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Press Review

IZVESTIA (1/11/2005)

Moscow children for the third year already have been banned to celebrate Halloween. Specialists from the Family and Education Research Institute and from the Pedagogical Innovations Institute believe that the presence of religious elements in Helloween events contradict the secular character of education. The story comments on authorities' directive, saying how children' s parents are celebrating this holiday in night clubs. (1, 3, 6, Gazeta, 26, 27, Noviye Izvestia, 7, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 8, )

The international military exercises " Peaceful Mission-2005" (China) and " Indra-2005" (India) have made many observers talk about a new stage of the Russian Armed Forces' international activity, which has been explained in a different way. In an interview Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov shares his own view on his Armed Forces' foreign policy activity. (1, 4)

The Press Service of the Moscow Economic Crime Board of the City Interior Department on Monday reported about a special police operation conducted on Oct. 5, when police managed to detain Director of Kindergarten No. 1786 Natalya Arbatskaya, who allegedly extorted money from parents for admitting their kids to her kindergarten. She stated that no indictment has been brought against her, and that the case has been forged. The story describes it in detail. (1, 8, 6, Vremya Novostei, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 7)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov on Monday announced his decision to abolish the post of vice-mayor of Moscow. The story comments on the decision. (1, 2, Kommersant, 4)

The Stavropolye Regional Duma on Monday unanimously reconfirmed regional head Alexander Chernogorov to the post of governor for a new term. The story describes the voting, saying that not long ago many deputies were against him. (2, Kommersant, 3, Gazeta, 6, Trud, 2 )

During his meeting with Dutch journalists on Monday (on the eve of his visit to the Netherlands) President Putin revealed the secret of his successful presidency and explained why Russia would not apply for membership in the European Union. (2, Kommersant, 1, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1, Trud, 1, 4, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 4)

The Moscow City Election Commission on Monday distributed free air time for 20 candidates for the by-elections to the State Duma from the city Universitetsky and Preobrazhensky districts. The story says who will speak and for how long. (2, Kommersant, 3, Vremya Novostei, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, )

An issue on a possible renaming of the capital city of Krasnodar is being discussed in Kuban. Governor Alexander Tkachev at his recent meeting with Cossacks stated that the people of Krasnodar should be persuaded, and that the historical name -- Yekaterinodar--should be returned to the city. Local opinion polls show, however, that city residents are unwilling to back the governor' s initiative. (2)

The Polish president has officially endorsed a new gvt, consisting of 17 persons. The brief says what parties they represent. (2)

Convict Mikhail Khodorkovsky' s site on Monday posted his statement asking the Management Board of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) to accept his resignation. Brief. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

Today marks 50 years since the USSR legislatively allowed abortions. Today Russia with a very low birthrate is among abortion leaders in the world. State Duma deputies are trying to ban abortions, but specialists are unanimous in the opinion that bans will not help increase the birthrate. The story comments on the issue. (3, Trud Supplemen, 1)

The UN Security Council has endorsed a resolution on Syria. Many amendments were introduced to its draft, and its final variant was passed unanimously. This means that Russia that demanded to exclude tough anti-Syrian statements has achieved its aim. The story examines several provisions of the resolution. (1, 3, Kommersant, 10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 8, Vremya Novostei, 2)

The Economic Development Ministry on Monday held a session of siloviki heads to discuss the creation of Alpine units of special purpose for the North Caucasus and special equipment and uniforms for them. The gvt is willing in 2006 to allocate1. 3 billion rubles to spend on the new uniforms. (5)

Two leading political parties --Yabloko and the Union of Right Forces (SPS) -- have tried to unite during the elections to the Moscow City Duma. Some people believe that they won' t be able to do it, others are sure of the opposite. Two authoritative politicians -- Dmitry Orlov, Director-General of the Agency for Political and Economic Communications, and Sergei Mitrokhin, Chairman of the Yabloko Moscow branch m share their opposite viewpoints on the issue. (7)

Convict Platon Lebedev' s lawyers Yevgeny Baru and Konstantin Rivkin, who on Monday met with their client in a prison camp in the Kharp settlement, tell about his first days in the camp and about the living conditions there. (8, Kommersant, 1, 5)

Oil extraction in Russia by 2015 will reach 530 million tons. This was stated on Monday by Industry and Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko. The figure for this year will be 478 million tons. Brief. (9, Vremya Novostei, 1, 7)

