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IZVESTIA (29,30/4/1/5/2005 )

The story examines new details of the criminal case that may be linked up to Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev and may cause new accusations against them. (Iz. reported about the case on April 19.) The focus is on investigators' version of this case. (1,4 )

President Putin on Thursday before starting official negotiations with the Israeli president, visited Jerusalem, where he visited several sacred places . During the negotiations , Putin and Israeli President Moshe Katsav allowed themselves to exchange rather sarcastic remarks. The focus is on their news conference and on several unpleasant questions for Putin. The story details all these events. (1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, April 29, pp. 1,3, Vremya Novostei, April 29, pp. 1,2, Gazeta, April 29, pp. 1,2 Noviye Izvestia, April, 29, pp.2, MN, No.17, p.3, Trud, April 29, pp. 1,4, Krasnaya Zvezda, April 29, pp. 1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, April 29, p. 2 and April 30, p. 2 )

Izvestia launches a new project --"Hatred in Russia"--saying that it has become a disease of the Russian society and Problem Number One. Hatred, particularly ethnic one , is mounting at an unprecedented rate. According to the Academy of Sciences' Institute of Comprehensive Social Studies, the number of supporters of the idea "Russia for Russians" has reached 52 percent. The story as an example of how hatred originates cites an unsolved murder case of Russian Olympic champion Dmitry Nelyubin, who was killed in St. Petersburg on the New Year's Eve supposedly by Caucasians. (1,5 )

The notorious letter to the Prosecutor General's Office with a call to ban the activities of Jewish organizations in Russia should not be seen as anti-Semitic -- such a conclusion has been made by the St. Petersburg Prosecutor's Office. The latter has dropped the case against the letter's authors due to the lack of a crime. The story details the case, commenting on the conclusion. (2 )

US President George W. Bush in the middle of his working day on Thursday was urgently evacuated from his Oval Offices to the White House's underground bunker. The story examines the reason behind that alarm.(2 , Noviye Izvestia, April, 29, p. 2 )

It's not a fact that SPS new leader Nikita Belykh, Vice-Governor of the Perm region, will be endorsed by the SPS Congress this month. A scandal connected with this person broke out at a news conference on Thursday. The story gives details. (2 , Rossiiskaya Gazeta, April 29, p. 3, Gazeta, April, 29, p. 3, Vremya Novostei, April 29, p. 4)

The story examines how party leaders, deputies and labour unions intend to use the holidays for their work.(3 , Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

The Russian-Italian Forum "Dialog" has completed its act "Russia-Italy. A Meeting in Venice" that was initiated by presidential aide Sergei Yastrzhembsky. The story features the origin of "Dialog", focusing on how the Venice meeting was regarded in Moscow. (3

Patriarch Alexy II addresses Izvestia readers on the occasion of the great religious holiday-- the Orthodox Easter. Full text. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta,, 1,3, Trud, 1,2 )

Police in Naberezhniye Chelny on Thursday detained three top managers of KamAZ and the KamAZ-Metallurgia company ( their names and posts are given ), who are suspected of huge embezzlements. Brief. (3 )

The Altai Regional Council of People's Deputies on Thursday assessed the work of governor Mikhail Yevdokimov's administration as unsatisfactory. Brief. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, April 29, p. 3, Noviye Izvestia, April, 29, p. 2, Trud, April 29, 2, Vremya Novostei, April 29,p. 4, Gazeta, April 29, p. 5 )

Valery Resh, head of the Tula Regional Tax Board, on Thursday was sentenced to 7 years in prison for selling secret tax information. Brief. (3

In an interview Ingushetia's President Murat Zyazikov talks about forces, who are not against destabilizing the situation in his republic and in the whole of the North Caucasus. (4 )

The Moscow City Court on April 29 was to conduct a preliminary hearing of the criminal case of reputed mobster Vyacheslav Ivankov ( also known as Yaponchik ). He is accused of killing two Turkish citizens in 1992. The story details his case. (4, Kommersant, 4 )

