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Press Review

IZVESTIA (6/11/ 2003)

The hit of the concert at the Rossiya Concert Hall on Nov. 7 that was devoted to the Day of the Militia (marked on Nov. 10) was a new song " My Krasnoznamyonnaya Militia" performed by singer Iosif Kobzon. A story describes its origin, and its authors. The song' s lyrics are given. (1, 2)

The story examines results (12 signed agreements) of President Putin' s state visit to Italy. The focus is on his 45-minute meeting in the Vatican on Nov. 5 with Pope Paul John II. (1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Gazeta, 1, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Novaya Gazeta, No. 83, p. 8, Trud, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 5, Zhizn, 3)

The Gorky Railway leadership plans to impose as an experiment an unusual novelty in its terminals in all cities: all stations of this railway will have specially equipped rooms, in which station orchestras will perform classical music. The first such rooms and orchestras have already appeared in Nizhny Novgorod and Cheboksary. A story describes the aim of the experiment and how it was launched in Cheboksary. (2)

Alexei Korotov, , an employee in a Moscow affiliate of the Fund of Support of the United Russia party, was abducted in Moscow on Tuesday night. A story gives details. (2, Kommersant, 5, Gazeta, 1, 3, Zhizn, 6, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7, Trud, 4, MK, 1)

The Defense Ministry on Nov. 5 decided to resume the flights of strategic bombers TU-160 that were banned on Sept. 18 when one of such planes (Blackjack according to NATO classification) suffered a crash. A story examines the final version of the reason behind its perish, determined by the Special State Commission. (2)

Political observer Maxim Sokolov reflects on how the October events, including Kremlin administration chief Alexander Voloshin' s resignation, can affect the parliamentary election campaign. (2)

According to the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTSIOM) , 43 percent of respondents view the Nov. 7 Day of Accord and Reconciliation as the anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution and 37 percent view it as a usual day-off without any ideological tint. Two pie-charts. A story comments on results of the latest opinion polls conducted by several opinion funds. (3)

The State Duma Yabloko faction intends to come up with an initiative to legislatively define Nov. 7 as the Day of Democracy and Freedom Defense. A story describes Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky' s pronouncements at a news conference on Nov. 5 when he also shared his view on the situation around Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and on Chubais' letter about the SPS' proposal on a merger with Yabloko. (3, Vremya Novostei, 4)

SPS co-leader Anatoly Cubais on Nov. 5 sent a letter to Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky, in which he wrote that the " SPS co-leaders made the decision on the need for negotiations and instructed Boris Nemtsov to launch a dialogue with Yabloko on joint actions during the election campaign. A story examines the content of the letter. (3, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Gazeta, 3, Novaya Gazeta, No. 83, p. 2 (the full text of the letter) , Vremya Novostei, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

A wooden house in the village of Mymrino, where Communist (KPRF) leader Gennady Zyuganov spent his childhood, has been turned into a Memorial Museum of Gennady Zyuganov, which will be officially opened on Nov. 14. The KPRF leadership, however, has stated that the museum opening is a " black PR act spearheaded against Communists" . A story describes the history and the present day of the house. (3, MK, 1, 2)

The State Duma (S. D. ) SPS faction has submitted to the S. D. a draft bill, according to which the party ignoring the teledebates should be crossed out from the election ballot. A story comments on the SPS' proposal. (3, Kommersant, 4, Gazeta, 3)

Cuban legendary Che Gevara' s daughter Aleida Gevara Marsh (Sp. ?) arrived in Moscow on Wednesday Nov. 5 to meet with her friends. At home she works as a children' s doctor and bears a high-profile title -- Guba' s Envoy in the World. In an interview she reminisces about her father and about his farewell letters She also talks about her everyday life and work. (4, Kommersant, 11, Gazeta, 5, Vremya Novostei, 5)

In an interview The New Yorker Editor-in Chief David Ramnik (Sp. ?) , one of the most authoritative feature journalists writing about Russia, shares his tough stand on Russian authorities' actions in relation of Yukos and its CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky. (4)

The Georgian opposition on Nov. 5 demanded a resignation from President Eduard Shevardnadze. A story describes his response, focusing on the tense political situation in the republic after the recent parliamentary elections. (4, Kommersant, 9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, , Trud, 4, Zhizn, 2, MK, 1, 7)

