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IZVESTIA (19/7/2005)

The gvt has endorsed State Program " Patriotic Upbringing of Citizens in 2006-2010" . The corresponding decree has been signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov. The money allocated for the program (almost 500, 000 rubles) will be divided among 22 ministries and departments that will be responsible for putting the program into effect. The story examines its main provisions. (1, 2, 5, Kommersant, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 2, Gazeta, 1, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5)

The jury of the Moscow City Court on Monday found reputed mobster Vyacheslav Ivankov (better known as Yaponchik) not guilty. He was accused of shooting dead two Turkish nationals in 1992. The story comments on the verdict, saying how his lawyers regard it. (1, 6, Kommersant, 1, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 1, 8, Trud, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

In a far-ranging interview NTV Director-General Vladimir Kulistikov, who took up the post a year ago, describes the situation in the channel, explaining its decreased rating, the closure of several popular programs and the absence of live air. He also reveals the channel' s plans. (1, 10)

A fire at the Ostankino Television Tower on Monday was put out by workers themselves. The fire left no injuries and did not affect the transmission equipment. The story gives details. (1, 2, Kommersant, 4, Vremya Novostei, 3, Tverskaya, 13, p. 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 9, MK, 1)

Audit Chamber head Sergei Stepashin on Sunday stated that his Chamber has questions to ask former Nuclear Power Minister Yevgeny Adamov and the Atomstroiexport company. The Chamber intends to check the efficacy and exact time of implementing by the ministry and Atomstroiexport of their obligations before Iran on the construction of the Bushehr station. The story examines results of the Chamber' s previous check-up of Atomstroiexport. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 5 )

A big scandal has erupted around governor of the Ivanovo region Vladimir Tikhonov, who spent the whole day yesterday in the local Prosecutor' s Office, explaining reasons behind the detainment over the weekend of Valery Tsoi, head of the Ivavtodor regional board. The story reveals the essence of the scandal, saying that Tikhonov calls it political. (2, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4)

Georgia' s Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili at a briefing on Monday showed a picture of a person, who is suspected of assassination attempts on the presidents George W. Bush and Mikheil Saakashvili on May 10. The story gives details. (2)

Ukraine' s Interior Minister Yury Lutsenko at the current talks with Russia is demanding that it extradite to Kiev " criminals, who supported the regime of former President Leonid Kuchma" . The minister is also compiling lists of deputies who should be stripped of immunity and is trying to find out who has poisoned President Viktor Yushchenko. In an interview he comments on these issues. (4)

North Korea already has a one ton plutonium charge, and now its specialists are developing compact nuclear warheads with a 500 kg filling for ballistic missiles. This statement has been made by a deputy (his imaginary name is given) of the North Korea Supreme People' s Assembly, who deserted to South Korea. The story comments on his statement. (4)

The story examines results of the negotiations between President Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi on Monday. Putin promised to the prime minister to help put an end to the international isolation of the Turkish part of Cyprus. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

The Public Opinion Fund has made public unexpected results of its recent opinion poll, in which a considerable part of Russians (42 percent against 32 percent) believe that revolution, like those ones in Ukraine, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan, may take place in Russia. Many Russians (44 percent against 29 percent) believe that Russia is going in a wrong direction. The story comments on the results. A pie-chart. (3)

The Economic Development Ministry has submitted to the gvt a draft forecast plan for the privatization of the federal property in 2006. This was stated by a gvt member. Brief. (3)

The Nizhny Novgorod United Russia branch on Monday sent a letter to State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov, that says that local party members are against governor Gennady Khodyrev' s next term of office. Brief. (3)

A road accident in the Moscow region on Sunday left Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Moskovsky and several other people injured. The story gives details. (6, Kommersant, 4)

The ruling of the Swiss Federal Court on the case of Russia' s former Nuclear Power Minister Yevgeny Adamov will be known on Tuesday, and it will be officially published on Wednesday July 20. Brief. (6, Kommersant, 4)

Georgy Oleinik, former chief financier of the Defense Ministry, has been released early from prison. Brief. (6)

The story examines in detail a new rating of Fortune-500 that will be officially published in a couple of days. The focus is on Russian companies in the rating. (7)

The liberalization of the market of gas being delivered to industrial enterprises has been postponed to 3-5 years. This was stated on Monday by Sergei Novikov, head of the Federal Tariff Service, at a session on issues concerning tariff regulation, who said in part that the domestic economy is not technologically ready for launching the gas market. The story comments on his statement (7, Kommersant, 6)

According to the State Statistics Service, the growth of industrial production in June amounted to 6. 9 percent as compared with the figure for the same period last year. The story comments on this result. (7, Kommersant, 6)

According to the Central Bank, Russians buy about $2 billion every month, and it' s not excluded that in currency exchange points they can be given marked bills. What should be done in such cases? The story offers detailed information. (8)

Belgian InBev on Monday announced its purchase of the Tinkoff brewery for 167 million euros. The story examines the deal. (8, Kommersant, 7)

How much does it cost to see the Moscow Kremlin for foreign tourists today and what can they see in it? The story answers these and other questions about the Kremlin. (9)

KOMMERSANT (19/7/2005)

Vneshtorgbank and the Bank of Moscow have sent a letter to the American Express (AmEx) payment system, in which they expressed their displeasure at the change of its strategy of work in Russia. The story examines in detail what they are displeased with. (1)

In a farewell interview outgoing American Ambassador Alexander Vershbow explains why he believes that hypocrisy and cynicism in Russian society remain on the same level as they were in Soviet times. He also explains why, despite all thus, he is leaving Russia with great hope for its future (1, 10)

Regional Development Minister Vladimir Yakovlev on Monday introduced Sergei Kruglik as a new head of the Federal Agency for Construction and Housing-Utility Complex. The story comments on his appointment, saying what he will be responsible for. (2)

Presidential envoy to the Southern Federal District Dmitry Kozak believes that there should be a differentiated approach to the regions' independence. " The level of regions' independence should depend on the size of state subsidies. "Kozak said. The brief reveals the essence of his statement. (2)

The six-day anti-terror military exercises commanded by General Staff head General Yury Baluyevsky began in the Far-Eastern Military District on Monday. The story examines their program. (4)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov decided to ignore the ruling of the Federal Arbitration Moscow Court and the instructions of the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service. Luzhkov has ordered to give back the functions of managing advertisement in the city passenger ground transport to the Reklama na Transporte company that has lost these functions. The story comments on the mayor' s decision. (5)

The leading domestic pharmdistributor " Protek" will no longer deliver medicines to benefit recipients in St. Petersburg. The company has been stripped of the possibility of spending $200 million budget means this year alone. Its place has been given to a small regional distributor " Imperia-Pharma" .The story tries to explain why Protek has lost its job. (5)

Mazeikiu Nafta (MN) Management Board head Nerijus Aidukevichus (Sp. ?) , Deputy Economics Minister of Lithuania, stated that the republic' s gvt had completed negotiations with Russian Yukos concerning the disputed 9. 72 percent of shares of MN of additional issuance. The brief looks at results of the negotiations. (5)

Russian Railways head Vladimir Yakunin reported on Monday that the Federal Tariff Service had endorsed new railway tariffs for this year that have increased. The story examines these tariffs, saying how the Economic Development Ministry regards them. (6)

The number of the existing crediting organizations in the first 6 months of this year decreased by 18-- down to 1281 from 1299. Their aggregate charter capital increased by 6. 1 percent. . The brief also looks at the state of these crediting organizations in 2004. (6)

The leading Belgian Fortis bank late last week blockaded the accounts of 150, 000 of its clients. The story explains the measure, saying that it is done to crack down on money laundering. (7)

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko on Monday ordered to abolish the State Automobile Inspectorate (GAI) in one day. The president believes that this is the most effective measures to defeat bribery on the roads of Ukraine. The story comments on the measure. (10, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 4, Gazeta, 6)

VEDOMOSTI (19/7/2005)

Alfa-Group' s demonstative loyalty to the Kremlin has paid off: Vladimir Putin has helped the group in its struggle for the Turkish Turkcell operator. Thus, the president on Monday reminded to the Turkish Prime Minister of Alfa-Group' s willingness to invest $3 billion in the company. (A1)

The All-Russia Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTSIOM) on July 2-3 conducted an opinion poll among 1588 respondents in 153 cities (46 regions) to see their views on whether Russia needs opposition. The story examines interesting results. (A1)

Market participants in vain called the Industrial-Construction Bank (PSB) in St. Petersburg the bank of Vladimir Kogan. The PSB investment Memorandum states that Kogan' s equal partner is his deputy in the " Sankt Peterburg" Banking House David Traktovenko. They each as of June 1 controlled 23 percent of shares of the bank. (A1 )

The Program " Patriotic Upbringing of Citizens in 2006-2010 " that has been endorsed by the gvt costs 498 million rubles. The story reveals the essence of its main provisions. (A1, A4)

How should 498 million rubles allocated for the patriotic upbringing program be spent with the an effective result ? Four experts share their viewpoints. (A4)

The merger of Kamchatka with the Koryak Autonomous Area may cost the federal budget an additional of 2. 6 billion rubles. Local administrators plan to spend the money on repairing roads, completing the construction of a local electric power station and purchasing planes. In order to make the enlargement process smooth Moscow will allocate additional money on regions' unpredictable claims. (A2)

The first visit of European Commission head Jose Manuel Barrozu (Sp?) in Beijing has disappointed Chinese-- the European Union has refused to recognize China the country with the market economy. (A2)

The growth of industrial production in June amounted to almost 7 percent. The story examines factors that have contributed to this growth. (A3)

In an interview Boris Alyoshin, head of the Federal Agency for Industry, says how strategic enterprises should be determined, selected and integrated, and in what economic spheres it should be done and how. (A7)EDOMOSTI. COMPANIES & MARKETS SUPPLEMENTrench trading group Auchan is expanding its operation in Russia. Thus, in September the first supermarket belonging to Auchan network of Atac supermarkets will begin its work in Moscow. (B1)

Boris Gromov, governor of the Moscow region, has instructed his subordinates to check-up the activity of construction companies building housing in the Moscow region. The governor raised this issue at a session of the local gvt on Monday. Brief. (B1)

Russian Railways (RZH) has lowered its forecast of its net profit in 2005 by more than 3 times -- down to 5 billion rubles from 16. 9 billion rubles. Brief. (B1)

Gazprom is in talks on increasing its share --up to 50 percent from 48 percent -- in the Polish EuRoPolGaz company. This was stated by Alexander Anenkov, deputy head of the Management Board of Gazprom(B1)

The Audit Chamber has accused Atomstroiexport of an ineffective use of budget means (665 million rubles) . This is stated in the Chamber' s press release. Brief. (B1)

The oil export duty rate in Russia is very high: starting Aug. 1, 2005 it will amount to $140 per ton. The corresponding decree was signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov on July 15. , Starting June 1, the oil export duty amounts to $136. 2 per ton. Brief. (B1)

Oleg Tinkov has confirmed his reputation of an entrepreneur capable of quickly arranging his business and profitably selling it. Tinkov on borrowed money has built a network of beer restaurants and breweries. Now he is selling the brewery to the international InBev beer concern. (B1)

The Mosenergo Board of Directors at a session on July 4 endorsed a new procedure of approving the company' s deals. The brief looks at the procedure. (B1)

The Economic Development Ministry and Rosimushchestvo have proposed to privatize 100 percent of shares of SG-Trans, the monopoly railway carrier of liquefied gas. Brief. (B1)

Gazprom and Naftogaz Ukrainy have found a way how to setlle a long -standing conflict over 7. 8 billion cubic meters of Russian gas/. The story reveals the essence of their decision. (B2)


