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IZVESTIA (20/1/2005)

n an interview Chairman of the Audit Chamber Sergei Stepashin explains the reason behind his resignation. The story comments on his decision. (1, 4, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 4, Gazeta, 1, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, Trud, 3, Vremya Novostei, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 3)

Yury Boldyrev, Deputy Chairman of the Audit Chamber, comments on Sergei Stepashin' s decision concerning his resignation. (4)

Health Minister Mikhail Zurabov and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin on Wednesday told regional governors that they will receive donations from the federal budget for people' s free rides in public transport if they (governors) themselves pay 70 percent from the cost of tickets. The story describes how governors have reacted to this news. (1, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3 Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, MK, 1, 2)

The Frunzensky District Prosecutor' s Office in Ivanovo has opened a criminal case against Russian classical authors, including poet Mikhail Lermontov, accusing them of writing pornography. The story details the case. (1, 6)

The Moscow City Duma on Wednesday passed (in a second reading) a draft bill that, starting Jan. 1, 2007, bans parking in unsanctioned places in the city. The story comments on the document, focusing on its three main provisions. (1, 2, Kommersant, 7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 5, Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 3, MK, 2)

Three statues of Stalin will be erected in Yalta, Moscow and Belgorov not long before the celebrations of the 60th Victory Anniversary. The story comments on the decision. (2, Kommersant, 1, 8, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Trud, 4)

St. Petersburg authorities intend to make drivers pay for driving in the city center. This initiative was proposed at a local session on Tuesday. Brief. (2)

Oligarch Roman Abramovich has no intention to pay out $17. 5 million to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development that is demanding the money. Abramovich stated that he has already paid the money. The story describes the conflicting situation. (3, Kommersant, 13, 14)

Primorsky Krai authorities on Wednesday announced the launching of the construction of an oceanarium in the ecologically clean harbour Patrokl in Vladivostok. The cost of the project is $100 million-$110 million The story examines the project focusing on its aim, saying that President Putin has proposed this idea to governor Sergei Darkin. (3)

The deferral from the army service will not concern the students-- this was stated by Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov in his speech in the State Duma on Wednesday. The story comments on his statement that has actually refuted his previous pronouncements. (3, Kommersant, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

The story examines how Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a news conference on Wednesday responded to Condoleezza Rice' s several tough statements. The minister also describes how he envisions Russia' s relations with the USA, Ukraine and Georgia. (3, Kommersant, 1, 9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 8, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5, MK, 2)

French Defense Minister Michel Aljo Marie (Sp. ?) in St. Petersburg today will meet with her Russian counterpart Sergei Ivanov for talks. In an interview she says what issues they will discuss. (4)

Belarussian authorities have ordered the national radio stations to use mostly Belarussian music. The use of Russian and Western music will be strictly limited. Those who disobey will be punished. The story comments on the order. (5)

Viktor Yushchenko, who has won the Ukrainian presidential elections, will pay his first foreign visit to Strasbourg rather than to Moscow, as he previously stated. Brief. (5)

Two highly-placed customs officials from the Federal Customs Service (their names are given) have been detained in Moscow on suspicion of taking huge bribes. Brief. (6, Kommersant, 6)

In an interview Independent Media founder and CEO Derk Sauer explains why he has sold his IM to Finnish media giant Sanoma Magazines International. (1, 9, Kommersant, 17, Gazeta, 7, Vremya Novostei, 1)

Mosenergo is selling heating at a too high price-- such a conclusion was made on Wednesday by a commission from the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service that is demanding to lower the tariff and to transfer the revenues thus earned to the budget. Mosenergo disagrees and intends to contest FAS' decision in court. (9, 13, Kommersant, 15)

The Natural Resources Ministry on Wednesday threatened to LUKoil to revoke licenses on six deposits (they are named) in Western Siberia if the company does not begin to extract oil there. The story comments on the ministry' s warning. (10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 5)

