The federal budget for October 2001 was executed with a 29.7bn-ruble (about $1bn) surplus. This makes 26.2% of the total volume of budget expenditures, and 3.5% of the GDP forecasted for October. According to preliminary estimations, the GDP reached 857bn rubles (about $28.9bn) in October, the PR department of the Russian Finance Ministry reported to RosBusinessConsulting.
Russian small missile ships - the Grad Sviyazhsk and the Great Ustyug - set off for a mission to the Mediterranean Sea
President Vladimir Putin has not released an official statement yet about his position on the issue of the pension reform in Russia