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IZVESTIA (17/8/2004)

US President George W. Bush on Monday announced a global shift of American troops and military bases located outside the USA. Americans are moving to the south, closer to sources of threats. The story comments on the plan, saying that in Moscow many are opposing it, while top politicians are likely to praise it. (1, 2, Kommersant. , 9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Gazeta, 2, Trud, 1, 4 Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, MK, 2)

The story reports about new victories and failures of Russian athletes in Athens on Monday. (1, 5, 6, Kommersant, 1, 15, 16, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 9, 10, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 8, Gazeta, 5, Vremya Novostei, 1, 10, 11, Trud, 1, 8, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, 4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, MK, 1, 2, 8, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 4, Pravda, 4)

The story describes an incident that happened with Russian tourist Natalya Guseva, director of a private foreign language school, who accompanied a group of Mozhaisk school-pupils in a tour around Europe. On Aug. 6 Belarussian border-guards in Brest detained her due to her serious passport problems. (1)

The Central Bank on Monday put new ruble banknotes into circulation. The story describes them in detail, focusing on how they differ from the, existing ones. (1, 9, Kommersant, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 4, Noviye Izvestia, 7, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, MK, 2)

The Moscow Simonovsky District Court on Monday acquitted journalist Dmitry Korovin, who was accused of slander. The story details his case. (2, Kommersant, 1, Gazeta, 4)

Georgian forces on the territory of South Ossetia were put in the state of combat alert. This was stated on Monday by Georgia' s Defense Minister Georgy Baramidze after two Georgian peacekeepers were killed in a heavy fighting in the early hours on Aug. 16. The story describes a very tense situation in the region, saying that the Protocol on cease-fire signed by Georgian and Ossetian siloviki does not work. (1, 2, Kommersant, 11, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 4, Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, 5, Trud, 2, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5, MK, 3)

President Putin on Monday arrived at Sochi' s Bocharov Ruchei, where he intends to hold several working meetings, including the international ones. The first guest received by Putin on Monday was Central Election Commission head Alexander Veshnyakov, who reported to the president about results of the latest presidential elections. He also shared his view on the upcoming presidential elections in Chechnya. (3, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Gazeta, 3, Trud, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 2)

President Putin on Monday signed a decree concerning the Defense Ministry, the document that determines the mechanism of reforming this military department within the framework of administrative reform. The story examines the document' s major parameters. (3, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1, Trud, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 2)

President Putin on Saturday appointed tank General Nikolai Rogozhkin Commander of the Interior Troops. Besides that, the president appointed Major-General Sergei Bunin chief of the General Staff of the Interior Troops. The story comments on the appointments. (3, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Vremya Novostei, 2, Gazeta, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 2)

Terrorists are threatening with acts of terror the Netherlands and Italy if they do not withdraw their troops from Iraq. These threats were posted in an Internet site. Brief. (4)

NTV television channel Director-General Vladimir Kulistikov has set a new task before his new deputy in charge of regional policy Rifat Sabitov-- to make NTV a federal channel by the scale of broadcasting. The story reveals the essence of this task. (7)

French comic film-star Pierre Rishar (Sp. ?) has turned 70. The story describes his recent trip to Siberia, where first he feared to go and which later he did not want to leave. (7)

Managers from many Moscow construction organizations on Monday got together in the headquarters of the construction of the Lefortovo Tunnel to talk about its safety. What caused the need for such a meeting was several mass media publications and rumours about this tunnel that is viewed as one of the most dangerous traffic places in the city. The story describes the meeting, its discussions and recommendations. (8)

The battles between the Moscow Architecture Committee and the " Sistema Gals" developing company over the fate of the Detsky Mir building are expected to resume soon. The story describes the former conflict, focusing on Moscow Chief Architect Alexander Kuzmin' s statement (on Aug. 12) , who said that the favourite shop of Moscow guests will not be demolished. (8)

The grain harvest this year is expected to amount to 80 million tons, but, due to grain low quality, there will be shortages of wheat used for making bread, hence its higher prices. The story examines the grain quality problem. )10)

Today marks 6 years of the 1998 financial crisis. Almost 50 percent of Russians are sure that it can repeat. The fear of the future gave birth to the July problems of the banking sector that some Russians view as a forerunner of a new default. The story comments on the issue, offering results of the recent VTsIOM opinion poll. (10)

