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    $1.5 BILLION TURNOVER OF RUSSIAN BOOKS IN 2003

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    MOSCOW, February 26, 2004 (RIA Novosti) - In 2003, the turnover of retail books was no less than 45 billion rubles ($1.5 billion). The Ministry of Press said that 80,290 books and pamphlets with a general print run of 720 million were published in Russia.

    In comparison with 2002, the number of registered books and pamphlets grew by 15.1% and the print run increased by 21.8%.

    According to the data of the Press Ministry, Russia produces the fifth largest amount of books in the world and the third largest in Europe. Russia is approaching the 100,000 title boundary which is overcome only by three China, the United States and Great Britain.

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