Occupation authorities of the "DNR" cannot fill the budget of the "republic" due to the smuggling of coal and metal to Russia. This was told by creator of the terrorist Vostok Battalion Alexander Khodakovsky.
According to him, the Russian Federation is not ready to buy a lot of stolen Ukrainian coal, since it has enough of its reserves. As for the metal, Russia buys it at dumping prices, so the "DNR" budget receives the minimum necessary for life support.
"You know, there is a limited budget, the economy (with its help – OstroV) cannot be revived in any way, no changes can be made in such significant industries in our territory", - Khodakovsky said.
He explained this by the fact that "there are factors that have squeezed us from all sides - by the blockade, border (with Russia – OstroV), which does not allow us to trade in peace in the rear".
"We do not release our goods to Russia without restrictions", - he complained. "In any case, the main products are minerals, coal, first of all. And there is plenty of coal in the Rostov oblast. Our shipment are limited by quota", - he estimated the situation with export of coal from the occupied territories to Russia.
"Our metal, which we produce, goes away with a crazy discount of 30%. Someone earns on it all the same, but we are paid exactly the payroll and money that is necessary to maintain the efficiency of these enterprises", - Khodakovsky defined problems with the smuggled metal "export".