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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Looking Forward … Nov. 21 to Nov. 27

  • British Prime Minister Tony Blair will return to London on Tuesday after two meetings with President Vladimir Putin. Blair’s short visit — less than 24 hours — is aimed at nurturing personal ties with Putin. Blair had originally planned to bring British businesspeople with him to encourage investment in Russia, but the trip wasn’t long enough to make it worthwhile, a spokesman said.

  • The first official meeting of the State Council, a largely symbolic advisory body that includes Putin and all 89 regional governors, will hold its first meeting Wednesday. The main topic of discussion will be economic development strategy.

  • The nation’s stock market watchdog, the Federal Securities Commission, on Tuesday and Wednesday will host a conference in St. Petersburg analyzing the development of the Russian stock market over the last decade. Participants in the conference, including Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and Central Bank and Finance Ministry officials, will discuss the market’s most urgent problems such as market legislation and infrastructure, corporate management, financial transparency and the development of electronic commerce. Roundtables will be held on telecommunications and the fuel and energy complex.

  • Also on Tuesday and Wednesday Russia’s major metal magnates will gather at the All-Russia Exhibition Center for Metal-Expo 2000. The sixth annual exhibit brings together representatives of major metals exporters, engineers, builders, oil players and investors from around the former Soviet Union. The event is expected to produce numerous contracts for the delivery of black and nonferrous metals on domestic and international markets for 2001.

  • Gas monopoly Gazprom will attempt Friday to gain seats on the board of Hungarian chemical giant BorsodChem at a meeting of BorsodChem’s shareholders. Gazprom caused a big stir in September when it used its subsidiary, Irish-based Milford Holdings Ltd to buy 24.8 percent of BorsodChem, Hungary’s largest chemical company for $92.2 million.