Russian clergy income revealed: up to $15.5k a month
The Russian Orthodox Church makes regular pension and insurance contributions for confessors.
The ROC personnel receives up to a million rubles ($15.5 thousand) a month. According to statistics, their salary is several times higher than the incomes of civil servants. This information is cited by Businessman.ru.
Abbots of Moscow temples get the highest salaries – their wages vary from 100 thousand rubles to a million ($1,554 - 15.5 thousand). A common priest earns from 60 to 80 thousand rubles a month ($932 - 1,243). In the regions, the salary of the ROC servants is from 20 to 200 thousand rubles ($310 - 3,109). A beginner priest has a salary of 35 thousand rubles ($544).
According to the law “On Freedom of Conscience,” a priest cannot be an employee. However, as the journalists found out, the Russian Orthodox Church makes regular pension and insurance contributions for its confessors.