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"The fact that I have 100 percent identified Zakayev as a person involved in my abduction in Chechnya in 1996 is a lie"-- such is the reply of Orthodox priest Father Philipp to the attempt by the Prosecutor General's Office to accuse the Chechen rebel fighter Akhmet Zakayev of his numerous sins. The accusations have been already passed over to the Danish side for Zakayev's extradition to Russia. A story comments on the priest's statement. (1)

A wonderful show-- the Leonida meteor stream-- could be observed in many countries today in the early hours. A story describes this natural phenomenon.(1)

A story features two fates -- of soldier Mikhail Fyodorov, 23, who spent five years in Chechen captivity and managed to come back home, and of soldier Mukhambet Imangaliyev, 79, who spent many years in fascist first and then in Soviet concentration camps and managed to survive. (1,3)

State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov, Federation Council Chairman Sergei Mironov and Transport Minister Sergei Frank Monday met with Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament Arturas Paulauskas (Sp.?), to discuss issues pertaining to the Kaliningrad problem, the closure of the Chechen information center and the transit of cargoes and people through the territory of Lithuania. In an interview Paulauskas shares his viewpoint on these issues. (1,4, Kommersant, 2, Vremya Novostei, 3)

The state border services of Russia and Georgia Saturday signed a protocol on a joint patrolling of the Chechen stretch of the Russian-Georgian border. A story offers details of the document, according to which both countries have agreed not to fight against each other. (2, Vremya MN, 2)

UN inspectors Monday arrived in Baghdad to see whether Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein possesses chemical or biological weapons. A story says that the results of their inspection will determine the further fate of Iraq and its leader. (2, Kommersant, 10)

Oleg Pashchenko, Krasnoyarsk regional Legislative Assembly deputy and his assistant Alexander Yermashov have drafted a bill concerning the procedure of forming a new administrative region in the Russian Federation that is the first such document in the country's history. The draft allows the Krasnoyarsk region to merge with any neighbouring area. A story comments on the document. (2, Vremya Novostei, 2)

The Moscow City Duma Commission on Legislation and Security Monday allowed Muscovites to mount the alarm systems on their cars. The commission unanimously voted for the canceling of the norm of the city law on silence that bans the mounting of anti-theft sirens.(2,12, Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 3, Vremya MN, 2)

Ukraine's President Leonid Kuchma on Nov. 21 will introduce to parliament a new candidate to the post of prime minister --Donetsk governor Viktor Yanukovich. A story describes the candidate, pointing to deputies' attitude to him. (3)

St. Petersburg police have detained 3 thieves, who for 3 years had stolen rare books. A story gives details. (3, Kommersant, 5, Noviye Izvestia, 1)

Two drivers from the International Red Cross Committee on Sunday were released by Chechen militiamen from Chechen captivity without ransom. A story describes how it happened. (3, Kommersant, 4, Gazeta, 5, Vremya Novostei, 3)

"Our policy toward Russia during my presidency will not change" -- this is what Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko promised in Minsk on Monday. A story comments on his statement, saying that the policy has changed already, and little here depends on Lukashenko, since Russian-Belarussian relations have stopped to be the bilateral matter. (4)

The Energogarant company this year is marking its 10th anniversary, and it's this year that it has been awarded the title "Insurance Company of the Year". In an interview its Director-General Andrei Zernovoi talks about his company's achievements, focusing on specific features of its development. (4)

US Deputy Commerce Secretary Faryar Shirzad (Sp.?) today is expected to meet with representatives from the Russian Economic Development Ministry to listen to their proposal to denounce the all-embracing 1999 Russia-USA steel agreement that determines the Russian metal volumes allowed to be delivered to the American market. In case the American side refuses, Moscow will be able to withdraw from the agreement unilaterally. A story comments on the ministry's intention. (5)

The Gazprom Management Board Monday decided to begin to build the North-European gas pipeline. The brief looks at the project. (5)

LUKoil will get access to the Gazprom's gas transportation system.This is envisaged by the general agreement on LUKoil-Gazprom strategic cooperation that was signed on Monday. Brief. (5, Vremya Novostei, 5)

So-called state grain interventions (purchases of superfluous grain on the market for making its prices stable) are in full swing. President Vladimir Putin, however, stated Monday that he was dissatisfied with the way these interventions were being funded.A story looks at what the president disliked. (5, Kommersant, 2)

