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The Week Ahead: December 27 - January 2

The world celebrates the coming of the new year on December 31.
The world celebrates the coming of the new year on December 31.
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

MONDAY, December 27:

Russia: Verdict in the second trial of former Yukos owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev to be announced.

Russia/Kazakhstan: Russia’s Proton-M carrier rocket to be launched from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan.

FRIDAY, December 31:

Azerbaijan: Azerbaijan marks Solidarity Day.

Russia: Russian opposition to hold a rally in defense of freedom of assembly in Moscow and other Russian cities.

World: New Years Eve celebrations around the world.

SATURDAY, January 1:

EU: Hungary assumes six-month rotating Presidency of European Union.

India/Pakistan: Nuclear-armed Pakistan and India exchange lists of their civilian nuclear facilities.

Russia: Russia bans the production and sales of incandescent lamps with a power rating of more than 100 watts.

Russia: Russian government plans to increase the minimum retail price for vodka by 10 percent.

UN: Bosnia-Herzegovina assumes the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council.

UN: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women starts operating.

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