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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

Thousands of people with flowers came to the theater on Ulitsa Melnikova on the official day of public mourning to commemorate the hostages who died. Mourners spoke about the tragedy and its victims. (1, Kommersant, 1,Gazeta, 4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, Vremya Novostei, 3, Vremya MN, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 1, Moskovskaya Pravda, 1)

Pediatrician Leonid Roshal and two other doctors during all three days of the tragedy helped hostages at the sieged theater. A story describes their heroic efforts, without which the number of victims could have been much higher. (1, 2, Rossisiskaya Gazeta, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5)

The Moscow government Monday announced the size of compensations that will be paid out to all those who suffered from the terrorist act on Ulitsa Melnikova. Moscow businessmen, supported by the State Duma, are creating a special charity fund. A story comments on the charity acts. (2, Vremya MN, 2, Gazeta, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,7, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, MK, 2)

The World Chechen Congress opened in Copenhagen on Monday as planned, when mainly supporters of "independent Ichkeria," despite Moscow's protests, gathered together to discuss the republic's problems. The delegates failed to declare a minute of silence to honor the memory of the victims of Movsar Barayev and his band. A story examines views on the event by several congress delegates, including Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov's representative Akhmed Zakayev. (3, Kommersant, 4, Gazeta, 1,2, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1, Vremya MN, 5, Moskovskiye Novosti, No. 42, p. 14,Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 7, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 14

The killed Chechen terrorists could not be buried in accordance with Muslim custom -- by sunset Saturday. Forensic experts Monday continued to investigate the bodies, which probably will be cremated. There is no plan to inform their relatives of the place of their burial. (3)

All Russian offices abroad are now under threat. Two bands consisting of 15 Chechen terrorists each have penetrated to Western Europe where Russian planes may be their main targets. This was stated by French security expert Alem Jaccar. A story comments on his statement. (3)

Spetsnaz officers in Grozny on Monday arrested an armed Chechen, who had detailed maps of Moscow city and region. Investigators' task now is to find out whether he had contacts with Movsar Barayev's band. A story gives details. (3)

President Vladimir Putin at a government session Monday instructed the General Staff to introduce amendments to the plan of using the armed forces, in light of the growing threat of international terrorism. A story reveals the essence of the decision, saying that the new concept by its several provisions resembles the recently announced Bush doctrine. (4, Kommersant, 2, Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya MN, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, Moskovskiye Novosti, No. 1, p. 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2)

In an interview State Duma deputy and world-famous wrestler Alexander Karelin explains why he has decided not to take part in the next Duma elections. (4)

A story reports on how leading politicians commented in television programs about the hostage crisis on Oct. 23-26. (5, Vremya MN, 3)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry Monday received from the Federal Energy Commission an economic justification of the need for an urgent and considerable increase in electrical energy tariffs. The letter contains an analysis of the financial position of the Unified Energy Systems holding and other natural monopolies. A story examines the Commission's proposal in detail. (6, Kommersant, 14)

The oil transportation company Transneft has sent proposals to oil companies concerning raising tariffs. Transneft Vice President Sergei Grigoryev revealed the essence of the proposals. (6)

Specialists from the Baltiiskaya Construction Company has conducted a unique operation -- they have mounted a 2-ton and 7-meter-high cross on the dome of the Marine Cathedral in Kronstadt. A story features the operation. (6)

The Federation Council has decided to help boost the agrarian sector. Its Agrarian Policy Committee intends to draft a concept of an agricultural bill by December. A story points to several serious financial obstacles on the way of implementing the Senators' decision. (7)

The Transport Ministry Monday made public results of its auto transportations in the first half of this year. A story presents them with a commentary. (7)

In an interview Sergei Leushkin, director of Bank Zenit (code-named the Directorate of Private Investments), talks about his bank's services and its clients. (7)

A major result of the Moscow hostage crisis is displays of unconditional solidarity with Putin, by heads of Western states. "Putin did not have any other way out," they admit. To illustrate the point, Izvestia offfers the full text of a personal message to Vladimir Putin by French President Jaques Chirac. (8)

Despite the hostage drama in Moscow the government and parliament of Denmark refused to cancel the World Chechen Congress that began its work on Monday. As a result, Vladimir Putin's official visit to Denmark in November has been canceled. A story comments on Danish authorities' decision. (8, Kommersant, 4)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov signed a decree Monday on restoring the Theatrical Center on Ulitsa Melnikova. A story questions the expediency of such a project, saying that it would be more correct to think of the end of the anti-terrorist operation in Chechnya. (12)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The terrorist act in Moscow could prevent the passage of the draft budget-2003 in the State Duma. Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov Monday proposed to reconsider the draft budget-2003 in the second reading in order to increase funds for anti-terror activities. BA story comments on Seleznyov's proposal. (2, Vremya MN, 1, Vremya Novostei, 2)