An unusual immigrant 22-year-old Carlos Raul Kuenka (Sp.? ) arrived in Russia from Peru. He was detained on charges of illegally crossing the border and brought to Moscow to be deported home. The story describes his case,saying how much Russia will pay for his deportation. (4

The story reports on how Russians regard their numerous holidays , focusing on two ones that are unanimously viewed as the national ones . (6)

Izvestia television critic Irina Petrovskaya examines how disgracefully domestic television channels late last week described US State Secretary Condoleezza Rice's visit to Moscow . (7)

What will Mikhail Khodorkovsky do when he is released from prison? Seven authoritative politicians, State Duma deputies, party leaders and lawyers share their views. (7)

Leonid Parfyonov, Editor-in-Chief of the Russian edition of Newsweek, reminisces about Alexander Bovin, a politician, journalist and diplomat, who died a year ago . These reminiscences have been included into a book , the authors of which are highly-regarded public and political figures, scholars and journalists , who were happy to meet Alexander Bovin. (8)

The story features the Akrona company in Veliky Novgorod city and region that provides numerous jobs and always pays taxes to the budget on time. Akrona is well aware of its social responsibility , putting into effect s numerous social programs. (12 )

The gvt at a session on April 28 discussed issues concerning tax administering. The Finance Ministry proposed a draft bill that eases the burden of taxpayers . The story examines the draft, noting that the session, however, failed to determine who has the right to sanction repeat tax audits of big companies. This issues has remained a main point of contention between tax agencies and entrepreneurs. (14, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 9 )

The Nizhny Novgorod Board of the Federal Anti-Monopoly Services (or FAS) on Thursday decided that Alfa-Bank's advertising clip has violated the law concerning advertisement . The story comments on FAS' decision. (14 )

The feature story highlights William D'Arsey (Sp.? ), architect of British Petroleum, who launched his oil business when he was 51. (15)

The story describes how old building of historic and architectural significance are being destroyed in the Moscow center -- on Ulitsa Ostozhenka. (16)

After a long interval , a legendary apartment of writer Mikhail Bulgakov , the author of "Master and Margarita" , opened as a museum in House 10 on Ulitsa Bolshaya Sadovaya in Moscow. The story features its literary heroes. (16)

Izvestia offers a list of cultural events in Moscow on May 8 and 9 devoted to the 60th Victory Anniversary. (17)

The story reports on how Red Square will be decorated for the festive celebrations of the 60th Victory Anniversary. (17)

The Karelian Marine Center has worked out a project of the world first floating Polar Station that will be built in Russia. The story examines the project. (19)

KOMMERSANT (30/4/2005 )

Britain's High Court of Justice on Thursday April 28 froze 43.82 percent of shares of Sibir Energy (SE) belonging to entrepreneurs Shalva Chigirinsky and his brother Alexander through the Bennfield Ltd offshore company. The freezing was done in favour of the SE minority shareholder-- Harley Street Capital Ltd-- that accused the main shareholders--the Chigirinsky brothers -- of doing financial damage to the company. The story details the case. (1)

President Putin on Friday arrived in the Arab city of Ramallah, where he visited the grave of Yassir Arafat. The story features Putin's working visit to Palestine, focusing on his negotiations with the Palestinian leaders. (1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3, Trud, 1,4 , Krasnaya Zvezda, 1)

Four rebels from the Wahhabite jamaat "Yarmuk" with its new leader Rustam Bekanov were killed during a fight in Nalchik (Kabardino-Balkaria) on Friday between local police and rebels. And two detained rebels said that rebels had planned several terrorist acts ordered by Shamil Basayev. The story describes the fight and its victims. (1,4,

TNK-BP Vice President Tony Considine (Sp.? ) in Kiev on April 29 met with Ukraine's Fuel and Energy Minister Ivan Plachkov. After the meeting Considine told journalists that the company so far will not raise fuel prices higher that the level established by the Ukrainian gvt. But TNK-BP does not believe that the administrative restrain of prices will end soon, therefore Considine did not exclude that his company may fully suspend oil deliveries to Ukraine. The story describes TNK-BP's doubts, noting that Naftogaz Ukrainy head Alexei Ivchenko has already proposed to return to the state TNK-BP's 70 percent of the Lisichansk oil refinery.(1,5 )

