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IZVESTIA (30/8/2005)

Hurricane Katrina on Monday hit Louisiana and Mississippi, bringing immeasurable devastation and leaving their residents in despair. The story describes this natural disaster, focusing on soaring oil prices it has caused. (1, 4, 8, Kommersant, 1, 6, 11, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 8, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Gazeta, 15, Trud, 1, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3) , Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5, MK, 1, 2)

The feature story " The Beslan Syndrome" (Part 3) describes Beslan residents full of hatred toward the neighbouring Ingushetia, the residents of which, in their opinion, are terrorists and their accomplices. Beslan residents also hate authorities, who have failed to do everything possible to save the hostages. (1, 6, Gazeta, 6, Trud, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, 5, MK, 2)

The International Forum " From Solidarity to Freedom" has opened in Poland. It is devoted to the 25th anniversary of the Polish movement " Solidarity" , the first independent labour union in the countries of the Soviet bloc. In an interview its founder and former Polish President Lekh Walensa (Sp. ?) talks about the need to change Solidarity with the aim of turning it from the labour union into a broad progressive movement. He also regrets about worsened Polish-Russian relations that he would like to improve. (1, 4, 5, Kommersant, 11, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 8, Trud, 4)

Former Nuclear Energy Minister Yevgeny Adamov, who has been staying in a Swiss jail for 4 months already, has agreed to be extradited to Russia. The story comments on his statement. (1, 2, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 7, Vremya Novostei, 1, 5, Gazeta, 8, Trud, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 9, MK, 2)

Former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Monday returned home from his vacation. He told journalists that he would participate in the presidential elections-2008. He also stated that he plans to take part in regional elections, including those to the Moscow City Duma The story comments on his statement. (2, Kommersant, 1, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 2, Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 9, Zhizn, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

Tula student Julia Gorodnicheva, a Nashi activist, may become a member of the Public Chamber. She has received the president' s invitation to join it. The story looks at the president' s choice. (2)

Two policemen from the Zamoskvorechye Interior Department on Friday were detained on suspicion of beating State Duma deputy Ivan Musatov. The third policeman, who took part in the beating and who was injured by an unidentified person during the incident, is in a hospital. The story gives details. (2, Gazeta, 1, 8, Trud, 2, MK, 1, )

The story features the stay of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at Bocharov Ruchei as a guest of Vladimir Putin. At a news conference after their negotiations Putin stated that he was willing to meet with Beslan mothers, and that he had instructed his representative in the Southern Federal District Dmitry Kozak to find a place of the meeting. (2, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Trud, 4, Vremya Novostei, 2, 7, Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Zhizn, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 1, 3)

Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu and his team have launched thorough preparations for a forecast earthquake in Kamchatka. According to specialists, the probability of this natural disaster amounts to 36. 8 percent. The story describes the preparations. (3, Gazeta, 1, 5)

The St. Petersburg administration has stated that it will block the Neva for the passage of ships if the Transportation Ministry fails to take navigation safety measures. The administration' s initiative threatens to shipping companies' business. The story examines factors that have caused the administration' s statement. (3, Vremya Novostei, 3)

A terrific crime has shocked Dagestan --a rape and killing of 2 eight-year -old girls in the Bashlykent village-- and villagers' punishment of a suspect. The story gives details. (1, 3, Vremya Novostei, 3, Gazeta, 9)

About 30 masked armed people on Avtozavodskaya Ulitsa in Moscow on Aug. 29 attacked and beat 15 National Bolshevik Party (NBP) activists. This was stated by NBP Press Secretary Alexander Averin. Brief. (3)

Nikolai Fyodorov on Monday became the President of Chuvashia for the fourth time. Brief. (3, Kommersaant, 3, Vremya Novostei, 4) , Gazeta, 5)

According to the UN report, Norway is the best country in the world for living. The report will be published on Sept. 7. Brief. (4)

Kyrgyzstan' s President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has fired three top siloviki (their names are given) . They were accused of mass riots in Bishkek on June 17. Brief. (4, Kommersant, 10, Gazeta, 5)

