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Izvestia
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Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Moskovskiye Novosti
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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

The lead is devoted to Russia's victory in the Davis Cup tennis tournament in Paris on Monday when jubilant Russians celebrated their first-ever Davis Cup tennis title. The winners received numerous congratulations, above all, hearty ones from former President Boris Yeltsin. Several television officials explain why their channels did not air the tournament. (1,11, Noviye Izvestia, 1,8, Gazeta, 1,6, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Vremya MN,8, Moskovskiye Novosti, No.47,p. 4,29, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2,Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,8, Trud, 1,8, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1,3, 18,19, MK, 1,12

A dangerous tendency -- latent fascism penetrating society -- is cautiously seeking a political outlet. A story describes this evil (its origin and development) that is ever more confidently making itself felt among young people. (1,7)

President Vladimir Putin today is arriving in Delhi on an official visit. In an interview on the eve of the visit, Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee says what he expects from the Indian-Russian summit, concentrating on priorities in bilateral commercial and economic relations. He also speaks about Indian-Russian military and technological cooperation. (1,4, Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya MN, 5, Vremya Novostei, 2, Trud, 4)

The European working group on so-called non-lethal weapons that today are a major defense from terrorism held a session in Rome over the weekend to discuss their role and place today after the tragic developments at the Dubrovka theater in Moscow. In an interview, Doctor of Military Sciences Vladimir Pirumov, vice president of the Academy of Sciences, who has been studying these weapons over 10 years, talks about the origin, past and present of the non-lethal weapons, focusing on their significance today.(1,2)

Dec. 3 marks the International Day of the Disabled. In an interview, Dmitry Senyukov, founder and head of the Preodoleniye Center for Active Rehabilitation of Wheelchair-Bound Individuals, talks about his center and about a major problem of such people in this country. (1,3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6)

The consolidation of relations of strategic partnership is the only right historic choice -- this is how the Russian and Chinese presidents characterized their countries' collaboration. A story comments on results of Vladimir Putin's negotiations with the Chinese leaders. (2, Kommersant, 3, Gazeta, 2, Rossiiskaya Gzeta, 1,2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1,3, Vremya Novostei, 1, Vremya MN, 1, Moskovskiye Novosti, No. 47, P. 13, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,7, Trud, 1,4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, MK, 2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov arrived in Berlin on Monday for a 2-day visit to attend the jubilee session of the Eastern Committee of the German Economy. A story explains why he felt discomfort at the session. (2, Kommersant, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

Stavropolye governor Alexander Chernogorov instructed the regional administration Monday to give each local school 500 hectares of arable land. He called his decision a "step that is significant in bringing up the future owners of our land." A story comments on the decision, saying what school principals are going to do with the land. (2)

Former Belarussian Ambassador to Japan Pyotr Kravchenko is in no hurry to go back to his native land of Belarus. A story sheds light on his behavior. (3, Kommersant, 11, Noviye Izvestia, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3, Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 2, Vremya MN, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6)

Former deputy head of Gokhran Vladimir Rybkin has become its new director-general. In an interview he speaks about his appointment, saying that no major changes are planned to take place in his agency. (3, Vremya Novostei, 1)

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko plans to run for a third presidential term. A story comments on his intention, focusing on results of his latest approval ratings. (4)

Less than a week before the elections to the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly, the local United Russia, Volya Peterburga, the Union of Right Forces and Yabloko parties Monday announced in public their political partnership and signed a corresponding declaration. A story looks at the document. (4, Kommersant, 4, Vremya Novostei, 4)

The Khanty-Mansiisk Autonomous Area is a basic region in Russia, since its share in the overall oil and gas extraction and also in electricity generation in the country is considerable. Investments to the local economy last year amounted to about $5.5 billion, which is only half of the sum needed. Its governor Alexander Filipenko presents last year's major economic results (figures) in his region. (4

The volume of the so-called shadow economy is decreasing. According to a report by the Aton investment group, the shadow economy today stands at the level of 37 percent of the gross domestic product. A story gives other figures to describe the position in this economy today. (5)

State Customs Committee head Mikhail Vanin is expected to sign a memorandum today on mutual understanding with his Finnish and Swedish colleagues. This document should be endorsed within the framework of one of the programs of the European Union -- Tedim EuroRussia. A story describes the expediency of the document. (5, Vremya Novostei, 2)

