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


The lead comments on Mayor Yury Luzhkov's intention to restore the Statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky, the founder of the Soviet secret police, on Lubyanskaya Square -- which has caused controversial reaction. Two writers, Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Fazil Iskander, share their negative viewpoints. (1, Kommersant, 4, Noviye Izvestia, 1,2, Vremya MN, 3, Gazeta, 4, Moskovskiye Novosti, No. 36, p. 4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 8, Trud, 1, Moskovskaya Pravda, 4, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 4)

Over a million marchers throughout Ukraine took part Monday in the national act "Rise up, Ukraine!" The opposition's slogan was "Down with Kuchma!". A story describes the mass demonstrations and their organizers. (1,2, Kommersant, 9, Gazeta, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,7, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 6, Vremya MN, 5, Vremya Novostei, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4)

Georgia's former Defense Minister Tengiz Kitovani, who in the early '90s supported Eduard Shevardnadze and later became his political adversary, says that he has remained an enemy of the current regime in Tbilisi headed by Eduard Shevardnadze. He also shares his view on current Georgian-Russian relations. (1,2)

A 15th-century icon that was stolen from a Moscow church in 1957 was delivered to Moscow from New York by Anatoly Vilkov, Culture Ministry department head. A story describes the icon and its long history. (2)

A ten-day act "No to Corruption" began in the Samara region on Wednesday. A story reveals its aim. (2)

Unidentified bandits in the center of Grozny on Monday blasted a city bus. This terrorist act left eight passengers dead and another 28 injured. A story gives details.(2, Kommersant, 5, Gazeta, 5, Vremya Novostei, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2

Georgia's President Eduard Shevardnadze on Monday stated that soon he will invite Russian General Staff officials (unarmed) to come to the Pankisi to be persuaded that order has been introduced there. A story comments on his statement. (2., Kommersant, 10, Vremya Novostei, 1, 4, Moskovskiye Novosti, No. 36, p. 2,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1,Trud, 1,4, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 3, MK, 2

President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Monday enjoyed a concert of the musical group "Lyube", After the concert the president invited them to his residence in Bocharov Ruchei for a cup of tea. A story gives details. (3, Kommersant, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 1,2)

Moscow police Monday detained a group of young people calling themselves satanists, who destroyed 398 grave stones in the Miusskoye Cemetery. Brief. (3, Kommersant, 6, Vremya Novostei, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6, MK, 1)

Forty-eight teenagers in Kargat (Novosibirsk region) on Monday escaped from a special technical secondary school for young criminal offenders. Brief. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 3)

Since late August and September Moscow law-enforcement officers have deported 212 people from Vietnam and China, who were involved in illegal trade. A story comments on the measure. (3, Vremya Novostei, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7)

A car of Yury Perov, director of the Research-Education Center attached to the Kremlin Property Department, on Monday night hit two people, leaving one dead and the other seriously injured. A story gives details. (3)

A story gives new details regarding the case of Vladivostok resident Alexander Kashin, who several years ago was hit by American diplomat Douglas Kent's car. The details were revealed Monday by lawyer John Galleher, who defends the interests of Kashin. (3)

A story examines preliminary results of the first round of the mayoral elections in Nizhny Novgorod. (4, Kommersant, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1, Vremya MN, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Yevgeny Primakov on Monday stated that his agency soon will submit to the government concrete proposals on returning home offshore Russian capital. Brief. (4)

Deputy General Staff chief Yury Baluyevsky at a news conference Monday stated that his agency has submitted to President Vladimir Putin several plans to resolve the problem concerning Chechen rebels hiding in the Pankisi Gorge. Moscow is willing to destroy them on Georgia's territory as well. A story comments on his pronouncements. (4)

A new foreign policy magazine "Russia in Global Politics" will be presented tomorrow. A story describes the new periodical, its editorial board and correspondents. (4)

Moscow City Duma Speaker Vladimir Platonov and two other deputies Monday announced their withdrawal from the Union of Right Forces Party. In this way they expressed their protest against dictatorship in the democratic party. A story comments on their decision. (4, Kommersant, 4, Gazeta, 1,2)

Russia is four years behind its planned deadline to put into effect its international obligations on destroying chemical weapons. This is stated in official information on the president's web site given by the Kremlin administration's Chief Control Board. A spokesman in the domestic Ammunition Agency responsible for chemical weapons liquidation commented on the issue. (4)

According to the State Statistics Committee, the industrial growth rates in August amounted to a mere 3.4 percent. Government economists believe that it's possible to reach the planned assignment of 4 percent. A story examines figures on industrial development. (6)

The Sheremetyevo Airport leadership has gained the right to control all cafes and restaurants on the airport's territory. Previously the right belonged to the Moscow Property Department. (6)

