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The Week Ahead: August 15-21

The MAKS 2011International Aviation and Space Show opens in Zhukovsky, near Moscow, on August 16.
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

MONDAY, August 15:

Belarus/Russia: Belarusian Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to co-chair a meeting of the Belarusian-Russian Union State's Council of Ministers in Moscow.

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas visits Sarajevo (to August 16).

Russia/Iran: Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev is scheduled to visit Tehran to discuss Iran’s nuclear program.

Ukraine: Kyiv's Pechersky District Court resumes hearing the case of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Ukraine/Russia: Ukrainian Fuel and Energy Minister Yurii Boiko visits Moscow for gas talks.

TUESDAY, August 16:

Iran/Russia: Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi is scheduled to visit Moscow at the invitation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (to August 17).

Russia: The MAKS 2011 International Aviation and Space Show opens in the Moscow Oblast town of Zhukovsky (to August 21).

WEDNESDAY, August 17:

Russia: Former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev gives a press conference in Moscow to mark the 20th anniversary of the August 1991 attempted coup that precipated the collapse of the Soviet Union.

World: Turkey hosts an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to discuss the famine in Somalia.

THURSDAY, August 18:

Kosovo: Opening of the retrial of former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

FRIDAY, August 19:

Kazakhstan: Kazakhstan holds elections to the upper chamber of its parliament.

Russia: The 20th anniversary of the August 1991 attempted coup that precipated the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Ukraine: Kyiv hosts the fifth World Forum of Ukrainians (to August 21).

UN: World Humanitarian Day.

SUNDAY, August 21:

World: Water Week 2011 begins in Stockholm (to August 27).

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