RUSSIAN ANTI-GLOBALIZATION ACTIVISTS CONVENE A CONFERENCE ATTENDED MOSTLY BY COMMUNISTS

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RUSSIAN ANTI-GLOBALIZATION ACTIVISTS CONVENE A CONFERENCE ATTENDED MOSTLY BY COMMUNISTS

Kommersant, November 12, 2001, p. 2

The meeting was organized by notorious Boris Kagarlitsky and Alexander Buzgalin and a one Ilya Budrajtskis of the Socialist Resistance. The movements Alternative, and Labor Protection, an alliance of workers trade unions joined the meeting as well.

DUMA DISCUSSES RUSSIA AND THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION

Izvestia, November 13, 2001, p. 2

The Lower House of parliament discussed in today’s session the World Trade Organization and Russia’s intended membership in it.

ON PRESIDENT PUTIN’S VISIT TO AMERICA

Izvestia, November 13, 2001, p. 4

President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the United States began on Monday evening. Putin will visit Washington, Houston, George W. Bush’s ranch in Texas, and New York where he will be shown the ruins of the World Trade Center. Experts are preparing at least five statements. Nothing requiring signatures is being prepared. This does not, however, diminish the importance of the summit.

Putin and his entourage (Deputy Directors of the Presidential Administration Dmitry Medvedev and Sergei Prikhodko, Secretary of the Security Council Vladimir Rushailo, Presidential Adviser Igor Sergeev, Yuri Baluyevsky of the General Staff, and Interior Minister Igor Ivanov) will spend the first day in Washington. On Wednesday, Putin will fly to Houston where he will meet with American businessmen from the southern states and with George Bush, Sr. That same afternoon the Putins will be flown to Texas.

The protocol assumes that the summit will last five hours, plus or minus. The two leaders will discuss the new Russian-American relations, war on terrorism, economic contacts, regional problems, and strategic stability.

New York will be the Putins’ last stopover.

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