* Moody's Investors Service adjusted the sovereign debt ratings of nine European countries "in order to reflect their susceptibility to the growing financial and macroeconomic risks", the agency said late on Monday.
* Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who has been jailed in her home country, agreed to a medical checkup to be held jointly by local doctors and foreign specialists, the Ukrainian prison authority said on Tuesday.
* A Russian Proton-M launch vehicle carrying the Dutch SES-4 (NSS-14) satellite is scheduled to lift off on Tuesday after a series of delays caused by technical problems, Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said.
* Russian former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Tuesday he was ready to support some of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s measures to reform the social sphere if the premier named the sources for his ambitious spending plan.
* Russian liberal radio station, Ekho Moskvy, announced on Tuesday significant reshuffles under which its chief editor Alexei Venediktov and his first deputy, Vladimir Varfolomeev, were removed from the board of directors.
* The organizers of a rally in support of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin oppose a proposal from Moscow city hall to move their planned February 23 march and rally to one of two parks several kilometers from the Kremlin, deputy head of Putin’s campaign staff Aleksei Anisimov said.