Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov commented on the state defense order at the opening of a government meeting today. He announced that the defense order was being formed according to decisions of the Russian President made after talks on the program of upgrading Russia's armed forces in the next ten years. Kasyanov stressed that while elaborating on the state defense order it is important to correspond it to the general strategy for the armed forces. In addition, the Prime Minister urged to coordinate the work of the defense industry and the financing of some projects.
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