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IZVESTIA (30/6/2005)

An unprecedented case for world diplomacy happened on Tuesday evening when the plane of Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was detained for one hour by Dutch special services in Amsterdam Airport. The story details the case, focusing on several reasons, one of them being terrorism. (1, 2, Kommersant, 11, Vremya Novostei, 5)

Chinese President Hu Jintao is expected to arrive in Moscow today. In an exclusive interview (on the eve of his visit) he assesses the state and prospects of Chinese-Russian relations, focuses on necessary measures to put into effect the potential of bilateral trade and economic cooperation. (1, 2, 6, Kommersant, 12 (photo caption) , Vremya Novostei, 5)

In an interview Hollywood star Tom Cruise talks about his latest role in the most awaited film this summer " War of the Worlds" (costing $128 million) that was shown in Moscow' s Pushkinsky Cinema on Wednesday. (1, 10, Gazeta, 18, Noviye Izvestia, 5, MK, 3)

The Building of the Parliament of Karachayevo-Cherkessia was for the third time this year stormed by protesters on Wednesday. The story describes what caused their indignation. (1, 2, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Gazeta, 1, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2)

The Moscow Regional Court on Wednesday ruled that the National-Bolshevik Party (NBP) with Eduard Limonov as its leader should be disbanded. Thus, the court ruled in favour of the Moscow Regional Prosecutor' s Office that insisted on the liquidation of NBP that many times violated the law on political parties. The story comments on the court' s ruling, focusing on the party' s reaction. (3, Kommersant, 1, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, 3, Gazeta, 1, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 2)

Unidentified thieves in the Moscow region in the small hours of the morning of June 29 attacked the dacha of Sukhoi Director-General Mikhail Pogosyan. The thieves beat him and his family and robbed the cottage. The story gives details. (1, 3, Kommersant, 1, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 3, Gazeta, 9, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7, Turd, 4, MK, 3)

The State Duma on Wednesday passed (in the second reading) amendments to the presidential package of election bills. The story examines provisions that caused heated debate. (3, Kommersant, 1, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 4, Gazeta, 2)

ommittee-2008 leader Garry Kasparov during his two meetings with residents in North Ossetia on Wednesday was pelted with eggs. Brief. (3, MK, 2)

The ruling of the Moscow Prosecutor' s Office on a refusal to institute criminal proceedings against the authors of the letters calling on authorities to ban the activities of the Jewish organizations (" Letter of 19" , Letter of 500" and Letter of 5, 000" ) will be contested in court. Brief. (3)

Chechen refugees from the Borozdinovskaya village on Wednesday began to return home from their tent camp in Kizlyar (Dagestan) . This happened after the negotiations between villagers and Ramzan Kadyrov, who promised to defend them. The story comments on the refugees' decision. (3, Kommersant, 3, Gazeta, 4)

The gvt at a session today is expected to discuss a concept of reforming domestic science. This concept has been disturbing the science community for the whole year already, and a month ago it was discussed at the General Meeting of the Academy of Sciences. The story examines the concept' s controversial provisions. (3)

The newspaper has devoted two pages to Azerbaijan that is viewed as a real treasure -house of ancient monuments of historical and architectural significance. Some of them are described. (4, 5)

Who may become president of Russia in 2008? To answer this question Dmitry Orlov, Director-General of the Agency for Political and Economic Communications, comments on sensational results of an opinion poll taken by his Agency. (6)

UES CEO Anatoly Chubais at the UES shareholders' annual meeting stated that his company' s financial plans-2005 will be revised due to the energy crisis in Moscow last month. In the meantime, UES' net profit last year increased considerably. The holding promised to renovate its equipment without raising tariffs and proposed to impose a social norm of electricity consumption for poor people. The story comments on the meeting' s decision. (7, Kommersant, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Vremya Novostei, 7, Gazeta, 13, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

The Justice Ministry on Wednesday applied to its colleagues in Lithuania and the Netherlands with a request to find the assets of Yukos on the territory of these states and to ban any deals with the securities of Lithuanian Mazeikiu Nafta. The story comments on the Ministry' s request. (7, Kommersant, 7, Vremya Novostei, 2, Gazeta, 14 )

Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin at his meeting on Wednesday with representatives from leading Western investment companies stated that Russia in the next 3 years will retain the steady rates of economic growth of 5-6 percent. Brief. (7)

KOMMERSANT (30/6/2005)

The Svyazinvest shareholders' annual meeting scheduled for June 29 did not take place. The failure was the fault of the Federal Agency for Managing the Federal Property. The story examines the reason, saying what consequences the break-down of the meeting will have for the holding. (1, 5)

The Cassation Collegium of the Supreme Court on Wednesday revised the verdict in the case of Krasnoyarsk physicist Valentin Danilov, who in December last year was convicted for spying for China. The story examines the court' s new sentence. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7, Vremya Novostei, 3, Gazeta, 8, MK, 2)

Anatoly Voronin, Chairman of the Moscow City Committee on State Projects Expertise, has been accused of the Transvaal tragedy. Thus, he is the second person accused of the tragedy. The first one is project architect Nodar Kancheli. The story details the case. (3, Vremya Novostei, 1, Gazeta, 8, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7)

The international Standard & Poor' s (S&P) rating agency has published a report " Analysis of Risks of the Banking Sector of Russia" . The brief says what the agency has criticized the Central Bank for. (5)

The Malaysian Proton Holdings has announced its intention to begin to export its autos to Russia. The autos will be a payment of Malaysia' s deal with Rosoboronexport that will deliver Sukhoi planes to this country. Brief. (5, Gazeta, 15)

Mobilniye Telesistemy, a leading domestic cellular communications operator, on Wednesday had to suspend its services for cellular users in Turkmenia. The story says why. (5, Vremya Novostei, 1, 7, Gazeta, 14)

The State Duma on Wednesday passed (in the first reading) a draft bill on raising excises on petrol, tobacco and vodka. The story explains the need for new excises. (6)

The Moscow City Duma on Wednesday passed (in the third reading) amendments to the city legislation envisaging an increase in the transport tax rate starting 2006. The story examines the document' s main provisions. (6)

The Tender Commission of Kazakhstan' s Resources and Energy Ministry on Wednesday recognized as preferable the proposals of the Access Industries company of American businessman Leonard Blavatnik and of the Kazakh " Eurasian Energy Corporation " (EEC) on a transfer of 100 percent of shares of the Ekibastuz Electric Power Station-2 company to trust management. This was stated by the EEC press service. The new manager can prevent UES from receiving 50 percent of shares of the Ekibastuz Station as a payment of Kazakhstan' s debt. (6)

Audit Chamber head Sergei Stepashin on Wednesday made a report on his chamber' s work in 2004. The story examines Stepashin' s report focusing on how deputies regarded it (7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2)

The Moscow City Duma on Wednesday passed (in the first reading) a draft bill concerning gambling houses and casinos. The story examines the draft' s main provisions. (7)

VEDOMOSTI (30/6/2005)

The gvt at a session today is expected to discuss the Industry and Energy Ministry' s proposal saying that the president, the prime minister and the siloviki should decided what projects should be open to foreigners. (A1)

Oleg Deripaska, the Ruben brothers, Lev Chernoi and several companies they own on Monday signed an agreement on settling down their dispute. They also sent a joint appeal to the British Court with a request to finish its investigation. (A1)

An unusual tax amnesty will be conducted in Russia in a couple of days. Its conditions are such that not a single sensible person will dare to use it. The story describes these conditions, saying that this amnesty will provide a good chance to the president and the gvt to show their good will to investors. (A1)

Scientists have managed to persuade gvt officials not to considerably cut the number of academic institutes. The Education Ministry has proposed to the gvt to slightly decrease their number, and by 2007 to markedly raise their salaries. The story reveals the essence of the reform, saying how experts regard it. (A2)

The Kremlin has submitted to the State Duma a draft bill that allows to the president to determine the size of the salary for the Prosecutor General and to change the salaries of the employees in the Prosecutor General' s Office. (A2)

Almost 50 percent of all convicts in the world are in the USA, China and Russia. This is stated in a report by the London International Center for Prison Investigation. The story examines the report focusing on its information about Russia. (A2)

Russia has obtained a serious competitor on the Indian armaments market-- the USA-- with which India has signed a 10-year treaty on military cooperation. The story examines the document, saying that India' s cooperation with the USA does not at all mean that India will not work any longer with Russian armaments. (A2)

The story examines how the Economic Development Ministry has divided 1. 5 billion rubles allocated from the budget to small businesses(A3 )

The judicial Rusatommet company decided to present Yukos to the state. With this aim in view, it is contesting in court the legality of passing over the shares of Yukos to MENATEP Group. Does such a suit have legal grounds? Four experts share their views on the issue. (A4 )

In an interview RusAl Director-General Alexander Bulygin talks about his company, focusing on its projects in Ukraine. He also talks about the company' s problems and plans. (A5)


The St. Petersburg Stepan Razin brewery may soon join the Dutch Heineken concern. The story examines the deal. (B1)

Novatek has new problems. Prosecutors raided its Moscow and Yamal offices, and Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area Vice-Governor Iosif Levinzon, who on the market is viewed as Novatek co-owner, is resigning. In this way he hopes to lead the company out of the blow before placing its shares on the exchange. (B1)

Russian MTS' s attempt to enter the Turkmen market has caused a big scandal. No sooner had the Russian company bought an GSM operator in the republic than Turkmen authorities recalled its license. Analysts and specialists on Turkmenistan do not exclude an even worse situation around the new subsidiary that cost $28 million. (B1)

The Management Board of the Novorossisk Marine Commercial Port is considering the possibility of making borrowings on domestic and Western public markets. This was stated by port Director-General Igor Vilinov. Brief. (B1)

The Economic Development Ministry has endorsed the volume of spendings from the federal budget on increasing charter capital of the avia-leasing companies. This is stated in the ministry' s press release. Brief. (B1)

