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Press Review

IZVESTIA (2/11/2004)

Vyacheslav Fetisov, head of the Federal Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism Agency, on Monday unexpectedly announced the resignation of Vyacheslav Koloskov, President of the Soccer Union, who will quit his post after the Russia-Estonia soccer game scheduled for Nov. 17. The story comments on the decision, saying how Koloskov regards it. (1, 3, Kommersant, 24, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 1, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Trud, 1)

In an interview Filmmakers Union Chairman Nikita Mikhalkov, who has been re-elected at the 6th Filmmakers' Congress, shares his impressions about its work. Besides that, 4 filmmakers comment on the results of the election of the Filmmakers' Union chairman. (1, 15, 4 )

Gazprom has begun to absorb Rosneft. Thus, Management Board head Alexei Miller on Monday signed the decision on the creation of Gazpromneft and appointed Sergei Bogdanchikov its Director-General, who will keep the post of President of Rosneft. The story comments on his appointment, saying that only recently he opposed the merger. (1, 9, Kommersant, 13, Gazeta, 9, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5)

State Duma (S. D. ) Speaker Boris Gryzlov on Monday instructed the related committees to draft documents on dual citizenship for Russians and Ukrainians by the S. D. sessions that will take place in a week. The story reveals several aspects of the issue. (2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1)

The Moscow City Duma is drafting a federal bill concerning the house arrest. The story describes the new punishment measure, saying that it' s an alternative to jail detention before trial. (2)

Major-General Konstantin Dementyev, Deputy Commander of the Air Force Strategic Long-Range Arms Division, was killed in a car in the Smolensk region on Sunday when he was returning from Belarus. The story gives details, saying that he might be killed by mistake. (2, Kommersant, 1, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Trud, 1, Noviye Izvestia, 6, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 10, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5, MK, 2)

The story offers an analysis of the first round of the Sunday presidential elections in Ukraine, focusing on what presidential candidates Viktor Yanukovich and Viktor Yushchenko and also their election headquarters said about the elections. (3, Kommersant, 1, 9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 4, Gazeta, 1, 3, Trud, 1, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 1, 2, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 1, Pravda, 3)

In an interview Georgian Parliament Speaker Nino Burdzhanadze shares her view on the results of her negotiations in Moscow. (3, Kommersant, 10, Zhizn, 2, MK, 3)

The story examines specific features of the presidential elections in the USA that are taking place today. American experts express concern over the psychological state of the nation. (5, Kommersant, 11, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 4, Gazeta, 4, Trud, 1, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 9, MK, 2, 3)

The Moscow Meshchansky District Court on Monday extended the custody of Yukos former head Mikhail Khodorkovsky for another 3 months. Brief. (6, Kommersant, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 10, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4)

The Astrakhan Prosecutor' s Office has accused local restorer Yelena Maslova of exchanging artist Aivazovsky' s masterpiece " The Sunrise" (costing over $25, 000) with a forgery. Two other persons (their names are given) will go on trial. The story gives details. (6)

The oil export duty on Dec. 1 will increase up to $101 per ton. This was officially stated on Monday by the Finance Ministry. This duty today amounts to $87. 9. The story comments on this gvt measure, focusing on its aim. (1, Kommersant, 13)

The JP Morgan international investment bank has valuated the market price of Yuganskneftegaz, Yukos major extracting enterprise, at $16 billion-$20 billion. This was reported on Monday by the British newspaper " The Financial Times" . This valuation was ordered by Yukos, and it does not radically differ from the one by Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein -- $15billion-1$17billion. The only difference is that JP Morgan fully excludes that Yugansneftegaz can be sold at a cheaper price. Meanwhile, the tax agencies on Monday made new claims to Yukos and Yuganskneftergaz -- over 261 billion rubles. (10, Kommersant, 1, 15, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4, Gazeta, 1, 9, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5)

The Moscow Arbitration Court Monday rejected Nestle' s suit against the General Association of Genetic Security on defending its business reputation. The story looks at the Nestle-Association conflict. (10, Kommersant, 17)

The world energy system is in trouble, and greater trouble is awaiting Russia if it fails to invest about $35 billion a year in its own energy sector. This conclusion has been made by the World Energy Agency. The story reveals its essence. (10)

The domestic radio holding Russian Media Group (RMG) will acquire soon another radio station. RMG Director-General Sergei Kozhevnikov stated that in mid-November his company plans to complete a deal to buy the radio station Hit-FM from Boris Zosimov. The story examines the deal. (11, Kommersant, 17)

Sodbiznesbank creditors Monday gathered together for a session to decide how to lead the bank out of the summer crisis. The story examines the present situation in the bank, focusing on the session' s decisions. (11, Kommersant, 15)

The international research agency Cushman & Wakefield Healey & Bakers has published its annual review of the most expensive streets in the world. The story examines the review that singles out Tverskaya Street in Moscow as one of such. (13)

KOMMERSANT (2/11/2004)

Economic Development Minister German Gref on Monday signed the order appointing Vladimir Shamakhov First Deputy Chief of the Federal Customs Service. His previous post was the chief of the North-Western Customs Board. The story comments on the appointment. (1, 13 )

Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin at his meeting with President Putin on Monday told him that the stabilization fund in the near future can be reduced. The story reveals the essence of the minister' s statement. (2 )

President Putin as usual on Monday presided over a gvt session to discuss social issues. Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov told the president that, starting 2005, the army service and child rearing will be registered in a person' s employment record. The story examines in detail this and other social issues discussed at the gvt session. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Gazeta, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5)

President Putin Monday made several appointments within the framework of administrative reform. According to this reform, the number of the minister' s deputies has been cut and the sacked persons have been appointed to other posts. The story gives their names and their new jobs. (2)

President Putin on Monday met with Ulyanovsk region governor Vladimir Shamanov, according to official version, to discuss the socio-economic situation in the region. A source in the regional administration, however, believes that they discussed Shamanov' s promotion to a high post in a siloviki department The story reflects on why the president needs Shamanov' s resignation. (3)

Chechnya' s President Alu Alkhanov on Monday stated that he views as possible taking terrorists' relatives hostage if it is legally allowed. Opposing this idea that was proposed by Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov, is Taus Dzhabrailov, Chairman of the Chechen State Council, who believes that such practice will make rebels very aggressive. (3)

Yaroslavl Region governor Anatoly Lisitsyn, , whose criminal case has been investigated by the Prosecutor General' s Office for 4 months already was hospitalized on Sunday being diagnosed with vascular spasm caused by high blood pressure. (4)

The 13th suspect of killing 7 residents in Karachayevo-Cherkessia has been detained in Moscow. Their relatives in Cherkessk on Monday resumed their protest act, demanding the resignation of the republic' s president and siloviki. (4)

An unidentified assailant outside Izhevsk (Udmurtia) on Monday killed Nikolai Vostrikov, head of the Board of Directors of the Izhevsk Plastics Plant company, and his driver. The story describes how it happened. (6s)

The Naro-Fominsk City Court on Monday held preliminary hearings on the criminal case of Tamara Rokhlina, wife of the late State Duma deputy, General Lev Rokhlin. She is accused of killing her husband in 1998. In 2001 the Naro-Fominsk Court found her guilty and sentenced her to 8 years in prison. The story examines her case. (6)

According to the Federal State Statistics Service, the population' s cash revenues in January-September 2004 amounted to 7. 507 trillion rubles, having increased by 21. 7 percent as compared with the same period last year. Brief. (13)

The UES companies group in the first 6 months of this year decreased its net profit by 1. 5 billion rubles or by 8. 9 percent as compared with the same period last year. Brief. (14)

Ilim Pulp, Continental Management and Promstroibank Sank Peterburg today are expected to announce the end to the forest conflict around the assets of Ilim Pulp that had been lasting since 2000. The story examines the conflict with its winners and losers. (15)

The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service on Monday announced the completion of the analysis of the deal on the sale of two plants of Russian Aluminum to American Alcoa. The permit for this deal will be issued in a couple of days. (16)

Finnish Stockmann has received the right to trade in Moscow' s famous shop " GUM - Podarki" (Presents) on Ulitsa Tverskaya Next year the Finns plans to open in it the Zara shop. (17)

One of the world biggest alcohol producer -- Allied Domecq Spirits -- has joined the struggle for the Stolychnaya brand in the USA. The company has promised to defend its rights to own the vodka trade marks, the formal owner of which it is according to the agreement with SPI. The story describes this company as a strong ally of SPI. (17)

