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Izvestia
Kommersant
Vedomosti
Vedomosti. Companies and Markets
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Krasnaya Zvezda
Trud
Komsomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Izvestia
www.izvestia.ru

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko arrived in Sochi on Monday to meet with President Vladimir Putin to discuss problems relating to the creation of a union state and using the Russian ruble as the single currency. A story examines their different stands on the issue, focusing on those that oppose the union state. (1, Kommersant, 1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,3, Gazeta, 2, Noviye Izvestia, 4, Vremya Novostei, 1, Trud, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Moskovskiye Novosti, No.36, p. 12, Zhizn, 19, Komsomolskaya Pravda, 3,MK, 2)

Legendary fashion designer Pierre Cardin arrived in Moscow on Monday to advertise guest performances of his theater troupe "Espace Cardin" scheduled for Oct. 20-23. In an interview he talks about his theater troupe and about the productions it will show in Moscow. (1,2, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 6, MK, 4)

A new terrorist act by a suicide bomber near the FSB building in Ingushetia's capital city Magas on Monday left two people dead and another 20 injured. A story gives details. (1,2, Kommersant, 1, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Vremya Novostei, 1,2, Gazeta, 1,3, Noviye Izvestia, 3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1,9, Trud, 1, Zhizn, 2, Krasnaya Zvezda, 1, Sovetskaya Rossiya,1, MK, 1,2)

The system of patrolling state border will change over the next several years. The first experiment has been launched in Karelia, where the state border is being guarded by volunteer border squads consisting of local civilians. A story describes the experiment, focusing on the participating squads. (1,2)

An editorial examines the anti-globalist currency stands shown by Sweden and Belarus, focusing on their different features. (2)

A story examines the results of a poll taken by the Public Opinion Fund to demonstrate how many people are interested in politics and how many people are indifferent to it. (2)

The General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency opened in Vienna on Monday. A major issue on its agenda is Iran's nuclear program, which has become a battleground among several states with their own geopolitical and commercial interests. A story examines the situation in detail, focusing on Russia's stand on the issue. (3,Kommersant, 10, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 1,2, Noviye Izvestia, 5)

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in Moscow on Monday discussed many significant issues, including the North Korean crisis, the situation in Iran, Afghanistan and the Middle East as well as a postwar settlement in Iraq. Brief. (3)

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in the Gorbachev Fund building on Monday gave a hearty welcome to former U.S. President George Bush. Brief. (3, Kommersant, 9, Gazeta, 2)

The Central Election Commission formed a working group Monday to settle disputes and analyze print and audiovisual campaign materials. Brief. (3)

Two draft bills introducing amendments to the existing law on weapons were submitted to the State Duma on Monday. Brief. (3)

The Kremlin on Monday announced a new presidential decree on defense. According to this document General Staff Chief Anatoly Kvashnin has received new duties. A story examines them in detail. (3)

Nizhny Novgorod ended an interesting experiment Monday in which city residents actively participated in the distribution of budget funds. A story comments on the results. (3)

Former General Secretary of the Czech Republic's Foreign Ministry Karel Srba, also known as Salima, a former agent of the Czech military intelligence, was sentenced to eight years in prison recently for ordering the killing of Sabina Slonkova, an employee of the newspaper "Mlada Fronta Dnes." He also revealed clandestine plans of special services. A story describes them in detail. (4)

Estonians voted Monday to join the European Union. A story examines the results. (4, Kommersant, 10, Vremya Novostei, 5)

Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref made negative remarks about the restructuring of Unified Energy Systems, expressing his fears over the fate of this sector. He said that what troubles him is the division of the energy complex into separate zones of influence. A story examines Gref's concerns. (5)

State Duma deputies analyzed the 2004 draft budget before the first reading and concluded that regional budgets appear to have deficits. They believe that the compensation promised to the regions by the Finance Ministry will not be enough. A story looks at Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin's stand on the issue. (5)

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said the government intends to shape Russia's investment image. This statement was made at the 17th session of the Consultative Council on Foreign Investment on Monday. A story comments on Kasyanov's statement. (5, Kommersant, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

The State Duma Banking Committee on Monday recommended that deputies pass an amendment to the law on state support of small businesses. (6, Kommersant, 13, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, 2, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 2)

A story analyzes the negative results of the Sunday's national referendum in Sweden on whether to adopt the euro. (6, Kommersant, 9)

LUKoil intends to build a new oil refinery in the Moscow region. A story examines the project that, according to analysts' estimates, will cost about $500 million. (6, Kommersant, 16)

