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Russia’s Secret Spending Hides Over $110 Billion in 2023 Budget

A train rides under a bridge with a Stalin-era skyscraper in Moscow.

A train rides under a bridge with a Stalin-era skyscraper in Moscow.

Photographer: Kirill Kudryavstev/AFP/Getty Images

Russia will hide the purpose of almost a quarter of its planned spending next year, as it redraws the budget for a longer war in Ukraine and prepares to annex parts of its neighbor’s territory.

A draft budget for 2023 allocates approximately 6.5 trillion rubles ($112 billion) in classified or unspecified outlays, according to Bloomberg calculations based on the document. In total, expenditure is planned at 29 trillion rubles.