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NGO report: Russia allocated USD 28 000 per each resident of South Ossetia2010-06-16 12:01
International Crisis Group, the international NGO, published The Burden of Recognition report on situation in post-war South Ossetia and measures Russia takes to restore the region.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to the report, Russia allocated USD 28 000 per each resident of South Ossetia, yet there are no less problems - the Novaya Gazeta.
Since August 2008 Russia has allocated USD 840 mln [RUB 26 bn]. The West has allocated Georgia USD 4.5 bn - about USD 1 200 per each resident.
Despite all this aid free of charge, restoration works in South Ossetia are being conducted very slowly. Only 385 administrative buildings were restored, as well as schools, kindergartens, hospital in the capital. Private sector is still ruined.
At the meeting with South Ossetian leader Eduard Kokoyty, Russian PM Vladimir Putin expressed dissatisfaction with ineffectiveness of restoration of the region. Nevertheless, in 2010 Russia promises to allocate additional RUB 5.7 bn [USD 190 mln] for infrastructure restoration.
Experts say now 30 000 people are living in the region, out of them 17 000 in Tskhinval. In August war 20 000 ethnic Georgians fled, now only 2500 remain, Crisis Group reports.
According to experts' conclusion, agriculture of South Ossetia is in desperate state: lands are in state property and it obstacles their use. Business restores very slowly, except for restaurant business: more and more private cafes are opened to serve Russian military and builders.
The biggest industrial enterprises - Bagiata [mineral water] and Vibromashina work at only one fifth of their capacity.
Yet salaries keep growing: teachers are paid 2.5 times more than before the war, salary of policemen amounts from USD 20 to USD 400; construction works resulted in more working places - mostly for non-qualified workers.