Almost twofold increase in officials’ income is due to Khloponin and Tkachev
Government officials and their families made even less money than in 2016 if we do not take into account the income of the deputy PM and the Minister of Agriculture.
Government officials’ income almost doubled in 2017, according to published tax returns. However, the bulk of the money is split between just two families, namely those of Deputy PM Aleksandr Khloponin and Aleksandr Tkachev.
However, their income level growth was due to one-off factors. Khloponin sold real estate abroad, according to RBC. He and his wide reported not having an 818-m2 house and 8,200-m2 land in Italy anymore. They used to co-own them. The fact they sold them explains why their income level increased 270-fold (2.9 billion rubles or $47.2 million).
As for Tkachev, he was the 'poorest' minister last year (5.6 million rubles or $91,100). In 2017, he made 548.3 million rubles ($8.9 million). His and his wife’s combined income amounted to 586.5 million rubles ($9.5 million). This is 37.5 times more than the year before. “The increase was thanks to payment of dividends for securities he had been given by his mother due to her poor health,” RBC quoted the press service of the Ministry of Agriculture.
Government officials and their families made even less money than in 2016 if you do not factor in the Deputy PM and the Minister of Agriculture. Ministers, deputy PMs, the head of government, and their spouses made 35% less money that the year before. Non-married people were also accounted for. Government officials made the total of 2.4 billion rubles ($39 million) in 2016 and 1.57 billion rubles ($25.5 million) in 2017.
Let us compare this numbers to the statistics for income of regular Russian citizens. When accounted for salaries, pensions, welfare, entrepreneurial profit, their income increased by 2.4%. Speaking purely of salaries, there was a 7.2% increase. The average income per capita amounted to 31,500 rubles ($512) a month; the average salary to 39,000 ($634); the average pension to 13,300 ($216).
Lawyers of Oleg Korshunov, who is charged with a large fraud in organizing the production of footwear for prisoners, do not see corpus delicti in his case. The prisoners did get their shoes, and the difference in the cost of footwear made from leather and split leather is about 10%.