The State Duma tomorrow is expected to consider the draft gvt amendments to the Law concerning communications. This is actually a new law that does not envisage the telephone operators' right to impose the new pay-as-you talk system. A story comments on the draft, focusing on deputies' possible reaction. (6)

Regions are using preparations for reforming the energy sector for creating their own energy structures independent on the Unified Energy Systems (UES) holding A story gives several examples showing how they are doing it. (6)

The restructuring of the domestic oil sector will complete on Dec. 18 when an auction to sell the state-controlled package of stock of Slavneft will take place. This is expected to become the biggest privatization deal in the history of Russia. A story describes its price and significance. (6, Kommersant, 1, Vremya Novostei, 1,2

The Zenit bank has opened its affiliates in Kemerovo and Kursk. This was stated Monday by the bank Management Board spokesman Stanislav Pashchenko. A story examines preparatory work that was done before opening the affiliates. (6)

In an interview "MENATEP St. Petersburg" Management Board Chairman Dmitry Lebedev talks about how his bank works with its individual clients. (6, Vremya Novostei, 5)

State Duma deputy Vladimir Ryzhkov shares his view on the recent Russia-European Union (EU) summit, saying that it was the most difficult one for the whole period of Putin Russia's relations with EU. (7)


Real war is going on in Karachayevo-Cherkessia on the threshold of the presidential elections in the republic in the spring of 2003 for the right to head the local branch of the United Russia party. A story examines the origin of the conflict. (1,3)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov together with French counterpart Jean-Pierre Raffarin in Tuluza (Sp.?) Monday visited aviation plants of the Airbus consortium. A story features his impressions. (2,16 Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya MN, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov Monday arrived in Minsk to reconcile (in the opinion of Belarussian analysts) the presidents Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin. A story comments on Seleznyov's mission. (2)

Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov at a news conference on Monday afternoon harshly criticized the policy of President Vladimir Putin. A story examines what precisely Zyuganov dislikes in the president's home and foreign policies. (3)

The Moscow City Election Commission has registered a group of supporters with LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky as its head that was formed for collecting signatures in support of a referendum on abolishing the law providing the guarantees to the former Russian President. Brief. (3)

Grozny's Prosecutor's Office Monday instituted criminal proceedings against former Chechen Health Minister Uvais Magomadov living now abroad, who is suspected of embezzling 35 million rubles. A story gives details. (4, Gazeta, 5)

The documents of the repeated psychological and psychiatric expertise of Colonel Yury Budanov, who is accused of killing a Chechen young girl, have been submitted to the Military Court of the North- Caucasian Military District. Brief. (5)

The Prosecutor's Office in the Ramensky District of the Moscow Region Monday opened a criminal case on the events at a local stadium on Sunday when mass clashes took place between police and CSKA football fans. A story gives details. (6)

According to the court decision, six foreign students receiving training in the Nizhny Novgorod Medical Academy will be evicted from the country. The court declared that they used fake documents and violated the contract and the rules for foreigners' residence in Russia. A story gives details. (6)

The number of hepatitis patients in Russia stands at 7 million. This was stated at a news conference on Monday when it was said that Russians are most often infected during blood transfusion operations. A story offers more facts and figures on the hepatitis epidemic in Russia. (6, Gazeta,1,3)

Patriarch Alexy II has resumed his duties, true in a hospital room so far. A story describes his health problems and recovery. (7)

The State Duma Banking Committee Monday received from the gvt a new variant of the draft amendments to the Law concerning the securities market. A story looks at major amendments. (13)

Gazprom today intends to limit the transit of gas belonging to Itera to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. A story examines the major reason. (13)

The American weekly "Defense News" has published the rating of 100 world leading armament producers and exporters in 2001. A story focuses on the improved position of the Russian defense and industrial complex. (15)


The Moscow government has at last begun to reform the city auto plants. Konstantin Laptev is to be appointed Director-General of Likhachov Auto Plant (ZIL) within the next few days. Oligarch Viktor Belyaev could also become the director of a company being created with the aim of governing all the city's auto plants. (A1)

The upcoming auction on Slavneft promises to become the most successful project in the history of domestic privatization. The government on Monday announced that the sale of a 74.95 percent stake in the state-run oil company will begin at $1.7 billion, while analysts forecast the sale price at about $2 billion. (A1)

Industrial enterprises in Yekaterinburg are presently unable to pay for the land they occupy as the price established by the city administration is too high. A story comments on the issue. (A1)

