Putin comes clean on income, assets

08:51, April 13, 2010      

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He earned $134,250 last year, owns a plot of land, two apartments, two garages, two cars, a jeep and a trailer.

The financial and asset details of Russia's strongman prime minister, Vladimir Putin, were unveiled Monday in the now annual official declaration of the income of top Russian officials, a practice aimed at deterring corruption in post- Soviet Russia.

Putin's 2009 declared income of 3.88 million rubles ($134,250) was down 17 percent on his income declared in 2008, possibly due to the economic crisis his government has been working to combat.

His rarely seen wife, Lydmila, who in 2008 had declared zero income, for 2009 declared a minuscule 582 rubles ($20), said a statement posted on the government website.

Former president Putin's income means he is still, on paper, a higher earner than his Kremlin successor Dmitry Medvedev, who earned 3.3 million rubles ($114,000) in 2009, according to a separate statement on the Kremlin website.

The richest man in the Russian cabinet, earning 155 million rubles ($5.3 million) in income last year, was Environment Minister Yuri Trutnev.

Source: Global Times


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