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Press Review

IZVESTIA (20, 21, 22/5/2005)

Russian authorities now know how to return former Nuclear Energy Minister Yevgeny Adamov awaiting extradition to the USA in a Swiss prison. It became known on Thursday that the Prosecutor General' s Office (PGO) filed a criminal case against Adamov on charges of embezzlement and demanded his extradition to Moscow. The Swiss court now will have to decide which side -- Russia or the USA-- will bring to trial Adamov. PGO within the framework of the Adamov case, conducted the first searches and interrogations. The story examines them in detail. (1, 3, Kommersant, 20, p 1, and 21, p. 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, May 20, p. 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, Gazeta, May 20, p. 11, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 7, Trud, May, 20, p. 4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, May 20, p. 13, MK, 1, 2, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 3)

Tenth-grader school student Alexander Novosyolov from the city of Yelets (Lipetsk region) was buried on Thursday. He died on May 17 during a school military training session. The story details the tragedy, focusing on who is responsible for it. (1, Kommersant, 7, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, MK, 2 )

Hundreds of foreign cars owners in many cities staged protests on Thursday, when the gvt discussed the fate of the auto industry. It did not dare to openly confess whether it will limit the import of cars with a steering wheel on the right side. The story describes the gvt session, its discussion of the issue, focusing on several views. Meanwhile, State Duma Vice-Speaker Oleg Morozov on Thursday urgently submitted to the S. D. a draft bill actually banning the use of such cars. (2, Kommersant, 2, 7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, May 20, pp. 1, 3, Noviye Izvestia, May 20, p. 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, May 20, p. 2, Gazeta, May 20, p. 5, 17, Trud, May 20, pp. 1, 2, MK, May 20, pp. 1, 2)

The State Duma Constitutional Legislation Committee on Thursday considered two deputy initiatives-- an amendment to the Constitution and the other initiative concerning a greater role of the Federation Council. The story reveals their essence. (2)

Potential presidential candidate Mikhail Kasyanov conducted a news conference on Thursday when he stated that he did not want to become Yushchenko in Russia, but he did not exclude his ambitions to become president. The story describes Kasyanov' s statements. (3, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, May 20, p. 3, Gazeta, May 20, pp. 1, 2, Vremya Novostei, May 20, pp. 1, 2, MN, No. 19, p. 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, Trud, May 20, p. 2)

The North- Caucasian Regional Military Jury Court on Thursday delivered a verdict of ' not guilty' in the so-called Ulman case. A year ago the jury already delivered a similar verdict on the case of GRU Captain Eduard Ulman and his three colleagues, who were accused of killing six peaceful Chechens, but the Supreme Court sent the case for repeat consideration. The story details the case. (1, 3, Kommersant, 1, 6, Noviye Izvestia, May 20, p. 3, Gazeta, May 20, p. 10, Vremya Novostei, May 20, p. 2, Trud, May 20, p. 2)

The State Duma is willingly discussing suppositions on an early possible resignation of the gvt. Several deputies, particularly those from the parliamentary minority, forecast an endorsement of a new prime minister already this summer. (3, MN, No. 19, p. 3)

The Foreign Affairs Commission of Estonia' s parliament on Thursday presented a comprehensive concept of strategic relationships with Russia that recommends to the gvt and the parliament that they demand from Russia an " honest and direct recognition of Soviet occupation. Brief. (3)

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov negatively views the activities of the movements " Nashi" and " Moving Together" . The brief offers his statement. (3)

The regional organization GUUAM will change its name and will probably be called --the Commonwealth for Democracy and Development. Brief. (5)

The State Duma on Friday was expected to consider a draft bill concerning hard drinking. Six politicians, State Duma deputies, party leaders and the Kristall vodka distillery president share their viewpoints on hard drinking. (7)

The story examines roots and reasons behind social hatred. The example is a horrific murder in the Mednoye village (Tver Region) , in which five young bandits savagely killed two entrepreneurs. (1, 8)

