The volume of alcohol production amounted to 131.3m decalitres in Russia in 2001, which is 7.2% more compared to 2000, the National Alcohol Association reported to RosBusinessConsulting. 15.9m decalitres were produced in December 2001. According to officials of the association, the fourth quarter of 2001 was a record quarter in the volume of alcohol production in our country, estimated as equal to 43.6m decalitres. The amount of excise duties collected from alcohol producers and sellers went up 25.5% compared to 2000 and reached around 33bn rubles (about $1.1bn) in 2001.
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities