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.
Near the United Nations Glass Palace in New York, there is a metallic sculpture entitled "Evil Defeated by Good", representing Saint George transfixing a dragon with his lance. It was donated by the USSR in 1990 to celebrate the INF Treaty concluded with the USA in 1987