Wednesday, 18 March, 2009
Here's Tim Whewell with news of what's happening this evening on Newsnight:
For generations the life of most Russian soldiers has been nasty, brutish and long. But at last, that's beginning to change. The Kremlin has realised that in order to modernise its army, its hundreds of thousands of badly-trained, demoralised conscripts have to be replaced by eager professionals. It is a huge task, and I've spent several days with Russia's elite paratroopers to see how it is progressing. I sample the army's new improved menus (now served by women), try a parachute jump, and learn to tie the traditional soldier's footcloths that are now being replaced by more modern socks. You might think anyone would want to sign up. But as I discover, the experiment is not going entirely to plan...
We will also be speaking to Lord Turner about his proposals for a "revolution" in regulation, and assessing how radical they are.
As unemployment tops 2 million, we speak to three people who have lost their jobs in the last few months to see how they are coping, including Tina who took on Tony McNulty in our Newsnight Jobs Special.
And as judges in the Josef Fritzl case consider his sentence, we speak to the forensic psychiatrist who assessed him.
Do join Jeremy at 10.30pm.