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IZVESTIA (20/10/2005)

The terrorist act in Nalchik on Oct. 13 split local families and that bloody event was practically a civil war. The feature story as an example describes a tragic situation in a family, in which two brothers (their names are given) found themselves on opposite sides, and both were killed. (1, 8)

In an interview Kabardino-Balkaria' s President Arsen Kanokov, who took up the post in late September, and for whom the Islamist militants' attacks on Oct. 13 were the first serious test, talks about reasons behind those attacks, saying what should be done to avoid them in the future. (1, 2, Novaya Gazeta, No. 28, p. 5)

Bird flu has hit the Tula region bordering the Moscow region. This is stated in an official report by the All-Russia Research Institute of Animal Protection that investigated Tula specialists' materials. . The story describes urgent measures that have been taken in the region not to allow the disease to spread. (1, 2, Kommersant, 1, Noviye Izvestia, 6, Novaya Gazeta, No. 78, p. 9)

About 60 people in the Moscow 199th and 201st districts are claiming two seats in the State Duma. The story presents some of them, saying that the Election Commission in 10 days will make public results of its check-up of their documents. (2, Kommersant, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

High-ranking siloviki from the Prosecutor General' s Office, the Interior Ministry and the FSB in the State Duma on Wednesday attended a closed-door session to tell deputies the whole truth about the recent events in Kabardino- Balkaria. The story comments on several reports, focusing on a general conclusion about siloviki' s work in Nalchik. (2, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 7, Gazeta, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4)

Russian liberals in Moscow on Wednesday marked the 15th anniversary of the first democratic party " Democratic Russia" in the USSR that became an alternative to the ruling CPSU and that was created in October 1990 on the basis of deputies-democrats of the Interregional Group of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. Brief. (2)

President Putin on Wednesday submitted to Kalmykia' s parliament the candidacy of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to be confirmed as President of Kalmykia. It was stated on Wednesday by the president' s press service. Brief. (2, Kommersant, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1)

Gvt ministers at a session today will talk about their readiness to implement the so-called priority national projects. Ministers will have to divide 134. 5 billion rubles that the president has allocated on boosting agriculture, education, health care and the housing market. The story examines how this money will possibly be divided, saying that a special public council will be created soon to control the implementation of the president' s initiatives. (1, 3)

The Union of industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) before the end of this year will create a parallel non-commercial structure with the same name. This was stated on Wednesday by RSPP President Alexander Shokhin. The story comments on his statement, focusing on the aims and tasks of the new structure. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 4, Gazeta, 2)

It became officially known on Wednesday that convict Platon Lebedev had been sent to a labour colony in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area. His family has received this information. The fate of Mikhail Khodorkovsky has remained unclear. (3, Gazeta, 11, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6, Novaya Gazeta, No. 78, p. 7)

The story describes in detail how high-ranking officials from the Federal Tax Service Oleg Alexeyev and Alexei Mishin were arrested on Oct. 17 and on what charges. (3, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 6, Vremya Novostei, 3, Gazeta, 8, 9)

The Latvian authorities intend to declared Boris Berezovsky a person non grata. The corresponding resolution was endorsed on Wednesday by the National Security Council. The final decision will be made by the republic' s Prosecutor General' s Office and Interior Ministry. Brief. (3, Kommersant, 1, 11, Gazeta, 4)

The leadership of the State Duma Rodina faction has applied to the Prosecutor General' s Office with an inquiry on launching a criminal case against Ella Pamfilova, head of the presidential Council on Boosting Civil Society Institutions and Human Rights. The brief looks at what the Rodina faction has against Pamfilova. (3)

According to the Polish magazine Vprost' s rating, former Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky is no longer a billionaire, having only $500 million. Brief. (3)

The story features an opening of the trial of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad on Wednesday, saying that he pleaded not guilty. The reasonhy the trial was postponed up to Nov. 28 is explained. (4, Kommersant, 9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 8, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, 6, Gazeta, 12, 13)

The story features Wednesday' s developments in and around the Russian fishing trawler Elektron, saying that it is expected to arrive in Murmansk today in the evening. (1, 4, Krasnaya Zvezda, 7, Gazeta, 9, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Novaya Gazeta, No. 78, p. 12, Trud, 2, MK, 1, 2)

