Magazine article Russian Life

Facts & Figures

Magazine article Russian Life

Facts & Figures

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Russia ranks 73rd among 158 countries for its level of government spending per capita: $2,460. This puts Russia between Mauritius and South Africa. Luxembourg, Qatar and Brunei topped the list. [??] In 2006, European and American sources, public and private, donated $80 million to Russian NGOs. In 2007, the figure fell to about $20 million, most going to prominent organizations like the Moscow Helsinki Group and Memorial. [??] 2,207 Russian orphans were adopted into the United States in 2007. This is down from the all time high of 5,865 in 2004. [??] There were 224 suicides in the Russian armed forces during 2007. This was 50.7 percent of all military deaths last year. Meanwhile, one-third of non-combat deaths in the forces of the Interior Ministry are due to suicides. [??] 407,622 Russians own stocks or are shareholders in a mutual fund. [??] The FSB has repulsed over 1.4 million internet attacks on various websites of the Russian federal government. Over 100,000 were directed at the official website of the Russian president. [??] The Federal Customs Service said that it intercepted 895 kilograms of heroin, 130 kilograms of cocaine, 50 kilograms of hashish, and 1,500 kilograms of unspecified "other narcotic substances" on Russia's borders in 2007. …

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