The introduction of the euro cash circulation in 2002 will not greatly influence the Russian economy, believes the Russian president's economic adviser, Andrei Illarionov. According to him, the euro cash will hardly oust the US dollar from circulation in Russia any time soon, because, as distinct from the euro, the dollar has a long history. As for the euro cash, people should become accustomed to it. At the same time, Illarionov believes, the euro cash will be used by the Russian people, above all by those who often visit Europe.
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