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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nemtsov Threatens Perks

First they lost their foreign cars. Now Russian government officials may be losing the rest of their perks.

Boris Nemtsov, one of President Boris Yeltsin's new top aides, said Saturday that he intended to cut off fringe benefits to government workers, Itar-Tass reported.

"What makes a tax inspector ... better than other Russians?'' Nemtsov asked in an interview with the news agency. He said benefits such as transportation and housing allowances should be cut for all but "the most ill and distinguished.''

Nemtsov, a reformer who is one of two new top deputies to Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, announced the day he was appointed that he intended to stop government workers from driving foreign-made cars. Last week, Yeltsin ordered the foreign car ban to take effect April 1.

The policies seem aimed at easing public resentment of government officials, many of whom have maintained relatively comfortable lives while ordinary Russians have suffered from the country's economic problems.

Nemtsov also said he planned to revise the state pension fund by doubling individual pension deductions and slightly shaving corporate contributions. He said the new formula would bring stability to the fund.