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Kommersant
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Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

A car bomb that exploded on Saturday near a McDonald's fast- food restaurant in the southwest of Moscow left a 17-year-old boy dead and another 8 people injured. Izvestia speculates on whether the explosion was simply criminal infighting or a fresh terrorist act. A story gives details. Central newspapers give their own commentary. (1,2, Kommersant, 5, Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya Novostei, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,8, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Novaya Gazeta, No. 78, p.4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, MK, 1,3,)

A conference devoted to the 40th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis took place in Cuba last week. In an interview, political scientist Fyodor Burlatsky, who was then a high-level official in the CPSU Central Committee, recounts those tense days and recalls the most dramatic moment of the crisis. (1,4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 6,)

Several significant decisions were taken at Friday's extraordinary meeting Shestoi Kanal shareholders, including a decision to replace general director Oleg Kiselyov. A story comments on several decisions and signed documents. (1, Kommersant, 4, Vremya Novostei, 2, Gazeta, 10)

Late last week Moscow's State Traffic Inspectorate (GAI) submitted a document to the City Duma describing the capital's complicated traffic situation. A story examines the document, concentrating on the most problematic intersections in the city. (2)

The 5th International Investment Forum "Moscow-Invest-2002" in Milan wrapped up late last week. A story describes its major results, and explains how Italian businessmen were persuaded to invest to the Russian economy. (2)

On Saturday evening the so-called Washington sniper injured one more American 140 kilometers away to the southeast from the American capital city. A story describes how it happened. (3, Kommersant, 10, Gazeta, 5, Rossiisskaya Gazeta, 1,4, Vremya Novostei, 1, MK, 4)

On Friday Lieutenant -General Sergei Makarov, deputy commander of the federal troops in the North-Caucasian Military District, was appointed commander of the federal troops in the North-Caucasus. Brief. (3, Kommersant, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, MK, 2

On Sunday rescuers in the Karmadon Gorge in North Ossetia found the remains of one or perhaps several human bodies. Brief. (3, MK, 2)

Pilot-Cosmonaut Nikolai Rukavishnikov died on Saturday due to a heart attack at the age of 70. Brief. (3)

First Lady Lyudmila Putin in Germany on Saturday was awarded the Jacob Grimm Prize "For the Popularization of the German Language." A story describes her contribution, the awarding ceremony and its gusts. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

On Saturday the extremist organization The Union of Orthodox Citizens sent a letter to Moscow regional governor Boris Gromov demanding the suspension of a project to build a Muslim center near the Trinity-Sergiyev Lavra. A story examines the content of the letter. (3)

The body of late Magadan Governor Valentin Tsvetkov is expected to be delivered to Magadan on Monday, so that residents may be able to bid a farewell to their governor. On Tuesday Tsvetkov is to be buried in the Vagankovskoye Cemetery in Moscow. A story offers new details regarding the investigation into his tragic death. (3, Kommersant, 1,6, Novaya Gazeta, No. 78, p. 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 1, Gazeta, 1,5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 8, MK, 2)

The 84th anniversary of the birth of poet, bard and playwright Alexander Galich, who died tragically in Paris in 1977, was marked in Moscow on Saturday. In an interview, Galich's actress daughter Alyona Galich-Arkhangelskaya says that many of her father's former friends have failed to honor his memory. (3)

A story looks at several candidates to replace St. Petersburg governor Vladimir Yakovlev. Yakovlev has been forbidden to run for the post for the third time in 2004. (4)

A four-day NATO military exercise was to begin on Monday in Lithuania. A brief says why it has been chosen for the purpose. (4, Vremya Novostei, 5)

Last week the State Duma Customs and Tariff Regulation Subcommittee discussed a draft of the new Customs Code, which the State Duma passed in the first reading in 1999. A story examines several controversial provisions of the draft, and focuses on the major problems of the existing Customs Code. (5)

During its parliamentary hearings on Friday, the Federation Council discussed a draft of Russia's Energy Strategy until 2020, which was presented by Energy Minister Igor Yusufov. A story examines the strategy. (5, Vremya Novistei, 1,2, Gazeta, 12)

