Net income of the air company Sibir amounted to 56m rubles ($1.8m) in 2002, compared to 12m rubles ($390,000) in losses in 2001, Sibir General Director Vladislav Filev declared at a news conference. According to him, revenues in 2002 were about $280m, against $96m in 2001. In 2003 the company is planning to carry about 3.2m people.
According to Filev, the air company has fulfilled the company's five-year plan of development. At present another five-year plan is being worked out, he said but did not elaborate on details. Filev noted that Sibir was considering a proposal on attracting resources for its development.
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.