Pyotr Poroshenko, Secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Secretary, is expected to visit Moscow before the end of this week. This became known on Sunday when Moscow and Kiev reached intermediate agreement on the delivery and transit of Russian gas. Poroshenko will meet with his Russian colleague Igor Ivanov to clear out the issue to the end. The story reveals its essence (1, 5)

The process of the sale of Sibneft may be considerably complicated. Thus, it became known on Monday that the British Sibir Energy PLC (SE) company is suing the Russian company. The story examines the case. (1, 3) s

The joint brainchild Russia-Belarus TV superchannel --TVTsentr-Bel -- with the $500 million superbudget -- will appear this fall. Its Russian head will be Oleg Poptsov and the Belarussian head will be Yelena Stozhkova. The story describes the project. (1, 2)


Famed actorVasily Livanov has turned 70 today. His role of Sherlock Holmes has made him a film star. In an interview he talks about his brilliant creative career. (1, 5)

The Moscow gvt plans to make stricter demands to construction companies that should step up safety measures on their construction sites. Vladimir Resin, head of the Moscow City Construction complex, even promised that firms on construction sites of which fatal accidents are registered will not be allowed to take part in tenders. The story examines reasons behind such strict measures. (1, 3)

Krasnodar governor Alexander Tkachev in the Nashi camp " Seliger-2005" on Monday stated that he will not run for the presidency in 2008 and that he likes the work he is doing today. Brief. (2)

While the gvt is allocating huge money on boosting patriotism, the real patriots-- Heroes of Russia and Heroes of the Soviet Union-- are continuing their hunger strike. Valery Burkov, President of the Fund " Hero of the Fatherland" stated that the aim of their act is to make authorities allow public representative to take part in developing significant state decisions. The story describes their protest. (2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov on Monday signed a decree that endorses a new procedure of funding local social programs for miners and providing them with jobs. Authorities hope that this document will help correct grave mistakes of notorious decree 840 that was adopted by the gvt only 6 months ago. The story examines the new document. (3)

The dollar rate toward the ruble on Monday grew by 4. 5 kopecks and at the trading in the Moscow Inter-Bank Currency Exchange amounted to 28. 67 rubles per dollar. The brief gives experts' forecast for the dollar rate. (3)

Authorities show no interest in the consumer market: it is neither studied, nor monitored, not corrected-- such a conclusion was made on Monday by participants in the conference in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In the meantime, its share in the formation of the gross domestic product is even higher than that of the oil and gas industries. (3)

Mushroom poisoning has hit the Voronezh region, in which since the beginning of July, ten people have died and another 32 people have been hospitalized. The story examines possible reasons behind such grim statistics. (6, MK, 3)

The story highlights 74-year-old German woman Ursula Rossmaizel, who in 1946 was forcefully deported to the USSR and since then she has been unable to return home. (7)


Prosecutors have found a new cottage owned by Mikhail Kasyanov in the elite settlement " Tsarskoye Selo" on Rublyovskoye Shosse 15 kilometers from Moscow. The story describes the cottage. (2)

In an interview Ella Pamfilova, Chairwoman of the Presidential Council on the Development of the Institutions of Civic Society and Human Rights, talks about a vital problem -- the protection of Russian children at home and abroad. (5)

A little boy, who is two- or three -month old was found in the forest on Losiny Ostrov on Sunday. His mother abandoned him for ever. The story describes who saved him and how. (6)

The faction " Party of Life" held a news conference in the Moscow City Duma on July 15 when it stated that it was a serious political force that is capable to resolve both social and political tasks. The story describes its news conference(8 )


The KPRF remains the most powerful party on the left front, but many politicians and spin doctors cannot call it the opposition in the full meaning of this word. Why? What is happening to the Communists today? Are they no longer willing to fight the authorities? In a far-ranging interview KPRF leader Gennady Zyuganov answers these and other questions about his party, its tasks and aims today and about its plans. (4)