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Izvestia
Kommersant
Vedomosti
Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Novaya Gazeta
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov at a news conference Saturday announced that he will punish high ranking generals in the Defense Ministry, who, as the statement says, are guilty of the destruction on Aug. 12 of the Mi-26 helicopter in Khankala. The story gives results of the investigation into the tragedy, focusing on the general's' negative response to the minister's order. (1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1 Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, MK, 2)

Respected filmmaker Alexei German has decided to give up his membership in the Filmmakers Union. The story says why. (1, Gazeta, 2)

Federal Forces Commander in Chechnya Vladimir Moltenskoi talks about the new rules regarding the movement of servicemen on the republic's territory. He also explains the rebels' Intensified military actions lately, saying that he is against cutting the number of check-points. (1,2)

The Finance Ministry on Saturday marked its 200th anniversary. On Sept. 8, 1802 Emperor Alexander I signed a decree to create eight ministries, including the Finance Ministry. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov congratulated its staff on the jubilee and awarded government decorations. The story describes the ceremony. (2, Vremya Novostei, 2 , Gazeta, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta 2)



Moscow on Sunday was again suffocating in a blanket of smog. In 22 districts of the Moscow region 605.5 hectares of forests and peat bogs are ablaze. The story describes this disturbing ecological situation. (2 , Gazeta, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1 , Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3, MK, 1)

U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair over the weekend discussed the fate of Iraq, which, as Bush said, has failed to meet 16 UN Security Council resolutions and is continuing to produce weapons of mass destruction. The story examines results of the American-British negotiations, noting that the American president today will continue his consultations with potential allies in the new anti-Iraqi coalition. (3, Kommersant, 7, Vremya Novostei, 4, Gazeta, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,6)

On Sunday morning Chechen terrorists tried to kill Grozny Mayor Oleg Zhidkov. The brief mentions the details. (3, Kommersant, 4, Gazeta, 5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

The center of Moscow on Saturday became a battlefield between Russian and Irish soccer fanatics. Brief. (3, Kommersant , 4, Gazeta, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta , 7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 3)

The international Chess Tournament between Russian and international teams opened in the Kremlin Palace on Sunday. Among its participants is 12-year-old Yan Nepomnyashchy from Bryansk, who is a two-time European champion and a FIDE chess master. The story describes the event. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 7)

The story is devoted to the Liberal-Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) with State Duma Vice-Speaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky as its leader. The story focuses on the party's strategy until the next parliamentary elections. (4)

The Party of Renaissance that has been created by State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov on the basis of the left-of center movement "Rossiya" held its Founding Congress on Saturday., when 600 delegates from 71 regions gathered together for the event. The story describes the new party, its program, participants and ideology. (4, Kommersant, 3, Gazeta, 2 , Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, MK, 2)

Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov over the weekend visited Kaliningrad to inspect its economic position. The result of the visit is that now the Senate will draft amendments to the law concerning the special economic zone of Kaliningrad. The speaker commented on his visit. (4, Kommersant, 2)

Chechnya this year has enjoyed a record setting grain crop. Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev congratulated the Republic on this achievement. The story gives figures. (5)

The Symposium of Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation countries which ended work in Vladivostok on Saturday summed up the results of their work. The story examines its positive and negative features. (5)

Deputy Finance Minister Viktor Zubkov, who heads the Financial Monitoring Committee at the banking forum in Sochi on Saturday, made a harsh statement saying that the crackdown on laundering illegal money in Russia will be long and painful. Previous achievements have been much inflated. The story comments on Zubkov's statement. (5)

The transnational Shindler company, a gem in the crown of the Swiss business, as Europeans call it, has been registered in Russia. The company views the Russian market as reliable and promising. The story describes the company, its products and plans. (5)

Former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev's son Sergei recounts how he has managed to get materials showing that his father, when making his historic speech from the UN rostrum, did not beat his shoe on it, as was reported then by then leading international press agencies. (6)

