While commenting upon government plans concerning structural reforms in the railroad and energy industries, Premier of the Russian Federation Mikhail Kasyanov said that an investment program through 2002 would be considered in the near future in order to make a balanced decision. Future reforms in the energy industry will be discussed in January-February, and a program of reforms in the banking sector will be signed in the near future. In November, a draft of the customs code is supposed to be submitted for government's consideration, Kasyanov added. In addition, "the general view of currency regulations" are to be finally eaborated on by the end of the year.
Military expert Vladimir Orlov expressed the opinion that the Pentagon is preparing to strike at least four Russian regions.