Deputies allowed to use airports' VIP-halls at budget's cost again
Earlier, the Ministry of Finance estimated the annual costs of visiting business lounges at 100 million rubles.
In 2017 deputies of the State Duma will be free to use the halls of official delegations at Russian airports. The member of the State Duma Committee on Rules Vladimir Pozdnyakov told Interfax that the deputies would be able to use VIP-halls in the mission and during regional weeks. Note that during these weeks (once a month) parliamentarians visited region, from which they were elected to the Lower House of Parliament.
As previously RBC reported the idea to return MPs’ access to the halls of official delegations was proposed by the new Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin. Funding for services will be sought from the wage fund of Deputies, in particular, at time off’s cost.
Since 2014 MPs were banned to use the business facilities at Russian airports for the budget funds. Benefits were maintained only when traveling abroad, in Russia deputies had to pay for comfortable waiting out-of-pocket. The Ministry of Finance reported that before the ban the annual cost of deputies’ attendance at such halls stood in 100 million rubles.
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