N O. 92 (924) T UE SD AY, D E CE M B E R 2 , 2003 W W W. S P T I ME S RU S S I A . C O M CENTRAL BANK RATE City Reaches Candidates Hit Vershbow Cites Out to Investors Campaign Trail Piracy as Hurdle Governor’s envoy Brodsky Voters get speeches, vague U.S. diplomat says pirates unveils city plans, Page 5. pledges. Pages 11, 12. smother progress, Page 9. Liberal Candidates Suffer ‘Administrative’ Pressures By Vladimir Kovalev getting rid of the so-called “administra- United Russia party.” tors to place campaigning information thing and his minority is targeted by the STAFF WRITER tive resource,” saying that the success of Golov quoted a report written Nov. only for the State Duma candidate authorities,” Golov said Monday. Irina Khakamada, Union of Right the economically liberal and pro-civil 28 by his campaign assistants, who were Shevelyov, Alexander Vladimirovich,” “There is open interference by use Forces co-leader and a candidate in the rights parties depends directly on how refused permission to place advertise- said an official report signed by Irina of administrative resources in district St. Petersburg electoral district No. 209, big the turnout is. ments in Primorsky District school No. Pakoshova and Mikhail Deryabin, who No. 210,” he said. “All the schools and and Anatoly Golov, Yabloko’s candi- Opinion polls have predicted the 41 located at 1/3 Ulitsa Marshala visited the school Friday. polyclinics are covered with campaign date in the No. 210 district, on Monday city will have one of the lowest turnouts Novikova. Shevelyov is the United Russia can- materials in Shevelyov’s favor.” complained they face serious adminis- in the country. “The school No. 41 director ex- didate in District No. 210. Khakamada was similarly critical of trative pressure in the election cam- “We are not able to place [campaign plained her refusal to place campaign Neither the school nor the District unequal treatment by organizations un- paign. materials] in any organizations with materials by the fact that she, along Education Department could be der state control. Speaking at a news conference at budgetary financing,” Golov said. with directors of other schools, had reached for comment Monday. “I faced gibberish of some sort the the ABN news agency, Golov and “They have orders from authorities not signed a document [issued by] Pri- “A significant number of our citi- other day when [state-owned television Khakamada urged St. Petersburg resi- to accept advertisements except those morsky District Education Ministry zens are not going to vote, making it channel] Rossia broadcast a report of dents to vote Sunday to assist society in from candidates running with the Department that obliges schools’ direc- possible for minority to decide every- See LIBERALS, Page 2 Police Shun Raped Foreigner By Alina Ledovaya SPECIAL TO THE ST. PETERSBURG TIMES A foreign woman who was raped in St. Petersburg says going to the local police for help was a humiliating ordeal and only added insult to injury. Sasha, who was willing to be identi- fied, but whose name has been changed on the advice of her lawyer, said that at the beginning of November after a night out with friends a man attacked her on the staircase to her St. Peters- burg apartment. He threatened to dis- figure her if she resisted or made any sound, and then had sex with her. After the attack, she ran downstairs and called for help. The neighbors caught her alleged attacker almost im- mediately and called the police. “When the police had him in their custody I thought that everything was over, that he would be punished,” said Sasha, a citizen of a European Union member country, who has lived in the city for 2 1/2 years and speaks good SERGEY GRACHEV/SPT Russian. Some other matters relevant Activists marking World Aids Day in St. Isaac’s Square on Monday. The group, waving placards saying “The Right to Life” was demanding affordable HIV medication. to her case have not been mentioned in this report on the advice of her lawyer. St. Petersburg Has One of Highest HIV Infection Rates However, despite all the evidence – the alleged attacker, his victim, wit- nesses and fresh evidence of the assault – it was not enough for the police. By Irina Titova fected through sexual contact. In 1999 sharing infected equipment; these peo- Baltic States, Russia and Ukraine. In The police press service denied all STAFF WRITER the city registered only 440 new cases. ple are relatively isolated from the ma- Central Asia, the epidemic is expanding Sasha’s allegations, saying they could Four hundred out of every 100,000 St. However, in 2000 the city’s infection jority of the population. Heterosexual rapidly, the report said. not be true. The service said Sasha had Petersburg residents are HIV-positive, rate grew by seven times due to the in- transmission on the other hand, espe- These are the worst-affected areas, been in a state of shock when she had says Aza Rakhmanova, head of St. Pe- creased of abuse of drugs in the city, cially if sex workers are infected, can See HIV, Page 2 See SASHA, Page 2 tersburg center for HIV-positive moth- and made 5,417 new cases. In 2001 the expose more of the population to HIV ers and children. number of new cases was 22 times that risks. This puts St. Petersburg into the five of 1999 to 10,119 people. Rakhmanova said St. Petersburg is administrative regions with the gloomi- However, last year the number of characterized by a big number of HIV- est statistics, Interfax reported her say- new cases nearly halved to 5,037 and positive pregnant women. ing Monday. the trend for a lower number of new Within the whole period of registra- According to the latest data of St. cases has continued this year with only tion more than 1,000 children were Petersburg AIDS Prevention Center, 1,949 recorded in the firsts nine months. born from HIV-positive mothers, she the city has recorded 20,873 cases of However, a worrying tendency is said. HIV since 1987. that heterosexual transmission is ac- “Of course, not all of those children “Most of the infected are young counting for an ever greater number of will be infected, only a third of them,” people,” Rakhvanova said. new cases. Last year heterosexual trans- Rakhmanova said. More than half of those infected are mission accounted for only 5 percent of Meanwhile, a recent UNAIDS re- aged 20 to 40, with one fifth of those in- new cases but they accounted for 11.7 port on Russia put the country high in fected aged from 15 to 18. percent of new cases in the first six the list of AIDS spreading next to Cen- Until 1999 St. Petersburg registered months of this year. tral Asia and some other countries of about 100 new cases of HIV-positive While much of the initial spread was Eastern Europe. people every year, most of who were in- confined to intravenous drug users HIV infections continue to rise in the 2 y Tuesday, December 2, 2003 N E W S The St. Petersburg Times LIBERALS HIV Continued from page 1 Continued from page 1 [State Duma Speaker Gennady] Se- but HIV continues to spread in Belarus, leznyov [candidate in the district No. 209] Moldova and Kazakhstan, while more licking a machine tool when visiting some recent epidemics are now evident in factory,” she said. “The workers and di- Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. rectors were saying how good he is.” It is now estimated that around 1 “If I were to want to visit a factory, I million people aged 15-49 are living would be lucky if they even let me in, with HIV in Russia (although various not to mention meeting any directors; estimates put the figure at between they would all be hiding,” she said. 600,000 and 1.5 million), according to Khakamada said she had tried sev- the World Health Organization. eral times to set up debates with Se- One survey in Russia found fewer leznyov, but he was repeatedly unavail- than half of teenagers aged 16 to 20 use able and could not be even reached per- condoms when having sex with casual sonally to hear her proposal. partners. The percentage of sex workers The City Court declined Khaka- reporting consistent condom use has sel- mada’s appeal to strike Seleznyov’s reg- dom topped 50 percent, while, among in- istration as a candidates on grounds jecting drug users, fewer than 20 percent that he had abused administrative re- on average report consistent condom use. sources, Interfax reported Monday. By some estimates, there could be as During the current election cam- many as 3 million injecting drug users in paign, the court has heard three com- Russia. plaints in total but ruled that only one Most of these drug users are male candidate is to be struck from the list of and many are very young in St. Peters- city candidates, Interfax quoted Dmitry burg, studies found that 30 percent of Krasnyansky, deputy head of the City them were under 19 years of age, while, Election Commission, as saying Friday. in Ukraine, 20 percent were still in their “The court made its ruling only for ALEXANDER BELENKY/SPT teens. A survey of Moscow youth aged Irina Rodnina’s complaint to remove SPS co-leader and Duma candidate Irina Khakamada sharing a laugh with journalists at her news conference on Monday. 15-18 found that 12 percent of males the registration of Alexander Morozov, Monday was the last day a candidate paign materials stolen, she said. “It was always the case that the had injected drugs. [a candidate in District No. 207],” could be taken off the list by court deci- “The woman received concussion speaker was representative of a major- By the end of 2002, a cumulative to- Krasnyansky said. “Competitors ap- sion, according to the federal election law. and her cell phone was broken apart by ity or a candidate approved by the party tal of 229,000 people had been officially peals to remove current deputies Ok- The media is not allowed to publish two guys who were screaming that she of power,” Khakamada said. “That was diagnosed with HIV. Almost a quarter sana Dmitriyeva [from District No. any poll ratings or surveys starting should get out of there with ‘her true with [Ivan] Rybkin or Seleznyov. (50,400) of that total was added in 2002 213] and Yuly Rybakov [of District No. Tuesday, five days before the election Khakamada,’” she said, pointing out As for now, I hope Sergei Shoigu will alone, indicating that the epidemic is 206] failed.”. day, Sunday Nov. 7. that her opponents often stress that she not leave his post as Emergency Minis- growing quickly. The campaign looked “flabby,” he Khakamada complained her cam- is of part-Japanese origin and does not ter … that leaves [Boris] Gryzlov to be These reported cases almost cer- added, and expressed his hope that “it paigners had been physically attacked. live in St. Petersburg. the speaker, and if he is, we’ll be ex- tainly grossly underestimate the num- would be given a dynamic of some sort One of her assistants was severely Khakamada also said Seleznyov has pecting a new person to be appointed ber of people living with HIV, the UN- a few days before the voting.” beaten up on the street and all her cam- little chance of continuing as speaker. Interior Minister.” AIDS report said. I N B R I E F SASHA form such tests. Sasha believes an ex- amination could have produced crucial work in our country,” she added. “When a raped woman goes to a Continued from page 1 evidence in the case. Meanwhile, her alleged attacker hospital, a doctor can refuse to record her injures just because he doesn’t have Peacekeepers to Liberia “a creeping coup” and creating a “par- allel center of power,” the paper re- contacted police and that this could gave his version to the police of what special application forms or because he s MOSCOW (AP) — President ported. mean she had mixed up her facts. had happened, saying the sex was con- doesn’t want to get involved [since the Vladimir Putin has ordered 40 military Pavlovsky called the amount of The service specifically denied one sensual. He was let go. doctor could be required to give evi- officers to be sent to Liberia to serve in damages awarded “absurd” and said of Sasha’s allegations, that a policeman Only at 8 a.m., when Sasha called dence later in court],” she said. the United Nations’ peacekeeping mis- he plans to appeal. had been drunk on duty, saying this was her lawyer and asked her employer for There is only one Official Examina- sion, the Kremlin said Monday. impossible. The service also said that her alleged help, was she given detailed instructions on what she should do. tion Laboratory in the city and it works weekdays only until 3 p.m. If women Putin’s order, which was released by the presidential press service, said the Candidates Struck Off attacker would not have been released A week later, on the advice of her are attacked on Friday evening, there is officers would serve in the mission’s s MOSCOW (SPT) — Courts dis- if there were reasons to suspect he was lawyer, Sasha went to the Official Ex- therefore little chance that an authori- headquarters and also work as liaison barred two opposition candidates from guilty — in fact, Sasha had been ac- amination Laboratory on Yekaterinsky tative medical examination will be con- officers and military observers. the State Duma elections over the quainted with her attacker before the Prospekt, where she was given an offi- ducted. The United Nations has deployed weekend. incident. cial medical report; meanwhile, prose- The Women’s Crisis Center offers peacekeepers to help the West African Yury Shefler, an exiled vodka ty- Sasha says she had never met the cutors opened a criminal case. victims psychological, legal and medical country recover from a four-year civil coon, was struck off the Union of Right man before. Sasha is also gathering evidence and aid. The service is free and the center war after an August cease-fire was Forces’ party list, while Anatoly Bykov, Sasha said that while she was stating waiting for the court hearings, but says gives advice on what to do if raped. agreed between rebels and the govern- a former chairman of the Krasnoyarsk her evidence at a police station, one po- she lacks evidence. According to their advice, if a rape is ment. The peacekeeping contingent is Aluminum plant, was barred from liceman, who was drunk, made jokes “If I had done everything right from committed, the woman should: slated to grow to 15,000. standing as a Communist Party candi- about her. He said she was unattractive the very beginning, if I known what to - immediately call her closest friend date for the Achinsk single-mandate and that Russian girls were much more beautiful than she was. do, I might now be able to prove that this young man is guilty.” or relative, or call the Women’s Crisis Center confidential number, 327-30-00 Grenade Blast district. The Central Elections Commission In the morning an investigator told Sasha said she wants the man to be (English is spoken), or the city’s psy- s VLADIKAVKAZ, North Ossetia requested the cancellation of Shefler’s Sasha that her story sounded very “ro- imprisoned and cured, as he is a danger chological service, 427-71-04 (AP) — One boy was killed and four candidacy last week. mantic,” she said. - take someone with her to the po- others were injured in southern Russia The court ruled that, based on FSB “They treated me as if I were lying,” lice station to avoid any psychological when a hand grenade they were playing investigators’ findings, Shefler had not Sasha said in an interview, “and repeat- pressure (if the victim is a foreigner, it is with exploded, emergency officials said signed his application in person, thus vi- edly asked me if I was sure that I Foreigners who are important to talk to police officers only Monday. olating election procedures. wanted to open a criminal case.” attacked should take through an interpreter) Two of the boys were in grave condi- Shelfer, who has lived outside Russia A Russian friend, who came to help - file a written declaration that de- tion following the blast Sunday in the since the government wrested the coun- Sasha as soon as she found out what a local person to the tails exactly what happened and de- town of Bolta, 10 kilometers south of try rights to Stolichnaya and other pop- happened, corroborates Sasha’s ac- count. police so that there is scribes the attacker thoroughly. Ask for a copy of this declaration. the regional capital Vladikavkaz, said Sergei Schchetinin of the North Ossetia ular vodka brands from him last year, has said he will appeal the decision. In Investigators asked lots of questions no language barrier. - ask for a medical examination (do branch of the Emergency Situations the course of the fight over the vodka about Sasha’s sex life and accused her not wash; give clothing to the examiner) Ministry. brands, prosecutors accused Shelfer of of behaving badly, the women say. to society. He likely has some mental at the Official Examination Laboratory The explosion occurred when the threatening to kill a former deputy agri- “They suggested to me that it disorder, she said. (Yekaterinensky Prospekt, 10 tel. 544- boys, all aged 13 or younger, were try- culture minister. wouldn’t have happened to me if I had The police press service said that 80-34) or go to the nearest hospital. ing to open the grenade with a rock, come home earlier, as if in this country this year 153 reports of rape were regis- - hire a lawyer and get psychological Schchetinin said. W E A T H E R there is a time when everything is per- tered with city police and 92 criminal help, or go to the Women’s Crisis Cen- TUESDAY 9:33 mitted; as if after 11 p.m. rapists and murderers can commit crimes and go cases have been opened. The Women’s Crisis Center says ter. - if the victim is a foreigner, she Pavlovsky Must Pay WEDNESDAY THURSDAY 9:35 9:37 unpunished,” Sasha said. Sasha’s experience is all too familiar, should contact her consulate as soon as s MOSCOW (SPT) — Moscow’s Sol- FRIDAY 9:39 The investigator also hinted that and that it is one of several hundred possible. ntsevsky district court ruled that political Sasha had shady friends, such as artists, that occur in the city each year. In many cases, women are so psy- analyst Gleb Pavlovsky should pay 30 TUESDAY 4:01 musicians and journalists, and that she In 2003, 60 cases were reported to chologically depressed that they believe million rubles ($1 million) in damages to WEDNESDAY 4:00 was leading an abnormal life, the the center, but staff say the figure is in- the rape was their own fault and often Mezhprombank founder Sergei Pu- THURSDAY 3:59 women said. complete; far from all assaulted women do not even try to call the police, psy- gachyov, Vedomosti reported Monday. FRIDAY 3:58 After the humiliating questioning, seek help there. chologist Anna said. The court supported the libel action Sasha was taken to hospital, where she Most rapes in Russia never lead to Those who do contact the police are brought by Pugachyov against TUESDAY had to wait 1 1/2 hours for tests, she convictions because women do not often treated badly, and afterward de- Pavlovsky, and a number of printing Snow said. The police officers hadn’t given know what to do, the center says. cline to open a criminal case, so rapists and electronic media outlets, for pub- High 3, Low 0 her the special medical form that was “Their first human reaction is to feel that they can commit crimes with lishing a report accusing the former WEDNESDAY necessary for the examination, so the wash themselves and throw away the impunity, she added. banker of being behind a power grab. Cloudy doctor had problems registering the clothes and everything that reminds “We — doctors, police and women’s Pavlovsky, regarded as one of High 4, Low -1 case. them of rape, thus they annihilate the crisis centers — should work together, Moscow’s most influential political spin THURSDAY He refused to examine her mouth – evidence,” said Anna, a staff psycholo- very closely and professionally,” Anna doctors, accused a group led by Pu- Cloudy the rapist had forced Sasha to have oral gist. said. “Only in this way will we be strong gachyov and Kremlin officials Igor High 3, Low 2 sex – saying the hospital does not per- “And besides, the system doesn’t enough to prevent violence.” Sechin and Victor Ivanov of mounting Tuesday, December 2, 2003 N E W S The St. Petersburg Times y 3 Fewer Visas Matviyenko Asks Putin for More Funding Refused By Galina Stolyarova STAFF WRITER St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko has asked President THE ST. PETERSBURG TIMES Vladimir Putin for additional funding so The refusal rate for applications for that big city projects can proceed at pace. U.S. visas in St. Petersburg is falling, In- She asked the president for addi- terfax quoted Christopher Misciagno, tional federal funding of 200 million consul at the U.S. Consulate General, rubles ($6.7 millon) for the next year. as saying Friday. She believes that the 108 million rubles In the financial year ending Sept. 30, already earmarked is far short of what 2002 only 17 percent of applications the city needs. were refused compared to a 24-percent In 2003, St. Petersburg received 370 refusal rate during the previous finan- million rubles from the federal govern- cial year, Misciagno said. ment. The figures contradict what St. Pe- Matviyenko said she wanted to ac- tersburg Governor Valentina Matvi- celerate work on the city’s ongoing ring yenko told U.S. Ambassador Alexander road project and keep on restoring Vershbow during a visit to St. Petersburg works in the historical center of St. Pe- last month. tersburg. “It has become more difficult to get “To keep up the current pace of a visa, and we get a lot of complaints restoration, the city needs 300 million from St. Petersburg residents,” Interfax rubles from the state per year,” Interfax reported her as saying then. quoted Matviyenko as saying. Vershbow had replied that despite The governor also expressed her new, stricter visa rules “the number of concern with lack of funding for the re- ALEXANDER DEMINACHUK/REUTERS denials did not change and is about 20 pairs to the city metro, but she Putin smiling at a meeting Saturday with Hungarian Prime Minister Peter Madgyessy at the city’s Konstantinovsky Palace. percent.” promised that the connection between At a news conference after the talks the graves of slain democrat politician ergetics — will be young top managers Misciagno said one common reason Lesnaya and Ploshchad Muzhestva sta- with Madgyessy on Saturday, Putin said Galina Starovoitova and the late mayor aged in their 30s and 40s with experience for refusal is that applicants did not tions will be fully restored next year. the two leaders discussed the conse- of St. Petersburg Anatoly Sobchak, in business,” Matviyenko said Saturday. have Russian citizenship. “On May 27, we will organize a test quences of Hungary joining the Euro- who introduced Putin to politics. Putin encouraged the new governor: “It’s hard for such applicants to re- train ride, and we are planning to fully pean Union. The same day, Dmitry Medvedev, “As the new government has been ceive visas because it is difficult for resume the operations by June 30, 2004,” “We are very happy for Hungary head of presidential adiministration