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


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

A new security body -- the Department of Homeland Security -- has been created in the U.S. A story describes its duties and tasks, focusing on its divisions. (1,2, Kommersant, 9, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6, Gazeta, 4, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, Trud, 1,4)

The Proton-K rocket booster that put into orbit the world's heaviest European communications satellite, Astra-1K, suffered an accident at Cosmodrome Baikonur on Tuesday. A story features the rocket's tragic fate. (1, Kommersant, 5, Noviye Izvestia, 1, Vremya MN, 2, Vremya Novostei, 3, Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 5, Trud, 2)

The All-Russian Conference of heads of the regional pardon commissions is expected to open in Moscow on Dec. 4. In an interview, presidential adviser Anatoly Pristavkin speaks about the duties, tasks and work of the regional pardons commissions that a year ago replaced the Public Pardons Commission under the president. (1,3)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov Tuesday at an enlarged session of the ministry's commanding staff attended by President Vladimir Putin delivered an operational report summing up the results of the ministry's work this year. The annual report was open to mass media for the first time in the ministry's history. A story focuses on the report's main aspects. (2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Gazeta, 1,3 Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, Vremya MN, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 1)

State Duma deputy Viktor Pokhmelkin proposed Tuesday to introduce amendments to the law on the road safety, partly concerning autos with flashing blue lights and sirens. A story reveals the essence of the deputy's proposal that has launched a new anti-siren campaign. (2, Gazeta, 2)

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko is arriving in Moscow today for talks with Vladimir Putin. A story looks at major economic issues that the president will discuss today. (2, Vremya MN, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,5)

According to the Moscow government's special decree, all city shop windows and shop interiors should be festively decorated for the New Year's holiday by Dec. 1. All those shop managers who will fail to decorate will be fined. A story comments on the government decision. (2)

Three American thieves, who accessed the banking information of several leading credit agencies, have managed to rob 30,000 Americans. This crime has already been dubbed a "financial nightmare." A story gives details, looking at such crimes in Russia. (3)

The 4-month-old Konservator newspaper will probably be closed soon. Its editor-in-chief Leonid Zlotin last week told his reporters that they will make another two issues, and after that Konservator will cease to exist. Brief. (3)

Turkmen authorities made a sensational statement Tuesday, in which they actually accused Russia of hiding "accomplices and inspirers of terrorists," who the day before fired on a motorcade of President Saparmurat Niyazov. A story comments on the statement. (3, Kommersant, 10)

A new magazine, "Russia in Global Politics," will be presented in Moscow today with Izvetia as its partner. American publisher of "Foreign Affairs" David Kellogg talks about prospects of his magazine's cooperation with the new Russian magazine. (4)

The Agrarian Party has launched preparations for the parliamentary elections scheduled for December 2003. This time the party will act as an independent elective association, which was decided at its Central Council's plenary session on Saturday. A story comments on the decision. (4)

Two draft bills on introducing amendments to the law concerning joint-stock companies have been submitted to the State Duma. The proposed amendments mainly concern the term "net profit." A story examines the amendments, their essence and several views. (4)

The Joint Collegium of the Tax Ministry and the State Customs Committee said Tuesday that over 2 million illegal firms doing business without registration could be liquidated. A story comments on the statement. (6, Kommersant, 15)

The Conference "Russian Business. Agenda-2003" sponsored by the Association of Managers, which opened Tuesday, discusses relationships between business and the authorities. A story examines problems that both sides view as practically impossible to resolve. (6)

The government is drafting a tax amnesty for those who would like to buy housing with the help of mortgage. Gosstroi and the Economic Development Ministry have drafted the corresponding amendments to the Tax Code. A story examines some of them. (6, Vremya MN, 2)

The ALROSA diamond-extracting company next year is to endorse its budget-2003.. The company's production volume will not change. ALROSA President Vladimir Kalitin told about the company's plans. (6)

According to the new legislation concerning foreigners' legal status in Russia, foreign workers can arrive in the country only if they have invitations from Russian employers. A story comments on this provision. (7)

