea from an attack by itsorthern neighbour. This was stated by Pentagon chief Donaldumsfeld who has visited Seoul this week. The story commentsn his statement, pointing to its possible sad consequencesor him. (4)

Forty -seven American hard currency dealers have beenrrested on charges of currency machinations. The story givesetails, looking at the situation with flourishingachinations on the Russian stock market. (5, Kommersant, 13, 14)

The State Duma Wednesday passed (in the second reading) theill concerning the insuring of the private individuals' bankeposits. The story examines the document, saying who will gainrom it. (6, Kommersant, 14)

The state Duma on Wednesday passed (in the second reading) theill on currency regulation. The Budget Committee deputy headikhail Zadornov says how it differs from the variant passed inhe first reading. Brief. (6, Gazeta, 10, Vremya Novostei, 1)

The story examines the situation on the domestic stockarket on Wednesday when shares of Yukos and Sibneft fell (the ited figures illustrate the fact) . Aton analyst Timerbulatarimov explained reasons behind the fall. (6, Kommersant, 13)

The gvt at a session today will discuss drafts of naturalonopolies' investment programs in 2004. The story examinesheir major parameters, saying that they have already beengreed with corresponding ministries. (6, Kommersant, 13)

The story features the classical boarding school attachedo Moscow State University that has been founded at the initiativef Patriarch Alexy II and University Rector Vladimir Sadovnichy.6)

The gvt together with the State Duma and appropriateepartments on Wednesday discussed how facilities in theousing and utility sector will be privatized. The storyescribes the discussion, proposals and decisions. (7, ommersant, 2)

The Agriculture Ministry is not consistent in its behaviour.hus, last year Minister Alexei Gordeyev called Russia the worldrain power with a huge export potential, but today he intendso limit grain exports. Gordeyev Wednesday warned grain tradershat if they export more than 5 million tons of grain, then thexport deliveries will be limited through higher exportuties. The story comments on his statement. (7)

The price of gold at the London Exchange trading on Wednesdayeached $400. 55 per ounce. The story examines reasonsehind the record high gold price, saying that it' s good forussian gold-producers, while jewelers expect a loweringemand for gold jewelries. (7, Kommersant, 14)

The Transnefteprodukt Management Board on Wednesday discussedreliminary results of the company' s performance this year. Therief cites optimistic figures to illustrate the company' schievements. (7)

The story examines a competitive situation on the cateringarket saying how various firms are delivering foods toffices. The focus ss is several serious problems facinghe catering market today. (8)

Moscow mayoral candidate entrepreneur German Sterligov onednesday failed to meet with his rival National Reserveank President Alexander Lebedev at the planned teledebate,ecause the latter refused to come. A story says why.9)

A Ukrainian Exhibition- Information Center will emerge in Moscown a couple of days. The corresponding decision was made byhe Ukrainian gvt. The Center will be opened on the territory oformer VDNKHa Pavilion No. 58. Brief. (9)

According to the Mercer Human Resource Consulting LLC company,hat compiles annual ratings of the cost of life in worldeading cities, Moscow has become the most expensive city inurope and the second one in the world after Tokyo. Brief.9)

Artist Nikas Safronov has presented his book titled " The Anatomyf Scandal and Success" that is devoted to Mayor Yury Luzhkov. Thetory reviews the book. (9)

The Moscow Prosecutor' s Office has completed the investigationnto allegations saying that Igor Alyamkin, an employee inhe Nizhegorodsky Interior Passport Department, registeredne of suicide bombers in the Dubrovka theater in October lastear. The story details the case. (10, Kommersant, 6, )

California police on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant forrrest of variety show business star Michael Jackson, who isuspected of the seduction of a 12-year-old boy. The storyives details. (10, Kommersant, 1, Gazeta, 4)

It was reported on Wednesday that Aboyadig Saayev, head of thelection HQ of State Duma deputy Salambek Maigov, had beenbducted in Grozny. A story describes how it happened. (10)

KOMMERSANT (20/11/2003)

The State Duma Banking Committee on Wednesday proposed severalensational amendments to the draft bill concerning thebligatory insurance of auto owners' civil responsibility. Theain proposal was to cancel the need to buy a policyefore an auto technical inspection and registration. A storyxamines the proposal, saying how insurers regard it. (1)

