Magazine article Russian Life

Numbers

Magazine article Russian Life

Numbers

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The Eurovision song contest in Moscow cost an estimated [euro]37 million. R1 billion ([euro]23 million) was allocated from the federal budget, R200 million ([euro]5 million) from the Moscow city budget, and [euro]4.5 million from the European Broadcasting Union. An estimated 122 million tuned in to Channel One to watch the concert live--16% more than last year. The contest aired in 45 countries.

Only 18% of hazardous waste is properly treated and stored in Russia. In all, 3.6 million hectares (almost 14,000 square miles) are polluted with heavy metals and fluorine, and 253,000 hectares have a very high level of pollution.

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The six political parties in Russia received a total of R3.06 billion in 2008. Two-thirds of this money went to the United Russia party. 55.5% of all contributions were private and corporate contributions, 22.3% were federal funds transferred to the six parties after the election, based on results. 6.8% was collected as membership dues. Only 9.1% was spent on the elections.

20,000 policemen were used for security measures during the Eurovision contest in Moscow.

18,000 administrative transgressions were committed by policemen in the first three months of 2009. This is 18% more than in the same period of 2008.

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Unemployment in Russia grew to 7.7 million persons in April, which is equal to 10.2% of the workforce and is 0.2% higher than in March. Some 2.3 million people are officially registered as unemployed and 1.9 million receive unemployment benefits. …

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