TNK-BP has filed a suit against the Federal Tax Service that is demanding 3 billion rubles from the company as a back tax. The story details the case. (10, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

The leading domestic maker of porous chocolate -- the Russky Shokolad company -- has become a new owner of the Ivanovo worsted combine. This was the only way to save the combine from bankruptcy(10 )

The IDC research company on Wednesday summed up results of its business on the Russian printers market in 2004. The story examines results, citing experts' view. (11)

KOMMERSANT (20/1/2005)

Alexei Miller, head of the Gazprom Board, announced on Wednesday that everything was ready for absorbing Rosneft. The Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein investment bank that made a valuation of the deal is preparing it without a participation of Yugansknneftegaz that has been bought by Rosneft. The story comments on Miller' s statement. (1, Gazeta, 7, Vremya Novostei, 1, 7, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday unexpectedly summed up results of last year that undoubtedly was the most unsuccessful year in domestic foreign policy. The story examines the minister' s assessments, pointing to Russia' s friends and adversaries. (1, 9)

Vyacheslav Fetisov, head of the Federal Agency for Physical Culture and Sports, in Moscow on Sunday met with FIFA President Zepp Blatter. In an interview Fetisov talks about one of the main they discussed -- the fate of Vyacheslav Koloskov, the President of the Russian Football Union. (1, 23)

The gvt at a session today will discuss the most heated issue -- a returning of free rides in public transport to benefit-recipients. (see p. 3) But the main issue on the agenda is a discussion of amendments to the bankruptcy legislation that have been drafted by the Economic Development Ministry. The story examines several major amendments. (2, Vremya Novostei, 4)

Mass protests against abolished social benefits continued in several regions on Wednesday accompanied by arrests of their activists and emotional verbal exchanges between pensioners and authorities. The story describes several protest acts. (3, Trud, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3 )

Several public organizations on Wednesday issued a joint appeal to Russians calling on them not to participate in Communists-orchestrated acts of protest against the monetarization of social benefits. The story looks at the appeal. (3)

Karachayevo-Cherkessia' s President Mustafa Batdyev on Wednesday made the gvt to resign, without any explanation. The story comments on the president' s decision, saying how analysts explain it. (4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

The Prosecutor General' s Officer has arrested two accomplices of terrorists, who kept pupils and their relatives as hostages in a Beslan school on Sept. 1-3. Another 7 accomplices of terrorists have been killed in a special police operation in Ingushetia. This was stated in Vladikavkaz on Wednesday by deputies of the Prosecutor General Vladimir Kolesnikov and Nikolai Shepel. (5)

The Moscow Central Administrative District' s Prosecutor' s Office on Wednesday launched an investigation of doctors' work in an eye clinic of the leading domestic ophthalmological network " Eksimer" , in which 22 patients in November 2004 went blind in one day. (7)

Estonia' s President Arnold Rjuutel (Sp. ?) on Jan. 20-23 will pay a private visit to Russia. The brief looks at its aim. (9)

The Ukrainian Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed to publish results of the repeat presidential runoff elections on Dec. 26. Brief. (9)

French Foreign Minister Michael Barnje (Sp, ?) is arriving in Moscow today. In an interview he positively assesses the state of French-Russian relations, focusing on boosting their economic cooperation. (10)

The Megafon shareholders on Wednesday elected 50 percent of new members (independent directors) to the company Board of Directors. The story describes a conflict among the company' s shareholders that, in experts' opinion, may be settled through a sale of shares to American businessman Leonard Blavatnik. (13)

A team of managers and technologists today is leaving Guta-Bank for Promsvyazbank. The story says why. (13, 14)

The Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) Bureau held a session on Wednesday to discuss the resignation of the second person in RSPP-- Igor Yurgens-- and the issue concerning the monetarization of social benefits. The story describes the session, its discussions, proposals and decisions. (15)

VEDOMOSTI (20/1/2005)

The managers and owners of the enterprise that is brought to bankruptcy will have to prove their innocence in court. In case of failure they will have to part with their property to pay to creditors. (A1)

