The Russian oil and gas company Surgutneftegas's oil production totaled nearly 17.217m tons in January to April 2003, gaining 10.7 percent against the same period of 2002. The company's gas production for the same period of 2003 amounted to some 4.678bn cubic meters with an 8 percent gain against the same period of 2002.
Volumes of drilling came to 980,600 meters including 82,900 meters of exploratory drilling in the reported period. Since the beginning of the year, 293 new wells have been put into operation.
Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on remarks in the US media about failures in launching nuclear-capable missiles in Russia
More than 5.8 million people voted for Nicholas Maduro at the presidential election in Venezuela. This is more than a quarter of registered voters. Why did those people vote for the man, who, as Western media write, took Venezuela to the brink of collapse?
It has long been understood that the West has been trying to subject Russian borders to total control. We have not seen such activity even during the Cold War