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Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Novaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Komsomolskaya Pravda


"We have demonstrated that Russia will not be brought to its knees," President Vladimir Putin said in his televised address (given here) on Saturday after the liberation of over 750 hostages. Now Russia has its own Sept. 11-- the October 23-26 tragedy that must unite the nation. The lead examines results and lessons of the October events, focusing on things that the country must not allow to happen after Oct. 26. All central papers devote several pages to the liberation of hostages and the aftermath of the tragedy and its victims. (1-6, Gazeta, 1-3, Vremya Novostei, 1,4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1-4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1-7, Novaya Gazeta, No. 80, pp. 1-15, MK, 1-3)

In an interview a commander of the anti-terror Alpha Group (on condition of anonymity) talks about its operation to release the hostages. (1,2)

In an interview a special service officer (on condition of anonymity) shares his impressions about the special operation to release the hostages, saying why the use of gas was justified, how terrorists behaved and how foreign special services and even a Moscow policeman helped them. (2)

Two stories reflect on what kind of gas was used by special services for holding a special operation to release hostages at the theater on Saturday. (3, Kommersant, 1,2, Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya Novostei, 3, Novaya Gazeta, No.80, p. 6)

A story highlights four people, including doctor Leonid Roshal (he personally saved 8 children from the theater), who behaved as real heroes during the siege and release of hostages. (4)

Patriarch Alexei II went to the Arkhangelsk region after the release of hostages on Saturday, where he will spend 3 days. A story looks at the program of his visit. (7)

At the summit of the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation organization Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov proposed a single energy system for the APEC member-states. A story comments on the initiative, examining major issues discussed at the summit. (7, Kommersant, 6, 9, Vremya Novostei, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6)

Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov and his comrades-in-arms Saturday held a KPRF plenary session. As a response to the October 23-26 Moscow tragedy, the Communists proposed to hold a joint session of both houses of parliament to discuss issues concerning national security. A story examines significant issues discussed at the session. (7)

The Second Exhibition-Forum "Electronic Russia "on telecommunications technologies was held at ExpoCenter last week. A story describes the event and its participants, focusing on Rostelecom's effective assistance in holding the opening ceremony of the exhibition and also in conducting all other subsequent presentation undertakings. (7)

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration by April 9, 2003 intends to make all airlines flying to the US install armored doors to the pilot's cabins. Aviation design companies have already begun to profit-making orders -- one such door can cost $40,000-$50,000. A story comments on the decision. (8)

The State Duma is considering amendments to the draft of a new customs code. In an interview State Customs Committee Chairman Mikhail Vanin says how this document will affect domestic customs and entrepreneurs and what legislative initiatives his agency is working on. (8)

U.S. President George W. Bush at his ranch over the weekend received Chinese leader Jiang Zemin. The two leaders discussed three major issues -- the draft of the American resolution on Iraq, the North Korean nuclear program and resuming bilateral military-technological cooperation. A story comments on results of the summit. (9)

The Izvestia Supplement is devoted to mass media. Its lead focuses on two events on Oct. 23 -- terrorists took the "Nord-Ost" -spectators hostage and the State Duma passed amendments to the law on mass media -- that will make a strong imprint on the further fate of the domestic mass media. (I)

In an interview Yelena Bashkirova, President of the ROMIR research center, talks about results of the 4th rating of the domestic PR agencies. Supplement. (I,III)

The situation on the Moscow street advertising market has radically changed lately. Above all, its leading operator -- the Aton agency, part of the Tikhaya Gavan association of advertising firms, has collapsed. Its co-owner, entrepreneur Umar Dzhabrailov, has sold its share from the Aton business. A story reports on how the Aton collapse has changed the situation on the Moscow street advertising market. Supplement. (I, II)

A story offers an analysis of the position of domestic tobacco companies in the first half of this year, focusing on their press rating. Supplement. (IV)

After the Oct. 23-26 tragic events in Moscow there is a real threat of increased inter-ethnic strife in Moscow secondary schools. A story describes concrete facts. (11)

