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Izvestia
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Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Novaya Gazeta
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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

After the hostage-taking drama in Moscow authorities have likely already missed the chance to unite the nation. They have failed to tell people the whole truth about all the perished hostages and about those still missing. Izvestia cites several angry letters from readers, saying that, just as before, the "angry" regions hate the "well-off" Moscow. (1)

In order to avoid extradition to Russia Akhmed Zakayev, an emissary of Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov, intends to ask for political asylum in Denmark. This was reported by the Danish information agency Ritsaus-Buro on Sunday, and was also confirmed by Zakayev's lawyer Tyge Trier. According to Ekho Moskvy, the Civil Freedoms Fund headed by entrepreneur Boris Berezovsky intends to pay all the expenses linked to Zakayev's legal defense. A special team of international authoritative lawyers has been formed to defend Zakayev in court. (4, Kommersant, 7, Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, MK, 2)

The Moscow City Duma will today discuss the construction of the Defense Ministry's former food warehouses, which are now serving as the ministry's garage. City authorities plan to turn this historically significant building of into a cultural center. A story examines the issue. (2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov is today expected to fly to Yerevan on a 2-day visit, during which he is to sign a protocol on the agreement for passing ownership over to Russia's of five Armenian state enterprises. This is to clear off Armenia's $93.76 million debt. A story names these enterprises, focusing on Armenian experts' negative response to President Robert Kocharyan's decision. (2)

The Bolshoi and Mariinsky theaters have signed a treaty on friendship and cooperation. In a short interview Bolshoi Director-General Anatoly Iksanov comments on the document. (2)

The Financial Times web site on Sunday published information that Iranian security services have allegedly arrested one of Osama bin Laden's sons, suspected of maintaining contacts with the al-Qaida terrorist organization. A story comments on this information. (2, Kommersant, 10, Vremya Novostei, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

"Nord Ost" musical actors who survived the Oct. 23 to Oct. 26 hostage-taking drama and lost 17 of their friends will give a gala concert "Nord Ost" in the State Concert Hall "Rossiya" on Nov. 9 and Nov. 10. A story describes the event and its program. (1,2)

The imposing of transit visa requirements to travel through Lithuania will cause difficulty for many convicts who are receiving medical treatment at a specialized mental hospital in the Kaliningrad region. A story describes this hospital and its convicted patients. (3)

An All-Russian Conference devoted to the 5th anniversary of the state plan to train managers for the economy is to take place in Moscow. The Plan at home and abroad is also known as the Presidential Program. A story reveals its essence and results of its implementation. (4)

The All-Russian Center for Public Opinion Studies (VTsIOM) has presented two diagrams illustrating actual employment and Russian's desire to work. The tendency is that the number of those wanting to work is much higher than those who are actually employed. (4)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov on Sunday decided to abandon all plans to cut the number of federal troops in Chechnya. The minister also described anti-terror operation in Chechnya that starts from today. Brief. (3, Kommersant, 1,3, Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya Novostei, 1)

Twenty-nine former hostages who were discharged from hospitals after receiving treatment returned over the weekend. As of Nov. 3, as many as 499 former hostages were discharged from hospitals, with another 151 patients continuing treatment. A story provides other figures on former hostages. Brief. (3, Vremya Novostei, 3)

Danish journalist Mary Shultz comments on the recent arrest of Akhmed Zakayev, an emissary of Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov, focusing on how it could affect Danish-Russian relations. (4)

Natalya Batozhok, Chairwoman of the Committee on Preparations for St. Petersburg's 300th jubilee celebrations, told the city Consulate about the festive events in the city scheduled for May 23 to June 1 next year. A story examines the celebration program. (4)

The Belarussian Foreign Ministry reported on Saturday that since Nov. 1 Russia has cut gas supplies to the republic by 50 percent. A story comments on the Russian side's decision, stating its reason. (4, Kommersant, 13, Gazeta, 10)

Grain exports this year should amount to 8 million to 10 million tons, but the available capability of Russian ports only allows the transport of 2.22 million tons annually. Exporters will have again to use the services of foreign ports situated in former Soviet republics. A story comments on this acute problem. (5)

The diamond-extracting Alrosa company has submitted its proposals on precious stone quotas to the Finance Ministry. The company's Vice-President Yury Dudenkov spoke in detail about the proposals, while Vice-President Sergei Ulin elaborated on the company's policy. (5)

