Who’s in charge, part 843

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.

via Gazeta.ru

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4 Responses to Who’s in charge, part 843

  1. marknesop says:

    I’m glad you brought this up, because it serves to highlight a fundamental difference between Russia and Western democracies. In Russia, youths aspire to secure government employment so that they can cheat and steal from the honest working man by obtaining pay and benefits well in excess of what those workers might expect – in Western democracies, youths aspire to be part of government out of a sense of altruism and self-sacrifice, a desire to make the world a better place. Pay and benefits have nothing to do with it.

    Oh, wait; maybe they do have something to do with it. As an employee of the U.S. government, here’s a few of the incentives to which you could be entitled that the average slob working for Jiffy Dry Cleaners will never see – Thrift Savings Plan, the Federal Employees Retirement System, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, Federal Employees Group Life Insurance, 13 days of paid Sick Leave annually, Family-Friendly Work and Leave policies, an Employee Assistance Program. Recruitment Bonuses for some positions, Relocation Allowance, Employee Development, Student Loan repayment. A child-care subsidy program. Who pays for all that stuff? You do, of course, Mr. and Ms. American taxpayer.

    While we’re on the subject, do senior executives in the White House make less than, say, the owner of a car dealership? Hardly. Certainly, CEO’s of large corporations make much more than the President of the United States. That’s the way it is in Russia, too, except there they’re called “corrupt oligarchs” instead of “businessmen”.

  2. carpenter117 says:

    Thank again Capitan(ess) Obvious for saying once more:

    In West – Money brings Power.
    In Russia – Power brings Money.

    So?

  3. Igor, AU says:

    Why “part 843” ?

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