#8 - JRL 7133
Compiled by Luba Schwartzman (email@example.com)
Research Analyst, Center for Defense Information, Moscow office
Saturday, April 5, 2003
- Russian President Vladimir Putin chaired a meeting on various domestic and foreign policy issues. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, Administration Head Aleksandr Voloshin, Security Council Chairman Vladimir Rushailo, Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov and Minister of Internal Affairs Boris Gryzlov attended.
- President Putin discussed the situation in Iraq over the telephone with French President Jacque Chirac. The leaders spoke positively about the results of yesterday's meeting of the Russian, French and German foreign ministers.
- The Nizhny Novgorod Airport has resumed operations. The TU- 154 airplane, flying from Moscow to Barnaul, which made a forced landing and got stuck off the runway has been towed away.
- Doctors have concluded that a Russian sailor who returned from China does not have the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. He was diagnosed with sinistral pneumonia.
- The Moscow Center for Endo-Surgery celebrates its 10-year anniversary. In that time, the unique center has helped thousands of people regain their health.
- A live television question-and-answer "marathon" on health issues began in Moscow. Politicians and officials will answer questions from viewers. President Putin congratulated marathon participants with a telegram.
- Spring flooding continues in Russia's southern regions. Water levels have risen by 1.5-2 meters.
- President Putin visited the headquarters of the Space Forces. After speaking with commanding officers Putin declared that the decision made two years ago to unite Military Space Forces and the Strategic Rocket Forces was a correct one.
- A gang of kidnappers has been arrested in the Sakhalin. Four hostages -- Moscow entrepreneurs -- were released. The criminals attracted their victims by placing sales ads for Japanese cars in the Iz Ruk V Ruki advertisement publication. They demanded $10,000-$25,000 ransom for each person.
- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Yuri Fedotov met with representatives of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing. He declared that Russia and China will protect their economic interests in Iraq.
Sunday, April 6, 2003
- A column of 8 automobiles carrying 25 employees of the Russian Consulate in Iraq and Russian journalists from Baghdad to the Iraqi-Syrian border came between American and Iraqi fire. Five people were injured. One of the cars carried a Russian flag; the others had diplomatic license plates.
- President Putin ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to do everything possible to help and evacuate the victims of the incident.
- US National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice arrived in Moscow. Tomorrow she will discuss the situation in Iraq with Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and Security Council Chairman Vladimir Ivanov.
- Theater and film actor Stanislav Lyubshin celebrates his 70th birthday today.
- Rescue workers in North Ossetia are prepared for spring flooding. They are keeping watch by all of the potentially dangerous rivers.
- The Admiral Shaposhnikov and Marshal Panteleev antisubmarine warfare ships are sailing to the Indian Ocean, where they will participate in joint Russian-Indian exercises.