Russia's 2003 federal budget draft provides for the upper limit of the state bond debt at 842.1m rubles (about $26.6m) as of January 1, 2004. This number has been approved by the Budget and Tax Committee of the Russian State Duma, while elaborating on a federal bill "On the Federal Budget for 2003." The Committee proposed to assign 1.5bn rubles (about $47.3m) to be spent on repaying government bonds in 2003.
The 2003 budget draft is supposed to have the third reading in the State Duma on November 22, 2002.
The Americans came to realise that they would have to either leave the region or weaken their presence there. It is Russia that is filling the vacuum now