Moscow mis-reporting its military expenditures to the UN

First, Russia claimed there were the “little green men” in Crimea, not the Russian military, as Putin later admitted a year later. Russian special services troops besieging a Ukrainian military base in Crimea, February 2014. (Image: UNIAN)

First, Russia claimed there were the “little green men” in Crimea, not the Russian military, as Putin later admitted a year later. Russian special services troops besieging a Ukrainian military base in Crimea, February 2014. (Image: UNIAN) 

2016/07/29 • Analysis & Opinion, Military analysis, Russia

Article by: Yuri Christensen

 

According to the data that Russia provided to the United Nations, its military expenditures in 2015 grew by 48 percent as compared to the prior year. In 2015, the total amount of its defense expenditures increased from 1.9 trillion to 2.9 trillion rubles [from US $28 billion to $43 billion].

A third of all declared military expenditures belong to an unnamed category. It is hard to say what is included there, but it is logical to assume that Russia’s “non-participation” in the war with Ukraine and “training exercises” in Syria are included in that sum.

The data received by the UN do not reconcile with the expenses stated in the Russian state budget under the category “The National Defense.” The amount stated there reaches 3.18 trillion rubles [or US $ 48 billion]. It is by 10% exceeds the data, provided to the UN.


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Translated by: A. N.
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  • zorbatheturk

    Russian military expenditures are unaffordable for a third world country that most resembles a cross between Bulgaria and Venezuela. Oil in the $30 range will hopefully bankrupt the Kremlin soon. As for the FSB, its number of employees is classified, but estimates range from 200,000 to 350,000. All unproductive parasites. Meanwhile a Russian agricultural worker makes $100 a month, less than a sugarcane cutter in the Philippines (200 pesos/day) or a Burmese illegal in Thailand (200 baht/day) or an Indonesian tea plantation worker in the Malaysian highlands (30 ringgit/day).