The story describes Thursday' s developments in the Moscow Meshchansky Court that continued to read a verdict in the case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev. The story notes several technical moments that will not affect the verdict. . (9, Kommersant, 20, p 5, and 21, p. 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, May 20, p. 2, Vremya Novostei, May 20, p. 3, Gazeta, May 20, p. 3, MN, No. 19, pp. 8, 9 Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 2, MK, May 20, p. 2)

North Ossetia' s Supreme Court on Thursday continued to consider the criminal case of Nurpasha Kulayev, the only survived from the 32 Beslan terrorists. The story examines his case. (9, Kommersant, 6)

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko on Thursday met with the leadership of Russian oil companies to discuss a painful issue -- a return of petrol to the Ukrainian gas filling stations. And on Wednesday Yushchenko strictly reprimanded Prime Minister Julia Timoshenko for the Cabinet of Ministers' disgraceful actions in the sphere of price formation and an excessive market administering. (10, Kommersant, 20, pp. 1, 14, and 21, p. 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, May 20, pp. 1, 4, Gazeta, May 20, p. 18, Vremya Novostei, May 20, pp, 1, 7, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, p. 5)

The Federal State Statistics Service on Thursday reported that industrial production in April, for the first time since the beginning of this year, increased by 5 percent as compared with the same period last year. The story comments on production growth. (11)

The State Duma has allowed banks independently, without court ruling, to close clients' money-free, non-working bank accounts. The story comments on the decision, saying that experts and bankers, however, doubt that it will strip banks of the burden to service the dead accounts. (11)

The German CLAAS firm on Friday was expected to open its plant in Krasnodar that will make combine-harvesters. The plant will make up to 1, 000 such machines a year. Brief. (11)

The story examines cases when informants willingly report to the leadership of companies about their colleagues' mistakes and failures. The question is-- will Russian society ever be free from informants? (12)

Magomet Musayev, Director of the All-Russian Exhibition Center (former VDNKHa) , and Chechnya' s President Alu Alkhanov on Thursday signed an agreement on opening Chechnya' s permanent pavilion in VDNKHa. The story comments on the document. (14)

KOMMERSANT (20, 21/5/2005)

The State Duma on Friday was expected to consider (in the first reading) a package of amendments to 13 bills. When the amendments are passed, a new election system will be finally shaped. In an interview Central Election Commission head Alexander Veshnyakov talks about several novelties in the new election system. (May 20, p. 2 and May 21, p. 2)

The State Duma on Thursday held hearings on local government reform. Deputies recommended to add several provisions to the bill and put it into effect, starting Jan. 1, 2006. The story looks at some recommendations. (May 20, p. 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, May 20, pp. 1, 3)

The State Duma Information Policy Committee on Thursday held an enlarged session with a participation of editors-in-chief of print mass media to discuss mass media- parliament cooperation. The story explains why the session failed to reach any accord. (May 20, p. 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, May 20, p. 3)

Buryatia' s President Leonid Potapov did not like the way Irkutsk regional head Boris Govorin proposed to merge the Irkutsk region, Buryatia and the Ust- Ordynsky Buryat Autonomous Area into one region. The story examines what Potapov disliked in Govorin' s proposal. (May, 20, p. 4)

Russian Vitaly Kaloyev has been indicted of a deliberate killing of avia-controller Peter Nilsen on Feb. 24, 2004. This was reported on Thursday by a Swiss prosecutor. The story describes that crime. (May 20, p. 5)

The Moscow Zyuzinsky District Court on Thursday sentenced seniour militia sergeant Sergei Basargin to 13 years in prison for beating last year a detainee to death. The story gives details. (May 20, p. 6)

NTV chief producer Alexander Levin, Deputy Director -General of the channel, will leave NTV on June 1. Director General Vladimir Kulistikov will not seek a replacement for Levin. The story examines reasons for his departure, focusing on Kulistikov' s decision. In an interview Levin explains why he is leaving NTV. (May 20, p. 8, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

General Staff chief Yury Baluyevsky on Thursday stated that Russia and Georgia will coordinate at an expert level soon the deadline and procedure of a withdrawal of the Russian military bases from Georgia and also the sides' obligations. The story comments on Baluyevsky' s statements (May 20, p. 10)

