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Bush Visits St. Petersburg


After a day of summitry in Moscow, President Bush heads to St. Petersburg, Russian President Vladimir Putin's hometown. Mr. Bush will do some sightseeing and will make a joint appearance with Mr. Putin at a local university.

Last November, Vladimir Putin visited the Bush family ranch in Texas. Now, he is welcoming President Bush to the city he calls home.

It will be a chance for Mr. Bush to sample Russian culture. He will visit the world-famous art collection at the Hermitage Museum, go to the ballet and take a late evening river cruise in a city where the sun barely sets this time of year.

There is only one major public event on the schedule for the day - a question and answer session with students at St. Petersburg University, where Vladimir Putin once studied law.

It is a format the two presidents used with great success during Mr. Putin's trip to Texas late last year. Mr. Bush took the Russian leader to a high school near his home where they spent an informal hour talking to students about all sorts of topics, from arms control to the Russian leader's impressions of America.

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