Alfa-Bank, Russia' s leading private bank, has made public a sensational analytical report by the bank' s chief strategist Christoffer Wifer (Sp. ?) . In an interview he talks about the fate of the investment climate in Russia, focusing on who will determine it, and what foreign investors can await in this country. (7)

Rosneft has come at last to an agreement with Western banks concerning their credit to buy shares of Gazprom. Thus, this week already the gvt can borrow a record high $7. 5 billion credit in an exchange for a 50 percent deposit of shares of Rosneft. The story examines the deal. (7, Kommersant, 5)

The UES Management Board on Monday endorsed a program aimed at boosting the energy holding' s reliability. The story examines the program, saying that energy directors allowing accidents will be fired. (7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 5, Kommersant, 6, Gazeta, 14, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

Domestic ice-cream-makers have published a report about their performance in the first 7 months of this year. The story examines it in detail, pointing to a 6 percent decrease in their product, as compared with the figure for the same period last year. (8, Kommersant, 5)

The Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography (FAKK) on Monday discussed issues concerning a reconstruction and major renovation of the Bolshoi Theater, which was estimated at nine billion rubles. The story cites FAKK head Mikhail Shvydkoi' s statement concerning this controversial estimation. (10, Kommersant, 13)

The Moscow gvt intends to change the system of school maintenance: thus, starting Jan. 1, 2006, the city budget will pay the schools for the upkeeping of every school pupil. The story reveals the essence of this new system. (9)

Part of the Moscow city public buses will be passed over to private owners. The story describes how this planned project will proceed. (9)

In an interview Vladimir Resin, head of the Moscow City Hall' s Department for Urban Planning, Development and Reconstruction, talks about modern school buildings and about how the old ones are being renovated. (9)

KOMMERSANT (30/8/2005)

Former Saratov governor Dmitry Ayatskov will not become Russia' s Ambassador to Belarus. This was decided at the meeting of President Putin with his Belarussian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko in Kazan over the weekend. The story comments on their decision. (1, 10)

Only two days after the departure of President Putin from Kazan, where he took part in the celebration of its 1000th jubilee, the World Congress of Tatars in Kazan made harsh statements on federal authorities and even calls to separate the republic from Russia. The story describes the Congress that was attended by 1, 200 Tatars from 26 countries. (1, 4)

The president' s press service reported on Monday that Vladimir Putin has signed a decree concerning reforming " Goznak" , according to which all its eight legal entities before the end of this year will be liquidated. And what will be created in their place ? The story examines the document' s major provisions. (5)

Sberbank has become a nominal holder of 25 percent of shares of Aeroflot-Russian Airlines. This is stated in the company' s press-release. Brief. (5)

Nortgaz' s net profit in the first 6 months of this year decreased by 4. 4 times (as compared with the figure for January-June 2004) and amounted to 18. 4 million rubles. Brief. (5)

The story describes the crisis in the domestic cellular retail market, focusing on its negative consequences for the whole domestic market of everyday home electronic appliances. (5, 6)

American Intelsat on Monday announced its purchase of American competitor PanAmSat for $3. 2 billion. This will allow Intelsat to become the world leading satellite operator. (6)

The Moscow Arbitration Court on Monday declared the Citi-Energo company bankrupt and imposed a competition administration in the company. The latter' s debts have amounted to 8, 123 billion rubles. The story describes the company and its present position. (6)

The Federal Service for Surveillance in the transportation sphere (Rostransnadzor) and the Federal Agency for Industry (Rosprom) on Monday agreed on a list of measures to remove the main defects of the planes Il-96-300. All this should be done before Sept. 5. The story looks at the list of measures. (7)

The National Commodity Exchange company on Monday held this year' s first state purchase interventions on soft wheat of the third class. In this way the state is trying to raise grain prices and support agricultural producers. The story describes this state-controlled measure, saying how analysts regard it. (7)

Entrepreneur Mark Leivikov, the owner of the Zlatoust Metals Plant company has sold 25 percent of shares to the Russky Ugol (Russian Coal) company for $25 million. The story examines the deal, focusing on its major condition. (7)

VEDOMOSTI (30/8/2005)

