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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Interior Ministry Draft Bill to Bring Pay Rise for Police

The Interior Ministry has drafted a bill that would raise salaries and introduce a standard hierarchy among law enforcement officials, Kommersant reported Tuesday.

The bill calls for 89 billion rubles ($3.5 billion) annually to create and maintain a standard hierarchy of ranks, promotions and salaries for officials in eight ministries and agencies: the Interior Ministry, the Justice Ministry, the Emergency Situations Ministry, the Federal Prison Service, the Federal Drug Control Service, the State Courier Service, the Federal Migration Service and the Federal Customs Service.

The bill would mirror streamlining in the civil services and the military, the report said. It would introduce a standard system of ranks for each ministry or agency, beginning with private and ending in general.

The bill is currently being considered by the federal government, which is to decide whether to send it to the State Duma for consideration, a government source told Kommersant.

A majority of government agencies responsible for signing off on the bill have no strong objections to its content, and the Interior Ministry hopes it will be signed into law by the end of next year, the report said.

The Federal Security Service, Federal Guard Service, Foreign Intelligence Service and Prosecutor General's Office would not be subject to any restructuring under the bill.

Calls to the Interior Ministry's press service went unanswered Tuesday.