We are keenly aware that today, regarding the financing of the occupied territories there's a very small part of the taxes from so-called DNR and LNR republics. Yes, they tear off some mone from the business, from the turnover, but the key financial resources comes from Russia.
According to my estimates, maintenance of this area costs Russia around 3 billion dollars per year. Today, it is - the whole bureaucracy, teachers, doctors, a lot of pensioners. Some funds may be directed, for example, for the roads and transport.
A lot of money was embezzled by "local officials", and those Russians who sit on these financial flows, and they are interested. When the amount of financial resources is reduced, there is definitely a need to show the aggravation of situation.