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IZVESTIA (25/8/2004)

News on the 11th day of the Olympic Games in Athens: new medals, scandals, disappointments and hopes. (1, 5, 6, Kommersant, 1, 15, 16, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 9-11, Vremya Novostei, 1, Gazeta, 1, 5, 6, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 8, AIF, 1, 8, 9, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, 4, Trud, 1, 6, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1, 3, 14-16, MK, 1, 6)

Arkady Dvorkovich, head of the Expert Board of the Kremlin Administration, stated on Tuesday that the gvt before the end of this year will make a decision to reform the electrical energy and gas sectors. The story comments on his statement, saying that Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin' s harsh pronouncements at the latest gvt session were heard. (1, 10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 7, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

The Moscow Meshchansky District Court, considering the Khodorkovsky-Lebedev case, on Tuesday questioned former Murmansk regional governor Yevgeny Komarov, who stated that the privatization of Apatit proceeded strictly according to the law. The story examines his testimony, saying how it can affect the case. (2, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2. Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 11)

The story by Boris Reznik, deputy head of the State Duma Information Policy Committee, examines how presidential representative in the Federal Far-Eastern District Konstantin Pulikovsky responded to the message sent to the president by Khabarovsk governor Viktor Ishayev and Yakutian President Vyacheslav Shtyrov. In their letter they stated their negative stand on replacing social benefits with cash payments. (3)

President Putin has signed a decree that has legalized the activity of the Expert Board controlled by the president The Board was created in April on the basis of the economic and expert boards of the Kremlin administration. The decree has considerably expanded the Board' s functions. The story examines them, citing its head Arkady Dvorkovich' s stand on doubling the gross domestic product. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Nezavisiimaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday decided to release from jail Yury Moskaltsov, former deputy head of the State Fishery Committee, Viktoria Tikhachova, former adviser to the Magadan regional governor, and Alexander Rogatnykh, Director of the Magadan Fishery Research Institute. On April 13 they were convicted on the so-called " crab case" . The story examines the case, commenting on the court' s ruling. (1, 3, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7, Gazeta, 1, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 7)

Special fire commissions have checked whether schools are equipped with anti-fire devices and in this respect are ready to host pupils on Sept. 1. The story describes results of their inspection, saying that only 17. 5 percent of schools are protected from fires. (3, MK, 1, 2)

The Congress (Convention) of the US Republican Party is scheduled for Aug. 30-Sept. 2 in New York. The story examines its agenda. (4)

Highly-regarded filmmaker Sergei Solovyov has turned 60 today. In an interview he examines several factors that have affected his choice of profession. He also talks about his meetings with world outstanding filmmakers. (7, 12, Trud, 6, AIF, 3, MK, 1, 4)

The Moscow gvt at a session on Tuesday discussed a bill concerning city soils. The story examines its major provisions, focusing on its expediency. A map showing the ecological state of soils in Moscow. (8)

The Moscow gvt on Tuesday discussed an issue concerning the hydrometeorological safety of Moscow. The story explains why the city weather service often gives mistaken weather forecasts. (8, Vremya Novostei, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 11)

Highly -regarded economist Yevgeny Yasin, Professor at the Moscow Higher School of Economics, at the Izvestia Media Center on Aug. 24 gave a news conference to speak out on the theme " The Stabilization Fund : an Instrument of Accumulation or of Active Budgetary Policy?" . The story offers major provisions from his speech, focusing on several conclusions. (9, Vremya Novostei, 4, Gazeta, 7, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

Sberbank today is controlling 61. 1 percent of private individuals' bank deposits. The story describes how it will act when the deposit insurance system begins to work, according to the law concerning the insurance of individuals' bank deposits. (9)

The Central Bank stated that at the Moscow Inter-Bank Currency Exchange on Sept. 16 it will hold an auction to place its short-term bonds. The story looks at its aims. (9)

The president' s official site on Tuesday announced that Vladimir Putin has signed the amendments to the Federal Law concerning advertising. The amendments toughly limit beer advertising. The story examines several amendments. (9, Kommersant, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3 and the full text of the beer amendments, Trud, 1, MK, 2)

