Revenues of Russian operators of fixed telephone lines amounted to 21.734m rubles ($694,377) in the period from January to February 2003, which was 41.5 percent higher than in the corresponding period of last year. Revenues from services advanced by 27.6 percent to 10.646m rubles ($340,128), the Russian Telecommunications Ministry reported. Revenues of state telecommunications companies were 26bn rubles ($830m) in the first two months of 2003, which was a 39.2 percent growth compared to the corresponding period of 2002. Svyazinvest revenues increased by 42.5 percent to 20.6bn rubles ($658m) in the reported period.
Since the likes of the traditional Inauguration Day in the national Capitol are likely never to be witnessed again, take this opportunity from one who has been there to relate some truth about the experience