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Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Argumenty i Fakty
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


The so-called Ukrainian "velvet revolution" has been defeated and 146 march participants are missing. The act of civil disobedience has shown the presence of opposition sentiments but the absence of the strong and capable opposition. Russia, which is backing Leonid Kuchma, should accept the fact that power in Kiev can change and that this change could be unpleasant for Moscow. Two policymakers, Ukrainian and Russian, share their views on the latest political developments in the republic and on a possible change of power. (1, Kommersant, 10, Vremya Novostei, 2, Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7, Trud, 1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4)

A person representing the kidnappers of LUKoil vice president Sergei Kukura Tuesday demanded a $6 million ransom for him. A story describes the latest developments around the abduction victim. (1,3, Kommersant, 1, Gazeta, 1, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3,Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Trud, 1)

Moscow on Tuesday was again shrouded in thick smog, making many people suffer from health problems. The State Meteorological Service, the Emergency Situations Ministry and sanitary services have found themselves unable to combat this natural disaster. Environmentalists and medics forecast a sharp growth of various illnesses among the present and future population of Moscow. (1,2,Kommersant, 8, Vremya Novostei, 3, Vremya MN, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,4, Argumenty I Fakty, No.38, Moskva Supplement, p. 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 10, 11)

The Shestoi Kanal Board of Directors today will held a session to discuss replacing the channel's director-general Alexander Levin. In an interview TVS editor-in-chief Yevgeny Kiselyov describes the situation at the channel, focusing on the agenda of today's session. (2, Kommersant, 8)

Iraq's Foreign Minister Naji Sabri Tuesday handed over a "historic letter" to the UN Secretary-General, saying that Baghdad has unconditionally agreed to the return of international weapons inspectors. The leadership stated that it is willing to send its experts already tomorrow, but Washington believes that it will not solve the problem. (2, Kommersant, 1,10, Gazeta, 4, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Vremya MN, 1,5, Vremya Novostei, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,7, Trud, 1,4)

Transportation Minister Sergei Frank admitted that Russia lacks the completed auto transportation system when speaking Tuesday at the Second Baikal Economic Forum and promised to improve the situation in 2004. A story comments on his statement, noting that in reality a quality trans-Russian auto road could appear only in 2008. (2)

The Moscow City Court Tuesday announced a 1.5-year suspended sentence to Boris Berezovsky's companion-in-arms Vyacheslav Aminov, who was accused of attempted bribery of FSB director Nikolai Patrusherv. Aminov is a former adviser to the presidential administration head Alexander Voloshin. A story gives details. (3, Kommersant, 6)

At a news conference in Sochi on Tuesday President Vladimir Putin told journalists about Eduard Shevardnadze, about Alexander Lukashenko and the Russia-Belarus integration problem and about himself. (4, Kommersant, 2)

Central Election Commission head Alexander Veshnyakov at a news conference on Tuesday revealed the new wording of the law concerning presidential elections. (4)

Many domestic and foreign computer programming companies intend to block the passing -- in the third reading -- of amendments to Article 146 of the Criminal Code concerning the violation of copyright. A story examines several controversial amendments. (6)

The Baikal Economic Forum, dubbed Baikal Davos, Tuesday began its work in Irkutsk. A story examines its agenda, participants and sponsors. (6)

Baghdad's consent to the return of international weapons inspectors without any preliminary conditions caused world oil prices to fall. The brief gives figures to illustrate the point. (7, Kommersant,1)

The FBK auditing company Tuesday made public its analysis of the draft budget-2003. A story examines its major remarks and conclusions. (7)

The Sverdlovsk Arbitration Court is expected to make a decision on the bankruptcy of the regional state-controlled "Sverdoblkhimichistka" enterprise. Its director, Andrei Alexeyev, is accused of deliberately bankrupting the company. A story examines the case. (7)

The Railways Ministry has taken the responsibility of resuming railway service on the Kaliningrad-Berlin route. A story comments on the project. (7)

The standoff between Russia and the Swiss Noga firm is continuing. The firm now is trying to open a criminal case against French authorities and the administration of the Le Bourget aerodrome, accusing them of help to two Russian planes to escape. The planes were stopped by a bailiff, according to Noga's suit. A story gives details. (10)

Igal Karmon, President of the Middle East Press Studies Institute, comments in an interview on Saddam Hussein's consent to the return of international weapons inspectors. (10)


A story prints the Central Bank's draft directive that considerably changes the procedure for calculating domestic banks' capital. In a month after its adoption, 60 percent of banks will be in danger of losing their licenses. (1, 14)

At a session of the Council of Ministers of Russia and Belarus on Tuesday, the two sides started an argument over who will print the Russian ruble as the single currency. A story focuses on both sides' claims. (2)

State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov held a session in Minsk on Tuesday of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Russia-Belarus Union that he heads. Seleznyov harshly criticized the executive power of the union state. A story looks at Seleznyov's critical remarks. (2)

Governors of the Irkutsk region and of the Ust-Ordynsk -Buryat Autonomous Area, Boris Govorin and Valery Maleyev, stated Tuesday that they intend to act resolutely to merge their regions. They announced their intention in Irkutsk on Tuesday when they met with presidential representative in the Siberian Federal District Leonid Drachevsky. A story comments on their decision. (3)