The Moskva Department Store in Moscow has obtained a new owner --General Investment Group, the company registered in the USA and managed by Russians. Market participants valuate Moskva at $25 million-$30 million. (May 20, p. 13)

An unidentified assailant in Makhachkala on Friday evening killed Dagestan' s National Policy, Information and Foreign Relations Minister Zagir Arukhov. The story describes how it happened. (21, pp. 1, 3)

The State Duma on Friday May 20 ratified the Additional Agreement between Russia and China concerning the Russian- Chinese state border in its eastern part. The story examines the document' s main provisions. (21, pp. 1, 2)

It became known on Friday that the presidential draft bill concerning the privatization of 75 percent of shares of Svyazinvest had been returned to the Economic Development Ministry from the gvt administration, because siloviki demanded that the document be reworked. A new variant should appear in the middle of the next week. (21, p. 1)

Economic Development Minister German Gref on Friday was received by the president to discuss a wide range of issues -- beginning with inflation and finishing with money for the servicemen. The story details several issues. (21, p. 2)

The State Duma on Friday passed a statement " Concerning the Development of the Political Situation in Ukraine" , in which it expressed its concern over numerous facts of persecution of political opposition members. Brief. (21, p. 2)

The State Duma on Friday passed (in the first reading) a draft bill concerning the state language. Deputies decided to defend Russian from abuse and borrowings. The story examines the documents main provisions. (21, p. 3)

The shareholders of the Poltava GOK and of the Magnitogorsk Metals Combine (or Magnitka) are in talks on selling 15 percent of shares to Magnitka. The story reports on how both sides will gain from the deal. (21, 5)

Russia and Ukraine in Kiev on Friday launched consultations on the liberalization of their pipe trade. The story reveals the essence of the issue, saying why it will be no easy for them to come to agreement. (21, p. 5)

NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA (20/5-21/5/2005)

Not long before the Congress scheduled for May 29, the Union of Right Forces (SPS) is changing its image. SPS stated that it would like to get rid of its old reputation of the right wing of United Russia but to draw the electorate of the pro-Kremlin party to its side. In an interview SPS ideologue Leonid Gozman reveals the party' s plans for 2007 and 2008. (1, 11)

The story examines what has changed in the upper echelons of power in Ukraine over the first 100 days of Viktor Yushchenko' s presidency. (2)

A rally under the slogan " For the Freedom of Speech! Against Censorship and Lies on TV! will take place in front of the Ostankino Televisiuon Center on May 22 when 4 years ago authorities reorganized the last independent channel NTV. The story describes the planned rally, its participants and their demands. (2)

According to ROMIR Monitoring, about 60 percent of students in many cities is willing to go to the street, if deferments from the army service are cancelled. The story examines results of a ROMIR opinion poll. (3)

Chechnya' s President Alu Alkhanov and the republic' s Prime Minister Sergei Abramov on Thursday attended a gvt session in Moscow that discussed the rehabilitation of the economy and the region' s social sphere. After the session both gave a news conference. The story describes it in detail, saying what decisions the gvt made in relation of Chechnya. (4)

" The verdict to Yukos former head Mikhail Khodorkovsky will be the most severe one, and the time of his staying in custody will depend on the day when Putin is expelled from the Kremlin" -- this was stated at a news conference in Tomsk by Committee-2008 leader Garry Kasparov. The story describes the aim of his visit. (4 )

De-oligarchization will begin soon in Kazakhstan, where its president Nursultan Nazarbayev has initiated it. The story examines what has provoked the president' s proposal. (5)

A diplomatic scandal has erupted in Belarus, where on Wednesday the Belarussian Foreign Ministry demanded that Polish diplomat Marek Butsko (Sp. ?) be expelled from the country. The story says why. (5)

After a methane blast in the Kiselyovka mine in the Kemerovo region this week, governor Aman Tuleyev ordered to check up all mines in the region to see how the safety rules are observed there. The story describes the latest tragedy, saying that over 20 accidents took place in Kuzbass mines over the past 10 years that left 220 people dead. (7)

