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

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

- During the second day of his state visit to France, President Putin will meet with the Senate Chairman, the Prime Minister and the Mayor of Paris. Putin will also meet with Russian emigres living in France.

- The Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights Alvaro Gil-Robles will fly to Chechnya and Ingushetia to investigate the way the Council of Europe can aid the reconstruction and political regulation in the Republic of Chechnya.

- Abdul-Khakim Sultygov, the representative of the Russian President on human rights in Chechnya, met with Gil-Robles and told him about reconstruction plans. Sultygov declared that the upcoming referendum is only the beginning of the political process. Tomorrow Alvaro Gil-Robles will meet with civilian and military officials in Chechnya.

- Official Representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Aleksandr Yakovenko declared that Russia will welcome international monitoring of the March 23 Referendum on the Chechen Constitution. He noted that the Council of Europe is currently evaluating the draft of the Constitution.

- Enaam Arnaout, a Syrian-born US citizen admitted that he has been financing rebel fighters in Chechnya and Bosnia.

- Russian pilots demonstrated the An-30 surveillance plane to journalists at an air field near Moscow. Such aircraft could be used by UN inspectors in Iraq.

- A tunnel has been discovered in the Karmadon Gorge in North Ossetia.

- British Petroleum, Alfa Group and Access-Renova created a new enterprise, worth $14 billion -- this is the largest contract since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

- The Progress M-47 transport spacecraft will raise the orbit of the International Space Station by 10 kilometers. The orbit falls 150 meters every day because of Earths gravity.

- A television group has been created at a Nizhegorod maximum security prison. Under the project, inmates make news and community service announcements. They may also begin a talk show involving the administration.

- Soviet hockey star, two-time Olympic champion, six-time World and Europe champion, Boris Mayorov turns 65 today.

- Two people died and 11 were injured in a methane explosion at the Alardinskaya mine in the Kemerovo Oblast.

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