The income of six members of the government in 2019 was lower than that of their spouse. These are Prime Minister Mishustin and Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova (they earned almost 37 million rubles less than their spouses), Minister of Education Sergei Kravtsov (9.4 million rubles less than their spouse), First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov ( 1.8 million rubles less), Minister of Sports Oleg Matytsin (115 thousand rubles less) and Minister of Justice Konstantin Chuichenko (15 thousand rubles less). Five members of the Cabinet of Ministers do not have a wife or husband.
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Leaders in income
If we take only the personal income of the head of government, deputy prime ministers and ministers, then in 2019 they earned 1.79 billion rubles. – almost seven times more than their wives (husbands).
- The leader in terms of income was the Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, who received 586 million rubles. The growth of Manturov’s income was due to “income from deposits and the sale of property”, reported RBC is a source in the government. Three cars disappeared from the property of the minister during the year – IZH Moskvich 412, VAZ 2103 and GAZ 21.
- Second place in terms of income was taken by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko, who came to the government from Gazprom-Media Holding and earned 432.3 million rubles last year. His income for 2019 consists of remuneration for work in leadership positions not only in Gazprom-Media, but also in the National Advertising Alliance and the National Hockey League, a representative of the Deputy Prime Minister told RBC.
- Leader in terms of income in the Medvedev government, Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District, Yuri Trutnev, rounds out the top three. His income fell sharply – from 538 million in 2018 to 180 million rubles. in 2019.
- The least earned was the Minister of Sports Matytsin – 935 thousand rubles. (or 78 thousand rubles per month). During the declaration period (2019), he served as President of the International University Sports Federation (FISU).
- The income of Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin for 2019, when he headed the Federal Tax Service, practically did not change – 18.2 million rubles. (in 2018 – 19 million rubles). RBK wrote with reference to the UFG group, in which Mishustin once worked, that in 2008 he established a family trust to manage the assets associated with UFG, and in 2013 this trust was transferred to the ownership of Mishustin’s mother and sister for the purpose of enforcing civil service legislation … UFG Managing Partner Polina Gerasimenko said that only in 2019 it was possible to close the deal on the final sale of the assets of this trust. But the beneficiaries of this deal are the mother and sister of Mikhail Mishustin, which means that he is not obliged to declare these incomes.
Manturov and Chernyshenko earned more for two than the other 29 members of the Cabinet. And together with Trutnev, they provided 67% of the total income of members of the government (excluding the income of spouses).
Several officials who first joined the government in early 2020 saw their income skyrocket in 2019. Thus, the income of Deputy Prime Minister – Head of the Government Staff Dmitry Grigorenko in 2019 increased four times (up to 35.7 million rubles), for Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko – 2.5 times (up to 26.6 million rubles. ), Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin – twice (up to 17.4 million rubles), the Minister of Culture Olga Lyubimova – three times (up to 7.2 million rubles).
The growth of Abramchenko’s income is explained “solely by the sale of property,” a representative of the Deputy Prime Minister explained to RBC. From a comparison with last year’s declaration that Ambrachenko submitted as Deputy Minister of Economic Development – Head of Rosreestr, it follows that in 2019 she sold a land plot of 750 sq. m.
Sources of earnings for officials
Government officials live on more than just their salaries. So, by law the monthly “monetary remuneration” of the deputy prime minister is now 100 thousand rubles, the civil minister – 88.4 thousand rubles. In terms of a year, this gives amounts within 1.2 million rubles. However, the declared annual income of the deputy prime ministers and ministers who held these posts in 2019 (Tatyana Golikova, Yuri Trutnev, Anton Siluanov, Alexander Novak, Dmitry Patrushev, etc.) range from 27 million to 180 million rubles.
In addition to the potential income from bank deposits and the sale of property, cabinet members receive monthly and quarterly “cash incentives,” which are individually set and not disclosed for them. These incentives are many times higher than base salaries, it followed from RBC publications on the salaries of ministers and other officials in 2017.
This year, as an exception to officials allowed to report income for 2019 by August 1 (the usual deadline is April 1), the postponement was explained by quarantine restrictions due to coronavirus. The volume of published information remains the same – annual income, real estate owned or used, vehicles. The sources of income are generally not disclosed. Officials provide much more information to the tax authorities, including information about expenses, bank accounts, financial obligations, etc.