MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Monday accepted larger salaries for regulation enforcement and army personnel forward of a parliamentary vote, one among many measures critics say is designed to spice up help for the ruling social gathering.
The measure, which indexes their compensation to a determine above inflation, comes days earlier than Russians head to the polls on Sept. 17-19 for an election which the ruling United Russia social gathering is predicted to dominate regardless of a hunch in its scores attributable to declining dwelling requirements.
Putin’s order, revealed on the Kremlin’s web site, mentioned the salaries of army and regulation enforcement personnel can be adjusted to a determine larger than inflation in 2022 and 2023.
The enhance, the exact particulars of which weren’t disclosed within the order, is predicated on pledges made by Putin at a United Russia meeting in August.
Inflation in Russia final month stood at 6.7%, effectively above the central financial institution’s 4% goal.
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Putin final month additionally accepted one-off funds of 15,000 roubles ($200) every to fireplace fighters, cops, prosecutors and troopers, amongst others, a transfer the Kremlin mentioned was designed to safeguard the social wants of these receiving them.
He has additionally pledged related funds to pensioners, lots of whom have been affected by rising meals rises and inflation.
Kremlin critics say such measures quantity to focused bribes of key voter teams upon whom Putin depends to stay in energy. The Kremlin denies the funds are in any method related with the elections.
Putin has been in energy as both president or prime minister since 1999. He helped discovered the ruling United Russia social gathering, although he’s not a member.
(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Andrew Osborn)
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