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Press Review

IZVESTIA (6/5/2005)

Different countries are interpreting World War II and its outcome in their own way. The story examines such attempts, focusing on Russia' s efforts to uphold its interpretation of the results of WWII. (1, 2, 3, 6, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2)

In an interview (on the eve of his European tour) US President George W. Bush talks about the aim of his visit to Moscow, focusing on his forthcoming meeting with the leaders of Civic Society at a planned round-table discussion. (1, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 2)

In an interview Jacques Chirac, President of France, a country that during World War II participated in the anti-Hitler coalition, answers the following questions: What does your visit to Moscow to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the victory over nazism mean to you? How do French people regard the war-time events that happened 60 years ago? What lessons can the present generation learn from them? (1, 3)

Yukos is falling apart. Thus, the company on May 5 announced that not a single of its shareholders wanted to see its representatives in its future Board of Directors. The Yukos Management Board and directors themselves will seek those, who would agree to manage the company close to collapse. The story describes the situation in the company, explaining its leaders' indifference. (2, Vremya Novostei, 5)

The story comments on Group MENATEP main owner and former Yukos leader Leonid Nevzlin' s sensational statement of May 3 when he in public agreed to sell Yukos shares belonging to MENATEP in exchange for the suspension of prosecution of Nevzlin and Khodorkovsky. (2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, May 6, p. 4)

The Koryak Autonomous Area (KAO) will merge with the Kamchatka region. Their leaders in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on May 5 after two days of heated debate signed a corresponding Protocol on intentions. The story examines the document, saying that federal authorities made KAO agree to merge, threatening it to suspend all financial aid. (2, Gazeta, May 6, p. 7)

The story comments on the case of former Nuclear Energy Minister Yevgeny Adamov, who on April 27 was arrested in Bern on charges of fraud and embezzling $9 million through firms he had founded in the USA. State Duma deputy Boris Reznik stated that " the arrest of Adamov has been grounded. "(2, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, May 6, pp. 1, 2, May 7, p. 2, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Vremya Novostei, 3, Trud, May 6, pp. 1, 4 and May 7, p. 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, May 6, p. 2)

West- and East-European countries, despite genetic memory, would like to forget the horrors and losses of World War II. This is evidenced by results of the latest opinion poll taken by the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion. The story offers these results. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, May, 7, p. 3, Trud, May 6, p. 4)

Work has begun in St. Petersburg to build a super-modern marine passenger port in the Gulf of Finland and a mini-city for 40, 000-50, 000 residents that will become a " marine facade" of St. Petersburg. The story examines this grandiose construction project, which governor Valentina Matviyenko reported about to President Putin on May 4. (4)

The story reflects on whether Nizhny Novgorod governor Gennady Khodyrev will be able to retain his post for the next term. Presidential representative in the Volga Federal District Sergei Kiriyenko is against this candidacy. And what about the Kremlin administration? (4)

American sci-fi writer Robert Shekley (Sp?) has been hospitalized in Ukraine and already for a week has been staying in the private clinic " Boris" in Kiev. The story describes several serious health problems of this highly-regarded 76-year-old writer. (4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, May 7, p. 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, May, 6, p. 6)

The story examines several regions in Russia that have been hit by the spring floods. Several residents (most of them 80 -year-olds) have not survived. (4)

Belarus will not introduce the Russian ruble on the country' s territory, starting Jan. 1, 2006. This was s stated by Pyotr Prokopovich, head of the Management Board of the Belarussian National Bank. Brief. (5)

A Russian citizen, who worked in a Russian air company, has been abducted in Port -au-Prince (Haiti) . Abductors are demanding a ransom for his release. Brief. (5, Gazeta, May 6, p. 11)

American Irma Pavlis, who beat to death her adopted Russian son, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. The story comments on the court' s ruling. (5, Komsomolskaya Pravda, May 6, p. 2)

Journalist Viktor Loshak, MN former Editor-in-Chief, has attended the opening ceremony of the Days of Russian Culture in Tbilisi. He describes the situation in the republic, focusing on its paradoxical relations with Russia. (7)

Mikhail Kopeikin, deputy head of the gvt administration, comments on results of a recent opinion poll taken by the consultative Ernst & Young company among foreign companies working in Russia. The aim of the poll was to see major positive and negative aspects of the investment climate in Russia. (7)

The Supreme Court of Russia on May 5 returned the case on the murder (in October 2004) of seven businessmen of Karachayevo-Cherkessia to the Supreme Court of this republic. The story examines the case, focusing on the Russian Supreme Court' s decision. (8)

Sixty employees, who worked in 22 shops of the Pyatyorochka retail network in St. Petersburg, have been hospitalized with a suspected hepatitis diagnosis. The latter has been already confirmed in 55 cases. The story gives details. (8)

The British press names Russian businessman Nikolai Smolensky one of the claimants for the purchase of MG Rover, this bankrupt British automaker. The story highlights this businessman, his ambitious plans and real chances. (9)

The story examines the position of the American dollar, focusing on market participants' views on its fate. (9)

Passions around the Rosneft-Gazprom merger are continuing to rage. It became known late last week that Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov had signed a directive on including Rosneft in the privatization list-2005. The text, however, does not say a word about the mechanism of the deal. The story examines the directive' s main provisions. (10)

According to the accountancy report of the Vympelcom company (brand BeeLine) , Group Alfa has pawned a considerable part of its package of shares of the cellular operator BeeLine. The story describes the operation, saying how analysts regard it. (10)

About 47 percent of Russians today use cellular telephones, which is almost a double figure as compared with last year. This was stated by ROMIR Monitoring. Brief. (10)

The cost of the minimum package of foods included in the population' s subsistence minimum increased by 2. 8 percent in April and by the end of the month amounted to per capita 1353 rubles and 90 kopecks a month. Brief. (10)

The Izvestia Supplement is the exact replica of the Izvestia edition of May 9, 1945 devoted to the Great Victory of the Soviet Union in World War II. (1, 4)

KOMMERSANT (7/5/2005)

Hospitable Moscow on May 7-9, the day of the 60th Victory Anniversary celebrations was expected to welcome more than 50 heads of state and gvt and also WWII veterans from many countries. Along with these festivities, CIS heads were to meet for a summit. The story describes these planned events, focusing on several contradictions among meeting participants and also on guests' claims to Russia. (1, 3)

The Pyatyorochka network, this leading domestic retailor, placed its shares on the London Stock Exchange on May 6. This first foreign IPO in the history of domestic retail was successful: having sold 30 percent of the company' s shares, Pyatyorochka founders earned almost $600 million. The story describes the company' s success, saying that its experience will accelerate preparations of other domestic retail networks (above all, Kopeika and Magnite) for IPO. (1)

In an interview (before his arrival in Moscow to attend the 60th Victory Anniversary celebrations) Japan' s Prime Minister Dzjunitiro Koudzumi (Sp. ?) assesses the present state of Japanese-Russian relationships, focusing on his view on Russia' s membership in G-8. (1, 3)

The Moscow Consumer Market Department on May 6 sent put recommendations to city shop, cafe and restaurant managers, saying how they should work on May 7, 8 and 9. The story describes unprecedented security measures in Moscow these days. (1, 2)

The story examines the working schedule of many city banks in Moscow on May 7-10. (2)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov on May 6 signed a directive on renaming the metro station " Izmailovsky Park " into " Partizanskaya" . The station' s name has been changed for the third time since the time of its opening in 1944. The story comments on the mayor' s directive. (2)

Georgia' s Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili and Prosecutor General Zurab Adeishvili on May 6 reported about a disclosure of a massive burial. It is supposed that one of the found bodies there was the body of Georgian famed soccer-player Kakha Kaladze' s brother Levan, who was abducted several years ago. The story gives details. (4)

The Moscow Prosecutor' s Office on May 6 completed its investigation and submitted to court the first criminal case in relation to policemen involved in a scandalous killing of former officer- submariner Alexander Pumane during his questioning. The story gives the names of two policemen, revealing the essence of their criminal case. (4)

The story describes details of a special operation in Chechnya on May 5 when several people, including a militiaman and two suicide-bombers, were killed. Those two women, in the opinion of Chechnya' s Interior Ministry, were trained for committing terrorist acts on May 9. (4)

Group Yevrazholding on May 6 reported that it is preparing IPO on the London Stock Exchange in the form of global depositary receipts on 10 percent of its shares. Thus, the group will become the second metals company of Russia (after Mechel) to make its way to the Western markets. The story examines the company' s plans. Yevrazholding' s results in 2004 are also featured. (5)

