Effective December 20, 2001 the official rate of the US dollar, fixed by the Central Bank, amounts to 30.28 roubles per dollar. It has not changed against the previously set level, reported the foreign and public relations department of the Bank of Russia. The rate of the euro amounts to 27.32 roubles per euro as of December 20, 2001. It has not changed against the previously set level.
Alexey Navalny returned to Russia on January 17. He was detained upon arrival at the Sheremetyevo Airport. A court arrested Navalny for 30 days