at- formed, it is the very time to start ful- them to show that they have strong ties Matviyenko said. that the country will shortly join the EU tended the opening of the Anatoly filling the promises given during the to Russia, especially if they have been Putin asked for the ring road to be but we have some reservations as well Sobchak Memorial Museum at the Be- election campaign,” Putin said. living here only two to three years,” he finished by the end of 2007. The sched- because when the country joins the Eu- loselsky-Belozersky Palace on Nevsky On Saturday night, he attended the was quoted as saying. uled finish date for the much-delayed ropean Union, it will have to adjust its Prospekt. President’s Cup judo tournament. Other applicants less likely to be is- project of 2008 is too long to wait, he trade with Russia to the existing EU re- “In the photographs at this museum Interfax quoted Putin’s former judo sued a U.S. visa include those without said. strictions,” Putin said. “We must do we see the people who were among the coach, Anatoly Rakhlin, as saying that a permanent job, recent graduates, sin- “We mustn’t slow down and lose the whatever possible for the positive pro- founders of democracy in Russia,” having a sports background clearly gle people and those with neither tempo we have reached during the cess of EU enlargement not to damage Medvedev said at the opening ceremony. helps the president to keep up with his “good income or strong family ties” in preparations for the St. Petersburg’s the Russian-Hungarian relations.” “There are quite a few things that we high pressure work. Russia, Misciagno was quoted as say- 300th anniversary,” Interfax quoted Sergei Prikhodko, deputy head of don’t regret we have parted with but “Of course, you wouldn’t call the ing. Putin as saying. presidential administration, said Satur- there is also a lot to feel nostalgic for.” president a professional sportsman but There is no gender discrimination Putin was in St. Petersburg for a series day that the two presidents have agreed Matviyenko told Putin that she has Vladimir Putin swims, runs and goes when deciding to issue a visa; the num- of meetings with Hungarian Prime Min- to work on the visa regime between finished forming her new administration. skiing not because he is president of ber of men and women receiving visas ister Peter Madgyessy, Armenian presi- their countries. “Heading all leading committees — Russia but because he needs it and he is is about equal, he said. dent Robert Kocharian and Matviyenko. Also Saturday, Putin laid wreaths to construction, economics, finance and en- competitive,” Rakhlin said. 4 y Tuesday, December 2, 2003 N E W S The St. Petersburg Times Prosecutor Pressures Courts, Judge Says By Caroline McGregor eral’s Office “act as one, having a com- STAFF WRITER mon interest in the Zaitsev case,” MOSCOW — Elections, the indepen- Kudeshkina said, singling out First dence of the courts and a high-profile Deputy Prosecutor General Yury furniture scandal converged Monday, as Biryukov as being behind Yegorova’s a Moscow City Court judge accused the interference. Prosecutor General’s Office of pressur- Judges on low state salaries are sub- ing the court to issue rulings in its favor. ject to pressure that comes in different Judge Olga Kudeshkina, who is run- forms, she said. Stubborn judges risk ning for the State Duma from a single- having their salaries cut, authority re- mandate district in the Moscow region, stricted and fringe benefits revoked. said in a speech to voters that prosecu- “In my experience, this is not an iso- tors have exerted “unprecedented pres- lated instance of a court case being used sure” on judges hearing criminal cases, for political or commercial or personal in violation of the law. interests,” said Kudeshkina, who has 20 Kudeshkina has said she was pres- years experience on the bench. “Today sured to rule in favor of prosecutors it’s Zaitsev, tomorrow it could be any when hearing the case of Pavel Zaitsev, one of us. No one is protected.” the Interior Ministry investigator who Kudeshkina said she had decided to ALEXANDER BELENKY/FOR SPT headed a disputed probe into fraud at run for the Duma in order to make Gray Power Older people handing out campaign literature near Chernyshevkaya metro station ahead of Dec. 7 State Duma elections. They say that young people are showing little interest in the poll results. the Grand and Tri Kita furniture stores. judges less vulnerable to outside pres- In the latest chapter of the case, sure. which has run for three years, the Moscow City Court on Nov. 3 handed Zaitsev a two-year suspended sentence for abuse of office. “With what’s happening now, it’s im- possible to keep silent,” she said. “If judges are quiet, then the country could become a judicial basket case.” Matviyenko Booed at Rock Concert The Prosecutor General’s Office in Prosecutors dismissed the allega- By Sergey Chernov “Akvarium’s music has always met tics. Flirting with the authorities was November 2000 had charged Zaitsev tions as a publicity ploy. “This is an un- STAFF WRITER the expectations of youth,” she said, and seen as unworthy [for underground with overstepping legal bounds in his concealed campaign speech,” Natalya St. Petersburg governor Valentina even “It’s thanks to you that rock music rock musicians]. I think that everybody investigation of furniture importers al- Vishnyakova, a spokeswoman for the Matviyenko was booed when she ar- has become the 20th century’s classic.” felt the falseness of the moment.” legedly tied to the two stores, which Prosecutor General’s Office, told Inter- rived at Boris Grebenshchikov’s 50th The speech and ceremony did not fit Grebenshchikov has been generally were suspected of listing artificially low fax Monday. “What else can you say anniversary concert at the Oktyabrsky well with the spirit of the band, according seen as kind of spokespman for his gen- weights to minimize customs duties. when she saved up all her rage almost Concert Hall on Thursday to decorate to some members of the audience. eration, like Bob Dylan in the West, Prosecutors also said Zaitsev had half a year? The events she’s talking the lead singer of the seminal local rock “Most people who go to Akvarium while Akvarium was considered sub- conducted 12 unauthorized apartment about happened this summer.” band Akvarium with a state honor. concerts know the history of rock and versive and frequently banned from searches and had detained two suspects Genri Reznik, the head of the Earlier in the month, President roll in Russia very well, including the role playing concerts under communist rule. without cause. Moscow Bar Association, said Kudeshk- Vladimir Putin signed a decree award- of such people as Matviyenko, who was a The band reacted by developing a sys- But in September 2002, the Moscow ina’s allegations were serious and de- ing Grebenshchikov the Order of Merit boss at the local department of culture in tem of underground, private apartment City Court cleared Zaitsev of all charges, served “intense scrutiny” by a qualified for the Motherland (4th grade) medal the 1980s,” said Andrei Burlaka, the edi- concerts. ruling that prosecutors had not pre- group of judges. If confirmed, such inter- for his “great contribution to develop- tor of the local web publication Rock-n- In one particularly vicious clamp- sented sufficient evidence of his guilt. vention “bears the markings of a criminal ment of the art of music.” Roll.ru, who was at the concert. down on the band, Grebenshchikov was In an interview Monday on Ekho offense. Of course it’s a scandal. I can’t re- Many in the audience reacted with “I think that most people saw it as fired from his job and expelled from the Moskvy radio, Kudeshkina said that call a recent time when a judge has been hostility while Matviyenko was delivering false and unscrupulous. Greben- Komsomol after he unleashed a perfor- with Zaitsev’s acquittal, prosecutors so outspoken,” he said. a lengthy, Soviet-era-worded speech. shchikov has always been outside poli- mance at a rock festival in Tbilisi in 1980. who sought a guilty verdict “felt their Lawyer Dmitry Afanasiev at- prestige in the eyes of society had been tributed the problems to a loophole that I N B R I E F injured.” The Prosecutor General’s Office ap- pealed to the Supreme Court, which exists in Russian legislation. In contrast to laws in the United States, there is no prohibition on lawyers from either side, Call to Send ‘Ongoing’ Restoration organs, and Konstantin Kondakov, who sent Zaitsev’s case back to be heard by a new panel of judges, including Kudeshkina. representing the government or private individuals, meeting one-on-one with a judge to present their views before the Troops Home s ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — The Culture Ministry will not cut the level of was made first deputy head of the ad- ministration. Mikhail Brodsky was also named Kudeshkina said in the course of case is heard. funding for the restoration of historic the governor’s representative to the hearing the case, Olga Yegorova, the “It’s a mini-judicial process, before the By Arthur Max monuments in St. Petersburg, Interfax Legislative Assembly while Vitaly chairman of the court, had summoned judicial process,” he said. “The name of THE ASSOCIATED PRESS quoted Culture Minister Mikhail Shvy- Azarov, formerly St. Petersburg’s rep- her to her chambers and made it clear the game is who gets access to the judge MAASTRICHT, Netherlands (AP) — dkoi as saying on Monday. resentative in Moscow, was named the what decision was expected. first, and who will be heard more. It’s to- Georgia’s acting president Nino Bur- “The attention to the city will be no first deputy chief of administration. Yegorova and the Prosecutor Gen- tally ridiculous, but that’s the basic flaw.” dzhanadze called Monday for a swift less than it was for the [300-year an- withdrawal of Russian troops and said her country had earned the right to be niversary] festivities,” he said. “I always said that the city would not stop with Official Charged Russians in U.S. Have Voice integrated into Europe after its peace- ful revolution. With Russian Foreign Minister Igor the anniversary. I hope that it will live to all eternity.” The ministry’s funding is part of a ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — The former head of the Kirovsky district of St. Petersburg was charged with taking THE ST. PETERSBURG TIMES saying. Many Russians will have to Ivanov looking on, Burdzhanadze ac- federal program that covers more than bribes, Interfax reported on Monday. Votes by Russian citizens living in the travel several 100 kilometers to take cused Russia of undermining Georgian 600 historical sites. The program is due The St. Petersburg prosecutor’s of- United States are unlikely to have a big part in the elections. sovereignty by supporting separatist to run until 2010. fice opened a criminal case against influence on the outcome of voting in “In the past only 2 percent to 5 per- provinces and by hosting their leaders Vladimir Yarmin on Nov. 20. electoral district No. 209 in St. Peters- burg, Interfax quoted Nikolai Konkin, a cent of eligible [Russian] voters in the U.S. actually vote,” he added. last week in Moscow. That meeting “ruined all the positive Radioactive Car A spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office was quoted as saying that the case member of the Central Electoral Com- Interfax reported that during a visit messages” sent by Russia when it s ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — A would go to court in two months, once mission responsible for the Northwest, to St. Petersburg last month U.S. am- helped broker the resignation of former train car traveling between Riga and the victim and suspect have familiarized as saying Friday. bassador Alexander Vershbow asked president Eduard Shevardnadze, she Moscow that was found to have above- themselves with the case. Votes by Russian citizens living in Governor Valentina Matviyenko about said at a meeting of foreign ministers of normal levels of radioactivity was re- Yarmin stands accused of taking the U.S. can be counted in city elections. the local electoral district, where an “in- the 55-nation Organization of Security turned to Latvia, Interfax reported on 160,000 rubles and no less than $100,000 “According to a consular list are teresting contest is underway between and Cooperation in Europe. Monday. from a construction company “in ex- about 40,000 Russian citizens there and Deputy State Duma Speaker Irina It was Burdzhanadze’s debut ap- The radioactivity was noticed during change for being able to engage in busi- polling stations will be organized in Khakamada and Speaker Gennady Se- pearance outside Georgia since the a customs inspection at the Sebezh sta- ness without hindrance,” the prosecu- New York, Washington, San Francisco leznyov,” in which immigrants’ votes popular uprising sparked by the elec- tion in the Pskov region, the news tor’s office said. and Seattle,” Konkin was quoted as may be a crucial factor. tions denounced by the opposition as agency said, citing the press service of fraudulent. Burdzhanadze held out an offer of the Northwest regional arm of the Emergencies Ministry. Drug Arrest better relations, saying the new leader- Passengers on the car were trans- s ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — ship “is ready to step out of the box of fered to another car and continued on Pulkovo airport customs officials de- historical tragedies” with Russia. to Moscow, the report said. tained a tax inspector from the Kalinin- Ivanov met last Thursday in sky district of St. Petersburg on Friday as Moscow with the leaders of South Os- setia and Abkhazia, two provinces that New Appointments she attempted to smuggle 49 tablets (13.5 grams) of the drug MDMA in lug- declared themselves independent re- s ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — The gage stashed in a suitcase, Interfax re- publics in the early 1990s. They have St. Petersburg city administration has ported. not been internationally recognized. named Anna Mityanina head of its le- Law enforcement agents immedi- Burdzhanadze later met privately gal committee, Interfax reported on ately began tracing the source of the with Ivanov in a small conference room. Monday. drug, stating that the suspect was “an Details of the meeting were not avail- Mityanina was formerly acting head active member of a local criminal able. She also was likely to meet U.S. of the committee, the report said. group.” Secretary of State Colin Powell Tues- Other appointments include Nina The suspect reportedly attempted to day, the final day of the two-day confer- Shubina, who was made head of the board an airplane bound for Magadan ence. committee for working with executive when her luggage was inspected. Business Abramovich Puts Off Focus Yukos-Sibneft Union AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE Putin,” he told AFP by telephone from MOSCOW — The billionaire Russian London. owner of Chelsea football club, Roman According to the deal, ﬁrst unveiled Abramovich, faced accusations of act- in April and virtually complete, ing in the Kremlin’s interests by calling Abramovich got 26 percent of Yukos. off a mega merger between his Sibneft “The shareholders [of Sibneft] were ﬁrm and the struggling Yukos oil giant. threatened with losing their business Yukos, whose main shareholder because of the Yukos affair. To save it, Mikhail Khodorkovsky is behind bars, Sibneft was forced to turn to the Krem- was plunged into confusion after Sibneft lin for advice,” Vedomosti said. on Friday dropped a bombshell by, at the Kommersant commented that last moment, breaking off a merger that Abramovich could now try to mount a would have created the world’s fourth- takeover of Yukos despite its much big- largest oil company. ger size. The Moscow press pointed the A source in the Russian presidential ﬁnger at 37-year-old Abramovich for administration applauded the behavior ALEXANDER BELENKY/SPT the sudden demise of the deal, saying of the tycoon, who has come under do- Mikhail Brodsky (l) discussing foreign business concerns with Peter Langham, commercial consul at the British Consulate. he had tried to force Yukos to hand mestic criticism for selling off most of City Pledges Transparency over management control of the com- his Russian assets and splurging hun- bined group to his Sibneft ﬁrm. dreds of millions of dollars on Chelsea. “When Yukos didn’t accept the ulti- “He is making the right choice politi- matum, Sibneft was obliged to an- cally and after the break-up with Yukos nounce the suspension of the merger,” the authorities won’t have any problems Vedomosti said. with him,” Vedomosti quoted an un- By Robin Munro ministration and will be introduced to rector of SPIBA, said Monday that the Newspapers suggested that named Kremlin ofﬁcial as saying. STAFF WRITER the Legislative Assembly shortly, but briefing was the beginning of an official Abramovich had not acted on his own According to reports, Abramovich St. Petersburg’s new administration could still be amended. dialogue between the new City execu- initiative but instead based his move on and Sibneft president Yevgeny Shivdler wants to work with the foreign business “I invite you to participate in the tive authorities and the international the wishes of President Vladimir Putin, ﬂew to Israel on Thursday to meet with community to make the city attractive process,” he said to the assembled busi- business community. with whom he reportedly met recently. core Yukos shareholder Leonid Nevzlin, to investors, says Mikhail Brodsky, ness people. “The feedback I got from SPIBA Exiled Russian tycoon Boris Bere- who is living in exile in Tel Aviv and con- Governor Valentina Matviyenko’s rep- Brodsky, a member of the Union of members was overall positive,” she said. zovsky, who says he was forced to sell trols the voting rights for Khodorkovsky. resentative in the Legislative Assembly. Right Forces, or SPS, party said “Brodsky brought good news to the his 50-percent share in Sibneft to They told him he had to appoint the “I am ready to listen to any propos- Matviyenko is more ready to listen to business community: the new city ad- Abramovich under duress in 2000, said former head of the presidential admin- als from this association,” he told a ideas on how to develop business than ministration is ready to listen to business, he was convinced his former protege istration, Alexander Voloshin, as chair- briefing organized by the St. Petersburg was the previous governor Vladimir and to facilitate the improvement of the was acting in concert with the Kremlin. man of the merged giant and take Shvi- International Business Association and Yakovlev. Unlike Yakovlev, who toward investment climate in St. Petersburg. “This was an attempt to put a com- dler as chief executive. The St. Petersburg Times. the end of his term in office faced a hostile “However, it is just the beginning of pany under control of people who are When he refused, Sibneft released He also said he could personally legislative assembly, Matviyenko has ma- the long and difficult way,” she added. loyal to Putin, and no one has ever hid- its statement announcing that the promote businesspeople’s objectives, jority support from lawmakers, he said. “Lots of measures should be taken to den the fact that Abramovich is loyal to merger had been “put on hold.” rather than merely pass requests on to Mikhail Oseyevsky, vice governor in break barriers to investment. the governor. charge of city finances, Yury “Just one example is the new draft I N B R I E F “I have some leeway to act on my Molchanov, who is to head a new com- city law on corporate property tax by own,” he said. “I will try and do every- mittee on investment, and Andrei the St. Petersburg Legislation Assem- thing properly and will not make the Chernenko, who is in charge of law en- bly that abolishes the property tax con- Multiplex Mania The construction project is expected to be ready in the first quarter of 2004, governor correct me.” The administra- tion intends to provide tax incentives, forcement, are to “safeguard and streamline” the administration’s actions cessions that were given to investors by the previous legislation and will result s ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — The St. when the company will start building, including tax credits and tax holidays, to so that a good investment climate exists in the significant increase of the tax bur- Petersburg Banking House announced he said. make administrative information read- in the city, he added. den to investors and deterioration of plans to invest $45 million over 1.5 years ily available and to slash bureaucratic Natalya Kudryavtseva, executive di- the investment climate,” she added. in developing a chain of nine multiplex movie theaters in St. Petersburg, Interfax City Clean Up hurdles, Brodsky said. “We want to become open and reported Epos company general director ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — Most transparent,” Brodsky said. “Any per- Eduard Pichugin as saying Monday. factories will be moved from St. Peters- son will be entitled to have access to The first multiplex, the 940-seat burg’s center over the next five to six any information that the state authori- Kronverk Cinema, was opened Nov. 27 years, Governor Valentina Matviyenko ties have, for a small fee in line with the at the Zanevsky Kaskad shopping cen- told a gathering of builders Wednesday, cost of providing it.” ter. The completed chain will offer Interfax reported. Matviyenko pointed To address the problem of busi- 11,000 seats and 57 screens in shopping to 200 factories in the city that, in addi- nesses having to knock on many doors centers throughout the city. Four the- tion to being an eyesore, “break envi- in the administration to get permission aters are slated to open in 2004. ronmental, fire protection and other to operate, Brodsky said the adminis- norms.” tration is considering creating a special $71M Housing Order Matviyenko jealously protects in- dustry itself and was quoted as saying agency that would see that foreign in- vestors are treated correctly by all the s HELSINKI (Bloomberg) — YIT that “we shouldn’t let the income from authorities they have to deal with. Oyj, the Finnish construction company the city’s factories go to another re- A draft law “On State Information that bought ABB Ltd.’s Nordic build- gion,” meaning that relocation does not Resources” regulating the information ing-systems unit, said it won a 60 mil- mean banishment from St. Petersburg. policy has been prepared by the city ad- lion-euro ($71.6 million) order to build four apartment blocks in the former Russian capital of St. Petersburg. YIT will sell the 1,318 apartments af- ter their completion by the end of 2005, the Helsinki-based company said in a Hugin statement. $60M Terminal s ST.PETERSBURG (Prime-Tass) — St. Petersburg’s leading boat excursion operator Arctur Travel plans to build a sea passenger and cargo terminal worth $60 million in St.Petersburg by 2005, Nikolai Khvoschchinsky, director