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IZVESTIA (22/6/2005)

United Russia leader Boris Gryzlov at the joint forum of United Russia and the Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia) mid-size business association on Tuesday spoke in defense of the interests of mid-size business. Gryzlov intends to revise the draft budget-2006 submitted to the State Duma by the gvt with the aim of raising state investments. United Russia and Delovaya Rossiya passed documents calling on the gvt to reject " false-liberalism" . The story describes the forum, focusing on Gryzlov' s speech. (1, 9, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Gazeta, 14, 15, Trud, 2)

The story describes the current situation in a camp of Chechen refugees in Dagestan, who in early June fled there after a brutal mop-up in the Borozdinovskaya village. On Monday Dagestani police tried to forcefully return them to their village (1, Kommersant, 3, Gazeta, 9)

Anatoly Vasilyev, artistic stage director of the Theater " The School of Dramatic Arts" , today will conduct a roundtable to announce that his theater, according to the Moscow gvt directive, will lose its building on Povarskaya Ulitsa. In an exclusive interview Vasilyev talks about this loss, focusing on their plan to win it back. (1, 13)

The story reports how specialists in the railway near the Lyapichevo station in the Volgograd region on Monday prevented a terrorist act. The focus is on the investigators' version. (1, 2)

The story features the developments in the Stavropolye Court on Tuesday when continued to consider the criminal case the only survived terrorist, Nurpashi Kulayev. A scandal erupted when a Beslan tragedy victim during the questioning refused from his previous statements. (1, 2, Kommersant, 3, Gazeta, 1, 8, MK, 2)

The story examines a gvt draft decree on conducting an experiment to create a state system of providing free legal assistance to the population. The document has been drafted by the Justice Ministry. (1, 2)

The story describes the negotiations in the Kremlin on Tuesday between President Putin and Mexican President Vicente Fox. (2, Kommersant, 2, Vremya Novostei, 9, Gazeta, 2, Trud, 4)

The heads of state of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in the Kremlin today will get together for a summit of the Eurasian Economic Community. In an interview its Secretary -General Grigory Rapota says what the presidents can expect from this summit. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

St. Petersburg governor Valentina Matviyenko' s ambitious construction project of a marine terminal can cause a big scandal. The story examines the project, saying that its concept was approved by the city gvt on Tuesday despite numerous protests of city residents, who are collecting signatures for their letter to the president. (3)

The FBK company on Tuesday presented its analytical report titled " Poverty in Russia: Economic Analysis" . The report is based on the Levada-Center' s study conducted in May by FBK' s order. The story offers several unexpected conclusions concerning Russians' revenues. (3)

Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov on Tuesday signed a memorandum on cooperation, according to which a special service will be created in the ombudsman' s administration that will deal with the servicemen' s affairs. Brief. (3, Gazeta, 5)

The official sites of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad on Tuesday posted documents that were approved at the recent negotiation concerning their merger. The story looks at their major provisions. (3)

Archpriest Dimitry Smirnov representing the Moscow Patriarchate at Tuesday' s roundtable devoted to religious education declared Russia mononational and on this ground proposed to introduce scripture at schools. Rodina faction deputies insisted on teaching the Fundamentals of Orthodox Culture, the ban of which was demanded by Russian human rights advocates. (3, Vremya Novostei, 1)

During Ukraine' s Day in Europe that Kiev organizers call a public-patriotic act, President Viktor Yushchenko will visit Paris today and in a small neighbouring town Sanlis(Sp. ?) he will unveil a 2. 5 meter-high statue of Anna Kievskaya, the queen of France, wife of Henry I, who was buried in that town. The daughter of Yaroslavl the Wise over one thousand years had been viewed as Russian, but independent Ukraine decided to make her Ukrainian. (5)

A powerful beach landslide near Sevastopol in Crimea hit a group of tourists, leaving one Russian dead and another one seriously injured. The story gives details. (5, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 7, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 6, Trud, 2, Vremya Novostei, 3, Gazeta, 8, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

