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IZVESTIA (14/9/2005)

Central Bank First Deputy Head Alexei Ulyukayev has revealed revolutionary measures aimed at cracking down on inflation. The story examines these measures, saying that the Central Bank soon will give up its interference in the work of the currency market and will stop to regulate the currency rates with the help of interventions.hat are the possible consequences of all these moves and what do experts think of them? (1, 3, Kommersant, 14, Gazeta, 19, Trud, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, MK, 2)

The 60th jubilee session of the UN General Assembly will open in New York today. In an interview UN Secretary General Kofi Annan sums up results of UN work during this period, saying what is awaiting the United Nations in the foreseeable future. The focus is on the need for global reforms and radical transformation. (1, 4, Kommersant, 9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 11, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7)

Tuesday' s court session on the criminal case of terrorist Nurpashi Kulayev turned out into a scandal: Beslan mothers demanded a resignation of Deputy Prosecutor General Nikolai Shepel. The story examines two main subjects of a long-standing dispute between Beslan mothers and Shepel. (1, 2, Kommersant, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 1, 10, Vremya Novostei, 1, Noviye Izvestia, 6, MK, 1, 3)

The Moscow City Court today is to begin to consider an appeal of former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and of MENATEP former head Platon Lebedev on the verdict delivered by the Meshchansky Court that has sentenced them to nine years in prison. Khodorkovsky intends to take part in the court session, and he has spent several weeks on preparations for it. Platon Lebedev has refused to take part and has even rejected lawyers' services. On Monday the lawyers of Khodorkovsky and Lebedev submitted to court their petition asking it to postpone the consideration of the appeal. (2, Kommersant, 4, Gazeta, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 6, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 10 )

The Chechen Interior Ministry building in Grozny on Tuesday was fired upon, and eight people were injured. The story gives details. (2, Kommersant, 5, Vremya Novostei, 3)

Yury Zapol, one of the founders of the Video International company and also of the whole domestic advertising and television industry, has died of cancer in Moscow at the age of 49. The story features his professional career. (2, Kommersant, 8, Gazeta, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 10)

The newspaper is continuing to publish stories devoted to survived Beslan children. This time the story is devoted to seven-year-old Timur Kumalagov, who a year ago was injured, but a wound on his cheek has not yet healed. (2)

State Duma deputy Andrei Klimov has proposed to the Duma majority to nominate a candidacy of the head of gvt to be confirmed by the president. The deputy' s initiative has turned out to contradict the Constitution. The story comments on the proposal, saying that the amendment will be passed but in a changed form. (3, MK, 2 )

Several regions in Siberia can be left without water if China completes its present large-scale construction project of a water canal close to the source of the Irtysh River. The story examines the project. (1, 3)

Physical Culture and Sport Federal Agency head Vyacheslav Fetisov on Tuesday presented to President Putin a federal program aimed at boosting mass sports in 2006-2015. The president approved it. Brief. (3)

The Savyolovskaya Inter-District Prosecutor' s Office did not see any violation of the legislation in unveiling a monument in Moscow to Hitler' s allies-- the Cossacks and the atamans of the 15th SS corps of cavalrymen. Brief. (3)

Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava has submitted to the Tbilisi Legislative Assembly his proposal to name a street in the city for George W. Bush. The story comments on the proposal. (5, Noviye Izvestia, 1)

Alexander Timofeeyevsky, Editor-in-Chief of the site " GlobalRus. ru, comments on interesting results of an opinion poll posted on his site with answers to the following question -- Whom would you vote for -- Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Vladimir Kvachkov or for a candidate not in prison -- in the by-elections in the Universitetsky District? (6, Gazeta, 3)

Tuesday marked one year since the power system reform was launched in Russia. What has changed since then? Five authoritative politics experts share their viewpoints. (1, 7, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3)

The Moscow City Court on Tuesday delivered a severe verdict in the criminal case of 4 teenagers accused of a killing of 35-year-old female resident of the Moscow Butovo district. . The killing was ordered by a 14-year-old son of the killed woman. The story details their case. (8)

The Moscow Presnensky District Court on Tuesday began to consider a criminal case on former police chief Andrei Semigin and his subordinate Iosif Smereko, who are accused of negligence. According to the version of the Prosecutor' s Office, at their fault city policemen on Sept. 18, 2005 beat to death Alexander Pumane, who was detained in his s car with explosives. The story details the case. (1, 8, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 11, Vremya Novostei, 3, MK, 1, 2)

