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The Week Ahead: August 30 - September 5

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych pays an official visit to China on September 2-5.

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

MONDAY, August 30:

: Kazakhstan holds a military parade to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the adoption of its constitution.

Tatarstan: Russian Republic of Tatarstan celebrates the 20th anniversary of its Declaration of State Sovereignty.

Ukraine: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych travels to Germany to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

TUESDAY, August 31:

Azerbaijan: The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe mission holds a regular monitoring session on the Line of Contact between Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijani armed forces.

Iraq: U.S. President Barack Obama makes a major address on Iraq.

Kosovo: New commander of NATO force in Kosovo takes over.

Russia: Russian opposition and human rights activists hold a March of Dissent in Moscow and other cities.

Tajikistan: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake travels to Dushanbe (to September 1).

WEDNESDAY, September 1:

Russia: Anniversary of the tragic 2004 events in Beslan, when a group of militants demanding an end to the war in Chechnya took more than 1,000 children and adults hostage at a school.

Background: "The Faces Of Beslan" (RFE/RL)
Background: "In Beslan, Four Years Of Grief, But Still No Answers" (RFE/RL)

Russia: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits Poland, holds talks with his Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski and Polish Premier Donald Tusk (to September 2).

Russia: Russia and Mongolia hold military exercises in the Siberian Military District.

Russia: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake travels to Moscow (to September 3).

Uzbekistan: Uzbekistan marks its independence day.

THURSDAY, September 2:

: Turkish President Abdullah Gul visits Sarajevo to discuss Turkey’s policy in the Balkans ( to September 3).

Russia/Azerbaijan: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev pays a state visit to Azerbaijan, during which an agreement on Azerbaijan-Russia state border is expected to be signed.

Ukraine: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych pays an official visit to China (to September 5).

FRIDAY, September 3:

Iran: Iran marks Quds (Jerusalem) Day with pro-Palestinian rallies.

Background: "Iranian Opposition Vows To Turn Quds Day Green" (RFE/RL)

Russia: Russian and French warships take part in a joint exercise in Brest, France (to September 6).

SUNDAY, September 5:

Moldova: Moldova holds referendum on direct presidential elections.

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