Russian mathematician Alexander Manin has been given the King Faisal International Prize which was established by Saudi Arabia. The 1 million-dollar award is given annually in 5 categories. Alexander Manin and another US scientist have become laureates in the category "for scientific achievements" - for a 40-year contribution in mathematics. At present Alexander Manin heads the Max Planck Institution of Mathematics in Bonn.
Military expert Vladimir Orlov expressed the opinion that the Pentagon is preparing to strike at least four Russian regions.