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Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
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Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


According to a law, Oct. 3 will be the last day of campaigning before presidential elections in Chechnya. But everything from documentaries to the Internet can be viewed as campaigning. In this context, Moscow Kinocenter Wednesday refused to host the International Festival of Documentaries on Chechnya, since several foreign films are considered unacceptable for showing in Kinocenter. Its manager, Vladimir Medvedev, commented on the situation. (1, Kommersant, 7, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7, Vremya Novostei, 2)

Oct. 4 marks two months since the Health Ministry imposed new rules for determining drivers' intoxication level. A story examines how the situation has changed on the roads, noting that new rules have led to more bribes and doctors abusing their duties. (1,14)

The situation in the Middle East has once again become very tense. Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat describes the situation in an interview, focusing on Russia's role in settling the Middle East conflict. (1, Trud, 3)

An editorial is devoted to two documentaries on the tragic events of October 1993 in Russia, which are interpreted in a different way. The focus is their effect on our present life. (2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3,Trud, 6, Sovetssskaya Rossiya, 1, Zavtra 1)

The Donskoi Department of the Interior Wednesday issued an indictment against 24-year-old KompuTerra magazine correspondent Dmitry Korovin, accused of plagiarism. It is alleged that he has written a story based on previously published materials. A story details his case. (2)

A powerful earthquake in the Altai mountains on Wednesday morning left many local people homeless. President Vladimir Putin ordered Emergency Situation Minister Sergei Shoigu to fly to the region to organize rebuilding efforts. (2, Kommersant, 4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Gazeta, 5,Vremya Novostei, 1, Trud, 4, 5)

A letter to the president on Thursday can help resolve various problems. Belgorod journalist Valery Dzhavadov even wanted to publish a special newspaper with the innocent, in his mind, title "Letters to the President," but the Press Ministry has rejected his initiative. A story examines the initiative and the ministry's response. (3)

At the air show "LIMA-2003" on Wednesday, Rosoboronexport signed a contract on the delivery of ten Mi-171 SH helicopters to Malaysia. A story comments on the deal, focusing on Rosoboronexport's exhibits at the show. (3, Kommersant, 14, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1, 8)

Canada's Governor General Adrienne Clarkson completed her official visit to Russia Wednesday, where in addition to Moscow and St. Petersburg, she visited Salekhard in the north of Russia, where way of life and problems are similar to those in the Canadian north. A story highlights her trip to Salekhard. (3)

As many as 175,806 young men are to be called upon in October and November to serve in the army. All in all, slightly more than 10 percent of the country's young people will have been drafted in 2003. A brief gives other figures to show that the share of people to be conscripted for army service is continuing to fall. (3,Gazeta, 1, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 5, Trud,7, Vremya Novostei, 4)

Vadim Solovyov, a Communist representative in the overseeing council in charge of observing the Elections-2003 treaty, does not rule out that his party may leave this voluntary association. He explains why. Brief. (3, Kommersant, 3)

Ukrainian peacekeeper Yury Koidan was killed in Iraq on Tuesday evening. He was the commander of a unit patrolling the territory around the airbase in the north of the country. Brief. (4)

In Moscow on Wednesday, a council of ministers for the union between Russia and Belarus failed to endorse an agreement that would impose the ruble as the currency in Belarus starting Jan. 1, 2005. The Belorussian side demanded a $2.1 billion compensation for "indirect losses," which was rejected by Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov. A story comments on both sides' stands on the issue. (5, Kommersant, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 2)

A government session on Thursday will discuss issues relating to customs-tariff policy in the next two years. The session for the Economic Development Ministry and for the State Customs Committee can become the last one to uphold their stands on the new Customs Code. A story examines these stands, saying that the Economic Development Ministry may uphold amendments to another law concerning the customs tariff (5)

A leading European energy concern, E-ON, intends to expand its business in Russia and the United States. This was stated by the Bloomberg Agency with reference to an article published in "Allgemeine Zeitung." Brief. (5)

