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Press Review

IZVESTIA (22/9/2005)

he Ukrainian gvt crisis took an unexpected turn on Wednesday when at a news conference former Prime Minister Julia Tymoshenko, by everybody' s surprise, held out her hand of friendship to President Viktor Yushchenko and stated that she would like to work in a team together with him. She also proposed to the president to jointly form a new gvt. The story comments on Julia' s statement. (1, 4 Kommersant, 10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 8, Vremya Novostei, 5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5)

In an exclusive interview Ukraine' s former Prime Minister Julia Tymoshenko emphasizes that she will be a new head of gvt. She also s shares her view on the gvt crisis and on President Viktor Yushechenko' s moves to change the disturbing political and economic situation for the better. (4)

The Rusatommet judicial company on Wednesday made an attempt to prove in court that the state due to illegal loan schemes had lost control over Yukos and Sibneft. Th ruling on this suit may bring down the stock market and bring to naught the assurances of authorities and the president that the results of the privatization would not be revised. The story examines the case, saying that Rusatommet does see any politics in it and only tries to recover the old debts from the state-- $100, 000 for uncleared off bonds. (1, 3, Gazeta, 18, Vremya Novostei, 7)

The story reflects on possible reasons behind the killing of plastic surgeon Yevgeny Laputin in Moscow on Monday. Investigators believe that most obviously it is connected with his surgical practice. (1, 8, Gazeta, 11, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6, MK, 1)

Politicians, journalists and public figures on Wednesday came to bid a hushed farewell to outstanding journalist Yegor Yakovlev, who died on Sunday due to a grave disease. The story describes the farewell ceremony in a mourning hall of the Central Clinical Hospital. Yegor Yakovlev will be buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery. (1, 2, Kommersant, 1, Novaya Gazeta, No. 70, pp. 22, 23, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6, MK, 1, 2)

An objective and unbiased analysis of Russian mass media shows that they more often criticize the gvt and the president than their American colleagues criticize President George W. Bush. This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when he delivered a lecture at Stanford University. Former US Secretary of State George Shultz (Sp. ?) when he introduced Sergei Lavrov to those present highly assessed Russia. The story cites his assessment, focusing on the content of Lavrov' s lecture. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Vremya Novostei, 5)

The number of young people who would like to replace their army service with the alternative civil service has considerably decreased lately. According to estimates by human rights activists from the Coalition for Democratic AGS. about 200 draftees will choose the alternative civil service. The story gives reasons behind the decreased number. (2, Noviye Izvestia, 2)

Afghan veterans at an enlarged session of the Management Board of the Russian Union of Afghan Veterans (RSBA) on Wednesday discussed how to ban the National Bolshevik Party for its propaganda of Hitler and fascism. RSBA leader and State Duma deputy Franz Klintsevich stated that Afghan veterans can apply to the president with this request. The story describes the session, its discussion and its decisions. (2)

State Duma independent deputy economist Oksana Dmitriyeva on the eve of the first reading of the draft budget-2006 told deputies about connections between the budget and the president' s social initiatives. Her analysis shows that the implementation of the president' s social program will cause protests like those after the monetarization of social benefits. The story examines her remarks about the draft budget. (3, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

The State Duma on Wednesday adopted several personnel decisions. The story examines them in detail, focusing on concrete personnel reshuffles. (3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

The suspicions of Lithuanian special services, who believe that Russian pilot of the crashed fighter Su-27 Valery Troyanov could deliberately violate Lithuania' s air space, have reasons. The story looks at factors that have allowed special services to make their conclusions. (3, 6, Kommersant, 11, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Gazeta, 1, 5)

The election commission of the Moscow Universitetsky district believes that it may receive Mikhail Khodorkovsky' s application on his registration as a candidate for the State Duma elections on Friday or Monday The official registration will end on Oct. 4, and therefore, even if the application is submitted next week, the former Yukos head has all chances to be registered. But what might prevent this is the validation of the Meshchansky Court' s verdict, which may happen today. (4, Gazeta, 6, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6)

Chief Sanitary Physician Gennady Onishchenko in Nizhny Novgorod on Wednesday announced the reason behind the outburst of hepatitis A in the city, in which the number of hospitalized as of Sept. 21 morning reached 867. The story examines the announced reason. (4, Kommersant, 8)

