The draft budget for 2002 envisages allocation of about 68 billion rubles ($1 being nearly 30 rubles) for repair of military hardware and re-armament of the Russian army. This was disclosed by Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov during a break in the annual assembly of the Armed Forces commanders underway in the Defence Ministry. The funds will be used to purchase modern military hardware for general-purpose troops. The troops will be supplied with modern helicopters, means of communications and reconnaissance, the minister said. Sergei Ivanov stressed that the Russian nuclear deterrence forces have been financed this year "at the minimum subsistence level."
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation put the head of the contractor company of Russia's space corporation Roskosmos, Sergei Slastikhin, on international wanted list
"Washington operators of the sanctions machine ought to get acquainted with the history of Russia, to stop the unnecessary fussing," spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said