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


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

A massive car bomb explosion destroyed a nightclub Sunday night on thetourist island of Bali, Indonesia, sparking a devastating inferno thatkilled 187 people and wounded more than 300 - many of them Westerntourists. (1, 3, Kommersant, 9, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Gazeta, 1,Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 4)

The 2004 European qualifying match between Georgia and Russia was postponedSaturday because of a power failure. In the final minutes before the break,the lights went out throughout the southern part of Tbilisi, which includedLokomotiv stadium. (1, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 3,Gazeta, 1, 8, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 24, 25, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 7)

Russia's ecology was the key issue for discussion at a session of theArctic council in Finland. A story comments on details. (1, 4)

The nationwide census in Chechnya has been conducted under a specialcontrol within two days. Unprecedented security measures made it possibleto finish the procedure in extremely short time. Many more Chechen citizensthan the local administration expected have registered. (2, Kommersant, 5,Vremya Novostei, 3)

Military headquarters on Saturday trained for a "preventive nuclearattack." Strategic nuclear forces demonstrated their alertness. A storycomments on details. (2)

The famous Milan theatre La Scala has been playing "Romeo and Juliet" forfour days in Moscow. (2)

Deputy Culture Minister Vladimir Malyshev announced Saturday that thecompetition for Mariinka theater reconstruction will start in November2002. Brief. (3)

As many as 400 Kazan citizens participated Sunday in a meeting devoted toKazan patriots who perished in 1552 when Ivan Groznyi attacked the city."Down with the Moscow dictate" was the main motto of the meeting. Brief. (3)

"Plesetsk" airdrome is preparing the launch of an orbit laboratory. Brief. (3)

An explosion ripped through a military commandant's office building in theLeninsky district of Groznyi, Chechnya. It left one person dead and twoofficers injured. Brief. (3)

Relatives of Sergei Bodrov's group, which includes 128 people missing inNorth Ossetia, have found witnesses of cars driving into the tunnel.Relatives of the victims have found the rescue work unsatisfactory. (3)

The president's wife, Lyudmila Putin, has visited Washington. Laura Bushhas invited her to participate in a book festival organized by the Libraryof Congress. (3, Vremya Novostei, 5, MK, 1, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

The Moscow city court will begin the first pre-trial session on an Irkutskcitizen's claim against Moscow authorities. He wants the government to getrid of registration in Moscow (propiska).

The "Gold autumn" exposition opened Saturday in Moscow during AgriculturalWeek. A wide range of agricultural equipment is demonstrated at theexposition. (5, Kommersant, 2)

Transportation Ministry and "Rosaviakosmos" joint session on thedevelopment of the nation's air industry will take place on Oct. 17. TheMinistry of Economic Development and Trade and the Science Ministry(Minpromnauki) will participate in the conference. (5)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov and Russia's top officials will visit Milan to attractnew investors to Russia's markets on October 17. Small business reformswill be presented to western businessmen as a special gift. (5)

Satisfied by the approval of his view of Iraq, U.S. President George Bushhas started a new campaign on the economic development in the U.S. (6)

The French police have arrested a criminal pretending to be a Saudi Arabianprince. (6)

The first nationwide census in post-Soviet Russia is continuing. Somepeople are still reluctant to let strangers into their homes or revealinformation about themselves, particularly about their income. A storycomments on thousands of citizens boycotting the census. (10)

Mosenergo is starting a special program of electricity payments forMuscovites. Brief. (10)

The Moscow City government has vetoed modern office construction in thehistorical center of the capital. All construction will be removed to thefar districts of Moscow. (10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3)

State Duma speaker Vladimir Platonov has begun equipping the municipalservices with mobile telephones. (10)

Moscow regional authorities are missing 2 billion rubles after theteachers' salary increase. The government has cut the regional budget by400 million rubles. (10)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has not approved the new edition of hardcurrency regulations and control reform. He considered the draft to be notliberal enough and has postponed its hearing till Oct. 24, 2002. (1, 14)

An article prints the whole letter from Russia's Industrialists andBusinessmen Union President A. Volsky to the first deputy Finance MinisterA. V. Ulyukaev.