The Tax Ministry, starting 2004, plans to re-register the existing and register the new individual entrepreneurs, who are evading taxes. A story examines these entrepreneurs and how they are evading taxes. The focus is on how the tax agencies' approach to the registration of individual entrepreneurs and companies -- legal entities -- will change, starting Jan. 1, 2004. (5, Gazeta, 9, Vremya Novostei, 1)

Yevsei Gurvich, a spokesman for the Economic Expert Group, examines 3 scenarios of the development of the conflict around Yukos. (5)

In an interview Alexei Ivanushkin, Director-General of the Steel Group " Mechel" , says what has happened at the Korshunovsky GOK, focusing on the present state of the domestic metals sector. (5)

The arrest of Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the freeze of the company' s 44 percent of shares have made the international Moody' s Investors Service rating agency lower the forecast of the Yukos and Sibneft rating down to the negative one. Yukos in November planned to borrow $1 billion on the European market. Analysts believe that this year the road to the credit market is closed for Yukos. A story points to a way out for the company. (6, Vremya Novostei, 2, Gazeta, 9)

The story examines several Western banks in Russia that have placed on the finances of common Russians. (6)

The State Duma on Nov. 5 discussed the prospects of creating the market of affordable housing. Igor Shuvalov, a new deputy head of the presidential administration and head of the so-called Commission on doubling the gross domestic product, stated that authorities have a political will to solve the housing issue. A story examines major provisions of his report. (6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 12, Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

The US Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) has endorsed new standards of listing at the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Exchange. Brief. (6)

Vneshtorgbank (VTB) during President Putin' s state visit to Italy signed 4 individual credit agreements worth 52 million euros with Italy' s leading investment bank " Mediobanca" . This is stated in the VTB press -release. Brief. (6)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Nov. 5 signed a decree discharging Nikolai Nikitin from the post of Director-General and Chief Designer of the Russian Aircraft-Building Corporation MiG. The decision was made on the basis of a proposal from Rosaviakosmos that considered Nikitin to be guilty of the foil of the deadline of building the plane Tu-334. A story describes the project and Nikitin' s resignation. (7)

The Marketing Studies Center of the BDO Yunikon company with reference to the Central Bank asserts that during their trips abroad in the first 6 months of this year Russians spent $5. 6 billion, which is by 7. 5 percent more than the figure for the same period last year. A story comments on these figures, saying that this tendency to have a quality and comfortable vacation among Russians will persist in the future. (7)

Exxon Mobil intends to continue its cooperation with Russia. This was stated by the company' s international operations manager Andrew Svider (Sp. ?) . Brief. (7)

The Russian and Finnish sides have reached agreement on launching a project to build an energy bridge between the two countries. The brief reveals the details of the project. (7)

The volume of Subaru' s sales on the Russian market in January-October 2003 doubled as compared with the figure for the same period last year. Brief. (7)

The new plane Yak-42D-100 will be a basic one in taking shift teams of workers to Gazprom' s subsidiaries on the Yamal peninsular. Brief. (7)

KOMMERSANT (6/11/2003) Anatoly Kudyakov, the deputy commander of the Buddyonovsk helicopter regiment, was found guilty of the perish of the transport helicopter outside Khankala in August 2002. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison but was amnestied in connection with the adoption of the Constitution of the Chechen Republic. A story comments on his case and his lawyer' s decision. (1, Gazeta, 3)

The story examines the Anti-Monopoly Ministry' s (MAP) order agreed upon with the Central Bank (CB) concerning the procedure of determining the dominating position on the banking services market. Thank to MAP' s cooperation, the Central Bank will get the possibility of determining the real owners of the banks in a simplified manner. CB in exchange will help MAP find banks with a dominating position on the financial market. (1)

President Putin in Italy on Nov. 5 unexpectedly acted as a defender of the Yukos company, from which its oil deposits are being taken away. A story examines how Putin did it, saying that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was not let know beforehand about this corrected general political line. (1, 2)

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov in the USA on Nov. 5 during his meeting with Bill Frist (Sp. ?) , head of the republican majority in the American parliament, singed a memorandum on cooperation between the two countries' parliament upper houses. A story examines the document' s major provisions. (2)

