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Izvestia
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Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

Five police officers were killed in Khasavyurt, Dagestan, on Tuesday. According to preliminary reports, police chief Zaur Bekbulatov, who is in charge of the republic's anti-terrorism department, was the gunman's target. A story describes the tragedy, saying that about 20 police officers, most of whom were fighting Wahabbites, have been killed in Dagestan over the past year. (1,2, Kommersant, 6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 6, Gazeta, 5, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Vremya Novostei, 3, Zhizn, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 6)

Law enforcers are continuing to attack policymakers. Thus, following the case of Tver governor Vladimir Platov, they want former Kursk governor Alexander Rutskoi -- who is running for a seat in the next State Duma -- to answer for a 35-billion ($1.15 billion) ruble credit he received from the Parex-Bank five years ago. A story details the case. (1, Kommersant, 1,6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, Gazeta, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1)

A story reports on how regional State Duma deputies are persuading local residents to vote for their political parties. They have traveled to their constituencies on business, i.e. at the expense of the State Duma, which gives them an unfair advantage over other contenders for Duma seats. Current deputies are using their parliamentary resources to help their campaigns, the story concludes. (1,2)

An editorial is devoted to the case of the dismissal of Bolshoi Ballet ballerina Anastasia Volochkova, who was fired in mid-September. According to a ruling by the Labor Ministry' Federal Labour Inspectorate, however, she should be reinstated until Oct. 6. The conclusion drawn from all this is that the whole population of Russia is not only living under double-entry book keeping and double morals, but also under a double Labor Code. (2)

The first ladies of the United States and Russia, Laura Bush and Lyudmila Putina, during a trip to Moscow by the former, have decided to help improve Russia's school libraries. A story describes their efforts. (2,Kommersant, 8, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1, 2, Trud, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 4)

A Security Council session on Tuesday discussed new approaches to the issue of guarding state borders. A story focuses on one major approach. (3, Kommersant, 2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 1)

The Museum of Political Technologies, the first such museum in Russia, has opened in St. Petersburg. Its director, Alexander Bespalov, talks about the aim of the project. (3)

Experts from the Open Forum Club at its session on Tuesday discussed the possibilities of economic growth in Russia and how they are reflected in party programs. The focus is on the critical statements by presidential economic adviser Andrei Illarionov and Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky, who proposed their own formula for economic growth. (3,Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 4, Vremya Novostei, 4)

Central Election Commission head Alexander Veshnyakov on Tuesday called on his colleagues in the regions not to turn their local commissions into "red-tape offices". A story comments on the statement. (3, Kommersant, 4, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,2)

Ukraine's President Leonid Kuchma on Tuesday harshly criticized the European Union for dragging its feet over the decision on Ukraine's possible accession to the EU. He said that if he were invited to join the EU today, he would refuse. A story examines the issue, focusing on factors holding back Ukraine's accession. (3)

Italy's prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has pushed through pension reforms launched by his Cabinet. A story describes the reforms, focusing on a statement by Berlusconi. (4)

When Western media, including Reuters, The Financial Times and the Daily Telegraph, reported that veterans of Russia's Chechen campaign living in Israel are being used as snipers in the struggle against Palestinian terrorists, their reporting was flawed. A story examines how the information was sensationalized. (4)

The minimum wage will be increased by 150 rubles ($4.92) Wednesday. The wages of the budget-subsidized workers, such as teachers, doctors and librarians, will be increased by 33 percent. Even such an increase creates, however, involves serious financial difficulties for many regions. In order to avoid them, the government is to distribute 10 billion rubles of budget funds to the regions. A story comments on the issue, focusing on the assessments of government experts. (5, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6)

Presidential economic aide Andrei Illarionov has proposed his own version of the reform of Unified Energy Systems. He has once again accused UES head Anatoly Chubais of lacking professionalism and of imperialist manners. A story looks at the continuing dispute between Illarionov and Chubais. (5, Gazeta, 9, 10)

A story examines the situation around the Talakan oil and gas deposit in Yakutia that is becoming absurd. The actions of the Natural Resources Ministry are simply criminal, because for several years it has been unable to conduct an auction for the sale of Talakan while at the same time it does not allow the local Lenaneftegaz company to possess a temporary license to work there.(5)

