EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia To Spend $10 bln/year in N.Caucasus To Fight Daily Violence?

Posted by Info on 27/07/2011

The Ministry of Regional Affairs planned spending of nearly 4 trillion roubles ($144.2 billion) from the budget and investors until 2025, some 10 times higher than the figure set out in an existing federal program.

Moscow is struggling to contain almost daily violence by insurgents who say they want to create an Islamic state across the North Caucasus region. The money from Moscow is one of the few resources it has to secure the loyalty of local leaders like Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, but the programme’s cost is rising and analysts say the regional insurgency is growing.

Many Russians balk at the thought of their tax roubles supporting a region where Moscow fought two wars since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union. The issue may play in campaigning before a parliamentary election in December and a March 2012 presidential poll.
Russian nationalists have protested against the spending under the slogan “Stop feeding the Caucasus” and Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

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