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


President Vladimir Putin on Sunday received a group of authoritative representatives of the Chechen Moscow-based community in the Kremlin to discuss the republic's future political fate. The president made several significant statements concerning the upcoming political events in Chechnya. A story comments on Putin's remarks. (1, Kommersant, 3, Gazeta, 1, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3, MK, 2)

The Moscow Road Traffic Inspectorate stated that the first heavy snowfall on Saturday caused 82 serious and 2,200 small road accidents that left 15 people dead and another 91 injured. The weather service promises another snowfall today. (1, Gazeta, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 1,2)

Two unique books (their titles are given) were stolen from the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg over the weekend. Librarians believe that a foreign collector ordered the theft. A story gives details. (1, Gazeta, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Vremya Novostei, 3)

The Russia-European Union summit in Brussels today will decide the fate of transit to Kaliningrad. The summit is expected to adopt two documents. A story examines them in detail, focusing on President Vladimir Putin's meeting with NATO Secretary General George Robertson and the president's next destination -- Oslo. (1,4, Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, 5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, 5)

In an interview Lithuania's former Premier Kazimera Prunskene, Parliament member and presidential candidate, shares her view on a possible solution to the Kaliningrad problem and on further relations between Lithuania and Russia. (4)

In an interview European Commission's President Romano Prodi says what he expects from today's Russia-European Union summit. (1,6)

The Kropotkin dairy combine blamed for the current dysentery epidemic in the Krasnodar region has received a directive from Chief Sanitary Physician Gennady Onishchenko. The directive contains 50 conditions to resume production. A story describes the current situation in local hospitals and at the dairy combine. (2, Vremya Novostei, 3, Gazeta, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2 Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 8)

Vneshtorgbank on Sunday announced the launch of several large-scale projects which invest in the real economic sector and borrow on the domestic and international markets. After signing an agreement on cooperation with the Industry and Science Ministry, VTB said it could invest more than $2.5 billion in the domestic economy. A story examines the bank's plans. (2)

China's Communist Party Congress on Sunday discussed economic forecasts. The country's gross domestic product this year is expected to increase by almost 8 percent and its foreign trade turnover will reach $600 billion. A story comments on these economic predictions, focusing on who will replace President Jiang Zemin after his resignation. (2, Vremya Novostei, 5)

FBI agents have arrested 18 Russians swindlers, who for swindled more than $3 million over two years. A story describes how they did it. (2)

Thunderstorms and strong winds on Saturday evening prevented a Russian An-26 plane with 27 people on board from making a soft landing for additional fuelling in Turkey. The plane landed 100 meters from the landing ground without any casualties. A story gives details.(2, Kommersant, 5, Vremya Novostei,3, Gazeta, 5)

The Russian Motor ship "Mekhanic Kalyuzhny" at 6 am on Sunday delivered Swedish seafarer Alf Djacelius to the New Zealand port Tauranga. He was saved by Russian sailors on Saturday. A story describes how they did it. (3)

Viktor Karpukhin, former commander of the Alfa anti-terror group, answers questions from Izvestia readers about the recent storm of the Dubrovka theater and about the release of hostages there. (3)

The State Duma Commission in charge of the budget closed articles will hold a session today to determine an exact figure for additional funding for anti-terror measures. Experts say that the special task force from the Interior Ministry and the FSB could receive an additional 3 billion rubles. (4)

An argument on the future fate of domestic energy reform broke out between UES head Anatoly Chubais and economic adviser Andrei Illarionov at the recent RAND forum of the business elite in Moscow. A story examines the stands of both sides. (5)

The profit tax has become a headache for the majority of agricultural enterprises. The State Duma intends to propose a new variant of the single agricultural tax. A story reflects on how the agricultural enterprises would gain from it. (5)

Federal Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov Sunday signed a directive on creating the Interior Ministry Police of Chechnya. A story comments on the document, focusing on its expediency. (7)


Belarussian Prime Minister Gennady Novitsky arrived in Moscow Sunday to try to resolve the gas conflict with Russia. A story reveals its essence, focusing on two significant tasks facing Novitsky in Moscow. (1,15, Gazeta, 9)

Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko at the Academy of the National Economy on Sunday defended his doctorate thesis on economics. A story notes his brilliant work. (2)

Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin on Nov. 7 visited Washington at the invitation of World Bank President James Wulfensohn. The aim of his visit was to get money for St. Petersburg 300th jubilee celebrations. A story describes the visit, its program and results. (2)

Several political and public figures in Russia and the West have sent an appeal to the Danish government with a request to free Akhmed Zakayev, special envoy of the president of the Chechen republic. The Danish government Sunday received the appeal, which was initiated by famed actress and human rights activist Vanessa Redgrave and signed by several celebrities. A story comments on the appeal and the Danish government's positive reaction, focusing on State Duma SPS faction leader Boris Nemtsov's view on the issue. (3)