In an interview Shalva Chigirinsky, head of the Moscow Oil Company, talks about a conflicting situation on the Moscow city oil market and about his company's relations with the Moscow oil refinery, Sibneft and Tatneft. (11)


It should not be excluded, a story notes, that some perished hostages at the theater on Saturday became victims of the FSB experiment (the use of gas) that was conducted within the framework of world-scale anti-terror struggle. A story comments on the operation. (1,2)

According to the Moscow city government decree, families of all dead hostages will receive 100,000 rubles for every victim. All living hostages will receive 50,000 rubles each. The decree also says that hostages who have lost their belongings will receive up to 10,000 rubles. Brief. (2)

Chechens living in Moscow are afraid of mop-ups in the city. They say that Moscow police have already launched wide-scale checks of their documents, violating their rights. A story gives concrete facts to illustrate the point. (3)

About 50 hostages have been missing since Saturday. A story reflects their possible whereabouts -- in morgues. (4)

Russia is condemning those countries that are suspected of helping Chechen terrorists. Thus, two demarches -- against Denmark and France -- were made on Sunday A story describes them in detail, focusing on several other countries that support Chechen terrorists. (5)

Monday Oct. 28 has been declared a day of mourning for all victims of the terrorist act at the Theater Na Dubrovke on Ulitsa Melnikova. A story describes how it will be observed in Moscow. (5)

The presidential run-off elections took place in Kalmykia on Sunday Oct. 27. A story describes the situation in the republic on that day, focusing on preliminary results. (7,

The Inspectorate of the non-state pension funds attached to the Labor Ministry has published on its web site the financial results of the funds' performance in the first 6 months of 2002 and for the first time it has made its comments. A story examines the Inspectorate's negative conclusions. (13)

Since the beginning of this year, entrepreneur Andrei Andreyev has been fighting the Ingosstrakh and Avtobank over edging him out of his business. In mid-October the court ruled against him in his suit to declare illegal the Ingosstrakh shareholders' meeting that made the decision on additional issuance of stock that washed away his share. In an interview Andreyev says how he intends to gain back his business worth $500 million. (13)

According to the State Statistics Committee, the gap between the combined profits and losses of domestic enterprises in January-August 2002 stood at 545.3 billion rubles, which is by 27.8 percent lower than the figure for the same period last year. A story comments on the statistics, focusing on several factors that are holding back business in Russia. (13)

Gazprom and the Iranian national gas export company late last week reached a preliminary agreement on building a gas pipeline from the Iranian Southern Pars deposit through Pakistan to India. This project is profitable for Gazprom. A story describes it in detail, saying how Gazprom will gain from it. (14)

The headquarters for Railways reform Friday held a session presided over by Minister Gennady Fadeyev to discuss issues pertaining to the future of the Railways Ministry itself after the creation of the Russian Railways Company. Besides, reformers recommended to the government that it cut the ministry's staff. A story comments on the session's decisions. (14)

The company Top-Audit has increased its share in the Port-Audi up to 100 percent. From all indications, the companies' next step will be a merger and the disappearance of the Port-Audit brand from the market. (14)

The two-day Russia-EU negotiations on Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization ended in St. Petersburg on Friday. In an interview EU Trade Commissar Pascal Lamy talks about their positive results. (15)

In an interview Economic Development Minister German Gref speaks about his achievements in the latest consultations with the European Union on Russia's accession to the WTO. (15)

The Telecominvest shareholders' meeting late last week appointed Maxim Gorokhov, the company's acting head, its director-general. A story concentrates on several priorities in his policy. (16)

The Merill J. Fernando Group (MJF Group produces Dilmah tea) has decided to revise its marketing policy in Russia. The Russian distributory company Avalon has received the exclusive rights to import the Dilmah mark. This step shows that the world leading producer of Ceylonese tea intends to gain back its lost positions on the Russian market. (16)


The OLMA investment firm is expected to put up for sale the controlling stake of the Trading House "TSUM". Lev Khasis, head of the company's board of directors, will give up a greater part of his stakes in TSUM in favor of OLMA. A story comments on his decision. (A1)

Alfa-Bank by the end of the year will cut its staff by approximately 15 percent. Analysts comments on the bank's decision. (A1)

