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IZVESTIA (11/2/2004)

Frequented grave crimes on ethnic grounds in St. Petersburg have made specialists warn that " the city is on the brink of pogroms" . The story describes several recent crimes, commenting on specialists' conclusions. (1, 2, Kommersant, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 1, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 10, Vremya Novostei, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, MK, 1, 2)

Presidential candidate Ivan Rybkin, who had been missing for 5 days, came back home from Kiev on Tuesday. The story reflects on his mysterious disappearance. All central papers comment on possible reasons behind his absence, leaving many questions unanswered. (1, Kommersant, 1, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 6, Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 10, Trud, 2, Zhizn, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1, 3, MK, 2)

Georgia' s President Mikheil Saakashvili on Tuesday arrived in Moscow on a 2-day working visit. Georgia from Russia, as Saakashvili stated, wants only one thing-- to preserve in relations between the two countries that " emotional nerve" that is " alive so far" . In an exclusive interview the president talks about issues he plans to discuss with the Russian leadership. (1, 3, Kommersant, 10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, 3, Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 7, Trud, 1, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5, Zhizn, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 2)

Georgia' s President Mikheil Saakashvili not long before his visit to Moscow made the docile parliament pass practically all constitutional amendments that he viewed as necessary. The story examines some of them. (4)

In the sociologists' opinions, society is divided into those who hate migrants and those who are friendly with them. Authorities, who are passive so far, will have to play a considerable role in what side will have the upper hand. The story reports on how residents and administrators in different regions regard migrants. (2)

The story describes new jobs of Union of Right Forces (SPS) and Yabloko leaders, who have lost the Dec. 7 parliamentary elections. (3, Kommersant, 4, Gazeta, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

State Duma Speaker and United Russia (UR) leader Boris Gryzlov has promised that S. D. will revise the anti-terrorism laws (i. e. , introduce corresponding amendments to the Criminal Code) with the aim of making punishment for terrorism tougher. UR faction deputy leader Vladimir Katrenko did not exclude that his faction may propose soon imposing death penalty for this kind of crimes. Gryzlov decided to join UR, the leader of which (without a party card) he has been since 2002. (3, Gazeta, 3)

How to crack down on laundering illegal money more effectively and on funding terrorism -- these acute issues were discussed at the international conference that opened in Moscow on Tuesday under the aegis of the Russian Committee on Financial Monitoring. Its head Viktor Zubkov reminded to those present of his proposal to create a regional group to fight money laundering and funding terrorism. Zubkov also stated that there are 17 million potential terrorists in Russia. The story describes the conference, focusing on vital issues for discussion. (3, Kommersant, 15, Vremya Novostei, 4)

The Congress of Sergei Baburin' s Narodnaya Volya (People' s Will) party, that is a member of the Homeland bloc in the Concert Hall " Izmailovo" on Tuesday heatedly discussed which of them -- Sergei Glazyev or Vladimir Putin -- it will support. The story looks at the congress decisions. (3, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Gazeta, 3 Noviye Izvestia, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

The Japanese Bandai toy- producing company has made a new version of tamagochi that became very popular in the ' 90s. It will appear on sale on March 20. The story describes how it will differ from its predecessor. (4)

The Prosecutor General' s Office on Tuesday brought a new indictment against Yukos co-owner Platon Lebedev. His lawyer Yevgeny Baru commented on the situation. The story examines Lebedev' s all crimes in detail. (5, Kommersant, 6, Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2, MK, 2)

Vladislav Palkov, who is accused of taking an assailant to the place of the crime, was questioned in the Moscow City Court on Tuesday on the case of the murder of State Duma deputy Sergei Yushenkov. Palkov said that he knew nothing then about the planned murder. (5, Kommersant, 5, Noviye Izvestia, 6)

Sochi Acting Mayor Viktor Kolodyazhny has taken unusual measures aimed at keeping cows off the streets. The story describes them in detail. (5)

About 3, 000 killings committed by children are registered in Russia every year. According to the Criminal Code, they cannot be convicted, because they are minors. Authorities are unaware what to do with them. Several stories elaborate on this issue. (6, 7)

Tax agencies are launching control over Russians' big realty purchases abroad. The story describes how it will be done. (12, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Vremya Novostei, 4)

The Alfa-Sheremetyevo leadership on Tuesday for the first time after its win of the tender for the right to manage Sheremetyevo shared its plans concerning the airport. The new managers are willing not only to build a new, the third, terminal but possibly to re-construct the second one. The story looks at the company' s plans. (12, Kommersant, 13, 16)

