The 2005 bandy world championship will be held in Kazan, Tatarstan's capital, said Tatar Minister of Youth and Sport Affairs Marat Bariyev. Tatarstan's President Mintimer Shaimiyev and President of the International and Russian Bandy Federation Albert Pomortsev have discussed this issue in Kazan recently. According to the minister, one more skating-rink with artificial ice will be constructed in Kazan for the coming championship. Kazan was also proposed to hold the international Tatar President's prize bandy tournament, the minister added. Its terms will be determined later.
Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.
Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, who was accredited for the press conference by Vladimir Putin from Dozhd (Rain) television channel, asked Putin about competition at the coming election
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign