On Tuesday Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is on a working trip in the city of Severodvinsk, had a meeting with the governor of the Arkhangelsk region, Anatoli Yefremov. He reported to the head of state on the socio-economic situation in the region, reports the RIA Novosti correspondent. According to Anatoli Yefremov, sustained growth is observed in industrial production in his region. At the same time, there are problems in the lumber industry, which are due to the falling prices of timber, said the governor. Yefremov observed that the collection of taxes in the Arkhangelsk region has increased by 20 percent from last year. But in the forest industry it has proved to be less because of the loss of profits owing to the low prices of timber. As regards the supply of fuels, particularly fuel oil and coal, the situation in this sector is positive, Yefremov said.
Near the United Nations Glass Palace in New York, there is a metallic sculpture entitled "Evil Defeated by Good", representing Saint George transfixing a dragon with his lance. It was donated by the USSR in 1990 to celebrate the INF Treaty concluded with the USA in 1987