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Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Komsomolskaya Pravda


Russia has responded to the Moscow hostage crisis by launching a large-scale targeted operation in Chechnya. A story notes its tough character, focusing on several serious drawbacks. The conclusion is that Russia actually is launching the third Chechen war without completing the first and the second ones. (1, Kommersant, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1, Vremya MN, 1,3, Gazeta, 1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

In an interview Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov talks about the transition to a new contract army service system that he will present at a government session on Nov. 21 when he will deliver a report on reforming the army. Ivanov says that after the terrorist act in Moscow the Armed Forces together with the country began living in new conditions. (1,2

Islamists from the Party of Justice and Development gained a victory at the parliamentary elections in Turkey on Nov 3. A story comments on results focusing on possible serious consequences. (1,2, Kommersdant, 9, Vremya Novostei, 1, Vremya MN, 5)

The State Commission on destroying chemical weapons on Monday discussed results of the process and its time limits that have been set by the Convention of Prohibition and Destruction of Chemical Weapons. Nikolai Bezborodov, deputy head of the State Duma Defense Committee, spoke about positive results, citing several figures. (2, Kommersant, 6)

The U.S. Embassy on Monday announced "revolutionary" changes to the system of issuing entry visas for Russians. Starting Nov. 1, Russian businessmen or tourists will receive only multi-entry visas for one year. A story comments on the novelties. (2, Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2)

Prosecutors says that today there are no people missing after the terrorist act in Moscow. Two persons (their names are given), who were missing after the storm, were found among the dead and identified on Monday. The overall number of victims of the terrorist act is 120. (2, Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2)

The Perm Regional Prosecutor's Office has instituted criminal proceedings against Military Commissar Colonel Yevgeny Danilov on charges of bribery. A story gives details focusing on Perm experts' opinions. (3)

Kamchatka governor Mikhail Mashkovtsev on Monday was discharged from the Central Clinical Hospital where he was treated for two months after a road accident. Today he will resume his gubernatorial duties. (3)

A unique exhibition -- personal belongings of participants in the 1917 storm of the Winter Palace and also caricatures of Lenin -- has been opened on the eve of the 85th anniversary of the October Revolution in St. Petersburg's Museum of Political History. A story describes the display. (4)

The State Duma Information Policy Committee will work for increasing funds in 2003 for the regional and city newspapers, said committee deputy head Boris Reznik. Brief. (4)

Murmansk regional State Duma deputy Vladimir Gusenkov, 56, died on Monday night in a U.S. hospital. Brief. (4, Kommersant, 2)

The Press Ministry has prepared recommendations for journalists telling them how they should cover emergency situations. The recommendations were written on the basis of existing legislation and international experience. Brief. (4, Kommersant, 3, Gazeta, 3,Vremya Novostei, 3

Central Election Commission head Alexander Veshnyakov, together with other international overseers, will be present at the mid-term elections to the U.S. Congress. Brief. (4)

Anatoly Kolodkin, president of the International Law Association, comments on the draft convention concerning the legal status of the Caspian Sea, focusing on its provisions and on the expediency of the document. (4)

OSCE Secretary General Ian Kubysh on Nov. 3, 4 paid an official visit to Minsk where he conducted negotiations with Belarussian Foreign Minister Mikhail Khvostov and Ural Latypov, head of the Belarussian president's administration. A story examines issues they discussed and results of the negotiations. (4

In an interview Viktor Ozerov, head of the Federation Council Defense and Security Committee, reveals the essence of the national security component -- force. (4)

The Agriculture Ministry intends to launch so-called grain interventions (grain purchases for the state-controlled fund). A story describes how it will be done and when. (5, Vremya MN, 1,4)

LUKoil and its business partner Greek Latsis planned to buy 23.17 percent of stock of Hellenic Petroleum, but have run into complications. A story examines the domestic company's problems linked up with the privatization of the Greek company. (5)

Metals companies executives at a session of the Metals Exporters Union today are expected to discuss China's proposal on imposing quotas on Russian cold rolled iron and steel deliveries. A story reveals the essence of the Chinese proposal and the Russian side's response. (5, Vremya Novostei, 5)

The Agriculture Ministry has finally consolidated its right to own the former Soviet vodka brands Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya. The Chamber of Appeal of Rospatent Monday annulled Soyuzplodimport's right to own these brands. A story reports on how Rospatent justified its decision. (6, Kommersant, 1)