Chukotka governor Roman Abramovich visited Deputy Prime Ministerlexei Kudrin on Wednesday. In an interview Kudrin revealshe content of his dialogue with the oligarch. (1)

President Putin Wednesday received Prime Minister Mikhailasyanov, who told him about the domestic economic situationnd about the investment programs planned for next year. (2)

The State Duma KPRF faction on Wednesday excluded from itsanks deputy Leonid Mayevsky notoriously known for histatements about the KPRF' s cooperation with political emigreeoris Berezovsky. The story comments on the faction' s decision.4, Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2)

LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinosky in a television studio ofeledebates on the channel Rossiya started a fight withandidate Sergei Sibiryakov from the party Rus. A storyescribes the incident. (4)

The newspaper offers a long list of parliamentary candidates,ho in their declarations, according to the Central Electionommission' s report, have concealed true and full informationbout their incomes and property, including cars. (5)

Moscow authorities this winter will use chloridealcium as a reagent for moving snow and ice from citytreets. This substance is viewed as the most effective oneor the purpose, but it' s true if the reagent is used inefinite doses and in case of violating them, theeagent is dangerous for health. A story examinespecialists' views. (7, Gazeta, 2)

The water crisis is continuing in Vladivostok. The storyescribes how city authorities are trying to solve theroblem. (7)

A specialized exhibition " Russian Producers and Supplies forhe Armed Forces" opened in the CSKA Sports Complex on Wednesday.efense Minister Sergei Ivanov visited it to see what foodsnd clothes are being supplied to the army. The ministerot convinced that the Russian soldiers do not go hungry.he story describes what the minister saw at the display. (8)

It was officially announced on Wednesday that the Russian Creditank went out from under the management of the Agency forestructuring Credit Organizations (ARCO) . The story describes shat both of them will do after that. (13)

The presidential Main Control Board has submitted to Putin aeport saying how local authorities are observing theegislation on de-bureaucratization. Controllers stated thatt doe not work outside Moscow' s Sadovoye Koltso. The storyxamines the report. (13, 14, Gazeta, 9, Vremya Novostei, 2)

Small companies processing scrap metal have begun toonsolidate. Thus, the creation of the National Association ofcrap Metal Processors was announced on Wednesday. The storyescribes the association, saying that its founders intendo uphold their interests before metal combines. (13, 16)

First Deputy Economic Development Minister Andrei Sharonov notong before the gvt session explained how over 500 billionubles being invested into the electrical energy sector, theas industry and the railway transport will be distributed (13, 15)

The Complex Energy Systems company affiliated with the Renovaompany on Wednesday signed an agreement with Yury Trutnev, theovernor of the Perm Region, on putting into effect the projectimed at managing the municipal electrical companies. A storyxamines the document. (16)

Sun Interbrew, the domestic second large brewery, on Wednesdayummed up results of its work in the 3rd quarter of this year.he company managed to increase its sales by 30 percent. Thetory examines some other results. (17)

IZVESTIA (20/11/2003)

As many as 1, 200 apartment blocks in the Moscow Centralistrict are under the threat of being pulled down -- this istated in Instruction No. 5225 of Sept. 9 signed by Prefectennady Degtev. The story examines the document with a criticalye. (1, 2)

Famed actor Alexei Batalov, head of the Acting Department ofhe State Institute of Cinematography, has turned 75 today. Inn interview he talks about his brilliant creativeheatrical and cinema career. (1, 11, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 13, azeta, 13, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6, Trud, 11, Kultura, 9,omsomolskaya Pravda, 31, MK, 1, 8)

The inter-governmental agreement on launching Russian rocketsrom Kuru (Sp. ) Cosmodrome in French Guyana was signedeveral days ago. The story comments on the document, focusingn several issues of principle that cause bewilderment.2)

In an interview Chairman of the Evenki Legislative Assembly (or uglan) Anatoly Amosov explains why Suglan will notontest against the decision of the Krasnoyarsk Regional Courthat declared illegal the election of former Yukos-Moskvairector-General Vasily Shakhnovsky Senator from Evenkia. (2, ommersant, 4, Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7

State Duma deputy Galina Starovoiteva, the leader of theemocratic Russia party was killed in St. Petersburg five yearsgo. In an interview her sister Olga Starovoiteva, President ofhe Galina Starovoiteva Fund, talks about results of thenvestigation of the murder case. (2)