The third International Tele-Film Forum "Together" is to open in Yalta today. One of its founders, Ashot Dzhazoyan, secretary-general of the International Confederation of Journalists Unions, speaks about the event, its aim and its program. (8)

Sociologists from the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTSIOM) have made public results of several recent opinion polls showing Mayor Yury Luzhkov's lowering approval ratings. The story gives figures to illustrate the point. (10)

Three years ago the terrible terrorist attacks of Sept. 9 and Sept. 13 on two apartment blocks on Ulitsa Guryanova and Kashirskoye Shosse left 228 people dead. The story recounts those tragedies. A full list of all the victims is included. (11, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 6)



Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The story features the first round of the gubernatorial elections in the Krasnoyarsk region which took place on Sunday Sept. 8. The focus is the preliminary results. (1,3, Gazeta, 1,3 , Vremya Novostei, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta,1)

The State Duma today is expected to resume work after the summer vacation. The story looks at major economic and political issues the Duma will deal with in this new semester. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2)

Chechen field-commander Uvais Yandarbiye, former chief of Aslam Maskhadov's guard, has been killed in Chechnya during the federal special operation. The story gives details. (4)

The anti-drug event "Do Not Even Try" organized by pop singer Oleg Gazmanov and sponsored by LUKoil was a hit in Kaliningrad last week. First Lady Lyudmila Putin took an active part in the event. (4)

The American administration has published official recommendations saying how to mark the upcoming Sept. 11, and First Lady Laura Bush asked Americans not to allow their children to watch TV on this day. The story gives details. (5)

Singapore's Justice and Foreign Minister Sanmugam Jaykumar on Sunday arrived in Moscow on a three-day official visit. The story looks at the issues he will discuss with his Russian counterpart Igor Ivanov, who invited him to visit Moscow. (5)

Georgia's President Eduard Shevardnadze in Tbilisi on Saturday held a closed meeting with Russian former Security Council Secretary Ivan Rybkin. He talks about issues they discussed, in particular, Chechnya and the situation in the Pankisi Gorge. (6)

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has no intention of answering President Vladimir Putin's recent message. The story says why. (7, Vremya Novostei, 1, 4)

The Russian-American seminar on managing pension assets ended in Moscow on Friday. Foreign participants wanted to know whether they will be able to take part in managing Russians' pension savings. The story concentrates on the results of the seminar. (9)

The Bashneft company Friday marked the 70th anniversary of the first oil it extracted. Russian oil executives arrived in the republic to congratulate their colleagues and to find out how Bashkiria's fuel, energy and petrochemical complexes will be privatized. (9)

Rosenergoatom on Friday celebrated its 10th birthday. President Oleg Sarayev talks about the parameters of his company's investment program in 2003. (10)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has signed a directive on launching a railway-automobile ferry line construction project from Ust-Luga-Baltiisk to German ports. The story examines the project, which costs100 million euros. (10)

The oil price on the world market has gone up to $30.05 per barrel, a record high figure over the past 1.5 years. Brief. (10)

The gross domestic product today is 24 percent higher than the 1997 level. This was stated by Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin at an enlarged session of the ministry collegium devoted to the ministry's 200th anniversary . Brief. (10)

The Cherkizovsky Dairy Complex will be closed at the end of September for major renovation. The story describes the project. (11)

The Council of Director-Generals of the Auto Plants in the Privolzhsky Federal District in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday announced the creation of the National Association of Automakers with presidential representative Sergei Kiriyenko as its lobbyist. The story describes the new association . (11)



Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

Mayor Yury Luzhkov has proposed that the president hold an unusual tax amnesty. Only those who invest money in the construction of housing, schools, hospitals and agriculture will be able to benefit from it.. (A1)

The Ingosstrakh company will soon obtain new shareholders, including Troika Dialog board of directors head Alexander Mamut and the MAX insurance company. (A1)

The Central Bank intends to break bankers of their habit of inflating their banks' capital. This was stated at the recent annual banking conference by Central Bank First Deputy Chairman Andrei Kozlov, who stated that banks will soon have to calculate the size of their own capital together with CB experts. (A1)

The crude oil export duty rate will increase up to $26.2 per ton from $21.9. This decision was made Friday by the government commission on protective measures in foreign trade. Brief. (A1)

The net outflow of capital in 2002 is expected to amount to $9 billion-$10 billion. This was stated by Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin on Saturday at an enlarged session of the Finance Ministry collegium devoted to the ministry's 200th anniversary. Brief. (A1)

The government, after discussing the first stage of reforming railway transport, decided to prolong it for another three months. The story looks at several concrete results. (A2)

The government commission on protective measures in foreign trade decided to impose prohibitive duties on the import of buses older than seven years. The story comments on the decision. (A3)

On Sept. 5 Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov approved measures aimed at boosting the metal industry. The story examines the reworked document that has been submitted by the Ministry of Industry, Science and Technologies. (A3)

Will the electrical energy reform be postponed? Five experts share their views on the issue. (A4 )

Self-exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky talks about his assets in domestic aluminum and other sectors. He talks about his profitable shares in the Kommersant publishing house and shares his impressions about Russian structural reforms. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Unified Energy Systems (UES) securities Friday became 3 percent cheaper on average. The fall was provoked by the negative news around the leading domestic energy company. The story examines the situation with UES share quotations on the RTS exchange. (B1)

The German Obi network of hypermarkets is preparing to open its first shop in Russia. Obi has already found a Russian partner and is now in talks with owners of the Mega trading complex in the Moscow region. (B1)

YUKOS has signed an agreement on buying out shares of the Eastern Oil Company, which the holding's minority shareholders had been waiting for more than three months. (B1)

The Presidium of the Krasnodar Regional Court declared illegal the release of a license to the Severnaya Neft company for the right to use the wealth of the Val Gamburtseva deposit. Brief. (B1)

The state-run company generating electrical and heating energy for nuclear plants -- the Rosenergoatom concern -- was registered over the weekend. The single generating company was created according to a government decree issued Sept. 8, 2001. Brief. (B1 )

The SIBUR-Tyumen company controlling the majority of domestic oil refineries is again at the center of a scandal. Bailiffs have instituted criminal proceedings against the company's managers. The story gives details. (B2)

Boris Gromov, former director-general of the Bratsk Aluminum Plant, is thinking of moving the construction of his own aluminum plant from the Irkutsk region to the Krasnodar region. Gromov explains his plans. (B2)

American leading financial company Citigroup will have to pay $200 million in order to settle the case on a "rapacious" crediting of clients. The story details the case. (B3)

The cellular Megafon company intends to buy in leasing equipment for $42 million to expand its network. The story examines the company's plans. (B5)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

Former Security Council Secretary Ivan Rybkin has proposed inviting the leaders of Georgia and Azerbaijan to take part in negotiations on settling the Chechen crisis. A story comments on the proposal. In an interview, Rybkin reveals its essence. (1,3)

Mass media outlets last week published a transcript of SPS leader Boris Nemtsov's telephone conversation with Belarussian opposition official Anatoly Lebedko. The transcript has caused a big scandal because it was obtained through telephone tapping, but who is doing this illegal business? Four policymakers share their views on the issue. (1,2)

Mikhail Margelov, head of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, examines how the Sept. 11 tragedy in New York has aligned the world's main political forces. The author focuses on two factors that have affected the course of international politics after Sept. 11. (2)

The upcoming census in Tatarstan has become the number one problem for the region. A story says why. (3)

Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov may be sentenced to three years in jail for slander. The fact is that Viktor Maslov, who in May was elected governor of the Smolensk region, has filed a suit against him. A story gives details. (3)

