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IZVESTIA (14/6/2005)

Investigators are considering all versions of the explosion on Sunday that derailed the Grozny-Moscow passenger train. The story describes the accident, focusing on several versions. (1, 8, Kommersant, 1, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2 Noviye Izvestia, 6, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Gazeta, 1, 12, Trud, 1, 3, Zhizn, 4, 5, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5, MK, 1, 3)

The story features mourning events in Budyonnovsk on Sunday on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of terrorists' seizure of the city. (1, 8, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 14, Gazeta, 9-11, Vremya Novostei, 1, Trud, 1, 7)

President Putin in Novo-Ogaryovo on Monday met with Britain' s Prime Minister Tony Blair, who arrived in Moscow on a short working visit not long before the G-8 summit scheduled for July 6-8 in Scotland. In an interview he shares his good impressions about his meeting with Putin and his view on several international issues. (1, 2, Kommersant, 9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Gazeta, 3, Trud, 1, 4, Zhizn, 2, MK, 2)

Additional security forces are arriving in Dagestan from neighbouring regions due to a serious aggravation of the situation in the republic. At the same time, Moscow and Makhachkala are discussing a version, according to which the republic' s head Magomedali Magomedov on his 75th birthday on Wednesday June 15 will announce his resignation. The story describes the tense situation in Dagestan. (1, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 2)

President Putin in the Kremlin on Sunday, the Day of Russia, handed out State Prizes-2004 in the sphere of science and technology, literature and arts. One of the prizes --for archaeological excavations in Gorny Altai -- went to Academic Vyacheslav Molodin and doctor Natalya Polosmak. In an interview Molodin talks about his winning work. (2, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 9, Vremya Novostei, 2, Gazeta, 5, Trud, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 20)

Human rights activists and representatives from liberal parties on Lubyanskaya Ploshchad in Moscow on Sunday took part in a massive rally in support of Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The story features the event. (2, Vremya Novostei, 3, Gazeta, 5)

The Swiss Federal Criminal Court late last week ruled that the arrest of Russia' s former Nuclear Power Minister Yevgeny Adamov on the warrant from the USA was illegal, and that he should be released from jail. The Swiss Justice Ministry, however, has contested this ruling. Its complaint should be considered not later than in 4 months. Adamov so far remains in jail. (3)

The Lipetsk Regional Prosecutor' s Office has brought an indictment against Vasily Sidorov, chief of military training sessions of school pupils, on charges of negligence. On May 17 tenth-grader Sasha Novosyolov died during a military training session. The story describes the tragic case. (3)

Rodina party leader Dmitry Rogozin at the 5th Party Congress on Saturday announced the party' s priorities. The story examines them in detail. (3, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Vremya Novostei, 4, Gazeta, 6, Trud, 2, MK, 2)

The number of hepatitis A patients in Rzhev (Tver region) has reached 547 people. The source of infection has not been officially announced so far. Brief. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 7, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 7, Vremya Novostei, 1, 3, MK, 2)

Seven candidates claiming the presidential post have been registered in Kyrgyzstan, where the elections are scheduled for July 10. Brief. (3, Kommersant, 9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 4 Trud, 1)

NATO military specialists have delivered several lectures about this organization and military training in two military academies in Moscow (they are named) . The story describes the lectures, saying that a group of Russian military teachers and instructors from academies in October will visit a NATO school. (4)

The story features cooperation between NATO and Russian military ships in the Mediterranean and Black seas. (4)

Will the Russian aviation industry become a worthy competitor to Western Europe in the sphere of new fuel technologies? -- this issue interested a delegation from the Bundestag and German aviation industrialists, who visited Moscow last week. The technology of cryogenic fuels was worked out way back in the USSR, but Russia may lose its priority in this sphere. (5)

Paris Air Show' 2005 opened in France on June 13. The story describes this event and its participants, including Russia. (5, Kommersant, 6, Gazeta, 18)

Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky reveals the essence of the June 12 holiday --the Day of Russia-- trying to answer the question -- Why has the Day of Independence of Russia been renamed into the Day of Russia? (6)

Central Bank head Sergei Ignatyev at his meeting with the president late last week told him how he intends to crack down on inflation. His story was rather optimistic. (9, Noviye Izvestia, 3)

