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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

A mass children's vaccination campaign to try to prevent an outbreak of bacterial meningitis was launched in Moscow schools on Monday. According to official statistics the disease hit 246 people in the city over the past nine months, killing 22 patients including eight children. A story describes School No. 597 in the north of Moscow where the disease hit its first victims. (1,2)

Dostoyevsky's novel Idiot has been sold in much larger quantities since the showing of the corresponding TV series. Its PR-manager Natalya Chuprova comments on this pleasing news, saying that quality TVs programs can help boost the book trade. (1,12,)

Criminal investigator Yury Burtovoi from the Prosecutor General's Office on Monday summoned Father Ioann, the confessor of Yukos security service officer Alexei Pichugin, to be questioned as a witness. A story notes that according to Article 56 of the Criminal-Procedural Code, clergyman should not act as witnesses and divulge the secrets of a confession. A story examines Pichugin's case and a new twist in it. (1, Kommersant, 1,6 , Gazeta, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1)

Famous French fashion designer Pierre Cardin has brought his new musical to Moscow that features a Chechen dance ensemble. A story is devoted to the guest performances of the Cardin theater in Moscow. (1, Gazeta, 1, 8)

U.S. President George W. Bush made a sensational statement at the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bangkok on Monday when he announced that Washington agrees to provide North Korea with multilateral security guarantees in exchange for its giving up its nuclear program. A story comments on Bush's statement. (2 , Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6)

A special commission to investigate the events that have happened in Chechnya since 1991 will be created in the republic according to a decree by Chechen President Akhmat Kadyrov, who is expected to sign it Tuesday or Wednesday. A story reveals the commission's duties and tasks. (2)

The Russian Banking House bank has launched a new comprehensive project called "Card+Deposit." A brief looks at this new service. (2)

Agropromkredit, a leading domestic bank, has summed up results of its performance for the first nine months of this year, when its credit portfolio increased by 12 times. Brief. (2)

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov late last week instructed his deputies Yury Roslyak and Oleg Tolkachev to draft proposals on creating the Moscow insurance exchange on the basis of the Moscow Insurers Association's initiative. Brief. (2)

Russian writer, human rights advocate, dissident and emigree Georgy Vladimov died in Germany on Monday at the age of 72. A story features his fate, focusing on his literary works. (2, Kommersant, 21, Rossiiskaya Gazeta,1,2, Gazeta, 2,Vremya Novostei, 3)

A story features President Vladimir Putin's bilateral meetings at the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bangkok on Monday. At one of such meetings Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Junichoro Koizumi agreed to create the Russian-Japanese council of wise men that from the Russian side will be headed by Mayor Yury Luzhkov. (3, Kommersant, 9, 10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3, Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, Sovetskaya Rossiya, 3, MK, 2)

Orel residents in protest of a communal services law quality have refused to pay utility bills. A story describes their concrete complaints and protest acts. (3)

The Central Election Commission on Monday registered another three associations that will be working for deputy mandates. A story names and describes their electoral lists, noting that if the registration of several associations will not affect the country's life, then after receiving their candidate mandates by United Russia party members over 60 big managers will be on pre-election leave. (3, Kommersant, 3, Vremya Novostei, 2, 4)

The defense ministers of Russia and Italy in Moscow on Monday conducted talks to discuss bilateral military cooperation and also Russia-NATO and Russia-EU future relations. Brief. (3)

The Russia-EU Cooperation Committee in Moscow on Monday held its annual session to discuss issues relating to the upcoming expansion of the European Union and the consequences of this process for Russia. Brief. (3 , Kommersant, 13)

Lithuania's Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas on Monday arrived in Moscow on an official visit. In an interview he talks about the results of his meeting with LUKoil President Vagit Alekperov. (4 , Kommersant, 9)

The Economic Development Ministry after failing this year to ensure the passage of a bill on citizens' access to information about authorities' activities, has decided to push it together with a draft bill on office secrets. Andrei Sharonov, head of the ministry's State Service Department, explained why the two bills should be considered together. (5, Gazeta, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 4)

The United States will be working towards writing off Iraq's $150 billion in foreign debt, which will be a major topic for discussion on the agenda of the International Conference in Madrid devoted to Iraq that will open on Oct. 23. Brief. (5)

The Transport Ministry has counted that this year it needs about $229 million in investments to boost the country's transport sector. A brief looks at its priorities. (5)

Additional taxes on very high profits are awaiting oil companies. The Finance Ministry on Monday announced that it's drafting a document on the new additional tax (or NDD) that will make it possible to remove the single approach to levying taxes on deposits of various quality. A story comments on the ministry's initiatives, citing views by four experts. (6 , Vremya Novostei, 7)

The leaders of Moscow Mosnarbank and Eurofinans on Monday signed an agreement on merging their businesses. The new structure will be called EurofinansMosnarbank. A story comments on the document's major provisions. (6 , Kommersant, 15)

Russians have 72 days to select a company to manage their pension accumulations. A story offers concrete examples showing how much money (what pensions) young people will receive at their pension age. (6)

The Natural Resources Ministry on Monday announced the creation of a special board to monitor the fulfillment of license conditions for controlling large mineral resource users. The ministry's so-called National Plan for Check-ups will concern all facilities of Yukos and two foreign investors -- Shell and Exxon. A story comments on the measure, citing views by Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky. (7, Kommersant, 1, Vremya Novostei, 7)

Gazprom's Marketing Department on Monday sent out notifications to three companies -- Nortgaz, Rospan and SIBUR -- saying that the monopoly, starting Oct. 20, suspended to accept gas to the gas transportation system. A story examines the measure and its aim. (7, Vremya Novostei, 7)

A story describes how land plots are being sold in the Moscow region and at what prices. Four analysts share their views. (8)

A story offers an analysis of the situation on the realty market in the Moscow region that is one of the most autonomous and that reacts very little to the political and economic changes in the country's life. Five experts share their views. (8)

Ekho Moskvy Radio Editor-in-Chief Alexei Venediktov answers questions from readers, with one of them being about Vladimir Putin's images abroad and at home. (13)

In television journalist Andrei Karaulov's latest Sunday program "The Moment of the Truth," Boris Berezovsky shared his view on the political situation in Russia, noting that President Vladimir Putin's life is in danger and that Boris Berezovsky is writing a story titled "Take Care of Putin." A story offers Berezovsky's pronouncements. (13, Gazeta, 1,3)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

An unidentified assailant in Moscow late on Monday evening tried to kill NFQ advertising companies group President Boris Goldman, who fortunately did not suffer, but his driver-bodyguard Alexander Volkov was seriously injured. Brief. (1)

A government session presided over by Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Monday discussed pension reform and the agenda of the next government session. Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin received two instructions -- by Oct. 23 to report about measures aimed at ensuring the successful completion of the fiscal year and to ensure the effective use of the infrastructure of Sberbank for putting pension reform into effect. A story comments on these instructions. (2)

A government session on Monday discussed electrical power reform, particularly the schemes of reforming seven regional energy systems. A story examines discussion, proposals and session decisions. (2)

According to a decision of the Moscow government, city municipal movie theaters should come into possession of the Board "Moscow Cinema" that will control their activities. The Moscow City Duma has opposed this decision. A story explains why. (7)

The Emergency Situations Ministry on Monday made public its long term forecast on possible emergency situation in the winter and fall in 2003 to 2004. A story examines the document in detail. Two maps. (8)

Yukos on Monday made public its operational report for the second quarter and the first six months of this year, according to GAAP American accounting standards. The company's results have surpassed all expectations. A story gives figures to illustrate the point. (13)

The Unified Energy Systems (UES) leadership has drafted an agreement to be signed with Khakassia's administration that should put an end to the conflict around the privatization of the Sayano-Shushenskaya Electrical Power Station. A story comments on the document. (13, 15)

The Polish government has abolished quotas on the import of Russian coal to the country. This means that Russian coal companies will be able to double their deliveries from the present 1.6 million tons a year. (13, 16)

Avtoselmashholding analysts on Monday summed up the results of sales of cars made in Russia over the first nine months of this year. A story examines the major results in detail. 13, 20)

The dollar at the trading on the domestic currency market on Monday continued to fall to a level below the 30 rubles per dollar mark, which was its level in 2001. A story comments on the situation, citing currency dealers' views. (14)

The leaders of such tourist companies as Intourist, Akademservis DMS and KMP Group have signed a cooperation agreement with the aim of cracking down on dumping from the side of their foreign partners. A story examines on the document's major provisions. (17)

