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MOSCOW, December 6 (Itar-Tass) — Beginnign in 2013, The government of the Russian Federation will begin a 5.5 percent increase in compensations and other payments to persons who were exposed to the effects of radiation because of the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power station, the breakdown at the Mayak production association in 1957, the aftermath of the discharge of radioactive waste into the Techa river and those suffering from the aftermath of nuclear tests at the Semipalatinsk test site. A respective decision has been posted on the website of the Cabinet of Ministers.
A government press service official has explained that according to the current legislation, these payments are annually adjusted for the inflation index fixed by the Federal law on Federal budget for a regular fiscal year.
Supplements to the government's decision determine specific amounts of monthly, annual, and lump-sum payments, effective from January 1, 2013, to persons exposed to radiation. A monthly monetary compensation for the injury inflicted on the health of people during the Chernobyl disaster and in the ensuing process of eliminating its aftermath is set to amount to about 14,700 roubles for people with the first degree of disability, 7,300 roubles for people of second-degree disability status and 2,900 roubles for those with the third degree of disablement.