In an interview, Yevgeny Yasin, Rector of the Higher School of Economics, share his view on the problem of illegal foreign workers. (7)

Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi, NTV Director-General Boris Jordan and singer Nadezhda Babkina in the State History Museum presented on Tuesday a new radio station called "Radio Troika." A story describes the event. (8)

The non-fiction book fair is to open today in the Central Club of Artists (10, Ulitsa Krymsky Val). A story features what the fair will offer to its visitors. (8)

According to the Economic Development Ministry, the volume of consumer credits that banks issued in the 9 months of this year increased by 40 percent, as compared with the figure for the same period last year. A story tries to answer the question why they prefer to issue such credits to private clients. (9)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The State Duma today is expected to consider (in the first reading) the draft bills submitted by the Unity and SPS factions and also by the Sakhalin Regional Duma that forbid recalling the Federation Council deputy for year after his/her election. A story examines the drafts, saying Unity's draft has a chance to be passed. (1,3, Gazeta, 1, 2)

In an interview, Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin shares his views on two controversial issues that have caused sharp debate in the government -- how to regulate the currency and whether the investors will enjoy benefits. (1,14, Gazeta, 1,6)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov arrived in Salekhard Tuesday, where he presided over a session of the new Council on the Problems of the Extreme North and the Arctic that recently was formed by the government. A story looks at the decisions made at the session. (2, Vremya Novostei, 3)

The journalism community Tuesday discussed a new wording of the mass media law. A story examines a provision (concerning editors-in-chief) that caused heated debate. (3)

In an interview NTV Director-General Boris Jordan talks about his reaction to President Vladimir Putin's statement on TV channels' coverage of the recent tragic events at the Dubrovka theater. (3)

The Prosecutor General's Office has prepared an official inquiry to US authorities on the extradition of 8 Russians, who were brought to the military base in Guantanamo (Cuba) This was stated Tuesday by Deputy Prosecutor General Sergei Fridinsky, who named 5 out of the 8 Russian Taliban supporters. (5)

The Prosecutor General's Office on Tuesday sent to Denmark new documents on Akhmed Zakayev's criminal activities. Among them were the testimony by terrorist Salman Raduyev, who has been sentenced to life imprisonment. (6)

State Duma deputy Aslanbek Aslakhanov at a news conference on Tuesday spoke about the aims of the congress of his movement, The Union of the Peoples of Chechnya, scheduled for Dec. 16. Former head of the Chechen government Salambek Khadzhiyev, who appeared before journalists after his 7-year silence, said that his return to politics means his desire to help his Chechnya. (6)

A new scandal erupted on Tuesday around the criminal case of Colonel Yury Budanov, who is accused of killing a young Chechen girl, Elza Kungayeva. Her father, Visa Kungayev, has refused the services of lawyer Stanislav Markelov. A story gives details. (6)

In a short interview, Patriarch Alexy II, who is receiving medical treatment at the Central Clinical Hospital, speaks about his recovery and about how he spends his time there. (8)

The story examines results of the negotiations that took place in the Kremlin on Tuesday between Jordan's King Abdallah II and President Vladimir Putin. (11)

Gazprom Board of Directors member Boris Fyodorov, representing Gazprom minority shareholders, talked on Tuesday about the creation of the Audit and Management Stimulation committees in the company. A story looks at their aims, tasks and plans. (13)

The demand for state securities and the securities of the first echelon has been growing over the recent two weeks. Deputy Finance Minister Bella Zlatkis explained the reason. (13)

Property Minister Farit Gazizullin on Tuesday announced the launching of a new model of managing property. A story reveals its essence. (14)

The Aeroflot Board of Directors approved on Tuesday the purchase of Airbus A319/ 320 planes. A story comments on the decision. (16)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The domestic space industry has sustained one of its most serious failures in recent years: The Proton rocket that was launched Tuesday from Baikonur Cosmodrome could not put telecommunication satellite Astra 1K -- the largest ever space probe -- into orbit. (A1)