The world oil demand in the next 20 years will increase by 42 percent. This was stated on Monday by Industry and Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko. Russia and OPEC are willing to divide this challenge, but their forces are not equal: Russia in the next 10 years will be able to increase oil extraction only by 10 percent, while OPEC-- by much more. The story reveals Khristenko' s statement. (9)

The Audit Chamber does not raise the issue on deprivatization. This was stated on Monday by Audit Chamber head Sergei Stepashin. Brief. (9)

Oil extraction in Sibneft next year will be by one million tons less than its managers have planned. This was stated by the company' s new Director-General Alexander Ryazanov. Brief. (9)

Leading domestic medicine-producers and wholesale traders have signed the Charter of Professionals of the Pharmaceutical Industry that promises many good changes in this sphere. The story examines the major ones. (10)

The American publication " Consumer Reports" has made public a rating of the most reliable autos available on the American market. The story looks at the rating. (10)

The story examines an alarming situation on the Moscow city movie-theaters market, saying that Moscow has already lost the movie-house " Vladivostok" and may lose soon the movie-house " Volgograd" . (12)

Artist Zurab Tsereteli in his Gallery on Monday presented a statue of Minin and Pozharsky that will be placed in Nizhny Novgorod on Nov. 4. The story describes the statue that is almost a replica of the statue of Minin and Pozharsky by Ivan Martos on Red Square. (13)

KOMMERSANT (1/11/2005)

Bazovy Element head Oleg Deripaska has expressed his desire to buy 53. 7 percent of shares of Lithuanian Mazeikiu Nafta that belongs to Yukos. Deripaska has applied to the Russian Foreign Ministry with a request to help him do it. The story comments on his decision. (1, 16)

President Putin on Monday presided over a gvt session, at which he demanded from Economic Development Minister German Gref that he determine the ceilings of tariffs on housing and utility services before Dec. 15 this year. Gref reported that the corresponding draft bill had been sent out to the regions and promised to submit it to the State Duma in November. The story examines the draft, saying why regional heads will dislike it. (2, Vremya Novostei, 1, 3, Trud, 2)

Primorye regional Rodina party branch leader Igor Svetlov on Monday sent a letter to Rodina' s Political Council with a request to expel its leader Dmitry Rogozin from the party. The author of the letter asserts that Rogozin is trying " by criminal methods" to place his aide Igor Usov at the head of the party' s regional branch. The story reveals the content of the letter. (4)

Space Troops Commander Vladimir Popovkin through his order on Monday formed an inter-departmental commission to find out a reason behind the accident with the satellite " Mozhayets-5" that was launched on Oct. 27. The story details the incident. (6)

The State Duma today is expected to consider a draft appeal to television channels heads with a demand to observe the telebroadcasters' Charter Against Violence and Cruelty that was signed in June this year. The story examines the appeal that has been initiated by State Duma Vice-Speaker Lyubov Sliska. (7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3)

The First All-Russia Congress of Ambulance Doctors opened in Moscow on Monday. The story looks at its participants and agenda, saying that this sphere is facing significant reforms. (7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Trud Supplement, 1)

The Moscow City Duma on Monday discussed a draft of the new City Code on Administrative Offenses. The story examines the draft, focusing on additional powers the city police will receive if the document is passed. (8)

The story describes how Ukraine' s President Viktor Yushchenko is selecting Prosecutor General for his team. (10)

President Putin today begins his state visit to the Netherlands, where he will be received not only by Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende (Sp. ?) but also by Dutch Queen Beatrix (Sp. ?) (Photo caption, 12)

Gazprom has officially confirmed that it plans to buy 20 percent of shares of Sibneft belonging to Yukos as soon as the sequestration is dropped from those shares. The story examines Gazprom' s plans. (13)

The world leading mining company --Barrick Gold Corp. -- on Monday made a proposal to the shareholders of Placer Dome Inc. on a purchase of 100 percent of its shares for $9. 2 billion. The story examines the proposal. (13)

VEDOMOSTI (1/11//2005)

Even before IPO on the Moscow Inter-Bank Currency Exchange and the London Stock Exchange, 18 percent of shares of Rosneft may go to private owners. Such a conclusion can be made from materials of the Deloitte company that valued Rosnef' s assets. And Yukos, the share of which in Yuganskneftegaz Deloitte valuated at $7. 6 billion, may become the biggest minority shareholder of Rosneft. (A1)

