President Putin supported the idea of granting the citizens of the besieged Sevastopol the status of war veterans.

Путин поддержал идею присвоить жителям осаждённого Севастополя статус ветеранов

According to Acting Governor Mikhail Razvozhayev, nowadays, 1,217 citizens of the then-besieged Sevastopol currently reside in the city and receive regional welfare subsidies.

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed the initiative of Acting Governor Mikhail Razvozhayev to grant the citizens of the besieged Sevastopol the status of veterans of the Great Patriotic War.

"These people stayed in the actually besieged city during the heroic defense of Sevastopol between October 30, 1941, and July 4, 1942. They had to work in mine tunnels and basements, they bandaged the wounded soldiers. <...> The very understanding that the inhabitants of the besieged Sevastopol are considered veterans of the Great Patriotic War is very important for these people. I meet them almost every day, they once approached me to ask for your support for this initiative," said Razvozhayev during his meeting with the Russian leader in Sevastopol.

The president supported the initiative. "Good," Putin said.

According to Razvozhayev, nowadays, 1,217 citizens of the then-besieged Sevastopol currently reside in the city and receive regional welfare subsidies. "Financially, the issue is rather insignificant. And it is not the money that people are worried about. About RUB 100 million need to be allocated to the initiative as a one-off payment to compensate for everything specified in the Veterans Federal Law. And then regular allocations will amount to about RUB 50 million. We will cover the major share of these subsidies by employing regional resources," said the Acting Governor.

Source: TASS