The Philippines Energy Minister Vicente Perez said that two Russian companies -- Sibneft and Rosneft -- are interested in developing oil deposits on the territory of his country. Brief. (6)

President Vladimir Putin on Monday met with Tax Minister Gennady Bukayev to discuss how the ministry is implementing the program of registering legal entities by the "one window" principle". Brief. (6, Kommersant, 2, 13)

Coal reserves at the UES electric power stations amounted to 22.8 million tons as of Nov. 1, which is 14 percent more than the plan figure for this date. Brief. (6

The proceeds of the American company Golden Telecom on Russian and CIS markets amounted to $46.3 million in the 3rd quarter, which is 18 percent more than the proceeds in the second quarter. Brief. (6)

The offshore Midland Resources Holding company has bought 19.9 percent of stock of the Elektroraspredelitelniye Seti Armenii (Electrical Distributing Networks of Armenia) company for $3 million. A story comments on the deal. (6)

Highly-regarded diplomat and specialist in Arabic studies Yevgeny Primakov, former Prime Minister and former Foreign Minister, examines the fate of Islam and the Muslims in Russia after the terrorist acts in the US and Moscow in his article titled "War Against Islam Can Split Russia." (7)


British journalist Gerveys Roderick John Scott, with Chechen field commander Ruslan Gelayev, crossed the border of Georgia and Ossetia and was killed on Sept. 26 near the Ingush village Galashki. He had to be buried in Nazran on Monday but the Ingush authorities viewed the journalist as a terrorist and cancelled the funeral. A story gives details. (1,8, Vremya Novostei, 1)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov arrived in Yerevan Monday to determine the mechanisms of passing over 5 facilities in the energy, instrument -building and applied science sectors to Russia's ownership. In exchange Russia will write off $98 million of Armenia's debt. (2, Vremya Novostei, 1)

Georgia's President Eduard Shevardnadze on Monday promised to quickly establish control over all Chechen rebels in his country, but does not want to extradite detained rebels to Russia. A story comments on his promise and concrete actions. (4)

Norwegian human rights activists opened a court case against President Vladimir Putin on Monday, accusing him of violating human rights in Chechnya. A story examines the suit, saying that it can foil Putin's Nov. 12 visit to Norway. (4)

The Chechen diaspora in Moscow on Monday created a fund supporting the former hostages and victims of the terrorist act in Moscow. A story describes its initiators. (6)

Central Bank deputy head Andrei Kozlov Monday stated that the CB could provide auditors with access to confidential information on bank clients. A story comments on his statement, saying that this Central Bank's initiative could be hardly called legal.(13

Thirty-nine world leading banks controlling about 80 percent of the world currency market announced on Monday their first attempt to centralize the forex market. The Bank CLS they have created stated that it is willing to become a clearing bank on the world currency market.(13)

Central Bank first deputy head Andrei Kozlov on Monday presented a new variant of the bank's provision that will be used in calculating banks' capital. A story examines the document, focusing on several differences with its first variant. (14)

Sberbank's net profit in the first 9 months of the year amounted to 28.7 billion rubles, which is 11 billion more than the figure for all of last year. Brief. (14)

The Governmental Information Department on Monday made public Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov's directive on suspending state subsidies of the ice-breaker fleet. Starting Jan. 1 this fleet will be funded by consignors of goods. A story comments on the directive. (16)


The Finance Ministry, the Central Bank, the Federal Securities Commission and the Economic Development Ministry are preparing a bill concerning hard currency regulation. The authors of this bill have already decided to cut the government's chances of limiting the passage of money. (A1)

Gazprombank head Yury Lvov last week quit the post of chairman of the bank's Management Board. He so far retains his membership in the board of directors and is continuing to prepare the bank to place its stakes. The Gazprombank leadership is seeking a major banker to replace him. (A1)

Experts believe that Sibneft is collecting money in order to buy shares of Slavneft. A story looks at Sibneft's efforts. (A1)

The Tax Ministry in October over-fulfilled the planned assignment to collect budget revenues by 4.5 billion rubles. This was stated by First Deputy Finance Minister Tatyana Golikova. The brief gives several other figures regarding the collection of taxes. (A1)

