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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Judges Want Raises

MOSCOW -- Russia's judges are underpaid and chronically overworked, Vyacheslav Lebedev, chairman of Russia's Supreme Court, said Thursday.

Lebedev said that for the legal system to function effectively, Russia needs to increase the number of judges by 2 1/2 times. In 1997, 15,000 judges presided over some six million cases. The average Russian judge's wage is from 2 million rubles to 2.5 million rubles (dollars 340 to dollars 425) per month and some 1,000 posts remain vacant.

Lebedev said Thursday that while the 1998 budget was an improvement, it was still not even enough to pay overheads.

In the first six months of 1997, 350 Russian judges were removed from the bench, including 45 for activities that damaged the profession's integrity.