LUKoil has refused to deliver oil to Iran, because such deliveries are unprofitable for the company. The story reveals the essence of LUKoil' s decision. (10, Kommersant, 5, Vremya Novostei, 7)

Lufthansa and Air France on Tuesday, due to aviation fuel soaring prices, imposed a new additional fee. For Russians flying to Germany the tariff has increased by 2 euros, and for those flying to France the tariff has been raised by 3 euros. Aeroflot has not changed its tariffs. (10)

Unified Energy Systems (UES) can soon receive back the Sayano-Shushenskaya Electric Power Station, the privatization of which in March was declared illegal. But in September the Supreme Arbitration Court can cancel the ruling. (10)

The Yunipravex information - rating agency within the framework of the international research project " Consulting Research" conducted a full-scale study of the personnel and political types of consulting that are close to public opinion. The story examines results of the study. (11)

KOMMERSANT (25/8/2004)

Georgia' s President Mikheil Saakashvili has accused Russia of its direct military interference in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict and stated that Georgia " is very close" to war with Russia. The story comments on his statement. (1, 9, Nezavisdimaya Gazeta, 1, 9, Vremya Novostei, 1, Gazeta, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 4)

An explosion at a bus stop on Kashirskoye Shosse on Tuesday left 4 people injured. The story gives details, saying that police suspect a Caucasian trace in the case. (1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 14, Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1)

The Defense Ministry Collegium in Moscow on Tuesday discussed results of the fulfillment of the Federal Program aimed at transferring several troops to a contract-based system of the army service. The focus was on its part that should be fulfilled in 2005 when 54. 5 thousand contract -based come to serve in the army. The story examines the Federal Program. (2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1)

The Pskov Regional Assembly on Tuesday scheduled the gubernatorial elections for Nov. 14, 2004. The story examines who will take part in the election campaign. (2)

According to official information about the recent Chechen rebels' attacks on two Grozny districts, 42 people were killed and 36 wounded. But the military and militia conceal the real figures on the human casualties. (3)

Document. The Appeal to President Putin, State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov, FSB Director Nikolai Patrushev. .. from a group of Dagestani People' s Assembly deputies demanding to remove from power Magomedov M. M. , Chairman of the State Council of Dagestan. Full text. (4)

The Association of Russian Banks (ARB) in the first decade of August held a session, at which heads of leading domestic banks decided to create a pool of banks with the aim of providing help to one another. The story comments on the decision. (5)

Alexander Alexandrovich, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Volga Oil Tanker Steamship-Line " Volgotanker" , on Tuesday announced the company' s intention to remove its head office from Samara. The story comments on the decision, focusing on two reasons. (5, 6)

The world leading Citigroup company stated that it' s buying First American Bank inTexas, the assets of which are estimated at $3. 5 billion. Brief. (5)

The Taganrog auto-plant will assemble the third model of the Hyundai Motor Co company-- a truck with a capacity of 1 ton. This information has been officially confirmed by the company' s representative in Russia and CIS, Sang Son Jang (Sp. ?) Brief. (5)

The Industry and Energy Ministry on Tuesday submitted to the gvt its proposals, saying how to lower petrol prices. The story examines the document. (6)

Mechel Group on Tuesday announced its withdrawal from the privatization project of the Croatian pipe plant Zeljezare Sisak. Mechel' s managing team that has invested in the plant about 8 million euros has failed to make the enterprise profit-making. The story comments on the decision. (6)

The European Conference of Civil Aviation has informed Russia' s Federal Agency of Air Transport about its decision, starting Jan. 1, 2005, to ban flights to the European airports of planes that are not equipped with a special land proximity warning system. (6)

Felix Stetoi, former Vice-President of the Pyatyorochka network, has launched his own network project in the tourist business. The story describes his company. (6)

The United Heavy Machinery shareholders at the extraordinary meeting on Tuesday elected a new Board of Directors. The brief gives several names of its members. (7)

The Gibraltar offshore Eco Holdings Limited company has sold EcoTelecom that owns 25 percent plus two shares of Russian Vympelcom. Brief. (7)

