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MONDAY, June 2:

Azerbaijan: Swiss President and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Didier Burkhalter visits Baku.

EU/Ukraine: European Policy Center in Brussels hosts a discussion titled "Ukraine After The Presidential Election."

Tajikistan/U.S.: U.S. Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal travels to Dushanbe (to June 3).

Ukraine/Russia: Brussels hosts a new round of negotiations between Russian and Ukraine on gas payments and the price for future gas supplies.

TUESDAY, June 3:

Azerbaijan: The 21st Caspian International Oil & Gas Exhibition opens in Baku (to June 6).

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Slovenian President Borut Pahor visits Sarajevo (to June 4).

Czech Republic​/Azerbaijan: Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek visits Baku.

Georgia/Germany: Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

Georgia/OSCE: Swiss President and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Didier Burkhalter visits Tbilisi.

NATO: Brussels hosts a NATO defense ministers meeting (to June 4).

NATO/Ukraine/Georgia: NATO defense chiefs meet with defense officials from Ukraine and Georgia in Brussels to discuss reforms in the two countries' militaries (to June 4).

Poland: U.S. President Barack Obama and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski host a meeting in Warsaw with the leaders of Eastern and Central European states -- including Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, and Slovakia.

Russia: Amnesty international publishes a report on violations of the right to freedom of assembly in Russia.


Armenia: Swiss President and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Didier Burkhalter visits Yerevan.

China: The 25th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Czech Republic/Georgia: Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek visits Tbilisi (to June 5).

G7: Brussels hosts the Group of Seven (G7) summit, with the situation in Ukraine and relations with Russia on the agenda (to June 5).

Poland: The 25th Anniversary of the first democratic elections in Poland.

UN: International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression.

U.S./Ukraine: U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko in Warsaw.


Moldova: Next round of 5+2 talks on the Transdniester conflict settlement, involving representatives of Moldova, Transdniester, Russia, Ukraine, and the OSCE, plus the United States and the European Union, opens in Vienna (to June 6).

Russia/France: Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Paris, meets with French President Francois Hollande.

Russia/OIC: An international economic summit of Russia and member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) opens in Kazan (to June 6).

Turkey: Presidents of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, and Turkmenistan attend the summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States in Bodrum.

UN: World Environment Day.

FRIDAY, June 6:

France: Normandy hosts the ceremony marking the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings.

UK/Russia: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion titled "Russian Narratives of Nuclear Deterrence in the 21st Century."


Ukraine: Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko is due to be inaugurated in Kyiv as Ukraine’s president.

SUNDAY, June 8:

: General elections.

UN: World Oceans Day.
Gerard Depardieu: legendary actor and aspiring Russian oligarch?
Legendary actor Gerard Depardieu, who last year acquired Russian citizenship to protest tax rates in his native France, paid 6 percent in taxes on his 2013 Russian income, "Izvestia" reports.

The Kremlin-friendly paper's May 30 report quoted a tax expert who said a self-employed individual like Depardieu would pay Russia's low rate, which is available for income up to 60 million rubles, or about $1.7 million. Russia has a 13 percent flat tax on income.

After offhandedly offering citizenship to the French actor at a press conference, President Vladimir Putin hand-delivered a Russian passport to Depardieu in January 2013.

Depardieu had been feuding with French President Francois Hollande over his 75 percent tax on salaries above 1 million euros, and the actor registered as a resident of a town in Belgium that borders France and renounced his French citizenship. Depardieu then registered as a resident of the republic of Mordovia, about 650 kilometers east of Moscow, at the address of No. 1 Democracy Street in the republican capital, Saransk. (The region is otherwise best-known as the place where the women from Pussy Riot were imprisoned.)

The Russian paper quoted the the deputy chief of the region's tax service, Sergei Shalyayev, who declined to give the actor's total income but said that he had filed his tax return on time.

Depardieu's tax update comes amid widespread economic debate about how much the rich should pay in taxes. French economist Thomas Piketty has caused a sensation worldwide with his book "Capital In the Twenty-First Century," arguing for a global tax on wealth to prevent the rich from accumulating fortunes.

It is unclear how much time Depardieu is actually spending in Mordovia. The media and information minister of the region, Valery Maresyev, told "Izvestia" that the actor's last official visit was in May 2013 and that none of his purported plans for a cultural center or cafes has been realized.

Depardieu's publicist, Francois Hassan Guerrar, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

-- Luke Johnson

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