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IZVESTIA (6/9/2005)

President Putin on Monday came up with initiatives determining a new social policy for the next three years. He announced 100 billion ruble spendings on health care, education and housing. The money to be spent on these measures is already envisaged in the budget-2006. The story examines this new social policy in detail, saying that experts view the planned spendings as reasonable but it will be difficult for authorities to suppress inflation. (1, 2, 6, 7, Kommersant, 1, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Gazeta, 1, 3, Trud, 1, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, 3, MK, 2, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 1)

What will Putin' s new social policy lead to? Sixteen politicians, State Duma deputies, party leaders and public figures share their views. (6)

The Health Ministry in reply to the president' s order to radically change the situation in the sphere of health care has worked out a draft of reform (the ministry has called it the Health Project) . The story examines the draft' s main provisions. (2)

A powerful typhoon Nabi is threatening the Russian Far East. Japanese weather specialists stated that now it' s approaching the south of Sakhalin and the Kurils. Russian specialists, however, said that there is no serious threat to them. The story describes this natural disaster. (1, 8, Noviye Izvestia, 6, Gazeta, 8, MK, 5)

Seeking a successor of President Putin will be a major task of the political elite in this and the next political season. The story reveals the essence of this task that was announced at a session of the National Strategy Council on Monday. (3)

The danger of a terrorist act with the use of mass destruction weapons does exist. This was stated by Nikolai Spassky, Deputy Secretary of the Security Council, at a Moscow conference on Monday that discussed issues concerning international security. The story comments on his statement. (1, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3)

The initiative group backing the candidacy of Mikhail Khodorkovsky for the State Duma elections officially on Monday the beginning of the election campaign of its nominee. The group stated that Khodorkovsky as a deputy suits both the parliament and the president. In case of a failure or a registration denial the group plans to hold the " people' s (narodniye) elections" of Khodorkovsky. (3, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 4, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Gazeta, 5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 2)

President Putin on Monday signed a decree on awarding Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov with the Order " For Contribution to the Fatherland" of the second rank. . Besides that two actors and a composer also received orders. Brief. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 9, Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1, MK, 2)

The USA has agreed to accept Russia' s aid for those who have suffered from Hurricane Katrina. This was stated on Monday by Viktor Beltsov, aide to Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu. Brief. (3, Vremya Novostei, 2)

Newly-appointed Navy Chief Commander Vladimir Masorin at a news conference on Monday told journalists about his priorities. The story examines them in detail. (4, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 7, Vremya Novostei, 1, Gazeta, 4, Trud, 3)

The appointment of Admiral Vladimir Masorin Navy Chief Commander will cause several personnel reshuffles in the Navy. The story examines the major possible ones. (4, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1)

State Duma deputy Alexander Khinshtein at a news conference on Monday made new accusations against former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov. The story examines them in detail. (8, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 9, Gazeta, 5, Trud, 3)

A group of prosecutors headed by Deputy Prosecutor General Vladimir Kolesnikov on Monday arrived in North Ossetia to conduct an additional investigate into the Beslan tragedy. They will do it by President Putin' s order. The story examines their tasks. (1, 8, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1, 3, MK, 2)

The plane Su-33 during the military exercises in the North Atlantics on Monday suffered an accident. Pilot Yury Korneyev was not hurt. The story gives details. (8, Kommersant, 1, 3, Gazeta, 9)

Kazakhstan' s authorities have extradited to Russia 27-year-old rebel Ruslan Chagilov, who was arrested in June. He was a member of a band commanded by Arab mercenary Abu-Umar, the ringleader of the Yarmuk jamaat. The story details Chagilov' s criminal case. (8, Gazeta, 9)

The slowing growth of the US economy due to Hurricane Katrina will make the American Central Bank suspend to raise the bank rate. This will abolish the main factor supporting the dollar rate over the recent months. Experts do not exclude that the dollar by the end of this year will go down in price to the level, from which the American currency early this year began to rise. (9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7)

The Council of Ministers of the Russia-Belarus union state in Minsk today is expected to conduct a session to discuss the implementation of union programs and the fulfillment of the budget. The story examines what programs have already been put into effect. (10)

