Ex-minister who offered to subsist on 3,500 rubles has received material assistance for years
Over the past year, Sokolova earned almost 3 million rubles ($45,000).
The dismissed Minister of Labor of the Saratov region, Natalya Sokolova, received financial assistance from the regional treasury for four years, Mediax 64 reports.
Journalists found out that in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, Sokolova received 100,000 rubles ($1,500) of material assistance annually. In addition, over the past year, Sokolova earned about 3 million rubles. Thus, every month an official earned 191,000 rubles ($3,000) a month or 6,290 rubles ($100) daily.
On October 12, the governor of the region Radaev hastily dismissed Sokolova. The decision of dismissal was made the next day after a scandalous video appeared on the network, where an official explains the benefits of living at 3,500 rubles ($50) a month. In particular, Sokolova said that a diet for 3,500 rubles per month is sufficient for "minimal physiological needs." According to officials, with this money, you can afford a diet, but a balanced diet. Therefore, there is no point in raising the cost of living, which is 7241 rubles ($110) in the region.
The minister was offered to try to live on this money herself, but the official said that her status would not allow her to participate in this experiment.