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Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovskiye Novosti
Moskovsky Komsomolets


The newspaper, unlike other papers, casts a pessimistic look at the results of yesterday's Russia-European Union summit in Brussels, which was expected to resolve the Kaliningrad problem. In reality, it has actually postponed its solution. A story says why, focusing on several other issues, above all Chechnya, that were discussed at the summit. (1,4)

The Russian, European and Lithuanian sides in Brussels on the eve of the summit spoke about Kaliningrad as a pilot project in the Russia-EU strategic partnership, with the solution of the visa issue deciding its fate. But what is much more significant today is who, and under what conditions and grounds, will deal with the economic development of this Russian exclave. A story examines the essence of this issue, saying that the visa problem is a cover for waging a struggle for the redivision of economic influence in the region. (1, 4)

On the eve of the 161st anniversary of Sberbank, first deputy head of its management board Alla Aleshkina speaks about its profits this year, about its major sources of income, about the size of its dividends and about its clients and future plans. (1,5, Kommersant, 4)

Ukrainian former Vice-Premier Yulia Timoshenko, who would like to become president and whose approval ratings are growing, talks about how she envisions her country without Kuchma. (1,3)

The Defense Ministry's Military Inspectorate is going to Chechnya with the aim of conducting large-scale check-ups of the federal troops there. It's the first such all-embracing inspection since the beginning of the second war in the republic. A story reports on how its districts are preparing for it. (2)

The launching of the Endeavor space shuttle was postponed Monday morning. A story says why, focusing on the program.. (2, Noviye Izvestia, 3)

The State Duma Commission, discussing closed articles of the budget at a closed session Monday decided to increase anti-terror expenditures next year. As a result, the Interior Ministry and FSB special task forces will receive an additional 3 billion rubles. A story comments on the commission's decision. (2, Kommersant, 3)

The U.S. Congress has made a decision to allocate to Russia $20 million to destroy its chemical weapons. Zinovy Pak, director-general of the Ammunition Agency, on Monday said how this money will be spent and what is being demanded from Russia after the Oct. 23-26 terrorist act in Moscow. (2)

A railway accident in St. Petersburg on Monday left four people dead and another six injured. A story gives details. (2, Kommersant, 6, Noviye Izvestia, 1, Vremya MN, 1, Vremya Novostei, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

The Fujitsu Siemens Computers company in Vienna on Nov. 5 presented its new personal computers. A story describes the presentation ceremony, its participants and guests. (2)

Health Minister Yury Shevchenko in person has interfered in the trial over Colonel Yury Budanov, who is accused of killing a Chechen woman. The minister has withdrawn from the North-Caucasian Military Court the results of a psychiatric expertise of the colonel. A story comments on this unprecedented case. (3, Kommersant, 6, Gazeta, 5, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2 , Vremya MN, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 10, MK, 2,)

State Duma First Deputy Speaker Lyubov Sliska may be excluded from the Unified Russia party, the leadership of which has denied the rumors. A story comments on the statement by the party's faction leader, Frants Klintsevich. (3)

The Justice Ministry on Monday registered the Party of Renaissance of Russia with State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov as its leader. A story comments on this event. (4, Kommersant, 4, Vremya MN, 3 , Vremya Novostei, 2)

Domestic brewers at the third all-Russian Conference of alcohol-free breweries on Monday accused the government of their failures, saying that its fiscal policy is a major reason. A story examines their complaints. (5, Kommersant, 17, Vremya MN, 2)

The round-table discussion in the Federation Council on Monday concentrated on measures aimed at reforming the banking system. A story focuses on the statement by Central Bank First Deputy Head Andrei Kozlov. (5, Kommersant, 15, Vremya MN, 2)

Rosneft is discussing an issue concerning its participation in an auction, in which the state sells 75 percent of its stock in Slavneft. This is stated in the company's press release. Brief. (5, Gazeta, 10, Vremya Novostei, 1,5,)

The Belarussian president and government intend to lift restrictions on privatizing "Beltransgaz". This was stated Monday by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov after his negotiations with his Belarussian counterpart Gennady Novitsky. Brief. (5, Kommersant, 2, Gazeta, 9, Vremya MN, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1)