The Council of Ministers of the Russia-Belarus union state held a session on Tuesday to discuss several economic and financial issues. The story examines them in detail, focusing on serious s remaining contradictions between Moscow and Minsk. (12, Kommersant, 1, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2)

The story examines heated discussions of housing problems at the International Mortgage Seminar that opened in Dubna (Moscow region) on Monday. The focus is on interesting proposals on housing construction and the housing market. (12)

The volume of dollar trading on the Moscow Inter-Bank Currency Exchange on Feb. 10 was record high and amounted to $3, 389, 087, 000. The previous record slightly exceeded $2 billion. The Central Bank bought up the most part of dollars that arrived in the country. The story concludes that the population should await a further fall of the dollar rate. (13)

OPEC, starting April 1, will decrease oil extraction volumes and oil deliveries by 1 million barrels per day. The story comments on the decision, citing analysts' views. (14, Kommersant, 14)

Trading centers and office premises are the only sector of the realty market, on which prices have not only stabilized but have begun to fall. The story examines the situation in this sector of the market. (14, Kommersant, 1)

The housing -communal sector in the Nizhny Novgorod region will be controlled by the company " Russian Communal Investments" that has been founded by Oleg Deripaska. The story comments on Deripaska' s decision. (14)

KOMMERSANT (11/2/2004)

Deputy Prime Minister Boris Alyoshin on Tuesday stated that Russia will have the single national aircraft-building corporation by 2006. In his words, the concept of the creation of such a corporation has been drafted and will soon be discussed by the gvt. The story examines the concept. (2)

President Vladimir Putin with Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Yakovlev on Tuesday discussed this heating season. Yakovlev assured the president that the heating situation in the country has improved this year as compared with cold developments last year. (2)

The Central Election Commission on Tuesday endorsed the text of the voting ballot for the March 14 presidential elections. The story looks at the text, focusing on several other political and technical issues that were discussed by the commission. (3)

Seven political scientists, State Duma deputies and politicians share their views on the behaviour of presidential candidate Ivan Rybkin. (3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3)

St. Petersburg police have arrested a group of thieves, who robbed churches. The story describes their crimes. (6)

The story describes an extraordinary incident that happened Tuesday in the British Petroleum trading company' s central office in Moscow' s Paveletskaya Ploshchad. (6, Vremya Novostei, 3 )

Former highly-placed customs official Sergei Lemesh was arrested in Primorye on Tuesday. He is suspected of organizing a contraband channel of meat deliveries from China to Russia. The story gives details. (6)

The annual Congress of Pediatricians that opened in Moscow on Tuesday began with a big scandal: delegates accused the Health Ministry of its intention to destroy the mother and child care system through abolishing the institution of children' s district doctors. The story looks at how ministry' s representatives responded to the accusations. (8, Gazeta, 1, 2)

Moscow street cleaners will receive soon a new uniform. District housing administrations that will have to buy it from the city gvt say that the cleaners do not need it. The story describes the uniform. (8)

The gvt today is expected to endorse a document called " The Strategy of Boosting the Banking Sector" , according to which the domestic banks will function for the next 5 years. The story examines its major provisions. (13)

UES-controlled Inter has submitted its bid on a participation in a tender for privatizing shares of two grid companies in Moldova --Red Nord and Red Nord-West. Brief. (13)

The managing Alfa-Sheremetyevo company has introduced its foreign partners, who will help it modernize the International Airport Sheremetyevo. The story looks at its foreign partners and their participation. (13, 16)

Yukos Board of Directors head Semyon Kukes in New York on Tuesday stated that the Council plans on Feb. 26 to discuss variants of breaking the merger deal with Sibneft. In his opinion, the Council may not approve the deal and will be disbanded by the Yukos shareholders' meeting. The story comments on Kukes' statement. (13)

Gazprom head Alexei Miller on Tuesday signed an agreement with Irkutsk regional governor Boris Govorin on delivering gas to the region. The story comments on the document, concluding that the signing of the agreement is most likely an attempt to show the public that all disputable issues on developing the Kovykta deposit have been resolved. (13)

Two vodka distillers in the Moscow region --Diamant Alko and Yat -- on Tuesday made public their large-scale plans to open their own offices in large regions. The story reveals their plans. (17)

Document. The Strategy of Boosting the Banking Sector of the Russian Federation in 2004 and in the Period of up to 2008. Full text(18, 19)

VEDOMOSTI (11/2/2004)

Yukos that was one of the first to begin to buy up assets of regional companies, now is doing everything in its power to quit this business. What urges the company to do it is the financial claims of tax agencies and the position of the Unified Energy Systems (UES) holding that did not want to amend reform in conformity with Yukos' wishes. (A1)

Sociologists say that 70 percent of Russians are not worried about the falling dollar. In this context analysts believe that it may provoke the Central Bank to ease its support of the dollar. (A1)

Boris Nemtsov, former co-leader of the Union of Right Forces party that lost the Dec. 7 parliamentary elections, will work in the Neftyanoi" oil concern. His former colleagues are sure that Nemtsov decided to earn money. (A2)

Prosecutors have found out new details of criminal activities of Yukos co-owners. Thus, Platon Lebedev, who was arrested in June, has been again accused of evading a 7 million ruble income tax. Prosecutors promise to bring in indictments against Yukos other former managers. (A2)

The Moscow-Minsk negotiations on economic integration have reached a deadlock. Moscow now is awaiting a political decision from President Lukashenko, who will have to decide whether his country will use the Russian ruble or will decline the single currency. (A2)

Three business alliances -- the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (or RSPP) , Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia) and OPORa-- have no idea how to merge. The RSPP Bureau tomorrow will create a unifying working group. Many regional affiliates of these alliances are opposing a merger. (A2)

The European Union (EU) is seeking additional levers of influence on Russia that is refusing to trade with new EU states on the same terms as with other EU members. (A3)

The domestic companies already this year will have to make accountancy reports on the basis of international standards. True, the draft bill on consolidated accountancy concerns only the holdings, the shares of which are traded at exchanges. (A3)

Multi-millionaire Steve Forbes, head of the Publishing House " Forbes" and Editor-in-Chief of the magazine under the same name, is one of the most authoritative persons in the media business. In a far-ranging interview he shares his views on several political issues connected with US President George W. Bush and the situation in Russia. (A5 EDOMOSTI. COMPANIES & MARKETS SUPPLEMENThile NIKoil representatives are continuing to deny the absorption of the UralSib bank, one of its structures has applied to the Anti-Monopoly Ministry for a permission to buy over 75 percent of the Ufa bank. (B1)

Narzan mineral water for the first time in the 110 - year history of the Narzan company will be advertised. Otherwise its impossible to save the company, as its consumers are aging. The company' s advertising campaign this year will cost $3 million. (B1)

Tatneft and Zorlu Holding have not managed yet to buy the Turkish oil refining company Tupras, but this deal has already caused displeasure of the minorities of the Russian company and of Turkish labour unions. Both intend to contest the deal in court. Lawyers are not sure that their efforts will be successful. (B1)

The net profit of British BP in the 4th quarter of 2003 amounted to $2. 667 billion (in 2002 the figure was $2. 635 billion. This was stated in BP' s press release. Brief. (B1)

Dresdner Bank will act as a financial consultant of Gazprom on the construction project of the North European gas pipeline. This is stated in the company' s press release. Brief. (B1)

The Standard & Poor' s agency has confirmed the credit rating of the Vympelcom company at the B+ level with a prognosis of " stable" . Brief. (B1)

Oleg Deripaska, a co-owner of Bazovy Element and Rusal, decided to obtain his own port. With this aim in view, Bazovy Element structures have bought about 13 percent of shares of the Vanino port, one of the largest ones in the Far East. Market participants believe that the company will claim 55 percent of shares that belong to the state. (B2)

The Amtel tyre holding has failed to come to agreement with the Finnish Nokian Tyres on selling it part of it own stakes. Now Amtel expresses its displeasure at cooperation with Nokian, talking about a possible divorce with it. (B2)

German HVB intends to borrow 2. 5 billion euros to compensate losses from re-evaluating stakes. Experts believe that HVB needs the money to feel firm at the negotiations with Commerzbank on a merger. (B3)

NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA (11/2/2004)

The European Union (EU) on Monday allowed itself to use harsh tone in saying everything what it thinks of Russia' s internal and foreign policies. The story examines EU' s remarks. (1)

Germany' s Vice-Chancellor Joshka Fischer (Sp. ?) today begins his working visit to Russia with the Kaliningrad region. The story examines the program of his visit, saying why it' s expected to be complicated. (1, 4)

NOVIYE IZVESTIA (11/2/2004)

In an interview Ella Pamfilova, head of the Human Rights Commission under the president harshly criticizes authorities for empty talking after the Feb. 5 terrorist act in the Moscow metro instead of taking effective measures. (1, 2)