of the state company in charge of governmental sea transportation orders, said Friday. Focus 6 y TUE SD AY, DECEMBER 2, 2003 Business Mobster Casts Shadow on Gazprom Partner By Catherine Belton guarantee is designed to give it leverage Naftogaz-Eural deal and expressed STAFF WRITER over Eural TG’s trading deals because it concern about the latter’s links with or- MOSCOW — “Three Romanians with is collateralized with the gas Eural TG ganized crime. no business experience and an Israeli is being paid with. with alleged mob ties register a trading But Naftogaz Ukrainy says that Eu- PHONE BILLS company in a Hungarian village. Before ral TG is Gazprom’s creation all the Apart from Gordon, the other three reg- the company is even legally formed it is way. “All the agreements with Eural istered shareholders of Eural TG appear granted the rights to transport billions of Trans Gas were made by Gazprom,” to live pretty much in poverty. Accord- dollars’ worth of natural gas from Cen- says Naftogaz spokesman Konstantin ing to a copy of the latest company ﬁling tral Asia, across Russia, to Ukraine.” Borodin. “It is a contractor for with the Hungarian Registration Cham- These shareholders are, at least on Gazprom.” ber, as of Nov. 21, Eural TG’s other own- paper: an actress hoping to earn money ers are three Romanian citizens — Anca to pay her phone bill, a nurse, a computer THE MOBSTER Negreanu, Mihai Savu and Louise programmer, and an alleged associate of Reports that Eural TG is linked to no- Lukacs — who live in the town of Cluj- a Ukrainian-born crime lord who is on torious Ukrainian-born organized Napoca. The ownership structure has the FBI’s “most wanted” list for money crime lord Semyon Mogilevich, whom not changed since the company was es- laundering, racketeering and fraud. the British government has dubbed tablished last December. Linked to the same mobster, accord- “one of the world’s top criminals,” are A Romanian investigative reporter, ing to the Russian government, is the starting to haunt Gazprom. Paul Radu, who works for the Jurnalul head of the new company, Eural Trans “The ownership of this company is a National, a Romanian newspaper, vis- Gas, which stands to gain about $1 bil- dark story and it smells bad,” says ited these three Eural TG “owners” in lion a year in pre-tax proﬁts that could Troika’s Nesterov. “Potentially this is their homes. have gone to Gazprom. very dangerous for Gazprom.” “Anca Negreanu and Mihai Savu are Sound dodgy? For Gazprom’s minor- The respected publication Jane’s In- a young couple in a pretty bad ﬁnancial ity shareholders, the tale just gets worse. telligence Digest was the ﬁrst to blow situation,” Radu wrote in the paper in Not only has the world’s biggest gas the whistle on the company’s relation- March. “They live in a room in Anca’s company let the little Hungarian opera- ship to Mogilevich. mother’s apartment. Anca is a nurse and tion take over a lucrative export channel In January, the magazine said that it also studies psychology. Mihai works for over which it had pledged to regain con- had “uncovered links” between Eural a computer software company in Cluj.” trol, it has also supported it with almost TG and Mogilevich, pointing out that The three were contacted by a Hun- $300 million in loans and guarantees. Eural TG and a company tied to garian lawyer named Karl Ferenc who The gas giant, according to its own Mogilevich and headquartered in was a friend of the other Romanian ﬁnancial statement for the ﬁrst half of Cyprus called Highrock Properties shareholder, actress Louise Lukacs, and 2003, is the guarantor of a $227 million share the same Budapest address. told them they could make some money loan to Eural TG from state-owned “Highrock Properties’ address in Is- if they traveled to Hungary to register as Vneshekonombank. On top of that, rael is reportedly the same as the ad- the ofﬁcial owners of Eural TG, he wrote. Gazprombank, which is 100 percent WWW.FBI.GOV dress of one of Eural TG’s four owners, “Karl Ferenc called me. He is an old owned by Gazprom, loaded another The British government has dubbed Mogilevich “one of the world’s top criminals.” the Israeli Zeev Gordon, who, accord- and trusted friend. He told me to enter $70 million to the company, according he would, it has been turned over to fraud and tax evasion to the tune of $1 ing to a copy of company ﬁlings with the this business,” Lukacs was quoted as say- to a list of the bank’s 10 biggest borrow- Eural TG. billion are seen as part of a Kremlin Hungarian Registration Chamber, is ing. “I accepted and I hope I will get ers obtained by The Moscow Times. Investors say Gazprom’s ﬁnancial aid campaign to gain greater control over registered as living at Tel Aviv, 35 Shaul some money out of this. At least to cover Investors thought Gazprom man- to Eural TG appears to point to closer the oil industry. Hamelech Street, America House.” my phone bill. I have to pay more than 1 agement had put an end to such prac- connections between the two companies “The creation of Eural Trans Gas is None of these allegations could be million lei [$34] every month for the tices. When President Vladimir Putin than Gazprom is willing to admit. They comparable to what Gazprom did with conﬁrmed independently, but a copy of a phone. I don’t know what exactly it is put a loyal lieutenant, Alexei Miller, at say it is a clear sign that having managers Itera, which ultimately led to Putin’s letter written to Interpol by Russian In- with this business. You better ask Karl.” the helm of the gas monopoly back in loyal to the state does not necessarily dismissal of the previous management terior Ministry Major General A. P. Mor- Attempts by The Moscow Times to 2001, Miller vowed to liquidate the mean greater transparency. team,” says Vadim Kleiner, Hermitage’s dovets links the head of Eural TG, for- contact Ferenc were unsuccessful. murky schemes used by former man- “Gazprom’s support for Eural Trans director of research. mer Hungarian Education Minister An- agement to siphon off up to $3 billion a Gas does not make business sense,” Others say turning over the Turk- dras Knopp, to Mogilevich. Mordovets NO WORRIES year from the company. says William Browder, the head of Her- men-Ukrainian operation to Eural TG told Interpol in the letter, a copy of which Gazprom and Naftogaz brush off con- Miller regained most of those lost mitage Capital Management, which is even more outrageous than letting It- was obtained by The cerns over Eural assets and eliminated a lot of the murky owns shares in Gazprom. era take over Gazprom markets in the Moscow Times, that TG’s shareholder trading deals that mainly beneﬁted It- “One has to question the manage- former Soviet Union. Knopp helped Mogile- structure and allega- era, an octopus-like structure based in ment’s motives. None of their current “This would not be the ﬁrst time vich create a cigarette ‘Eural TG made tions of its links to Florida and widely believed to be tied arguments make sense to us,” he says. Gazprom has created its own competi- smuggling ring in the the best offer and organized crime. to the old management team. “It does not seem in line with Putin’s tor,” says Valery Nesterov, energy ana- 1990s. When asked why But Miller failed to retrieve one of law-and-order campaign.” lyst at Troika Dialog. “But at least Itera The letter, which we took it,’ the Naftogaz had de- the biggest channels — the sale of gas from Turkmenistan to Ukraine. Instead Putin’s crackdown on corruption is more solid, has its own reserves and and the jailing of Yukos founder extracts gas. Eural TG is just a trading was written in 1998 when Knopp was a Naftogaz cided to make three Romanians and an of wresting it back from Itera, as he said Mikhail Khodorkovsky on charges of ﬁrm that at best can be called shady.” vice president at major spokesman said. Israeli linked to orga- According to a copy of company German cigarette nized crime major documents obtained by The Moscow maker Reemtsma, says Knopp sup- players on the geopolitical stage, at Times, Eural TG was launched with just ported Mogilevich’s appeal for Hungar- least nominally, company spokesman $12,000 in start-up capital. ian citizenship. It says Mogilevich intro- Borodin says simply: “Eural TG made duced Knopp to members of the Rus- the best offer and we took it. After THE DEAL sian government responsible for the working together for nearly a year, we The contract appointing Eural TG the cigarette business. It alleges Mogilevich trust the management of the company.” agent for transporting 36 billion cubic “threatened to kill” an individual who Both Naftogaz and Gazprom say meters of gas per year from Turk- was disrupting their smuggling opera- they knew of no contacts between Eural menistan to Ukraine was signed by tion. TG and Mogilevich and that they are Gazprom deputy chairman Alexander German investigators began looking unconcerned by reports to the contrary. Ryazanov on Dec. 5, 2002, according to into Reemstma’s possible involvement “[These allegations] are important company documents. in cigarette smuggling in 2000, but no only if there are ofﬁcial charges brought Eural TG was registered in Hungary charges were ever ﬁled. against the leaders of this company,” says on Dec. 6, 2002. “Knopp’s assistant said he could not Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov. In return for its services, Ukraine is be reached for comment, but in an in- “Khodorkovsky is right now sitting in obliged to pay Eural TG 38 percent of terview with the Kyiv Post earlier this prison and Yukos continues to work.” the value of the deal, or 13.7 bcm in gas, year, Knopp conﬁrmed Eural TG did Though Gazprom and Gazprom- according to Naftogaz Ukrainy, the business with Mogilevich-linked High- bank are now backing the company with Ukrainian gas monopoly that is paying rock Properties. He denied, however, nearly $300 million in loans, Kupriyanov Eural TG under the deal. any ties with Mogilevich himself.” says the company’s shady ownership Now that Eural TG is beginning to “I have never seen or heard structure is of no concern either. export gas from Ukraine — it already Mogilevich on the premises of Eural “We understand that this is not the has one contract under its belt to sell TG, though he is obviously always with most transparent company in the world. Poland 2 bcm by July 2004 — it is on us because unsubstantiated news re- But we have no choice,” he says. “If we track to post a pre-tax proﬁt of more ports make the claims regularly,” he buy the company, then we will do the than $1 billion a year if it can export the told the Ukrainian newspaper. “We due diligence. But if we are lending to rest of the gas Ukraine pays it, even after are not hiding from anyone. We are it, then we demand collateral.” paying Gazprom $450 million in annual absolutely legal, available and ready to fees for the use of its pipeline network. answer questions.” BLAMING EACH OTHER Gazprom says it was forced to give up Nevertheless, the reports of ties with Gazprom has already tried to buy the the trade deal and bow to the wishes of organized crime were compelling company. When news of the Eural TG its Ukrainian counterpart, which, it says, enough to attract the attention of the deal ﬁrst broke, Gazprom tried to wave insisted that if Itera had to be replaced, U.S. State Department. In May, the aside investors’ concerns by saying it and the new agent had to be Eural TG. then U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Car- Naftogaz were each about to buy 50 per- Gazprom says its $227 million loan los Pascual, lashed out at the Gazprom- See GAZPROM, Page 7 Focus 7 y TUE SD AY, DECEMBER 2, 2003 Business Bosporous Back-Up Gov’t To Close Tax Havens Stops Transneft Oil REUTERS Black Sea. Turkey requires all oil tankers By Peter Baker THE WASHINGTON POST MOSCOW — When oil tycoon Roman Abramovich was elected governor of said it could raise $1 billion to $2 billion a year from all businesses. Some leading investors expect the government to go after YukosSibneft MOSCOW — Pipeline monopoly over 200 meters in length to pass through the remote Arctic region of Chukotka more directly, possibly by slapping it Transneft has halted pumping crude to the straits only during daylight hours. in 2000, he won himself not only a polit- with a multibillion-dollar bill for back the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk, as Shipping sources at Novorossiisk ical ofﬁce but also a tax haven. Along taxes. The state auditor has forwarded massive shipping jams through Turkey’s said that though the port had been open with the prefabricated home he had a report on Sibneft’s tax practices to au- Bosporous straits left the port dry, a se- for most of this week, hardly any ships ﬂown in, Abramovich set up trading thorities for investigation. The Tax nior company official said on Friday. had made it through to load. companies that let him cut his com- Ministry would not comment but dis- “We have stopped shipments,” This meant that storage capacity of pany’s income tax bill in half. cussed taxation of major oil companies Transneft vice president Sergei Grigo- half a million tons (3.6 million barrels) It was all perfectly legal, according to at a news conference on Thursday. ryev said. Grigoryev said storage tanks at the main Urals loading terminal is his aides, and yet it rankled many in “The oil and other companies were at Russia’s largest Black Sea oil port now full, the source said. power in the Russian capital. Instead of able to save a lot of money and optimize were full, as severe congestion through Shipping data shows Novorossiisk has paying the statutory corporate income their proﬁts,” Reznik said in an inter- Turkey’s Bosporus straits had pre- exported just over 700,000 barrels per tax of 24 percent last year, his oil com- view. He added, however, that he was vented tankers from reaching the port. day (bpd) in the past week, down from pany, Sibneft, paid an effective tax rate of not sure the latest measures would suc- Tankers have been unable to meet almost 900,000 bpd in the first three 12 percent. According to its own public ceed in generating more payments to loading schedules due to new Turkish weeks of November and versus a million reports, Sibneft trimmed even that back the government. rules that govern the only gateway to the bpd capacity. to 5 percent in the ﬁrst half of this year. Executives at Yukos and Sibneft, Sibneft was the most aggressive oil which are still merging their staffs, said company in minimizing its tax burden, they did nothing more than U.S. com- GAZPROM JKX says it is not worried about Eural TG’s ownership structure, adding that oil industry analysts said, but it was fol- lowed closely by Yukos oil company, Russian oil tycoon Roman Abramovich FOR SPT panies do in using legal loopholes to minimize tax payments. Continued from Page 6 any future deal will be conducted in the which bought out the smaller ﬁrm last wanted to play the oligarch game.’’ “You take advantage of all legally interests of its own shareholders. month. Now many analysts say they be- Hoping to get a larger share of the available tax advantages that might be cent of its new broker. That way, it said, lieve that resentment over the low tax wealth this boom is generating, President available to the company,” Bruce Mis- it could get a share of the transit fees. SHRUGGING CRUSADER bills paid by Yukos and Sibneft may Vladimir Putin’s government has moved in amore, the American chief ﬁnancial But those talks broke down over the Boris Fyodorov, the independent have helped fuel the legal attack on the the last week to force oil companies to pay ofﬁcer at Yukos, said in an interview. summer and have not been renewed. Gazprom board member whose crusad- father of the YukosSibneft merger, bil- more taxes. Putin’s ﬁnance minister “As far as we know, we’re perfectly in The two sides blame each other. ing against the monopoly’s relations with lionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who pushed legislation through the State line with what we needed to pay in Gazprom blames Naftogaz for refus- Itera nearly landed him in jail, says he’s was arrested at gunpoint Oct. 25 and Duma, to eliminate tax havens in destitute taxes.” ing to allow it into the venture on a par- prepared to give Gazprom management charged with tax evasion and fraud. provinces such as Chukotka and to give John Mann, a spokesman for Sibneft, ity basis. But Naftogaz says the buyout the beneﬁt of the doubt on Eural TG. “The line in the snow has been the government power to raise export du- said the outrage over attempts to lower fell through because Gazprom’s owner- “Neither I nor any of the other di- crossed,” said James Fenkner, research ties on reﬁned oil products. its tax bill may stem from cultural differ- ship of companies already based in rectors like the situation. But the gen- director at the Troika Dialog invest- The elimination of the tax havens ences. “In the Western sense, it’s per- Hungary would have made Eural TG eral position is not to ﬁght Ukraine.” ment bank, who has studied the oil will cost YukosSibneft an additional fectly normal,” he said. “In Russia, it’s ineligible for the offshore status and the Fyodorov told a conference call with companies’ tax practices. Oligarchs, as $620 million to $750 million in income relatively new, and that’s probably why associated tax breaks it now enjoys. concerned investors Wednesday that he the top tycoons here are known, “had a taxes in 2004, according to analysts at people are more upset about it. But at “If Gazprom wanted to take the had raised the issue at a meeting Friday massive windfall. They used this mas- the Moscow-based Alfa Bank. the same time, it’s the law.” He also noted business away from Itera it had to com- with Gazprom CEO Miller and was sive windfall to line their own pockets Vladislav Reznik, deputy chairman of that Sibneft paid nearly $900 million in pete,” Borodin says. “You can only do told that Eural TG “is purely a with big dividend distributions and then the Duma’s budget and tax committee, taxes other than income taxes last year. this through an offshore company. Itera Ukrainian effort.” was an offshore company.” He also said Economic Develop- Borodin says if Gazprom becomes ment and Trade Minister German Gref the sole transit agent it will have to pay wants to raise the issue with Gazprom greater taxes in all the states through management, as do investors. which gas is transported. “Gazprom’s explanations have not Gazprom says its hands are tied, and cleared the matter up for investors,” that “certain moments in our relation- Troika’s Nesterov says. “Instead, what ship [with Naftogaz] go beyond com- they’ve heard has worried them. We mercial relations.” would like a clearer explanation from Gazprom says an intergovernmental Gazprom on why and how this com- agreement good through 2006 means it pany was created.” cannot attempt to force its way into a According to Fyodorov, Eural TG’s deal by threatening to turn off access to relationship with Gazprom will be termi- its pipe network. nated when a new gas supply contract be- “There are a lot of conﬂicting inter- tween Gazprom and Turkmenistan ests,” says Kupriyanov. “We want to comes into effect. But that will not be un- supply gas ourselves. They want to do it til Jan. 1, 2007. independently. We are dependent on them for transporting gas to Europe. They have large debts to us, and so on.” Kupriyanov says if Gazprom tries to push Eural TG out Ukraine will retali- ate by raising transit fees for Russian gas heading to Europe. “The security of our supplies to Eu- rope depend on Ukraine. We can be hit with ﬁnes if the gas does not get through,” Kupriyanov says. “It makes no sense for us to break our heads try- ing to get in on this deal.” WESTERN RIVALS In an ironic twist, Gazprom’s funding of Eural TG may just fatten it up for a Western rival eyeing a way to break into Gazprom’s monopoly on exports to Europe from the former Soviet Union. British-based JKX Oil & Gas, which already has stakes in a number of Ukrainian oil ventures, has been trying to buy part of Eural TG together with a company called Benam Holdings since July, according to JKX. JKX company has several heavy hit- ters behind it, including former British Trade and Industry Minister Peter Fraser and controversial Swiss tycoon Bruce Rappoport, who has close ties to the Israeli government. JKX, for now, says it cannot say what Benam Holdings is. A web search for the company also came up with no results. Like Gazprom and Naftogaz, 8 y TUE SD AY, DECEMBER 2, 2003 Focus Business I N B R I E F RusAl Buys Into Rival Local Lawyer Shatters Glass Ceiling s MOSCOW (Reuters) — Russia’s By Michael Diosi progress. The mentality of continuous top aluminum producer, Russian Alu- SPECIAL TO THE ST. PETERSBURG TIMES improvement is the driver for any pro- minum (RusAl), said on Friday it had There is a contagious enthusiasm about fessional services firm. Every day you try bought at an auction a 14-percent gov- Olga Litvinova, office managing partner to be better than you were yesterday.” ernment stake in Metallurg firm con- of Ernst & Young and EY Law in St. Her intention now, she says, is to be trolled by the rival No. 2 aluminum Petersburg. For a start, she manages to constantly tackling new and bigger chal- company, SUAL. make tax law sound exciting. More than lenges. She is not, however, drawn to “We confirm the acquisition of the that, she makes it sound exhilarating. Moscow. “Unfortunately there is mi- Metallurg stake,” a RusAl spokeswoman A useful quality for Litvinova, as this gration from St. Petersburg to Moscow said. She declined further comment. week she launches EY Law in St. Peters- because they don’t see the opportuni- Metallurg includes Russia’s smallest burg as the new brand for the legal prac- ties for self-realization here,” she says. aluminum smelter, Volkhov, and the tice of professional services firm Ernst & “But for me, I see that there is still so Pikalyovo alumina refinery, located in Young. “We are not so much opening much that can be done. It would be northwestern Russia. something new,” she says, “as giving a easy for me to relocate, but there is no In November 2002, RusAl bought a separate identity to an existing depart- point. At Ernst & Young I can work on 32 percent stake in Nadvoitsy aluminum ment, reflecting the fact that we already a Russia-wide scale. I believe St. Peters- smelter, also controlled by SUAL, but have a law firm. It is,” she explains keenly, burg has not explored all of its poten- later sold it to the rival company. “a truly integrated practice. We are able tial, it is maybe 20 to 30 percent utilized. to consider a problem from all angles.” St. Petersburg is not a satellite region Oil Tariffs Raised Litvinova herself exemplifies the multidisciplinary ethic, and is accord- but has its own interesting and dynamic identity. There is a gap now between s MOSCOW (Bloomberg) — ingly immersed in the St. Petersburg Moscow and St. Petersburg in terms of Transneft, Russia’s crude-oil pipeline business environment. She was last business development. It is more chal- monopoly, will