This is coolbert:
From The Moscow Times an interesting item.
"Russia's Arctic Soldiers May Be Rewarded With Free Homes in Crimea"
"Russian soldiers who serve in the rough and inhospitable Arctic could be compensated by the state with real estate in Crimea, or other desirable locations in southern Russia, a Defense Ministry official said Thursday."
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"in the last two years, over 2,000 servicemen from the Northern Fleet — upon which Russia's new Arctic command is being built — have been provided with housing in central and southern Russia."
Crimea has always [?] been a popular destination for vacation and retirement among Soviet/Russian military.
DUTY DURING THE SOVIET ERA IN THE ARCTIC AS DEFINED EXCEPTIONALLY RIGOROUS AND EVEN DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH.
SUBMARINERS IT IS REPUTED AFTER SIX MONTHS OF DUTY WHILE ON ARCTIC STATION SO GREAT WAS THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STRESS THEN REQUIRING SIX MONTHS OF REST AND REHABILITATION LOUNGING ON A BEACH IN THE CRIMEA, LISTENING TO RECORDINGS OF BIRDS SINGING!!