'Is this an appropriate salary?’ United Russia slams decision to raise Yekaterinburg mayor salary by 280%

 'Is this an appropriate salary?’ United Russia slams decision to raise Yekaterinburg mayor salary by 280%
Andrey Turchak

The maximum salary Vyshkinsky can expect is 2 1/2 that of his predecessor, Yevgeny Roizman.

Andrey Turchak, the Secretary of United Russia’s General Council, lashed out at the increased salary of the Yekaterinburg head. He said the outrageous decision should be canceled as soon as possible.

“People... want their deputies to resolve other issues - the most pressing ones associated with the city economy, health care, and employment. Then the city head raises his salary by 40%. The salary without premiums and annual bonuses will be as high as 340.000 rubles ($5.175) for 2019... Is this an appropriate salary? What attitude do we want to deserve?” said Turchak. He also recalled that the average salary in Yekaterinburg was slightly over 50.000 rubles ($760) a month, and the average salary for the region, taking into account the rural areas, is hardly as much as 30.000 rubles ($456).

The Ural head of United Russia, Ivan Kvitka, was told to ensure that the decision of the deputies was overturned. Turchak recalled that the average indexation of incomes of public sector employees was 4%, i.e. the percentage, by which the secretary of the party’s General Council allowed to increase the salary of the Yekaterinburg head and a number of city officials and deputies.

This all started when the deputies of the municipal duma voted for a raise to the new Yekaterinburg head, Alexander Vysokinsky. The maximum amount the mayor could expect was 6.6 million rubles ($91.328) a year. This is 2 1/2 the salary of his predecessor, Yevgeny Roizman, and 100.000 rubles more than the Moscow head, Sergei Sobyanin, made last year.

After a wave of criticism and discontent the decision caused, the deputies and the mayor agreed to hold an extraordinary meeting on December 17 and cancel the raise.

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