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Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Komsomolskaya Pravda
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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

Moscow city government officials including Mayor Yury Luzhkov and public representatives ignored a Sept.13 anniversary on Friday. Three years ago a blast if an apartment block on Kashirskoye Shosse left 121 people dead. A story describes the meeting of the victims' relatives, saying where top city officials were on that day. (1,12, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 10)

Sept. 14 marked 40 years since the first and largest escape of Germans from East Germany to West Germany. Talented swimmer Hasso Hershel initiated and organized the escape. In an interview he recounts how he managed to do it. (1,7)

LUKoil President Vagit Alekperov on Friday announced a 30-million ruble reward for information about the whereabouts of chief financial officer Sergei Kukura, who was abducted on Thursday. A story examines several possible versions of the reasons behind his abduction. The story prints the full text of Alekperov's Statement. (1,2, Kommersant, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 1, Gazeta, Sept. 13, p. 1,3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, Trud, 2, MK, 1,2)

Canadian Agriculture Minister Lyle Vanclief conducted negotiations in Moscow on Friday with his Russian counterpart Alexei Gordeyev. In an interview Vancliff spoke optimistically about various aspects of Canadian-Russian agricultural cooperation. (1,5)

The U.S. is willing to launch military actions against Saddam Hussein alone without awaiting the UN decision. This is clear from President George W. Bush's statement to journalists on Sept. 13. A story comments on his statement. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 3, Vremya MN, 2, Trud, 1, 4)

Swiss physicist Andre Gsponer warned the world way back in 1979 that, "if Iraqis have at least 5 kilograms of plutonium they will be able to create a A-bomb in a period from 2 months to 2 years." Gsponer tried in vain to draw public attention to Iraqi scientists' and engineers' efforts to create nuclear weapons. At that time no one wanted to quarrel with Iraq. A story examines what the Iraqis have managed to create in the nuclear sphere. (2)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov told journalists on Friday what his Cabinet will do in the fourth quarter. A story examines several of the major points he concentrated on. (2, Kommersant, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4)

Moscow City Hall on Friday selected sculptor Alexander Rukavishnikov to create a statue of tsar Alexander II. A story describes how he won the competition. (2, Kommersant, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 18)

Mayor Yury Luzhkov on Friday proposed to city authorities to restore the statue of "Iron Felix" (Dzerzhinsky) in front of the FSB building on Lubyanskaya Square from where it was removed in 1991. A story comments on Luzhkov's initiative. (2, Kommersant, 3, Vremya MN, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 18, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

Seven local election commission heads and observers in Chuvashia have been convicted of rigging the presidential election ballots at the end of last year. Central Election Commission head Alexander Veshnyakov is displeased at the court's decision. A story details the case. (2)

Former President Boris Yeltsin and his wife Naina on Friday arrived in Berlin where Yeltsin will undergo a medical prophylactic examination at the Rudolf Virkhov Cardiological Center in Berlin. On Sept. 16 the Yeltsins are expected to return home. A story gives details. (3)

Deputy Prosecutor General Sergei Fridinsky on Friday accused Georgian authorities of aiding and abetting Chechen rebels. Georgia's President Eduard Shevardnadze on Friday expressed his willingness to discuss the problems that are holding back Georgian-Russian cooperation during his upcoming meeting with Vladimir Putin. This is stated in Shevardnadze's message to Putin. Brief. (3, Kommersant, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 1)

Belarus will extradite the alleged Chechen rebel Saipudi Umkhayev to Russia, deputy commander of the "army of General Dudayev," not later than Sept. 15. He is not under international search and there was no reason to detain and extradite him. What Russia will do with him is unclear. (3)

President Vladimir Putin received Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek in Sochi on Friday, who has every chance of becoming president in the near future. A story describes the meeting. (4, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

Estonia's Interior Minister Ain Seppik on Friday met with his Russian counterpart Boris Gryzlov and Patriarch Alexy II. In an interview the Estonian chief policeman talks about the issues he discussed in Moscow. (4)

The State Council on Friday held a closed session to discuss the fate of the new "Kozak law" which concerns local government. A story examines the decision. (4)

The Communications Ministry in early October intends to strip the non-state EMS Garantpost postal service of control over the delivery of international mail to Russia. Garantpost intends to defend its interests in court. A story comments on Communications Ministry's plan. (5)

A story reports on how land relations are being reformed, focusing on the new problems that have emerged lately . (5, Kommersant, 5)

