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IZVESTIA (30/11/2004)

President Leonid Kuchma on Monday in order to preserve peace and accord proposed a new presidential election that, in his opinion, might be the only way out of the political crisis. Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich stated that if the Supreme Court makes an " illegal ruling" on re-voting the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, he will not oppose it. The story comments on their statements, saying how opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko and his supporters regarded them. The latest developments in both camps are featured. (1, 3, Kommersant, 1, 10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Gazeta, 1, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, 3, Trud, 1, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 4, 5, 11, Zhizn, 1, 4, 5, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1-4, MK, 1, 3, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 1, Pravda, 1, 3)

Authoritative politicians and political scientists share their views on how and to what extent the political crisis in Ukraine might affect the situation in Russia. (4, MK, 3)

The Dalai Lama on Tuesday arrived in Elista (Kalmykia) . For several years the Russian Foreign Ministry (MID) refused to issue a visa to him, fearing to spoil relations with China, a big importer of Russian weapons. The Dalai Lama, as is known, is a leader of Tibetan separatism. MID has stressed an " exclusively confessional character of the visit" . Brief. (2, Kommersant, 8, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 9, Vremya Novostei, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 8, MK, 6)

In an interview Leonid Tyagachev, President of the Olympic Committee of Russia, talks about Russian athletes' results in the Athens Olympic Games, focusing on his recent proposal to make gvt ministers head the domestic sports federations. (1, 8)

Three auction houses -- Christie' s, MacDougall' s and Sotheby' s-- in London today will launch " Russian trading" -- in three days they plan to put up for sale almost 1, 500 icons, paintings and jewelries. The story looks at the most interesting things. (1, 15)

Moscow City Hall on Tuesday selected the ST Development company headed by Shalva Chigirinsky to put into effect a $2. 5 billion contract to demolish Hotel Rossiya and build a new hotel complex in its place. The story comments on the final decision, saying why it came as a big surprise. (1, 2, Kommersant, 13, Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1, 7, Tverskaya, 13, pp. 1, 2, Moskovskaya Pravda, 2, Trud, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 7, MK, 2)

Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin at a news conference on Tuesday stated that he was against using the Stabilization Fund for investments in the domestic economy. He also said that the outflow of capital has stopped. The story comments on his pronouncements. (2, Kommersant, 15, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2)

" Against All " can be excluded soon from the voting ballots. The Constitutional Court on Monday allowed election authorities to ignore " against all" votes. The story comments on the decision, saying that so far it does not concern the federal elections. (3, Kommersant, 2, Vremya Novostei, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

A thousand Abkhazian reservist commandos, who in Sukhumi on Monday got together for their congress, agreed not to obey the orders of Sergei Bagapsh in case of his inauguration scheduled for Dec. 6. They stated their backing of President Vladislav Ardzinba. The story comments on the reservists' appeal to Bagapsh. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 8)

The State Duma Committee in charge of the bill concerning an appointment of the regional governors proposed on Monday to re-appoint all regional governors after the bill is signed into law. The story reveals the essence of the proposal. (3)

Law-enforcers have managed to determine two criminals living in Kazakhstan, who organized a terrorist act in Samara on June 4 when it killed 11 and injured over 40 people. This was stated by the Samara Prosecutor' s Office. The story gives details. (5, Vremya Novostei, 3 )

The Tigilsky District Court (Koryak Autonomous Area) on Monday indicted Vice-Governor Mikhail Sokolovsky on charges of abusing power. He can get a 7-year prison term. The story details his case. (5, Kommersant, 5)

Two new suspects (their names are given) in the murder of American journalist Paul Klebnikov, Editor-in-Chief of the Forbes Russian edition, have been detained in Belarus. The story describes how it happened. (5, Kommersant, 1, 5, Gazeta, 1, 5)

Chechnya' s Supreme Court on Monday sentenced 35-year-old band formation warlord Aslan Bitiyev to 12 years in a high-security prison. The story examines his grave crimes. (5)

The Supplement is devoted to the army, featuring its priority tasks and problems today. (6, 7)

Indonesia plans to buy soon 12 Russian fighters Su-30MK and Su-27MK and a squadron of battleworthy planes in the future. This was stated by an Indonesian top military official (his name is given. Brief. (6)

President Putin at the recent ATEC summit handed over materials to his Vietnamese colleague Chan Dyk Lyong (Sp. ?) concerning the USSR' s participation in the 1965-1976 Vietnamese war. The story offers several facts from the, (7)

