20 March, 2017 // According to the World Happiness Report, Russia is on the 49th place, 7 places higher than in 2016, and 15 - than in 2015. It seems that people in Russia quickly get used to living in a crisis. Norway is on the 1st place and the last place is occupied by the Central African Republic.
15 March, 2017 // According to the University of Lausanne, in Russia, there are 439 prisoners per 100 thousand people (642,500 in September 2015) - the highest rate in Europe. Most of them (27.8%) are convicted of murder. However, their number is steadily declining from a maximum of 1 million in the late 1990s.
19 February, 2017 // 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.
23 January, 2017 // 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.
5 January, 2017 // 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.
30 December, 2016 // 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.
13 December, 2016 // 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.
1 December, 2016 // Russia will join OPEC and reduce oil production in the amount of up to 300,000 barrels per day in the first half of 2017, if the cartel fulfills their obligations. Today, Russia produces a record amount of oil - about 11 million barrels per day.
14 November, 2016 // According to Freedom on the Net 2016, about 67% of internet users live in the countries where criticism of government, military and ruling elite are the subject of censorship. Russia is among 20 countries with "not free" internet, along with Turkey, Kazakhstan, Pakistan.
22 October, 2016 // The wolf "Zabivaka", meaning "the one who scores", was chosen by Russians as the official mascot of the World Cup 2018. More than a million people took part in the vote. The wolf received 52.8% of the votes ahead of the cat and the tiger in a spacesuit.