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

Thursday, June 26, 2003

- Today is the third day of Russian President Vladimir Putins state visit to Great Britain. He met with British Prime Minister Tony Blair to discuss pressing bilateral cooperation issues.

- Putin also participated in the opening of a major energy forum in London. Two major contracts promising multi-billion investments into the Russian economy were announced at the forum.

- The Russian Cabinet discussed reform of Russian aviation. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov asserted that the best way to increase production of domestic aircraft is through reducing extra production capacity and uniting enterprises into major holdings.

- Federation Council Senators refused to support the law raising minimal wages. The State Duma has already granted regional governments the right to set higher minimal wages, supplementing the difference from the regional budget. The senators approved the law regulating tariffs on natural utilities.

- Representatives of major Russian political parties attended a meeting of the Central Electoral Commission. They concluded an agreement, which journalists call a non-aggression pact. Its main goal is the fight against black PR.

- Fourteen rebel fighters laid down their arms in Gudermes, Chechnya. They will be amnestied if investigations show that they did not commit grave crimes.

- A third man has been detained for the murder of State Duma deputy Sergei Yushenkov. Liberal Russia Party Co-Chairman Mikhail Kodanev is suspected to have ordered the assassination.

- Sniper training exercises were held in the Rostov Oblast.

- A Worldwide Congress of Anti-Narcotic Forces was opened in Moscow. Experts from the UN and UNESCO, politicians and other public figures have been invited.

- Viktor Tikhonov was appointed head coach of the Russian national hockey team.

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