Norilsk Nickel would like to buy the Torpedo-ZiL football club and will most likely move it to Krasnoyarsk. A story reveals the company's plans. (A1)

In the opinion of European Union experts, Russia may count on a 14 percent growth in gross domestic product if it lifts the customs barriers to European goods, liberalizes its service markets and makes its legislation comply with EU norms. Russian experts doubt these calculations, while market participants fear increased competition with the Europeans. (A1)

By the end of November, only 700,000 of 3 million enterprises submitted documents on the state of their business to the single state register of legal entities, said Deputy Tax Minister Natalya Aristarkhova. Brief. (A1)

A member of the Sberbank oversight council, Boris Fyodorov, intends to discuss using options to encourage the bank's management at the next council meeting. The brief offers his statement. (A1)

Belarus has agreed to pay for gas and to privatize Beltransgaz, and Russia has responded with a gift -- Belarus' contribution to the union's budget will be lowered to 5 percent from the present 35 percent. (A2)

On Tuesday, the Industrial Committee (IC) discussed a new draft bill on mass media. (A2)

The U.S. administration has made a bold proposal to its World Trade Organization partners -- to abolish import duties on industrial products. A story reveals the essence of the U.S. plan. (A3)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry has at last drafted amendments to the law concerning production sharing agreements. A story looks at the draft. (A3)

The rector of the St. Petersburg Mining Institute, Vladimir Litvinenko, who is a specialist in geology and the management of mineral resources, shares his view on an acute problem linked to such resources and on a draft bill concerning them. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Gazprom is at last able to manage 4.8 percent of its stock that was given several years ago to its main contractor, Stroitransgaz. A story considers analysts' opinions.(B1)

The famous building of bankrupt Infobank has become the central office of Slavyansky Kredit Bank. A story describes the building, its new residents and its main owner. (B1)

Domestic banks should be fully prepared to transfer to international accounting standards by the end of 2004. The brief explains what this system demands. (B1)

Unified Energy Systems' minority shareholders agreed with Alexander Voloshin, the head of the holding's board of directors, to amend the company charter to forbid the sale of its assets, board of directors member Alexander Branis said. Brief. (B1)

LUKoil, Yukos, Sibneft and Tyumen Oil Co. plan to sign a memorandum on creating an oil-pipeline system to transport oil through the terminal near Murmansk. The cost of the project together with the terminal will exceed $3 billion. Brief. (B1)

The government and the airlines up to now have failed to receive official permission from the Egyptian authorities to fly noisy planes after Dec. 31 , 2002. The delay threatens to foil the winter charter program. But tour operators are selling tours without waiting for the problem to be resolved. (B2)

This week, the Russian branch of the Egyptian company Sirocco Aerospace International will sign a contract with the Ulyanovsk Aviastar JV plant and its main owner, Tupolev, to produce 25 Tu-204-120 planes. A story examines the upcoming deal. (B2)

China has overtaken the United States to become the world's largest importer of steel by volume. A story features experts' forecasts. (B2)

LUKoil has lost its chance to buy the Gdansk oil refinery in Poland, but continues to hope to expand its business into Eastern Europe. The oil giant would like to take part in the privatization of the Czech petrochemical holding Unipetrol, whose shares have been put up for sale. (B3)

On Tuesday, the Finance Ministry suspended the license of the Ingosstrakh-Kavkaz insurance company. A story explains why. (B5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

For several days, the dollar has been outstripping the euro in domestic banking trading. (3)

In a sweeping interview, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia discusses his party's place in Russia's present political alignment. Political scientists Mikhail Krasnov and Vyacheslav Nikonov share their views on the LDPR's political position. (4)

The third specialized exhibition of industrial and everyday chemical goods KHIMEXPO-2002 opened in Moscow on Tuesday at the All-Russian Exhibition Center. A story describes its exhibits, participants and sponsors. (5)

