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IZVESTIA (20/6/2005)

An unprecedentally brutal security raid, called an ethnic mop-up, was conducted several weeks ago in the Borozdinovskaya village in Chechnya by a Vostok battalion of special forces officers of the GRU of the Russian Defense Ministry. Villagers among them 400 Avars had to flee into Dagestan, where several meters away from the administrative border with Chechnya they formed a new refugee camp. The story describes that ethnic mop-up, saying that 12 people went missing. (1, 8, Vremya Novostei, 1, 4, Noviye Izvestia, 6, )

In an interview famed Hungarian filmmaker Istwan Sabo (Sp. ?) , a guest of the 27th Moscow International Film Festival, shares his sad impressions about a new life in his Hungary, saying how it affects his creative work. (1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 6)

The Shiraksky airfield in the east of Georgia abandoned by the Soviet Air Force may become an American military base--such a sensational statement has been made by Vakhtang Talakhadze, leader of the Georgian Movement political association. He also said that residents in the neibouring villages have already been offered money -- $50, 000 to each family for settling out from these places. The story comments on Talakhadze' s statement. (2)

The Armed Forces' Sports Committee on Friday conducted a comprehensive check-up in the Strategic Rocket Troops to see their fitness and ability to handle nuclear weapons. The story describes results of that examination. (2)

The All-Russia Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTSIOM) has taken an opinion poll to see how Russians regard the political censorship in television. The story examines results, saying that only 1 percent of respondents believe that it should exist. Two pie-charts. (2)

Communists on Saturday convened a plenary session of the KPRF Central Committee to discuss their strategy of the country' s social and economic development. The story examines its main points, saying that it turned out to be very radical. (2, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 6, MK, 2)

President Putin on Friday visited Elista (Kalmykia) , where he presided over a session of the State Council that was devoted to agriculture. Before the session, Putin visited a cattle exhibition in the Kalmyk steppe. The story describes what he saw there. (3, Gazeta, 3)

In an interview Anatoly Tyan, Director-General of SovTransAvto, talks about his company, focusing on its problems today. (3)

State Duma 66-year-old deputy Vladimir Litvinov' s body was found on Friday in the river near his dacha not far from Rostov-on Don. The story gives details saying that any assassination attempt is excluded. (4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2, MK, 2)

Tver region authorities on Sunday officially called the derailment of the train with fuel oil a global ecological catastrophe, the consequences of which will be felt for many years ahead. The story examines Tver specialists' ecological conclusions of this catastrophe. (1, 4, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 6, Gazeta, 4)

Chechnya' s President Alu Alkhanov stated his disagreement with the jury court' s verdict ' not guilty' in the criminal case of Captain Ulman' s group. Brief. (4)

Kirgyzstan' s Prosecutor General' s Office has launched a criminal case against participants in the Bishkek riots on June 17, viewing them as an attempt of a coup d' etat. Authorities have characterized those developments as a counter-revolutionary mutiny financed by the Askar Akayev family. (5, Kommersant, 11, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Gazeta, 8, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 2 )

The Minsk City Council decided to rename Prospekt Izvestia into Prospekt Zvyazda. The story examines how Minsk spin doctors explain this decision. (5)

Greece' s Foreign Minister Petros Molivjatis (Sp. ?) is expected to arrive in Moscow on July 7 to discuss with the Russian leadership an issue of easing the visa regime for Russian travelers. Greece of late has been ever often acting as a specific lobbyist of Russian interests in the European Union. What could it mean ? (5)

Russian Railways (RZH) newly-appointed President Vladimir Yakunin has let it be known that the present management in the company does not suit him. The story examines what he would like to see in it. (9, Kommersant, 1, 7)

Social consequences of the deal between Gazprom and Rosneft to exchange shares became known late last week: the concern will spend $1 billion as a minimum on supplying regions with gas. The story comments on its decision. (9, Vremya Novostei, 7)

