The leadership of the Russian Federation continues to encourage Russian civil servants to work in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. According to the decision of the Belgorod administration, city hall employees, managers, and employees of municipal institutions are promised to be paid a double salary in rubles during the period of their possible work in the “DPR” and “LPR,” the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine reports.

In addition, expenses related to business trips (per diem) and other needs are compensated from the city budget. Per diem allowances are introduced in foreign currency (meaning Ukrainian hryvnias) at the rate of 50% – to administration head; 40% to first and some other deputies; and 30% to heads of departments and their deputies, as well as chief and leading specialists.

Promises to increase payments are linked with the categorical reluctance of Russian officials to go to Ukraine due to fears for their safety. However, despite these proposals, Russians continue to refuse to go on dangerous business trips massively.

Currently, the leadership of the Belgorod region is responsible for supporting the Russian occupation regime in the Bilokurakyne and Troitsk districts of the Luhansk region. Starting in September, schools are planned to be opened there with the participation of teachers from Belgorod. Kindergarten teachers from the Russian Federation also will go there. In general, it is planned to allocate 1.6 billion rubles from Belgorod region budget, although the approved budget deficit of Belgorod region for 2022 is 30.8 billion rubles.

Natalia Tolub

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