The Finance Ministry of Russia registered 4 issues of bonds of the Central Bank of Russia on December 3, 2001. The total volume of the bonds was 10 billion rubles (about $334.1 million). Deputy Finance Minister Bella Zlatkis gave this information to reporters today. She remarked that the volume of each of the registered issues is 2.5 billion rubles (about $83.5 million). Placement of these issues of Central Bank bonds is scheduled for the end of December 2001, Zlatkis pointed out. She did not mention the term of circulation of the bonds. In her opinion, placement of these securities will facilitate removal of excessive ruble liquidity from the financial market, which will increase its stability.
Near the United Nations Glass Palace in New York, there is a metallic sculpture entitled "Evil Defeated by Good", representing Saint George transfixing a dragon with his lance. It was donated by the USSR in 1990 to celebrate the INF Treaty concluded with the USA in 1987