President Vladimir Putin will receive Japanese Foreign Minister YorikoKawaguchi on Monday to discuss the developing relations of Russia andJapan. (1)

Iraq will be the key issue for discussion at a meeting of PresidentVladimir Putin and Morocco King Mohammed VI on Tuesday. (1)

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is arriving in Moscow onWednesday. (1)

The talks on Kaliningrad's status will take place on Thursday at a meetingof Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and European Council officials. (1)

A $40 million Russia-Thailand barter deal will be the key issue for thediscussion at a meeting of President Vladimir Putin and Thailand PrimeMinister Thalsin Shinwatra. (1)

Government vice-chairman Valentina Matvienko has reported to the worldwidecommission on social aspects of globalization. Matvienko said that thesocial differentiation growth will be stopped. (2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has issued a decree on club relaxationlicensing. (2, 14)

Home and foreign policy was the key issue for discussion at a session ofPresident Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, presidentialadministration head Alexander Voloshin, Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov,Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov and Home Affairs Minister Boris Gryzlov. (2)

President Vladimir Putin has held a business meeting with agriculturalcomplex representatives to congratulate them on their professional holiday.(2)

A Kuwaiti national assembly delegation has arrived in Moscow. State DumaChairman Gennady Seleznev and Council of Federations Chairman SergeiMironov will meet with the delegation. (2)

In interviews, state Duma vice-speaker Irina Khakamada, Yabloko partyleader Grigory Yavlinsky, Regions of Russia group leader Oleg Morozov,chess federation of Russia vice-president Arkady Yanovsky, Social Unifiedparty of Russia secretary general Alexei Podberezkin and Politika fundpresident Vyatcheslav Nikonov comment on governmental elections inKalmykia. (3)

The inauguration of Nizhny Novgorod Mayor Vadim Bulavinov took place onSaturday. A story comments on details. (3)

The seventh conference of the chemical weapons organization in the Haguehas approved 2012 as the deadline for Russian chemical arms liquidation. (4)

Ex-president Boris Yeltsin arrived Saturday in Armenia for an informalsix-day visit. President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan has invited him toparticipate in Yerevan holiday celebrations. (5)

State council chairman Mikhail Gulevsky seems to be leading in the mayoralelections in Lipetsk. Official results have not yet been announced (5)

Unified Russia's activists, with the help of actors, have planted 50 treesnot far from the Olympic Village district in Moscow. Local citizens werefrightened of a crowd of bandits behind their homes. A story comments ondetails. (6)

The Japanese ambassador to Russia, Minoru Tamba, has finished his missionin Russia and left Moscow. A story comments on details of his last eveningin Moscow. (8)

British Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Vladimir Putin discussedIraq on Thursday. Russian continues to oppose military action against Iraq.The Russian-British strategic partnership has not pushed the Kremlin tosoften its opposition. (11, Gazeta, 2)

Gosinkor is making a confectionery holding which will include Babaevsky,Krasny Oktyabr and Rot-Front factories. A story examines the confectionerymarket in Russia and gives analysis. (13)

Russia's fund market stands out against a background of world's fundmarkets default. A story comments on analysis. (13)

In an interview Alpha-bank head Petr Aven speaks on electricity reforms ofRAO EES Russia and Anatoly Chubais' position. (14)

The government will consider a LUKoil eurobonds sale in 2002. Brief. (14)

The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade submitted to the governmenton Friday the decree on deposit insurance for private banks. A storycomments on details. (14)

Sibur-Tyumen company creditors decided Friday to apply a self-managementprocedure. If the court approves the decision, the payments to creditorswill be postponed. (16)

Alpha-Eco company has signed a contract on oil supplies with Iraq. Theprice for Iraqi oil will be defined later. A story examines theattractiveness of the barter deal. (16)

The case of vodka producing company Soyuzplodimport is under trial in theland court of Hamburg, Germany. German authorities intend to vetoMoskovskaya vodka distribution. (16)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The European Parliament has conferred on European airports the right tostrengthen motor noise limitations. Russia's only remaining TU-154M doesnot meet European standards. (A1)

Arabian countries are intending to invest $113 billion in oil industrydevelopment, RIA News reported. Brief. (A1)

The former Energy Minister and ex-deputy chairman of the Gazprom board ofdirectors Pyotr Rodionov is running his private oil business. He has headedSeverneftgazdobycha, which managed to get several licenses for oilrefineries. (A1)

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has removed Russia from theblacklist of countries which don't control money laundering. Russia isgetting an opportunity to join FATF in 2003. A story comments on details.(A1)

A car bomb destroyed a nightclub Sunday night on the tourist island ofBali, Indonesia, sparking a devastating inferno that killed about 200people - many of them Western tourists. (A2)

American inspectors arrived in Ukraine Sunday to audit the sale of theKolchuga radio-technical reconnaissance station to Iraq. Ukrainianpresident Leonid Kuchma will sign all the documents for auditors.Russian-Ukrainian military cooperation is facing serious problems. (A2)

President's George Bush's administration intends to replace Iraq'spresident Saddam Hussein with an American general after Baghdad's seizure.(A2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has not approved the new edition of hardcurrency regulations and control reform. He considered the draft to be notliberal enough and has postponed its hearing till Oct. 24, 2002. TheMinistry of Economic Development and Trade has taken the issue under itscontrol. (A3)

The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade submitted on Friday thedecree on private banks' deposit insurance to the government. A storycomments on details. (A3)

