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Izvestia
Kommersant
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Vremya Novostey
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

A taskforce answerable to military prosecutor general Alexander Savenkov's office in the North Caucasus is working to strengthen federal authorities' control over Russian military forces in Chechnya. (1, 2)

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) international organization has removed Russia from its black list, opening the way for Russia to join the organization in 2003. (1, 5, Kommersant, 1, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Vremya, 1, 3)

British Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Vladimir Putin on Thursday discussed the situation in Iraq and Russia's continued opposition to military action there. The countries' bilateral strategic partnership has not pushed the Kremlin to soften its opposition. (1, 6, Kommersant, 2, Novye Izvestia, 3, MK, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

Russia's and Georgia's soccer teams played a match in Tbilisi over the weekend. (1, 11, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Vremya, 1, 8)

Election campaigns are taking place in the regions. Power, passion and profit still remain the main motives in political games in places like Bashkortostan, Krasnoyarsk and Ulianovsk. (2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has signed into force a decree on the privatization of 74.95 percent of Slavneft this year. Competition for the company's shares is very politically motivated. (2, Kommersant, 2, 5)

Moscow's first deputy mayor Petr Aksenov has signed a decree implementing expansion of the highway between Leningradskoye shosse and Sheremetyevo airport.. It is due to become the first toll road in the city. (2)

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize Friday. (3, Kommersant, 3, Novye Izvestia, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

President Vladimir Putin's wife Lyudmila Putin has arrived in Washington. Laura Bush has invited her to participate in a book festival organized by the Library of Congress. Brief. (3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

An unprecedentedly large traffic accident occurred Friday at the intersection of the MKAD autoroute and Leningradskoye shosse involving as many as 36 cars. Brief. (3, Kommersant, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6)

A terror attack on a militia office in the Zavodsky district of Grozny has left 23 people dead. Investigators believe local militiamen organized the crime. (3, Kommersant, 2, 3, Novye Izvestia, 1, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov received Friday Vietnamese communist leaders for a discussion of trade with Vietnam. (3)

U.S. authorities have denied visas to Elcomsoft company president Alexander Katalov and employee Dmitry Sklyarov, thus court proceedings against Sklyarov will take place without his presence. (3)

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi has arrived in Russia for an official visit. His talks with Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov concern North Korea and Iraq. (4)

A dictionary of terms and expressions frequently used by Alexander Lebed has been published in Krasnoyarsk. (4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5)

Deputy energy minister Viktor Kudryavy is opposed to the proposed reforms of Unified Energy Systems. A story comments on his counterproposals for the state control of the industry. (5)

Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin announced Friday that the government will consider currency regulations and reforms on Monday. Brief. (5)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry has submitted a decree on private savings guarantees to the government for consideration. Brief. (5)

In Hamburg, German authorities have brought a case against the Soyuzplodimport vodka manufacturer hoping to block their distribution of Moskovskaya vodka. (5)

With heightened concern for air safety, aviation company Ilyushin has implemented new safety technology. (5)

China has introduced tariffs on silicon steel imports from Russia.(5)

Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze announced Friday that his country intends to develop a strategic partnership with both Russia and the U.S. Brief. (6)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

AutoVAZ executive Anatoly Melnikov announced that AutoVAZ employees will have a two week holidays from Oct. 24 to Nov. 9, as AutoVAZ, the country's leading carmaker, must temporarily stop the production due to lagging sales. (1)

The pre-election situation in Kalmykia region was the key topic for the discussion at a session of the Central Elections Commission on Friday. Commission head Alexander Veshnyakov has promised to regulate the campaigns. (1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3)

Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev has announced that Nov. 5 will be the exact date of state grain market intervention. (2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 8)

This is the country's agriculture week. Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev congratulated agricultural employees in the Kremlin Palace Friday. A story comments on agricultural sector growth. (2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1)

Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko has discussed the tender for the rights to export Russian heating equipment to Vietnam with Vietnamese Vice-Premier Vu Khoan. Brief. (2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has approved a decree on Russian-Ukrainian strategic cooperation in the gas industry. (2)

Krasnoyarsk's election commission confirmed Alexander Khloponin as regional governor Friday, but commission head Georgi Kostyrkin has appealed the decision of the central election committee to the Higher Court. (2)

North Ossetia and Ingushetia signed an agreement on cooperation Friday in Vladikavkaz, providing for the return of Ingushetia's refugees to North Ossetia. (2)

The seventh conference of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, meeting in The Hague, has set 2012 as the deadline for final liquidation of Russia's chemical weapons arsenal. (2)

Hockey star and restaurant owner Andrei Trifonov has been murdered in Voskresensk, in the Moscow region. (3, MK, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

