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


The lead features a tragic fate of American citizen Sandy Alan Booker. He survived a terrorist act in his native Oklahoma City in 1995 only to die during the terrorist act in Moscow on Oct. 26. He arrived in Moscow to take his future wife Svetlana Gubareva and her daughter Sasha to the US. They came to Moscow from Kazakhstan. (1)

Health Minister Yury Shevchenko Wednesday at last named the gas that was used during the storm of the theater building on Ulitsa Melnikova. Authorities, however, up to now have been unable to tell the exact number of hostages at the theater. A story harshly criticizes the authorities' behavior. But no one knows the official figures on the number of the dead and the released and the general number of hostages.(1, Kommersant, 4, Gazeta, 1,4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,Vremya Novostei, 3, Novaya Gazeta, No.81, p.2,3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

Large-scale mop-ups with complete blockades of villages have begun in Chechnya after the terrorist act in Moscow. A story gives concrete facts to illustrate the point. (1,3, Novaya Gazeta, No.81, p.6)

Labor Minister Alexander Pochinok at a government session today is expected to present a draft concept of a new system of paying wages to budget workers. The ministry proposes, starting Oct. 1, 2003, to replace the outdated Single Tariff Scheme, with a new system that takes into consideration the specific features of different jobs. A story comments on the document. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Gazeta, 9)

Ford's plant in the Leningrad region intends to work in two shifts due to a high demand for Russian Ford Focus cars, but the GAZ and AvtoVAZ plants have to switch off temporarily their conveyor lines. AvtoVAZ plans to lay off "superfluous" workers. A story describes the situation at these enterprises. (2, Vremya MN, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7)

The State Duma Committee on Economic Policy and Entrepreneurship today will discuss draft amendments to the law concerning limiting beer advertising. The draft is to be considered soon by the State Duma in the third reading. Not long before the inter-regional public movement "The Health of the Nation" made public results of the study showing that beer is the main enemy of sobriety. (2, Kommersant, 8, Vremya MN, 2, Gazeta, 13)

The rocket-booster Soyuz-FG from Cosmodrome Baikonur on Wednesday launched into space the spaceship Soyuz-TMA with two Russian cosmonauts and one Belgian astronaut on board. A story gives details. (2, Kommersant, 6, Vremya Novostei, 2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov Wednesday released Anvar Shamuzafarov from the post of Gosstroi Chairman due to a transfer to another job. Deputy Railways Minister Nikolai Koshman, 58, has been appointed to the post. A story comments on the resignation, reflecting on unofficial reasons. (2, Kommersant, 14, Gazeta, 2, Vremya MN, 1, Vremya Novostei, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2)

The Washington Post a couple of days ago reported that al-Qaida possesses nuclear weapons, saying that they were obtained in former Soviet republics. The Guardian reported that the Pentagon is developing biological and chemical weapons of a new generation. A story comments on these reports. (2)

Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov's representative Akhmed Zakayev Wednesday was detained by Danish police in Copenhagen. Denmark's authorities decided to preserve normal relations with Russia, which seemed to be already impossible. First Denmark allowed Chechen separatists to hold a congress in their capital city and then, by a warrant from Moscow, they arrested one of its organizers. A story comments on the case. All central newspapers devote their front-page stories to this event. (3,Kommersant, 1,4, Noviye Izvestia, 1,2, Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Vremya MN, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,7,Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 8,Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, MK, 1,2)

The Oct.25-28 opinion poll that was conducted by the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion shows respondents' radically changed response to the Chechen problem. A story offers results. Two pie charts. (4)

The State Duma Wednesday ratified two Russia-Azerbaijan security agreements -- one concerns the status, principles and terms of exploitation of the Gabalinskaya Radar Station, and the other concerns the creation of the Black Sea marine emergency task group. A story comments on the document. (4)

State Duma Budget Committee, when preparing to discuss the draft budget-2003, is trying to find new sources of budget revenues that, in the committee's opinion, could be the profits of the state-run monopolies. A story examines the issue, focusing on experts' views. (5)

