State Duma saving money after deputies developed a taste for absenteeism
Yet, no parliamentarian was fined for missing the meetings in 2016.
The State Duma began to save on the salary of deputies, as they are getting used to take unpaid days off. Tamara Pletneva, chairperson of the committee on family, women and children stated this at a meeting, Interfax reported.
"I don’t know how they do it. How do they manage to make a living?" she said. Pletneva also announced that the State Duma "will become very economical as regards all kinds of trips abroad, the number of travelling deputies will also be limited."
In November 2016, the State Duma imposed fines of 1/6 of the salary (about 60,000 rubles or $1,000) the deputies have to pay if they missed a plenary session. One of the sponsors of the amendments specified that the fines would go to the State Duma budget.
Yet, no State Duma deputy was fined for absenteeism in 2016, RIA Novosti wrote quoting Olga Savastianova, the chairperson of Duma committee on regulations. “No one was fined as all those who were absent had documents to confirm [a valid excuse for the absence]."
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