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Press Review

IZVESTIA (23/10/2004)

Karachayevo-Cherkessia president Mustafa Batyev repudiated Friday in public his son in law Ali Kaitov, who is suspected in 7 people murdering. Relatives of 7 Cherkessk citizens, who were shot to death on October 11 in a country house of Ali Kaitov, are picketing the government house claiming to give them bodies of their relatives. Victims' relatives stormed Thursday the republic' s government in the city of Cherkessk to demand resignation of the republic' s president over alleged involvement of his son-in-law disappearances. A story comments on details of the case. (1, 2, Kommersant 1, 3)

The state duma of Russia ratified Friday the Kyoto protocol limiting emissions into the atmosphere all around the world. US rejected to approve the document due to economic losses it could possibly deliver to them. A story comments on details of the issue. (1, Kommersant 2)

Mikhail Sokolovsky, Koryaksky regional vice-governor, who was missing for a few days and suspected in 57 million ruble theft, came Friday in " Izvestia" office. Sokolovsky says that he was not hiding form anyone and that he arrived in Moscow to find financial support for his region. A story comments on details of the issue. (1, 2)

Unidentified persons confiscated Friday secret documents on Russian minerals' reserves in Fedykinsky' s GEON center. Natural Resources Ministry press secretary was the first to report about the accident in the center, where the info on oilfields' location was kept. (1, 3, Kommersant 1, 4)

US and Switzerland scientists have made a sensational discovery in the field of anti-AIDs' researches. A medical treatment to cure the disease has been founded and experienced on monkeys. As many as 25 million people have perished of the disease in the world. A story comments on scientific researches into the issue. (1, 11)

The state duma approved Friday the results of the president elections in Belarus, saying that it was " transparent, free, democratic" , in spite of a fact that Belarussian police beat and arrested dozens of protesters at rallies held in Minsk this week to challenge the results of a referendum allowing president Alexander Lukashenko to extend his rule. (2)

Karachayevo-Cherkessia has attracted a public attention by a big scandal in president' s elections of 1999. A story comments on a competition between top candidates to that elections - general Vladimir Syemyenov and president Vladimir Khubiyev. (2)

A deal on Gazprom' s swallow state-owned oil major Zarubezhneft has not been discussed by the government, as Economy Development vice minister Andrei Sharonov said Friday. Sharonov considers it a dream of Gazprom, and nothing more. A Gazprom takeover of Zarubezhneft would give it a foothold in oil development projects abroad - including Vietnam and Iraq - while helping boost the state' s stake in the gas behemoth to a controlling one. (3)

A project of the North-European oil pipeline construction in the Baltic sea is facing a serious problem of stoppage. Ecology experts unexpectedly announced their concerns on wasted chemical weapons savings in the Baltic sea, which may be damaged by the pipeline construction. A story comments on details of the issue. (3)

October 24 marks the 59th anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations. A story comments on projects and recent developments of UN all over the world. (3)

Civilians' freedoms will be limited due to a new decree on terrorism preventive measures, as state duma committee on security Vladimir Vasiliev said Friday. The decree on terror threat level will be approved in the end of the year. (3)

" Infokom-2004" exhibition is taking place in Moscow this week. Premier Mikhail Fradkov visited Friday the exhibition to acquaint with Russian modern information technologies. (3)

The main issue of the security program provided by the Moscow city government is the code lock of dwelling houses' entrances. However these anti-terror expenses have to be paid by citizens. The payment for the inter-communication system has became obligatory starting from this year. A story comments on civilians' attitude to the issue. (4)

The North Caucasus regional military court finished October 22 its preliminary hearing of Ulman' s case. Judge Stanislav Zhidkov has ruled in its own right a jury trial for the four officers of the GRU special detachment. (5)

KOMMERSANT (23/10/2004)

The Moscow city prosecutor' s office prolonged Friday the investigation into the case of the theater seize in Dubrovka till December 19. Prosecutors said that they suspect Prima-bank in providing its services and financial support to terrorists. A story gives bankers' opinion on the issue. (1, 4)

OAO TVAL directors' board appointed Friday president' s advisor on international issues to the post of CEO. OAO TVAL is the world major of uranium fuel producing. A story comments on company' s activities. (1, 5)

The state duma did not approve in the first reading on Friday an amendment to a decree on a status of council of federations members allowing parliamentarians to visit secret objects. A story comments on details of the discussion. (2)

President V. Putin had Friday a session with the cabinet of ministers to discuss social-economic issues. Benefits reforms were the key issue for the discussion. (2)

The Meshchansky Court of Moscow questioned Friday Vladimir Gulin, a whiteness of the prosecution, who used to work in the field of off-shore companies registration in 90-s for Yukos company. A story comments on the court processing of the case of Khodorkovsky and Lebedyev. (3)

Militiaman Andrei Kuritsyn opened Friday a fire in security of Moscow mayor Luzhkov and president' s envoy Poltavtchenko, when they were leaving for Tambov city from Vnukovo airport. A story comments on details of the accident. (4)

