Shamanov Disputes Defense Spending
Shamanov addressing the Duma in 2018
Former VDV commander General-Colonel Vladimir Shamanov’s Defense Committee has criticized the RF government in advance of the first Duma reading of the federal budget for 2020 (and plan for 2021-2022). The committee accused the government of steadfastly “ignoring the army’s needs” — pay for MOD civilians, military pensions, housing, and fuel specifically — in its spending proposals.
Russian media reported the committee’s complaints were spelled out in writing. The legislature will discuss the government budget on October 23.
Committee chairman Shamanov addressed the low wages of the MOD’s 900,000 civilian workers.
Civilian MOD workers march for “worthy” pay in 2018
As numerous as uniformed officers and soldiers, civilian defense employees are critical to Russia’s military but their pay only averages around 30,000 rubles ($470) per month against 46,000 rubles ($718) elsewhere in the economy, Gazeta.ru reported.
They received a three percent increase on October 1 but, coming so late in the year, it offset only a quarter of this year’s inflation (4%).
The Defense Committee claimed the current average military pension in 2020 will be 23,500 rubles ($368), and has declined 20 percent in recent years because it hasn’t always been adjusted for inflation, wrote Rossiyskaya gazeta.
[NB: Cumulative inflation for the period 2012-2018 in Russia was over 60 percent.]
The committee reminded the government that President Putin promised retirees in 2012 they would get inflation plus two percent to preserve their buying power. It asked for a 6.3 percent pension increase next year.
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From:: Russian Defense Policy