While certainly justified, you’d think that somebody is running for president. First President Dmitry Medvedev announced that police and military salaries would be increased by an average of 30% next year. Funding would come from the general fund.
Yesterday (Wednesday) the Prime Minister’s Cabinet approved a doubling of salaries, the funds to come from an increased tax on Gazprom’s gas extraction operations, handing over to the government another 150 billion rubles in to cover the increases. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said that increased gas prices justified the increase and that Gazprom (managed by the Kremlin) could produce the funding.
Nothing like doubling pay of an important and visible part of Russian society just in time for the upcoming parliamentary elections and then next year’s president elections.