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Izvestia
Kommersant
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Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

Solving problems in the Caucasus is becoming an active part of the Russian economy. President Vladimir Putin participated Monday in the constitutive congress of the worldwide Armenian organization in Moscow. The aim of the new organization is to consolidate the Armenian diaspora of different countries in order to provide their consolidated help to their motherland. (1, 3, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

Iraq has become of the main concern of the United States in Russian-American negotiations, the New York Times reported Sunday in an interview with the Russian president. In the interview Putin made comments on the partnership of Russia and the United States. Extracts from the interview are given. (1, 3, Gazeta 1, 2)

St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theater opens its season with "Mazepa" insetead of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Zolotoi Petushok." In a telephone interview arts director Valery Gergiyev comments on the recent developments at the theater. (1, 2)

Grafika-M design company is distributing letters of notification among Moscow companies that stamps' state standards have been changed. Grafika-M will design new stamps for companies in accordance with the new regulations. Izvestia has conducted an investigation into the case and found out that it is a way of promoting Grafika-M design services. A story comments on details. (2)

President Vladimir Putin's favored candidate, Valentina Matviyenko, celebrated Monday after winning the St. Petersburg's gubernatorial runoff with 63.17 percent of the vote compared with 24,18 percent for her opponent, Vice Governor Anna Markova. Matviyenko promised that she would use her influence to get one of the federal agencies to relocate to the city. Putin is expected to visit the city Tuesday to discuss goals for the new governor. (3, Vremya Novostei 2, MN 10, 11, Gazeta 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta 1, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov began an official visit to Canada on Monday. His visit comes as a great surprise to observers, as Canada has been always considered an anti-military state. In an interview Ivanov commented that Canada demonstrated an interest in cooperation with other structures on Afghanistan issues. (3)

A story is devoted to the development of relations between and the history of partnership between Russia and the Caucasus, focusing on peaceful agreements between the two sides. (3)

Predictable president elections took place Sunday in Chechnya. Although preliminary results were not expected until Monday, Kadyrov appeared to be leading and received greetings and congratulations. The results have confirmed his victory. (3, MN 9, 8, MK 1, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda 3)

Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref has drafted his initiatives to discuss with World Trade Organization partners. On the eve of Russia's entry to the organization, Gref will meet with Pascal Lami, commissioner of the European Council on trade, and share his view on the running of insurance programs for Europeans and gas industry reforming. A story comments on details. (5)

The State Duma is considering the 2004 state budget in the second reading. Deputies are not heavily debating the document and seem to be accepting what has been drafted. (5)

The top management of the finance monitoring committee and the federal department on economic and tax crimes pointed out several banks, the employees of which are suspected of committing fraud. A story comments on activities of Sodbusinesbank and Eurotrust Moscow banks. (6)

The State Duma committee on credit organizations and financial markets has approved an amendment to the federal decree on insurance business organization in the Russian Federation. The ammendment sets limitations for foreign insurance companies in the Russian market. (6)

In an interview Vneshtorgbank vice-president Andrei Sutchkov comments on recent developments at Vneshtorgbank, focusing on individual programs. (6)

Yukos founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky said Monday he would rather go to jail than leave the country as a political emigre and abandon a bitter fight with state authorities that began in July with the arrest of key Yukos shareholder Platon Lebedev on fraud charges. At a news conference at Yukos headquarters, he decried a raid by prosecutors Friday on a Yukos-funded children's home outside Moscow. (7, Nezavisimaya Gazeta 1, 9)

Agriculture Vice Premier Alexei Gordeyev reported Monday to President Vladimir Putin the results of the recent grain harvest. A story comments on analysts' opinions of the situation. (8)

Information agencies distributed information that president Vladimir Putin has signed into force a decree for the placement of a monument to Yury Andropov in a suburb of Moscow. The information hasn't been confirmed. (9, MK 2)

A new modern university opened in the town of Uryupinsk in Volgograd region. A story is devoted to recent developments and new programs in the town. (11)

Chechens have been offered a radical way of problem solving - to divide Chechnya into two parts - one part flat and the other mountainous - and return to tribe-type relations. A story comments on commander Hodge-Ahmed Nuhayev's opinion. (12)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and his French college Jean-Pierre Raffaren held Monday the ninth session of the intergovernmental commission on bilateral cooperation. The sides have agreed on the possibility of discounts for credits in the Paris Club. A story looks into details of the results of the negotiations. (1, 14)

The most predictable president elections took place Sunday in Chechnya. In an interview newly elected president of Chechnya Ahmad Kadyrov speaks about his plans for reconstruction and future reforms. (1, 3)

The State Duma council did not approved Kadyrov's draft on the prolongation of amnesty terms. Duma deputies believe Putin is the only person who has a right to decide this issue since he was its initiator. A story comments on details of deputies' debates. (2)

