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

Monday, June 2, 2003

- The leaders of the G-8 nations held a working summit in Avian before breaking up for bilateral meetings. They discussed the effect of the falling dollar on the economy of other nations. At the meting, Russian President Vladimir Putin held the most honorable seat, to the right of Chairman Jacques Chirac.

- The first meeting of the State Council of the Republic of Chechnya, which will include the administration heads from all regions of the republic, will be held on June 10th. Amnesty to members of band formations who did not commit serious crimes will be at the top of the agenda.

- President of Ingushetia Marat Zyazikov dismissed his government. In an interview with ITAR-TASS, he explained the he did not find the governments work to be bad in the conventional sense, but simply felt that it was necessary to fundamentally change the work, including economic reform, investment policy and other issues.

- Russian Minister of Education Vladimir Filippov reported on the first results of the Universal State Exam and shared his ideas about the fight against corruption in universities.

- Final exams begin throughout the Russian regions.

- Russia and France accepted a joint declaration on the protection of the indigenous peoples of the planet, dedicated to the arctic region.

- A new form for tax payments has been introduced in Russia, effective June 1. It will simplify the work of the tax services and decrease submission of imprecise data.

- The salaries of doctors who treat patients suspected to have severe acute respiratory syndrome may be raised. There have been 30 suspected cases of SARS in Russia.

- Rappani Khalilov, the organizer of the May 9, 2002 terrorist act in Kaspiisk has been killed.

- The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs complied with the decision of the Supreme Court to allow Russian citizens to take passport photographs with headdresses.

- Sailors in the Far East are beginning the fight against low pay and difficult work conditions.

- The 201st motorized artillery division is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

- Toxic substance leaked from a railroad container in the Novosibirsk Oblast city of Chulym. Children were evacuated from kindergartens. The state of emergency was lifted in the evening.

- A nine-story apartment house collapsed in the city of Kolomna, in the suburbs of Moscow. According to the preliminary investigation, a household gas explosion was at fault. Emergency Ministry workers are rescuing people who were not evacuated from under the ruins. One person has been hospitalized, two are still missing.

- Italian tenor Lucciano Pavarotti arrived in Moscow for a concert. A few days ago he participated in a concert dedicated to the 300th anniversary of St. Peterburg.

- The Mars-Express scientific space vehicle has been launched towards Mars.

- Russias national soccer team is preparing for a qualifying match against the Swiss team, to be held in Basel.

- Renowned Russian actor and director Yevgenii Matveev passed away on Sunday. President Putin has expressed his condolences to Matveevs friends and family.

- A monument to a dog that waited for its owner for 8 years has been dedicated in Togliatti. The dog lived on the side of the road, where its owner had died in a car crash.

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