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Press Review

IZVESTIA (9/8/2005)

Polish embassy employee Andrzej Uriadko on Sunday was beaten 60 meters from the embassy. This happened a week later after the incident in Warsaw, where Russian diplomats' children were attacked. Warsaw authorities have denied any connection between these incidents, but Russia' s Foreign Ministry has viewed the Warsaw incident as a result of anti-Russian sentiments that of late have been cultivated in Poland. The story comments on these incidents, saying that the Polish side is awaiting explanations from Russian authorities. (1, 3, Kommersant, 11, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7, Noviye Izvestia, 6, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 9, Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 3, MK, 1, 2)

The story examines results of Izvestia' s investigation into the incident with the patrol ship " Neukrotimy" that took place in St. Petersburg on July 30 during the rehearsal for the Sunday Navy parade. That incident may be another reason for a resignation of Navy Chief Commander Vladimir Kuroyedov, who on Sept. 5 will turn 60 and the term of his military service will expire. (1, 2)

In an interview Lyubov Kudelina, chief of the Defense Ministry' s Economy and Finance Service, talks about a serious problem facing the ministry' s facilities -- a huge debt to UES and municipal electricity suppliers, who may suspend electricity supply. (1, 5)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov on Monday presented wristwatches to the British rescuers, who saved the crewmen of the mini-submarine " Priz" He also promised to ask Supreme Commander Vladimir Putin to award the British rescuers, their Russian colleagues and the mini-submarine crewmen with high state decorations. The story comments on the minister' s statement, saying that he has set up a state commission to analyze the actions of all staff of the Navy in the incident with the mini-submarine. (1, 2, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, 6, Trud, 1, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4)

The story examines the official reason behind the perish of Altai governor Mikhail Yevdokimov that was reported on Monday. The focus is on how that reason was determined. (2, Kommersant, 1, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 7, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Gazeta, 8, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 9, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 8, 9, MK, 2)

The Rodionov Publishing House has bought 100 percent Publishing House " Krestyanka" .The story examines this asset, saying how the buyer regards its purchase. (2)

Former Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky in the foreseeable future will not fund any political projects. This statement was spread by his lawyers. Brief. (2)

Iran in its Nuclear Research Center in Isfahan (Sp. ?) has resumed work to enrich uranium. Brief. (2, Kommersant, 9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 8, Vremya Novostei, 5)

Twelve Russian sailors from the tanker African Pride, who for almost two years have been kept in a Nigerian prison, are expected to be released on bail today. They are accused of oil contraband. Brief. (2, Noviye Izvestia, 7, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 9)

Three terrorists accused of an involvement in the acts of terror in London on July 21 went on trial in the London Court of Magistrate. Brief (2)

The Moscow City Court on Monday launched a repeat consideration of the criminal case on an illegal transplantation of human organs in City Hospital No. 20. Brief. (2, Kommersant, 4, Gazeta, 9, Vremya Novostei, 3, MK, 2)

The controlling stake of Unified Aircraft Company (OAK) will belong to the state, said Industry and Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko on Monday. In his words, the decree on the creation of OAK has already been drafted and is being discussed now. The story examines the decree' s main provisions. (1, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

Valentina Petrenko, head of the Federation Council Social Policy Committee, on Monday proposed to suspend the adoption of Russian children by foreigners. The story comments on her proposal, saying that in the fall she intends to propose it as a legislative initiative. (3, Vremya Novostei, 2, Gazeta, 5, Noviye Izvestia, 2, MK, 2)

Moscow First Vice-Mayor Valery Shantsev on Monday became governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region. At the inauguration ceremony he promised to do everything in his power to improve the life of people. The story describes the ceremony. (3, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4, Trud, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, Gazeta, 5, Noviye Izvestia, 2, MK, 1, 2)

The Moscow Prosecutor' s Office on Monday submitted to court a criminal case on the fire in the hostel of the Moscow Friendship University in November 2003, when 44 students from Asia and Africa were killed. Five economic executives from the University have been accused of violating the fire safety rules. The story details the case. (3, Kommersant, 4, Vremya Novostei 3, Gazeta, 8, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 9, MK, 2)

General Staff of the Armed Forces Chief Yury Baluyevsky on Aug. 5 was awarded with the US highest military decoration for foreign military commanders. The story describes the awarding ceremony, saying what other Soviet and Russian commanders have received similar awards. (4)

The last militant railway nuclear complex will be removed from the combat duty on Aug. 15. The story describes this complex in detail. (4)

The story describes how Russian tanks will be withdrawn from the Russian military base in Batumi, starting tomorrow. (5)

Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin at a regular Monday gvt session presided over by President Putin stated that his ministry has submitted a draft bill allowing Russians to legalize their illegal revenues. This is a kind of amnesty on individuals' incomes. The story comments on Kudrin' s sensational statement. (7, Kommersant, 1, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, Gazeta, 1, 4, MK, 2)

Mikhail Slovbodin, head of the Comprehensive Energy Systems company, on Monday became head of the Russian Communal Systems. The story examines these two Systems, saying that in the future they may merge. (7, Kommersant, 5, 7)

State Duma deputies propose to ban the television advertising of medicines. The story reveals the essence of the proposal, saying that it will be discussed by the State Duma in the fall when it considers (in the second reading) the draft bill on advertising. (8)

Google is considering the possibility to open its technical center with 3, 000 new jobs in St. Petersburg. The story reveals its plan. (8)

The story examines in detail the main events of the musical season in Moscow and St. Petersburg. (10)

KOMMERSANT (9/8/2005)

Russian UN employee Alexander Yakovlev in New York on Monday evening was arrested on charges of bribery during the implementation of the Oil for Food humanitarian program for Iraq. The story gives details. (1)

The Central Election Commission on Monday recommended to the Moscow State Duma and the Moscow City Election Commission that they amend several rules, according to which the elections to the city parliament will be held in December. The story examines the rules recommended to be amended. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Gazeta, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

General Nikolai Pankov, head of the Defense Ministry' s Service for Personnel and Education Work, is expected to quit this post soon due to his appointment to the post of Secretary of State --Deputy Defense Minister. Brief. (2)

Ukraine' s Prime Minister Julia Timoshenko has valuated 50 percent plus one share of the Nikopol ferroalloys plant (NZF) at $500 million. Russian entrepreneurs Viktor Vekselberg and Alexander Abramov promised its owners Viktor Pinchuk to pay $380 million for 73 percent of its shares. The rest of market participants estimate the plant' s price even lower. Timoshenko, nevertheless, hopes to receive the declared price for NZF at a re-privatization auction already before the end of this year. The story reveals her plans. (5)

The Federal Anti- Monopoly Service as a result of its check -up of the Krasnoyarsk Circus company has accused the company and Coca-Cola of violating several articles of the Law concerning competition. The story examines these violations, saying that Coca-Cola has agreed to rework its agreements with local bars and shops. (5)

The German hypermarket operator Globus GmH is a new Western retailer on the Russian market. Experts believe that Globus has arrived in Russia too late. The story says why. (5, 7)

The information technologies and communications sector this year will continue to expand and its revenues will increase by almost one third. This is stated by the preliminary forecast of this sector development up to the end of this year. Brief. (5)

British Gazprom Marketing&Trading Ltd (a subsidiary of Gazprom) has signed an agreement on the first swap delivery of liquefied natural gas to the USA. The brief reveals its essence. (5)

The Moscow Inter-Bank Currency Exchange on Monday launched trading in shares of three subsidiaries of Lipetskenergo and Tambovenergo. These are the first securities of the energy companies that have been created during the current energy reform. (6)

Four foreign investors have agreed to buy 25 percent of shares of the Bank of China, a leading state commercial bank. The deal is valuated at $6 billion. The story assesses its meaning for the Bank of China and for the whole country. (6)

Discovery will probably stay in orbit for another day due to bad weather. The story comments on the decision. (11)

VEDOMOSTI (9/8/2005)

The REN TV television channel founders --Irena Lesnevskaya and her son Dmitry -- would like again to become its co-owners. In July they sold 30 percent of its shares to German media holding RTL Group, and now they are in talks on a purchase of 19 percent of shares of REN TV from Severstal-Group. (A1)

The Krasnoyarsk anti-monopoly authorities have made Coca-Cola give up the signing of exclusive agreements with beverage traders in the region. The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service intends to check Coca-Cola' s relations with retail sellers in the whole country. (A1)

The beating of Russians in Poland and a Pole in Moscow has strained bilateral diplomatic relations, which has not affected trade. But if Russia-Poland relations continue to worsen political problems may cause the economic ones, experts believe. (A1)

The City Court in Lagos decided to release on bail 12 Russian sailors, who since the fall of 2003 have been kept in a Nigerian prison on charges of the oil contraband. The story describes their case. (A1, A4)

The Emergency Situations Ministry will soon extinguish only the most destructive fires. The most part of firefighters will be transferred to special regional services. The story comments on the ministry' s decision, saying that in experts' opinion, mayors and governors are not ready for a crack-down on fires. (A2)

Non-food consumer goods since the start of this year have gone in price by 2. 8 percent, which is three times less than average inflation. The prices of TV sets and radio electronic appliances have fallen. The story comments reports by the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) . (A3)

When opening an affiliate abroad Russian companies will have to pay a social tax for all local employees--even if they have never visited Russia and never intend to receive Russian pensions. This is what state officials are demanding. (A3)

Due to Japan' s Prime Minister Dzjunitiro Kondzumi' s attempts to privatize the country' s post, Japan has remained without its parliament. The early elections, however, may cost the post of the reformer himself. (A3)

In an interview Vladimir Resin, the head of the City Hall' s Department for Urban Planning, Development and Reconstruction, examines the situation on the city construction market, saying what buildings in Moscow he dislikes. He also explains why there are few quality business centers in Moscow, and how sites for large-scale construction are selected in the city. (A7)

VEDOMOSTI. COMPANIES & MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

To extract iron-ore in Russia today is much more profitable than to smelt steel. Thanks to high prices of this raw material, all mining-enriching combines (GOKs) in the first quarter by notches increased their 6-month profits. But, starting July, the situation has changed. (B1)

The Moscow gvt and the Unified Energy Systems company are creating on the parity basis the Moscow Managing Energy Grid Company. Mayor Yury Luzhkov has signed the corresponding decree.

Stillwater Mining Company in the first 6 months of 2005 received $1. 8 million in net loss as against $27. 4 million in net profit by the results of January-June 2004. Brief. (B1)

Lenenergo has bought out 12. 51 percent of its shares from shareholders who voted against the reorganization of the energy company or who did not take part in the voting on this issue. Brief. (B1)

Gazprom from ten foreign companies has received proposals on cooperation within the framework of the project of organizing the deliveries of liquefied natural gas from the Shtokmanovsky gas condensate deposit. This was reported by Gazprom' s press service. Brief. (B1)

The Bank of Moscow will soon lose its monopoly to service temporarily free means of the city budget The Moscow gvt for the first time will conduct a competition among city banks for the right to get this money. The struggle for 30 billion-40 billion rubles promises to be tense. The story focuses on its favourite. (B1)

Korean Kia Motors Corp. has not decided yet where exactly -- in Izhavto or Avtotor-- it will launch an assembly of new Kia Rio and Kia Sportage cars. (B2)

Standard & Poor' s on Monday raised the credit rating of Sibneft. Analysts believe that the company will get only moral satisfaction from it. (B2 )

The world leading financial Citigroup company intends to resume actively to buy up banks on developing markets. The story reveals the company' s plans. (B3)

NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA (9/8/2005)

Chechnya' s First Deputy Prime Minister Ramazan Kadyrov, who now over a week already has been de facto heading the republic is likely to prepare to take up its high post. The story describes the current situation in the republic. (1, 4)

A new political trend has developed this year when a political leader is cultivating his (her) own youth movement. And another trend is the appearance of unauthorized youth movements that have become very active lately. The story offers several concrete examples to illustrate the point. (1, 2)

The Shell company plans to launch in Russia several joint ventures. This was reported by the company' s leadership. Shell is interested in continuing its work in Russia and intends to expand its business, it stated. The story reveals Shell' s plans, saying that its main partner, in the opinion of analysts, will become Gazprom. (1, 3)

The story examines several possible personnel reshuffles in the Defense Ministry that may take place soon. (2)

Gazprom on Monday made public a list of foreign companies that have submitted their technical and commercial proposals on their participation in developing the Shtokmanovsky gas condensate deposit. The story looks at the list. (3)

NOVIYE IZVESTIA (9/8/2005)

The number of federal social benefit-recipients, who refuse to get a social package of free or discount medicines but would like to receive a monetary compensation, is rapidly growing. Thousands of pensioners every day come to district boards of the Pension Fund to submit their applications to receive money. The story gives concrete facts showing what is happening in this sphere in Volgograd. (1, 6)

Russians on Monday celebrated a happy end of the operation to rescue the seven sailors from the mini-submarine " Priz" . And against this background Kamchatka journalists announced that they are preparing an act of protest against the military' s information blockade that accompanied the rescue operation. All the more so, it was journalists who provoked the military to take active urgent measures to save the sailors from the underwater ordeal. The story describes that information blockade. (1, 6)

