The Economic Analysis Institute headed by President's Economic Advisor Andrey Illarionov published a report concerning the economic situation of the year. The report turned out to be rather harsh containing plenty scandalous statements. Against the background of the conflict between Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref and Economy Minister Alexey Kudrin as concerning doubling GDP, Andrey Illarionov said Russia's economy was slowing down.
According to a source in the Russian Defence Ministry, Russia started deploying elite commando units in eastern Libya. Russian GRU officers, mercenaries and advisors have arrived in Libya