Rebel authorities in eastern Ukraine start paying pensions in Russian rubles

April 1, 2015 2:26 PM

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DONETSK, Ukraine – Russia-backed rebel authorities in eastern Ukraine have started paying pensions in Russian rubles.

Yekaterina Matyushchenko, the finance minister in the Donetsk region's separatist government, said Wednesday that pension payments for March will total 1.9 billion rubles (over $30 million). She claimed that the money came from taxes paid by local businesses.

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