Originally Posted by PaoloOvada
Thank you of your kindness, but I'm surprised that a single Columbia will cost as the entire Borei class just cause of that.
Russia subsidizes domestic energy costs, quite a bit. And given the climate in which Sevmash operates, those are considerable. Keep in mind Russian budget allocations are not made in dollars. Russia has very weak currency, meaning the nominal dollar cost of Borei subs is cheap but the buying power of the roubles spent on them is not adequately reflected by simply converting into dollars. Finally even in buying power, Russia just pays less to their workers.
EDIT: Whoops, typo. To be clear, Russian budget allocations are made in roubles which has buying power disproportionately greater then its exchange rate.