European Union Trade Commissar Pascal Lamy last week conducted talks with government and State Duma officials and also with businessmen to make Russian authorities change their stands on foreigners' access to Russian markets. State Duma deputy Konstantin Remchukov, head of the Bazovy Element company's Consultative Council, comments on results of Lamy's talks. (5)

Aeroflot intends to create a charter company. A story examines the company's plan, focusing on major factors that have urged its decision. (6, Kommersant, 16)

The Sibneft company Wednesday made public its accounting report (based on American GAAP standards) on results in the first 6 months of this year. It has turned out that the company over the two past years gave out money advances worth almost $840 million, but it has refused to name the recipients and their aims. The company's shares after that fell by almost 2 percent. (6, Kommersant, 16)

The State Duma Wednesday ratified several international agreements to prevent double taxation and tax evasion. The brief names several countries, which have signed such agreements with Russia. (6)

Udmurtia's State Council on Oct. 29 appealed to Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and to the Privolzhsky Governor-General, Sergei Kiriyenko, with a request to help resolve a conflict between the regional Belkamneft oil company and the Natural Resources Ministry. A story reveals the essence of the conflict. (6)

In a far-ranging interview pediatrician Professor Leonid Roshal, who helped sick children at the sieged theater, speaks about his efforts to deliver first aid to hostages and also about his everyday job, about his likes, dislikes and leisure time. (7)

The Izvestia Supplement is devoted to Azerbaijan, focusing on how the republic is resolving the problems of the younger generation (61 percent). (9, 10)


The Prosecutor General's Office Wednesday received a warrant in the Moscow Basmanny Inter-Municipal Court for the arrest of Boris Berezovsky, Badri Patarkatsishvili and Yuly Dubov. A story details their criminal case. (1,3, Gazeta, 1,3, Vremya MN, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1)

The State Duma Wednesday rejected the Union of Right Forces (SPS) faction's initiative to include on the agenda a draft decree on the creation of a parliamentary commission to investigate into reasons behind the terrorist act in Moscow. A story examines the SPS draft and deputies' reaction to the issue. (2)

The Federation Council Wednesday made the decision to add another article to the 2003 budget that would allow the government to allocate 3 billion rubles next year to fund counterterrorism. A story comments on the decision. (2

Five representatives from the Liberal Russia Party on the behalf of 36 regional branches Wednesday announced that the party's Political Council has been dissolved, and a party congress will be held on Dec. 7 to restore the party membership of Boris Berezovsky. Party leader Sergei Yushenkov Wednesday denied the legitimacy of all these decisions. A story focuses on a possible split in the party. (3)

Jan Paulsen, president of the general conference of the Seventh-Day Adventists Church has arrived in Russia from the US. In an interview he talks about the aim of his visit. (11)

Gazprom has announced a new procedure of distributing gas among the industrial enterprises. The major novelty is that, starting next year, Mezhregiongaz will be removed from determining the limits. A story reveals the essence of the new procedure. (13)

Guta-Bank on Wednesday stated that the Moscow taxi-drivers will begin soon to accept plastic cards as payments. The bank has concluded the corresponding agreement with the Alex Polyus Taxi company. A story comments on the document. (13)

The international gas project "Yamal-Europe" may exclude Poland from participation. A story says why. (15)

Gazprom head Alexei Miller and Neftegaz Ukraina Management Board Chairman Yury Boiko in Kiev on Wednesday signed the founding documents of the international consortium on managing and boosting Ukraine's gas transportation system. A story comments on the documents. (15)

The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday reported that, starting December, new rules will be introduced on the NASDAQ exchange. A story examines their aim. (15)

Tsentrtelecom, a subsidiary of Svyazinvest, on Wednesday presented in Dolgoprudny (Moscow Region) a new multi-service telecommunications network. The 400- kilometer line will service 25 cities and districts in the Moscow region. (17)


The Mercury firm has bought a share in one of the most prestigious department stores in Moscow -- TSUM. A story describes this trading center in detail, focusing on the deal. (A1)

