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


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

At the Belarus-Russia summit at Volynskoye on Wednesday, the countries' presidents worked to mend rifts and resolve some key economic issues. (1, Kommersant, 3, 10, Gazeta, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Noviye Izvestia, 1, Vremya Novostei, 1, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, MK, 1,2)

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko is not the only foreign leader barred from visiting Western states. Izvestia points out that the United States and its European allies refuse visas to leaders of certain other pariah states. (1)

Composer Rodion Shchedrin, speaks about the program and participants for an exhibition devoted to his 70th birthday, due to open Dec. 2. (1,8)

President Vladimir Putin will visit China Dec. 1-3. The Chinese foreign minister speaks about Russian-Chinese political and economic relations and documents that could be signed during the meeting. (1,4, Kommersant, 1,10)

Top managers of 4 major oil companies -- LUKoil, Yukos, Sibneft and Tyumen Oil -- Wednesday signed a memorandum on launching construction of a deep-water port in Russia to export oil to the United States. A story examines the project, focusing on its expediency. (2, Kommersant, 13, Vremya Novostei, 7, Vremya MN, 4, Gazeta, 9, 11)

Young Russians as of Jan. 1, 2004 will be able to take an alternative civil job instead of the army service. A long list of eligible civil service jobs will be made public in February, after the Labor Ministry finished collecting proposals Wednesday for what such jobs may be. (2, Gazeta, 1)

The Sverdlovsk regional administration has announced the beginning of work to process radioactive raw material that has been kept in storage in the Krasnoufimsk District since the '50s. A story describes its origin and the program of its processing. (2)

A story features a program of the forthcoming Tennis Finals Davis Cup Tournament in Paris. Former President Boris Yeltsin, who will attend as a guest of French President Jacques Chirac, has invited Russian tennis players to his Paris residence to celebrate their expected success. (2, Kommersant, 23, Vremya Novostei, 6, Noviye Izvestia, 8)

Patriarch Alexy II today is to leave the Central Clinic in Kuntsevo. Doctors, however, doubt he will be able to resume his duties soon. Brief. (3

Press Minister Mikhail Lesin made public negative results of the competition for the frequency of Daryal-TV on Wednesday. Brief. (3, Kommersant, 7, Gazeta, 6)

The report "Youth and HIV/AIDS: Possibilities During the Crisis," compiled by World Health Organization specialists, was presented at the Izvestia Media-Center on Wednesday. (3)

Moscow Chief Sanitary Physician Nikolai Filatov stated that street fast-food kiosks will be closed in the city starting March 1, 2003, if they lack special sanitary conditions. Brief. (3)

The State Duma tomorrow will discuss two draft amendments to the law on joint-stock companies, dealing with net profit. State Duma deputy Gennady Raikov, leader of the People's Party, examines major differences between the two. (4)

Bazovy Element head Oleg Deripaska has bought 18.1 percent of stock in Ingosstrakh-Soyuz bank. Brief. (5)

The Tyumen Oil Company intends to sell its stakes in several companies of its non-core business. Brief. (5)

The Novolipetsk Metals Combine, a leading domestic steel and rolled metal smelter, has bought the land plot in Lipetsk occupied by the company's production facilities from the Property Ministry. Brief. (5)

The State Duma Wednesday failed to pass the government's draft bill concerning housing and utility reform. Several deputies shared their views on the draft. (5, Kommersant, 2)

There are 18 corporate conflicts in Russia today caused by property redivision. A story gives the example of the Ilim Pulp Enterprise that has dragged on a year so far. (5)

The State Duma industry and construction committee has sponsored the display of Siemens products devoted to the 150th anniversary of the company's business in Russia. (6)

Highly-regarded filmmaker Alexander Sokurov speaks about the success of his films at world film festivals. (7)

