Russian foreign debts increased by 4.6 percent in the first half of this year and amounted to $159.1bn as of July 1, 2003, the Russian Central Bank said in its survey devoted to foreign debts. At the beginning of this year the country's foreign debts were $152.1bn.
The debts in foreign currencies were $153.8bn, the debts in rubles amounted to $5.3bn. The debts of the former USSR were $55.5bn. The debts of government agencies were $100bn.
The Russian banking system increased its debts by $3.4bn to $18.6bn in the first six months of 2003. This sum includes liabilities of the Russian Central Bank and credit organizations, including Vnesheconombank.
On January 15, it was reported that the Russian government began to develop sanctions against several officials at the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)