Measures to support domestic small businesses are to be discussed at a Cabinet meeting on Oct.16. Deputy Prime Minister Boris Alyoshin on Tuesday held a session to prepare for the meeting. Brief. (5)

The new Russian Railways company, or RZD, on Wednesday took up the economic functions of railway transport. Meanwhile, the Railways Ministry will retain the functions of state regulation. This was stated on Tuesday by RZD President Gennady Fadeyev. Brief. (5, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

Russia and the United States have agreed on a more liberal regime of U.S. poultry, pork and beef exports to Russia. A brief looks at the agreement. that was signed on Tuesday between Deputy Economic Development Minister Maxim Medvedkov and the head of the Americana delegation Allen Johnson. (5, Vremya Novostei, 4)

Itera and Beltransgaz have signed a contract on the delivery of Russian natural gas to Belarus in 2004. A brief gives figures for delivery volumes. (5)

A story analyzes the last week's situation on the stock markets in Russia, Hong Kong, the United States, Europe and Japan. Facts and figures are included. (6)

A story examines the current shortage of table salt in the Astrakhan region, which has caused salt prices to skyrocket. The reasons behind this situation are explained. (7)

Wimm-Bill-Dann has bought another 47.7 percent of Ufamolagroprom in Bashkiria, thus increasing its share to 97.82 percent. Brief. (7)

The first private passenger train, the Nevsky Express, has become the most popular among the Moscow and St. Petersburg elites. A story describes this train, its ticket prices and its passengers. (9)

There are six candidates running to become mayor of Moscow, where elections are scheduled for Dec. 7. A brief gives their names. (9)

First Deputy Emergency Situations Minister Yury Vorobyov has proposed the launch of the wide-scale sale of gas masks. A story explains why. (10)

Chechen government head Anatoly Popov on Tuesday ignored doctors' recommendations and, with a temperature of 37.8 Celsius, left the Moscow Central Clinical Hospital for Grozny. A story describes the state of his health on Tuesday. (10, Kommersant, 5, Zhizn, 2)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

The high-profile court trial over the dealers of the Tri Kita and Grand trading centers has ended in a crushing defeat for Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov. A story gives details. (1,5, Izvestia, 10)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov in the White House on Tuesday received Slovenia's head of government Anton Rop. The sides agreed on trade between the two countries and on schemes to settle Russian debt to the country. A story comments on results of their negotiations. (2)

Acting Chechen President Akhmat Kadyrov, who is on a pre-election holiday, held a session with the heads of several of Russia's so-called power agency on Tuesday. His adversaries viewed the meetings as a violation of the law, but, as the story explains, they will hardly be able to prove it in court. (3, Noviye Izvestia, 2)

Notorious journalist Sergei Dorenko on Tuesday joined the Communist Party. His party card was issued to him from the Stavropolye region. A story explains why he has chose that particular place to join the party. (3, Gazeta, 3)

Constitutional Court Chairman Valery Zorkin on Tuesday arrived in Saratov, where he will deliver a report devoted to the Constitution at the international conference on Wednesday. A story features his meetings with local administrators. (4)

Activists from Eduard Limonov's National-Bolshevik Party on Tuesday attacked the building of the Latvian Embassy in the center of Moscow, thus expressing their indignation concerning the latest developments in that country. A story gives details. (5)

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov on Tuesday showed Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko around the sites of Moscow. Lukashenko is in the city to mark the opening of the Days of Belarus in Russia. A story describes the places visited. (7, Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 2, Zhizn, 2,MK, 2)

The government on Tuesday made public amendments to the country's road traffic rules. A story examines them in detail, saying that, according to the new rules, all drivers should stop their cars for GAI or FSB officials at the first request. (7)

The annual fall army conscription campaign is starting on Oct. 1. A story examines its specific features, saying why there will be fewer mentally ill citizens among the draftees. (8)

The U.S. Department of State on Tuesday yielded the right to issue entry visas to other departments, which means that now it will be much more difficult to get a visa. A story comments on the decision. (9)

