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IZVESTIA (8, 9, 10/7/2005)

The story describes the terrorist acts in London on Thursday that left 50 people dead and over 300 injured. The explosions became the second Sept. 11 for the world. Terrorists made their attack to coincide with the opening of the G-8 summit in Scotland, and its participants now will have to admit that victory over terrorism is far in the future. Al-Qaida that has taken the responsibility for the terrorist acts has warned of new such acts --in Denmark and Italy. (1-3, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, July 8, pp. 1-3 and July 9, pp. 1, 2, Vremya Novostei, July 8, pp. 1, 2, Gazeta, July 8, pp. 1-3, Noviye Izvestia, July 8, p. 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, July 8, pp. 1-4, MK, July 8, pp. 1, 3)

The G-8 summit in Gleneagles has become the most complicated one in the history of the existence of this international club. The fact that London, the capital city of the country holding the G-8 chairmanship, was attacked on the day of the summit is in no way a coincidence--no one in G-8 and outside it doubts it. The G-8 leaders, nevertheless, decided not to interrupt their work and thereby to show that they have no intention to give in to terrorists. The focus is on President Putin' s statement in connection with the terrorist attacks in London. (2, 7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, July 8, pp. 1, 3, and July 9, pp. 1, 4, Gazeta July 8, p. 2, Vremya Novostei, July 8, p. 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, July 8, p. 1, Trud, July 8, pp. 1, 4, MK, July 8, p. 2)

The lowering of the major European stock indices in the first hours after the explosions in London amounted to approximately 3 percent, and the quotations of Russian shares decreased by 1-2 percent. The Russian RTS index that on Wednesday reached its maximum 740 points fell lower than 730 points. The work of many markets became complicated due to the evacuation of offices in the London City. The London Metals Exchange suspended its operations. (2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov on Thursday met with State Duma faction leaders to sum up results of each other' s work. The story describes the meeting, focusing on Speaker Boris Gryzlov' s statements. (4)

The State Duma on Friday closed its political season that, according to results of the recent opinion poll taken by the All-Russia Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTSIOM) , may be considered as stable for the president, bad for parties and disturbing for the society. VTSIOM Director-General Valery Fyodorov explains reasons behind such results. (4)

Bringing in a new indictment against Mikhail Khodorkovsky that was expected on Thursday did not take place. The story says why. (4)

The story describes a new terrorist act in Dagestan, saying that such acts occurring almost every day evidence a serious power crisis in the republic as a whole. (4, Gazeta, July 8, p. 9)

The State Duma on Wednesday endorsed an amendment to the Law concerning education that made the school subject of military training ABC obligatory. The story reveals the essence of the amendment, saying that now all schools in the next 2 years should launch the teaching of the new military subject. (4)

Kyrgyzstan today on July 10 is electing a new president. The outcome of these elections is already clear, since international observers and local spin doctors have no doubt that Kurmanbek Bakiyev together with Felix Kulov (he will be Prime Minister) will win the elections. The story describes the situation in the republic on the eve of the elections, saying that seven candidates are running for the post. (5)

" The New York Times" journalist Judith Miller, who on Thursday refused to disclose to court her information sources, was taken into custody, and the second person arrested on this case -- journalist of the magazine Time Mathhew Cooper (Sp. ?) was released, because in the last minute he agreed to cooperate with investigators. The story comments on the case, concluding that the notorious American freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution for the first time in the history of the USA happened to be in question. (5)

In order to receive an insurance compensation for the obligatory insurance of the drivers' civic responsibility (or OSAGO) , it' s not obligatory to wait for a GAI inspector to arrive at the place of a road accident -- such a decision was made at a gvt session on. The story reveals its essence. (9)

Transportation Minister Igor Levitin on Thursday proposed to allocate 300 billion rubles for creating roads and airports contributing to international transit. The proposed program may almost fully swallow up the investment fund that has been created by German Gref. The gvt, nevertheless, approved the program. The story examines it in detail. (9)

What is the modern industrial design? How to become a good designer? How needy is this profession today? In an interview Young Jun Kim, head of the Samsung Electronics company' s Design Center, answers these questions. (10)

The story describes a unique system applied by the Moscow metro leadership to destroy all insects in the metro premises. (11)

The maximum content of harmful substances in the Moskva-River has exceeded by 50-80 times. This was stated on Thursday by experts from the Natural Resources Ministry. Brief. (11)

KOMMERSANT (9/7/2005)

President Putin on Friday after the G-8 summit in Scotland met with journalists to answer their numerous questions. The story describes the president' s news conference, focusing on Putin' s statements on major issues. (1, 4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5)

