The Russian government approved investment programs of natural monopolies for 2003, Russian Economy Minister German Gref reported to journalists after today's government meeting. Investment programs of the Gazprom gas holding will receive RUR179.7bn (about $5.64bn); additionally, the government will allocate RUR13.6bn (about $426.87m) for long-term investments in the Russian gas giant.
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More than 3,500 people were detained during unprecedented mass protests that swept across all of Russia in support of Alexey Navalny on January 23