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IZVESTIA (8/11/2005)

Rioting in France on Monday spread to new cities and even to the two neighbouring countries -- Belgium and Germany. The story describes raging vandalism there. French authorities on Monday practically imposed censorship, saying that mass media information about the latest developments " only intensifies tension in the society" . President Jacques Chirak at a news conference on Tuesday told journalists about serious decisions his gvt made to increase police pressure to confront the violence. The story features Monday' s developments in France. An editorial commentary. (1, 4, 6, 7, Kommersant, 1, 9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 10 Gazeta, 1, 12, 13, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 4, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3, Trud, 1, 4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, 3, MK, 1, 3)

Izvestia offers extracts from one British and 5 French newspapers commenting on the continuing riots in France. (4)

Left-wing parties and movements all over Russia on Monday marked the 88th anniversary of the 1917 October events. The story describes their marches and rallies devoted to them. (1, 2, Trud, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 7, MK, 2)

A group of German and Russian surgeons at the Russian Research Surgery Center in Moscow on Nov. 6 successfully completed a unique Kommersant, 8, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Gazeta, 7, Vremya Novostei, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 2, (for Russia) heart operation on a 54-year-old patient. They implanted two artificial ventricles. The story describes the operation. (1, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 6)

The Chechen administration in Gudermes on Monday sponsored a rock festival " Phoenix: Return to Life" that was aimed to show that peaceful life has returned to the region. The story describes the six-hour musical events, focusing on its participants. (1, 2, Gazeta, 1, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 5, Vremya Novostei, , 2, Trud, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4m MK, 2)

President Putin has appointed Mikhail Krotov, 42, a civil law specialist from St. Petersburg, to the post of judge in the Constitutional Court. The story comments on the appointment. (2, Kommersant, 1, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1)

The US administration next year will allocate $4 million within the framework of the gvt Democracy Fund to help Russian political parties. The story says how this money will be spent, focusing on the fact that the Russian leadership more than once has spoken against such allocations. (2)

President Putin in his residence Novo-Ogaryovo (Moscow region) met with a film-crew of the film " The 9th Company" . They watched the popular film and spoke about patriotism. The story describes the meeting. (3, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Gazeta, 2, Trud, 2)

The administration of presidential envoy to the Southern Federal District Dmitry Kozak intends to thoroughly study the experience of anti-terrorist activities of foreign states. Thus, on Monday Kozak visited Israel to study such an experience of the Israeli special services. The story describes Kozak' s meetings with the Israeli leadership on the first day of his visit. (3, Kommersant, 9)

The North Ossetian parliamentary Commission has completed its report on the investigation into the Beslan terrorist act. This was stated by Vice-Speaker Stanislav Kesayev, who said that the report would be made public at a parliamentary session this month. Brief. (3)

The story examines results of the Sunday parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan that have been recognized by all, except the OSCE and the Azeri opposition. (5, Kommersant, 10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 4, 14, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5, Vremya Novostei, 2, Trud, 4, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, MK, 2)

The story describes an election campaign in Kazakhstan, where the presidential elections are scheduled for Dec. 4. The focus is on the economic situation in the republic, particularly on its oil products market. (5)

The Zadneprovsky District Court in the Smolensk region has given Alexei Adeyev, a former participant in the teleproject " Dom-2" , a 4-year prison term. He was accused of swindling. The story details his case. (8, Kommersant, 7)

Militia Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Malikov, deputy chief of the local FSB branch in Kaliningrad, has been arrested on charges of power abuse. The story describes his case, focusing on reasons behind his arrest. (8)

The Moscow Prosecutor' s Office has completed an investigation of a high-profile case on accusing former State Fishery Committee Deputy Chairman Alexander Tugushev and his three accomplices of an attempt through swindling to loot $3, 7 million. The story details their case. (8)

An unidentified assailant in Moscow on Monday night killed businessman Fyodor Zhuchkov, 37, Director -General of the Moscow Grand Audit company. The story gives details. (8, Kommersant, 5) , Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

Economic Development Minister German Gref at a traditional Monday gvt session presided over by the president reported about soaring inflation, saying that this year it will amount to 11. 5 percent. The story comments on Gref' s statement. (9, Kommersant, 14)

