Speaking at a roundtable held at the Inturfest-2003 exhibition underway in St. Petersburg, Nikolai Storozhenko, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Resort Association, said that good medical services were unavailable to 40% of Russia's population. Mr. Storozhenko said that the number of people staying at resorts decreased 10 times as compared with the Soviet times. The total annual cost of post-operative treatment of patients at resorts amounts to over USD 53 million and that of the prophylactic treatment of children - to USD 258.5 million. 'The current prices destroy resort business in Russia', he said, 'because they are too high for our citizens'.
Many of those who spoke at the roundtable noted that the interests of resort goers and Russia's resorts coincided. Sergei Spitsyn, General Director of the Dyuny sanatorium in St. Petersburg said that, 'If just one tenth of Russia's tourists, instead of going abroad, went to domestic resorts, Russia's resort business would begin developing. We must have a department controlling resorts because the Ministry of health does not pay us enough attention'.
The discovery of the submarine has unveiled a few "inconsistencies." For example, how can one explain the fact that the sub was found where it needed to be searched for from the start?
When on a state visit to Singapore, Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to revisit the discussion of the 1956 Declaration between the USSR and Japan regarding the issue of the peace treaty with Japan
The TurkStream, which runs along the bottom of the Black Sea from Russia's Anapa to Turkey, will consist of two lines, each with a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas a year