The Izvestia Supplement is devoted to Azerbaijan, showing results of Azerbaijan-Russia economic cooperation over the past years and prospects for its further development. (9,10)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The latest poll by the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion, or VTSIOM, latest poll shows 83 percent of Russians approve of President Vladimir Putin, a record high. Interfax published this widely, but VTSIOM president Yury Levada argues that Interfax failed to publish the most significant part of the poll's facts and figures that are far from optimistic. (1,6)

President Vladimir Putin chaired a session of the Security Council devoted to ensuring Russia's economic security in the Far East. A story examines concrete issues that were discussed, focusing on decisions and conclusions. (2)

The Regnum Agency has informed the FSB of an attempt upon the president's life and alleged plans. On Wednesday the federal service of the president's guard was searching for explosives on the Rublyovo-Uspenskoye Shosse leading to his residence. A story gives details, focusing on three previous attempts on the president's life. (6, Gazeta, 5, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1,2, MK, 1,2)



Rosneft and the Moscow professional hockey club Dynamo on Wednesday launched a joint venture, RN-Dinoil, as a player on the city's fuel market. (13)

Russia in October exported 1.8 million tons of grain. A story examines its major importers. (14)

The State Duma on Wednesday approved Pavel Medvedev as its representative to the Central Bank's National Banking Council. Two seats belonging to the State Duma are vacant.(14)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov Wednesday signed a directive appointing Mosenergo former director-general Alexander Remezov to the post of Mosgorenergo head. A story explains the mayor's preference. (15)

The Federal Property Fund Wednesday reported the sale of 49.17 percent of all-regional construction board, Tsentr. The latter, formerly a unit of the Defense Ministry, has been sold to the Real Trade company, specially created for participating in the auction. A story describes the deal. (16)

The American magazine "Business Week" on Nov. 25 published a list of the world's 100 leading IT companies, ncluding two Russian companies -- Vimpelcom and MTS. (17)

Belarus has stated its asking price -- approximately $250 million -- for its 10.83 percent stake in Sibneft. Brief. (17)

Brazil has imposed a prohibitive 32.1 percent duty on the import of ammoniac saltpetre from Russia. Brief. (17)

Moscow alcohol-free brewery Ochakovo plans to issue bonds worth 500 million rubles in early 2003. Brief. (17)

Avangard bank's subsidiary Russian Malt has begun to build a second malt plant in the Voronezh region, with capacity of 100,000 tons of malt a year. Brief. (17)

State-run Uralvagonzavod has held an auction to sell 100 tank-trucks for $27,000 per piece. Brief. (17)

The government today is expected to decide the fate of currency regulation up to the year 2007. Its reform was initiated by the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, several members of which spoke at a special conference Wednesday against current government policy. (20, Gazeta, 10)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The Property Ministry has no interest in cheaply selling to factories the land on which they are located. The Novolipetsk Metals Combine Wednesday announced it had paid a record $40 million for its land. (A1)

State-run Rosneft company has launched a joint venture with hockey club Dynamo to sell oil products. A story examines the deal and the new enterprise. (A1)

A strike of air flight controllers scheduled for the end of this month will not take place, decided the Moscow City Court. Brief. (A1)

The Academy of Sciences has begun to create the 30-volume "Big Russian Encyclopaedia." About 120 million rubles is expected to be allocated from the state budget for the project. Brief. (A1)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry has drafted a scheme of reform the gas sector which the government considers a real gift for Gazprom. A story examines the draft. (A1)

Gazprom may not be the only co-owner of the joint stock gas transportation enterprise that Russia and Belarus plan to launch on the basis of Beltransgaz, whose president Pyotr Petukh stated that the stakes will be sold at auction, and foreign companies will be invited to take part. (A2)

The domestic economy is not ready for a sharp decline in the world economy. If oil prices fall to the 1998 level, it will lead to a loss of 5 percent of the GDP expected by the budget for 2003, according to First Central Bank Deputy Head Oleg Vyugin, who proposed that the government revise its budget policy. (A3)

Alrosa has found a way how to answer tax collectors' questions about having underpaid $1 billion to the budget. (A3)

