Russian PM criticises central bank over inflation

RUSSIA - Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has pointed to continued favourable trends in the national economy but scolded the central bank over its lack of control over inflation.

In his opening remarks at the session of the cabinet, which gathered on Thursday morning to review the country's performance in the first half of the year, Kasyanov said that the GDP was up 3.8 per cent, "slightly more than we had expected".

At the same time he said the Central Bank and Finance Ministry still la