Analysts doubt that the State Statistics Committee has given objective assessments of the results of the domestic communications market in the first 10 months of this year. A story comments on the committees' figures and conclusions. (5)

According to the State Statistics Committee, Russians' bank deposits as of Oct. 1, 2002 amounted to 949.7 billion rubles, and since the beginning of this year had increased by 53.3 percent compared with the figure as of Oct. 1, 2001. Brief. (6)

Yukos and the Tyumen Oil Company intend to announce a tender for the right to manage Rospan International. Brief. (6)

According to the State Statistics Committee, the debt to the federal consolidated budget for September of this year decreased by 6 percent -- down to 233.7 billion rubles. Brief. (6)

The Gazprom leadership today is to present the company's second ambitious export project -- the North-European gas pipeline. Gazprom head Alexei Miller is expected to tell the public how much this project will cost the company and who its partners will be. A story describes the project. (6, Kommersant, 14, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

In an interview, Victor Vaitsel, vice president of the Kronotec company, which is building a plant in the Kostroma region to make furniture plates, talks about this 350-million-euro project. He also speaks about his company's business plans in Russia. (6)

The domestic IP-telephonia market with new services, new business schemes and new companies is rapidly expanding. A story examines its present positive and negative tendencies. (8)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The rocket-space Energia corporation can be left without foreign contracts that yield it basic earnings. Thus, the American-Russian ILS (International Launch Services) company today intends officially to refuse to use the running-start DMZ block that was developed by the corporation. A story explains the company's decision. (1)

The Kuantran Airport authorities in Geneva have decided not to give permission to Russian charter airlines to fly to Geneva during the New Year holidays. A story says why. (1)

The International Bureau of Exhibitions in Monte Carlo today is expected to hold the 132nd session to decided what country will host the EXPO-2010 A story looks at Russia's chances. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya MN, 2)

Chechen locals Monday appealed to President Vladimir Putin, saying that they were against holding in Moscow a Chechen congress on Dec. 16. The appeal was signed by more than 20,000 Chechens. A story looks at the conflicting situation in the republic, saying that Chechen administration head Akhmat Kadyrov announced the holding of an alternative congress in Chechnya on Dec.11. (4, Vremya Novostei,3)

Unidentified assailants in Balashikha on Monday blasted a car of Mikhail Vyunsh, an owner of the Optifood firm, killing him, his driver and bodyguard. A story gives details. (6, Gazeta, 1,5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4)

The Russian Foreign Ministry Monday informed the Swedish Ambassador that it declared two officials from the Swedish Embassy personae non grata in connection with their activities negatively affecting the interests of Russia's security. A story gives details. (6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 5)

The Moscow Tverskoi Court today is expected to begin considering the suits of victims of the October terrorist act in the Dubrovka theater. A story examines the suits and their demands. (7, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6)

The Prosecutor General's Office Saturday submitted the full text of its protest against the verdict of "not guilty" on the case of the murder of MK correspondent Dmitry Kholodov. Brief. (7)

The representation of the Russian Orthodox Church to deal with the European international organizations started its work in Brussels on Monday. The brief points to a major function of the new structure. (8)

The trading on the single trading session Monday for the first time proceeded by the new rules. The position of the Moscow Inter-Bank Currency exchange that has considerably cut the tariffs yielded good results. A story looks at them in detail. (13)

It became known Monday that the National Reserve Bank had become a founder of the National Meat Company. A story examines the project, saying how skeptics have assessed it. (13)

ROMIR and Monitoring.ru Monday announced their merger. A story reports on what both of them will benefit from the project. (13, 20)



Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The government has decided to sell 5.9 percent of stock of LUKoil before the end of this year. The Morgan Stanley investment bank is already accepting applications from investors in London. A story comments on the government decision, focusing on several previous attempt to sell LUKoil stakes. (A1)

A large trading center named Olymp, belonging to the Novolipetsk Metals Combine, opened in Tver over the weekend. If this project is a success, the combine will build such centers in other Russian cities. (A1)

The China National Petroleum Corporation intends to take part in an auction to sell 74.95 percent of Slavneft. Analysts say the corporation is willing to pay double the price. (A1)

According to the State Statistics Committee, Moscow's share in the overall volume of all foreign investments in January-September of this year was 45.8 percent. Brief. (A1)

President Vladimir Putin's negotiations in Delhi where he is arriving today will end in a joint declaration on unity between Moscow and Delhi in fighting international terrorism. (A2)

