It’s not even enough to buy a decent apartment over here in Bratislava, Slovakia (not exactly the most affluent country). 11,4 million Ruble * or 102,436.92 euro. Because of the economic sanctions the value of that sum may drop substantially in the weeks to come.

The average salary in Russia is about 200 euro a month. So for losing your child – perhaps the worst pain a human can experience – you get about 50 times a monthly salary. Families who lose a son will also get a monthly bonus of an unspecified amount.

Nothing can replace the loss of human life. I don’t know any parent who would be comforted in any way by any sum of money.

* Some newspapers report 7.4 million and some add another 4 million