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IZVESTIA (11/7/2005)

British investigators of the terrorist acts in London on Thursday after reviewing data from the Underground concluded that the blasts were detonated by timers rather than by suicide bombers. The British press has already named three suspects (their names are given) . The story describes the continuing investigations, saying that authorities fear that more terrorist attacks may take place in Britain. (1, 2, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1, 5, 6, Novaya Gazeta, No. 49, p. 13, Gazeta, 1, 6, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6, MK, 2)

In an interview Transportation Minister Igor Levitin says what measures have been taken in public transport to prevent terrorist attacks. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

The presidential elections took place in Kyrgyzstan on Sunday, and it' s most probable that today it will be known that leader of the Kyrgyz revolution Kurmanbek Bakiyev has won. The story describes the voting, saying what Bakiyev promised his people before the elections. (1, 5, Kommersant, 1, 9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Gazeta, 1, 4, 5, MK, 1, 5)

The story describes the last day (Friday) of the G-8 summit in Scotland, focusing on President Putin' s meeting with journalists and on how he sees the main political problem of Russia' s chairmanship in G-8 beginning in 2006. (2, Noviye Izvestia, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, )

Former Izvestia Editor-in-Chief Raf Shakirov and Izvestia television observer Irina Petrovskaya late last week were named as laureates of the national Prize " Media-Manager" . And Grand-Prix of Media Manager went to Independent Media CEO Derk Sauer. The story features the Prize and its laureates. (2)

The State Duma on Friday went on recess. On that day it considered almost 40 issues. The story examines the major ones. (3, Gazeta, 4)

Chukotka governor Roman Abramovich is creating a new precedent-- he has become the only governor, who is asked to write a letter about his consent to become governor for the second term, which he does not want. His present term of office expires in December. The story describes the recent meeting of Abramovich with presidential representative in the Far-Eastern Federal District Konstantin Pulikovsky. (3, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

The story describes where some of the State Duma deputies plan to spend their summer vocation that will last now for 1. 5 months instead of two months as it was last year. (3)

Investigators have found another motive in the case on the assassination attempt on UES CEO Anatoly Chubas. The story examines it in detail. (1, 4)

American adoptive mother Peggy Sue Hilt (Sp. ?) has killed her two-year adopted Russian girl Viktoria Bazhenova, who died on July 2. The story details this case, saying that the 33-year-old adoptive mother has been taken into custody. (1, 4, Kommersant, 11, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Gazeta, 9, MK, 1, 2)

Luxembourg one and a half months later after the beginning of the crisis in the European Union voted for the European Constitution. The story examines results of the referendum. (4, Kommersant, 10, Vremya Novostei, 5)

The Azeri opposition in Baku on Sunday held a 50, 000-strong demonstration (the second one this month) under " orange" slogans. The story describes the event, its participants and their demands. (5)

UES and Russian Aluminum (RusAl) have agreed on the parity basis to launch a company that will complete the construction of the Boguchanskaya hydroelectric power station in the Krasnoyarsk region and build an aluminum plant. The story examines the project, focusing on its funds. (7, Kommersant, 1, 5, Vremya Novostei, 7, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4)

The possible deal to purchase Sibneft is not a priority of the state. This was stated by President Putin, who said in part that Gazprom' s intention to buy Sibneft does not mean that the state also wants it. The story comments on the issue, focusing on the president' s statement. (7, Gazeta, 15, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 4)

The State Duma on Friday passed (in the first and second readings) a draft bill concerning the special economic zones. The story examines the draft' s main provisions, saying that up to 10 such zones may be created in 2006. (7, Kommersant, 2)

In an interview Igor Artemyev, head of the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service, reveals the essence of the draft bill on defending competition that the State Duma passed in the first reading on Friday. (1, 8, Gazeta, 14, Vremya Novostei, 2)

The story reveals the essence of the Concept of the Demographical Development of Moscow that has been for the first time worked out by the Moscow Management and Development Council headed by First Deputy Mayor Lyudmila Shvetsova. (9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 4)

Construction workers on Sunday when dismantling the foundation of Hotel Moskva uncovered several scores of boxes with one ton ofexplosives. According to specialists, they were stored up there during World War II. . The story describes the find. (9, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, Gazeta, 8)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov has signed a decree on major renovation of the historical-architectural ensemble " Rogozhskaya Sloboda" that belongs to the Russian Orthodox Old-Believer Church. The project will be funded from the city budget. Brief. (9)

KOMMERSANT (11/7/2005)

State Duma deputy Alexander Khinshtein last week accused former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov of an illegal purchase of a posh dacha in the Moscow region and sent an appropriate inquiry to the Prosecutor General' s Office. The latter has launched a criminal case against former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov. The story details the case. (1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 2)

The pro-Kremlin movement " Nashi" on the bank of the Lake Seliger in the Tver region today will open a tent camp, in which 3, 000 activists will undergo physical and ideological training to counter the enemies of Russia. The story describes this development. (3)

In an interview Federal " Nashi" Commissar Vasily Yakemenko talks about his movement, its aims, tasks, ideology and about its latest acts. (3)

President Putin on Saturday nominated the candidacy of present governor Oleg Betin to be confirmed by the Tambov Regional Duma to the post of governor for the second term. (3)

The Karachayevo-Cherkessian People' s Assembly on Saturday suspended the law concerning the municipal borders that late in June caused riots in the republic' s capital city. The Assembly made a decision to create the Abazin and Nogaisk national regions. The story comments on the decision, saying that working groups of the Legislation Committee of the local parliament will draft the corresponding bills. (3)

The defense of Vladimir Vlasov and Mikhail Klevachev suspected of derailing the passenger train Grozny-Moscow have applied to the Moscow Regional Prosecutor' s Office with a complaint against the actions of its investigator, who does not allow the lawyers hired by the defendants' relatives to take part in the investigation. The story details the case. (4)

The Central Bank, starting July 8, has revoked licenses from Novy Russky Bank and Yustibank, because they have violated the federal laws regulating banking activity. Temporary administrations have been imposed in these banks. Brief. (5)

The State Duma late last week passed (in the first reading) a sensational draft bill introducing amendments to the law on medicines. The amendments prohibit doctors to make prescriptions indicating the medicine' s trade mark. The story examines the draft' s main provisions. (5)

The story looks at Gazprom' s consolidated operational report by MSFO for 2004 when its total proceeds grew by 20. 4 percent as compared with 2003. and amounted to 1. 423 trillion rubles. Brief. (5)

French Air Liquide has signed an agreement with Severstal on launching a joint venture--ALS -- in Russia. Its starting capital has amounted to 100 million euros. Brief. (5)

The Audit Chamber on Friday made public results of its check up of ALROSA. Its aim was to see how the company paid its taxes, customs fees and other duties. The Chamber' s press release shows that the company in 2004-2005 underpaid 1. 6 billion rubles in taxes to the federal budget. The story examines results of the check-up. (5, 6)

The Russian state mediator in the sphere of military export --Rosoboronexport -- has signed a $300 million contract on the delivery of nuclear engines to China that are made by Salyut -- the Moscow Machine-Building Production Enterprise. The engines will be installed on the Chinese fighters J-10. The story examines the contract. (6)

VEDOMOSTI (11/7/2005)

Sibneft owners have informed Vladimir Putin of their desire to sell the company and of their negotiations with Gazprom. The president says that it makes no difference to him whether the deal will take place or not. The story examines what analysts think of it. (A1)

Mikhail Fridman, Viktor Vekselberg and Leonard Blavatnik, who will have to pay their own money for the old tax sins of TNK-BP, hope to lower the claims to the company down to $123 million from $ 1 billion. This conclusion may be made from the company' s operational report for 2004. (A1)

