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IZVESTIA (6/7/2005)

The story examines new facts of the Yukos second criminal case investigated now by the General Prosecutor' s Office. It suspects already convicted Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Platon Lebedev and other Yukos managers and owners. Investigators believe that when selling oil at lower prices, they looted and then legalized $11 billion. Fargoil Director-General (Yukos trader) and one of the main suspects of this new case Antonio Valdes-Garcia (Sp. ?) has agreed to cooperate with investigators. (1, 3, Kommersant, 1, 3, Gazeta, 9)

The Prosecutor General' s Office (PGO) on Tuesday submitted to the Interpol new materials of the criminal case in relation to Yukos co-owner Leonid Nevzlin living in Israel now. This was stated by Deputy Prosecutor General Vladimir Kolesnikov These materials contain new facts of the case against Yukos Security Service employee Alexei Pichugin, who, in PGO' s opinion, committed crimes by direct orders from Nevzlin. The story describes new accusations against Nevzlin. (1, 3, Kommersant, 1, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7, Gazeta, 9, Vremya Novostei, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 10, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

Two new terrorist acts in Makhachkala (Dagestan) on Monday-Tuesday left three local Interior officers (their names are given) dead. The story gives details, saying that by the number of terrorist acts Dagestan now is ahead of Chechnya. (1, 6, Kommersant, 1, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 6, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4, Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 4, Trud, 2, MK, 2)

The budget-2006 of the US Department of State contains $85 million envisaged for programs aimed at boosting democratic and economic reforms in Russia, including $5 million on " backing the programs of developing political parties" . The story comments on the note attached to the draft budget prepared by the Committee on Congress Funds. (1, 2 )

Commentary is made regarding the main results of the Astana summit of the Shanghai Organization of Cooperation The focus is on the summit' s call on the pro-American anti-terror coalition to withdraw its military bases from the Central Asian region. (1, 2, Kommersant, 1, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Gazeta, 3, Trud, 1, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 3)

The State Duma on Tuesday registered a new 8-strong faction " Rodina" led by Deputy Sergei Baburin. The faction today is expected to hold its first session. In an interview Rodina leader Dmitry Rogozin explains why he has made judicial claims to United Russia rather than to the deputies, who have left the faction. (2, 5, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Gazeta, 1, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, 4, Trud, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, MK, 2)

Activists from the recently banned National-Bolshevik Party near the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Moscow on Tuesday staged a protest against the " bloody regimes of Karimov and Putin" . The story describes the protest, focusing on its participants' demands. (2, Gazeta, 4)

Oligarch Roman Abramovich is expanding his sports empire. The story describes it, focusing on his new purchases. (2)

Alexander Beglov, chief of the presidential Control Board, on Tuesday arrived at Beslan to check how the president' s instructions to build a medical center, schools and houses are being fulfilled in the city. The story comments on the visit. (3)

The State Duma united Russia faction has supported the creation of the Investment Fund that in the next 3 years will collect 200 billion rubles. What will this money be spend on? What do experts think of it?(3)

Information and Communications Minister Leonid Reiman when speaking in the Federation Council on Tuesday promised to Senators that all regions by 2008 will have telephones. The story comments on his statements. (3, Gazeta, 13)

Anti-globalists in Edinburgh on the threshold of the G-8 summit held a mass rally that cannot be called a peaceful one, since 21 protesters were injured. The story describes street riots caused by anti-globalists, and also the last preparations for the G-8 summit s in Gleneagles (4, Gazeta, 7)

Greek Foreign Minister Petros Molivjatis (Sp. ?) on Thursday will begin his official visit to Moscow, where at his negotiations with his counterpart Sergei Lavrov he will discuss the easing of the visa regime between Russia and the European Union. In an interview he says in part when Russians will not need visas to travel to Europe. (4)

The Elets (Lipetsk region) City Court today is expected to open a trial of Vasily Sidorov, chief of the military training sessions, after which sixteen-year-old schoolpupil Alexander Novosyolov died of a heart attack. Sidorov is accused of negligence, and he may be sentenced to 5 years in prison. The story details his case. (6)

Beslan school tragedy survivors on Tuesday made new accusations against the organizers of the operation to rescue the hostages. In the opinion of Beslan mothers, the majority of children in School No. 1 were killed by special service officers during the storm of the school rather than by terrorists. The story gives details of the latest investigation. (6, Gazeta, 8)

