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Mikhail Degtyarev plans to allow officials to fly in business class

Mikhail Degtyarev plans to allow officials to fly in business classGovernor Sergei Furgal was detained on July 9.  He is charged with involvement in organizing murders and attempted murders of entrepreneurs committed by an organized criminal group in the Khabarovsk Territory and the Amur Region in 2004-2005


Governor Sergei Furgal was detained on July 9. He is charged with involvement in organizing murders and attempted murders of entrepreneurs committed by an organized criminal group in the Khabarovsk Territory and the Amur Region in 2004-2005


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Acting Governor of the Khabarovsk Territory Mikhail Degtyarev plans to return officials to the opportunity to fly in business class. Project document, providing for such changes, has already appeared on the official portal of legal information of the Khabarovsk Territory. Drew attention to this “MBH media”.

A year and a half ago, Degtyarev’s predecessor Sergei Furgal, on the contrary, transplanted his ministers into the economy class, writes DVHab.ru… In March 2019, then the governor of the Khabarovsk Territory, Sergei Furgal, said that the flight of officials in business class at the budget expense was an injustice in relation to the majority of residents of the Khabarovsk Territory. “I signed a document on the changes. Now all members of the government, with the exception of the first deputy chairmen, will fly only in economy class. If an official wants to fly business somewhere, only at his own expense. All business trips today are signed by me and carried out exclusively with my consent. I know the movement of all ministers and heads of committees, “Sergei Furgal said then.

He made a reservation that this decision, “of course, will displease many, but while we have such a mess, such exorbitant prices, let us restrain ourselves.”

Now the restriction on flights of officials is likely to be lifted. A new document was born in the regional administration, which is still in the status of a “project”. It contains the phrase that it is being developed “in order to increase the efficiency of the government of the Khabarovsk Territory.” Thus, business trips to members of the government will be paid from the budget according to certain rules.

“By air transport – at the business class tariff, by sea and river transport – at the tariffs set by the carrier, but not higher than the cost of travel in a luxury cabin with integrated passenger services, by rail – in a luxury carriage classified as a business class carriage , with two-seater compartments of category “SV” or in a carriage of category “C” with seats that meet the requirements for business class carriages “, – stated in the draft resolution.

The officials’ initiative provoked outrage among the residents of the Khabarovsk Territory. “Is the comfort of officials the main problem of the Khabarovsk Territory? Ministers used to fly in the luggage compartment or were they stacked on the plane? I am not against comfort, everyone is free to decide how he gets to Moscow, if this is not at budget expense. if you take money from the treasury, then have a conscience not to put yourself above everyone else, “wrote one of the critics.

Mikhail Degtyarev himself commented initiative on his Instagram page, noting that the new rules will allow officials to be sent to Moscow more often to defend the interests of the region and its residents there.

“Over the past few years, our officials have hardly been to Moscow. This is a problem. Of the 40 state programs, the Khabarovsk Territory participates only in 25. We did not get to 15 because the documents were poorly prepared or officials did not accompany them during their business trips to Moscow. – Degtyarev explained. – This is not the case, our ministers should regularly visit the capital and meet with federal colleagues, defend the interests of the region, attract funds to our budget in the interests of people. In this regard, the issue of efficiency is not idle. I want to ask the residents how much The minister should attract billions of rubles so that we compensate him for the business class flight. “

According to the Aviasales service, on August 7, a business class flight from Khabarovsk to Moscow and back costs 256 thousand 692 rubles, notes “Rain”.

Earlier, the acting governor of the Khabarovsk Territory, Mikhail Degtyarev, said that he did not plan to raise his salary in this position, leaving it the same as that of the former head of the region, Sergei Furgal.

Let us remind you that Governor Sergei Furgal was detained on July 9. He is charged with involvement in the organization of murders and attempted murder of entrepreneurs committed by an organized criminal group in the Khabarovsk Territory and the Amur Region in 2004-2005. According to the investigation, he was the organizer of the attempt on the life of businessman Alexander Smolsky and the murders of two business competitors – Evgeny Zori and Oleg Bulatov.

Furgal is being held in custody in Moscow in the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center and is in complete information blockade… One of the demands of the protesters is a fair open trial of the former governor in Khabarovsk, not Moscow.

Furgal began his governorship with simple but effective steps: he cut half of his deputies, banned business class officials, sold expensive official cars, and at least tried to get rid of the governor’s yacht. At the same time, he cut the salaries of members of the government and himself: “the governor cannot receive a million rubles a month.” Furgal was also not shy about publicity and new media – among government officials, he has the second largest number of Instagram followers (after Ramzan Kadyrov), noted The Bell.

According to media reports, since 2018, the Kremlin has looked with apprehension at Furgal as too popular a politician, and hatched plans to decrease its rating. This may be the real reason for the criminal prosecution of the official.

The governor’s arrest was also linked to a low turnout in voting on amendments to the Constitution (turnout in the province was only 44%). Moreover, only 62% of the residents of the Khabarovsk Territory voted for the amendments, and almost 37% were against. These results on general background did not look like a manifestation of loyalty to Moscow and President Vladimir Putin.

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