Experts from the American D. Power & Associates marketing agency have conducted an opinion poll among auto owners to see what 3-year-old autos are the most reliable today. The story examines results. (11)

KOMMERSANT (17/8/2004)

Yukos on Monday released its account (according to the Russian standards) for its performance in the second quarter and in the first 6 months of this year. According to January-June results, the company' s net profit amounted to almost 77. 6 billion rubles. Its losses emerged due to debt payments for 2000. The story looks at its report. (1, Gazeta, 1, 7, )

The Federal State Statistics Service on Monday made public the comparative statistical data of Russia and several developed countries. It turns out that by the economic growth rates Russia has considerably outstripped them. The story examines the statistics report. (2)

The Interior Ministry Investigative Committee on Monday announced the completion of the investigation of the case of Noviye Izvestia former editor-in -chief Igor Golembiovsky and his deputy Sergei Agafonov, who are accused of the premeditated bankruptcy of the Information-Publishing Group Noviye Izvestia. The story examines the case, saying that it has been submitted to the Prosecutor General' s Office. (4)

Libya on Monday announced a tender for developing oil and gas deposits on its territory. Bids for participation in will be accepted till Jan. 10, 2005. Will Russia take part?. Brief. (5)

Federal Insurance Surveillance Service head Ilya Lomakin-Rumyantsev on Monday signed an order on revoking licenses from 142 insurers due to violating demands for charter capital. And this is only the beginning: about 300 insurers, more than 25 percent of the domestic market, will lose their licenses. (5)

British Victoria Oil & Gas Plc company has bought 74. 6 percent of shares of Russian Severgaz-Invest for $11 million. Brief. (5)

The shareholders of the Cherepovetsky Azot company at the extraordinary meeting on Monday decided to pass over the duties of the company' s individual executive body to Moscow Fosagro AG. Brief. (5)

Korea Gas Corp, a leading world liquefied gas (WLG) buyer, has launched its search of a producer, from which over 20 years since 2008 it will buy by 5. 3 million of WLG. The sum of the contract is $16 billion. Brief. (5)

It has become a daily occurrence among domestic banks to suspend banking operations " due to technical reasons" . As an example the story cites the case with Granit' s affiliate in Yekaterinburg. (5)

MDM Bank on Monday bought from Sobinbank a portfolio of $26 million auto credits. The bank reported that it liked the deal and hopes in the future to expand its business in this direction, namely, to re-sell credits. The story comments on its business. (5)

Transneft from the Ukrainian state-run Ukrtransnafta company has received a proposal on prolonging the Russian oil transit treaty for another 15 years. The story examines the proposal, saying how Transneft Vice-President Sergei Grigoryev regards it. (6)

Russian Railways' (RZH) Property Department head Igor Rotenberg today is expected to present to the company' s Management Board a project of creating a non-state department " The RZH Property Management Directorate" . The story examines the project. (7)

Severstal-Group will take part in the privatization of the Czech Steel Mill Vittkovice Steel, A. S. A Russian delegation will visit Prague today to discuss the terms of the competition. (7)

The British television TV+ channel will launch its broadcasting in Russia in September. Its core will be BBC news translated into Russian. The story describes its program. (7)

Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov is to arrive in Russia today on an official state visit. Photo caption. (12)

NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA (17/8/2004)

The story names several gvt, State Duma officials, businessmen and public figures who are attending the Olympic Games in Athens, focusing on the capacity, which they are in there (1, 2)

The mounting standoff between local authorities and the opposition threatens to split Dagestan, which will lead to serious consequences. Despite its leadership' s statement, the situation is continuing to aggravate. The story gives concrete facts to illustrate the point. (1, 2)

In a far-ranging interview Gleb Pavlovsky, adviser to the Kremlin administration head and President of the Effective Policy Fund, is assessing the first 100 days of President Putin' s work in the second term of his office. In Pavlovsky' s opinion, what is threatening to the strong president today, as before, is weak power institutions. United Russia is a politically feeble organization. Pavlovsky also explains, why authorities have turned out to be unable to conduct large-scale administrative reform. (1, 11)

