However, direct foreign investments fell threefold, totaling $4.5 million.
Russian investments in this sector grew by 11.9% in the first quarter, and amounted to $529 million.
New fixed assets were $355 million. The figure represents a 22% increase on January-March 2004.
The ministry said that 388,076 phone numbers had been introduced in Russian towns and 53,369 in villages.