"I am going now to quote figures I have never mentioned. FSB financing grew threefold from 2000 into last year."
Allocations to the Interior Ministry grew 2.5-fold within the same time, and to border guards doubled, he added.
"It takes far longer than a year to set up a strong security network. We got down to the job a mere four years ago," pointed out the minister.
Mr. Kudrin is sure this fall will not see any banking crises and defaults. Current arrangements for budget planning plus a sizeable stabilization fund offer sufficient guarantees. "Our stabilization fund has insured us against the 1998 drama [with a sweeping banking crisis] re-enacted," he stressed.