The president's Main Control Board harshly criticized the government, particularly the State Fishing Committee, for disruption of the fishing sector. A story examines results of the MCB's latest check-ups. (A3)

The growth of business activity in the domestic production sector stopped in November. According to the British NTC Research company, this has happened for the first time since November 1998. The difficulties of the domestic industrialists could be explained by the stagnation of the external and internal demand. (A3)

France and Germany intend to demand that their European Union partners raise tax rates. Countries with low business taxes are resolutely against it, but EU officials can deprive them of the right to veto general European laws. (A3)

A dispute has broken out between the Finance and Property ministries -- they are unaware how to sell 51 percent of stock of the Rosgosstrakh insurance company. A story examines what both sides suggest. (A4)

In a far-ranging interview, Alexander Ryazanov, deputy chief of the Gazprom Management Board, says what gas market Gazprom would like to have and to see in the future, and what is the company doing to see it such. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The Bazovy Element and the Irkutsk Aviation Production Association alliance will most probably receive permission to buy a considerable part of the German company Fairchild Dornier. As a result, Russian business will get access to the closed European market of aviation parts. (B1)

Gazprom in the near future intends to bring its share in the capital of the SIBUR petrochemical holding up to 75 percent. A story looks at analysts' opinion. (B1)

The Unified Energy Systems company has found an antidote to the minority shareholders of the company's subsidiaries who disagree with the proposed plan of reforming the energy holding. An amendment to the law concerning electrical energy proposes to abolish the norm of the law on joint-stock companies starting July 1, 2005. The norm says decisions on company division are made by a qualified majority of votes. (B1)

Thanks to the deliveries of semi-finished steel products from the Novolipetsk Metals Combine, the Danish DanSteel A/S enterprise has resumed production that was suspended in May this year. Brief. (B1)

The Gazprom leadership decided to limit the deliveries of Middle-Asian gas of Itera Group companies to Ukraine up to 65 percent starting Nov. 29. The decision was made in connection with Itera's debt to Gazprom. Brief. (B1)

The federal government is expected to sign a production sharing agreement with Sevmorneftegaz on the right to use the mineral resources of Prirazlomny oil deposit without conducting a competition (auction). Brief. (B1)

President Vladimir Putin intends to sign a decree concerning the procedure of importing and exporting uncut diamonds. This was stated Monday by Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin. The decree envisages the providing of long-term (up to 5 years) quotas for exporting of this raw-material. (B1)

The Russian Aluminum company may lose the controlling packet of stock of the Nikolayev (Ukraine) Alumina Plant that is the raw material basis of the company. A story says why it may happen. (B2)

The International Union of Autotransportation intends to suspend the effect of the basic document of transit auto transportation -- the TIR books -- starting next week. This document makes it possible to carry cargoes between Europe and Russia without customs check-ups.

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

According to sources in the Finance Ministry, Russia in December will pay almost $1 billion (to be more exact $935.1 million) in foreign debts. The brief gives several more figures on Russia's foreign debt. (1)

Document. The government decree of Nov. 30, 2002 concerning the authorized and regulating body in the matters of bankruptcy and the bankruptcy procedures. Full text. (2)

Document. The Federal Law concerning the State and Municipal Unitary Enterprises. Full text. Commentary. (2, 5, 6)

The State Register of the Population for the first time is being created in this country within the framework of implementing the federal purpose-oriented program "Electronic Russia," using the experience of the Scandinavian countries, Germany and France. A story features the project. (2)

Russia this year will sell abroad 10 million tons of grain worth $1 billion. This was stated Monday by Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev, who said in part that if Europe does not open its market for Russian grain Russia will close the entrance of European meat and milk. A story comments on Gordeyev's statement. (3

Alexander Lyubimov, president of the Media Union, shares his view on the draft bill on mass media, saying that journalists themselves should take an active part in drafting the mass media bill. (4)

The state of domestic energy is such that in several years Russia could come up with the need to buy electricity abroad. This may happen, because the industrial growth rates can outstrip the dynamics of commissioning energy capacities. Sergei Dubinin, deputy head of the Unified Energy Systems holding, examines this acute problem, proposing several solutions. (5)

Moskovskiye Novosti
www.mn.ru

The State Duma last week passed (in the first reading) a draft bill concerning the reform of the housing and utility sector. The Yabloko faction voted against it. State Duma deputy Sergei Ivanenko, deputy leader of the Yabloko faction, explains his faction's negative stand on the draft. (5)

