Russia’s Labour and Social Protection Ministry decreed that as of January 1, 2013, heads of state-run and municipal institutions in Russia should declare their incomes and property. Moreover, this concerns their close relatives. The relevant amendments are being submitted to the Labour Code and the anti-corruption law.
“The draft law is targeted at securing transparency of wages of budget-financed organizations’ heads,” the Labour Ministry said. Under the draft law heads of state-run and municipal institutions of all levels should declare their incomes and property obligations every year no later than on April 30. They also should declare incomes and property of their wives or husbands and underage children.
“If such information is not provided in time or deliberately false or not full information is provided, a head of an institution will face disciplinary responsibility, including resignation,” the ministry said.
The ministry recalled that the draft law was developed in compliance with the president’s decree of May 7, 2012, on the measures to implement a state social policy, the Kommersant business daily reported. According to the latest estimates of the Russian statistics service (Rosstat), wages of state-run and municipal institutions’ chiefs are on the average three times higher than those of their employees. For instance, in 2011 an average wage of a Russian university rector totaled 200,000 roubles (one dollar is equal to approximately 32 roubles), while that of a teacher 8.5 times less – 23,000 roubles.
However, experts interviewed by Rossiyskaya Gazeta warned that it would be not easy to translate into reality the idea of declaring state employees’ revenues. “There is a huge number of state-financed organizations, dozens of thousands of schools, hospitals and museums in Russia,” the head of INDEM Foundation (Information Science for Democracy), Georgy Satarov, said. “Just imagine who and how will re-check the information about incomes and property of state employees? For introducing this additional control function it will be necessary to strongly enlarge a number of civil servants or to increase their wages.”
The director of the department of strategic analysis of the company FBK, Igor Nikolayev, responded that even if the control fails to encompass all chiefs of state-run institutions, selective inspections of even 10 percent of directors and the chance to be caught red handed will serve as a restraining factor for others.