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Press Review

IZVESTIA (4/11/ 2003)

Mikhail Khodorkovsky Monday quit his post as Yukos CEO to concentrate his efforts on charity and on the struggle for democracy in the Open Russia Fund. In the opinion of the Prosecutor General' s Office, his resignation will in no way affect the investigation into criminal cases involving him. A story comments on his decision, saying that as long as Khodorkovsky owns a considerable package of the company' s shares, he will retain both the financial and political resources. His resignation, therefore, will not end the standoff between Yukos and the authorities. (1, 2, Kommersant, 1, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Gazeta, 1, 3, Moskovskiye Novosti, No. 43, p. 6, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2)

The Central Election Commission today is expected to hold a random drawing of free television air among political parties for conducting teledebates. And United Russia on Monday made a sensational statement, saying that it will not participate in them. A story comments on the party' s decision. (1, 2, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 9, Gazeta, 1, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Vremya Novostei, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, MK, 2)

In an interview highly-regarded filmmaker Stanislav Govorukhin shares his stand on serious issues concerning the fate of domestic cinema that were discussed on Monday during President Putin' s visit to the Mosfilm Studios. (1, 2)

The story analyses sport, ethical, economic and all other results of the national football championship that ended last week. (1, 15, Vremya Novostei, 6, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 20)

The Lithuanian parliament on Monday discussed alleged contacts of President Rolandas Paksas and his team with the notorious Russian mafia. A special parliamentary commission up to Dec. 1 will check the existence of such connections. A story details the case. (2, Kommersant, 9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1)

The international Standard & Poor' s rating agency on Oct. 28 announced the awarding of the long-term rating of financial stability to the insurance company " Neftepolis" . Brief. (2)

President Putin in the Kremlin on Monday awarded medals to 16 people, who took part in rescuing miners in the Zapadnaya-Kapitalnaya mine. A story describes the ceremony. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 9, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 14, 15)

In an interview Ivan Mokhnachuk, the leader of the All-Russian Coal Miners' Labour Union, says who is guilty of the recent accident in the Zapadnaya mine and how to minimize such accidents in the future. (3)

The story examines results of the parliamentary elections in Georgia on Sunday when the pro-government bloc " For New Georgia" won the victory. The opposition parties and movements, however, received over 50 percent of deputy mandates. The question is whether they will be able to unite. (4, Kommersant, 10, Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5, Noviye Izvestia, 5, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3, MK, 2)

A sensational event has taken place in Sweden: the local security police has declassified documents of the cold war period, connected with the Swedish plane DS-3 that was downed by Russia in 1952. This fact for long years had complicated Russia-Sweden relations, and today, too, it has become a bone of contention in Sweden' s relations with the new Russia. (4)

The Russian-Ukrainian Ecological Commission on Saturday will hold its first session to discuss possible consequences of the construction by Russia of a dam in the Kerch Strait. A story examines several experts' conclusions on the issue. (4)

The story examines positive results of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon' s 3-day visit to Russia that will end today when he will meet with Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov. (4, Kommersant, 10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Trud, 4, MK, 2)

The story examines how much well-informed people could have earned on the freezing of Yukos shares during the period between the arrest of the company' s controlling interest and the moment when this information became available. An expert shares his viewpoint. (5)

Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky' s business has become a victim of the course on diversifying the economy. The major component of the gvt' s economic policy will be a bigger tax burden on the raw material sectors -- such is the view shared by Vladimir Tikhomirov, a seniour economist in the NIKoil investment banking group. (5)

Administrator of Trading System Management Board head Dmitry Ponomaryov and UES deputy head Vyacheslav Sinyugin on Monday summed up results of 2-day work of the new free electricity market that can sell from 5 up to 15 percent of electricity generated in the country. A story examines the results. (5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 10)

According to the International Energy Agency, Russia has taken first place in the world in oil production, having outstripped Saudi Arabia. A story gives figures to illustrate the point. (5, Gazeta, 1, 9, Noviye Izvestia, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 7)

The State Customs Committee in October transferred to the budget 70. 55 billion rubles, having fulfilled the plan by 100. 7 percent. Brief. (5)

The Thomson company making TV sets has decided to merge with the Chinese TCL International company to become TCL-Thomson-Electronics. Brief. (5)

