"The Russian Statistics Service has calculated GDP growth results for 2007, and according to their data, which differs from economics ministry reports, the figure was 8.1%," Medvedev said.
The Economic Development and Trade Ministry earlier assessed the country's 2007 GDP growth at 7.7%-7.8%.
In the past five years, the Russian economy has grown at an annual rate of above 7%, except for 2005, when GDP expanded 6.4%. In 2006, GDP grew 7.4%.
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