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Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


The first nationwide census in Russia wrapped up on Wednesday. Some residents refused to participate in procedure others appeared to be gracious and even sympathetic. A story comments on some of the questions included in the census. (1, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1)

In an essay, U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice comments on the foreign policy of the United States. (1, 2)

An Indian reconnaissance officer has voiced his suspicion that al Quida was involved in the attack on the French tanker Limburg. A story comments on the current situation on the freight market in consequence of the terrorist act. (1, 10)

Izvestia and NTV's joint investigation has uncovered in the murder of State Duma deputy Vladimir Golovlev. V. Golovlev was murdered August 21 in Moscow's Mitino park, before the trial in which he was expected to denounce top officials. (1, 5)

A Soyuz rocket carrying a research satellite malfunctioned and crashed near its launch pad in northern Russia killing one soldier. The 300-ton Soyuz-U began to veer off course moments after takeoff from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk region at 10:20 p. m. Tuesday. It was carrying a Foton-M1 research satellite (2, Kommersant, 6, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1, Vremya Novostei, 1, Gazeta, 1)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' General Director Jacque S Diou said Wednesday that the UN would hardly manage to half the amount of starving by 2015 as it was scheduled. Russia will join countries-donors in sometime in 2002. (2)

On Wednesday State Duma deputies criticized Central Bank Chairman Sergei Ignatiev for the failed inflation plan. The State Duma approved the cancellation of Russia's hard currency tax. (2, Gazeta, 2)

On Wednesday the Federation Council declined to approve new regulations on electricity tariffs. Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko warned Tuesday that new annual tariffs would expose giant risks. A story comments on the Federation Council's conference. (2, Kommersant, 2)

Economic Minister German Gref escaped unhurt from a car crash early Wednesday morning. Gref's chauffeured BMW collided with another vehicle in the southwest of Moscow as he was coming to work. No one was injured. (3, Kommersant, 1, Vechernyaya Moskva, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

On Wednesday the State Duma approved a decree on the minimum salary level, which will reach 600 rubles as of October 1, 2003. Brief. (3)

On Wednesday Krasnodar regional authorities arrested Novorossiisk Customs Head Vitaly Drik on charges of bribery. Brief. (3, Kommersant, 5)

A fire erupted Wednesday at a sprawling navy arsenal on the edge of Vladivostok., sending artillery shells flying around the area and prompting authorities to evacuate some residents. Firemen managed to stop the blaze from spreading further. (3, Kommersant, 6, Vremya Novostei, 1, Novye Izvestia, 1, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2)

Competition on the railway market has shown the need for the state control over the industry. A story comments on railway transportation regulations. (4)

Moscow's real estate market continues to climb as accommodation under $650 per square meter has disappeared from the market. A story comments on new construction developments in the capital. (6)

Lidia Grafova, chairman of the Forum of Migrant Organizations' Executive Committee comments on the problems currently facing Chechen refugees. (7)


State Duma Deputy Aslanbek Aslakhanov and Ichkeria's representative Ahmed Zakaev will meet with representatives of rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov, who continues to lead the armed opposition to Kremlin control over the republic. The meeting will take place in Switzerland. (1, 4)

The Federation Council voted Wednesday in favor of a decree on grain intervention. The government plans to allocate 6 billion rubles for grain intervention. The opposition, however, is convinced that the allocated funds will never reach their intended purpose. A story comments on the problems facing Russia's agriculture industry. (2)

As many as 43 members of the Federation Council have appealed to Audit Chamber Chairman Sergei Stepashin to conduct a detailed look into the details of a border agreement signed in 1990 between Russia and the United States over the Bering Strait. (2)

Russia-Italian economic cooperation was the key issue up for the discussion at Wednesday's meeting between President Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Brief. (2, 10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2)

The Federation Council has approved Vladimir Putin's appointment of Supreme Court judges. Brief. (2)

Perspectives for future cooperation between Russia and Thailand will be discussed at a meeting between Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Brief. (2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasianov is expected to discuss prospects for the realization of pension reform at a meeting with Cabinet. Brief. (2)

Bashkiria's President Murtaza Rakhimov announced Wednesday that he will resign from his post in June, 2003. The republic's next presidential elections are slated for December, 2003. (3, Gazeta, 1, 7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

