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    Russian budget surplus reached $27 billion in 9M05 - finance ministry

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    MOSCOW, October 11 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's budget surplus in the first nine months of 2005 totaled $27 billion, the Russian Finance Ministry said Tuesday.

    Budget revenue during the period was $129 billion, 35% higher than government projections, whereas budget spending was $102 billion, 10.7% higher than expected.

    Transfer payments during the period were $88 billion, 95.3% of the planned figure.