Rosprirodonadzor on Tuesday ordered Alfa Group head Mikhail Fridman to suspend the construction of a dacha in the elite dacha complex Sosnovka -3. The story comments on the order, saying that former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has received the similar directive. (8, Kommersant, 7)

Over 150 convicts, including Colonel Yury Budanov, in the Dimitrovgrad Prison in the Ulyanovsk region have declared a hunger strike, protesting against the inhuman conditions in the prison. Brief. (8, Kommersant, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 11, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Noviye Izverstia, 6, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 10, MK, 2)

The State Duma pro-presidential faction United Russia on Tuesday discussed the draft budget-2006 and unanimously decided to pass it in the first reading. Labour unions' demands that united Russia on Monday promised to defend will not be met in full. The Rodina faction intends to oppose the budget. The story examines the discussion of the draft in the State Duma on Tuesday. (9, Kommersant, 2 )

Aeroflot on Sept. 15-24 will sell tickets for its own regular flights according to a special (discount) program. Brief. (9)

Ptesident Putin in the New York Museum of Solomon Guttenhime (Sp. ?) in the evening will open a unique exhibition " Russia!" that for the first time in the USA will present about 250 items, including 17th century icons. In an interview artist Mikhail Shemyakin shares his view on the exhibition. (13)

KOMMERSANT (14/9/2005)

The story examines a draft of the presidential decree concerning the privatization of 75 percent of shares of Svyazinvest and the explanatory note and the concept of amendments to the communications law attached to the draft decree. The focus is on the conclusions made on the basis of these documents. (1, 13)

Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov on Tuesday actually acknowledged that the investigators of the Beslan tragedy had made serious mistakes. Ustinov by his order fired several prosecutors. The story comments on his order. (1, 5)

Economic Development Minister German Gref on Tuesday announced that the gvt is considering the possibility of placing 19. 8 percent of its shares in the Far-Eastern Marine Steamship-Line on the London Stock Exchange. This is already the third package After Rosneft and KamAZ) that gvt officials plan to privatize abroad. The story comments on the issue. (1, 14)

The State Duma may restore the post of the second First Vice-Speaker that before was held by Alexander Zhukov, now Deputy Prime Minister. This time deputy Oleg Morozov is expected to be appointed to the post. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3)

The PACE Commission on Political Issues in Paris on Tuesday decided to postpone to January the discussion of reports censuring the crimes of the communist regimes and hailing the heroic deeds of nazism. Both reports had to be discussed at the PACE October session. KPRF leader Gennady Zyuganov, who personally defended Russian communism at the Paris session considers the Commission' s decision as his personal contribution. The story examines the reports and several views on the, (3)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov intends to file in the Constitutional Court another suit contesting the federal legislation. Luzhkov announced his intention at a session of the city gvt on Tuesday when it discussed the work of the " one window services" concerning the simplified procedure of registering re-designs of apartments. Luzhkov harshly criticized the existing Housing Code and stated that he would demand its cancellation, because it' s violating the citizens' constitutional rights. The story comments on the mayor' s remarks. (7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 7)

Nizhny Novgorod doctors on Tuesday announced a large - scale outburst of hepatitis A. Almost 300 city residents have been hospitalized over the recent several days. Its reason has not been determined so far. (7)

The Moscow gvt on Tuesday endorsed a draft of the city program concerning additional measures aimed at improving work with the youth. The story examines the draft. (8)

The story examines a program of President Putin' s visit to New York, where he has arrived to take part in the 60th jubilee session of the UN General Assembly. (9)

Ukraine' s Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled that the draft bill imposing political reform, starting Jan. 1, 2006, was in line with the Constitution. A transfer from the presidential-parliamentary to parliamentary- presidential form of rule in Ukraine will consolidate the role of the parliament and the gvt at the expense of limiting the powers of the president. The story comments on the Court' s ruling(10 )

Gazprom head Alexei Miller in the latest issue of the German magazine " Der Spiegel" made a sensational statement, saying that his concern can sell the controlling stake of its basic bank--Gazprombank. The story comments on his statement, saying how market participants regard it. (13 )

The gvt press service reported that Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov had fired Vasily Kirpichev, Deputy Head of Vneshekonombank. The brief examines the reason. (13)

