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Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

An avalanche in North Ossetia Friday completely destroyed the Nizhny Karmadon settlement and about a dozen tourist bases. About 100 people are missing, among them popular actor and filmmaker Sergei Bodrov and his film crew. (1,2 , Kommersant, 1,3 , Gazeta, 1,5, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 8, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2 )

The USA has made public its new military doctrine --"The US Strategy in the Sphere of National Security" -- that allows Washington to unleash preventive strikes on international terrorism and its sponsors and gives it the right to act unilaterally. Analysts conclude that the Bush administration has given up the doctrine of deterrence that had guided Washington since the start of the Cold War. (1)

Abu Mazen, secretary-general of the Palestinian administration, talks about the tense situation surrounding Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's residence in Ramallah as well as Arafat's stand on the Palestinian -Israeli conflict and his planned visit to Russia in early October. (1,3, Kommersant , 11, Gazeta, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 9, 13 )

The Russian-Ukrainian Business Forum finished its work in Odessa on Sunday. Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Viktor Chernomyrdin and several businessmen speak on the outcome of the meeting. (2)

The Moscow region fires are turning into a political problem. The regional prosecutor's

office has opened 13 criminal cases against regional administrators. The Territorial Managing Agency intends to seek the money that has "disappeared in the fire." (2)

The State Duma budget committee today is expected to approve the draft budget-2003, that will be considered by the State Duma in the first reading this Wednesday. (2 )

The military prosecutor's office has brought in an indictment against a lieutenant colonel accused of the Mi-26 helicopter crash in Chechnya on Aug. 19. (2, Kommersant, 4, Gazeta, 3 )

Chief military prosecutor Alexander Savenkov in St. Petersburg on Saturday met with relatives of the Kursk victims to tell them that his office has completed the investigation into the case. Boris Kuznetsov, lawyer of the relatives, believes there are many contradictions and not exclude that the relative could lodge a suit on compensating moral damage. (2, Kommersant, 4, Gazeta, 6 )

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov Sunday stated that the 42nd motor-rifle division stationed in Chechnya will be transferred to contract -based service. Brief. (3)

Swedish King Karl Gustav is enjoying his pastime on the Kola Peninsula with his friend, Murmansk regional governor Yury Yevdokimov. Sunday the two went fishing in the local Umba River. (3, Kommersant, 8 )

The government is discussing the creation of a state-controlled system of insuring political risks in signing export contracts. The Economic Development and Trade Ministry has proposed to include 300 million rubles ($9.48 million) in the draft budget for 2003 to fund such a system. In the opinion of exporters, however, the current system of private insurance of political risks "fully meets the market demands." (4)

The Russian-French seminar on cooperation in the sphere of aerospace technology finished its work in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday. The seminar was sponsored by Rosaviakosmos and the European Aerospace Consortium (EADS).(4)

Ukrtrubprom director-general Leonid Ksaverchuk over the weekend told Ukrainian journalists that in October the economics ministers of Ukraine and Russia are likely to agree on canceling the quotas on the delivery of Ukrainian pipes to Russia in 2003. (5)

Gleb Fetisov, deputy head of the Federation Council Committee on financial markets and monetary circulation, shares his view on increasing the purview of the Central Bank's supervisory functions. (5)

An article examines the relationship between Unified Energy Systems and the regional administrations. (5)

The Anti-Monopoly Ministry is inspecting the activities of the Military-Memorial Company (MMC). (7)

According to the World Health Organization, there are 170 million hepatitis C patients in the world, many of whom are unaware they are sick. (9)

There is a scandal surrounding the construction of the Park of Religions in the Moscow district Nizhniye Mnevniki. Moscow City Hall dislikes that the project represents only three religions. (11)

An opinion poll was conducted last week by the ROMIR Public Opinion Center, on the request of Moscow city government, among foreign businessmen, ambassadors, and permanent residents in Moscow to see what they like and what they dislike in their life in the city. (11)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov told members of a conference on the 200th anniversary of the Interior Ministry in St. Petersburg on Saturday that he intends to change his agency from a punitive body into a guarantor of the social protection of the population. (4 )

The International Festival of Orthodox Film, Tele- and Radio Programs "Radonezh" is expected to open today in the Danilovsky Hotel Complex of the Moscow Patriarchate. (6)

The U.S. administration Sunday confirmed that the American military had submitted to President George W. Bush a plan to unleash preventive strikes on Iraq. (10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4 )

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's statement last week that international inspectors can return to Iraq does not ease the threat that his regime poses to peace and security in the whole world, argues American Ambassador Alexander Vershbow. (10)

Former Ukrainian presidential administration head Vladimir Litvin Sunday arrived in Moscow as Speaker of the Ukrainian parliament. ( 11)

Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma has instructed his cabinet to draft a bill concerning re-privatization. He sees a need to establish a procedure of returning to the state the assets and corporate rights of ineffective enterprises. (11 )

Mary-Beth West, an aide to the U.S. Secretary of State on issues of fishing, oceans and the environment, shares her viewpoint on the revision of the 1990 Baker-Shevardnadze treaty on the Bering Strait. (11 )

The Siberian-Ural Aluminum Company, the second largest aluminum producer, late last week began to use its own railway connecting the Sredne-Timansky bauxite deposit with the Railways Ministry's railways used to transport bauxites. (13)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry late last week sent a note to the Belarussian Foreign Ministry concerning limits on Russian beer exports. (14)

FATF experts are expected to arrive in Moscow today to see whether it's possible to exclude Russia from the blacklist of countries ignoring illegal money laundering. Alexander Shokhin, of Renaissance Capital, gives an analysis. (14)

Aeroflot has launched a seasonal sale of cheap air tickets. (16)

The Italian Merloni company late last week announced its project creating an industrial zone around its refrigerator plant Stinol in the Lipetsk region. (16)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The government today has fewer reserves to ease the tax burden on the economy, Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin said Friday. In this context, the Finance Ministry is considering prolonging the sales tax that was scheduled to be canceled on Jan. 1, 2004. (A1)

The German Metro Cash & Carry company decided to help its Russian suppliers push their commodities to the West through its retail network. An article looks at the first companies to take advantage of this opportunity. (A1)

Gazprom head Alexei Miller intends to change the structure and management board of the gas monopoly. An article looks at several new names that will appear in the company's executive body. (A1)

According to the State Statistics Committee, companies' tax debt to the consolidated budget without tax sanctions and fines in January-August 2002 increased by 18.1 percent to 560 billion rubles ($17.7 million). Brief. (A1)

Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov has proposed a division of the ministry's services into the municipal militia and the federal police. An article comments on the proposal, examining the militia and police's proposed functions. (A2)

The Unified Russia Party dislikes the current government. Party leaders at Friday's conference of young entrepreneurs -- the "Putin Call" -- accused the government of red tape and inefficiency and proposed to form the government through the support of parliamentary majority. (A2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov proposed a transfer to a single currency, the ruble, which would help prop up the goods turnover between the five member states of the CIS Interstate Council at a council session attended by CIS government leaders in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Friday. (A3)

The proposed dates of the beginning of energy reform, including creating a free electrical energy market, have been pushed back another year to July 1, 2005. The date change was included in the government package of draft bills concerning energy reform that was submitted to the State Duma on Friday. (A3)

Gazprom head Alexei Miller has surprised the banking world: In defiance of his previous decision, he has selected Alfa Bank from the banking community and allowed it to receive debts from Sibur in hard currency. (A4)

The European concern EADS, a leading producer of aviation and space technologies announced its policy toward a strategic alliance with the Russian aerospace industry last year. In an interview, EADS' executive director Philippe Camus speaks about his company's cooperation with Aeroflot and other Russian aviation companies. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The Transnafta oil trader has filed a suit against the government commission headed by Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko. Transnafta wants to prove that Gazprom's oil exports have been illegally cut by 11 times. (B1)

The Property Ministry intends to propose to the government that subsidiaries of state-run enterprises be deprived of their bank assets. (B1)

Cyprus intends to impose a visa regime for the Russian travelers starting Jan. 1, 2003. The visa regime is expected to decrease the number of Russian tourists to the country by 30 percent as a minimum. (B1)

Libyan representatives at the OPEC conference in Osaka, Japan, say that the consortium of oil-producing countries made a decision to increased oil extraction by 1 million barrels per day, starting Jan. 1, 2003, if the price per barrel stays at $30. Brief. (B1)

Severstal Group plans to buy metals assets in Western Europe until the end of this year, said Alexei Mordashov, the company's general director. Brief. (B1)

Russia intends to take an active part in developing hydrocarbon raw materials on the Turkmen shelf of the Caspian Sea and to build a gas pipeline along the shore, said Energy Minister Igor Yusufov. Brief. (B1)

The Chinese government has endorsed a plan to create the first Chinese passenger jet. The ARJ21 would carry 72 to 79 passengers and would be put into commission in 2006. Brief. (B1)

Sibur is regaining control over the Lokosovsky GPZ that previously belonged to Sibur-Tyumen. Sibur and the LUKoil company have agreed to launch a joint venture on a parity basis of the GPZ. An article describes the deal. (B2)

Alfa-Bank has decreased the fair price of Tatneft ordinary shares down to $1.10 from $1.40 and decreased the price of privileged shares to $0.66 from $0.84, preserving the recommendation to buy. (B3)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov and Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov met with U.S. leaders in Washington over the weekend to discuss urgent issues relating to Iraq and Georgia. A story comments on results of the negotiations focusing on serious differences between the two sides' stands on these issues. (1, 6 )

