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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Trutnev is Cabinet's Top Earner

Natural Resources Minister Yury Trutnev earned the ruble equivalent of $5.2 million last year, the most of any Cabinet member in the country, after he sold a stake in EKS, a group of trading companies he founded.

Trutnev's income declined from $7.9 million in 2005, according to an annual list of ministerial income declarations published Friday on government newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta's web site.

The country's monthly average wage was at 13,810 rubles (about $540) in June, according to the State Statistics Service.

In 2005, Trutnev also received payments for a stake in EKS, which also owns a chain of supermarkets, and reported the highest earnings of any Cabinet members.

Newly-appointed Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov earned the least, about $49,000. Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref, who reported the lowest income of any Cabinet member for 2005, earned $71,500 in 2006, compared with about $45,000 in the previous year.

IT and Communications Minister Leonid Reiman had the second-highest income in the Cabinet, reporting $4.4 million for 2006. His income rose more than tenfold from 2005. Reiman probably sold five apartments, each measuring between 151.5 square meters to 283.7 square meters, the paper said.

Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov's earnings rose 44 percent, to about 2.6 million rubles ($102,000).