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 Russia informs UN on sharp increase in country’s military spending

According to data provided by the Russian Federation to the UN, Russia’s military spending increased by 48 percent in 2015 compared with the previous year. The country’s total defense expenditure skyrocketed from 1.9 trillion (about $28,832,500,000) to 2.9 trillion rubles (about $44,007,500,000) in 2015.

As reported by Censor.NET citing DW, the military expenditure report was published by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA).

Russia has spent the largest amount on its naval forces - more than 700 billion rubles, which is 38 percent more than in 2014. The air forces expenditure showed the most significant growth of 66 percent - to 662.4 billion rubles. The land forces expenditure increased by 19 percent and amounted to 582.5 billion rubles.

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About 1 trillion rubles was spent for "other armed forces." According to the UN standard, the states may include spending for paramilitary troops capable of conducting military operations in this paragraph. This applies to the Border Guard Service of the FSB (Federal Security Service) or Internal Troops. One third of all declared military spending accounts for unnamed military postures.

The information submitted to the UN does not match with the costs indicated in the National Defense section of the Russian budget. The funds declared in it amount to 3.18 trillion rubles. The amount specified in the budget the year before exceeded the one reported to UNODA by 500 billion rubles.

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