Russia is stepping up activity to fight illicit trade in species of wild flora and fauna.
A government session on Tuesday focused its attention on Russia's effort to fulfil the Convention of International Trade in Wild Flora and Fauna on the Brink of Extinction.
Addressing a session of the Cabinet of Ministers, Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov cited the Interpol as estimating the volume of illicit trade in wild flora and fauna at 5 billion dollars.
"The problem has a wide public response," said the premier. "Russia closely watches it too." According to his words, the country is going to take measures "to combat this tendency."
The Russian army is to test a new version of the Tupolev Tu-160M White Swan strategic missile carrier with the upgraded wing geometry