increase oil shipment week elected the new chairman of the lenging to work in a more difficult, less charges 8.62 percent from Jan. 1 after executive committee of the St. Peters- developed regional market.” the government agreed to raise tariffs, burg International Business Associa- For Sebastian FitzLyon, of surveyors Interfax reported, citing a Federal En- tion, a forum for local business to voice and valuers S. Zinovieff and Co. — and ergy Commission decision. its concerns and lobby for legislative the Australian honorary consul in St. State-run Transneft, which ships most and administrative changes. She is the Petersburg — it is Litvinova’s energy of Russia’s oil, had asked for a 10 percent first Russian, and the first female, to that informs her success. “She is the increase, Semyon Vainshtock, the com- hold the position. most energetic person I know here,” he pany’s chief executive, said last week. “I have found that it is very interest- said. “As a lawyer she is extremely Russia, the world’s No. 2 oil supplier ing,” she says, “to work in an environ- SERGEY GRACHEV/SPT competent, running a very large and after Saudi Arabia, should increase crude ment with the representatives of vari- Litvinova believes that “only 20 to 30 percent” of St. Petersburg’s potential is used. successful legal practice. She has very extraction to about 420 million tons of oil ous disciplines — financial, tax, legal. lawyers who joined an accounting firm. As Andersen’s grew, Litvinova de- strong leadership skills and makes deci- next year, from an estimated 412 million That is very exciting.” At the beginning I was not sure whether scribes a very forward-thinking manage- sions extremely quickly. She is normally tons in 2003, Vainshtock said. “Russian law is still an emerging law, this would be a long-term career for a ment philosophy at the firm. “I was very thinking of three things at a time.” and it is very controversial,” she says. lawyer. … I was only looking for a job impressed,” she says. “Maybe a year af- For someone so immersed in law and PM Sees 4% Growth “Every tax issue is also a legal issue.” And it is so exciting, she says, “because part-time, expecting to go back to study ter starting with the company, the man- at the end of the summer, and when the agement started talking with me about business (even her husband is a lawyer), it is surprising Litvinova can find time for s MOSCOW (Bloomberg) — Russia’s it changes every day.” summer was over I approached the then careers, and this was new, because no- anything other than work. “It is a ques- economy may grow between 4 percent Growing up in distant Kamchatka, head of the office and said that I was go- body in Russia in the early ‘90s was talk- tion of attitude,” she explains, “of prior- and 4.5 percent next year, Interfax where her father was an electronic engi- ing back [to University]. He showed me ing with a fairly junior person about itization. It is a fine balance, and some- quoted Prime Minister Mikhail Kasya- neer with the Soviet navy, she received a his ten shelves of German tax law books, what you should be doing and how they times work wins.” She is a keen skier, go- nov as saying Friday. “phenomenal” education which she and then he showed me the single shelf can help you to build your career. I re- ing every year to Scandinavia with “There are reasons to believe that complemented by attending St. Peters- below it with just three very thin binders member a discussion with our managing friends. “Living in Northwest Russia, we have already guaranteed a 4 percent burg State University in the early 1990s. of the new regional Russian tax law. He partner and the first time he mentioned skiing is always possible here, especially rise in GDP, irrespective of the price of “My family was originally from St. Pe- said to me, ‘Look at how much I had to to me, ‘you know what, you can be a if you don’t have much time,” she says. oil and other commodities,” Kasyanov tersburg,” she explains, “and so it was learn at law school, and how much you partner in our firm.’ I thought at the She is also a keen supporter of the said, according to Interfax. “One can in logical for me to go to law school here.” have to learn, and then tell me you can’t time that this was close to impossible.” Mariinsky Theater, indulging a personal fact expect an increase of 4 percent to Becoming a tax lawyer, however, work and study at the same time!’ So I But when in 2002 Arthur Andersen affection for opera and ballet by attend- 4.5 percent.” happened somewhat accidentally. “I stayed working for them.” merged practices with Ernst & Young, ing with clients and business partners. Russia is forecasting growth of 6.6 must say,” she says, “that I never ex- It was, it seems, a good decision. “It Litvinova took over as managing part- “The Mariinsky is a landmark for the percent this year, a fifth year of growth. pected to do something like tax.” was such an exciting time, everything ner of the St. Petersburg office. city,” she says, “and such cultural estab- Gross domestic product grew 4.3 percent At the suggestion of one of her law was as new for an intern as it was for the Her personal and professional ambi- lishments require the support of the com- in 2002, 5 percent in 2001, 10 percent in school professors, she applied for an in- professor and the clients. I could prac- tions are clear. “Yes,” she says, “I would munity.” Indeed, she is launching EY 2000 and 6.4 percent in 1999, a year after ternship at Arthur Andersen in 1992. tice tax law and learn together with ev- describe myself as ambitious, and I be- Law this week with a cocktail reception the government’s default on $40 billion of “It was my first employment,” she erybody. There was no knowledge ac- lieve that this is a characteristic that we at the premiere of “Samson et Dalila.” domestic bonds and the ruble’s devalua- says. “I was still in law school at the time cumulated, everybody was learning are specifically looking for. Ambition in Being multi-disciplinary, it seems, is tion left the economy in near-collapse. and I was probably one of the few from their own experiences.” a good sense is the driver for people to not just about work. Focus 9 y TUE SD AY, DECEMBER 2, 2003 Opinion Piracy Stifles Creativity and Stalls Economy By Alexander Vershbow their works in Russia due to current directly endangers the health and even Russians are rightly proud of their rich piracy levels. President Vladimir Putin’s the lives of Russians who rely on fake heritage of music, literature, theater and visit this month to Mosﬁlm emphasized or poor quality remedies. ﬁlm, as well as their achievements in sci- the similar damage that piracy is doing The ultimate result here is that, in ence, space and technology. The critical to Russia’s ﬁlm industry, despite recent the long run, the ﬁnancial effects of acclaim of recent ﬁlms such as “The Re- critical successes. piracy will continue to hinder the devel- turn” shows that Russia’s long tradition Likewise, the reason software ﬁrms opment of high-content-value industries of literary and artistic creation is still alive can afford to pay computer program- that would provide some of the best jobs and well. Russia is known throughout the mers and other technicians is because for Russians — jobs that focus on world for its achievements in science and they can expect to make money selling knowledge, creativity and innovation — culture. But something that Russia is be- a ﬁnal product. Russia has a large pool while creating unneeded obstacles for coming increasingly known for — theft of talented programmers and technical the growing Russian export market. and piracy of intellectual property — professionals, but the technology sector Piracy is very proﬁtable, but the threatens Russia’s future capacity for cul- here is also a victim of the pirates, who proﬁts are realized by only a very rich tural and scientiﬁc achievements. deprive innovators of the funding they few, at the expense of many, many others. Over the past year, growing atten- need to keep innovating. It is obviously at the expense of the artists tion has been paid to the burgeoning Russia’s scientists and inventors have and creative professionals whose proﬁts levels of optical disc piracy (CDs, the potential to contribute to bringing are siphoned off. But it is also at the ex- DVDs and CD-ROMs) in Russia. Russia into the mainstream of commer- pense of the software developer who is However, recent polls show that Rus- cially viable technical innovation, espe- unable to create new and innovative sian citizens are not concerned about cially if the country can attract invest- computer programs without fear of his piracy involving music, ﬁlms and soft- ment from high-tech companies. But this ﬁnal product being stolen. It is at the ex- ware products, because they believe the process will never truly get off the pense of the musician who cannot afford only victims of this type of piracy are ground if technical innovation is not ad- to record her work. It is at the expense of major Western recording and ﬁlm stu- equately protected by well-enforced pro- the ﬁlm studio that has to reduce the dios, which, in their view, have no need tection of intellectual property rights. number of ﬁlms it can produce for the for the extra revenue generated by sales Despite an attractive pool of talented Russian market. It is at the expense of in Russia. But Russians, too, are al- creative professionals in both the techno- every Russian worker who could be em- ready victims of the pirates, and if logical and cultural arenas, foreign in- ployed by a growing company in an in- piracy continues unchecked the number vestment that could help bolster these in- dustry that simply won’t grow while the of domestic victims will swell. dustries in Russia is undermined by the pirates bleed away its funding. Intellectual property rights exist to pirates. Piracy has reached such epidemic view Russia as a country that does not re- not just to sell CDs of Mariah Carey and And it is at the expense of all of us serve as an incentive to creativity. The proportions in Russia that it is increas- spect the rule of law, intellectual or per- Eminem. But — they continue — due to here and around the world, who are de- reason that artists can afford to write ingly seen as the next China, which dur- sonal property rights, they will continue the current level of piracy it is simply not prived of the rich cultural and scientiﬁc and record music is because they can ing the height of its piracy problem had to invest in places where their property, viable to invest the amount of money achievements that constitute Russia’s expect to be paid for their recordings. 29 plants producing pirated material. in all of its forms, is better protected. the Russian music industry deserves. greatest historical legacy — and her During discussions with both promi- Russia is reported to have at least that For example, Western studios say Nowhere is the danger of piracy as promise of even greater contributions nent and up-and-coming Russian musi- many illegal plants operating now. It is that one of their primary goals in enter- clear as in the ever-increasing arena of to our world in the 21st century. cians, I have made a point of asking estimated that more than 320 million pi- ing the Russian marketplace is to culti- counterfeit pharmaceuticals. Not only how to obtain their works on CD. Sadly, rated disks are produced in Russia each vate the abundance of talented musi- does drug piracy take away proﬁts that Alexander Vershbow is the U.S. ambas- the overwhelming response has been year, about 90 percent of which are ex- cians in Russia and to share their cre- could be used to develop more effective sador to Russia. He contributed this that it is simply not proﬁtable to record ported. As long as potential investors ative talents with the rest of the world — and more proﬁtable medicines, but it comment to The St. Petersburg Times. Tax Evasion Isn’t Just For Multimillionaires By Vladislav Schnitzer source of income,” she said. Not long ago my old friend Stepan “What is it?” he asked. In the heat of asked me sheepishly if I would spot him the moment he nearly mentioned that he 2,000 rubles till the end of the month. occasionally worked as a gypsy cab driver, “Of course,” I replied. “What’s wrong?” but right at that moment the inspector I was surprised by Stepan’s request. took pity on Stepan, opened a second ﬁle We’d been friends for ages and in all on her computer and told him that he had that time we’d never borrowed more concealed dividend income. than 100 rubles from each other. “But I’ve never owned stock in my “It’s like this,” said Stepan. “The day life!” Stepan insisted. before yesterday I got a notice from the “You have received dividends. We tax inspector’s ofﬁce saying that I had have all the details.” ﬁve days to pay a 2,000-ruble ﬁne or And then Stepan remembered that face legal action.” back in the 1990s he had traded his pri- A ﬁne? Tax inspectors? This sur- vatization voucher for 50 10-ruble prised me even more. “You aren’t earn- shares in Gazprom. ing a little extra under the table, are “You have been paid a dividend of you?” I asked. 10 kopeks per share, for a total of 5 “Oh, come rubles,” the in- on!” he said. “Can spector said. “By the tax inspectors law you have to really have found ‘You failed to pay, so pay tax on that in- out that I pick up you’ve been fined. come. You failed the occasional fare to pay, so you’ve on the way to and Simple as that,’ said been ﬁned. Simple from work?” Stepan took the tax inspector to as that.” “But I never time off from work, the pensioner. saw that money,” drove to the tax Stepan objected. ofﬁce and stood in line for two hours just “No one told me anything about it.” to talk with the inspector, a pretty young “That’s your problem,” the inspector woman who muttered something when said. But given the ridiculously small he said “Hello” without looking up from amount of income involved, the inspec- her computer. “Name?” she asked. “Ad- tor softened. “Tell you what. I don’t think dress?” Reading from her computer you’re guilty of intentional tax evasion, screen, she announced: “You have con- so I’ll reduce the ﬁne to 500 rubles.” cealed income from the government. In the end Stepan appealed his case That offense carries a 2,000-ruble ﬁne.” to the deputy head of the district tax in- Stepan explained that he had only spectorate, who ﬁnally saw the absurdity one source of income, and that the in- of the situation and rescinded the ﬁne. stitute payroll ofﬁce assured him that his taxes had been paid. But the woman Vladislav Schnitzer is a pensioner and stuck to her guns. “You have a second journalist living in Moscow. 10 y TUE SD AY, DECEMBER 2, 2003 Stocks Focus Boeing Chief Executive Walks Markets React to Yukos- By Kathy Fieweger REUTERS CHICAGO — Boeing Co. Chairman total surprise.” it Boeing said dismissed vestment bank Stephens Inc., said it was unclear if Condit resigned or was ﬁred, but added that Sears’ ﬁring was the last Sibneft Merger Nixing and Chief Executive Phil Condit re- Sears for speak- straw in a series of missteps for Condit By Dmitry Dmitriev tinue to consider Eurobonds issued by signed under pressure on Monday, fol- ing with and Boeing, which is also the No. 2 U.S. MOSCOW — Russian external debt state-owned companies as being pro- lowing an ethics scandal and other cor- Druyun about military contractor. was lower last week in line with global tected from both types of risk. Therefore, porate missteps that have hurt business future employ- Those included an indeﬁnite ban by markets. The benchmark Russia 30 we see them as being the most attractive prospects. ment with the the Air Force on military rocket ended the week at 93 7/8 (-7/8), with its buys under current market conditions. Harry Stonecipher, who retired last company while launches for using rival Lockheed yield increasing from 7.25% to 7.37%. The GKO-OFZ market was stronger year, was named president and chief ex- she was still Martin Corp. documents to help win The losses were mainly caused by weak- last week despite a lack of rubles on the ecutive ofﬁcer of the world’s largest with the Air the initial award, as well as news last ened U.S. Treasuries. Meanwhile, the market at the end of the month. The aerospace company. Considered by Force as a top week the Pentagon would look into sovereign spreads tightened by 4-6 bp, market only fell on the last trading day of many a shrewd and hard-nosed leader, procurement REUTERS delaying a big contract to lease and demonstrating their resilience to the po- the month, as news broke that the Stonecipher was formerly Boeing’s vice ofﬁcial. Phil Condit buy 100 air refueling tanker planes litical uncertainties arising from devel- Yukos-Sibneft merger may be cancelled. chairman after running McDonnell Sears was Condit’s No. 2 man, and from Boeing. opments surrounding the Yukos-Sibneft Corporate and municipal ruble bonds Douglas. Boeing and McDonnell Dou- industry experts said last week that Boeing has also lost market share merger and the forthcoming elections. were also stronger last week, with City of glas merged in 1997. Sears’ ﬁring raised questions about for its airplanes in recent years to rival Corporate Eurobonds were even Moscow bonds posting the best gains due “Boeing is advancing on several of Condit’s role in running the company, jetmaker Airbus. On Monday, Qantas more resilient last week. Most posted to their large duration and the strong the most important programs in its as well as leadership succession at Boe- Airways announced an order for 23 notable gains and the best performers creditworthiness of the issuer, which history and I offered my resignation ing. Airbus A320s worth about $1.15 billion were Gazprombank 08 (+1.28%) and draws foreign investors. The key factors as a way to put the distractions and Taking on the role of nonexecutive for its new low-cost carrier. Airbus is Sistema 08 (+1.14%). Corporate spreads in the ruble debt market’s increase were controversies of the past year behind chairman is Lew Platt, former CEO of owned by European aerospace com- over the sovereign yield curve tightened the rise of the ruble in the FX market, a us, and to place the focus on our per- Hewlett-Packard Co. pany EADS. by 10-40 bp. Meanwhile, Vneshtorgbank fresh increase in the CBR reserves, and formance,” Condit said in a state- In one of his ﬁrst statements as has decided to scale down the size of its the CBR’s comments that the ruble may ment. CEO, Stonecipher told analysts and re- proposed Eurobond to $300 million. be allowed to float more freely and may The departure of Condit, 62, from the world’s largest manufacturer of Sears’ firing raised porters on a conference call that Boe- ing’s proposed new 7E7 jetliner pro- Pricing has been postponed until Dec. 1. Russian sovereign spreads can be continue to appreciate in the short-term — implying that the Bank may make commercial airplanes follows the questions about gram was on track. expected to tighten further in the fewer ruble interventions. ﬁring last week of Chief Financial “We are… looking forward to going medium-term on the back of Russia’s The best surprise last week was the Ofﬁcer Michael Sears for what the Condit’s role in forward with the airplane,” he said. “I robust economy, the authorities’ strong Duma’s approval in all three readings of company said was unethical conduct. running the company, have been a proponent of it all along commitment to service the country’s a reduction in stamp duty on new secu- Also dismissed was a former high- and continue to be so.” debt, and the decreasing volume of ex- rity issues, from the current 0.8% to ranking Air Force ofﬁcial, Darleen as well as other issues. The board will hear presentations ternal debt in both absolute and relative 0.2%, with a maximum charge of Druyun. on the 7E7 in mid-December, as sched- terms. In the near-term, this tightening 100,000 rubles (approx. $3,300). This “They needed to send the very The surprise move caps a tumul- uled, Stonecipher added. should, however, be constrained by po- long-awaited and necessary law will strongest signal they could to Congress, tuous year at Chicago-based Boeing, Shares of Boeing were up 14 cents at litical tensions — driven by both the have a positive impact on the market’s DoD [U.S. Department of Defense], in- which has suffered in nearly all of its $38.53 on the New York Stock Ex- Yukos events and the elections — as development and be attractive to com- vestors,” said Richard Aboulaﬁa at Vir- core business units from a severe change on Monday morning, off an ear- well as by the lack of activity by major panies considering ruble bond issues, as ginia-based consultancy Teal Group. downturn in commercial aircraft deliv- lier low at $37.70. The stock has risen players as the year draws to a close. it should lead to a significant reduction “This is an [extension] of recent is- eries. It also faces investigations into al- more than 52 percent since mid-March. The corporate spreads have been hit in their borrowing costs. sues that have plagued Boeing,” said leged illegal activities and unethical even harder by the political uncertainty. Marcy Yeamans, analyst for Banc One conduct in its military contracting pro- Additional reporting by Chelsea Emery However, their high yields and shorter Dmitry Dmitriev is a fixed income and Investment Advisors. “Given the issues cedures. in New York, Chris Stetkiewicz in Seat- durations make them less exposed to banking analyst with United Financial at the company, it shouldn’t have been a Eric Hugel, analyst for New York in- tle and Jason Neely in London. global interest rate volatility. We con- Group. R U S S I A N M A R K E T S Source data from Troika Dialog CENTRAL BANK RATE BENCHMARK STOCKS RTS INDEX AND VOLUMES CLOSE, $ W-o-W, % VOLUME, $ EV/EBITDA MCAP, $ MLN 52WK HI 52WK LO 2003E Index RTS 529.27 4.75 103,517,253 132,931.4 650.09 335.33 23, Malaya Morskaya Street, St.Petersburg www.troika.ru Oil & Gas Phone (812) 380 6850 Fax 380 6851 Gazprom* 1.255 2.21 91,740,500 3.38 24,676.8 1.437 0.660 LUKoil 21.615 4.85 6,962,910 5.32 17,801.3 24.550 13.610 Sibneft 2.300 6.24 398,500 4.87 10,905.0 3.350 1.820 Thought of the Week Surgutneftegaz 0.525 6.23 3,608,610 2.80 12,144.0 0.601 0.286 Tatneft 1.014 6.71 1,056,500 3.17 2,114.3 1.355 0.721 Hard work never killed anybody, but why take YUKOS 11.375 0.31 8,705,050 4.37 21,979.6 16.350 8.360 DOLLAR RATE IN SELT Nov. 28 a chance? Electricity WA* LAST UES 0.261 10.48 18,473,000 7.13 11,204.7 0.347 0.104 Edgar Bergen RTS Index Volume, $ mln (r.h.scale): RTS MICEX TOD 29.7389 29.7500 Mosenergo 0.064 -2.30 613,300 6.16 1,802.1 0.085 0.031 Irkutskenergo 0.112 0.45 - 6.31 531.5 0.127 0.072 Nov. 24 Nov. 24 Nov. 24 Nov. 24 Nov. 24 TOM 29.7409 29.7350 Bashkirenergo 0.259 -1.03 - 4.35 281.7 0.370 0.125 RTS change 2.07% 1.69% 3.13% -0.14% -2.01% OIL PRICE Chelyabenergo 0.031 2.48 - 6.24 160.1 0.033 0.010 Closing level 515.75 524.46 540.87 540.13 529.27 LATEST W-o-W DISCOUNT TO BRENT 52WK HI 52WK LO * WA – weighted average Kubanenergo 4.225 -2.87 - 9.90 75.5 4.600 2.100 RTS 14.17 21.71 37.27 7.31 23.06 