Putin and Prime Minister cut their salaries by 10%

Salaries of the Prosecutor General, the head of the Investigative Committee, the Presidential Administration and the Audit Chamber staff will also be reduced

The Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree stipulating a 10% cut of the remuneration of the President, the Prime Minister, a number of state officials, the Prosecutor General and the head of the Investigative Committee from March 1 to December 31.

This decree will also reduce monthly and quarterly rewards, the press service of the Kremlin reports.

In addition, salaries of the Presidential Administration and the Audit Chamber staff will be cut by 10% from May 1 to December 31, 2015.

The decree comes into force from the date of its signing.

The President's spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has also said that if the crisis worsens, the salaries may be cut further.

"These are only temporary measures caused by the current economic situation. If conditions don`t change significantly, this period will be extended, if they don`t improve, there will be no reasons to extend it," said Peskov to the radio station "Govorit Moskva" ("Moscow Speaking") on Friday.

10% salary cut for everybody

Earlier, the upper house of parliament had agreed to cut wages by 10%, said Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Rules Vadim Tulpanov.

"It's about 10% reduction of the salaries of our house members. Based on the fact that the Federation Council reduces its overall costs by this percent, thus the salary of the senators should be reduced by the same percent," explained Tulpanov.

He added that due to the economic situation the Federation Council had also reduced transport costs and business travel expenses by 10% and had decided not to buy new office equipment.

The State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin also reported that he would request President Vladimir Putin to cut the deputies` salaries due to the federal budget adjustment for 2015. However, his proposal wasn`t supported by all the parliament members.

"There are four factions in the Duma, but there are usually more than four opinions. Unanimous support is hardly possible. But the overwhelming majority was very understanding and supported me. In today's situation it is necessary to reduce administrative costs," said Naryshkin.

Vitaly Churov, the head of the Central Election Commission, promised to cut salaries of the CEC staff, if the deputies` salaries were cut by 10%.

"Our salaries are tied to the deputies` salaries - it is regulated by the same decree. If there are cuts in other state bodies, we will also have cuts, but the presidential decree will regulated this. The salaries of the CEC staff depend on the level of salaries of the State Duma and the Federation Council members," said Churov to the radio station "Russkaya sluzhba novostey" ("Russian news service").

He noted that the salaries of the deputies and the CEC employees are the same.

Situation in regions

Due to the crisis, the regions also reported on their plans to downsize civil servants by 5-20% or to cut their remuneration.

The authorities of 32 Russian subjects announced their intention to downsize the number of civil servants. The majority of the regional administrations plan to cut their staff by 5-10%. 52 regions don`t plan to cut down the staff, but intend to reduce the personnel maintenance costs.

Who else will be affected by salary cuts

In February the "United Russia" party also proposed to reduce salaries of top managers, reported Deputy Secretary of the General Council of the Party, Deputy Speaker of the State Duma Andrey Isayev.

He drew attention to the fact that the gap between the minimum salary in Russia and salaries of top managers in state corporations is "unbridgeable".

"We find this situation is abnormal. And we should take advantage of the crisis to restore equitable distribution of income characteristic of a civilized social market economy in which such gaps are impossible," concluded Isayev.

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