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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Acts on Millennium Bug

Russia, criticized for being slow to react to the millennium computer bug threat, outlined the measures it was taking but said it doubted the problem could be fully resolved in the time left.

The State Telecommunications Committee, assigned to coordinate a programme to check computers in state bodies to ensure any dates expressed in two-digits do not cause malfunctions when the century ends, said Friday that work began last month.

"At the moment, all-round work to resolve the 2000 problem throughout the state is being carried out in line with a Russian government order from May 30, 1998," it said in a statement.

The committee was responding to questions after U.S. defense officials and investors expressed concern Russia was being slow to respond to the threat.

Asked if it thought the problem could be resolved on time, the committee said not entirely, and cited a software research company saying a final resolution would take half a century.

"The Russian State Telecommunications committee considers that the 2000 problem cannot be resolved entirely in the remaining time," the committee said.

"A final decision will come in 50 years time and will require changing date codes in about 60 million program products throughout the world," it added, quoting an agency called Software Productivity Research.