According to the State Statistics Committee, economically active population of Russia reached 71.3m people or about 50% of the total population by the end of October 2001. Among them are 65.1m people (91.3%) occupied in the economy and 6.2m (8.7%), who are not occupied in the economy but were actively looking for a job. 1m unemployed people were registered by state unemployment agencies, i.e. 1.4% of the economically active population. In October 2001, 222,300 people were declared unemployed (18% more compared to October 2000).
After it turned out that Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov included the Fonbet betting company in the list of backbone enterprises that can count on state support, everyone started talking about these bookmakers.