At a meeting with deputies of the new Duma, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the country’s main enemy is the low incomes of millions of citizens. Broadcast led RBC edition.
The Russian leader believes that low incomes threaten the stable development of the state. In the next three years, 41.5 trillion rubles are expected to be allocated for social support of citizens, Putin said. He also added that it is necessary to form an integral system of support for families with children.
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The speaker of the State Duma of the eighth convocation Vyacheslav Volodin promised to achieve a significant increase in the incomes of Russian citizens. He stated that the problem in question really exists and should “be at the top of the agenda.”
Volodin recalled the targeted support measures that are already in place and, according to him, also contribute to the fight against poverty. Among the main tasks to be worked on, in addition to improving the well-being of citizens, the speaker also mentioned creating conditions for economic growth, ensuring security and protecting the country’s sovereignty.
In July, Putin instructed the country’s leadership to adjust its poverty reduction targets.
The head of state added that the main blow to the economy and the income of the population has recently been caused by the coronavirus pandemic. He added that over the year, the growth of salaries of Russians in real terms amounted to 3.9 percent.
The Cabinet of Ministers of Russia proposed to increase the minimum wage (minimum wage) by 6.4 percent from January 1, from 12 792 to 13 617 rubles. This is stated in the bill submitted by the government to the State Duma.
The proposed minimum wage will amount to 42 percent of the median wage (32,422 rubles, half of workers in Russia receive more than this salary, half less) in 2020. The increase in wages will affect 2.7 million people, half of whom are employed in state and municipal institutions.
At the same time, Nikolai Arefiev, first deputy chairman of the State Duma committee on economic policy, industry, innovative development and entrepreneurship, called the minimum wage an anachronism and proposed to abandon it. According to him, linking taxation and many administrative fines to the minimum wage does more harm than good.
Experts RIA News named three Russian cities with the highest salaries in the first half of 2021. Experts have calculated the ratio of average wages in the 100 largest cities in Russia and the cost of a fixed consumption set.
Salekhard leads the ranking in terms of the ratio of wages to a fixed set: in the administrative center of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, one average salary (106 thousand rubles) can buy almost five fixed consumer sets. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk took second place in this rating, followed by Moscow, Anadyr, Khanty-Mansiysk, Surgut, St. Petersburg, Magadan, Tyumen and Murmansk.
At the same time, the highest salary in monetary terms was in Anadyr, the capital of Chukotka (129 thousand rubles). However, this amount can buy 4.4 fixed sets of goods and services, so the city took fourth place in the ranking.
According to a survey by the Rabota.ru service, 40 percent of Russian residents agreed to give up one or three days off in order to increase their wages to an average of 100.2 thousand rubles.
Another 13 percent of respondents said they could work four or six extra days a month for a salary of 113,700, and 7 percent are ready to work more than six days off for 117,300.
At the same time, 12 percent of Russians said that they could completely refuse to rest if they were paid 128.7 thousand a month.