Yukos' foreign creditors on Friday won the $500, 000 suit against the Russian oil company, which was not difficult to do, since Yukos actually suspended to service its debts 6 months ago. The story describes the company' s position. (9, Kommersant, 5, Vremya Novostei, 8, Gazeta, 15, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4)

The Ukrainian gvt has announced that before the end of this year it intends to put up the Krivorozhstal metals combine for sale. The story comments on the decision, focusing on the history of this enterprise. (1, 10, Kommersant, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Gazeta, 15)

According to the National Alcoholic Association, the domestic distilleries over the first 5 months of this year produced 9. 2 less vodka than last year. The story examines this tendency, saying that Russians preference of home- made vodka has not changed. (11)

KOMMERSANT (20/6/2005)

Aeroflot-controlled Terminal Director-General Kirill Budayev and Turkish Enka general representative in Russia Burak Ozdogan (Sp. ?) on Saturday signed an agreement on the construction of Sheremetyevo-3. Enka has won the competition for the choice of a general contractor, having agreed to complete the project for 26 months and to spend about $400 million on it. The story examines the project (1, 6, Gazeta, 13, Vremya Novostei, 8)

President Putin on Saturday paid an unexpected visit to Chekhov (Moscow region) that, starting June 17, has been hosting the CIS and Baltic International Youth Games. The story describes the president' s visit there. (2)

The State Duma on Friday passed (in the second reading) the draft bill concerning currency regulation. The story examines amendments that were introduced to the bill after the first reading. (2)

Viktor Davydov, Speaker of the Chelyabinsk Regional Legislative Assembly and leader of the United Russia regional branch, unexpectedly died on Sunday night at the age of 55 due to a heart attack. The story describes his professional career. (3)

The initiative group in charge of creating the single left front held its first session in Moscow on Sunday to coordinate the activities of protesting councils and committees that have emerged in several regions during acts of protest in January. The story describes the session, its participants and issues they discussed. (3)

The Stavropolye Regional Prosecutor' s Office has launched its check-up on the fact of the mop-up conducted by OMON fighters in the Ivanovka village on June 12 when about 40 young people were detained and many of them beaten. The story details those developments. (4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7)

Slavneft main shareholders this week will finalize the agreements on the division of the company' s oil-extracting assets. The story examines how they will be divided. (5)

An unfriendly absorption of Yugbank by the Uralsib financial corporation completed last week. The story examines the deal, saying how Yugbank top managers have reacted. (5, 6)

The story examines the copper market last week when copper prices shot up almost 10 percent and on Friday reached the maximum level since 1996 -- $3669 per ton. What makes copper prices soar? (6)

Cypriot Itera Holdings BV, the parent company of MGK Itera, has decided to expand its business in the USA. Thus, on Friday evening its American subsidiary Dune Energy announced its purchase of the Texas oil and gas company Barnett Shale. Itera is buying out extracting enterprises in the USA and other countries. The story explains why it is doing it. (7)

Azeri opposition parties on Saturday held an " orange" rally in Baku. The story describes its participants and demands, saying that the republic is facing a difficult time. (11)

President Alexander Lukashenko' s decree concerning a new procedure of sending state employees abroad on business will take effect in a couple of days. The story reveals its essence. (11)

VEDOMOSTI (20/6/2005)

Unified Energy Systems (UES) head Anatoly Chubais and Mayor Yury Luzhkov are willing to jointly manage the Moscow city energy system. With this aim in view they are creating a company to manage all Moscow energy grids costing over $6 billion. This alliance is not to the liking of Gazprombank that views it as threat to its rights of the Mosenergo shareholder. (A1)

Oil price on Friday reached $58. 47 per barrel. Experts fear that the deficit of processing facilities and threats of natural cataclysms will make oil prices exceed the level of $60 per barrel. (A1)

Domestic industry did not grow in May, and its volume practically went down to the level of the January one. The story gives figures to illustrate the point, saying how experts regard all this. (A1)

