The introduction of the euro cash circulation in 2002 will not greatly influence the Russian economy, believes the Russian president's economic adviser, Andrei Illarionov. According to him, the euro cash will hardly oust the US dollar from circulation in Russia any time soon, because, as distinct from the euro, the dollar has a long history. As for the euro cash, people should become accustomed to it. At the same time, Illarionov believes, the euro cash will be used by the Russian people, above all by those who often visit Europe.
The remarks from the Pope came as "a very strong step towards degradation," "given the rather massive nature of homosexuality" among the Catholic clergy.