Living up to income – list of earnings for state officials, lawmakers, their wives
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stated that he was unwilling "to drain the country dry" and urged officials not to "promise mountains of gold" in the form of increase in pensions and salaries. At the same time, ordinary Russians are asking legitimate questions about the income of civil servants in such a difficult moment for the country. Recent scandals with prominent officials serve only to heat this curiosity. In particular, we are talking about the sensational story about the apartment of Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, which cost 500 million rubles (31 million times greater than his stated income for the previous year), as well as about a dozen of apartments in a Stalinist-style skyscraper, which belong to the First Deputy Chairman Igor Shuvalov. So, how much do these officials cost the Russian budget, if there is no money left for the elderly? We will be speaking about the personal income of each senior federal bureaucrat, one by one.
Today, the State Duma members are the richest of the officials and lawmakers in Russia. To put this in perspective, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s declared income in 2015 was 8.89 million rubles, while the chairman of the government Dmitry Medvedev earned 8.76 million rubles.
Member of the Federation Council from the Kamchatsky Region
Official income: 1 billion rubles
Income of spouse: 7.8 million rubles
Real estate: 648 sq.m. (2 apartments, 5 garages)
Vehicles: Bentley Arnage, GAZ 21, Porsche Cayenne, Ferrari F430
Note: in comparison with the year 2014, the income of the official has increased by 641.4 million rubles. Ponomarev is a shareholder of Interprombank and co-owner of Okeanrybflot, one of the largest fishing enterprises in Kamchatka.
Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Budget and Taxes
Party: United Russia
Official income: 907.6 million rubles
Income of spouse: 31 million rubles
Real estate: 3854.8 sq.m. (2 plots of land, 3 houses, 3 apartments, 2 garages), the spouse personally owns a summer house in Cyprus
Vehicles: two Mercedes-Benz S-Class cars, small vessel Buster L
Note: in comparison with the year 2014, the income of the official has increased by 553.9 million rubles. Prior to his election to the State Duma, Simanovsky was chairman of the board of directors of Novatek. According to Forbes, his fortune is $ 950 million.
Member of the State Duma Committee on Land Relations and Construction
Party: United Russia
Official income: 799.1 million rubles
Real estate: 26 thousand sq.m. (3 plots of land, 2 houses, 1.5 apartments, 5 garages)
Vehicles: VAZ-LADA 213100 4x4, two Mercedes-Benz S-Class cars, tractor BELARUS-82.1, UAZ Patriot / 3163
Note: in comparison with the year 2014, the income of the official has increased by 377.8 million rubles. According to Forbes, his fortune is $ 55 million.
Member of the State Duma Committee on Civil, Criminal, Arbitration and Procedural Law
Party: United Russia
Official income: 745.1 million rubles
Real estate: 801.38 sq.m. (1 plot of land, 2.6 apartments)
Note: in comparison with the year 2014, the income of the official has increased by 741.4 million rubles. The children also earn money for the family: last year, the first earned 14.7 thousand rubles, and the second - 1 ruble 11 kopecks. According to Forbes, Skorobogatko is a shareholder of the private investor for the Sheremetyevo airport, TPS Avia Holding Ltd. Holds 40th place among the richest Russians with a fortune of $ 2.3 billion. "Two leopards, a lion, two crocodiles, four buffalos and more than ten antelopes - a great result of a 14-day hunting!" Forbes quotes Skorobogatko as saying during the holiday in Tanzania, from a post on the site of one of Moscow hunting clubs.
Curator of the Open Government, a minister without portfolio
Official income: 455.5 million rubles
Income of spouse: 678 thousand rubles.
Real estate: 7324 sq.m. (2 plots of land, 2 houses, 3 apartments)
Vehicles: a Mercedes-Benz S-Class car, 4 bikes (Harley Davidson FLSTN, Ducati, Yamaha YZF-R1, Ducati 1199 Panigaler), a ROBINSON44 CLIPPER II helicopter, a snowmobile Yamaha SXV70VT
Note: the spouse owns a residential house in the UK.
Deputy Prime Minister
Official income: 153.8 million rubles
Income of spouse: 843 thousand rubles.
Real estate: 4281 sq.m. (1 plot of land, 2 houses, 1 technical structure)
Vehicles: 4 cars (BMW X6, Nissan Patrol, Porsche Cayenne, "Mercedes-Benz ML 350), ATV Polaris, a snowmobile Bombardier INC
Note: in the 1990s, Trutnev with the former governor of the Perm Region Oleg Chirkunov engaged in business in the wholesale trade, which later grew into the EKS Management Company (trade network SemYA, development). After becoming a civil servant, he sold his shares in installments.