Kalmykia's President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has been re-elected for a second time. A story comments on results of the Sunday runoff elections in the republic. (3, Vremya Novostei, 2, Vremya MN, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4)

Vice Mayor Valery Shantsev Monday underwent a medical examination in the Botkin Hospital. It was suspected that he had been poisoned with gas after spending 15 in the theater building after the raid. A story gives details. (4)

The Press Ministry will conduct an analysis to see how mass media outlets covered the terrorist act in Moscow and judge their activities. A story reports on how leaders of several TV channels assess their job during the Moscow tragedy. (6)

The Moscow Prosecutor's Office today is to indict the detained persons who are suspected of committing a terrorist act near the McDonald's cafe in the south-west of Moscow. Criminal investigators have three versions of that blast and its executors. A story examines all of them. (6)

Patriarch Alexei II should have come back to Moscow Monday after his 3-day visit to the Astrakhan region, but instead he was hospitalized with a diagnosis of very high blood pressure. Moscow medical experts flew to Astrakhan Monday evening to help him. (8)

Amnesty International is expected to publish its report on Russia's human rights record today and will launch a year-long campaign aimed at drawing the attention of the Russian government, the public, mass media and also international organizations to the acute problem of human rights in Russia. Amnesty International Secretary General Irene Khan told about the document's major provisions. (8)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry on Monday made public its review of the country's social and economic development in the first 9 months of this year. According to the document, the number of the poor has decreased, and the average size of pensions has even exceeded the pensioner's subsistence minimum. All in all, 25.9 percent of Russians today live below the poverty line. A story looks at the document. (14)

The Russian delegation in Geneva launched a new round of negotiations on Monday on the country's accession to the World Trade Organization. The delegation plans to conduct talks over a week with 20 countries on Russia's entry to the commodity market and with 15 countries -- on the entry to the market of services. A story examines major issues to be discussed during the talks. (14)

A story examines serious changes that have taken place in the Federal Securities Commission. (15)

Russian eurobonds rose in price again Monday. A story gives concrete figures to illustrate the point. (15)

Itera President Igor Makarov in Turkmenia on Sunday announced the launching of a joint venture with Rosneft and Zarubezhneft. A story comments on the deal. (16)

The Communications Ministry Monday made public its forecast, according to which in 3 years the number of Internet users in Russia will increase by 8 times. A story explains why it will take place. (17)



Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

Alexander Trishkin, living in the Ulyanovsk region, on Monday was sentenced to a suspended 1.5 year prison sentence and a fine for his failure to pay his electricity bills over 11 years. This is the first case in Russia where a non-payer has received a sentence, even a suspended one. A story details the case. (A1)

Gazprom managed to make the Moscow Arbitration Court on Monday rule in its favor regarding its suit against regional tax inspectorate No. 2. A story describes how it did it. (A1)

President Vladimir Putin will not replace commanders in military squads until the General Prosecutor's Office completes its investigation into allegations of their possible guilt over the storming of the Moscow theater. But personal changes in the power structures are inevitable, and the president, above all, has mentioned the army. (A2)

Unlike the events of Sept. 11 in the U.S., the Oct. 23 terrorist act in Moscow will not adversely affect the country's economy. (A2)

State Duma authoritative deputies Monday demanded that funding for anti-terror operations be increased by several billion rubles. A story comments on the proposal. (A3 )

A story gives figures to illustrate the point that business activity in October has slowed down. (A3)

How should the mass media work in conditions such as terrorist acts? Eight experts share their viewpoints. (A4)

Russia and the European Union have resumed negotiations on the country's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). A story notes an optimistic tone at the start. (A4)

A story reports on how the domestic stock market has responded to the deepest and the most dramatic crisis of Putin's rule. (A4)

The newly-elected governor of the Krasnoyarsk region talks about his first steps at this post. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The Tyumen Oil Company (TNK) and Alfa-Bank comprising Alfa Group on Monday launched a road-show of their Eurobond releases, the general volume of which can reach $700 million. A story offers analysts' views. (B1)

The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) plans to receive not less than $60 million from the sale of the Talakan oil deposit. This was stated by Yakutian Economic Development Minister Vladimir Danilov. Brief. (B1)

Gokhran stated that it had received 25 applications for participation in the open auction on selling large home market diamonds. Brief. (B1)

The German-American DaimlerChrysler Services AG before the end of March 2003 will prepare a plan to boost Sheremetyevo airport in the next 15 years. The brief looks at the project. (B1)

The Novosibirsk Regional Arbitration Court on Monday failed to rule in favor of the Siberian-Ural Aluminum Company 's (SUAL) suit against the Novosibirsk regional administration on recovering a $1.6 million debt. Brief. (B1)

State Duma deputy Alexander Koval, head of the Insurers Union, asked the State Duma to allocate 240 million rubles for the creation of a GAI information base. A story comments on his request. (B1)

