Vladimir Putin has held at Novy Urengoi a conference on the development of the country's gas industry. Opening it, the Russian president said that the launching of Russia's major gas deposit Zapolyarnoye and implementation of a number of other projects have been made possible thanks to and with the participation of Gazprom board chairman Rem Vyakhirev. "He has been able to preserve the branch, and fortify it against all odds," said the head of state. Putin handed to Vyakhirev the Order for Services to the Fatherland 4th Class.
U.S. Justice Department is acting behind the scenes to have Assange extradicted from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, and prosecuted in the U.S.