Wimm-Bill-Dann has launched a new line to produce yogurt at the Ukrainian enterprise the Kharkov Dassiry Combine. This was stated by the company's press service on Monday. (17)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The NIKoil financial corporation has struck a big deal -- it bought a controlling interest in the UralSib bank in Ufa. As a result of this deal the assets of NIKoil will reach 100 billion rubles ($3.3 billion), which will place it among the country's leading banks. (A1)

The Russian Product company has begun to invest its money into banks. A story features the company and its new policy priorities. (A1)

The Natural Resources Ministry decided to intensify its control over the fulfillment of license conditions. The first facilities for its check-ups have been named -- Yukos, Royal Dutch/Shell and ExxonMobil. A story comments on the decision, saying how analysts regard it. (A1)

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has warned that Russia will bear responsibility for negative consequences of the potential conflict linked to the construction of the dam to the Kosa Tuzla Island in the Kerch Strait. Brief. (A1)

The investigation of the Yukos-Moskva President Vasily Shakhnovsky, who on Friday was indicted for the evasion of 20 million rubles ($666,000) in tax, will be completed next week. This was stated by First Deputy Prosecutor General Yury Biryukov. Brief. (A1)

The "Delovaya Rossiya" (Business Russia) movement uniting about 900 medium-size businessmen from 61 regions will hold its congress on Tuesday. A story looks at its agenda. (A2)

A story examines the possible consequences of violating the new customs rules that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2004. Former head of the State Customs Committee Valery Draganov has proposed imposing heavy fines. (A3)

The number of workers employed in industry all over the world is decreasing. This was stated in the study prepared by Alliance Capital Management. A story examines it in detail, focusing on the situation in Russia. (A3)

The government at a session on Nov. 6 will discuss the state and fate of the domestic financial markets. This first story out of three (to appear on Tuesdays) analyses the objective indices of the markets today. (A4)

Foreign auto giants begin to assemble cars in Russia. Will it pose threat to the domestic AvtoVAZ? Four experts share their views on the issue. (A4)

Alexander Khloponin in October 2002 became the governor of the Krasnoyarsk region. In a far-ranging interview he explains why the local industries are functioning poorly, and why the local budget is inadequate for putting into effect many planned social programs. (A6)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Moscow Narodny Bank (or Mosnarbank) and Eurofinans Bank, the former affiliates of the Central Bank, for the first time stated on Monday under which conditions they plan to merge. The share of Mosnarbank's shareholderds in the new bank will amount to 19.99 percent. (B1)

The Megafon cellular operator has begun to experience the first negative consequences due to a conflict between its owners. A story looks at several negative consequences. (B1)

Gazprom's two subsidiaries -- Orenburggazprom and Astrakhangazprom -- starting Oct. 1, have been buying electricity from ESN Group rather than from UES. A story shows how Gazprom benefits from the measure. (B1)

Poland and Hungary intend to hold a summit in November to discuss the issue of merging two oil companies -- Polish PKN Orlen and Hungarian MOL. Brief. (B1)

The Natural Resources Ministry may put claims on Royal Dutch/Shell concerning the development of oil deposits in Russia. This was stated by Minister Vitaly Artyukhov. Brief. (B1)

The Board of Directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has approved the release of a $20 million credit to Russian Standard Bank. Brief. (B1)

Severstal-Avto has presented a first in the company's consolidated history operational report on its liquidity in this and last years. A story reveals analysts' views. (B2)

Rosgosstrakhs Monday announced that 2.35 million drivers in over three months have bought policies due to the law on compulsory auto insurance. (B5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

Rossiiskaya Gazeta on Tuesday printed the full text of the government decree concerning the endorsement of the provision featuring the conditions of keeping people detained for administrative legal violations. A story comments on the document. (1,10)

In a far-ranging interview (the first since his election as President of Azerbaijan) Ilham Aliyev talks about his father, about himself and about the political opposition to his regime. (1,4)

A story is devoted to famous traveler Fyodor Konyukhov, who on Monday stated his intention to set several world records in his upcoming ocean voyage. His grandiose plans for the next three years are describes in detail. (1,6)



Talk about a possible movement of courts from Moscow to St. Petersburg has resumed after Valentina Matviyenko won the gubernatorial elections in St. Petersburg. In an interview Constitutional Court judge Vladimir Strekozov comments on the issue. (3)

In an interview Deputy State Duma Speaker Gennady Semigin (of the Communist faction) shares his views on the legislative work of the State Duma, about the draft budget that it passed last week in the second reading and about the patriotic opposition. (7)