The Central Bank decided to return all "C' account funds to nonresidents who played on the domestic securities market before the August 1998 crisis. This was announced Monday by Central Bank deputy head Konstantin Korishchenko. A story comments on the measure, citing an expert's opinion. (6)

Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref said Monday that the privatization of Svyazinvest Holding is being postponed until 2005. A story reports on how the government regards it. (6)

Anti-Monopoly Minister Ilya Yuzhanov said Monday that the merger of any two national cellular communications operators is impossible, quashing rumors about a possible merger between Vimpelcom and Megafon. A story reveals the essence of his statement, citing an expert's opinion. (7, Kommersant, 13, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 3)

The amount of gold in Russian state reserves in September this year as compared with July has grown by 700 kilograms to 388.2 tons. This was announced by the World Gold Council. Brief. (7)

Gazprom in early October will launch gas deliveries to Georgia in place of Itera. This was announced by Georgian Fuel and Energy Minister Mamuka Nikolaishvili. Brief. (7)

Rosenergoatom's nuclear plants have generated 100.2 billion kwh since the start of this year, 10.1 percent more than the figure for the same period last year. Brief. (7)

The Amur region has extracted 8.5 tons of gold since the beginning of this year, 10.8 percent more than the figure for the same period last year. A brief gives several other figures on gold extraction in the region. (7)

First Deputy Agriculture Minister Sergei Dankvert said Russia will most probably keep existing quotas on pork and beef imports intact. A brief looks at them. (7)

A story examines the official results of Yukos' buying shares, saying how analysts regard the company's actions and plans. (7)

At the initiative of the National Reserve Bank, possessing 30 percent of Aeroflot's shares, Aeroflot's board of directors held a session Monday to set a date for an extraordinary shareholders' meeting. A story comments on the session's decisions, focusing on NRB's ambitious plans. (7)

A story offers an in-depth analysis of the domestic sportswear market, focusing on domestic and foreign participants. (8)

The Moscow government intends to begin a project of helicopter transport flights between Moscow and the Moscow region and also flights inside the city. A story examines the project. (9)

Sculptor Zurab Tsereteli would like to make a present to New York -- a 30 meter high monument to victims of terrorism. Brief. (9)

Kommersant
www.kommersant.ru

St. Petersburg Vice Governor Anna Markova is trying to sue President Vladimir Putin for participating in the gubernatorial campaign of candidate Valentina Matviyenko. A story comments on Markova's plans. (3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 1, 4)

Moscow City Election Commission head Valentin Gorbunov at a news conference on Monday reported the emergence of the first candidate to run for city mayor -- German Sterligov, head of the Sterligov Brothers coffin makers. A story looks at the candidate. (3, Vremya Novostei, 2)

State Duma deputy Yevgeny Ishchenko won the Volgograd mayoral elections Sunday thanks to support from the United Russia party. A story comments on the official results of this election. (3, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 4)

Tatarstan's President Mintimer Shaimiyev signed a bill Monday introducing amendments to the republic's constitution, that would increase the number of State Council deputies to 100 members from the present 50. A story comments on the document. (4)

At a news conference on Monday, Deputy Justice Minister Yury Kalinin, said he guaranteed the life of Akmed Zakayev after returning from London on Saturday, where he spoke as a witness at Zakayev's trial. A story comments on his speech in the London court. (4)

The State Duma Education Committee has drafted a bill on public management of schools. A story examines the document's major provisions. (8)

The Communications Ministry on Monday summed up the results of a tender to create a national television medical network. A story reveals the essence of the program. (8)

The Wall Street Journal on Monday announced that 25 percent of the stakes of the yet-to-be-created company YukosSibneft may go to Exxon Mobil or ChevronTexaco. A story comments on the potential deal, explaining what analysts think. (13

The St. Petersburg FSB Board on Monday raided an Alfa-Bank affiliate in St. Petersburg. A brief explains the goal of the search. (13

Amtel holding intends to sell its shares to foreign companies. A brief looks at the company's decision. (13)

The Management Board of the Russian-American Goloil company has announced the transfer of its rights and management duties to Russneft, headed by former president Slavneft Mikhail Gutseriyev. Brief. (13)

A story examines the current situation on the domestic vodka market and its new leader -- the Veda distillery in the Moscow region. (17

