Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree on "Grants for athletes - participants of Olympic Games and their coaches", the Kremlin press-service disclosed to a RIA Novosti correspondent.
The grants were instituted on July 1 this year, with the purpose of state support of sports and incitement of athletes' activity.
The Presidential grant equals 15,000 rubles (approximately $480) and will be paid monthly.
Starting from July 1, 2002, 1,000 of such grants will be given, and starting from January 1, 2003 - about 3,000 grants.
Russia's Ambassador to Belarus, Mikhail Babich, said that Moscow would treat any military intervention in the affairs of Belarus as an attack on Russia
The month of October was rich with rare astronomical phenomena.