Fuel prices due to the energy crisis are soaring not only in the USA and Europe but in Moscow as well. The story gives figures to illustrate the point. (10)

The Moscow Ochakovo brewery making alcohol-free beer on Monday began to produce another low-alcohol cocktail. The story describes the presentation ceremony, saying what place this cocktail will occupy on the domestic market. (11)

Officers from the Baltic customs and FSB Board for St. Petersburg and Leningrad region on Monday confiscated a batch of contraband cellular telephones worth 600, 000 euros. The story details the operation. (11)

The 18th Moscow International Book Fair will open in the National Exhibition Center(former VDNKHA) .The story features this event, focusing on its participants, whose number has reached 3, 000. (13 )

The conflict between Mikhail Shvydkoi, head of the Federal Agency for culture and Cinematography, and Culture Minister Alexander Sokolov is over. The story describes their reconciliation. (1, 14, Kommersant, 14, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1) , Gazeta, 1, 3

KOMMERSANT (6/9/2005)

The " Sankt. Peterburg" bank is expected soon to announce sensational changes in the structure of its shareholders. The Banking House " Sankt-Peterburg" is completing a deal to sell a big package of shares of this bank to Sergei Matviyenko, son of the St. Petersburg governor. As a result, he will become a major shareholder of the bank, on the basis of which, in the opinion of local bankers, a city municipal bank will be created. . The story comments on the deal. (1, 5)

The Moscow Kuntsevsky District Court on Monday made a sensational ruling -- to freeze the property of governor of the Ryazan region Georgy Shpak. The story details the case. (1, 3)

Authorities in the Moscow region on Monday summed up results of the Sunday elections in more than 300 new municipalities. Representatives from seven democratic parties that created a pre-election coalition stated that they view the election results as positive, and that they hope to spread this experience to the December elections to the Moscow City Duma. The story examines, focusing on United Russia' s victory. (4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov at a closed-door city gvt session on Monday ordered to annul the payment for a forceful evacuation of illegally parked autos. The story comments on the mayor' s instruction, focusing on other issues discussed at the session. (4)

A sensational deal is expected to be struck on the Ukrainian telecommunications market: Swedish Tele2 telecommunication holding for $250 million is buying the Ukrainian Radiosystems cellular company, for which Russian Alfa-Group has been fighting with Norwegian Telenor for six months already. The story examines the deal. (5)

The Post Office administration in Tatarstan on Monday voiced its protest against authorities' decision to independently privatize the republic' s post enterprise " Tatarstan Pochtasy" . The story describes the conflict, saying how the Federal Communications Agency (Rossvyaz) has reacted. (5)

The Board of Directors of the Unified Energy Systems (UES) holding has made an unprecedented decision to sell Taimyrenergo, 97 percent of generated electricity of which is being supplied to Norilsk Nickel. The story comments on the decision. (6)

The leading domestic agroindustrial holding " Rusagro" decided to quit its grain business. Today the company will officially announce a sale of two elevators to the Cargill Yug company, . the Russian subsidiary of the American Cargill agroholding. The story comments on Rusagro' s decision. (7)

The heads of Gazprom, E. ON and BASF -- Alexei Miller, Wulf Bernotat (Sp. ?) and Jurgen Hambrecht (Sp. ?) -- on Thursday will sign an agreement concerning the conditions of the construction of the North- European gas pipeline. The story examines the document' s main provisions. (7, Vremya Novostei, 8)

State Duma deputy Alexander Lebedev (United Russia faction) , co-owner of the Ilyushin Finans Co (IFK) company, is willing to give up his deputy mandate to save his company from the crisis. He intends to officially announce it today. Lebedev wants to support the IFK leadership and to share the responsibility with it. The story reveals the essence of Lebedev' s decision. (7)

Ukraine' s former Secretary of State Alexander Zinchenko, who resigned on Sept. 3, held a news conference on Monday to explain to journalists reasons behind his move. Zinchenko accused several close associates of President Viktor Yushchenko of corruption. The story comments on Zinchenko' s statements. (9, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 8, Vremya Novostei, 5, Gazeta, 5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5)

The European Union -China summit took place in Beijing on Monday The story describes the event, its participants and issues they discussed. (9)

