Retired Officers Costing the State $60M a Month
- The Moscow Times
- Jun. 17 2013 00:00
- Last edited 17:07
TheáDefense Ministry is paying 2 billion rubles ($60 million) everyámonth toá45,400 current and retired military personnel because they cannot be fired without being provided with accommodation, Izvestia reported Friday.
Between 2010 andá2012 there was no internal control ofáthe legality and efficiency ofáspending atáthe ministry, anáAudit Chamber investigation concluded. Over theálast three years, theáfailure toáprovide timely living quarters has consumed more than 66 billion rubles.
Ofáthe 45,400 former servicemen receiving funds, 34,300 are still technically employed byáthe armed forces. Despite fulfilling no function, theáarmed forces cannot fire them without theáprovision ofáliving space.
Theálaw obliges theáDefense Ministry toáprovide accommodation toámembers ofáthe armed forces who have served longer than 10 years. Atáthe start ofáthis year, 57,000 officers were waiting foráaccommodation, Gazeta.ru reported. Aáyear earlier, theánumber was 82,000.
While huge resources are spent onáthe acquisition andáconstruction ofáapartments, theáministry remains unable toáreduce the list of those waiting. Servicemen often refuse what they are offered, complaining ofápoorly situated accommodation, often far fromátheir place of service andábadly integrated intoáthe local infrastructure. Comparatively miserly cash compensation is another source ofádissatisfaction, theáreport said.