The new Ukrainian leadership after the successful orange revolution began to fight against the opposition, with the so-called Donetsk clan. The story examines its claims to the opposition. (A1)

Communists at the recent plenary session of the KPRF Central Committee have presented a new economic plan. The story examines its major provisions. (A2)

Companies, starting Saturday June 18, can open bank accounts abroad without the Central Bank' s permission. The story describes show they can do it now. (A3)

Economic Development Minister German Gref at a recent gvt session stated that it was necessary either to increase funds for education and health reforms or to give them up completely. The story comments on the minister' s words, saying that they look like an open blackmail at the address of the Finance Ministry. (A4)

Specialists at the Tel Aviv University have found holes in the mechanism of the protection of the popular cordless technology Bluetooth. Mobile telephones and pocket computers can be attacked by hackers. What damage can they do?Four experts share their viewpoints. (A4)

In an interview Vneshtorgbank President and Chairman of its Management Board Andrei Kostin, talks about his bank, about the structure of its capital, about its financial projects with other banks at home and abroad, about what has interested him in the business of Guta-bank and about his plans. (A5)

VEDOMOSTI. COMPANIES & MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

Vneshtorgbank will not become a co-owner of the enterprises of the timber Ilim Pulp corporation. When selling the St. Petersburg Promstroibank to Vneshtorgbank, Promstroibank owner Vladimir Kogan will leave the shares of Ilim Pulp to himself. (B1)

Surgutneftegaz did not receive proposals from Gazprom on purchasing the company. This was stated by Surgutneftegaz Director-General Vladimir Bogdanov. Brief. (B1)

The Oil Capital company (registered in Tyumen) and Sinopec' s subsidiary -- Lunsin-- have signed an agreement on intentions for building an oil refinery in the north of the Tyumen region. The Chinese side is willing to invest up to $100 million in the construction project of this enterprise. Brief. (B1)

The Natural Resources Ministry has expressed its concern over the possibility of the construction of the oil pipeline Eastern Siberia- Pacific Ocean up to the Perevoznaya harbour in the far East. The brief explains its concern. (B1)

The UralSib financial corporation has bought about 63 percent of shares of Yugbank, a leading one in the Kuban, that was claimed by Investsberbank and the Krasnodar regional administration. (B1)

The Turkish Enka developing company will build Sheremetyevo-3 for 26 months. The story examines the project. (B1)

Yukos' subsidiary Tomskneft-VNK this year can lower oil extraction more than by 25 percent-- down to 13. 5 million -14 million tons. This was stated by a source in the company. Brief. (B1)

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development' s Credit Committee has approved the granting of $110 million to LUKoil Overseas Holding Limited for funding the share of the company' s spendings on developing the Shah-Denis deposit in Azerbaijan. Brief. (B1)

The $1 billion tax Gazprom will have to pay to the state for the sale of its 10. 74 percent of shares is not enough to it. As President Putin stated, Gazprom should pay the similar amount of money for supplying gas to Russian regions. (B2)

Ukrainian authorities have begun to attack mediators delivering gas to Ukraine from Turkmenia. Ukraine' s Security Service has announced that it' s investigating criminal cases connected with the activities of RosUkrEnergo and EuralTransGas. (B2)

NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA (20/6/2005)

World chess champion Garry Kasparov is creating an opposition political movement --The United Civil Front --into which he intends to unite all protest forces of the country. In an interview he reveals his plans. (1, 3)

Presidential envoy to the Southern Federal District Dmitry Kozak late last week submitted to the president a report on a catastrophic state of affairs in the North Caucasus. The essence of the document is that Russia is losing the region. What does this desperate move of Kozak mean? Does not the president know the situation?Does the president pending 2008 close his eyes to the situation, avoiding resolute actions? Six authoritative politicians, State Duma deputies, party leaders and public figures share their viewpoints. (1, 2)

