: Russia allocates almost USD 12 mln to support militants in Ukraine's Donbas

17:29 Apr. 10, 2016

Russia allocates almost USD 12 mln to support militants in Ukraine's Donbas

Russia-backed militants take positions on the outskirts of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, April 2, 2015 (AP)

Ukrainian intelligence says the funds were given in April to finance ‘power structures' of the self-proclaimed republics

Since the beginning of April, Russia has allocated about 800 million rubles (USD 11.8 mln) from its budget to support the separatist/militant forces in the occupied territories of Ukrainian Donbas.

This is reported by the Main Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine's Defence Ministry.

"Despite the stagnation of the Russian economy, the military and political leadership of the Russian Federation continues to allocate significant funds from its budget to carry on the subversive activities on the temporarily occupied territories of eastern Ukraine," - the report says.

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The intelligence notes that out of the total sum, 775 million rubles is allotted to fund "administrative apparatus and security forces" of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, where locals are serving by the contracts with Russian occupying authorities.

The rest 25 million are intended for the Russian propaganda purposes, specifically for the purchase of telecommunications equipment to the Donetsk Regional Broadcasting Center, setting rebroadcasting transmitters in Torez and Horlivka, and launching "digital broadcasting" in towns of Stakhanov, Krasny Luch, and Chornukhyne.

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The Ukrainian intelligence also exposes the financial schemes, practiced by the self-proclaimed ‘finance ministers' of Donetsk and Luhansk to steal Russian money.

In particular, money is actively used to restore the infrastructure objects, located on the contact line. Some objects are ‘restored' several times while others are deliberately shelled to restore them again.

Intelligence notes that about 25% of the cash is returned to corrupt officials in Moscow as ‘thanks' for support; 15-20% are embezzled by the local officials while 10% is paid to Russian security service (FSB) for covering criminal activities.

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