The Krasnoyarsk election committee approved Alexander Khloponin theregional governor on Friday. Regional commission head Georgy Kostyrkin hasappealed the decision to the Higher Court of Russia. Brief. (A3)

The European 2004 qualifying match between Georgia and Russia was postponedSaturday because of a power failure. In the final minutes before halftime,the lights went out throughout the southern part of Tbilisi, which includedLokomotiv stadium with the crowd of fans. (A3)

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize Friday for hispeacemaking program. Brief. (A3)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Sibneft, Tyumen Oil Company and LUKoil will compete for 74.95 percent ofSlavneft. Brief. (B1)

AvtoVAZ's press-center said AutoVAZ employees will have a two-week holidayfrom Oct. 24 to Nov. 9 due to a market surplus. Specialists say problemshave disappeared due to the government's delay in approving a decree onlimiting the importing of foreign cars. (B1)

Alfa Bank's board of directors has rejected the idea of bank reform. Nowthe bank is looking forward to structural economic reforms. A storyexamines analyses. (B1)

RAO EES governing board chairman Anatoly Chubais criticized the work of thefederal energy commission and spoke on electricity reform on Friday inKaliningrad. A story comments on details. (B3)

A European anti-monopoly commission has started an audit of Exxon Mobil andRoyal Dutch Shell. The companies are suspected of illegally fixing prices.(B3)

Pensions fund representatives announced Friday their intent to buy statebonds for 80 million rubles and explained the structure of the state bondsmarket. A story looks into analyses. (B5)

American citizen Paul Goncharoff was appointed the president ofProgress-Garant insurance corporation. However, Progress-Garant executivedirector Sergei Sereda will control all the company's operations. (B5)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

After months of fierce debate with the president's administration inPrivolzhsk federal region, Bashkortostan governor Murtaza Rakhimov hasinitiated a parliamentary governmental system in the Bashkortostanrepublic. The Kremlin unexpectedly supported the initiative. (1,2)

The Kremlin has not approved the draft of "The Unified Russia" party on a12.5 percent barrier for candidates. However, their initiative of a 7percent passing score is under discussion at the State Duma. (1,2)

The mayors of Moscow and St. Petersburg are formulating a joint system ofmanagement in accordance with Dmitry Kozak's draft. A story comments ondetails. (2)

The Finance Ministry discussed army reforms at a special session Friday. Astory examines problems of contract servicemen. (2)

The Ukraine public tribunal has sentenced Ukrainian president LeonidKutchma to general punishment for systematic infringements of the stateconstitution. A story comments on details of the action of protest againstthe president. (3)

The European 2004 qualifying match between Georgia and Russia was postponedSaturday because of a power failure. In the final minutes before the break,the lights went out throughout the southern part of Tbilisi, which includedLokomotiv stadium where the crowd of fans were. (1,3)

Belarussian president Alexander Lukashenko has not approved a decree on thenational assembly of Belarus submitted by parliamentarians. (3)

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) international organization hasexpelled Russia from the "black list" of countries which don't controlmoney laundering. Russia is getting an opportunity to join FATF in 2003. (4)

The "Gold autumn" exposition opened Saturday in Moscow within the bounds ofthe agricultural week. However, the governmental interventions in the grainmarket have been postponed until November. (4)

The Economic Development Ministry has submitted to the government a decreeon private banks savings' guaranties. A story comments on the details. (4)

European after-flood cars have surpassed Russia's automobile market. Astory comments on experts' recommendations. (5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

A massive explosion destroyed a nightclub Sunday night on the touristisland of Bali, Indonesia, sparking a devastating inferno that killed 200people - many of them Western tourists. (1, 4)

Russian frontier guards have arrested fish-poachers in the Bering Sea.Brief. (1)

Ingush President Murat Zyazikov and Alexander Dzasokhov, president ofneighboring North Ossetia, signed a friendship agreement Friday. That willend an inter-ethnic strife that robbed thousands of people of their homes.(2)

A conference on the cooperation between state and religious communitiestook place in Moscow last week. A story comments on the possibility ofschool program reform. (2)

First lady Laura Bush welcomed First Lady Ludmila Putin to the White houseas a fellow book lover Saturday to kick off a day-long National BookFestival that expands a tradition she began in Texas. (2)

According to the surveys of the Moscow regional executive power, cases ofvodka poisoning reached 2286 in 2002. A story comments on analyses. (3)

Mobile phone smuggling is coming into practice in Russia. A story commentson experts' analyses. (5)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Moscow authorities are applying a new system of municipal servicespayments. A story comments on three issues of the reform. (3)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

President Vladimir Putin has promised to finish the construction of twosections of the third ring road in Moscow by November 7. Nizhegorodskayastreet and Zvenigorodskoe high roads will be available for motorists. (1)