RFE/RL Newsline 2.6.2000
GOVERNMENT TO TRIM SPENDING ON LAW ENFORCEMENT, BUT NOT ON CHECHNYA...
The military campaign in Chechnya cost 562.8 million rubles ($20
million) in the first quarter of 2000, the government information
department revealed on 1 June, while the Fund for the Financial Support
of Regions reportedly provided almost one-third of that amount or 159.3
million rubles (see also "RFE/RL Newsline," 4 April 2000). Finance
Minister Aleksei Kudrin told reporters on 1 June the government plans to
reduce spending on "power" ministries and agencies in 2001 and that such
spending will be reduced to 26.8 percent of the total budget from
29.2 percent this year. However, ITAR-TASS quoted Kudrin as saying
that defense expenditures, including spending on the operation in
Chechnya, will not be reduced. He added that spending on law enforcement
activities and security has been high and should be reduced. JAC
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