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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nemtsov Says Pay Already at Regions

Russia's federal government will finish paying off its debts to public sector workers, including doctors and teachers, on Tuesday in line with a pledge made by President Boris Yeltsin, Itar-Tass reported Monday.

It quoted First Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov as saying the government had already transferred the remaining 370 billion rubles ($62 million) it owes to the regions -- ahead of a year-end deadline set by Yeltsin.

"The government has now discharged all its obligations to the regions and has transferred a total sum of 11.3 trillion rubles," Nemtsov said.

Under a government ruling, Russia's regional authorities are meant to fork out the same sum of money to pay off arrears, which affect millions of public sector workers across the vast federation.

"If any doctor or teacher has not received the money owed to him, this means that the local authorities in the form of the governors are guilty for not carrying out their obligations," it quoted Nemtsov as saying.