State Duma deputy and KPRF Central Committee member Viktor Ilyukhin Tuesday submitted to the Duma Council a draft bill concerning amendments to the existing federal law on the guarantees to presidents who have resigned. A story looks at his proposals. (3)

FSB Director Nikolai Patrushev in Birobidzhan on Tuesday opened a new building of the FSB Board in the Jewish Autonomous Region. A story describes the event. (6)

Unidentified assailants in the Ozersky District (Moscow region) on Tuesday tried to kill Anatoly Kamyshev, local police chief. A story gives details. (6, MK, 1,2)

Ombudsman Oleg Mironov Tuesday visited Moscow School No. 554, which has been declared the territory for defending human rights. A story features Mironov's visit and its aim. (8)

Mikhail Shmakov, Chairman of the Federation of Independent Labor Unions, reported Tuesday about the forthcoming Youth Labor Union Forum, scheduled for Sept. 10 to 20 in Moscow. A story looks at its agenda. (8)

An unknown Chechen, who was killed on Tuesday night in the Khevvischala village, became first victim of the operation in the Pankisi Gorge being conducted by Georgian police. A story gives details. (10)

Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu stated Tuesday that there is a need to impose the obligatory homeowner's, but three hours later the president rejected his initiative. A story examines the issue. (13)

A story examines the Ramenka company's plan to boost its business in Moscow in stages by opening new hypermarkets Ramstore in 2003. (13, 20)

Science and Industry Minister Ilya Klebanov spoke Tuesday at the Second Baikal Economic Forum in Irkutsk and assured its participants that the state of the domestic economy is fine, which caused a scandal. Russian Aluminum head Oleg Deripaska questioned the government's major pride --economic growth and investment. A story examines Deripaska's harsh criticism of the government. (14)

The UNCTAD Commission Tuesday made public in Geneva its annual World Investment Report 2002. A story looks at Russia's place in it. (14)

At a session drafting a bill concerning the credit bureau, the Central Bank admitted on Tuesday its interest in the existence of several such bureaus. A story reveals the essence of the credit bureau (15

The Finance Ministry announced Tuesday that Citibank has become the winner of the tender of the first stage of swapping the Soviet-era commercial debt into Russian eurobonds. (15)

According to the Central Bank's information, the monetary base in August 2002 increased by 45.8 billion rubles (4.5 percent) -- up to 1065.6 billion rubles. Brief. (15)

The Finance Minister Tuesday transferred 16.551 million pounds sterling as part of the debt to the IMF. (15)


Big industrial enterprises have begun to buy their own land. The first such deal has been completed by the Nizhny Tagil Metals Combine, part of Eurasholding. A story looks at several other such upcoming deals. (A1)

Alfa Bank is expected to begin showing ads in October in which a teenager, a worker, a high-tech agent and a national minorities representative (in their languages) will discuss the bank's services. In this way the bank hopes to expand the number of its private clients by 15 percent. (A1)

The plans of Bazovy Element head Oleg Deripaska to create an insurance superholding on the basis of Ingosstrakh are threatened again. The Moscow Arbitration Court has barred Ingosstrakh from continuing an already-begun issuance of shares worth 400 million rubles, and the Federal Securities Commission has barred registering an account about this issuance. (A1)

The European Commission will propose concessions in order to resolve a dispute with Moscow over the visa regime for the residents of the Russian exclave Kaliningrad. Brief. (A1)

The Moscow government has drafted a decree on transferring the majority of district administrations' (uprava) functions to new structures with heads to be appointed by the mayor. If the mayor signs the document, his appointees will control all commercially attractive issues of the districts' lives. A story looks at the document. (B2)

The government intends to discuss possible compromises with deputies before submitting to the State Duma a package of draft bills concerning the reform of the Unified Energy Systems holding. A story examines what else remains for discussion. (A3)

The Council of Ministers of the Russian-Belarussian Unified State held a session Tuesday to discuss the transition to the single monetary unit. A story examines several significant decisions of the session. (A3)

In an interview Vladimir Malin, Chairman of the Federal Property Fund, said what Vedomosti story made him angry and why. (A5)

Economist Alexander Bekker has devoted his story to intellectual property, the loss of which Vladimir Putin is evaluated at $400 billion over the past 10 years. The conclusion is that Russia is doomed to be a supplier of raw materials unless it makes the brains of its people work for its progress and advance. (A6)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Dmitry Vasilyev, first chairman of the Federal Securities Commission, and advocate of the rights of the minority shareholders and improvement of corporate management, will begin work at Mosenergo tomorrow as deputy head of its management board. A story examines his duties. (B1)

Russian Aluminum has announced its bid to buy 29.15 percent of stock of National Aluminum Co., a leading aluminum producer in India. About 10 companies are vying for the right to become NALCO's strategic partner. (B1)

The British Petroleum-led international consortium is expected to announce today the launching of the construction project of the Baku-Dzheikhan pipeline costing $2.95 billion. This U.S.-backed project will help Caspian oil bypass Russia. (B1)

Norilsk Nickel has cleared off 38,761,525 ordinary inscribed NN stakes that were bought in accordance with the shareholders' March 29 decision to decrease the charter capital. Brief. (B1)

The Railways Ministry intends to get back 18.5 billion rubles invested in non-related construction projects on the Baikal-Amur Railway, said First Deputy Railways Minister Vladimir Yakunin. Brief. (B1)

Gazprom will become a major owner of a new enterprise that is being created on the basis of the existing assets of the "Tomsk Petrochemical Combine," said TPC spokesman Anatoly Gubkin. (B1)

Russia and Kazakhstan will launch a joint venture before the end of this year on the basis of the Ekibastuz electric power plant. In exchange of writing off approximately $250 million debt, the Unified Energy Systems holding will get 50 percent of stakes of this station. (B2)

Kaliningradavia, this leading airline of Russia's western exclave, will be privatized in a month. The Moscow River Steamship-Line companies group may become its owner. (B2)

The leadership of Sibir Energy announced Tuesday the suspension of its talks with Tatneft and Korus on selling them 33.3 percent of the company's stock. A story explains why they have failed to make a deal. (B2)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

The Media Industrial Committee created in July by 30 leading media outlets held its first session on Monday. ORT director-general Konstantin Ernst was elected president of the new lobbying structure. (3)

The Palestinian Authority's ambassador to Moscow speaks on the tense situation in the Middle East. (7)

The Inter-State Council of the Eurasian Economic Community on Sept. 20 will hold a session in Astana. Secretary-General Grigory Rapota talks about the organization and its agenda for the forthcoming session. (7)

The Ecological Doctrine of the Russian Federation. Full text. (12)

Noviye Izvestia

Moscow city authorities are discussing a plan for the construction of a center for extreme sports, Moscow sports committee head Sergei Korol said Tuesday. (1)

Kemerovo Governor Aman Tuleyev has stated that Russia is not and will not be dependent on other countries for coal imports. (1)

Anatoly Chubais, head of Unified Energy Systems, earns a monthly salary of 120,000 rubles ($3,800). He stated this at a session of the Fatherland-All Russia faction on Tuesday when asked to comment on deputies' remarks about excessive salaries in the energy sector. (1)

Zbigniew Brzezinski, former U.S. national security advisor, declared himself against unilateral military adventures -- including both the American one in Iraq or the Russian in Georgia. (1, 3)

Argumenty i Fakty

Mayor Yury Luzhkov reveals his fitness secrets, talks about President Vladimir Putin and politics, and speculates on the next mayoral elections in Moscow. (3)

President Vladimir Putin's current vacation in Bocharov Ruchei in Sochi and his daily schedule are described. (4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

BIN-Bank president Mikhail Shishkhanov speaks on changes in the bank's policy and what new services it now offers to its clients. (8)

Nina Budyonnaya, daughter of legendary Soviet Marshal Semyon Budyonny, recounts her father's military deeds and his life during Stalin's repression. (10)

Facts and figures for the Moscow hotel market, focusing on the city government's new hotel construction projects, are given in the paper's Moskva Supplement. (6)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

The St. Petersburg- Vladivostok highway will be opened for traffic in 2004. Article and map. (5)

An IMAX movie theater will open soon on Leningradskoye Shosse. (7)

Moscow City Duma Deputy Galina Khovanskaya on Tuesday spoke with journalists about features of the city government's housing policy. (7)

Cities and regions visited recently by President Vladimir Putin since his election are detailed and analyzed. (8,9)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Alexei Sokolov, agent of estranged Spartak player Dmitry Sychyov, gives new details of the Sychyov case. (1)

The Transportation Ministry is considering plans to restore Soviet-era taxi fleets to replace private taxi services. (1)

Specialists from the Archaeology Institute have found about 500 objects 400 to 600 years old on the territory of the Mitino housing development. Among the finds was a fragment of a unique ceramic bowl made by the Golden Horde in the 14th century. (1)

Moscow region officials have decided to raise realty taxes, starting Jan. 1, 2003, which will affect many dacha owners. (1)

The Health Ministry has issued new rules concerning the conduct of HIV examinations. Also, the ministry has called on doctors to take urgent measures to ensure the safety of donor blood. (1)

Moscow regional deputy prosecutor Pyotr Vilkov Monday was fired by the acting prosecutor general. Many allege Vilkov had contacts with the Solntsevo criminal groups. (2)

The Union of Right Forces, in preparation for upcoming parliamentary elections, decided to expand its presence through participation in city and regional politics, including the Moscow City Duma. (2)

The number of complaints to the European Court in Strasbourg from Russian citizens has considerably increased lately. Few are accepted, because Russians have no knowledge of how to write such documents. An expert offers his recommendations. (2)

The Saratov city court on Tuesday resumed hearings on the criminal case of writer Eduard Limonov and five co-members from the National Bolshevik Party. (3)

Teenagers in Moscow and the Moscow region will soon be able to play American football all year round on an proper field. Moscow authorities have decided to build an indoor stadium in the north of the city for this purpose. (3)