The General Prosecutor's Office will carry out a comprehensive examination of the Fuel and Enegry Enterprises Complex in the first half of 2002, councillor of the General Prosecutor of Russia Vladimir Kolesnikov said at today's press conference. The investigation has so far found that the Russian companies received 100m tons of Iraqi oil in 1997-2000 worth $12bn in line with the "Oil for Food" program. After selling the oil at world prices the Russian companies' bank accounts should have been credited with $15bn. In fact, only $300m came, Kolesnikov said. The decision to hold an examination was made at the session of the Security Council of Russian Federation in December, which covered the issues of the Russian Fuel and Enegry Enterprises Complex, Kolesnokov concluded.
Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.
Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, who was accredited for the press conference by Vladimir Putin from Dozhd (Rain) television channel, asked Putin about competition at the coming election
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign