In January-July 2002, the industrial production index was 103.9 percent inRussia as compared to the corresponding period of 2001. In January-July2001, industrial production gained 5.4 percent against the correspondingperiod of 2000. This data was released by the State Statistics Committee ofRussia. This July, as compared to July 2001, production went up by 7.8percent.
An explosion of household gas occurred in a nine-storeyed apartment building in the city of Shakhty, the Rostov region of Russia. The blast destroyed two storeys of the building