The ban on holding referendums in the same year as federal elections will lead to limiting citizens' constitutional rights. To what extent is such a limitation permissible? What is the use of limiting the basic principles of democracy for the sake of reaching any, even positive, objectives? Five leading political experts, including Gleb Pavlovsky, head of the Effective Policy Fund, share their viewpoints. (1,2)

Historian Sergei Firsov, a professor at St. Petersburg State University, explains the idea that "totalitarianism" is often incorrectly used in relation to religious events in post- Soviet Russia, particularly when the viewpoint is that of the so-called totalitarian sects. (2 )

A story examines possible amendments that could be introduced to the budget-2003 after it has been passed by the State Duma. (2 )

The Fund of the Development of Political Technologies and Forecast "Sibir-Forum" has made public the results of its study "The Image of Novosibirsk in Central Mass Media". The Fund's political analysts examined all stories about Novosibirsk published in three newspapers -- Izvestia, Komsomolskaya Pravda and Nezavisimaya Gazeta between Jan.1, 2001 and Aug.2, 2002 . Most of them gave negative information. ( 3 )

No one doubts that NATO at its November summit will admit new members, who will radically change the geopolitical situation of post-Soviet space. President Vladimir Putin favors the future NATO membership of the Baltic states. During his recent visit to Lithuania, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov gave his blessing to this country's accession to the Alliance. Lithuania's Defense Minister Linas Linkjavicus explains how Vilnius is preparing to become a NATO member and what problems could arise. (6)

Russia joined the U.S.-led anti-terror coalition a year ago and became America's main ally, which also means it became a major foe of enemies of the U.S. Moscow, however, is unwilling to view the Iraqi regime as an enemy due to economic considerations. A story looks at possible consequences of such a stand for Russia. (9)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

"My impressions about the climate and results of the negotiations first in Sochi and then in Moscow have surpassed all my expectations", stated Bulgaria's President Georgy Pyrvanov at a news conference on the results of his three-day working visit to Russia. A story examines major results of his negotiations, saying that Russian companies will take part in the privatization of Bulgarian energy facilities. (1,2 )

Deputy Prime Minister Valentina Matviyenko and Kremlin property department head Vladimir Kozhin on Friday visited St. Petersburg to see what is left unfinished before the city's 300th jubilee. A story looks at Matviyenko's remarks. (1,2)

Iosif Ordzhonikidze, Moscow vice-mayor responsible for foreign affairs, talks about bandits' two attempts on his life, focusing on what could stand behind them. He also shares his view on the city's current and upcoming developments. (1,3 )

Several crimes were committed in Penza last week against employees of local newspapers. A story gives details. (2 )

The Moscow City Duma's Commission on Statehood and Local Government late last week discussed a draft city bill concerning amendments to several articles of the City Charter. A story examines several proposed amendments. (3 )

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

According to information from the State Sanitary and Epidemiological Service, the number of flue patients in Moscow last week increased almost by 50 percent. A story looks at other figures regarding the spread of the flue. (2)

Chief Moscow Artist Igor Voskresensky says what colors he is going to paint Moscow's districts to beautify the city. (6,7)

Psychologists say that 40 percent of Muscovites suffer from seasonal depression. A story offers several effective recommendations saying how to avoid it or to ease its burden. (10)

A new super-modern radio station "News on Line" has emerged in Moscow. Editor-in-Chief Sergei Korzun speaks about his brainchild. (21)

The newspaper offers a long list of sports training centers (their telephones and addresses) that invite Moscow children and teenagers to go in (at no cost) for their favorite kind of sports (27)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

The price of the most popular petrol at Moscow filling stations has surpassed 10 rubles. Independent experts say that petrol prices will continue to rise. A story looks at several events that have caused the petrol price hikes. (1)

Oct. 1 marks Senior Citizens' Day. A story describes what surprises the Moscow government has prepared for older Muscovites. (1 )

Specialists at the Biology Faculty of Moscow State University warn that mushrooms that are expected to appear in ten days in the Moscow region will be inedible. They explain why. (1)

The Saltykovs, a married couple living in the Moscow region, recently had their 13th child -- setting a new record. A story is devoted to this family. (1)

Moscow City Hall plans to open a small hotel in the building of the Library-Fund "Russkoye Zarubezhye "on Nizhnyaya Radishchevskaya Ulitsa in order to let library visitors work for several days without leaving the building. A story describes the project. (1)

A feature story highlights Kirov resident Mikhail, 50, and his flourishing mushroom business. He began to pick and boil mushrooms in the mid-'80s, before private entrepreneurs were common. (4)