The State Duma will soon begin to discuss the draft of "The Guidelines of the Single State Monetary and Credit Policy in 2003" that has been submitted by the Central Bank. How does this draft differ from previous such documents? In an interview, Mikhail Zadornov, deputy head of the State Duma budget committee, answers this question, saying that the document leaves many questions unanswered. (4)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

In an interview, Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov speaks about the "Electronic Moscow" purpose-oriented city program, part of the "Electronic Russia" program. (3)

In an interview, First Vice-Mayor in the Moscow city government Oleg Tolkachev speaks about a new twist in the 1 1/2-year dispute between the city government and the Culture Ministry over the fate of historic buildings in Moscow. (3)

Novaya Gazeta
www.novayagazeta.ru

The scandal around the recent bombing of Georgia is snowballing. To investigate this tragic incident, which left one person dead and another six injured, a Russian General Staff special commission headed by Lieutenant-General Romanenko arrived in Tbilisi on Sept. 5. Before the departure, commission members for almost two hours had been instructed by General Headquarters chief Anatoly Kvashnin. In an interview (on condition of anonymity), a GS general sheds light on the essence of the scandal and several subsequent developments in Georgia. (1-3)

One hundred and six of the 119 victims of the Mi-26 helicopter crash have been identified at the 124th central laboratory of medical-criminal identification. In an interview, laboratory chief Vladimir Shcherbakov speaks about his team's difficult work. (8)

A story describes the secret graves of about 40,000 victims of the Soviet-era NKVD and KGB, the secret services of the time, at a shooting ground outside St. Petersburg. (9)

What has changed in the world after the Sept. 11 tragic events in the USA? In an interview, Dmitry Simes, President of the Nixon Center for Peace and Freedom, says that war against Iraq will be a continuation of the anti-terrorist operation in Afghanistan. In another interview, Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov, vice president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, answers this question, focusing on those who have won and those who have been defeated over this year since Sept. 11, 2001. (10,11)

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is not well and failed to attend the recent Earth Summit in Johannesburg. A story offers several excerpts from a report he had to deliver at the summit. (11)

The criminal investigation into the Tri Kita furniture contraband shows that it is linked to money laundering through the Bank of New York and is directly related to domestic arms exports. A story details the case, focusing on results of the investigation. (12-13)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Various Moscow religious sects whose names are given are preparing for the apocalypse. The terrible drought in the Moscow region, the smog, the floods in the south of Russia and in Europe -- they take all these to be the beginning of the Judgement Day. A story offers several concrete facts showing how sectarians using this propaganda make both adults and children join their sects. (1,6,7)

A story describes Moscow's new four-kilometer pedestrian itinerary, Neskuchny Gardens, which boasts 48 sights. (8)

According to the 1989 census, 90 percent of all Moscow residents (about 8 million) were Russians. What is the demographical situation in the city today? What are the modern tendencies of Moscow ethnography ? In an interview, Valery Stepanov, senior research associate of the Center for the Study and Settlement of Ethnic Conflicts at the Ethnology and Anthropology Institute, answers these questions. (9)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov may be accused of being involved in the most scandalous episode in the history of Russian diplomacy in recent time -- the signing of the Beiker-Shevardnadze agreement, which conceded a vast area of water in the Bering Strait to America in 1990. A story reveals the essence of the case. (1,2)

Arman Mkrtchan -- a former player from the Noviye Armyane, or New Armenians, KVN team -- was kidnapped in Moscow. City law enforcement officers have released him, but they were greatly surprised when they learned that the player and his brother are wanted by police. A story details the case. (1)

The Patent Agency has registered a new invention -- a portable mini-toilet for drivers. A story describes the invention. (1)

A 20-year-old student at Moscow State University has committed a horrific crime -- he has killed his grandparents and mother. The Moscow City Court declared him guilty of the crime, but released him when it learned the terrible details of the criminal's life -- at the age of four he was kidnapped and kept in a dog kennel. (1)

Together with a Russian visa, foreign tourists will now receive a computer card with interesting information about Moscow . A story describes the novelty. (1)