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Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Vremya Novostey
Novaya Gazeta
Komsomolskaya Pravda


The Defense Ministry has reacted immediately to the Mi-26 military transport helicopter crash 150 meters outside the military headquarters at Khankala, Chechnya. Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov has arranged a temporary blockade of flights above Chechya and proposed new regulations for military columns movement. He promised that all the documents will be issued upon his arrival to Moscow. A story comments on the ongoing war with Chechen rebels and makes hints about the need to reform political regulations. (1, 2; Kommersant, 3; Vremya Novostei, 1; Gazeta, 1, 2; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 6; Novaya Gazeta, 1, 3; Krasnaya Zvezda, 1; Novye Izvestia, 1, 2; Trud, 3; Sovetskaya Rossiya, 1; Pravda, 1; Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

A five-story residential building explosion Wednesday night in Moscow left eight people dead, including two children. A five-floor section at 32, Ulitsa Akademika Korolyova collapsed. An FSB investigation into catastrophe has pointed to an unexpected gas explosion. (1, 3; Kommersant, 1; Gazeta, 2; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 6; MK, 1,2; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1; Moskovskaya Pravda, 1)

The only son of the former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushev, U. S. Brown's University honored professor Sergey, presented his new book on a study of the cold war. (1, 2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has started his official three-day visit to China. Exploration of the third world market was the key issue for discussion with top Chinese businessmen. (2; Kommersant, 2; Vremya Novostei, 2; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

U. S. President George Bush received at his residence Wednesday Vice-President Richard Cheney, Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld, State Security Council Condoleezza Rice, and other top officials. The item not on the public agenda was Iraq. (2)

At a meeting with relatives of those killed in the helicopter crash in Rostov-on Don Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov promised that all remains would be identified and pledged that authorities would provide moral and material support to the victims. He also said a monument to the victims would be erected at the site of the catastrophe. (2)

McDonald's restaurants are facing serious problems with Belarus' authorities. A story looks into the reasons of the scandal. (2)

State Duma deputy and former regional privatization chief Vladimir Golovlyov was gunned down Wednesday morning while out walking his dog in northern Moscow. A story looks into the investigation of the murder. Golovlyov was charged with financial abuse in his handling of the state property privatization. (3; Kommersant, 1, 2; Vremya Novostei, 1, 3; Gazeta, 1, 5; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 2; MK, 3; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3)

The Nizhny Novgorod governor's elections campaign is approaching a critical point. Neither regional nor Moscow officials support Andrei Klimentyev who is definitely leading in all positions. (4)

President Vladimir Putin has pardoned three prisoners and reduced the sentences of four others. Brief. (4)

The first deputy Foreign Minister Valery Loshinin has found the foreign policy of Russia and Belarus firm and efficient after his meeting with the Belarus Foreign Minister. Brief. (4)

Central election committee chairman Alexander Veshnyakov obliged the Kalmykia republic's election commission to cancel the regulations limiting the civil rights of participating in the elections. Brief. (4)

A German employee with NATO's military mission in Moscow has committed suicide. Brief. (4; Kommersant, 7; Vremya Novostei, 3)

Russia's role in the world's telecommunications development was the key issue for the discussion at a session of the Asian-Pacific economic cooperation forum Wednesday. (5)

The Malaysian Prime Minister's economic adviser Mahathira Mohamada has proposed a new currency: the golden dinar. (5)

Gazprom has postponed considering a Eurobond issue till the next session. However 5 million rubles ($160,000) worth of bonds will be put into circulation starting from 2003. A story comments on the details. (5; Kommersant, 10)

Russia and Ukraine have agreed on a list of properties belonging to the former Soviet Union and located abroad. The list includes buildings in seven countries suitable for diplomatic, consular or trade purposes. A story comments on the possibilities of getting debts from the former Soviet republics. (5)

Motor Show 2002 has started in Moscow. Foreign producers are not participating. A story comments on the details. (5; Kommersant, 10; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

Russia's leading economists consider that the 1998 crisis will never be back to Russia. A story comments on their discussion at a press conference. (5)

Saudi Arabia is withdrawing millions out of American banks. A story comments on the Arabian reasons and U.S. losses. (7)