Chairman of the Overseeing Council of Renaissance Capital Alexander Shokhin has been member of the United Russia party for 6 months already. He needs a party card to uphold the interests of the business community in the State Duma The story reports on how experts regard his party membership. (A1)

Siloviye Mashiny most probably will not go to Siemens. Several highly-placed state officials stated that the German concern will have difficulty in receiving permission on purchasing 71 percent of shares of Siloviye Mashiny from Interros. (A1)

State Duma deputies have refused to remove special license registration plates from their cars. S. D. passed such a decision on Wednesday, rejecting a draft bill that was submitted by deputy Viktor Pokhmelkin. Brief. (A1)

The Economic Development Ministry intends to order an independent audit of prices of weapons in order to see reasons behind the soaring prices. The story looks at analysts' view. (A2)

The newspaper offers an abridged chapter from a new book titled " Long Time. Russia in the World. Studies in Economic History" by Yegor Gaidar, Director of the Institute of the Economy of the Transition Period. (A4)

Colonel-General Alexander Zherikhov on July 6, 2004 was appointed head of the Federal Customs Service. In an interview he talks about specific features of his job, focusing on several difficulties. (A5)

According to results of an international opinion poll taken by the international Grant Thornton International organization, owners and company top managers in 2004 experienced more stress than a year ago. Over 6, 000 entrepreneurs and managers from 24 countries took part in the poll. The story examines results, focusing on conclusions. (A7)

Employers, recruiters and consultants on personnel give recommendations to young employees, who want to be quickly promoted or their managers to pay attention to them. (A7)


The story reveals the essence of the deal between Independent Media and the Finnish Sanoma Magazine International media giant. (B1)

Foreign investors are continuing to get rid of Russian shares, due to which the RTS index fell below the 600 point mark. Optimists hope that many investors simply wait for good news. (B1)

Ford is taking an unusual move : the auto concern intends to considerably lower prices of its Russian autos. Even its new model that will be assembled in May will cost approximately by $2, 000 less than the present model. (B1)

Group Menatep hopes in the next two years to draw from all domestic assets, except Yukos, because it considers Russia to be a dangerous place for investment. This was stated by Group Managing Director Tim Osborn. (B1)

The Board of Directors of the International Financial Corporation (IFC) decided to release $50 million credit to Novatek and buy a minority package of its shares worth up to $35 million. This was stated by a source in IFC. Brief. (B1)

A major renovation project may be launched already this year. This was stated by Yevgeny Panteleyev, head of the n Moscow Department of Science and Industrial Policy. Brief. (B1)

The Gazprom Board of Directors on Jan. 26 will discuss the budget, the investment program and a program of cutting expenses in 2005. The brief looks at its agenda. (B1)

The upcoming auction to sell 25 percent of shares of Yakutugol has caused unprecedented interest. . The story looks at companies willing to struggle for their share. (B2)

Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller on Wednesday tried to calm down investors, who fear the possibility of canceling the liberalization of the market of this monopoly' s shares. He promised them full liberalization soon. Experts, however, propose to wait first for the merger of Gazprom with Rosneft. (B2)

The European giants --Deutsche Bank, Italian Intesa and French BNP Paribas -- are claiming small KMB-Bank. The story describes their interest. (B3)


The Ukrainian official gvt newspapers " Pravitelstvenny Kuryer" and " Golos Ukrainy" today are expected to make public results of the presidential elections on Dec. 26. Starting this moment, the Central Election Commission' s decision on recognizing Viktor Yushchenko' s victory will be legal. The story comments on the results, saying that Yushchenko' s camp is getting ready for the inauguration ceremony that is scheduled for Jan. 22. (1, 5)

The story comments on the draft treaty on dividing powers between Chechnya and Russia, saying that this document features relations between a small victor and a big loser. Dzhokhar Dudayev' s dream has come true-- in 2 months Chechnya will become de facto free and independent. (1, 4)


