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Press Review

IZVESTIA (8/12/2003)

The pro-Kremlin' s party' s victory came at the expense of the Communists, whose share of the party-list vote appeared to have fallen sharply since 1999, when they received a quarter of the vote. United Russia' s showing was the strongest for any political party since the Soviet Union' s collapse. One-third of the party-list vote belong to United Russia. The Liberal Democratic party of Russia and the Homeland block appeared to be among the winners of Sunday' s election. (1, MK 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta 1, 2)

The future of 135 natural reserves and national parks is uncertain due to a telegram of the Natural Resources Ministry saying that in accordance with the results of their inspection the existing of the national parks was useless. A story gives an opinion of national parks' directors on the issue. (1)

B. Berezovsky announced Saturday that he is drafting suits against Russia to be logged in the European Human Rights Court in Strasbourg and the Higher Court of UK. Berezovsky said that he intended to get a $1 million compensation for the pressure he was facing before he sold two big TV companies - ORT and TV-6. Mikhail Khodorkovsky has lodged a similar suit into the European Court to protest his illegal arrest. A story comments on details of the two cases. (1)

About 60 percent of Russians participated Sunday in the elections. St. Pete citizens have appeared to be the least active - 16. 05 percent only; 30, 17 percent of Muscovites have voted. A story gives figures in regions and comments on details of the event. Generally speaking the 25 percent barrier has been covered in the first part of the day. (2, 3, 4, Kommersant 3, MK 1, Gazeta 1, 3)

In an interview famous politicians, scientists and writers share their opinion on the elections' regulations and forecast the results. (3)

Russian Eurobonds' rates are growing since December 2. The increase has reached 3 percent within a few days. A page is devoted to analysts' opinion on the situation in the world' s financial market and how the elections influence it' s growth, or fall. (5)

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Gaiduk made late Friday public comments on the pipeline deal with Russia. In case Kiyev officially confirms the position of Ukrainian side on creating the Russian Ukrainian project, Gazprom head Alexei Miller will have to deal with an unstable partner Turkey and aggressive Belarus. The project involves creating a consortium to renovate Ukraine' s pipeline system, which generates about 15 percent of gvt revenues. A story comments on details of the issue. (6)

The world has managed to avoid a trading war, which was supposed to start on December 15, as European community intended to collect taxes for imported goods from the USA. That would be a response to Bush' s decision on steel tariffs. However, the US president has cancelled his decision before Dec. 15 and this probably will save the world from the trading war. (6)

Russian gambling market reforming is starting in January 2004, when new decrees on their regulations will come into force. The decrees provide a possibility to survive for big structures only, small, half-legal casinos will have to stop their activities. (7)

Grain market businessmen applied last week to the gvt officials to approve the mechanism of grain interventions. Ministries are facing problems with the issue. A story gives explanations why. (7)

The Moscow city authorities are intending to reform the traffic in Tverskaya street. A story comments on architects' drafts and gives a map of the center of the city. (9)

Ex-chairman of Menatep directors' board Platon Lebedev celebrated his 47th birthday on November 29 in Matrosskaya Tishina prison. Prison authorities didn' t allow his to receive any letters with congratulations. A story comments on terms of imprisonment for Lebedev and Khodorkovsky. (10)

An investigation into the case of the bomb explosion in a local train, passing Kislovodsk - Mineralnye Vody, which caused the death of 41 people Friday morning and wounded 120 people, failed to find approvals for terrorists' participation. Passengers of the train disproved Patrushev' s version that there were four terrorists – three women and a man. A story comments on details of the investigation. (10, Kommersant 6, MK 2, Gazeta 1, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta 7)

KOMMERSANT (8/12/2003)

The Saturday Main Event in Madison Square Garden has been finished by a victory of Ukrainian boxer Vitaly Klitchko over Canadian Kirk Johnson. In an interview V. Klitchko shares his future plans. (1, 24)he results of exit polls surveys prove that United Russia was leading in the parliamentary elections, which completely coincides with Kremlin' s expectations. In accordance with social researches of the social opinion fund and ROMIR Monitoring United Russia won 34-37 percent of vote, KPRF – 13-14 percent, LDPR – 11-12 percent, Rodina block – 9-9. 5 percent, Yabloko – 5-6 percent, SPS – 5 percent. (1, 3)

