Stratfor: Russia spends at least $5 bln annually on quasi-states

Source : 112 Ukraine

At least $2 bln from Russian 2015 budget went to sustain the military support in eastern Ukraine
19:02, 16 September 2015

"Mother Russia can be quite generous when it comes to her collection of statelets," say the experts of American publisher and global intelligence company Stratfor.

In addition to readopting Crimea (26,000 square kilometers, 2 mln of population), Russia has added to its basket of statelets the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic (16,000 square kilometers collectively with a population of 1.5 mln and 2 mln, respectively) in eastern Ukraine. According to the estimations of Stratfor, Russia has allocated at least $2.42 bln in 2015 to support Crimea (not including military costs) and at least $2 bln in the federal 2015 budget to sustain its military support in eastern Ukraine, a figure that continues to grow.

The experts assume that Russia is spending at least $5 bln annually on these quasi-states; it is less than 3% of Russia's 2015 federal budget of $206 bln. This amount does not include the large amount of pre-allocated defense budget that goes into the Ukraine and Syria operations. 

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