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12/29/2004

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Press Review

A brief look at the stories making headlines in the Russian-language press

Death Toll From Earthquake Exceeds 44,000

Mourners in Sri Lanka buried their dead with bare hands Tuesday while displaced and hungry islanders in Indonesia looted stores following explosive tidal waves that the United Nations said may be history's costliest natural disaster.

Iraq Attacks Jeopardize Elections

Guerrillas killed 17 Iraqi policemen and tried to assassinate a National Guard general with a car bomb on Tuesday, hours after Osama bin Laden called on Iraqis to boycott next month's election.

Quake Only Rattled Economies

As rescue efforts swung into high gear Tuesday after the devastating Indian Ocean tidal waves, private-sector economists said the impact on most of the region's economies was unlikely to be severe despite the tragedy's stunning human cost.

Business in Brief

OK for Total Likely MOSCOW (Reuters) -- The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service said Tuesday it was likely to approve a $1 billion deal between Total and Novatek, under which the French major would buy 25 percent of the country's No. 2 gas producer. ""We are likely to approve it. The deal is still being considered,"" said the service's deputy head, Anatoly Golomolzin. Total, the world's No. 4 oil firm, agreed to buy the stake in Novatek in September, but the deal needs the blessing of the anti-monopoly body. Metal Output Rising MOSCOW (Bloomberg) -- Metal output is expected to rise this year, the Industry and Energy Ministry said. Ferrous metal production should climb 5 percent in 2004, while nonferrous production is expected to gain 3.7 percent, the ministry said Tuesday. Rolled steel output will likely rise 6.3 percent and iron ore production will advance 5.9 percent, the statement said. Primary aluminum output will rise 3.5 percent and copper will add 4 percent, while nickel production is likely to fall 1.

Turkmens Threaten to Cut Off Gas

Turkmenistan threatened to cut off natural gas supplies to Russia and Ukraine unless they agree before the end of the year to pay a higher price for the fuel, official media said Tuesday.

News in Brief

Tsunami Kills Russians MOSCOW (MT) -- At least two Russians, a 33-year-old woman and her 6-year-old son, are among the tens of thousands of people killed by powerful tidal waves over the weekend, news reports said Tuesday. The body of Oksana Lipuntsova, 33, from Moscow, was identified in a Thai morgue by friends who traveled with her to a Phuket resort, a spokeswoman for the Russian Embassy in Thailand told Interfax. Her son Artyom also died, Channel One television said. The embassy said other Russians remain unaccounted for after the Thai coastline was hit by gigantic tidal waves caused by an undersea earthquake Sunday. It said it was trying to get in touch with 120 tourists. Meanwhile, an Emergency Situations Ministry plane is expected to land in Moscow on Wednesday carrying several dozen Russian tourists who were evacuated from Sri Lanka, Interfax reported.

Adoptees Bring Unique Problems

Almost immediately after Yvette and Paul Hubbman brought their adopted daughter home from Russia, they made some puzzling discoveries: Louise avoided making eye contact.

Illarionov Lambastes Economic Policies

President Vladimir Putin's top economic adviser blasted the government's economic policies on Tuesday, saying its adoption of an ""interventionist"" role probably shaved 3.1 percent of the country's economic growth this year.

S&P Gives Yukos Default Grade

Credit rating agency S&P cut Yukos to default grade on Tuesday for missing a payment on a Western bank loan after the stricken oil major was stripped of its key production unit.

Power Cuts Threatening Yugansk's Output

Yuganskneftegaz may have to slash output because of power cuts after it accumulated debt for electricity supplies from a Siberia-based utility.

$1.2Bln Balkan Pipeline Gets Go-Ahead

Bulgaria, Albania and Macedonia gave political support on Tuesday to a $1.2 billion private trans-Balkan oil pipeline that will allow Russian and Caspian crude to avoid congested Turkish waters, officials said.

Khodorkovsky: Thank You to Prison

The Kremlin may have destroyed Yukos, but it has inflicted ""senseless"" damage on the economy in the process, Mikhail Khodorkovsky said in comments published Tuesday.

Yanukovych Seeks Opposition Status

Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych will put up a symbolic legal fight against Viktor Yushchenko's victory and then turn his attention to becoming an opposition leader, Yanukovych's campaign director, Taras Chernovil, said in an interview Tuesday.

Hip-Hop Beat of a Revolution

Roman Kostyuk and Roman Kalyts, Ukraine's newest revolutionary hip-hop stars, took to the stage on Kiev's Independence Square on Sunday night to the screams of tens of thousands of people.

Ukraine's Transportation Minister Found Dead

Ukrainian authorities opened a criminal investigation Tuesday into the death of Transportation Minister Heorhiy Kirpa, who was found with a gunshot wound to the head.

Adviser Eyes 'Imperial Complex'

Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko's victory in Ukraine's presidential election should help Russia lose its ""imperial complex"" toward the former Soviet republics, presidential economic adviser Andrei Illarionov said Tuesday.

Widespread Apathy Grips Donetsk

Blue-and-white campaign ribbons lay abandoned, posters disappeared and rallies were canceled in eastern Ukraine as supporters of Viktor Yanukovych came to terms with their candidate's poor showing in the presidential election.

Unmanageable Democracy After Yukos

The events surrounding Yukos had a direct relationship to state power. What will happen to state power after Yukos is an extremely important question. It has long been said that every nation gets the government it deserves. I would like to add that every government is the reflection of its people's conception of the nature of power. Thus, we can argue that whether in Britain, Saudi Arabia or Zimbabwe, power everywhere belongs to the people.

Lessons in Orange for Ukraine and the EU

Viktor Yushchenko is the new president of a new Ukraine. This is the main outcome of the dramatic five weeks of revolution that changed the country.
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