The council of the parliamentary group Federation nominated Sergei Mironov for speakership of the Federation Council, Russia's upper parliamentary house. Federal President Vladimir Putin approves the nomination, reports Vyacheslav Khizhnyakov, his envoy to the house. Mr. Mironov is city councillor of St. Petersburg.
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