A story gives figures illustrating rapid growth of the domestic stock market. Two experts share their views. (6)

Only 10 percent of car owners have bought policies due to mandatory auto insurance since a corresponding law took effect three months ago. A story reflects on how the situation has changed with this law, focusing on negative public response to it. (6)

The next banking crisis will be the crisis of the realty market that many banks will not be able to survive. A story reveals the details, citing views by five financial experts. (6)

According to the Central Bank, the volume of long-term foreign obligations of the domestic banking system in the first six months of this year increased to $5.5 billion from $4.4 billion. Brief. (6)

The British-Dutch oil company Royal Dutch/Shell Group intends to expand its business in Russia considerably over the next five years, during which time the company's investments will increase by almost eight times and will amount to $8 billion. A story examines the company's plans, citing views by two experts. (7)

An information resource called the Official Site of the Prosecutor General's Office of Russia emerged on the Internet late Wednesday night, which has made Prosecutor General indignant. A story examines what was posted on it. (10, Kommersant, 5, Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei,2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7)


President Vladimir Putin presided over a session of the Physical Culture and Sports Council Wednesday. A story examines issues the session discussed and its decisions. (1,2, Vremya Novostei, 2)

Musa Dakayev, Mayor of the Chechen city Shali, was killed late Wednesday evening. The brief says how it happened. (1)

The Moscow City Election Commission on Thursday is set to draft protocols on administrative violations made by the weekly Kommersant-Vlast and by the newspaper Tverskaya-13 when covering the Moscow mayoral election campaign. And the protocols should be submitted to the Moscow City Court on Friday for determining of punishment. A story reveals the essence of the violations. (3)

According to Chechen police reports, 2.188 million rubles ($71,573) of budget funds were embezzled in Argun. Brief. (6)

The Chechen Prosecutor's Office has completed its investigation of the alleged food poisoning of Chechen Prime Minister Anatoly Popov. The conclusion is that there was no poison present, therefore the case is not criminal. Brief. (6)

An unidentified assailant in the Primorye region Wednesday made an attempt upon the life of former Ussuriisk Mayor and former Speaker of the Regional Duma Nikolai Litvinov, 56, now director-general of the Impuls company. A story gives details. (6)

Presidential aide Anatoly Pristavkin at a news conference Wednesday told journalists about the situation with pardoning in Russia. He believes that the number of pardoned convicts remains very small. A story gives facts and figures to illustrate the point. (7, Gazeta, 1, 2, Vremya Novostei, 3)

The Health Ministry on Wednesday warned about an early flu epidemic this year that may begin next month. The ministry also stated that it had cancelled the central purchases of vaccine and vaccination at no cost. A story describes the pre-flu situation, focusing on the ministry's measures to help the population avoid the flu epidemic. (8)

Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov began his visit to Sweden Wednesday, where an attempt will be made to persuade Russia to join the system of the joint struggle with catastrophes that is being created in the Barents Sea. A story examines the program of the visit. (11)

The main indicator of the domestic stock market -- the RTS index -- set a new record on Wednesday, the previous one having stood for six years. A story examines the situation on the stock market today comparing it with the one in 1997. (13)

A story explains why the Deltakredit bank board of directors decided to discharge the bank's president and chairman of its management board Nikolai Shitov from all posts. (13)

The Property Ministry has registered aviation holding Sukhoi company, the creation of which was launched way back in 1996 by order of former President Boris Yeltsin. Brief. (14)

The Rotterdam administration reported Wednesday that the LUKoil-FTS/Hofftrans joint venture had won the tender for purchasing a coal freighter service terminal with an annual capacity of 2.5 million tons. A story examines the purchase, saying how LUKoil regards it. (16)

The new rules of auto retail trade took effect in the countries of the European Union on Wednesday. A story examines them in detail, saying that they are aimed at lowering prices and expanding consumers' choice. (16)

United Heavy Machinery (OMZ) has signed a contract with Norwegian Cashfish Shipping company, that envisages the construction of four tankers for Norway. Brief. (16)


The Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 company, which manages 34 airports in Argentina, Uruguay and Armenia, has expressed interest in an upcoming tender for managing Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport. A story reports on how domestic contenders regard their interest. (A1)

An attempt to borrow money from Muscovites has disappointed city authorities and in response they have allocated up to 100 million rubles ($3.2 million) for advertising "Moskva" savings loan with hopes that this time it will be successful (A1)

The main indicator of the domestic stock market - the RTS index - surpassed its historic high set on Oct. 6, 1997 and set a new record Wednesday of 537.85 points. (A1)

According to the Central Bank, the foreign debt of state management agencies in the first six months of this year dropped to $100 billion from $103.3 billion. Brief. (A1)

The Russian Railways company's investment program in 2004 amounts to about 130 billion rubles ($4.25 billion), said the company's President Gennady Fadeyev. (A1)

Russians have acquired a chance to learn owners of the managing companies claiming the investment of Russians' accumulative pensions. The public initiative has only made managers indignant. (A3)

The government is expected to determine the fate of the Customs Code that is to take effect on Jan. 1, 2004. In a report to the government, the State Customs Committee will comment on surmounting superfluous administrative barriers in the new code. A story examines the document's major provisions, focusing on those causing disputes. (A3

Should Russia pay Belarus for the united ruble? Five experts share their views on the question. (A4)

In an interview Rinat Starkov, Director-General of the Neusiedler-Syktyvkar pulp and paper complex in Komi, talks about his enterprise, its Austrian owners, the company's products and projects and about its plans. (A5)

Sociologist Valery Yakubovich, professor at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, analyses the domestic labor market. (A7)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

St. Petersburg's leading bank -- the International Bank of St. Petersburg (MBSP) -- has left Vladimir Kogan's financial group called Banking House "St. Petersburg," and is now under new management. The MBSP shareholders meeting Thursday will elect a new board of directors to be headed by Yury Lvov, a well-known banker in St. Petersburg. (B1)

Domestic banks have set another record: their foreign obligations have surpassed $21 billion. This is even more than the figure for 1997, the most booming pre-crisis year. (B1)

LUKoil will manage the coal terminal in the Dutch port of Rotterdam. LUKoil with local FRS/Hofftrans won the tender for management of the terminal. (B1)

The Magnitogorsk Metals Combine on Wednesday will begin a road-show of the second release of the eurobonds. The road-show is to begin in Zurich and Geneva. Brief. (B1)

Germany imposed new rules on Oct. 1 for its domestic gas market. A brief looks at major ones. (B1)

Standard & Poor's has raised the long-term credit rating of Tatneft from B- to B in connection with the improved financial indices of Tatarstan and the gradual decrease in Tatneft's debt. Brief. (B1)

The German E.ON concern on Wednesday announced its desire to take part in the tender for the right to manage the North-West Electrical Power Station. The concern said that for this project it intends to embark on a joint venture with a Russian company. (B2)

The United Heavy Machinery (OMZ) has launched a preparation for a sale of 20 percent of its stakes to foreign investors. The company Wednesday made public its first financial report, which was prepared on the basis of IAS international standards. (B2)

Next year is predicted to bring good results in investments to the development of the oil and gas project Sakhalin-2. Its operator -- Sakhalin Energy -- intends to invest more than $3 billion in the development of the project. A story examines it in detail. (B2)

The securities of Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) will soon be circulating not only on the American market, but on the Russian market as well. MTS has submitted to the Moscow Inter-Bank Currency Exchange a bid for listing its shares. (B5)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

Presidential aide on pardoning issues Anatoly Pristavkin told journalists Wednesday about heated disputes around the draft presidential decree concerning the pardoning procedure. A story examines its controversial provisions. (1,5)

Chief State Sanitary Physician Gennady Onishchenko cites terrible figures in his analysis of the garbage problem in Russia, saying that garbage attracts rats and mice, posing threat to people's health . (2)