The Finance Ministry late last week submitted to the gvt a document that contains an analysis of reasons behind soaring inflation and that offers measures to restrain it. The story examines the document' s main provisions. (9)

G-8 finance ministers decided to fully write off the debts of 18 poor countries. The written-off sum so far amounts to $40 billion, but in the future it may be brought up to $55 billion. Russia' s share in it is $2. 2 billion so far. The story comments on the decision. (9, Kommersant, 6, Vremya Novostei, 2, Gazeta, 8, Noviye Izvestia, 3)

Gazprom intends to buy a share in the Sakhalin-1 project from Rosneft, and in order to enter the Sakhalin-2 project Gazprom will exchange assets with British-Dutch Shell. Besides that, Gazprom plans to take part in an auction for the Sakhalin-3 project. The story examines the oil giant' s ambitious plans. (10, Gazeta, 18)

The Ulyanovsk Aviastar plant is preparing to assemble small Eclipse 500 liners that were once designed by Bill Gates. The story examines the project. (10)

The Finance Ministry has made public its report on fulfilling the federal budget for the five months of this year. The budget' s revenues are by 40 percent higher than the planned ones. The budget' s surplus this year may exceed 1 trillion rubles, and the stabilization fund has already reached this figure. The story examines the report. (10)

June 14 marks the International Blood Donor' s Day. The story describes how Moscow commercial companies for the first time are taking part in this action. (12)

The story presents an in-depth analysis of the townhouse market in the Moscow regions. (12)

KOMMERSANT (14/6/2005)

Gazprom Management Board Deputy Head Alexander Ananenkov on Friday evening and Nortgaz owner Farkhad Akhmedov signed an agreement that put an end to a 5-year conflict around the company. Upon the implementation of the agreement, Gazprom at no cost will receive 51 percent of shares of Nortgaz that will be transformed into ZAO from OAO. Nortgaz de facto, however, will remain independent: the concern' s power in Nortgaz is limited by agreements regulated by British law. The story comments on the agreement. (1, 7, Vremya Novostei, 7, Gazeta, 19)

President Putin on Saturday submitted to regional parliaments for confirmation his three nominees of present regional heads (their names are given) . The story looks at the president' s nominees. (3)

Presidential representative in the Southern Federal District Dmitry Kozak on Monday arrived in Cherkessk to meet with the republic' s People' s Assembly deputies, who demanded to explain to them whether President Mustafa Batdyev will be fired. The story describes Kozak' s visit. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1)

The Federal Service for Financial Markets on Friday submitted to the gvt a reworked variant of the strategy of boosting the financial market. The story examines the document, focusing on its new idea for the market. (5)

The State Duma Budget Committee has supported two draft bills aimed at the liberalization of the existing legislation -- the currency one and small business taxation. Brief. (5)

Italian bank Unicredito SpA has bought German HypoVereinsbank, including its affiliates in Austria and Eastern Europe, for 19. 2 billion euros. The brief looks at the deal. (5, Vremya Novostei, 9)

Liqueur and vodka distilleries in the Moscow region in the next several weeks will suspend their production. This was stated by owners of the Topaz distillery in their letter to Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, in which they explained the reason behind their decision. The story examines it in detail. (5, 7)

Ukraine' s Prosecutor General' s Office on Friday announced that it had submitted to the Pechersky Economic Court in Kiev a suit against the Ukrainian gvt and the Aluminy Ukrainy company (a subsidiary of Russian Aluminum) . The story examines the case. (7)

Economic Development Minister German Gref in St. Petersburg today will open the 9th St. Petersburg Economic Forum. President Putin has promised to attend it. Photo caption. (12, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 5, 14)

The Film Festival " Kinotavr" in Sochi that for the first time was held under the guardianship of the STS television channel has revealed several new tendencies of domestic cinema. The story examines them. (13, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7, Trud, 6, Noviye Izvestia, 5)

VEDOMOSTI (14/6/2005)

Only 4 months after the sale of her cement plants Yelena Baturina, wife of Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, decided to get rid of one more big asset-- the House Construction Combine No. 3 (or DSK-3) -- and to sell it to construction group " PIK" . The story comments on her decision. (A1)