The Krasnoyarsk Regional Court on Nov. 5 began to consider the protest of the prosecutor contesting the appointment of former Director of Yukos-Moscow Vasily Shakhnovsky to represent the Evenki parliament in the Federation Council. Depriving the Senator of his parliamentary immunity will allow the Prosecutor General' s Office to pass his criminal case over to court. (4, Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2)

The Central Election Commission (CEC) on Nov. 5 registered State Duma deputy Yuly Rybakov as a candidate to the next State Duma, which his one-mandate election commission No. 206 in St. Petersburg refused to do due to alleged financial violations. State Duma deputy Vladimir Yudin, as a result of all this, whose inquiry has led to opening criminal cases against Yukos co-owners Platon Lebedev and Mikhail Khodorkovsky, may not get to the new State Duma. A story comments on CEC' s decision. (4)

The funding of the Yabloko party by Yukos was suspended after the arrest of Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Brief. (4)

An unidentified assailant in Makhachkala on Nov. 4 killed Karimulla Dagirov, a judge of the Leninsky District Court. A story describes how it happened. (6)

Pitirim, Metropolitan of Volokolamsk and Yuryevsk, died on Tuesday Nov. 4 after a long illness at the age of 77. A story describes his brilliant religious career. (7)

Nikolai Pomeshenko, chief of the Ingushetian Migration Service Board, on Nov. 5 made a statement in public, in which he accused missions of several foreign humanitarian organizations of activities that destabilize the situation in Chechnya and Ingushetia. A story comments on his statement. (8)

The International Financial Corporation (MFK) has approved the allocation of $250 million on the construction of the Baku-Dzheikhan oil pipeline, which will allow Azerbaijan to export its oil bypassing Russian territory. Brief. (13)

Soyuzgaz Association President Viktor Baranov has announced his association' s new initiative-- to create a state-run gas transportation company. The brief looks at its proposed functions. (13)

The Novolipetsk Metals Combine intends to contest the legality of the deal to sell 92 percent of shares of Novoroslesexport by its owner Kerria Holding Limited to NIKoil. Brief. (13) NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA (6/11/2003)

Highly-placed officials from Russia and the USA have held negotiations on the situation that shaped after the arrest of former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky. According to Reuters, Washington at these negotiations stated its much tougher stand than that stated before. The USA is sure that the criminal persecution of Khodorkovsky is politically motivated, which can adversely affect Russian-American relationships. A story reveals the essence of the American stand. (1, 5)

In an interview (on the eve of the Russia-EU summit) Javiere Solana, High Official of the European Union in charge of foreign policy and security issues, shares his view on the arrest of Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Mr. Solana also speaks about the situation in Iraq, focusing on the European Union' s role in it. (1, 5)

All 23 parties and election blocs that are to run to the next State Duma have submitted to the Central Election Commission declarations on the incomes and property of their candidates and also information about the size of their electoral funds. A story examines several of the submitted declarations. A list of the richest parties and another list contains the names of the richest candidates. (2)

Political parties and candidates claiming the post of president, who have refused to take part in teledebates can be dismissed from participation in the election campaign if the State Duma endorses the corresponding draft bill that was submitted by the Union of Right Forces on Nov. 5. A story reveals the essence of the draft bill. (2)

Deputy Economic Development Minister Andrei Sharonov on Nov. 5 announced that his ministry had submitted to the gvt amendments to the Land Code. Oleg Kiselyov, a spokesman for the RSPP Bureau, believes that private enterprises will have to pay about $100 billion for their land. In an interview Deputy Property Relations Minister Andrei Alpatov explains several controversial points of the land draft bills and land privatization. (3)

The story analyses the situation on the domestic hard currency market, with the dollar continuing to lose its value this week. (3)

The Russian Railways Board of Directors held its session to appoint the holdings top managers. A story names them all. (3)

The Defense Ministry has admitted the need to make public the names of all servicemen killed in Chechnya. A story cites figures of the death toll in both wars and today in Chechnya that leave many questions unanswered. (4)

In an interview Sergei Pakhomov, Chairman of the Moscow City State Borrowings Committee, talks about the state savings loan " Moskva" being offered by the Moscow gvt and its advantages. (4)


A new stage of privatizing big state-owned property that begins now will include the sale by the Central Bank (CB) of its affiliates -- Eurobank in Paris and Moscow Narodny Bank in London. The CB' s withdrawal from the capital of Russian banks abroad is envisaged by the Strategy of Boosting the Banking Sector of Russia that was endorsed by the gvt and the Central Bank. A story comments on the Central Bank' s decision. (2)