It will be possible to eliminate the consequences of communism from Russians' memory no earlier than by 2030. This conclusion has been made by Harvard economist Alberto Alesina (Sp?) . The period for East Germany will be shorter than for Russia, since the latter was building communism for a longer time than the GDR. (A1)

The Prof-Media holding, part of Interros of Vladimir Potanin and Mikhail Prokhorov, decided to add film making to its film-showing business. The holding today plans to announce a purchase of more than the controlling stake of leading independent producer company. " Central Partnership" . The story examines the purchase, saying that not all experts view it as logical. (A1)

Russian regional authorities under critical conditions are inclined to use advanced Western financial technologies. The trouble, however, lies in the fact that such ideas are not a sign of well-being but a consequence of despair, in which local authorities in many regions have found themselves in today. (A1, A4)

The Moscow gvt decided to help city residents learn the words of the state anthem by placing them on street advertising billboards. What is behind City Hall' s patriotic upsurge? (A2)

Senators have proposed to increase four-fold all administrative fines for citizens and legal entities. Experts fear that new fines will be too high for small business and will lead to mounting corruption among state officials. (A3)

Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov has left for China to help Megafon, UES and other Russian investors break into the Chinese markets. A session of the Russia-China Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation will take place today under the leadership of Zhukov and the Chinese vice-premier. (A3)

The Commission on Corporate Ethics has been in existence for almost 3 years, but it has failed so far to show its efficacy. Business now has a chance to make it an effective body in the case of Oleg Kiselyov. " There is no need to launch a case when we have Comrades' Court " RSPP Honorary President Arkady Volsky stated. But will this Court begin functioning? Five experts share their viewpoints. (A4)

In an interview Group Razgulyai- UKRROS head Igor Potapenko talks about this agricultural holding, its produce, about its projects and plans. (A5)

VEDOMOSTI. COMPANIES & MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

Megafon and M. Video will offer people free cellular telephones in exchange for a one-year contract with an operator. Experts believe that the partners thus have saved some money by adding very cheap and out of fashion telephones to expensive agreements. (B1)

Bazovy Element will continue to buy up assets in the construction sector that are necessary for boosting the company' s construction sector. This was stated by its Director-General Gulzhan Moldazhanova. Brief. (B1)

Komstar-United TeleSystems on Monday stated its purchase of 89. 4 percent of ordinary shares for$7. 8 million and 31. 9 percent of privileged shares of Tyumenneftegazsvyaz that services more than 55. 000 telephone clients. Brief. (B1 )

Foreign avia companies, starting Nov. 1, 2005, have raised the dollar' s home rate for calculating the cost of air tickets by 3. 5 rubles -- up to 33. 5 rubles. Brief. (B1)

The cost of assets of Slavneft in the 3rd quarter lowered by 18. 55 percent as compared with the figure for the second quarter and amounted to 50. 729 billion rubles. This is stated in the company' s press review. Brief. (B1)

The Amtel tire holding has estimated itself for the upcoming IPO at $0. 85 billion -$1. 4 billion. What do experts think about such an estimation? (B1)

Transneft' s net profit by Russian standards in the 3rd quarter of this year increased by 950. 3 million rubles from 68. 7 million rubles in the second quarter. Brief. (B2)

The story examines potential companies and leaders among precious metals players on the world market. (B2)

Bashneft next year expects a decrease in its oil extraction down to 11. 9 million tons. This was stated by its Director-General Gimran Gabitov. Brief. (B2)

NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA (1/11/2005 )

Official Astana has flatly rejected the idea of creating a Kazakhstan-Russia union state. When speaking in the republic' s parliament on Monday Kazakh Foreign Minister Kasymzhomart Tokayev used tough tone to let it be known that Kazakhstan will in no circumstances waive its sovereignty. Some mass media from time to time are spreading falsehoods about allegedly existing plans for a merger of the two states. The story comments on the Kazakh minister' s statement. (1, 4)

The newspaper offers a list of 100 leading politicians in Russia in October. Glass Naroda expert Alexander Kinsbursky comments on the rating. (1, 9)

Former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze in his new book titled " My Memoirs about the Past, Present and Future" has told the " whole truth" about Georgian-Russian relationships. In an interview he talks about his book, focusing on his view concerning the Abkhazian issue. (1, 10)

