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IZVESTIA (23/11/2005)

Ukraine on Tuesday marked the first anniversary of the revolution. The story features the festivities, focusing on Ukrainians' feelings a year after the " orange" revolution. (1, 5, Kommersant, 9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 10, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 4, Gazeta, 14, 15, MK, 3)

President Putin on Tuesday arrived in Magadan, where he visited the exhibition of mineral resources and met with the local administration to discuss the situation with gold extraction. The story describes the session, at which the president also made public the mechanism of making his decision on the latest shake-up in the gvt. (1, 2, 3, Kommersant, 1, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 4, 5, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Gazeta, 1, 5, Trud, 1, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 1, 3)

The Moscow City Court on Tuesday launched hearings on the criminal case of three bandits (their names are given) , who are accused of killings and numerous thefts. They selected their victims in the newspaper " Iz Ruk v Ruki" .The story details their case. (1, 8)

The State Duma today is expected to consider a draft bill aimed at intensifying control over the non-governmental organizations. The story reveals its essence, focusing on how human rights activists and public opinion regard it. (2, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Gazeta, 2)

The international business-forum " The Moscow Business-Dialogue" took place in Moscow on Tuesday when Economic Development Minister German Gref and presidential economic adviser Andrei Illarionov made several scandalous statements. The story examines them in details. (2, Kommersant, 15, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, 5, Gazeta, 17, 19, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, MK, 2)

The Legislative Assembly of the Ivanovo region on Tuesday unanimously endorsed the candidacy of Deputy Moscow Mayor Mikhail Men to the post of regional governor. In an interview Men says that he has enough experience for this job. He also says that, in his opinion, the current tendency of replacing regional politicians with professional managers should show positive results. (2, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4, MK, 2)

The Audit Chamber will make an analysis of the privatization plans of the gvt This was stated on Tuesday by Chamber head Sergei Stepashin, who said that there is a plan to privatize about 900 enterprises in 2006. Brief. (2)

The Federation Council today intends to come up with an initiative envisaging parents' higher responsibility for the position of their children. The brief looks at Speaker Sergei Mironov' s statement on this score. (2)

According to VTsIOM sociologists, 35 percent of Russians view positively the Nov. 4 opposition' s march in the center of Moscow under the slogans" Russia for Russians" and " Nation Above All" . Brief. (2)

The story describes Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov' s visit to the army unit in Nizhny Tagil, where he stated that as deputy prime minister he intends to coordinate the functions of the military-industrial complex as a whole rather than to monitor any separate siloviki departments or to create certain additional bodies. (3, Kommersant, 2, Trud, 2, Zhizn, 3, MK, 2)

The Defense Ministry' s Central Food Supply Department in Moscow on Tuesday opened an exhibition " Russian Producers and Food Supply for the Armed Forces" . The story describes its exhibits, most of which were devoted to soldiers' food rations. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 9, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, MK, 2)

Specialists from the Education Sociology Center attached to the Education Academy on Tuesday presented their device for measuring teenagers' tolerance. With the help of this device they tested 1, 600 Moscow teenagers and found out that 22 percent of them have good relations with extremists. The story describes the device, commenting on the specialists' study and its results. (3)

The Unified Energy Systems (UES) company has proposed to impose a social norm of electricity consumption, for which the tariffs for the population will be not high. The story examines the proposal that will most probably be approved by the gvt. (1, 4)

One of the six trucks with Moscow Pushkin Museum paintings that were arrested in Switzerland arrived in Moscow on Tuesday. The remaining trucks will return on Thursday and Friday. Specialists will thoroughly examine all 54 paintings to conclude whether or not to make financial claims to Switzerland. The story features the arrival of the first truck and the state of paintings in them. (4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, MK, 1, 2)

Kazan authorities have allotted a permanent place for keeping stray dogs that now will have orange (without any political motivation) dog-collars. The story describes the measure. (4)

The flu epidemic on Tuesday hit Petropavlosvk -Kamchatsky, where among its victims are many children aged 9-14 years. The story focuses on doctors' recommendations and conclusions. (1, 4)

The UN has included Turkmenia into its " black list" of states, where authorities are violating the human rights. The story examines the UN document. (5) .