President V. Putin received late Friday chairman of the directors' board of RAOEES Rossii Amnatoly Chubais. The president was interested in Chubais' agency work during the winter period, as official sources reported Friday. However, A. Chubais reported on his pre-election politic opinion, and the recent deal of RAO EES abroad – purchase of shares of 10 big Ukrainian Oblenergo, which control one-third of electricity networks in the country. (2)

A page is devoted to what was happening in the headquarters of KPRF, SPS and Rodina block during the parliamentary elections on Sunday. (4)

Anti-organized crimes agency headquarters' (GUBOP MVD) representatives reported on the results of an international police operation on liquidation of " ecstasy" drugs distribution world network. Militiamen reported on amount of confiscated drugs and Mafia losses. Russian and foreign police has been preparing the operation for several years. A story comments on details of the operation. (6)

" The Russian church abroad in the past and in the future" international clergy conference will start its work today in a Russian Orthodox church in Nayaka, US. In an interview Metropolitan Lavr shares his views on 80 y. o. history of the Russian church collapse. (7)

The person-2003 presentation ceremony took place last week in Christ the Saver Church. President V. Pytin has been nominated the main laureate of the year. A story comments on the participants of the ceremony. (7)

US commandment in Afghanistan took Sunday the responsibility for the death of 9 children, who were killed by a US rocked during an attack on an activist of Taliban movement. A story gives a map of civil people who suffered of military actions in Afghanistan. (9)

Georgian revolution-makers Nino Burjanadze, Mikhail Saakashvili and Zurab Zhvania received Friday US defense minister Donald Ramsfeld. The sides have come to an agreement that Russia must call its military bases off the Georgian territory as soon as possible. Foreign minister of Russia Igor Ivanov criticized D. Ramsfeld for his claims on Russian military calls off and advised him to re-read international agreements. (10)

A Nobel week started in Stockholm, Sweden. It' ll last till December 13. Russian physic scientists V. Ginzburg and A. Abrikosov have already arrived in Stockholm to participate in the event. A story comments on details of the issue. (11)

Ukraine' s president Leonid Kuchma fired his vice prime minister Vitaly Gaiduk after he made public comments throwing doubt on a multibillion dollar deal to upgrade natural gas pipelines that supply much of Europe' s energy needs. A story comments on details of the scandal. (13)

RAO EES Rossii directors board didn' t appoint Alexander Voloshin the staff chairman at its Friday session. In accordance with unofficial information the Kremlin is considering a possibility of his appointment to YukosSibneft. A story comments on reforming of RAO EES' branches. (15, Nezavisimaya Gazeta 4)

VEDOMOSTI (8/12/2003)

The pro-Kremlin' s party United Russia and Rodina block have won the elections. Communists, SPS and Yabloko are most likely to become victims of the elections Politika fund president Vyatcheslav Nikhonov predicts that United Russia will gain more than 60 percent. It' s not a victory of a party, it' s a victory of Putin, said politic scientist Alexander Tsipko. Moscow Carnegie fund employee Lilia Shevtsova has informed that people took a local office of United Russia as an office of the government, which is responsible for gas and water supplies. A story gives opinions of other politicians. (A1)

An image of the president' s party has contributed the main part of United Russia' s success. Almost officials voted without any incidents. Premier M. Kasianov has become the only victim of citizens' aggression. Mrs. Chernova has thrown a bird' s egg into Kasianov' s shoulder when he was in his local voting dpt #107. (A1)

RSPP bureau member Alexander Mamut, Council of Federations member Valentin Zavadnikov and deputy chairman of RAO " EES Rossii" board Andrei Rappoport are leaving " Troika Dialog" , a leading bank of Russia. The three shareholders are negotiating on selling their shares to another group of shareholders headed by Ruben Vardanyan. (A1)