A list of Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov's instructions to executive power bodies was made public on Friday April 29. Fradkov demanded that they put into effect the main provisions of President Putin's state of the nation address to the Federal Assembly. The story examines several instructions, saying what state officials should do to implement them. (2

Kommersant offers a list of seven gvt decrees signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov on April 29. (2 )

The Koryak Duma on April 29 supported at last the idea of merging with the Kamchatka region. Koryak governor Oleg Kozhemyako had to persuade deputies to support the idea of enlarging the regions. The story describes how he managed to convince them. (3 )

An inauguration ceremony of Vyacheslav Dudka to the post of governor took place in Tula on Friday. Dudka, an engineer at the Tula defense enterprise "KB Instrument- Building", who was elected on March 30, replaced 73-year old Communist Vasily Starodubtsev, who had governed the region since 1997. The story describes the inauguration ceremony, focusing on speech by Federation Council Andrei Mironov. (3 )

A new round of negotiations on Tehran's nuclear programs between the European Union and Iran began in London on Friday. Their aim is to make Iran use its nuclear program in peaceful purposes. Meanwhile, US President George W. Bush on the eve of the consultations in London unexpectedly stated that Russia-Iran nuclear cooperation causes no concern of his. The story reveals several aspects discussed at the negotiations. (4 )

An unidentified assailant in Samara on Friday shot dead Dmitry Yakimov, Director-General of the private guarding enterprise "Buket-SB" and seriously injured his driver Igor Nazarov. The story gives details. (4)

The creation of the public movement "Yakutia-ALROSA" was announced in Yakutia on Friday April 29. It opposes the transfer of ALROSA's controlling stake to federal authorities and the passing over to them of ALROSA's property complex . In the movement's opinion, it will result in the Yakutian budget's loss of one-third of its revenues. Protests initiated by the Sakha Public Center Organization had been raging in the republic for the whole past week. The story describes federal authorities' decision to turn the Yakutian company ALROSA into a Russian company and numerous protests against it. (5)

The Novolipetsk Metals Combine (NLMK) and Kuzbassrazrezugol (KRU) shareholders are in talks on the sale to NKMK of Prokopyevskugol belonging to KRU. The story describes why NLMK is interested in this purchase. ( 5)

The British newspaper "The Times" on Friday April 29 reported about the plans of British Diageo, a world leading alcohol producer, to create a pool of investors for buying the second large alcohol seller --Allied Domecq (AD). Analysts believe that Diageo is really interested in buying even part of AD's portfolio. The story says why. (5)

The Justice Ministry on Friday registered the Central Bank's directive that markedly increases the size of funds the banks can afford from the obligatory reserving fund . The story reveals the essence of CB's document. (5)

The Sukhoi company that took part in the LAAD-2006 air show in Rio de Janeiro announced the signing of a protocol with Brazilian MSI Group on the delivery of 14 planes Be-103 with a possible expanding of the delivery up to 50 planes in the next 10 years. Brief. (6)

Rosoboronexport at the LAAD-2005 air show conducted negotiations with the Brazilian Air Force officials on a possible delivery of Russian fighters Su-27SK or of their modernized variant Su-27SKM. Besides that, Rosoboronexport conducted negotiations with Venezuelan representatives on their intention to buy the Su-25 squadron for their marine force. Brief. (6)

Nature Protection Prosecutor in the Krasnoyarsk Vasily Denisenko on Friday April 29 resumed his check-up of the Yenisei Pulp and Paper Combine on the fact of polluting the Yenisei River with oil products. The brief details the case. (6)

Dmitry Anisimov, 34, has been appointed new Financial Director of Wimm-Bill-Dann. The previous Financial Director, Vladimir Preobrazhensky, quit his post due to the expiration of his 3-year contract. Brief. (6)