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By the summer of 2017, Russia may finally pay off all Soviet debts ($ 125.2 million to Bosnia and Herzegovina). After the collapse of the USSR, the Russian government agreed to return all debts of the former Soviet republics (about $ 27 billion) in exchange for giving up their share in the foreign assets of the Soviet Union. The draw for the final stage of World Cup 2018 will take place in the Moscow Kremlin on December 1, 2017. The tournament will be held from June 14 to July 15 in 11 cities: Moscow, Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, and Yekaterinburg. In 2016, Russia increased oil and gas condensate production by 2.5% and reached a record high of 547.499 million tons. In December, the average daily oil production reached 11.208 million barrels. Exports amounted to 235.813 million tonnes, which is 7% higher than in 2015. During the first 11 months of 2016, natural gas exports from Russia increased by 30.8% and amounted to 176.7 billion cubic meters. Oil exports increased by 5.1% - 233.7 million tons. Today, about 1/3 of the natural gas consumed in Europe comes from Russia. According to "Romir", the majority of Russians, about 60%, is going to celebrate New Year at home with family, 25% - at a party with friends, 10% - in a restaurant or while traveling (2% abroad), 4% have no plans, and 2% are going to work. More notes from Russia »
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