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IZVESTIA (20/9/2005)

Fifteen representatives from the Beslan Mothers' Committee with Susanna Dudiyeva as their head arrived in Moscow late last week at the invitation of highly-regarded sextant Grigory Grabovoi, who has promised to help them forget their tragedy. His followers immediately after the terrorist act in the Beslan school proposed to parents of perished children to resurrect them for 39, 500 rubles (see Izvestia of Nov. 26 and Dec. 24, 2004) . Will Grabovoi now help the Beslan mothers? (1, 8)

Tigran Alikhanov, newly-appointed Rector of the Moscow Conservatoire, in his office room today is expected to give a news conference to reveal a new detail of the conflict between Culture Minister Alexander Sokolov and former Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi. The fact is that the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography during its investigation in the Conservatoire has found " gross violations of the education legislation" . The story examines some of them. (1, 13, 6, Trud, 3)

In an interview new tennis queen Yelena Dementyeva, who has won both of her singles matches in the Fed Cup final in Paris, talks emotionally about her first Fed Cup title. (1, 15, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 8, Trud, 1, 8, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1, 8)

The Moscow City Court on Monday instead of hospitalized Genrikh Padva appointed three lawyers (their names are given) to defend jailed Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The judge most obviously ignored the disagreement on both sides. The story describes Monday' s developments in the court room, saying that Khodorkovsky' s appeal may be considered today. The focus is on the statement by lawyer Anton Drel. (1, 2, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 12, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Gazeta, 10, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 9, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4)

The story reveals federal authorities' plans concerning the nomination of candidates for gubernatorial posts in several regions in the Far East. Presidential envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Konstantin Pulikovsky stated that Chukotka governor Roman Abramovich up to now has not agreed to be reappointed, but Pulikovsky already on Sept. 25 should present a list of candidates to the president. He also stated that he has not given up his idea to nominate oligarch Viktor Vekselberg to the post of head of the united Kamchatka region. (2)

Presidential envoy to the Southern Federal District Dmitry Kozak on Monday named three contenders to the vacant post of President of Kabardino-Balkaria. The story says that the Kremlin has already selected the candidate for the post and his name is State Duma deputy Arsen Kanokov. (2, Kommersant, 1, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 9, Vremya Novostei, 2, Gazeta, 1, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Trud, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4)

President Putin at a gvt session on Monday called on ministers to work out detailed plans with exact deadlines to implement the so-called national projects he announced on Sept. 5. The president himself will control their realization. The story describes the session, focusing on the president' s instructions. (2, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 9, Gazeta, 6, Trud, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 2, MK, 2)

Lithuanian authorities for a period on investigation decided to hide Major Valery Troyanov, whose fighter Su-27 suffered an accident on the territory of Lithuania on Sept. 15. Troyanov is accused of violating the rules of international flights. Prosecutor Mindaugas Duda (Sp. ?) , who questioned Troyanov said that the pilot himself had allegedly asked to hide him. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 6, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Vremya Novostei, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 1, 6, Gazeta, 10, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 9, Zhizn, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

The 6-party negotiations in Beijing on the nuclear problem of North Korea have brought a concrete positive result that many experts and politicians have called a real breakthrough. North Korea has taken the responsibility to refuse from nuclear weapons and to give up its nuclear programs. This is stated in a joint statement signed by the USA, China, both Koreas, Russia and Japan. The story comments on the statement. (1, 3, Kommersant, 9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 8, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1, 5, Gazeta, 7, Trud, 4)

The story examines results of the Sunday parliamentary elections in Germany, saying that they denied a majority to both Schroeder' s outgoing gvt of Social Democrats and Greens and Merkel' s preferred combination of her Christian Democrats and the Free Democrats. Both Schoeder and Merkel now are claiming the right to head the next gvt. (3, Kommersant, 10, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 4, Gazeta, 1, 8, 9, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 8, Trud, 1, 4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, MK, 1, 5)

The State Duma Council today is expected to discuss a proposal to install a new post of S. D. First Vice Speaker and appoint Oleg Morozov, who today is simply Vice-Speaker from United Russia. Yury Volkov, another United Russia functionary will take up the post of Vice Speaker to replace Georgy Boos, who has become governor of the Kaliningrad region. The story examines these personnel reshuffles, focusing on their political meaning. (3, Kommersant, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Vremya Novostei, 4)

Ukraine' s President Viktor Yushchenko on Monday met with former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich, leader of the Party of Regions, to discuss the critical political situation in the republic' s leadership. The story examines results of their negotiations. (3, Kommersant, 10, Vremya Novostei, 5, Gazeta, 6)

In an interview First Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Belousov talks about the current reform in the army, focusing on how a transfer to the contract-basis system is proceeding now. (4)

President Putin' s Order No. 1062 signed on Sept. 10 has introduced amendments to the main normative acts regulating Russia' s military- technical cooperation with foreign countries. The story examines several essential amendments. (5)

The gvt on Monday decided to freeze the petrol prices by administrative methods. Leading domestic oil companies on Monday announced that they would not raise petrol prices up to the end of this year. The story comments on the decision. (1, 9, Kommersant, 1, 14, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 5, Vremya Novostei, 1, 8, Gazeta, 17)

The story examines the current situation on the world and Russian financial markets, focusing on the position of the dollar and the euro. (10 )

The story examines the reconstruction project of Tverskaya Zastava Ploshchad near the Belorussky Railway Terminal, from which the Statue of Maxim Gorky will be removed for a period of reconstruction. (12)

KOMMERSANT (20/9/2005)

Air Force Chief Commander Vladimir Mikhailov, who on Oct. 6 will turn 62, will be appointed head of the newly created Federal Aero-Navigation Service. And his present post will be taken up by fifty-three year-old Colonel-General Anatoly Nogovitsyn. (1, 3)

The State Duma Committee on local government on Monday recommended the S. D. to pass in the second reading Kremlin-initiated amendments to the draft bill concerning the general principles of the organization of local government. The story examines several recommended amendments. (2)

The Dagestani Supreme Court on Monday sentenced 27-year-old Grozny resident Islan Mukayev to 25 years in prison for his participation in the execution of six Interior servicemen in September 1999 near the Dagestani Tukhchar village. The story comments on the court' s verdict. (6)

It became known on Monday that Moscow police had detained Georgian reputed mobster Murman Tvildiani, who is wanted by the Interpol. In Georgia he is accused of abduction. The story details his case. (6)

The criminal case of Svetlana Bakhmina, deputy chief of the Yukos legal department, on Monday was submitted to the Moscow Simonovsly District Court. She is accused of looting. Brief. (6)

The number of hepatitis A patients in Nizhny Novgorod increases by 100 people every day. The local Prosecutor' s Office has filed a criminal case on the fact of the hepatitis A outburst. The overall number of patients in city hospitals has reached 751. (7)

Two Russian human rights activists (their names are given) on Monday were nominated for the international Andrei Sakharov Prize for 2005 that is awarded by the European Parliament for achievements in the struggle for human rights. The story examines the nominees' chances. (8)

The leadership of the Qatar television channel Al-Jazeera has fired its correspondent in Moscow Akram Khuzam (Sp. ?) , who stated that the reason behind his dismissal lies in complaints by head of the Islamic Committee in Russia Geidar Dzhemal. The latter said that many Muslims in Russia were displeased at how the journalist offended Islam and President Putin. (8)

Education and Science Minister Andrei Fursenko on Monday stated that his ministry plans to introduce new rules of enrollment at institutes and universities. The story examines some of them. (8)

The Moltex company on Monday announced that it owns the right for the trade mark " Kopeika" that is being used by a city retailer with the same name. The story describes the conflicting situation, saying what Moltex is doing to uphold its rights. (13)

A two-day OPEC conference opened in Vienna on Monday to decide what to do with oil production in the conditions of the global energy crisis. The brief looks at the cartel' s recommendations made on the first day of the conference. (13)

The 5th Generating Company of the wholesale market of electrical energy (OGK-5) on Monday announced the launching of the program to release non-sponsored global depositary receipts (GDR) jointly with Deutsche Bank. The story examines the project, saying how the Federal Service for Financial Markets has regarded it. (13, 14)

The State Duma Budget Committee on Monday recommended the S. D. to pass the draft budget-2006 in the first reading. Despite all this, deputies made many claims to the gvt' s budget policy. The story examines the main ones. (14)