The aviation administrations of Russia and Canada are at war. The State Civil Aviation Service has banned Air Canada' s transit flyovers to India through Russia. Canada in response banned Aeroflot' s flights to the USA over its territory and decreased the number of Russian flights to Toronto. A story reveals the essence of the conflict. (7, Vremya Novostei, 8)

The Moscow City Election Commission on the mayoral elections on Monday held a random drawing of free television air time and advertising space in city newspapers. A story describes what has caused the first pre-election scandal in the city, saying that Nikolai Lifanov and Yury Luzhkov have refused to take part in free teledebates. (9, Kommersant, 4)

A new stretch of the 3rd Transport Ring between Nizhegorodskaya Ilutsa and Shosse Entuziastov will be opened to traffic tomorrow on Nov. 5. A story describes it in detail. A map. (9)

The Moscow City Duma on Monday discussed the fate of 70 city enterprises that are polluting the environment. A story examines this acute issue, its discussion and decisions. (9)

KOMMERSANT (4/11/2003)

The story examines the sharp fluctuations of quotations that remain a major feature of the domestic stock market today. Despite the fact that the market began to rise on Monday thanks to Mikhail Khodorkovsky' s resignation announcement, traders do not believe in the market' s further growth. (1)

Two money collectors on Moscow' s Svobodny Prospekt were seriously injured on Monday evening when bandits armed with grenades and sub-s machine-guns attacked their car. Brief. (1)

The gvt session presided over by President Putin and attended by the newly-appointed Kremlin officials discussed the issues concerning agriculture and pension reform. A story describes the session discussion and decisions. (2)

During his yesterday' s meeting with American Housing Construction and City Development Secretary Melom Martines (Sp?) , Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov discussed American aid to Russia in boosting the mortgage system and in building social housing. But the money allocated by the USA for these purposes is not enough. A story comments on the issue. (2)

St. Petersburg governor Valentina Matviyenko has formed her team. A story looks at its members, saying that in defiance to her pre-election promises, the new team does not look like the " gvt of young top managers" . (5, Gazeta, 2)

Chechen President Akhmat Kadyrov on Monday made the first appointments to form the gvt. A story looks at some of them. (5)

The Moscow Savyolovsky District Court on Monday resumed a trial against former Aeroflot leaders Nikolia Glushkov and Alexander Krasnenker. A story describes their case. (7)

Insurance Surveillance (Strakhnadzor) head Konstantin Pylov has sent a sensational letter to Ingosstrakh, saying that his agency views as illegal t insuring the main risks of managing companies participating in pension reform. A story reveals the content of the letter. (13)

Planeta Group, a leading operator of the domestic food market, has lost its meat and retail assets. The fact is that all enterprises of " prodo" trends and the National Trading Alliance of Planeta Group have been transferred to Millhouse Capital, the company managing the assets of Roman Abramovich. A story describes the situation, saying how analysts regard it. (13)

UES head Anatoly Chubais on Monday denied rumours about his resignation. He promised to remain in his capacity till the end of UES reform. (13) The Tolyatti VISA company (uniting 24 enterprises) has signed an agreement on launching a joint venture with General Electric corporation. A story examines the document, saying what the new enterprise will make. (13, 20)

OMZ Director General Kakha Bendikidze has been elected Director-General of Atomstroiexport. the company' s former head Viktor Kozlov will head the Board of Directors. Brief. (13, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

VEDOMOSTI (4/11/2003)

Mikhail Khodorkovsky Monday quit the post as Yukos CEO. American citizen Semyon Kukes, former President of the Tyumen Oil Company will head Yukos now. (A1)

Alex Knaster, one of the most brilliant investment bankers on the Russian market, is leaving Alfa-Bank to monitor the investment business of the whole Alfa-Group. His seat in the bank will be taken up by Czech Pyotr Smida, the world' s leading specialist in consumer crediting. This shows that the retail business rather than the investment one has become significant for Alfa-Bank. (A1)

Gazprom' s decision to minimize taxes through passing over to the Hungarian mediator Eural TG the Turkmen gas transit to Ukraine has resulted in many serious losses for the monopoly.