The Finance Ministry proposes, starting next year, to strip the Agency for Mortgage Housing Crediting of state support. The story comments on the ministry' s proposal, saying what it would mean to the Agency. (5)

The Dutch Heineken NV concern on May 6 officially announced a purchase from Alfa-Eko of the Patra brewery in Yekaterinburg (see Kommersant of April 29) . The story comments on the deal. (5)

President Putin by his directive has allowed " KB Priborostroyeniye" (Tula) to do foreign trade in military products in the next five years. The story describes KB and its products, saying that the president through his directive has shown that he has no intention to grant all rights to make arms deliveries abroad to Rosoboronexport alone. What did Tula KB have to do to win this independence ? (5)

Rosenergoatom' s press service on May 6 reported about personnel changes in the company' s leadership. The story examines them in detail. (5 )

The gvt has agreed with Economic Development Minister German Gref' s proposal to nominate the candidacy of Yelena Kotova to be elected from the Russian Federation to the post of Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development' s Board of Directors. This was stated by the gvt press -service. Brief. (6)

The iKs-Consulting company on May 6 made public a report on the Russian cellular communications market at the end of April 2005. According to the report, the number of cellular communications users in Russia as compared with March increased by 3. 67 million, i. e. , by 4. 3 percent. Brief. (6)

Rosneft has enlarged its Management Board from 5 up to 8 persons. The brief gives the names of its 3 new members. (6)

ROSSIISKAYA GAZETA (6, 7, 10/5/2005)

US President George W. Bush' s letter to Latvia' s President Vaira Vike- Freiberga concerning the Soviet Union' s " occupation" of the Baltic republics after WW II has agitated not only their residents, but also those whom it was addressed indirectly. Thus, Russia has responded to it without delay. Presidential aide Sergei Yastrzhembsky at a news conference on May 5 made his clear-cut statement on the issue. The story examines it in detail. (May 6, pp. 1, 8)

Investigators into the circumstances of GRU Colonel (retired) Vladimir Kvachkov' s involvement into the recent assassination attempt on UES CEO Anatoly Chubais have found practically no evidence of his guilt The story examines results of their investigation. (May 6, pp. 1, 2)

The RG Supplement of May 6 is fully devoted to the 60th anniversary of the Soviet Union' s Great Victory in WW II. Rossiiskaya Gazeta Nedelya (1-30)

The collegium of the Education and Science Ministry on May 6 was expected to discuss a draft program of modernizing domestic science that is being awaited by the whole of the community of scientists. The story examines the draft that has been prepared by President Putin' s instruction. (May 6, p. 2)

The KPRF has applied to the Supreme Court with a demand that it recognize as illegal the Central Election Commission' s decision on the impossibility to put 13 questions to referendum participants. The story looks at 13 claims to the Central Election Commission. (May 6, p. 3)

The All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTSIOM) has made public results on ratings of leading Russian policy-makers and on Russians' attitude to state power institutions in April. The story examines some interesting results. (May 6, p. 3)

Georgia' s President Mikheil Saakashvili will not be able to go to Moscow to attend the 60th Victory Anniversary celebrations on May 8 and 9 if no progress is made in resolving the issue on a withdrawal of Russian military bases from the Georgian territory. This was stated by Georgia' s Foreign Minister Salome Zurabishvili. The story comments on her statement. (May 6, p. 3, May 10, p. 4. MK, 10, p. 2)

The state guarantees the safety of deposits in more than 800 banks, but only one in every two depositors knows about it. This is evidenced from results of a recent opinion poll taken by the Center for Social Forecast by the order of the Agency for Insuring Deposits. The story examines several results. (May 6, p. 4)

State Duma deputy Alexander Lebedev President of the National Investment Council examines a draft of the new Russia-Ukraine economic project. (May 6, p. 5)

In an interview Pavel Krasheninnikov, head of the State Duma Committee on Civil, Criminal, Arbitration and Procedural Legislation, examines several controversial issues concerning social housing. (May 6, p. 5)

Strategic Rocket Troops Commander Colonel-General Nikolai Solovtsov at a news conference on May 5 describes his troops' short-term and long-term future development. He stated in part that Russia in the next 7 years will destroy about 4, 000 nuclear warheads. The story examines the plan revealed by the commander at the news conference. (May 6, p. 6)

