The Russian Finance Ministry has suggested cutting state support to mass media sources, says the ministry's document drawn up after a meeting of the government's commission headed by Finance Minister Alexey Kudrin. The Cabinet will consider the results of this meeting tomorrow. According to estimates of the ministry's experts, up to 1.1bn rubles (about $35m) could be saved on allocations for the mass media in 2004.
The United States announced its intention to send Special Operations Forces (SOF) soldiers to Ukraine. Formally, everything is presented as if it is necessary to protect the embassy. However, the reality is different. This opinion was expressed by a military observer, reserve colonel Mikhail Khodarenok.