According to information from the State Customs Committee of Russia,customs agencies paid RUR51.64bn ($1.63bn) to the federal budget in August2002. Therefore, the plan for collection of customs duties specified by theRussian government was fulfilled by 105.9%. In total, customs agencies paidRUR363.8bn ($11.52bn) to the federal budget in the first eight months ofthis year. The respective plan for collection of customs duties wasfulfilled by 103.08%..
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969