President Putin in the Kremlin on Monday received Kyrgyzstan' s President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. The story examines results of their negotiations. (10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Krasnaya Zvesda, 3)

VEDOMOSTI (6/9/2005)

Authorities know how to suspend the growth of petrol prices. With this aim in view, they want to take away from oil companies all 100 percent extra revenues from oil export. Some companies, LUKoil among them, believe that this measure will help. (A1)

The site " GM-AvtoVAZ" once in six months posts an order on revising wages due to soaring inflation. This rule should be observed by all employers, says the Labour Code. But in reality, they fail to do it. (A1 )

State Duma deputy Alexander Khinshtein has made new accusations against former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov. Khinshtein told journalists about them at a news conference on Monday. (A1)

The story examines results of the municipal elections that took place in the Moscow region on Sunday. The story examines municipalities' serious problems. (A2)

Ukraine' s State Secretary Alexander Zinchenko late last week resigned and two days after accused several persons in the president' s entourage of corruption. Experts and Ukrainian politicians are sure that Zinchenko' s resignation will lead to serious reshuffles in the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. (A2)

President Putin on Monday reported how he plans to spend an additional 115 billion rubles envisaged in the budget-2006. The money will be spent on health care, education and on the mortgage crediting system. (A3)

The European Commission has harshly criticized France' s plans to close the strategic branches of its national economy from foreign investors. (A3)

The European Union and China have settled at last a long-lasting dispute over Chinese textile deliveries to the European market. Brussels will tell Beijing soon what should be done to get the status of the country with the market-oriented economy. (A3)

Governor of the Kemerovo region Aman Tuleyev presents his proposals on what policy Russia should pursued toward the regions in order to double the gross domestic product and to receive an effective competitive economy. (A4)

In an interview Stroi-Montazh-M Director-General Alexei Shepel, head of the Management Board of the SHolding corporation, talks about his company' s role and place on the Moscow realty market. (A5)


A company with a market cost of over $100 billion has appeared in Russia for the first time, and it is Gazprom, the shares of which after announcing plans to place its securities on the New York Stock Exchange went up in price by 4. 5 percent. (B1)

The minorities of Pikra are demanding to revise several deals of the brewery with the Baltic Beverages Holding and Baltika, according to which, they have received all the rights to possess the property complex and the trade marks of the Krasnoyarsk plant. (B1)

Gazprombank is continuing to struggle for control over Mosenergo. Thus, it has proposed to UES to give it Mosenergo shares in exchange for the bank' s energy assets in Moscow. Gazprombank has even asked Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov to support this idea. (B1)

The J. P. Morgan Investment Management fund has increased its package in the Mechel company up to 1. 62 percent, having bought out ADRs in the second on $2. 56 million of shares of the company. Brief. (B1)

Izhavto hopes to receive $200 million in net profit from the project to make KIA Spectra at its facilities. The profit is envisaged for the whole period of the project--up to 2009. Brief. (B1)

The department investigating tax crimes in the Interior Service of the Tomsk region has instituted criminal proceedings on the fact of evading taxes by Benodet Investments, a Cypriot subsidiary of Russneft. Brief. (B1)

Alexander Lebedev, the founder of the National Reserve Corporation, decided to give up politics. Today he is expected to announce that he is willing to quit his post as State Duma deputy in order to concentrate on resolving problems of Ilyushin Finans. (B2)

Gazprom has selected partners at last, who will help it implement an ambitious expert project to build the North-European gas pipeline from Vyborg to Germany. On Thursday the concern will sign an agreement with German BASF and E. ON Ruhrgas on the construction of the gas pipeline on the bottom of the Baltic Sea. (B3)


Ever new people are being invited to work in the Public Chamber. In an interview one of them Alexei Chadayev, Editor of the politics section of the web-site of " Russky Zhurnal" , says who has invited him to work in the Chamber, and how he regards the proposal. (1, 10)

Uzbekistan' s President Islam Karimov is willing to pay out $100 million-$130 million to the USA for a withdrawal of its military base from Khanabad. The story examines how the Pentagon has resolved this problem. (1, 5)

The Bolshoi Theater on Sept. 10 will open its new season without its main stage. In an interview its Director Anatoly Iksakov talks about the theater' s new problems connected with its major renovation project and plans for the new season. (1, 6)

The Levada Sociological Center late in August conducted several opinion polls to see how Russians assess the activity and authority of main political and social institutions and power bodies. The story examines interesting results, focusing on conclusions. (10)

The Moscow City Duma election campaign has started three days earlier than expected. The story examines political parties that have nominated their candidates, focusing on their chances and on the chances of their opponents. (2)

Oleg Belozerov, head of the Federal Road Agency (Rosavtodor) , at a news conference on Monday stated that about 60 percent of federal and up to 80 percent of regional roads do not meet the official standards. The story comments on this statement. (3 )


The passenger jet Boeing in Indonesia on Monday morning suffered a crash that left all its 112 passengers and 5 members of the crew dead. It' s the third crash of Boeing over the past month, and despite all this, Russian air companies prefer to buy used foreign planes instead of the domestic plane Il-96-300. , the flights of which have been prohibited. The story examines this problem. (1, 6, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 10)

Meat and milk may soon go up in price due to a new disaster (after bird flu) -- the foot-and- mouth disease that has hit cows in several regions. The story describes the disturbing situation, citing statistic from the Emergency Situations Ministry. (1, 3 )

In an interview Palestine' s Foreign Minister Naser al-Kudva (Sp. ?) ,who last week visited Moscow, shares his good impressions from what he saw in it. He also talks

about the situation in Palestine after the evacuation of Jews from Gaza, focusing on Russia' s role in the political affairs in the Middle East. 1, 4)

President Putin has signed a decree concerning the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers from Sierra Leone in connection with the completion of the UN mission in this African country. The story reveals the content of the document. (4)

The Ulyanovsk visit of 13th world chess champion Garry Kasparov, leader of the inter-regional public movement defending the democratic freedoms " Unified Civil Front" over the weekend ended in a scandal. The story gives details. (2)

Russian regions in 2006-2008 will receive $200 million from the World Bank for Reconstruction and Development for reforming their housing -utility sectors. This was stated by Leonid Chernyshov, a spokesman for the Regional Development Ministry. The story comments on his statement. (3)

The number of criminal cases this year connected with laundering illegal money and funding terrorism has increased five-fold as compared with the figure for the same period last year. The volume of illegal financial deals has trebled. This was stated by Viktor Zubkov, head of the Federal Service for Financial Monitoring The story gives several concrete cases. (3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4)

An American military base may appear in Turkmenia soon. Soldiers, officers, military machines and the serving staff will be transferred to the former Soviet strategic aerodrome Mary-2 there from the military aerodrome Khanabad in Usbekistan. The story describes it will all proceed. (4. Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 5)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov over the weekend resumed a debate about a re-distribution of federal and municipal cultural monuments. The mayor at the ceremony of awarding the sign " The Honorary Citizen of the City" unexpectedly stated that the Tretyakov Picture Gallery had been presented to the city, and, therefore, from the federal property fund should be returned to the city. The story reveals the essence of Luzhkov' s statement. (5)

An unprecedented Chernobyl Forum will open in Vienna today. It will be attended by experts from 8 international organizations functioning under the UN aegis and also by gvt officials from Belarus, Ukraine and Russia. UN experts on the eve of this forum made public their controversial report that asserts that the negative consequences of the Chernobyl catastrophe have been strongly exaggerated. The examines the report. (6)


The Moscow Emergency Services in two months will mark its 10th anniversary. In an interview Irina Rukina, leader of the Party of Life faction in the Moscow City Duma, talks about this service, saying how her faction helps it. (4)

A dangerous disease--tulyaremiya (?) -- has hit the Shatura district in the Moscow region, in which 53 residents have been hospitalized. Epidemiological specialist Nadezhda Rossoshanskaya comments on the situation. (11)

The banking bureaux of credit histories (BKI) should have begun functioning on Sept. 1, according to the federal law. This, however, has not happened. The story says why. Pavel Medvedev, Deputy Head of the State Duma Crediting Organizations Committee, comments on the situation. (13)

The National Aero-Club of Russia headed by Pilot - Cosmonaut Igor Volk is designing a 4-seat passenger plane that will fly in the Moscow skies. In an interview Igor Volk talks about this wonder-plane. (1, 25)