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IZVESTIA (8/12/2005)

An explosion in a seven-floor apartment block on Ulitsa Godovikova in the north-east of Moscow on Wednesday morning left 3 people dead and many others injured. The story describes the tragedy, focusing on several versions of reasons behind the explosion. (1, 3, Kommersant, 6, Vremya Novostei, 1, 6, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 7, Moskovskaya Praavda, 1, 2, Trud, 4, Novaya Gazeta, No. 92, p. 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5, Zhizn, 1, 4, 5, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 9, MK, 2)

In an interview famed actor Alexander Abdulov talks about his new role in a television version of Bulgakov' s " Master and Margarita" . (1, 13 )

President Putin in the Kremlin on Wednesday met with the Federation Council leadership to tell Senators about how they should control the implementation of the national projects in regions. The story describes the meeting, focusing on the president' s statements and on Senators' proposals. (2, Kommersant, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

The State Duma on Wednesday passed (in the final reading) the draft budget-2006. It promises good money for social programs. The story gives a list of the main budget articles with concrete allocated funds. (2, Kommersant, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3)

The story comments on results of the Kremlin negotiations on Wednesday between Supreme Rada Speaker Vladimir Litvin and President Putin, who discussed a painful issue--the delivery of Russian gas to Ukraine. The result of Putin' s telephone talk with his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yushchenko is also examined. (1, 2, Kommersant, 13, Vremya Novostei, 1)

State Duma deputies when discussing a plan of work for the day on Wednesday made several unusual proposals: to make television authorities take off from the air the reality-show " Golod" , to send an inquiry to the Prosecutor General' s Office concerning an arrest of former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev and to propose to EU states to send troops to Ukraine to guard the gas pipeline. The story comments on these proposals, saying how experts explain them. (2)

The Moscow City Duma on Wednesday passed significant amendments to the draft bill concerning gambling business and placing slot machines in the city. The story examines Tatarstan' s experience in this sphere. (4)

GAZ will suspend the production of the auto " Volga" and will no longer design a model of its own car. Such a sensational statement was made on Wednesday by GAZ main owner Oleg Deripaska, head of the Board of Directors of the Bazovy Element company. The story comments on his statement. (1, 4, 6)

The statements by head of the Russian Arbitration Court Anton Ivanov (see Iz. of Dec, 7) that lawyers should report about the cost of their services have caused negative response from the Bar. Professional judges supposed that authorities decided to control their activities. Is that really so? In an interview Anton Ivanov answers this and other questions. (4)

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice within the framework of her European tour visited Ukraine on Wednesday when she met with President Viktor Yushchenko, Prime Minister Yury Yekhanurov, Foreign Minister Boris Tarasyuk and with former Cabinet head Julia Timoshenko. The story comments on results of her visit. (5, Kommersant, 10, Noviye Izvestia, 4)

Governor of Georgian Province Imereti Akkaky Bobokhidze has handed in his resignation after he broke the nose of highly-regarded television journalist Irakly Imnaishvili. The story describes the incident, saying that President Mikheil Saakashvili praised the governor for. .. his high morals. Saakashvili has even called the recent beating of Russian journalists by activists of his party an " expression of the feeling of national dignity" . (5)

North Korean border guards have detained the Russian motor ship " Ternei" with 14 sailors on board The ship carried buses from the South Korean port Busan to Vladivostok. Brief. (5, Vremya Novostei, 1)

What elements, in your opinion, make the image of today' s Russia? A sociologist, a librarian, a correspondent and a writer share their viewpoints. (7)

The story features a tragedy that happened in a Yekaterinburg college at a physical culture lesson on Wednesday when eighteen-year-old student Sergei Koryavy died due to a heart attack. (1, 8, Noviye Izvestia, 6)

Many patients in Voronezh have received donor' s HIV-infected blood. And what' s more, that blood was used to make a medical preparation albumin that might be used by over 2000 people. The story gives details, saying what specialists think of that. (8, Kommersant, 1, 8, Vremya Novostei, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 6, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, 5)