Scientists have developed a new generation of materials essential to constructing roads and improving landing strips at airports. A story describes this material -- a polymer-bitumen alloy produced by the Kosmos Scientific Production Association. (5)

President Vladimir Putin has sent a letter to Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov and to State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov explaining why he vetoed the amendments to the mass media law. The full text of the letter is printed. Offitsialnaya Sreda (OS) Supplement (9)

In an interview, Moscow police chief Vladimir Pronin speaks about changes in the department's work. OS Supplement. (10)

Document. The federal law concerning the addition of several new chapters to the counterterrorism law. Full text. OS Supplement. (16)

Document. The Interior Ministry's instruction on organizing divisional police inspectors' work. Full text. OS Supplement. (11-13)



Noviye Izvestia

The Egyptian Embassy in Moscow has denied reports that Il-86 planes will be banned in its airspace starting January 2003. Brief. (1)

The number of convicts in Russian prisons today stands at 891,000, Deputy Justice Minister Yury Kalinin said. The brief gives figures on their different categories. (1)

The Chechen war has again become a bone of contention in relations between Moscow and the Council of Europe. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe chairman Peter Scheider intends to raise this issue again during his upcoming visit to Russia, where he plans to meet with President Vladimir Putin and several other high-level Russian officials. He hopes to discuss the current situation in the republic, which has worsened considerably after the October hostage crisis. (2)

Political crisis hit Krasnoyarsk anew when city authorities raided the office of Segodnyashnyaya Gazeta, one of the most popular newspapers in the city. Its reporters cannot work because daily questioning by the police is taking all their time. (2)



About 900 delegates are expected to take part in a congress of Chechen peoples scheduled for mid-December in a Moscow concert hall. A story describes the upcoming event organized in part by State Duma Deputy Aslanbek Aslakhanov. (2)

Though federal authorities promised to keep the results of the recent census secret, they can be easily bought on a CD in the Mitino computer market for $150. A story describes the information available on these discs. (5)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Moscow artists Dmitry Vrubel and Viktoriya Timofeyeva will present their new painting entitled "Mr. Putin" at the Moscow Gallery of One Work (5, Sredny Kislovsky Pereulok). In the painting, the president is dressed in a smoking jacket with a cigar in his hand. He is not a London dandy yet, but already he is no longer the Putin who "wipes out … enemies on the toilet." (2)

On Monday, oligarchs at a session of the government's Entrepreneurship Council presented 13 proposals mainly concerning taxes. A story examines their proposals, focusing on a view shared by Alexander Ustinov, an analyst with the Economic Experts Group. (2)

The Moscow State Institute of International Relations and the Bank of Moscow have signed a cooperation agreement. A story looks at the agreement's advantages for both organizations. (4)

The Russian Father Christmas -- Uncle Frost -- has decided to visit many cities this December. A story describes his New Year's traveling program, which the president's press service has instructed the Special Fund of Uncle Frost to map out. Uncle Frost's New Year's holiday travel program from Dec. 21 to Dec. 31 is printed. (5)

On Tuesday, the Moscow government discussed improving the city's water transport system through 2020. The number of casinos, bars, restaurants and other entertainment places on the Moscow River has shocked the mayor.

The Moscow government has decided to make the city a garden in bloom, and it has endorsed a general scheme to plant different flowers in city districts. The newspaper gives a map showing where the beautification program will take place. (7)

Special footage devoted to Chechnya describes life in the republic after the hostage-taking at Moscow's Dubrovka theater. (8.9)

What draft bills will the State Duma consider next month? A story examines five drafts, focusing on their possible fate. (10)

Energo-Garant has become named "Insurance Company of the Year." In an interview, its director-general, Andrei Zernov, explains how his company managed to win this title. (13)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

The city government has decided to create a food reserve for emergency situations. It will be formed before Jan. 1, 2003. (1)

On Monday, Moscow police detained two bandits who abducted Turkish businessman Tyumar Adjar on Nov. 18 on Sheremetyevskaya Ulitsa. A story gives details. (1)