Russian Chechens, who have to seek shelter in Kazakhstan, will obligatorily undergo the procedure of taking finger-prints. Interior Vice-President of the republic Ivan Otto explains the measure. (5)

The story analyses the results (facts and figures) of the high presidential approval rating, focusing on those who trust him "very much." (8)

Everything that is happening in Cyprus today is very significant for Russian businesses. Thus, investments from Cyprus exceed the size of all foreign investments in the Russian economy. The number of Cyprian offshores of "Russian origin" exceed dozens of thousands. What will happen to them when Cyprus joins the European Union? A story tries to answer the question. (9)

The St. Petersburg Industrial Construction Bank (ICB) together with Renaissance Capital late last week placed a 5 billion ruble bond loan of Gazprom. ICB first deputy chief Mikhail Oseyevsky examines the mechanism of his bank's deal with Gazprom. (9)

Valery Draganov, State Duma Budget Committee deputy head, speaks about difficult moments of the preparation and discussion of the draft budget-2003 in the third reading. He focuses on the inequality of budgets of different levels. (10)

According to the State Statistics Committee, the number of unemployed in October this year decreased by 26.8 percent compared with the figure for the same period last year. The official number of unemployed decreased to 5,145 million from 6,252 million and now amounts to 7.1 percent of the economically able-body population. State Duma deputy Oksana Dmitriyeva comments on the situation. (11)



The Tourism Department of the Economic Development Ministry announced a considerable increase in the number of foreign tourists in Russia. According to official reports, their number this year has increased by more than a third. Irina Tyurina, Press Secretary of the Russian Association of Tourism Agencies, comments on the situation with foreign tourists in Russia. (11)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

A system of obligatory certification of medications will be imposed on Dec. 15. It is supposed that the new rule will strangle producers of fake medicines, who fill about 12 percent (that is over 10,000 names of all sold medicines) of the pharmaceutical market today A story examines the new system and its negative consequences. (2)

The Embassy of Austria in Moscow, starting Dec. 2, has toughened the rules of entry to this country. A story comments on the measure. (4)

Journalists from the newspaper "Kovrovskiye Vesti" have applied to the government and public organizations in connection with the arrest on Nov. 28 of editor-in-chief Nikolai Frolov and Valery Zagursky, eirector of the Publishing House "Mashtex," which prints the newspaper. A story gives a true reason behind their arrests. (6)

Historian Yury Zhukov and journalist Alexander Sabov answer numerous questions from KP readers about their recent conversation (published in KP's

nine issues about Stalin) that has caused controversy. (8,9)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

The huge commodity markets at the stadiums in Luzhniki, Dynamo and CSKA will be closed soon -- such is the decision of the Moscow government. A story explains why this city government's decision will adversely affect the interests of many Muscovites. (1,2)

Domestic scientists are preparing to launch a probe "Mars-Express" to the planet Mars from Cosmodrome Baikonur next May. The probe has been created by the European Space Agency with Russian participation. A story describes the project. (1)

Several embassies have imposed new toughened rules for Russian travelers. A story looks at some of them. (2)

The cold weather since October has killed 120 Muscovites. A story cites several concrete cases and reasons behind their death. (2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6)

Several thousand documents from American writer Hemingway's archives in Cuba will be passed over to U.S. public organizations as a result of an agreement that has been signed by Cuban President Fidel Castro and a group of U.S. public figures. A story looks at the document. (4)

A story gives several interesting historic facts about the history of Red Square, saying that the word "krasnaya" (red) means "krasivaya" (beautiful). (8)

The Moscow City Duma has endorsed the "Priorities in Distributing Housing in 2003" that is a so-called "housing constitution," a basic law, according to which city authorities give apartments to those Muscovites on the waiting list. Now Mayor Yury Luzhkov is to sign it. But the mayor can veto it. What could he dislike in the document? A story looks at its controversial articles. (11)

Russia stands on the brink of psychological catastrophe -- such is the conclusion that has been drawn by domestic and foreign psychologists, who have gathered together at the Moscow City Psychological and Pedagogical University for an international congress. A story reveals the essence of their two major remarks (11)

Patriarshy Ponds, which have not been cleaned for the past 15 years, will soon be cleaned. A story describes the project and the emotions surrounding it. (11)