Evraz Group co-owner Alexander Abramov and Renova Group head Viktor Vekselberg have bought out from the Ukrainian Pridneprovye concern about 10 percent of shares of Ukrainian Marganetsky and Ordzhonikidsky mining-enriching combines. The story examines the deal. (13, 16)

ALROSA and Smolensk Kristall have announced their intention to launch a joint brand for selling jewelries with diamonds in Russia and abroad. The story features this alliance. (13)

VEDOMOSTI (14/9/2005)

The owners of TNK and Sibneft for 3 years had been trying together to manage Slavneft before they decided to part. The partners have divided its oil rather than the company itself or its money. They could be in a hurry, expecting that TNK-BP may obtain another partner on Slavneft, experts admit. (A1)

Group East Line had the right to suspend Rosimushchestvo' s all suits on illegal deals with the passenger terminal Domodedovo, but the company has not done it due to lawyers' inattentiveness. (A1)

The Customs Office has corrected its own norm that did not correspond to the market realities. It has put the customs classification of cellular telephones in line with reality. Dealers now promise to work honestly, and analysts point to a loophole in the new customs rules. (A1)

Ochakovo co-owner and President Alexei Kochetov will never sell his business to foreigners. Way back in 1993 he promised to his staff that time will come and the level of the salary in the company will be higher than in other competitive companies but Orchakovo will always be Russian. . The story examines to what extent the company is strategic and how it answers the national interests. (A1, A4)

The split between Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and former Prime Minister Julia Tymoshenko has become irreversible. Tymoshenko' s supporters in the parliament have refused to support the candidacy of Yuriy Yekhanurov to the post of Prime Minister. Experts say that Tymoshenko can strongly complicate the life of the president and the new gvt. (A2)

Federal television channels in this new season will again host live programs. The story examines several such channels and their new projects. (A2)

The Central Bank before the end of this year intends to cancel an obligatory sale of currency proceeds. This will not affect either exporters nor the currency market, experts believe. But the Central Bank intends to resort to liberalization to justify troubles in its monetary-credit policy. (A3 )

Foreign investors have shared their problems with the gvt. The story examines them all, saying that gvt officials have promised to meet their main wishes in a month. (A3)

Yury Zapol, the founder and President of the Video International company, died of cancer on Tuesday at the age of. The story highlights his person of great talents and rare abilities. (A5)

VEDOMOSTI. COMPANIES & MARKETS SUPPLEMEN

Group Renova and the Evraz shareholders have summed up results of their Ukrainian investments. The story examines them in detail. (B1)

A hit at the auto show in Frankfurt am Main is a new Mercedes S-Class that will be on sale in Russia this fall, but, despite previous statements, it will not be assembled in Russia so far. (B1)

FSFR has allowed the circulation abroad of 6. 85 million ordinary shares of Severstal-Avto or 19. 99 percent of its charter capital. This was reported by FSFR. Brief. (B1)

Gvt officials have no idea how to raise the capitalization of Rosneft before placing its shares. Economic Development Minister German Gref has proposed to estimate whether the consolidation of Rosneft will help sell it at a higher price. (B1)

LUKoil President Vagit Alekperov late this month will visit Lithuania to hold talks with the country' s leadership on the possibility of his company' s participation in obtaining assets of the Mazeikiu Nafta oil concern. Brief. (B1)

Ford intends to sell extremely dearly the world' s largest auto Hertz company. Three private investment funds have offered the auto concern $15 billion for it. (B2)

Group SOK decided to stake on the Chinese automotive industry. The company has announced that it is in talks with four auto producers in China on organizing the assembly of their autos. But experts, as before, do not take Chinese autos seriously. (B2)

The Finnish Stora Enso concern does not want to pay for sanitary certificates on exported timber from the Leningrad region. Russian subsidiaries of Stora Enso have applied to the regional Prosecutor' s Office with a demand to check up the legality of certification. (B2)

Soaring petrol prices make authorities in West-European countries resort to administrative measures in regulating the market. Russian gvt officials do not exclude the use of non-market methods of exerting pressure on oil companies. (B3)

NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA (14/9/2005)

Patriarch Alexy II today is expected to arrive in Baku on a 2-day visit. It is the second visit over the past 4 years by the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church to Moslem Azerbaijan. The story describes the aim and program of the visit. (1, 5)

