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IZVESTIA (21/9/2005)

The news that 15 women from the Beslan Mothers' Committee went to Moscow over the weekend for help from sextant Grigory Grabovoi, who promised to resurrect their children, has shocked Beslan. Other Committee members, who refused to go to Moscow, believe that authorities should guard relatives of the Beslan tragedy victims from the followers of this sect. , but this is not happening so far. The story comments on the situation, focusing on viewpoints shared by 13 politicians, State Duma deputies, doctors and public figures. (1, 8, 6, 7)

In an interview governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region Valery Shantsev talks about his new job, saying how he intends to boost the economy of the region and to improve the life of its residents. (1, 2)

Famed Julia Ormond (Sp. ? has arrived in Moscow to join the organization " The Transatlantic Partners Against AIDS" . In an interview she talks about the aim of her visit, saying whom she intends to meet in Moscow. (13)

The story comments on the gvt' s decision to freeze the petrol prices up to the end of this year, saying who will lose and who will gain from this temporary measure. (1, 2, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4, Trud, 1, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5)

State Duma Constitutional Legislation Committee head Vladimir Pligin (United Russia faction) on Tuesday characterized the present political system in the country as stable. He stressed that there is no division into the right and left wings in the party and that its upcoming congress in Krasnoyarsk in November is to endorse a single party program to be devoted to the country' s development in the next 10-15 years. The story comments on his statement. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, MK, 2)

The story describes Tuesday' s developments in the Moscow City Court that postponed the consideration of Mikhail Khodorkovsky' s appeal to Sept. 22. (1, 2, Kommersant, 4, Vremya Novostei, 3, Gazeta, 11, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 3)

The gvt crisis in Ukraine has made Ukrainians living and working in Moscow create a public organization " Ridna Ukraina" that will defend labour migrants from this republic They will receive aid immediately upon arrival at Moscow' s Kievsky or Kursky railway terminals. The story examines the aims and tasks of this organization. (2)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov on Tuesday asked L:ithuania to return the fragments of the crashed fighter Su-27 and also to extradite as soon as possible pilot Valery Troyanov. Lithuanian authorities announced that NATO specialists will decipher the black boxes recordings. The story comments on Ivanov' s statement. (2, Kommersant, 11, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 6, Trud, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, MK, 2)

A tragic accident happened in Izhevsk on Sept. 19 when a tenth-grader with serious health problems died at a physical education class. The story gives details. (2, Kommersant, 8, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 6, Gazeta, 10, MK, 2)

The International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent will have a new emblem -- the Red Crystal-- for those countries, in which the symbol of the cross and crescent is unacceptable. The story examines their new emblem. (3)

Simon Wiesenthal, who devoted all his life to hunting Nazi war criminals, died in his sleep in his home in Vienna at the age of 96. The story is devoted to this indefatigable fighter for justice. (3, Kommersant, 11)

Russia, the USA, the European Union and the UN on Tuesday held a session in the UN Headquarters in New York to discuss issues pertaining to Middle East settlement. In an interview European Commission (EC) Supreme Commissar Javier Solana talks about the main moves in settling the situation between Israel and Palestine. He also speaks about the upcoming Russia-EC summit. (3)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov on Tuesday began his working visit to Kyrgyzstaan and Uzbekistan. In Bishkek the minister plans to sign several significant documents. The brief looks at his meetings with leaders in both republics. (3)

Governor of the Kaliningrad region Vladimir Yegorov has resigned before the expiration of the term of his office. This was stated on Tuesday by the newly-elected governor, Georgy Boos, who will take up office next week. The story examines the situation in the region. (4, Kommersant, 4)

Governor of the Ivanovo region Vladimir Tikhonov on Monday met with President Putin to decide his fate. The president most probably will select him for the post of the governor. The story comments on the issue. (4)

An unidentified assailant in Moscow on Tuesday killed highly- regarded plastic surgeon Yevgeny Laputin. The brief gives some details. (4, Kommersant, 5)