The terrible devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina has made oil prices soar up to the unprecedented level--$70 per barrel. . This has caused panic among oil traders. Now many analysts remember the forecast of Goldman Sachs-- $100 per barrel. (A1)

Soaring oil prices does not negatively affect the growth of the world economy. The Russian economy, an evident beneficiary from the oil boom, will receive nothing from the soaring oil prices. The story says why. (A1)

The National Anti-Corruption Committee (NAK) that a year ago exposed St. Petersburg communications companies is actually recalling its report, because Alfa -Group has begun to use the conclusions made by anti-corruption fighters in courts and corporate war. (A1)

The GAI Inspectorate and the Russian Union of Auto Insurers are creating an automated information system of obligatory insurance of civil responsibility of auto owners. The story examines the system. focusing on its advantages. (A1, A4)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov has lost his main opponent at the December elections to the city parliament. His long-standing rival Alexander Lebedev, the founder of the National Reserve Bank, at the upcoming elections will help only to the United Russia party. But, according to experts, this does not mean a calm life for Luzhkov. (A2)

Governor of the Moscow region Boris Gromov has created the headquarters for raising the tax potential of the Moscow region. The story describes its staff, aims and tasks. (A3)

Economic growth that started early this summer continued in August. But its pace remained the same. Soaring oil prices help the economy grow, but they set two unsolved tasks before gvt officials. The story examines them in detail. (A3)

The story examines how Goznak will be reformed according to the presidential decree signed on Friday. (A3)

The CIS presidents in Kazan decided to create a Council of Wise Men with the aim of determining the further fate of CIS. The Council will decide whether it' s realistic to turn the Commonwealth into a full-fledged social and economic union. What unites the CIS states and does anything in general unite them? Five experts share their viewpoints. (A4)

In an interview Sergei Molozhavy, Director-General of Technopromexport, explains why he quit the previous job at the ministry in 2003 for the sake of the little-known foreign economic association --Technopromexport. (A5)

VEDOMOSTI. COMPANIES & MARKETS SUPPLEMENhinese Great Wall decided to assemble its autos in Russia. Group SOK will most probably become its partner. The story examines the Chinese company' s plans. (B1)

The British investment Fleming Family & Partners company may buy the Moscow Ice-Fili factory. Its producers are sure that the Britons would like to buy Ice-Fili for the sake of land not far from the city center(B1)

The Depositary- Clearing Company (DKK) has suspended to accept instructions from deponents connected with conducting operations in the register of shareholders of the ALROSA diamond-extracting company. This is stated in the DKK press release. (B1)

Yukos subsidiaries (their names are given) intend to sell their shares in the commercial banks " Solidarnost" , " BaikalROSBANK and also " RUSIA Petroleum" . Brief. (B1)

Moscow city builders have a new problem: due to the reorganization of Mosenergo and the May energy crisis, they are unable to come to an agreement with the energy company concerning the terms of connecting their facilities with electrical grids. (B1)

Severstal and Group Evraz would like to buy Ukrainian Krivorozhstal. Ukraine' s State Property Fund has allowed them to take part in the procedure of a pre-sale valuation of the company. (B2)

SUAL co-owner Viktor Vekselberg decided to expand his gold-extracting business. Thus, Renova Kapital is close to completing the deal to buy about 25 percent of shares Charaltyna, a big gold producer in Kazakhstan. In experts' opinion, Vekselberg has paid about $50 million-$75 million for this new gold asset. (B2)

Richard Ogden, a deal specialist on the capital market, has moved from Troika Dialog to UralSib. He will help the corporation pass over to the single share and hold. (B3)

Ever more money earned by foreigners is taken away from Russia through the system of monetary transfers. According to the Central Bank, the figure for the first six months of this year is over $1. 3 billion. (B3)


During his visit to Germany scheduled for Sept. 8 President Putin is expected to sign agreements concerning the construction of the North-European gas pipeline that will pass along the bottom of the Baltic Sea from Vyborg to the coast of Germany. The project costs $5. 7 billion. The story examines the project, saying that Gazprom so far has only one partner-- the German BASF concern. (1, 2)

