The Thursday, December 6 session of the Russian government will be dedicated to state regulation of prices and tariffs for the goods produced by natural monopolies in 2002. Economic Development and Trade Minister Herman Gref will make a report on the subject. According to the Government Information Department, other topics for discussion are pension reform preparations /report by Mikhail Zurabov, the head of the Russian Pension Fund/ and execution of the budget in the first 9 months of 2001 /report by first deputy Finance Minister Tatiana Nesterenko/.
Russian small missile ships - the Grad Sviyazhsk and the Great Ustyug - set off for a mission to the Mediterranean Sea
President Vladimir Putin has not released an official statement yet about his position on the issue of the pension reform in Russia