The Kaliningraders will be released from paying the state duty--400 rubles-- for receiving the foreign passport. This was stated by Nikolai Petrov, head of the Public Chamber of the Kaliningrad region. Brief. (4, Kommersant, 8)

Exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky on Wednesday evening arrived in Latvia to meet with George W. Bush' s brother Neilom Bush and other shareholders. The brief looks at the reason behind Berezovsky' s meeting with them. (4)

Writer and journalist Vitaly Korotich, former Editor-In-Chief of the then controversial magazine " Ogonyok" , shares his impressions on the state of mass media in Russia today, focusing on their relations with authorities. (6)

The verdict in the case of the killing of a Tajik girl in St. Petersburg in February 2005 will be delivered by the jury. This decision was made on Wednesday by the City Court of St. Petersburg. Brief. (8)

The gvt at a session today is expected to endorse a concept of boosting the aviation industry that envisages a budget allocation of $13 billion in the next 10 years. The sum for the next year is $1 billion. The story examines the concept and its main provisions. (9, Gazeta, 19, Vremya Novostei, 7)

Transportation Minister Igor Levitin in the State Duma on Wednesday appealed to oil products producers with a proposal to freeze prices not only of auto petrol but also of aviation fuel. The story comments on the proposal. (9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 5, Gazeta, 20)

Regions Development Minister Vladimir Yakovlev in the Federation Council on Wednesday told deputies how regions have prepared for this heating season. The story examines his report, focusing on serious reasons, the reporter singled out. (10)

The Economic Development Ministry on Wednesday submitted to the gvt a final reworked variant of the concept of administrative reform for the next 3 years. The story examines this variant. (10, Kommersant, 2)

KOMMERSANT (22/9/2005)

Uzbekistan' s Supreme Court on Wednesday began to listen to evidence given by 15 persons accused of the Andijan riots. They confessed that the uprising was prepared not only in Uzbekistan but also abroad-- in Kyrgyzstan and Russia. The story examines their evidence, focusing on facts including Russia. (1. 9)

The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday made public its regular 6-month forecast of the World Economic Outlook. The story examines the forecast, focusing on its provisions about Russia. (1, 15)

An unprecedented case happened in the gvt administration on Wednesday when its deputy head Mikhail Kopeikin harshly criticized in public Culture Minister Alexander Sokolov, threatening to strip him of his 10 billion ruble branch he controls. But Kopeikin could not do it without a sanction from Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov. The story describes this incident, focusing on a definite conclusion. (4)

President Putin on Wednesday met with acting governor of the Perm region Oleg Chirkunov. The issue discussed at the meeting was a nomination of Chirkunov' s candidacy to the post of head of the united Perm region. The story describes the meeting, focusing on its results. (4)

The State Duma on Wednesday passed (in the second and third readings) the amendment proposed by deputy Mikhail Grishankov (United Russia) on the principles of organization of local government, postponing its validation till Jan. 1, 2009. The story reveals the essence of the amendment. (4)

Chchnya' a Deputy Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov has introduced amendments to the United Russia party list for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for Nov. 27. The list was endorsed at a United Russia party conference held in Gudermes on Wednesday. The story looks at the amended party list. (4)

Al-Jazeera in Moscow has found a new correspondent for its Moscow bureau -- Amr Abdel-Khamid (Sp. ?) , who previously worked in the television company Al-Arabia. The story highlights the new correspondent. (7)

Lieutenant-General Igor Bykov, chief of the Defense Ministry' s Medical Department, on Wednesday announced the launching of a broad-scale anti-AIDS prophylactic program in the Russian army. The story describes the program in detail, focusing on its priority measures. (7)

The State Duma is expected to consider (in the first reading) soon a gvt draft bill that allows the commanders to send his soldier to a detention cell as a punishment. , which before was banned. The story examines this draft. (7)

The festivities devoted to the 625th anniversary of the Kulikovo Battle completed on Krasny Hill outside Tula. The story describes the festivities, participants and invited guests. (8, 22)

Chechnya' s President Alu Alkhanov on Wednesday completed his 4-day visit to the Middle East. The story describes the countries, he visited, negotiations there and their results. (11)

VEDOMOSTI (22/9/2005)

The United Heavy Machinery (OMZ) company that was founded by entrepreneur Kakha Bendukidze is in talks with Gazprombank on its sale. The story examines what Gazprombank will regain from its purchase. (A1)

Valery Khoroshkovsky, a younger partner of Alexander Abramov and Alexander Frolov by Group Evraz, has become an owner of the Ukrainian television channel Inter. The cost of the deal has exceeded $200 million. (A1)

The domestic economy in the next 5 years will grow by 5. 5-6 percent a year. Russians will become richer and trade, construction and realty operations will be on the rise, but the raw material sector and branches competing with exports will grow more slowly. (A1, A4)

Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia) Chairman Boris Titov launched public discussion on internal problems of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) . Titov harshly criticized the activity of RSPP President Arkady Volsky and recommended RSPP to change its policy and leadership. (A2)

Muscovites in the elections to the Moscow City Duma will vote more willingly for Rodina and Communists than for the Union of Right Forces and Yabkoko. This was evidenced by public sociological polls taken in September. The story examines their results, focusing on several conclusions. (A2)

The gvt that has received a backing of the draft budget-2006 in the State Duma has not expected the behaviour of Federation Council deputies, who have failed to support many of the draft budget provisions. The story looks at such provisions. (A3)

Approaching Hurricane Rita that may attack soon Texas and Louisiana has already caused oil prices in the USA soar up to $67. 45 per barrel. Economists expect the hurricane will do damage not only to the oil industry but also to the whole economy of the country. A3)

The gvt in the next 10 years intends to invest in the domestic aviation sector $19. 5 billion, so that by 2015 it could treble the output up to $15. 4 billion. This is envisaged by a new strategy of the development of the aviation industry that will be considered by the gvt today. (A3)

In an interview Russian Railway (RZH) President Vladimir Yakunin talks about his company, its successes, failures and problems, saying with what parties it is maintaining good relations. (A6)

VEDOMOSTI. COMPANIES & MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

Gazprom on Wednesday surprised its investors : its securities in one day went up in price by 12. 4 percent and the company now costs $122. 5 billion. (B1)

TNK-BP on Wednesday announced that it will freeze the retail prices of oil products. They will be fixed at the level of market prices prevailing on the domestic fuel market in September. This is stated in the company' s press release. Brief. (B1)

The Energia Board of Directors has cut almost by four-fold the company' s Management Board-- from 40 down to 11 people. This was stated by Sergei Nedoroslev, a spokesman for the company' s Board of Directors. He said that it was done to raise the level of corporate management. Brief. (B1)

Vladimir Potanin and Miklhail Prokhorov will sell books. Their holding Interros will become a partner of Moscow City Hall and will receive 49 percent of shares of the Moskovsky Dom Knigi company. Interros' s interests in this project will be represented by Prokhorov' s sister Irina that owns the Publishing House " Novoye Literaturnoye Obozreniye" .(B1)

Gazprom is considering the possibility of cooperating in the SPG project with China National Offshore Oil Corporation and Japanese Itochu Corporation. This was stated by Gazprom. Brief. (B1)

The consolidation of Russian companies, foreigners' interest in them and mounting activity by state-run-companies have caused a boom of mergers and absorptions. Thus, in the first six months of this year alone, domestic companies signed deals worth $24. 2 billion, the figure for the whole 2004. (B1)

The bankruptcy of aviation companies has become a tendency already. Thus, the crisis on the avia transportation market has made another two avia giants--American Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines--announce their bankruptcy. (B2)

Japanese Mitsui has become the first foreign company to have received an access to the extraction of Russian coal in the alliance with the local partner. Thus, on Wednesday Mitsui and Evraz Group owning Russian coal and metal assets signed an agreement on the creation of a joint stock company for developing the Denisovskoye coal deposit. (B2)

NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA (22/9/2005)

A scandal is brewing in the Union of Right Forces (SPS) . As stated by SPS Political Council Electoral Policy Secretary Ivan Starikov, the SPS Congress scheduled for Sept. 24 will raise an issue on excluding him and Legislative Initiative Secretary Boris Nadezhdin from the party. The reason is their initiative on nominating Mikhail Khodorkovsky as a candidate to the State Duma. The story comments on the issue, saying how SPS leader Nikita Belykh regards it. (1, 2)

Gazprom Management Board Deputy head Alexander Medvedev on Wednesday officially confirmed at last the fact of the concern' s negotiations on the purchase of the Sibneft company. He stated that the negotiations may complete at the end of this year. The story comments on Medvedev' s statement, saying how experts and market participants regard it. (1, 3)

