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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Officials Climb African Peak

An expedition of officials from the government's most important economic departments reached the summit of the Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, on Aug. 3, the director of the financial policy department at the Finance Ministry, Alexei Savatyugin, said Friday, RIA-Novosti news agency reported.

As well as Savatyugin, the group included Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister Anna Popova and the deputy head of the Federal Service for Financial Markets, Sergei Kharlamov, the agency reported.

The officials planted flags from their respective departments at the top of the mountain, Savatyugin said, RIA-Novosti reported.

"You could say that the expedition was timed to coincide with the passing of the country's first three-year budget. And now a flag of the Russian Finance Ministry is fluttering at the top of the Kilimanjaro," Savatyugin said.

The climb to the peak took four days, while the descent took another two days, Savatyugin said, the agency reported.

Nongovernmental members of the 18-strong expedition included Alexander Khachiyan, chief editor of Pensionniye Dengi, and a number of representatives from pension fund management firms, RIA-Novosti said.