The Russian Finance Ministry is planning to hold three auctions on placing state bonds totaling 19bn rubles ($626m) in September 2003, Alexander Chumachenko, the deputy head of the domestic debt department of the Finance Ministry, told RBC. According to him, an auction on placing 5bn rubles ($165m) in federal loan bonds will be held on September 3. Other two auctions will be conducted on September 17, 2003.
As reported earlier, the Russian Finance Minister is planning to attract 169bn rubles (about $5.6bn) on the domestic market this year.
An explosion of household gas occurred in a nine-storeyed apartment building in the city of Shakhty, the Rostov region of Russia. The blast destroyed two storeys of the building