President Putin at a gvt session on Monday took aback Cabinet ministers, by saying that they are reforming railways in a wrong way. The president demanded from the gvt that it allocate additional money for subsidizing railway passenger transportation or rework the plan for reform, postponing the creation of a separate passenger company from RZH. The story comments on the president' s statements. (1, 9, Kommersant, 14, Gazeta, 17, 21, Vremya Novostei, 7)

The story examines results of the 12th International Business Conference in Capetown that ended on Monday It was sponsored by the Rosbusinessconsulting agency and by " Russia-South Africa-Business on Developing Markets" . The focus is on its participants' distressing conclusions about the economic situation in Russia. (9)

The longest period (in the country' s whole history) of uninterrupted growth of companies' profits has been registered in the USA. The story gives facts and figures from Standard & Poor' s report to illustrate the point. (9)

The gvt has found several oil bore-holes that do not belong to anyone. This mistake will be corrected soon. This was stated on Monday by Natural Resources Minister Yury Trutnev. Brief. (9)

According to a new law concerning the regulation of alcohol production and distribution, almost 50 percent of vodka producers will be closed next year. The story says why. (10)

The story reveals the advantages of leasing that, unlike Russia, is very popular in the West. Thus, to lease cars, equipment or office computers is much more simple than to buy all this. (11)

The Moscow gvt intends next year to make the funeral agencies private. The story examines the aim of this measure, saying how it will be done. (12)

Moscow theatrical directors on Monday met with Mayor Yury Luzhkov to tell him about their problems. The story describes the meeting, focusing on what Luzhkov promised them. (12)

KOMMERSANT (8/11/2005)

The London Magistrate Court on Monday launched a preliminary hearing on the case concerning the extradition to Russia of Alexander Temerko, former Vice-President and Deputy Chairman of the Yukos Managing Board. The Prosecutor General' s Office has accused him of the organization of looting in 2002 19. 7 percent of shares of Yeniseineftegaz. The story details his case. (1, 5)

The name of Izvestia' s new Editor-in-Chief -- Chief Editor of Komsomolskaya Pravda Vladimir Mamontov-- will be announced today. The story comments on the statement by Gazprom -Media Director-General Nikolai Senkevich. And what do media market participants think of the new Izvestia Editor-in-Chief ? (1, 3)

An unidentified assailant in Moscow on Monday killed Sergei Fokin, deputy chief of the Airport Domodedovo customs. The brief mentions how it happened. (1)

Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov at a session discussing the implementation of the federal law concerning local government on Monday called on the governors to increase tax collection through a more active participation of siloviki. The story reveals the essence of his statements. (2)

The Kremlin press service reported on Monday that the president had submitted to Mordovia' s State Assembly his nominee -- present leader of the republic Nikolai Merkushkin -- to be confirmed as governor for a new term. The story examines the president' s nominee. (3)

The KPRF has extended the national referendum that they have been conducting since September. The story examines the referendum, focusing on its first results (3)

The Khabarovsk Regional Election Commission has refused to register a list of candidates from the Party of Pensioners (RPP) for the elections to local Regional Duma. The story says why. (4)

The Defense Ministry ' s Main Military Board on Training and Troops Service has completed its work on a new concept of military training that was done under the leadership of Colonel-General Alexander Belousov. Brief. (4)

Kabardino-Balkaria' s Prosecutor' s Office on Monday launched its investigation into circumstances of kidnapping Islamic human rights activist Ruslan Nakhushev, who went missing in Nalchik on Friday. The story examines several details connected with this case. (5)

The lawyers jailed MENATEP head Platon Lebedev on Monday applied to the Prosecutor General' s Office and the Federal Service for Punishment Execution with a complaint against an illegal sending of their client to the prison colony beyond the Polar Circle. The story examines the complaint. (5)

Moscow authorities on Red Square on Monday held a festive march devoted to the Nov. 7, 1941 military parade. Only 40 people from those 112 participants in that parade living in Moscow came to Red Square. Another 4, 500 military cadets, school pupils and their parents also took part in the march. The story features the festive event. (8, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

State Duma deputies today are expected to officially retract a draft of amendments to the law concerning the security markets that limits the access of Russian issuers to the foreign stock market. The story examines the reason. (13)

