While Russians are desperately trying to get back their social benefits (that many have lost as a result of the recently implemented law), high-ranking officials and delegates have no trouble enjoying their benefits and even doubling them, reports “Novie Izvestiya”.
As it turns out, substitution of benefits with cash for state officials will take place no sooner than 2007; they will also be entitled to receive monetary compensation in the amount of several thousands USD.
The following are just a few sums scheduled to be paid off to the delegates and state officials: family medical insurance for a high-ranking state official is estimated to be worth 2100 USD per year or 5 000 rubles (150 USD) per month. In addition, to substitute his free vacation, he will be paid 25 000 rubles.
Economist Mikhail Delyagin (who used to be an advisor to Russia's PM Mikhail Kasyanov in 2002-2003) recalls: “When I worked for the government, I could spend my weekends at luxurious recreational facilities for very little money.”
Vacation benefits appear to be one of the main privileges of state officials nowadays. A delegate is fully entitled to spend his weekend at a country sanatorium almost free of charge. He can also spend his vacation traveling at government’s expense.
It is no secret that delegates' pensions often exceed average monthly wages in Russia. Such in a sense discriminatory system was developed on August 16th 1995, during Yeltsin's reign. The law, which was found immediate approval of the president, assured monthly premium benefits to the delegates' pensions.
Delegate of the Arkhangelsk regional council Mikhail Gmyrin stated is his interview to PRAVDA.Ru that the difference of pensions between those who receive their pension due to age and those who receive their monetary donations for state service is grand! An ordinary elderly fellow gets three times less the amount of a specialist of the administration of Arkhangelsk region.
Nowadays, there are 540 000 federal state officials and 1 230 000 regional state officials in Russia. Each department has its own medical clinics, sanatoriums and kindergartens where each delegate and his family members receive free services.
A logical question comes to mind: based on what criteria does a state official who had merely shuffled paperwork for fifteen years, turn out to be way more expensive to the state than an ordinary school teacher, who had spent all her life educating young minds?