Vedomosti
www.vedomosti.ru

The market is trying to guess which foreign investors will be selected by YukosSibneft owners to invest in their company. The Wall Street Journal believes that it will be either ChevronTexaco or ExxonMobil that will make a bid for its 25 percent of stakes. (A1)

While the leadership of the New York Stock Exchange is deciding how to calm the wave of indignation caused by the decision to pay $140 million to Richard Grasso, the NYSE Board of Directors head, speculators are earning money on the scandal. The Internet-Exchange TradeSports has launched tradings in derivatives linked to Grasso's resignation before the end of 2003. (A1)

European insurers have finally persuaded Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin to give them access to the expanding Russian market. Kudrin on Monday endorsed amendments to the law on the organization of insurance matters that will allow EU companies to work in Russia with few limitations. (A1)

Wage arrears to budget workers in the regions decreased to 300 million rubles ($9.77 million) as of Sept. 1. This was announced by Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin at a session of the State Duma Budget Committee on Monday. Brief. (A1)

According to the Central Bank's web site, the total amount of Russian citizens' domestic credits in the first six months of this year increased by 48 percent to 210 billion rubles ($6.84 billion) from 142.158 billion rubles. Brief. (A1)

The United Russia party is continuing to call on big businessmen to sign up on its election rolls. Rosneft President Sergei Bogdanchikov has taken the third spot in the party's list for the Far Eastern region. Analysts believe that he has been included in the list thanks to his friendship with St. Petersburg power agency men from the presidential administration. (A2)

The WTO ministerial conference in Mexico collapsed. New rules in international trade have been postponed indefinitely. (A3)

In an interview Nikolai Dyomin, a co-owner and director-general of the Exim company, talks about his company and Exim's planned investment in the Mikoyan Meat Processing combine, and about its future projects. (A5)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets& MARKETS SUPPLEMENT

One of the most closed domestic corporations, Yevrazholding, has opened up its business activities at last. A story examines what has now been made known to investors about the company. (B1)

Gazprom's release of euronotes instead of eurobonds was successful. The company has placed securities worth 1 billion euros with an 8 percent annual interest rate. (B1)

The Anti-Monopoly Ministry has put an end to all speculation about the possible merger of two federal cellular operators Megafon and Vimpelcom, who recently acquired a common shareholder, Alfa-Eko. Minister Ilya Yuzhanov said his ministry would not allow such a merger. (B1)

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry has found a hidden threat to energy company reform from financial and industrial groups. In order to remove this threat, Minister German Gref has proposed selling shares of wholesale generating companies at a monetary auction. (B1)

Gazprom and the Turkish pipeline company Botas have reached a compromise on the price of Russian gas being delivered to Turkey. Brief. (B1)

SUAL held talks with the government of Montenegro on the possible purchase of the Kombinat Aluminiuma Podgorica plant. This was announced by KAP General Manager Mikhailo Banyevich. Brief. (B1)

The Volgatransterminal company in St. Petersburg intends to build a container terminal in Samara for $35 million. It has signed an agreement on this intention with the German Buss Holding company that will partly finance the project. A story examines the project. (B2)

LUKoil has made public its ambitious plans for the fuel market of the Moscow region. The company is assessing the possibility of building a large oil refinery there (its approximate cost is $1.1 billion) and 300 gas filling stations. A story examines the company's plans. (B2)

Amtel has become the only shareholder of the Voronezh Tire Plant and of the Tire Complex Amtel Sibir in Krasnoyarsk. This is announced in the holding's press release. (B2)

The Pipeline Metals Company, or TMK, and the Magnitogorsk Metals combine have signed an agreement on strategic cooperation in 2003 to 2005. A brief reveals its essence. (B2)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta
www.rg.ru

The government has endorsed a provision on the procedure of condemning apartment buildings and other premises unsuitable for living. A story examines the document. (1,9)

Document. An order issued by the Transport Ministry on launching a network of regular bus routes connecting the Russian regions. A story comments on the document. Full text is given. (1,9)

Document. Government Decree No. 567 on amendments to the rules of paying compensations for burial services. A story examines the document's major provisions. Full text. (1,6)

How have political parties' ideologies changed since the previous parliamentary elections? Three political scientists share their views on the issue. (3)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta offers advice to those who work with computers. (7)

Noviye Izvestia

Serious changes may soon take place on the domestic pharmaceutical market. The State Duma intends to annul one type of licensing for pharmaceutical activity. The Health Ministry believes this is a result of lobbying by counterfeit drug manufacturers. If this decision is made, a wave of fake medicines will hit the domestic market. A story comments on this serious issue, focusing on the current situation on the pharmaceutical market. (7)