State Duma deputies (Rodina faction) have proposed to increase the income tax for those, whose salary exceeds $1, 000. The story comments on the proposal and its initiators. (1, 3)

As soon as Belarus and Russia began to trade between each other according to the general rules (without discounts on brotherhood) , problems have emerged immediately. The fact is that a new principle of levying VAT in bilateral trade has been used starting Jan. 1, and Russian-Belarussian trade turnover has become negligible. The story says that both sides are losers. (1, 4)

The State Duma will not vote for the resignation of the gvt in connection with mass protests against the monetarization of social benefits. Deputies decided to call up several ministers (their names are given) onto the carpet and reprimand them. The story comments on deputies' decision. (2)

The story describes what our neighbours -- Kazakhstan and Latvia -- did with their Soviet-era social benefits. (2)

The world sugar prices last year upgraded by 59 percent -- up to 9. 37 cents per pound. In the opinion of international and domestic experts, sugar is continuing to go up in price. Exchange prices for the first time since 2001 can exceed 10 cents per pound. The story examines several reasons for soaring sugar prices, focusing on expected increases in Russia. (3)

The UN Wednesday published a report " Investment in Progress: Practical Moves Aimed at Achieving the Aims of the Millennium" .The document contains measures to halve the poverty level and to overcome it completely in 2025. The story examines the report. (3)

The presidents of Russia and Kazakhstan -- Vladimir Putin and Nursultan Nazarbayev -- on Wednesday signed the Treaty on the Delimitation of the State Border. The story examines the document, focusing on several serious concessions Russia had to make in order to maintain good relations with its main CIS partner. (4)


Education Minister Andrei Fursenko in the State Duma in Tuesday told deputies about the " black market circulation" of money in the institutes and universities. The story offers terrible figures on bribes he cited in his report. (3)

Moscow politicians on Wednesday reflected on why President Putin introduced to Kazakhstan' s head of state Nursultan Nazarbayev a group of highly-placed Kremlin officials from his administration, drawing his guest' s attention for the whole 5 minutes (!) to a young chief of the Expert Board --Arkady Dvorkovich. This was something extraordinary from the Kremlin protocol. The story reflects on what it could mean. (4)

In an interview Chief Weather Specialist Alexander Bedritsky talks about specific features of this extraordinarily warm winter. He tries to forecast the weather in February and March. (5)

The story describes the SOS (emergency help) red-blue security stands that were placed on Moscow streets recently. The focus is on how to use them. (6)

Tsar Peter the Great on Jan. 20, 1705 for the first time endorsed the white-blue-red flag as the official flag for the merchant vessels. The story describes what these colours mean and how they affect people' s health. (8)

Politika Fund President Vyacheslav Nikonov shares his view on the current social reforms, focusing on factors that have caused people' s wrath. He says how federal authorities could have avoid mass protests. (11, Noviye Izvestia, 1)


Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov in the State Duma on Wednesday told deputies how the country will celebrate the 60th Victory Anniversary. (Authorities probably hope that this story will change for the better war veterans ' bitterness from the monetarization of social benefits. The story examines the victory celebration program. (1, 3)

After 48-year-old Vagif Talybov of the Lezgin origin living in the Moscow region failed to get a job, he came to the State Duma on Wednesday with the aim of suicide in public. The story describes what happened to him. (1)

Moscow authorities plan to insert more information for tourists into electronic information kiosks that were placed on city streets last summer. The story describes these electronic information kiosks. (1)

Sociologists in the Levada Center decided to conduct an opinion poll to see what Russians like and dislike in their lives today. The brief offers results. a pie-chart. (2)

Pyotr Aksyonov, a spokesman for the Moscow gvt, told journalists on Wednesday how authorities plan to crack down on traffic jams in the city. He revealed a program of launching a new type of transportation. (2)

Specialists from the Federal Service for Consumers Rights Surveillance have banned two food additives --E-210 and E-217 -- that are harmful for health. The story examines foods with these additives. (3)