Moskovskiye Novosti
www.mn.ru

In his first political interview after the retirement the First Russian President Boris Yeltsin explains why in 1999 he selected Vladimir Putin as his successor. Yeltsin also speaks about several other policy-makers with whom he had to work. (1,6,7)

A presentation ceremony of a book by the Dutch company "Mammut" will take place in Rotterdam this week. This company took part in a unique operation -- the raising of the sunken nuclear submarine Kursk. A story describes the book that features some facts of that operation. (3)

How do party ratings influence voters? In an interview Igor Zadorin, head of the research group Tsirkon, who in 1999 was an employee in the Kremlin presidential administration, tries to answer this question on the basis of results of numerous sociological opinion polls. Three leaders of leading domestic sociological services share their viewpoints on the issue. (9)

Boris Berezovsky last week was proposed to kill Vladimir Putin. He rejected the proposal in the presence of Moskovskiye Novosti correspondent Mikhail Shevelyov. In a far-ranging interview Berezovsky talks about his attitude to President Vladimir Putin before and today, saying why he is standing in opposition to him. (10, 11)

A story highlights a new party -- the Union of People for Education and Science (or SLON), with former Yabloko members Vyacheslav Igrunov and Andrei Sharomov as sits leaders. (11)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov on Monday visited the Space Flight Control Center in Korolyovo (Moscow region), where he stated that his ministry will collaborate soon with Rosaviakosmos in the sphere of cracking down on crime. A story comments on his statement. (3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 6)

With the aim of struggling with the state to return their lost savings, USSR Sberbank depositors have created a public movement "Dolg" (Debt) and demand the return of state debts. The movement that is headed by Ivan Klimenko has filed thousands of suits in various courts against the government and the state. A story describes the movement and its lost cases inside Russia. Where is the way out? (4)

Patriotic education- - is it a vital need or a fashionable feature of our time? Five leading policy-makers and State Duma deputies share their views on the issue. (8,9)

In an interview (on the occasion of the first anniversary of the bloody events at the Dubrovka theater) Alexander Shabalov, Director of the Moscow Rescue Service, who took part in those tragic events, reminisces about how it was in that October. (10, 11)

The economic growth in Russia has raised a rather unpleasant problem. If everything is OK with our economy as the government asserts then why are we so poor? At the recent session of the Open Forum Club, policy-makers and economic experts tried to answer this question, making their proposals. One of them from Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky was not to take away profits from the oil companies but to invest them in opening new jobs. (11)

The Moscow Investment Realty Agency, the largest realty company in the city, has offered new services to its Moscow clients. In an interview the company's Primary Realty Market Department Director Dmitry Kuznetsov talks about these services. Vash Dom Supplement. (2)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

Several residents in Moscow regional prosecutor's offices have been registered as dead. City criminal elements have done this with the aim of obtaining their apartments. A story gives concrete facts to illustrate the point. (1,4)

Moscow authorities decided to raise the rent of commercial real estate. A story comments on the decision, citing figures on the new rent. (1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6)

A 25-year-old female orangutan in the Moscow zoo has given birth to a baby. A story describes the family. (1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6)



The Moscow government has selected 14 municipal movie theaters in the city to be overhauled to European standards. A story describes the project. (1)

Moscow authorities have endorsed a major renovation plan for the Olympic Equestrian-Sports Complex in Bittsa Park. A story examines it in detail. (1)

Domestic civil aviation on Tuesday is marking its 80th anniversary. In an interview (on this occasion) Alexander Zatuchny, Director of the Tupolev firm, talks about the origin of domestic civil aviation and about the first plane. (2)

The Moscow Khamovniki City Court on Monday for the second time has tried to launch a hearing into the criminal case of notorious Sergei Mavrodi, who is accused of forging a passport rather than of defrauding million of ordinary Russians who deposited their money to his gigantic financial pyramid. A story describes the new accusation against him. (2)

A feature story describes a tense situation in Chechnya after Akhmat Kadyrov became legally elected president. Some Russian experts say that a 3rd Chechen war is not far off. Political scientists Andrei Piontkovsky and Gleb Pavlovsky share their views. (3)

A story is devoted to Moscow horses that are being savagely used by their owners for earning as much money as possible. As a result of hard work, horses have become as dangerous for people as stray dogs. (7)