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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

Katar al-Jazira on Tuesday, the eve of the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror acts in the U.S., aired a recording of a speech by Osama bin Laden, who for the first time stated that it was al-Qaida that was responsible for the acts. A story comments on how this recording could be interpreted, concluding that as long as bin Laden remains the "national hero" for millions of Moslems, terrorism has not been defeated. All central newspapers on Wednesday devote their stories to the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragic events. (1; Kommersant, 1,7; Gazeta, 1,4,5; Noviye Izvestia, 3; Krasnaya Zvezda, 1; 3; Vremya Novostei, 1; Vremya MN, 1; Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2; Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3; Literaturnaya Gazeta, No.37, p. 1; Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2,3; MK, 1,2)

Salyam Adil represents Qatar-based television channel al-Jazira in Moscow. How have his colleagues managed to obtain a recording of bin Laden's speech? In an interview, he answers this question. (1)

A story describes how leading domestic television channels have aired and commented on the Sept. 11 American tragedy. (1)

American Ambassador to Russia Alexander Vershbow devotes his story to the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragic events in his country, saying that President Vladimir Putin was the first foreign leader to telephone U.S. President George W. Bush to offer his support. The Ambassador stresses that Putin united with the USA in an anti-terror coalition immediately after Sept. 11. (1,3)

General Staff chief Anatoly Kvashnin on Tuesday visited federal troops in Chechnya where he made an impressive PR step -- the general drove his Zhiguli unescorted through all checkpoints in the Oktyabrsky District, in which federals collected bribes. At a session in Grozny, Kvashnin made a revolutionary statement, saying that Moscow is ready to withdraw troops from regions if administration heads take full responsibility for the situation there. A story comments on his statement. (2; Kommersant, 3)

The Prosecutor General's Office is continuing to uphold the rights of flight passengers in Moscow city airports. Thus, on Tuesday it submitted to court suits against the managements of Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo, which allegedly illegally collected money for passengers entering their territory. Another similar suit will be submitted soon against Vnukovo leaders. A story comments on the prosecutors' measures. (2; Kommersant, 10)

The main military prosecutor's office on Tuesday instituted criminal proceedings against Major Shiryaev, chief of the headquarters of the army unit in the North-Caucasian military district. He is accused of beating five conscripts who escaped from the unit, encouraging another 49 soldiers to do the same. A story gives details. (2; Kommersant, 4)

Moscow City Hall, contrary to the federal legislation, is doing everything possible to concentrate all power in their hands and rein in district local administrations. A story comments on the issue. (2; Gazeta, 2)

The Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called on Russians living in or going to Georgia to be vigilant, as diplomats believe the aggravated criminal situation there poses a risk for them. A story comments on the situation. (2)

Actor Gennady Khazanov, director of the Variety Theater, on Tuesday read a lecture at the Moscow International University, saying the intelligentsia is nonexistent in Russia today. A story examines his speech. (3)

Dmitry Porton, press secretary of the Belarussian Interior Minister, on Tuesday said Chechen terrorist Salman Raduyev's comrade-in-arms, Saipudi Umkhaev, who was arrested in Minsk, will be extradited to Russia before Sept. 15. Brief. (3)

Larisa Gamova, widow of General Vitaly Gamov, head of the regional border service board in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, has been brought to Moscow from Tokyo where she underwent medical treatment after being seriously injured during a terrorist act on May 21. A story gives details of the case. (3; Gazeta, 3; Komsomolskaya Pravda, 1,6)

Activists from a Moscow club of supporters for right-hand drive autos gathered on Pushkin Square on Tuesday to discuss Industry, Science and Technology Minister Ilya Klebanov's recent statement in Vladivostok on imposing a gradual ban on autos with right-hand drive. A story describes the gathering on Pushkin Square. (3)

The Moscow regional government and the State Sports Committee on Tuesday signed an agreement on cooperation. According to the document, the Moscow region will become a major base for raising future champions. A story examines the document. (3)

Security Council Secretary Vladimir Rushailo, who was seriously injured in a road accident in Kamchatka on Monday, has been brought to Moscow to continue his medical treatment in the Central Clinical Hospital. The Kamchatka prosecutor's office has instituted criminal proceedings against a jeep driver and several GAI officials. A story gives new details of the accident. (3; Kommersant, 3; Gazeta, 3; Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4)