Transneft Vice President Yevgeny Shkolov, Putin' s intelligence comrade-in-arms, may become a new governor of the Ivanovo region. He is a serious rival of the present governor Vladimir Tikhonov. The story examines their chances to win the gubernatorial elections scheduled for Dec. 4. (1, 4)

Golyam Reza Agazade (Sp. ?) , Iran' s Vice President and Chairman of the Nuclear Energy Organization, visited Moscow on Tuesday when he met with Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Rosatom head Alexander Rumyantsev. In an interview the Iranian guest talks about results of his negotiations, saying that Iran will not give up it nuclear program, and that his country hopes that Moscow will help it. (1, 6)

NOVIYE IZVESTIA (14/9/2005)

A high-profile scandal connected with the closed 18th Moscow International Book Fair has broken out in the domestic book world. Representatives of Russian Moslems, Jewish organizations and human rights activists say that this authoritative book fair that is sponsored by the state presented many publications violating the Criminal Code on stirring up ethnic and religious hatred. The story examines several such publications. (1, 2)

In an interview highly-regarded filmmaker Alexander Mitta talks about his new television serial that he is making for the first time. (1, 5)

The initiative group that has nominated Mikhail Khodorkovsky as a candidate to the State Duma showed a documentary film on Tuesday called " Reaction " that was made near the Meshchansky Court house last spring during the delivery of the verdict in the case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev. The story describes the film. (2)

The Institute of National Strategy headed by spin doctor Stanislav Belkovsky has developed a draft of the new Constitution that can be passed (as its authors hope)in 2008 when a new president is elected. The story examines its main provisions. (2)

Rozalina Ryvkina, a leading research associate at the Institute of the Social and Economic Problems of the Population, on Tuesday presented her report on the position of Jews in Russia today. According to the 2002 census, as many as 233, 000 Jews live in Russia today, including 108, 000-- in Moscow. The story examines the report, focusing on the author' s conclusions. (2)

Central Bank First Deputy Head Alexei Ulyukayev on Tuesday made an optimistic forecast of the growth pace of inflation this year, and, according to his words, it will not exceed 10 percent. Presidential economic adviser Andrei Illarionov immediately rejected this forecast, saying that the figure will be 11 percent. The story comments on both stands. (3)

TRUD (14/9/2005)

The story describes inhuman living conditions of 300 former coal miners and their families in the Krasnitsky settlement in the Tula region. Their mines were closed according to the gvt program of reconstruction of the Moscow region coal basin. (1, 2)

The Moscow gvt intends to partly resolve the problem of traffic jams in the city by imposing air taxi as a means of transportation. The story describes the project. (5)

The story cites figures showing that the number of foreign students in Noscow institutes and universities has considerably decreased. Several reasons are explained. (5)

Two new football stadiums will be built in Moscow in the next several years. One of it will belong to the soccer club " Spartak" (Moscow) , and the construction of the second stadium will be funded by the CSKA leadership. The story examines the projects. (5)

Famed theatrical and cinema actor Kirill Lavrov on Sept. 15 will turn 80. In an interview he talks about his brilliant artistic career, focusing on its beloved roles. (6, Argumenty i Fakty, No. 37, p. 3)

MOSKOVSKY KOMSOMOLETS (14/9/2005)

In another letter to President Putin MK special correspondent Alexander Minkin raises a painful problem of homeless children in Russia, whose number (cited in the letter) has considerably increased lately. The correspondent reported to the president that no one in the gvt does anything to improve their life. The full text of the letter. (1, 5)

The story examines what has changed in the Ukrainian economy since the victory of the orange revolution. The story gives facts and figures to show that life has become more expensive and complicated. (1, 2)

All collections of expensive fur items that will be presented at the October International Fur Festival in Moscow will be given to Moscow orphans in children' s homes and social orphanages after the completion of this exhibition. The story describes this charity act. (1)

How can this year' s grain and vegetable harvest suffer from soaring petrol prices? In an interview Andrei Knorr, a spokesman for the State Duma Agriculture Committee, answers this question. (1, 2)

The State Duma has again raised a painful problem concerning the adoption of Russian children by foreigners. The only person who voted for international adoption was independent deputy Valery Zubov. In an interview he explains his stand on the issue. (2)

OPEC today has turned 45. The story describes its origin, focusing on how its behaviour changed after the breakup of the Soviet Union. Russia is not its member, thought it enjoys the status of an observer, which suits it in the best possible way. (2)