Former Nuclear Power Minister Yevgeny Adamov in Bern on Tuesday read a full text of the inquiry concerning his extradition to the USA. During this procedure he confirmed that he has rejected a simplified procedure of his extradition to the USA in the same way as he previously denied an extradition to Russia. (6, Kommersant, 3, Vremya Novostei, 3 )

Witnesses at the trial of Vyacheslav Ivankov (better known as Yaponchik) in the Moscow City Court on Tuesday stated that they saw that defendant for the first time. The story describes Tuesday' s developments in the court. (6, Kommersant, 3)

The State Duma this week is expected to pass the draft bill concerning the special economic zones. The story examines the draft, according to which entrepreneurs creating new projects will enjoy tax and customs benefits in such zones. In 2006 up to 10 special zones may be created. (7)

In an interview Deputy Central Bank Head Gennady Melikyan reveals the essence of the system of insuring deposits. He says how this system already affects the market of banking deposits. (7)

The State Statistics Service (Rosstat) has made public data concerning the population' s banking deposits as of May 1. Thus, the volume of these deposits for a year increased by 27. 2 percent. The analysis of deposit dynamics, starting 2000, shows that the pace of deposit growth has considerably slowed down. The story gives figures to illustrate the point. (7)

The Moscow Meshchansky District Court on Tuesday launched hearings on the suit filed by Yuzhnoye Butovo residents against the Moscow metro. The story examines the case, focusing on residents' demands. (9)

The project " The Olympic Village-2012 in Moscow " (about 60 hectares of land) was presented to journalists on Tuesday. The story examines the project in detail. (9, Gazeta, 16)

China is willing to invest funds in boosting the Moscow Botanical Gardens, in which it will soon create a traditional Chinese garden and nearby will build a Chinese business center. The story reveals the Chinese ambitious plans. (9)

Ten journalists share their views on the results of the completed television season. (10)

KOMMERSANT (6/7/2005)

The State Duma decided to suspend local government reform. The brief examines the reason behind such a decision. (2) s

North Ossetia' s Supreme Court on Tuesday continued to consider the criminal case of Nurpashi Kulayev, who took part in the seizure of the Beslan school. The story reports on what he said. (4)

Leaders of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia at a news conference in Moscow on Tuesday announced their intention to file suits in Moscow and St. Petersburg courts against the authors of the anti-Semitic Appeal to the Prosecutor General' s Office. And the leadership of the European Jewish Congress intends to ask the European Union to ban the State Duma deputies who signed the Appeal to enter the countries of the Schengen agreement. (4)

Ilya Lomakin-Rumyantsev, head of the Federal Service for Insurance Surveillance (FSSN) at a session of the Expert Council on Tuesday proposed to insurers to create guarantee funds by insurance types. The story reveals the essence of the proposal, saying what has caused FSSN to make it. (5)

The number of Russian banks in the magazine " The Banker" 's list of 1000 world leading banks by the size of their own capital in a year increased up to 22 from 19. The brief names these Russian banks. (5)

Russia has begun ahead of schedule to pay out its debts to the Paris Club of Creditors. This was stated by Vneshekonombank. Brief. (5)

Yelena Myasnikova, member of the Independent Media Board of Directors, stated that her company is selling the magazine " PROsport to the Publishing House " Vokrug Sveta" The deal will be completed next week The sum of the deal does not exceed $2 million. Brief. (5)

The Second Clock and Watch Plant is suspending to make its cheap watches " Slava" . All its production shops on Leningradskoye Shosse during this summer will be removed from their territory, and a large office and trading center will be built on their place. The story describes the project. (5, 7)

Ukraine' s Cabinet of Ministers today is expected to discuss an operative report by Naftogaz Ukrainy head Alexei Ivchenko on providing the country with gas. Ivchenko at a news conference on Tuesday reported to journalists about his company' s successes. The story looks at them. (5)

Aeroflot and Airbus S. A. S. this week will sign a memorandum on obtaining by Aeroflot seven new passenger planes A320 and A321 in 2006-2007. The sum of the deal is a secret. The story examines the memorandum' s main provisions. (6)

Omskpromstroibank reported on Tuesday that its Board of Directors had approved its merger with Moscow Investsberbank. The third participant in the deal will be Novorossisk Promfinservisbank. The story examines the deal. (6)

The Association of Managers and the Publishing House " Kommersant" has presented results of its regular study of business activity and the investment climate in Russia. The story examines its results. (6)

The city of the Summer Olympic Games-2012 will be chosen today in the Singapore Ruffles City Convention Center. The story examines Moscow' s chances. (16)

VEDOMOSTI (6/7/2005)

