According to figures released by Goskomstat, the national statistics agency, Russia's foreign trade in the period January-May 2002 fell by 1.7% in comparison to the figures for January-May 2001. In the period January-May 2001, foreign trade rose by 8.6% in comparison to the same period in 2000.
In May 2002, foreign trade totalled USD 12.9 billion, 2.2% less than in May 2001, and 10.1% less than in April 2002. Exports in May 2002 totalled USD 8.3 billion, 3.6% less than in May 2001, and 11.1% less than in April 2002. Imports in May 2002 were USD 4.6 billion, 0.2% more than in May 2001, and 8.2% less than in April 2002.
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.