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TV1 Review
Compiled by Luba Schwartzman (luba_sch@hotmail.com)
Research Analyst, Center for Defense Information, Moscow office

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

- Central Electoral Commission Chairman Aleksandr Veshnyakov declared that everything possible has been done to ensure that there are no problems with the running of the Referendum on the Chechen Constitution, scheduled for 23 March.

- Presidential Plenipotentiary to the Volga Federal District Sergei Kirienko will attend the opening of the Information Center for the Problems of Chemical Weapons Destruction in Saratov.

- A factory in the Gornyi settlement is liquidating 1% of Russias stocks of chemical weapons. 720 kilograms of poisonous substances are converted every day.

- Film Director Alla Surikova and Nizhny Novgorod Mayor Vadim Bulavin are discussing the possibility of holding the Smile, Russia! Comedy Film Festival in Nizhny Novgorod.

- The development of Russias border regions will be discussed at the meeting of the Presidium of the State Council.

- Many Ukrainians and Russians living in border regions have relatives and friends on the other side of the border. Others yet have problems with getting the citizenship they want. They appeal to the government to solve on a state level the questions they cannot solve on their own.

- Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov is chairing a meeting of Russian judges. 2002 was an important year for Russias judicial branch, since it saw the introduction of the new Criminal-Procedural and Administrative Codes. Kasyanov noted that there have been many positive developments over the year. He also promised to raise the judges salaries by 40% by October 2003.

- The practice of surprise checks of armed forces divisions has been renewed in Russia. Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov visited the 81st motorized artillery division instead of the division being prepared for his visit in Samara.

- Boris Jordan will leave his post as General Director of the NTV television company as a result of a 17 January vote of the Gazprom-Media Board of Directors. Jordan declared that he is already passing control to the holdings new leadership.

- Russian Security Council Chairman Sergei Mironov met with Georgian Parliament Speaker Nino Burdzhandze to discuss ways of solving problems in Russian-Georgian relations.

- A large batch of heroine -- over 41 kilograms -- was detained on the Tajik border.

- The Arktika ship, which sank in Novorossiisk in December of last year, has been raised to the surface. The operation took 36 hours.

- President Putin chaired a meeting with key ministers to discuss the problems of the housing and utilities sector.

- The first criminal case concerning the problems in the heating sector have been initiated against officials in the Dolisk Region of the Sakhalin Oblast, where over 11,000 residents are without heat.

- President Putin met with Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov to discuss economic issues, including cooperation in the energy sphere.

- Russian Patriarch Alexii II will present President Parvanov with an award from the Foundation for the Unity of the Orthdox Peoples.

- Russian alpinists are heading to Antarctica to conquer three peaks that have yet to be named.

- Over 60 Russian journalists have received awards from the city of Moscow in 2002.

- State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznev announced that the draft law on the reform of the energy sector will be reviewed in February.

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