The US Senate on Tuesday called on Russian authorities to transfer Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev to the Moscow region. In Senators' opinion that placing these convicts thousands of kilometers from Moscow violates the Russian legislation. The story examines the Senate' s resolution, saying how Russian authorities have responded. (8, Gazeta, 8)

In an interview Alexander Turbanov, Director-General of the Agency for Deposits Insurance, talks about what bank depositors will gain from the deposit insurance system in 2006 and later. (9)

In an interview, Anatoly Aksakov, First Deputy Head of the State Duma Banking Committee, examines several essential legislative novelties that will take effect next year and that will be pleasant for consumers of financial services. (11, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

The Moscow City Duma before the end of this year plans to pass a much-suffering draft bill concerning the keeping of animals in Moscow. The story examines its main provisions, focusing on major amendments. (12, Kommersant, 8)

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov on Tuesday told Senators about his ride in the Moscow metro and about what shocked him there. In view of this, he proposed to raise the share of federal investments in the metro up to 50 percent from the present 20 percent. The story comments on his proposal. (12, Gazeta, 7, Vremya Novostei, 1)

KOMMERSANT (23/11/2005)

Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov today should have arrived in Kiev with the aim of proposing to Ukrainian authorities to buy Russian gas at European prices starting Jan. 1. And on Tuesday evening he unexpectedly cancelled his visit. The story examines official and unofficial reasons behind Fradkov' s decision. (1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 9, Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 5)

The State Duma Tax Subcommittee on Tuesday began to consider amendments to the gvt draft bill concerning boosting tax administering. The story looks at several controversial amendments. (1, 15)

Britain, Germany and France will resume their negotiations with Iran in Russia early next month to try to make another attempt to persuade Iran to accept MAGATE-approved proposals concerning a withdrawal from the crisis. This was agreed upon by the Russian and American presidents at the recent APEC summit in Busan. The story comments on their decision. (1, 10)

The Presidium of the United Russia General Council on Tuesday endorsed an agenda for the party Congress that is scheduled for Nov. 26 in Krasnoyarsk. The story examines the agenda. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 2)

The Siberian Federal District administration in Novosibirsk on Tuesday sponsored a conference to nominate candidates to the Public Chamber from the district. The story describes the conference and nominees. (3 )

The Federation Council (FC) today is to re-endorse the duties of Vladimir Slutsker, who in FC represents Chuvashia' s President Nikolai Fyodorov. Meanwhile, FC has received a telegram from a lawyer of the family of Slutsker' s aide--former FSB Colonel-General Anatoly Trofimov, who was killed in the spring of this year. The lawyer asked Senators to postpone the re-endorsement of Slutsker in order to strip the Senator of immunity. He may be involved in this crime. The story details the case. (5)

The Naro-Fominsk City Court on Tuesday held pleadings on the murder case of General Lev Rokhlin, who was killed in July 1998. His wife Tamara Rokhlina is suspected of the crime. The story examines Tuesday' s developments in the court room. (5, Gazeta, 8, Vremya Novostei, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 8)

North Ossetia' s Supreme Court on Tuesday continued to consider the criminal case of Beslan terrorist Nurpasha Kulayev. Eleven witnesses, many of whom were servicemen, who took part in those Sept. 1-3 bloody events, were questioned. The story details Tuesday' s developments in the court room. (6, Izvestia, 8)

The jury of the Russian independent Prize" Triumph-Science " has selected six best scientists (their names are given) in Russia in 2005. This year they will get $50, 000 each for personal contribution to the development of domestic science. The story reveals their contribution(8)

Georgia is celebrating the second anniversary of the revolution. The story examines several events dedicated to this date, including a festive session of the Georgian parliament, in which opposition deputies have proposed to urgently launch a procedure of Georgia' s withdrawal from CIS. The story comments on the opposition' s proposal. (10, Gazeta, 1, 6, Vremya Novostei, 5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5)

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday arrived in Morocco that is his first country he intends to visit in Northen Africa. Besides Morocco, Lavrov will visit Algeria and Tunisia, where he will act as a chief peacekeeper, as the main arms supplier and as a their chief economic partner. The story examines what the minister will propose and promise to these countries. (11)

Civil Planes of Sukhoi, a subsidiary of the state-run Sukhoi holding, signed on Tuesday a preliminary agreement on the delivery of 20 planes RRJ 95 to the leasing Concord Aviation company. The price of the deal may approximate $1 billion. Brief. (13)