The Elektropult Plant company has signed an agreement with Siemens AG on launching a joint venture on the parity basis to produce distributing installations Sivacon. Brief. (B1)

The gvts of Moscow city and region can receive control over city and regional grid companies separated from Mosenergo in the course of reform already in the spring of 2006. This was stated by Dmitry Vasilyev, First Deputy- Director of Mosenergo. (Brief. (B1)

Russian Polyus this year is expected to earn about $160 million in net profit. The figure for last year was $8 million. The story comments on the company' s achievements this year. (B2)


Ukraine' s President Viktor Yushchenko today is expected to help resolve the Ukrainian -Russian gas problems. Thus, the leadership of the Naftogaz Ukrainy company on Wednesday applied to the president with a request to act as a mediator at the negotiations with Gazprom. The story reveals the essence of the problem, saying that the gas theme from the economic becomes the political one. (1, 3)

The Federal Tax Police Service was abolished on July 1 last year, and its functions went to the Interior Ministry. Was it a right move? What is the present situation with tax crime? In an interview Police Major-General Yury Samofalov, Acting First Deputy Chief of the Economic Security Department of the Interior Ministry, answers these and other questions about tax police and tax crime. (1, 7)

The General Staff without awaiting the gvt directive on Wednesday sent telegrams to all 226 institutes and universities of the country with military departments that give training to 170, 000 students. The telegrams ordered them to suspend the enrolment of students for the military departments. The story comments on the General Staff' s order. (1, 2)

The 3-day festive celebrations of the Kaliningrad 750th jubilee will begin in the city on July 1. The story describes an extensive program of festive events and invited guests. (3)

The Federation Council' s Committee on Economic policy, Entrepreneurship and Property in the Legislative Assembly of Karelia held its visiting session on Wednesday that was devoted to discussion of the new Forestry Code that was passed by the State Duma in the first reading. The story examines what in this Code is unsuitable for Karelia. (4)


The Samara Police has concealed over 1, 500 crimes-- such was a shocking result of the check-up conducted by the Prosecutor General' s Office of the performance of the Samara Regional Interior Department. Thus, 160 crimes were concealed for 2 weeks alone of that check-up. The story gives concrete facts. (1, 2)

Bashkiria' s Supreme Court on Wednesday finished the trial of GAI Chief Nuriakhmet Shagiyev, who ordered to kill local Prosecutor Khanif Karachurin. The GAI chief was found guilty and received 14. 5 years in prison. The story details the case. (2)

The Moscow City Duma on Wednesday passed (in the first reading) the draft bill concerning the placement of gambling business facilities The story examines the draft' s main provisions. (2)

Highly-regarded political consultant Gleb Pavlovsky in the summer school of the movement " Nashi" on Wednesday delivered a lecture on the theme " The Humanitarian Technologies and Russia' s Leadership in the World Today" . Pavlovsky tried to explain to the young anti-fascists that to love their native land means to be its citizens. The story describes the lecture. (3)

The General Council of the Federation of Independent Labour Unions in Moscow on Wednesday held a session to discuss the urgency of introducing amendments to its Charter. The story examines several amendments it needs. (3)

Media tycoon Leonid Nevzlin, an owner of the newspaper " Moskovskiye Novosti" , intends to sell the newspaper, and the only claimant to buy it so far is Media Group " Svoboda Slova" : its president Alexander Kolodny stated this on Wednesday. The story describes his group, commenting on his statement. (3)


The State Duma on Wednesday passed (in the third final reading) the draft bill allowing the banks to close their clients' accounts without any operations with them for 2 years. The story examines accounts that are in view, saying that financiers ignore that fact that all this contradicts the Constitution. (1, 3)

The Moscow City Duma on Wednesday passed the draft bill that allows the owners of small cars not to pay the transport tax. The draft bill will become law early next year. The story examines the bill' s main provisions. (1, 6)

The Saratov City Duma on Wednesday passed a new Charter of Saratov, envisaging a new scheme of managing the regional center. The story examines this scheme. (2)

The State Duma on Wednesday passed a draft bill (in the first reading) , according to which the tobacco excise next year will rise by 15 percent. The story examines the draft, saying that if the bill goes through the next two readings, all cigarettes, above all, the cheap ones, will go up in price. (3)

Mikhail Dmitriyev, head of the Center for Strategic Studies, presented his economic forecast on Wednesday that shows how the domestic economy depends on oil prices. The story looks at his forecast. (3)

Russia' s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) threatens the country with economic catastrophe-- such an opinion was shared by Mayor Yury Luzhkov on Wednesday when he spoke at a joint session of the Council of the Central Federal District and the Collegium of the Agriculture Ministry in Smolensk. Brief. (3)

The state' s purchase last Friday of 10. 4 percent of shares of Gazrom has shown that the gvt resolutely intends to take under its control the activity of management boards in companies that are strategically significant for the country. It' s quite possible that this case will be followed by similar processes in regions. The fact is that in many enterprises with the state' s participation in regions, control is exercised by hired managers rather than by their owners. (3)