President Vladimir Putin signed the draft bill on amendments to the law against money laundering. The amendments will expand the Committee's powers -- that Friday celebrated its first birthday -- in the struggle against funding terrorists. The amendments will take effect from Jan. 1. 2003. (5, Kommersant, 14)

Timber-Processing Combine-17 this month celebrates its 75th anniversary. A story describes its origin, history and its present production of quality furniture. (5)

The new Migration Law took effect on Nov. 1. A story examines how Moscow will gain from it. (10)

While discussing the improvement of the system of oil distribution to Moscow gas stations late last week, Mayor Yury Luzhkov expressed his displeasure at expanding oligarchical structures in Moscow, low quality petrol and a poor system of placing gas stations in the city. A story examines the situation in Moscow, focusing on the mayor's critical remarks. (10)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Russia on Saturday opened its new embassy in Dushanbe (Tajikistan). Its President Emomali Rakhmonov and State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov became the first visitors. Both leaders spoke about their countries' expanding contacts in all spheres, including the military one. (2)

A new conflict between servicemen and federal commanders erupted in Grozny due to wage delays. Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov has ordered the information checked and a report about the results. A story gives details. (3)

The Prosecutor's Office of Tatarstan has arrested Republican State Council deputy Rustam Zakirov, who is accused of organizing the contract killing of Rafis Sayetov, head of the Agryz region. A story gives details. (5)

Several colleagues and business partners of former State Duma deputy Vladimir Golovlyov, who was killed in Moscow on Aug. 21, will go on trial according to a decision by the Chelyabinsk regional Prosecutor's Office. A story reveals the essence of the court decision. (5)

The Commission for the Inter-State Aviation Committee has established the reason for the perish of the An-28 plane that suffered in the Khabarovsk region on Aug. 29 when 16 people died. A story examines the reasons. (5)

An unidentified assailant in Vladivostok on Sunday killed Vladkom Director-General Alexei Sedin in his office. A story describes the details of the event. (6)

FSB officers on Friday evening raided the editorial office of the newspaper Versia in search of documents. A story gives details. Five policy-makers share their views on this newspaper. (6)

The Third Congress of diocesan missionaries of the Russian Orthodox Church on Saturday completed its three-day session in the Polyany guest house in the Moscow region. A story describes this forum, its delegates and decisions. (6)

The People's Party on Sunday morning picketed the Danish Embassy in Moscow, demanding the immediate release of arrested Akhmed Zakayev. A story describes the act. (7)

In an interview highly-regarded human rights activist Vladimir Bukovsky, President of the International Freedom Committee, who presently lives in Britain, shares his negative view on the arrest of Akhmed Zakayev in Denmark. (7)

Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma stated late last week that despite NATO's refusal to invite him to attend the alliance's summit in Prague he will go there all the same. He will take part in the official program that concerns Ukraine. A story comments on his decision. (10)

The Board of Directors of the Sheremetyevo International Airport company on Saturday released Sergei Belyaev from the post of Director-General. A story says why. (13)

The State Duma on Friday passed (in the first reading) a draft bill allowing the state registration of securities that were placed but not registered before. The document will allow 75 percent of domestic joint-stock companies to become legalized. A story comments on the draft. (13)

The Association of Russian Banks intends to launch an independent struggle against money laundering. With this aim in view it is creating a voluntary association of banks that do not service suspicious clients. A story examines the association's unexpected initiative. (14)

The government proposes stripping the Finance Ministry of its exclusive right to manage the state debt. Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Kolotukhin explained the essence of the government proposal. Brief. (15)

The Finance Ministry this month intends to place state bonds worth 15 billion rubles on the internal market. This was stated by Deputy Minister Bella Zlatkis. Brief. (15)

The new wording of the Central Bank's Provision concerning consolidated accountancy to take effect on Nov. 10 will bring bank accountancy nearer to world standards. Brief. (15)

Gokhran former director Valery Rudakov on Sunday became the head of the Board of Directors of the domestic gold-extracting Polyus company. A story describes this company and its new leader. (15)

On Oct. 31 a leading bank in Europe -- Deutsche Bank -- declared itself unprofitable according to the results of the 3rd quarter. A story examines its major results. (17)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The board of directors of the international Sheremetyevo airport company Saturday sacked director-general Sergei Belyaev. A story examines reasons behind his resignation, saying that Yevgeny Bakhteyev has become acting director-general. (A1)

