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2005 Review: November

RIAN News Service continues its review of the outgoing year with the main events of November

November 4

* Russia celebrates National Unity Day for the first time, which replaced the day of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution

November 8

* The European Court of Human Rights rules that the Ukrainian government must pay 100,000 euros to the wife of Ukrainian journalist Heorhiy Gongadze, who was kidnapped and murdered in 2000

November 9

* Reigning heavyweight WBC Champion of the World Vitali Klitschko announces that he is hanging up his boxing gloves due to a knee injury

November 11

* Russia's second largest mobile operator VimpelCom signs a contract to buy Ukrainian Radio Systems for $231 million

November 13

* An explosion at a petrochemicals plant in China dumps about 100 metric tons of toxic chemicals into a tributary of Russia's Amur River, though Chinese officials fail to inform Russia about the incident for days

November 14

* Vladimir Putin makes a series of new high-profile government appointments: Dmitry Medvedev moves from the Kremlin administration to become first deputy prime minister, and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov is appointed deputy prime minister

* Russian President Vladimir Putin and Uzbek President Islam Karimov sign an agreement on allied relations stipulating the mutual use of military facilities "to ensure security and maintain peace and stability if necessary"

November 16

* A collection of paintings from Moscow's Pushkin Fine Arts Museum is arrested in Switzerland in a long-running legal battle. The Swiss government later gives its permission for the paintings to be returned to Russia

November 17

* Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish and Italian Prime Ministers Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Silvio Berlusconi attend the opening ceremony of the Russian-Turkish natural gas pipeline Blue Stream in Turkey

November 18

* The Moscow Federal Arbitration Court upholds a decision to charge embattled oil major Yukos 170 billion rubles ($5.9 billion) in tax arrears for 2003

November 21

* Russia's Economic Development and Trade Ministry submits a package of legal acts to liberalize the stock of Russian energy giant Gazprom

November 22

* Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov postpones a visit to Ukraine to meet with his counterpart Yuriy Yekhanurov until the countries resolve the issue of gas supplies to and via Ukraine in 2006

* The Federal Arbitration Court upholds a ruling to charge about $4 billion in back taxes for 2001 from the Yukos oil company

November 24

* The Moscow City Court rejects an appeal in a three-year court battle to take the world's best-known cartoon family, the Simpsons, off the airwaves in Russia

November 27

* The North Caucasus republic of Chechnya holds parliamentary elections, with the ruling Kremlin-friendly party, United Russia, winning the majority of seats.

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