The incident with a 3-hour delay in Perm Airport of American Senators Richard Lugar and Barack Obama could have caused an international scandal. The story examines reasons behind their visit to Russia, saying what they did in Perm. (1, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2)

The Emergency Situation Ministry has estimated the preliminary economic damage due to the outbreak of bird flu in several regions at 38 million rubles. The story examines the flu situation in this country, saying that the death toll from the previous pattern of bird flu --ispanka -- in early last century was 21 million people in Europe and Russia alone. (1, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

Georgian siloviki have uncovered another anti-Georgian conspiracy, this time involving Abkhazia' s President Sergei Bagapsh. He, allegedly being in Moscow in mid-August, held a closed meeting with Armenian businessmen and proposed them to invest their money in boosting the Abkhazian resort zone. (5)


A personal lawyer at the expense of the state budget -- such is the aim of the Justice Ministry' s experiment that has been endorsed through a gvt decree. According to the document, a network of judicial bureaux is being created in Russia for the first time. Their task is to deliver free judicial services to those, whose incomes are lower than the subsistence level. The experiment will be conducted in 10 regions. The story reveals its essence, saying how Justice Minister Yury Chaika regards it. (1, 9 )

In an interview Nikolai Bulayev, head of the State Duma Education and Science Committee, talks about education reform, focusing on serious problems of the domestic existing education system. (3)

Spin doctor Leonid Radzikhovsky comments on disturbing results of the recent CIS summit in Kazan. (3)

In an interview Vladimir Shkuratov, First Deputy Director of Moscow' s Expocenter, sums up results of the Motor-Show- 2005 that has finished its work. (4)


Vladimir Prikhodko, a presidential aide on international affairs, has reported about President' Putin' s planned international visits this year. What are they? (3)

What countries, in your opinion, should the president visit this year? Eleven politicians, spin doctors, war veterans and public figures share their viewpoints. (3 )

The Honey Fair has opened in the Kolomenskoye museum-reserve in the Moscow region. The story describes this event and its participants. The focus is on five properties of high quality honey. (6)

The First Congress of the all-Russian youth public movement " The Energy of Life" took place in Moscow over the weekend. The story describes the event, its participants and decisions. (7)

The Moscow Department of the Consumer Market and Services has endorsed a city program of developing market-places up to 2007. According to the program, as many as 125 such markets will be pulled down and renovated. The story examines the program, giving a list of 26 city markets that will be abolished in the city before the end of this year. (7)

The story highlights British soccer Club Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who has decided to obtain the fifth yacht that will be built in Germany and that will be the largest one in the world --160 meter-long. (27)


About 350, 000 disabled military officers, including World War II veterans, will receive an additional 1, 000 rubles to their monthly pensions. starting Sept. 1. Such was a decision of the Moscow city gvt. (1)

Muscovite will soon be able to see the remains of Grand Princess Yevdokia in the Moscow Kremlin Arkhangelsky Cathedral. She was the first saint woman in the Moscow royal family. Besides that, a unique exhibition devoted to the burial of the members of the tsarist family will be soon opened in the Arkhangelsky Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin. The story describes these events. (1)

Ukraine' s First Deputy Foreign Minister Anton Buteiko stated that some Ukrainian top officials view the deadline of the Russian Black Sea Fleet' s location on the territory of Ukraine until 2017 as a violation of the Constitution. Brief. (2)

The story describes the catamaran " Ekopatrul " on the Moskva-River that for three years already has been examining the water quality of this river. (2)

Though Ukraine' s President Viktor Yushchenko promised that not a single Russian school in his republic will be Ukrainized, but the opposite is taking place now. Sergei Tsekov, deputy of the Crimean Supreme Council, and Chairman of the Russian Community, comments on the situation. (3)

The monetarization of social benefits became a reality a year ago when President Putin signed the notorious No. 122 law. The feature s story describes how the bill was pushed through the State Duma. (4)

Lyubov Kezina, head of the Moscow Education Department, answers questions from MK readers, focusing on several novelties that have been introduced in city schools this year. (4)