Managers from 36 aircraft-building enterprises in Russia and the CIS have applied to Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov with a request to regulate the conflict between the MiG company and St. Petersburg's Zavod imeni Klimova, or ZiK. A story characterizes the conflict. (13)

The Central Fuel Company, which belongs to the Moscow city government and Sibir Energy Plc. have completed the accumulation of charter capital for the Moscow oil and gas company, which is to begin functioning in October. Brief. (13)

The dollar has again begun to lose its position on the international currency market. A story gives figures to illustrate its slide. (14)

Presidential economic aide Andrei Illarionov on Tuesday made an interesting statement on the reform of state gas monopoly Gazprom. He proposed that along with the existing holding, that another one be created for independent gas producers. A story comments on the proposal. (14)

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru



The Chevrolet-Niva, has gone up in price by approximately 14 percent starting Oct. 1 due to a transfer of its price from the dollar to the euro. A story examines how plant managers explain the discrepancy. (A1)

Before their merger, oil companies Yukos and Sibneft each decided to make record dividend payouts and took out loans. On Tuesday Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky reached agreement on the second loan his company has taken over the past week. Meanwhile Sibneft has promised additional dividends. (A1)

The private sector has again become a big exporter of capital. According to the Center for Macroeconomic Analysis and Prognosis, businessmen this summer exported $6.4 billion more than they imported. A story gives other figures to illustrate the point. (A1)

The functions of the new Russian Railways company, starting Oct. 1,will include the organization of cargo and passenger railway transportation. This was announced by the company's president, Gennady Fadeyev. Brief. (A1)

Russia and Slovenia by 2006 intend to increase bilateral trade turnover to $1 billion. This was announced by Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Tuesday after negotiations with Slovenia's prime minister, Anton Rop. Brief. (A1)

Minsk for the first time has announced how much Russia should pay Belarus for imposing its ruble on the country. According to estimates by the Belarussian government, the move to the Russian ruble may cost Belarus $2.1 billion. But Russia has no intention of paying. (A2)

Russia submitted its bid to join the World Trade Organization in 1993, and has been conducting talks on entry since 1995. A story examines the factors that are holding back the final result. (A3)

Should the GAI traffic police be deprived of the right to conduct auto inspections? Six experts share their views on the issue. (A4)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry has proposed that the government regain the right to establish varying rates of export duties on different kinds of oil products depending on the requirements of the domestic market. A story explains the proposal. (A3)

National Reserve Bank President Alexander Lebed, who is running for the post of Moscow mayor has taken part in the shooting of an ad calling on businessmen to return their money from overseas banks. A story describes this act, saying how experts in political technologies regard the call.(A2)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets& MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

The latest round of the corporate war among Megafon shareholders has ended in favor of Alfa Bank. The Megafon board of directors on Tuesday scheduled an extraordinary shareholders' meeting for Nov. 5 when the reelection of the board of directors members will be the only question for discussion. (B1)

Aeroflot and Sheremetyevo Airport will again launch a joint venture to build a third terminal for the international airport. Analysts suggest that there will be no tender for the right to manage the airport. (B1)

The Templeton fund has sold 7.5 percent of GUM department stores to Lev Khasis, the head of the board of directors of the Perekryostok trading house. Now Khasis and Perekryostok remain the only big owners of one of the most popular department stores in Russia. (B1)

LUKoil in 2005 plans to outstrip ExxonMobil by volume of hydrocarbon reserves. This target was announced by the company's vice-president, Leonid Fedun. Brief. (B1)

Khakassia's arbitration court on Tuesday ruled against the republic's government in the matter of revising the results of the privatization of the Sayano-Shushenskaya electric power station. This was announced by the head of the government of Khakassia, Alexei Lebed. Brief. (B1)

Moscow Narodny Bank, based in London, is organizing the release of a $30 million of syndicated credit for the St. Petersburg timber and logging corporation, the Ilim Pulp Enterprise. Brief. (B1)

Norilsk Nickel this year plans to increase production of nickel by 9.2 percent, to 238,000 tons, compared with 218,000 tons last year. Brief. (B2)

A story describes how Novosibirsk businessman Oleg Toropkin has managed to foil the plans of Yukos and Sibneft to restructure Novosibirsknefteproduct. (B3)

