President of Russia Vladimir Putin approved on Monday the increase in the salaries of law enforcement officers and military personnel, thus, above all, in an effort to increase support for the ruling party “United Russia“ahead of this week ‘s parliamentary elections.
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Parliamentary elections are scheduled for September 17-19 and are expected to be won by United Russia, although the party’s rating has suffered as a result of rising prices and declining wages.
Putin’s order, published on the Kremlin’s website, says wage growth for military and law enforcement officials will outpace inflation in 2022 and 2023.
The salary supplement, which is not detailed in the order, is based on Putin’s promises at the United Russia Congress in August.
Inflation in Russia reached 6.7% in August, well above the central bank’s forecast of 4%.
Last month, Putin approved the payment of a one-time bonus of 15,000 rubles (174 euros) to firefighters, police officers, prosecutors and soldiers, as well as a one-time benefit of 10,000 rubles (116 euros) to pensioners.
Critics of the Kremlin believe that Putin’s orders are tantamount to bribes to those groups of voters on whose support Putin’s stay in power depends. The Kremlin, for its part, denies that these payments are in any way linked to the election.
Putin has been in power in Russia as president or prime minister since 1999. He helped establish United Russia, although he is not a member.
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