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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

The Moscow region is facing an ecological catastrophe. According to a Nature Ministry investigation, lakes of petroleum have formed beneath factories and warehoU.S.es. A story examines the results of the experts' inspection. (1)

The mU.S.ical "Chicago" mU.S.ical opened at the Variety theater on Sun., October 6. It was produced by A. Pugacheva and Kirkorov. (1, 8)

A block of the GOELRO energy system was shut down Saturday due to a fire. A story looks into the details of the accident. (2)

Several villages of the Sungensky district in IngU.S.hetia were closed by the military and local militia. The domestic ministry has informed that additional block-posts were posted to control possible targets of rebels attack. (2)

The resort town Sochi is losing tourists due to negative advertising by Turkish tourist companies. A story comments on the details. (2)

"Yaunas Laiks" (New Time) party headed by Einars Repse has won Latvia's parliamentary elections. Their competitors say the national currency signed by Mr. Repshe played an important role in the results. (2, Kommersant, 11)

Zaporozhie, Ukraine welcomed president Vladimir Putin on Sunday. A RU.S.sian-Ukrainian gas transportation consortium is scheduled to be signed Monday in Kishinev. A story comments on the intrigue surrounding the consortium. (3, Kommersant 2, 10)

A 39-year-old man attempted to stab Paris Mayor Bertran Delanoe yesterday during the "white night" celebration in the city hall. A story comments on the investigation. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1)

Kaliningrad's statU.S. was the key issue at a meeting of president Vladimir Putin and president of Finland Taria Halonen in St. Petersburg. A story examines the positions of the two sides. (3, Kommersant 2)

Yasser Arafat has proclaimed JerU.S.alem the capital of the future independent Palestine. The main reason was U.S. President George W. BU.S.h signature of the resolution to transfer the U.S. embassy to JerU.S.alem from Tel-Aviv. (3, Kommersant, 11, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

European Council defense policy coordinator Havier Solana has arrived in Israel. (3, Kommersant, 9)

U.S. authorities have sentenced Chelyabinsk hacker Vasiliy Gorshkov, 26, to three years in prison and fined him $690 000. A story looks into the details of his illegal bU.S.iness. (3, Kommersant 5)

RTR channel will broadcast an interview with president Vladimir Putin from Zaporozhie today. A story comments on special birthday programs of other TV channels. (3)

A California court has fined Philip Morris tobacco company $28 billion. Betty Ballok, 64, will receive the money in compensation for her battle with lung cancer. (3, Kommersant, 13)

A story comments on the lack of tourist interest in "Putin's places" in Dresden, Germany. (4)

A conference on chemical weapons prohibition will open in the Hague. A story examines different countries' positions on the issue. (4)

The two-day forum "Social Partnership: New Development" began in St. Petersburg. Social and economic problems are the key topics. The labor ministry, the social development ministry, the economy development ministry are taking part in the forum. (4, Kommersant, 3)

The future of the "Mir" TV-radio company will be under discU.S.sion at the summit of the former Soviet countries' leaders in Kishinev, Moldova. A story examines the problems of the company. (4)

President Leonid Kuchma officially announced Sunday that the agreement on the RU.S.sian-Ukrainian gas transportation consortium will be definitely signed on Monday in Kishinev. A story examines the attractiveness of the agreement for RU.S.sia. (5)

A newly drafted system of deposit insurance is facing serioU.S. problems. On the eve of the new bank bankruptcy reforms, the finance ministry wants to liquidate the agency for restructuring credit organizations. A story looks into the details. (5)

In an interview Jean-Philip Curtois, head of the Microsoft corporation in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, speaks about the position of his company in the world market. (5)

Economy Development Minister German Gref will approve RU.S.sia's ferroU.S. metals quotas distribution this week. A story examines the opinion of RU.S.sia's metallurgical companies. (5)