The Sistema Telecom holding, part of AFK Sistema since the end of 2001 has been creating a new communications operator on the basis of the subsidiaries of the Moscow City Telephone Network. MTU Inform director-general Said Alimbekov talks about the process and about its final result. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The stock market has negatively reacted to Gazprom's financial results for the first six months of this year. After the publication of accounts by US GAAP standards, ADS for Gazprom in one day fell by 11.5 percent and ordinary shares fell in price by 3.5 percent. (B1)

The American Stock Exchange Wednesday suspended trade of Metromedia International Group that owns telecommunications and media assets in Russia and the CIS. Metromedia had notified the U.S. Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission that some of its employees may have violated foreign and American laws, including the act on corruption abroad. (B1)

The number of plastic card swindling operations in St. Petersburg has drastically increased lately. (B1)

The Yukos board of directors will discuss crediting Sibneft for its participation in an auction to sell 75 percent of Slavneft on Dec. 5. Brief. (B1)

OPEC has no intention of increasing oil extraction, as its deliveries are at an adequate level. Brief. (B1)

Experts believe that nickel prices in 2003 may go up by 12 percent and demand will be stable thanks to steel smelters. Brief. (B1)

The European countries intend to increase aero-navigation dues, starting January 2003, by 10.7 percent on average. Air transporters are displeased at this upcoming measure. (B2)

The ENI oil and gas group plans to increase its share in Italy's large gas distribution company -- Italgas SpA -- to 100 percent, having bought out a 56 percent package of stock for $2.48. This deal will help ENI continue its expansion to the energy market of Europe. (B3)

AvtoVAZ next year is going to regulate retail prices of its Zhiguli and Samara cars, said director-general Vitaly Vilchik on Wednesday. (B6)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

In an interview head of the Editorial Council of the new magazine "Russia in Global Politics," Sergei Karaganov, Deputy Director of the Institute of Europe, talks about problems that precipitated the creation of this monthly magazine. He also reveals the essence of "globalization," saying why it's dangerous to Russia. (3)

The restructuring of the pharmaceutical sector has started in this country. A story looks at its stages, trends and problems. (5)

Noviye Izvestia

Olara Otunnu, the UN Secretary General's representative in charge of problems of child victims of war, at his recent meeting with Russian diplomats cited shocking statistics saying that there are about 500,000 anti-personnel land mines in Chechnya, putting the republic at the top of the list of all the "hot seats" in the world. A story comments on his statement, focusing on the number of victims of these mines and saying how the whole territory of Chechnya is being turned into a mine field. (1,2)

Nizhny Tagil artists have received a big (secret) contract from the Defense Ministry -- to make portraits of all defense ministers and general staff commanders of Russia, starting from 1812 up to this day. The gallery of 65 portraits should be ready before the end of this year. A story features the contract. (1,2

Novaya Gazeta
www.novayagazeta.ru

A story reports on how militiamen, prosecutors, and gangsters were doing one common dirty business -- they stole and then officially registered foreign cars, and extorted huge money from their owners. (1-3)

The testimony of the main witness on the Akhmed Zakayev case, Father Filipp (Sergei Zhigulin), is being changed and edited. A story reveals the essence of the criminal case of Akhmed Zakayev, a senior Chechen envoy being held in a Danish custody while authorities decided whether to extradite him to Russia. (3



Why is there no special budget article on Chechen war spending? State Duma deputy Alexei Arbatov, deputy head of the Duma Defense Committee, answers this question. (6)

Cosmodrome "Svobodny" that was opened in March 1996 poses a serious threat to local people's health. A story gives concrete facts showing an alarming ecological situation in the region. Doctor of Medical Sciences Vladimir Lupandin, senior research associate at the Sociology Institute, comments on the situation at the cosmodrome.(7)

In an interview Estonia's Prime Minister Siim Kallas speaks about how the republic's recent entry to NATO can positively affect its relationship with Russia. He also speaks about Estonia's possible specialization in the NATO Armed Forces. (10)

