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MOSCOW, January 10. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s populist lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky welcomed new government’s decree allowing state officials to buy out expensive gifts they receive, but added that all kinds of gifts, including flowers, ought to be banned.
In line with the Russian legislation, officials of all state levels are banned from receiving gifts worth over 3,000 rubles (some $90), but the government ruled on Friday that if officials receive such gifts they will be able to buy them out within a two-month period.
The outspoken politician said he never accepted gifts and even a sign on the door of his office in the government reads “No gifts, no hugs, no kisses, no handshakes.”
The new rules oblige all officials to turn in all gifts they receive during official ceremonies and foreign trips for cost evaluation. If the estimated cost exceeds the sum of 3,000 rubles it becomes the property of the Russian government, but an official has now an opportunity to buy out his gift.
In cases, when an expensive gift was not bought out within two months it remains with the government or, if considered useless, may be auctioned off, donated or disposed of.
The new regulations, which are part of Russia’s ongoing campaign against corruption, also apply to officials working in the Central Bank of Russia, the Pension Fund, scientific and educational state establishments as well as state corporations and Russia’s energy giant Gazprom.