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    The Russian defense spending will grow 0.8 percent in comparison with 2015, and will total some 3.1 trillion rubles

    Russia’s Defense Spending to Total Over $50Bln in 2016 - Budget Draft

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    According to the federal budget draft for 2016, Russian defense spending will grow 0.8 percent in comparison with 2015, and will total some 3.1 trillion rubles ($50.1 billion at the current exchange rate).

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The Russian defense spending will grow 0.8 percent in comparison with 2015, and will total some 3.1 trillion rubles ($50.1 billion at the current exchange rate), or 4 percent of GDP, according to the federal budget draft for 2016.

    In comparison, the 2016 US National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) approved by the Senate in October, authorized $612 billion in military spending, including $38 billion in overseas contingency funding.

    According to the new Russian draft, spending on social policies will increase by 6.4 percent in 2016 and will total $72 billion, or 5.7 percent of the country's GDP.

    Pension spending is expected to total $59.8 billion, which is 7.7 percent higher than in 2015.

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