The story gives an in-depth analysis of the politicalrisis of the Shevardnadze ruling regime in Georgia, sayinghat Russia in this crisis has to support Shervardnadze,ince there is no one else to support. (3, Kommersant, 9, ossiiskaya Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 2, Novaya Gazeta, No. 87,. 6, Trud, 7, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, MK, 2)

The State Duma on Wednesday passed (in the first reading) theresidential draft bill concerning the state civil service. Thetory comments on the document that threatens to radicallyhange the life of domestic bureaucrats. (3, Kommersant, 2, azeta, 1)

The parents of the late MK journalist Dmitry Kholodov in theiretter to Prosecutor- General Vladimir Ustinov ask him and hisgency to check all facts linked up to the investigationf the murder case they describe in the letter. Izvestiaffers the letter. (3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 10, MK, 1, 2)

The USA can launch a nuclear strike against North Korea ifhere is need to defend South Korea from an attack by itsorthern neighbour. This was stated by Pentagon chief Donaldumsfeld who has visited Seoul this week. The story commentsn his statement, pointing to its possible sad consequencesor him. (4)

Forty -seven American hard currency dealers have beenrrested on charges of currency machinations. The story givesetails, looking at the situation with flourishingachinations on the Russian stock market. (5, Kommersant, 13, 14)

The State Duma Wednesday passed (in the second reading) theill concerning the insuring of the private individuals' bankeposits. The story examines the document, saying who will gainrom it. (6, Kommersant, 14)

The state Duma on Wednesday passed (in the second reading) theill on currency regulation. The Budget Committee deputy headikhail Zadornov says how it differs from the variant passed inhe first reading. Brief. (6, Gazeta, 10, Vremya Novostei, 1)

The story examines the situation on the domestic stockarket on Wednesday when shares of Yukos and Sibneft fell (the ited figures illustrate the fact) . Aton analyst Timerbulatarimov explained reasons behind the fall. (6, Kommersant, 13)

The gvt at a session today will discuss drafts of naturalonopolies' investment programs in 2004. The story examinesheir major parameters, saying that they have already beengreed with corresponding ministries. (6, Kommersant, 13)

The story features the classical boarding school attachedo Moscow State University that has been founded at the initiativef Patriarch Alexy II and University Rector Vladimir Sadovnichy.6)

The gvt together with the State Duma and appropriateepartments on Wednesday discussed how facilities in theousing and utility sector will be privatized. The storyescribes the discussion, proposals and decisions. (7, ommersant, 2)

The Agriculture Ministry is not consistent in its behaviour.hus, last year Minister Alexei Gordeyev called Russia the worldrain power with a huge export potential, but today he intendso limit grain exports. Gordeyev Wednesday warned grain tradershat if they export more than 5 million tons of grain, then thexport deliveries will be limited through higher exportuties. The story comments on his statement. (7)

The price of gold at the London Exchange trading on Wednesdayeached $400. 55 per ounce. The story examines reasonsehind the record high gold price, saying that it' s good forussian gold-producers, while jewelers expect a loweringemand for gold jewelries. (7, Kommersant, 14)

The Transnefteprodukt Management Board on Wednesday discussedreliminary results of the company' s performance this year. Therief cites optimistic figures to illustrate the company' schievements. (7)

The story examines a competitive situation on the cateringarket saying how various firms are delivering foods toffices. The focus ss is several serious problems facinghe catering market today. (8)

Moscow mayoral candidate entrepreneur German Sterligov onednesday failed to meet with his rival National Reserveank President Alexander Lebedev at the planned teledebate,ecause the latter refused to come. A story says why.9)

A Ukrainian Exhibition- Information Center will emerge in Moscown a couple of days. The corresponding decision was made byhe Ukrainian gvt. The Center will be opened on the territory oformer VDNKHa Pavilion No. 58. Brief. (9)

According to the Mercer Human Resource Consulting LLC company,hat compiles annual ratings of the cost of life in worldeading cities, Moscow has become the most expensive city inurope and the second one in the world after Tokyo. Brief.9)

Artist Nikas Safronov has presented his book titled " The Anatomyf Scandal and Success" that is devoted to Mayor Yury Luzhkov. Thetory reviews the book. (9)

