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Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
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The Tver region prosecutor's office on Monday brought an indictment against governor Vladimir Platov and ordered him not to leave the region. The governor is one of few regional leaders to have undergone prosecution over the past decade. He believes that the actions against him have been organized by his rivals. A story gives background on the scandal. (1, Kommersant, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 2, Gazeta, 3, Noviye Izvestia, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4, Trud, 2, Zhizn, 2, MK, 2)

A scandal in Yekaterinburg may result in the uncovering of more corrupt police officers, or werewolves, as their Moscow counterparts have been dubbed. The regional TV channel over the weekend aired the program Podlinnik, which featured former drug addict Eli Shtrob. She confessed that for five years she had worked for local police chief Nazir Salimov who provided her with heroin as payment for her services. In an interview she describes their arrangement. (1,11)

The Bolshoi Theater on Oct. 8 will perform Verdi's operatic interpretation of Macbeth for the first time in 150 years. The opera is to be produced by renowned Lithuanian artistic director Eimuntas Necrosius, who is to stage the piece using Russian performers. In an interview he speaks about his work, explaining the difficulties in staging the piece. (1,2)

The Union of Tatarstan's Muslim Women on Monday applied to the local branch of the education ministry with a request to prohibit school and kindergarten teachers from wearing miniskirts. They claim that the image of the teacher in a miniskirt does harm to the moral education of girls. A story examines their fight. (1,2)

An editorial is devoted to the domestic election system and to the Central Election Commission that is marking its 10th anniversary. The focus is on its major positive and negative features. (2, Kommersant, 3, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3, Krasnaya Zvezda, 3, Zhizn, 2, MK, 2)

The Moscow board of the Anti-Monopoly Ministry (MAP) on Monday held a hearing on the charges by Moscow's entrepreneurs trade union against the Moscow government. The fact is that the entrepreneurs are demanding that authorities repeal the city government's decree on commercial street kiosks. In their opinion, the decree contradicts the anti-monopoly laws. A story characterizes the decree, saying that the MAP experts are on the entrepreneurs' side. (2)

The Russky Bankirsky Dom bank has launched a program of mortgage housing credits for Moscow city and region. A brief looks at the program. Brief. (2)

At the five-day UN World Climate Change Conference, which opened in Moscow on Monday, President Vladimir Putin, who initiated the event, discussed the fate of the Kyoto Protocol. A story describes the event, focusing on its significance. (3, Kommersant, 7, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 3, Gazeta, 2, Vremya Novostei, 1, Trud, 1, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 2, 3)

Real expenditure on state security agencies will decrease by 5.6 percent in the 2004 federal budget. The figure is contained in the conclusion submitted by the Audit Chamber experts on the draft 2004 budget. Brief. (3)

Nizhny Novgorod authorities believe that foreigners living in the city should have to pay for the education of their children. This idea has been proposed to city Mayor Vadim Bulavinov by local Duma deputy Sergei Abyshev. A story comments on the idea, saying who is for and who is against it. (3)

A story reflects on the chances of the two women -- Valentina Matviyenko and Anna Markova -- competing in the second round of the St. Petersburg gubernatorial elections, due to take place on Sunday Oct. 5.(3)

Presidential envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Konstantin Pulikovsky in his speech in the Izvestia on-line conference on Monday spoke about his district's latest economic successes, saying that Kamchatka and the Koryak Autonomous Area could merge. (3)

A Cabinet meeting on Friday was devoted to the reform of the housing and communal sector. The Yabloko faction in the State Duma has proposed its own variant of the reform. A story examines its major provisions. (3)

A story describes the annual congress of Britain's Labour Party that opened on Monday with the news that the issue of Iraq was not included in the congress agenda. In this, party leader Prime Minister Tony Blair can celebrate his first victory. (4, Kommersant, 10)

President Vladimir Putin is expected to sign amendments to the law on defending the rights of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs during state check-ups. A story characterizes the amendments. (5)

In an interview, Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister Yury Zhdanov talks about how small businesses can be protected from unplanned inspections by state bureaucrats. (5)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Monday signed a directive on distributing budget funds among regions to be spent on preparing for the upcoming winter. Brief. (5)

The deputy head of Gazprom's board, Alexander Ryazanov, on Monday said that his company will sell gas to Belarus at a rate of $80 per thousand cubic meters. Brief. (5)

Svyazinvest Director General Valery Yashin on Monday stated that four or five domestic business groups would like to buy his holding's state-controlled package of shares. He also said that this may happen earlier than 2005, as was predicted by Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref. Brief. (5)

Unified Energy Systems has proposed that the government limit the growth of the holding's tariffs for a three-year period, to 2006. A story looks at UES head Anatoly Chubais's proposal. Brief. (5)

Participants in the Second Ukrainian-Russian Business Forum in Odessa over the weekend reflected on the fate of the newly-established Single Economic Zone. Russian and Ukrainian businessmen shared their views on the issue of its stability. (6)

Chinese banks and companies have been allowed to accept payments in Russian currency from their Russian partners. In this context, the Russian ruble on Wednesday Oct. 1 will make its first step to being free convertible. A story comments on the Chinese provision on currency control in the sphere of trade with bordering countries. (6)

The total rating of the investment attractiveness of domestic oil companies last week fell by 0.01 percent to 299.42. A story gives other figures to illustrate the point, citing views by four economic analysts. (6)

The dollar went up in price by 10 kopecks in Moscow Inter-Bank Currency Exchange trading on Monday. Metalinvestbank expert Sergei Romanchuk comments on the situation. (6, Noviye Izvestia, 4)

Unified Energy Systems head Anatoly Chubais Monday stated that the monopoly's top managers are preparing to create the first experimental wholesale generating company, or OGK, which, in Chubais's words, could be created by the second quarter of 2004. A story examines the project. (7)

Slavneft shareholders on Monday decided to pay out record dividends of more than $340 million. The money will be received by the company's new owners, Sibneft and TNK. The state, however, which previously owned Slavneft will not receive anything. A story comments on the decision, citing the view of Aton analyst Timerbulat Karimov. (7)

Despite a poor grain harvest, commercial grain companies are continuing to export grain in large quantities. A brief gives figures from the State Customs Committee to illustrate the point. (7)

The Iranian National Oil Company has approved LUKoil Overseas' participation in a project in Iran. Brief. (7, Kommersant, 13)

Wimm-Bill-Dann this year will sell $1 billion worth of its products. This was announced by the head of the company's board of directors David Yakobashvili. Brief. (7)

The Moscow region dachas of First Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Ulyukayev and Presidential envoy to the Siberian Federal District Leonid Drachevsky were robbed over the weekend. A story gives details. (10, Zhizn, 2, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6)


A story describes a police operation in Tatarstan last week when police managed to release entrepreneur Bulat Bayazitov, who was abducted several month ago. Police also found the bodies of three other businessmen, including a KamAZ deputy director general and KamAZ-Metallurgia's director general, Viktor Faber. (1,6, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Gazeta, 1,5)

President Vladimir Putin on Monday presided over a cabinet meeting, during which, among other things, he urged ministers to intensify control over the weapons trade. A story examines issues discussed at the meeting. (2)

The head of Chechnya's government Anatoly Popov was to be discharged from the Moscow Central Clinical Hospital Tuesday, where he was placed with a diagnose of food poisoning. The republic's prosecutor's office is awaiting the final results of investigation into the circumstances of his poisoning, after which a decision will be made on launching a criminal case. (4, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Izvestia, 10, Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 1, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,9, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 4, MK, 1,2)

The leader of the LDPR faction in the State Duma Igor Lebedev is claiming the gubernatorial seat of the Moscow region, where the elections are scheduled for Dec. 7. Brief. (4)

Chechnya is fully prepared for presidential elections scheduled for Oct. 5. This was announced by the head of the local election commission Abdul-Kerim Arsakhanov on Monday. Brief. (4, Vremya Novostei, 1)

