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Izvestia
Kommersant
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Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Komsomolskaya Pravda
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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

On Tuesday Oleg Morozov, the head of the Russia's Regions faction, submitted an amendment to the Lower House of parliament concerning election regulations. Morozov's proposal demanded that parties win at least 7 percent of the vote to become eligible to sit in the Duma. (1, 2, Kommersant, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1)

Alexandria City Library, which ancients considered the 7th wonder of the world was opened Tuesday in Alexandria, Egypt. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as well as the heads of state of almost 30 countries participated in the opening ceremony. (1, MK, 1)

In an interview, Director Sergei Kazantsev, head of the Russia's State Library International Cooperation Center, speaks on Russia's contribution to the opening of the Alexandria City Library. (1)

AvtoVAZ has announced a planned two-week suspension of production to help the automobile giant solve the problem of overproduction. 75,000 surplus Zhigulis and Ladas are currently being stored in warehouses awaiting distribution. (1)

After failing to block the approval of state electricity tariff regulations, the Economy Development Ministry has made a second attempt during a session of Federation Council on natural monopolies. (2)

Oil majors Tyumen Oil Co. and Sibneft have announce the commencement of a strategic partnership. TNK International and Sibneft have been negotiating an exchange of oil assets for the past two years. The owners of the two holdings have reached a new agreement that is expected to be finalized before the end of the year. Sibneft would agree to trade its stake in Orenburgneft for about 8.6 percent of TNK International. (2)

The recent nationwide referendum in Iraq has shown that Saddam Hussein still enjoys the support of all Iraqis. (2, Gazeta, 4)

A Ukrainian judge initiated a criminal investigation into Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma on Tuesday, one day after U. S. and British nonproliferation experts began investigating allegations that he approved the sale of a radar system to Iraq, which would be in violation of United Nations sanctions. The Ukranian investigation will look into the accusations of opposition lawmakers that Kuchma violated 11 articles of the criminal code. (3, Kommersant, 1, 3, MK, 1, Gazeta, 1, 2, ezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 5)

Comfortable Mercedes busses will be put into use on Moscow's public transportation routes beginning this week. A story comments on the level of comfort the new buses afford. (3)

Reforms to laws on theft will be under consideration at a session of the Federation Council on Wednesday. A story comments on details. (3)

Vladimir Komoyedov, the former commander of Russia's naval fleet has withdrawn his appeal against a decision to remove him from his post due to health problems. Brief. (3)

The European Council has approved Sergei Mironov's initiative for a four-sided inter-parliamentary business group foundation to develop further positions on Kaliningrad's status. On Tuesday Russia, the European Council, Lithuania and Poland participated in the conference on Kaliningrad's status in Brussels. (4, Kommersant, 2)

In an interview, British Parliamentarian Piter Mendelson comments on his politic views and relations with Tony Blair. (4)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasianov has asked that the Economic Ministry to block its drafts of hard currency controls after President Vladimir Putin urged the government to ease restrictions on hard currency transactions. (5)

Alrosa is intending to sell its oil business to Gazprom in order to develop its diamond developments. On Wednesday Yakutia's President Vyatcheslav Shtyrov will receive delegations from both Gazprom and Alrosa. (5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 3)

In an interview, Statistics State Commission Deputy Chairman Sergei Kolesnikov speaks about the competition on Russia's IT market for census software provider's tender. (6)

Development on Russia's information technologies market has brought the sector out onto the world scene. On Tuesday SAP, a leading business software producer, opened a congress for its Russian and Baltic clients. (6)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The Swiss Prosecutor General's Office has opened an investigation into the scandal surrounding the Sovereign Group company. The company is suspected in money laundering. (1, 16)

Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko has reported to President Vladimir Putin on electricity strategy regulation revision. Electricity tariffs strategy takes proper account of energy and gas markets reforming. (2)

On Tuesday Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko failed to persuade the deputies of "Fatherland All-Russia" to approve the government's municipal reforms at the faction's conference. (2)

Ingush's parliament has decided to recall Federation Council representative Sergei Bekov. Ex-president Ruslan Aushev's stickler has been fired for the lack of cooperation with Ingush authorities. (2)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov and Commander-in-Chief of the Fleet Vladimir Kuroyedov reported Tuesday to President Vladimir Putin on the results of Caspian Sea military training. (2)

The State Duma will consider in the second reading a decree on terrorism agitation in mass media. (2)

A page is devoted to the crisis in Ukraine. Shevchenko's district court has approved the arrest of Leonid Kuchma. The investigation into opposition lawmakers' accusations that Kuchma violated 11 articles of the criminal code is continuing. However, Russia's economic cooperation with Ukraine goes on. (3)

After months of fierce debate with the president's administration in Privolzhsk federal region, Bashkortostan governor Murtaza Rakhimov has initiated a parliamentary governmental system in the Bashkortostan republic. The Kremlin unexpectedly supported the initiative. (4)

Murmansk's Oktyabrsky district court on Tuesday started the processing of ex-vice-minister Andrei Dogayev's criminal case. He is accused in nickel smuggling for 829,000 rubles. A story details the case. (5)

Rescue groups have 10 meters left to reach the northern entrance of Karmadon canyon tunnel, North Ossetia's Extreme Situation Service Chief Vladimir Ivanov said Tuesday. (5)

Krasnoyarsk regional governor Alexander Khloponin's motorcade got into a traffic accident on Tuesday. Black ice was reportedly what caused the accident. A story comments on details. (5)

In an interview, Chechen leader Lecha Islamov talks about his problems after having been sentenced to 9 years imprisonment for hostage taking. (6)

Experts in Egypt have identified the bodies of the 5 Russians killed in this week's bus crash on the Red Sea highway. The bodies are expected to be transported to Russia by the end of the week. (6, Gazeta, 1, 2)

On Tuesday Chechen authorities arrested two people suspected of organizing a terrorist attack in Grozny. (6)

Georgian authorities suspended the extradition of 8 Chechen rebels to Russia until proper documents are provided. A story examines current Russian -Georgian relations. (6)

Russia's industrial growth reached 5 percent in September, according to the results of the state statistics committee surveys. (14)

In an interview, Economic Development Deputy Minister Mikhail Dmitriev speaks about pension reforms. (15)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

Fast food producer Bystrov will distribute its production in 1,800 German supermarkets with assistance from Dovgan GmbH Hamburg. Dovgan has become a distributor for Wal-Mart, Metro, Edeka, Kaufland, Marktkauf net-markets. A story comments on Dovgan's developments. (A1)

Corruption and bribery have stolen from more half of international investors from foreign companies, as Control Risks Group top managers' surveys demonstrated. A story comments on analyses. (A1)

Novorossiisk Steamship (Novoship) president Tagir Izmailov may be fired for lack of cooperation with auditors. Accounting Chamber suggested replacing him after the audit of South federal region ports and steamships. (A1)

A Kiev Appellate Court judge opened a criminal case against Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma on Tuesday, one day after U.S. and British nonproliferation experts began investigating allegations that he approved the sale of a radar system to Iraq in violation of UN sanctions. The investigation into opposition lawmakers' accusations that Kuchma violated 11 articles of the criminal code. (A2)

On the eve of a UN Security Council conference on Iraq's resolution, China supported the return of UN inspectors to Iraq. A story comments on President Bush's intentions to start a war against Iraq. (A2)

Russia's industrial growth reached 5 percent in September, according to the results of the State Statistics Committee surveys. A story examines analysis. (A2)

The nationwide referendum in Iraq has demonstrated loyalty to Saddam Hussein. The majority voted for his reelection. Brief. (A3)

Krasnoyarsk regional governor Alexander Khloponin's motorcade got into a traffic accident on Tuesday. Icy ground caused him to crash into Evenki regional governor Boris Zolotarev's car. Brief. (A3)

The European Commission has cancelled anti-dumping tariffs for Russian zinc export. Observers consider that it was made under Russia's Economic Diplomats' pressure. A story examines the world's zinc market. (A3)

Oil majors Tyumen Oil Co. and Sibneft have revealed themselves as strategic partners. TNK International and Sibneft have been negotiating an exchange of oil assets for the past two years. The owners of the two holdings reached a new agreement to be finalized before the end of the year. (A4)

It took chicken producing factory Petelino four years and $15 million investments to apply new technologies. Its practice now spreads to seven other factories in the Moscow region. (A7)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Gazprom announced Tuesday a decision to sell off 46 percent to strategic investor SOGAZ. SOGAZ is closely affiliated with oil major Gazprom. The agreement will come into force after Gazprommedstrakh insurance company merges SOGAZ. A story comments on analysis. (B1)

Bailiffs have suspended Smirnoff vodka production at Ladoga factory. Founder of P. A. Smirnov's Descendants Trading House, Boris Smirnov, has managed to win his suit against Alpha-Eco group. (B1)

AvtoVAZ has suspended its planned production. A two-week break is supposed to help the automobile giant to solve the problem of overproduction. A story comments on analysis of the car market. (B1)

