On November 21, the volume of the Russian Central Bank's gold and currency reserves totaled $66.2bn, stepping up $800m over a week. This has been the second consecutive rise in the bank's reserves.
The jump in reserves was due to the Central Bank purchasing dollars in high volume on the domestic market. As reported earlier, Central Bank Deputy Chairman Oleg Vyugin forecasted that gold and currency reserves would reach $66bn by the end of 2003. This figure was exceeded by far one month before that date.
In his presentation, Heine cited some scientific research that classifies pedophilia as "an immutable sexual orientation".
A school student is believed to be the person who set fire to the wooden church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (built in the 18th century)