DPR, LPR and Crimea joined these living on the verge states. It is worth mentioning that the financially Russian Federation has committed itself to only Crimea, populated by 2 million people. In any case, the fact that Putin spends $5 billion to support the “unrecognized states” does not mean that all financial obligations fall on Russia, Joinfo.ua reports.
According to some estimates, South Ossetia and Transnistria get about $200 million, Abkhazia – $300 million. These funds are added to the budgets of which social pensions and salaries are paid.
What Russian gets in return is not always clear, because Transnistria has practically no export items, it has no import income and the majority of manufacturing companies are frozen or scrapped.
Two million of Crimeans are to receive $2.4 billion in 2015, not including military spending. Russian program for the development of Crimea is scheduled up to 2020 with a total of $10,5 billion.
As to the Donbas, the Russian Federation still denies participation in the conflict in Ukraine, some experts believe that the military expenditure of the Russian Federation in this collision exceeded two billion US dollars. All this puts a question if Russian budget is bottomless.
The late journalist Nemtsov tried to draw attention to this issue, and his friends continued it to honor his memory in the spring of 2015. Author of the report “Putin. The war” conducted economic and macro-economic studies, evaluating the approximate amount of 10 months of military spending in Russia. But according to the same research, 50 billion rubles of the state budget are almost impossible to track. More 80 billion rubles were to support the refugees. Total expenditure for unrecognized Russian war was estimated at 3 trillion rubles.
Experts remind that Russia is also funding the Syrian conflict, spending more than half a billion dollars. U.S. sources report Russian artillery has already appeared in Syria, the concentration of soldiers increase, which provoke suspicions about Russia’s support for Assad and commitment to dividing the area for new satellites.