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.
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