Preparations for a session of the regional branch of the United Russia party are in full swing in Samara Among those e to be invited to attend it will be deputies from the Samara City Duma, who for over a year already have been split into two irreconcilable camps -- the deputy majority and the minority. They are planned to be united into a single strong party faction. Igor Putin, a cousin of President Putin and a new member of the Samara regional political council, will also try to act as a party peacekeeper. The story describes intrigues around the name of the president' s cousin. (1, 4)

The story describes concrete facts of a forced eviction by court decisions of tenants in Moscow and St. Petersburg from their apartments for their failure to pay the rent. The question is :will such a measure increase the number of protesting electors? (1, 3)

The Audit Chamber with the help of Senators in the Federation Council on Wednesday made another attempt to expand its powers. At their first session after summer vacations Senators decided to submit to the State Duma their own draft bill providing the Audit Chamber with the right to independently consider cases concerning violations in the financial sphere. Sergei Stepashin' s consolidated chamber is not to the liking of all Senators. The story comments on the issue, examining the Senators' draft bill on expanding the powers of the Audit Chamber. (2)

The Unified Energy Systems (UES) holding soon intends to buy from Interros 22. 43 percent of shares of Siloviye Mashiny, and the UES Board of Directors will consider this possible purchase on Oct. 30 The story comments on this purchase, saying what UES will gain from it. (3)

Economic Development Minister German Gref on Wednesday completed his 7-day tour of the Far East, and Irkutsk was his last destination. The story describes his meeting with local top officials, focusing on issues they discussed and decisions they made. (4)

ROSSIISKAYA GAZETA (22/9/2005)

The Moscow Yabloko branch and the Moscow SPS party branch are continuing their negotiations on creating a single alliance for the upcoming elections to the Moscow City Duma. The story examines obstacles on the way of reaching agreement on the issue. The story optimistically says that both party branches will be able to overcome their differences. (2)

Vitaly Tretyakov, Editor-in-Chief of the magazine " Politichesky Klass" (Political Class, offers his analysis of the current political crisis in the Ukraine, focusing on Russia' s stand on it and on how Russia could gain from it. (3)

The norms of the Kyoto Protocol have been added to the rules of game for business. In an interview Yakov Urinson, deputy head of the Management Board of the Unified Energy Systems (UES) holding, talks about how this holding works under the new conditions. (5)

According to the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) , Russian employers as of Sept. 1 owe to their employees 10 billion rubles. One million and a half people in the country, or one in every 20 employees, have been awaiting their wages. The story comments on this information. (5)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov in Bishkek on Wednesday met with Kyrgyzstan' s new leadership and inspected a Russian air base in Kant. The story examines results of his negotiations in Bishkek. (9)

Sergei Karaganov, head of the Editorial Council of the magazine " Russia in Global Politics" , describes a rapidly changing political world today, focusing on how Russia looks like against the background of this changing world from the point of view of its realistic and potential possibilities. (8)

NOVIYE IZVESTIA (22/9/2005)

This September has set a record by the number of road accidents with the participation of children. GAI says that parents ever more often are to blame for such road accidents, since they not only fail to explain traffic rules to their children but they themselves violate them. The State Duma in this connection will consider soon amendments toughening adults' administrative responsibility. Very soon parents will be fined if their children cross the street in undesignated places. The story comments on this painful issue, citing terrible statistics. (1, 6)

In an exclusive interview Ukraines' Acting Foreign Minister Boris Tarasyuk, who tomorrow on Sept. 23 is expected to arrive in Moscow on a working visit, optimistically talks about his upcoming negotiations with his counterpart Sergei Lavrov, saying what he is expecting from them. (1, 4)

Public transport fares in Moscow will be raised soon due to soaring petrol prices. The fares in public mini-buses (Gazels) have been already raised up to 18-20 rubles instead of the previous 10-15 rubles. The story comments on the measure, saying that the tariffs for the public transportation means (including the metro) so far remain unchanged, but soon they will be revised, too. 1, 7)

Highly-regarded producer in the domestic- business Yury Aizenshpis died on Tuesday due to a heart attack at the age of 60. The story describes his artistic career. In the last interview he also mentions s his health problems. (1, 5)