The Expert Council of the Association of Communication Agencies of Russia on Monday made public results of the domestic advertising market' s work for the 9 months of this year. The brief gives optimistic figures. (17)

VEDOMOSTI (2/11/2004)

The owners of Continental Management and Ilim Pulp last week signed an agreement at last finishing a three year corporate war. The story says in part how much peace will cost for the Ilim Pulp owners. (A1)

Mercedes-Benz will be possibly made in Russia. The DaimlerChrysler concern has confessed that it would like to open an assembly facility in Russia to produce its famous cars Mercedes-Benz. (A1)

Tax claims to Yukos in one day alone has exceeded it capitalization. New tax claims amounting to $9 billion were made to the company and its major extracting subsidiary Yuganskneftegaz. (A1)

Major-General Konstantin Dementyev, Deputy Commander of the Air Force Strategic Long-Range Arms Division, was killed in a car in the Smolensk region on Sunday. Brief. (A1)

Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich and his challenger Viktor Yushchenko will vie for the presidential post in the second round scheduled for Nov. 21. The story describes the political situation in the republic on the election day Oct. 31. (A2)

The Chinese leadership has expressed its sympathy to presidential democratic candidate John Kerry. (A2)

The story describes the present state of the stabilization fund that, by the end of this year, according to the Finance Ministry will exceed 500 billion rubles. Minister Alexei Kudrin, by all possible means, would like to keep the stabilization fund as a reserve. (A3)

China for the first time over 9 years on Thursday raised the interest rates. The story examines the aim of the measure, saying that it willositively affect the economic situation in the country. (A3)

Iran has found a new influential ally on the international arena --Tehran intends to supply China with oil and gas. Many-billion deliveries can complicate the USA' s efforts to isolate Iran and will help Beijing diversify the sources of energy delivery. (A3)

State Duma independent deputy Vladimir Ryzkov examines controversial points in the presidential draft bill concerning the scrapping of the gubernatorial elections that many independent deputies did not support. (A4)

In a depth interview Baltika brewery President Taimuraz Bolloyev, who has been heading the company for 13 years already, talks about its profit-making business, planning to invest over $100 million in expanding Baltika production next year. (A5)

VEDOMOSTI. COMPANIES & MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

Rosneft President Sergei Bogdanchikov has gained a victory in the struggle for the commanding post of Gazprom' s subsidiary. Gazprom Management Board head Alexei Miller has signed the order on his appointment to the post of Director-General of Gazpromneft. The story comments on his appointment. (B1)

AFK Sistema has placed ordinary shares on the RTS exchange. Its shares have been included into a quotation list " B" , starting Oct. 28. This is stated in the AFK press-release. Brief. (B1)

The net profit of American Stillwater Mining Company, a subsidiary of Norilsk Nickel, in January- September of this year amounted to $36. 6 million as against its $22. 6 million loss in the 3 quarters of last year. This is stated in Stillwater' s press release. Brief. (B1)

Airport Domodedovo plans to build a separate terminal for servicing the low-cost aviation companies. This was stated by Sergei Gorbunov. Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Group East Line. Brief. B1

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development may release a 20 million euro credit to holding company Amtel. This was stated by the bank. Brief. (B1)

The Toyota leadership plans to build an assembly facility in Russia by 2006. This was stated by head of the company' s Board of Directors Hiroci Okuda. (Sp. ?)

The profit of Mercedes Car Group, a leading unit of DaimlerChysler, in the 3rd quarter fell by 62 percent as compared to the same period last year. Brief. (B1)

The Federal Stock Market Service has allowed Irkut to release ADRs for almost 40 percent of its shares. The company, however, will be unable to release ADRs for more than 25 percent of its securities. B2

Severstalss in the first 6 months of this year managed to increase its proceeds by 75 percent and to double its net profit. The story gives other figures illustrating the company' s successes. (B2)

NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA (2/11/2004)

The press service of the Navy tried to conceal a serious emergency case that happened during the Russian-American navy exercises in the Atlantic Ocean on Oct. 18, when aircraft-carrier cruiser " Admiral Kuznetsov" got into trouble and had to leave the exercises. Navy Chief Commander Admiral Kuroyedov has concealed the accident, saying that he was pleased with the results of the exercises. The story gives details, saying that Kuroyedov has again remained unpunished. (1, 10)

The Russian Jewish Congress (RJC) soon can acquire a new leader, because several RJC Bureau members are working to make its President Yevgeny Satanovsky resign. The story describes his wrongdoings, focusing on his possible replacements. (1, 2)

NOVIYE IZVESTIA (2/11/2004)

Famed theatrical and cinema actress Alla Demidova is starring in a new film titled " The Death of Tairov" that is devoted to outstanding Soviet artistic stage director of the Moscow Taganka Theater Alexander Tairov, who was betrayed by his own colleagues. In an interview Alla talks about her new role, about holidays that she hates and about betrayal. (1, 5)

The newspaper has launched a Zebra operation aimed at defending passersby from auto drivers' aggression. The story describes this painful problem. revealing the essence of this act. (1, 7)

Heads of the executive and legislative power bodies from the Krasnoyarsk region and Taimyr and Evenki autonomous areas are expected to meet in the Kremlin today to discuss how to merge their territories into one federal district. President Putin and his administration head Dmitry Medvedev will preside over the meeting and will assess its participants' proposals. The story examines this complicated issue, saying that authorities hail regional mergers, while the populations fear them. (2)

Military reform in Russia started with promises to pass over to a professional army and ends with threats to abolish deferrences. State Duma Defense Committee head Viktor Zavarzin does not exclude that students will be drafted soon to serve in the army. In an interview he talks about it. (2)

State Duma deputies at a news conference on Monday told journalists about how they intend to help business counter unfriendly absorptions. The story comments on this serious issue, saying that unless the existing property re-division process is stopped, its victims will be not only enterprises guards but the whole industries. (3)

KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA (2/11/2004)

Yury Sidorenko, Chairman of the Judges Council, spoke in the Federation Council last week. He said in part that authorities have done nothing to boost the independence of the courts, but they have done a lot in the opposite direction. Eight politicians, political scientists and public figures answer the following question-- How do you assess the system of justice in Russia? (3)

Vneshtorgbank head Andrei Kostin met with President Putin to tell him about the bank' s programs and about its affiliates opening all over the country. Kostin cited figures to illustrate the point. (5)

The story by the example of the Unified Energy Systems examines who in the energy sector is managing the state-owned property and how. (5)

The federal gvt last week discussed a painful issue concerning the ownership rights for buildings and structures of architectural and historical significance. The discussion of this issue was the most heated one between the Moscow city gvt and the Economic Development Ministry. The story examines views shared by both sides. (10)

Who will gain from the fall of the dollar that in October alone became cheaper by 55 kopecks? Several financial experts share their views. (11, 12, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 3)

The newspaper offers a list of rest and recreation centers in Moscow, where children who are having their fall vacations can have a good time. (16, 17)

There are about 270 private schools in Moscow (only 10-12 of them are the elite ones) that are attended by 18, 500 children. As many as 7, 000 teachers work in them. The story describes their system of tuition, saying that the city gvt has refused to provide benefits to their owners, and, therefore, starting new year, tuition in such schools will become more expensive. (17)

MOSKOVSKY KOMSOMOLETS (2/11/2004)

The story reflects on who could replace Vladimir Putin in the post of president in 2008 or whom he could name as his successor like former President Yeltsin did. Several such candidates are considered. (1, 4)

The Supreme Court will consider soon an unusual case. One convict is demanding to abolish an article in the Justice Ministry' s Order obliging all convicts, like him, to wear special name tags. The story comments on the convict' s demand. (1)

The number of registered unemployed is 1. 7 million people. The number of jobless in Russia since the start of the year has decreased by one million, the average wages have increased by one thousand rubles and the population' s real incomes -- by 13 percent, as compared with the same period last year. This was stated by Health and Social Development Minister Mikhail Zurabov. Brief. (2)

The Public Opinion Fund late last week conducted an opinion poll to see how people regard paying taxes and what they think of those who are evading takes The story examines results. (2, Noviye Izvestia, 3)

The Komus company in ExpoCenter on Ulitsa Krasnaya Presnya on Nov. 3 will make out of one sheet of paper a huge symbol of the city coat of arms that will be presented to city authorities. It will be a record to enter the Guinness Book of world Records. Several other records will be set there. The story describes them. (2)

The State Duma on Friday voted for nominating the regional governors. The story looks at who voted in favour or against this draft bill (deputies' names are given. (3)

The story describes how a 25-year-old African student in Moscow on Sunday evening became a victim of city skinheads. (3)