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Press Review

IZVESTIA (9/9/2005)

A powerful political crisis hit Ukraine on Thursday when President Viktor Yushchenko fired the gvt with Prime Minister Julia Timoshenko as its head. Yushchenko also fired Pyotr Poroshenko, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council. Yury Yekhanurov, 57, head of the Dnepropetrovsk regional administration, has been appointed new prime minister. The story comments on Yushchenko' s measures and their victims. (1, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Sept. 9, pp. 1, 8, Gazeta, Sept. 9, pp. 1, 2, 3, Vrenya Novostei, Sept. 9, pp. 1, 2, MN No. 35, p. 9, Noviye Izvestia, Sept. 9, pp. 1, 2, Trud, Sept. 9, p. 2. Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 5, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Sept. 9, p. 2, MK, Sept. 9, pp. 1, 3)

In an exclusive interview Arkady Volsky, President of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) frankly says what is happening in the union today, focusing on how he envisions its future and on who can replace him. He also talks about the union' s relations with the president and about his attitude to the Khodorkovsky case. (1, 10)

The Defense Ministry on Thursday made public a list of institutes and universities that in 2008 will preserve their military departments. According to the list, sixty-eight out of the 229 civil institutions of higher learning will train contract-basis army officers and traditional reservists. The story examines the list. (1, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, Sept. 9, p. 1. Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Sept. 9, pp. 1, 2, Vremya Novostei, Sept. 9, pp. 1, 3, Gazeta, Sept. 9, p. 6, Noviye Izvestia, Sept. 9, p. 16, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 8, MK, Sept. 9, p. 3)

The story examines results of President Putin' s visit to Germany, focusing on his meetings with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and with his election rival Angela Merkel. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Sept. 9. p. 3, Vremya Novostei, Sept. 9, pp. 1, 2 Gazeta, Sept. 9, pp. 1, 4, MN, No. 35, p. 10 Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Sept. 9, p. 5)

Jailed Colonel (retired) Vladimir Kvachkov, who is suspected of an attempt on the life of UES CEO Anatoly Chubais, may become a rival of Mikhail Khodorkovbsky in the by-elections to the State Duma from Moscow' s 201 Universitetsky District. The story comments on this information, focusing on its source. (1, 3, Kommersant, 3)

Deputy Prosecutor General Vladimir Kolesnikov, who together with his associates is investigating circumstances of the Beslan tragedy, stated on Thursday whom he intends to question. The story comments on his statement. (3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Sept. 9, p. 3)

The Moscow Basmanny District Court on Wednesday declared illegal the decision made by an investigator from the Prosecutor General' s Office, who did not allow lawyer Dmitry Kharitonov to read the case of his client-- Leonid Nevzlin, a major owner of Group Menatep. This is the first ruling on the Yukos case made by the court in convicts' favour. (3)

Russia will deliver to China about 40 military-transportation planes Il-76 and Il-78. This contract was signed during the recent visiting session by the Russian-Chinese Commission' on military and technical cooperation in Sochi. The story examines the contract, costing approximately $1 billion. (3)

The feature story is devoted to Irina Persayeva, whose two sons Soslan and Aslan were seriously injured during the terrorist act in School No. 1. (3)

The majority of Americans, who on Sept. 11, 2001 were inside of the the World Trade Center in New York, managed to survive and even did not need psychological help. This is a unique example in the history of our nation, says Albert Sibert (Sp?) ,author of the book " Lichnost Vyzhivshego " . He worked with those people, who managed to leave the Towers on Sept. 11. In an interview Sivert talks about how Americans managed to survive. (5)

Izvestia television critic Irina Petrovskaya takes a critical eye at how television channels on the anniversary of the Beslan tragedy covered those events. (7)

This week has launched a new political season in Russia, with its specific feature being a prelude to the pre-election season -2006 and 2007. In this context, Izvestia puts the following question to six authoritative politicians -- Does Russia needs special democracy?he focus is on their answers. (7)

Several grave terrorists acts (there places and the number of their victims are given) were committed in Russia six years ago in September of 1999. The story is devoted to the memory of those killed, asking why the survivors of the terrorist acts in Moscow and Volgodonsk are not fighting for their rights as the Beslan Mothers do? (1, 8)

KOMMERSANT (10/9/2005)

The Council of North Ossetia' s parliament on Friday applied to Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov with a complaint against Deputy Prosecutor General Vladimir Kolesnikov, who with his commission is investigating circumstances connected with the Beslan tragedy. The Council has censured Kolesnikov' s hasty conclusions and harsh accusations. The story details the scandal, saying that it has shown that Kolesnikov has failed to fulfill the president' s task. (1, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 4, Trud, Sept. 9, pp. 1, 2)

