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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yeltsin Raises Monthly Salary For Himself, Cabinet, Typists


President Boris Yeltsin has raised the salaries of top officials, increasing his own income to 10 million rubles ($1,700) a month, the newspaper Pravda reported Thursday.

The salary hikes are being approved at a time when millions of Russian workers and pensioners haven't been paid in months and the government is facing a massive budget shortfall.

The presidential press service confirmed that a salary decree had been issued but would not confirm the specific figures reported by Pravda.

In a statement, the press service said the salaries were being raised in accordance with existing regulations "based on level of qualification, special conditions of state service, time served and performance-related bonuses."

The decree, signed earlier this month, hiked Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin's monthly salary to 8 million rubles, Pravda reported.

The report did not say by how much the salaries were increased.

The government press service issued a statement earlier this month, however, saying Chernomyrdin's regular monthly salary amounted to about 4 million rubles.

That report was released in response to an article in the French daily newspaper Le Monde, and also reprinted in the Russian daily Izvestia, that the prime minister had amassed a fortune of $5 billion. Chernomyrdin and the government vehemently denied the claim.

Under the new decree, Pravda reported, Cabinet ministers will earn 6 million rubles and Yeltsin's typists will earn 4.2 million rubles per month.

While the pay for top Russian officials is low by international standards, they traditionally receive a wide range of benefits not reflected in their salaries. ()