The volume of payments for products and services of the Russian natural gas giant Gazprom, including gas transportation services, increased 24.4 percent last year compared to 2001 and totaled almost 1.242 trillion rubles (about $39bn), the State Statistics Committee reported. The share of payments by money transfer reached 86 percent.
The national energy grid RAO UES of Russia also saw a 28.7-percent increase in payments it collected for its work and services to 658.55bn rubles (about $20.85bn) in 2002 compared to 2001. The share of payments by money transfer went up by 36.3 percent to 585.562bn rubles (about $18.54bn).
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