The volume of direct foreign investments in the world this year will decrease by more than one-fourth. China is expected to become the world leader in drawing investments, and investments to Russia for the first time over several years of the economic slump will increase. This forecast has been made by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Turkmenia next year is expected to export 36 billion cubic meters of gas to Ukraine and another 10 billion cubic meters to Russia to the Itera corporation for $44 per 1,000 cubic meters. This was stated by the International Information Department of the Turkmen president. Brief. (A1)

A story describes in detail an OMON officers' operation Saturday to release the hostages at the "On Dubrovka" theater. The Prosecutor General' s Office will conduct a thorough investigation into reasons behind the tragic developments, and corresponding conclusions will be made. The president however, will not make any hasty decisions on official resignations. (A2)

The two-day World Chechen Congress is expected to open today in Copenhagen . Russia's Foreign Ministry stated that the Danish authorities support Chechen terrorists and demanded that the Congress be canceled. (A2)

The State Duma on Friday voted to consolidate the domestic party system. Thus in order to get to the State Duma by the federal lists, starting 2007, parties will have to win the hearts of 7 percent rather than the current 5 percent of voters. (A2)

The structure of ownership -- the family company -- is what sets apart the network of Mir shops selling home electronic appliances from other players on the Moscow city market. In his first interview the company's president, Alexander Kabanov, and his son Yevgeny Kabanov, vice president, talks about their family business, focusing on the position their company takes today on the Moscow market. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Domestic breweries for the first time since 2000 have come up with the problem of overproduction. According to the State Statistics Committee, the beer output in September decreased by almost 5 percent. Large beer companies fear that this is only the beginning and that the real problems will confront them in 2003. (B1)

Sbyazinvest for the first time over the past five years has issued consolidated book-keeping accountancy according to international standards. A story examines what analysts think of that. (B1)

Oil deliveries to the Moscow Oil Refinery, which for several days stood idle, have been resumed, though it's not clear whose oil is being received by the refinery and who will deliver oil in November. (B1)

According to The Wall Street Journal, with reference to the International Energy Agency (IFA), the volume of OPEC extraction in September this year exceeded the established quotas by almost 10 percent. OPEC, whose summit is scheduled for December, has voluntarily established a quota for its oil extraction at 21.7 barrels a day. Brief. (B1)

The international Standard & and Poor's rating agency has decreased the long-term corporate credit rating of Fort Motors and its subsidiaries of the Fort Motor Credit company down to BBB from BBB+. Brief. (B1)

LUKoil and SIBUR intend to launch a joint venture on the basis of the Lokosovsky gas-processing complex. This most probably will happen in early 2003. Brief. (B1)

Gazprom is considering the possibility of building a liquefied gas plant on Yamal for its subsequent deliveries to the United States. This was stated by Gazprom deputy head Alexander Ryazanov. (B1)

Air Kazakhstan has decided to transfer its flights from Sheremetyevo to Domodedovo. Air Kazakhstan will make five flights a week. Brief. (B2)

The liquidation of the Krasugol company controlled by Baikal Ugol has been postponed. Before Nov. 15 the Krasnoyarsk regional administration will check up whether the MDM structure received in trust 18.4 percent of Krasugol's stock. (B2)

Labor Minister Alexander Pochinok, rather than the non-state pension fund (NSPF) inspectorate now will sign in person licenses for new non-state pension funds. On Friday six new NSPFs obtained such licenses. (B5)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Professor Leonid Roshal, head of the Urgent Surgery and Trauma Department of the Children's Medical Research Center, who spent two days at the besieged theater on Ulitsa Melnikova, talks about how he operated on a hostage and on two injured terrorists. (1,3)

President Vladimir Putin's participation in the Russia-EU summit scheduled for Nov. 11 in Copenhagen is in question. It became evident due to the refusal of the Danish authorities to ban the World Chechen Congress in Copenhagen on Oct. 28-29. First Deputy Foreign Minister Valery Loshchinin on Sunday invited Denmark's Ambassador in Moscow Lars Vissing to inform him that if this anti-Russian event takes place the participation of a Russian delegation in the summit with the European Union will become impossible. A story comments on Loshchinin's statement. (1,5)