The Gazprom Management Board on Monday endorsed the company' s budget for this year that envisages additional revenues worth 171 billion rubles. The story examines how this money will be spent. (16)

VEDOMOSTI (20/9/2005)

Domestic oil magnates for the first time since 1999 are willing to freeze the petrol prices. Gvt officials believe that this measure will help them retain inflation within the boundary of 11 percent. Other experts say that the fixation of prices is a small loss and that it suits the oil magnates themselves rather than anyone else. (A1)

After failing to agree upon the purchase of the retail network " Kopeika" , another retailer " Pyatyorochka" may take away the name from its competitor. The Moltex company is contesting the right of Kopeika for its trade mark, and Pyatyorochka is willing to buy out the rights for the trade mark from the plaintiff if the latter wins. (A1)

Before the sale of 51 percent of shares of PSB to Vneshtorgbank, the main owners of the St. Petersburg bank Vladimir Kogan and David Traktovenko registered on their names almost 20 percent of its shares each. And Severstal has sold its package of PSB shares. (A1)

While the head of state promises to one budget workers to increase their salaries by 10, 000 rubles a month, the cabinet of ministers pays to others by 80 kopecks less than it should pay according to the law. The story explains how it happens. (A1, A4)

The Finance Ministry has raised its forecast of the net outflow of capital in 2005 up to $10 billion. In experts' view, the main reason behind the money outflow from Russia is the complexities with its investment inside the country. The story examines some of them. (A3)

The summer industrial growth was not long, and, according to experts' estimates, it fell already in August. After the stagnating oil industry, the machine building sector has also caused lowering industrial indices. The story gives figures to prove the point. (A3)

The International Labour Organization on Monday published a report on the death rate due production traumas that together with professional diseases make 2. 2 million people annually part with their life. (A3)

Rector of the Academy of the National Economy Vladimir Mau reveals the essence of the " turn to the left" and its possibility in Russia. (A4)

In an interview OGK-5 Director-General Anatoly Bushin talks about his company, its investors and plans for the future. (A5)

The story describes how the American Wal-Mart network of supermarkets has reacted to the changes in the American economy. (A7)


A weak victory of Christian Democrats in the elections in Germany has affected the German stock market, the euro and the ruble. Investors say that the lowering of prices of German assets will continue, but the ruble most probably will stand firm. (B1)

Alfa -Group may own a block package of shares of the 3rd large domestic cellular operator --Megafon -- such was a ruling delivered on Monday by the East Caribbean Appeal Court. (B1)

The French BNP Paribas bank and Group Russian Standard have settled the dispute that broke out due to the forged deal to sell a share in the bank Russian Standard to the French bank. . This was stated by Rustan Tariko, owner of Russian Standard. Brief. (B1)

Rosneft intends soon to make a $2 billion syndicated loan (for five years) secured by revenues from export operations. The agreement on the loan was reached several months ago, said a Rosneft source. Brief. (B1)

Sibneft will borrow a 150 million credit from a syndicate of Western banks. This was stated by a source close to the deal. The source stated that the period during which the credit will be released is 3 years and 2 months. Brief. (B1)

In order to buy Sibneft Gazprom intends to borrow up to $12 billion, which is a new record after the credit made by Rosneftegaz that borrowed recently $7. 5 billion, the biggest one in Russia' s history. (B1 )

Chinese Nanjing Automobile Group that in summer bought the British MG Rover automaker has begun to transport its equipment to China. British labour unions fear that the Chinese plans do not include the resumption of making autos under the trade mark MG Rover. (B2)

Polyus on Monday announced a purchase of gold extracting assets in Yakutia. The story examines the deal, saying that it can help Polyus increase its gold extraction by 14 percent and its resources-- by 60 percent. (B2)

AvtoVAZ has agreed to lower prices of some of its auto parts. It was stated by the Public Relations Department of the enterprise. Brief. (B2 )


President Putin after a 2-year interval on Sept. 27 noon will answer people' s questions in a live television link-up. This will be the president' s second talk with people during his second term of office. This grandiose talk-show will be televised live by the first and second channels and Radio Mayak. The story describes how it will be. (1, 3)