U.S. President George W. Bush has ordered that the Pentagon begin training 5,000 Iraqi opposition fighters, who will make up the core of future liberation forces. The opposition fighters are to be recruited from the anti- Saddam Hussein Iraqi National Congress, whose leadership is currently in London. A story reveals the essence of Bush's plan. (6, Gazeta, 4)

Three of Moscow's most famous and scandalous artists (their names are given) have opened their exhibitions in Moscow. A story details the artists' new projects. (7)

In an interview, presidential aide Sergei Yastrzhembsky rebuffs several rumors surrounding St. Petersburg's upcoming 300th anniversary celebrations. Yastrzhembsky was in St. Petersburg last week to announce a competition for the best publication devoted to the jubilee. (8)

In an interview, Alexander Rodnyansky, the new general director of the CTC television channel, talks about the channel's high ratings, as well as his policies, investments and future plans. (8)

A competition for the best construction project of the Moscow city government block in Moskva-City was launched in Gostiny Dvor over the weekend. A story examines several of the projects. (11)

A story examines the situation in the Moscow city hotel complex and focuses on the city government's plans to rebuild and renovate several old hotels. (10)

A story describes a pantheon of architectural glory that opened on Moscow's Bolshaya Gruzinskaya Ulitsa late last week. (11)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Commentary is made regarding Sunday's presidential election in the republic of Kalmykia. A story focuses on the Central Election Commission's special interest in the election process. (1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 2)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry marked its 200th jubilee on Friday. A story describes the ceremonies in the Kremlin and at the Bolshoi Theater, which both President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov attended. (2)

The Congress of Municipal Formations Saturday discussed the draft of a new bill concerning the general principles of organizing local government. A story examines the draft's major provisions. (4, Gazeta, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

On Friday Veliky Novgorod's election commission announced an upcoming election for the city's mayor. Elections are to be held in connection with the tragic death of the former Mayor Alexander Korsunov. (4)

38-year-old Magomedhan Gamzatkhanov, unarmed combat champion of the Soviet Union, two-time world champion and more recently former assistant of State Duma deputy Alexander Korzhakov, was detained in Tula over the weekend on charges of extortion. A story gives details. (6)

The Ararat Park Hyatt, which is the first Hyatt hotel in Russia, opened in Moscow on Neglinnaya Ulitsa on Thursday. A story describes the opening ceremony and those in attendance. (8, Izvestia, 10)

On Sunday a representative of the opposition Iraqi National Congress announced the revision of all contracts singed between Baghdad and foreign oil companies after the removal of the Hussein regime. The statement was aimed in particular at Russia and France, who are against a military solution of the Iraqi problem. (9)

Russian entrepreneur Konstantin Grigorishin, who was arrested in Kiev on Oct. 13, was released on Sunday. A brief mentions the reason behind his arrest. (9)

On Sunday Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declared amnesty for all convicts, irrespective of their crimes. A story comments on this act. (10, Vremya Novostei, 2)

On Saturday Ukrainian political forces of all colors and beliefs united in opposition to President Leonid Kuchma. A story examines these forces and their major principles and tactics. (11)

Agros, a division of the Interros holding, has become the new owner of the Klinsky Meat Combine. This information became known after Agros made an attempt to take possession of the stakes of several big stock-raising farms that deliver raw materials to the Klinsky combine. A story examines analysts' views. (13)

Late last week Adidas suspended cooperation with its Russian partner, St. Petersburg's T.A.K.T. A story explains why. (13)

Beginning this week the federal government should begin to buy grain on the domestic market for the state fund. This measure, however, will not help farmers, because traders have already bought up their grain. A story comments on the state measure. (13, 20)

The Federal Energy Commission (FEC) is currently drafting a letter concerning the apparent crisis within the commission itself. The letter is to be sent to the government. A story focuses on the major demand stated in the letter. (14)

The leaders of the Novolipetsk and Magnitogorsk metals combines sent a letter to Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Friday protesting high internal tariffs on coal transportation. A story focuses on their proposals. (14)

