The number of fixed telephone sets will increased by 4.3 percent to 36.9m in 2005, compared to 35.37m currently, Valery Rudakov, the head of the communications development department of the Russian Communications Ministry, declared at an international conference. According to him, the number of fixed telephone sets will surge to 47.7m by 2010.
The current penetration rate of the fixed telephone network in Russia is 24.7 lines for every 100 people. According to Rudakov, in 2005 the penetration rate will be 25.3 lines; in 2010 it will be 32.7 lines for every 100 people.
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