US Internal Security Department Secretary Michael Chertoff (Sp. ?) has launched a one-year wide-scale campaign aimed at evicting all illegal immigrants from the country. The story describes the campaign (5 )

Georgia' s Foreign Minister Salome Zurabishvili may lose her post. The story describes what the Georgian parliament dislikes in her policy. (5, Kommersant, 1, 10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 8, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5, Gazeta, 14, Vremya Novostei, 5)

There is only a moratorium on the death penalty in Russia today. Should it make the next move ? Two authoritative politicians share their opposite views. (7) §

The story examines several essential issues that were discussed at an enlarged session of the Agriculture Minisry that was attended by Prime Ministry Mikhail Fradkov. (9, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Gazeta, 19, Vremya Novostei, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

World Bank head Paul Wulfovits (Sp. ?) ,who took up this job in April, for the first time at this post arrived in Moscow on Wednesday. His first talks with Economic Development Minister German Gref were successful. The story examines their results. (9, Kommersant, 15, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

The Yury Nikulin Circus on Ulitsa Tsvetnoi Bulvar may close soon due to the soaring rent. The story comments on its position today, focusing on how Moscow City Hall regards it. (12)

The story examines election programs that the leading political parties have prepared for their Moscow City Duma election campaign. (12)

In an exclusive interview, Kirill Kleimenov, head of the Information Programs Directorate of Channel One, reveals prospects of information broadcasting of his channel. (13)

KOMMERSANT (20/10/2005)

According to yesterday' s information, convict Mikhail Khodorkovsky will serve his prison sentence in a labour colony in Krasnokamensk (Chita region) . His family and lawyers do not have evidence proving this information. (1, 4)

The domestic leading AK Transnefteprodukt (TNP) state-run company is moving from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Its Board of Directors is headed by Deputy Kremlin Administration Head Vladislav Surkov. TNP assures that it is willing to pay taxes according to the gvt' s order. (1, 13)

The State Duma on Wednesday passed (in the second and third readings) amendments to the Budget-2005. The story examines some of them, saying that the expenditure increased by 16. 1 percent and the revenues -- by 47. 9 percent. (2)

Valery Gartung, leader of the Party of Pensioners (RPP) , on Wednesday, accused the Kremlin administration of exerting strong pressure on the RPP leadership. The scenario, according to which things are developing today around RPP, looks much alike the plan, according to which the opposition Liberal Russia party headed then by Boris Berezovsky was split in 2002. The story comments on Gartung' s statement. (3)

The Moscow Election Commission on Wednesday completed to accept documents for the registration for the elections to the Moscow City Duma scheduled for Dec. 4. And the election commissions in the Preobrazhensksy and Universitetsky districts in Moscow on Wednesday also completed to accept documents from candidates running for 2 seats to the State Duma. The story comments on the situation. (3)

Rebels in the small hours of the morning on Wednesday attacked on the Yandare village in Ingushetia, where its siloviki live. The story describes the rebels' operation and its huge damage, viewing it as the beginning of economic terror. (6, Vremya Novostei, 1)

The Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) on Wednesday strictly reprimanded the Khrunichev Space Center. The story says why. (6)

The Sobor of the Russian Orthodox Old Believer Church on Tuesday late at night elected a new hierarch to replace the late Metropolitan of Moscow and all Russia Andrian, who died in August. (7, Vremya Novostei, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

Health Minister Mikhail Zurabov on Wednesday announced that the so-called child birth delivery certificates will be imposed, starting 2006. The story reveals their essence. (7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov on Wednesday announced new rules of parking in the city for the coming winter. The story examines them in detail. (8)

VEDOMOSTI (20/10//2005)

Italian parliament deputies are demanding an investigation into the Gazprom-ENI deal concerning selling gas on Italy' s retail market. What is disturbing them is the fact that Gazprom instructed to sell gas to the firm, the founder of which is businessman Bruno Mentasti, former partner of Silvio Berlusconi. The story examines who helps Gazprom sell gas in Italy. (A1)

