Magazine article Russian Life

Facts & Figures

Magazine article Russian Life

Facts & Figures

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Russia has dismantled 148 out of 197 decommissioned Soviet-era nuclear submarines and plans to scrap all decommissioned nuclear subs by 2010. * One night in the Presidential Suite at the Ritz Carlton Moscow costs R430,000 ($16,425). The hotel, constructed on the site of the former Intourist Hotel, will become Moscow's priciest hotel when it opens for business in March. * Russia's state-controlled Gazprom currently supplies about 25% of Europe's gas needs. In 2006, the company's export revenues rose 43%, to a record $37.2 billion. * On December 31, 2006, Russia had 32 registered political parties. On January 1, 2007, that number declined to 17, as a result of new legislation. Representation in parliament now requires attaining a 7% national polling, versus the previous 5%. * Russian hackers stole nearly $66 million from foreigners' bank accounts in 2006. Foreigners have been duped out of another $20 million through Russian dating and marriage scams. * The Moscow metro, built to carry 5 million passengers per day, now transports 9 million. * Rosoboroneksport, the state arms trading firm, exported $5.3 billion in arms and military hardware to foreign clients in 2006. Aircraft accounted for 57% of this figure, while naval equipment made up 39%. …

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