A story comments on how Nick Robertson managed to get the tapes demonstrating Al-Qaida carrying out poison gas experiments on dogs and al-Qaida operatives appearing to be practicing ambushes and kidnapping. (7)


President Vladimir Putin discussed security issues at Chechnya with headquarters commander Anatoly Kvashnin. Brief. (2)

Far East and Siberia problems were the key issue for the discussion at a meeting of President Vladimir Putin with Federation Council head Sergei Mironov. Brief. (2)

In interviews, Irina Hakamada, Gennady Raikov and other politicians comment on the reasons behind State Duma deputy Vladimir Golovlyov's murder. (2)

President Vladimir Putin declared Thursday a day of mourning for those killed in the Mi-26 military helicopter crash. A celebration of Russia's flag day has been cancelled. (3; Krasnaya Zvezda, 1)

Journalists has interviewed the survivors of the Mi-26 military helicopter crash in Chechnya. A story comments. (3)

The Samara regional court in Tolyatti has announced a verdict on members of Volga's criminal group accused of committing 17 murders carried out on politicians, policemen and criminals. A story comments on details of the trial. (4)

FSB director Nikholai Patrushev has visited Samara. Patrushev had a conference with the heads of FSB regional offices Wednesday. (4)

The Minsk central district court has sentenced three members of Zubr movement to five to ten days of imprisonment. They were convicted of holding a demonstration in front of the Russian embassy in Belarus. (7; Vremya Novostei, 1, 2)

Commercial radio broadcasting markets are going through a new crisis. Hit FM radio station will finish its broadcasting from Friday. A story comments on details of the commercial problems. (9, 11)

The first session of the administration business group took place Wednesday. The realization of the compulsory motor insurance decree has been a key issue of the discussion. (10)

A group of foreign banks and the Norilsk Nickel factory have signed a $75 million credit deal. Brief. (11)

The Anti-Monopoly Ministry has stopped the investigation into the case of Zarubezhchermet holding. Its administration was suspected of infringement of competition regulations. Brief. (11)


Kalmykia's special republican commisssion will consider the problem of the profit-tax reduction from 24 percent to 7.5 percent for interior companies next week. A story comments on the reaction of the Tax Ministry and analysis. (A1)

Gazprom has bought 25 percent of its prime contractor Stroitransgaz shares. Stroitransgaz belongs to Rem Vyakhirev, Viktor Chernomyrdin and their team. A story comments on the main shareholders of Stroitransgaz. (A1)

East Line, Aeroflot and Volga Dnepr can now operate cargo flights to China. (A1)

President Vladimir Putin has started his nine-day trip to the regions. He intends to visit Vladivostok, Chita, Kemerovo and Kazan. Military issues are of the main concern for the president. The president's discussion with regional top officials will cover ecology and coal industry as well. (A2)

State Duma deputy and former regional privatization chief Vladimir Golovlyov was gunned down Wednesday morning while walking out his dog in northern Moscow. A story looks into the investigation of the murder. Golovlyov was charged in financial abuse in his handling of the privatization of state property. (A2)

A five-story residential building explosion Tuesday night in Moscow left 8 people dead, including 2 children. A section of five floors on 32 Ulitsa Akademika Korolyova has collapsed. The FSB rules catastrophe was cause by an unexpected gas explosion. (A2)

The Railways Ministry estimates that its assets are worth 1.3 million rubles, making it more valuable than Gazprom. (A3)

The European Commission has signed into force a decree on the purchases supplied by Internet regulations. U.S. internet shops will have to pay extra taxes. A story comments on U.S. economists' issues of concern. (A3)

A new customs legislation on exports has come into force as assigned. Officials hope to find extra resources with a help of customs fees coming from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. (A3)

The Israeli army has raided a camp of Palestinian refugees in Han-Yuniz, Gaz sector. Brief. (A3)

St. Petersburg authorities have closed local forests for visitors. Brief. (A3)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry has submitted to Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov the substantiation of the special economic zones program drafting. The program is supposed to provide $10 million in annual investments and the production of export growth. A story comments on the analysis. (A4)

In an interview a newly appointed Megafon director-general Yury Pavlenko comments on the last establishments of his agency. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The Property Ministry managed to get back 5 percent of the diamond giant ALROS shares. A story comments on the analysis and Grigory Berezkin's plans to take ALROS under the control of his group. (B1)