Unlike other Russian companies, Alfa- Group has in no way suffered from the political crisis in Ukraine this month. On the contrary, the company has managed to strengthen its positions on the Ukrainian market. Thus, late last week Alfa-Group gained a victory over Norwegian Telenor in the struggle for the Ukrainian telecommunications market. The story examines other successes of this company outside Russia. (1, 3)

The UN jubilee summit on Friday endorsed a concluding document that has caused disappointment in many countries. UN Secretary -General Kofi Annan comments on the document' s main provisions. (2)

The story explains why Western strategic investors are in a hurry to buy shares of the Russian LUKoil company. Investment company Aton analyst Dmitry Lukashov comments on the situation. (3)

State Duma Rodina faction head Sergei Glazyev on Monday announced his party leadership' s intention to apply to the Constitutional Court with the aim of upholding through court the right for the legislative initiative. In his opinion, the parliamentary majority is blocking the consideration of draft bills worked out by members of the Rodina faction. Glazyev cited several figures to illustrate the point. (3 )

A session attended by three ministers (their names are given) was held in Vladivostok on Monday to discuss issues concerning the social and economic development of the Far East. The story examines its decisions, saying that presidential envoy to the Far East Federal District Konstantin Pulikovsky asked Economic Development Minister German Gref to protect the Far-Eastern districts from natural monopolies. (4)


The procedure of obtaining Russian citizenship has been turned into endless corrupt traps, humiliation and bureaucrats' arbitrary rule, which is impossible to tolerate any longer. The story gives concrete facts to illustrate the point, saying that the domestic migration legislation will be seriously amended soon. (1, 7)

Belarussian and Russian human rights activists have compared the situation with the freedom of speech in their countries. It has turned out that if in Belarus the independent press has to be published in foreign printing-houses and subscription to it in local post offices is banned, then in Russia such oppression of independent mass media is observed only in separate regions. The story examines the annual rating of the freedom of the press presented by the organization " Reporters Without Frontiers" . (2)

As many as 960, 000 Russians in all regions took part in the so-called national referendum on its first day that is being sponsored nationwide by the Communist Party. This was stated on Monday by State Duma deputy Ivan Melnikov, First Deputy Chairman of the KPRF Central Committee. The story comments on his statement. (2)

Transaero has announced its upcoming transfer to a winter program of flights. This was stated at Monday' s news conference by Alexander Pleshakov, head of the Transaero Board of Directors. The story focuses on the main specific feature of the upcoming winter season. (3)

According to the Federal State Statistics Service, the production of cars in Russia in January-August 2005 decreased by 7 percent as compared with the same period last year. Brief. (3)

Moscow pharmacies will soon sell wine, but it will be special ecologically pure wine without any chemical additives. This wine will be rather expensive, costing between 800 and 1, 500 rubles. The story describes the project, saying how doctors regard it. (3)

In an interview Stefano Blakhovich, President of the " Produkty Pitaniya" company. talks about the domestic market of semi-ready foods that have become very popular in Russia. (3)


The story features the current political crisis in Ukraine focusing on its main participants. But what is special about it is that the present standoff has no political motivation : the scandal began exclusively due to business infightings and attempts to redivide power and property. The main participants in the conflict are not ideological antipodes but agents of competing Russian and Ukrainian companies. (1, 4)

Visitors of the Moscow Kremlin will soon be able to see what it looked like in different years of its existence. It will be possible to make a virtual tour of all its secret rooms, basements and staircases. The story describes such a tour and its wonderful sights. (1)

Specialists at the Institute " Mosproekt-4" have developed a project of an entertainment underwater center that will be built under the Vodootvodnoi Canal on Bolotnaya Ploshchad. The story examines the project. (1)

Moscow authorities plan to build six new spacious bath-houses with all modern comforts and services. The story describes the project. (1)

Spin doctor Gleb Pavlovsky, who at his time worked for Ukraine' s former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich, now sets new tasks for himself in this republic. In an interview he reveals them in detail. (4)

The elections to Bundestag on Sunday became an ode of European democracy. In an interview highly-regarded German spin doctor Alexandr Rar (Sp. ?) comments on their results. (5)