VEDOMOSTI (25/8/2004)

Russian citizens and enterprises should not pay extra for petrol due to soaring world oil prices. In order to protests the home oil product market from the world one the Industry and Energy Ministry has proposed to the gvt to raise the oil export duty, and in exchange to lower the tax on oil extraction and the petrol excises. The story reveals the essence of the proposal. (A1)

Alfa-Group is continuing to structure its telecommunications assets. The shares of VympelCom and Golden Telecom previously scattered among several Alfa-controlled offshores have now concentrated in the Alfa Telecom Ltd company. (A1)

Bankers under the aegis of the Association of Russian Banks decided to create a pool of banks with the aim of giving help to one another in case of any trouble, like the summer banking crisis. The story comments on the decision. (A1)

An explosion at a bus stop on Kashirskoye Shosse in Moscow on Tuesday left 4 people injured. Brief. (A1)

The Russian Consulate, starting Aug. 19, has suspended to release Georgians tourist visas. This was reported by the Georgian television company " Rustavi-2" , Brief. (A1)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday released from jail 3 convicted persons (their names are given) , who are involved in the so-called " crab case" . The story comments on the court ruling. (A2)

Donating regions can be given more freedom in disposing of their own money. The gvt-approved draft bill allows them to keep their free money on banking accounts and give it in trust management. (A3 )

German residents feel themselves as outsiders of Europe-- such a conclusions has been made by experts from the National Statistics Bureau of Germany, who tried to find out what Germans think of the living standards in their country. (A3)

With the aim of improving the anti-monopoly legislation, the gvt has submitted to the State Duma amendments to the law concerning competition that simplify the control procedure over the merger and absorption deals. (A4)

The Gruner+Jahr Publishing House, part of the Bertelsmann media holding, puts out in the USA glossy magazines about family life. The situation inside the company is not simple and friendly. The story describes complicated relationships between the German owners of this publishing house and Director-General of its American section Daniel Bruster, who had to leave. (A7)


The new structure of managing of the Unified Energy Systems company that was endorsed in March gave birth to competition between two subunits of the holding and their managers--Mikhail Abyzov and Vladimir Avetisyan. Due to this, several regional energosystems will even have to re-elect their boards of directors. The first such one will be Krasnoyarskenergo. (B1)

Ford has temporarily given up the idea to make its second model in Russia -- the sales of Ford Focus are so successful that there is no need so far to produce anything else. And what is the situation at the auto plant in Vsevolozhsk? (B1)

The Spanish Campofrio Alimentacion group, owning the CampoMos meat combine, has announced its plans to restructure the Russian business. The story reveals these plans in detail. (B1)

Guta-Bank President, now on holiday, has no intention to resume work in this bank after his holiday. This was stated by a source in the bank. Brief. (B1)

Steel Group Mechel decided to part with one of its foreign assets--the Croatian plant Mechel Zeljezara. This is already the second fiasco of the Russian owners of this plant. Before Mechel, it was the Truboimpex trader that failed to manage the plant. (B2)

German Volkswagen is again seeking a method to lower its expenses. This time the company announced its unwillingness in the next 2 years to raise salaries to its employees. Labour unions disagree with this method. (B2)

The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service has dropped the case in relation to the State Customs Committee. The brief mentions its essence. (B3)

DeltaCredit has borrowed one of the largest and long-term credits in the history of Russian market -- the American OPIC corporation has provided it with a $125 million line for 15 years. DeltaCredit intends to create its own credit portfolio in 2 years. (B3)

The Nizhny Novgorod region plans in mid-September to place a 3-year bond loan worth 1 billion rubles at the Moscow Inter-Bank Currency Exchange. Brief. (B3)


In the fall the State Duma (S. D. ) is expected to consider an amendment to the law concerning the government, lifting the ban for the ministers to take up commanding posts in political parties In an interview S. D. Vice-Speaker Lyubov Sliska shares her view on this draft and also on the prospects of the gubernatorial elections in the Saratov region. (1, 2)