Gazprom on Nov. 28 is expected to launch a road show of the regular issuance of its eurobonds. The volume of the issuance will amount to $1 billion. Brief. 13)

MDM-Bank on the threshold of releasing its eurobonds, has revealed information on the whole chain of its owners that ended with the names of the members of its Board of Directors. (13, 14)

VEDOMOSTI (23/11//2005)

President Putin has instructed his ministers to clear out the situation in the conflict. between Rosimushchestvo and Group EastLine managing Airport Domodedovo. The story details the conflict, saying how experts regard it. (A1)

The Swiss Realty Group company responsible for deals with commercial realty has organized an indecent advertising campaign for its young subsidiary Satchers. Its competitors say that such an advertising will make the company well known, but they doubt that all this will do it good (A1)

The party winning the State Duma elections-2007 may obtain the right to propose to the president a candidacy of prime minister. This idea has been proposed by United Russia leaders, who hope that this idea will become a reality and the parliamentary majority will recommend the president a candidacy for prime minister. (A1)

The leaders of American General Motors and Russian AvtoVAZ have something in common. The point in view is the similar situations they have found themselves in rather the joint venture. And another similar feature is that semi-measures will not help either of them. (A1, A4)

President Putin instructed new Director of the Atomic Energy Agency Sergei Kiriyenko that he conduct a reorganization of the whole atomic sector. The former prime minister will have to single out the civil components of the atomic sector and on this basis to create a megacorporation able to build new nuclear power plants in Russia and abroad. (A2)

The upcoming 6th Congress of the United Russia party promises personnel changes in the party' s commanding posts. The party' s Supreme and General councils will have new leaders. The story examines how experts explain the planned personnel changes in the party. (A2)

Industry and Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko has proposed to replace export timber duties with a sale of quotas at auctions. The story examines market participants' viewpoints on the proposal. (A3)

The development of Eastern Siberia is not gas projects alone. But what can make this region attractive for investors ? Four experts share their viewpoints. (A)

Russia in an attempt not to get behind the USA and Europe is urgently working out its own technologies of passports with biometric data. In this context, the Mikron plant is making itself ready for the project, and is fastly modernizing its equipment. In an interview Mikron Director Gennady Krasnikov talks about all these preparations in detail, saying how his enterprise will make new passports. He says that to make one passport will cost about $35-$70. (5)


General Motors now has judicial problems. The Pomerants Haudek Block Grossman & Gross lawyers' company in its collective suit on behalf of GM shareholders has accused GM managers of a deliberate distortion of its bookkeeping accountancy for 2001 and 2005. When this fraud became known the company' s shares dramatically fell. (B1 )

The promise of Gazprom to part with Gazprombank servicing a lion' s share of operations of the gas monopoly and its subsidiaries may soon come true. The additional issuing of the bank' s shares scheduled for early 2006 may be held in the interests of strategic investors. (B1)

Group Sual and Group Rusal, the partners in the project Komi Aluminum, before the end of 2008 will borrow $720 million of loan means to boost the project. This was stated by Komi Aluminum Director General Vladimir Kremer. Brief. (B1)

Group Svyaznoi, the second large seller of cellular telephones in Russia after Yevroset, has abolished a unit that dealt with wholesale trade. This was stated by Maxim Nogotkov, Svyaznoi co-owner. Brief. (B1)

VympelCom has signed an agreement on a $250 million syndicated credit. The leading organizers and financial agents of the deal are Citibank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe. Brief. (B1)

Senator and co-owner of Nortgaz Farkhad Akhmedov is unable to live in peace with Gazprom. He has demanded that Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller replace monopoly representatives in the Nortgaz Board of Directors, coordinate the price of gas purchase and open access to gas pipelines. The story describes the conflicting situation. (B1)

The story reveals the essence of the judicial feud between LUKoil and the Archangel Diamond Corporation belonging to De Beers over the Verkhotinsky diamond deposit that may last for years. (B2)

A non-planned tax audit for 2003-2004 has begun in VSMPO-Avisma Corporation. Who has provoked it if the company does nit have any tax violations for previous years? (B2)


Governor of the Kaliningrad region Georgy Boos has made a decision that is not in line with President Putin' s April thesis about the need to put an end to the practice of " tax terrorism" . The newly-appointed governor ordered to allocate 10 percent of revenues from extra-plan taxes to be spent on building housing for employees from the territorial board of the Federal Tax Service. The story comments on Boos' s decision. (1, 4)

