Russia allocated EUR109.969m in debt payments to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today, sources in the Finance Ministry reported to RBC. The payment was made in accordance with the schedule and was the second one this month.
On January 1, 2003, Russia's debt to the IMF totaled $6.5bn. In January to September, Russia allotted $1.533bn to the IMF out of $2.055bn to be transferred to the fund this year.
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