Russian military sources in Astrakhan yesterday cited a decision by the command of Russia’s naval forces to reinforce the Caspian Flotilla and expand its activities. According to these sources, the flotilla will receive funding to create additional coastal facilities for its ships and a crack unit for special operations on land. It is also to receive additional armored personnel carriers for its marine infantry. A related program reportedly envisages more frequent visits by flotilla ships to Iranian ports. (Turan, May 13)
Russian Officer Assassinated in Dushanbe.