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

Thursday, June 19, 2003

- Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Pension Fund Chairman Mikhail Zurabov to discuss the results of todays State Council meeting dedicated to improving medical services for pensioners.

- President Putin also met with Chairman of the State Tax Committee Mikhail Vanin to discuss progress on the new tax code, which will become effective January 1, 2004.

- Central Electoral Committee Chairman Aleksandr Veshnyakov met with representatives of Russias political parties to discuss changes in regulations affecting the upcoming parliamentary campaign. A provision for criminal responsibility for major financial infractions has been introduced.

- Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov declared that the Cabinet has approved the plan for the reform of the energy sector.

- In North Ossetia, a bus carrying 13 police officers hit a landmine. Three people died immediately. Everyone received injuries. A criminal case has been initiated.

- The Presidential Clemency Commission for the Southern Federal District met in Krasnodar.

- The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation has introduced a favorable tax regime for independent entrepreneurs.

- A day of mourning was held in the Kemerovo Oblast for the 12 miners who were killed in Mondays explosion. A funeral was held for 11 of the miners.

- Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Ivanov spoke at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Pnompenh. He appealed to the international community to finish work on international terrorism conventions.

- Federal forces clashed with about 40 rebels in the Chechen settlement of Chemulga. Five rebels were killed. One federal soldier was injured.

- The Cabinet will review a new system of insurance for the agricultural sector.

- At a session of the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF) in Berlin, Russia was admitted into the FATF.

- Three State Duma committees met to deliberate on Turkmenistans exit from the double-citizenship agreement. Over 100,000 people have both Russian and Turkmen citizenship.

- United Russia Party supporters met in Vladimir. Co-Chairman of the partys Supreme Council Sergei Shoigu declared that the United Russia Party now has over 500,000 members, and its time to think about quality rather than quantity.

- The site of the falling of the Vitim meteor has been found.

- Official representatives of the Rosaviakosmos Space Agency and the American Space Adventures Company declared that Space Tourism program may be revived.

- Paratroopers Commander, Lieutenant Colonel (Res.) Yevgenii Podkolzin passed away.

- A lighting bolt sparked a fire at an ammunition warehouse in the Far Eastern military district. No one was injured.

- A major fire broke out at the Stanislavskii Theater in Moscows center. Almost a thousand audience members and actors were evacuated. The fire was localized, but the theater building was completely destroyed.

- Spartak won a soccer match against Saturn-RenTV with a score of 1:0. Spartak Head Coach Oleg Romantsev, who brought Spartak to victory in the Russian National Championship 9 times, left the team. He refused to comment his exit, but a conflict between the coach and the Spartak management has been going on for years.

- Russian and foreign film stars are gathering for the 25th International Moscow Film Festival.

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