On Saturday Transport Minister Sergei Frank visited Ufa for talks with Bashkiria's President Murtaza Rakhimov. Frank signed an agreement with Rakhimov to boost cooperation in the sphere of the republic's transport complex. (14)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Management Board Friday endorsed the Charter of Corporate and Business Ethics that will help resolve disputes between Union members. A story examines the Charter, focusing on its major provisions. (A1 )

The St. Petersburg football team "Zenit" has obtained a new owner -- the Banker House "St. Petersburg" founded by Promstroibank SPB. (A1)

A friendship with regional authorities yields many-billions of dividends to big companies. Thus Mordovia, Chukotka and Kalmykia, out of a 16.7 billion ruble profit tax benefit in the first half of the year, gave 15.8 billion rubles. The Mordovian benefits went to the Yukos structures; the Chukotka benefits went to Sibneft traders and the Kalmyk ones -- to all those who want them. (A1)

According to the State Statistics Committee, the population's real cash income after deducting all obligatory payments in September 2002 went down by 2.8 percent compared with the same period last year. The brief offers figures illustrating the population's cash income in September. (A1)

Kalmykia's President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov will most likely be elected president for the third term. The Central Election Commission Sunday Oct. 20 failed to find any violations during the voting. (A2)

Magadan regional governor Valentin Tsvetkov was assassinated in Moscow on Friday morning. A story focuses on several versions, saying that it's the first time such a highly-ranked official has been killed. (A2)

TV Shestoi Kanal tomorrow can obtain a new director-general. Today the company's shareholders are in talks with candidates for this post .A story describes some of them and the possible outcome of the talks. (A2)

Gazprom is expanding its business in the Black Sea coast. A story describes its health resorts in Sochi and the Tuapse region. (A2)

The proposals from the Economic Development and Finance ministries are contained in the draft amendments to the Tax Code. A story reveals the essence of the proposals. (A3)

The new Russia-Ukraine inter-governmental agreement on strategic cooperation in gas transportation will hardly change the situation for the better. But there is a method to solve the problem of unsanctioned gas selection -- to provide Ukraine with direct subsidies. (A4)

Federation Council members should be elected by the population rather than be appointed by the governors -- such is the essence of the bill being drafted by the Senate. Will it help change the existing situation? Four experts share their viewpoints on the issue. (A4)

Vladimir Lagutin, Director-General of the Moscow City Telephone Network, talks about his company's problems and effective decisions to resolve them. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

British Petroleum before the end of this year intends to sell more than 800 gas filling stations in Germany and the Bayernoil oil refinery in Ingolstadt. A story says which companies have already shown their interest in the German filling stations. (B1)

Samotlorneftegaz former shareholders are demanding compensation from "Ernst &Young". A story focuses on the viewpoint shared by Astian Group on the issue. (B1)

The international rating Standard & Poor's agency has presented the rating of one hundred big banks in Central and Eastern Europe on the basis of the 2001 results. Russian banks dominate. (B1)

The Gorky Auto Plant (GAZ) and the Swiss Marcel Boschung AG company, a leading road machines producer in Europe, intend to launch a joint venture to make machines to maintain roads and air flight fields in order. Brief. (B1)

Severstal head Alexei Mordashov has taken up the timber business. Thus, in November, he intends to buy a state-controlled package of stock of the Veliky Ustyug plywood "Novator" combine. (B2)

Japan, the world's second leading oil consumer, for the first time after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, will buy Urals oil extracted in Russia. However, the delivery of 270,000 tons of oil from Novorossiisk to Japan will take approximately 1.5 months and will cost about $2.5 million. The Japanese Nippon Oil Corporation decided to buy an experimental batch of the Russian oil. (B3)

Viktor Piternov, who for eight years had headed Inkasbank, the controlling stake of which in April was bought by MDM-Bank, has take up a job in Nomosbank. What do market participants think of the change of the bank's management? (B5)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

Highly-regarded filmmaker Ivan Dykhovichny disagrees with the Filmmakers Union's decision to pick Andron Mikhalkov's film "The Mad House" as a nominee for the annual American Oscar Prize for the best foreign film. Dykhovichny explains his point of view. (1, 7)