The State Duma is expected soon to discuss a draft bill concerning the Russian people. The story examines its major provisions, saying that in deputies' opinion it will improve the Russians' position in Russia. (1, 2)

Krasnodar regional governor Alexander Tkachev has made an unexpected " present" by the visit of Georgia' s President Mikhael Saakashvili to Moscow. When speaking at a meeting of the Kuban Cossack Rada, the governor strongly supported the initiative of a delegation of Abkhaz Cossacks on joining the Kuban Cossack host. From now on the Abkhaz Cossacks will be the Kuban ones and the territory of Abkhazia will be called the Sukhumi branch of the Kuban Cossack host. The story comments on the decision. (1, 7)

Mikhail Delyagin, head of the Globalization Problems Institute, optimistically talks about the fate of the dollar, explaining why its further fall should stop. (1)

The Economic Development Ministry on Tuesday reported that by 2005 the rate of the ruble toward the dollar may go down to 30 rubles per dollar from the present 28. 5 rubles. The story comments on the ministry' s prognosis, citing experts' views. (3)

TRUD (11/2/2004)

The story examines an impressive housing and social facilities construction program -2004 in Moscow that has been endorsed by the city gvt. (1, 5)

Several countries have suspended their imports of American poultry. As for Russia, its veterinary service has imposed a temporary limit on poultry import concretely from Delaware. The story comments on the measure, focusing on specialists' views. (1, 2)

It has become possible to receive a substantial medical consultation through the Internet. The story describes the procedure. (3)

The Central Election Commission late last week registered Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov as a candidate for the presidential elections scheduled for March 14. Mironov commented on his participation. (3)

Muscovite Yury Milai, a military engineer (resigned) , has designed and built an auto bed -- transformer --for transporting different kinds of cargo. The story describes this invention that has interested several Western companies. (5 )

KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA (11/2/2004)

The Italian newspaper " Corriere della Sera" (Sp. ?) reported that the Russian Nafta-Moskva oil company has proposed to buy the Italian soccer team " Roma" for 400 million euros. The story comments on this information, saying what has bewildered the Italians most of all. (2)

IST-Line Group managing Airport Domodedovo with a backing from federal departments has bought new equipment that will help step up safety and security. The story describes the new equipment. (4)

A group of Chechens living in Moscow on Tuesday applied to Russians with a letter expressing their condolences to the dear and near of the victims of the recent terrorist act in the Moscow subway. The story reveals the content of the letter, focusing on those officials who has signed it. (5, Trud, 2)

International organizations have highly evaluated the efforts of Ingushetia' s President Murat Zyazikov, thanks to whom his republic has become a model of resolving the most complicated ethnic problems, above all, those linked up to Chechen refugees. The story features several concrete problems that have been resolved with the president' s involvement. (8)

The newspaper KP offers several letters, the author of which report why they will vote (or why they will not do it) for Vladimir Putin in the March 14 presidential elections. (9)

The Boeing company plans to build a new super-comfortable plane 7E7 " Dreamliner" that will fly in 2008. The story describes its supreme technical specifications, saying that Aeroflot has already shown its interest in it. (10)

MOSKOVSKY KOMSOMOLETS (11/2/2004)

The Moscow Zoo in mid -February will celebrate its 140th anniversary, but all celebration events will take place in summer. The story looks at its celebration program. (1)

According to Vladimir Resin, head of the Moscow Construction Department, 4. 5 million square meters of housing will be built in the city this year. Who will own them? A pie-chart shows how this housing will be distributed. Besides that, s Mayor Yury Luzhkov stated that the city gvt soon will launch a check-up of all private building companies working in Moscow. The story says what concretely will be inspected in their work. (2)

Experts from the analytical section of The Economist have compiled a life quality rating showing Where Can Foreigners Live Well ? Moscow came 75th in the rating. (2)

Show business prima donna Alla Pugacheva would like to build a housing complex on the territory of the present Station of Young Naturalists (13, Ulitsa Yunatov) that, in her opinion, is not being used for its primary objectives. Pugacheva has sent a letter with her proposal to the Moscow gvt. The story describes the Station and its numerous children' s interest groups. (3)

The story features how Senators (Federation Council deputies) entertain themselves apart from endorsing legislative acts. (4)

In an interview Moscow City Duma Speaker Vladimir Platonov shares his view on the activity of the Federation Council. (4)

The feature story is devoted to the Forensic Medicine Expertise Bureau (in the Moscow region) with its unique identification complex. (5)

The feature story highlights The Beatles' s first trip to the United States on Feb. 7, 1964. The whole truth about it became possible only 40 years later. (8)