Urals, $/pbl 27.79 -2.76 3.77% 32.72 18.26 Kuzbassenergo 0.505 9.78 - 7.05 306.1 0.550 0.172 MICEX 277.12 377.46 362.70 240.01 351.27 CENTRAL BANK RATES Nov. 28 Lenenergo 0.603 1.73 - 4.62 513.6 0.630 0.265 TROIKA DIALOG EXTERNAL DEBT INDEX (TEDI) FOR RUR USD Rostovenergo 0.031 0.00 - 4.51 110.9 0.034 0.018 Samaraenergo 0.061 -6.54 - 6.99 242.7 0.074 0.033 Australia 1 21.53 0.72 Sverdlovenergo 0.385 5.48 - 3.57 239.9 0.385 0.162 UK 1 51.07 1.72 Telecommunications Rostelecom 1.910 3.38 1,859,695 4.56 1,697.2 2.248 1.122 Belarus 1,000 13.84 0.47 Central Telecom 0.304 1.00 - 3.71 596.1 0.359 0.235 Denmark 10 47.71 1.60 MGTS 10.700 1.42 - 5.76 970.5 11.750 6.200 USA 1 29.74 1.00 North Western Telecom 0.400 5.12 - 3.17 347.5 0.530 0.345 Siberian Telecom 0.031 0.82 76,850 4.14 447.7 0.036 0.023 Euro 1 35.50 1.19 Ural SI 0.032 7.06 489,076 6.45 1,182.3 0.039 0.013 OFZ WEIGHTED AVERAGE YIELD (%) Iceland 100 39.73 1.34 Volga Telecom 2.358 3.74 97,756 4.73 700.4 2.690 1.200 Metals Kazakhstan 100 20.28 0.68 Norilsk Nickel 58.000 10.21 1,315,800 6.27 12,406.5 65.500 18.750 Canada 1 22.79 0.77 Severstal 113.400 9.30 166,750 3.07 2,503.2 125.000 47.000 Norway 10 43.45 1.46 Manufacturing AvtoVAZ 25.200 6.78 - 6.94 761.7 30.250 19.150 SDR 1 42.81 1.44 GAZ 25.550 2.20 - 6.93 168.4 30.500 14.000 Singapore 1 17.24 0.58 KamAZ 0.343 3.32 - 6.19 269.1 0.435 0.258 UHM (Uralmash) 7.350 -1.34 64,650 6.19 271.9 9.240 5.250 Turkey 1,000,000 20.22 0.68 Consumer & Retail MINFIN BONDS Ukraine 10 55.17 1.86 GUM 2.048 -0.12 - 5.44 122.9 2.500 1.310 ADRS MATURITY BID W-o-W YTM SPREAD W-o-W Sweden 10 39.33 1.32 Red October 6.000 0.42 - 4.73 57.9 7.650 2.700 SHARES PER ADR CLOSE, $ W-o-W, % VOLUME*, $ 52WK HI 52WK LO MinFin 5 5/15/12 87.50 -0.750 6.32% 298.0 2.6 TzUM 0.495 0.00 - 5.23 44.4 0.495 0.276 Swiss 1 22.93 0.77 LUKoil 4 86.40 4.35 234,876,483 99.00 52.00 MinFin 6 5/15/10 96.50 0.375 4.55% 249.7 -40.8 Transport SurgutNG 50 26.55 7.93 57,990,506 30.00 14.20 MinFin 7 5/15/15 75.75 -0.812 7.35% 401.2 -2.0 Japan 100 27.20 0.91 Aeroflot 0.555 3.98 28,000 3.78 616.4 0.630 0.322 Gazprom 10 24.10 2.55 61,048,203 28.50 10.00 MinFin 8 11/15/11 91.70 0.075 5.64% 236.0 -21.4 PRISCO 4.175 16.78 - 5.15 92.4 4.175 1.435 Tatneft 20 19.95 3.91 7,557,249 27.20 14.20 Banking P/BV INTERBANK O/N RATES Sibneft 10 23.00 4.55 22,862,108 34.00 18.00 Sberbank 253.750 4.86 760,150 1.05 5,001.3 309.000 188.500 YUKOS 15 46.00 0.55 337,184,745 68.50 33.33 * Non RTS traded SOVEREIGN EUROBONDS 4.00 UES 100 26.18 11.88 52,275,610 34.65 10.50 1.75 COUPON MATURITY BID W-o-W YTM SPREAD W-o-W 3.00 PREFERRED SHARES Mosenergo 100 6.35 -2.31 2,774,034 8.13 3.00 Russia 05 8.75% 7/25/09 108.50 -0.250 3.38% 134.0 -16.0 Rostelecom 6 11.58 4.99 2,727,610 13.20 6.59 2.00 CLOSE, $ W-o-W, % VOLUME, $ DISCOUNT 52WK HI 52WK LO VimpelCom 0.75 69.48 12.70 84,828,983 70.25 30.00 Russia 07 10.00% 6/27/11 116.55 -0.825 4.88% 155.0 0.0 Rostelecom pref 1.258 5.19 60,750 -34% 1.510 0.750 Golden Telecom 1 27.90 3.45 12,833,762 33.47 12.01 Russia 10 8.25% 4/1/14 111.14 -0.485 5.31% 198.0 -9.0 1.00 Russia 18 11.00% 7/25/22 132.50 -1.812 7.34% 303.0 0.0 Sberbank pref 3.600 2.86 - -29% 4.010 2.140 MTS 20 82.50 7.21 66,022,489 87.50 33.25 0.00 Surgutneftegaz pref 0.341 11.44 1,376,575 -35% 0.390 0.203 Norilsk Nickel 1 57.86 10.42 73,283,062 65.25 18.25 Russia 28 12.75% 6/25/32 156.37 -1.880 7.63% 333.0 -4.0 11/17 11/18 11/19 11/20 11/21 Tatneft pref 0.556 3.97 27,750 -45% 0.740 0.434 Wimm-Bill-Dann 1 18.84 1.56 3,287,155 22.80 16.00 Russia 30 5.00% 4/1/34 93.75 -1.062 7.37% 307.0 -3.0 UES pref 0.238 11.76 116,250 -9% 0.313 0.091 Tuesday, December 2, 2003 E L E C T I O N The St. Petersburg Times y 11 Shoigu Takes United Russia Dance to Perm By Carl Schreck Don’t Have to Fear,” (“You don’t have STAFF WRITER to fear thick fog, you don’t need to fear PERM, Ural Mountains — With a empty pockets…. You just have to fear healthy dose of populism, Sergei Shoigu your own cowardice.”) and the school’s took the United Russia show to Perm ballerinas’ performance of “The Waltz on Friday, showing off his soccer skills of the Flowers,” from Tchaikovsky’s and offering a vision of Russia’s future “The Nutcracker.” geography that could make for some Shoigu’s final stop was at Perm’s nervous neighbors. Spartak Sports Complex, where he “In the end, I hope we live to see the donned a United Russia jersey for an day when we again have a huge country indoor game of soccer against a team of within the borders of the Soviet local United Russia members. Union,” said Shoigu, emergency situa- Everybody loves a winner, and tions minister and No. 2 on the federal United Russia has not been shy about list of the pro-Kremlin party. aligning itself with Russia’s recent soc- The statement at the Perm Drama cer success for some free PR. In Theater was met with resounding ap- September, Shoigu was shown promi- plause from the crowd of 1,000 that was nently on television alongside Interior bused in to support the unification of Minister and United Russia leader the Perm region and its smaller neigh- Boris Gryzlov and State Sports Com- bor, the Komi-Permyak autonomous mittee head and hockey legend Vyach- district. A referendum on unification eslav Fetisov, cheering wildly as the na- will be held next Sunday, the same day tional team beat Switzerland 4-1 in as the State Duma elections. Moscow. Shoigu, one of Russia’s most popular The win helped pave Russia’s way to politicians, traveled to this industrial next year’s European Championships in city of 1 million in the southern foothills Portugal. of the Urals to stump for United Russia A few days later, Gryzlov and ahead of the elections. But his expan- Shoigu were photographed alongside sionist pronouncement left journalists IGOR TABAKOV/SPT Brazilian soccer great Pele for the puzzled about what exactly he meant by Emergency Situations Minister and United Russia co-chairman Sergei Shoigu looking down during a ballet performance in Perm. opening of a soccer field in Moscow. “within the borders of the Soviet quakes and his religious background. 40-year-old construction worker, said “We’re happy to welcome you to The local United Russia squad Union.” Shoigu, born in the traditionally he likes what he’s seen of Shoigu and our school!” the girl would say, bowing hardly stood a chance Friday evening At the press conference following Buddhist republic of Tuva, said he was would vote for him if he ever decided to while holding a loaf of bread and a against Shoigu’s squad, which, with leg- the speech, he didn’t exactly clear things baptized Russian Orthodox when he run for president. “He’s a responsible small bowl of salt in one hand, the tra- endary Soviet goalkeeper Rinat up, saying only that he was talking was 5 years old. person,” he said. “He’s a man of his ditional offering to guests. Dasayev in goal, won 6-4 in front of a about reunification in geographical But hockey non sequiturs aside, word and a man of action.” “Our doors are always open for crowd of 500. After 10 straight missed terms, not political. United Russia has an ace in Shoigu as Shoigu’s stop at the Perm Drama you!” the boy would say. shots at close range in the first half, When asked how he envisions such a its campaign face. Wherever there is Theater was his fourth appearance of When Shoigu finally arrived, the Shoigu eventually managed to score process, Shoigu sat silently for 13 sec- trouble — earthquakes, floods, fires, the day on a standard campaign menu welcoming duo gave a flawless and one goal in the second half. onds before unleashing another head- mining accidents — the 48-year-old of stops and photo-ops: meetings with perky performance, after which 15- Pribylovsky said United Russia’s scratcher. emergency situations minister cuts a small-business leaders, visits to schools year-old student Dima Torchuk gave sports politics and talk of restoring the “Would you like the Russian na- dashing figure as he shows up in his and sports clubs and speeches to rally the guest of honor a guided tour of the Soviet Union play on similar emotions tional hockey team to win the world trademark turtleneck sweater and the United Russia troops. school. Shoigu’s bodyguard, who bore a among voters. championship?” he barked. Those pre- Gore-Tex jacket to save the day. Earlier in the day, he visited Perm’s striking resemblance to the Perm re- “Hockey and soccer are the two sent could only exchange confused Though he is on the United Russia prestigious Gymnasium No. 11 to tour gion’s karate expert governor, Yury most popular sports in Russia, and looks. party list, Shoigu is not expected to take the school’s facilities, a tour Putin took Trutnev, kept students and journalists more than half of the population roots Then, having apparently collected a Duma seat, but rather to stay on as a few weeks earlier during his visit to from getting too close to the minister. for one team or another,” he said. his thoughts, Shoigu said he sees such a minister. Perm. The school’s hallways were During a stop at the school’s Inter- “It’s the same type of populism as reunification as similar to the creation Vladimir Pribylovsky, who heads the chaotic 30 minutes before Shoigu’s ar- net classroom, a school official meekly the nostalgia for the Soviet Union,” he of a Russian-Belarussian union: “hard, Panorama think tank, said it is no mys- rival. Raisa Zobachyova, the school’s asked Shoigu’s permission to hang his added. difficult and long.” tery why Shoigu enjoys great popular- director, raced around shouting instruc- picture in the room. Shoigu gave a “They’re just trying to show unity Shoigu responded to follow-up ity. tions to restless students on where to muted affirmative, to the official’s ob- with a majority of the population. questions on the matter with a threat to “He’s always on TV, and he’s always stand, while a boy and girl in traditional vious relief. “The only difference is that it is a bit end the press conference, ensuring a se- saving something,” Pribylovsky said. peasant costumes practiced their greet- After the tour, Shoigu was treated to harder to play soccer than to sit there ries of banal questions about earth- Perm resident Alexander Voronov, a ing near the front entrance. a boys’ choir rendition of the song “You and wish the Soviet Union still existed.” Nemtsov Courts Young Voters in the Urals Deputies Pass Raft of Bills By Oksana Yablokova STAFF WRITER On Last Day of State Duma “So why did you and Yeltsin sell out to America?” one note said. Nemtsov wrapped up the meeting by asking the students whether they CHELYABINSK, Ural Mountains — “Yeltsin and I sold Russia, how in- wanted to have good jobs, their own By Anna Dolgov 0.5 percent of GDP, abolishes the sales Some 450 students sat in a hall of the teresting,” Nemtsov said, chuckling. businesses, big salaries and better hous- SPECIAL TO THE ST. PETERSBURG TIMES tax and cuts value-added tax to 18 per- Chelyabinsk State Pedagogical Univer- “What is going on in Georgia, and ing. SPS, he said, holds the key to all of MOSCOW — To the strains of the na- cent. Inflation is predicted to fall to be- sity, licking ice cream cones and munch- how is Chubais doing these days?” an- these desires. tional anthem, a half-empty State tween 8 percent and 10 percent next ing on potato chips as they waited with other note asked, referring to Unified “I don’t just think I have won them Duma on Friday ended its last session year — down from a predicted 12 per- increasing impatience for Boris Energy Systems chief and SPS candi- over. I know I have,” Nemtsov said as before new elections of Dec. 7, having cent this year. Nemtsov to show up and explain why date Anatoly Chubais. rushed out of the hall to go to the rock rushed through a last-minute flurry of The Duma voted 371-0 to approve a they should vote for his Union of Right “Chubais is doing great. He recently concert. largely economic measures. bill insuring bank deposits, which is ex- Forces, or SPS, party. bought an energy company in Georgia, SPS won a strong 18 percent of the In the chamber, which emptied pected to aid the modernization of the After 40 minutes and several an- by the way,” Nemtsov said. vote in Chelyabinsk in the 1999 Duma through the day as deputies left to go on banking system and protect private de- nouncements by school officials that elections, and local party officials make the campaign stump, a handful of oppo- positors against loss if banks go Nemtsov was running late, the anger in no secret that they are counting on sition lawmakers were drowned out by bankrupt. the air was almost tangible. young voters this time around. a chorus of self-congratulation from Under the bill, expected to come By all appearances, it was not the Nemtsov said he But in the lobby an old woman pro-Kremlin lawmakers. into force Jan. 1, deposits of up to best start for one of Nemtsov’s final campaign trips in the run-up to the Dec. could sing better than stopped him, saying, “Aren’t you ashamed about what you have done to Deputies passed the final readings of bills on the 2004 budget, bank deposit 100,000 rubles will be fully insured, while deposits in state-owned Sberbank 7 State Duma elections. Nemtsov made Zhirinovsky, but the the country? I don’t think this is some- insurance and cutting stock market will be insured through a separate gov- a quick half-day visit Thursday to this freezing industrial city in the southern concert crowd refused thing your mother taught you, or is it?” “I am not ashamed, and my mother trading fees. Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin ernment fund until 2007. The administration hoped to speed Urals to drum up support among young to listen to find out. supports me in everything I do,” the 44- welcomed the 245-151 passing of the the amendments through three read- voters with a speech and a rock concert. year-old former deputy prime minister budget, which included approval of a ings without debate, but after the The waiting students, however, replied. new stabilization fund aimed at creating Union of Right Forces and Yabloko warmed up quickly to the handsome, One student asked why he should Some 15 minutes later he showed up a cushion against plunging oil prices. factions said they would not approve a well-spoken politician when he got on trust Nemtsov and whether Nemtsov at the Yunost stadium, where an SPS “After the creation of a stabilization second reading unless their objections stage a few minutes later with a brief could offer any guarantee that his state- concert featuring the rock bands Chiche- fund, the prospect of Russia defaulting were taken into account, the bill passed apology for being tardy. ments were more than pre-election rina and Serga had already started. On in the foreseeable future… has greatly only a cursory first reading. “With 10 days left before the vote, promises. the way over, Nemtsov and his en- receded,” Kudrin said after the session. In televised comments Friday, Presi- my aim is quite obvious — to convince “I have not just appeared recently, tourage of local party officials swapped “This is a great final accord of the work dent Vladimir Putin thanked outgoing you to vote for the Union of Right like many others have,” Nemtsov said. suit coats and ties for casual sweaters. done by the Duma. It’s a bill to be deputies for their “joint, creative and Forces,” Nemtsov told the crowd of “I have been around for some time, and “Honestly, I cannot sing, but I am proud of.” intensive work” and said he expected mostly young women. I will stay around. I will not vanish.” not as bad as Zhirinovsky,” Nemtsov The budget requires that the gov- the same from the new Duma. Over the next 1 1/2 hours, he an- Nemtsov discussed two key SPS poli- told the crowd of several thousand peo- ernment place between $5 billion and “If the Duma is efficient, a president swered questions ranging from Georgia cies — military reform and combating ple, referring to Liberal Democratic $6 billion in the stabilization fund next can do a lot together with the parlia- to the amount of his personal wealth, corruption — and warned students not Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who year, but is not allowed to spend from ment,” he said. “But if the Duma is in- which were passed up to him on pieces to vote for pro-Kremlin United Russia, released an album in 1999. the fund until it totals 500 billion rubles volved in internal intrigues and posing of paper. He read every one of them out which he described as “a party of power- But the crowd began to roar its dis- ($16.8 billion). before cameras… the president will be loud and often joked with the senders. hungry and corrupt bureaucrats.” approval before he could start to sing. The budget provides for a surplus of tied hand and foot.” 12 y Tuesday, December 2, 2003 E L E C T I O N The St. Petersburg Times Crude, Clever Tricks in Siberia By Caroline McGregor years” on Shimkiv, who is spun as the A tagline at the bottom clearly STAFF WRITER face of big business. stated that the mocking tale was paid NOVOSIBIRSK, Western Siberia — Recently, he said, he has had to deal for from Tolokonsky’s campaign fund. In a campaign environment strikingly with the distribution of black PR Here, the retort came from Tolokon- devoid of issue debates, candidates are leaflets appearing to be Shimkiv’s re- sky himself, but sometimes it comes in left to seek creative and sometimes ma- sponses to six questions. Among them: the person of Viktor Starkov, another nipulative ways to win voters’ affection. “Why do gasoline prices keep rising?” candidate in the six-man race for gover- This is true nationwide, but it’s easily The answer given made Shimkiv out to nor about whom little is known. visible in Novosibirsk, where anti-oli- be profit hungry, Petrov said, even Starkov was a contestant four years garch slogans are used against a Yukos- though prices are determined by world ago, too, when Tolokonsky, then-mayor, supported candidate for the State Duma, markets and refinery costs. narrowly defeated Starikov for the gov- anti-Semitic slogans are leveled against Shimkiv is not the only candidate to ernor’s post. It is widely thought that the governor, and sports matches and argue that the media unfairly give him a pro-Tolokonsky forces put Starkov on MIKE SOLOVYANOV/SPT vandalism are employed as publicity bad rap. the ballot to dupe Starikov’s voters into A young woman and her daughter telling Zhirinovsky their plight on Sunday. tools. The region will elect a governor TV reports cast suspicion on the al- casting their vote for someone with a and four Duma deputies on Dec. 7. The tricks can range from the crude to the clever. Andrei Shimkiv is the director of cohol produced and sold by local vodka baron Eduard Kozhemyakin, running for the Duma for United Russia, said Igor Reshetnikov, spokesman for the similar name. The regional administration’s mouth- piece, Sovietskaya Sibir, has tried to blur any distinction between Starikov and Zhirinovsky Offers All Novosibirsknefteprodukt, a retail sub- sidiary of the newly formed oil giant YukosSibneft, and he’s running for a party’s Novosibirsk branch. He said the leading local station links Kozhemyakin to the mafia whenever possible and Starkov. A Starkov ad replicated the text and layout of an adjacent one placed by Starikov, with only a handful of words Kinds of Aid to Voters Duma seat as an independent, against notes that his business quadrupled after changed. The picture of Starkov looked By Greg Walters He’s a buffoon with ultranationalist the Communist incumbent. he was elected to the city legislature. strikingly similar to Starikov. SPECIAL TO THE ST. PETERSBURG TIMES rhetoric. He always caters to the His campaign manager, Dmitry Mikhail Titov, one of the five candi- “The idea is to make voters lose MOSCOW — For more than an hour tastes of the discontented audience.” Petrov, complains that every time tele- dates running against Tolokonsky, was track of who’s the real candidate and they streamed into Vladimir Zhiri- The discontented audience was vision journalists mention Shimkiv’s accused of selling poor-quality shoes who’s the imitation,” Chugainova said. novsky’s office, handing written certainly in attendance Sunday. name, “he’s identified as a gasoline oli- through a company he founded in 1993. Tolokonsky rivals are, meanwhile, us- complaints and legal documents to “My dear Vladimir Volfovich. It’s garch. The want him to be seen up Titov has run as a Communist in the past, ing a similar tactic. Candidate Boris the leader of the Liberal Democratic awful, awful,” said one retiree who there with Khodorkovsky,” the former but this time around, he does not have Mironov, whose campaign registration Party and asking for assistance. was on the verge of tears. “Please Yukos chief executive. the party’s support, which observers documents describe him as “temporarily To each, Zhirinovsky, like many help me. I can’t live without gas. They This particularly chafes, since Shimkiv chalk up to the governor’s bargain with out of work,” seems to have been put for- politicians, promised solemnly, privatized my apartment, and now is a company manager, not a sharehold- the Communists, who account for a solid ward for the express purpose of banging “We’ll try to help you.” they tell me my pension’s not enough ing owner. “There’s no logic,” Petrov quarter of the regional electorate. the anti-Semitic drum against Tolokon- But, unlike most politicians, he to pay my bills. There’s no light, no said. “It’s like calling a journalist a media Given the backdrop of strong public sky, who is Jewish. The candidate has no often meant it more personally. heat. And my cat and dog have died.” magnate just for working at a paper.” support for the case against Yukos, it’s chance at winning, so many suspect he is Zhirinovsky offered short-term Zhirinovsky glanced over her gas The negative coverage Shimkiv feels being financed by a business figure with loans to help with utility bills. He said bill. “And your deputies, what are he recieves roots in a tangled web of an interest in unseating Tolokonsky. he would get gas supplies to apart- they doing about it?” he said. “Don’t backroom agreements involving regional Blocked from direct access to the ments turned back on. He volun- they still have deputies in the Duma? Governor Viktor Tolokonsky, the Com- Distributing a rival’s media, Starikov came up with a way to teered the services of LDPR lawyers. That’s our democracy for you. And munist Party and the interests that con- campaign material get in through the back door by casting Visitors, in turn, thanked him and they dare call me a fascist. Just yes- trol the local television stations. Through himself at the center of a hockey-match about half promised him their votes. terday, Yavlinsky did it again.” these opaque deals, the Communist can deprive him of scandal, or the appearance thereof. “This is an everyday activity,” an After making their cases, visitors Duma candidates get favorable TV cov- erage in exchange for not challenging votes, if done in truly Through his connections with Vy- acheslav Fetisov, the head of the State LDPR spokeswoman said of Sun- day’s gathering. to Zhirinovsky’s office on Sunday were handed gift