The World Congress of Orientalists--ICANAS-XXXVII-- opened in the Russian Academy of State Service on Monday. The story describes this event and its significance, focusing on a speech by Academician Yevgeny Primakov, who concentrated on 4 acute problems that are impossible to solve without orientalists. (2)

In the view of Yukos Financial Director Misamore, declaring bankruptcy for his company is not the worst way out if it' s conducted according to the law. The story comments on his statement to the British Financial Times. (3)

In an interview Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov, who is arriving in Russia today on an official visit, talks about several urgent issues he will discuss with the Russian leadership in Moscow. (5)

ROSSIISKAYA GAZETA (17/8/2004)

Chechnya on Aug. 23 will celebrate the day of the birth of the first president of the republic Akhmat Kadyrov, who was killed in Grozny during a terrorist act on May 9. The story examines celebration events to honour this date. (2)

The story examines new specific feature that have emerged in the life of Kaliningrad that has found itself surrounded by the European Union. (3)

The forecast of Russia' s social and economic development in 2005 and the parameters of the forecast for the period of up to 2007 made public by the Economic Development Ministry that the gvt is expected to discuss at its session on Aug. 23 show that oil' s role is beginning to decrease and that other factors come to the foreground. The story examines them in detail. (4)

According to the bill concerning the replacement of social benefits with cash payments, three categories of the population (they are mentioned) should get these payments from the regional and municipal budgets. Will they be in a position to meet their obligations, starting new year? The story describes this situation in four regions. (4)

Is it possible to merge two domestic leading navigation companies --Sovkomflot and Novoship? In an interview deputy gvt head Sergei Frank comments on the situation. (5)

The Novosibirsk City Court on Monday opened a trial of scandalously notorious journalist Igor Kolodezenko, who is accused of stirring ethnic hatred. The convicted used this chance to distribute fresh copies of the newspaper " Rodnaya Sibir" (Native Siberia) , of which he is the editor and founder. Saying that he fulfilled his civic duty, he handed over the newspaper copies to the prosecutor and the judge. The story details his case. (6)

A Federation Council (FC) delegation headed by Mikhail Margelov, Chairman of the FC International Affairs Committee, recently attended the Congress of the US Democratic Party in Boston. In an interview Margelov shares his impressions about this event, saying how the Kerry team regards Russia. (7)

NOVIYE IZVESTIA (17/8/2004)

A Nizhny Novgorod resident, who was beaten by police, demanded a compensation through court and has won it. His offender was found guilty and sentenced to 3 years in prison. The story describes the case, saying that the long-standing Soviet time dogma --My police same me " today has acquired one more sentence --and beat me. "(1, 6)

Many State Duma deputies this year intend to take part in regional gubernatorial elections. Opposition deputies in the United Russia faction have made such a choice, because they have lost the " right to vote" and with it the possibility to affect any process. The story examines which deputies have decided to run for governors and in what regions. (2)

The Committee for Civic Rights on Monday presented its report on police tortures in the Moscow region. Information collected by human rights activists evidence numerous cases of arbitrary rule. The story gives several concrete cases. (2)

The Federal State Statistics Service on Monday reported that by the growth of the real volume of the gross domestic product, Russia is in first line among developed countries. And the question that has emerged at once is if our gross domestic product is on the rise, why then are Russians so poor? The story tries to find an answer to this question. (3)

The Center for Economic Analysis on Monday made public results of the ranking of the first 100 domestic banks that, as it has turned out, have radically cut the pace of increasing assets and capital. The story examines results. (3)

The euro on Monday grew by 40 kopecks. The official rate of the European currency established by the Central Bank for today amounts to 36. 12 rubles. Last week the figure was 35. 7-35. 9 rubles. The brief says how analysts explain the growth of the euro. (3)

The story explains why the bill on replacing social benefits with cash payments will inevitably lead to crises. (3)

KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA (17/8/2004)

The Institute of Strategic Assessments in the Volgograd region late last week conducted a public opinion poll to see what people think of the economic situation in the region. Institute Director Sergei Oznobishchev commented on the results. (6)

Not long before its 100 days in office, the gvt has announced its social and economic plan for the next several years. The newspaper offers it in two detailed tabloids. (8)

In an interview Dmitry Belousov, a leading expert in the Center for Macroeconomic Analysis and Short-Term Forecast, examines soaring prices and inflation up to the end of this year. (9)