The Labor Ministry intends to halve the number of non-state pension funds. A story comments on the statement Monday by Labor Minister Alexander Pochinok at a conference devoted to such funds. (6)

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has entered the Russian advertising market. A story describes advertising agencies that have received the first investments. (6)

The Scandinavian Fortum Engineering energy company and Russian Energomashexport-Siloviye Mashiny concern on Monday signed a contract in Helsinki on modernizing the Krangede electric power station in Sweden. A story examines the document. (6)


Acting Moscow Regional Prosecutor Alexander Mitusov stated Monday that there is some progress in the investigation of the case concerning the abduction of LUKoil Vice-President Sergei Kukura. He failed to give details. A story reflects on what the prosecutor could have in mind. (1)

The Presidential Main Control Board on Monday made public an accounting report on how the ministries and departments fulfilled the president's decrees and instructions in the first six months of this year. A story examines results, saying that the bureaucrats' executive discipline is at a very low level. (2)

The State Duma Statehood Committee on Monday approved the draft amendments to the constitutional Law concerning the referendum that bans the holding of national referendums in the year of parliamentary and presidential elections. A story examines some amendments, saying how they could affect the Communists' plans. (4)

Chechen rebels on Monday night kidnapped a son of Shirvani Yasayev, administration head in the Urus-Martan District, who believes that in this way rebels are trying to make him stop cooperating with federal authorities. (5)

The festive opening ceremony of the replica of artist Zurab Tsereteli 's sculpture "The Good Defeats the Evil" took place at the Main GAI Headquarters on Lubyanka. The sculpture itself was unveiled in New York in 1990. A story describes Tsereteli's masterpiece. (8)

The Troika Dialog company has finished buying up shares from the staff of the Klinsky Meat-Processing Combine. Which company will become its new owner? A story tries to guess. (13)

Energy Minister Igor Yusufov on Monday stated that British experience in restructuring the gas sector could be used in Russia, which, as a story concludes, can mean that the ministry has officially supported the demonopolization of Gazprom. (13)

The Central Bank on Monday made public data on the turnover of cash currency in Russia. A story examines figures on the public's changing currency preferences in summer. (13)

U.S. Deputy Commerce Secretary Faryar Shirzad, head of the import control administration, arrived in Moscow on Monday. A story examines two aims of his visit. (13, 20)

Moscow City Duma Economic Policy Commission Chairwoman Irina Rukina on Monday spoke about the draft city budget-2003, focusing on how it differs from the budget-2002. (14)

The President of the All-Russian Union of Insurers, Alexander Koval, and Chief Sanitary Physician Gennady Onishchenko on Monday discussed a draft bill concerning sanitary-epidemiological insurance. A story looks at its major provision, saying what people will gain if it is passed. (15)

The British HSBC Bank, a leading bank in Europe, on Monday stated its intention to take up retail business in Russia. It intends to buy a big retail Russian bank. A story examines the bank's plans. (15)


A story gives facts and figures showing how the euro is displacing the dollar in the Russians' purses. (A1)

Statistical data confirms the forecast by Andrei Melnichenko, head of MDM Bank's Board of Directors. He said the next banking crisis will be the crisis of bad credit portfolios. The Interfax review of the banking system in the first 6 months of this year, "The First Signal of the Crisis?" shows that the share of bad credits is growing. (A1)

The Science and Industry Ministry has submitted to the government a plan aimed at boosting the automobile industry through the year 2008. Brief. (A1)

The Tax Ministry asked the State Duma to introduce amendments to the existing tax law to exempt owners of uncompleted dachas from paying huge new taxes. A story offers figures illustrating the considerably increased taxes. (A2)

Rosoboronexport spokesman Mikhail Zavaly stated Monday that the state mediator plans to sign contracts on weapons deliveries worth $3.5 billion. Experts say that the figure has been lowered due to the heightened secrecy level. (A2)

The World Bank intends to make investments to Iran's private sector for the first time after the 1979 Revolution, despite the harsh objections of the United States, which has included Iran in an "axis of evil." (A2)

A story examines major amendments to the town building code that has been drafted by the Economic Development and Trade Ministry. (A3)

Russian Aluminum has announced it will soon complete the process of consolidating the its assets. Director-general and co-owner Oleg Deripaska stated that from the point of view of management, preserving the independence of the plants comprising Rusal is useless. (A4)

Alexander Bespalov, Chairman of the State Council of the Unified Russia Party, said in an interview how his party is trying its best to meet all directives and instruction from the Kremlin. He also states his party's stands on several vital issues. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

The petrochemical and gas SIBUR company plans to become a gas-extracting company with the help of Gazprom. A story reveals the company's plans. (B1)