The bankrupted Urals automobile factory URALaz has signed an agreement with its creditors on selling 25 percent shares to the state government. A story comments on management of URALaz. (B2)

Major air-transportation company Volga-Dnepr is leaving Ulianovsk for Samara. A story comments on the competition of several regions for the rich tax-payer. (B2)

Shareholders in Ukrainian oil corporation Lukor overturned a decision on dope-mission to LUKoil. Ukrainian State Property Fund protested against the agreement. (B3)

The European Commission has finished its informal audit of Electricite de Fance (EdF). Now the commission starts its investigation into French government's indulgence and credit guaranties. (B3)

Russia's automobile insurance union has appealed to "Green Card" European Insurance System. A story comments on terms of Russia's joining the System. (B5)

Gazprom is continuing its Eurobonds strategy. Analysts warned investors that it will be a long time until their profits are fixed. (B5)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

The Kremlin's human rights envoy for Chechnya Abdul-Khakim Sultygov has met with 14 members of the parliament elected in 1997 along with rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov, who continues to lead part of the armed opposition to Kremlin control over the republic. The meeting took place at Sulgutov's office in Chechnya. (1)

A story comments on the development of Russian - American relations and the growth into cooperation in economic, trade and investment matters. (1, 5)

Jewelry association chiefs announced Tuesday a decision to establish a special committee within the bounds of the Trading-Industrial Chamber to work out jewelry market development regulations. (1, 3)

Independent Trading Unions Federation (FNPR) will hold a protest against low salaries and a lack of social guaranties. As many as 300,000 people from all regions of Russia are supposed to take part in the action, the FNPR head said Tuesday. (2)

The State Duma is considering Deputy Kozak's draft of budget, regional policy and local self-management regulations. A story comments on deputies' positions. (2)

The Liberal Russia branch in Bashkorstan has not supported the decision of the party's political council to expel Boris Berezovsky from its ranks. A story comments on Bashkorstan liberals' position. (2)

Bali is loosing its tourist market. A massive bomb explosion from a car bomb destroyed a nightclub Sunday night on the tourist island of Bali, Indonesia, sparking a devastating inferno that killed 187 people and wounded more than 300 -- many of them Western tourists. (3)

Rescue groups have 10 meters left to reach the Northern entrance of the Karmadon canyon tunnel in North Ossetia. A story comments on rescue specialists' recent developments in North Ossetia. (4)

Kalmykia's President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is under psychological pressure. Mass media blames the president in assisting criminals and blockading democracy. However, the Kremlin's factor is dominating in the elections. A story comments on details. (4)

The Supreme Court denied the appeal Tuesday of Afghan war veteran Valery Radchikov, accused of carrying out a deadly 1996 cemetery bombing, who argued that his second trial amounted to unlawful double jeopardy. (7)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

The Supreme Court has acquitted Omsk tax inspection head Vladimir Fedorenko, who was accused of bribery three years ago. A story comments on an article that had been published three years ago. (1)

The government will provide 17.5 billion rubles to socially vulnerable groups of people for municipal services payments in 2003. Brief. (1)

Novorossiisk customs head (no name) was arrested Tuesday for bribery. Brief. (1)

The first nationwide census in Russia is finishing. As many as 27,000 people refused to participate in process in St. Petersburg. Moscow residents have appeared to be more gracious and even sympathetic. Some residents complained about high prices, bad environment, etc. The occupation question was the most puzzling of 11 questions on the census form. (1)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasianov has obliged the Economy Ministries to submit hard currency control drafts after president Vladimir Putin urged the government to erase restrictions on hard currency transactions. Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin comments on regulations of hard currency transactions. (2)

The SPS fraction has raised an issue of the third term for deputies. A story comments on politicians' position on the issue. (2)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

As many as 120 Americans in eight states have died of chicken poisoning. A story comments on U.S. chicken exports to Russia. (4)

The investigation into opposition lawmakers' accusations that Kuchma violated 11 articles of the criminal code is continuing. (4)

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday greeted Moroccan monarch Mohammed VI in the Kremlin, saying his visit would open new prospects for bilateral cooperation. The king's talks with Russian officials were expected to focus on Iraq and the Middle East. (5)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

A bus crash in Hurgada, Egypt has left several people dead and injured -- all of them Russian tourists. Witnesses comment on details of the tragedy. (1)

An arcade cashier was foully murdered Tuesday morning in Orekhovo-Borisovo. The militia has started an investigation into the motives and personalities of the criminals responsible for the crime. (1)