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On Monday, the statements of income for 2012 and the acquired property of member of the States Duma and members of the Central Election Commission (CEC) were made public. According to media reports, the officials have not only big money, but also rather non-standard property. Political analysts say that in the summer period when the MPs will report their spending, the number of Duma members who would want to voluntarily resign may increase.
If the declarations of the CEC members fit into the standard for most Russians lifestyle: “wages, apartment, car, house,” then the lawmakers’ style shows sometimes a lot of money and craving for land, the Kommersant daily writes.
The annual revenue of a simple Duma deputy in 2012 was about 2 million roubles. And almost all the leaders of the State Duma, according to the declarations, ended the year modestly, the newspaper notes. Speaker Sergei Naryshkin (United Russia) earned 3.9 million roubles. The leader of the United Russia faction, Vladimir Vasilyev, had an income of 2.5 million roubles. Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov had almost the same income. Head of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) Vladimir Zhirinovsky earned a little more than 2,560,000 roubles. Although in 2011 he had 3,000,000 roubles. A Just Russia leader Sergei Mironov had the most modest earning last year – 1.99 million roubles.
The “richest” top five of the MPs also belong to United Russia. Grigory Anikeyev, who reported income which exceeded 1 billion roubles, is in the lead. Nikolai Bortsov fell a little short of 1 billion roubles in 2012, although in 2011 he earned 1.2 billion roubles. The leader in incomes in 2009–2010 Leonid Simanovsky is now only fourth.
There are millionaires in all factions, including among the communists, the Kommersant daily stresses. In Communist Party faction Sergei Muravlenko had the largest income – 172.9 million roubles. The richest among A Just Russia members is deputy head of the faction Alexei Chepa who earned 239.3 million roubles.
Also, the newspaper writes about the activities of the wives and husbands of some members of United Russia who have turned out to be better off than their spouses. For example, the wife of deputy Duma speaker, Secretary of the General Council of United Russia Sergei Neverov earned 10.5 million roubles last year. He received only 1.9 million roubles.
The Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper indicates that the wife of the LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky this time has not submitted the income declaration. The publication suggests that Zhirinovsky could get a divorce, because his property status has changed noticeably. In 2011, he had, in addition to the MP salary and the GAZ 21 car, nothing, but his wife had 16 plots of land, two houses, three apartments, 8 non-residential buildings and two cars (Smart and Mercedes-Benz S-class). Part of this wealth is currently assigned to Zhirinovsky.
Over the past year, none of the members of parliament who declared in 2011 foreign ownership has sold his overseas property, the RBC daily writes. And some MPs even acquired it. For example, the wife of United Russia member Valery Yazev became the happy owner of a land plot and a house in Cyprus.
In connection with the fact that by July 1 the parliamentarians are required to submit declarations about their spending, Director of the Centre for Political Information Alexei Mukhin, quoted by the Novye Izvestia newspaper, predicts “a new wave of exodus of Duma members, Federation Council members, perhaps members of the executive power branch, and even the staff of the presidential administration. They will give up their seats in anticipation of expulsion. They will use the already tested model of resignation of state officials and MPs from the governing bodies. Because it is better to leave voluntarily than to be ostracised by the colleagues and condemned by society.”