Lukoil's earnings of US$7.48 billion (EUR5.52 billion) came in below a poll of six analysts conducted by Dow Jones Newswires, however, which had forecast US$7.83 billion (EUR5.78 billion).
Total revenue increased 21 percent to US$68.11 billion (EUR50.24 billion) from US$56.22 billion in the previous year.
The company said in a statement that earnings would have been higher were it not for a heavy tax burden and the ruble's strengthening against the dollar: Lukoil said it had paid US$24.4 billion (EUR18 billion) in taxes in the year, up 30.4 percent on the year before.
The company said it pumped an average of 1.9 million barrels of oil per day in 2006, an increase of 5.8 percent.
The discovery of the submarine has unveiled a few "inconsistencies." For example, how can one explain the fact that the sub was found where it needed to be searched for from the start?
This problem is not limited to the situation with the "whale prison" in Russia's Far East, because many people buy tickets to go to oceanariums and turn a blind eye to the problem