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IZVESTIA (30/6/2004)

According to the Moscow Arbitration Court' s ruling, Yukos has only 5 days to pay out over 99 billion rubles in back taxes. The managers of the company, the capitalization of which has fallen by $1 billion lately, stated that the tax authorities' refusal to reach an amicable agreement contradicts the president' s statements. The story comments on the court' s decision, focusing on the company' s further fate. (1, Kommersant, 1, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 1, 3, Vremya Novostei, 2, Argumenty i Fakty, No. 26, p. 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 2)

The Qatari Court in Doha today is expected to deliver a verdict to two Russian intelligence officers, who are accused of killing Chechen separatists leader Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev. The story reflects on what verdict the convicts can expect from the court. (1, 7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 2)

The story reports on what television channels plan to show to their televiewers in the next season. (1, 9)

President Putin in Novo-Ogaryovo on Tuesday received MAGATE head Muhammad al-Baradei. The story examines issues they discussed, focusing on the controversial news -- an international storehouse of used nuclear materials can be built in Russia. Alexander Rumyantsev, head of the Federal Agency for Nuclear Energy, who attended the meeting, commented on the issue. (2, Kommersant, 2, 9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 3, Gazeta, 7, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Trud, 3)

IMF Moscow Office head Paul Tomsen (Sp. ?) on Tuesday commented on the IMF mission' s controversial report analyzing the work of the Russian gvt. Six of the report' s 8 pages contain harsh criticism. The story examines the report. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 4, Gazeta, 8, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

The Kurgan Regional Duma on June 29 appointed its new representative in the Federation Council--Sergei Lisovsky. The story highlights the appointee. (2, Kommersant, 2, Gazeta, 3)

Krasnoyarsk governor Alexander Khloponin has agreed to run in the upcoming gubernatorial elections in the new enlarged region that will emerge on Russia' s map after the unification of Taimyr, Evenkia and Krasnoyarsky Krai. The story comments on his decision. (1)

Rodina leader Dmitry Rogozin on Tuesday determined major tasks of party-building that his party will discuss at the congress scheduled for July 6. Rogozin intends to build a tough opposition social-patriotic party that will take all the best from the history of the European social- democratic movement The story examines Rogozin' s theses, saying why he decided to make them public before the congress. (3, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Noviye Izverstia, 2 )

The story examines positive results of Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov ' s negotiations in Istanbul, where he attended the NATO summit that ended on Tuesday. (3, Kommersant, 10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3, Trud, 1, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 8)

The State Duma Defense Committee on Tuesday held a visiting session in the General Staff of the Armed Forces. The aim of the visit was to discuss administrative reform that has been launched in the Defense Ministry and how it will affect the fate of the General Staff. The story examines results of the visit. (3)

The story describes a tragic incident that happened in Volgograd on Saturday when 17-year-old Valera Leonov together with his girl-friend 15-year old Irina Nurkova were thrown off from a carrousel when it malfunctioned. Valera died in a hospital, and Irina survived. (4 )

US Congressmen' s letter discrediting former Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko is a forgery. The story describes how Kiriyenko is going to defend his honour. (4, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

Harvard University can pay out a many -million fine to the US federal gvt for its professors' indecent behaviour. When in the mid-' 90s they helped the Russian gvt to implement the privatization program, they violated the Harvard University ethics. The story details the case. (7, Kommersant, 7, Gazeta, 5)

The collective farm Art Museum, the first such one in Russia, has opened in the Spasskoye village in the Tula region. The story describes the event. (10)

The monument to the Russian intelligentsia called " Pegasus Pierced" was unveiled on Tuesday in the park not far from the Andrei Sakharov Museum. The story describes the ceremony and its participants. (11, Kommersant, 13)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov has signed a directive on opening 70 new public toilets in the city at the expense of the city budget. The story comments on the decision. (11)

The story examines a critical situation in the Moscow bank " Paveletsky" ,focusing on how the Central Bank is trying to protect its clients from the crisis. (12)

Harvard University on Tuesday joined the struggle for changing Surgutneftegaz' s dividend policy. Its professors filed a suit in the American Arbitration Commission against the company, accusing it of a deliberate deprivation of its investors of 80 percent of cash payments. The story details the case. (12, Kommersant, 1, 7, Gazeta, 7, Vremya Novostei, 8, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

The Mosenergo leadership on Tuesday made public results of the annual meeting of the company' s shareholders. On June 28 the shareholders of UES' s leading subsidiary elected a new Board of Directors and endorsed the plan to reform the company. (12, Kommersant, 6, Gazeta, 7)

President Putin' s long-awaited meeting with businessmen will take place tomorrow on July 1. The story examines who has been invited to attend the meeting and what issues will be discussed. (12, Gazeta, 1, 3)

The story examines the situation on the Moscow realty market with its falling prices. (13)

The Intel company before the end of this year intends to complete its project to create the first domestic Marketing Operations Center in Nizhny Novgorod. The story describes the project and its participants(14)

The story offers an analysis of the situation on the rapidly developing domestic communications market and on the information technologies market. (15)

KOMMERSANT (30/6/2004)

The North-Caucasian District Military Court on Tuesday acquitted two Russian officers (their names are given) , who were accused of killing 3 Chechen construction workers. The story details the case. (1, 4, Gazeta, 4)

The Constitutional Court on Friday submitted to the State Duma several amendments to the Criminal-Procedural Code. The story examines them in detail. (2)

The helicopter Mi-8MTB that belonged to the Russian avia company UTair suffered an accident in Sierra-Leone on Tuesday that left the 3-member crew and 21 passengers dead. The story gives details. (4, Gazeta, 4)

Video International Group on Tuesday sent out its new price-list to advertising agencies. The story examines several figures from it, saying how market participants regard it. (5)

Vneshtorgbank intends to open a $400- million credit line to Guta Group enterprises under the collateral of its industrial assets. The story says why Guta needs this money. (1, 7)

The GAZ Board of Directors decided to release an additional issuance of shares (1, 409903 pieces) ,which is 23. 64 percent from the present charter capital. Brief. (5)

The Siberian Coal Energy Company and the Coal Company Kuzbassrazrezugol have exchanged assets. The brief looks at their new assets. (5)

The annual meeting of the UralSib shareholders in Ufa on Tuesday approved UralSib' s merger with the banks NIKoil and Avtobank-NIKoil. Brief. (5)

Gazprom Management Board head Alexei Miller on Tuesday held the negotiations with Chilean Ambassador to Russia Mario Silberman, who proposed to Gazprom to discuss the possibility of delivering gas to his country. . Brief. (5)

The LUKoil Management Board on Tuesday made a decision to sell the Petrocommerce bank to the financial group Kapital. The story comments on the decision. (6, Gazeta, 8, Vremya Novostei, 8)

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday stated to his guest Leningrad regional governor Valery Serdyukov that the grow of industrial production in Belarus this year will amount to 15 percent. The story comments on Lukashenko ' s statement. (11)

The 3rd Congress of the Russian Book Union was held in Moscow on Tuesday. The story describes sits participants, sponsors and decisions. (13)

VEDOMOSTI (30/6/2004)

Yukos disagrees with the Moscow Arbitration Court' s ruling, according to which the company should pay out 99. 3 billion rubles in back taxes. The company stated that the decision contradicts the president' s recent statements. (A1)

Aeroflot has claims to television Channel On that has shown the film " Nochnoi Dozor" (Night Patrol) . The story looks at the company' s demands. (A1)

President Putin on July 1 is expected to receive businessmen to discuss administrative, banking, and land reforms, the fate of small businesses and the investment climate in the country. The story examines what businessmen expect from the meeting. (A1)

Yaroslavl governor Anatoly Licitsyn on Monday met with investigators in the Prosecutor General' s Office, who asked the governor about facts of power abuse in his administration. The story examines his answers. (A2)

The State Duma is resolved to limit beer advertising. Thus, the draft bill, prepared for the 3rd final reading, bans beer producers to advertise their products on television in prime-time and to use in their clips the images of people and animals. (A3)

The Advertising Committee of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce has proposed to more often advertise the state. How to help Russians to be proud of their state? Five experts share their views on the issue. (A4)

Four big domestic IT companies (their names are given) at the end of May 2003 announced their merger into a holding -- the National Computer Corporation. In the words of its president and co-owner Leonid Goldenberg, the foundation for the merger was laid way back in 1998 when after the August crisis the domestic computer companies thought only about how to survive. Today when the market situation is more or less favourable, the number of stimuli for successful consolidation in the IT sector has considerably decreased. In an interview Goldenberg talks about his holding, its structure, its profit-making business and future plans. (A5)

As many as 300 employees out of the 1400 staff for less than a year of its existence have voluntarily left the company TNK-BP due to their failure to achieve harmony in work with Britons. The story comments on the issue. (A7)

VEDOMOSTI. COMPANIES & MARKETS SUPPLEMENhe stock market is continuing to react to Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov' s statement that the method of selling the wholesale generating companies will be determined only in six months. The story examines its negative reaction. (B1)

Minority shareholders do not give up their attempts to punish to Surgutneftegaz for its dividend greed. Thus, Harvard University on Tuesday filed a collective suit in the arbitration tribunal in New York demanding to declare the method of estimating Surgut' s net profit illegal. (B1)

It will be a year tomorrow since the law concerning the obligatory insurance of the drivers' civil responsibility took effect. The story examines its results, focusing on remaining serious problems. (B1)

The leadership of the international airport Sheremetyevo decided to cut the charter program of flights within the framework of the new strategy. The brief looks at its aims. (B1)

The Transneft shareholders' meeting has endorsed dividends for 2003 that have been recommended by the Board of Directors. The brief gives the sizes of the dividends. (B1)

The LUKoil Management Board decided to sell the company' s 80 percent of shares of the Petrocommerce bank. The sum of the deal exceeds $200 million. Brief. (B1)

