Tuesday, June 24, 2003
- Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived on a state visit to Great Britain. This is the first time in a century and a half that a Russian leader visits Britain upon the personal invitation of the Queen. Moscow and London both hope that the visit will serve as the beginning of a new stage in relations.
- President Putin held a working meeting with Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov. They discussed the draft 2004 budget and the results of the State Duma's review of new tax legislation.
- Presidential Plenipotentiary to the Northwestern District Valentina Matvienko officially announced that she will participate in St. Petersburg's gubernatorial race.
- President Putin signed a package of laws correcting election legislation. Central Electoral Commission Chairman Aleksandr Veshnyakov answered questions about the upcoming election. He noted that official invitations to international observers will be made once the election campaign is underway.
- Interrogations of the 7 law enforcement officers, who were detained yesterday on suspicion of extortion and falsification of criminal cases, begins at Lefortovo.
- British composer and singer Elton John will perform at the Kremlin. This is his third concert in Moscow.
- A special commission of the General Prosecutor's Office ruled that all schools in the Far East must be equipped with new emergency systems by the start of the next school year.
- Russian border troops are conducting large-scale exercises in the southern region of Russia.
- The latest Russian helicopter technologies are presented at Torzhka. The five models of military and military-transport helicopters at the show are experimental models, but some have already been used in Chechnya.
- Four Mirage fighter jets will fly from France to Russia to take part in celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Normandie-Nieman Regiment.
- Participants of the historic Victory Parade gathered on Red Square. 58 years ago, 40,000 men marched to celebrate the triumph in WWII.
- A memorial board honoring renowned screenwriter Gennady Shpalikov was dedicated in Moscow.