Gosstroi Chairman Anvar Shamuzafarov, who has worked in the government for 11 years, resigned Wednesday. A story looks at the official and unofficial reasons. (A1)

The Tax Ministry will have to annul its letter containing the notorious blacklist of banks involved in unjustified recovery of VAT. The Anti-Monopoly Ministry commission believes that the Gennady Bukayev agency is violating the law and restricting competition on the financial services market. (A1)

First Deputy Moscow Mayor Lyudmila Shevtsova stated that, starting Jan. 2003, the city government plans to increase the monthly minimal wage to 1,500 rubles, and in February 2003 to raise it to 1,800 rubles. Brief. (A1)

The Federation Council on Wednesday sent a draft decree to the State Duma on introducing amendments to the draft bill concerning the 2003 federal budget. A story reveals several amendments, focusing on the government's reaction. (A2)

The Industry, Science and Technology Ministry believes that creating an infrastructure for high-risk investments in the high-tech sector could draw annually up to $200 million. Private investors say that finding money is no problem if there are concrete projects. (A3)

According to the UN report on migration of the world's workforce, the number of people living outside their native lands has doubled over the past 25 years. Russia is second after the USA by the number of immigrants. A story examines the US report, citing several significant figures. (A3)

The Railways Ministry has managed to defend the major provisions of its new list of prices for cargo transportation. The transportation of one cargo will be subsidized, as before, at the expense of others, and the share of market services in the new tariff will not exceed 15 percent. The government on Thursday is to approve the concept of the new price list. (A3)

Another round of negotiations on Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization began in Geneva on Wednesday. In an interview, Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister Maxim Medvedkov talks about what the Russian delegation has managed to achieve lately. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Sibneft in its accounting report on Wednesday declared that it spent $68 million on purchasing shares of a big energy system and $313 million on the share of a domestic oil company. Analysts are trying to guess what purchases it is talking about. (B1)

While AvtoVAZ has registered a falling demand for its products, the Ford Motor Company's problem is how to satisfy consumer demand. (B1)

The Canadian Bema Gold Corporation plans to purchase a 75 percent share in a project to extract gold and silver from the Kupol deposit in Chukotka. The details of the deal will be revealed in November. (B1)

The net profit of Sibneft according to US GAAP standards in the first half of this year amounted to $457.8 million, which is 25.7 percent less compared with the figure for the same period last year. Brief. (B1)

The International Finance Corporation has allocated a $150 million credit to the LUKoil Overseas Karachaganak BV, a subsidiary of LUKoil Overseas Ltd. Brief. (B1)

The Tyumen Oil Company has made public the parameters of five-year eurobonds that it plans to place next week. Their volume will be $400 million and their yield 11 percent. Brief. (B1)

Yukos is trying to reanimate a project that was proposed a year ago by LUKoil president Vagit Alekperov -- to use the Ukrainian Odessa-Brody oil pipeline for exporting Russian oil through Odessa. (B2)

Aeroflot general director Valery Okulov on Wednesday stated his company's intention to create a new company that would deal only with charter passenger transportation. A story reveals the company's plan. (B2)

The Railways Ministry's hopes to retain control of its major bank -- Transkreditbank -- for at least while the sector is reformed. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has instructed him to pass over the shares of the bank to the Treasury for their further sale. (B5)

The Central Bank has demanded that banking holdings present consolidated accounting reports, which would help the CB assess the real state of affairs in the banking system, in which inflated capital figures distort the real picture. (B5)

According to the Central Bank, the demand for euros in Russia in September decreased by 30 percent as compared with the figure for August. (B5)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Danish police in Copenhagen on Wednesday detained Akhmed Zakayev, Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov's representative, on the basis of documents presented by the Russians alleging his involvement in terrorist activities. Analysts say that this step is a damage limitation exercise by the Danish government after Moscow harshly condemned Copenhagen for allowing the World Chechen Congress to go ahead there on Oct. 28-29. (1,7; Novaya Gazeta, No.81, p. 5)