Will groups fighting against one another in the Kremlin manage to come to agreement on a candidacy of President Putin' s successor? This question is a point of concern among analysts of the Renaissance Capital investment bank. The story looks at the best and worst variants for investors. (A1)

The judges will have to declare their revenues and report about all their personal contacts, even if they had been severed in the distant youth. A draft of amendments to the law concerning the judges' status that envisages a series of anti-corruption measures may be submitted to the State Duma before the end of this year. The story examines some of them. (A1)

The story offers several concrete examples saying how high-ranking state officials often give different facts and figures about one and the same topic. How should it be understood. ? (A1, A4)

State Duma deputies on Wednesday listened to siloviki' s reports about the recent attacks on Nalchik on Oct. 13. Deputies say that they failed to receive answers to many of their questions. . The story concludes that the State Duma is not a place where it would be possible to untie the Caucasian knot. (A2)

Ukraine has been left not only without the Prosecutor General but also without the Constitutional Court. The Supreme Rada today will endorse a resignation of nine members of the Constitutional Court with expired duties, without whom the Court does not have a quorum. The appointment of new members may turn into a fight between Yushchenko supporters and the opposition. (A2)

September was a successful month for the domestic economy. According to the Economic Development Ministry, the gross domestic product in September 2005 grew by 6. 6 percent as compared with September 2004. (A3)

In a far-ranging interview Chris Gibson-Smith (Sp. ?) , Chairman of the Board of Directors of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) talks about how his stock exchange has prepared for a boom of the Russian IPO that has begun in LSE. (A5)EDOMOSTI. COMPANIES & MARKETS SUPPLEMENhe Russian Railways company (RZH) has borrowed a $600 million syndicated credit, which is a debut on the European market consisting of a 3-year tranche for $300 million and a 5-year tranche for $300 million. The rates are LIBOR plus 0. 75 percent and LIBOR plus 0. 9 percent. Brief(B1)

Group SUAL is considering the possibility if releasing $300 million eurobonds already this year. This was stated by First Vice-President of the managing company SUAL-Holding Iosif Bakalleinik. )Brief)

The American Eddox corporation has initiated a case in the Regional Court of state New York with the aim of not to allow the sale of 93 percent of shares of Ukrainian Krivorozhstal during an auction scheduled for Oct. 24. If the auction takes place, Eddox intends to demand from Ukraine and from an auction winner that they recover all losses. Brief. (B1)

Citigroup Venture Capital has become a shareholder of the National Logistics Company NLK. It has bought a block package of shares of NLK, and German DTB has bought out over 10 percent of NLK shares. NLK will invest $50 million earned on placing shares in regional projects. (B1)

The gvt' s striving to back agricultural producers will consolidate the positions of one more state-run bank. The gvt today will discuss an issue on raising the charter capital of Rosselkhozbank by 9. 4 billion rubles. This will allow it to become one of the 20 leading banks of Russia. (B1 )

Mitsubishi Motors President Osamu Masuroko (Sp. ?) on Wednesday stated that his company intends to build an assembly plant in Russia. This, however, may take place in two-three years. (B2)

General Motors (GM) and AvtoVAZ will not launch a joint venture to make motors. This plant may become a project of AvtoVAZ alone, to which GM will give technologies and licenses, and will also help borrow funds for purchasing equipment. (B2)

Amtel is the first domestic tire company to conduct IPO. In November foreign investors will be able to buy up to 25 percent of shares of the parent company of the tire holding -- Amtel Vredestein N. V. (B2 )

Russneft is preparing to place the first bond loan in its history. The company will borrow $240 million to re-finance its debts. (B3)


Italy' s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced on Tuesday evening that the parliamentary elections in his country would take place on April 9, 2006. On this day Berlusconi, a close friend of President Putin, may quit politics. The story looks at two other high-ranking state officials in Europe, whom Putin may lose as his close political friends. (1, 5)

Police and special forces officers in Ingushetia, Dagestan and Kabardino-Balkaria on Wednesday continued their operations to destroy rebels and their ringleaders. The story describes several such successful operations, in which rebels sustained human losses. (1, 4)

