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Russian authorities set to save budget funds at bureaucrats' expense

October 30, 2013, 11:19 UTC+3
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The government, together with lawmakers at the State Duma lower house of the Russian parliament, decided to tame bureaucracy's appetite. For the first time starting next year, the authorities are set to cap officials' salaries and the funds for purchasing service cars and office renovation, the pro-government newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta writes.

Officials' salaries henceforth will depend on their performance indicators and tax collection.

The Finance Ministry envisions a cut in the spending on bureaucracy in the budget for 2014-2016. Cuts will be particularly large at the bodies responsible for international relations and cooperation. The authors of the document only make an exception for the government bodies tasked with conducted elections or referenda. Expenditure on such bodies is to increase twofold, from 5.6 billion to 10.1 billion roubles.

The discussion about saving expenditure on officials has been on for a long time. Everybody knows that bureaucracy is overblown and that the slow-going cuts in administrations do little to improve the situation, the newspaper Novye Izvestia points out. The expenditure envisioned by the item titled "nationwide issues" in the federal budget for 2014-2016 has posted a stable increase.

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