Abkhazia president Vladislav Ardzinba sent Friday into resignation republican prosecutor general Rauf Khorua, who took a side of the opposition on Thursday. A story comments on details of scandalous elections in Abkhazia. (4)

Hard currency dealers are activating their speculations in the hard currency stock due to a fact that the Central Bank does not participate in hard currency auctions. The dollar rate reduced Friday below 29. A story comments on the situation in the international stock. (5)

The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service ruled Wednesday that Gazprom had artificially limited access of independent gas producers to its trunk pipelines. The anti-monopoly service said it would send its ruling to Gazprom within the next five days ordering it to rectify the breaches, but gave no further details. Gazprom had repeatedly ignored calls from domestic oil firms, independent gas producers and European officials to give equal access to its pipelines to boost competition in the sector. (5)

Vneshtorgbank, the state owned major, officially informed Friday that its observers' council had approved a move for St. Pete. A story comments on details of the issue. (5)

ROSSIISKAYA GAZETA (23/10/2004)

Sunday October 24 marks a day of the Russian special military service. A story comments on history and recent developments of the Russian special military reconnaissance. (1, 4)

Hard currency dealers are activating their speculations in the hard currency stock due to a fact that the Central Bank does not participate in hard currency auctions. The dollar rate reduced Friday below 29. A story comments on the situation in the international stock. (1, 2)

The state duma of Russia ratified Friday the Kyoto protocol limiting emissions into the atmosphere all around the world. US rejected to approve the document due to economic losses it could possibly deliver to them. A story comments on details of the issue. (1, 3)

President' s envoy Dmitry Kozak said Friday that the reason for disappearance of seven individuals in Karachayevo-Cherkessia had been almost found. Relatives of 7 Cherkessk individuals, who were shot to death on October 11 in a country house of Ali Kaitov, a son in law of president Mustafa Batyev, are picketing the government house claiming to give them bodies of their relatives. Victims' relatives stormed Thursday the republic' s government in the city of Cherkessk to demand resignation of the republic' s president over alleged involvement of his son-in-law disappearances. A story comments on details of the case. (1, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda 4, MK 1, 3)

Militiaman Andrei Kuritsyn opened Friday a fire in security of Moscow mayor Luzhkov and president' s envoy Poltavtchenko, when they were leaving for Tambov city from Vnukovo airport. A story comments on details of the accident. (2, MK 1, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda 5)

Russia has fixed its long-term economic interests in Tajikistan in spite of a fact that a civil war is going on there. Tajikistan, which is rich with its natural resources and cheap labor hands, still attracts investors. Russia is going to invest $2 billion within the next four years into its economy. A story comments n details of the issue. (2)

A deal on Gazprom' s swallow state-owned oil major Zarubezhneft has not been discussed by the government, as Economy Development vice minister Andrei Sharonov said Friday. Sharonov considers it a dream of Gazprom, and nothing more. A Gazprom takeover of Zarubezhneft would give it a foothold in oil development projects abroad - including Vietnam and Iraq - while helping boost the state' s stake in the gas behemoth to a controlling one. (2)

President V. Putin had Friday a session with the cabinet of ministers to discuss social-economic issues. Social benefits reforms were the key issue for the discussion. A story comments on details of the issue. (3)

The second plenum of the KPRF central committee will take place today. Party leader Gennady Zyuganov is going to present his draft on country ruling as an alternative to president' s initiatives in September. The current situation in the party and in the country will be the key issue for discussion at the plenum. (3)

Economy development ministry territory development department director Andrei Shestopalov said Friday at a conference on foreign investments coming in Russia that regional authorities will be responsible for investments they are getting from abroad. A story comments on upcoming pressure from the federal center over regional management. (3)

The international forum on constitutional justice started its work on Friday in Moscow. " Politic rights and a freedom of choice" will be the main issue for the discussion of top lowers. (3)

As 40 days of mourning end a week before in Beslan, North Ossetia, relatives of hundreds of people killed in the Beslan school massacre are debating whether to seek revenge and reopen a festering dispute between the Ossetians and the Ingush. Leaflets have been hung on buildings across North Ossetia recently demanding that Ingush people leave the republic before the mourning period ends and threatening them with violence if they stay. A story comments on details of the issue. (4)

St. Pete governor Valentina Matviyenko has signed an agreement on cooperation with " Russian municipal systems" company, which opened a month ago its branch in St. Pete " Saint Petersburg municipal services. A story comments on competition in the field of municipal services. (5)

KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA (23/10/2004)

Culture and mass communications minister Alexander Sokolov and Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov discussed Thursday a scandalous issue on a division of historical monuments with economy development minister German Gref at a session of the cabinet of ministers today. Mayor Yury Luzhkov has taken the city by surprise with an announcement that he may build a huge public square next to the Kremlin. Luzhkov infuriated preservationists by approving the demolition of the historic Moskva hotel last year. (2)

" Mechel" steal group has announced a price for ADR. In accordance with Mechel experts' estimation the whole capitalization of the company will cast $2. 6-2. 9 billion. A story comments on the steal market and on Mechel company recent activities. (9)