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MOSCOW, April 26 (Itar-Tass) — People in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia on Thursday are remembering the Chernobyl NPP disaster. The worst nuclear power plant emergency took place 26 years ago.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich will visit the NPP. He will attend the ceremony of the launch of the construction of a new shelter over the sarcophagus containment structure. The funds for the construction of the facility were raised last April at the Chernobyl Donor Conference in Kiev. The project cost is estimated at 935 million euro. The new shelter that will be more than 100 metres high is to be built by 2016.
MONEY IN EXCHANGE FOR BENEFITS
Russian officials will be paid more, but stripped of privileges.
In the coming three months, the proposals on the scheme of the replacement of the in-kind benefits for the RF officials with monetary compensation will be submitted to the country’s leadership, press secretary of the RF presidential property department Viktor Khrekov told Rosiiskaya Gazeta.
Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Wednesday that the idea’s implementation can be started in 2013 within the three-year budget cycle.
LIVING BEYOND MEANS
Russian regions’ debts have reached 1.38 trillion roubles.
The regions continue to accumulate debts. According to the Independent Institute of Social Policy, over the past year their volume has increased by 9 percent, and reached 1.38 trillion roubles as of March 1, 2012.
The situation is aggravated by the fact that in 2012 RF subjects will have to repay the better part of the debts on budget loans taken during the crisis. Senior analyst of the Regional and Municipal Finance department of Standard & Poor’s Alexandra Balod told Rossiiskaya Gazeta that this makes nothing more or less than 133 billion roubles.