bags with LDPR Tolokonsky for the governor’s seat. irritating ways. Sports Committee, Starikov organized Zhirinovsky has been flying lighters, pens, campaign literature All of Novosibirsk’s leading state and a recent hockey game between two around the country and meeting with and a CD featuring samples of private television networks are con- not surprising that politicians running teams of “living legends” — all-star vet- voters in a similar fashion, she said. Zhirinovsky’s public statements laid trolled by Yakov London, which has ties against these candidates would try to eran players now in their 50s and 60s — “Of course it’s part of the cam- down over electronic dance tracks. to Press Minister Mikhail Lesin and ad- stoke voter resentment against wealthy at the city’s biggest stadium. paign,” she said. “But this is standard. One song, titled, “Bush Is a Shitty vertising agency Video International. businessmen. A week before the match, after It’s not just part of the campaign.” Cowboy,” appears to use remarks These three are said to function inde- A candidate vandalizing his own thousands of tickets had been given out, Zhirinovsky’s election campaign Zhirinovsky has denied making. pendently of Tolokonsky’s administra- posters or distributing ads for rivals, Starikov said the game risked getting has entailed much more than handing Sunday, though, saw a more tion, though they have a cooperative re- however, is a bit more unexpected. It canceled by the governor — a move out individual favors. His oratory has even-tempered politician listening to lationship, said Andrei Nikolayev, direc- may seem counterproductive at first that effectively cast Tolokonsky as a vil- ranged from the populist — he has his electorate. tor of the city’s Public Policy Institute. glance but done properly, it’s not. lain who would make a political tool of called for oligarchs and liberal reform- One young woman, a student, com- The governor, meanwhile, calls the On several Novosibirsk roadside an apolitical event. ers to be “removed from the country” plained of living in a 12-square-meter shots in mainstream newspapers, be- billboards, black paint was dribbled Whether or not Tolokonsky was in- — to the bizarre, such as a proposal to room with three other people. A limp- cause low circulations and thin profit over the image of a local TV journalist deed prepared to call off the game, it ul- legalize polygamy as a way to deal ing soldier said he wasn’t receiving his margins make them financially depen- running for governor. And a spate of timately took place as planned, and with the declining population. stipend. Most, it seemed, had some sort dent on his support, said Andrei sidewalk light boards promoting a both Tolokonsky and Starikov claimed The key to understanding Zhiri- of financial or housing troubles. Kostyanov, a journalist who writes for Union of Right Forces candidate for credit for making it happen. novsky as a political phenomenon is Zhirinovsky promised to help Novaya Gazeta and other papers. the Duma and his grand plans for ex- Not all tricks involve two different the realization that while he excels them all. Between cases, he blamed Petrov said the Communists get panding the city’s metro were smashed. candidates, some involve two identical at getting attention, almost no one reformers, oligarchs and the govern- good mileage out of pinning “all eco- In both cases, the defacement was ones. Yevgeny Loginov is the face of takes his ideas seriously, said Masha ment in general of selling out the av- nomic sins and troubles from the last 15 rumored to be the handiwork of the Vladimir Zhirinovsky’s ultranationalist Lipman, an analyst at the Carnegie erage Russian, pounding his desk as candidates’ own teams, not their oppo- LDPR party in Novosibirsk, having run Moscow Center. “He’s often de- he made his points. nents whom they accused. in virtually every federal and regional scribed as an ultranationalist in the “There’s democratic freedom for Vandalism “is an excuse for a news election since 1993 and won election to West,” she said. “That’s part right. you,” he said. story,” Igor Patrushev, a local journalist, the State Duma in 1999. This year he is said over lunch in the basement of the running for both a single-mandate seat city’s press club. “You get to talk about yourself, and it makes it seem like your competitors think you are a serious con- and for governor. Another Yevgeny Loginov is run- ning in one of Novosibirsk’s three other Supreme Court Bars Former tender, when that might not be the case.” Distributing a rival’s campaign ma- terial can deprive him of votes, if done single-mandate districts, also from LDPR. Registered in Moscow, he seems to have been imported solely to Foes of Kremlin From Polls in a properly irritating way. stretch LDPR’s reach in the region. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Kremlin and went on to serve a term as Each car to which an opponent’s “You need a way to stay in the pub- MOSCOW — The Supreme Court on Kursk governor. sticker is pasted is at least one vote that lic eye,” said Petrov, Shimkiv’s cam- Saturday barred two former foes of ex- Also Saturday, the Supreme Court opponent won’t get, and the stickier the paign manager. “So if you clone your- President Boris Yelstin’s Kremlin from upheld a ruling barring Skuratov, who glue the better. Littering entryways with self, you can be two places at once and running in State Duma elections, revok- was the chief prosecutor from 1995 to a flurry of flyers for another candidate meet twice as many people. Even if ing former Vice President Alexander 1999 and investigated corruption in makes him equally unpopular. people say, that’s the wrong Loginov, it’s Rutskoi’s registration and upholding a Yeltsin’s Kremlin, from running as a Gubernatorial candidate Ivan already an excuse to talk about him.” decision to prevent former Prosecutor candidate from the Buryatia region. Starikov says the playing field is tilted in These ruses, however, can’t go on General Yury Skuratov from registering. Skuratov also was denied registra- Tolokonsky’s favor. His campaign man- forever, as people are getting wiser, said The Supreme Court overturned a tion because of problems with his state- ager, Nadezhda Chugainova, says the Galina Bychkovskaya, editor of state- ruling from a regional court that had re- ments about his place of work and, ac- city’s newspapers require her staff to owned Radio Slovo. jected a Communist Party official’s suit cording to Interfax, he and Rutskoi had submit Starikov’s ads three days before She recalled that in the 1995 gover- to prevent Rutskoi from running in the indicated the same place of employ- they run, simply so the governor’s office nor’s race, a photo of a mansion was Dec. 7 elections. It was the second time ment on their registration papers — the has time to come up with a direct retort widely circulated that was ostensibly in he has been prevented from running for Moscow State Social University. for the opposite page. Switzerland and belonged to a leading office in recent years. Rutskoi and Skuratov have not been Opposite a full-page interview with Communist figure. Four years later, in In Saturday’s ruling, the Supreme vocal opponents of the Kremlin under Starikov in a recent local edition of Ar- 1999, the same picture was wheeled out, Court agreed with claims by prosecu- President Vladimir Putin. gumenty i Fakty — paid for by his cam- this time against the incumbent gover- tors and the regional Communist Party Rutskoi accused the Communists of paign — was a caricature of Starikov as nor. This time it is labeled as his home chief that Rutskoi included inaccurate engineering his removal from the race, a donkey and a short fable titled “The in the Canary Islands. information about his place of employ- while Skuratov claimed the decision to Candidate Ass.” It reads: “One ass, de- “We’re reaching the limit of trust,” ment on his application for registration bar him was politically motivated, and ciding that all around were asses / Bychkovskaya said. “You can only de- as a candidate, Interfax reported. said he would lodge a complaint with Hatched a plan to push the lion from ceive people so long. Eventually they Rutskoi was jailed in 1993 after join- the European Court of Human Rights, the director’s chair … ” figure it out.” ing a hard-line opposition to Yeltsin’s Interfax reported. Tuesday, December 2, 2003 P H O T O P A G E The St. Petersburg Times y 13 Former Capital Novgorod Retains its Glory ALEXANDER BELENKY/SPT ALEXANDER BELENKY/SPT The wooden tiled cupolas of the Virgin of the Sign Cathedral in the central city. The Yaroslavl court where a monastery and a market once stood. A museum and former house of Yaroslav the Wise are here. ALEXANDER BELENKY/SPT A well-known humpbacked bridge takes pedestrians across the Volkhov river. ALEXANDER BELENKY/SPT ALEXANDER BELENKY/SPT Pigeons flapping on ice outside the St. Sophia Cathedral. Built between 1045 and 1050 it was Russia’s first brick building. Novgorod’s monument to Russia’s millennium, which was unveiled in 1862. ALEXANDER BELENKY/SPT ALEXANDER BELENKY/SPT Vivid frescos painted in the 17th century inside the Virgin of the Sign Cathedral. A twilight view of the domes and an adjacent building with a lit window at the site of Novgorod’s St. Sophia Cathedral. Tuesday, December 2, 2003 O P I N I O N The St. Petersburg Times y 15 It began in the heyday of J. Edgar Hoover, the cross-dressing martinet who reigned supreme in Washington for decades, blackmailing presidents, wiretapping dissidents (his sex tapes of Martin Luther King Jr. were said to be a particular fa- vorite) and generally playing merry hell with American liberties all across the board. In the 1960s, the FBI formed a partnership with a Boston Naked Gun gangland outfit, using its hitmen as informants to finger other gangs. It was a sweet deal for both By Chris Floyd parties: the Bureau got high-profile collars for its Don’t kid yourself — and don’t let them kid you. PR mill, and the gangsters got to knock off their When they come at you with that pious sugar, enemies with the blessing — and cover — of the telling you how they’re going to protect you, se- biggest “roof” around: the U.S. government. cure you, keep you free, you better run and check Not only did the FBI cover for its pet killers; the back door … because that’s where their goons agents actually allowed four men to be convicted will be breaking in. (two of them sentenced to execution) for a murder Last week, the U.S. Congress approved an ex- that Hoover knew had been committed by one of pansion of FBI powers that will allow Attorney his “informants.” Two of the innocent men died in General John Ashcroft’s federal police to arbitrar- prison; the others were freed after serving 30 years ily seize records from a range of private businesses of hard time. In all, the FBI’s informants murdered without bothering a judge or grand jury with any more than 20 people in Boston — “often with the silly-billy nonsense about evidence or even suspi- help of FBI agents,” noted the Congressional re- cion of criminal intent. All Ashcroft’s boys have to port. And lest you think this blood work was just do is say, “Boo! Terrorism!” and they can take something from the “bad old days,” consider this: whatever they want. the FBI-Mob death squad was still operative at This expansion of Patriot [sic] Act powers was least as late as 1995, when a helpful fed tipped off smuggled into the funding bill for the Bush Boston’s top mobster, Whitey Bulger, before he Regime’s security organs. Although the FBI is could be arrested by some nonmobbed cops. technically under the supervision of the Judiciary Whitey is still at large — and presumably still en- committees, Bushist bagmen in Congress routed joying the shelter of his trusty “roof.” the measure through the secret sessions of the in- And, by the way, not a single FBI agent has telligence committees to avoid any public debate, ever been arrested — or even disciplined — for Wired Magazine reports. their part in this murderous enterprise. As usual, the power grab was accompanied by So don’t kid yourself that these new powers earnest pledges that it would only be used in the won’t be abused. They will. Power — the armed most extreme cases of genuine terrorist danger. power of the state, the power over life, death and This was also the line given out when the Patriot the liberty of the individual — will always go just [sic] Act was first passed in 2001. Ashcroft — who as far as you let it. It will trample every ethical and is so holy that he had his daddy pour cooking oil lap-dancing joint. The club owner was suspected of amusing (last year he installed an $8,000 curtain to moral boundary, pour itself into every nook and over his head after his 1994 election to the Senate offering bribes to Vegas officials to win approval of hide the wantonly bare breast of a statue at his cranny of life, public and private, seeking domi- to signify that he, like King David, had been a law allowing a more hands-on approach between Washington headquarters), there’s a far more sin- nance at every level — unless you maintain a rig- anointed with the Lord’s “dominion over men” — dancers and customers, the Las Vegas Review- ister side to this corrosion of America’s few re- orous system of checks and balances to balk the solemnly swore that the draconian measures Journal reports. While the case had nothing to do maining liberties. For the very day after the Con- flow of power, frustrate it, channel it, disperse it, would never be applied to anything but dire with terrorism, obviously the very thought of gressional rubberstamps gave their Viagra-like subject it to reason, humanize it. threats to the national security. naked flesh being fondled constituted a dire threat boost to the FBI’s reach, another legislative com- But in the militarized, one-party state of This was, of course, the usual load of mule ma- to national security in Ashcroft’s oily mind. And mittee released its report on “one of the greatest Bushist America, where law is scorned and reason nure we’ve come to expect from the incontinently obviously, nothing will prevent Ashcroft and his failures in the history of federal law enforcement” has fled, those restraints are being swept aside. mendacious Regime. Witness the scene in Las Ve- minions from using the Act to pursue any other — the FBI’s eager participation in Mob murders, The back door is wide open. gas this month, where Ashcroft’s agents invoked personal bee that’s buzzing in their fully armed carried out with the full knowledge and approval the Patriot [sic] Act’s anti-terrorism powers to run federal bonnets. of the highest levels of government, The New For Annotational references, see the Opinion sec- roughshod over due process in a local probe of a While Ashcroft’s sexual anxieties are mildly York Times reports. tion at www.sptimes.com World The St. Petersburg Times y 16 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2003 UN Announces New Plan To Fight AIDS By Lawrence K. Altman plan calls for rapidly expanding pro- THE NEW YORK TIMES grams to train workers and improve The World Health Organization, a services, not adding new ones. United Nations agency, called on devel- “We cannot in a two-year period oping countries yesterday to train and build new health systems,” said Dr. organize 100,000 health care and non- Charles Gilks, the leader of the organi- professional workers to carry out its zation’s new AIDS treatment program. plan to begin delivering antiretroviral But with insufficient supplies of drugs, drugs to three million AIDS patients by even a successful WHO program will cre- the end of 2005. ate enormous ethical issues for countries The organization said 6 million of in deciding which patients to treat. the 40 million people infected with the Dr. Julian Fleet, a senior policy ad- AIDS virus were in immediate need of viser for the United Nations AIDS pro- antiretroviral treatment, but that only gram, said “the question of who will re- about 480,000 were receiving it. ceive antiretroviral drugs is really a The new program, which the organi- question of who shall live.” zation said would cost at least $5.5 bil- Because making such decisions in- lion, is intended to reach half those in volves broad societal issues, the WHO need by the end of 2005 — two million is planning a meeting at its headquar- more than would be reached by then ters in Geneva in a few weeks to help without such a program. countries answer that and other thorny In issuing a more detailed frame- questions. work for its program, to coincide with The organization’s plan challenges World AIDS Day today, the organiza- the 34 countries with the highest infec- JAYANTA SHAQ/REUTERS tion also recom- tion rates to rapidly An Indian sex education worker gazes from the window of a trolley in Calcutta decorated in association with World AIDS Day. mended four combi- train workers to ac- nations of antiretrovi- ral drugs that coun- tries could use to start Even a successful program means celerate the integra- tion of AIDS treat- ment in their health In Radical Policy Shift, New Delhi Set To Offer Free AIDS Treatments treatment. The list was care programs. vastly simplified from ethical issues for Many countries, the 35 possible combi- nations the organiza- countries deciding medical schools, pri- vate groups and tion had recom- whom to treat. other organizations THE NEW YORK TIMES though it does provide drugs to try to for far broader testing, and train doc- mended previously. have started AIDS NEW DELHI — India has decided to prevent AIDS transmission from moth- tors and nurses to monitor the dosage All four combinations programs in heavily expand substantially its program to pro- ers to babies in childbirth. and effects of antiretroviral therapy. have been proved effective, though infected countries. The numbers of pro- vide antiretroviral therapy to people But several obstacles must be over- India is estimated to have at least 4.6 none include the powerful protease in- grams have reached the point where with HIV and AIDS, government offi- come by spring. The government must million people with HIV — the second hibitor drugs that are often prescribed better coordination is needed to avoid cials say. still reach a final agreement with the highest number in the world, after in the United States and other wealthy duplication of research, training and By April of 2004, the government country’s pharmaceutical companies, South Africa. More than 600,000 new countries. treatment efforts, Dr. Peter Piot, the di- hopes to begin providing free antiretrovi- which manufacture generic versions of cases occurred in 2002. By involving about 100,000 workers, rector of the United Nations AIDS pro- ral therapy to all HIV-positive new par- antiretroviral medications, to reduce their Doctors in India prescribe antiretro- the organization’s anti-AIDS plan is the gram, said in a recent interview. ents, and all children under 15, in the six prices, as these companies recently viral therapy, but at $1 a day, it costs too most ambitious of the many that a num- “The lack of HIV treatment is with- states with the highest rates of HIV and agreed to do in Africa and the Caribbean. much for most people. ber of countries have advanced in re- out a doubt a global emergency,” Dr. AIDS. Eventually, in those states all peo- The government has yet to identify Providing the drugs will also chal- cent months and raises practical and Piot said. “We firmly believe that we ple with full-blown AIDS are to be “budgetary support,” the money to pay lenge India’s underfinanced health sys- ethical issues. stand no chance of halting this epidemic treated. for drugs for as many as 100,000 people, tem. The great majority of financing for In issuing its plan, the WHO said it unless we dramatically scale up access The decision amounts to a signifi- the number it estimates would be India’s programs to prevent or treat hoped to provide the technical details to HIV care. Treatment and prevention cant policy shift for India, which has not served in the first year. AIDS comes from outside donors like of what was needed to treat people to are the two pillars of a truly effective, previously tried to offer antiretroviral It also will have to recalibrate its the World Bank and the Bill and extend their lives. The organization’s comprehensive AIDS strategy.” treatment on any significant scale, weak public health system to provide Melinda Gates Foundation. I N B R I E F Disney Co. Vice Chair Roy Disney Sniper To Testify and Deputy Prime Minister Gianfranco latest sign of improving relations be- s CHESAPEAKE, Virginia (AP) — Fini, who shifted the National Alliance more to the centre and this week visited tween the South Asian nuclear rivals. The neighbors severed air service Resigns, Lashes Out At CEO Eisner Attorneys for sniper suspect Lee Boyd Israel to symbolically cut the party’s ties and road and railway links last year amid THE ASSOCIATED PRESS mously adopted governance rules has Malvo have subpoenaed convicted mas- to fascism. Mussolini has often said she tensions that led them to the brink of LOS ANGELES — In a sign of sim- become an occasion to raise again criti- termind John Allen Muhammad to tes- is fiercely proud of her grandfather and war. The last flights were on Jan. 1, 2002. mering tension at the top of one of the cisms of the direction of the Company, tify, raising the possibility that Muham- during her 1992 election campaign Since India called in April for a re- nation’s largest media giants, Walt Dis- and calls for change of management, mad could speak on the younger man’s many Italians flocked to her, bearing sumption of dialogue between the two ney Co. vice chairman Roy Disney that have been previously rejected by behalf. dog-eared pictures of “Il Duce” and countries, relations have improved. stepped down from the board of direc- the Board.” Muhammad, whose trial ended last giving her the Roman salute, one of They have restored some bus links, tors and called on chairman and chief Eisner is credited with transforming week with a Virginia Beach jury rec- Benito’s trademarks. and on Wednesday began a cease-fire executive Michael Eisner to resign in a Disney from a minor producer of ommending the death sentence, still on the military line that divides the scathing letter. mediocre films and caretaker of two faces prosecution in several other states. Taliban Frees Prisoner disputed Himalayan region of Kash- mir. “It is my sincere belief that it is you that should be leaving and not me,” theme parks in 1984 into a media giant, whose holdings include five theme parks His attorneys don’t want to do any- s KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Tal- Disney wrote to Eisner. He also ac- around the world, the ABC TV network, thing to aid those prosecutions, in the hope they can get the Virginia death iban insurgents freed a Turkish road en- gineer who was kidnapped a month ago Japan Destroys Rocket cused Eisner of “muzzling” his voice on the board. the ESPN sports cable channel and one of the highest-grossing movie studios. sentence overturned on