State Duma deputies and Education Ministry officials are drafting a bill on appointing institute and university rectors according to the scheme similar to nominating the governors. If such a scheme is passed, it will mean a return to the Soviet education system. Several education specialists share their views on the new proposed scheme. (1, 3)

The Novolipetsk Metals Combine before Christmas holidays will place 10 percent of its shares on the London Exchange. According to the IPO results, the company may be valued at $17 billion. This is reported by The Financial Times. The story examines how experts regard the combine' s plans. (3)

The expansion of state bureaucrats to the domestic economy is on the rise. The control of several top state officials close to the Kremlin administration over the most profitable enterprises is intensifying. The story offers several concrete facts to illustrate the point. Several analysts share their views. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 5)

Kazakhstan' s Cabinet of Ministers at the last session before the December presidential elections on Tuesday summed up results of its work over the 10 months of this year. The story examines major results, focusing on remaining problems. (5)

Official Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) has shown its complete inability to govern the country. " Crime is raging, because there is no one to crack down on it" . This was stated by President Kurmanbek Bakiyev at a session of the Security Council on Monday. The story comments on the president' s statement. (5)


The three-party commission consisting of representatives from the gvt, employers and labour unions at a session on Tuesday coordinated principles, according to which the budget workers will receive their salary. The story examines these principles. (1, 4)

In a far-ranging interview presidential; aide Viktor Ivanov, head of the inter-departmental working group responsible for introducing new passports in Russia, describes them in detail, focusing on how they will be made. (1, 7)

NOVIYE IZVESTIA (23/11/2005)

The story sums up disquieting results of domestic leading soccer clubs for this year, when Russian businessmen have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on soccer, which seemed to illustrate a growing well-being of Russian clubs. Alas, it' s only a facade, which conceals ruin and poverty. (1, 8)

In an interview famed Hollywood star Dolf Lundgren (Sp. ?) , who frequently plays Russian characters and who has visited Moscow for the third time already, talks about his new films and about his good impressions about his life in Moscow. (1, 5)

Governor of the Vologda region Vyacheslav Pozgalev and his administration decided to raise their salaries next year at the expense of money in the regional budget that was planned for social programs. The story takes a critical look at the behaviour of Vologda top bureaucrats. (1, 2)

RIA Novosti on Tuesday conducted a roundtable to discuss fascism in Russia today. The discussion turned out to be very emotional. Thus, State Duma deputy Nikolai Kuryanovich promised to bring out 100, 000 nationalists to Moscow streets, and Genry Reznik, President of the Moscow Bar, spoke about youth extremism. The story cites interesting excerpts from the discussion. (2)

According to results of a recent VTsIOM opinion poll, the majority of Russians see themselves as patriots. Sociologists, however, believe that it' s patriotism in words, but in reality people are willing to sacrifice only for the sake of their own interests. The story examines results of the opinion poll. (2)

Presidential envoy to the Southern Federal District Dmitry Kozak is sure that Chechnya is ready for the parliamentary elections, but human rights activists do not believe him. The story examines how Human Rights Watch representative Alexander Petrov at a news conference in Moscow on Tuesday described the pre-election situation in the republic. (2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4)

The KPRF and 20 left-wing public associations will daily picket on Red Square near the Lenin Mausoleum demanding to stop a spontaneously launched campaign to remove Lenin from the Mausoleum. Brief. (2)

The State Duma intends to pass a draft bill concerning consumer crediting that guarantees people to protect them from dishonest banks. The story examines the bill' s main provision. (3)

The revenues of the Moscow city budget from renting out premises over the past 7 years increased by 4. 5 times, and in 2005 they will amount to 12 billion rubles. This was stated at a gvt session on Tuesday by Vladimir Silkin, head of the City Property Department. Brief. (3)

Ukrainian authorities have banned poultry imports to Ukraine from Russia. The brief looks at the aim of the measure. (3)

The Unified Energy Systems (UES) company in 2006 will raise electricity tariffs by 18-19 percent for the population and by 4-5 percent for the enterprises. Such a forecast was made on Tuesday by the company' s top manager Igor Kozhukhovsky. Brief. (3)