Nowhere in the story does it say the amount of these pensions.
It is common in many countries to pay these people an early retirement
"all of Ukraine belongs to Russia Moscow and Kiev together go back a long way"
NO! All of Russia belongs to Kiev (The capital of Russia in the 10th to 12th centuries)
Russians should be required to speak Ukrainian from when they controlled Kiev.
My point is that no part of Ukraine belongs to anyone because of "History"
"Crimea is an exception because it was Russian territory and is important for their defence"
That is really Bull Crap! Crimea is no more Russian than Bulgaria belongs to Turkey.
I would say if you go back far enough that all of Moscow and western Russia belongs to the original Rus from Kiev.
Defense? It is just ecomomics plain and simple.
Russia wanted the ports in Crimea (They did build them) and it has nothing to do with defense. The Russians could just build another facility in Sochi or Novorossiysk but it was cheaper to just "GRAB" Crimea
Next they will decide to "protect" the Russians living in Varna and take that back. It was part of Russia under Peter the Great (I think)
Neither example is a "land grab"
Friendly Government and business? That is the way of the world and has been for thousands of years.
The United States has been in many conflicts (and I think one is too many) but never stayed and taken over another country.
Land grab is what the Ottomans did in Bulgaria and Serbia
You would have to look at the Russia for the latest example of a true land grab.
Funding a bad Government is not in any an example of taking over a country.
"The EU and US make a land grab on the Ukraine"
I do not know about the EU but the US has not grabbed any land since it took it from the Indians (The whole USA) and Mexicans (Calif and Texas) and that was many years ago.
Did BUY Alaska at a really good price from some idiots: Oh, Yes it was the Russians at 17 cents an acre
Interesting that this "topic" goes back to 2008 and includes Bill.
I will do the math for you:
He is worth at least
2173710000000.00 Russian Rubles
Obama (A practicing attorney) is worth approx. 12 Million
Putin a civil servant (I he may have driven a taxi for a while) 60,000 million
Can you even imagine what the oligarchs are worth if they gave Putin 60 billion?
You say "Russia is one of the world's most corrupt and bureaucratic countries"
Just because Vladimir Putin (A civil servant his whole adult life) is worth more than 60 Billion (That is 60,000 million)US dollars doesn't mean they are corrupt. Just went without breakfast a few weeks
50% more Chinese Tourists in Bulgaria
Potentially Defective Aluminum was used by All Car Manufacturers in Japan