The Metals Company Estar (a division of the Russky Ugol (Russian coal) holding) has announced its purchase of 92 percent of shares of the Engels Pipel Plant. The Brief looks at the deal. (13)

AFK Sistema has signed an agreement on selling to the Oboronprom corporation 100 percent of shares of the Kamov-Holding company for $11. 8 million. This is stated in the AFK Sistema press-release. Brief. (13)

The story reports on what companies are claiming the state -owned package of shares of the Marine Port Sankt-Peterburg company (Morport SPb) . (13)

The International Energy Agency on Monday made public in London a report " World Energy Outlook 2005" , It examines the state of world oil and gas extraction and its prospects up to 2030. The story examines the report, focusing on Russia' s place in it. (14)

Severstal-Group is in talks on purchasing a share in Chinese Tonghua Steel. The story comments on Several-Stal' s ambitious plans. (16)

VEDOMOSTI (7/11//2005)

Businessmen Kirill Pisarev and Yury Zhukov, owners of Group PIK, have named themselves multimillionaires. They would like to increase PIK' s charter capital up to $1 billion. Analysts, as a matter of fact, doubt that the company costs so much. (A1)

Tax and other secrets in Russia are easily bought and sold today. Thus, a data base on Muscovites' revenues in 2004 has become available on the black market. (A1)

Oil companies soon will stop to receive superprofits. If oil prices begin to lower, as some specialists expect to happen, the next year domestic oil companies' general profit will decrease by one third. This has been estimated by experts in the United Financial Group. (A1)

The judges of the St. Petersburg CharterCourt are not allowed to go to their office in the building belonging to St. Petersburg University. The story reveals the essence of the conflict. (A1)

The Moscow gvt has bought special equipment and devices for the upcoming Moscow City Duma Elections. The story describes how quickly and effectively they will allow election commissions to work with voting ballots on the election day on Dec. 4)

The story describes what sparked rioting in France on Oc. t 27, and why those riots have been continuing up to now. (A3)

The investment Fund, the money of which has been claimed by several authoritative lobbyists, can begin functioning only after amending the Budget Code-- this is what Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov is sure of. State officials hope to amend the law very soon, but experts believe that it will take several months. (A3)

A recent draft bill promises intensified control over the activities of non-commercial organizations and public associations. They will have to get permission from state officials for their activity, and the work of foreign non-commercial organizations may be banned. How do authorities control them? Four experts share their views. (A4)

In a far-ranging interview Yakov Ioffe, head of the Yevrokhim Board of Directors, tells about how he left the USSR for France, where he studied business and chemistry. He also talks about his present company, its products, joint projects and plans. (A5)


Two wealthy domestic metals industrialists --Vladimir Lisin and Oleg Deripaska-- will be fighting with each other for the Marine Port of St. Petersburg. Their companies -- the Novolipetsk Metals Combine and Rusal are claiming 48. 79 percent of shares of the port. (B1)

The minority shareholder of the Pipe Metals Company (TMK) --Dalecon Limited (33 percent of shares) -- has blocked the additional issuing of shares of TMK. This is stated in the company' s press release. Brief. (B1)

The British BlueCrest Capital Management investment company and its structures have consolidated 5. 4 percent of shares of Urals Energy. This is stated in its press release. Brief. (B1)

Moskvich (former AZLK) has fully cleared off its $25 million debt to the Bozrozhdeniye (Renaissance) . This was stated by the bank' s press service. (B1)

Rosprirodonadzor deputy head Oleg Mitvol now has attacked the second large domestic brewery --SUN Interbrew -- that for making its beer takes drinking water from a source, for which it does not have a license. The story describes a conflicting situation. (B1)

AFK Sistema and Danish businessman Jeoffrey Galmond (Sp. ?) have agreed how to boost their joint venture --the Sky Link project. AFK will manage Sky Link in the next year. The story describes the project, (B1 )

The deal to absorb by LUKoil the Canadian Nelson Resources company extracting oil in Kazakhstan may be completed by Dec. 12 if the deal is approved by its shareholders. Brief. (B1)