Four enterprises in the industrial-defense complex in the Committee on Military- Technical Cooperation with Foreign States on Friday received certificates on the right to launch foreign economic activities. A story comments on this event, concluding that Rosoboronexport is losing its monopoly on the weapons trade. (1,4)

The Labor Ministry with Alexander Pochinok as its head has drafted a document reforming the state system of budget workers' salaries. On Oct. 31 the government is expected to discuss the draft. In a far-ranging interview the minister discusses the reform. (3)

The Economic Development Ministry has drafted a new bill concerning the purchases and deliveries of products for state needs. In the next few weeks the draft will be submitted to the government. A story examines its major provisions, saying why it's significant today. (4)

A frame agreement on building a trans-Afghani gas pipeline is expected to be signed later this week in the Turkmen capital city Ashgabad. Through this pipeline Turkmen gas will be pumped through Afghanistan to Pakistan. The document will be signed on Oct. 26 and 27. A story comments on the agreement, saying why it promises nothing good for Russia. (4)

Vadim Zuikov, president of the National Trade Association, talks about the situation in the domestic retail trade sphere and how foreign companies fit in it. (5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

The Moscow city government has submitted to the City Duma the draft city budget-2003. Deputy Moscow Mayor Yury Roslyak, head of the Economic Policy and City Development Department, says how the city government intends to resolve several acute problems. (1,3)

The story is devoted to the Council of Moscow Elders that gives effective recommendations to Mayor Yury Luzhkov and his team. The focus is concrete issues that were resolved in the city with their help. (3)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

The newspaper has decided to sponsor the First Festival of the art of begging that will begin Wednesday Oct. 23 in front of the Komsomolskaya Pravda office building on 24, Ulitsa Pravdy. A story describes the festival with the first prize being $200. (2)

The newspaper gives photos of State Road Traffic Inspectorate (GAI) officers who have been killed during their service. Moscow GAI chief Militia Major-General Sergei Kazantsev talks about the Memorial Board with these photos that has been placed in the GAI Board Building. (3, 26, 27)

The census campaign in Moscow was over on Oct. 16. Several census-takers share their impressions. (5)

Deputy Moscow Mayor (responsible for public relations) Iosif Ordzhonikidze answers questions from Komsomolskaya Pravda readers about the future office building of the Moscow city government, about the fate of Hotel "Rossiya" and about several ambitious construction projects in the city. (6,)

A feature story is devoted to Serp i Molot Plant worker Alexander Filchev, 47, who on Aug. 5 disappeared without trace on the plant's territory and has been missing ever since. (9)

The newspaper describes places in Moscow that have their own amazing origin and history. (22,23)

Page of History. The CPSU Central Committee plenary session took place exactly 15 years ago when it radically changed the fate of President Boris Yeltsin. A story describes the historic event. (30)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

Leaders from the Union of Right Forces (SPS), Yabloko and from small parties in Moscow are expected today to hold a Democratic Conference, at which SPS leader Boris Nemtsov intends to call on all democratic forces to sign a special agreement regarding concrete measures of conducting parliamentary election campaigns. A story examines the conference agenda, focusing on Nemtsov's plan to separate Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky from his party . (1)

Avant-garde artist and animal protector Oleg Kulik is creating a museum of human scarecrows in Moscow, with one of a tennis-player resembling Anna Kournikova. A story describes an unusual museum, focusing on the main idea and aim of its creator. (1)

Moscow authorities have decided to allot special premises for public libraries in new apartment blocks. A story describes the aim of the project, that will begin as an experiment in the south of the city. (1)

Moskovsky Komsomolets offers a transcript of talks between a Swiss air flight controller with all planes that were in the zone of his responsibility on July 2 when the Tu-154 plane collided with Boeing-757 above Germany, killing 71 passengers. The transcript sheds light on the catastrophe. (3)

A feature story is devoted to the origin and history of the Statue of Soviet secret police head Felix Dzerzhinsky, which is a topic for discussion today throughout Russia. (4)

According to reports from the Moscow City Prosecutor's Office, the number of crimes that were committed for the nine months this year was 122, 816, 36,812 crimes more than the figure for the same period last year. The brief offers other figures on the different types of crimes. (10)