Emergency Situations Ministry specialists forecast many fires and road accidents in November. The brief gives figures to illustrate the point. (A1)

Most EU countries believe that Israel poses the biggest threat to the world. The brief examines results of the rating taken by the Yevrabarometer organization last week. (1)

The United Russia party has refused to take part in free television debates. A story says why. (A2)

Mezhprombank co-owner Sergei Veremeyenko has won a victory over the Bashkir Election Commission, the decision of which to refuse to register Veremeyenko as a candidate running for the republican presidency has been annulled by the Central Election Commission. (A2)

Russian CNN will go on air before the end of this year. This round the clock information channel will be launched with the help of the state-run VGTRK media-holding. (A2)

The Finance Ministry has warned the budget-funded enterprises that the money they fail to spend before Dec. 31 will be added to the stabilization fund. (A3)

The Anti-Monopoly Ministry has worked out rules of the consumers' access to electrical energy. The rules will oblige the energycompanies to reveal information about the structure of their expenses affecting the size of the tariff. (A3)

In an interview Maxim Gorokhov, Director-General of the Telecominvest holding talks about the key assets of his holding, about its plans to take part in the privatization of Svyazinvest and other plans of his company. (A5)

VEDOMOSTI. COMPANIES & MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

The Federal Securities Commission has won an intermediate victory in the suit against Norilsk Nickel. A story details the case. (B1)

Russia spoke in favour of oil consumers, who are suffering from oil exports that have been decreased by OPEC. Energy Minister Igor Yusufov Monday called on OPEC countries to increase crude oil deliveries to the world market in order to beat down too high prices. (B1)

The lawyer of Yukos and Mikhail Khodorkovasky, Dmitry Golobov, on Nov. 4 was summoned to the Prosecutor General' s Office (PGO) fir questioning. He views it as illegal, which he told PGO. Brief. (B1)

The Federal Energy Commission has endorsed the size of domestic gas wholesale prices in 2004 for Gazprom and its affiliated persons. Thus, starting Jan. 1, the gas wholesale price for domestic consumers will go up by 20 percent. Brief. (B1)

Novosibirskenergo in a couple of days can acquire a new owner. A story reflects on what it could be, citing several experts' views. (B2)

Electricity in Russia has become an exchange commodity that, starting Nov. 1, can be bought at market prices. During the first days of trading the free price was lower than that established by the state. (B2)

Private companies' debts to domestic banks in September rose by 7 percent a month since 1999, having reached 2. 6 trillion rubles. A story examines what analysts think of the significance of the internal credit. (B5)

The All-Russian Insurers' Union (VSS) is drafting a bill on self-regulated organizations on the insurance market. This was stated by VSS spokesman Denis Bryzgalov. Brief. (B5)

The BIN-Bank Board of Directors decided to release bonds for 2 years worth 1 billion rubles. This was stated by the bank' s press service. Brief. (B5)

The story presents an analysis of the situation on the housing construction market with skyrocketing prices of new apartments. (B6)

ROSSIISKAYA GAZETA (4/11/2003)

Experts from the Antistikhiya Center attached to the Emergency Situations Ministry on Monday made public their forecast of natural and technogenic catastrophes that may take place this fall and winter. A story examines their forecast. (1, 6)

The newspaper today publishes the official results (the full text of the document) of the All-Russian Census-2002. A story comments on its major provisions. (1, 13)

People (mostly divers) regularly get missing in the vicinity of the South Kurils. Their relatives have more than once applied to law-enforcement agencies with requests to help them find their dear and near. A story examines several versions of their probable whereabouts. (1, 10)

MOSKOVSKIYE NOVOSTI # 43REN TV anchor Mariana Maksimovskaya in her new weekly program asked UES head Anatoly Chubais: " Who will be the next after Mikhail Khodorkovsky?" Chubais' answer was : " I' ll do everything I can not to allow " the next" to happen? " Editor-in-Chief Yevgeny Kiselyov comments on his reaction to Chubais' answer. (4)

In an interview American financier and philanthropist George Soros assesses the recent events in Russia: accusations against Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his arrest, the resignation of the Kremlin administration head, Alexander Voloshin, and several other things. (6)

Four authoritative policy-makers and public figures share their views on the resignation of Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky. (6)

Political scientist Liliya Shevtsova offers her theses on the political crisis in Russia, saying that the present reality will never look like the previous one; Putin' s hesitations are over; he has made his choice; he probably has made it under the pressure of certain events, and this choice has not yet been fully realized, but what is absolutely evident is that the bureaucratic- authoritarian regime is being built in Russia. (8)

