Beginning July 1 2003, pension reform will be felt by virtually every person, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov told reporters Friday while visiting the Pension Fund's information centre which processes and sends out information on individual pension accounts.
All Russian residents will be updated on their pension accruals, i.e. the sums their employers have paid to the Pension Fund, elaborated the premier.
Under the effective law, Russians have to decide where to invest their pension accruals for 2002 till October 15. Lists of the companies authorised to invest pension funds will be sent out in advance.
Further on Russians will have to take such decisions annually. Those who will fail to choose the company on their own will have to rely on the government's choice. These people's money will not be lost, assured the premier. The government will ensure revenues not less than revenues from investing in private companies.
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea