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    December 28, 2005 - January 29, 2006

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    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 - The last government session in 2005 on the draft program of Russia's socio-economic development for 2006-2008.

    December 30

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

    December 31

    MOSCOW - Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia will conduct a divine service at the Epiphany Cathedral.

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

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



    January 6

    MOSCOW - Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia will conduct a Christmas service at the Church of Christ the Savior.

    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.

    RIYADH - The beginning of the Hadj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina.

    January 9

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

    January 10

    MOSCOW - Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia will attend a children's Christmas performance at the Rossiya concert hall.

    January 11

    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 22

    LISBON - Presidential elections in Portugal.

    January 23

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

    STRASBOURG, FRANCE - The January session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (until January 27) will begin. It will focus on the observation of human rights in Chechnya.

    OTTAWA - Parliamentary elections in Canada.

    January 25

    PALESTINE - Parliamentary elections.

    January 26

    NOVOSIBIRSK - An inter-regional banking conference on the topic, Private crediting: market infrastructure and development prospects.

    January 29

    MOSCOW - Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia will head the 14th international Christmas readings on the topic, School and Church: traditions and education reform.

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