The story highlights Dmitry Medvedev and Dmitry Kozak, these St. Petersburg lawyers, who have received the highest posts in the presidential administration. (9NOVIYE IZVESTIA (4/11/2003)

Russia has announced its willingness to sign the UN General Assembly Anti-Corruption Convention, hoping that the UN could help it in its crack-down on this evil. A story examines a troubling corruption situation in Russia. (1, 4)

In an interview Achkhoi-Martan Regional Administration head Ali Dalnayev talks about emerging signs of a new peaceful life in Chechnya in general and in his region in particular. (2)

UES CEO Anatoly Chubais late last week called on Russians to urgently adopt a new ideology-- the ideology of liberal imperialism. A story comments on Chubais' call, questioning the positive state of his affairs. (2)

TRUD (4/11/2003)

The story features the fate of 780 coal-miners working in the Zapadnaya-Kapitalnaya mine, who after the completion of the rescuing work are unaware what to do next and where to earn their living. If work is curtailed in the Komsomolskaya and Zapadnaya mines in Novoshakhtinsk, then 3, 000 workers will be jobless. (1, 2)

The Central Bank' s currency reserves are growing; the dollar rate is decreasing, which means that Russians' savings in the American currency are under question. Is there hope that the dollar will again begin to grow? In an interview highly -regarded economist Viktor Polterovich examines the dollar situation and fate, focusing on two major factors that determine the dollar rate today. (2)

Narcological Health Center No. 12 have opened for alcoholic children in Moscow. In an interview its Deputy Chief Physician Inna Bausheva talks about this center, its patients and about modern methods of treatment. (3)

KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA (4/11/2003)

The State Construction Committee (Gosstroi) has issued new Rules saying how the tenants should use their housing (what they are allowed to do in their apartments and what they are prohibited to do) and what the local housing administrations should do for the tenants. The Rules took effect on Monday. A story examines the document' s major provisions. (3)

The Central Circus (on Tsvetnoi Bulvar) has given its 16-year-old chimpanzee Martin to the Pavlov Institute in St. Petersburg, where specialists will study the specific features of its brain. A story describes the quick-witted chimpanzee. (2)

Central Election Commission (CEC) head Alexander Veshnyakov stated on Monday that his agency has found many violations in candidates' reports about their family incomes and property. A story gives concrete facts to illustrate the point. (3)

The electricity bills for the tenants in five regions are to be lowered, starting Nov. 1. The first among the lucky ones will be the tenants of the Nizhny Novgorod region, where governor Gennady Khodyrev has signed an appropriate document with UES head Anatoly Chubais. A story describes the existing electricity situation in these regions. (5)

In an interview Lieutenant -General Vladimir Pronin, Chief of the Main Interior Department (Police) of Moscow, talks about traffic jams in the city, about werewolves wearing police epaulets in the Moscow police' s elite investigative directorate (or MUR. and about his agency' s serious problems. (6, 7)

The leaders of 5 political parties and associations claiming seats in the new State Duma reflect on what should be done to turn the state machinery into a mechanism of defending people. (8, 9)

The administration of Moscow Horse-Breeding Stud-Farm Number One has sent an indignant letter (its full text is given) to President Putin, saying that some officials would like to close it. (10)

MOSKOVSKY KOMSOMOLETS (4/11/2003)

Vandals marking the Halloween holiday in the early hours of Sunday destroyed many graves in the Preobrazhenskoye Cemetery in Moscow. A story describes what has been left after their attack. (1)

Moscow city authorities have already launched preparations for the New Year holiday. A story examines their special program. (1, 2)

The story features the firsts interviews of the newly-appointed presidential administration chief, Dmitry Medvedev, focusing on the way he wanted to present himself to the public and authorities. (1, 2)

In an interview Press Ministry Mikhail Lesin talks about several specific features of the new stage of mass media development, saying that " we (Russians) have not lived under any democracy yet. We lived under pseudo-democracy or under democracy in separately taken regions" . (3)

The story examines 4 factors that are leading to the limiting of freedom of speech in Russia. (3)

In an interview (on the occasion of the Day of the Militia) Vladimir Pronin, chief of the Moscow Interior Department (Police) , talks about his agency' s problems, failures and also about its successful recent operations to arrest several werewolves wearing police epaulets. (4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6, 7)