Russians in Russia-- who are they? Critic, assayist and literary scholar Lev Anninsky examines several variants to answer this question. What does it mean to you to be Russian? Four authoritative public figures share their viewpoints. (7)

Today June 22 marks the 64th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) . The story reminisces about how that all started. (8, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, 3, Vremya Novostei, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 12, Gazeta, 24, Komsomolskaya Pravda (its special reprint edition of June 22, 1941)

The story examines the first Ukrainian- Russian investment forum (UkrRos) in Kiev on Tuesday, focusing on its main aim. (9)

In an interview Economics Minister of the Netherlands Laurens Jan Brinkhorst (Sp. ?) , who visited Moscow recently, says that his country is interested in many-million investments in the Russian fuel and energy complex. (10)

According to the Business-Analitika agency, the year 2004 was the most successful one for the domestic breweries. The story gives figures to illustrate the point, focusing on their plans. (10)

Rosneft' s recently obtained assets-- Yuganskneftegaz and Severnaya Neft -- will receive the most part of investments. This was stated on Tuesday by Rosneft Vice-President Stepan Zemlyuk. Brief. (10)

The Rodionov Publishing House has obtained the magazine " Kompania" . According to some experts, the sum of the deal amounts up to $3 million. Brief. (10)

The story examines how the property re-division in Ukraine has adversely affected the interests of the Moscow city gvt (health resort in Crimea) . (12)

The Moscow city gvt on Tuesday approved a three-year program of privatizing city property. The story examines the document, saying that it envisages the liquidation of 181 enterprises and the privatization of 310 state unitary enterprises. (12, Kommersant, 6, Gazeta, 4) , Vremya Novostei, 2)

KOMMERSANT (22/6/2005)

The story examines reasons behind a tense situation in three-party relations between Russia, Ukraine and Turkmenistan. The focus is on what Moscow and Ashkhabad are demanding from Kiev. (1, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

The implementation of municipal reform (local government) can be postponed up to 2008: the corresponding amendment to the new law concerning the general principles of organizing local government has already been submitted to the State Duma. The story reveals its essence. (1, 3)

The rocket-booster Molnia M with the military communications satellite Molnia-3K that was launched on Tuesday from Plesetsk Cosmodrome (Arkhangelsk region) failed to put it into orbit. The story details its failure. (4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 6, Vremya Novostei, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 10)

A freight train twenty kilometers from Tuapse on Tuesday night suffered an accident due to a mountain torrent that blocked the only railway there. Thirteen passenger trains with 4. 5 passengers had to stop. The story details the accident. (4, Noviye Izvestia, 6)

Valery Bezverkhny, Director-General of the United Aircraft-Building Corporation, on Tuesday reported that Transportation and Industry and Energy ministries by Aug. 16 will submit to the Economic Development Ministry their regulated proposals on a temporary cancelation of duties on foreign aircraft imports. (5)

The traders of ads -- Group Video International and the NTV-Media company -- on Tuesday made public an analytical note containing a forecast of the development of the domestic television advertising market up to 2008. According to their estimates, the television air in the next 3 years will go up in price by 25-30 percent every year. (5)

The Cristall vodka distillery belonging to Rosspirtprom former head Sergei Zivenko has won back the right to own the vodka trade mark Cristall. Brief. (5)

Severstal-Avto and the Samara Group Avtocom have launched a joint project to modernize the auto Oka that is made by their two enterprises. The story examines the deal. (6)

VEDOMOSTI (22/6/2005)

Rambler Media Internet project top managers can earn good money on a recent placement of the company' s securities on the London Exchange. Many of them have received options allowing at a discount price to buy out approximately 7 percent of shares of Rambler. (A1)

State officials cannot make a final decision whom to send to the Gazprom Board of Directors: on Monday the candidates were Rosenergo head Sergei Oganisyan and presidential aide Igor Shuvalov, and on Tuesday they were replaced with former ministers Farit Gazizullin and Igor Yusufov. (A1)

