Saratov deputy went on 3,500-ruble diet proposed by millionaire official
Earlier, Natalia Sokolova argued with Nikolai Bondarenko, a member of the Saratov Regional Duma, that 3,500 rubles ($50) is quite enough “for minimal physiological needs”.
Next week, deputy of the parliament of the Saratov region Nikolay Bondarenko goes on a diet proposed by the scandalous ex-minister of the Ministry of Employment, Labor and Migration of the region Natalia Sokolova, TASS reports.
Bondarenko said that he would ask the representatives of the Ministry of Employment, Labor, and Migration the appropriate menu at a meeting in the regional council next week, and as soon as it is provided, he will immediately start this diet. At the same time, Bondarenko expressed confidence that he really intends to decrease his monthly expenses to the amount offered by the scandalous official to non-working pensioners.
It is worth noting that the scandal, which resulted in Natalia Sokolova's dismissal, started exactly with her dispute with Nikolai Bondarenko, a deputy of the Saratov Regional Duma, that 3,500 rubles were quite enough “for minimal physiological needs.”
Sokolova said that this money should be enough, "if you make up a balanced, but dietary menu." The deputy suggested that the minister check this diet herself, to which Sokolova replied that she was not ready for such an experiment, since "the status of the minister will not allow this." The official herself received 191,000 rubles ($3,000) a month, earning 3 million rubles ($45,000) over the past year.
The next day after the video appeared in the media, where the official explains the benefits of living on 3.5 thousand rubles a month, the head of the region, Valery Radaev, dismissed Sokolova.