“The country is in shit and so am I.” Deputy declarations reveal billionaires and beggars 

 “The country is in shit and so am I.” Deputy declarations reveal billionaires and beggars

The legislatures of Perm, Rostov, Sverdlovsk, Nizhny Novgorod and Bashkiria have yet to publish their income reports.

After analyzing the income declarations of 4 thousand deputies of regional legislatures from 80 regions, RBC revealed 6 billionaires. Pavel Antov, chairman of the Agrarian Policy Committee of the Vladimir legislature is said to be the richest official with an income of 9.97 billion rubles ($154.2m). He juggles his legislative activity with a sausage business. Antov is the vice president of the Vladimir Standard Group of Companies. He was not a regional deputy until 2018 and immediately topped the ranking of the richest parliamentarians.

депутат Владимирского Заксобрания Павел Антов

Deputy Antov of Vladimir

Last year’s leader is at No. 2 now - Deputy Chairman of the Chelyabinsk Legislature, Konstantin Strukov with an income of 4.46 billion rubles ($69m). He runs gold mining company UGK Upravlyayushchaya Kompaniya and his income has grown by about 1 billion rubles since his last year’s declaration.

At No. 3 is Sergei Gusev, Deputy Chairman of the Economics Committee of the Belgorod Duma with an income that is now 2.83 billion rubles ($43.8m), 10 times that of 2018. He is one of the owners of several companies of confectionery manufacturer Slavyanka Group.

The richest deputies list also features First Deputy Chairman of the Magadan Regional Duma Alexander Basansky (1.88 billion rubles or $29m), deputy of the Kurgan Regional Duma Dmitry Iltyakov (1.64 billion or $25.4m) and representative of the Kamchatka legislature Igor Yevtushok (1.63 billion or $25.3m).

Sergei Trusha declared an income of 3 kopecks ($0,0046) and became the poorest deputy. The LDPR representative of the Amur legislature had this to say about the situation in an emotional YouTube message, “The country is in shit and so am I.” According to the man, his business no longer brings income.

The other 49 parliamentarians, judging by their declarations, live below the poverty line. Among them are 11 Dagestanis, ten deputies of North Ossetia and three representatives of Khakassia.

Meanwhile, 11 regional deputies said they had zero income. They are representatives of North Ossetia-Alania, Belgorod, Kursk, Omsk, Oryol, Tomsk, Ulyanovsk, Kamchatka and Yakutia. According to the deputy director of Transparency International Russia, Ilya Shumanov, they are either declared bankrupts or people with large debts or alimony payers. “They don’t want to disclose their official income,” said Shumanov.

The legislatures of Perm, Rostov, Sverdlovsk, Nizhny Novgorod and Bashkiria have yet to publish their income reports.

 

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