Nizhny Novgorod's Duma has voted Wednesday to relieve Sergei Abyshev, the head of the Duma, of his responsibilities. 23 of 31 deputies present voted in favor of the decision. A story comments on details. (3)

Politicians Sergei Mitrokhin, Umar Jabrailov, Mikhail Odintsov, Gennady Raikov, Petr Romanov, Andrei Podenok, Alexander Inshakov and Oleg Starukhin speak about the presidential elections in Russia. (3)

Amendments to an initiative dedicated to the support of Russians abroad were under discussion at a closed government conference Wednesday. Deputy Prime Minister Valentina Matvienko voiced her support for the work the Moscow government has been doing in this field. (4)

Official sources announced Wednesday that Tomsk City Duma Chairman and Yabloko faction leader Oleg Pletnev perished in Monday's tragic bus crash in Egypt. (5)

President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a decree concerning the publication of the Big Russian Encyclopedia. (8, Gazeta,1)

Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office has lodged a complaint about a decision made by judge Yury Vasilenko to open a criminal case against Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma. The complaint comes after U. S. and British nonproliferation experts began investigating allegations that Kuchma approved the sale of a radar system to Iraq in violation of United Nations sanctions. (9)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has asked Russia's economic ministries to submit hard currency control drafts after President Vladimir Putin urged the government to ease restrictions on hard currency transactions. Oleg Viyugin, first deputy chairman of the Central Bank said that the liberalization of hard currency regulations would likely be postponed. (13)

Russia and the World Trade Organization reached a deadlock concerning Russia's entry into the trade organization. Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister Maxim Medvedkov said Wednesday that Russia is ready to join the WTO would not compromise on certain points. (14)

LUKoil took a decision to work out a structure reforms program within three months. Due to upcoming structural reforms at LUKoil, the government will place its 5.9 percent stake in the oil giant on the London stock exchange. (16)

Continental is merging the Moscow tire factory. Deputy Moscow Mayor of Moscow Valery Shantsev and the chairman of the board of tire maker Continental signed an agreement Wednesday regarding the merger of Continental with the Moscow Tire Factory. (16)


New Programs and Conceptions (NPK) Director General Boris Kuzyk has sold 50 percent of his holding to Mezhprombank in a $30 million to $50 million deal. (A1)

A major insurance holding company, based on the Ingosstrakh model, including Troika Dialog, RESO-Garantia and MAKS has been founded. (A1)

Russky Standart bank's program of issuing instant-credits for the purchase of household appliances have given rise to a new way to cheat the system. Four criminals have been accused in fraud and will be put on trial. An article examines the bank's registration procedure. (A1)

Bashkir President Murtaza Rakhimov announced Wednesday that he will abdicate his post in June 2003, so as to minimize instability through presidential elections in December 2003. (A2)

In an attempt to make the military budget more transparent, State Duma deputies have voted to deprive 4 billion rubles from the Defense Ministry. (A2)

Russia and the World Trade Organization have dug in their heals over conditions for entry, with little room for compromise. Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister Maxim Medvedkov said Wednesday that Russia is ready to accede to the WTO tomorrow, but if the WTO does not compromise on certain points the sides will never be able to reach an agreement. (A3)

State Duma deputies criticized Central Bank Chairman Sergei Ignatiev for failing to keep inflation to planned levels. Also on Wednesday, the State Duma approved hard currency tax cancellation. Brief. (A3)

The Federation Council on Wednesday voted down state control regulations on electricity tariffs. Annual tariffs approval will expose giant risks. Brief. (A3)

The nationwide referendum in Iraq has demonstrated 100$ loyalty to Saddam Hussein. Brief. (A3)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry and the Central Bank of Russia are looking for restrictions to be erased on hard currency transactions. Central Bank first deputy chairman Oleg Vyugin stated that hard currency regulations liberalization will be postponed. (A3)

Anton Danilov-Danilian, a Kremlin economic advisor since 1997, speaks on tax reforms. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

LUKoil's board of directors decided to work out a structural reform program within three months. Brief. (B1)

The government's priority for 2003 is to sell 75 percent of Slavneft, the nation's seventh-largest oil producer for starting price $1.3 billion. (B1)