The story highlights Lyubov Kandalen, Federal Judge in Chechnya' s Shalinsky District. But 2 years ago she had another name, was convicted and then went missing. When she received this job, no one asked about her past. (8)

The story examines results of Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov' s visit to Brussels, focusing on the negotiations he and his delegation held with the European Union leadership. (9, Vremya Novostei, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

The Russian Baltika brewery making beer by the license of Australian Foster' s has achieved good results in winning international markets, and now it is sold in Finland and even in non-drinking Iran. And today it has appeared on sale in Kazakhstan. The story describes the latter' s beer market. (10)

According to the PriceWaterhouseCoopers research company, Russians in 2005 have preferred to buy foreign cars. The story gives figures to illustrate the point. (10)

The story examines the situation on the home petrol market, explaining why petrol prices are hiking in Russia. Two pie-charts. (11)

The major renovation of Hotel Ukraina is part of a gigantic project that will be completed by 2007 when the whole territory from Ploshchad Yevropy up to the Taras Shevchenko Embankment will be transformed into a huge tourist trading- entertainment zone. The story examines the project in detail. (12)

KOMMERSANT (8/12/2005)

The Moscow Prosecutor' s Office asks the Moscow Arbitration Court s to declare invalid the treaty on creating a large domestic United Confectioner holding. In the prosecutors' opinion, it was created by-passing the privatization legislation. The story comments on the case, saying how market participants regard it. (1, 13)

The Board of Directors of Gazprombank on Wednesday proposed to its shareholders to sell one-third of its shares to Dresdner Bank. According to a preliminary agreement, the German bank will buy out the additional issuance of the bank' s shares for about $800 million. The story examines the deal. (1, 14, Vremya Novostei, 1, 8)

The Moscow City Duma on Wednesday passed (in the first reading) a draft bill that seriously complicates the life of the organizers of mass rallies and marches. The story examines the document' s main provisions. (1, 3)

A conflict broke out on Wednesday around the Chechen branch of the United Russia (UR) party. The fact is that the UR General Council on Tuesday evening fired State Duma deputy Frants Klintsevich, leader of the Chechen UR branch, and decided to recommend to the post next week State Duma deputy Ruslan Yamadayev. The UR conference in Gudermes on Wednesday, however, recommended to elect First Vice Premier Ramazan Kadyrov. The story describes the conflicting situation. (3)

Chechnya' s gvt head Sergei Abramov undertaking medical treatment now after the road accident, rejected romours on Wednesday about his early resignation. Brief. (3, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 2)

The State Council of the Komi Republic on Wednesday confirmed the candidacy of the present leader, Vladimir Torlopov, to the post of governor for the second term. The story examines the first instruction given him by presidential envoy to the North -Western Federal District Ilya Klebanov. (4, Vremya Novostei, 8)

Former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, who on Tuesday announced his willingness to create a wide democratic opposition on the basis of the Democratic Party of Russia (DPR) , has obtained the first supporters. The story looks at them. (4, Noviye Izvestia, 2)

Interior Ministry officers on Wednesday raided the central office of MDM-Bank and withdrew documents there. The story describes the raid, explaining a reason behind it. (6)

Wednesday' s session of the Omsk City Council ended in a scandal-- war veterans supported by deputies demanded from city officials that they explain a publication in the city newspaper " Tretya Stolitsa" (The Third Capital City) of a text from the magazine Kommersant Vlast that allegedly insulted the generation of the participants in the Great Patriotic War. The story examines the scandal and its sad outcome. (8)

The Russian side has launched negotiations with Japan on the possibility of visa-free tourist exchange. This was stated on Wednesday by head of the Federal Agency for Tourism Vladimir Strzhalkovsky. Brief. (9)

VEDOMOSTI (8/12//2005)

