Over 2002, Vneshtorgbank doubled the volume of resources attracted from private individuals. This amount reached $500m, the bank's press service reported. As of January 1, 2003, the total number of private individual deposits was 281,000. The balances at the deposits advanced to RUR14.7bn (about $461.75m), gaining 172 percent in 2002.
The bank also increased the number of issued plastic cards. As of the beginning of 2003, this figure exceeded 175,000; balances at cards' accounts were about RUR1.4bn (about $43.98m).
The volume of travel checks, sold by the bank in 2002, reached $55m. The bank's commission for these operations overcame $400,000. The Western Union network, organized by Vneshtorgbank's divisions, increased from 27 to 77 outlets last year.
Russia, when signing documents for the sale of Alaska to the United States, was realizing her objective benefit
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