The State Duma on Tuesday held its first session, at which the heads of committees, factions and commissions discussed the Duma's work schedule for the next semester. A story points to priority draft documents. (5; Kommersant, 2)

An unusual school for adults -- the School of Protocol and Etiquette -- was unveiled in St. Petersburg on Monday. Twenty students, starting next Monday, will begin to study the ABC of correct behavior. A story describes the school program. (5)

A story examines how the Sept. 11 tragedy in the U.S. has affected the Russian economy. Six economists and analysts share their views on the issue. (6)

Oil prices have been setting records for the fifth day in a row. Thus, pending an attack on Iraq, the cost of oil on the London stock exchange has increased by 21 cents up to $28.7 per barrel, and in New York by 14 cents up to $29.87. A story comments on the situation on these exchanges, focusing on countries' reactions. (6)

Which airlines and air transportation markets have suffered most after the Sept. 11 terror acts in the USA? A story examines the situation in some of them. (6)

In an interview, Vladimir Anufriyev, vice president of Petrokommerts Bank, speaks about the problems of domestic industry and prospects of syndicated crediting. (6)

The story examines the situation today on the diamond market, focusing on experts' assessments and expectations. (6)

The Anti-Monopoly Ministry has demanded from VympelCom an 18,000-ruble payment ($573) as a fine for inadequate advertising on Sept. 9. Brief. (7)

The Central Bank has conducted a study to assess the stability of the banking sector in case of an unfavorable situation on the financial market. As it has turned out, its potential losses will be less that those during the 1998 crisis. A story comments on the assessment. (8)

Sberbank and Aeroflot late last week announced the launching of the joint card project "Visa Aeroflot". A story reveals its essence. (8)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Major shareholders of Arkhangelskgeodovycha (AGD), LUKoil and Rosneft, on Tuesday ignored the invitation of the Northwestern Federal District's presidential representative Viktor Cherkesov, who wanted to reconcile them. The withdrawal of AGD's license for the development of the Verkhotina diamond deposit is now practically inevitable. A story looks at a long-standing dispute. (1)

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday called Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref to Sochi where Putin is spending his vacation. The president wanted to discuss the possibility of completing the long-delayed construction project of the Adler Air Terminal Complex that up to 1993 was being built by Slovenian firm STS. Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek is expected to arrive in Sochi on Sept. 13 to discuss the situation with the construction project. (2)

The Higher School of Economics on Tuesday submitted its report on administration reform that has been drafted by order from Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref, who is responsible administrative reform. A story examines the document, noting that all measures to reform the administration taken within the government program have been ineffective. (3)

The Moscow government Tuesday endorsed a plan of new construction projects on the Kolomenskoye estate. A story looks at the plan. (4)

The SIDANKO shareholders extraordinary meeting on Tuesday elected a new 11-member board of directors. The brief offers a complete list of them. (9)

The Court of Appeal in Paris today will launch open hearings on Swiss Temtrade company 's suit against the L'Oreal Group. A story examines the case. (9)

Gazprom head Alexei Miller and Surgutneftegaz general director Vladimir Bogdanov have decided to draft an agreement on the joint development of the oil stretch of the Urengoi gas condensate deposit. A story describes the project. (9,11)

The Moscow Arbitration Court has frozen the controlling stake of the Northwestern Steamship Line, a leading domestic shipping company that belongs to the National Aviation Company. The brief explains the court decision. (9)

The Moscow city government plans to spend 13.3 billion rubles ($423.4 million) this coming winter on clearing snow from the city streets, city government official Nikolai Pavlov stated. Brief. (9)

Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin on Tuesday inspected the Financial Monitoring Committee under his control and was strongly impressed by the work of domestic financial monitors. A story describes what actually impressed Kudrin. (10)

Valentin Zavadnikov, head of the Federation Council's industry policy committee, shared plans for this new semester in the Federation Council on Tuesday. Instead of the traditional industrial policy aimed at backing domestic producers, priorities were global privatization plans, including Gazprom and the defense enterprises. (10)

Switzerland is one of the top 10 highest investing countries in the Russian economy. Their overall sum amounts to almost $700 million. Brief. (10)

The law concerning drivers' obligatory civil responsibility insurance will take effect on July 1, 2003. Brief. (10)

The PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) auditing company in Moscow on Tuesday presented its study of corporate accounts of oil companies. A story examines new PWC methods. (11)

