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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Returning Russian Soldiers Tax Budget

Russia will spend 1. 5 billion rubles ($2. 7 million) this year to house soldiers returning from service in Germany, an army official told Itar-Tass.

About 10, 000 of the 220, 000 Russian soldiers still deployed in eastern Germany have no place to live in Russia, Viktor Koshelev, a deputy commander in chief of Russia's forces in Germany said in the interview.

At the time of the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe in 1989, Russia had about 390, 000 soldiers in Eastern Germany, and a total of 560, 000 in Eastern Europe.

Many of the soldiers had and still have little contact with the villagers in the places where they live, and some Germans -- even during the existence of Communist East Germany -- openly expressed contempt for the soldiers.

Russia has faced a problem in housing its huge number of returning soldiers not only from Germany over the past few years, but also from several other former allies in Eastern Europe and former Soviet republics. At the same time, Russia is trying to trim by half the size of its domestic armed forces over the next decade.

To help demobilized Russian soldiers adjust to civilian life, Germany has donated 129 million marks ($80 million) for retraining purposes, Itar-Tass reported earlier this month. In December, Chancellor Helmut Kohl offered Russia another 550 million German marks ($344 million) on top of previous contributions to speed up the withdrawal of Russian troops.

Russia is expected to complete its withdrawal of troops from Germany by Aug. 31, 1994.