The Moscow Prosecutor' s Office has completed the investigationnto allegations saying that Igor Alyamkin, an employee inhe Nizhegorodsky Interior Passport Department, registeredne of suicide bombers in the Dubrovka theater in October lastear. The story details the case. (10, Kommersant, 6, )

California police on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant forrrest of variety show business star Michael Jackson, who isuspected of the seduction of a 12-year-old boy. The storyives details. (10, Kommersant, 1, Gazeta, 4)

It was reported on Wednesday that Aboyadig Saayev, head of thelection HQ of State Duma deputy Salambek Maigov, had beenbducted in Grozny. A story describes how it happened. (10)

KOMMERSANT (20/11/2003)

The State Duma Banking Committee on Wednesday proposed severalensational amendments to the draft bill concerning thebligatory insurance of auto owners' civil responsibility. Theain proposal was to cancel the need to buy a policyefore an auto technical inspection and registration. A storyxamines the proposal, saying how insurers regard it. (1)

Chukotka governor Roman Abramovich visited Deputy Prime Ministerlexei Kudrin on Wednesday. In an interview Kudrin revealshe content of his dialogue with the oligarch. (1)

President Putin Wednesday received Prime Minister Mikhailasyanov, who told him about the domestic economic situationnd about the investment programs planned for next year. (2)

The State Duma KPRF faction on Wednesday excluded from itsanks deputy Leonid Mayevsky notoriously known for histatements about the KPRF' s cooperation with political emigreeoris Berezovsky. The story comments on the faction' s decision.4, Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2)

LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinosky in a television studio ofeledebates on the channel Rossiya started a fight withandidate Sergei Sibiryakov from the party Rus. A storyescribes the incident. (4)

The newspaper offers a long list of parliamentary candidates,ho in their declarations, according to the Central Electionommission' s report, have concealed true and full informationbout their incomes and property, including cars. (5)

Moscow authorities this winter will use chloridealcium as a reagent for moving snow and ice from citytreets. This substance is viewed as the most effective oneor the purpose, but it' s true if the reagent is used inefinite doses and in case of violating them, theeagent is dangerous for health. A story examinespecialists' views. (7, Gazeta, 2)

The water crisis is continuing in Vladivostok. The storyescribes how city authorities are trying to solve theroblem. (7)

A specialized exhibition " Russian Producers and Supplies forhe Armed Forces" opened in the CSKA Sports Complex on Wednesday.efense Minister Sergei Ivanov visited it to see what foodsnd clothes are being supplied to the army. The ministerot convinced that the Russian soldiers do not go hungry.he story describes what the minister saw at the display. (8)

It was officially announced on Wednesday that the Russian Creditank went out from under the management of the Agency forestructuring Credit Organizations (ARCO) . The story describes shat both of them will do after that. (13)

The presidential Main Control Board has submitted to Putin aeport saying how local authorities are observing theegislation on de-bureaucratization. Controllers stated thatt doe not work outside Moscow' s Sadovoye Koltso. The storyxamines the report. (13, 14, Gazeta, 9, Vremya Novostei, 2)

Small companies processing scrap metal have begun toonsolidate. Thus, the creation of the National Association ofcrap Metal Processors was announced on Wednesday. The storyescribes the association, saying that its founders intendo uphold their interests before metal combines. (13, 16)

First Deputy Economic Development Minister Andrei Sharonov notong before the gvt session explained how over 500 billionubles being invested into the electrical energy sector, theas industry and the railway transport will be distributed (13, 15)

The Complex Energy Systems company affiliated with the Renovaompany on Wednesday signed an agreement with Yury Trutnev, theovernor of the Perm Region, on putting into effect the projectimed at managing the municipal electrical companies. A storyxamines the document. (16)

Sun Interbrew, the domestic second large brewery, on Wednesdayummed up results of its work in the 3rd quarter of this year.he company managed to increase its sales by 30 percent. Thetory examines some other results. (17)

NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA (20/11/2003)

The story examines several ways of prolonging the terms offfice of the present president, for which theonstitution should be changed. Several politicalcientists and lawyers have made their proposals. (1, 2)

Oligarch Andrei Melnichenko, President of MDM Group and headf the MDM Bank Board of Directors, has not been seenither in his office or at home for a long time. The bank' seadership has refused to answer any questions about hishereabouts. A story reflects on his fate. (1, 3)