Krasnaya Zvezda

The Russian Security Council's special session presided over by President Putin Tuesday was devoted to the question of national borders, including the nations readiness should answer real external threats today. A story examines concrete tasks set forth in this sphere by the president. (1)


A story examines the purchasing power of the new 150-ruble increase in minimum wage that has reached 600 rubles a month. What does it mean, for instance, for school teachers in Pskov region? (2)

The Russian ruble has found its official place in China. A story comments on its fate there, citing different views. (3)

President Putin has submitted a draft bill to the State Duma on introducing amendments to legislative acts. One of them allows the Defense Ministry to accept into army service, young men from foreign states on the contract basis. A story comments on this provision, noting that it may seriously aggravate CIS inter-state relationships. What do former Soviet republics think of that? (7)

Komsomolskaya Pravda

The three-day World Armenian Organization founding congress, with 138 Armenian associations from 52 countries will open in Moscow's Column Hall of Trade Unions on Oct. 5. In an interview, chairman of its organizing committee Ara Abramyan, president of the Union of Armenians in Russia, talks about the aim of this large scale event. (3)

According to new traffic rules, starting Jan. 1, 2004 all drivers could be subject to commandeering of their vehicles by officers from law enforcement agencies (GAI or the FSB) at their request. A story explains this provision. (3 , Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1)

The restoration of the Tuzla spit, which borders the Taman Strait, will provide Russia with another outlet to the Black Sea. A story describes the project . (4)

A story examines the positive changes in the life of the Chechen republic and its people. (5)

A new instruction concerning military medical expertise went into effect Thursday. The most important point in it is that the decision on whether or not to send young people to serve in the army will be made by civilians now rather than by the military . A story comments on the document. (5, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, its full text, 1,5, 1-6)

A feature story describes how Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Viktor Chernomyrdin accompanied famous French writer Drouhon and his wife to the Orenburg region, the native land of his forebears. (6)

Slovenian pharmaceutical company KRKA has put its medical plant into operation in Istra (Moscow region). A story describes this European project. (7)

Super-modern video devices mounted in Moscow's Yaroslavsky Railway Terminal will record everything happening in the place. A story looks at the system. (7)

In an exclusive interview, presidential aide Colonel-General Gennady Troshev shares his view on widely-discussed army reforms, focusing on the current situation in Chechnya. (8)

The fates of outstanding artists prove that there is a mystical link between a person's portrait and their future destiny. It has been found that even ancient Egyptians feared their own portraits because of this belief. The feature story offers several concrete facts. (16,17)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Moscow environmental specialists have analyzed results of a study on air quality in all municipal territories of the Central Administrative District. Their conclusion is that the air in the city center has become cleaner due to the 3rd ring road. A story examines their results. (1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2)

Three assailants attacked highly-regarded Lithuanian film actor Juozas Budraitis, who is in charge of boosting Russian-Lithuanian cultural relations, during the opening ceremony of the Lithuanian photo show in Voronezh early this week. One of them was detained. A story gives details. (1)

In an interview Colonel General Vasily Smirnov, Chief of the Organizing and Mobilization Board of the general staff, examines specific features of this fall's army conscription campaign. (2)

Regional head of Khimki (Moscow region) Sergei Krivorotenko was declared missing several days ago. A story describes the economy there. (2)

Nine children in Moscow died due to meningitis in September, and as many as 251 Muscovites have been hit by this disease this year. In an interview Irina Lytkina, department head at the State Sanitary Epidemiological Surveillance Center, speaks about its origin and symptoms, offering effective recommendations. (2)

Pyotr Aksyonov, a high-ranking Moscow government official responsible for housing -utilities sector, answers questions from MK Moscow readers about icicles and ice-covered roads, heating and water in apartments, city roads and transport, the single information-accounting centers and about sanitation problems. (3)

In an exclusive interview Presnensky Regional Administration head Lev Moiseyenko speaks about the fate of the Patriarch's Ponds. (3)