The State Duma (S. D. ) on Friday passed (in the first reading) an amendment submitted by United Russia deputy Mikhail Grishankov to the bill concerning local government postponing its taking effect to Jan. 1, 2009 from Jan. 1, 2006. Presidential representative in the S. D. Alexander Kosopkin stated that regions were not ready yet for local government reform. The story comments on the amendment. (1, 2, Vremya Novostei, July 8, p. 4)

Over 100 Russian transportation companies in early July had to suspend cargo delivery from Finland. Its Administrative Transportation Means Center suspended to issue permits on the passage of big cargoes along its roads for companies registered outside the European Union. The story explains the reason behind this situation, saying that if it does not change in a couple of days, Russian electronic and electrical appliances traders will have problems, over 80 percent of goods go via Finland. (1, 5 )

Though London after the most serious terrorist acts in British history is returning to normal life, tensions remain in the city: authorities warn of the possibility of new acts of terror. The London developments have allowed Moscow to continue discussion with the West about duel standards in the anti-terror struggle. After Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, their viewpoints on this issue were shared on Friday by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Patriarch Alexy II and by the Federation Council leadership. (1, 4, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, 3)

Presidential envoy to the Far-Eastern Federal District Konstantin Pulikovsky on Friday conducted consultations with representatives from Chukotka public organizations on the candidacy to the post of governor. All participants in the consultations voted for only one candidacy-- the present head of Chukotka, Roman Abramovich, who earlier stated that he would not run for the second term. The story describes the consultations, their participants and their proposals. (2)

Presidential representative in the Southern Federal District Dmitry Kozak intends to initiate amendments to the legislation that will legalize the governors' responsibility for the social and economic development of their regions. This was stated by Kozak on Friday. The story comments on his initiative. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3)

The State Duma on Friday passed (in the first reading) a gvt draft bill concerning the defense of competition. The story reveals the essence of the draft, saying that it will receive the second and third readings in the fall. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3)

The State Duma on Friday completed the creation of the second faction Rodina with Vice-Speaker Sergei Baburin as its head. The Duma majority preferred to ignore the fact that the second Rodina was registered by the Procedures Committee way back on July 5. The story describes how the second Rodina faction was legalized on Friday. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, July 8, p. 3, Gazeta, July 8, p. 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Vremya Novostei, July 8, p. 4, MK, 2, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 2)

The State Duma on Friday voted for an earlier resignation of deputy Mikhail Zadornov, who was appointed head of the Board of Directors of Guta-Bank. Brief. (3)

The story describes Friday' s developments in the Moscow Lefortovo District Court that considered the criminal case of acting manager of Yukos-Moskva Alexei Kurtsin, who is accused of squandering 342 million rubles on charity. (3, Izvestia, 4, Gazeta, July 8, p. 8)

The Dagestani Supreme Court on Friday delivered a verdict in the case of the terrorist act committed during the Victory Parade in Kaspiisk in 2002. Two convicts (their names are given) were found not guilty of the preparations of that blast, but, all the same, they received long prison sentences. The story details their case. (3)

The Moscow Kuntsevo District Court on Friday delivered a verdict in the criminal case of Sergei Tsvetkov, Lada-Stolitsa Director-General, and Valentina Savelyeva, former chief bookkeeper of this company, who were accused of looting 247 Zhiguli cars in 1998. AvtoVAZ passed over those cars to its dealer to sell. The story details the case, focusing on the court' s verdict. (3)

The Moscow Tverskoi District Court on Friday began to consider a criminal case of 39 activists from the National-Bolshevik Party (NBP) , who in December 2004 took part in the seizure of the presidential administration' s waiting room on Ilyinka Street. The story details their case. (3)

The Moscow District Military Court on Friday cancelled the decision of the Moscow Garrison Military Court that found the actions of investigators in the Main Military Prosecutor' s Office illegal. The investigators did not allow Ukrainian Prime Minister Julia Timoshenko' s lawyer to read the materials of her criminal case. The Garrison Court will consider this issue for the second time. (3, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1)

The terrorist acts in London on Thursday do not so far threaten to foil the tourist season in the British capital city. Thus, Russian travelers in particular ignore the terrorist acts and have no intention to change their plans to spend their vocation in London. (4)

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Saturday began her Asian tour with China. The story reports on how the terrorist acts in London have changed her program of negotiations there. (4)

AFK Sistema has signed an agreement with the Russian Television and Radio-Broadcasting Networks (RTRS) on buying out 50 percent of shares of Kosmos TV, a domestic private television operator. The story describes the deal, saying that Sistema now will become an owner of 100 percent shares of the company. (5)

