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).
Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on remarks in the US media about failures in launching nuclear-capable missiles in Russia
The Buk system that shot down MH17 belonged to the 53rd SAM missile brigade of the Russian Ministry of Defense, investigators say after looking at a few pictures on the net
It has long been understood that the West has been trying to subject Russian borders to total control. We have not seen such activity even during the Cold War