The European EADS concern making Airbus planes has received a gvt permission to buy 10 percent of shares of the Irkut corporation. The valuation price of the deal is $50 million. In an interview EADS President Rainer Gertrih (Sp. ?) talks about his company' s plans behind further investment in the Russian economy. (9, 10)

The Sheremetyevo Board of Directors today is expected to endorse the candidature of Colonel (res. ) Alexander Yurchik, deputy chief of Rosaviatsia, to the post of Director-General of Airport Sheremetyevo. The story looks at his military career. (9)

The project to create a domestic national fuel-energy super-company is becoming ever more realistic. Deutsche Bank consulting a new company has made a sensational proposal, recommending to Gazpromneft for the beginning to obtain Yuganskneftegaz and then to buy Sibneft and Surgutneftegaz. Deutsche Bank has even proposed to pay for these purchases. The story comments on the proposal, saying how Russian oilmen regard it. (10, Kommersant, 1, 13, Gazeta, 9, Vremya Novostei, 7)

Two-thirds of analysts, investors and traders from the world main financial markets from New York to Tokyo are recommending to buy euros for dollars, thus getting rid s of them. The similar number of experts favours an urgent exchange of dollars into British pounds, Swiss francs and Japanese yens -- such are results of the public opinion poll taken by the Bloomberg Financial News Agency. The story examines the results. (12)

Lorries in Moscow, starting Dec. 1, will not be able to cross the boundaries of the Moscow Third Ring Road. The story comments on the mayor' s order. (13)

The Federal Property Agency has given Moscow as a gift the Museum-Estate " Tsaritsyno" , and refused to take in exchange the building of the former Lenin Museum. The story describes a conflicting situation around this building. (13)

The story describes yesterday' s accident in the Moscow metro station " Chertanovskaya" early in the morning, when the passage of metro trains was stopped for several hours, and, as a result. passengers were late for work. No one suffered. (13, Kommersant, 6)

KOMMERSANT (30/11/2004)

President Putin on Monday presided over a gvt session to discuss the macroeconomy. The story examines concrete discussed issues, some of which made Putin optimistic, but he failed to hear an explanation saying why between July and September the economic growth was hampered. (2)

The story features Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov' s visit to Egypt, saying what sights he visited in Cairo on Monday and whom he met there for talks. (2)

The Bryansk Regional Court on Sunday evening ruled that the candidature of regional head Yury Lodkin be excluded from the list of candidates for the gubernatorial elections scheduled for Dec. 5. The story comments on the court' s ruling, saying how Lodkin regards it. (3)

The story examines the final results of the first round of the gubernatorial elections in the Kurgan region, focusing on their sensational outcome. (3)

The National-Bolshevik Party (or NBP) with Eduard Limonov as its leader held its 4th Founding Congress on Monday. The story describes the congress, its participants, the agenda and decisions. (4)

The Rostov-on-Don District Court has sanctioned the arrest of high-profile Taganrog entrepreneur Sergei Bidash, former Director-General of the Taganrog Metals Combine. . The story examines his case. (6)

The Chechen Prosecutor' s Office on Monday launched an investigation of killing two officers from the Interior Ministry ' s Main Board for the Southern Federal District over the weekend. The story details the case. (6)

Rescuers in the Khabarovsk region on Monday managed to find the missing helicopter Mi-8 with three members of the crew and 4 passengers on board. All were alive. The story describes this and another continuing rescue operation in Kamchatka. (6)

The Moscow Basmannaya Inter-District Prosecutor' s Office on Monday completed its check up of the performance of the Union of the Soldiers Mothers' Committees. The story examines its results, saying who has initiated it. (8)

MAGATE on Monday adopted a very mild resolution on Iran, meaning that in the near future no international sanctions threaten this country. The story examines the document. (9)

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko through his decree on Monday released Ural Latypov from the post of head of the presidential administration. The story says why. (10)

Baltic Beverages Holding (BBH) , a leading brewer on the Russian market, has increased it share in the St. Petersburg Vena company up to 99. 9 percent. Brief. (13)

Steel Group Mechel has announced that it has placed another 2. 081 million American depositary receipts (ADS) on the New York Stock Exchange. Brief. (13)

The DIXIS and Yevroset networks of salons have been granted the status of federal dealers of the MTS operator. The brief says what the networks will gain from this status. (13)