Airport Vnukovo' s shareholders -- Vnukovo Invest and the Moscow gvt--on Friday agreed to re-distribute shares belonging to them. This was stated to journalists on Friday by Airport First Deputy Director-General Vitaly Vantsev. The story examines this re-distribution and reasons behind it. (5)

Lev Kvetnoi, partner of Gazprominvestholding head Alisher Usmanov, and Director-General of Gazmetall, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Airport Vnukovo. Brief. (5)

Severstal-Group has shared its steel-smelting assets with the Luxembourg steel-smelting Arcelor company. The story examines the deal that has allowed Arcelor to take part in the property of Severstal. (5)

The shareholders of the Orel Steel-Rolling Mill (OSPAZ) , part of Severstal-Metiz, a metals division of the Severstal-Group holding, on Friday endorsed an agreement on joining OSPAZ to the managing Severstal-Metiz company. Brief. (5)

The world financial markets on Friday almost fully regained their positions lost after the terrorist acts in London. Only the British pound continued to fall reaching its 19-month minimum-- $1. 7307 per pound. Along with this, oil prices not only regained its losses but even rose to new historic maximums. The story describes the situation on the world financial markets on Friday and oil prices after the London tragic events. (6)

The Irkutsk Regional Prosecutor' s Office has found violations of the legislation aimed at preventing and cutting short the acts of terror at the specially dangerous production facilities, particularly at the Bratsk, Irkutsk and Ust-Ilimsk electrical power stations, parts of Irkutskenergo. This was stated by regional seniour deputy prosecutor Alexander Semyonov. Brief. (6)

Stanislav Ilyasov, head of the Federal Fishery Agency, when speaking at a news conference on Friday devoted to the Day of the Fisherman, stated that Russia this year has increased fish catches, as compared with 2004 by 30 percent or by 230, 000 tons. Brief. (6)


The conflict between Economic Development Minister German Gref and Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov is acquiring the features of large-scale bureaucratic war that involves highly reputed forces. Thus, Fradkov, persisting on the doubling of the gross domestic product, is supported by President Putin. And who supports German Gref? The story explains why Fradkov has received a political backing from the Kremlin. (1, 4)

Rodina leader Dmitry Rogozin in a dispute on splitting the Rodina faction has shown a new trump. If the initial decision on the creation of the single faction on the basis of the bloc is annulled, its leader will raise an issue on disavowing another old-time decision --on refusing to register United Russia member Viktor Gerashchenko as a presidential candidate. This means that the results of the presidential campaign will be put in question. The story reveals the essence of Rogozin' s new trump, saying that he, former special representative of Vladimir Putin, for the first time has launched an overt challenge against the country' s leader. (1, 2)

Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin and Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov at a gvt session on Thursday harshly criticized the Transportation Ministry' s desire to receive 304 billion rubles from the budget for funding the federal program " Boosting the Export of Transportation Services (2006-2010) . The story describes the heated discussion of the program, saying that in the final count its concept was approved. (4)

Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller in London on Thursday and Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Director Ierup Van der Vir (Sp. ?) signed a Memorandum on Understanding in exchanging assets in the framework of the projects" Zapolyarnoye-Neokomskiye Zalezhi" and Sakhalin-2. The story examines the document, focusing on what the Russian company will gain from it. (4)

The story examines what presidential economic adviser Andrei Illarionov dislikes in the policy pursued by Economic Development Minister German Gref. (4)

Azerbaijan' s National Security Ministry has declassified information about detaining a criminal group that prepared acts of terror on the territory of Azerbaijan and its neighbouring countries. The story examines a communique made public by the ministry, saying that three Russians (their names are given) are in the group. (5)

In a far-ranging interview former First Deputy Chief Commander of the Russian Ground Forces Eduard Vorobyov examines significant issues that the Defense Ministry has failed to solve over the five years of its work. (8)

According to results of the study " Global 100 Top Business Schools" conducted by the QS TopMBA company, the Higher Business School of Moscow State University is among the 100 best business schools in the world. The story comments on the rating. (8)


The story examines results of the State Duma' s work in its summer session, when its managed it pass 139 draft bills. The main bills are named and analysed. (1, 3, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 4, 5)

The story reveals the essence of the scandalous draft bill canceling the lawyer' s secret that has caused heated discussion lately. In an interview Yevgeny Sidorenko, Director of the Constitutional Legislation Department, who among others drafted amendments to the bill, reveals the essence of the lawyer' s secret, commenting on the draft. (1, 7)

Economic Development Minister German Gref on Friday arrived in the Krasnoyarsk recently enlarged region and made several statements on key problems of interest to regions and business. The story looks at the major ones. (3 )


