On Friday in the Kremlin Vladimir Putin discussed with his plenipotentiaries in federal districts results of their work in the outgoing year and set goals for 2002. Presidential press secretary Alexei Gromov reports that, among other things, they spoke of problems of delineating powers between the federation, its entities and bodies of municipal power. To Gromov, they also discussed the formation of commissions in federal districts that would "create normal conditions for the development of small business, as well as the monitoring of the process".
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