The Ostankino TV Tower will be fully restored in 2003 after the fire in 2000. This was stated Monday by Gennady Sklyar, director-general of the Russian TeleRadio Networks company. Brief. (A1)

Heads of leading mass media outlets today are expected to discuss the rules regarding the conduct of journalists covering the hostage-taking in Moscow. The Press Ministry Monday made public its recommendations on this score. A story examines some of them, focusing on journalists' response. (A2)

Aluminum enterprises have sustained a defeat in the commission on protective measures: the lowering of export duties on their products will not be discussed today. Instead, Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin may approve the lowering of import duties on aluminum cans, which was a request from the Baltika brewery. (A3)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and his Armenian counterpart Andranik Markaryan in Yerevan today are to sign an agreement on clearing off Armenia's debt to Russia. (A3)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov has canceled the concert of the Leningrad band. Five experts share their views on the authorities' right to do this (A4)

Svyazinvest Director-General Valery Yashin sums up the preliminary results of the reform of the company's subsidiaries that began in 2000. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Trading House "Perekryostok" is preparing to place 5 percent of its stakes among portfolio investors, one of whom is Templeton. This deal is the first step to placing Perekryostok's shares on international markets. (B1)

The domestic insurance market is living through difficult times. According to the Finance Ministry, insurance companies' collections in the 3rd quarter fell to the low minimum this year. A story gives figures to illustrate the point. (B1)

The industrial-building group "Lenstroirekonstruktsia" is investing $3 million into the construction project of a brick plant, a leading one in Europe. The plant will become operational in 2004, and its capacity will be 180 million bricks a year. Brief. (B1)

Saudi Arabia would like to become a leading player on the European oil market and outstrip Russia and Norway. This was stated by the OPEC Secretariat in Vienna. According to OPEC, Saudi Arabia has already delivered to Europe about 4 million-5 million barrels of crude oil and is going to increase this volume. Brief. (B1)

Gazprom has proposed that the Alyans Group consider launching a joint venture on the basis of the Tomsk petrochemical combine, in which the gas concern will own 51 percent of stock. This was stated by Alyans President Musa Bazhayev. Brief. (B1)

Railways Minister Gennady Fadeyev on Monday signed a long-term agreement with the Kolomenskoye plant (Moscow region), which makes passenger diesel locomotives and diesel engines. Brief. (B2)

The policy toward cutting the number of small aviation companies and consolidating them into bigger ones will be continued. This was stated by the Transport Minister, Sergei Frank, who also said that new rules for aviation companies will be made public on Nov. 20 at a joint session of his ministry and Rosaviakosmos. Brief. (B2)

The draft of the medium-term strategy of the development of the Unified Energy Systems company (UES), a so-called program "3+3" , should be re-worked. UES head Anatoly Chubais stated that foreign investors will not receive options for a purchase of stock of wholesale generating companies that will be created on the basis of federal electric power stations. (B3)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

The U.S. crusade against Iraq started Sunday when seven American warships sailed from the San-Diego marine base to the Persian Gulf. About 8,000 American sailors and marines are taking part in the mission. A story describes the project in detail, saying that experts do not expect that U.S. President George Bush will make the final decision regarding Saddam Hussein before mid-November. (1,7)

Military observer Vladimir Mukhin comments on Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov's statement on "suspending the withdrawal of federal troops from Chechnya," saying that the statement makes no sense, since no-one has suggested cutting the 8,000-man federal army in Chechnya. (1,2)

Respected sociologist Alexander Oslon, president of the "Public Opinion" Fund, talks about public opinion as a phenomenon, about methods of studying it and how it reflects President Vladimir Putin's image. (1,11)

All presidential representatives (governor-generals) in the seven federal districts are trying their best to contribute to the national anti-terror struggle after the terrorist act in Moscow. A story describes their efforts. (2)

The annual volume of deliveries to China of Russian weapons over the next several years could amount to $1 billion -$2 billion. The international air show that opened in China on Sunday will considerably contribute to it. A story focuses on Russian aviation enterprises that are taking part in it. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3)

Sberbank shares its negative view regarding the fact it will have to play the role of a major payer of the fund of obligatory insurance of individuals' deposits in commercial banks. This was stated by Andrei Kazmin, head of the bank's Management Board, at a news conference Monday. A story reveals the essence of his statement. (3)

