Russia’s Foreign Ministry yesterday criticized authorities in Oslo for repeatedly refusing to provide Moscow with information on eight Russians who have sought asylum in Norway. A ministry spokesman described the situation as "abnormal" and suggested that Oslo’s silence was inconsistent with "good-neighborly relations" between the two countries. (Itar-Tass, December 5) The eight asylum seekers — seven men and one woman — reportedly crossed into Norway by bus on November 8 at a border post near Kirkenes. (Itar-Tass, November 13)
Russia’s Budget: Back to the Four-Year Plan?