Two Ukrainian influential and high-rating television channels -- Inter and Studia 1+1 -- can soon become the property of Russian owners. Ukrainian mass media call Alexander Abramov, a co-owner of Yevrazholding, one of the most probable buyer. The story focus on several intrigues around this possible deal. (1, 3)

Ichkeria' s President, i. e. , the official leader of Chechen separatists Abdul-Khalim Sadulayev in his recent interview to the Arab newspaper " Al-Aman" stated that he sees no peaceful ways of ending the war, stressing that after the death of Aslan Maskhadov the unity in the ranks of separatists has considerably strengthened. The story examines his statement. (2)

In an interview Ilya Lomakin- Rumyantsev, head of the Federal Service for Insurance Surveillance, talks about the situation on the insurance market and on the prospects of boosting the insurance of life. (5)

ROSSIISKAYA GAZETA (20/6/2005)

Authorities in the Moscow region have approved a construction project of 4 toll roads. Deputy Transportation Minister Alexander Misharin comments on the project. (1, 5)

The story examines essential personnel changes in the top leadership of the Foreign Ministry and several diplomatic representations. (2)

Moscow State University student Anna B. was killed on June 17 near house 12 on Ulitsa Trofimova in the south-east of Moscow. The story details the case. (2)

Law-enforcers in Austria and Spain have detained 63 Georgians, who are accused of robbing jewelry shops, money laundering and other illegal activities. The story gives details. (3)

The newspaper gives detailed information and a map of new roads that are planned to build around Moscow between 2006- 2007. (5)

NOVIYE IZVESTIA (20/6/2005)

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday through his decree imposed a fixed rate of VAT on goods brought by so-called shuttle- traders. This rate will be fixed by the republic' s regional authorities at their own discretion. The story comments on Lukashenko' s move, calling it trade war declared on Belarussian small business. (1)

Deputy Health and Social Development Minister Vladimir Starodubov at the recent Forum " The Health of the Nation" made public sensational data, saying that Russia annually loses almost one million people. Meanwhile, the Institute of Bioregulation and Gerontology attached to the North-Western branch of the Academy of Medical Sciences, has been dealing with serious health problems for 10 years (the names of several of its several patients are given) . In an exclusive interview its Director Vladimir Khavinson shares the secrets of eternal youth. (1, 7)

The European Union summit took place in Brussels last week when Estonia' s President Arnold Ruutel (Sp. ?) took part in that event. In an interview he talks about results of Estonia' s one -year stay in the EU and NATO, focusing on the present state of Estonian-Russian relations. (1, 4)

In an interview highly-experienced lawyer and Federation Council deputy Alexei Aleksandrov shares his view on the nine-year prison sentence for Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev, saying why all criminal cases involving famous people immediately become the political cases. (2)

The Federal Service for Veterinary and Fito-Sanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) suspects that banned Turkish imported vegetables and fruits still get to the Russian home market. State officials have already begun to check up their possible deliveries via Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, Turkey views the ban on the delivery of its agricultural produce to Russia as an economic catastrophe. (3)

MOSKOVSKY KOMSOMOLETS (20/6/2005)

A new catastrophe like the recent one at the oil depot in Noginsk (Moscow region) can happen at the Moscow oil refinery in Kapotnya, where petrol is illegally sold straight at its doors, and no one controls the procedure. The story gives concrete facts to illustrate the point. (1, 2)

Specialists from the Moscow Gardeners Union have developed a method of sex change for poplars. The story describes it in detail. (1)

A powerful fire at a dacha in the Krasnogorsky District of the Moscow region on Sunday left six people dead. They were celebrating a birthday of the dacha' s owner. The story describes the tragedy. (1)

A technical defect in the communications channel did not allow the Russian cargo ship " Progress-M53" on Sunday to automatically dock with the International Space Station. The brief describes what the cosmonauts did in that situation. (2)