The state-run Transnefteprodukt company has summed up the results of its subsidiaries' efforts to combat fuel looting from oil pipelines. In the first eight months of this year, the number of such crimes has decreased by 18.5 percent as compared with the figure for the same period last year. A story looks at other results and figures. (11)

Serious changes may take place in the property structure of Mobile Telesystems (MTS), a leading mobile communications operator in Russia and Eastern Europe. Deutsche Telecom is willing to sell or considerably decrease its 40 percent stock package in MTS in order to earn money to pay its debts. (11)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

Alfa-Bank has frightened the Magnitogorsk Metals Combine, or MMK, by applying to the RTS stock exchange with a request to include MMK stock in the RTS system. The MMK leadership has managed to prevent the bank from carrying out its intentions. A story describes how it did it. (A1)

Analytical Development Center experts have found a simple explanation for bankers' passion for retail programs. A story reveals its essence. (A1)

The federal budget surplus in August was 0.6 billion rubles ($19.1 million); budget revenues amounted to 162.2 billion rubles, and expenditure to 161.6 billion rubles. These and several other figures were stated by the Finance Ministry. Brief. (A1)

The real and effective ruble rate in relation to foreign currencies in August 2002 consolidated by 0.4 percent, the Central Bank stated. Brief. (A1)

On Wednesday, America is mourning and honoring the memory of 3,000 people killed during the Sept. 11 terrorist acts. (A2)

Liberal Democratic Party of Russia leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky on Tuesday stated that his party intends to sponsor its own referendum with the aim of pushing significant initiatives that are impossible to push through the State Duma. A story comments on his statement. (A2)

Due to increased realty prices, overall U.S. welfare in January-August rose by $620 billion. The boom on the realty market has partly compensated for ordinary investors' losses from the fall on the stock market. (A3)

The Industry, Science and Technology Ministry has agreed with all state departments on a plan for measures aimed at boosting the automobile sector and in a couple of days will submit it to the government. (A3)

VympelCom general director Joe Lunder is pleased at his company's successes this year. In an interview, he talks about his company's achievements, deals, regional projects and future plans. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Deutsche Telecom most probably will lose part of its 40 percent stock package in MTS, a leading cellular operator in Russia and Eastern Europe. Analysts believe that AFK Sistema will be the most probable buyer of the Deutsche Telecom's share. (B1)

Soyuzplodimport press service reported Tuesday that it has concluded the first license agreement on using trade signs of such vodka brands as Stolichnaya, Moskovskaya and others. Brief. (B1)

The Ramenka company, which owns the Ramstore network, is the first to launch a large-scale expansion in the regions, having outstripped its major competitors -- Perekryostok and Sedmoi Kontinent. (B1)

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday demanded that analysts of investment banks clearly explain to investors their recommendations concerning stocks. (B1)

Nafta-Moskva and the Swiss Swiru Holding AG have created on a parity basis a marketing company -- FinRusOil. Brief. (B1)

The Continental AG concern and the Moscow Tyre Plant on Tuesday signed an agreement on launching a joint venture, the controlling package of which will belong to Continental. The venture will produce tires of the Continental, Gislaved and Barum brands. Brief. (B1)

LUKoil's plans to buy 75 percent of stock of Rafineria Gdanska in consortium with British Rotch are under question. The fact is that the Polish government on Tuesday announced that it mat place the nation's second largest oil refinery under the control of the local PKN Orlen oil concern. (B2)

The SIBUR creditors' meeting Tuesday voted to sign an amicable agreement. The final decision will be made by the Yamal-Nenets Regional Arbitration Court, which on Sept. 13 will decide the fate of SIBUR. (B2)

The Finance Ministry on Sept. 18 will conduct auctions to place federal loan bonds. The brief reveals its conditions. (B3)

The Moscow Inter-Bank Currency Exchange (MICEX) plans in October to institute an uninterrupted session on the state security market, MICEX general director Alexander Zakharov stated. Brief. (B3)

The Megafon cellular operator Tuesday opened the third trading and servicing center in Moscow and plans to open one more before the end of this year. (B5)

Noviye Izvestia

Yevgeny Semutnikov, an expert from the state-run Mosekonomonitoring nature conservation service, explains whether acid rain can be expected in Moscow. (1)

According to the results of a recent sociological poll conducted by the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion, 53 percent of respondents answered "No" to American military acts against the countries that, in Washington's opinion, host terrorist bases, such as Iraq, Libya, etc. Brief. (1)

