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The Week Ahead: February 8-14

February 10 marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of Russian author Boris Pasternak.
February 10 marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of Russian author Boris Pasternak.

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

MONDAY, February 8:

World: UN Human Rights Council begins its seventh session, with sixteen countries on the agenda, in Geneva (to February 19).

TUESDAY, February 9:

Armenia: Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian pays a two-day working visit to London (PanARMENIAN.Net).

Azerbaijan: Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman visits Baku (to February 11).

Background: "Israeli President's Azerbaijan Trip Breaks New Ground" (RFE/RL)

Russia: NATO's Group of Experts, led by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, visits Moscow (to February 11).

WEDNESDAY, February 10:

Russia: The 120th anniversary of the birth of Nobel Prize-winning Russian author Boris Pasternak.

Background: "Was Pasternak's Path To The Nobel Prize Paved By The CIA?" (RFE/RL)

Uzbekistan: Uzbek President Islam Karimov in Seoul for a three-day state visit.

THURSDAY, February 11:

Iran: Iran marks the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

Background: "Iran's Revolution" (RFE/RL)

SUNDAY, February 14:

Russia: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pays a three-day visit to Moscow (Reuters).

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