The acting minister said the Russian government allocated this year $6 million for realization of the federal program to support Russian in the CIS countries. In Mr. Filippov's words, this will make it possible to establish well equipped Russian language centers there.
He also noted the growing number of students from the CIS states who receive free education in the Russian Federation's higher educational establishments. The number of students from Kyrgyzstan was about 50 three-four years ago, and this year, it will total 300. Overall, in 2004 the Russian government is giving 7,000 free scholarships for students from the CIS countries, said the Russian acting education minister.