Energy reform have reached the regions, with Orelenergo and Kalugaenergo being the first to have approved reorganizations. A story examines their fate. (B3)

The TAIF group has gained its first victory over Tatneft in the struggle for control over the Nizhnekamsk oil refinery. A story describes what happened. (B3)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
www.ng.ru

UES head Anatoly Chubais offers his opinions on Russia's development over the past century and comments on the country's mission for the 21st century. (1,5)

Viktor Zubkov, First Deputy Finance Minister and a publicized opponent of money laundering, is running for the office of presidential envoy in the North-West Federal District, currently held by Valentina Matviyenko. A story looks at several other candidates. (1,2)

The Press Ministry Collegium, held Tuesday, served as a forum to discuss the state of Russia's mass media market. According to head of the ministry's Periodicals Board Yury Pulya, the number of officially registered mass media organizations has tripled since 1997. A story comments on his report, focusing on the negative conclusions drawn by the ministry. (2)

Deputy Transportation Minister Nikolai Smirnov submitted a proposal this week to modernize Russia's water transportation sector. A story examines the document. (3)

According to remarks made at a new conference Tuesday by State Customs Committee head Yury Azaro, the new Customs Code, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2004, will significantly simplify Russia's customs procedures. The story includes Azaro's remarks. (3)

A story examines some of the many anti-dumping court cases brought against Russia recently. (3)

The NG Supplement is devoted to Religion. The front-page story describes President Putin's recent meeting in New York with local officials of the Russian Orthodox Church, focusing on the significance of the decision. (1)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

On Tuesday, the Energy Ministry discussed the prospects of a single energy zone to include Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. A story comments on the issue, saying that several former Soviet republics already reside within this economic zone, without customs duties or electricity consumption limits. (1,6)

Oct. 1 marks the international Day for the Elderly. Deputy Prime Minister Galina Karelova examines serious problems Russia's elderly face, focusing on how the government is trying to resolve them. (1,6) (Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6,7)

The Kremlin-backed Physical Culture and Sports Council was to hold its second session Wednesday. In an interview, committee chairman Vyacheslav Fetisov talks about some of the issues to be discussed at this session -- above all, the physical health of the nation. (1,6)

On Tuesday, the Justice Ministry Collegium is to discuss the results of administrative reforms, including the mergers of several federal bodies. A story examines the committee's findings and comments on their significance. (3)

A story describes how the Communist Bryansk-based newspaper has violated election campaign laws, and explains measures taken against the media outlet. (3)

Noviye Izvestia

Housing and utility administrators in Primorye are devising new methods to recover debts owed by tenants. The story describes some of these measures, recently made public by the Dalenergosbyt company, that include confiscating pets and personal belongings. (1,7)

The State Duma will soon consider the draft of a bill that restores the practice of mandatory military training at local schools. A story examines the draft's main provisions. (2)

Kaliningrad Regional Duma deputies on Tuesday chose not to draw salary increases. A story explains their collective decision. (2)

Argumenty i Fakty
www.aif.ru

Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin recently attended a joint session of the World Bank and IMF that discussed several vital issues for Russia. According to the results of a poll conducted by the "The Emerging Markets" magazine, Kudrin was declared the best Finance Minister of Europe in 2003. In an interview, Kudrin talks about various issues including his job to balance the budget, Russia's relationship with the World Bank, shortages of financial specialists in Russia and Iraq's and Afghanistan's debt to Russia. (3)

Before the Camp David Summit, President Vladimir Putin had dinner with U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at Kissinger's New York home. A story describes the Kissinger-Putin meeting. (4)

In the midst of pre-election fever, replete with its various controversies, satirical writer Saltykov-Shchedrin has published a book entitled "The Bear in the Office of Voivode." The book, having already sold 350,000 copies, has been recently circulated on congested Moscow streets. A story provides details. (4)

President Vladimir Putin has announced the annual military conscription decree. A story examines various methods devised by draftees to avoid or put off military service. (8)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

At an international conference on the Big Foot phenomenon, held recently in California, it was announced that $100,000 will go to the person who can prove that the monster did not exist. In an interview, research associate Dmitry Bayanov talks about the conference and the strange announcement. (2)