Russia intends to pass over to Ukraine several economically significant facilities abroad. Other former Soviet republics are also awaiting their turn to receive something. They say that it will be very difficult to stop this process -- Russia is losing its property abroad. A story examines the major reasons. (3)

The Pipe Industry Fund (FRTP) before the end of this month intends to propose to the government that it launch an anti-dumping, special or protective investigation in relation of the import of Ukrainian pipes. A story reveals the aim of the investigation, focusing on its significance. (3)

The government on Oct. 11 signed a decree on adopting a list of territories, organizations and facilities that foreigners will be able to visit only with special permission. The decree contains Point 6, according to which a special permission is needed to visit the zone of anti-terror operations, and this zone today is Chechnya. A story comments on the document, focusing on those who may have difficulties visiting it. (5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Many officers, who have taken part in the anti-terrorist operations in Dagestan and Chechnya, have been unable for a long time to receive money for their service. They have applied to the newspaper RG with a request to help. A story gives concrete facts. (1,2)

Dagestani law-enforcement officers have detained two rebels (their names are given), who are suspected of involvement in the terrorist act committed in Kaspiisk on May 9 when 45 people were killed. A story gives details. (2)

It was reported Monday that Europe had considerably increased its purchases of grain from Russia and Ukraine. Referring to competent sources, it was reported that European firms had received licenses to buy in Russia another 500,000 tons of Russian soft variety wheat. A story comments on the information. (2)

The first working meeting of two delegations -- from the Kirghiz Foreign Ministry and the Federal Migration Service (FMS) of the Russian Interior Ministry -- took place in Moscow over the weekend. Kirghiz Deputy Foreign Minister Lydia Imanaliyeva and FMS head Andrei Chernenko talk about the factors behind such a meeting. They also speak about the issues they discussed and decisions they made. (3)

BBC world service correspondent Nikolai Gorshkov reveals major provisions of the Code that is signed by all staff when taking up a job in the company. (4)

No one will ever say anything about how the state-run enterprise rather than poachers uses electric currents under water in the River Selenga, a tributary of Lake Baikal, to kill the fish omul (sea fish of salmon family also found in Lake Baikal). A story describes how it's done. (5)

State Sports Committee head Vyacheslav Fetisov has come up with an initiative to create a world forum "Sports Against Terror." A story reveals the essence of the proposal. (5)

In a clash with a shark, famous traveler Fyodor Konyukhov has been victorious. A story describes how he has managed to do it, featuring his new voyage through the Atlantic Ocean in a rowing boat. Soyuz Belarus-Rossiya Supplement. (III)

Noviye Izvestia

The Emergency Situations Ministry in the first 10 days of November forecasts heavy snow and strong wind in Primorye, Sakhalin and Kamchatka, which can cause emergency situations in these regions. The brief mentions several other regions with expect unfavorable weather conditions this month. (1)

The companies group last week took an opinion poll in Moscow to see who the Moscow police stop on city streets and the metro to ask for passports or any other identity documents. The brief offers results. (1)

The State Duma late last week passed amendments to the Law concerning the anti-terror struggle. NI political and economic observer Otto Latsis indignantly comments on the document that, in his opinion, allow policy-makers to struggle against their own country's interests. (1,2)

Ruslan Khasbulatov, former speaker of the Supreme Soviet of Russia, has called for the launch of negotiations on a settlement of the Chechen crisis with the help of Western and, above all, European states. A story comments on his initiative. (2)

German reporter Markus Vener from the newspaper "Frankfurter Algemaine" describes how a similar case to the hostage-taking would be dealt with in the West, focusing on the differences between the behavior of the Russian president and his Western colleagues in such a situation. (2)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

The new Tu-334 passenger jet will begin flights in 2004. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has signed the relevant decree. A story examines the Tu-334 project, saying that the new liner will replace the outdated Tu-134, An-24, Yak-40 and Yak-42 aircraft. (4)

Moscow police, after the terrorist attack, have begun to persecute Caucasians living in the city. A story gives concrete facts to illustrate the point. (6)

Famous singer Iosif Kobzov answers questions (on hotline) about his negotiations with terrorists and about his efforts to save children from captivity. (9)