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

Thursday, January 30, 2003

- Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Deputy Prime Minister Aleksei Kudrin to discuss the tax reform that will be carried out over the next three years. The tax system will be simplified and taxes will be decreased.

- Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov is in Bulgaria to aid in preparations for President Putins upcoming visit. Relations between Bulgaria and Russia cooled after the fall of the Berlin Wall, but now the sides are determined to improve them.

- In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad, the Russian government will give 900 rubles to the veterans of the battle and 450 to the widows of the men who died in combat.

- Russian Security Council Chairman Vladimir Rushailo chaired a meeting of the Security Council dedicated to the situation in Chechnya.

- President Putin accepted credentials from new ambassadors of Colombia, Singapore, New Zealand, Laos, Thailand and the Vaticans papal nuncio.

- American and Russian soldiers attended a joint training exercise in defending nuclear sites at a new training center funded by the US Congress.

- Megan McRee, the American citizen deported from Russia on suspicion of maintaining links with radical Islamic organization, was detained by FBI officers at the Los Angeles airport.

- Lord Judd has resigned from the position of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe's rapporteur on Chechnya after the assembly chose to not support him on recommending that Russia delay the referendum on the Chechen Constitution.

- Russia has been granted official membership in the European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism, signed six years ago.

- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Razov, the presidential envoy for the Kaliningrad issue, Dmitry Rogozin, and Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas will meet in Lithuania to discuss the new visa regime for transit between Kaliningrad and the rest of Russian territory, which will begin on February 1.

- An international festival of agush song was held in Daghestan.

- President Putin declared that the crisis in Iraq must be solved diplomatically.

- The north-south road in Sakhalin has been blocked by heavy snow for two days.

- Seven people who disappeared by the Mutnovsky Volcano have been found.

- An exhibition on Russian Emigres in Yugoslavia opened in Moscow.

- Presidential Aide Sergei Yastrzhembsky reported that Russia has given the US administration certain materials that support Russias request to have three Chechen groups to be added to the US State Departments black list of foreign terrorist organizations.

- The members of Moscows Lokomotiv soccer team and their coaches received gold medals in the Russian championship.

- In honor of Leonid Gaidais 80th birthday, his films are being shown for free in Irkutsk.

- Russias only museum of wooden ships burned down in Petrozavodsk. Museum employees suspect arson. It would take about $35,000 to restore the exposition.

- President Putin congratulated Uzbek President Islam Karimov on his 65th birthday.

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