A scandal around the president' s elections in Bashkortostan started on Friday, when two candidates Ralif Safin and Sergei Veremeyenko found a secret typography, printing illegal bulletins, and continued on Sunday. " GAS-Vybory" system, calculating votes was out of work for 4, 5 hours after the elections on Sunday. In accordance with estimations of 0. 24 percent of results, Rakhimov won76 percent vote, Veremeyenko – 9. 76 percent and Safin – 7. 32 percent. (A2)

As many as 42 people perished Friday in a bomb explosion in a local train, passing Kislovodsk - Mineralnye Vody. More than 200 people have been wounded. FSB director Patrushev informed at a meeting with the president that one of terrorists died, an other was wounded and two terrorists escaped. The information hasn' t been confirmed. A story looks into details of the investigation. (A2)

The fourth state duma is facing a consideration of decrees, which have remained from the previous duma. State Duma speaker Gennady Seleznyev said in his final speech that the duma failed to consider a range of important decrees. A story comments on what particular decrees have been left without consideration. (A3)

The cabinet of ministers is not planning to make new reforms in 2004, in accordance with the gvt' schedule of work for the next year, provided by the economic development ministry. Ministers are going to approve tax reforms, which have been drafted earlier, and draft conceptions of future reforms. (A3)

Ukraine' s president Leonid Kuchma fired his vice prime minister Vitaly Gaiduk after he made public comments throwing doubt on a multibillion dollar deal to upgrade natural gas pipelines that supply much of Europe' s energy needs. A story gives experts' opinion on the fortune of the consortium. (A5)

B. Berezovsky announced Saturday that he is drafting suits against Russia to be logged in the European Human Rights Court in Strasbourg and the Higher Court of UK. Berezovsky said that he intended to get a $1 million compensation for the pressure he was facing before he sold two big TV companies - ORT and TV-6. Mikhail Khodorkovsky has lodged a similar suit into the European Court to protest his illegal arrest. A story comments on details of the two cases. (A5)

VEDOMOSTI. COMPANIES & MARKERS SUPPLEMENT

Golden Telecom, Russian telecommunication major, is postponing its shares' increase in the free circulation. An unpleasant situation in the market, connected to Yukos' case, has become the main reason for that. A story comments on market analyses. (B1)

" Incom-Nedvizhimost" (Incom0real estate) is planning to construct a new town 20 km far from MKAD, on ex-lands of Rossia farm. Experts consider the project an innovation in the real estate market, but say that innovators may face problems with municipal supplies. (B1)

The US president has cancelled his decision on steel tariffs and this probably will save the world from the trading war, as Europe intended to collect taxes for US import in response. Russian steel export to the USA will increase, in accordance with experts' expectations. (B2)

LUKoil-Neftekhim has agreed with the Ukrainian gvt on LUKOR oil-chemical complex package' s increase up to 100 percent. The deal is $250 million worth. A story comments on the situation in the Ukrainian related market. (B2)

The natural resources ministry has issued a short-term licensee on Talakan refinery exploration to Surgut Neftegas. Analysts consider that the company has got more chances to receive a permanent licensee. A story looks into analyses. (B3)

Banks have sold bonds of 250 billion worth in 2003, in accordance to the estimations of the Centrobank. Experts consider the pension fund a potential buyer of the state bonds. A story comments on the credit investments reduction. (B5)

The government has given its permission to Vnesheconombank to get 10 percent of incomes it' ll gain from pension savings in 2004. Experts consider that the gvt decision provides the bank to get almost all the pension money. A story looks into details of the issue. (B6)ccor French hotel operator has announced the intention to enter St. Pete' s market. Novotel and Ibis hotels will be constructed in the North capital by the end of 2005. A story comments on Accor' s negotiations with St. Pete hotels' owners and authorities. (B7)

NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA (8/12/2003)

President V. Putin said that the elections were the main event of Sunday after he voted. Putin' s favorite dog has given a birth to 8 puppies Sunday night, as the first lady explained to journalists, that was the reason for the president to vote early morning. A story gives names of famed people, who voted at the same office with the president. (1, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda 2)

Experts of NG consider that one and a half party system is formed in the parliament. In an interview Peter Wilding, the director of world markets research center, a candidate to the European parliament from UK conservatives, shares his views on the Russian elections campaign, focusing on the fact, that democrats are loosing their positions. (1, 6)

