Putin Approves Lifelong Benefits for Veterans Living in the Baltic States


Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an ukase on Thursday, ensuring lifelong benefits to certain categories of veterans of World War II living in the Baltic states.

The monthly sums are 500 and 1000 rubles (10 and 20 euros respectively) and the decision also requires the Russian government to determine the expenses of the veterans, as well as working out the order of financing and paying the benefits, Delfi reported.

The categories include invalids of the Great Patriotic War, former underaged prisoners of concentration camps, ghettos and other illegal incarceration centers, everyone who served in units not part of the active army for at least six months in the period from June 22, 1941 until September 3, 1945, widows of soldiers who died in the Great Patriotic War and in wars against Finland and Japan, soldiers who were decorated by the Soviet Union for their service in the period mentioned above and certified survivors of the Leningrad blockade.

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