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    The Russian Information Agency Novosti begins Hotline coverage for Monday, February 9, 2004.


    * Oleg Nechiporenko, Colonel of the Intelligence, and Director General of the National Anti-Crime and Anti-Terror Foundation, is addressing a news conference on, "Blood Tracks in the Moscow Metro".

    * Academician Dmitri Lvov, Director of the Virusological Institute under the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, is addressing a House of Journalists news conference on, "Will Chicken Flu Reach Russia?" * The mayoral office hosts a news conference on a 3rd Easter Music Festival, due in Moscow, April. Taking part in the conference are Mayor Yuri Luzhkov and Valeri Gergiev, Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg.

    * The nation is commemorating the centenary of the Russo-Japanese War breaking out. A mourning ceremony is held at the Reconciliation of Nations memorial near the Church of All Saints, close to the Sokol metro station. Organising the ceremony are activist veterans of World War II and the offspring of fighters in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904/05.


    * The Scientists' Club of the Russian Academy of Sciences is holding its annual Nobel Readings. Academician Jaures Alferov, Nobel Prize winner for physics, 2000, has the chair. The readings are dedicated to Nobel-winning research breakthroughs of Russia and other countries for last year, and to Russian Science Day.


    * Vladimir Rushailo, Russia's federal Security Council Secretary, is arriving in Kazakhstan on a routine visit of February 9 into 13.

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