President George BU.S.h has warned about a preventive strike on Iraq. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has clearly outlined settled U.S. requirements. A story examines ways to avoid the war. (6, Kommersant, 10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

Iraqi prince Ali Al HU.S.sein is planning to return to Iraq in case the U.S. captures Baghdad. (6)

A French tanker has exploded in Yemen shore. Brief. (6, Vremya Novostei, 1)

Italian police arrested three Egyptian terrorists at the U.S. military cemetery 56 kilometers from Rome. Brief. (6)

South Korea's national assembly approved Kim Suk Su as prime minister. Brief. (6)

Russia's state TV holding bureau VGTRK officially opened in Kiev last week. Chernomyrdin positively commented the event. Brief. (8)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Russia and the United Arab Emirates plan to sign a $4 billion deal on arms exports. The sides have been cooperating in the military conventional field since 2000. A story looks into the details. (1, 14)

The struggle against terror was the key issue at the meeting of the presidents of Russia and Georgia in Kishinev yesterday late afternoon. (1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

The head of the president's administration Alexander Voloshin and the chairman of the council of Federations Sergey Mironov took part in the conference with businessmen of St. Petersburg on Saturday. (2)

In an interview top officials comment on their expectations of the summit of the former Soviet countries in Kishinev.

President Vladimir Putin is celebrating his 50th birthday today. Gennady Seleznev, Sergei Mironov and Inna Churikova warmly congratulate the president. (2)

"The big game in Russia" report was the key issue for the discussion at the second conference of the council on the national strategy in Marriott-Aurora hotel on Friday. (3)

"Edinaya Rossia" (Unified Russia) political council started its work Sunday in the Moscow region. The party claimed the president took the party under his control. (3, Vremya Novostei, 1)

The results of the governor's elections in Kaliningrad will be announced today. Observers have called the election campaign boring. (3)

Additional elections to the regional Duma of Smolensk have ended in scandal. (3)

Iosif Kobzon's initiative group has appealed to president Putin to help Kobson to get a visa to the U.S. (4, Novaya Gazeta, 3)

The Moscow city court began processing the criminal case against Sergei Zaharov's group. A story looks into the history and traditions of the criminal group. (4)

A Tatarstan court has finished processing the criminal case against Almetiev's group. The authorities of Tatarstan have prevented a bloody conflict of the two leading criminal groups of the city. A story comments on the details. (4,)

The head military prosecutor's office has fined ex-head of the defense ministry Georgy Oleinik to compensate for a $60 million loss. (4)

Rescue groups continue to search for people missing in North Ossetia. A story comments on people's beliefs and strong will to help the victims of the recent avalanche. (5, Novaya Gazeta, 1, 8,9)

Vice-director of the construction company Blok was abducted on Saturday night in Grozny. Brief. (5)

Unknown criminals opened fire on Saturday in the center of Moscow at Leningradsky prospect, 37. One person was killed. Brief. (5)

Chechen rebels conducted several abductions and murders in Chechnya in the week-end. Brief. (5)

The regional headquarters (ROSh) controlling anti terror operations in North Caucasus have announced the death of the leader of Groznyi criminal group Murat Yusuphajiev (Malysh). A story examines the crimes of the group. (5)

The summit of the 10 former Soviet republics' leaders is taking place in Kishinev, Moldova. A story comments on details. (9, Vremya Novostei, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 6)

The St. Petersburg plant Krasnyi Vyborzhets is facing bankruptcy. A story examines the plant's debts. (13)

Russian Banks Association (ARB) is looking for a strategic partnership with the Central Bank of Russia. The Chairman of the Central Bank received Friday a representative of ARB. (14)

The finance-industrial corporation Grad has joined the alcohol market of Russia. The corporation's governing body said that Grad will control 10% of the alcohol market. A story looks into analysis of the alcohol market in Russia. (16)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The Kremlin is strengthening its control over regional authorities. Dmitry Kozak's commission is drafting amendments to the decree on the president's and government's oversight of regional governors. (A1)