The gvt so far has failed to determine its stand on the liberalization of the market of Gazprom shares. This was stated by Deputy Economic Development Minister Andrei Sharonov. He stated that there are two opinions about the possibility of liberalizing the gas sector. Brief. (B1)

Russian Railways (RZhs) and the Far -Eastern Sea Steamship- Line intend to create new transporting company to launch container transportation along the Trans-Siberian Railway. This was stated by RZhs President Gennady Fadeyev. Brief. (B2)

Renova has made the first step to increase its share in Russian Communal Systems. Thus, the investment company OFG possessing 25 percent of shares of RCS placed 2 Renova representatives in the Board of Directors of the communal company. (B2)

Vneshtorgbank before the end of this year will probably open an affiliate in Nalchik, and also plans to open or to buy banks in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. Brief. (B6)


The Law concerning the referendum is to take effect today. The story examines its major provisions. (1, 3)

Document. The Federal Law on the Referendum of the Russian Federation passed by the State Duma on June 11, 2004, approved by the Federation Council on June 23, 2004 and signed by the president on June 28, 2004. Full text Special Supplement(1-8)

Specialists in the Academy of Sciences are preparing a new school textbook on the history of world religions. The story describes major themes it will include. (1, 14)

The General Motors concern at the Avtotor plant in Kaliningrad has launched an assembly conveyor of the car Hammer-2. The story describes the project. (2)

The State Duma Council on Tuesday determined the procedure, according to which deputies on Friday will transfer the benefits of several categories of Russian citizens into rubles. State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov commented on the procedure. (2)

A major issue at the 10th KPRF Congress scheduled for July 3 will center on the party leader. Kemerovo governor Aman Tuleyev, who once was a leader of the Popular-Patriotic Union, shared his view on the future KPRF leader. (3)

The annual meeting of the Mosenergo shareholders on June 28 decided to reform the company and adopted a general scheme of its restructuring. The story examines main trends of its reform. (5)


According to results of the spring army conscription campaign that will end today, the number of young people who have chosen the alternative civil service is 246. The story examines results of this service draft campaign. (2)

The Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled that the State Duma deputies and the Federation Council Senators should not be under house arrest without consent from the corresponding chamber of the parliament. The story comments on the court' s ruling. (2)

The story highlights a child prodigy, Anton Sergiyenko from the Yaroslavl region, who can neither write nor read, but who is already a chess champion in the region. (7)


The story examines 4 reasons saying why President Putin has failed to attend the NATO summit in Istanbul. (2)

In a far-ranging interview Moscow Taganka Theater chief artistic director Yury Lyubimov talks about the theater' s role today, about his attitude to Communists, to capitalism and to money. He also tells interesting facts from his theatrical career. (3)

Every summer hot water supply in Russia is switched off for 21 days for prophylactic measures. The story as an example examines these measures in the Zheleznodorozhny city in the Moscow region. (7)

The story describes how it happened that rebels on June 22 attacked Ingushetia, including its main city Nazran, in which for five hours they had been doing what they wanted. Power authorities were not only unable to organize the defense of the city, but they were helpless to assess what was happening. (8, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3)

The feature story describes the Moscow hotel " Five Tails" (Pyat Khvostov" ) for animals that is divided into several wings -- for cats and for dogs. (7)


The Rostov-on-Don City Court on Tuesday launched preliminary hearings on local correspondent Irina Aroyan' s suit against show business star Filipp Kirkorov, who is accused of brutally insulting her. The story comments on the correspondent' s statement. (3, MK, 2)

The story is devoted to the duo " Tatu" that is preparing a new program. One performer Julia Volkova is an expectant mother, who will soon give birth to a child. She says that she will be equally happy to have either a boy or a girl. (4)

The story examines what products and services will go up in price in July, and also how the dollar will behave. (5)

The Yuzhnoye Medvedkovo housing administration on Tuesday forcefully evicted residents from dilapidated apartment bloc No. 27 on Ulitsa Molodtsova, The people, mostly newcomers in Moscow, were left to spend the night in the open air. (6)


Busts (in different colours) of President Putin are sold in souvenir kiosks in metro underpasses for 150 rubles. The story describes these things, saying how they can be used at home. (1)

The Moscow City Duma today will consider the draft bill concerning Moscow' s birthdays. The story examines the document, saying what it promises Muscovites. (1)

Moscow police in the zoo late last week detained a 31-year-old city guest from Stavropol, who tried to steal a wild piglet of rare breed. The story gives details. (1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4)

Tatyana Kuznetsova and Julia Laburenko, experts from the regional energy commission of Moscow, for three years had inspected the work of Mosvodokanal and found gross violations in its activity, due to which the city tenants' water and sewerage bills considerably exceed the normal ones. The story presents results of the study. (1, 3)

Russia' s Ambassador to Turkmenia Andrei Molochkov is being recalled to Moscow due to health problems. Brief. (2)

The story examines several serious problems that Moscow construction workers will be facing when they build high-rises in the city. (3)