Only one in every five Russians would prefer the alternative service to the army service. The majority of respondents are willing to serve in the army, despite hazing and the possibility of finding themselves in a hot spot. The story comments on results of an opinion poll taken by VTSIOM recently. (2)

The story describes how the process of creating the Public Chamber is proceeding, saying that its ideologue spin doctor Sergei Markov on Monday denied rumours about his possible appointment as head of this Chamber. (2)

The Center for Macroeconomic Studies " Yunikon" has made public its regular report analyzing the situation with banking accounts and deposits on the basis of last year' s results. The story examines the report, focusing on s lucky euro depositor. (3)

This years' poor harvest of barley and rye will cause soaring beer and vodka prices. The story gives figures to illustrate the point. (3)

The All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTSIOM) last week conducted an opinion poll to see how Russians regard the creation of special economic zones, to which authorities now are paying much attention. The story examines results, saying that 52 percent of respondents voted against such zones. (3)

KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA (9/8/2005)

President Putin will attend the military exercises in the Northern Fleet scheduled for the beginning of the next week. Strategic submarines will take part. Brief. (2)

In a short interview Stanislaav Lavkovsky, Chief Designer of mini-submarines, talks about the fate of the mini-submarine " Priz" .(3)

The mini- submarine " Priz" on Aug. 4 went underwater to the depth of 200 meters to raise the hydroacoustic aerial that was mounted there in the mid-' 80s for eavesdropping on foreign ships (this aerial costs about $1 billion) . Engineer Alexander Nikolayev told KP about the underwater eavesdropping device. (5)

Russia over the 5 years that have passed since the perish of the submarine Kursk has failed to find $1. 5 million to make its own rescuing underwater vehicle like British Scorpio. Where shall we get this money? Seven politicians, State Duma deputies, underwater rescuers and public figures share their viewpoints. (3)

In an interview Rodger Chapman, manager of the British company Romic (Sp. ?) the Scorpio vehicle of which has rescued " Priz" , gives details of the rescue operation. (4)

The story tries to answer the following question -- Will Navy Chief Commander Vladimir Kuroyedov resign after the Priz incident? The focus is on his several failures starting 2002, concluding that his resignation, however, will hardly change the current situation in the Navy due to its miserable budget funds. (4)

Unidentified thieves in a Beslan newly-built school over the weekend stole new computers, a video tape-recorder and many other things that were prepared for the beginning of a new school year Sept. 1. The story gives details. (5)

The story reveals the political essence of Matrosskaya Tishina convict Mikhail Khodorkovsky' s latest article, saying what liberals, communists and social democrats should understand in it. (6)

President Putin in two weeks should nominate his candidate for the post of Altai governor to be confirmed by the Regional Council. And this candidate will most likely be Mikhail Kozlov, the present acting head of the region. (9)

Ten-year Dima Rogachev, a patient at the Russian Children' s Clinical Hospital, a week ago wrote a letter to President Putin asking him to visit the hospital. Adults laughed at Dima' s initiative, but Putin on Sunday unexpectedly arrived at the hospital. The feature story describes the visit that was a real surprise for everybody. (10)

In an interview Alexander Torshin, Chairman of the State Duma Commission on the investigation of the Beslan tragedy, frankly answers the most unpleasant and explosive questions from the KP correspondents, Alexander Kots and Dmitry Steshin, who were witnesses to those tragic events. (16, 17)

MOSKOVSKY KOMSOMOLETS (9/8/2005)

The Third Moscow Festival of domestic films " Moskovskata Premyera" will open on August 26. The news conference in the MK Press Center on Aug. 10 will be devoted to this event. (1)

Ploshchad Slavy (Square of Glory) will appear in the south- east of Moscow. City authorities in this way decided to commemorate the memory of the Victory anniversary jubilee. The story comments on the decision. (1)

As many as 45, 039 kids were born in Moscow in the first six months of this year, and the most popular names among those given to them were Anastasia and Alexander. This was stated by Tatyana Ushakova, a spokeswoman for the City Marriage Registration Service. The story describes the new tendency to give kids unusual names. (1)

The feature story highlights Moscow scientist Yury Tyurin, who has managed to design and made an artificial woman' s leg. Doctors, scientists and disabled patients call his work sensation. (4)