Source Pravda.Ru

22 August will be mourning day in Russia in connection with Mi-26 helicopter crash

Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a decree declaring August 22 a mourning day in Russia in connection with the MI-26 helicopter catastrophe in Chechnya. According to the Kremlin press service, the decree declared:

"The catastrophe of a MI-26 combat helicopter which happened on August 19, 2002 in the Chechen Republic claimed numerous casualties.

Grieving for the dead and expressing condolences to their near and dear I resolve:

1. To declare August 22 2002 a mourning day in the Russian Federation.

2. On the mourning day to lower national flags of the Russian Federation throughout the country.

3. To recommend cultural institutions and TV and radio companies to cancel entertainment programs and events during the mourning day.

4. The government of the Russian Federation along with the security agencies of the constituent subjects of the Russian Federation to take measures to provide assistance to the families of the victims."

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.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases

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.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
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