Lots of face punching, egg and smoke bomb throwing in the Rada and a final vote count of 236:214 in favor. It passed the Duma 410:0 with much less fanfare. The LDPR boycotted the vote. Zhirinovsky apparently does not believe Ukraine intends to comply with the agreement so it wasnt worth voting on it.
Pick your poison — chaotic Ukrainian democracy or a rubber stamp show parliament a la Russe. The BSF is down to 1 cruiser and 2 destroyers anyway so all this noise over a force that barely exists is largely just comical chest thumping. Putin is paying $80 million a year for each ship parked. There isnt a ship in the BSF worth 80 million dollars today. This deal only raises 4 billion for Ukraine. They need around 16 billion more to avoid default…so a lot more begging ahead at the IMF and WB.
DATELINE: MOSCOW April 20
New homes will be built by the end of the year to house more troops, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.
“In 2009, 45,600 new apartments were given to Defense Ministry servicemen. Nothing like that has happened recently. In 2010, another 51,900 apartments will be provided. That is, almost 100,000 apartments will be provided over a period of two years,” Putin said in his address to the State Duma on Tuesday.
“As a result, we will meet all servicemen’s needs for permanent housing as we promised,” Putin said.
$3.1 billion dollars of of the 2010 defense budget were allocated for military housing construction so each unit costs just under $60k to build — not bad for Russia, but in tier 2 Russian cities median unit prices are about $50k so outside of Moscow they are probably overpaying by quite a bit.