The state duma campaign, which finished Sunday has become a trial of a reformed elections' regulations, which was supposed to provide transparent elections. However, the amendments on the decree on elections have failed to make the elections campaign more transparent and honest. (1, 2)

The president' s elections campaign will start this week. The council of federations will give it an official start on Wednesday and parties will held congresses on candidates' promotion. A story comments on details of the issue. (1, 2)

RAO EES Rossii directors board didn' t appoint Alexander Voloshin the staff chairman at its Friday session. In accordance with unofficial information the Kremlin is considering a possibility of his appointment to YukosSibneft. (4)

The integration of Golden Telecom and Combelga, two telecommunication majors, has become a symbolic event in the telecommunication market. Two giants are sharing the market now: Alpha-group and AFK-system. A story comments on details of the issue. (4)

Georgian revolution-makers Nino Burjanadze, Mikhail Saakashvili and Zurab Zhvania received Friday US defense minister Donald Ramsfeld. The sides have come to an agreement that Russia must call its military bases off the Georgian territory as soon as possible. Foreign minister of Russia Igor Ivanov criticized D. Ramsfeld for his claims on Russian military calls off and advised him to re-read international agreements. (6)

As many as 42 people perished Friday in a bomb explosion in a local train, passing Kislovodsk - Mineralnye Vody. More than 200 people have been wounded. FSB director Patrushev informed at a meeting with the president that one of terrorists died, an other was wounded and two terrorists escaped. The information hasn' t been confirmed. A story looks into details of the investigation. (7)

B. Berezovsky announced Saturday that he is drafting suits against Russia to be logged in the European Human Rights Court in Strasbourg and the Higher Court of UK. Berezovsky said that he intended to get a $1 million compensation for the pressure he was facing before he sold two big TV companies - ORT and TV-6. Mikhail Khodorkovsky has lodged a similar suit into the European Court to protest his illegal arrest. A story comments on details of the two cases. (7)

ROSSIISKAYA GAZETA (8/12/2003)

The results of exit polls surveys prove that United Russia was leading in the parliamentary elections, which completely coincides with Kremlin' s expectations. In accordance with preliminary results United Russia won 36. 25 percent of vote, LDPR - 15. 2 percent, KPRF – 12. 8 percent, Rodina block – 7. 89 percent, Yabloko – 4. 19 percent, SPS – 3. 4 percent. A story comments on details of the issue. (1, 2, 3)

Yury Luzhkov has got 79. 4 percent of vote, in accordance with the preliminary results of the Moscow city mayor elections. In an interview Moscow mayor Y. Luzhkov speaks on his plans after the elections. (1, 4)

About 1 million 178 thousand Russians are currently living abroad. 140 countries have provided them a possibility to participate in the elections on Sunday. A story reports on how the elections have been held in other countries. (3)

Perm region and Komi-Perm autonomic region had to make their choice on whether the two regions will merge after the referendum. The regional elections committee has reported that more than a half of population participated in the elections, but hasn' t give preliminary results. (5)

Parliamentary elections have coincided with mayor elections in Yekaterinburg. City mayor Arkady Chernetsky is leading in accordance with preliminary results, he has got 33 percent of vote. A story comments on black PR technologies candidates used during the campaign to attract sympathies of the electorate. (5)

An image of the president' s party has contributed the main part of United Russia' s success. Almost officials voted without any incidents. Premier M. Kasianov has become the only victim of citizens' aggression. Mrs. Chernova has thrown a bird' s egg into Kasianov' s shoulder when he was in his local voting dpt #107. (6, Nezavisimaya Gazeta 3)

KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA (8/12/2003)

The Saturday Main Event in Madison Square Garden has been finished by a victory of Ukrainian boxer Vitaly Klitchko over Canadian Kirk Johnson. (2)

Occupied Baghdad is facing explosions on everyday basis. Iraqi citizens are more scared by American military than they used to be in Saddam Hussein' s times. People buy arms to protect themselves in case of necessity. A story comments on the situation in Iraq. (3)