The Federation Council, the Upper House of the Russian Parliament, will consider the 2002 budget draft at a meeting on December 26. This information was announced by member of the Federation Council, St. Petersburg governor Vladimir Yakovlev, at a meeting of the Federation Council's economic committee today. He urged members of the committee to elaborate on their proposals concerning the budget before that meeting.
Forest fires in Siberia have been raging for three months already. They have become a disaster not only of Russian, but of global scale. The fires have already scorched 12 million hectares of land