The Russian state statistics agency has just published some fantastic numbers. They show, once again, why things are the way they are in Russia, and the “why,” of course, has everything to do with money.
Remember that poll of Russian young’uns that showed that nearly half want to become government bureaucrats for the ability to earn a little extra if you know what I mean?
Turns out they’d already be starting from a good place. Rosstat (the statistics agency) shows that the average salary of a federal employee is nearly 3 times higher than the average national salary. It’s higher even than in the already high-earning capital.
And, in case you had any doubts as to which wing of the diumvirate provides more lucrative work, the numbers, as always, don’t lie. Who’s the highest earning of the federal paper-pushers in Russia? Employees of the White House, chaired by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Working for the Kremlin (i.e., President Dmitry Medvedev)? A meager third place.
Choose wisely, kids.