Past due bills for housing forcing Russian defense ministry to cut weapons acquisitions

The only Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov on its way to the Mediterranean to participate in Putin's Syrian campaign to crush anti-Assad rebel forces in Aleppo, Syria. (Image: social media)

The only Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov on its way to the Mediterranean to participate in Putin's Syrian campaign to crush anti-Assad rebel forces in Aleppo, Syria. (Image: social media) 

Analysis & Opinion, Military analysis, Russia

Last year, the Russian defense ministry has taken eight billion rubles (120 million US dollars) out of its weapons procurement budget to pay for past due bills for housing and communal services, and this year, it has taken 21 billion rubles (350 million US dollars) to do the same thing, according to an RBC investigation.

This debt, according to RBC’s Vyacheslav Kozlov and Dmitry Serkov, was built up during the time of the previous defense minister, has been confirmed by open sources, and is being retired and reduced (by returning some unused housing property to its original owners), so as to minimize its impact on spending plans.

While the impact of such spending on weapons acquisitions is relatively small – Moscow is spending more than 1.4 trillion rubles (23 billion US dollars) on those this year – it is nonetheless significant both that the housing and communal services sectors have this much clout and that the defense ministry is solving its housekeeping problems this way.

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  • zorbatheturk

    The RuSSian rouble will soon be heading for parity: 1 double = 1 US cent.

    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

      keep dreaming, brainless maggot ..

      • zorbatheturk

        Hahaha… rouble is as soft as the average RuSSkiys dcik.

        • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

          ho, ho, ho – zorba is as hard as an average inhabitant of Scradje’s back side ..

          • zorbatheturk

            Savushkina snotbots working overtime, spreading Putin’s lies.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            have you said something, md maggot ?

          • zorbatheturk

            Only to remind you that you are a tu rd.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            as you well know, not only you are exactly that permanently residing in Scradje’s b.side – you will die there eventually.

          • zorbatheturk

            Tu RDS should sink.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            lower than you r ..

          • zorbatheturk

            Stay down.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            keep staying low ..

          • zorbatheturk

            You limbo under toilet doors.

          • veth

            Their office is moved to Moscow, Savushkina is closed.

          • zorbatheturk

            Aha! That is what they would like us to think… there are troll houses spread across the fascist RF…

        • Eddy Verhaeghe

          zorbatheturk, leave the sexual innuendo to the other side. It has no place in a civilised debate.

          • Screwdriver

            Who you trying to preach ? Purely educated Galician Nazi peasants.
            Give up, it is not going to happen :-)

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            who are you trying to preach to ? that was ..

          • zorbatheturk

            There is no such thing as a civilized debate with paid RuSSian propaganda trolls, bub.

        • Screwdriver

          “rouble is as soft as the average RuSSkiys dcik.”
          Looks like you know what you talking about. It was not very painful for your tukhes then,…good for you :-)

    • Ihor Dawydiak

      Or to put it in another way, the russkiy ruble is headed in the same direction as the former Zimbabwean dollar. To be more specific, just before its discontinuation in 2009, Mugabe’s funny money was trading at 100 trillion Zimbabwe dollars to forty cents American or one head of rotten russkiy cabbage (worms were extra).

    • Screwdriver

      Ruble dropped when the oil prices dropped couple of years ago, but for the last year nothing but good news for the Russian ruble.
      http://www.xe.com/currencycharts/?from=RUB&to=USD&view=1Y

      • zorbatheturk

        Good news in RuSSia has a way of being temporary.

        • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

          there is nothing temporary about your permanent place of residence, which is inside of Scradje’s b. side ..

          • zorbatheturk

            The RuSSia is heading over Niagara Falls.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            You ODed on colored vodka again, tu rd.

          • zorbatheturk

            You are an excrescence.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            U R urainski reality ..

          • zorbatheturk

            Maggotbrain.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            U certainly are, for obvious reasons ..

          • zorbatheturk

            Putinoid parrot piffle.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            sordid piffle is all you are capable of, repulsive creep ..

          • zorbatheturk

            Take a hike, kremtard.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            dive deeper, sordid scum.

          • zorbatheturk

            Savushkina street sewers are crowded places.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            sewers are where you belong.

          • zorbatheturk

            Putin poo.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            sordid goo

          • zorbatheturk

            Putin putella.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            you ODed on colored vodka again.

          • zorbatheturk

            RuSSians drink yellow vodka.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            in your maggot head that is.

          • zorbatheturk

            RuSSians recycle urine.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            in your sordid dreams, ukrainski maggot.

          • zorbatheturk

            It’s called vodka.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            u r called rotten salo.

          • zorbatheturk

            Desperado!

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            have you said something, shaky salo ?

          • zorbatheturk

            Putin – The Last RuSSian Desperado.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            zorba – the chief ukrainski Turdinado ..

          • zorbatheturk

            Krembots are odious.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            no thing is more odious than zorba the maggot ..

          • zorbatheturk

            Au contraire, old eunuch. Krembits are slime.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            slime is all you are, filthy tu rd

          • zorbatheturk

            Nyet, old tu rd.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            yes, ancient maggot.

          • zorbatheturk

            You are the turdmonger.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            yes, you are, md maggot ..

          • zorbatheturk

            Why this obsession with backsides, tovarish?

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            you tell me why u have it as a permanent place of residence, turdaridzsh ..

          • zorbatheturk

            You still have not explained your peculiar obsession.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            “peculiar obsession” is all yours, sordid maggot.
            I simply state your place of origin and residence.

          • zorbatheturk

            You are a tu rd.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            tu rds are always on your mind, zorbatheturd maggot.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            you can’t help being a self-confessed maggot ..

          • zorbatheturk

            You are a hemmorhoid on Putin’s rear.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

            you can’t stop dreaming to be one, tu rd ..

          • zorbatheturk

            Only RuSSians dream of Putin, old eunuch.

  • Dirk Smith
  • Dirk Smith

    1 USD =57.9257RUB
    US Dollar
    1 USD = 57.9257 RUB
    ↔Russian Ruble
    1 RUB = 0.0172635 USD https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/70bb1bfa7d1cca101084d2430da72bf4f9bcbc340b7c3262c4ebdeb75f305f2a.jpg