According to optimistic forecasts of the Russian Ministry for Economic Development and Trade, revenues from sales of non-core assets of Gazprom will make up 9 billion rubles (about $297 million) in 2002. This information was announced by deputy economy minister Andrey Sharonov at a Cabinet briefing today. He noted, referring to Gazprom's head Alexey Miller, that the company's assets amount to a little more than 20 billion rubles ($661 million). In addition, Sharonov reported that Gazprom is going to take credits worth 175 billion rubles (about $5.78 billion) next year.
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.