The general annual meeting of Sberbank (Russia's savings bank) shareholders has approved proposals of its Supervisory Board to make the 2002 dividend payout for common and preferred stocks at 218 percent and 232 percent of their face value respectively, Sberbank's press service reported. The meeting has also approved the bank's 2002 annual report, including the balance sheet as of January 1, 2003, and the profit-and-loss report.
PricewaterhouseCoopers Audit has been appointed the bank's auditor for the 2003 financial year.
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.