Analysts have put in doubt the state sector' s upsurge that has provided the economy with a total growth of 5. 2 percent in the first quarter of 2005. They view this figure as inflated, and the growth of the real sector-- underestimated. (A1)

When speaking with journalists after the G-8 summit, President Putin talked about how much oil will go to the East and to the West and when and along what pipelines. The story focuses on what he said about Russia' s cooperation in the gas sphere with Ukraine. (A1, A4 )

The G-8 leaders have agreed to annually allocate $25 billion each as aid to Africa and to prevent an oil price instability. The story comments on main results of the summit, saying that the next one will take place in St. Petersburg. (A2)

President Putin tried to resume the negotiations with Canada on Russia' s accession to the World Trade Organization. They came to a standstill after the Canadians began to revise the already regulated positions and uphold someone else' s interests. (A2)

Entrepreneurs like the bills passed by the State Duma at its spring session. If these bills go into effect the business climate will considerably improve in Russia. (A3)

China will install Russian engines on its fighters. Rosoboronexport has signed a contract on the delivery of 100 such engines AL-31. The cost of the deal is about $300 million, experts believe. (A3)

The terrorist attacks in London will hardly considerably affect the situation in the British and world economy. Life will quickly return to its normal pace if there are no new big. terrorist acts (A3)

The Moscow City Duma has passed (in the first reading) a draft bill promising ex-mayors lavish social benefits. And what would you give to authorities when they quit their posts? Four experts share their viewpoints. (A4)

In a far-ranging interview LUKoil President (since 1991) Vagit Alekperov talks about his company and about its strategic partner --American ConocoPhillips. He also speaks about the company' s recent purchases and the planned ones, focusing on its plans in relation to the Moscow oil refinery. (A5)


Economic Development Minister German Gref has proposed to Rosneft President Sergei Bogdanchikov a new method of taking Yukos assets under control. Gref believes that Rosneft could help the Yukos subsidiary -- VSNK--become its operator. If it happens Rosneft will considerably increase its oil reserves and will become a big mineral resource user of Eastern Siberia. (B1)

Troika Dialog Board of Directors head Ruben Vardanyan will head the Board of Directors in the company --Civil Planes of Sukhoi. This was stated in the Troika Dialog company. Brief. (B1)

Gazprom has paid $25 million to the company " The Editorial Board of the Newspaper Izvestia" for 50. 19 percent of shares. This is stated by the concern' s operational report by MSFO. The seller of the package was KM Technologies (Overseas) Limited. The deal took place in June. Brief. (B1)

The import of cars to Russia from states other than the former Soviet republics grew in January-May 2005 by 56. 3 percent--up to 243, 000 cars. This was stated by the Federal Customs Service. Brief. (B1)

Aeroflot and Airbus have signed a memorandum on intentions, according to which Aeroflot has reserved its right to buy 7 Airbuses-320 in 2006-2007. This was stated by the company' s Deputy Director-General Lev Koshlyakov. Brief. (B1)

The story examines a new version of the bill concerning the state regulation of the production and turnover of alcohol, explaining why it suits big alcohol-producers best. (B1)

Morgan Stanley has not used its right to buy out 1. 23 percent of shares of Evraz Group that it has received as a global coordinator of IPO Evraz. (B2)


Ukraine is willing to accept Russia' s conditions of gas delivery During the Congress of the People' s Union " Our Ukraine" party over the weekend President Viktor Yushchenko stressed that Russia has been a " permanent strategic partner" for Ukraine. This statement was made after President Putin' s remark that the Russian side plans to boost gas cooperation with Ukraine if it does not steal Russian gas. The story comments on the Ukrainian president' s statement. (1, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3)

The presidential approval rating has not changed over the five weeks. The situation also remained the same after the latest opinion poll conducted by the Public Opinion Fund in early July among 1, 500 respondents in 44 regions. Forty-four percent of electors have agreed to vote for Putin if the elections were scheduled for this Sunday. The story examines results of the opinion poll, saying that the number of people who trust him stands at 25-26 percent. (1, 3 )