The story describes the weakening American dollar on the Russian market. Almost every day it loses 10-15 kopecks. (14)

VEDOMOSTI (30/11/2004)

he Gazprom Board of Directors today may consider an issue of the company' s participation in an auction to sell 76. 8 percent of shares of Yuganskneftegaz. Experts believe that backing is guaranteed to the company, and Yukos through court is trying to annul the trading. (A1 )

Developer Shalva Chigirinsky has won the battle for Moscow Hotel Rossiya. He has promised to invest almost half of what his rivals promised, and his project was far from being up to the mark. . The story explains his victory. (A1)

Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma has proposed to hold a new presidential election. Experts believe that authorities in this case will have more chances to defeat the opposition. (A1)

The Economic Development Ministry forecasts that inflation in Russia this year will amount to 11. 5 percent. This is stated in the monitoring of Russia' s social and economic development in January-October 2004 and in the forecasts up to the end of this year. Brief. (A1)

Belarussian police have detained two Chechens, whom the Russian Prosecutor General' s Office, suspects of an involvement in the killing of American journalist Paul Klebnikov, Editor-in-Chief of the Russian edition of the magazine Forbes. All in all, four Chechens suspected of their links to the case have already been detained. (A2)

The Foreign Ministry that does not spend money from the stabilization fund is willing to clear off the country' s foreign debts to the International Monetary Fund and to the Paris Club ahead of schedule. The story comments on the ministry' s decision. (A3)

A big zone of free trade can appear in Eastern Asia in five years. China has persuaded ASEAN member-states to bring to nought all customs tariffs by 2010. The story describes the project, focusing on experts' views. (A3)

The Transportation Ministry has launched the creation of a system of toll roads. Such a road from Moscow to Airport Domodedovo will appear by 2007 and later -- from Moscow to Airport Sheremetyevo. (A3)

The Central Bank has lowered the norm of an obligatory sale of currency proceeds down to 10 percent from 25 percent. What will it affect ?Four experts share their viewpoints. (A4)

In a far- ranging interview Dmitry Dokin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the managing company Inmarko, talks about the origin of the company and about how he got there. He also speaks about its profit-making business, about its products, about its projects and about its future plans. (A5)

VEDOMOSTI. COMPANIES & MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

Steel Group Mechel is willing to spend up to $2. 15 billion on the purchase of 17. 8 percent of shares of Magnitka. The Mechel shareholders' extraordinary meeting scheduled for Dec. 20 will have to endorse the deal. (B1)

Moscow authorities believe that Hotel Renaissance Moskva, part of the international network Renaissance, has failed to pay to the city in full for the exploitation of the hotel. (B1)

The Ukrainian political crisis is threatening to turn into the financial one. In some days the financial system may collapse. This was stated on Monday by President Leonid Kuchma. Bankers assure that there is no crisis there now. But another week of turmoil can make it inevitable. (B1)

The Hosta Court in Sochi has suspended to consider the suit filed by Valentina Yuryeva in September against the TST-Mobile, Vympelkom, Alfa-Eko and Megafon companies. She accused them of too high tariffs. Brief. (B1)

South African Harmony Gold has received control over 10. 8 percent of South-African Gold Fields within the framework of its proposal on absorption that expired last Friday. Brief. (B1)

The team of top managers of Norilsk Nickel has obtained another foreigner -- David Hamfris-- for the post of seniour economist, who before had the same job in the RioTinto company. (B2)

The state is preparing to sell its 19. 8 percent of shares in the Far-Eastern Steamship-Line. Rosimushchestvo has already named the normative price of this package -- $15 million. (B2)

China has decided to extend the program of creating its strategic oil reserve that was launched in the spring of 2004. The story examines the program, saying how experts regard it. (B3)

The number of companies wanting to become Rosneft' s partner in developing the Vankorsky deposit in the Krasnoyarsk region is increasing with each passing day. Indian state- run ONGC is one of them. (B3)

ROSSIISKAYA GAZETA (30/11/2004)

The gvt on Monday endorsed the size of the subsistence minimum in the 3rd quarter of this year --2396 rubles per capita a month. The figure in the last quarter 2003 was 2121 rubles. The story comments on the issue, citing several other figures on the subsistence minimum in different regions. The full text of the gvt document. (1, 9)

In an interview Vyacheslav Fetisov, head of the Federal Agency for Physical Culture, and Sports, talks about his conflict with Russian Sports Federation chief Vyacheslav Koloskov. (2)

