How much does it cost to see Putin? Ex-Mayor reveals details
According to the official, to participate in presidential conference on problems of the Arctic the heads of the cities should have paid 150 thousand rubles. Each.
Former Mayor of Vorkuta member of the Public Chamber and president of the Union of the cities of the Polar Region Igor Shpektor told Nezavisimaya Gazeta about how “the special structure earns money” on access to Vladimir Putin. For example, officials, in particular mayors of the Russian cities invited to participation in a meeting with the president on problems of the Arctic, are demanded to pay 150 thousand rubles.
“You want us to pay 150 thousand rubles to see Vladimir Putin?”, Shpektor retells the conversation with officials of the Ministry of Economic Development. “In reply I was told that it is possible to pay only 100 thousand, but then you will not see Putin as you will not be let on a plenary session”, the president of the Union of the cities of the Polar Region claims.
The Ministry of Economic Development, which will organize the above-mentioned meeting, denies the information on requisitions. According to spokesman of department Elena Lashkina, any order on 150 thousand does not exist. Moreover, participation of all mayors in a congress of the Union of the Arctic cities of the Russian Federation was not supposed to happen.