Moscow city authorities Friday made the decision to allocate the soccer club "Spartak" a plot of land to build a stadium. LUKoil former Vice-President Ralif Safin has promised to invest in the construction of the cultural and entertainment section of the future sports complex. A story comments on the Moscow government's decision. (A1)

A story examines major provisions of the draft bill concerning the insurance of individual banking deposits, saying what provisions could cause debate in the State Duma. (A1)

Entrepreneur Boris Berezovsky stated that his Civil Freedoms Fund would pay all expenses connected with the legal defense of Akhmed Zakayev, Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov's emissary. Zakayev was detained by Danish police on Oct. 30 by a warrant from Russian authorities. Brief. (A1)

The State Duma on Friday passed (in the third reading) draft bills on mass media and terrorism. A story looks at what the draft prohibits the journalists from doing. (A2)

The musical group "Leningrad" could not perform before Moscow audiences in Luzhniki on Nov. 2, because, as its organizers said, Mayor Yury Luzhkov has personally prohibited Sergei Shnurov and his musicians from singing for Moscow audiences. A story looks at reasons. (A2)

Despite the hopes of the Russian delegation, another round of Russia-EU negotiations on Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization has not made any progress. A story examines their negative outcome. (A3)

The State Duma on Friday voted (in three readings) for imposing a new tax -- on cleaning territories. A story comments on the document, focusing on its aim. (A3)

The Economic Development Ministry has recommended that the government keep down the natural monopolies' tariffs within the limits that were established by the government in June. (A3)

Last week the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly passed the draft city budget-2003, and now governor Vladimir Yakovlev must sign it. The governor talks about the document, explaining why he could not sign it. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

A huge building on Ulitsa Tverskoi Bulvar that belonged to bankrupt Promstroibank will come into the possession of Norilsk Nickel. Realtors have evaluated the wroth of the building at $40 million. A story describes the deal. (B1)

Entrepreneur Viktor Vekselberg, a co-owner of SUAL-Holding, intends to quit his post as company president and concentrate on another business -- oil. A story reveals his plans. (B1)

The international rating agency Standard & Poor's in its research paper titled "The Russian Market of Ruble Bonds Needs Boosting Credit Culture" supports a so-called "educative" default for the market of corporate bonds. (B1)

The Slavneft company plans to withdraw from all foreign projects before the end of this year. This was stated by the company's press spokesman. Brief. (B1)

Rosaviakosmos has finished accepting applications for a tender for the right to design a new regional plane. All in all, three applications have been accepted -- from Tupolev, the RRJ consortium and from the Myasishchev Design Bureau. The winner will receive 3.8 billion rubles over 10 years.

The Rosuglesbyt company, a coal trader of MDM Group, has kept its word -- it has fully suspended coal deliveries to the Krasnoyarsk electric power station and partially -- to the Krasnoyarskenergo enterprises. (B3)

World leading oil and gas companies are sustaining losses. According to results of the third quarter, the net profit of ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch/Shell fell by 17 percent and 8.3 percent respectively. Another oil major, the Chevron Texaco company, has announced losses worth $904 million. (B3)

The Central Bank's (CB) Committee on Banking Surveillance has issued to MDM-Bank permission to buy a direct participation (99 percent) in the Latvian Trading Bank. This was stated by CB Deputy Chairman Andrei Kozlov. Brief. (B5)

Former head of the Progress-Garant company Marat Ainetdinov has become director-general of the Rossiya insurance company that has been bought by Aton. (B6)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

The Russian Interior Ministry due to mark its 200th jubilee, is most probably living its last days. The ministry is drafting a bill that will radically alter the structure of the domestic law enforcement system. If the draft is passed, very little will remain from the ministry in its present form. A story examines the unprecedented plan to reform the present ministry. (1,8)

Dimitry Simes, president of the Nixon Research Peace and Freedom Center, is maintaining close contacts with authoritative political and public figures both in Moscow and Washington, and acting as a mediator in USA-Russia political dialogue. In an interview following the hostage liberation, Simes shares his view on the possibility of a political settlement in Chechnya and on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's participation in resolving the Chechen conflict. He also stresses that Washington has no intention to interfere in a settlement in the North Caucasus. (1,3)

After the Moscow hostage crisis, Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov is now considered not a bandit but a terrorist, and the problem now is that Moscow has no one in Chechnya to conduct peace negotiations. A story examines the possibility of holding a referendum in Chechnya to solve several political issues. (2)