A crowd of Chechens early on Monday morning attacked the Mitino police station on Ulitsa Baryshikha and demanded a release of 24-year-old Chechen Nurmukhamed Dokuyev, who was suspected of killing Tambov OMON soldiers. A story gives details. (5, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6, MK, 1,2)

The Athens Court of Appeal has given the Russian side 15 days to submit more documents on the extradition case of media magnate Vladimir Gusinsky. A story examines new developments in the case. (6, Gazeta, 3, Vremya Novostei, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 5)

The Murmansk Prosecutor's Office Monday issued a indictment against Alexander Tyulyakov, deputy director of the Atomflot enterprise, who is accused of illegal purchases of radioactive substances. A story describes the case. (6)

Poland will impose a visa regime for Russian travelers from Wednesday Oct. 1. A story comments on the measure. (7)

The presidents of Bulgaria and Russia -- Georgy Pyrvanov and Vladimir Putin on Monday opened the Days of Culture of Bulgaria in Russia event. A story features the event and the news conference after the ceremony. (8)

The State Sanitary Epidemiological Service has investigated public nutrition and trade enterprises in 72 regions, during which it has rejected tons of low quality products. A story gives figures. (8)

The German Osram GmbH company has bought the Smolensk electrical bulb plant. A story examines the deal. (15)

The 7th international LIMA-2003 air show is expected to open Tuesday in Malaysia. A story describes the event, focusing on Russia's participation. (15, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Nezavisimaya Gazetas, 3)


The Economic Development and Trade Ministry has proposed that the market be kept unaware of new customs duties up until the moment that they take effect. Businesses and experts have agreed with this proposal. A story reveals why. (A1)

Grain market analysts suspect the Agriculture Ministry of overstating the size of the grain harvest. Thus, the Ministry's official report in the second last week of September reported an unprecedented wheat crop, which does not exist in reality. (A1)

The international rating agency Standard & Poor's has expressed concern over the fall of Russian banks' profitability against the background of growing expenses and their mounting dependence on the securities market. Such a conclusion has been made on the basis of the analysis of international accountancy of 30 leading domestic banks in 2002 and 2003. S&P is sure, however, that Russian bankers have the potential to improve the situation in the sector. (A1)

Ukrainian gas pipelines may be handed over to the control of the international gas transportation consortium created by Russia's Gazprom and Ukraine's Naftogaz. In order to urge Kiev to do this. Gazprom has agreed to spend a minimum of $1.6 billion on the construction of the Novopskov-Uzhgorod gas pipeline. (A2)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry has said that oil companies could contribute an additional $1.5 billion to $2 billion to the state budget. The target, in particular, are companies extracting oil from high-yielding "young" wells. (A3)

Industrial and investment growth slowed slightly in September, while the growth of people's incomes, import and trade turnover accelerated -- such is the estimates of participants in a Vedomosti poll. The cited table shows the parameters of the national economy in September. (A3)

Russian Textiles, a leading group on the domestic textile market, is headed by 29-year-old businessman Konstantin Volkov. In an interview he talks about the fate of the company, about the situation on the domestic textile market and about the company's competitors and plans. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

AvtoVAZ plans to launch the production of a Russian modification of the German Opel Astra next year. It will become the second project of the GM-AvtoVAZ joint venture. A story examines the project. (B1)

Yevrazholding, which a couple of days ago confessed to owning more than 2 percent of UES has harshly criticized the proposal of the Economic Development and Trade Ministry to alter the plan for UES reform and sell shares of wholesale generating companies for money. A story describes the proposal, saying how other companies regard it. (B1)

The Central Bank has at last explained what it means by "essential absence of authenticity" in banks' accounts, which is a serious reason for revoking their licenses. The Central Bank's corresponding instruction took effect on Monday. A story examines its major provisions. (B1)

An extraordinary meeting of Slavneft's shareholders on Sept. 29 decided to pay out intermediary