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

Friday, January 24, 2003

- The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation celebrates its 80th
anniversary today.
- Representatives of the judicial branch from all of Russias regions will
gather in Moscow for a celebratory meeting attended by Russian President
Vladimir Putin.
- Garry Kasparov will play 6 matches against the best computer chess program
in the world.
- Russia considers cooperation with international inspectors the best
possible solution of the Iraqi problem.
- The lawyers of Grigory Pasko will press for the full rehabilitation of
their client.
- Three terrorists who were involved in last summers terrorist act in
Khankala have been detained. Over 100 people died when an Mi-26 helicopter
was shot down.
- Representatives of the government of the Republic of Chechnya, the
interior ministry, the ministry of justice and many other ministries met in
Grozny to discuss the work of the electoral commissions in preparation for
the upcoming referendum on the Chechen Constitution.
- Russian Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko suggested that Georgia and
Russia begin joint work on the restoration of the railroad leading from
Russia, through Georgia, into Armenia.
- Pensions will be raised significantly in the first quarter of the year.
They will be indexed if the inflation over six months reaches 6%. President
Putin noted that there is currently no need to index the pensions.
- Russian gas is flowing to the Transcaucasus through back-up pipes. Work
on two pipelines on either side of the Terek River is in progress.
- The Russian delegation has arrived at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Russias membership in the World Trade Organization and energy deliveries to
Europe are at the top of their agenda.
- 31-year old Andrei Gusev has been arrested for the murder of Kurgan
criminal gang boss Aleksandr Salonik, also known as Sasha Makedonsky. Three
of Gusevs associates are still on the loose.
- President Putin congratulated renowned viola virtuoso Yuri Bashmet on his
50th birthday.
- Russian presidential envoy Aleksandr Losyukov declared that Moscow does
not support the motion of the US to discuss the situation in Korea at a UN
Security Council meeting.
- Flu epidemics are hitting various major Russian cities, including
Rostov-on-the-Don, Chelyabinsk, Astrakhan, Murmansk and Magadan.
- The State Duma will review amendments to the Land, Criminal and Civil
codes and laws on military service and the social protection of Chernobyl

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