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

HEADLINES
Thursday, June 12, 2003

- The entire nation celebrates Russia Day. The Declaration on the State Sovereignty of the Russian Federation was accepted on June 12, 1990.

- Vladivostok residents were among the first ones to begin celebrations. Naval veterans received memorial awards in honor of the Day of Russia. Celebrations were also held outside of Russia -- throughout the former Soviet Union.

- A parade in honor of Russia Day was held on Red Square for the first time.

- Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Russians on the holiday. He declared: We know from our own experience, that it is better to live in a strong, united family. We also know, how carefully and attentively we must treat Russia. Working together is the only way to make our country an economically powerful, open and democratic nation.

- Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych was one of the guests of honor at the celebrations of the Day of Russia. Later in the day, he met with President Putin to discuss economic cooperation and relayed congratulations from Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma.

- Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Ivanov flew to Brussels to participate in the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council. According to the press service of the Ministry of Defense, the main items on the agenda are the fight against international terrorism, theater missile defense and security.

- Local governments in Chechnya will oversee the amnesty process. Amnesty requests flooded local administrations after newspapers published the State Duma Resolution on Amnesty.

- Doctors in Blagoveshchensk have completely cured Denis Soinikov, who was diagnosed with severe acute respiratory syndrome a month ago.

- United Russia Party supporters in Ryazan elected 16 delegates to the All-Russian Coungress, scheduled for late June.

- An exact copy of an 80-ton bell will be made for the Svyato- Troitsk cathedral. The original bell was destroyed 74 years ago.

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