Sixty-three percent of shares of Novatek belongs to its managers headed by Management Board chief Leonid Mikhelson, and who owns the company' s slightly over 25 percent of shares? (A1)

There will be two Rodinas in the State Duma, starting today, when the faction led by Dmitry Rogozin and the new 13-strong faction led by Sergei Baburin will exist side by side. The story says how Rodina leader Dmitry Rogozin explains it. (A1)

The authoritative weekly magazine " The Banker" in its list of the world leading banks has placed the Russky Standart bank by its profitableness on the 4th line. The story looks at the list, and at its first 10 best banks. (A1)

The Levada Sociological Center in June conducted an opinion poll to see how Russians view the monetarization of social benefits and the new procedure of electing the regional governors. The story examines the results. (A1)

The US economy will soon mark the 5th jubilee of its uninterrupted growth, but American economists are being ever more concerned over the fact that the pace of this growth is slowing down, The story looks at several reasons. (A3)

Russia' s desire to complete negotiations on its accession to the World Trade Organization this year may not become a reality. Its partners demand that Russia canceled currency limits, level out the prices of gas and railway tariffs. Russian state officials are not against these reforms, but they do not want these reforms to act as international obligations. (A3)

The Belarussin so-called " economic wonder" has not impressed experts from the World Bank. They arrived at the conclusion that the economic growth in the country that over the past 10 years almost doubled its gross domestic product is being past its best. (A3)

The story examines radical amendments to the chapter of the Tax Code concerning VAT that the gvt in early June submitted to the State Duma. (A3)

After the completion of the G-8 summit, Russia will hold the presidency of this Group. What can be expected from it. ? Christoffer Wifer (Sp. ?) , chief strategist at Alfa-Bank, answer this question. (A4)

In a far-ranging interview HOMOC-bank President Igor Finogenov talks about serious changes that took place among its shareholders in late June, and about how they can affect the fate of the bank. (A5)EDOMOSTI. COMPANIES & MARKETS SUPPLEMENTosneft plans to conduct IPO in the third-fourth quarters of the next year. This was reported to journalists by Economic Development Minister German Gref. Brief. (B1)

The Russky Ugol (Russian Coal) company will buy out a 50 percent share of Belarussian BeLAZ (Belarussian Automotive Plant) in the joint Russian-Belarussian Coal Mine " Belorussky" . This was stated in the company. Brief. (B1)

The Natural Resources Ministry' s Commission in the second half of this year will consider an issue on a possible revoke of licenses on the Verkhnechonskoye deposit from TNK-BP and on the Yurubcheno-Tokhomskoye deposit from Yukos. This was stated by Minister Yury Trutnev. Brief. (B1)

Vadim Varshavsky, a co-owner of Russky Ugol (Russian Coal) got interested in network trade. He will sell not foods or clothes, but photo-albums, pens with disappearing ink, etc. He is buying the controlling interest of the " Le Futur" company, an operator of the network of shops under the same name, from its three founders (their names are given) . (B1)

Yevrazholding plans before the end of July to complete its purchase of 75 percent plus one share of the Italian metals combine " Palini" e Bertoli SpA for 60 million euros. Brief. (B1)

Petrol prices have again begun to grow. Analysts say that it' s because of increased oil prices on the home market up to the record high level 7, 000 rubles per ton. In July petrol prices will continue to soar. (B2)

Norilsk Nickel' s gold-extracting subsidiary--Polyus-- is dreaming to become a world leader: in 5-7 years to increase its extraction four-fold and join the world five leading gold companies. Experts believe that to do it Polyus will have to spend no less than $1 billion on buying new deposits. (B2)

A big scandal has erupted in German Volkswagen-- its several managers have been accused in swindling and bribe-taking. The story gives details. (B2)

Highly-regarded investment banker Igor Kolomeisky has left UralSib, in which he had worked for 5 years. The story says why. (B3)


The defense of citizens' rights will be fully controlled by the state. Lawyers should not have any secrets left from the competent power bodies, and their activity should be regulated and corrected by Justice Ministry' s sections. This is all stated in a new draft bill that the Justice Ministry (led by Yury Chaika) has submitted to the Kremlin administration for consideration. . The story examines this draft bill in detail, focusing on its controversial provisions. (1, 2)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, who on July 5 began his many-day working trip to army garrisons in the North Caucasus, stated about his plans of a further militarization of the region. A point in view, above all, is the military-marine component. The story reveals the minister' s plans. (1, 4)

