MOSCOW: Desperate to show that Russia stands behind the wobbly Mir, the Kremlin has at last hit on a sure-fire PR coup: They're blasting Boris Yeltsin's trusty military advisor into space. Yuri Baturin, secretary of the Defense Council and high-profile cheerleader for the country's troubled space program, will make the trip to Mir some time next year for a stay of unspecified duration. And, by all accounts, he's raring to go. The physically fit, 48-year-old Baturin has already performed a few "aerobatic maneuvers" on a supersonic SU-30 fighter and has undergone survival training in case the capsule bringing him home misses its mark. Any worries about a technical glitch prolonging his stay? Not for Baturin. Compared with his Earth job — thinking up ways to reform Russia's overmanned, underpaid military — keeping the oxygen candles burning should be child's play.