The story describes the continuing political crisis in Ukraine' s leadership on Friday when President Viktor Yushchenko tried to retain control over it. Resigned Prime Minister Julia Timoshenko in her television speech on Friday evening said that she accused the president' s associates rather than the president himself of her resignation. She let it be known that she will fight for the right to be a symbol of the " orange revolution" . The story features Friday' s developments in political Kiev. (1, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Trud, 1, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, 3, Gazeta, Sept. 9, pp. 1-3, Moskovskaya Pravda, 2, MK, No. 35, p. 9, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 1, 3, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 3)

Ukraine' s National Bank on Friday demanded from commercial banks that they give up artificial speculations and refuse to raise the dollar rate The fact is that after Julia Timoshenko' s resignation the dollar rate in currency exchange centers on Thursday and Friday was considerably upgraded. The story features developments on the Ukrainian financial market on Friday and the National Bank' s possible actions next week. (1, 4)

President Putin on Friday visited the autonomous monastic community of Mount Athos. The feature story describes the visit. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Trud, 1, 4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, MK, Sept. 9, p. 2 )

Tataria' s State Council head Farid Mukhametshin on Friday stated that the republic was withdrawing from the regional association " Big Volga" , because it has begun to duplicate the functions of the Council of Regional Heads under the presidential representative in the Volga Federal District. Its officials believe that Tataria' s withdrawal from Big Volga will accelerate the breakup of this economic association that once had a serious political impact on federal authorities. . The story comments on Tataria' s decision. (2)

Presidential envoy to the Siberian Federal District Anatoly Kvashnin in Irkutsk on Friday announced a resumption of the merger of the Irkutsk region with the Ust-Ordynsky Buryat Autonomous Area. The first attempt in 2004 was a failure. The story comments on Kvashnin' s statement. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Sept. 9, p. 3)

Rosprirodonadzor on Friday began to check-up the Sosnovka-3 dacha in Troitse-Lykovo that belongs to Alfa-Group head Mikhail Fridman. Law-enforcers have found out that one of his structures is located in the water-restricted area, which demands a special resolution by the state ecological expertise. Fridman' s representatives promised to present all necessary documents next week. The story examines the case, focusing on Prirodonadzor' s behaviour. (3)

A methane blast in the Anzhero-Sudzhenskaya mine in Kuzbass late at night on Thursday left four miners dead and another six injured. The story gives details. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

Over 700 crime suspects in the Matrosskaya Tishina pre-trial detention center on Friday protested against the administration' s cruel treatment. Through their relatives and lawyers they reported about their protest to the Moscow Prosecutor' s Office. Brief. (3)

Three Chechens on Friday were detained in Chechnya' s Naursky District. They are suspected of committing terrorist acts in 2003 and 2004. The brief looks at their possible crimes. (3)

Former President Boris Yeltsin, who underwent hip surgery in a Moscow clinical hospital on Thursday is recovering, but doctors say that he will have to say in the hospital for another 2 weeks. Brief. (3, Vremya Novostei, Sept. 9, p. 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Sept. 9, pp. 1, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Sept. 9, p. 6, MK, Sept. 9, p. 1)

UES CEO Anatoly Chubais negatively regards the circulating rumours about a possible participation of jailed Colonel (retired) Vladimir Kvachkov in the by-elections to the State Duma. Brief. (3, Izvesdtia, 1, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3)

US President George W. Bush on Sept. 8 approved an allocation of additional $51. 8 billion for eliminating consequences of Hurricane Katrina. Meanwhile, harsh criticisn of the president is mounting in the USA. His rating has fallen to a record low level. Many Americans view authorities' actions in the emergency situation belated and ineffective. The story looks at the criticism, focusing on the situation in New Orleans. (4, Rossiissskaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Noviye Izvestia, Sept. 9, p. 5, MN, No. 35, pp. 4, 5)

The Congress of Kazakhstan' s ruling party " Otan" on Friday nominated the candidacy of party leader and President of the republic Nursultan Nazarbayev to the post of head of state. Brief. (4)

The Swiss Embassy in Moscow, starting Monday Sept. 12, will impose a new procedure of submitting documents for receiving entry visas to Switzerland. This was stated by the Embassy' s Visa Department. 10:43he brief looks at the new procedure. (4)

French President Jacques Chirac on Friday was discharged from the military hospital in Paris, where he spent a week. The brief looks at his health problem, focusing on doctors' recommendations. (4)

