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

Monday, July 21, 2003

::   Russian President Vladimir Putin spent the day in the Republic of Karelia. He spoke about the problems of and possible protection measures for the forestry and woodworking industries. Putin declared: Russia can become a major exporter of high-quality timber, and the industry can bring major profits to the national economy.

::   Upon returning from Karelia, President Putin met with Cabinet Ministers. Minister of Finances Aleksei Kudrin reported that economic growth will reach 5.9% this year and noted that the wage fund will grow by 2-3 times in June-July.

::   President Putin met with Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, who spoke about the results of his trip to Ukraine. The leaders also discussed the national socioeconomic situation and measures to support the export of Russian industrial production.

::   In Rostov-on-the-Don, an investigation of an accident at the oil refinery is underway. A large quantity of oil vapors was released into atmosphere in a commuter region of the city.

::   Six servicemen died and 8 were wounded in an armed clash in the Vedeno region of Chechnya. A 30-strong rebel group attacked the artillery patrol in the settlement of Dyshnya-Vedeno.

::   A major terrorist act was prevented in Grozny. Federal Security Service officers found 120 kilograms of explosives in a car parked by the side of the road, 70 meters away from the government building complex.

::   The Ministry of Justice sent an inquiry on the legality of Interior Minister Boris Gryzlovs involvement in the United Russia Party. A group of communists insisted that, as a state official, he has no right to work in party structures. Justice Ministry officials, however, found no infractions in the conduct of Boris Gryzlov, citing that he is not a member of United Russia or its supervisory organs and participates in party events in his leisure time.

::   Another 300 Chechen migrants will leave the tent settlements in Ingushetia and return to Chechnya.

::   A thousand children of 20 different nationalities, came to the Ocean Childrens Center in Vladivostok to share the customs of their peoples with other children.

::   Celebrations in honor of the citys 1100th anniversary continue in Pskov. Folklore festivals and fairs will last a whole week the city announced these days official holidays.

::   Over 15,000 hectares of forest are on fire in the Khabarovsk Krai.

::   President Putin responded to a letter from a 4th-grader in Latvia, who asked the President to help protect the Russian language in Latvia. President Putin also sent a set of encyclopedias for the school.

::   The Moscow Hotel has been closed for reconstruction.

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