The hostage taking at Dubrovka Theater on Oct. 23 has caused a wave of ethnic conflicts not only on Moscow's streets but also throughout Russia. A story offers concrete facts to illustrate this. (2)

Many Western mass media outlets are toughly criticizing the operation in Moscow to release hostages at the theater on Oct. 26, noting that Russia has violated the International Convention on the use of chemical weapons. A story points to a few Western papers that have come up with such criticism. (3)

Musa Bazhayev, president of the large oil Alyans company, who is an authoritative figure in the Russian business community, shares his views on the recent operation to release hostages at the theater and on the future fate of Chechnya. (3)

Will the political situation change in the country because of the tragic events in Moscow? Three political experts share their viewpoints on the issue. (4)

Union of Right Forces (SPS) leader Boris Nemtsov stresses that nothing good will come out of the present behavior of authorities, who are trying to keep secret what has happened to hostages -- in particular what gas was used and how it affected them. (4)

Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov negatively assesses authorities' efforts to eliminate the aftermaths of the terrorist act on Ulitsa Melnikova. (4)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov, due to a maximum security regime imposed in Moscow because of the recent terrorist act, has ordered that toilets be closed at all city gas filling stations. A story examines toughened security measures in the city after the terrorist act. (6)

Russian authorities should review their policy toward the Chechen anti-terrorist operation. What are its prospects from the point of view of Russia's CIS partners? Four CIS experts share their views on the issue. (7)

Novaya Gazeta

NG journalist Anna Politkovskaya recounts how on Oct. 25, accompanied by doctor Leonid Roshal, she conducted negotiations with terrorists who took the spectators of the "Nord Ost "musical at the On Dubrovka Theater hostage on Oct. 23. (2)

Those who took people hostage at the theater demanded an end to the war. Pro- presidential political commentators state that these demands are impossible to meet, which means that the hopes of the majority of the Russian population, who are sick and tired of the war, will remain unfulfilled. A story examines what it really means to end the war and how it's possible to do. (4)

Journalist Yevgeniya Albatz examines factors such as the authorities' policy in Chechnya that may have led to the bloody terrorist act in Moscow. (5)

The AvtoVAZ giant in Tolyatti on Oct. 26 switched off its main assembly conveyor-line, which will be idle until Nov. 9. A story examines the tense situation at the plant, focusing on what will happen to its workers and management. (21)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

The second annual "Turkey in Rhythms" festival is expected to open in St. Petersburg on Oct. 29. Its aim is to expand contacts in different spheres of Russia-Turkey cooperation and to boost Turkish business in St. Petersburg. Brief. (1)

A highly- placed official (on condition of anonymity) from the anti-terror operation headquarters on Ulitsa Melnikova recounts how Alfa and Vympel fighters conducted an operation Saturday to release hostages at the On Dubrovka Theater. (1,2)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov, who spent more than two days at the anti-terror operation headquarters, speaks about his meeting with the president on the eve of the operation to release hostages. He also shares his impressions about the successful operation. (4)

A special migration control regime has been imposed in the Moscow region where the government stated that it has taken tougher measures when registering people arriving in the region. A story looks at some measures. (4)

Members from the Moscow voluntary people's militia patrol have joined the city police to help them protect law and order on Moscow streets after the Oct. 23-26 terrorist act. Retired major-general Anatoly Kirillov talks about such members and their detachments. (4)

The tragic events in Moscow have made the West view Chechen terrorism in a different light. A story describes how public opinion in six leading European countries and the U.S. has responded to those events. (4)

Kirghiz writer Chingiz Aitmatov, who was very popular in the former Soviet Union, talks about a new lifestyle in his republic and what he dislikes in his relations with publishers today. (6)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

The Caribbean crisis was resolved on Oct. 28, 1962. Former Soviet secret intelligence officer Alexander Feklisov, who took part in those developments, recounts those events . (9)

The newspaper offers a list of various cultural and recreation programs in Moscow for children during their upcoming vacations beginning Nov.4 (30-31)