United Heavy Machinery in the first halfyear of 2005 received by MSFO $1. 027 million in net profit. This is stated in the company' s operative report. Brief. (B1)


Olga Vendina, a specialist in the sphere of social and political geography at the Geography Institute and the author of the book titled " Ethnic Moscow" , examines the migration situation in the capital city, focussing on its gvt' s policy in this sphere. (1, 9)

Ukraine' s President Viktor Yushchenko over the weekend endorsed the Ukrainian part of the Inter-State Commission on Ukraine-Russia cooperation. Ukraine' s Security Council Secretary Anatoly Kinakh has become leader of the Ukrainian side of the Commission. In an interview he talks about the priorities in Ukraine' s foreign policy and about Russia' s place in it. (1, 5)

Rodina leader Dmitry Rogozin on Monday applied to Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev with a demand to do prophylactic work with Caucasian and Central Asian diasporas with the aim of preventing illegal migrants' violent actions in Moscow and in other Russian cities. Rogozin has called on siloviki already now to seek potential instigators among them. In an interview Rogozin explains how siloviki should clean up Moscow. (1, 2)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov leading the list of United Russia in the elections to the Moscow City Duma, stated that he would not take part in television debates. The story says why, examining several participants in such debates. (3)


The growth of tariffs on the housing-utility services in 2006 should not surpass 15-20 percent. This has been again promised by Regional Development Minister Vladimir Yakovlev. Even according to official statistics, the cost of these services over the 1993-2005 period has increased by 12, 900 times, while the average wages --by only 1140 times. Experts believe that state-controlled tariffs will only worsen the quality of these services, scare away investors and provoke wildly soaring prices in the future. The story reveals the essence of experts' view on the issue. (1, 3)

The negotiations aimed at settling the Trans-Dniestrian conflict took place in Kishinev and Tiraspol in late October. This round of the negotiations for the first time was held in the format " 5+2" , and observers from the USA and the European Union took part in them together with Russia, Ukraine, OSCE, Moldova and Trans-Dnietsria. In an interview Moldova' s President Vladimir Voronin shares his positive impressions about them, focusing on Russia' s role in them. (1, 4)

Russian nationalists inspired by a successful celebration of the People' s Unity Day on Nov. 4 have begun to form a coalition. The story comments on this idea, saying that it has drawn the attention of State Duma deputies and Kremlin spin doctors. (2)

The dollar is continuing its swift growth that will not last for a long time. The story recommends to those Russians who intend to travel abroad in December for the New Year holidays to buy dollars now. And what has happened to the euro? The story explains why it' s falling. (3)

Seventy -five percent of Russians who need better housing exclude the possibility of using the mortgage crediting system. This is evidenced by results of the recent opinion poll taken by the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (or VTSIOM) . The story comments on the results. A pie-chart. (3)

TRUD (8/11/2005)

Over the first 10 months of 2005 the inflation rate reached 9. 2 percent, though the consumer prices in October grew by only 0. 6 percent. This was stated by Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, who has promised to work out a complex of anti- inflation measures, including undertakings of a monetary and non-monetary character. The prime minister made an emphasis on the economic growth, which is a necessary condition for the anti-inflation struggle. The story comments on Fradkov' s statements on anti-inflation measures. (1, 5)

President Putin at a weekly gvt session on Monday told Cabinet ministers about how they should treat railway transport reform and electricity export. The story comments on the president' s instructions and recommendations. (2)

The story presents an analysis of the domestic financial situation, saying that it' s under control by the Central Bank. International experts say that riots in France have put under question the stability of the whole European financial market. The story also look at the weakened position of the euro. (3)

Viktor Tutelyan, Director of the Research Nutrition Institute of the Academy of Sciences, stated that 60 percent of women and 50 percent of all men in Russia at the age after 30 years are suffering from being overweight. The story examines this serious problem in Russia and outside it. Delovoi Vtornik Supplement (1 )


The story examines the draft military budget-2006 that will be soon passed by the State Duma in the third crucial reading. The national defense expenditure as compared with this year has been increased by 25 percent. The focus is on expenditure planned for purchasing new armaments for the army. (1)

The story presents in an-depth analysis of the situation on the world small arms market. , with the USA being a leading such market. The story focuses on Russia' s position on it. (3)