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

Thursday, January 23, 2003

- Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov is visiting Greece. At a meeting with Parliament speaker Apostolos Kaklamanis, Ivanov declared that the Russian side is very satisfied with the level and character of the development of Russian-Greek relations. The total volume of between Russia and Greece has reached $2 billion.

- The prosecutors office in the Samara office has discovered that 400 citizens of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan were illegally made Russian citizens. The cost of the new passports was about $1200.

- Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President George W. Bush discussed the situation in Iraq and North Korea over the telephone.

- President Putin met with the heads of Gazprom and RAO UES to discuss the work of the companies in relation to the problems with heating and electricity in the winter season.

- Moscows Tverskoi Court rejected the suits of three former Dubrovka Theater hostages who were asking the city authorities for $4 million.

- An investigation has been initiated in the North Caucasus Military District against officials who were negligent in providing medical help to 177 soldiers stricken with pneumonia after a visit to the banya.

- The largest monument to Vladimir Vysotsky in the country will be dedicated in Naberezhnye Chelny on the 65th anniversary of Vysotskys birth.

- Scientists in Yekaterinburg will work on cloning human organs.

- Russia is closing off its airspace to 15 Georgian airline companies that have outstanding debts to Russia. Total debts equal over $3.5 billion.

- Chechen administration head Akhmad Kadyrov declared that the conflict around the appointment of the republics finance minister is over.

- The growth of the industrial sector, the reform of the Railways Ministry and the construction of housing in the Southern Federal District were discussed at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov.

- President Putin met with famous scientist Roald Sagdeev, who is visiting Russia to celebrate his 70th birthday. Sagdeev, currently living and working in the US, told Putin about his visit to his home city of Kazan.

- Tatyana Totminina and Maksim Marinin got the gold at the European Figure Skating Championship.

- Aleksei Vasin, advisor to the Chechen Prime Minister told ITAR-TASS that all housing will be rebuilt in Chechnya within 5-6 years. The total cost of the projects will be about $20 billion.

- The 50,000 Chechen migrants living in Ingushetia will be able to take part in the referendum on the Chechen Constitution.

- Military journalist Grigory Pasko was released early from the maximal security colony. The former employee of the Boyevaya Vakhta newspaper of the Pacific Fleet, who had been accused of spying for Japan, spent a total of 2 years and 8 months behind bars.

- State Duma deputies are preparing new initiatives for the solution of the problems in Iraq. A group of parliamentarians are getting ready to visit the country.

- Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu visited Russias southern regions, which were damaged by flooding last summer.

- 260 students from 11 Moscow universities, the winners of a recent contest, will receive additional stipends of 1500 rubles.

- Consultations about a 5-year contract for grain delivery to Egypt were held at the Agriculture Ministry.

- Almost all schools in Omsk have been closed for quarantine in connection with an influenza epidemic. About 20,000 people, including 7,000 children, have been infected. Over 250 children have been hospitalized.

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