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.