A RIA Novosti correspondent reports that the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia's parliament, supported on Wednesday the proposal of the Russian President to extend the mandate of Russian peace-keepers in Bosnia and Herzegovina with 131 votes for, no votes against and two abstentions. Thus, Russian peace-keepers will now be stationed in Bosnia and Herzegovina till July 31, 2002. The Russian military have been participating in the stabilisation operation in the region within multinational forces since 1997. In the current year their number will be reduced from 1,200 to 600 servicemen.
After it turned out that Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov included the Fonbet betting company in the list of backbone enterprises that can count on state support, everyone started talking about these bookmakers.