The president of Ichkeria (Chechnya), Aslan Maskhadov, plans to prosecute Shamil Basayev in the shariah court, having discharged him from all his commanding posts. According to Chechen sources, the president has done it in connection with Basayev's statement on his involvement in the Oct. 23 hostage-taking act in Moscow. In the opinion of Russian military, the rebel leader is trying to whitewash himself before the Western public. A story comments on Maskhadov's behaviour. (4)

An unidentified assailant in St. Petersburg on Nov. 6 killed Leonid Davidenko, 30, Director of the Industrial-Construction Bank managing company. A story gives details. (5)

Nov. 10 marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Leonid Brezhnev, Secretary-General of the Soviet Communist Party Central Committee and Chairman of the Supreme Soviet Presidium. In an interview his personal doctor and Health Minister Yevgeny Chazov reminisces about Brezhnev's last years, focusing on the negative effect of sleeping pills on Brezhnev's health. (6)

Ukraine's President Leonid Kuchma late last week unexpectedly and harshly criticized the government and its leader Anatoly Kinakh, who may resign soon. A story says whom Kuchma could select to replace him. (10)

Rudolf Augstein, the founder of the German magazine "Der Spiegel," died on Nov. 7 of pneumonia at the age of 78. A story features his political career. (11)

The Central Bank on Sunday refused Gazprom's request on behalf of Vneshtorgbank and Sberbank to make an exception to credit risk rules, meaning Gazprom will have to seek new creditors. A story comments on the CB's actions. (13)

Two domestic leading auditing associations -- the National Federation of Consultants and Auditors and the Institute of Professional Auditors -- signed a cooperation agreement on Sunday. A story comments on the document, saying that the two organizations have made the first step to a merger. (13)

According to the State Statistics Committee, 27 percent of the population had incomes below the subsistence minimum in the 3rd quarter. A story comments on the figure and public reaction. (1,20)

The Volzhsky Auto Plant (AvtoVAZ) Sunday resumed production that was halted for 2 weeks due to overproduction. The interval has not helped overcome the crisis. The AvtoVAZ leadership has managed to revise its production plans. A story looks at its new targets. (15)

The Italian weekly "Il Mondo" stated that the Eni energy company is in talks to sell Yukos two oil refineries for 700 million euros. A story examines a possible deal. (16)

Forbes has put the Russian Aluminum company on the 38th place in the list of 100 world leading companies. Brief. (16)

Investments to the domestic economy in the 9 months of this year increased by only 2.5 percent. The reserves of increasing the economic growth do exist in Russia -- in the shadow sector. A story examines this sector and its huge dimensions. (20)


Financier George Soros has become involved in a criminal case that was instituted 14 years ago. Soros is accused insider trading in the privatization of the French Societe Generale bank. The multi-billionaire could face two years in prison or a $1.5 million fine if found guilty. (A1

The Central Bank has given Sberbank and Vneshtorgbank another 6 months to make its risks on credits to Gazprom correspond to industry norms. Analysts however, see the delay as an attempt by the Central Bank's to make the rights of all banks equal. (A1)

Russian Aluminum (Rusal) has for the first time made it onto Forbes' list of the world's 100 leading private companies. The American magazine evaluated Rusal's revenue last year at $4.5 billion. (A1)

The Moscow government and Sibneft have begun talks aimed at resolving the conflict around the Moscow Oil Refinery. This was stated by Shalva Chigirinsky, head of the Moscow Oil Company, which controls the refinery. Brief. (A1)

George W. Bush has become the 3rd U.S. president in the past 100 years, to have his party control both the Senate and the House of Representatives after the mid-term elections. (A2)

Despite strong language from President Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus stands little chance of having deliveries of cheap Russian gas resumed. The Russian government and Gazprom on Monday were expected to propose that Belarussian Premier Gennady Novitsky seek other gas sources outside Russia. (A2)

A story speculates on the causes that have led to worsened economic relations between Russia and Belarus recently. (A4)

Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Swedish furniture giant IKEA, spent 3 weeks visiting 9 Russian regions and offer his business contacts to their respective administrations and businessmen. In an interview, Kamprad explains how he envisions his company's future in Russia. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

A recent decision by the Agros holding to yield the leading domestic pig-breeding complex Ilyinogorskoye to its competitor Planeta Management has bewildered analysts. (B1)