Astrakhan Mayor Igor Bezrukavnikov and Astrakhanenergo Director-General Mikhaial Stolyarov with the Astrakhan governor as a mediator have signed six agreements on the suspension of electricity turnoffs and current debt payments. A story examines the documents. (5)

Vitaly Konovalov, First Vice- President of the TVEL company and the former Soviet Nuclear Energy and Industry Minister turned 70 on Sept. 14. A story covers his ministerial career, focusing on his efforts to create TVEL that unites all domestic enterprises producing nuclear fuel for nuclear power plants. (5)

The defeated Taliban movement leader mullah Omar is alive and ready for new battles against unfaithful elements. Katar television channel al-Jazira on Friday read his letter saying that "with the will of Allah the shariah laws will return to Afghanistan where the faithful people will enjoy the victory." (6, Noviye Izvestia, 3)

A brief describes how Iraq has responded to U.S. President George W. Bush's speech in the UN, in which Baghdad was accused of creating weapons of mass destruction. (6)

President Vladimir Putin has invited Bulgaria's President Georgy Pyrvanov to visit him in Sochi on Sept. 19-21. (6)

The Latvian state-run Narcology Center has registered a nine-year-old girl, a marijuana smoker, as the youngest drug addict in Latvia. Brief. (6)

American publishers have made a weighty contribution to the mass undertakings that marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragic events. They brought out over 100 different publications devoted to what happened on that day. Brief. (6)

Austria could refuse to buy 18 Eurofighters worth 1.8 billion euros. Instead agreeing to buy 30 MiG-29 fighters. Brief. (6)

The European Union leadership intends to increase the aid fund to the victims of catastrophes by up to 1 billion euros. Brief. (6)

A story describes how the U.S. should ease its oil dependence on the Middle East and expand its oil purchases from Russia. Otherwise, the threat to U.S. security will grow. This was stated on Friday by U.S. Senator Conrad Berns. Brief. (6)

The Moscow city government has endorsed a four year plan for the major renovation of the city's main architectural ensembles and for the revival of unique historical territories. The plan was drafted by the Museum-Reserve Kolomenskoye. Brief. (8)

The third International Jazz Festival "Black Sea" has opened in Sochi. The brief mentions its program and participants. (8)

The domestic state-run holding VGTRK and the Italian radio-television RAI company on Friday signed a general agreement on cooperation. The brief looks at its four trends. (8)

Starting from Sept. 16 the TV Channel 7-TV will air sports programs round the clock, becoming the only such sports television channel for the broad public. Brief. (9)

Television Academy (TA) members gathered together on Saturday to select three winners and a laureate of the national television TEFI Prize. In an interview TA spokesman Sergei Muratov shares his negative view on the TEFI Prize. (9)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The State Duma on Friday passed (in the second reading) a draft of amendments to the law concerning advertising. The draft toughens the rules of television beer advertising. A story looks at major amendments. (1,5, Noviye Izvestia, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, MK, 1)

An international closed competition for a major renovation project of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg will be announced soon. Local chief architect Oleg Kharchenko commented on the decision. (1,8)

The Prosecutor General's Office on Friday brought in an indictment against Viktor Paliy, the former Director-General of Nizhnevartovskneftegaz and later Slavneft manager and deputy of the Tyumen Regional Duma. He is accused of embezzling and squandering over $10 million. A story gives details. (1,5)

Rusudan Beridze, Deputy Secretary of the Georgian National Security Council, on Friday stated that his government is conducting negotiations with the aim of seeking the third country that could accept Chechen rebels presently staying on Georgian territory. Brief. (1)

The State Duma on Friday expressed its stand on the current situation in Georgia and Iraq. As far as Georgia is concerned, deputies backed President Vladimir Putin's statements on Sept. 11 with the possibility of using military force on Georgian territory. As for Iraq, no concrete decree has been adopted. A story comments on deputies decisions. (2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,7, Krasnaya Zvezda, Sept. 13, p.1.3)

After President Vladimir Putin's statement on Wednesday concerning the possibility of launching unilateral military actions on Georgian territory, Georgia has awaited international response. This came on Friday when Washington stated that it categorically disagrees with this Russian plan. After this Tbilisi promised Russia to extradite Chechen rebels who have been detained on the border. A story looks at further developments in the Georgian leadership. (2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1,3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 3)