The Stabilization Fund by May 1 had increased up to 858 billion rubles. This was stated on May 5 by the Finance Ministry. Since April 1, the fund has grown by 90 billion rubles. The story explains why the fund expanded more effectively in April than in March or in February. (May. p. 6)

In an interview (on the eve of his arrival in Moscow to attend the 60th Victory Anniversary celebrations) UN Secretary Kofi Annan talks about the need to reform the UN, focusing on the main lessons of WW II to learn by his organizations. (May 7, pp. 1, 4)

The newspaper offers excerpts from interviews by President Putin and US President George W. Bush, in which they talk about the Baltic states, about Georgia, about democracy in Russia, about the post- Soviet space, about Russia' s role in " hot spots" and about Russian-American relations. (May 7, pp. 1, 3)

Zelenograd police on May 6 detained Gadel Sogayunov, who since February 2005 had been wanted by Interpol on charges of terrorism. Twenty-year-old Sogayunov was a member of the Islamic Jamaat organization. The story gives details. (May 7, p. 2 )

President Putin in his residence in Novo-Ogaryovo on Sunday evening on May 8 welcomed US President George W. Bush. The story describes their friendly meeting and several significant themes they discussed. (May 10, pp. 1, 3)

The story describes a summit of CIS heads of state on May 8 that was devoted to the 60th Victory anniversary. The focus was President Putin' s opening speech. (May 10, pp. 1, 2)

The press service of President Putin reported that the head of state has signed a decree concerning a new military uniform for the servicemen of the Armed Forces. The story looks at this uniform. (May 10, p. 2)

The newspaper RG offers excerpts from President Putin' s statements -- in his interviews to American CBS, to French France-3 and also from his article to the French newspaper " Le Figaro" -- about the WW II Victory (Le Figaro) , about Stalin (CBS) , about the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, about belonging to Europe (Le Figaro, France-3) about the break-up of the USSR (CBS) about NATO expansion (France-3) , about the Baltic states (Le Figaro) , about anti-Semitism (CBS) , about democracy in Russia (CBS, France-3) , about oligarchs (France-3) , about mass media (CBS) , about Chechnya (France-3) . (May 10, p. 3)

The 15th Russia- European Union summit is expected to take place in Moscow on May 10. The sides call it significant and even historic, even despite of the fact that, judging by everything, not a single document will be signed there. The summit is to sum up results of two-year work that started in St. Petersburg in May 2003 when the leaders of Russia and the EU countries made a political decision to work out four general spaces of Russia and EU, which are the principles of Russia-EU cooperation in the sphere of the economy, external security, freedom and justice. and also education. (May 10, p. 4)

The story describes a serious incident that took place during US President George W. Bush' s short visit to the Netherlands. (May 10, p. 4)

The story describes how the opposition forces marked May 9, saying that even on that day they failed to avoid clashes with police. (May 10, p. 5)


The story describes a powerful fire that hit the Sickle and Hammer plant in the south-east of Moscow on May 7. Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu controlled the firefighters' operation. No victims were reported. (2)

The 60th Victory Anniversary celebrations are over. What have they left to Moscow ? The story describes five new memorable spots in the city. (3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, May 7, p. 6)

A summer seasonal switching off of hot water supply to Moscow apartments for prophylactic measures will begin on May 11. These measures usually last for 3 weeks. The newspaper gives a list of Moscow districts and streets, in which hot water supply will be switched off in May. (6, 7)

The newspaper gives twelve little-known facts (small secrets of the big metro) from the life of the Moscow metro. (8. 9)


A medical ward will open soon in the Moscow dolphinarium, in which dolphins will help treat children with specific health problems. The story describes a new method of treatment. (1)

The number of marriages to be registered this May will be considerably fewer that in other months. The story says why. (1)

From now on Russians, who have applied to the Constitutional Court and won the case will receive compensations for their expenses on railway transport, living in hotels and even for the time they have spent. The story describes new rules. (10)

A four meter-high and three-sided sandy pyramid devoted to Stalin-Roosevelt and Churchill has been unveiled in Moscow' s Hermitage Gardens. The story describes the pyramid and its authors. (3)

President Putin in the Kremlin on May 5 gave state orders and medals to several people, who have achieved good results in their work. Among them was ITAR-TASS Director-General Vitaly Ignatenko, who has been the head of the information agency for 14 years. He received the Order " For Great Services to the Fatherland" . In an interview he talks about his job. (5)