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Medvedev Axing 10% of Civil Servant Staff

Published: May 15, 2014 (Issue # 1810)



  • Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, left, and President Vladimir Putin.
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has asked the Finance Ministry to reduce the number of civil servants by 10 percent, an order published Wednesday on the cabinet website showed.

The ministry will be asked to present their proposals to the government on June 1, the order said.

The idea of introducing a 10 percent cut on personnel was first raised by Medvedev in April, who noted that Russia needed "a modern, compact and effective state personnel oriented at people's requests," Itar-Tass reported.

Civil servant jobs were last cut in 2011, when Medvedev signed a decree pledging to reduce the number of public servants by 20 percent over the next three years.

Despite the decree, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said last October that the number of civil servants had grown by 100,000 between 2008-2013, RIA Novosti reported.

According to the Federal State Statistics Service, the number of employees of state authorities and local self-government bodies totaled 1,548,062 people in 2013, Itar-Tass reported.





 


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Thursday, Aug. 21


Time is running out to see the fantastic creations on display at the 2014 Sand Castle Festival on the beach at the Peter and Paul Fortress. Adhering to the theme of Treasure Island, visitors can wander amongst larger-than-life interpretations of pirate life or attend one of the workshops held to educate a future generation of sand artists. The castles will remain on the beach until Aug. 31.



Friday, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


Classic Finnish cartoon characters the Moomins expect to receive a warm welcome from Russian fans during todays Moomin Festival at the Pearl Plaza Shopping Center at 51 Petergofskoye Shosse. Become a kid again or introduce a new generation to the beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson.



Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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