The Federal Culture Ministry has announced a competition for the right to restore the Grozny Art Museum that was destroyed during the war. A story describes the origin of this museum and its best years. (1,6)

The State Duma will Wednesday consider amendments to the law on alternative civil service (as an alternative to military service). These amendments would allow young people to serve where they live, which is presently being opposed by the government. A story comments on the issue. (2)

The Communist faction in the State Duma drafted an appeal to the government with a proposal to take urgent measures to revise the results of the 1992 to 1999 privatizations. A story comments on the KPRF faction's appeal. (2)

Muscovites living in an old five-story, 120-apartment block, or khrushchovka, on Vagonoremontnaya Ulitsa in the north of Moscow have very serious health problems that are being ignored by local housing authorities. A story gives concrete facts to illustrate the point. (3)

Krasnaya Zvezda

Specialists at the Taganrog Aviation Research-Technical Complex are designing a super-heavy transport hydroplane Be-2500 with a wing-span of 150 meters. A story examines the plane, focusing on its unprecedented technical specifications. (1)

A story offers a military-political review of the situation in the Balkans, which has remained tense. The focus is on Russia's interest. (3)

Trud
www.trud.ru

A story gives facts and figures showing different living and material standards in CIS countries -- Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan -- in the not so distant future they plan to create a Single Economic Zone. (3)

Head of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Arkady Volsky said at the recent meeting of the International Organization of Employers that his agency is willing to crack down on poverty. A story comments on his statement. (3)

Russian teenagers, starting Jan. 1, 2004, will be able to launch their own businesses. Such a right has been given to them by the amendments to the law on the state registration of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs. A story examines the document. (2)

Komsomolskaya Pravda
www.kp.ru

During a meeting with former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in Moscow, former U.S. President George Bush invited Gorbachev to his 80th birthday party in June 2004. A story describes their meeting. (2)

A story reflects on the real purpose of President Vladimir Putin's recent meeting in Sochi with former U.S. President George Bush. (2)

Komsomolskaya Pravda offers two unique photos of cosmonaut Yury Gagarin taken in the Moscow region forest 40 years ago. They have been preserved by the photographer's sister in Vitebsk. (3)

The Agrarian Party's Central Committee has promised to control bankruptcy cases of agricultural enterprises, which have snowballed of late. (4)

Information agencies reported Monday that Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov has ordered all his rebel units to leave Chechnya. A story comments on this information, saying what experts think. (5)

The staircase in the Moscow Hotel Moskva, whose interior has already been dismantled, will be moved to Minsk because Belarussians view it as a sacred object: Their national poet Yanka Kupala was killed on it in 1942. Hotel Moskva director-general Boris Yevseyev describes current work in this hotel and what will be built in its place. (7)

The construction of the Tsarev Sad (Tsar's Gardens) complex of office buildings is one of the most ambitious projects in the sphere of commercial realty on Sofiiskaya Naberezhnaya. Only one out of three planned buildings has been built now, and the whole $89.6 million credit that was released by Sberbank five years ago has already been spent. A story describes the project, focusing on Sberbank's plans to defend its interests. (8)

Leaders of the political parties participating in the parliamentary election campaign have proposed their own methods to weed out the national evil of corruption. A story examines some of the proposals. (10, 11)

Soviet authorities in the North Evenki District in the Magadan Region in the early 1980s removed all vodka from the local shops and replaced it with the nonalcoholic drink Zolotoye Runo. A feature story describes what happened as a result of this measure. (14, 15)

A story examines the situation on the Moscow city housing market. Apartment prices have skyrocketed, but old and new apartments are still in high demand and selling like pancakes. Vash Dom Supplement. (2,3)

Moskovsky Komsomolets
www.mk.ru

Moscow city authorities plan to build new roads and traffic roundabouts to reduce the traffic flow on Pyatnitskoye Shosse on the stretch from the Moscow Ring Road up to the first Mitinsky Proezd. A story examines the plan. (1)

A second entry to the Moscow zoo will be built from the side of the metro station Barrikadnaya. A story describes the project, saying that it will be completed in 2005. (1)

President Vladimir Putin has instructed the State Sports Committee to come up with school programs of obligatory physical exercises that were popular in Soviet times to improve pupils' health and fitness. A story examines the content of such programs. (2)

Many Russians have become outsiders due to the new law on citizenship that took effect in July 2002. A story gives concrete facts showing whole families in despair. (3)