A serious analytical note that has been prepared by a city department for the leadership of Moscow (and also of the country as a whole) recommends that the leadership intensify its struggle against the domestic youth organization " Pora!" . The story reveals the essence of the analytical note, focusing on what department has drafted it. (2)

The story describes the latest attacks on federal servicemen and law-enforcers in Chechnya over the weekend when some of them were killed and many seriously injured. (3)

The Tomsk region will only lose if it enters into a new enlarged subject of the federation made up of several neighbouring regions. This was stated by Tomsk Regional Duma Speaker Boris Maltsev. The story comments on his statement. (3 )

The documents released in London and Washington stated that Britain and the USA intend in the next several months to considerably cut the numbers of their troops in Iraq (figures are given) . The story comments on this sensational news. (6)

Two passenger busses in the Rostov and Omsk regions suffered serious road accidents on Sunday July 10 when many passengers were hospitalized. The story gives details. (7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)


Rospotrebnadzor specialists in Moscow districts have checked up the quality of water in city natural springs. The results have happened to be disturbing-- this water without preliminary cleaning is dangerous for health. The story examines the results. (2)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov decided to present his honey to war veterans and children. According to his directive, over 90. 3 tons of honey in a couple of days will be delivered (at no cost) to orphanages, boarding- houses for veterans and city hospitals. All in all, 99 such places will receive honey. The story features the mayor' s sweet present. (2)

The Russian-Georgian Economic Cooperation Commission resumed its work in Tbilisi late last week. Its previous session took place three years ago. And a working group already on July 15 will launch preparations for restoring a railway service Sochi-Tbilisi through the territory of Abkhazia. The story describes the Tbilisi session and its decisions. (2)


s many as 2, 000 apartments were robbed in Moscow in June, and what markedly helps burglars in this " business" is the so-called training aids posted in the Internet. The story describes them in detail, saying that police are unable to take the makers of these aids to court, since what they do does not contradict the Russian legislation. (1, 6)

President Putin at his recent meeting with journalists after the G-8 summit in Scotland on Friday criticized mass media for using too mild a name in relation to terrorists. Mikhail Fedotov, Secretary of the Journalists Union, comments on Putin' s statements. (2)

The KPRF Central Committee Presidium late last week endorsed a decree on preparing and holding the national referendum that are scheduled for Sept. 17-27. The story examines its questions, saying how the Central Election Commission regards them. (2)

Federal Fishery Agency head Stanislav Ilyasov and Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev on Friday discussed how to protect the fishing industry from illegal catches and poaching. No one, however, intends to change the existing quotas on catches that lead to the growth of corruption and the fall of production. The story examines the domestic fishing situation, saying that about 70 percent of sea products today illegally goes abroad and then comes back as import. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

The story examines how the terrorist attacks in London on Thursday adversely affected the world financial markets. As far as the ruble is concerned, it has almost unnoticed them. (3)

AvtoVAZ, a leading domestic carmaker, increased its sales in June by 10 percent as compared with June last year. The brief gives some other figures on AvtoVAZ production and sales. (3)

The domestic Group Alyans holding has completed its anti-crisis project at the Stakhanov Train Car -Building Plant company in Ukraine. The company began to manage the plant in February 2001 when it was being bankrupt. Brief. (3)

rans-Dniestrian authorities on Saturday applied to Russia with a request to increase the number of peacekeepers in the region. State Security Minister of the unrecognized republic Vladimir Antyufeyev stated that Tiraspol wants the number of Russian peacekeepers to increase up to 2, 400 servicemen from the present 500. The story comments on his request, focusing on reason behind it. (4)

The Stavropol City Court late last week sentenced a 18-year-old young man to 8 months of corrective labour for his brutal treatment of animals. The story details his case. (6)

Italian troops will be withdrawn from Iraq in two months. This decision was made by Italy' s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, though it will be a partial and agreed -upon withdrawal with the allies. The story comments on the decision. (3)