The big terrorist organization Al-Qaida headed by Ocama bin Laden through the Internet sent out its warnings to all Muslims living in the USA, asking them to leave Washington, New York and Los Angeles. A story comments on the warnings. (2)

The Lefortovo tunnel (2, 222 meters) is expected to open to traffic on Dec. 1 this year. It will become the last link in the 3rd transport ring road. A story describes the project in the south -east of Moscow. (6)

In an interview Vyacheslav Volodin, Deputy Secretary of the General Council of United Russia Party says what his party intends to do to re-gain people' s trust in authorities. (11)

Hundreds of thousands of Moscow families, starting Dec. 1 this year will pay less for their housing and communal services. The Moscow City Duma has passed (in the first reading) the appropriate draft bill. A story examines its major provisions. (12)

The First Global Forestry Investment Forum sponsored by the World Bank was held in Washington in late October, the leading domestic company --Ilim Pulp represented Russia at it. A story examines the major issues discussed at the Forum and its decisions. (25)

The feature story highlights show business stars, who, despite their frequent guest performances, keep their beloved pets at home. (31) s


Two unidentified bandits in Ryazan on Monday attacked and injured Mikhail Komarov, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Novaya Gazeta in that city, who was hospitalized with several serious injuries. A story describes how it happened, focusing on two major versions of the reason behind the attack. (1, 3)

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday Nov. 4 received the chairmen of the Constitutional, Supreme and Supreme Arbitration courts. In an exclusive interview Constitutional Court head Valery Zorkin talks about issues that are regularly discussed at such meetings and about the state of judicial reform. (2)

Thirteen leading creative intellectuals on Nov. 5 applied to the Yabloko and SPS leadership with a demand for an immediate consolidation of their parties though merging their efforts. The full text of the appeal. (2)

The Moscow City Court on Monday read a verdict to criminal investigator Pavel Zaitsev, who investigated into the case on the furniture contraband in the " Grand" and " Tri Kita" trading centers. Zaitsev was found guilty of power abuse. A story comments on the verdict and on how Zaitsev regards it. (3)

The scandal over hazing facts in the prestigious Nakhimov navy school in St. Petersburg is snowballing. A story describes new developments, including admirals' attempts to put a stop to the scandal. (5)

What has changed in Chechnya after the presidential elections on Oct. 5 when Akhmat Kadyrov was elected president of the republic? Has Chechnya become a full-fledged republic rather than a criminal zone as it used to be before the elections. NG special correspondent in Chechnya Anna Politkovskaya answers these questions, featuring the present - day stage of the so-called anti-terror operation there. (7)

The European Union (EU) and Russia are willing to create the single economic zone --EU-Russia. What factors are holding back this initiative? A story reflects on some of them. (8)

The lawyers of the Yukos company Robert Amsterdam and Philipp Maz-Sansye de Bruville (Sp. ?) have passed over to the European Commission " white pages" , in which they paid attention of the European public to violations by Russian authorities of elementary judicial norms and basic legal principles in conducting the Yukos case. A story examines the document. (8)

The story examines 4 big investment projects that can be foiled due to the arrest of now former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and that can cost the Russian economy many billion dollars. (9)

The story comments on the newly-appointed Kremlin administration head Dmitry Medvedev' s unexpected statement on Sunday concerning the freeze of Yukos shares. (9)


In an interview Miss Universe Oksana Fyodorova explains why she has joined the Party of Life, on the electoral list of which she is among the top five (6)

The story describes several film stars and theatrical actors, whose autos have been stolen lately in different circumstances. The focus is on modern methods they are applying now to protect their cars from bandits. (11)

The story highlights sons and daughters of top politicians in the new Russia, who with the aim of self-expression prefer the most risky kinds of sports. (62, 63)


Four Soviet top officials (their names are given) from the Brezhnev CPSU Politburo and the Party Central Committee Secretariat have survived. Among them is Politburo member Mikhail Solomentsev, head of the Party Control Committee up to 1988. In an interview (on the eve of his 90th birthday) he reminisces among other things about his various party posts, about Party boss Leonid Brezhnev and about the anti-alcohol campaign that was launched at his initiative. (8)