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IZVESTIA (4/11/2004)

The story comments on George W. Bush' s victory in the presidential elections, noting that Russia was among a few countries, the leadership of which long before the election day determined its priorities and " voted" for Bush. Why the Republicans in the White House is preferable for the Kremlin is explained. President Putin shares his view on the elections and on Bush. All central papers cover this historic event. (1, 6, 7, Kommersant, 1, 9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 7, Noviye Izvestia, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1, 5, Gazeta, 1, 4, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 3, 5, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, MK, 1, 4, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 7)

The bankruptcy of the world seventh large oil company--Yukos -- can take place before the end of this year. Its Board of Directors on Wednesday scheduled an extraordinary meeting of the company' s shareholders for Dec. 20, with a major issue on its agenda being bankruptcy. The story comments on the issue, saying that its managers up to now are unable to come to an agreement whether the company should be bankrupted. (1, 2, Kommersant, 1, 14, Gazeta, 9, Vremya Novostei, 7, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

The heads of all regional legislative assemblies in the Council of Legislators in the Federation Council on Wednesday presented their proposals by a second reading of the presidential draft bill concerning the new procedure of the regional gubernatorial elections. The story examines some of them. (3, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Nezavisismaya Gazeta, 2 )

Italy' s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday spent the whole day in the Kremlin at the negotiations with President Putin. the story examines the issues they discussed. (3, Kommersant, 2, Kommersant, 1, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, 3, Gazeta, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, MK, 2)

Next week will see a new series of political acts in protest of President Putin' s political reform. The story looks at these acts that have united the ideological adversaries -- the leaders of the KPRF, the Union of Right Forces (SPS) , Yabloko, and the Committee-2008. Only recently it was impossible to make them sit down at one round-table. (3 )

The Institute of Public Projecting has been created this week with the aim of directly affecting the political processes. Its Director Valery Fadeyev, Editor-in-Chief of the magazine " Expert" , spoke about this new brain center. (3)

In his speech about the state of the domestic judicial system, Constitutional Court (CC) Chairman Valery Zorkin said that bribery in courts has become a powerful corruption mechanism in Russia. After that the Supreme Court (SC) Presidium adopted a special directive, in which SC insistently asked Zorkin to present proof of his words. Zorkin has done it through Izvestia, after which many judges, parliamentarians and sociologists have joined the discussion. The story presents a viewpoint by CC judge Gadis Gadzhiyev. (4)

Three ships with Russian crews on board in the recent 2 days have been involved in accidents in the Russian waters of the Sea of Japan. One person has drowned and another 40 are missing. The story gives details. (1, 5, Kommersant, 6, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 6)

An unidentified assailant in Makhachkala on Wednesday made an attempt upon the life of Amuchi Amutinov, head of the Pension Fund Board in Dagestan. The story gives details. (5, Kommersant, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

The story reports on how the world market has responded to George W. Bush' s victory in the presidential elections on Tuesday. (9, 10, Gazeta, 9, Vremya Novostei, 7, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 3)

The China-Japan struggle for an access to the energy resources of the Russian Far East has unexpectedly taken a radical turn. American ExxonMobil that actually controls the oil and gas Sakhalin-1 project has launched negotiations with China on gas delivery. Before gas extracted within the framework of Sakhalin-1 was planned for delivery to Japan. The story examines the conflicting situation. (9)

Gazprom has bought the controlling stake of Mosenergo. This was stated by UES rather than Gazprom. The story says why. (1, 9, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

TVTs is the last television channel to launch a new season. Its Board of Directors on Wednesday (from the second attempt) endorsed the scheme of its broadcasting. The story looks at it, focusing on several changes and on how TVTs President Oleg Poptsov regards it. (10)

The Mortgage Housing Crediting Agency on Friday is to submit to the gvt a new concept of its work. With this aim in view, its Overseeing Council headed by German Gref will hold a session. The story examines the new concept, noting that, in the Agency' s opinion, the first stage of shaping the system of mortgage crediting has been completed. (10)

The Central Bank intends to impose the institution of curators in the commercial banks. The story examines their functions, focusing on how they will differ from inspectors. (10)