ROSSIISKAYA GAZETA (21/5/2005)

IMF experts are continuing to insist that inflation in Russia in 2005 will remain at the level of 11-11. 5 percent, though the gvt hopes to decrease it down to 10 percent. President Putin at his meeting with Economic Development Minister German Gref tried to find out whose forecast was realistic The story examines how Gref tried to uphold his viewpoint. (1, 3)

The State Duma on Friday ratified the Additional Agreement between Russia and China concerning the state border. The story examines the document' s main provisions, saying how Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov commented on it. (1, 2 )

According to the Federal State Statistics Service, the volume of accumulated foreign capital in the domestic economy by the end of March had increased by 49 percent as compared with the situation last year and amounted to $85. 1 billion. The story examines what stands behind these optimistic figures. (2)

Uzbekitan' s President Islam Karimov stated to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan that he opposed holding international investigation of the circumstances of the latest riots in Andijan. The story comments on Karimov' s statement. (2)

TRUD (21/5/2005)

The International Armaments Exhibition MILEX-2005 completed its work in Minsk on Friday. The hit of the exhibition was a speech before its participants by Mikhail Kalashnikov, President of the Russian Armourers Union, Chief Designer of Izhmash and inventor of the world famous Kalashnikov. The story describes his speech. (1, 2)

In an interview Vyacheslav Postavnin, chief of the Foreign Labour Migration Board of the Federal Migration Service, says what conditions should be created in this country to make migration civilized. Today there are about 4 million illegal immigrants who work in Russia but do not pay any taxes. (2)

The number of rabies among animals has grown immeasurably lately. Thus, over 2, 000 such cases have been registered in Russia since the beginning of this year. The story offers several concrete cases that have been registered in several regions and cities. (5)

In an interview world-famous rock musician Konstantin Kinchev explains why his rock group " Alisa" put aside their instruments during the Lent. (6)

MOSKOVSKIYE NOVOSTI # 19

A festive ceremony of commissioning a 443-kilometer -long Azeri stretch of the Baku- Tbilisi- Dzheikhan oil pipeline will take place in the Sangachalsky terminal in Azerbaijan on May 25. The story describes this project and its participants, focusing on its political background. (4, 5)

A festive opening of an export Baku-Tbilisi-Dzheikhan oil pipeline will take place in Georgia in September. Several years ago Azeri former President Eduard Shevardnadze called this project a " deal of the century" . The story describes how this pipeline will affect the life of Georgia and its population. (4, 5)

The story examines several other factors than people' s discontent with authorities that have caused massive riots in Andijan. (10)

The story highlights India' s President Abdul Kalam (Sp. ?) , who is arriving in Russia on an official visit. (13)

Inflation in Russia is continuing to grow. According to the Federal State Statistics Service that summed up results for April, prices shot up by another 1 percent and for 4 months of this year inflation amounted already to 6. 5 percent. What inflation should be expected at the end of December? Can the gvt tackle with soaring prices? In a far-ranging interview State Duma deputy Mikhail Zadornov, spokesman for the S. D. Budget and Tax Committee, answers these and other questions about prices, inflation and reforms. (14)

KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA (21/5/2005)

This visit to Moscow of Italian film star Sofi Loren (Sp. ?) is not connected in any with with cinema. She is a patron of awarding the Golden Heart charity Prize that is given " For Contribution to Serving to Highest Ideals of Humankind" . The story describes the actress' s press conference. (7)

In an interview Viktor Ishayev, governor of the Khabarovsk region, comments on the Additional Agreement on the Russian-Chinese state border. (9)

MOSKOVSKY KOMSOMOLETS (21/5/2005)

Moscow inventor Sergei Markin has received a patent certificate on special tables for cafes that can smell sweet, play music and even advertise something. The story describes such tables. (1)

Special fish cutlets developed by the All-Russian Fishery Institute for school and student canteens will help school pupils and students improve their mental abilities. (1)