Nature Ministry officials have again suspended the work of pulp and paper mills that are polluting the environment. After finding that the Kaliningrad's Tsepruss and Sovetsky pulp and paper mills were polluting the Neman and Pregolya rivers, the ministry demanded that they stop production. A story explains how their managers have reacted to such a demand. (B1)

Three companies, including Russian Aluminum, are hoping to purchase a 51 percent stake in the Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria (Alscon). The other candidates are Alcoa and Glencore International. Brief. (B1)

Exxon Mobil has announced plans to invest up to $100 billion in oil and gas-extracting projects up until 2012. (B1)

On Monday the board of directors of the RUSIA-Petroleum Company was expected to discuss the possibility of Gazprom's participation in the company's charter capital. In October the Irkutsk Regional administration, a shareholder in RUSIA-Petroleum, held negotiations with Gazprom regarding the possibility of cooperating in the development of the Kovykta gas condensate deposit. Brief. (B1)

Russian Aluminum plans to build a primary aluminum plant in the Murmansk region at an estimated cost of $900 million to $1 billion. Vyacheslav Morozov, deputy head of the regional economic development committee, stated this. Brief. (B2)

Severstal's net profit in the January to September period shrank by 2.5 times year on year, falling to 2.225 billion rubles. Brief. (B2)

Ukraine has cut the re-export of its crude oil so as to refine as much Russian oil as possible. (B3)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Five special forces troops recount the Oct. 26 raid at the Dubrovka theater to release the hostages being held there by armed gunmen. (1,4)

According to Moscow's Sanitary and Epidemiological Service, there are more than 10 million rats in Moscow. In summer and fall their number is even higher -- approximately 50 million. (6)

Novaya Gazeta

Reporter Anna Politkovskaya's story, "Maskhadov Condemns the Terrorist Act and Demands Court Trial over Basayev," revolves around the International Conference for Finishing War and Establishing Peace in the Chechen Republic held in Moscow on Nov. 9. Politkovskaya comments on the document released to the conference by Aslan Maskhadov -- its content and its timing. (1,2)

Politkovskaya also reflects on how best to launch peace negotiations with Chechen leaders. (3)

The Strasbourg Human Rights Court has recommended to Georgia that it suspend the extradition of 13 Russian citizens of Chechen origin who were detained by Georgian border-guards while crossing the Georgian border this August. (5)

Konstantin Zatulin, director of the CIS Institute, examines the origin and development of the acute political struggle in Ukraine against President Leonid Kuchma, focusing on Russian and American positions on the issue. (6)

Politkovskaya features numerous mop-ups and round-ups in Moscow following the end of the Oct. 23-26 hostage crisis in the city . In an interview with Politkovskaya, Chechen Yakha Neserkhayeva, who was among the hostages at the Dubrovka Theater, recounts her experience there. (8)

Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky, in an article titled "Demodernization: the Humiliated People will not Create the Economy of the 21st Century," presents an in-depth analysis of the development of the domestic economy from 1991-2001 with its successes and failures. His conclusions are pessimistic. (11-14)

There was a long queue at the Moscow Hippodrome for horse manure in Soviet times. Today no one wants to take it away . A story examines this acute problem. (17)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

A display of Japanese Ikebana art has opened at the State Museum of the Orient. (2)

Leonid Brezhnev's grandson Andrei reminisces about his grandfather on the 20th anniversary of his death. (4)

Preliminary results of the competition for the right to build a government quarter in the "Moskva-City" complex were announced to a meeting of Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov with an international jury. A story describes the competition and the five finalists selected from 59 entries, saying that the winner will be announced in two weeks. (5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3 )

Several personal assistants share secrets about the private lives of their celebrity employers. (26, 27)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

The "Russian Seasons" cultural forum initiated by President Vladimir Putin last year opened in Japan on Saturday. (1, 2)

A 39-year-old Adik Kurmashev on Wednesday killed five people, four of whom were traffic police officers, when he hit them with his car on the 71st kilometer of the Moscow-Crimea road. (1)

British and Russian veterinarians over the weekend performed a complicated surgery on the leg of a female giraffe that arrived at Moscow Zoo from the United States, having broken its leg on the way. (1)

A glass and concrete high-rise Armenian Trading Center will be built in the south of Moscow. (1)

After the hostage crisis ended, President Vladimir Putin instructed his subordinates in the Defense Ministry and the General Staff to rework the National Security Concept, taking into account the latest tragic events. (3)

An Orthodontia Institute, the first in Europe, will soon open in Moscow. This training institute will be attached to the Moscow State Dentist School. (3)

Who in the Interior Ministry and the Federal Security Service has the right to carry regulation firearms? (3)

TVS's popular commentator Svetlana Sorokina, who only several weeks ago started a new program called "Nothing Personal," has quit her job. (3)