The ACM-Consulting Analytical Agency reported on Wednesday that cellular communications presence in Moscow in October amounted to 88. 9 percent as compared with 87. 4 percent in September. Brief. (11)

The Moscow City Duma on Wednesday endorsed the draft bill concerning the City Banner. The story describes its presented by Anatoly Petrov who represents the mayor in the City Duma. (13, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6, MK, 4)

KOMMERSANT (4/11/2004)

Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov in his interview to Interfax on Wednesday stated that two Russians indicted in Qatar on charges of killing Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev " will come back home in the near future" . This means that Russian authorities have agreed with Doha to sign an agreement on passing over the convicts to Russia. The story comments on the decision. (11, Vremya Novostei, 1)

Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov on Wednesday presided over a session of representatives from regions, the Health Ministry and non-budgetary funds to discuss preparations for putting into effect the bill concerning payments as social benefits. The session participants concentrated on a program of benefit recipients' medical treatment in sanatoriums and resorts. The story examines the session' s decisions. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Vremya Novostei, 3)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov has signed a directive concerning the administration (apparat) of the defense minister and also the provisions on its information, public relations, property and reception room. The story comments on the documents, saying that Andrei Chobotov has been appointed head of the ministry' s administration. (3)

State Duma deputy (United Russia faction) Anatoly Yermolin on Wednesdaay applied to the Constitutional Court with an open letter requesting to guard faction deputies against rough pressure by " shade managers" from the presidential administration. Neither faction leaders nor Kremlin officials have wanted so far to comment on the letter. (3, Noviye Izvestia, 2)

Altai region governor Mikhail Yevdokimov on Wednesday refused to sign bills approved by the local Regional Council on raising wages for Altai state officials. The story comments on his decision. (4)

The Moscow Dorogomilovsky District Court on Wednesday opened an unusual trial over Moscow driver Ildar Bucharov, who tried to bribe a city policeman who stopped his car for violating the traffic rules. The story details the case. (6, Gazeta, 6)

The leadership of the British Soccer Club Chelsea filed a complaint in the UEFA headquarters against the organizers of the soccer game CSKA-Chelsea in Moscow' s Lokomotif Stadium on Nov. 2. The story looks at the complaint. (8, Izvestia, 2)

The Moscow City Duma on Wednesday passed amendments to the draft bill concerning public order guarding points that journalists have dubbed the bill on informants. The story examines some of the proposed amendments. (8)

The Ukrainian presidential candidates--Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich and opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko -- on Wednesday launched their new election campaigns for the second round of elections scheduled for Nov. 21. The story describes their new methods and promises. (10)

The negotiations in Moscow conducted by the main Abkhazian presidential candidates --Raul Khadzhimba and Sergei Bagapsh -- were a failure. They only aggravated the political sistuation in Abkhasia on Wednesday. (10)


In an interview Central Election Commission head Alexander Veshnyakov, who in the USA watched the presidential elections and who is now staying in California, shares his good impressions. (1, 2)

The story describes scandals that have erupted around the Ukrainian Central Election Commission, saying that they are playing into the hand of the opposition leader, Viktor Yushchenko. (1, 5)

Several State Duma committees on Wednesday received a draft bill concerning Russia-Ukraine dual censorship that officially has not been submitted to the State Duma. Its developers are trying to keep the document secret and not to give any comments. The story examines its major provisions. (2)

Protests are mounting in Far Eastern regions against passing over to China the Tarabarov Island and part of the Bolshoi Ussuriisky Island on the Amur River. Signatures under the appeal to the State Duma and the Federation Council are being collected in the regions and rallies are held there. The story describes a very tense situation. (4)


The story reveals the essence of the Nov. 4 holiday that the State Duma can institute along with several other new holidays. How does the public regard it?(1, 5)

The Nastional Forum " The Present and the Future of the Population opf Russia" opened in Moscow on Wednesday. Its participants --specialists and state officials --intends to find ways out of the demographic crisis that has hit the country. The story describes the forum saying what it is timed for. (The population of Russia over the past 10 years decreased by 9 million people) . (1, 8)

