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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kirov's Governor Fails to Cut Salary to a Bare $145

An attempt by Kirov Governor Nikita Belykh to slash his monthly salary to $145 and donate the rest to build wheelchair ramps for the disabled has been rejected by local lawmakers and prosecutors.

“The project concerning my salary has been postponed,” Belykh wrote on his LiveJournal blog.

Belykh, a liberal politician who took over the cash-strapped Kirov region in a surprise appointment by President Dmitry Medvedev in 2008, had wanted to stretch the region's budget by cutting his salary to 4,330 rubles ($145) a month. He said he earned 1.45 million rubles ($45,000) in 2009.

Belykh said he would donate most of the savings to build wheelchair ramps in the regional capital, Vyatka.

Local prosecutors and the regional legislature, however, rejected a bill on the wage cut because it violated a local law regulating the work of the governor, Belykh wrote on his blog Tuesday.

Belykh said he would donate his January salary to charity and work to amend the law.