VimpelCom Finance has decided to start the placement of its first issue bonds on May 20, 2003, the press service of Raiffeisenbank Austria, which is the underwriter of the issue, reported. The issue totaling 3bn rubles ($97.66m) was registered by the Federal Commission for the Securities Market on April 18, 2003. The bonds will mature in three years. Coupons will be paid every six months.
Malaysia needs Russia's assistance in maintaining and repairing Su-30MKM fighter jets
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that US army bases will not appear on the southern Kuril Islands in the even Russia delivers them to Japan
Posters for the play "Adam and Eve. Life after Paradise" with pictures of dancers Arsen Aghamalyan and Oksana Vasilyeva were banned in the city of Tver, Central Russia