It is necessary to envisage additional 15bn rubles (about $474m) in the2003 federal budget to obtain a 100 percent government control overhydroelectric power stations, RAO UES Chief Executive Officer AnatolyChubais declared at today's meeting of the Fatherland-All Russia faction inthe State Duma. "We are not going to put hydroelectric power stations onsale, as it will not promote the creation of a really working system", hestressed. According to Chubais, three generating companies that will be incharge of the hydroelectric energy production will be formed by 2004. Onlyafter that, a partial privatization and transferring of a 52 percent stakein hydroelectric power stations to the state will be possible. .
Russia's Ambassador to Belarus, Mikhail Babich, said that Moscow would treat any military intervention in the affairs of Belarus as an attack on Russia
The month of October was rich with rare astronomical phenomena.