A feature story describes the current peaceful situation in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge, focusing on comments by a local administration head. (1,6)

The IKEA company in Belarus has to close its project, in which it planned to invest $25 million. The reason is the local authorities' unwillingness to sign an agreement guaranteeing the protection of investments. A story describes the conflicting situation. (2)

Moscow Prosecutor Mikhail Avdyukov at a news conference Tuesday tried to inform journalists of how his agency defends citizens' constitutional rights regarding the unsanctioned tapping of telephone calls. Avdyukov, however, spoke not about defending the public from telephone tapping, but about defending an actual person -- State Duma deputy Boris Nemtsov. A story examines his pronouncements. (2)

A story describes the two-month long conflict between the Kotlass Pulp and Paper Combine in the Arkhangelsk region and its minority shareholder -- the Ilim Pulp Enterprise, focusing on its origin, history and the present day. (4)

In an interview, former FSB Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Litvinenko, who in 2001 was granted political asylum in Britain, talks about his conflict with the FSB, his acquaintance with Boris Berezovsky and their common "friends." Litvinenko has written a book titled "L.P.G. (Lubyanka Criminal Group)" that will soon be brought out by the New York "Grani" publishing house. (5)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

The Unified Russia Party on Tuesday opened its new political season, which began in the State Duma-renovated smaller hall. Its members were given new party cards -- ultra-modern plastic cards. A story describes the novelty.

Police Colonel Viktor Prokopov, deputy chief of the Main Board of the Criminal Investigation Department, at a news conference on Tuesday stated that more than 2,000 mentally sick patients in Russia, who have escaped from mental hospitals, are wanted by police. A story comments on his statement, saying who else is wanted by police. (7)

The Moscow metro is drafting a tariff project that by the end of 2003 will be tested on a new metro line. The story reveals its essence. (7)

A feature story offers concrete facts showing how state officials are using forest and peatbog fires in their own selfish aims. (8)

In an interview on the eve of his 65th birthday, famed singer and State Duma Deputy Iosif Kobzon talks about his singing career, saying that he has given up business since he became a deputy. He also speaks about his "modest " existence. (10)

Moscow Education Department head Lyubov Kezina answers questions from Komsomolskaya Pravda readers about this year's novelties in schools and about school problems. (12,13)

Argumenty i Fakty
www.aif.ru

Film actor Vladimir Mashkov will play the role of oligarch Boris Berezovsky in filmmaker Pavel Lungin 's new film "Oligarch." In an interview, Mashkov talks about his feelings in this new role. (3)

Thanks to leading Western newspapers (named in the article), Russians are viewed in the world as drunkards and mafiosi. A story offers several examples, concluding that such a negative image of the country results in huge losses for it. (4)

A new political season has begun with an ethnic quarrel between Tatars and Bashkirs in the Republic of Bashkiria. Who needs a second Chechnya? A story looks at the quarrel, focusing on the possible reasons behind it. (4)

Rumors on Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov's death circulated last week. A story suggests that Maskhadov, who after Khattab's death is controlling all rebel finances, is probably trying to avoid meetings with tax inspectors. (5)

A story is devoted to the disturbing situation on the domestic food market. The recent problem with American poultry imports showed that Russia is unable to feed itself without foreign aid. (6)

In an interview, writer Anatoly Pristavkin, presidential adviser on pardons issues, who has visited women's prisons in the Ural region, offers grim facts from the life of female convicts there. Facts and figures on Russian prisons are also given. (8)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

A story reflects on reasons why with a bumper grain harvest this year again, Russian farmers have remained poor and unhappy as always. (1,3)

The Moscow government has decided to launch a major renovation of the ancient Budapest Hotel in the center of the city. A story describes its reconstruction project. (1)

A Moscow gardener has proposed using the natural magnetism of the Earth to protect fruit trees and bushes from rodents. His method was patented recently by the Patent Agency. A story examines the method. (1)

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko on Monday tried to explain to Moscow NTV channel viewers his stand on Belarus-Russia integration. A story comments on Lukashenko's statements, focusing on how they differ from President Putin's approach to the problem. (3; Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4)

A story examines several effective measures taken by the Moscow regional government to put out forest and peatbog fires. (3)

A story offers several interesting historic episodes from the history of the Lutheran Church in Russia. (4)