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The Week Ahead: April 29-May 5

May 3 -- World Press Freedom Day.
May 3 -- World Press Freedom Day.
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

Now on Twitter! Daily updates at @The_Week_Ahead.

Monday April 29:

Azerbaijan/Greece: Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos pays an official visit to Baku (to April 30).

Japan/Russia: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Moscow aiming to enhance Japan-Russia relations (to April 30).

Ukraine/EU: Ukrainian First Deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Arbuzov visits Brussels.

U.S.: Holocaust Memorial Museum hosts a two-day national tribute to commemorate its 20th anniversary.

U.S./Iran/Caucasus: Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a forum to discuss Iran-Azerbaijan relations and the Caucasus region.

U.S./Russia: Wilson Center hosts a discussion titled "Why Did Russia Let the Republics Go? Revisiting the Fall of the USSR."

World: International Dance Day

Tuesday April 30:

Azerbaijan: The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva holds its second universal periodic review of Azerbaijan.

Israel/Vatican: Israeli President Shimon Peres travels to Rome to meet with Pope Francis.

Ukraine: The European Court of Human Rights is scheduled to announce its ruling on the appeal filed by former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

U.S.: The winners of the international Webby awards, honoring the world’s best Internet content and design, to be announced.

U.S./Russia: Chatham House holds a forum titled "Russia's New Foreign Policy Concept."

U.S./Russia: George Washington University hosts a discussion titled "Human Trafficking in Russia."

World: U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom publishes its annual religious freedom report.

World: International Jazz Day 2013.

Wednesday May 1:

Russia/Pakistan: Russia and Pakistan celebrate the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

World: Freedom House launches its annual freedom of the press report.

World: Labor Day, a public holiday or day of festivities held in honor of working people in many countries.

Thursday May 2:

Azerbaijan/EU: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele travels to Baku for an official visit.

Hungary/Russia: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits Budapest to meet his Hungarian counterpart Janos Martonyi.

Friday May 3:

India: Indian film industry celebrates its 100th anniversary.

UN: World Press Freedom Day

Sunday May 5:

Russia: Russian opposition plans to hold mass protest march in Moscow and other cities.

World: Orthodox Easter.

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