15-20bn rubles (about $557m) are required annually to implement a federal task program and transit from conscription to service by contract in Russia, Deputy Defense Minister, General of Army Vladimir Isakov told reporters at a press conference in Moscow today. According to him, special working commissions are almost done with the analysis of activities of all military districts and fleets. On April 24, 2003 a drafted program based on the results of the analysis will be submitted to the government. The commissions came to the conclusion that a substantial amount of money was necessary for capital investments (building of houses, social and military facilities and for educational and financial purposes).
Gorbachev was not isolated from the world during the days of the State Emergency Committee. Gorbachev could be contacted via secret communication channels, and he was perfectly aware of what was going on
In 2011, Russia signed a 1.2 billion-euro contract with France for the construction of two Mistral-type vessels