The State Duma council approved Monday a decision to re-establish the institution of parliamentary investigation. Within the framework of the discussion of the issue scheduled Monday, deputies will consider new legislative and political estimations of tragic events in September-October of 1993. (2)

The higher court supreme board confirmed Monday Colonel Yury Budanov's sentence of 10 years of imprisonment for the murder of Elza Kungayev. Budanov's advocates are hoping to appeal to the presidium of the higher court. A story looks into details of Budanov's case and the investigation. (6)

The promotion campaign of candidates to the State Duma wrapped up last week. A story comments on what has been done in order to attract electorate's attention and on what may influence electorate's opinion. (7)

In an interview VTSIOM representative Yury Levada shares his opinion on the upcoming parliamentary elections, focusing on the electorate's satisfaction with the current situation in the country. (7)

Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Konstantin Grichshenko arrived Monday in Moscow to discuss the problem of the Russian part of the dam under construction at Kertchinsky Strait. Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs forwarded Sept. 30 a note of protest against the Russian part of construction in Kertchinsky Strait to Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The sides agreed in principle on the issue in 1998 Yeltsin-Kuchma negotiations on the status of the Azov Sea. The current problem is to define the border between the two sides: Ukraine insists that the border be made directly in the middle, Russia insists that the border should be made acccoring to the traversal. (9)

The natural resources ministry announced Monday that the Salym Petroleum Development has recalled its claims from arbitration court in exchange for saving its licensee for Salym group natural resources refinery. (13)

Aeroflot and Ilyushin Finance leasing company have agreed to the lease of six Il-96-300 aircraft after a year of trials. Each aircraft is worth $300,000. The aircraft cabins will be modernized but will not be equipped with satellite Internet connections or telephone connections. A story looks into the details of the deal. (13)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

Businessmen have managed to convince officials to soften a harsh degree on hard currency regulation approved March 14 in the first reading. However, Central Bank deputy chairman Oleg Viyugin insists that the Central Bank continue a policy of barriers to capital export. A story comments on big businessmen's opinion of the new hard currency regulations. (A1)

In an interview with The New York Times on Saturday Russian President Vladimir Putin recommended that Yukos' management consult the government on a sale of a 40 percent stake in Yukos to ExxonMobil. Yukos founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky said Monday at a news conference that he would rather go to jail than leave the country as a political emigre and abandon a bitter fight with state authorities. A story comments on specialists' opinion of how private property is handled in Russia. (A1)

Predictable president elections took place Sunday in Chechnya. Although preliminary results were not expected until Monday, Kadyrov appeared to be leading and received greetings and congratulations. The results have confirmed his full victory, (A2)

Fish auctions are bringing big losses to the state. State Duma deputies are going to reconsider tariffs for fishing and tariffs will double at least. A story comments on details of the governmental debates and the opinions of fishermen. (A3)

President Vladimir Putin surprised officials and experts Monday by his announcement that Russia may pay its $45 billion credits to the Paris Club ahead of time. Experts and analysts say, however, that Russia does not have the financial resources to do this. Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin has avoided speaking directly about this issue. (A3)

Siemens is constructing a 23-story Moscow representative office located halfway between downtown and Sheremetyevo airport. In an interview Siemens governing board chairman speaks about Siemens' projects in Russia including mobile telecommunication market development. (A5)

Pfizer and Merck, both American pharmaceutical corporations, are fighting to win the Japanese market. A story comments on recent developments on the world pharmaceutical market. (A7)

An exhibit titled "Russia Engages the World" opened at a public library in New York City. Exhibit items have been obtained from the library's collection and U.S. museums. This is one of the largest activities organized in the West to celebrate the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg. (A8)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

Alfa-Eco group of companies has decided to jump-start the investment business. Alexander Savin, a member of the governing board of Renaissance Capital investment-bank block, has been appointed a general director for the corporation. Alpha-Echo group of companies includes more than 50 industrial and trading companies. A story comments on its activities. (B1)

Alfa-Eco group distributed Monday a press release on the fact that the Eastern Caribbean court has declined the claims made on Megafon's blocking package purchase and has obliged the company to provide a $30 million guarantee to the defendant. Official sources haven't confirmed the above information. A story gives details. (B1)

The Natural Resources Ministry announced Monday that the agreement on the cancellation the mutual claims with Salym Petroleum Development, or SPD, has gone through. SPD has recalled its claims from the arbitration court in exchange for saving its licensee for Salym group natural resources refinery. (B2)

Duma deputy Ivan Grachev, well known to bankers due to his activities in the reformation of mortgage regulations, has submitted to the State Duma a decree on credit bureaus. This document will be an alternative to deputy Pavel Medvedev's initiative on the centralized credit bureau foundation based on the Bank of Russia (B5)

Alfa Bank officially announced Monday the start of its consumer-credit program. Technosila shops network has become the largest partner of Alfa Bank. Home Credit and Finance bank are already running a crediting program with Technosila. A story comments on recent developments in the consumer crediting market. (B5)