The poorest of the Russian ministers is Nikolay Nikiforov (Ministry of Communications and Mass Media), who earned 5.8 million rubles last year.
Judging by the scandalous information provided by Transparency International and the Anti-Corruption Foundation of Alexey Navalny regarding the volume and value of the property that belongs to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and Deputy Chairman Igor Shuvalov, these officials could also take the top spots. However, according to official data, their revenues amounted to only 7.2 million rubles and 97 million rubles respectively. However, taking into account the revenues of his wife (92.4 million rubles), the Shuvalovs rank second in their overall family income among the members of the cabinet.
So, who else among the Russian officials got lucky with his spouse? Next we have a rating of the richest wives of lawmakers.
The spouse of the State Duma member Alexander Kretov
Official’s income: 415.3 million rubles
Income of spouse: 333.4 million rubles
Note: in comparison with the year 2014, the official’s income increased by 361.5 million rubles, his wife’s – by 283.7 million rubles. Elena is the daughter of a businessman Alexander Aristov, co-owner of Chelyabinsk Electrometallurgical Plant.
The spouse of the State Duma member Valery Gartung
Official’s income: 18.3 million rubles
Income of spouse: 244.1 million rubles
Note: in comparison with the year 2014, while the official’s income fell by almost 1 million rubles, the income of his wife increased by as much as 193.6 million rubles. In addition to the shared property of 11.1 thousand sq. m., Marina owns an apartment in Switzerland of 190 sq.m.
The spouse of the State Duma member Alexander Nekrasov
Official’s income: 5.6 million rubles
Income of spouse: 206.5 million rubles
Note: in comparison with the year 2014, the official’s income fell by almost 419 million rubles, and his wife’s - by 229.4 million rubles. Elena owns six apartments and 11 non-residential premises.
The spouse of the State Duma member Sergey Petrov
Official’s income: 72.050 million rubles
Income of spouse: 189.9 million rubles
Note: in comparison with the year 2014, the official’s income rose by 68 million rubles, and his wife’s - by 158 million rubles. Irina owns a plot of land for individual construction in the United States.
The spouse of the State Duma member Sergey Muravlenko
Official’s income: 402.2 million rubles
Income of spouse: 163.6 million rubles
Note: in comparison with the year 2014, the official’s income grew by only 300 thousand rubles, while his wife’s - by 139 million rubles. The declared shared property includes a 57 Maybach, a Porsche Cayenne S, and two Mercedes-Benz cars. By the way, Sergey Muravlenko is a former president and chairman of the board of the Yukos Company. He became a shareholder after privatization and once the company fell under control of the Menatep Group of Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
This year, the wife of the State Duma member Sergey Weinstein, Ekaterina, disappeared from the list of the best. In 2014, Ekaterina’s income from assets that her husband had transferred to her before the election for parliament, was 598.4 million rubles. But in 2015, she earned only 12.9 million rubles.
But not only the State Duma members can boast of having prosperous spouses. For instance, the wife of the Secretary of the Security Council Nikolay Patrushev earned 284.2 million rubles in the last year. The spouses of Deputy Prime Ministers Arkady Dvorkovich and Sergey Prikhodko also declared decent incomes - 141.1 and 132.6 million rubles respectively. Finally, the former figure skater and currently the wife of the President's press secretary Dmitry Peskov, Tatyana Navka, earned 89 million rubles. Navka owns 2 plots of land, a house and four apartments, one of which is in the United States.
At the same time, some of the officials could unjustly lose their places in this rating. For instance, from 2011 to 2016, 102 of 450 Duma members divorced. It is impossible to check the assets of the former spouses, as well as if the divorces were real.
However, the salaries of the federal officials listed above pale in comparison with those of their colleagues in the regions. To put this in perspective, a member of the Ulan-Ude City Council Indira Shagdarova declared 13.5 billion rubles of income in 2015, and a member of the Legislative Assembly of the Primorsky Region Galust Ahoyan declared 3.1 billion rubles.
Let us take a look at this from another angle - according to Rosstat, the average salary in Russia in 2015 amounted to 33.5 thousand rubles per month, and about 62.8 thousand rubles in Moscow.
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