According to Financial Times, Russia' s representation among 500 world large companies for the first time has decreased down to 4 from 7. The story examines several possible reasons. (A1)

State Duma deputy Mikhail Zadornov on Friday became head of Guta-Bank, a retail subsidiary of Vneshtorgbank (VTB) . This was stated by several bankers close to VTB and Guta-Bank. (A1, B5)

The State Duma would like to learn from the gvt how much UES CEO Anatoly Chubais and his subordinates earn. The initiator of the inquiry is Rodina faction deputy Andrei Savelyev. The story answers this question. (A1)

Gazprom from its subsidiaries has selected those that will sell its shares to the state. The list includes the pension fund " Gazfond" and Dutch Gazprom Finance BV. The story reports on how experts explain the monopoly' s choice. (A1)

The story reports on why authorities' choice of an effective vector of the economic policy today is becoming their obligation rather than their right. (A1)

The defense industry, as before, has been funded by its export proceeds and does not feel the growth of the state defense order. According to estimates by the Center for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, the proceeds of10 leading military enterprises last year grew by less than 2 percent -- up to $5. 8 billion. Experts warn that if budget money as before does not reach the military-industrial complex, than defense enterprises will have serious problems. (A2)

VTSIOM sociologists say that the youth organization " Nashi" that emerged two months ago has become the most popular with the population. The story examines results of VTSIOM' s latest opinion polls. (A2)

The gvt wants to regulate its expenses on socially important television programs. Thus, starting next year, Rospechat will stop funding unpopular programs. (A2)

In a far-ranging interview Nikolai Nesterov, head of the Board of Directors of the Nizhny Novgorod Butter and Fat Products Combine, talks about his profit-making business, saying that he does not exclude the possibility of an alliance with transnational corporations that have consolidated their business in Russia. (A5)EDOMOSTI. COMPANIES & MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

Ukraine' s gvt on June 11 instructed the Justice Ministry to ensure a return of Krivorozhstal to the state property. This was stated by Valentina Semenyuk, head of the State Property Fund. Brief. (B1)

Gazprom' s export proceeds in 2005 may reach $25 billion. This was stated by the company' s Management Board deputy head Alexander Medvedev, Director General of Gazexport. The figure in 2004 was $18. 3 billion. Brief. (B1)

Ukraine' s Prosecutor General' s Office decided to make Rusal build in Ukraine an aluminum plant. Otherwise, Russians can lose 30 percent of shares of the Nikolayev alumina plant bought at the investment competition for $100 million. (B1)

Gazprom has not given up its hope to become a participant in three Sakhalin projects. The story examines what it is willing to do for that. (B1 )

Norilsk Nickel' s net profit in 2004 doubled -- up to $1. 83 billion, and its proceeds exceeded $7 billion. The story describes the company' s successes. (B2)

It took Aeroflot and the leasing Ilyushin Finans company almost 5 years to sign a contract on the delivery of six planes Il-96. The total size of the leasing payment for each plane will amount to about $500, 000 a month. But the state will compensate part of Aeroflot' s expenses. (B2)

Former Economics Minister Yevgeny Yasin has joined the Board of Directors of Severstal-Avto. The story describes what Yasin will be responsible for at his new post. (B2)

The Moscow Arbitration Court has ruled in Aeroflot' s favour in its suit against Sheremetyevo. The brief looks at the case. (B2)

Gazprom managers decided to save 900 million euros and not to put into effect an option to buy out a16. 3 percent share in the Slovak pipeline company SPP. They believed this deal to be too expensive. (B3)

The newspaper offers a list of 500 largest oil companies in the world. A special supplement. (B1, B2)


The 13th session of the Council of the Baltic Sea States at the level of foreign ministers took place in Poland late last week. The story describes the session, its participants and the main issues they discussed. Local mass media long before the session tried to rouse passions. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov managed to avoid all conflicts. (1, 3)

In a far-ranging interview Oleg Vyugin, head of the Federal Service for Financial Markets answers the following questions -- Why does the owner need the legalization of capital? Who is hampering the draft bill countering the manipulation with confidential information on the securities market ? (1, 5)

