The number of mobile service subscribers increased 121 percent in Russia in 2002 against 2001 and reached 17.8 million, the J'son & Partners consulting company reported. The rate of penetration of mobile services in Russia rose from 5.6 percent to 12.4 percent. The main mobile operators working in Russia in 2002 were Mobile TeleSystems (with a subscriber base of 6.41 million), VimpelCom (5.08 million subscribers), MegaFon (2,955,600 subscribers), SMARTS (540,000 subscribers) and some others.
The total number of new subscribers surpassed 1.15 million in December 2002. According to forecasts of J'son & Partners experts, a rise in the subscriber base will be more than 100 percent in Russian regions and republics in 2003.
The co-author of this disaster is the Dutch government, which did not find either strength or desire to save the lives of its citizens who were flying on that plane. The Dutch authorities did not demand Ukraine to comply with international aviation regulations
On the second day of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, a plenary meeting was held, in which Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and IMF head Christine Lagarde took part