Number of the week: How much did Moscow spend on the Victory Day parade?

This is how much was spent on celebrating the 71st anniversary of victory in World War II on Red Square on May 9.This year's celebrations were more muted than in 2015: There was less hardware and personnel on display. By the end of April, tenders worth 295.7 million rubles ($4.5 million) had been awarded to put on the parade.This figure is three times less than the amount spent on last year's celebrations. The most expensive part was the transportation of troops for the parade.The starting price that the Defense Ministry was willing to pay this year was $2.4 million (158.7 million rubles), though the final cost of the event is not yet known.Another important part of the parade's costs went on cloud seeding, traditionally used on May 9 to ensure good weather. This year, the cost of cloud-seeding operations amounted to $1.4 million (86 million rubles), as was stated in the contract on the procurement website.

This is how much was spent on celebrating the 71st anniversary of victory in World War II on Red Square on May 9.This year's celebrations were more muted than in 2015: There was less hardware and personnel on display. By the end of April, tenders worth 295.7 million rubles ($4.5 million) had been awarded to put on the parade.This figure is three times less than the amount spent on last year's celebrations. The most expensive part was the transportation of troops for the parade.The starting price that the Defense Ministry was willing to pay this year was $2.4 million (158.7 million rubles), though the final cost of the event is not yet known.Another important part of the parade's costs went on cloud seeding, traditionally used on May 9 to ensure good weather. This year, the cost of cloud-seeding operations amounted to $1.4 million (86 million rubles), as was stated in the contract on the procurement website.

Andreu Lyubimov / Moskva Agency
Millions of rubles came out of the defense budget for the annual celebrations

This is how much was spent on celebrating the 71st anniversary of victory in World War II on Red Square on May 9.

This year's celebrations were more muted than in 2015: There was less hardware and personnel on display. By the end of April, tenders worth 295.7 million rubles ($4.5 million) had been awarded to put on the parade.

This figure is three times less than the amount spent on last year's celebrations. The most expensive part was the transportation of troops for the parade.

The starting price that the Defense Ministry was willing to pay this year was $2.4 million (158.7 million rubles), though the final cost of the event is not yet known.

Another important part of the parade's costs went on cloud seeding, traditionally used on May 9 to ensure good weather. This year, the cost of cloud-seeding operations amounted to $1.4 million (86 million rubles), as was stated in the contract on the procurement website.

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