United Russia leaders on Tuesday demanded from the Mikhail Fradkov gvt that it increase state investments at the expense of the Stabilization Fund. (A1)

United Russia deputies intend to destroy one of their main political rivals-- the " against all" candidate. They would like to provide regional law-makers with an opportunity to cancel a protest voting on their territories. (A1, A4)

The Russian Foreign Ministry has warned that there may be problems with the ratification of the Border Treaty with Estonia. The story says what factors may cause them. (A2)

The power crisis in Moscow on May 25 can bring trouble to the city metro. Thus, Rospotrebnadzor head Gennady Onishchenko stated that his service has filed a suit against the metro for the lack of transport means on the day of the outage. But lawyers in this suit have seen the possibility to sue Mosenergo in the interests of the metro. (A2)

Gvt ministers in the Federation Council on Tuesday tried to persuade Senators to endorse their amendments to the draft budget-2005, and this time they managed to do it. But in the future they will have to work in cooperation with the parliament. (A3)

The story examines what Russia needs to enter into the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, the club of the most advanced capitalist countries. The application on its accession was submitted to it way back in 1996 when Viktor Chernomyrdin was the head of gvt. (A4)

Why does Russia need the Eurasian Economic Community? Four experts share their viewpoints. (A4)

In an interview Kirill Pisarev, President of Group PIK, talks about its purchase two weeks ago of the housing construction combine No. 3 from the Iteko company and about its construction business. (A5)


Troubles are continuing to affect the gas Novatek company that is preparing for initial public offering. This, the court recently banned it to sell 66 percent of shares of Geoilbent to LUKoil. The story examines some other troubles. (B1)

The InBev brewery is willing to buy the Tinkoff company belonging to entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov for $200 million, a source close to the deal reported. Brief. (B1)

The Belgorod Board of the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service has fined Yevrotsement by 300, 000 rubles for its refusal to provide information by an inquiry of the anti-monopoly agency. Brief. (B1)

TNK-BP by the results of the first 6 months of this year will increase its export of oil products by 38. 6 percent up to 6. 1 million tons. The production of oil products will rise by 10 percent --up to 11. 1 million tons. Brief. (B1)

The deal to purchase 75 percent of shares of the Italian Palinie e Bertoli metals combine should close before June 30. This was stated by Yevrazholding President Alexander Abramov. Brief. (B1)

Yevrazholding is in talks with the Indian gvt on developing iron ore in India. This was stated by the company' s Financial Director Pavel Tatyaninov. Brief. (1)

The British network The Body Shop intends to open shops in Russia this year. The story reveals the company' s plans. (B1)

Bazovy Element controlling 33. 6 percent of shares of the Arkhangelsk Pulp and PaperCombine is displeased at the distribution of the enterprise' s profits. It has proposed to increase dividends for 2004 by 1. 5 time and to pay out a 10, 000 ruble bonus to all employees of the enterprise. (B2)

VSMPO-Avisma co-owners Vyacheslaav Bresht and Vladislav Tetyukhin decided to agree on the Renova' s proposal to buy 13. 4 percent of shares of the titanium corporation. The partners will pay $148 million for shares in mid-July, Market participants believe that Bresht and Tetyukhin will borrow a credit for their purchase from Citibank. (B2 )


The US Administration has decided to change its Ambassador in Moscow. Alexander Vershbow will soon be replaced with Nicholas Berns (Sp. ?) , now Undersecretary of State in charge of political issues. The story comments on the administration' s decision. (1, 6)

Oligarch Alexander Abramov, President of the Yevrazholding metals group, stated on Tuesday that his company is in talks with the Indian gvt on developing raw materials in that country. Besides that, Abramov also stated that his company plans to buy assets abroad. The story reveals the company' s plans. (1, 3)

Two new public and political programs will appear on the NTV channel by September. This was stated by NTV Director-General Vladimir Kulistikov on Tuesday, when he said who is being tested now for the role of its host. (1, 2)