Anti-monopoly inspectors from the European Commission have raided the offices of Royal Dutch/Shell and ExxonMobil oil companies in connection with allegations of price-setting agreements. (5)

Unified Energy Systems chairman Anatoly Chubais criticized the work of the federal energy commission and spoke on electricity reforms Friday in Kaliningrad. (5, Vremya, 4)

Volga-Dnepr officials have decided to freeze investments in aerospace manufacturer Aviastar. (6)



Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

The military prosecutor-general's office and Military-Insurance Company have filed a suit against several top officers for military insurance money theft. Brief. (1)

Omsk authorities arrested a group of drug smugglers Friday. Brief. (1)

Russia has officially rehabilitated itself in international public opinion. Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has removed Russia from its black list. (1, 2)

Russia's representative in the European Court on human rights, Pavel Laptev, has appealed to the European Court against the halt to Chechen rebels' extradition from Georgia. Brief. (1)

Russia is running a week of agricultural industry. A story comments on Russian agricultural sector growth. (2)

The first nationwide census in post-Soviet Russia started on May 13, 2002. The international communication office has been explaining that the census is designed to help the government draw up its migration and labor policies for 5 months. They explain census regulations as well. (2)

Krasnoyarsk regional governor Alexander Khloponin has nominated Sergei Nauman as his successor to Taimyr governor's post. Krasnoyarsk regional election commission voted Friday to register Alexander Khloponin as the governor of the region. (2)

The government of Russia will discuss currency regulations and control reforms on October 17. A story examines existing administrative barriers. (2)

The decree on value-added tax contradicts itself, according to a mass media distribution association. A story examines details. (2)

Gubernatorial elections in Kalmykia are set for October 20. An election scandal continues. Kirsan Ilumzhinov is suspected of assisting Chechen rebels. A story comments on public opinion. (3)

The political party Liberal Russia has expelled sponsor Boris Berezovsky. However, Yushenkov and Pokmelkin are not going to return his donations. A story comments on details of dirty political games. (3)

Noviye Izvestia

North Fleet Headquarters have demoted the status of submarine nuclear bases. Rocket strategic cruising submarines of 667-B and 667-D types have been retired from the fleet. A story examines the history of submarine nuclear bases. (1, 2)

A group of criminals has escaped from prison in Sverdlovsk region. Sverdlovsk authorities sentenced criminals to pay expenses on their capture. A story comments on details. (1, 5)

The state council of Russia has scheduled a discussion on local self-management problems for the end of October. A story comments on Dmitry Kozak's federal relations reform. (1, 2)

The state Duma committee on the state structure has drafted a decree reforming regulations on foreigners' entry and departure. A story comments on details. (2)

The Unified Russia faction is attracting new members by putting microchip stickers on member's cards, as faction general council representative Frants Klintsevich secretly informed Interfax on Friday. (2)

The first nationwide census in post-Soviet Russia is continuing. Officials report that the procedure goes in accordance with the general plan. However, some incidents take place. A story comments on unpleasant incidents. (2)

President Vladimir Putin left open the possibility of a new UN resolution on Iraq on Friday, but dismissed claims by British Prime Minister Tony Blair that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction. (3)

Vremya Novostey
www.vm.ru

Russia has marked the first anniversary of the Kursk submarine tragedy in Barentsevo Sea. The last nuclear cruise missiles from the submarine's reactor will be exploded next week. A story comments on reasons of the catastrophe. (1)

The national library of Belarus is under construction in the center of Minsk, in according to president Alexander Lukashenko's decree. A story comments on details. (1)

The Unified Russia faction has announced a total mobilization. Activists are attracting new members by all means. The leaders of the faction continue their trip around regions of Russia. (2)

The state Duma deputies Tatiana Astrakhankina and Yury Nikiforenko have appealed to Accounting Chamber head Sergei Stepashin to examine the effectiveness of Russia's use of its historical heritage. (3)

After ongoing debates, lawmakers on Wednesday passed a new electricity bill that allows the break-up of Unified Energy Systems, the world's largest power producer. State Duma deputies passed in the first reading the bill that allows the government to overhaul the monopoly and liberalize electricity prices. In an interview Anatoly Chubais comments on reforms. (4)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

The Russian football team arrived Friday to Tbilisi, Georgia. The two countries have got a chance to attack each other this weekend at the football match. (1, 6)

A serious breakdown took place on Thursday on Yaroslavl direction of the Moscow railway. Train movement was blocked for several hours. (1)

An unprecedented traffic accident happened Friday at the intersection of MKAD and Leningradskoe Shosse. As many as 36 cars crashed. (1)

Restaurant business owner and silver champion in hockey Andrei was shot Thursday in Voskresensk, Moscow region. (1)