Brian Tempest, president of the Indian pharmaceutical Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited firm, talks about his company and its expanding business in Russia. (5)

The government in December intends to adopt a program of liberalizing the gas sector. What do the oil companies hope to gain from it, and how will it be in reality? A story answers these questions. (6)

Emerging cooperation between the oil and gas companies is not so smooth as it seems. Thus, the Rosneft-Gazprom project on developing the Prirazlomny oil and gas deposit in the Barents Sea has been blockaded by LUKoil. The sides now are trying to find a way out. LUKoil proposes to exchange its share in "Roshelf," possessing a license for the deposit for a package of Rosneft stock in Arkhangelskgeoldobycha. A story looks at both sides' positions. (6)

What are major results of the one and a half-year rule of Gazprom head Alexei Miller? Alexei Makarkin, head of the Analytical Department of the Center for Political Technologies, offers his analysis. (6)

The Czech Republic has refused to issue a visa to a Belarussian delegation for taking part in the NATO Partnership summit in Prague. The brief states the reaction of the Belarussian side. (7)

The leaders of the fourth generation will take over in China. On Nov. 14 when the Party Congress ends, the first plenary session of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee will take place to elect a new Secretary-General.. A story offers his name. (7, Gazeta, 4, Vremya MN, 1)


A story describes how the Russia-EU summit in Brussels on Monday culminated in a serious scandal. President Vladimir Putin unintentionally offended a Danish journalist. (1,3)

The Svyatoslav Fyodorov Micro-Surgery of the Eye Complex has serious debt problems today. In 1988 the complex borrowed $22.3 million in the Moscow Narodny Bank (British bank that belongs to the Russian government). A story describes the conflict, saying that it that can be considered in court. (1)

The Federation Council Social Policy Committee on Monday decided to reject the draft bill passed by the State Duma on introducing amendments to the Family Code that allows marriage at the age of 14. A story comments on the committee's decision. (2)

The 12-day time-limit of the pre-trial detention in a Copenhagen prison of Chechen presidential representative Akhmed Zakayev has expired today. The Danish Court today is to decide his fate. A story reflects on its possible decision. (3)

A scandal has erupted in Gorno-Altaisk around Ralif Safin, Altai Republic State Assembly representative in the Federation Council and former Vice-President of LUKoil. He is accused of inflicting huge damage to unique Altai nature through the construction of a new guest house. Safin's assistants say that their boss will pay for the damage. A story details the scandal. (4)

The Astrakhan Regional Prosecutor's Office on Monday opened a criminal case following the mass poisoning in the south from dairy products from the Kropotkin dairy complex. A story gives details. (6 , Vremya Novostei, 3, Vremya MN, 2)

Swedish authorities Monday declared two Russian diplomats persona non grata. They found themselves involved in an espionage scandal around the Ericsson concern. A story comments on the case, focusing on the Russian Foreign Ministry's reaction. (10)

Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin on Monday stated that his Ministry had submitted to the government a draft decree concerning the beginning of an exchange of the "commercial" Soviet-era debt. This has become a response to the ultimatum set forth to the Russian authorities by Western creditors and the international Moody's rating agency. A story looks at the debt and authorities' further action. (13)

The dollar rate toward all major world currencies fell Monday. A story gives figures showing the British pound's victory in the euro-dollar struggle. (13)

The Swiss newspaper "Neue Zuercher Zeitung" reported Monday that the Russian aircraft-building companies "Sukhoi" and the Mil aircraft plant intend to buy the German bankrupt aircraft-building "Fairchild Dornier" firm. A story describes the situation around the firm. (13)

Fourteen auditing firms, controlling more than 50 percent of the audit market in the North-Western District, on Monday announced their withdrawal from the Auditing Chamber of St. Petersburg. A story reports on how they explained their decision. (14)


President Vladimir Putin has accepted the European Union's conditions concerning organizing Russians' passage from Kaliningrad to the rest part of the country and back. Russians going to and from Kaliningrad will need to get a "simplified transit document" from European officials, among other conditions. (A1)

The name of another prospective buyer for the 75 percent of stock of Slavneft on offer became known Monday -- another state-run company, Rosneft, that for the second time will take part in privatization. (A1)

Wimm-Bill-Dann intends to place on the RTS up to 5 percent of its stock in addition to the 27.8 percent already offered on the New York stock exchange. WBD managers hope that a successful placement of securities at home will help counterbalance New York investors' pessimism. (A1)

The government has backed State Duma deputies' initiative to increase the funds for anti-terror measures, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said on Monday. Brief. (1)

Restoring the Dubrovka Theater building that suffered during the Oct. 23-26 terrorist act will cost approximately 75 million rubles ($2.4 million), said Moscow city administration officials. Brief. (A1)

The gas conflict between Minsk and Moscow is temporarily over. Belarus has agreed to buy gas from Itera for commercial prices until the end of this year. (A2)

Six companies will participate in the race for television channel DTV's license and a distribution network, which, due to violations, has been postponed since Nov. 1. (A2)

The 16th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party Monday declared war on the corruption in the country. (A2)

Rosbank will release a 1.5 billion ruble credit to the Krasnoyarsk region (with Alexander Khloponin as its new governor). The region has already received one-third of this sum. (A3)

SUAL Holding president Viktor Vekselberg has resigned his post in favor of other oil-business related responsibilities. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Norilsk Nickel recently bought the gold-extracting Polyus company and is continuing to expand its business. Norilsk is now in talks on buying the gold-ore Maiskoye company that possesses a license to develop the large Maiskoye deposit in Chukotka. (B1)

Metropol Group was the first domestic investment company to offer to convert market ruble bonds into shares of an indirect structure and Obibank, part of the Metropol Group, will issue securities that, in 6 months, will be exchangeable for shares of Rostelecom. (B1)

Several large breweries, including Baltika, Ochakovo and the domestic branch of Efes, Monday adopted a code of conduct related to TV beer ads, among other things. (B1)

Rospan creditors on Monday adopted a draft of the agreement on overcoming the company's bankruptcy that will be submitted to the Moscow Arbitration Court. (B1)

The Moscow Oil Refinery board of directors (composed mainly of Sibneft and Tatneft representatives) on Monday decided to dismiss Sergei Ilyin from the post of director general. Brief. (B1)

Passions continue to rage around the Italian Fiat auto manufacturer. Workers at this auto giant last week staged demonstrations to protest mass layoffs. (B2)

Siberian-Ural Aluminum (SUAL) is working out a program of promoting its shares to Western markets. Analysts examine candidates who would like to join SUAL. (B2)

After a six-month break, Slavneft has begun to restore its share of capital in Eurofinance Bank. (B5)

The Federal Securities Commission, the Central Bank and the Finance Ministry have agreed to centralize depositary-clearing calculation documents and create a system called Euroclear, said CB First Deputy Head Andrei Kozlov on Monday. (B5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Unidentified thieves over the weekend robbed the Moscow apartments of 3 highly placed officials of the Permanent Committee of the Russia-Belarus Union State. Brief. (1)

In an interview, Malik Saidullayev, a top Chechen policy-maker, entrepreneur and representative of Moscow's Chechen community, speaks about a recent meeting between Chechen community representatives and President Vladimir Putin. (1,2)

In an interview, Georgia's Security Council Secretary Tedo Dzheparidze talks about the positive results of his visit to Moscow late last week. Dzheparidze met with his Russian counterpart at meeting initiated by the Georgian and Russian presidents. (3)

The Education Ministry late last week submitted to the government a draft decree concerning the establishment of social, psychological and pedagogical standardized checks for children's games and toys. A story examines the document, explaining why recommends a ban on the doll Barbie. (4)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

Federal Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov has signed an order to create the Interior Ministry of Chechnya that will replace the Interior Board of the Chechen Republic. A story comments on the document. (2)

President Vladimir Putin met with Chechen public figures on Sunday, who recently signed the Appeal to the Chechen people calling on them to speed up the constitutional process in the republic and take an active part in rebuilding peace. A story focuses on Putin's final stand on the Chechen problem and its rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov. (3, Moskovskiye Novosti, No. 44, p. 3)

