Compiled by Luba Schwartzman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Research Analyst, Center for Defense Information, Moscow office
Thursday, April 3, 2003
- Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with journalists in Tambov about pressing socio-economic issues, including salaries to state employees, pension payments and tariffs on natural monopolies.
- President Putin met with Viktor Cherkesov, the head of the State Committee for Control of Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances, to discuss recent reforms. Cherkesov plans to involve the personnel of the recently dispersed federal tax police service in the fight against the drug trade.
- Presidential Plenipotentiary to the Northwestern Federal District Valentina Matvienko spoke favorably about the decision of St. Petersburg Governor Vladimir Yakovlev not to run for a third term.
- Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov has left for Brussels, Belgium, where he will discuss the situation in Iraq with US Secretary of State Colin Powell and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.
- The Russian Cabinet discussed the financing of space programs and support for the International Space Station. Russia's burden in the project has increased after the crash of the American Space Shuttle Columbia.
- In Grozny, 8 people died and 9 were injured when a passenger bus was blown up.
- At the Vladivostok Airport, a team of doctors is inspecting passengers arriving from Southeast Asia for symptoms of severe acute respiratory syndrome.
- A three-day festival of North Ossetian culture is underway in Paris.
- An additional group of Ukrainian servicemen from the radiation, biological and chemical security battalion will be deployed in Kuwait.
- Over a thousand ministers, deputies, governors and enterprise directors are meeting in London to discuss economic cooperation between Russia and Western countries.
- Electricity providers shut off power in 80 settlements in the Samara Oblast for non-payment.
- A special commission began work in the Karmadon Gorge.
- Hundreds of houses have been flooded in the Rostov Oblast. Water levels continue to rise. Rescue workers from the Emergencies Ministry are on special alert.
- Animation artist Svyatozar Rusakov, the creator of the famous "Nu, Pogodi!" cartoon, turns 80 years old today.