The collegium of the Audit Chamber on Friday endorsed a draft of its conclusions concerning the 2003 draft budget. One of its major conclusions was that the budget could be increased by 30.7 billion rubles. A story looks at auditors' calculations. (2, Vremya MN, 3)

The Swedish Prosecutor's Office on Friday dropped its suspensions in relation to Russian singer Bogdan Titomir, who was suspected of keeping drugs. A story details his case. (3)

The shelling on Friday of the Chechen village Dyshne-Vedeno by federal troops left two young women dead. Local villagers were infuriated. A story gives details. (3)

The New York Times on Friday reported that the U.S. had imposed trade sanctions against three Russian defense enterprises (they are all mentioned) that are accused of delivering military technologies to countries supporting terrorism. The information is referenced as sourced in the U.S. Department of State. A story comments on the measure. (4)

The Yamal-Nenets Arbitration Court on Friday endorsed Sibur's amicable agreement with its creditors. The court also rejected Alfa-Bank's complaint against the actions of the company's provisional manager. In the opinion of Sibur President Dmitry Mazepin a six-month bankruptcy case is over. Alfa-Bank disagrees. (5)

The Federal Energy Commission has submitted a draft bill to the government on the fundamentals of price policy in Russia. A story examines the document's major provisions. (5)

All real estate deals have been frozen in the Sverdlovsk region starting from Friday. For how long? A story describes local law-enforcement officers' operation and its results. (5)

First Deputy Central Bank head Andrei Kozlov and IntesaBci Chief Executive Director Christian Merle on Friday signed a protocol on the opening of a 100 percent affiliate of IntesaBci in Moscow. Brief. (6)

LUKoil has increased its share in the charter capital of Imperial Bank up to 19.52 percent from 9.34 percent. Brief. (6)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

Deputy Federation Council Speaker Alexander Torshin examines what should be done to draw the population's savings into the investment process. (2)

The Federation Council as a whole on Friday voted a special operation in Georgia, but head of the FC Security and Defense Committee Viktor Ozerov spoke harshly against. A story looks at his opinion. (2)

Moscow's threats to Tbilisi raise important questions -- to what extent are actions on other states' territory in line with the principles of the Commonwealth of Independent States? Do such actions contradict the Collective Security Treaty? International law expert Igor Lukashuk, head of the Center for International Law Studies attached to the Institute of the State and Law, answers these questions. (2)

A story describes complete confusion and dismay at the night briefing in the Georgian President's State Office on Sept. 11 after Russian President Vladimir Putin's statement. Shevardnadze 's position was immediately dubbed as defeatist. Rumor began to spread that Shevardnadze will be unable to retain power. (3)

A letter to U.S. President George W. Bush from Sazhi Umalatova, chairwoman of the Peace and Unity Party, concerning his statements on his intention to launch a military operation against Iraq. Full text. (3)

Noviye Izvestia

Moscow city authorities intend to present in the Roman alphabet the names of streets, museums, and information road signs inside the Golden Ring of Moscow, a tourist zone that will be soon created around the Moscow Kremlin. Brief. (1)

According to a recent opinion poll by Monitoring.ru, the majority of Moscow residents prefer to give presents rather than to receive them. The brief offers figures. (1)

The head of the Chechen administration and a group of Chechen officials were invited to the Kremlin Friday supposedly to discuss current issues linked to the rehabilitation of the republic's economy. But as it became clear later, the meeting was initiated by head of the Kremlin administration Alexander Voloshin, and with different aims. Rumor has it that Voloshin had received a rather ticklish assignment: to see the Chechen authorities' vision of the future constitution, and to ease the stands by Kadurov and his opponents on several provisions of the fundamental law. A story examines their positions. (2)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Preventive measures have become a priority in the struggle against terror. Among these measures is intensifying control over arms and explosives. In an interview Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov examines this problem and also a plan to reform the ministry's special units. The minister cites figures on the number of terrorist acts in Russia lately. (1,2)

Alexander Blokhin recently became Russian Ambassador to Belarus, and not at a good time for relations between the two countries. In an interview he shares his viewpoint on how it is possible to improve Russian-Belarussian relationships and hence integration between the two states. (1,3)

The government Friday endorsed a draft agreement with Azerbaijan on dividing the Central Caspian and submitted the document to the president. A story comments on the draft, concluding that both presidents will finally resolve a 10-year dispute on the status of the Caspian and its resources during Azeri President Geidar Aliyev's visit to Russia in late September. (2)

Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov met with his colleagues from the European Union in New York on Friday in the format "15 plus 1". The Kaliningrad problem was a major topic for discussion. The Russian side presented the EU with a draft memorandum that should serve as the core for the negotiations. A story looks at the document's major provisions. (2)

The famous Trans-Siberian Railway (Transsib) will probably be extended to Korea and linked to its railways. Delegations from Russia, North Korea and South Korea late this month are expected to meet for the first negotiations on the issue. A story looks at the project. (3)

President Vladimir Putin's statement on Sept. 11 concerning the situation in Georgia has generated strong responses. In an interview former Security Minister Igor Giorgadze, a leader of the Georgian opposition, shares his view on several of the latest developments in Georgia, saying why the Georgian president does practically nothing to stop the activity of international terrorists on his territory. (7)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

A story describes foods obtained from transgenic plants. Their producers will now have to pay heavy fines if they conceal their origin and fail to inscribe on their labels the phrase "Contains genetically modified source (GMI)." Several geneticists, medics and environmentalists here share their views on such food products, trying to answer the question "To eat or not to eat? (13, 4,5)

In an interview fashion designer Igor Chapurin speaks about how he helps First Lady Lyudmila Putin select her dresses. (13, 6)

The news-analysis program "Vremena" on ORT, today Sept. 15 will begin its new season. A story examines several changes of the program. Televizor Supplement. (13, 2)

KP gives political analysts' answers to eight questions about President Vladimir Putin's warning to Georgia on Sept. 11. (14, 2)

The State Duma lately has proposed to the government to impose economic sanctions against Georgia. A story comments on the proposal, focusing on several deputies' views on the issue. (14,3)

First Lady Lyudmila Putin has visited the children's rest and recreation camp "Orlyonok" 40 kilometers from Tuapse (in the south of Russia), where she often spent her summer vacations in her youth. (14, 5)

Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov at the first State Duma session Tuesday after the summer recess made KPRF faction members sad when he demanded larger Party fees since their salaries have increased. (6)

Highly-regarded filmmaker Alexei German Friday complained of chest pain but he refused to be hospitalized. Doctors asked him to suspend work on his new film. A story examines possible reasons for his poor health. (14,7)

A story features 66-year-old Japanese millionaire Yutake Hori, who came to live in Irkutsk hoping to find his happiness there. In an interview he talks about his dream: to create a family and name his child Chudo (Wonder). (14,8)

After a six-month break, the USA is expected to resume its poultry deliveries to Russia today. During all this time, the Russian Agriculture Ministry held talks with the American side discussing quality and sanitary norms. Does the American poultry import now pose any health risk? Deputy Chief Veterinary Doctor Yevgeny Nepoklonov answers this and other questions. (14,9)

A new center for servicing Megafon cellular telephone users has opened on Ulitsa Bakhrushina in Moscow. A story describes the high-tech center. (14,11)

A story is devoted to a Voronezh cat, Murzik, that is a unique masseur with many local entrepreneurs and deputies as its clients. (19)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

Moscow authorities have selected the four best construction sites in the city. The major demands of the competition were applying innovation ideas and improved labor conditions. A story looks at the competition winners. (13, 12)

A feature story highlights five female cosmonauts from the 5-member women's detachment of cosmonauts, who in 1962 were preparing to fly in space. (13, 1,7)

Alexei Nichiporenko, director-general of Sonic Duo,Moscow, operator of the domestic Megafon network, answers numerous practical questions from Moskovsky Komsomolets readers about his company and its services. (13, 3)

A story is devoted to food prices that have been soaring since 2002. A table compares food prices in 2002, 2001 and 2000. (13, 1,2)

The federal government has issued a decree on raising salaries for several categories of state service employees. A story comments on the document. (14,1)

President of the Academy of Military Sciences General Mahmud Gareyev speaks about further possible developments on the Russian-Georgian border. (14, 3)

Kaluga regional governor Anatoly Artamonov has proposed to the federal government to markedly expand the famous "Golden Ring" by including another 5 Russian towns: Kaluga, Borovsk. Maloyaroslavets, Kozelsk and Tarusa. A story examines the proposal, focusing on the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade's negative response. (15, 2)

Writers and poets, including Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Rimma Kazakova, and Sergei Mikhalkov, have been divided into two groups that are fighting in court for the re-division of power in the International Literary Fund. A story describes the origin of their conflict. (15,3)