According to the State Statistics Committee the grain harvest in all categories of agricultural enterprises as of Nov. 1 amounted to 92.6 million tons. Brief. (A1)

Ten countries seeking European Union membership will be officially admitted to the EU on May 1, 2004. This decision was made by EU foreign ministers who held a session in Brussels. Brief. (A1)

The State Duma Tax Subcommittee is today expected to consider a draft chapter of the Tax Code that, in the opinion of notaries, will radically decrease the charges for their services. A story looks at the new chapter. (A3)

Economist Vladimir Mau examines four scenarios for a Russia-Belarus rapprochement, trying to select the most suitable. (A4)

The US Ambassador to Russia Alexander Vershbow in an article titled "Russia Gains Much from Fighting Piracy" describes concrete measures taken by the government to combat piracy. (A4)

In an interview Leningrad regional governor Valery Serdyukov talks about the problems involved with investment into the economy of his region, focusing on the most significant projects in it. (A5)

A story based on the concrete example of one enterprise explains why managers' orders are often left unfulfilled. (A6)

A story asserts that companies' financial directors and chief accountants are often involved in an undeclared war. What is the reason for such situations and is it possible to resolve these conflicts? A story gives several facts showing positive solutions. (A6)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The bill on mandatory insurance of motor vehicles that has not yet become law is becoming even more expensive. According to the Finance Ministry's preliminary calculations the cost of insurance for Moscow drivers will amount to $130, which is in line with the existing commercial prices. In the case that these tariffs are endorsed the insurance market will grow by $2 billion. (B1)

Surgutneftergaz has become a major partner of the Interros holding, having increased its share in the capital of Rosbank by up to 20 percent. A story says how Interros managers explain this deal. (B1)

Several Internet-sites late last week carried an announcement of the sale of a 90 percent stake in the Nizhny Novgorod Butter and Fat Combine, a leading domestic producer of margarine and mayonnaise. Its managers, however, assure that they did not place any ads. (B1)

The U.S. strategic oil reserve reached 595 million barrels at the end of last week, a record high of since it began in 1997. The brief forecasts its future figure. (B1)

The United Metals Company (OMK) has won the tender for the delivery of a considerable part of the main pipes for the Sakhalin-1 project. According to the contract the Vyksunsky metals plant, part of OMK, will deliver the main pipes for marine and ground pipelines designed for pumping oil and gas between the major facilities of the Sakhalin-1 project. Brief. (B1)

Aeroflot and Airbus on Monday signed an agreement on the delivery to Aeroflot of 18 planes from the A-320 family worth about $900 million. A story comments on the deal. (B2)

The world's leading automakers are living through difficult times with auto sales in the markets of Western Europe and North America shrinking. A story gives some concrete figures to illustrate the point. (B2)

President Vladimir Putin has annulled the decree of Dec. 1, 1998 concerning the transfer of a 25.5 percent stake of stock from the international airport Samara from federal ownership to that of the Samara region. This is evident from the decree Putin signed on Nov. 14. Brief. (B2)

The Gazprom Management Board on Monday decided to begin building the North-European gas pipeline from Russia through to the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea to Germany. A story features the project. (B3)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

In an interview Le Monde reporter Laurent Zecchini says that President Vladimir Putin's phrase regarding circumcision has not scared him, and that he is willing to come to Russia on his newspaper's assignment. (1)

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko might finally be isolated from the world community. The session of the EU Foreign Ministers Council in Brussels will make the decision to declare Lukashenko a person non-grata. The EU Danish permanent representative let the cat out of the bag by saying that the EU ministers could adopt a decree that would limit Lukashenko's entry into EU member states. A story comments on his pronouncements. (1,6)

In an interview Federal Energy Commission Chairman Georgy Kutovoi shares his view on the latest developments in Unified Energy System (UES) holding and in Gazprom. (3)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Document. Presidential Decree. A Provision for the Procedure of Considering the Issues of Citizenship in the Russian Federation. Full text. (5-7)

Tax police Major Andrei Kuznetsov stated that his agency -- the Tax Police Service -- has evidence showing that dirty money is being laundered in the domestic gambling business. He gives facts and figures to illustrate the point. Rossiiskaya Biznes Gazeta (RBG) Supplement. (8)

In an interview Tax Minister Gennady Bukayev talks about his agency's new function -- the state registration of legal entities -- and about the way taxes are being collected this year. He also speaks about the permissible measures of tax control. RBG Supplement. (2)