Ukraine' s Supreme Rada on Tuesday failed to endorse the candidacy of Yury Yekhanurov to the post of prime minister. The story comments on President Viktor Yushchenko' s harsh reaction. (5, Kommersant, 1, 9)

Alexander Turchinov, former head of the Ukrainian Security Service. , together with former Prime Minister Julia Tymoshenko may present strong competition to Viktor Yushchenko. Turchinov quite recently was a close associate of Yushchenko. In an interview he explains reasons behind their divorce. (5)

An unidentified killer on Tuesday morning made an attempt on the life of Dmitry Yegortsev, First Deputy Head of Nefteyugansk on economic and financial issues, now Acting Mayor of the city. The story gives details. (8, Kommersant, 5)

The US Federal Reserve System on Tuesday for the 11th time in a row raised the dollar rate up to 3. 75 percent. The story comments on this measure, focusing on Russian analysts' opinion that up to the end of this year it will help keep up the dollar-ruble rate at the level of 28. 33-28. 35 rubles. (9)

The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service today will summon its Experts' Council to discuss new facts of indecent advertising -- this time it will concern Vodka Putinka and cigarettes Zolotaya Yava. The story looks at these facts. (9)

The Unified Energy Systems (UES) holding on Tuesday announced its desire to become an owner of a blocking package of shares of the Siloviye Mashiny energy machine-building concern. The story examines how UES explains the need for such a deal. (9, Kommersant, 1, 17)

Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, Information Technologies and Communications Minister Leonid Reiman and several state officials on Tuesday visited Budapest for talks with the Hungarian leadership. The story examines their results, saying that it promised to give Russia the second chance to buy the Malev aviation company. (9. Kommersant, 2)

A cholera patient, who has come to Moscow from Tajikistan, was registered in Tsaritsyno over the weekend. The story comments on the case. (12)

The first Moscow love-parade will take place in the city next May. This was stated on Tuesday by representatives from sex minorities that are ready even through court to work for its holding. In July Mayor Yury Luzhkov came out against such events. Parade supporters stated that they are willing to hold this parade even without authorities' permission. (12)

KOMMERSANT (21/9/2005)

South Ossetia on Tuesday marked the 15th anniversary of its independence. The story describes celebration events that ended with bomb explosions in the center of Tskhinval that left seven people seriously injured. (1, 10)

The State Duma Rules Committee on Thursday is expected to discuss Rodina faction' s proposal on appointing Dmitry Rogozin S. D. Vice-Speaker. The story comments on the issue, saying that United Russia faction deputies on Tuesday did not exclude that the issue will be decided in favour of Rogozin. (2)

The State Duma Culture and Information Policy committees on Tuesday conducted a joint session, at which Culture Minister Alexander Sikolov and Mikhail Shvydkoi, head of the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography, made speeches. They did not mention their tense relations but harshly criticized the gvt that, in their opinion, does not pay enough attention to the problems of the sphere of culture. The story examines their speeches. (2)

Viktor Kruglov, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Irkutsk Region on Tuesday told about results of the Monday meeting in Moscow between the leaders of the Irkutsk region and the Ust-Ordynsky Buryat Autonomous Area with deputy head of the Kremlin administration Vladislav Surkov. According to Kruglov, the Kremlin this time agreed to help both regions unite. The story examines results of the meeting. (4)

Pacific Fleet warships left Vladivostok on Tuesday for the Indian Ocean, where on Oct. 17-19 their s sailors will take part in the Russian-Indian marine exercises INDIRA-2005. The story describes their program. (4)

The Moscow Tverskoi District Court on Tuesday decided to arrest former Director-General of Moskovsky Zavod Kristall Alexander Romanov. The latter is suspected of 220 million ruble swindling. The story details his case. (5)

The North Ossetian Supreme Court on Tuesday resumed the consideration of the criminal case of Beslan terrorist Nurpashi Kulayev. An underage witness was summoned to the court to tell it what he saw in the school sports hall, in which hostages were kept. His story was interesting. (6)

