According to the Russian Economy Ministry, the volume of Russia's foreign trade amounted to $12.9bn in January 2003, which was 25.2 percent more than in 2002. This advance was due to the continuing growth in prices for Russia's main exports. The trade surplus was $4.7bn. Exports exceeded imports by 2.1 times.
Russian exports amounted to $8.8bn last month, which was 31.3 percent less than in January 2002. Exports to the CIS were $1.2bn and they were $7.6bn to other foreign countries. Imports amounted to $4.1bn, which was a 10.8 percent increase compared to January 2002, including $3.1bn from outside the CIS and $1bn from the CIS.
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.