Ulyanovsk aircraft builders and the Ilyushin leasing company have signed a general agreement on assembling and selling Tu-204 planes. A story examines the document's major provisions. RBG Supplement. (3)

Moskovskiye Novosti

In an interview retired Ground Troops Aviation Commander Colonel-General Vitaly Pavlov (presently in hospital) explains why he had to resign. (1,7)

A story describes the sculptures and statues that will be built or renovated in St. Petersburg for its 300th jubilee. (2)

In an interview Deputy Culture Minister Vladimir Malyshev talks about funds being allocated in connection with preparations for the 300th jubilee of St. Petersburg. (3)

The recent tragic events at the Dubrovka theater have considerably decreased federal authorities' already weak readiness for negotiations with a certain part of the Chechen armed opposition. The president's words that there will not be a second Khasavyurt have become the core of the Kremlin's Chechnya policy. It's worth establishing whether the Khasavyurt treaty was a good or bad thing and whether the political conditions under which that treaty could not take effect were bad. Political scientist Emil Panin tries to analyze those events, the treaty and those conditions. (8)

A story examines the situation on the domestic grain market, saying that bread prices will rise due to the emergence of new exotic types of bread. (10)

Russia and Israel have lately been adhering to similar approaches on many issues on the international arena. In what way (or on which platform) have they managed to overcome their distrust toward each other? Can this process be viewed as positive? A story answers these questions. (13)

A rumor has appeared in the press that American philanthropist George Soros felt hurt and intends to curtail his activities in Russia. In an interview, Yekaterina Geniyeva, head of the Soros Foundation in Russia, discusses the gossip. (21)

In an interview Savik Shuster, the host of the popular NTV weekly program "Svoboda Slova" (Freedom of Speech), talks about his channel's relationship with authorities and about NTV's coverage of the recent tragic events at the Dubrovka theater. (25)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

While the U.S. is preparing a military operation against Iraq, accusing it of creating weapons of mass destruction, North Korea on Sunday announced its possession of a nuclear bomb. The brief says how Seoul and the Pentagon chief have responded to the statement. (2)

World Bank President James Wulfensohn when in Moscow late last week offered Russia a $1 billion loan. A story raises the acute theme of Russia's foreign debt, its foreign credits and its decision to no longer borrow money. (3)

The domestic Felix furniture company at the International Exhibition "Furniture-2002" currently running at ExpoCenter on Ulitsa Krasnaya Presnya has displayed a comfortable office "director" along with its modern furniture. A story describes several other interesting exhibits. (3)

Passions are raging around the Orthodox Saint Tatyana Church under construction now in Naberezhniye Chelny, an industrial center in Tatarstan. Local residents have destroyed the church two times. A story examines who is responsible for these barbaric acts. (4)

The Moscow City Duma Legislation and Security Commission on Monday rejected a draft bill on the administrative responsibility for children present in public places at night. A story comments the City Duma's decision. (6)

The All-Russian Quality Organization a month ago instituted the "Russian Quality" sign at the initiative of the State Standard Committee (Gostandart) and several public organizations. Domodedovo Air Service was among the first to have received a sign for its preparation of good food for its air passengers. (6)

According to state territorial formation reform, 28 gubernias instead of the existing 89 regions may emerge in Russia in the not too distant future. Komsomolskaya Pravda gives a list of all 28 new gubernias with their general characteristics. (9)

A feature story describes several new settlements that have been built in the south in areas that suffered from the floods in summer. The settlements that hosted a small part of all flood-effected residents were designed for propaganda and to show to President Vladimir Putin (hence, their name "Putin Villages") All this while most residents are continuing to live in cold garages and temporary lodgings. (12, 13)

Education Minister Vladimir Filippov has sent out the preliminary content of the new school subject called "Orthodox Culture" to local education committees. It's proposed that schoolchildren will study this subject for a full 11 school years. A story describes the content of the subject, focusing on different views of its possible introduction. (14)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Five-month-old Vladik living in Taldom (in the Kaluga region), kidnapped two months ago, was found on Saturday. A story describes how he was returned to his mother. (1)

The Moscow zoo will soon have to receive many different animals from various foreign countries. A story describes some of them, focusing on the animals Moscow will send abroad in exchange. (1)

The Moscow government has decided to at last build a roof over the Luzhniki Big Sports Arena. A story examines the project. (1)