Colonel Ilya Shabalkin, a spokesman for the Regional Operational Headquarters on Managing Anti-Terrorist Operations in the North Caucasus, stated Monday that Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov has given cash rewards to several field-commanders, whose fighters took part in the Moscow hostage-taking. Brief. (3)

The FIDE Congress that took place in Bled, Slovenia last week has, for the third time, unanimously elected Russia's representative Kirsan Ilyumzhinov as FIDE president. A story comments on Ilyumzhinov's latest victory. (4)

Money earned from armament sales to China will help prolong the life of the Russian military-industrial complex. A story examines the latest military contracts signed with China. (5)

A feature story looks at how driver from the city of Sokol in the Vologda region lived and worked for two weeks with a kitchen knife in his skull. He received that "present" when he was drunk. (5)

A hepatitis A epidemic has hit the city Zheleznodorozhny in the Moscow region. A story describes this disease, explaining that it's more dangerous than the dysentery. (6

On a visit to Udmurtia Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov met with the republic's leadership and shared his negative opinion of a new concept concerning the use of mineral resources. The major idea behind the new concept is to take away the control regions currently have over their natural resources. A story describes the experiment, focusing on Mironov's negative view on it. (8)

The Klinsky Meat-Processing Combine has obtained a new owner. In an interview, Acting General Director Konstantin Sedov and Executive Director Vadim Geuta, talks about the profitable enterprise, which makes quality sausage from fresh meat. (11)

Moskovskiye Novosti

The newspaper looks at one possible way of peacefully settling the Chechen conflict. The plan, drafted by Russian diplomats, was once used to help put an end to the civil war in Tajikistan, which claimed the lives of some 80,000 to 100,000 people. (2,3)

In an interview, Salambek Khadzhiyev, the former head of the Chechen government, speaks about the possibility of peace negotiations in Chechnya while speculating on a national accord and backroom dealing. (2,3)

In a short interview, Viktor Shenderovich, host of the TVS television program "Free Cheese," comments on the rumors concerning his resignation. (4)

In his substantiated article (written before the hostage-taking act in Moscow) Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky examines several negative aspects of Russia's current economic development. Yavlinsky examines the major tasks now facing the Kremlin and President Vladimir Putin. (8,9)

In an interview, Pavel Trashkov, chief engineer of the Kropotkin dairy complex, which is accused of infecting more than a thousand people with dysentery, shares his view on the imminent problems facing his enterprise. (10)

The feature story highlights businesswoman Olga Slutsker, master of fencing and president of the World Class chain of fitness clubs. Slutsker ranks among Moskovskiye Novosti's "100 Business Women of Russia" rating. (19)

A story is devoted to shuttle traders, whose number over the past 5 to 6 years has halved and currently stands at 5 million. What goods do they carry to Russia from Turkey? Ruslan Grinberg, deputy director of the Institute for International Economic and Political Studies, comments on shuttle trading in Russia. (20-21).

Poet Lev Kropotkin, doctor of technical sciences, compiles questions for the television game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" A story describes his work. (25)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

The current dysentrey epidemic in southern Russia has prompted Moscow city microbiologists and doctors to launch probes into the quality of food products sold in Moscow shops and markets. The aim of the investigation is to determine whether such an epidemic is possible in Moscow. As a result, they have found many products to contain dangerous microbes that pose serious threats to human health. A story examines results of the scientists' investigations. (1,4)

Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov made a statement on the official rebel web site on Monday claiming that "The official power of Chechnya is conducting its own investigation into the circumstances of hostage-taking in Moscow. Even special measures are being worked out to prevent such developments in the future." A story reveals the essence of the statement, commenting that Maskhadov has become something of a comic figure. (1,2 Novaya Gazeta, # 83, pp.1,2)

According to reports from Moscow City Hall, the minimum level of subsistence in Moscow in the 3rd quarter amounted to 2,664 rubles, as compared with 2,642 rubles for the second quarter of 2002. (1)

30-year-old Natalya Churinova gave birth to a child in a car while on her way to hospital Monday. A story describes how it happened. (1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1, 7)

A story examines the Moscow city government's plan to turn the Lefortovo Park into a natural museum with fountains and ponds. (1)

A story speculates on rumors that former media-magnate Vladimir Gusinsky has returned to Moscow. (2)