Corporation VSMPO-Avisma decided to contest the duty on its imported magnesium in the US International Trade Affairs Court. The duty was imposed in April by the US Commerce Department on the basis of results of the anti-dumping investigation. The Russian magnesium-producer--the Solikamsk Magnesium Plant (SMP) has no intention so far to sue the US Commerce Department. The story reveals the essence of VSMPO-Avisma' s decision. (5)

Service-77, a leading project on the remote-control trade market that early this year was suspended due to loss making will be restored. The restored service will deal with corporate clients and food catering enterprises rather than with retail buyers. The story examines Service-77 and its activities. (5)

Ulyanovsk regional gvt head Alexander Maier and the Urals Mining-Metals Company (UGMK) on Friday decided to build an electrometals combine in the Volga region. It will smelt steel for the Serov Metals Plant that is part of UGMK. The story examines the project. (5)

The State Duma on Friday applied to Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov with a request to urgently consider an issue concerning lowering the prices of petrol and diesel fuel for agricultural producers for the harvest period. Deputies accused oil monopolies of soaring petrol prices and proposed to Fradkov to make oil companies responsible. Meanwhile, Economic Development Minister German Gref on Friday stated that the reason behind soaring petrol prices was the gvt' s tax policy. (5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Noviye Izvestia, Sept. 9, p. 2s)

The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) on Friday called Sberbank a violator of the legislation on protecting competition on the market of financial services. The point is that Sberbank' s Baikalsky Bank sent out letters to military pensioners with a demand to transfer to it their pension accounts opened in other banks. FAS in reply ordered Sberbank to send letters to those military pensioners notifying them that they should not have to receive their pensions exactly in Sberbank. (5)

Sankt Peterburg Currency Exchange' s inter-banking credit market section on Friday conducted an auction to place temporarily free budget funds of St. Petersburg onto banking deposits in authorized banks. Officials placed 5. 9 billion rubles for open trading s for 28 days. Brief. (6)

The Central Bank (CB) has included Rosselkhozbank and KMB Bank into a list of credit organizations meeting CB' s demands that may be provided with CB credit. Brief. (6)

The Board of Directors of the newspaper Izvestia company on Friday appointed Pyotr Godlevsky Director-General of the newspaper. Before he was Editor-in-Chief of the Telecompany NTV' s foreign broadcasting section. Brief. (6)

The shareholders of the Kuzbassrazrezugol Holding Company and of its subsidiary--Razrez Bachatsky-- on Friday elected a leader of Ugolniye Aktivy (Coal Assets) that was formed on Sept. 5 as a result of their merger. The brief gives his name --Sergei Ryabtsev. (6)

The TNK-BP Board of Directors on Sept. 15 will consider an issue on a possible sale of Udmurtneft, Saratovneftegaz, Omsknefteorgsintez, and Orenburgnefteprodukt. This was reported on Friday by a source close to the company. TNK-BP President Robert Dadly (Sp. ?) confirmed that the company will discuss the sale of a part of its assets. Brief. (6)


Rosneft on Thursday managed to sign an agreement on several leading Western banks that will release it a syndicated $7. 5 billion credit. The company will use this money to pay before the end of this year for 10. 7 percent of shares bought from Gazprom in the summer of this year. . The terms of the credit are kept secret. The story examines the deal. (1, 3)

The Yury Levada Analytical Center has conducted a public opinion poll (in 128 cities in 46 regions) to see how Russians regard army reform and what they expect from it. The story examines results. (2)

The annual international economic forum has opened in Krynica (Poland) , where international experts, gvt officials and businessmen from various countries will discuss problems facing the world today, including boosting the world fuel economic sector. The story reveals several aspects of this problem, focusing on forum participants' proposals. (2)

Federal politicians from the Chkalovsky aerodrome on Monday Sept. 12 will fly to Chechnya. Their trip has been initiated by the President' s administration and Dmitry Kozak, representative in the Southern Federal District. In an interview SPS leader Nikita Belykh talks about the aims of this visit (2)

Russian gas has become a bone of contention between Poland and Germany. On the eve of Russian President Vladimir Putin' s visit to Germany, the Polish press called the agreement signed on Thursday the " Schroeder-Putin Pact" . German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder stressed that the project of the new pipeline is not targeted anyone, and that a third country may join it later. The story examines Poland' s view on the project. (2)

