Need a mansion, shooting range, or even a whole town?

Canai

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7291540.stm

The Russian army is set to raise money by auctioning off some of the property it owns, according to reports in the Russian press.

Newspapers in Moscow say the auction will include mansions, unoccupied land, and even whole towns.

The purpose of the sell-off is to raise money to build much-needed modern housing for army officers.

No fewer than 122,400 military families are said to be waiting for self-contained accommodation.

Some have been on waiting lists for years.

Under the hammer

The daily paper Izvestia says more than 20 properties near Moscow, St Petersburg, Kalininigrad and Vladivostock will be up for grabs in the first auction, on 8 April.

Going under the hammer will be "fabulous mansions and guest houses, dilapidated garrison towns, unused shooting ranges and vast tracts of neglected land, on which no human has set foot for years".

The property owned by the army is extensive, and its total value has been estimated at 300 billion roubles (£6bn).

But there is less need for garrison towns, now that army numbers have dropped from four million men to 1.1 million in recent years.

Military spending, though, is on the increase, with this year's total expenditure of £35bn set to rise by a quarter in the next two years.

President-elect Dmitry Medvedev has identified the improvement of housing as one of his four "national projects".

One army officer, who refused to give his name, responded to the auction plan by saying: "I didn't know the army had anything left to sell. I thought it had all been stolen long ago."

I had to :laugh: at the quote from the officer at the end.

But seriously, I wish I had a bunch of money... I wouldn't mind owning my own piece of dilapidated Russia.
 

T9D

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I'd love to pick up some property. I bet for very little $ I could be like royalty over there.
 

senseamp

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Originally posted by: v1001
I'd love to pick up some property. I bet for very little $ I could be like royalty over there.

You would outside Moscow and St Petersburg. If you go to Moscow in a Benz, you'll get laughed at for not having a Bentley :p
 

Canai

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The whole 'vast tracts of neglected land, on which no human has set foot for years' sounds like it might be a good deal. I wonder if they will be selling off any old missile silos.