MN Editor-in-Chief Yevgeny Kiselyov is saying good-bye to the newspaper and to his readers, saying that it is his last farewell story to his column. (3)

Mediaholding Media International Group (MIG) has bought 100 percent of shares of the Moskovskiye Novosti company that owns such brands as " Moskovskiye Novosti" and " The Moscow News" , and also the distribution network of these publications. Now the MIG-Media International Group holding unites several publications. What are they? (3)

The story examines factors, showing that the Astana summit is more important for Russia and the USA than the latest G-8 summit in Scotland. (4)

Vladislav Inozemtsev, Editor-in-Chief of the magazine " Svobodnaya Mysl-XXI" , comments on Russia' s place in G-8, saying that Russia, being neither the Western, nor industrial, nor democratic country, has no right to be a member of that group. (4)

The story examines the situation in Kyrgyzstan on the eve of today' s presidential elections in the republic, focusing on a very strange character of the election campaign. New revolution in the air? (6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4)

Georgy Mirsky, chief research associate at IMEMO of the Academy of Sciences, reflects on how Russia is approaching Islam, above all, mentioning President Putin' s unexpected recent visit to Malaysia to attend a meeting of heads of state, members of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) . Such trips, the author stresses, are not made without a practical aim. What may be the essence of Russia' s accession to OIC? (7)

The story examines what has caused a split in the State Duma Rodina faction, and when the conflict began between Dmitry Rogozin and Sergei Baburin. (8)

In an interview State Duma deputy Sergei Glazyev explains his return to the Rodina faction, focusing on the general situation in the State Duma and relationships between its factions. (8, 9)

In an interview Vice-Speaker Sergei Baburin explains the essence of his conflict with Dmitry Rogozin, saying that his group does not have any political future. (9)


Moscow metro chief Dmitry Gayev stated on Thursday evening that security measures were stepped up after the information about the terrorist acts in the London underground. The story examines these measures. (8, p. 3)

Two unbending activists of the democratic movement Konstantin Borovoi and Valeriya Novodvorskaya on Thursday presented their book of funny short stories (anecdotes) featuring Kremlin top officials, including the president. The story reviews the book. (5)

Despite the fact that Moscow has lost the voting by the International Olympic Committee for hosting the Summer Olympic Games-2012, the Moscow city gvt has endorsed a comprehensive program of building hotels, roads, airports and stadiums. The story examines the program. (8, p. 5)

The US Congress next year intends to allocate $85 million on different programs aimed at boosting democracy in Russia. The Congress Committee' s commentary stresses that there is a need to persistently support democracy in Russia and in Azerbaijan. The story explains why precisely these countries. (8, p. 5)

A mysterious force has hit the forests on the territory of almost 3 square kilometers not far from the Vyazemsky city, where over a million age-old trees and animals were destroyed. Specialists are discussing several possible versions of that mysterious force. What was it? (8, 6)

The Temple-1 comet that on July 4 was hit by a space probe in a NASA-directed mission has unexpectedly expelled a gigantic shining sphere. The story describes it in detail, citing views by two specialists. (8, p. 6)

Environmentalists have inspected the state of the banks of the Istra water reservoir in the Moscow region, where they have found several elite hotels that were illegally built there. Oleg Mitvol, deputy head of Rosprirodonadzor, comments on the results of the check-up. (8, p. 7)

About 124 people in Russia have happened to be victims of skinheads and members of radical organizations since the start of this year. The story gives concrete facts to illustrate the point, putting the following question in the story' s title-- Who will stop extremists? (8, p. 9)

Almost three years are left till the next presidential elections, but the question -- Will Vladimir Putin quit his post after the elections ? is worrying the domestic political elite already today. And if he quits his post, who will replace him? The story reflects on the issue. (8, p. 10)

Any presidential election campaign looks like a card - game, in which contenders in different weight categories--aces, kings, knaves. .. - are fighting with one another. The present campaign that has actually begun looks like an attempt to play the miser-- the most complicated but most effective combination in solitaire preference. The story shows how it looks like s in cards. (8. p. 11)

Moscow police have detained former Police Major Yury Kozar, the last werewolf from the Moscow police' s elite investigative directorate (or MUR) . The story describes the police operation. (9, p. 2)

Sixteen-year-old Sharif Valeyev from Ufa was in that London underground train that was blasted by terrorists on Thursday. In an interview Sharif talks about that horrible act and about what he had to experience (9, p. 4)

The newspaper provides answers to 15 questions about reform of military training in civilian institutions of higher learning. (9, pp. 6, 7)