Internal Ministry Troops Commander Colonel-General Nikolai Rogozhkin on Wednesday stated that, despite the earlier statement that only contract-based soldiers will be sent to fight in Chechnya, they alone will not be able to cope with all complicated tasks there. The story comments on the general' s statement. (2)

A draft of the Federal Program " Administrative Reform" for 2005-2010 is expected to be submitted to the gvt before Dec. 5. The Economic Development Ministry hopes that the gvt will be able to discuss it this year in order, starting 2005, to launch global, large-scale and structural changes. The draft was analyzed and harshly criticized at a seminar in the Center for Strategic Studies on Wednesday. The story examines its controversial provisions. (3)

Political analyst Vitaly Tretyakov offers an in-depth analysis of the Sunday spresidential elections in Ukraine, saying that both candidates have almost equal results. The focus is on what such a practice means for the republic. (3)

In an interview Marina Lebedeva, deputy head of the State Duma Ecology Committee, says how much money is ensured in the budget-2005 for the protection of the natural environment. (4)

The Federal Press and Mass Communications Agency has launched the First National Competition " Russian Word" for electronic mass media to see what television channels and radio stations as well as television and radio programs and journalists could be considered the best in using the Russian language. The story looks at the conditions of the competition. (4)

The Third International Security and Labour Safety Congress opened in Moscow on Wednesday. The story looks at its agenda and participants, saying that the number of people perishing at work in Russia is the highest in the world. (5)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov has signed a directive on Moscow' s participation in the 16th International Investment Exhibition MIPIM-2005 " The International Property Market" that is for March 7-11 in Cannes. The story features this annual event, focusing on Moscow' s aims in it. (6)

The Culture Ministry Collegium on Wednesday discussed preparations for the celebration of the 60th Victory Anniversary and for the International Tchaikovsky Musical Contest. The story looks at several proposed events. (9)

The Natural Resources Ministry is ready to submit to the gvt a long-term program of studying the country' s potential mineral resources and of replenishing Russia' s mineral raw material base. The program on Wednesday was approved at the ministry' s collegium. The story looks at its major provisions. (9)

Transport Minister Igor Levitin on Wednesday stated that the railway service will be soon restored with the Caucasian republic -- Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The story describes the project, saying what political decisions should be made for its putting into effect. (9)


The youth public movement " Moving Together" has plunged into another porno scandal. Involved into it this time is Maxim Kondrashov, one of the leaders of the movement' s branch in St. Petersburg. The story details his case. (1, 6)

Russia during the recent consultations in Moscow with two Abkhazian irreconcilable presidential candidates has failed to persuade the opposition leader Sergei Bagapsh, Director General of the state-run Chernomorenergo company, to hold the repeated presidential elections. Where is a way out? (1, 4)

Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov on Wednesday stated that a new concept of national security will be developed by mid-2005, which will view terrorism as major threat. The story says what aspects the document should include, focusing on how experts regard it--they believe in part that bureaucrats by using this new image of " the enemy of the people" are simply trying to avoid such old problems as poverty and corruption in the law-enforcement agencies. (1, 2)

The presidential Expert Board is drafting a bill replacing the single social tax with insurance payments. This measure should help ease the burden on the working people and enterprises. The story describes the bill, focusing on its negative aspects. (3)


An extensive consolidation of the ruble can lead to an industrial production slump and joblessness. The story examines other negative consequences of this gvt policy. (5)

Three residents in Magadan (Kolyma) on Sunday noticed the flight of UFO. One of them tells how it was. (5)

The story gives a list of streets on which auto traffic will be limited on Nov. 7. . according to GAI' s order. (7)

Opposition politician Vladimir Ryzhkov, a member of the Committee -2008 and State Duma independent deputy, when commenting on the president' s proposed political reform, has made a conclusion that Russia soon will become a unitary state with a dictatorship, in which the opposition political parties will cease to exist. The story comments on his, saying that not a single Ryzhkov' s predictions has materialized. (8)

Political scientist Vitaly Tretyakov reveals the essence of the president' s program of political reforms, concluding that sooner or later the sum of the president' s political proposals will objectively goes out of the boundaries of the Constitution (9)

The newspaper offers a long list of Moscow districts and streets in them, where garages will be built in 2005-2007. (18, 19)