The Moscow City Duma' s Security Commission in the Central Office of the city metro on Monday presented three new electronic systems --" Migration Control " , " Zagranpasport" and " Voditelskiye Prava" (Driver' s Licenses) . They were proposed as an alternative to the existing methods of checking documents on the streets, airports and roads. The story describes the systems. (4)

A 20-percent state-owned package of shares of the Volgotanker company this week has been sold to a Western ship owner (his name is not given) . The story examines the deal, saying that it is part of the plan of the Federal Property Fund. (5)

In an interview Chechnya' s Prosecutor Vladimir Kravchenko talks about results of investigation of several high-profile criminal cases in the republic. (10)

Document. The Federal Law concerning introducing amendments to Part Two of the Tax Code. Full text. (11)

NOVIYE IZVESTIA (30/11/2004)

The absence of medical policy and registration will not be a reason behind a refusal of the urgent medical aid service to help a sick person. This is stated in the Health Ministry' s order that will take effect on Jan. 1. The story reveals the essence of this document. (1, 7)

Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin on Monday finally admitted that the gvt by the results of this year will not able to retain inflation within the bounds of 10 percent. It will amount to 11. 5 percent. The story examines main reasons behind soaring inflation that the minister singled out. (1, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

The 6th All-Russian Congress of Judges will take place in Moscow today. The story examines major issues on its agenda, focusing on what judges fear today most of all. (2)

The recent Congress of the United Russia party, despite expectations, s brought many surprises. In an interview party member Valery Draganov, head of the State Duma Economic Policy, Entrepreneurship and Tourism Committee, talks about some of them, focusing on the party' s new platform. (2)

The Bank of Moscow has opened its official representation in Frankfurt am Main Its President Andrei Borodin and many other official guests from Moscow have visited the opening ceremony. The story describes it. (3)

Panasonic for the second year already has been sponsoring the children' s film educational festival " KinoStart" that is taking place in several Russian cities. The story describes this event. (3)

KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA (30/11/2004)

The story reflects on oligarch Boris Berezovsky' s participation in planning the " velvet" revolution in Ukraine today. (2)

Chairman of the Russian Party of People' s Self Government Levon Chakhmakhchan has been elected as a representative of the People' s Hural (parliament) of Kalmykia in the Federation Council. Brief. (2)

Is Ukraine' s split beneficial to Russia? Seven politicians and public figures share their views. (3)

A KP special correspondent in New York 6 months before the presidential elections in Ukraine met with Carl Gershman, President of the American National Democracy Fund, who told the correspondent about the possibility of the repetition of the Georgian scenario of the Georgian revolution of roses in Ukraine in the fall of 2004. He also predicted similar possible scenarios in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. (4)

Russia in the Sary-Shagan proving ground in Kazakhstan on Monday conducted successful tests of its super -modern nuclear weapons. The story describes it in detail, without giving its name. (5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2)

Highly-regarded political scientist Alexander Tsypko examines what Russian people is expecting from President Putin in the political and economic spheres(10)

A phenomenon of seventeen-year old young Saransk resident Natasha Demkina with X-ray vision has interested many specialists. In an interview Professor Vyacheslav Zverev, Director of the Reproductive Medicine Center, talks about her phenomenon, saying that his center has agreed to test her extraordinary abilities. (14)

MOSKOVSKY KOMSOMOLETS (30/11/2004)

Law-enforcers in the Central Federal District have detained a gang of bandits who abducted the whole families to kill them in order to come into possession of their apartments. The story describes their numerous crimes, focusing on how they were caught. (1)

There are 78 million women in Russia, of whom 32 million are employed in the economic sector. According to research done by the Women and Business Association, 7 percent of all heads in the domestic banking sector are women (50 percent are deputy heads) . Brief. (2, Noviye Izvestia, 3)

The Prosecutor General' s Office has officially accused " Moscow" Musa Vakhayev of an involvement in the murder of American journalist Paul Klebnikov, Editor-in-Chief of the Russian edition of the magazine Forbes. What is confusing in this case is that his double has been found in Belarus. The story details their cases(2 )

Chief Sanitary Physician Gennady Onishchenko devoted his news conference on Monday to HIV-AIDS on the occasion of the World Anti-AIDS Day. Onishchenko cited terrible figures, saying that the number of registered AIDS patients has exceeded 300, 000, and the number of new cases in the 11 months of this year alone has surpassed 30, 000. The story looks at his pronouncements. (2)