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Press Review

IZVESTIA (25/5/2005)

The Communications Ministry, starting July 1, will raise the payment for calls from land lines to mobile telephones. Calls to the mobile telephones in Moscow will cost 1. 8 rubles per minute. The story reveals the essence of the novelty. (1, 9, Kommersant, 1, 14, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 9, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 6, Vremya Novostei, 1, Gazeta, 18, MK, 1)

Scorching heat in Moscow has made many Muscovites appeal to doctors for help. GAI inspector say that heat has caused an increase in the number of road accidents. (1, 3, MK, 1, 3)

The 50th jubilee International Book Fair has completed its work in Warsaw. In an interview famed Polish filmmaker Andjei Waida (Sp. ? says what he thinks of the fact that Poland got offended by President Putin' s speech at the 60th Victory Anniversary celebration, in which he failed to mention Poland' s human losses in World War II. (1, 13)

Opponents of local government reform that should begin on Jan. 1, 2006 proposed on Tuesday to postpone it up to 2008. People' s Party leader Gennady Gudkov, the author of this initiative, shared his view on the issue. (2, Gazeta, 2)

First Vice-Speaker Lyubov Sliska at Tuesday' s meeting of United Russia deputies with Central Election Commission head Alexander Veshnyakov stated that the deputy mandate for the first 5 candidates on the election list of the LDPR cost seven million (rubles or dollars ?) . This is the first case when a representative of one party (United Russia) has publicly accused of corruption a representative of another party (LDPR) in the building of the parliament. (2, Noviye Izvestia, 2)

The 4th Congress of Health Workers' Labour Unions opened in Moscow on Tuesday. Medics spoke about doctors' miserable salaries and budget insufficient funds for the health care sector. Labour union leaders criticized gvt plans to reform medical institutions. (2)

President Putin and India' s head of state Abdul Kalam on Tuesday discussed issues concerning bilateral cooperation in energy, space exploration and the military-technical sphere. The latter theme was attached special attention. The story examines these issues discussed by both presidents in detail. (2, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Trud, 4, Vremya Novostei, 2, Gazeta, 2, MK, 2)

Ivan Starikov, Secretary of the Federal Political Council of the Union of Right Forces (SPS) , is sure that he will win the elections of SPS leader at the party Congress scheduled for May 28. Brief. (2, Kommersant, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 2)

The two-day Russian Georgian negotiations in Tbilisi on the Russian military bases ended on Tuesday. It was not difficult for both sides to regulate the stages and procedure of their withdrawal, but the deadline issue remained unsolved. Brief. (2, Kommersant, 10, Vremya Novostei, 2, Gazeta, 7, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5)

Yukos in its previous form does not exist any longer-- the company has completed its reorganization, as a result of which it has become smaller: instead of previous 3 managing companies, only two have remained. Eight hundred employees in the Moscow office out of the former 1, 300 have been sacked. The story looks at major changes in the company. (2, 13)

The Prosecutor Genera' s Office (PGO) on Tuesday made a statement saying that all foreign adoption agencies working in Russia do not have accreditation, and therefore, work illegally. PGO demanded from the Education and Science Ministry that it take urgent measures to change the situation but, as it has turned out, neither the agencies nor the ministry is to blame, since the whole responsibility lies on the gvt and on the authors of administrative reform. (1, 3, 6, Kommersant, 7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 7)

President Putin on Tuesday sent his annual state of the budget address to the gvt and parliament. The story examines its major provisions, focusing on its major goal. (1, 3, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 1, 3, Vremya Novostei, 2, Gazeta, 1, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 2)

The story examines new mortgage crediting rules for the servicemen that in 2-3 months will replace the existing schemes of providing them with housing. (3)

Presidential representative Dmitry Kozak has managed to settle down a serious political crisis in Adygea. The story describes how he has done it. (4, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 5)

The Moscow City Duma on Tuesday applied to Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov with a request to close the TNT reality show " Dom-2" with Kseniya Sobchak as its host. The story reveals the content of the Duma' s letter, describing the conflicting situation around this television program. (4, Kommersant, 8, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3)

Nuclear physicist Sergei Podoinitsyn, deputy chief of the central plant laboratory of the Mining-Chemical Combine in a closed city of Zheleznogorsk, went missing a year and a half ago. But all of a sudden he has appeared in the courtyard of his house. The story describes his mysterious disappearance, saying that he does not remember any detail of it. (4, Kommersant, 6)

