Northern Fleet Commander Vyacheslav Popov has told journalists that on Saturday two specially assigned Northern Fleet aircraft will bring the bodies of 7 identified Kursk crewmen to their relations. According to him, extraction of the bodies from the Kursk sub and subsequent identification may last more than a month. That is why he considered it unforgivable to keep the bodies of the identified seamen in Severomorsk. The Commander said at night he got in touch with the relatives of the identified seamen agreeing on the way of transporting the bodies. In accordance with the Navy Charter, every dead submariner will go on his last journey accompanied by the guard of honour, with the national anthem playing and the state flag flying.
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