Pyatyorochka, a big retail network in Moscow and St. Petersburg will expand its business to regions in a more rapid way than many other retailers. The first regional Pyatyorochka will open in Voronezh in November. (B1)

The Audit Chamber has completed its check-up of the domestic diamond monopoly ALROSA. Auditors believe that as a result of violations when privatizing the company, federal authorities have lost control over ALROSA. (B2 )

Russia and Taiwan after 10 years of talks have agreed on a direct air link. The corresponding agreement has been signed by leaders of the Russian Transaero company and Taiwanese China Airlines. (B2)

Itera and Novafininvest have decided to postpone the merger of their assets. This decision was made Monday by the leaders of both companies. A story says why. (B3)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

A story reflects on how federal authorities may restrict press freedom as a result of the Oct. 23 terrorist act in Moscow. (1,2)

Alexei Arbatov, deputy chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee, has come to the conclusion that the Kremlin's policy toward Chechnya should be revised and that there should be an immediate end to the war. (2)

The Finance Ministry and the Union of Right Forces (SPS) have managed to convince officials in the General Staff and the Defense Ministry of the value of their variant concerning military reform. According to their proposal, service in the Russian Army would be reduced to 6 months. (2)

In an interview, Yakutia's President Vyacheslav Shtyrov shares his view regarding the Kremlin's "power vertical" and the division of power between the Moscow and the regions. (3)

A story explains why the Nov. 5 launch of a so-called grain intervention by federal authorities may be postponed as a consequence of last week's terrorist attacks in Moscow. (3)

Domestic financial markets have reacted positively to Saturday's outcome of siege on the theater on Ulitsa Melnikova. On Monday, Russia's two major stock exchanges -- the RTS and the Moscow Inter-Bank Currency Exchange -- closed slightly higher. A story gives figures to illustrate the point. (3)

In an interview, Abdul-Khakim Sultygov, presidential responsible for the protection of human rights and freedoms in Chechnya, talks about what he expects to be the major results last week's tragic events in Moscow. Sultygov has guaranteed that there will be no escalation of military action in Chechnya as a result of the siege. (5

A story offers information concerning the health of the approximately 75 foreigners taken hostage at the Dubrovka theater last week. (6)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta offers excerpts from 12 major Western newspapers covering the last week's hostage taking in Moscow. The world press, it seems, has called into question the success of the storm of the theater. (6)

In an interview, philosopher Alexander Zinovyev, who celebrated his 80th birthday on Tuesday, talks about the difficulties he faced after his exile from the Soviet Union in 1978 and his return to Russia in 1999. (10)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Political analyst Vitaly Tretyakov looks at the major lessons to be learned from last week's tragic events in Moscow. (1, 2)

Two enormous snowstorms in the Primorye region have paralyzed cargo transport on the Far-Eastern stretch of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Seven districts in the region have declared the situation an emergency and another snowstorm is expected on Oct. 30. A story describes the disturbing situation in the region. (3)

Akhmat Kadyrov, the head of the pro-Moscow Chechen administration, on Monday guaranteed the security of all Chechen rebels not involved in terrorist acts. A story comments on his statement. (3)

According to information provided by Mezhregiongaz, more than 200 million cubic meters of gas fuel were sold during the first auction of Russia's natural gas exchange. Gazprom leadership estimates that in the future over 20 domestic producers will take part in similar auctions. A story describes the project. (4)

Document. The Federal Aviation Rules Certified Demands for Organizations Exercising Control over the Quality of Aviation Fuels. Full text. (5)

Document. The List of Federal State-Run Unitarian Enterprises that are Planned to Be Privatized in 2003. Rossiiskaya Biznes Gazeta (BG) Supplement. (4)

Document. A government decree. Federal Standards for Auditing Activities (to be continued). Rossiiskaya BG Supplement. (5)

Minsk has announced that it will privatize vodka and spirit production. A story comments on the decision. Rossiiskaya BG Supplement. (7)

Moskovskiye Novosti
www.mn.ru

In the early 1990s, a Russian scientist by the name of Vil Mirzayanov, was forced to quit his job in a high-security Moscow research center and leave for the United States. In an interview, Mirzayanov shares his ideas regarding the poison used to free the hostages in last week's siege. (4)

A story considers the veracity of the official statement that doctors did everything in their power to save those killed in the process of freeing the hostages. The article speculates on the real reason for such a large number of casualties. (4)

A story looks at those State Duma deputies who did their utmost to secure the release of the hostages. (9)

Though the "anti-terror struggle" and the "Chechen war" may be considered as synonyms in the eyes of the Kremlin, the U.S. administration sees the issue in a different light. A story describes how U.S. leaders and newspapers view the significance of last week's terrorist act in Moscow. (13)

A story describes how former Soviet states view the tragic events of Oct. 23 to Oct. 26. (13)