A new opposition party called " The Conservative Party of Georgia" has been created. Its leader is Koba Davitashvili, former comrade-in-arm of President Mikheil Saakashvili, who went over to the opposition in early 2004. Brief. (5)

Economist Alexander Livshits examines what Ukraine' s President Viktor Yushchenko has managed to achieve in the economy for the 123 days of his presidency. (7)

Chief Military Prosecutor Alexander Savenkov at a news conference in Moscow said that the criminal case in relation to Ukraine' s Prime Minister Julia Timoshenko will in no way affect her visit to Russia. The story comments on this statement, focusing on Julia' s case. (8)

Unidentified bandits on Tuesday evening attacked a commercial bank in the center of Moscow. They killed two guards and injured another two. Brief. (8, Kommersant, 1, Gazeta, 5)

The oil and gas industry, despite growing revenues, fails to expand the purchases of domestic equipment. The Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the Union of Oil and Gas Equipment Producers intend to appeal to the president and the gvt with a demand to take urgent measures. The story examines this conflicting situation. (9)

The dollar early this week has defeated the euro, which cannot be said about the ruble due the policy of the Central Bank. The story examines the position of the dollar, citing experts' views. (10)

The Moscow gvt on Tuesday endorsed a major renovation plan for Lefortovo Park. The story describes it in detail. (12)

The story describes the fate of the Statue to Tsar Alexander II that should have been unveiled in Moscow on May 18. Why didn' t the ceremony take place ? (12)

KOMMRERSANT (25/5/2005)

A festive ceremony of putting the Baku-Tbilisi -Ceyhan oil pipeline into exploitation will take place in Baku today. The story examines the project and its participants, focusing on its political considerations. (1, 9, Vremya Novostei, 1, 7)

Moscow Vice-Mayor Valery Shantsev has ordered the City Advertising Committee to dismantle 69 advertising bill-boards on the 3rd Road Ring and on part of the Moscow Ring Road. The story comments on the measure. (1, 13, Gazeta, 5)

The Presidium of the Council of Legislators at its Tuesday' s session presided over by Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov considered an issue concerning the realization of technical regulation reform. The legislators accused the gvt of foiling the reform. (2)

President Putin on Tuesday proposed the Lipetsk Regional Council to endorse the candidacy of present governor Oleg Korolyov to the post of head of the region. (3)

The judge in the Meshchansky District Court on Tuesday continued to read the verdict in the case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev. The story examines developments in the courtroom and outside the courthouse. (5, Noviye Izvestia, 6, Vremya Novostei, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 9)

The story gives new details of the unified criminal case, according to which Denis Mikhailov, Director of the International Financial Relations Department, is accused of receiving a bribe, and his former chief Sergei Kolotukhin, former Deputy Finance Minister, acts as a witness. (5)

A road accident in the Tver region on Tuesday left Vice-Governor forty-three -year-old Sultan Akhmerov dead. The story gives details. (5 )

Scientists in Moscow, Vladivostok and Novosibirsk on Tuesday staged protests against Education and Science Ministry' s plans to reform the state-run sector of science. They demanded the resignation of Minister Andrei Fursenko and higher salaries. The story describes their protests. (7)

Mikhail Seslavinsky, head of the Federal Press and Mass Communications Agency, on Tuesday presented a laboratory to analyze CD and DVD and to determine the place of their production. The story describes the laboratory. (7)

A new protocol agreement on new rules of crossing the borders by citizens from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan took effect on Tuesday. The story examines the new rules in detail. (8)

Yukos on Tuesday announced the completion of the organizational and financial restructuring, the aim of which was to continue work to fulfill the obligations of the company before its employees, partners, creditors and shareholders. The story describes major changes in the company. (13)

Swedish Ericsson and Kazakh operator Telecomnet late last week signed an agreement on creating a multi-service communications network. The story describes the project, focusing on its budget. (13, 20)

Turkey has put up on sale 49, 12 percent of shares of steel smelter Eregli Demir Celik Fabrikali TAS (Erdemir) with the starting price $40 million. Brief. (13)