Continental will merge with the Moscow tire factory. Deputy Moscow Mayor Valery Shantsev and the Continental board chairman signed an agreement Wednesday. (B2)

The state-owned Moskvich automobile plant, having suspended production a year ago, is now considering ways to meet the plant's $700 million debt. (B3)

The Finance Ministry has proposed that Minister Alexey Kudrin replace Vneshtorgbank council chairman Sergei Ignatiev as one of the bank's official observers. (B5)

Moscow City Hall has named Mosstroimekhanizatsia-5 investor in Mitino construction. A story comments on construction projects in Moscow and its organizers. (B7)

AMS Group has been appointed advertising coordinator at Sheremetyevo airport, an spokesman announced, amid growing competition for the transportation advertising market. (B7)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

The nationwide census in Chechnya has been conducted under a special control within two days. Unprecedented security measures made it possible to finish the procedure in an extremely short time. Many more Chechen citizens have registered than the local administration expected. (1, 2)

Kaliningrad's status will be the key issue for discussion at a conference of Russian politicians and the European Council delegation that starts Thursday. The European Council has allocated 40 million euros for establishing infrastructure in the Kaliningrad region. A story comments on details. (1, 5)

The first nationwide census in Russia has finished. Some residents refused to participate in the procedure, others appeared to be gracious and even sympathetic. Still, the nationality question was the most puzzling of 11 questions on the census form.

Vice-Premier Viktor Khristenko, Fuel and Energy deputy Minister Ivan Matlashov and RAO EES governing board chairman Anatoly Chubais have discussed preparations for the winter season with State Duma deputies. (2)

The Council of Federations declined electricity tariffs state control regulations and approved A. Sobtchak's widow Lyudmila Narusova Tuva regional representative on Wednesday. (2)

Russia and the WTO have dug in their heels over conditions for entry. If the WTO does not compromise on certain points the sides will never be able to reach an agreement. In any case Russia must be ready to entry the WTO, Russian Aluminum company Director Oleg Deripaska said. (3)

A story comments on Gazprom's intentions to raise oil tariffs and strengthen the fuel supplied payments control. (3)

About 20 Americans have died of chicken poisoning. A story comments on U.S. chicken export to Russia. (3)

Mikhail Kalashnikov has presented his assault rifles at SOFEX-2002 international exhibition. (3)

Regional branches of the political party Liberal Russia have not supported the decision of the party's political council to expel Boris Berezovsky from its ranks. A story comments on regional liberals' position. (4)

The Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office lodged a complaint against judge Yury Vasilenko's verdict to open a criminal case against Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma. A story comments on details. (5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has arrived in Moscow. The Iraq problem and international cooperation were discussed with President Vladimir Putin. (1)

The Bashkiria Constitutional Conference approved on Wednesday a parliamentary republic constitution draft. Bashkiria's parliament will consider the constitution in the nearest future. Brief. (1)

A gas main located on Ugreshsky Proezd in Moscow broke down Wednesday. However, gas supplies have not been suspended. Brief. (1)

Economic Minister German Gref's chauffeured BMW collided with another vehicle in southwest Moscow as he was riding to work in the early morning. No one was injured. (1)

The Tomsk City Duma Chairman and Yabloko faction leader Oleg Pletnev died in a bus crash in Hurgada, Egypt, official sources informed Wednesday. (2)

In an interview Military Prosecutor General Major General Anatoly Ponomarenko speaks on the break-out of fire in Vladivostok. (2)

President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to award medals to those who performed nationwide census services. The decree is published. (2)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

In an interview Krasnodar regional governor Alexander Tkachev, State Duma deputy Vladimir Bryntsalov, Russian united industrial party leader Elena Panina, State Duma deputy Alexei Mitrofanov and other politicians speak on the conflict between Agriculture Ministry and Soyuzplodimport for Stolichnaya vodka production. (3)

Kalmykia's President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is under psychological pressure. Mass media blames the president for assisting criminals and blocking democracy. However, the Kremlin's support is dominating the elections. A story comments on details. (5)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

The third Moscow ring road will pass Lefortovo. A story comments on the construction of Lefortovo tunnel. (1)