Irina Khakamada in the mid-fall will present her new project--the party " Free Russia" . Will small and medium-sized businesses be able to financially support the new party after big business refused to do it? OPORA Rossii President Sergei Borisov answers this question. (2)

Authoritative economist Dmitry Yanits shares his view on what is going on around the Yukos case and Yuko' s major subsidiary Yuganskneftegaz. The focus is on Yukos-authorities relationships. (3)

The Auto Trading Center (ATC) " Moskva" will open in Moscow on Kashirskoyer Shosse in November this year. ATC official spokesman Andrei Polyakovsky talks about this center. (8)

The Belarussian national telecommunications market intends to host the third operator of GSM standard mobile communications. President Alexander Lukashenko stated that the new enterprise will be controlled by the state and by the Belarussian KGB and should use only Belarussian money, without a participation by foreign investors. The story examines the project. (9)

The expedition codenamed " Chelyuskin-70" , the most expensive one in the history of Chukotka, has brought no positive results. The story describes its deep under-water searches. (11)


The Moscow City Court on Tuesday continued hearings on the case of veterinary surgeon Alexander Duka, who is accused of selling psychotropic substance ketamine used as anesthesia for dogs and cats. The story details the case. (1, 3)

Chief State Sanitary Physician Gennady Onishchenko has endorsed new sanitary-epidemiological rules and normatives that are obligatory for the parents and for the schools. The story examines the major ones. (1, 13)

Transport Minister Igor Levitin at his meeting with President Putin in Sochi on Tuesday told the president about a new program of modernization of the transport infrastructure of the Black Sea coast. The story looks at the program. (2)

Show-business star Filipp Kirkorov on Tuesday unexpectedly stated that he intends to suspend his singing career for at least 2 years. His press secretary Nikolai Stepanov explains his client' s decision. (3, Noviye Izvestia, 5, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, MK, 1)

Document. The Federal Law concerning introducing an amendment to Article 16 of the Federal Law on Advertisement. The full text. (3)

Document. A list of 44 Political Parties that have the right to take part in the elections (by their state as of Aug. 1, 2004)

Participants in the joint expedition of the Adventure Club (headed by Dmitry Shparo) , of the Russian Agricultural Academy and of the Federal Agency for State Reserves have presented food-products that for 30 years had been kept in permafrost storehouses on the Taimyr Peninsula. In an interview Vladislav Gasumyanov, deputy head of the Federal Agency for State Reserves, talks about the expedition and about the food- products it found. (4)

Ekho Moskvy Radio Station will open its new season on Aug 30 with sensational news that its Editor-in-Chief Alexei Venediktov is going off the air. In an interview he comments on his decision, focusing on his Ekho' s plans for the new season. (7)


The Journalists Union on Tuesday has sent a letter to the Prosecutor General' s Office with a request to conduct an investigation into circumstances of the death of Andrei Kapustin, press secretary and adviser to the president of Buryatia. His colleagues believe that his death in a prison cell was not accidental. The story gives details. (1, 6)

Russian nationalists are threatening to kill Russian human rights activists and extremism fighters. Thus, on Tuesday they sent such warnings (the black marks) to head of the Youth Human Rights Movement Andrei Yurov, to Lyudmila Alekseyeva, Chairwoman of the Moscow Helsinki Group, and to Dmitry Krayukhin, Director of the Institute " Free Europe" . Sociologists say that the propaganda of nationalistic ideas in Russia is rapidly expanding, and only separation prevents nationalists from becoming a serious political force. (2)

Environmentalists as nobody else are indignant with the draft budget-2005, the funds of which for environmental protection measures have been cut by 15. 2 percent. The story comments on the issue. (3)

The National Research Program to study the effect of mobile telephones on human health should be endorsed in Russia already in September. The story examines what has provoked scientists launch research. (7)


According to the Emergency Situation Ministry, natural cataclysms are expected in the south of Russia in the last week of this summer. The story comments on the ministry' s warning. (5)

There is a so-called Russian street in London where Russian billionaires have bought posh houses. The story describes some of them and their owners. (8)