The creation of the state-run realty survey with a deadline being 2011 will provide a collection of property taxes worth 1. 3 trillion rubles. Apart from this, the local budgets are expected to annually receive another 10 billion rubles from payments of various state duties and fees. The draft bill worked out by the Economic Development Ministry that was discussed by the gvt on Thursday envisaged several other things. The story examines them in detail. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2)

Presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko in Sochi on Sept. 7 told journalists that President Putin will soon sign a decree concerning issues on military-technical cooperation with foreign states. It will replace a similar document that was signed on Dec. 1, 2000. The story examines the new document' s main provisions, stressing that the monopoly of Rosoboronexport will remain. (3)

The St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly has postponed to an indefinite time a settlement of the standoff between governor Valentina Matviyenko and the Charter Court of the city. The story reveals the essence of the conflict. (4)

The Belarussian Constitutional Court intends to cancel its own decision that allowed Belarussians to travel abroad without asking for anyone' s permission. Now they will be able to leave their country (even for some time) only having a special stamp in their passports that will cost about $10 a year. The story comments on the novelty. (5)

Authoritative spin doctor Alexander Tsypko presents his analysis of the youth movement Nashi' s role and place in political Russia today, saying why the opposition rejects this movement. (8)


The Finance Ministry has made public the country' s budget policy in 2006-2008. The story offers concrete figures from the document, showing what top officials promise their people. (1, 2)

The State Duma on Friday passed (in the first reading) the draft bill concerning the Banner of Victory. The story examines the draft' s main provisions, saying what KPRF and Rodina factions disliked in the banner. (2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov on Friday visited Yekaterinburg to meet with its administration. He presided over a session to discuss priority issues concerning the social and economic development of the Sverdlovsk region. The story describes the visit. (2)

In an interview Mayor Yury Luzhkov says that the s Muscovites in 2006 and even in 2007 will not pay 100 percent housing and utility costs. The mayor comments on his statement. (3)

UES CEO Anatoly Chubais at the 3rd All-Russian Conference of Hydroenergy specialists in the Samara region on Friday spoke about electrical energy reform, focusing on its first results. The story examines them in detail. (3)

TRUD (10/9/2005)

A founding conference of the Commonwealth of Unrecognized States (called CIS twin) is scheduled for Sept. 14-15 in Moscow. It will be attended by spin doctors, scientists and sociologists. Brief. (1)

President Putin at the end of this month is expected to sign a decree on creating a council aimed at implementing priority national projects that he initiated on Sept. 5. Putin will personally control the council' s work. Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov on his part set the task to his gvt to work out a detailed plan for daily efforts to implement the president' s social projects. The story examines a draft of such a plan that has been already developed by the Kremlin administration. (2)

President Putin on Sept. 5 actually announced new political policy based on a new social trend. The story reveals its essence, focusing on its several concrete aspects (higher wages for doctors and teachers) . (2)

Andranik Migranyan, head of the Learned Council of the CIS Institute, comments on the current situation in Ukraine. (2)

Europe' s largest hotel --Rossiya in Moscow-- will be closed on Jan. 1, 2006 to be pulled down. Its 1, 500 staff do not know whether they will be able to find jobs, and thousand of its guests have no idea where to look for other accommodation. The story examines what Rossiya guests say about this hotel. (3)

State Duma deputy Nikolai Kuryanovich (LDPR faction) on Friday made a proposal to impose a ban on foreign travels by young girls younger than 21 years old and to limit the number of marriages between Russian young girls and foreigners with the aim of preserving the genetic purity of the nation. The story comments on this controversial proposal, saying that hundreds of thousands of young Russian girls have been enticed abroad to become sex slaves. (3)


The Internet has posted a 2-minute animated cartoon starring G-8 presidents. The Antimult Studio in Tolyati prepared it specially for the summer G-8 summit. It had to illustrate Russia' s stand on issues concerning natural environmental protection. The film presents the G-8 heads of state in the images of animals. The story describes who is who. (4)

The Chechen Train of Friendship with 80 dancers, singers and historians arrived in Moscow on Thursday to show their talents in several concerts. After Moscow they will go to St. Petersburg. The story describes the guests. (5)

According to reports from the Moscow Interior Department, seven persons committed suicide on Thursday. The story details all these cases. A commentary by a psychiatrist. (7, MK, 1)

The annual Ecological Festival opened in Moscow' s Kuzminki Park on Saturday Sept. 9. The story examines its program. (7)

According to the Moscow Statistics Service, 40 percent of Muscovites either have their own businesses or head companies. In an interview Maria Vakatova, Communications Director of the KOMKON sociological company, talks about Muscovites' material positions, their dreams and fears. (8)