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The Week Ahead: November 15-21

Russian writer Leo Tolstoy died on November 20, 1910 (old style calendar, November 7).

Russian writer Leo Tolstoy died on November 20, 1910 (old style calendar, November 7).

The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

MONDAY, November 15:

Belarus: EU's Enlargement and Neighborhood Commissioner Stefan Fule visits Minsk.

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Serbian President Boris Tadic visits Banja Luka to attend the inauguration of the new president of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik.

Russia: Moscow hosts the second Russian film festival "Profession: Journalist" (to November 19).

Russia/Lebanon: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri visits Moscow (to November 16).

Serbia/Czech Republic: Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic visits Prague, meets with Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas and President Vaclav Klaus.

World: Day of the Imprisoned Writer.

TUESDAY, November 16:

: First anniversary of the controversial death in police custody of a Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

Russia: President of Slovenia Danilo Turk visits Moscow (to November 19).

Russia: Trial opens of suspected murderers of Chechen dissident Umar Israilov in Vienna.

UN: International Day for Tolerance.

WEDNESDAY, November 17:

Armenia/Russia: Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian visits Moscow, meets with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

Belarus: The Odessa-Brody oil pipeline from Ukraine to Belarus is scheduled to test its pumping.

Iran/Azerbaijan: Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad visits Baku (to November 18).

World: International Students' Day.

THURSDAY, November 18:

Azerbaijan: Baku hosts the third Caspian Summit. Presidents of the five Caspian littoral countries (Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan) are expected to attend.

EU: Berlin hosts the second meeting of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum.

FRIDAY, November 19:

NATO: NATO summit of heads of state and government opens in Lisbon (to November 20).

SATURDAY, November 20:

Russia: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev attends NATO-Russia Council meeting in Lisbon.

Russia: 100th anniversary of Russian writer Leo Tolstoy's death.

UN: Universal Children's Day.

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