Dresdner Bank has received a blocking package of Russia' s third big bank that, in addition to everything, services more than 50 percent of financial flows of Gazprom. Dresdner in the future will possibly sell part of shares to the bank' s managers, and the bank itself will conduct IPO. The story says how experts have called the deal. (A1)

Filaret Galchev, head of the Board of Directors of Yevrotsement Group, has confessed that Georgy Krasnyansky, son of the former influential Moscow city official Leonid Krasnyansky was his main business partner. The market values Krasnyansky' s share in Yevrotsement Group at 30 percent, and its cost -- at $600 million. (A1)

Interior Ministry investigators on Wednesday raided the central office of MDM-Bank, where they withdrew documents concerning other banks, with which MDM once was connected. (A1)

The story says that the situation around the delivery of Russian air defense complexes to Iran may be viewed in two ways (they are cited) and in one concrete way of resolving at last a thorny American-Russian problem, and here with favour for both sides. The focus is on the main thing in this matter. (A1, A4)

United Russia is continuing to insist on its initiative of party gvt. State Duma Vice Speaker Oleg Morozov has described in detail the procedure of nominating a candidate to the post of prime minister from the parliamentary majority. And his colleagues are preparing a new initiative: to allow the winning party to elect the whole Cabinet of Ministers. (A2)

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Kiev tried to reconcile both leaders of the Orange Revolution--President Viktor Yushchenko and former Prime Minister Julia Timoshenko. The presidential camp, however, stated that they perceived the American proposals as a friendly advice. (A2)

The State Duma on Wednesday passed (in the final reading) the draft bill of the state budget-2006. The story examines its main parameters. What have deputies amended in its gvt variant (A3)

Russians' health is continuing to worsen : the mortality rate is growing, but the state obligations in the sphere of health rate have a declarative character. Such a conclusion has been made by the Auditing Chamber after it analyzed the efficacy of medics' using state funds. (A3)

After buying in late 2004 five cement plants from Yelena Baturina for about $800 million, Yevrotsement Group owner Filaret Galchev has at once found himself in the center of attention-- the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service is trying to break it up, while American minorities have begun to complain against the withdrawal of assets and against the present management. Galchev himself is sure that he is cleansing the cement industry from dirt. In an interview he talks about his business. (A5)

VEDOMOSTI. COMPANIES & MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

Every wholesale generating company can borrow $700 million-$800 million from the additional issuance of shares that the Unified Energy Systems (UES) company proposes to hold in 2006. This was stated by UES CEO Anatoly Chubais. Brief. (B1)

Sovkomflot has borrowed a 8-year syndicated credit worth $600 million. This is stated in the company' s press release. Brief. (B1)

The Industry and Energy Ministry is considering the possibility of imposing defensive measures on the import of autos older than 5 years. This was stated by Nikolai Sorokin, deputy head of the ministry' s Industry Department. Brief. (B1)

Cherkizovo Group has revealed at last the details of the upcoming IPO. In spring it will place depositary receipts on 40 percent of shares on the London Stock Exchange, the issuance of which was approved on Wednesday by the shareholders of the group. (B1)

Ruspromavto is considering the possibility of a licensed assembly of heavy engines Renault at the facilities of its enterprise Avtodizel. It was stated by Ruspromavto Deputy Director-General Igor Kulgan, who said that the negotiations are in progress today with the Renaults Trucks company. Brief. (B1)

The story examines an improved situation on the market of automated systems of managing the enterprise. (B1)

Austrian Wienerberger AG company will build a brick plant in Tatarstan costing approximately 26 million- 30 million euros. This protocol on intentions was signed on Wednesday by the republic' s Prime Minister Rustam Minnikhanov and official from the Austrian side Johann Vindish. Brief. (B1)

The Prosecutor General' s Office has filed a criminal case on the fact of swindling in conducting a tender for the right to reconstruct the airfield Sheremetyevo. The story details the case. (B2)