In an interview Igor Fyodorov, Rector of the Bauman Technical University, talks about his higher educational establishment, focusing on its latest novelties. (15)

In an interview highly-acclaimed figure-skating trainer Tatyana Tarasova explains why she has to live in America where she is coaching new Russian champions. (22)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Nov. 28 marks the 135th anniversary of the publication in Russian of volume 1 of "Das Capital" by Karl Marx. Who is Marx to you and what has he taught you ? Ten policy-makers, public figures, writers, artists and actors answer these questions. (3)

The Kusinsky Casting Machine-Building Plant (Chelyabinsk region) earns good money on casing Putin's busts and selling them for 40,000 rubles a piece. The plant administration recently decided to make a gallery of contemporary political leaders, with Nursultan Nazarbayev and Vladimir Zhirinovsky to be the first. A story reveals the project. (3)

According to the preliminary results of the census, the number of Chechens exceeds 1 million, making it the third largest nationality in Russia. A story comments on this sensational news. (4)

The Ivanovo regional administration with the Defense Ministry's support decided to create a Suvorov military school in the place of the International Stasova Boarding School. The domestic Red Cross Society was against it. And in this conflicting situation General Staff Chief Anatoly Kvashnin had to write a letter to the president, asking for his permission. Putin agreed. A story describes Kvashnin's victory in the conflict. (5)

The golf center Blue Bird, the largest one in Europe, has opened in Moscow's Severnoye Butovo. A story describes the place (giving its address), saying that while there are 79 gold clubs in small Switzerland, there is only one so far in Moscow. (6)

There are different gambling clubs in Moscow. A story features 4 varieties of gambling halls in such clubs. (6)

The International Festival of Alcoholic Drinks-2002 opened Wednesday in Moscow's Gosniny Dvor. A story describes its exhibits, participants and sponsors. (7)



The insurance market is developing more rapidly than any other economic sector. In an interview Sergei Tsikalyuk, Director-General of the Insurance House VSK, talks about various insurance services, focusing on their growing role in the life of Russians. (8)

In an interview Sergei Borisov, President of the All-Russian Organization of the Small and Medium Entrepreneurship "Opora" talks about how bureaucrats are holding back the development of small and medium-size businesses in Russia. (9

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru



In an exclusive interview Igor Surkis, President of the Dynamo (Kiev) Football Club, speaks about his recent meeting with Russian former Spartak forward Dmitry Sychov, who now lives and is in training in Kiev. (1,2)

Moscow weather specialists for this forthcoming weekend promise very cold weather. A story offers daytime and night temperatures for all days up to Sunday Dec.1. (1, Gazeta, 1,Komsomolskaya Pravda, 7)

According to Moscow Chief Sanitary Physician Nikolai Filatov, Moscow medical specialists have managed to stop the spread of flu in the city. A story describes how they managed to do it. (1)

The city government decided to present the whole of Moscow in the Internet by a city portal. A story offers the first page of Moscow's official site and its address. (1)

The Interior Ministry has adopted new rules of behavior and work for all divisional police inspectors, who, above all, will have their own identity cards that they will give to residents in their districts. (1)

Moscow regional governor Boris Gromov at a new conference on Wednesday told journalists about his region's economic achievements for 3 years of his rule. A story gives figures to illustrate the point. (2)

The Audit Chamber conducted its check-ups in the Foreign Ministry and in the Main Board of Diplomatic Corps Management that is under its control. A story gives results, saying that many gross financial violations have been found in the Diplomatic Corps agency. (2)

In a short interview American Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, who was present at the recent American-Russian summit, talks about the frank and open character of negotiations of American President George W. Bush with Vladimir Putin focusing on issues they discussed. (2)

Notoriously famous Italian physician Severino Antinori on Tuesday made a sensational statement, saying that in January the first cloned human being will be born after he artificially inseminated a woman with a cloned embryo. A story comments on his statement. (2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3)

Moscow military Commissar Colonel Vasily Krasnogorsky answers questions from MK readers about the current army draftee campaign and its specific features this year. (3)