Two adults and five children drowned in the river Kuban on Saturday. The story details this tragic incident. (2)

The Treaty on dividing powers between Chechnya and the federal center is practically ready for signing. This was stated over the weekend by Chechnya' s President Alu Alkhanov, who intends to apply soon to the Kremlin to set up the definite date. Political observer Valery Vyzhutovich examines the document, focusing on its too radical character. (3)


The State Duma is expected soon to consider a gvt draft bill concerning imposing a special excise on petrol and motor fuel. In this way authorities intend to crack down on false petrol on domestic gas filling stations, the amount of which has considerably increased lately. The story describes gas filling stations in Moscow that sell such petrol. (1, 3)

Hackers-nationalists on Saturday broke open the official site of the Moscow Helsinki Group. Human Rights activists intend to demand from the Prosecutor General' s Office that it thoroughly investigate into this anti-Semitic act that, in their opinion, was inspired by authorities and special services. Representatives from domestic Jewish organizations also intend to apply to prosecutors with a request to help them find the truth. On Friday the Basmannaya Inter-District Prosecutor' s Office that for six months had investigated into the letter of 5, 000 has failed to find anti-Semitism in it. The story details the case. (2)

TRUD (14/6/2005)

St. Petersburg governor Valentina Matviyenko on local television on Monday warned that deadbeats who don' t pay their rent and utilities will be evicted (through court, of course) to two special hostels. The story examines the St. Petersburg authorities' stand on the issue. Academic Nikolai Petrakov, Director of the Market Problems Institute of the Academy of Sciences, comments on the situation. (1)

The State Duma has sent a parliamentary inquiry to Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov with a request to re-calculate pensions for military pensioners in connection with soaring food prices. Why has such a need emerged? In an interview Vitaly Margelov, Deputy Head of the State Duma Security Committee, answers this and other questions. (2)


The Moscow so-called mini-metro with two stations -- Delovoi Tsentr and Mezhdunarodnaya -- will be opened in September to coincide with the City Day. The story describes this metro line. A map. (6)

The feature story describes a recent visit by petrol quality agents to a LUKoil gas filling stations. The company ' s tough policy in relation to petrol quality has yielded a positive effect, as a result of which its fuel sale in the Central Federal District over the past 3 years has increased five-fold. (7)

In an interview Oleg Mitvol, deputy head of Rosprirodonadzor, talks about reagents used on city streets in summer, saying who has allowed to use them, and how they affect people' s health. (8, 9)

What types of fish live in the Moskva -River? Mosrybvoda specialists say that over the past 5 years they have let out about a million small sturgeon into the river. In an interview Mosrybvoda spokesman Andrei Romanov talks about his enterprise, focusing on its efforts to increase the fish population in the Moskva-River. (10)

In an interview governor of the Moscow region Boris Gromov talks about how his administration this year has organized the rest and recreation of local children, having spent about 900 million rubles. (13)

The Moscow city gvt last week discussed how to boost the school education system in the next several years. The discussion began with a report by Lyubov Kezina, head of the City Education Department. The story describes her report, focusing on Mayor' s Yury Luzhkov' s proposals. (17)


Something mystic is happening in a Moscow apartment, in which a 18-year-old young girl Oksana Frolova has not been eating or drinking anything for 2 months already. The story describes this unique case, saying that MK has launched its own investigation. (also see MK of June 9) . (1, 4)

Moscow police in a city apartment on Bolshoi Kazyonny Pereulok on June 12 found two students (their names are given) dead. The story describes what could possibly happen in that apartment. (1)

Inventor Svyatoslav Lobko from the city Yubileiny in the Moscow region has received a patent on his invention--a soft covering airfield landing strips. The story features his invention. (1)

Russia has partially satisfied the claims of eight countries on returning them cultural valuables that were brought to the USSR after World War II. The story reveals the claims, saying s what Russia has already returned and what does it intend to return. (2, Trud, 3)

Lawyer Andrei Makarov, deputy head of the State Duma Budget and Tax Committee, comments on the draft bill concerning introducing amendments to several legislative acts, above all, the one concerning the Bar. (2)

The Yury Levada Analytical Center has taken an opinion poll to see what Russians spend their money on. The story comments on results. A pie-chart. (2)