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

The TV1 Review (formerly ORT Review) is a daily summary of news items carried throughout the day by Channel One (previously ORT), the channel with the highest viewer ratings in Russia and high ratings throughout the former Soviet Union. The Review is compiled and translated by Luba Schwartzman exclusively for Johnsons Russia List.

Several aspects of the TV1 Review have made it highly popular with JRL readers since it was first launched in June 2001. Channel Ones position as the most watched television channel means that the Review carries the same news items presented to the average Russian resident. It includes items not picked up by Western sources or translated into English by information agencies. Finally, the Review provides a maximum of information and maintains the tone of news reports, while remaining concise and clearly written.

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

- Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Deputy Prime Minister Galina Karelova to discuss government measures to support mothers and children.

- Federal Security Service Director Nikolai Patrushev declared that the suicide bombers who carried out the recent terrorist acts in Chechnya were trained outside of Russia. He noted that it is therefore necessary for Russian special services to cooperate with analogous services in other countries.

- Security Council Chairman Vladimir Rushailo arrived in Warsaw to discuss the consequences of Polands entry into the European Union as well as trade and economic relations.

- Cabinet Ministers discussed migration policy. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD), there are about 1.5 million foreigners illegally residing in Moscow right now. MVD representatives believe the problem should be solved through the creation of a single system of immigration control. The ministers also reviewed the development of mail service and domestic car production.

- Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Ivanov is in Finland to discuss the integration of Russia into Europe. Tomorrow, he will participate in a meeting of the Council of Baltic States.

- Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Ivanov continues his working trip to Kazakhstan. He spoke with the Kazakh President about the achievements of the Council of Defense Minister of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

- Rossiiskaya Gazeta published the text of the Federal Law on the Ratification of the Agreement on the Reduction of Strategic Offensive Weapons.

- The UN military observers who were kidnapped last week in Georgias Kodori Gorge have been released. Georgian authorities declared this morning that they were able to reach an agreement with the criminals. According to some sources, the bandits gave up their hostages in exchange for a guarantee of personal safety.

- A custodian at the Rostov-on-the-Don Technical University was injured by a hand-made bomb. Investigators believe that this was a case of malicious hooliganism, and not a terrorist act.

- At the Kremlin, 112 people received state awards. This year, for the first time, a foreign citizen received an award: Roland Petit, the choreographer of The Queen of Spades ballet at the Bolshoi Theater.

- All passengers were evacuated from the Krasnye Vorota metro station when heavy smoke followed a short circuit failure. Train service has been restored.

- Outstanding Russian composer Tikhon Khrennikov celebrates his 90th birthday today.

- Russian Orthodox devotees can worship the relics of Apostle Andrei Pervozvannyi, currently at Moscows Christ the Savior Cathedral.

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