The story examines reasons why State Duma deputies are absent from their working places. Vice -Speaker Lyubov Sliska was the first to have raised this issue. Way back in spring she stated that stricter measures should be made to make deputies attend S. D. sessions. (2)

Industry and Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko at the opening ceremony of the All-Russia Week of Oil and Gas on Monday stated that the gvt intends to take several measures aimed at stabilizing the home market of oil products. This is not new in principle, but the minister stated what should be done for it. The story examines what will be done to make it a reality. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

The story examines results of Sunday' s regional elections to the municipal power bodies in 11 regions. The conclusion is that these elections have failed to make clear the prospects of local government reform. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3, 9)

President Putin at his traditional Monday' s meeting with the gvt told the ministers about his recent visit to Nalchik, focusing on Kabardino-Balkaria' s serious problems. The story examines them in detail, focusing on the president' s recommendations. (3)

ROSSIISKAYA ROSSIYA (1/11/2005)

Russia on Friday will for the first time mark a new state holiday-- the Day of People' s Unity. In this connection, Nov. 4 has been officially declared a holiday and a day-off. The story explains why this day is the holiday and with from events of the distant past it is connected. (1, 2)

The Defense Ministry' s priority document (or the White Book) that makes accents in the development of the army for the next 10 years was endorsed on Monday. One of the priority is a purchase through auctions of armaments according to the gvt defense purchase program. What weapons will our army receive ? What troops will become high-tech? In an interview General Staff Chief Yury Baluyevsky, First Defense Minister, answers these and many other questions about the army and its future armaments. (1, 10)

The story examines personnel changes that have taken place in the Finance Ministry. Minister Alexei Kudrin now will have three deputies instead of two. The story comments on their appointments. (1, 9)

Chechnya' s President Alu Alkhanov on Monday met with the republic' s siloviki heads and law-enforcers. The story comments on the president' s statement about a tense crime situation in the republic. (2)

The AKOIL gas company emerged in 2001 and is part of the company group called " Assistance and Development of Domestic Production MELAX " that over the recent 10 years has been a reliable partner of the state-run Gazprom concern in the complicated production sphere -- gas transportation and storage. In an interview AKOIL Director-General and founder Gennady Melnikov talks about positive changes on the domestic gas market, though as he says, not all like them. (4)

The Federal Agency for Managing Special Economic Zones has received 21 applications for creating such zones in Russia. This was stated by its head Yury Zhdanov on Monday when he signed an agreement on cooperation with the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) . The story comments on his statement, saying that his Agency tomorrow will finish to accept further applications. (5)

NOVIYE IZVESTIA (1/11/2005)

The USA has officially joined the negotiations on settling the Trans-Dniestrian conflict, at which Russia for 13 years had been a main mediator and peacekeeper. Besides that, the US State Department stated on Saturday that the USA is willing to become an active player on another conflicting field -- in the zone of Russia' s traditional influence--South Ossetia. The story examines Russia' s losses on the CIS peacekeeping front. (1, 4)

President Putin tomorrow will begin his visit to the Netherlands. In an interview (on the threshold of this visit) a new Dutch Ambassador to Russia, Jan -Paul Dirkse (Sp. ?) ,talks about the significance of this visit and shared his first impressions about Russia and Moscow. (1, 4)

he State Duma tomorrow is expected to consider (in the second reading) amendments to the Code on Administrative Offenses, establishing responsibility for drinking beer in public places. The story examines the main amendments that were proposed after the first reading. (1)

The staff of the only opposition newspaper " Mordovia Today" has applied to the republic' s authority with a letter, in which journalists have accused authorities of political persecution of Editor-in-Chief Anatoly Sardayev. He was arrested recently, and after a week-long hunger strike he was released. The story describes real war against the newspaper. (1, 2)

The parliamentary commission responsible for using the election legislation held its first session in the State Duma on Monday. The vital topic for discussion was law-enforcers in the election process. Central Election Commission officials stated that these bodies practically do nothing. It' s a real problem to punish people, violating the election rules. The story comments on the commission' s recommendations. (2)

Deputy Industry and Energy Minister Ivan Materov on Monday came up with a proposal to impose a certification of autos imported to Russia from China. Market analysts are sure that this proposal is connected with a large-scale crisis being experienced by the domestic automotive industry that appears to be not competitive even with low quality Chinese cars. The story reveals the essence of the proposal. (3)