Justice Minister Yury Chaika, who headed a Russian delegationor the 79th session of the UN Human Rights Committee, at aews conference on Wednesday told journalists about hiseport at the session and about several unpleasantuestions that were put to members of his delegation. Thetory examines some of them. (2)

At his meeting with President Putin in the Kremlin onednesday Jordan King Abdallah II discussed the Palestinian-Israelind Iraqi problems. The story features the meeting. (5, Rossiiskaya azeta, 1, 3)

The American administration is viewing the Yukos case as arouble-making symptom that is directly affecting the state ofussian-American relations. A well-informed source in Washingtontated on Wednesday that the American administration' sttitude to Russia in light of the Khodorkovsky case has becomeore suspicious. A direct outcome of this may become theact that the Jackson-Vanik amendment in the Congress will note abolished so quickly as Russia would like it to be. (5

ROSSIISKAYA GAZETA (20/11/2003)

Document. The Program and Election Platform of the politicalarty " Yedineniye" (Unification) . Full text. (10, 11)

According to results of the latest opinion poll conducted byhe VTSIOM sociological service, mayor Yury Luzhkov at theayoral elections on Dec. 7 can count on approximately 65ercent of vote, which is markedly less that his achievementst the previous elections. The story comments on the poll' sesults. (5)

In an interview Nikolai Bogachev, the leader of the Conservativearty of Russia, who recently came to big politics fromusiness, talks about his party, its ideological principles,lection program and voters. (5)

KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA (20/11/2003)

Two sexual maniacs -brothers (their names are given) , who areccused of killing 20 young women, have been arrested inostov-on-Don. The story describes their grave crimes. (2)

How will the fall of the dollar affect the domesticconomy? Six financial and economic experts, policy makersnd State Duma deputies share their views on the issue. (3)

Why do voters still feel nostalgic about the former Sovietnion ? In an interview Kemerovo governor Aman Tuleyev isrying to answer this question. (4)

The story describes an alarming ecological situation inhe Rublyovo -Uspenskoye region, where soil has beenolluted by private dachas, hundreds of which do not havehe organized sewer system, and polluted soil causearious s diseases of trees and buses. (11)

Political scientist Alexander Tsypko presents an in-depthnalysis of the ethnic (Jewish) aspect of the Yukos case and of several other oligarchs. Authorities' attitudeo this aspect is also examined. (12, 13)

In an interview Californian surgeon Rodger Leir (Sp. ) talksbout how he has performed more than ten surgerieso extract special small detectors from human bodies that in his word, were allegedly placed into them byxtraterrestrials. (22)

KRASNAYA ZVEZDA (20/11/2003)

President Putin at the recent meeting of top brass in theefense Ministry summed up results of the Armed Forces'ilitary training this year and determined priority tasks for004. The newspaper offers its readers the full text of theresident' s speech. (1, 2)

In an interview Chief Commander of the Ground Forces Nikolaiormiltsev talks about the command' s special attention tohese troops' practical training sessions, the number ofhich has increased this year. (1, 2)

The Machine-Building Design Bureau " Fakel" in Khimki (Moscow egion) that designs and builds anti-aircraft rockets iselebrating its 50th anniversary today. the story features itsrigin, history, products and plans. (2)

MOSKOVSKY KOMSOMOLETS (20/11/2003)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov on Tuesday made public hisnitiative to include the Special Construction and Railwayroops into the Defense Ministry. The story comments on hisroposal. (3)

State Duma Deputy Defense Committee Head Alexei Arbatov abloko faction) has devoted his book to military reformhat has been going on for 10 years already and is eveneclared completed. The story reviews the book, the author of whichtresses that Russia spends impermissibly little on nationalefense. (3)

The youth team of Moscow students called " Stupid People"ave invented an unusual way of getting rid of the feeling ofgression. The story describes the method, saying howegor Nikolayev, a third-year student of the Geographyepartment of Moscow State University, explained it. (2)

Moscow university students, the Moscow gvt and the Rectors'ouncil have signed a three-side agreement on cooperation. Inn interview Irina Muravyova, head of the Family and Youthffairs Committee, comments on the document, explainingome of its provisions. (2)