Russian Railways (RZH) is completing to transfer the accounts of all 17 railways under its control to Transkreditbank (TKB) . The last one to do it will be the Oktyabrskaya Railway that, according to RZH' s instructions, should complete the transfer of its accounts from the Baltiisky bank to TKB before Oct. 5. The story examines this financial operation, focusing on its aim. (13, 17)

VEDOMOSTI (21/9/2005)

Interros has found a patron who will help him get rid of the controlling stake of Siloviye Mashiny. Interros will sell the company' s blocking package to the Unified Energy System (UES) holding. The foreign investor--Siemens or General Electric-- will get the same amount. But Oleg Deripaska will get nothing from the deal (A1)

Specialists from Rostransnadzor and Rosprom have found many serious defects in the presidential jet Il-96 that could cause an incident high in the sky. The story looks at some of them. (A1)

Ukraine' s President Viktor Yushchenko suffered the most serious defeat during the whole period of his presidency on Tuesday when the Supreme Rada rejected his candidate --Yury Yekhanurov -- to the post of prime minister. The opposition is demanding from Yushchenko that he share his powers with the parliament. (A1)

The income tax should be paid in the place of residence rather than work. If the experiment to transfer to new rules being conducted now by 4 regions is successful then its authors should be awarded for their contribution to boosting civil society. The story examines how it proceeds in practice. (A1, A4)

President Putin will not be able to extend his presidential duties in case Russia merges with Belarus. The two-party commission to work out a constitutional act of the union state has given up an idea to include the post of the president into the draft. The final say will rest with the leaders of both states, who at a session of the Supreme State Council of Russia and Belarus in November will assess the constitutional act. (A2 )

The Federal Registration Service, starting October, will begin to check up the numbers of parties, and on the basis of results, their number will almost halve-- from 38 down to 20, forecast state officials. (A2)

Oil companies together with retail petrol prices should also freeze the wholesale petrol prices, believes the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) Otherwise independent traders will find themselves on the brink of ruin. Not all oil companies, however, are willing to follow FAS instructions. (A3)

The state can affect the price formation of independent companies. But does the state have the right to interfere in the market, and if yes, then by what methods ? Three authoritative experts share their viewpoints. (A4)

In an interview Porsche President Vendelin Videking (Sp. ?) talks about his company, explaining why it does not take part today in any merges and absorptions like many other companies do today. He also speaks about its investments in Russia. (A5)


British Firthlion Ltd has bought 0. 5 percent of shares of the Hungarian petrochemical combine BorsodChem. Thus, the company' s share in the enterprise has increased up to 5. 11 percent. Firthlion by 76 percent belongs to the Kafijat company that is controlled by the Hungarian Altalanos ErtekForgalmi Bank. Brief. (B1)

Ports have become such a rare asset in Russia that a small Yeisk port on the Sea of Azov may become a point of contention between the Magnitogorsk metals combine and the co-owners of Wimm-Bill-Dann David Yakobashvili and Gavriil Yushvayev. They are going to take part in the privatization of the controlling stake of shares of the port. (B1)

The Rusal aluminum company receives its main profit abroad. Such a conclusion can be made when the accountancy of Rusal Russian plants presented to investors is compared with the accountancy by US GAAP. Oleg Deripaska' s company in Russia earns only 10-20 percent of its profit, the rest is earned by its foreign assets. (B1)

LUKoil on the parity basis owning the oil extracting enterprise Turgai Petroleum with the Canadian PetroKazakhstan intends to use its right of an advantageous buying out of a share in ZAO. The right to buy 50 percent of shares in Turgai Petroleum was received by LUKoil after PetroKazakhstan was sold to Chinese CNPC. Brief. (B1)

Schlumberger before 2007 plans to invest $25 million in the creation of two productions in Tyumen. This was stated by company Director Gleb Ovsyannikov. He said that the new productions will be located on the territory of the Tyumenskiye Motorostroiteli company. Brief. (B1)

Highly-regarded entrepreneur Vitaly Anisimov plans to stage a risky experiment: his company Coalco will build a business-park of 13 buildings in the vicinity of the Moscow Ring Road. Experts doubt that Coalco will be able to find so many leassees for offices located in this part of the city. (B1)