The automobile industry needs a good management. A story comments on the new appointments at car-producing companies. (B1)

A group of foreign banks and Norilsk Nickel factory have signed a $75 million credit deal. (B1)

The British company AirFoyle and the Russian company Centr-Kapital are fighting for the rights to own a cargo aircraft Ruslan. A story comments on the details of the five-year conflict. (B2)

Brunswick UBS Warburg investment bank published the results of the corporate management rating. A story comments on the last position of RAO EES. (B3)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov has not commented on any of the recent scandal events. Observers are wondering why the Mi-26 military transport helicopter crash at Chechnya did not attract his attention despite the fact that the region is under his control. The lack of the minister's reaction to the explosion of the five-story residential building Wednesday night in Moscow is surprising as well. (1, Novaya Gazeta, 3)

Politicians are claiming to take the murder of the State Duma deputy and former regional privatization chief Vladimir Golovlyov under a special control. In interviews Boris Nemtsov, Sergey Yushenkov, Konstantin Kosachyev, Aleksei Mitrofanov, Sergei Ivanenko, Yury Shekochikhin and Valeria Novodvorskaya comment on the issue. (2, Vremya Novostei, 3, Rossiiskaya Gaseta, 3)

The European Union said Tuesday that it was amending its trade defense rules to recognize Russia as a market economy. However, European countries are not demonstrating an interest in Russia's production. (2)

A story comments on customs duties for imported cars. (2)

Aeroflot has started regular flights from Moscow to Norilsk. (4)

The administration of the town of Orel is projecting several big construction projects in their region. A story examines who would gain profits from these projects. (4)

President Vladimir Putin will receive North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il in Vladivostok on Friday. The economic cooperation of the two sides will be the key issue for the discussion at their meeting. (5)

Famous St. Petersburg writer Mikhail Chulaki was killed in a car accident on Aug. 20. A story comments on his career in literature. (6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

An unknown armed man shot 4 people in the northeast of Moscow. One person died, three persons were seriously injured. (6)

The roof collapse at the Tomsk footwear factory on Tuesday left Lechi Saligov, a deputy of the State Duma's parliamentarian Viktor Cherepkov, dead, Itar-Tass reported. (6, Vremya Novostei, 3)

Vremya Novostey

Gazprom has bought 25 percent of its prime contractor Stroitransgaz's shares. Stroitransgaz belongs to Rem Vyakhirev, Viktor Chernomyrdin and their team. A story comments on the main shareholders of Stroitransgaz. (1)

Slovakia accepted the payment of the former Soviet Union debts by goods export. Slovakia's Finance Minister said that the $600 million deal will be finished by September. (1)

LUKoil's refinery draft is threatening to destroy the national park Kurshskaya Spit, a recognized UNESCO's World Heritage Site. Local ecological organizations have appealed to the authorities on the matter. (2)

Kalmykia's presidential elections are scheduled for October 20. A story comments on the campaign. (2)

In an interview Education Minister Vladimir Filippov comments on education reforms and problems. (3)

The chiefs of Enron are surrendering to Houston authorities. They are charged with money laundering and fraud. (4)

Azerbaijani politicians are discussing amendments to constitutional regulations before the referendum. A story comments on a political scandal at Azerbaijan. (4)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry is taking control of Urals oil prices. Brief. (5)

Russia's Olympic team forward Dmitry Sychev left the Spartak team. Brief. (1)

Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, needs full reconstruction. Hospitals, schools and historical monuments are top priority for the city. A story comments on the reconstruction plans. (3)

Non-commercial organization Aviaprom has been created to control intercorporate development of the air industry. A story comments on the details.

In an interview Krasnoyarsk legislative assembly chairman Alexander Uss comments on the amendment to the natural resources decree. (4)

Novaya Gazeta

A story compares the auto catastrophe at Chuvashia on Sunday and the air catastrophe at Chechnya. (2)

A situation at Chechnya was aggravated last week when federal forces had to urge several raids to protect citizens from Chechen rebels. (2)

In an interview Chechnya deputy head of investments and economy Usman Masaev comments on the reconstruction resources needed for the region. (2)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

Vladimir Zhirinovsky has made a private visit to the USA. In an interview he claimed that Americans will start military actions against Iraq.