The managers of Dikaya Orkhideya, a well-known retail network selling women's lingerie, decided to open food mini-markets. The new network will be called "Magnolia ". (B1)

A several-million-franc suit has been filed against the Swiss flight controlling company "Skyguide" demanding compensation for losses as a result of a collision of a Russian passenger liner with a Boeing cargo plane on July 2 above Germany. Brief. (B1)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has signed a government decree raising the oil export duty rate up to $26.20 per ton from $21.90. The new rate will take effect on Oct. 1, 2002. Brief. (B1)

The Northern Pipeline Plant (STZ) shareholders' meeting on Saturday approved a deal, where STZ is to become a guarantor of a $150 million credit line. Credit Suisse First Boston is to open this line to 3 off-shores that were instituted by the owners of MDM Group. (B2)

The Unified Metals Company (OMK) has bought 58.35 percent of stock of the Almetyevsk Pipe Plant that formerly belonged to Tatneft and to Tatgazinvest. A story comments on the deal. (B2)

Gazflot, a 100-percent subsidiary of Gazprom, has made a second surveying bore hole in the Severo-Kamennomysk gas deposit in the Ob inlet. The brief says what results have been obtained in testing that hole. (B2)

The Rosneft company plans by 2020 to increase oil extraction up to 35 million-45 million tons and gas extraction up to 70 billion-80 billion cubic meters a year. These figures are contained in the company's strategy that was endorsed by its Board of Directors on Friday. Brief. (B2)

The Kemerovo Regional Arbitration Court has imposed external administration at the Yurginsky Machine-Building Plant by order from the local tax inspectorate. Brief. (B2)

Lloyd's of London has endorsed a package of reforms aimed at modernizing and raising the efficiency of the 300-year insurance association. A story describes the association and its upcoming reforms. (B3)

A story examines the situation on the domestic sugar market last week, giving sugar figures for different cities and regions. (B4)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov Monday held a news conference to confirm his intention to conduct a promised referendum on the Land Code. Zyuganov said his supporters in the State Duma will support such a referendum. (2)

The Audit Chamber on Monday submitted to the State Duma its final evaluation of the draft budget for 2003. Several controversial articles in the draft are highlighted. (3)

The Second Baikal Economic Forum sponsored by the Federation Council opened in Irkutsk on Monday. Its agenda, numerous participants and foreign guests are described. (3)

Belarussian Information Minister Mikhail Podgainy was recently instructed by President Alexander Lukashenko to make things clear with the "yellow-brown press" and "to keep the opposition press in line." Podgainy talks about his policy in relation to the press, journalists and different publications. (6)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Russian and Iranian officials have met in Austria on the margins of the 46th Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency. There, they declared their commitment to continued cooperation. (2)

The State Council will soon consider a state youth policy. How much will it cost taxpayers? Why are extremist and criminal associations more attractive to young people than state-run youth organizations? Six experts share their viewpoints on these issues. (3)

The State Council Presidium late last week held a special session in Mezhdurechensk in the Kemerovo region devoted to the coal industry. Kemerovo Governor Aman Tuleyev speaks about the meeting's results and decisions. (4)

Moskovskiye Novosti

President Vladimir Putin's tough message to Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze has given rise to myriad foreign policy debates. Is it possible to neutralize Chechen rebels in the Pankisi Gorge? What did Putin hope to accomplish with his message? What will happen if the Georgian leadership fails to accept Moscow's proposals? A story offers two versions of future developments. (3)

A week before the second round of gubernatorial elections in Krasnoyarsk, analysts speculate on possible outcomes. (6)

An increasing number of companies are becoming multinational players. This often raises corporate revenues, but is it good for Russia? Igor Yurgens, first vice president of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs shares his opinions. (8)

With the move toward greater corporate transparency that began this summer, the officially recorded wealth of many mulitmillionaires rose quickly. Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky is given as an example. (8)

Noviye Izvestia

Cosmonauts Valery Korzun and Sergei Treshchev, now working onboard the international space station, will take part in the upcoming census scheduled for Oct. 9-16. Their questionnaires will be delivered to them by the Progress cargo ship. Brief. (1)

There is a shortage of safe drinking water in the Moscow region due to the unfavorable weather situation. Brief. (1)

Efforts are under way to eradicate the consequences of the secret services' criminal activities in the countries of the former communist bloc. In Germany, a special agency has been created for this purpose. (4)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

The Kondopozhsky Bread-Baking Combine in Karelia has regularly paid taxes to the city but may be without grain this year for a number of reasons. (10)

Moscow medical specialists give several recommendations on how to avoid health problems caused by the city's smog, which may remain in the air several more weeks. (12)

Housing prices in Moscow have soared over the past two years. No longer can one find an apartment for less than $750 per square meter. Vash Dom Supplement. (2)