Despite Chechen top state officials' assurances, special police operations, bloody mop-ups and fights are continuing in the republic. The story gives concrete facts to illustrate the point. (2)

A festive opening of a new mosque " Kul Sharif" will take place in Kazan on Friday on the territory of the local Kremlin. This event will signify an official return of Tatar-Moslems to the Kazan Kremlin. The story explains why the republic' s authorities attach so much attention to this event. (4)

A big scandal is brewing in Ukraine. It involves Prosecutor General Svyatoslav Piskun and US Ambassador John Herbst. Some Supreme Rada deputies stated that the Ukrainian Prosecutor' s Office in several cases acted to Washington' s dictation, which is strongly evidenced by an Internet transcript of a telephone conversation between Piskun and Herbst. The story reveals the content of the transcript. (5)

The Belarussian gvt has approved a draft program of boosting the national energy sector up to the year 2010, including the construction of a large nuclear electric power station in the republic. The story examines the program. (5)

An International Conference devoted to Iraq is to open in Brussels today at the level of foreign ministers. It is sponsored by the European Union and the USA. Representatives from 80 countries are expected to take part. Russia' s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will also be among its participants. The story examines what Washington expects from this conference. (6)


Regional administrations now are in charge of the federal so-called gvt northern shipments programs. This was stated on Tuesday by Vladimir Yakovlev, Regional Development Minister, at his meeting with regional leaders. The story reveals the essence of his statement. (2)

Patriarch Alexy II in Moscow on Tuesday met with Pastor Samuel Kobia (Sp. ?) , Secretary-General of the World Council of Churches, to discuss a disturbing issue on mounting religious extremism. The story comments on Alexy' s statement. (2)

The Republican Party with Vladimir Ryzhkov as its leader on July 2 will sponsor a party conference with all democratic politicians taking part. In an interview Vladimir Ryzhkov says what his party intends to propose them. (3)

In a far-ranging interview Vladimir Kadannikov, Chairman of the AvtoVAZ Board of Directors shares his view on whether Russia needs to boost its own automotive industry. (4)

Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov have signed a document that has sanctioned civil control over the Armed Forces. The story examines the document' s main provisions. (9)


The story raises an issue on launching a private institution of higher learning for the sake of earning money rather than providing young people with a quality higher education. Such a practice has become a wide-spread phenomenon today. (1, 7)

In an interview sci-fi writer Sergei Lukyanenko talks about his latest works and about the state of the domestic book market today. (1, 7)

The State Duma is expected to consider soon amendments to the law concerning the government. They envisage to oblige the president when selecting a candidacy of prime minister to conduct consultations with the parliamentary majority. The story examines several amendments and their essence. (2)

A new public movement --" Against Corruption" --was created in Russia on Tuesday. The story describes its initiators, aims and tasks. (2)

The Information Analytical Center " SOVA" on Tuesday published its report about the victims of Russian skinheads and nationalists this year. The number of victims reached 115 people, who are Russians, CIS residents and also representatives from about 10 African and Asian states. Brief. (2)

Specialists from CIS countries gathered together in Minsk on Tuesday to discuss a draft agreement on measures countering the turnover of counterfeit medicines. The story describes the meeting, its participants and the document they discussed and endorsed. (3)


The story examines newspapers and magazines on the media market that have changed their owners lately. (2)

In an interview Vladimir Pozner, host of the weekly information and analytical program " Vremena" , shares his view on the Khodorkovsky case and on the state and problems of television today. (3)

A group of nuclear physicists in Dubna with the help of its own scientific methods has studied the growth of consumer prices in Russia. The story offers their estimates that cardinally differ from the official ones. (4)

In an interview MGIMO Professor Alexei Pushkov, author and host of the TV program " Postscriptum" that recently celebrated its 7th birthday, reflects on Russia' s fate, saying that storm clouds are brewing over it. (6)