The All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion has made public the results of an opinion poll of 1,600 Russians who were asked what they thought of the president's, the special services' and journalists' behavior during the hostage crisis in Moscow. A story examines the results. (2)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

The Law concerning the legal status of foreigners in Russia will take effect on Nov. 1. In an in-depth interview, Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov comments on the major provisions. (1,6)

Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref during his meeting with students and teachers at the Plekhanov Academy of People's Economy on Wednesday made several statements aimed at determining the country's economic strategy in the next few years. A story examines his statements. (1,2)

The State Duma on Thursday is expected to begin considering in the first reading a draft bill concerning amendments to the law on the fundamentals of the federal housing policy. The point is that the existing social benefits on housing and utility payments may be cancelled for labor veterans, rural teachers, doctors and social workers. A story comments on the document's supporters and opponents. (2)

The paper's experts council this week held a round-table discussion to discuss how journalists covered the Oct. 23-26 hostage drama during live television broadcasts. Seven television journalists, policy-makers and public figures took part. The paper offers their viewpoints. (4,5)

The Volzhsky auto plant -- AvtoVAZ -- on Oct. 26 switched off all its assembly lines for two weeks. About 100,000 workers were forced to go on holiday. In an interview, general director Vitaly Vilchuk comments on this unusual situation. (7)

Noviye Izvestia

Three weeks before the Prague NATO summit and on the threshold of a European Union forum that will undoubtedly boost Russia-West relations, the USA has decided to revise its assessments of the democratization of Russian society. U.S. President George W. Bush failed to postpone its consideration even in connection with the political crisis in Moscow caused by the terrorist act. Several hours later, after the storm of the besieged theater in Moscow, Bush signed an act on democracy in Russia, 2002, and made a statement to explain the aim of the document. (1,3)

All domestic law-enforcement agencies nowadays have taken up hunting "evil" Chechens. A story critically examines concrete facts to illustrate the point. (1,2; Novaya Gazeta, No.81, p. 6)

The first St. Petersburg-Tsarskoye Selo-Pavlovsk railway (called Tsarskoselskaya) on Wednesday marked its 165th anniversary. With its opening on Oct. 30, 1837, Russia became the fifth state in Europe and the sixth in the world to have a railway. Brief. (1)

With reference to Deputy Natural Resources Minister Maxim Yakovenko, the newspaper Lesnaya Gazeta has reported that the number of tigers remaining in Russia today is only 190. The information has caused a so-called tiger scandal in Primorye, as Yakovenko accused local Primorye poachers of exterminating these animals. A story describes the scandal. (6)

Novaya Gazeta

Whatever the truth about the hostage crisis in Moscow is, Russia on Oct 23-26 became the target of Chechens, because it has waged war in Chechnya for so long. A story offers several other conclusions. (1)

A story describes what happened to hostages after they were released from Chechen captivity by Russian special forces. (2,3)

In an interview, Dmitry Simes, president of the Nixon Center, who has visited Moscow this week, shares his positive view on the hostage release operation on Oct. 26. He also says what worries him most about Russia today. (3)

The expression "Putin-gas," a modern equivalent of the expression "Molotov cocktail" used in World War II has appeared in the Western press. The German newspaper "Morgenpost" was the first to have used it. A story gives several examples illustrating the usage of this new expression. (3)

In an interview, deputy chief designer of the Kamov firm analyzes the present situation on the domestic helicopter market, focusing on the firm's hit "Black Shark." (15)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

The Felix trading and production company for the first time is taking part in the prestigious Orgatech office exhibition in the German city of Cologne. A story examines what this company is displaying at the exhibition. (3)

The Dialog-Optim Bank has offered a new package of services titled Fall-Winter Collection 2002/2003 to those leaving for abroad. Card owners will be able to use several discount programs. A story offers their names. (5)

The word "krysha," or roof, and the expression "to be under a roof" have become common lately in the bandit community and are often used by businessmen, policy-makers and ministers. And what really stands behind these notions? A story gives concrete facts illustrating their usage. (8,9)