The Russian Finance Ministry plans to increase expenses on national defense and law enforcement by RUR65bn (about $2.12bn) in 2004, Finance Minister Alexey Kudrin said commenting on the main parameters of the medium-term budget policies. Additional sums will be allocated for transforming some divisions of the Russian armed forces from a conscript to a contract military service, the Minister pointed out. These measures will allow for decreasing the term of the draft military service to 1 year by 2008.
Moreover, expenses for education are going to be raised by RUR18bn ($587.47m), expenses for the court system by RUR7.6bn ($248.04m) and allocations for fundamental research by RUR6bn ($195.82m). Also, the government will continue to decrease non-interest expenses. Non-interest expenses of the federal budget will fall by 12.4 percent of the GDP in 2004, by 11.5 percent in 2005 and by 11.2 percent in 2006, Kudrin said.
The discovery of the submarine has unveiled a few "inconsistencies." For example, how can one explain the fact that the sub was found where it needed to be searched for from the start?
This problem is not limited to the situation with the "whale prison" in Russia's Far East, because many people buy tickets to go to oceanariums and turn a blind eye to the problem