appeal or re- in southern Afghanistan, officials said s TOKYO (Reuters) — Japan de- Disney’s departure may be a pre- Eisner’s detractors accuse him of duced by the trial judge when Muham- Sunday. stroyed a rocket carrying two spy satel- emptive move to avoid being forced presiding over a “brain drain” that saw mad is formally sentenced in February. Hasan Onal was returned in good lites for monitoring secretive neighbor from the board of The Walt Disney Co. top executives leave the company over Last Tuesday, Malvo prosecutor health to the Turkish Embassy in Kabul North Korea minutes after launching it He is the nephew of company co- the past 10 years, including former stu- Robert Horan Jr. said the chance that on Sunday, after he was handed over by on Saturday, echoing failures that founder Walt Disney and the last family dio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Muhammad will take the stand in the Taliban to tribal elders in a southern dogged its space program in the late member to be active in the company. Bollenbach, who now heads the Hilton Malvo case is “zero.” But Cooley said province, then passed to government 1990s. The board’s governance and nomi- Corp., and most recently, Paul Pressler, he has not received any notification officials and flown to the capital. North Korea is believed to be devel- nating committee decided against rec- who left last year to head Gap Inc. from Muhammad’s lawyers that they Onal, an employee of the Turkish oping nuclear weapons, and the satel- ommending the 73-year-old Disney for Roy Disney’s letter also blames Eis- will try to quash the subpoena. company Gulsan-Cukurova, was ab- lites, along with two others launched in another term because he is over the ner for the failure to maintain construc- ducted Oct. 30 along with his Afghan March, had been promoted as a signifi- mandated retirement age of 72, the tive relationships with business part- Mussolini To Form Party driver while returning by car to a camp for construction workers repairing the cant boost to Japanese intelligence gathering. company said Sunday. The board’s presiding director, for- ners, including Pixar Animation Stu- dios, which co-produces computer-ani- s ROME (Reuters) — Alessandra Mus- Kabul-Kandahar highway. The failure is an extreme embarrass- mer U.S. Senator George Mitchell, said mated films with Disney, including the solini says she will form her own political ment for Japan just weeks after neigh- in a statement Sunday he regretted Dis- record-breaking “Finding Nemo.” party, after quitting the right-wing Na- tional Alliance this week when its leader Pakistan Allows Flights boring China put a man into space. There was no immediate word on the ney’s actions and confirmed that the governance and nominating committee Disney’s stock has fallen from more than $40 per share in 2000 to under $14 publicly condemned her grandfather s ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — cost of the launch. A spokesman for the recently informed Disney that the age- in 2002. The stock has risen nearly 34 Benito, Italy’s Fascist former dictator. Pakistan will allow Indian airlines to re- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency limit rules should apply. percent since the beginning of the year The once-aspiring actress and model sume flights in its airspace, President said that part of a booster rocket had “It is unfortunate that the Commit- as the company’s fortunes have gradu- has long been at odds with party leader Pervez Musharraf said Sunday — the not separated as expected. tee’s judgment to apply these unani- ally improved. Tuesday, December 2, 2003 W O R L D The St. Petersburg Times y 17 54 Iraqis Dead In Bloodiest Post-War Battle By Niko Price an agreement with Americans for a THE ASSOCIATED PRESS power handover by July, with officials BAGHDAD — In the deadliest re- saying the council has set up a commit- ported firefight since the fall of Sad- tee to assess the best way to choose a dam Hussein’s regime, U.S. soldiers provisional legislature. fought back coordinated attacks Sun- A delay or unraveling of the agree- day using tanks, cannons and small ment would be a major setback for arms in running battles throughout the Iraq’s U.S.-led administration. northern city of Samarra. The troops Also Sunday, U.S. forces reported killed 54 Iraqi fighters, and five Amer- an attack the previous day near the icans were wounded. Syrian border in Husaybah, 200 miles Minutes later, two South Korean northwest of Baghdad, in which two contractors were killed nearby in a U.S. soldiers were killed and a third roadside ambush in what U.S. officials was wounded. Their deaths brought to called a new campaign aimed at under- 104 the number of coalition troops mining international support for the who have died in Iraq in November, in- U.S.-led occupation of Iraq. cluding 79 American troops. In terms Attacks on Saturday killed seven of coalition losses, it has been the Spaniards, two Japanese diplomats and bloodiest month of the war that began a Colombian oil worker. March 20. Lieutenant Colonel William Mac- MacDonald said the attack on the Donald of the 4th Infantry Division South Koreans — on the highway be- said attackers, many wearing uniforms tween Samarra and Tikrit — had no of Saddam’s Fedayeen militia, opened apparent link to the attacks on the U.S. fire simultaneously on two U.S. supply convoys. convoys on opposite sides of Samarra. The South Koreans were electricians After barricading a road, the attackers who were building power lines for the began firing from rooftops and alley- Seoul-based Omu Electric Co., said ways with small arms, mortars and Lee Kwang-jae, director general of rocket-propelled grenades, he said. South Korea’s Foreign Ministry. Two U.S. troops responded with rifles, were killed and two were injured in the 120mm tank rounds and 25mm cannon attack. fire from Bradley fighting vehicles. On Saturday, gunmen in a car — ap- U.S. fire destroyed three buildings the parently in coordination with others attackers were using, MacDonald said. CEERWAN AZIZ/REUTERS waiting by the side of the highway — “It sounds like the attack had some U.S. soldiers load the bodies of two Japanese diplomats killed Saturday onto a truck at a hospital in the Iraqi city of Tikrit. ambushed a convoy of Spanish military coordination to it, but the soldiers re- threatening. A statement released by in a BMW attacked another U.S. con- President Bush declared major combat intelligence agents, killing seven. One sponded, used their firepower, used the military on Monday raised the voy in Samarra with automatic rifles, over. Spaniard escaped from the attack as tank and Bradley fire and other death toll to 54. MacDonald said. The soldiers U.S. officials have only sporadically young men kicked the bodies and weapons available to them, to stop this “We have been very aggressive in our wounded all four men and found released figures on Iraqi casualties, and chanted pro-Saddam slogans. Two attack and take the fight to the enemy,” convoy operations to ensure the maxi- Kalashnikov rifles and grenade launch- wouldn’t say whether there has been a Japanese diplomats also were killed he said. mum force protection is with each con- ers in their car. deadlier firefight that went unreported. Saturday north of Baghdad when they When the smoke cleared, 46 Iraqis voy,” MacDonald said. “But it does MacDonald said the attack was the Samarra is 60 miles north of Baghdad stopped to buy food and drinks at a were dead, 18 were wounded and send a clear message that if you at- largest faced by his Task Force Iron- in the so-called Sunni Triangle, where roadside stand, MacDonald said. The eight were captured, MacDonald said tempt to attack one of our convoys, horse — whose mission includes the opposition to the U.S. occupation of diplomats, on their way to attend a re- Sunday. Five American soldiers and a we’re going to use our firepower to hunt for Saddam. Military officials in Iraq has been fiercest. The fighting construction conference, were not trav- civilian were wounded, he said, adding stop that attack.” Baghdad said they haven’t reported a came as the U.S.-picked Iraqi Govern- eling with a military escort. Their Iraqi that none of the injuries were life- Shortly after the firefight, four men deadlier attack since May 1, when ing Council said Sunday it is rethinking driver was also reported killed. Tokyo, Seoul Still Plan U.S. To Free To Send Troops To Iraq Inmates From REUTERS TOKYO/SEOUL — Japan and South South Korean President Roh Moo- hyun condemned the shootings. Guantanamo Korea voiced determination on Monday “This incident is not terror against the THE ASSOCIATED PRESS to proceed with sending troops to Iraq military or a public organization but ter- SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — More than despite weekend killings of several of ror against civilians,” Roh told his aides. 100 prisoners will be released from U.S. their nationals there and popular doubts Many South Koreans disagree with custody at the detainment camp in about taking part in the operation. sending more troops, and opposition has Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and more will Neither of the two North Asian na- grown since the latest spate of attacks. follow, military officials said. tions plans to send large numbers of sol- In Japan, a poll published on Mon- It wasn’t clear if the men and boys diers or to take part in combat operations, day showed most Japanese were op- to be transferred from Guantanamo but their participation marks an impor- posed to sending troops, at least until would face further detention or prose- tant step for the U.S.-led coalition forces security improves. cution in their own countries. The first in persuading more countries to join. Japan has passed a law to allow of two new transfers is scheduled for Two Japanese diplomats were killed troops to be sent to Iraq but because of the end of December, and the other in in an ambush on Saturday en route to a the pacifist constitution they can be sent January, an official told The Associ- reconstruction conference in the north- only to “non-combat zones” for recon- ated Press on condition of anonymity. ern town of Tikrit while two South Ko- struction and humanitarian work. The official did not say where the rean electrical workers died in a shooting, The cabinet was expected to ap- prisoners would be sent and a military also near the city that is the hometown of prove a basic plan for the dispatch of spokeswoman declined Sunday to pro- deposed president Saddam Hussein. some 500 Japanese non-combat ground vide details about future transfers from “There is no change in our stance,” troops — minus key details such as the the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, said Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro scope and timing — as early as Friday. Cuba. Koizumi, who was re-elected last month The Japanese media were sharply The military official who spoke on but must balance the demands of secu- divided over whether Koizumi should condition of anonymity said that one of rity ties with the United States with the proceed with his plans to send troops the boys who would be transferred shot concerns of voters before Upper House that were already on hold after a bomb and killed a special operations soldier elections in July. attack killed 19 Italians in southern Iraq in Afghanistan, where a U.S.-led coali- “We must not be daunted by the in- last month. tion ousted the Taliban regime in late tention of terrorists to halt the recon- “Why were these people, who loved 2001 and 11,500 American troops re- struction effort and cause confusion,” Iraq and worked without regard for the main. he said. danger, killed? The incident is all too The official did not know why the He gave no clue as to when troops painful. Whatever the reason, we can- boy was being released from U.S. cus- might be sent. not forgive the perpetrators,” the lib- tody, but the military has said previ- South Korea would go ahead with eral Asahi Shimbun newspaper said in ously that the main purpose of the de- plans to deploy more troops in Iraq de- an editorial. tention mission is intelligence gather- spite the shooting of four South Korean South Korea’s Roh has committed ing. civilians on Sunday, Foreign Minister to send more troops to Iraq to join 675 The United States holds about 660 Yoon Young-kwan told a briefing. medical and engineering troops but prisoners from 44 countries at the base “The issue of the troop deployment faces a tough decision on whether to in- in eastern Cuba but the government de- plan to Iraq will not be affected and clude combat forces in the larger group. clines to provide a breakdown of their ANTHONY PHELPS/REUTERS there is no change to our original plan,” Prime Minister Goh Kun said last citizenship, ages or the reasons they are Peter Jackson — writer, director and producer of said Yoon, who is a member of South week the contingent could be 3,000 being held. 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Mr. Suesoev was formerly the head nances are not all clear and transparent. tion. burg Bank. of Lonas Technology, an engineering com- That’s why I considered it absolutely neces- Baltika is to merge its factories in St. Pe- The appointment has been approved by the BALTGOSENERGONADZOR pany dedicated to the building and rebuilding sary to strengthen the management of the tersburg, Tula, Rostov, Samara and Russian Federation Central Bank authorities. Former Director for Economics of of energy projects. Fund”. Khabarovsk as well as other 30 subdivisions. As informed on a previous communique, “Lenenergo’ Ltd Igor Golovach has been Mr Suesoev replaced Alexander Veksler She added that, “a financial analysis of Baltika is owned by Baltika Beverages Hold- Mr. Ryabov joined Alfa Bank as a director in appointed Director of ‘Baltgosenergonad- as head of GUP ‘TEK St. Petersburg’ in Au- the Fund will be carried out since we can pre- ing. 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REUTERS Because of the stormy weather, she LAKE LOUISE, Alberta — The key had swum 35 miles in crossing the 21- to Hermann Maier’s remarkable come- mile-wide channel. Yet her time for the back from a life-threatening motorcycle crossing stood for 24 years before it was accident is not remembering how he be- eclipsed in 1950 by Florence Chadwick, came the World Cup’s most dominant who negotiated 23 miles in 13 hours and skier but rather forgetting. 20 minutes. But the double Olympic champion Two tug boats accompanied Ederle, has not forgotten how to win, and col- one filled with relatives and friends, and the other with reporters and photogra- SKIING phers, some of them seasick. A phono- lected his 43rd career victory Sunday in graph played lively tunes to buoy her vintage ‘Herminator’ fashion, attacking spirit, and those in the boats sang, too. the Whitehorn Mountain course to cap- But Ederle said her well-wishers ture the first super-G of the World Cup needed to be buoyed more than she season. did. “It’s different from before,” ex- “I had to keep joking with them to plained Maier. “I have to forget every- keep their spirits up,” she recalled. “I thing before my accident. I have a dif- remember they sang endlessly: ‘Let Me ferent physical situation. Call You Sweetheart,’ ‘Sweet Rosie “I have problems with the nerves in O’Grady’ and ‘After the Ball Is Over.’ my leg, sometimes I cannot feel things. But when the storm was fiercest, they This is a problem sometimes, especially all looked as if they were going to a fu- when I’m gliding. neral. Every time I stopped, they “This is my comeback year,” he said. jumped and said, ‘What’s the matter, “Next year, I hope to compete at the Trudy? Everything OK?’” highest level if I am not to old. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS During some of the toughest mo- “For me, the only important thing at Austria’s Maier cutting a turn while on his way to winning the Men's World Cup Super-G race in Lake Louise, Canada on Sunday. ments, her trainer, fearful of her well- the moment is to train. Flachau, Maier quickly established him- joyed a perfect weekend in Park City, Olympics and world championships as being, tried to get her to give up, “but “I don’t think about that [the overall self as the sport’s dominant racer. winning Friday’s giant slalom and Sat- well as World Cup victories in every dis- I’d just look at him and say, ‘What World Cup title] at the moment but I He became a national hero and urday’s slalom. cipline. for?’” she recalled. think the race is wide open. sporting celebrity in North America, After a second place in the opening “Pernilla is for sure my role model. I At the ticker-tape parade, the “For me it is just to get back in Europe and Asia. giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, in Oc- will try hard to do as well as her — crowds shouted, “Hello, Miss What- shape, find my rhythm. But all his World Cup victories, his tober, Paerson leads the overall cup hopefully even better,” said Paerson, For!” “You never know what could hap- three overall World Cup titles, two standings with 280 points to nearest ri- who won her first World Cup title, in gi- She was little affected by the fame pen but my goal is to stay healthy and Olympic gold medals and two world val Martina Ertl’s 177. ant slalom, last season. that followed. She remained what one move up.” championships are now relegated to The flying start to the season has al- “I’m already getting close to her writer called her, “an almost old-fash- While Maier insists his comeback history as the Austrian embarks on lowed her to steal a march on the two with the two gold medals, my silver and ioned girl in a world of flappers.” Soule, has a long way to go before it is com- what he terms his second career. women she fears most — Croatia’s reign- my two bronze medals I have clinched who toured with Ederle in a swimming plete, a quick glance at the overall ing overall champion Janica Kostelic, since 2001 and my 13 World Cup wins exhibition, recalled her as “a sweet per- standings would indicates otherwise. who is sidelined by a thyroid problem, but there is still much to do to equal her. son — thoughtful, kind. She even wrote His 18th career super-G win has pro- and Italian Karen Putzer, who missed To win in all disciplines is incredible. poetry.” pelled him to third in the overall rank- Sweden does not have the Alpine the trip to Utah because of a hip injury. You have to work out so hard all the Ederle eventually quit touring when ings with 180 points, just 24 behind skiing muscle of Austria or Switzerland Paerson, whose father Anders is the time.” the stress got too much. team mate Michael Walchhofer and 33 yet for more than a quarter of a century Swedish head coach, hails from the Despite her strong early lead in the Ederle was a champion swimmer adrift of current leader American Bode the country has maintained a big pres- northern town of Tarnaby, which also season’s standings, Paerson, who won before her Channel swim, holding a Miller. ence in the World Cup. produced Stenmark, and she became the giant slalom world title in St Moritz string of world records at various dis- “Maybe I’m more relaxed and not Ingemar Stenmark remains the most the youngest winner in women’s World in February, is not yet thinking about tances. At the 1924 Olympics in Paris, so nervous anymore,” said Maier, when successful technical skier in World Cup Cup history when she triumphed in a overall World Cup victory. she was hobbled by the stress of travel asked if the accident had changed him. history, Pernilla Wiberg took up the slalom in California’s Mammoth Moun- “It will definitely be my main goal and turned in a disappointing perfor- “It’s easier now.” Swedish cause on the women’s team in tain in 1999, at the age of 17. after the Turin 2006 Olympics when I’ll mance — by her standards — of one “I start a new career today.” the 1990s and now Anja Paerson is fly- Paerson, who has already won two have more experience and a stronger second-place finish, one third-place fin- If Maier’s new career is even half as ing the blue and yellow flag. world titles, attributes her early success technique in the speed events,” said ish and a first on a relay team. spectacular as his pre-accident career, Stenmark’s record for the most ca- to her desire to keep up with the boys Paerson, who has never placed higher In 1925, she swam the 21 miles from then the 30-year-old Austrian would reer wins — 86 achieved between 1975 when she was little. than 11th in the super-G. the tip of Manhattan to Sandy Hook, still be ranked among the top World and 1989 — has never been challenged. “It goes back to the years when I Paerson may try to pick up some New Jersey, in seven hours, 11.5 min- Cup skiers. Barely had the slalom and giant slalom was a child and when I competed with points in speed events later in the sea- utes, bettering the record held by men. Before nearly losing his right leg in expert retired than Wiberg began win- my cousins,” she said. son, though she will skip next week- That same year, she made her first an horrific accident, Maier had became ning races. “I was often the only girl in a group of end’s two downhills and a super-G in try at the English Channel, saying later the toast of Austria and the skiing Now Wiberg, the overall World Cup boys in Tarnaby and I challenged them Lake Louise, Canada. that she failed only because a worried world for his aggressive winning style. champion in 1997, has herself retired all the time when we played together. I Instead, Paerson is heading home to trainer grabbed her when she briefly A former bricklayer and ski instruc- from racing to combine a business ca- also have an older sister and I tried hard prepare for the next technical events — began coughing. As soon as someone tor discovered by the Austrian team reer with motherhood and Paerson has to beat her when we skied together.” two slaloms and a giant slalom in Vratna, touched her, she was disqualified. while serving as a fore-runner for a 1996 taken up the cause. Paerson was long an admirer of Slovakia, and Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Her hearing hadn’t been good since World Cup race in his hometown of The 22-year-old Paerson has just en- Wiberg, who won six gold medals at Republic, from Dec. 11 to 13. a childhood bout with the measles, and hours spent in the water aggravated the problem. By the 1940s, she was deaf. TENNIS himself and to his fans. He came out swinging, sometimes Out of the spotlight, she taught deaf children to swim — “since I can’t hear Continued from Page 24 wildly, in his first service game. It con- either, they feel I’m one of them” — tained two aces but also two double- and participated in some business ven- seemed to be having problems with the faults, and it was clear that the right- tures. Giving few interviews, she lived sun serving from the south end of the handed Philippoussis had hurt his right quietly in Queens for many years. court. Ferrero exploited a combination of shoulder. When Ferrero served, Philip- “I have no complaints,” Ederle said four double-faults and a series