Are official negotiations with Chechen separatists impossible after the hostage crisis in Moscow? Has President Vladimir Putin's position consolidated or weakened? Four political experts share their viewpoints on these questions. (1,2)

In November, President Vladimir Putin will introduce amendments to the draft bill on combating terrorism. His initiatives are directly linked to the situation in Chechnya. A story examines several provisions that will be amended. (2)

A story examines major differences in the stands of the U.S. and Western Europe on the situation in Chechnya, saying that issue lately has become especially acute after the hostage crisis in Moscow and the scandal with Denmark. The conclusion is that Moscow will have to urgently seek a way of resolving the Chechen situation that will not make Russia quarrel with Europe and that would consolidate its partnership with the U.S. (3)

The Moscow-based Russian-European Center for Economic Policy has mapped out a plan to create the United States of Europe. The exact name of this document is "The General Economic Space: Prospects of Russia-European Union Relations." A story examines the plan. (4)

Novaya Gazeta
www.novayagazeta.ru

In an interview, Alexander Shabalov, director of the Moscow Rescue Service, reports on new details of the developments that took place in the Nord-Ost theater immediately after the storming on Oct. 26. (1,5)

A story highlights all seven domestic special forces and their specific duties Only one of them is responsible for rescuing people. And what special task forces are there in the U.S. and Israel and how do they cope with rescuing people in the case of terrorist or emergency cases? (2,3)

How could it happen that several dozen terrorists had stockpiled explosives and weapons by the fall, sat in minibuses and drove up unhindered to the Nord-Ost theater in the city center where they took more than 700 people hostage? A story reflects on how all this happened and why. (3)

Journalist Artemy Troitsky shares his indignant view on the theater tragedy, which, in his opinion, may not have taken place if not for authorities' actions. The author focuses on the person who bears the final responsibility for the tragedy. (6)

The newspaper's special correspondent Anna Politkovskaya features on her feelings of sorrow and despair these days when dead hostages are being buried daily. Anna explains why she disliked the behavior of many Moscow Chechens she knows, who took part in the World Chechen Congress and who on Nov. 1 came to the theater on Ulitsa Melnikova to lay wreaths. Moreover, she condemns high-level Chechen officials, apart from State Duma deputy Aslambek Aslakhanov, for being indifferent and helpless regarding the Chechens involved in the hostage-taking. (7)

The census is continuing in several regions (names given). A story gives several facts describing the tense and dangerous job of census-takers. (10)

A story offers several concrete facts to show that Turkmen leaders and special services are involved in the drug trade. (12-13)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

The population of Moscow is 10.4 million, Mayor Yury Luzhkov stated last week, referring to results of the latest national census. Brief. (2)

Saratovorgsintez, part of the LUKoil-Nefterkhim holding, late in October marked its 45th anniversary. A story describes the profit-making business of this company. (2)

What food and non-food products will increase in price this month?. What will happen to the dollar? The newspaper offers its answers. (3)

The Moscow City government and the metro authorities have submitted to the City Duma a draft project for renovating the city metro up to 2015. A story examines the draft in detail. A chart of the city metro shows new future stations. (4,5)

A feature story highlights a happy fate of Russian Tatyana Yershova-Lozanskaya, now a U.S. citizen, who heads the Russian House in Washington. In Soviet times, she used to harshly criticize Soviet leaders and the socialist system, but now she lobbies for domestic interests. (6)

The Moscow government offers an extensive entertainment and cultural program for the city holiday -- Nov. 7 -- the Day of Accord and Reconciliation. Events are listed. (12)

The Moscow city labor exchange offers jobs to Moscow school children who could earn money during their one-week vacations. (12)

The State History Museum has put up a display titled "Autographs of Foreign Celebrities." A story features the most interesting ones, and gives several photos. (24)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

Moscow tourists will now be able to receive an entry visa to the Netherlands at the Dutch Embassy in Moscow for three days, due to a new system for accepting documents. A story examines how it is done. (1)

The federal authorities' quota for labor invitations for foreigners was late last week set at 530,000. According to the Federal Migration Service, this is the first times a limit on a foreign workforce has been imposed here. A story comments on the measure. (1)

The Moscow Regional Court on Friday sentenced gangster Alexander Kupryakov (also known as Kuper) to 14 years in prison. His gang was found guilty of several high-profile abductions of Moscow businessmen in 2000-01. This gang was most probably involved in the recent abduction of LUKoil vice president Sergei Kukura. A story gives details. (1)