The Russian Information Agency Novosti begins Hotline coverage for Saturday, May 1, 2004.
* Several rallies and meeting will be held to mark May 1.
* 5th International teenagers' theatre festival Raduga (Rainbow) will open in St. Petersburg. Twelve theatres from Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States and foreign countries will participate in the festival.
* Viktor Astafyev's museum will open in Ovsyanka (a village near Krasnoyarsk), the writer's birthplace, to mark his 80th birth anniversary.
* Defenders of Russian schools are to hold a rally of protest. Up to 30,000 people, including schoolchildren and teachers of Russian schools, are expected to participate.
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