The European currency--the euro-- since the start of the year, has lost 10 percent in price. The story gives other figures to illustrate its fall that, as experts say, will most probably continue. (1, 3)

Presidential envoy to the Southern Federal District Dmitry Kozak has failed to settle down the situation in Karachayevo-Cherkessia. Its Supreme Court on Tuesday launched a trial on the case of mass riots in Cherkessk and a pogrom in the republic' s gvt building in November last year. On the dock are 3 defendants (their names are given) , who are accused of organizing mass riots in Cherkessk in the fall of 2004. They can be sentenced to 10 years in prison. The story details their case. (2)


A group of Heroes of the Soviet Union and Heroes of Russia today intends to stage a hunger strike in protest against an unfair, in their opinion, replacement of social benefits with monetary compensations. The story describes this unprecedented act, saying how State Duma Vice Speaker Oleg Morozov and independent deputy Viktor Pokhmelkin commented on this protest. (1, MK, 2)

According to results of the Levada Sociological Center' s opinion poll in June, the public has less trust in the president and in his team as a whole. Through Putin' s rating (38 percent) remains high enough, a common dislike of the political situation in the country causes a growing number of supporters of the slogan " Russia for Russians" . The story comments on the results of the June opinion poll. (2)

Chechen authorities do not have money to guard places of residence of temporary displaced Chechen families. What should they do? The story features such families and their miserable existence. (2)

The State Duma on Friday intends to pass (in the second and crucial third readings) the draft bill concerning the special economic zones. This was stated on Tuesday at his meeting with businessmen by Deputy Economic Development Minister Andrei Sharonov. The story reveals the essence of the draft, saying why it attracts and suits entrepreneurs. (3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

According to a recent opinion poll conducted by the Public Opinion Fund, Russians like shuttle-traders, but they disapprove their activities. The story comments on the results of the opinion poll, focusing on the most positive effect from shuttle-traders. A pie-chart. (3)

The capital flight from the Russian private sector in the second quarter of this year increased by 27. 5 times as compared with the first three months and reached $5. 5 billion. This was stated on Tuesday by the Central Bank. The story gives other figures to illustrate the point. (3)

The Institute of the Human Brain in St. Petersburg over the weekend marked its 15th anniversary. In an interview its Director Svyatoslav Medvedev talks about its latest achievements, focusing on results of the study of Man' s anomalous abilities. (7)


The State Duma is expected to consider (in the second reading) the draft bill concerning the state regulation of alcohol turnover. The story reveals the essence of the draft, saying what state monopoly on alcohol will mean to producers and consumers. (3, Trud, 1, MK, 1, 2)

Forty -three-year-old monarch of Monaco Albert Grimaldi, who is officially unmarried, has announced that the throne of this tiny European principality will be inherited by 2-year-old love child of African descent Alexander Kosta. The story is devoted to this kid. (3)

In an interview Pavel Medvedev, deputy head of the State Duma Committee on Credit Organizations and Financial Market, talks about hard consequences of the last year' s financial crisis (that hit Alfa-bank depositors) that have not been overcome yet. (4)

State Duma deputy Alexander Lebedev, a coordinator of Group " Stolitsa" , once told journalists that he intends to ask European specialists to make a project to solve a transportation problem in Moscow. It has become known that this work has been almost completed. In an interview Lebedev examines the problems and the project. (5)

Leninskiye Gorki in the Moscow Region for three days has become a cultural center, where a festival of peoples' creative endeavour is taking place. The feature story describes the event, its extensive program and its participants. (7)

A super-modern metro-train named " Rusich" is being tested on the Filyovskaya metro line. The story describes this train and its technical specifications. (7)

Chinese have launched a construction project on the Gulf of Finland in St. Petersburg, where on 180 hectares of land there will appear a living quarter to be called " Baltic Pearl" for 35. 000 people. The story describes the project, reflecting on who will live in that quarter. (8, 9)


Twenty-three killer from Chelyabinsk Sergei Deineko, who has been sentenced to life in prison, demands to cancel the president' s pardon -- he wants to die. The story examines his case. (1, 5)

Mikhail Shvydkoi, head of the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography, on Tuesday filed a suit in the Moscow City Court against Culture Minister Alexander Sokolov. The story reveals the essence of the case. (1, 2)

Twenty-two million out of the 30 million Russian children live in families with low incomes. How to help them? With this aim in view a package of draft bills has been submitted to the State Duma. In an interview Yekaterina Lakhova, Chairwoman of the State Duma Committee on the Affairs of Women, Family and Children, reveals the essence of these draft bills. (1, 2)