Putin Orders Payments for WWII Veterans in Russia and Baltics

(Bloomberg) -- President Vladimir Putin ordered payments to be made to Russian World War II veterans in Russia and the Baltic States as well as to those who were held in Nazi concentration camps.

The one-time payments of 50,000 rubles to 75,000 rubles ($790-$1,200) will also go to the widows or widowers of veterans in Russia as well as Russian citizens in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, according to a Kremlin decree published Friday. Those held in detention as children in camps “created by the fascists and their allies” will get 75,000 rubles, while those held in camps and ghettos as adults will receive 50,000 rubles, it said.

The money will be paid in April and May as part of 75th anniversary commemorations of the 1945 victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War, as WWII is known in Russia.

The Kremlin is preparing for the May 9 Victory Day celebrations in Moscow that will include a traditional military parade on Red Square attended by world leaders. Putin said during his visit to Jerusalem last month that he’s also inviting leaders of the permanent member states of the United Nations Security Council to attend a summit this year. He said in November that it would be the “right step” if U.S. President Donald Trump accepts his invitation to attend the May 9 parade.

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