The world financial market expresses its concern over the upcoming resignation of Alen Greenspan (Sp. ?) from the post of head of the Council of Managers of the US Federal Reserve System. His term of office at this post will expire in late January 2006. The story examines how his resignation can affect the interests of Moscow Four authoritative economists share their viewpoints on his resignation. 1, 3

Despite the gvt' s stronger involvement in the domestic economy, Russia' s investment rating is steadily growing. This was stated on Wednesday at a session of the Mercury Club of Russia' s Chamber of Commerce and Industry by Andrei Sharonov, Deputy Economic Development Minister. The story comments on his statement. (2)

President Putin in his residence in the Moscow region --Novo Ogaryovo-- on Wednesday met with labour union leaders to enlist their support in implementing his initiated national projects that have become the main goal of his second term of presidency. The story describes the meeting, saying what the labour unions promised to the president. (2)

The Moscow Election Commission on Wednesday evening finished to accept documents from candidates running for seats in the Moscow City Duma. The story describes several conflicts on that day in connection with submitting documents. (2, Noviye Izvestia, 2)

The Lithuanian gvt on Wednesday decided to give priority to the TNK-BP company in selling shares of the Mazeikiu Nafta oil- proceeding concern, 53. 7 percent of shares of which belongs to Yukos. The negotiations with TNK-BP is expected to begin in the next several weeks. The story comments on the Lithuanian gvt' s decision, reporting how experts regard it. (3)

Nikolai Tsvetkov, head of the URALSIB financial corporation and of BANK URALSIB created in early October, reveals the strategic plans of his bank. (7)

In an interview Academician Alexander Nekipelov, Vice-President of the Academy of Sciences, shares his view on the fate of the Stabilization Fund. (7)


The one-sided raw material orientation of the domestic economy will lead it to an impasse. This was stated on Wednesday at a session of the Mercury Club by its head Yevgeny Primakov, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The story reveals the essence of his statement. (5)

December will mark the sixth anniversary of the Treaty of the creation of the Russia-Belarus union state. What has been done during this period? And what is the present situation with the working out and passing of the Union Constitutional Act ? In an exclusive interview State Secretary of the union state Pavel Borodin answers these and other questions about the union state. Belarus-Russia Soyuz Supplement. (I, II)

NOVIYE IZVESTIA (20/10/2005)

The new parking rules in Moscow have considerably confused auto owners, and, as a result, may even further complicate the situation on city roads. The city examines several such controversial parking rules. (1, 7)

Special services in Moscow are continuing to blockade cellular communications in various city districts. Noviye Izvestia is launching a campaign to crackdown on violating the human rights of cellular companies' clients. The story reports on what clients should do in case their cellular telephones are muted. . (1, 7)

As much as 30. 9 billion rubles will be allocated from the federal budget on implementing the president-initiated national project " Boosting the Agro-Industrial Complex" . This was stated by Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev on Wednesday. The story comments on his statement, focusing on how this money will be distributed. (1, 3)

The Moscow Tverskoi District Court this week has made five National Bolshevik Party activists, who took part in the seizure of a presidential office room in December last year, undergo a special psychiatric test. In an interview their lawyer Dmitry Agranovsky explains why their defense' s request for this test has been met and what sentence they may receive. (2)

The leadership of the Don Cossacks has come up with an unexpected initiative to hold a referendum on merging the Rostov and Volgograd regions into one region. The story reveals the essence of this initiative. (2)

The Moscow Human Rights Watchdog on Wednesday presented a report on Russophobia in Russia. In the opinion of human rights advocates, the oppression of Russians in national republics has acquired a massive character. The story gives concrete examples to illustrate the point. (2)

Health Ministry Mikhail Zurabov at a news conference on Wednesday told journalists that the system of insuring the doctors' personal responsibility for their patients' health will be imposed simultaneously with raising their salaries. The story comments on his statement. (3)

Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) President Alexander Shokhin reiterated on Wednesday that convict Mikhail Khodorkovsky would remain member of the RSPP Managing Board up to the RSPP congress scheduled for next spring. Brief. (3)