The Selena plant in the Moscow region that in March bought 100 percent of shares of Bashkir Polief at the privatization auction in March has managed to uphold its asset. The story says how. (B2)

Foreign banks will recover a $482 million debt from Yukos. The story examines how it has emerged. (B3)


The Train of Friendship that over two months had been traveling about different cities telling their residents about a new peaceful life in Chechnya came back home on Tuesday. A large group of Chechen dancers and singers headed by the republic' s Prime Minister Sergei Abramov gave concerts in those cities that accorded them a hearty welcome. The story describes the improving situation in Chechnya that is fighting for peace even outside it, which is evidenced by its President Alu Alkhanov' s current visit to Syria. (1, 4)

American NASA on Monday informed the White House of its intention to spend $104 billion in the next 12 years on the construction of spaceships and rockets making possible for people to return to the Moon by 2018. The story examines NASA' s ambitious plans, saying that the USA will do everything in its power not to let China appear on the Moon. (2)

The Federation Council today will open a new political season. The first issue to be considered will the confirmation of duties of new Senators. The story comments on this old issue that is being opposed by Speaker Sergei Mironov. He does not want to see several regional deputies endorsed by their local legislative assemblies as Federation Council Senators. (2)

The State Duma Presidium today will undergo personnel and qualitative changes, but the general number of vice-speakers will remain the same. The story looks at these changes. (2)

In an interview Academic Alexander Chubaryan, head of a group of specialists working on a religious textbook for schools, talks about this work and serious problems. (9)


There is much talk in mass media today about a possible default, and Muscovites are in panic fearing to lose their money like it was in 1998. The story answers the following question -- Are there any grounds for such a panic? --saying that several leading international rating agencies (their names are given) have faith in Russia. (1, 3)

The regional gvt in the Ulyanovsk region has mobilized a large group of active pensioners to crack down on bosses of industrial enterprises and companies that fail to pay out wages on time. Lawyers warn official leaders that such a method of struggle is illegal. ((1, 6)

In an interview famed filmmaker Alexander Sokurov reveals his ideological and moral principles in cinema. He also talks about his new documentary about world famous musician Mstislav Rostropovich and Galina Vishnevskaya, which he is shooting now. (1, 7)

Culture and Mass Communications Minister Alexander Sokolov and members from the State Duma Information Policy Committee on Tuesday agreed to create a working group to draft a new bill concerning mass media. They agreed to pass it in 2007. The story examines various views shared by experts and journalists on the need for drating such a bill. (2)

Moscow tenants by March 1, 2006 should choose a managing company that will deal with housing and utilities issues of their houses. But it may happen so that the majority of Muscovites will not only fail to do it but they will not know that they had such a possibility. The fact is that neither Muscovites nor city authorities are ready today for such a novelty. The story reveals its essence. (3)

The Yury Levada Analytical Center has conducted an opinion poll in 46 regions to see how Russians treat oligarchs. The story presents interesting results. A pie-chart. (3)

The people' s gvt that has been formed by the National-Patriotic Union of Russia presented on Tuesday its own concept of Russia' s social and economic development. The story examines the document' s main provisions. (3)

Nizhny Novgorod authorities up to now have been unable to find sources of hepatitis A, the number of victims of which is approaching now a thousand. The story describes the hepatitis situation in the city, saying why this disease is dangerous. (6)

TRUD (21/9/2005)

Industrial growth in Russia over the first 8 months of this year amounted to only 3. 7 percent as compared with the figure for the same period last year. A year ago this figure was 7, 6 percent. This official information was made public on Tuesday by the Federal Statistics Agency. The story comments on the given figures, focusing on reasons behind this falling tendency. (2)

What will Moscow show during its Moscow Days Festival that opened in Vienna on Tuesday?. The story describes its program and participants. (5)

The story describes the monorail in Moscow that was opened in November 2004. The focus is on why up to now it has not become popular with Muscovites. Two specialists --Moscow metro chief Dmitry Gayev and Moscow Transportation Department deputy head Alexander Kisko share their impressions this monorail. (5)