Electronics and home appliances' networks are promoting the production under their own brands. Technosila, for example, is offering a wide range of its video-equipment. Mir shops network is going to practice its own brand as well. A story comments on trading networks in the Russian market. (B6)

Russia is facing a grain deficit in the market and prices are increasing for bread. However, Russia's agriculture minister announced Monday that 72 million tons of grain had been collected. A story comments on analysts' view of the fixing of statistics in Russia. (B7)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

London's Bow Street Magistrates Court was due to announce a verdict on the extradition of former LogoVAZ director Yuli Dubov on Monday. A story comments on the probability of Dubov being extradited, focusing on Boris Berezovsky's recent experience. (1, 9)

Total capital flight in the third quarter amounted to $7.7 billion, or $500 million less than total amount for 2002. A story provides expert opinions on the problem. (1, 3)

The Union of Right Forces, or SPS, forwarded its electoral list for the coming parliamentary elections to the Central Election Commission Monday. As many as 250,000 signatures from more than 60 regions were provided. (2)

The presidential elections in Chechnya on Sunday progressed as predicted. On Monday, the Kremlin's chosen candidate, Akhmed Kadyrov, appeared to have a firm grip of the presidency with more than 80 percent of the 86.8 percent of votes counted. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta 1, 3)

The Moscow Mayor's office seems to be winning the battle with the federal authorities over land in Moscow. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov signed the resignation of Deputy Property Minister Sergei Molozhavy, who was seen as a barrier by the Mayor's officials. A story comments on a program of land privatization as drafted by the federal authorities, a program strongly criticized by the Mayor's office. (3)

The board of directors of North-West Telecom on Friday appointed Sergei Kuznetsov, director of Rostelecom, to the post of general director. Kuznetsov will combine the two posts. A story comments on experts' opinions of activities in the telecommunications market. (3)

Participants in a round-table, titled "Professionalism and the Media," which took place Monday in Yekaterinburg, have come to the conclusion that recently approved amendments to the law on elections do not work. A story comments on details of the gubernatorial elections in the Sverldlovsk region and on the round-table meeting. (4)

The parliamentary election campaign has kicked off in Tatarstan. Politicians there do not seem to be overly eager -- as few as 11 candidates from five regions have declared for the elections. A story looks into reasons behind the trend. (4)

In an interview, the chairman of the Armenian parliament, Artur Bagdasaryan, speaks on the negotiations among the so-called "Caucasus four" and their results. He also speaks on cooperation between Armenia and Russia in the economic field. (5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

President Vladimir Putin celebrated his 51st birthday Tuesday. The main presents the president received were victories for his favored candidates Valentina Matviyenko and Akhmed Kadyrov in St. Petersburg and Chechen elections, respectively. Matviyenko won the St. Petersburg gubernatorial runoff with 63.17 percent of the vote, against 24,18 percent for her opponent, vice governor Anna Markova. Kadyrov received more than 80 percent of the 86.8 percent of votes counted in Chechnya's presidential elections. (1)

An international book fair is opening Tuesday in Frankfurt. One in ten of the participants in the event are Russian. A story comments on the details and participants of this, the biggest event of its type in the world. (1, 16)

The exhibition to mark 300 years of Russian journalism has ended. In an interview, Itar-Tass general director Mikhail Gusman comments on the results of the exhibition. (2)

Yukos founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky said Monday that he would rather go to jail than leave the country as a political refugee and abandon his bitter fight with state authorities. At a news conference at Yukos headquarters, he decried a raid by prosecutors Friday on a Yukos-funded children's home outside Moscow. (2)

The presidential election in Chechnya represents a very important building block for political stability in the region, President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with the New York Times. The president also spoke on the reconstruction programs in Chechnya. An article provides extracts of the president's interview. (3)

As many as 21 political party will compete in the upcoming national parliamentary elections. Alexandr Veshnyakov, the chairman of the Central Elections Commission, on Monday finalized the results of the election campaign. He said that fewer than 26 parties will take part in the elections. A story comments on details of the elections campaign. (3)

President Vladimir Putin participated Monday in a world-wide congress of Armenian organizations in Moscow. The aim of the new organization is to consolidate the Armenian Diaspora from different countries in order to provide consolidated help to their motherland. (3)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

Israeli military planes bombarded a camp allegedly run by the Palestinian military group Islamic Jihad, located close to Damask, Syria on Sunday. Islamic Jihad had claimed responsibility for an explosion in a restaurant in Haifa, which killed 19 Israelis on Saturday. A story gives details. (4)

The ethics' committee of the TEFI television awards redistributed the TEFI-2003 prizes on Friday due to irregularities in the counting of votes. Channel One and STS will loose a total of three prizes in favor of the Kultura (2) and Rossia (1) channels. A story comments on the scandal. (5)

Winner of the "Teacher of 2003" competition, St. Petersburg teacher of rhetoric and history Igor Karatchevtsev shares his views on humor and human relations. (10)