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    2005

    DECEMBER

    December 23

    MOSCOW - The 11th congress of the Russian Green Ecological Party.

    TYUMEN - The first leg of Kostya Tszyu's international professional boxing cup.

    IVANOVO - Mikhail Men's inauguration ceremony as governor of the Ivanovo region.

    WARSAW - Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski will conclude his term in office.

    December 24

    BEIJING - Japanese-North Korean bilateral talks on the normalization of relations (until December 25).

    December 25

    MOSCOW - A nationwide New Year's party in the State Kremlin Palace with 5,000 children representing all of the Russian regions.

    KAMBARKA, UDMURTIA - The launch of Russia's second chemical weapons disposal facility.

    December 26

    MOSCOW - Father Frost (Russian Santa Claus) will arrive in Moscow after a tour of Russia and attend New Year celebrations on Tverskaya Square.

    December 27

    MOSCOW - A special meeting of cochairmen of the Joint Control Commission for the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict resolution on the demilitarization of the conflict zone (until December 28).

    December 28

    MOSCOW - The final report of the parliamentary commission investigating the Beslan tragedy.

    LENINGRAD REGION (Ivangorod border checkpoint) - The first meeting between Russian Father Frost and Santa Claus on the Russian-Estonian border (since 1997 such meetings have been held on the Russian-Finnish border).

    December 29

    MOSCOW - A session of the State Council on the implementation of key national projects.

    December 30

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

    UKRAINE/IRAQ - The completion of the withdrawal of Ukrainian peacekeepers from Iraq.

    December 31

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

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

    2006

    JANUARY

    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.

    January 9

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

    January 10

    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).

    January 21

    PALESTINE - Parliamentary elections.

    January 22

    LISBON - Presidential elections in Portugal.

    January 23

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

    OTTAWA - Parliamentary elections in Canada.

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