Russia plans to launch 28 spacecraft this year including a first flight of the operational Proton M booster in March carrying an Ekran-M communications satellite. The Proton M is equipped with a Breeze M upper stage. This can place satellites weighing up to 2,920kg (6,430lb) into geostationary orbit (GEO) with up to four engine burns, compared with the Proton DM, which can place 1,880kg directly to GEO.

Source: Flight International