of weak sec- poussis chipped his returns and charged in one interview in the 1950s. “I am ond serves to grasp a string of set points. to the net. He took a 40-0 lead but again comfortable and satisfied. I am not a Six times Philippoussis saved himself, squandered the first two break points. person who reaches for the moon as but for Ferrero the seventh set point was When Ferrero hit a forehand long to long as I have the stars. God has been the charm, and he took hand Philippoussis good to me.” the game and the ini- the game, his reaction tiative. For the next was to put his hands two sets, Philippoussis Ferrero and on his knees and bow was a man drowning Philipoussis were forward in exhausted MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — slowly on the sun-dried relief. He let out a Australian Leisel Jones broke the wom- land of Rod Laver barely able to yowl of pain and re- en's 100-meter breaststroke short- Arena. Ferrero broke again in the third set walk by the end of lief when he hit the stretching forehand course world record at a World Cup meet on Friday. and twice as he raced the fourth set. volley that clinched Jones broke Swede Emma Igel- through the fourth set the next game. strom's world mark by two-hundredths to level the match. He won the match with a backward- of a second, finishing in 1 minute, 5.09 In a battle of two exhausted heavy- stretching overhead volley. As the ball seconds to beat fellow Australian weights, Ferrero’s sounder basic game struck the sweet spot in the racket, Brooke Hanson (1:05.45) and Ameri- was holding up better. Philippoussis gave himself up to gravity can Amanda Beard (1:06.00) in the 25- At the end of the fourth set, the two and joy, tumbling to the grass and wav- meter pool at the Melbourne Sports men reeled to the sideline and collapsed ing his arms and legs. and Aquatic Center. on towels as cornermen worked on “At the end I was completely Igelstrom set her mark of 1:05.11 in their battered bodies while the captains numb,” he said. “I felt as if I wasn’t March at Stockholm, Sweden. barked encouragement. Somehow, playing but watching from the side.” In the women's 200-meter back- Philippoussis rose from the ground the It was Australia’s 28th title, second stroke, Margaret Hoelzer and Lindsay stronger. Yet never can a man have won only to the United States, which has STUART MILLIGAN/REUTERS Benko led the United States to a 1-2 a set, 6-0, and caused so much agony to won the Davis Cup 31 times. Mark Philippoussis urging himself on against Spain’s Ferrero in the Davis Cup final. finish. Tuesday, December 2, 2003 S P O R T S The St. Petersburg Times y 23 SPORTS WATCH Skating Fixing Denied Russia to Meet Spain in Group A, Euro ‘04 By Mike Collett s PARIS (AP) — A reputed Russian REUTERS mobster told a French sports daily that LISBON, Portugal — Russia will face he had no role in fixing figure skating Portugal, Spain and Greece in next results at the 2002 Winter Olympics in summer’s European Championships as Salt Lake City. Georgy Yartsev’s side was placed in one “I have nothing to do with this af- of the toughest of the groups in the fair,” Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov was draw made in Lisbon on Sunday. quoted as telling L’Equipe in an inter- A fascinating draw also saw rivals view published Friday. He also said he Germany and Holland lining up against was not involved in organized crime. “All the media portrayed me as a SOCCER dangerous criminal, but I am just a sim- each other in Group D and defending ple and honest citizen who never asked champion France, meeting England anything of anyone,” he said. early on in Group B. Tokhtakhounov spent nearly a year Russia’s group of death sees the in a Venice, Italy prison on U.S. charges team start on the opening day of the that he helped secure a gold medal for tournament, June 12, against Spain in Russia in the pairs competition at Salt the Algarve before facing host Portugal Lake City in exchange for a victory by in the 65,000-seat stadium in Lisbon the French ice dancing team of Marina four days later. The final group game Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat. will be against Greece on June 20. In June, Italy’s highest court over- Judging by Russia’s recent form turned Tokhtakhounov’s extradition or- against supposedly minor teams — de- der to the United States, and he left feats against Albania and Georgia in prison. L’Equipe said he returned to the qualifiers and a loss to Japan at the Moscow. last World Cup — playing the big teams may be no worse than playing in an JOSE MANUEL/REUTERS The president of Euro 2004 Gilberto Madai receiving the European championship trophy from UEFA in Lisbon on Sunday. Flyers Win 5-1 easy group. Yartsev seemed to embrace the making that section the toughest quar- trating just on that match. The third outstanding match-up in s UNIONDALE, New York (AP) — team’s image as underdogs. “Portugal tet of the four opening round groups. "It would be a mistake for us to be the opening phase sees the Netherlands John LeClair had a goal and an assist and Spain are obviously the favorites in Sweden, Bulgaria, Denmark and looking for revenge against Spain for drawn against Germany whose rivalry during Philadelphia’s five-goal second the group, and we and Greece are the Italy were drawn together in group C, the friendly defeat in September," he has become increasingly intense since period, lifting the Flyers to a 5-1 victory outsiders, so I think that takes the pres- which should give Italy, beaten by said. "We have to play Greece and Rus- West Germany beat the Netherlands 2- over the New York Islanders and sure off us,” he said Sunday. France in the 2000 final, a relatively sia before Spain so it's important we 1 in the 1974 World Cup final after the stretching their unbeaten streak to 12 "My only worries are that my play- straight-forward path to the quarter-fi- concentrate on those matches com- Dutch took the lead in the opening games on Saturday night. ers are not injured and that they are as nals. pletely." minute. LeClair tallied a power-play goal fit as possible because our new league UEFA and the local organizing com- Greece won away in Spain in the The Netherlands stunned the Ger- 3:47 into the second to tie it at 1 and season starts in late February or early mittee, determined to keep the threat of qualifying group and finished ahead of mans, hosts of the 1988 European Cham- start the barrage. Mark Recchi put March and we would not have played hooliganism to a minimum and desper- the Spaniards who had to go through pionships, when they knocked them out Philadelphia in front 1:50 later, and all that many games by June — maybe ate to avoid a repeat of the fighting that the playoffs. in the semi-finals with a late winning goal Donald Brashear, Simon Gagne and eight or 10. marred the England-Germany match in The prospect of France meeting in Hamburg before going on to win the Justin Williams followed to send the "However, I'm hoping we finalize the small venue of Charleroi in Belgium England will capture the imagination of final against the Soviet Union. collapsing Islanders to their fifth friendlies against France, Denmark and in Euro 2000, switched the venues of fans on both sides of the English Chan- Two years later the teams were in- straight loss. Romania and also play a mini-tourna- two matches after the draw. nel. volved in a turbulent encounter at the The Flyers — 10-0-2 since a loss at ment with Serbia and Montenegro, Be- The Netherlands-Germany match, France last met England in a com- World Cup in Italy when current Ger- New Jersey on Oct. 30 — were led by larus and Georgia in May which will originally slated to take place in the petitive match in the 1992 European man coach Rudi Voeller was sent off their power play. Philadelphia, which help our preparations enormously," small northern city of Aveiro, will now Championship in Malmo, Sweden along with Dutchman Frank Rijkaard. entered with the NHL’s second-best Yartsev said. take place in Oporto on June 15, while when the sides drew 0-0. Since then the The two sides play in their opening unit, was 2-for-6 with the man advan- Russia beat Wales to the Euro 2004 England's match against Croatia on French have won both the World Cup group D game on June 15. The Dutch tage and is 24-for-91 this season. finals with a dramatic 1-0 play-off, sec- June 21, was moved from Coimbra to (1998) and European Championship and the Czechs also meet again in that ond leg win in Cardiff ten days ago. Lisbon. (2000) with many of their top players section after qualifying together from Milan Tops Juve Championship holders France will face England, Switzerland and Croatia Aveiro will now stage the Czech Re- performing in England. public-Latvia match, while Coimbra French defender Marcel Desailly of the same group this time. The Germans, Dutch and Czechs s MILAN, Italy (Reuters) — Inter in group B with the France-England will be the venue for the France- Chelsea, said: "This draw is neither easy will have a tough time competing for Milan recovered from their midweek match scheduled for the Stadium of Switzerland game. nor very hard. It's in between. We'll see. two places into the quarter-finals. Champions League mauling by Arsenal Light in Lisbon on June 13. A cheer went up from the audience Our group is not so bad since the first Whoever does get through is likely to hand Italian champions Juventus French coach Jacques Santini said: at the draw ceremony when Portugal two qualify. For sure, we'll talk about it to face Italy or Sweden as the probable their first defeat of the season with a "It will be like a derby match as there were paired with Spain in what will be at Chelsea." qualifiers from Group C. shock 3-1 win at the Delle Alpi stadium are so many French players in the En- the most eagerly awaited match for the England's Swedish team boss Sven- If Portugal and Spain qualify by Saturday. glish premier league." host nation's fans. Goran Eriksson said: "Our first game knocking out Russia and Greece from Argentine striker Julio Ricardo Cruz In another derby, the Netherlands Spain beat Portugal 3-0 in a friendly against France... it's a big, big game. It group A and France and England fol- struck twice as Inter put their 5-1 home will renew their often over-intense ri- in Guimaraes in September but Portu- will be difficult, but beautiful." low form and qualify from group B, two defeat by Arsenal behind them with a valry against Germany in group D. gal's Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari France will also renew their rivalry intriguing quarter-finals will follow as superb display to end Juve’s 11-month Their group is completed by the warned his players it would be danger- with Croatia, who they beat in the semi- the winners and runners-up from those unbeaten home record in Serie A. Czech Republic and debutants Latvia, ous to go into the tournament concen- finals of the 1998 World Cup. two groups face each other. Baltimore Ravens Rout San Francisco 49ers In Lopsided 44-6 Win That Augers Well By David Ginsburg rection next week against Cincinnati, which has been on a roll since breaking THE ASSOCIATED PRESS which beat Pittsburgh to remain tied a drought of eight quarters without a BALTIMORE — The defense with the Ravens atop the division. touchdown against Seattle. returned to form, the offense matched The Bengals beat Baltimore in “Our mentality was to come out and the standard it set one week earlier, Cincinnati earlier this season, and the prove that last week wasn’t a fluke,” and the special teams were spectacular. Ravens have been itching for the re- said Anthony Wright, who threw two It added up to the most lopsided vic- match. touchdown passes. tory in the history of the Baltimore “Now we can focus on Cincinnati. The return of quarterback Jeff Gar- Everybody else is out of the way,” cia did nothing to change the fortune of AMERICAN FOOTBALL Lewis said. the 49ers (5-7), who fell to 0-6 on the Ravens, a 44-6 rout of the San Fran- One week earlier, the Ravens trailed road. Back from a three-game absence cisco 49ers on Sunday that served as a Seattle by 14 points at halftime and by with a sprained ankle, Garcia went 14- perfect tuneup for next week’s clash for 17 in the fourth quarter before rallying for-29 for 112 yards with a career-high first place in the AFC North. to win. Baltimore (7-5) took a far easier four interceptions before being pulled Ray Lewis returned an interception path against the 49ers, building a 24-6 early in the fourth quarter. 29 yards for a touchdown to cap a 17- halftime lead before coasting. “It’s like a bad nightmare. All four point flurry in the second quarter, and “Our offense is definitely setting a interceptions, one way or another, were the rejuvenated Ravens cruised past the trend,” said Gary Baxter, who had a deflected,” Garcia said. “When it road-weary 49ers. key interception. “They’re setting a started to go downhill, it went downhill “This is a complete game for us, the standard to do that every week. And fast. We couldn’t find a way to stop the kind of game we’re capable of having,” that’s what we want them to do.” steam.” Ravens coach Brian Billick said. “It’s It’s the first time in team history Bal- It was San Francisco’s worst loss what we’re going to need the rest of the timore reached 40 points in consecutive since a 41-3 defeat against Jacksonville way to get done what we want to get games. The four interceptions helped, in September 1999. done.” as did a kickoff return by Lamont “It was an embarrassing game,” That would be a return to the play- Brightful and three field goals by Matt 49ers coach Dennis Erickson said. “We offs following a one-year absence. Bal- Stover. didn’t play well in all aspects, starting JOE GIZA/REUTERS timore can take a huge step in that di- But also give credit to the offense, with me.” Baltimore Ravens' Terrell Suggs chasing San Francisco 49ers Jeff Garcia on Sunday. Sports T U ES DAY, DE CE M B E R 2 , 2 0 0 3 PAG E 2 4 Chelsea Hits Top of English Premiership Pioneer AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE LONDON — Chelsea stormed to the summit of the English Premiership when Swimmer a controversial penalty gave them a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Stam- ford Bridge while previous leaders Arse- nal were held to a 0-0 draw by Fulham. Dies at 98 Frank Lampard’s 30th minute spot- By Polly Anderson kick was enough to secure a crucial vic- THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Gertrude Ederle, who SOCCER was the toast of America and Europe in tory that sent Russian billionaire Ro- 1926 when she became the first woman man Abramovich’s Chelsea a point to swim the English Channel, died Sun- clear of the Gunners who dominated day. She was 98. their match at Highbury but were foiled Ederle had spent the last several by a goalkeeping masterclass from years living at a Christian Health Care Dutch veteran Edwin Van der Sar. It was United’s most experienced SWIMMING campaigner, skipper Roy Keane, who Center about 25 miles northwest of handed Chelsea a huge psychological New York City, said Martin Ward, edge in the championship battle by up- whose wife is one of Ederle’s 10 surviv- ending Joe Cole in the area after half ing nieces and nephews. an hour. In a roaring decade when Ameri- Lampard made the most of his for- cans cheered daredevils, few were as mer West Ham team-mate’s endeavor celebrated as Ederle, who was 20 when by stepping up to send Tim Howard the she made her historic swim on Aug. 6, wrong way from the spot and leave 1926. United coach Alex Ferguson question- “People said women couldn’t swim ing the decision. the channel,” Ederle told The Associ- “First of all the player was not in ated Press in a 2001 interview marking control of the ball and he was going STEPHEN HIRD/REUTERS the 75th anniversary of her feat. “I away from goal a bit,” said Ferguson. Chelsea's Frank Lampard (l) contesting the ball with Manchester United's John O'Shea during their match in London on Sunday. proved they could.” “It is an amazing decision to make in of injured superstar Michael Owen as sheikhs by ending a run of five straight Leeds’ victory was enough to drag When she returned to her native a game of that nature. It’s disappointing they came from a goal down to beat defeats. them level on points with Wolves, who land, there were celebrations, recep- but, you know, you’ve not got a top ref- Birmingham 3-1 and leapfrog over their A ninth-minute strike by James Mil- drew 1-1 at home to Newcastle. tions and a roaring ticker-tape parade eree today so these things can happen.” opponents to sixth in the table. ner was enough to secure a 1-0 win over Alan Shearer rescued a point for the for her in New York, where she was Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri ac- Finnish star Mikael Forssell gave Charlton and give Eddie Gray his first visiting Magpies after an embarrassing born in 1905. She met President Calvin knowledged that the title race was far Birmingham a 33rd-minute lead but victory since taking over as caretaker blunder by goalkeeper Shay Given had Coolidge, was paid thousands to tour in from over. that was cancelled out when Matthew manager following the sacking of Peter gifted Wolves the lead. vaudeville, played herself in a movie “I continue to think about my job Upson fouled Florent Sinama-Pongolle. Reid. Given was left red-faced after rush- (“Swim, Girl, Swim”) and had a song day-to-day but of course I want to be Steven Gerrard converted the It was only Leeds’ third victory of ing from his box in the 27th minute only and a dance step named for her. the first horse in the race. penalty and Liverpool went on to claim the season but they remain bottom of to fluff his clearance and leave Nathan Only five men had succeeded in “So far so good, but the league is all three points with second half goals the table because their goal difference Blake with a clear run for his first goal swimming the channel before her, and very long. Now we are top. I hope we from Harry Kewell and Emile Heskey. is worse than fellow strugglers Wolves. of the season. she beat the record by more than two will still be top in May but I think all A relieved Gerard Houllier saw his But a battling display will nevertheless But four minutes later Shearer swept hours. three teams could change position.” Liverpool side move into their highest have given the Elland Road faithful rea- home his 12th Premiership goal of the “I thought it was marvelous, and I Arsenal had a hatful of chances to Premiership position for almost three son to hope on a day which brought good season from Lomana LuaLua’s pass. thought only Gertrude could have done beat Fulham but were unable to find a months. news off the pitch with confirmation that Aston Villa moved out of the relega- it,” another top swimmer from the era, way past Van der Sar. “The table looks a lot healthier now, a takeover of the club is imminent. tion zone with a 1-0 win over Aileen Riggin Soule, said in a 1999 in- The Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger but to be fair we should have been in this Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Muba- Southampton thanks to a goal from vet- terview. “She had the stubbornness.” refused to be too downcast at his side’s position before, we have lost about six rak al-Khalifa, a member of Bahrain’s eran striker Dion Dublin while Les Fer- Ederle swam the choppy, treacher- loss of two crucial points. points we should have got,” said Houllier. royal family and a Leeds fan of 25 years dinand and Marcus Bent scored for Le- ous stretch under adverse conditions, “I am not frustrated. I am very In Sunday’s other match, Chinese in- standing, confirmed that he was co-or- icester as they came away from Fratton battling rip tides, cross currents, driving happy with our performance — it was ternational defender Sun Jihai scored dinating a group of Gulf investors who Park with a 2-0 win over Portsmouth. rain and mountainous seas, as well as a just a matter of scoring goals which we an own goal which gave Middlesbrough are planning to take over the cash- Vratislav Gresko’s first goal in En- constant threat of floating debris, poi- know we can do. We played well and a 1-0 win at Manchester City. strapped club. glish football earned Blackburn a 1-0 sonous jellyfish and sharks. She left they defended and just refused to play,” On Saturday, Leeds celebrated the “I’m delighted for the players and the win over Spurs. Cape Griz-Nez, France, at 7:05 a.m. and the Frenchman said. prospect of being rescued from their fi- supporters of the club because they are Everton went down 2-0 at Bolton to stumbled ashore at Kingsdown, Eng- Liverpool shrugged off the absence nancial misery by a consortium of Gulf the people that really matter,” said Gray. slip into the bottom three. See SWIMMING, Page 22 Philipoussis Clinches Davis Cup Victory for Australia By Peter Berlin sis set the agenda. He served more aces NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE (21 to Ferrero’s 9) and hit more winners MELBOURNE, Australia — Mark (64-48, by the scorekeeper’s estimate). Philippoussis put the Australian crowd But he also served more double-faults through a wild emotional ride before (16-2) and made more unforced errors beating Juan Carlos Ferrero, 7-5, 6-3, 1- (35-18). Against the energetic, green- 6, 2-6, 6-0 Sunday to give the host Aus- and-gold-clad Philippoussis, the pallid tralians a 3-1 victory in the three-of-five Ferrero, dressed in white, looked like a Davis Cup final. ghost for most of the first two sets. In the opening singles Friday, Fer- Philippoussis had a set point in the rero started strongly against Lleyton 10th game after Ferrero served the first double-fault of the match. In the 12th TENNIS game, Philippoussis raced to a 0-40 lead Hewitt before collapsing and losing in but squandered the first two break points five sets. Philippoussis started sluggishly before putting away a forehand volley. against Carlos Moya, and a late surge Philippoussis allowed Ferrero two could not save him from a four-set loss. break points in the fifth game of the next The pattern was reversed for both set, but survived. He broke the Spaniard men Sunday. Philippoussis found his to love in the eighth game, then raced to range and his emotional focus from the 40-0 in the next game, wasted all three set first game. He also set a pattern that points, the second with a double-fault, but was to continue for much of the match. steadied to win the game and the second Despite thumping three aces, he still set. The momentum was with Australia. had to survive a break point and three It swung emphatically in Philippoussis’ deuces before holding serve. first service game of the second set. He WILL BURGESS/REUTERS Throughout the match, Philippous- See TENNIS, Page 22 Australia’s winning team: Todd Woodbridge (l), Wayne Arthurs, captain John Fitzgerald, Mark Philippoussis and Lleyton Hewitt. Рег. ПИ № 2-4536, выдан Северо-Западным региональным управлением Роскомпечати 01.07.2000. Отпечатано в ФГУП «СПб Государственный газетный комплекс». 198216, СПб, Ленинский пр., 139. Заказ № 543. Тираж 20000 экз.