The volume of collected excises for the Russian consolidated budget totaled 259.6bn rubles (about $8.16bn at the current exchange rate) in 2002, which was 13.1 percent more than in 2001, the press service of the Russian Tax Ministry reported. In particular, the volume of excises collected for the federal budget went up 11 percent to 210.5bn rubles (about $6.62bn at the current exchange rate).
The discovery of the submarine has unveiled a few "inconsistencies." For example, how can one explain the fact that the sub was found where it needed to be searched for from the start?
When on a state visit to Singapore, Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to revisit the discussion of the 1956 Declaration between the USSR and Japan regarding the issue of the peace treaty with Japan
The TurkStream, which runs along the bottom of the Black Sea from Russia's Anapa to Turkey, will consist of two lines, each with a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas a year