Federal Anti-Monopoly Service head Igor Artemeyev on Tuesday stated that a state-run reserve of oil products and a system of trading in them will be created in a couple of days. In this way state officials are trying to resolve the issue of regulating oil product prices. The story comments on the minister' s statement. (15)

Russian Group Nutritek hopes to become an owner of a baby food plant in Ukraine. The group in late April signed an agreement, according to which Nutritek will become an owner of the controlling stake of the enterprise. (17)

NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA (25/5/2005)

The Constitutional Court tomorrow may decide an issue on whether authorities can prosecute entrepreneurs for tax offences after the statute on limitations has expired. The story comments on the issue, reflecting on what decision can be expected from the court. (1, 3)

The Ufa Election City Commission has completed the registration of candidates to the upcoming elections to the City Council scheduled for June 26. The story describes the election campaign, saying that two teams are claiming the majority of seats in the City Council. (1, 2)

Samara governor Konstantin Titov has dared to support the Yukos company in its unequal fight with siloviki. Thus, on Tuesday he supported the appeal of Samara Gubernatorial Duma deputies to the president, the gvt head and the prosecutor general with a demand not to allow the collapse of the region' s oil industry. The story reveals Titov' s viewpoint on the issue. (1, 3)

The story reveals the essence of Riga' s political demands to Moscow, focusing on President Putin' s response. (2)

The All-Russian Public Organization of Small and Medium-Size Entrepreneurship " OPORA Rossii" has sent a letter to the gvt with a request to defend small businesses and to give them more freedom. And what was the gvt' s response? The story examines it, saying that it was unexpectedly positive this time. (3 )

The newspaper offers a list of the best lobbyists in Russia in April 2005. Sergei Turanov, expert from the Economic news Agency, comments on the rating. (10)

ROSSIISKAYA GAZETA (25/5/2005)

The story features the opening ceremony of the 89th session of the Council of Ministers of the European Conference of Transport Ministers on Tuesday. The Conference for the first time over the past 40 years has moved to Moscow. (1, 9)

The bill concerning the general principles of organization of local government is to take effect on Jan. 1, 2006. The story examines specific features of local government reform. (2)

The electricity tariffs for the population next year will increase by 15-25 percent and for the industrial enterprises and organizations -- by 7. 5 percent. This was stated on Tuesday by Yevgeny Yarkin, deputy head of the Federal Tariff Service The story comments on his statement. (2)

Koryakia' s Prosecutor' s Office on Tuesday launched the second criminal case on the basis of new facts against Nikolai Prokopenko, chief of the regional board of the housing and utility administration. The story examines his case. (3)

Several gvt ministers (their names are given) have been invited today to the State Duma to tell deputies about gvt measures to stabilize and lower fuel and lubricants prices and to ensure electricity for agricultural work. The story comments on these issues. (3, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 3)

Is there life in CIS after President Putin admitted that this organization had been created for a " civilized divorce?" The answer to this question is positive. CIS has split into two camps -- some have left it, and others have created a core willing to united around Russia. The 21st session of the Inter-Governmental Commission on Cooperation in the Sphere of Building CIS took place in Yerevan over the weekend. The story examines its agenda, participants, those who were absent and its decisions. (4)

Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov on Tuesday signed a gvt decree on a considerable lowering of customs duties on meat imports. The story examines the document' s main provisions, saying how analysts view it. (4)

The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service in 2005 won 60 percent of court cases, whereas the figure for 2002 was zero. The story examines several concrete won cases. (4)

NOVIYE IZVESTIA (25/5/2005)

Owners of the Moscow restaurants and cafes are demanding to cancel the city gvt decree that obliges them to mount a system of video observance and metal detectors in their places. The decree already took effect on May 20 and is obligatory so far for restaurants with over 100 seats. Businessmen consider that authorities have placed them before the dilemma-- either to go bankrupt or to considerably raise prices. (1, 7)

The All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTSIOM) has conducted an opinion poll to see what Russians think of the moral state of the Russian society. The story offers rather pessimistic results, focusing on several conclusions. (2)

St. Petersburg top officials have supported governor Valentina Matviyenko in her standoff against local judges. The story describes the conflicting situation. (2)

Many regions in the Far East and in the south have been hit by the spring floods. The story describes the critical situation in some of them, saying that the Emergencvy Situations Ministry has provided substantial aid for them. (6)