Journalist Moisei Gelman has bought shares of RAO UES for 24.1 rubles brought the government to court to appeal energy reforms ?526 issued in 2001. (A1)

In Latvia's parliamentary elections, the party "For human rights in the Unified Latvia" won 18.8 percent of votes while "Yaunas Laiks" (New Time) won 23.5 percent. (A2)

A Russian-Ukrainian gas transportation consortium agreement is scheduled to be signed Monday in Chisinau though the two presidents have yet to come to agreement on terms. (A2)

On Wednesday, Liberal Russia political party intends to expel Boris Berezovsky from its ranks. (A2)

President Vladimir Putin Friday revoked the special status given to U.S. government funded Radio Liberty by Yeltsin's decree in 1991, which was intended to symbolize the new Russian leadership's devotion to principles of freedom of speech and press. (A2)

A recently introduced payment plan for gas excise duties has proven to be complicated not only for independent gas stations but for oil companies as well. (A3)

The French tanker Limburg has exploded near the Yemeni shore. Brief. (A3)

Politicians comment on the scandal of the governor's elections in Krasnoyarsk. (A4)

The director general of the ROSNO insurance company shares his views on the insurance market in Russia. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

A firm's marketing research shows that vodka covers about 55 percent of the alcohol market in Russia. (B1)

The government has assured oil producer LUKoil that its valuable assets in Iraq will be protected whether or not Saddam Hussein is driven from power. (B1)

U.S. authorities have sentenced 26-year-old Chelyabinsk hacker Vasily Gorshkov to three years of imprisonment and a $690 000 fine. (B1)

Sibneft director-general Sergei Ilyin on Friday signed an agreement with Slavneft and Tatneft concerning monthly oil supplies to the Moscow oil refining factory (MNPZ). (B2)

Severstaltrans is negotiating with Yuzhnyi Kuzbas on the sale of rights to the Taganrog port. (B2)

Fiat Auto is not looking for Russia's partnership despite its financial difficulties. (B2)

Financial authorities are drafting bank liquidation reforms. (B3)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

Russia has been reaching out to bring Abkhazia and North Ossetia formally into its orbit, extending Russian passports to residents there. (1, 6)

President Vladimir Putin Friday revoked Radio Liberty's special status. (1, 2)

A CIS summit is taking place in Chisinau, Moldova, where interaction and cooperation are under discussion. (1)

The all-Russia census for 2002 has begun and as many as 26 regions have finished the procedure. (2)

Sergei Yushenkov comments on the Liberal Russia's plans to expel Boris Berezovsky from the party. (2)

Alexander Khloponin Friday started his term of office as acting governor of the Krasnoyarsk region after President Putin Thursday endorsed his victory and the Central Election Commission, too, gave its approval. (3)

Regional leaders often are not interested in economic growth as they frequently depend on old, unreformed companies for kickbacks. (4)

An energy block of the GOELRO system went out of function on Saturday. The fire has been localized within a short time. A story looks into the details of the accident. (8, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Moskovsky Komsomolets, 4)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Vladimir Putin turns 50 today and the celebrations are myriad. (1, 4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, Moskovsky Komsomolets, 1)

The state Duma has scheduled the hearing of the energy reforming drafts for Oct. 9.. (3)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

RTR channel will broadcast an interview with President Vladimir Putin from Zaporozhie today. (2)

Former Moscow mayor Gavriil Popov speaks the relationship of Moscow with federal authorities. (6)

Reconstruction in the capital is necessary, as is the destruction of run-down apartment buildings. (10)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

Moscow authorities are applying a new modern system of heating in dwelling houses. Brief. (1)

Five of the 13 Chechen rebels, who in early August were detained by Georgian border-guards after the fight in Itum-Kala, were extradited to Russia. Brief. (2)

Georgian President Shevarnadze officially invited president President Putin to visit Georgia any time he wants. Brief. (2)