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December 29, 2005 - January 29, 2006 calendar

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December 29

MOSCOW - The last government session in 2005 on the draft program of Russia's socio-economic development for 2006-2008.

ST. PETERSBURG - The opening of a branch of Vneshtorgbank (Foreign Trade Bank). Vneshtorgbank CEO Andrei Kostin and Presidential Envoy to the Northwest Federal District Ilya Klebanov will attend.

December 30

MOSCOW - A New Year's reception at the Kremlin.

December 31

MOSCOW - Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia will conduct a divine service at the Epiphany Cathedral.

MOSCOW - New Year's performances on Red, Tverskaya and Teatralnaya Squares.

LISBON - The 28th Dakar-2006 off-road rally will start.



January 6

MOSCOW - Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia will conduct a Christmas service at the Church of Christ the Savior.

January 7

MOSCOW - Christmas celebration near the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and on Revolution Square.

January 8

NOVOSIBIRSK -The sixth international festival of snow sculptures with Russian, Moldovan, Belarusian, Finnish, Romanian, German, Bulgarian, Italian and French artists.

RIYADH - The beginning of the Hadj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina.

January 9

KIEV - The Kiev Court of Appeals will begin open hearings on the case of journalist Georgy Gongadze's murder.

January 10

MOSCOW - Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia will attend a children's Christmas performance at the Rossiya concert hall.

January 11

MOSCOW - The beginning of the spring session of the State Duma (until July 16).

January 13

BERLIN - A Russian delegation's participation in major international agrarian and food exhibition Green Week (until January 22).

WASHINGTON - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Washington and meeting with President George W. Bush.

January 14

LONDON - The second Russian Winter Festival on Trafalgar Square.

January 15

HELSINKI - The first round of presidential elections in Finland (the second round may be held January 29 if necessary).

January 16

MOSCOW - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's state visit to Russia.

January 17

BEIJING - An international conference on fighting bird flu, organized by China, the European Commission and the World Bank (until January 18).

NEW DELHI - The third round of the Indian-Pakistan peace talks (until January 18).

January 22

LISBON - Presidential elections in Portugal.

January 23

MOSCOW - The first plenary session of the Russian Public Chamber.

MOSCOW - The Russian independence Triumph awards ceremony in the sphere of arts and culture.

STRASBOURG, FRANCE - The January session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (until January 27) will begin. It will focus on the observation of human rights in Chechnya.

OTTAWA - Parliamentary elections in Canada.

January 25

PALESTINE - Parliamentary elections.

January 26

NOVOSIBIRSK - An inter-regional banking conference on the topic, Private crediting: market infrastructure and development prospects.

January 27

RIGA - The Senate of the Latvian Supreme Court will consider an appeal by Boris Berezovsky regarding his persona non grata status in the country.

January 28

MOSCOW - The ceremony of the fourth Golden Eagle national film awards.

January 29

MOSCOW - Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia will head the 14th international Christmas readings on the topic, School and Church: traditions and education reform.

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