The growth in five major Russian economic fields (industry, construction, agriculture, transport and retail) was 4.1 percent in January-July 2002 as compared to the similar period of last year, the State Statistics Committee reported. The output index for the five major industries was 106.4 percent in July 2002 as compared to the figure reported in July 2001 and 106.6 percent as compared to the figure posted in June 2002. In July 2002 the industrial output in current prices was RUR585bn (around $18.57bn) in Russia, while the industrial output index was 107.8 percent against the figure reported in July 2001, while in January-July 2002 it was RUR3.752 trillion (around $119.11bn) and 103.9 percent respectively. The average daily output (with seasonal corrections taken into account) was 100.8 percent in July 2002 as compared to June 2002.
The US is going to ban exports of Iranian oil to the world market from November 5 of this year. In turn, Iran threatens to block the passage of oil tankers of the Gulf countries through the Strait of Hormuz
The World Cup that is about to finish in Russia has shown that the Western propaganda machine has failed to create the image of Russia as a monster with "many tentacles." By and large, the Russians and the Ukrainians are close to each other