Putin’s two 2014 megaprojects cost each Russian citizen nearly $1,200

The window-on-Eurasia blog of Paul Goble comments on the costs Putin’s misrule has burdened the Russian people with. At a time when the Kremlin is closing hospitals, cutting the salaries of teachers and letting the road system fall into disrepair, two of his pet projects (the Sochi Olympics ($50 billion) the war on Ukraine ($111 billion) have already cost over $160 bln or $1200 for every Russian citizen. And with Russia now in serious economic trouble, Putin’s burden on the Russian people will only increase.