Russia's 2003 federal budget draft provides for the upper limit of the state bond debt at 842.1m rubles (about $26.6m) as of January 1, 2004. This number has been approved by the Budget and Tax Committee of the Russian State Duma, while elaborating on a federal bill "On the Federal Budget for 2003." The Committee proposed to assign 1.5bn rubles (about $47.3m) to be spent on repaying government bonds in 2003.
The 2003 budget draft is supposed to have the third reading in the State Duma on November 22, 2002.
Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on remarks in the US media about failures in launching nuclear-capable missiles in Russia
More than 5.8 million people voted for Nicholas Maduro at the presidential election in Venezuela. This is more than a quarter of registered voters. Why did those people vote for the man, who, as Western media write, took Venezuela to the brink of collapse?
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